Become a Home Cleaning Machine!


Every year there are hundreds of people that, because of one reason or another, decide to sell their homes. Whether it is your first, second, third or fourth time selling, it is always apparent that there is some deep cleaning that needs to be done before anyone sees, or even moves into, your home. Deciding what to clean and when is up to you, the seller, but, to make things easier, we've created a list of 'cleaning hacks' for whatever stage of the process you are in. Now, it is important to remember that you are using these tips at your own risk, they are not proven to work 100% of the time. So, be careful and use your best judgement.

Removing Hair from the Carpet

Hair and other gunk in the carpet can be a turn-off for most potential buyers, so it is important to do all you can to make the carpets look and feel good. For this cleaning hack, all you will need is a squeegee. If you run the squeegee across the carpet, it will, in theory, pull many of the hairs that were left behind by the vacuum. Though it won't do much if you have something sticky in the carpet, the squeegee may just be a lifesaver for you during a time crunch.

Rid Your Showerheads of Hard Water Deposits

If there is one thing that will make a potential buyer feel uncomfortable in a home, it's a dirty bathroom. If it's not their bathroom mess, no one wants to clean it. There are plenty of things that need cleaning in a bathroom, but one thing that will save you time and money is if you can remove the hard water deposits off of your showerhead. This can be done easily with a plastic bag, some vinegar, and a rubber band. By filling a small bag that is slightly bigger than the showerhead with vinegar and placing it around the head so that it rests in the vinegar, the hard water will dissolve, and soon come right off the head.

Get Your Leather Furniture Ready to be Shown Off

Just like everything else in the home, leather furniture can get scuffed up and look downright bad. However, it doesn't have to be like that, there are a few solutions that can help restore that beautiful couch or armchair that once was. The secret? Shoe Polish. Just like the leather on your favorite pair of dress shoes, the leather on your Lay-z-Boy can be polished up and look brand new. However, depending on the type of furniture you have and the kind of shoe polish you have on hand, it would be best to do some research before you start.

Make Your Microwave Look Great

Microwaves can get pretty messy pretty fast. It only takes one exploding soup or burrito to cake the microwave, in its entirety, with a colorful tragedy; and, if you don't take care of it as soon as possible, it will be nearly impossible to get rid of. To make it easier on yourself, take a microwavable bowl or Tupperware container and fill it with water. Next add bit of dish soap to the mix. Then, microwave this concoction for a minute or two and the stains on the inside of the microwave will be easy to remove.

Make Your Air Vents Look Clean and Healthy

If you walked through a potential home and found the air vents to be covered in thick layers of dust, how would you react? You'd that persuade you to buy the home? No, of course not. So, it's important to make sure that they get cleaned out properly. This can be done simply by wrapping a cleaning rag around the tip of a knife. All you do, after the knife is prepared, is to spray the knife/rag combo in glass cleaner (or whatever kind of cleaner you use) and stick the knife in the slots, running it back and forth to pick up the dust.

Make Your Driveway Look Like New

Driveways get dirty, it is a fact of life. Whether it be oil stains or paint drippings, the fact of the matter is that they are a little unsightly. You will have a lot better luck selling your home if you can eliminate as many stains as possible from your driveway and garage floor. However, that can be a tricky thing to do and, depending on how old and the nature of the stain, could take a variety of methods to clean up. You may or may not need to use a medley of the following methods to tackle your specific situation, so don't give up if the first couple don't work as well.

One suggestion for clearing the driveway of stains and such is to use a pressure washer. If you don't have a pressure washer you can easily rent one or borrow one from someone. However, if you take the pressure washer to the stains, if they are light, it may be able to take them right off; but if that doesn't work then you may need to go to some more drastic measures.

These drastic measures can include using TSP in liquid form (the Klean Strip brand is known for cutting through stains pretty well) or Drylok Etch in a solid form. First thing to do is to apply the chemical - whichever you chose - on to the stain and scrub it in with a wire brush for a few minutes. Next you will want to spread some kitty litter on the Drylok Etch or TSP to absorb it. After a few minutes you can sweep or shovel the kitty litter off the stain and hopefully the stain will be gone. You can also take a power washer to the spot again after the kitty litter and your chosen chemical are gone - but it isn't required.

However, if these ideas don't seem to work, there are other, more professional methods of removing stains. They may cost a little more, though. Some other rumored possibilities for clearing the stains from your driveway are 1) scrubbing cola into the stain and rinsing it with water several times and 2) doing the same with some Dawn dish soap.

-- REMEMBER TO USE CAUTION WHEN DEALING WITH ANY OF THESE CHEMICALS AND REMEMBER TO WEAR GLOVES AND GOGGLES TO BE SAFE AS WELL--

If you liked these tips, there are more where that came from. Don't stop until your home is as clean as you like it. Besides, the cleaner it is the more likely it will sell. So, try out these tips to save yourself some time and money on your home cleaning.