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September
19

If you want a clean home, the occasional dusting won't do. Here's how to properly deep clean your home.

We always think the change of seasons is a good time for a thorough cleaning of the home. We're not talking the weekly once-over most of us are used to, but rather that once-a-year deep cleaning where you get out the cobwebs, the dust, the grime, and make your house sparkle. Perhaps you didn't know it, but there's actually a science to deep cleaning. There's a right way and some not-so-great ways to go about cleaning.

So let's look at some of the tips our REALTORS® have gathered for your deep cleaning regimen. These cleaning tips are particularly useful when you're planning on showing your home to potential buyers, or after you've just moved into the home you bought from Beavercreek homes for sale and want it to shine like new.

  1. Start by decluttering.
    You may be tempted to skirt around this step, but don't. Before you get busy cleaning, get rid of stuff — in the trash, by recycling, or by giving away to charity or friends. Box it up, and get it out of the way.

  2. Speaking of boxes...
    Before you put things up in leftover cardboard boxes, halt. Go buy some good size containers with lids and use them to store books, clothes, papers, what have you. You can also use them for the items you want to give away. The containers will keep out the damp, insects, and to some degree, humidity. Throw some desiccants in the container for good measure.

  3. Empty the vacuum receptacle.
    Before you get start vacuuming, empty the receptacle. Better yet, the day before you start cleaning, check the filter in the vacuum and clean it if it needs it.

  4. Don't bother sweeping or dry mopping. 
    Are you still using a broom or a dry mop to gather up the dirt and debris on the floor? It's time to put those implements aside and to use the vacuum exclusively for floor cleaning, as well as walls and corners. Use the hose and attachments to get into cracks and crevices so you do an even better job of cleaning up floors.

  5. Go microfiber.
    Get rid of those ragged old cotton dishcloths and the like that you've been using to dust and clean up around the home. Much superior to these are microfiber cloths. They are widely available — a microfiber mop or a duster with a telescoping handle are just right for those high-up places — and do a much better job of picking up dust, dirt, and grime than cotton cloths or paper towels.

  6. Follow the directions.
    Why do we have the urge to use MORE of a cleaning liquid or powder than the instructions say we should? Suffice it to say, there's a reason why the instructions are given as they are. Read and obey. Don't go over or under the prescribed amount.

  7. Start at the highest point.
    For deep cleaning, the idea is to go from high to low. You'll want to start high with door and window frames and getting spider webs in the corners. If there's grime on the walls — say, in the kitchen — go after it. The telescoping cleaner with a microfiber cloth will be handy. Work your way down the walls to the baseboards and corners.

  8. Don't forget the windows.
    Vacuum sills and tracks, then spray windows inside and out with glass cleaner. Squeegee in one direction.

We've got lots more tips for getting your home ready to list. Contact Wright-Patt Realty today.