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Our Ultimate Guide for Your Move-In / Move-Out Cleaning

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Summer is here and can be one of the busiest moving times of the year.  A thorough move-in or move-out cleaning is an essential part of the process. Whether you’re a tenant preparing to leave or a new resident about to embark on a fresh start, having a comprehensive move-in move-out cleaning checklist can make the transition smoother (and help you get your full deposit back!). Let Domestica guide you through a step-by-step checklist to ensure every nook and cranny of your apartment receives the attention it deserves.

Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

Before diving into the cleaning process, make sure you have all the necessary cleaning supplies at hand. Some essentials include:

  • All-purpose cleaner, window cleaner, dish soap, toilet cleaner, oven cleaner and a tub & tile scrub (Bon Ami is our favorite.)
  • Cleaning cloths – We love 100% cotton cloths from The Clean Team
  •  Tile and scrub brush, sponges and toilet brush
  • Bucket, gloves and a carrying caddie for your supplies
  • Vacuum and mop (Shine Mops from The Clean team are our preferred mop for hardwood and tile floors.)

Start With De-cluttering

Begin by de-cluttering your home or apartment. Sort items into three categories: keep, donate/sell, and discard. This step not only reduces the amount of cleaning required but also helps create a fresh and organized living space. Donate or sell items that are in good condition but no longer needed, and dispose of anything broken or unusable responsibly.

Deep Clean the Kitchen

The kitchen is a high-traffic area that requires thorough cleaning. Start by emptying the refrigerator and defrosting the freezer if necessary. Clean all surfaces, including countertops, cabinets, and appliance interiors and exteriors. Carefully pull out appliances and clean the sides and behind. Pay special attention to the stove, oven, microwave, and dishwasher, ensuring they are free of grease, stains, and food residue. Scrub the sink and unclog any drains. Don’t forget to wipe down light fixtures and switch plates.

Deep Clean the Bathroom

The bathroom is another crucial area that needs meticulous cleaning. Scrub the toilet, sink, and bathtub/shower, removing any soap scum or mildew. Clean the mirrors, cabinets, and countertops. Replace the shower curtain liner if needed. Don’t forget to sanitize doorknobs, faucets, and light switches.

Clean and Refresh the Living Areas

Vacuum the floors using the brush head of your vacuum for hard floors and beater bar for carpet.  For over 20 years, Domestica has proudly used Miele canister vacuums purchased locally from Stark’s.  Mop hard floors with a lightly-damp Shine Mop. Dust all surfaces, including furniture, shelves, and window sills. Wipe down mirrors and clean glass windows and doors. Don’t forget to clean air vents and replace filters if required. Remove any stains from carpets or upholstery, or consider professional carpet cleaning if necessary.

Address the Bedrooms and Other Rooms

Vacuum floors and mop if necessary, paying attention to corners and under furniture. Launder or dry clean curtains and dust blinds. Clean any mirrors and wipe down surfaces such as dressers and nightstands. Don’t forget to clean light fixtures and replace any burnt-out bulbs.

Final Touches

In the last stages of cleaning, remember to wipe down baseboard, doors and frames, and clean any light switches and electrical outlets. Empty and clean all trash cans and dispose of garbage responsibly. Ensure all windows are clean and free of streaks.

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Post-Remodel Cleaning – What You Need To Know

After having spent a lot of time and money on a home or business renovation,  the amount of post-remodel dirt, dust and debris that is left behind after the workers leave can feel overwhelming.  If you’ve never hired a professional housecleaning service before, now’s the time!


Post-Remodel: What Can You Expect?

When it comes to post-remodel housecleaning, clients can expect a comprehensive and detailed cleaning service that focuses on transforming their space into a pristine and comfortable environment.

Hiring a professional cleaning service will ensure that there are no screws, nails and other materials laying around the house, no debris that may stick to your shoes and no drywall in random places.


What are the Three Phases of Post-Remodel or Post-Construction Cleaning?


Phase 1 – The Rough Clean

The rough cleaning phase takes place during the construction or renovation project’s final stages. It focuses on removing the major debris, dust, and construction materials left behind by the builders. The key tasks involved in the rough cleaning phase include:

  • Removing large construction debris, such as wood scraps, drywall remnants, and packaging materials.
  • Sweeping and vacuuming the floors to eliminate loose dust and dirt.
  • Cleaning windowsills, frames, and tracks to remove excess dust and debris.
  • Wiping down surfaces, including countertops, appliances, and fixtures, to remove surface-level dust and grime.

The purpose of rough cleaning is to create a foundation for the subsequent phases by eliminating the bulk of the construction-related mess.

Phase 2 – The Final Clean

The final cleaning phase takes place after the construction work is completed. This phase involves a more detailed and meticulous cleaning to prepare the space for occupancy or use. The primary objectives of the final cleaning phase include:

  • Removing fine dust and debris from all surfaces, including walls, ceilings, light fixtures, and baseboards.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing all kitchen and bathroom surfaces, including countertops, sinks, showers, toilets, and fixtures.
  • Thoroughly cleaning windows, glass surfaces, and mirrors to ensure a streak-free finish.
  • Sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping all floors, paying attention to corners and hard-to-reach areas.
  • Polishing stainless steel appliances and fixtures to restore their shine.
  • Conducting a thorough inspection to ensure that no areas have been overlooked and that the cleaning meets the desired standards.


