In our last blog, we covered the basics of creating a pre-move out cleaning list and discussed the details of thoroughly cleaning each room of your home. Cleaning a living space before you move out of it is an effective way to get your security deposit back, or leave the new occupants with a fresh, clean space to call their own!

In part two, Movone moving services in Jersey City will cover the major appliances in any home, and some of the best ways to clean them before a move.

Clean Your Appliances

These are often overlooked in any home. Before you move, you’ll want to deep clean any of the appliances you’re leaving behind, including the dishwasher, microwave, fridge, and oven.

Dishwasher

You can speed up the cleaning process for your dishwasher by putting a cup of white vinegar in the top rack and using a hot water cycle. You can follow that up by sprinkling a cup of baking soda on the bottom rack and running a second hot cycle. This will loosen up any remaining gradoo in the washer.

Microwave

To disinfect the microwave, start by microwaving a wet sponge for about 30 seconds. The water will evaporate out of the sponge, and loosen up the leftover food on the inside. You can then wipe it down easily with a rag and cleaner. Make sure to wipe down the exterior of the microwave as well.

Refrigerator

The fridge is a time-intensive cleaning project, but only because it is the largest appliance in your home. Remove all of the shelves and wipe them down. If they fit, you can run the shelves through the dishwasher, or leave them to soak in the sink or tub. A solution of vinegar and water is a great food-safe way to clean the fridge. Wipe down all of the surfaces and shelves in the fridge and freezer.

Oven

The oven is the last major appliance to clean in the kitchen. Pop the buttons, and knobs off the front of the oven, and throw them in a cup of vinegar and water to soak and loosen up the accumulated grease and food. If there’s room, toss the racks and pans in the dishwasher to clean. If they don’t fit, leave them to soak in a sealed bag of ammonia or vinegar.

Washing Machine

Much like the dishwasher, this is a two-step process. Set the washer to the highest load size, the hottest water setting, and the longest wash cycle. Add a quart of white vinegar or bleach, and let the machine run for about a minute. Next, open the washer and add a cup of baking soda, and close the lid. Let the cycle finish, and then let the solution soak in the washer for an hour. While the washer is finishing its cycle, you can remove the knobs and buttons and give them a quick wipe down, while also cleaning off the top of the washer and the face. When the solution is finished, open the washer and scrub the inside of the lid down with an old toothbrush to get into those nooks and crannies.

The Dryer

The first step of cleaning the dryer is a complete cleaning of the lint trap. Remove the trap, and run your vacuum over the mesh to clean out as much of the built-up lint as possible. Wipe down the interior of the dryer with a rag and a mild cleaning product. Undo the dryer lint duct, and clean it out with your vacuum to get any remaining lint out of the machine. Finally, wipe down the entire outside of the unit with an all-purpose cleaner.

A Clean Sweep

Once you’ve cleaned your home in Jersey City, and you’re ready to get moving, make your life even easier by scheduling the moving services of Movone Move & Store. We are a full service moving company. We’ll safely pack your belongings in eco-friendly containers, and move them into your new home, or one of our storage units. Call us today to schedule your moving services!

In part three, we’ll cover the last few features of the home that you’ll need to clean before you move out. Your space will look good as new by the time you’re done!