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Indoor Deep Clean Planner

A clean house is a sold house. When attracting prospective buyers, it's critical to keep it well maintained and sparkling. Clean houses can also appear brighter and, coupled with organization, more spacious. Let us help you plan your deep clean with a few tips.

Walls

Start with your ceilings. Using a ladder, clear cobwebs and dirt from corners. And while you're up there, clean your ceiling fans and light fixtures.

Walls usually need more than the usual wash down when you're preparing to sell. After thoroughly cleaning wall-mounted fixtures and switch plates, touch up stubborn areas with paint. Leave the leftover paint so buyers can do the same after they move in.

Clean your baseboards with a mild detergent and rag. After your baseboards dry, be sure to dust.

Windows

When you hold an open house, you'll want to bring in as much light as possible. Clean windows help the sunlight pour in. You'll be showing a lot of glass when you're selling, so make sure your windowpanes, sills, screens and wells are spotless.

Your window treatments should be fresh and clean as well. You can wash blinds with a wet cloth and duster. Vacuum draperies. Special window treatments might require dry cleaning.

Furniture

Clean and polish your wood furniture with commercial oil soap or lemon oil. Use a clean rag, and let the soap or oil stand for a few minutes before rubbing it off.

For upholstered furniture, vacuum thoroughly. Don't forget to vacuum in between and under cushions. When cleaning leather furniture, it's best to use a water-based foam cleaner.

Be sure to launder or dry clean bedding that is often overlooked like bedspreads and skirts.

Floors

All of your floors must be immaculate. Pay special attention to the nooks and corners where grime usually builds up. And don't forget to clean under your furniture.

Hardwood floors should be vacuumed or swept, mopped, and then waxed. Use carpet cleaner or sprinkle baking soda on your carpets before vacuuming to remove odors. For extra protection, put floor mats near every entryway to help with tracked in dirt.

More stubborn stains will need special attention, which could require some flooring first aid.

Baths

Clean mildew, grime and mold from your shower's tiles, grout and caulking with appropriate cleaning agents. Polish and clean your faucets, showerheads and other fixtures.

Wash or replace your shower curtains. And make sure all bathroom surfaces are free from soap scum.

Finally, make sure your bath doesn't retain musty odors by storing all dirty laundry in a hamper.

Kitchen

Clean your oven and range. Several heavy-duty cleaners are available for a solid clean. Follow the manufacturer's instructions, and be sure to wear latex gloves.

Clean out your refrigerator and freezer. Something hidden inside could be the cause of an unpleasant smell you don't want around for an open house. Use a solution of one part vinegar ad water for a deep clean. After you've cleaned the fridge, keep an open box of baking soda stored to trap new odors.

Polish wood cabinets with an oil or wax. If you have painted cabinets, touch up scuffs with paint. Remember to clean the inside of cabinets and keep utensils and dinnerware well organized.

Be sure to sweep and mop linoleum floors regularly.

Odor Removal

Keep your pets outside as much as possible when preparing to show your house. At the same time, do not allow anyone to smoke inside.

If you are storing chemicals in a garage, make sure these materials are properly sealed, as they tend to emit pungent odors.

Use citrus fruits, candles or potpourri to give rooms pleasant aromas. Put cedar blocks in closets to get rid of any musty scents.

Once you've finished your deep clean, you might notice a few areas that need reorganization or repair before you put it on the market. Lowe's can help.

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