Phase 3 – Touch-Up Cleaning

The touch-up cleaning phase is the last stage of post-construction cleaning and is often performed just before the client’s final walkthrough or handover. This phase focuses on addressing any remaining minor cleaning tasks or touch-ups to ensure that every detail is attended to. The touch-up cleaning phase may include:

  • Spot cleaning of walls or surfaces to remove any marks or stains.
  • Dusting and cleaning of hard-to-reach areas that may have been missed during the previous phases.
  • Polishing of glass surfaces or stainless steel to ensure a flawless finish.
  • Addressing any specific cleaning requests or concerns from the client.

The touch-up cleaning phase ensures that any last-minute cleaning needs are met, providing a final polish to the space before it is handed over to the client.

By following these three phases of post-construction cleaning, Domestica can deliver a comprehensive cleaning service that transforms your construction site, home or office into a clean, safe, and inviting space for occupancy or use.

For more information or to book your post-remodel cleaning appointment, get in touch today!

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Top 6 Essential Oils for Housecleaning

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Essential oil benefits come from antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and their uses range from natural medicinal treatments to housecleaning products.

They have been used for centuries by cultures all over the world for their medicinal purposes and are awesome-smelling natural options for homemade cleaning recipes, with absolutely no risk of giving off scary fumes like the regular toxin-filled cleaning products.

A couple drops of your favorite oil in the following cleaning recipes can do wonders!

Are you ready to go green? Here are our top 6 uses for essential oils in housecleaning.


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Prepping Your Home for the Market in 10 Organized Steps!

Selling your home can be one of the most stressful and emotionally-charged things you do and every seller wants to have a quick sale and get top dollar for their home.  (Our personal favorite – #6 – Make that house sparkle! – Book a Move-Out Cleaning Now and let Domestica take care of the work for you!)

Every seller wants to have a quick sale and get top dollar for their home and that doesn’t happen by accident.  Preparing you home for going to market takes our expert guidance, careful planning, an expert eye for design and with our help, an extra special deep clean to get your home into tip-top shape. When we have buyers come through your home-our goal is to have them writing great offers!

Looking to buy or sell a home in Portland?   Aryne & Dulcinea of Portland’s Living Room Realty are at your service and recommend the following tips:

1.  Call Us

To know where to begin and what is important, we will meet with you and discuss your goals, plans, and give you the information you need to proceed with confidence.

2.   Get Mentally Prepared

You have already decided to make your move and sell your home…it’s time to go forth and begin to think of your home as if it is a product you are selling. You need to de-personalize and make it appealing for others to envision living in.

3.   De-Clutter & Pre-Pack

You want buyers to imagine themselves living here, not wondering “What kind of people live in this home?”

  • Pack up all family photos, images of your travels, books, dvds and movies, seasonal items you are not currently using.
  • Pare down your plant collection and clean surfaces throughout the home.
  • Know that the special things you surround yourself with, others may not experience it with the your same sentimentality.

4.    Organize Closets and Cabinets

Channel Martha Stewart! Buyers will always explore the house and see what storage capacity it holds. Organized closets and storage areas make the home seem much more livable and gives the impression that the rest of house is taken care of, as well.

  • Line up cans, boxes and alphabetize spice jars
  • Neatly stack dishes
  • Line up shoes
  • Hang clothes neatly, with shirts buttoned up and facing the same direction
  • Buy matching bins and use them to store away items that do not need to be displayed or are in use.

5.    Rent a Storage Unit

Most of the time when we live in our homes, we have something for everything we do, but it is important to remember that homes with less furniture  and fewer items on shelves show better.

  • Store those now-empty bookshelves
  • Remove extensions from tables to make the room look larger
  • Leave just enough furniture in each room to show its purpose and lots of room to move around

6.  Make Small Repairs

  • Replace burned-out light bulbs
  • Fix cracked tiles in the floor or counters
  • Makes sure doors and drawers open properly
  • Repair holes in the walls
  • Paint rooms with neutral colors

7.    Housekeeping 101 – Don’t Forget a Good Cleaning!

  • Wash interior and exterior windows
  • Re-caulk tubs and showers
  • Polish chrome and faucets
  • Whiten dirty grout – Make a paste with baking soda and water, spray with vinegar and scrub
  • Hang up fresh towels and replace worn out rugs and mats
  • Clean out the refrigerator (yes, that will get opened, too!)
  • Dust cobwebs and light fixtures
  • Vacuum every day
  • Make sure it smells clean – odors and musty smells are a no-no

8.    Remove and Replace Favorite Items

Remove and replace anything you are not including with the sale – window coverings, light fixtures and appliances.  We all want what we can’t have and if a buyer sees something you are keeping, they will want it even more!

9.    Details Details Details

  • Walk through your front door and ask yourself if this home looks inviting as you enter
  • Stand in the doorway of each room and imagine what the room will look like to a buyer
  • Check that furniture is arranged in a way that makes sense for the room
  • Make sure window coverings hang level

10.   Check Curb Appeal

  • Mow the lawn and trim bushes
  • Keep sidewalks cleared
  • Plant flowers or groups pots of flowers together (yellow is a great color!)
  • Make sure the house number is visible

Dulcinea Myers-Newcomb is an Oregon Licensed Broker, Earth Advantage Broker, and ADU Specialist

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