There are many reasons why Arizona is such a popular destination for retirees. Not only is the weather amazing and the scenery beautiful, but the state has also fully embraced the 21st-century economy, and the people welcome newcomers with open arms. Plus, the food scene and vacation spots can’t be topped.
So, if you’ve decided to move to Arizona, you’ve made a great decision. Now it’s time to choose a home and get it move-in ready. This article will cover a variety of ways to clean your new home so that it’s a healthy and comfortable environment for you and your family.
The first thing you want to do before moving into your new home is deep clean the whole place. To avoid becoming overwhelmed, clean one area/room at a time until it’s done. Starting in the kitchen is typically best because your family will probably spend a lot of time there, and it will give you the chance to remove any grime and smells from the previous owner. If you have used appliances, it’s important to clean them thoroughly. You’ll also want to scrub down the kitchen counters and cabinets inside and out, as well as cleaning the sink with bleach.
After the kitchen, you may consider doing the bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms, closets, and so on. It’s also essential to clean the floors; if you have carpet in areas of the home, it can be worth the investment to hire professionals to come in and steam clean. Furthermore, deep cleaning is all about getting in those hard-to-reach places. Even though you can’t always see these areas, getting them spick and span will help make your home a healthy environment.
Here are some examples of hard-to-reach areas to clean:
- Tops of cabinets and tall furniture
- Ceiling fans and light fixtures
- Crown molding and baseboards
- The corners of shelves in closets
- HVAC register/grille covers
Keeping It Clean
Once you’ve put in the effort of deep cleaning your home, it’s important to keep it tidy and spotless, and finding useful tools will make this task more manageable. For instance, getting a quality vacuum will help you keep the floors clean, and if you get a well-reviewed cordless vacuum, it will save you time and you don’t have to worry about tripping. Also, it helps to have a good broom and dustpan for places that are hard to reach with a vacuum. Furthermore, scrub brushes and microfiber towels can be used for a variety of cleaning tasks.
Improving Air Quality
Air pollution is much more than just the air outside. In fact, our homes can contain an alarming amount of pollution. In order to maintain a safe environment, it’s essential to do what you can to eliminate pollutants and minimize allergens. Vacuuming and mopping is a great way to get rid of allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, and pollen. Changing your air filters is an easy task, though it’s one that is admittedly easy to forget.
Also, be cautious with the cleaning materials you use, as many commercial cleaners contain volatile organic chemicals (VOCs); if you want to be extra safe, opt for green cleaning products. Furthermore, research the manufacturing process of any new furniture, mattresses, or carpet you choose, as these products can contain pollutants such as benzene, ethylene glycol, and formaldehyde. As a more obvious solution, make your home a non-smoking environment.
Arizona is a great place to live, for many more reasons than the ones mentioned here. And once you find your home, making it clean and keeping it that way will help you have a healthy and happy experience. Remember to deep clean one room at a time and to get all those hard-to-reach places. Keep your living space clean by investing in everyday cleaning tools. Finally, take precautions (and action) to improve the air quality in your home.
Blog by Michael Longsdon
Michael Longsdon is the creator of ElderFreedom.net, which advocates for the rights and support of seniors.