When you move out of your home and see it empty, you see just how necessary it is to clean your home after you move out. Once all the décor has been removed from your walls and the furniture loaded on the moving truck, you can easily see all the dirt and grime that has been hidden behind and underneath your belongings.


If you have been renting, most landlords will require an inspection of the home prior to returning your security deposit. This mostly has to do with whether there has been any damage to the premises as well as whether it is clean and presentable (as you found it when you originally moved in).

Where to start?

Most seemingly daunting tasks such as this can be accomplished by making a plan. This is no different. With a plan of attack, you can finish this in no time.

Cleaning Products and Tools:

First of all, you should remember to NOT pack you cleaning supplies as you will need them for the old residence as well as the new location. Survey your current cleaning products and tools to assess what you will need to purchase in order to get the job done properly.

Here is a cleaning product list to help:

  • Disinfectants

  • Glass cleaners

  • White vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • Cleaning rags

  • Mop and bucket

  • Broom/dust pan

  • Vacuum cleaner

  • Rubber glove

  • Toilet brush and other various cleaning brushes

  • Step-stool or short ladder


A good rule of thumb when cleaning is to start:

  • top to bottom – this is a good idea so that any dirt or grime doesn’t fall on already cleaned areas below


  • back to front – this is a good idea so that you don’t track dirt etc. on anything that you have already cleaned. It is basically the same idea when saying you should not “paint yourself in a corner.”

  • Also, clean what is known as dry cleaning (sweep, dust etc.) before you begin to apply any water or liquid. It is a much more efficient way to clean since you will be eliminating much of the dirt before you begin to sanitize for germs and bacteria.

  • It is better to clean by the task and not by the room. By example this would mean sweep the entire house before moving on to say, mopping. Or do all the dusting that is necessary and deem it one task.

Here is a cleaning list to begin with:

  • Clean the corners, including all cobwebs

  • Clean the walls

  • Don’t forget the light fixtures and ceiling fans

  • Remove all trash from the home.

  • Wash the windows (inside and outside)

  • Last, sweep then mop the floors

If this seems like more than you are physically capable of doing and you don’t have family or friends you can call on to help, there are also reasonable cleaning services available that will do the job in a short time.

Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.

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