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Cleaning essentials for new home owners

Moving into your first home is always such an exciting time. After what seems like an eternity of scrimping and saving, all of that hard work has finally paid off and you’re ready to move into your own place. But there are some less exciting aspects of being a first time homeowner as well. You’ll have to buy all of the boring stuff that you don’t really want to spend money on, but you can’t avoid. If you don’t get all of the essentials, you won’t be able to maintain a clean and comfortable home. When you go out shopping, use this checklist of first home essentials to make sure that you don’t miss anything out.

Vacuum Cleaner

Every household needs a good vacuum cleaner unless you want to live under a mountain of dust. People often make the mistake of going for the cheapest one that they can find but it isn’t worth it. The suction won’t be great so it’ll take you twice as long to clean the house and it’s also likely to break a lot quicker. You’re better off paying a little more money for a high end vacuum cleaner that will make cleaning quick and easy, and it’ll last you for years to come.

An Iron

Ironing is everybody’s least favourite job but you can’t exactly turn up to work in creased clothes every day, so you need to get yourself an iron. Again, buying cheap isn’t the best idea because you won’t get the quality and it won’t do a great job. Check out this great list of the best steam irons to make sure that you’re getting a good one. Buying a good quality iron will make the job a lot easier and quicker.

A Broom

Having a vacuum is essential for getting all of that dust and dirt up from the floor but you don’t always want to get it out every time you make a small mess. You’d be surprised how quickly hardwood floors and tiles collect dust but you can make it more manageable if you keep on top of it properly. People often think of a broom as a bit old fashioned but if you have a quick sweep every day, you won’t have to spend anywhere near as much time with the vacuum.

A Mop

Even if you’re sweeping regularly and you’ve got a decent vacuum cleaner, you’ll still get bits stuck on the floor that are hard to get up. This dirt can quickly build up and make the floor look disgusting so you’ll need a mop to clean it off. You can go for a standard mop but if you want to make life easier for yourself, get a steam cleaning mop. You won’t have to spend ages scrubbing the floors, the steam will lift any dirt right off.

Get these essentials when you first move into your new home and you’ll be able to keep it clean easily.

Thanks for reading
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo


Cleaning Tips for Moving into a New Home

Moving into a new home is a very exciting time but it’s so important to give your new home a good clean before you move in to make it feel like yours. Other people’s grime will be polluting the surfaces and door handles!  You will notice the previous occupants marks of habitation which can make you feel uneasy in your new property but never fear a few antibacterial products and a drop of bleach here and there will help your home to feel brand new and all yours.

My advice would be to start at the top and work your way down!

1 – Firstly dust those ceilings concentrating well on the cobwebs and the corners. Have a step ladder to hand and go over with a large feather duster.  It will be satisfying watching the dust drop to the floor.  Ceilings harbour dust so it’s important that you get these clean.

2 – Door handles, light switches and other buttons all need a really good clean with antibacterial spray.

3 – Get all the windows and doors open and give the house a really good air.

4 – Pull up any unwanted carpet and rugs and pull down old curtains, blinds and  lampshades and get them straight to the tip. This items will smell and if they don’t go the smell won’t go!

5 – Add a good amount of neat bleach to all the sinks and baths and leave to soak to really help kill those germs.  After a good soaking scrub clean with an antibacterial spray until it comes up like new.  if you have a shower replace the shower head these harbour a lot of bacteria and germs.

6 – If you are keeping the toilets make sure you replace the seats with new ones and really scrub the pan clean.  Pour a cheap bottle of coke down to ensure the pipes are clean and there are no unwanted blockages that can create nasty smells.

7 – If appliances have been left and you are keeping ensure you scrub them clean, invest in a good over cleaner and use baby oil to really shine that hob.
8 – A bit of neat bleach on a toothbrush will help you get the grout in-between any tiles clean and bring them back to life.

This rigorously but well needed clean will now make your home feel like yours and is now ready to move into.

And most important of all enjoy your new home.

As always thank you for reading.
Lynsey Queen of Clean xox