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House Cleaning - Self suggestion needed

Hello,

I will be moving in few week and planning to clean the house by myself.

Please provide some suggestions and tips to make it stress free especially for the cleaning of the wooden floor.


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Re: House Cleaning - Self suggestion needed

Pack now. Pack so that you can clear one complete room or area of your things, and concentrate on cleaning that room/area.

Start at the top and work your way down. Ceilings (including the corners)- > electrical fittings in the ceiling -> curtain rails -> walls -> windows and windowframes and so on.

Be absolutely meticulous. Every single speck of dust and every mark must be removed.

Be absolutely meticulous. Fill all holes in the walls. Other than professionally, you can achieve this with a mix of shreds of toilet paper soaked in a drop of water, a drop of wood-glue, and a squish of white toothpaste. Make a paste, and push it into any wall-holes using a matchstick. Wait for it to dry and add another dollop. Bit by bit.

Be absolutely meticulous. If you have made marks on the wall (and around the holes), try to cover them with something white (tippex, white-out, white paint) and this can work well and relatively unobtrusively if you dab it on with an earbud or a wad of toilet paper. Be sure not to leave a clear border, so your fix doesn’t show. If your walls are yellow-ish or grey-ish, you can sometimes tone your white cover-up by adding a bit of ash.

Be absolutely meticulous. Remove every mark from chalk in the water. Work on the bath and hand-basin with vinegar (Putzessig). Check under all the taps and the shower-head.

Be absolutely meticulous. Did I say that already?

Good Luck!
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If you do it yourself you will almost inevitably lose some of your deposit. Therefore you need to consider both stress and cost.
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Hoover dust from floors, walls & ceilings. Steam cleaner for surfaces such as floors & bathroom, anti-grease spray to clean kitchen surfaces & walls (including inside the extractor above the cooker). If you have a washing drier, hoover it out & clean the filter on washing machine. In the kitchen take out the drawers & hoover underneath them. Antical to clean limescale deposits off taps.
And as doropfiz says, fill in holes but you can buy a ready-made mastic in a tube in the Migros or Coop DIY to fill holes properly rather than toothpaste & toilet roll. You can also buy small pots of white paint to easily paint over marks on the walls (dab with round brush rather than flat paint brush to avoid paint lines).
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Hoover dust from floors, walls & ceilings. Steam cleaner for surfaces such as floors & bathroom, anti-grease spray to clean kitchen surfaces & walls (including inside the extractor above the cooker). If you have a washing drier, hoover it out & clean the filter on washing machine. In the kitchen take out the drawers & hoover underneath them. Antical to clean limescale deposits off taps.

Not trying to be rude but aren't all these things people do on a regular basis anyway?

It's what Swiss people do and they never have a problem at handovers compared with the ordeals that some 'expats' experience.
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Pack now. Pack so that you can clear one complete room or area of your things, and concentrate on cleaning that room/area.

Start at the top and work your way down. Ceilings (including the corners)- > electrical fittings in the ceiling -> curtain rails -> walls -> windows and windowframes and so on.

Be absolutely meticulous. Every single speck of dust and every mark must be removed.

Be absolutely meticulous. Fill all holes in the walls. Other than professionally, you can achieve this with a mix of shreds of toilet paper soaked in a drop of water, a drop of wood-glue, and a squish of white toothpaste. Make a paste, and push it into any wall-holes using a matchstick. Wait for it to dry and add another dollop. Bit by bit.

Be absolutely meticulous. If you have made marks on the wall (and around the holes), try to cover them with something white (tippex, white-out, white paint) and this can work well and relatively unobtrusively if you dab it on with an earbud or a wad of toilet paper. Be sure not to leave a clear border, so your fix doesn’t show. If your walls are yellow-ish or grey-ish, you can sometimes tone your white cover-up by adding a bit of ash.

Be absolutely meticulous. Remove every mark from chalk in the water. Work on the bath and hand-basin with vinegar (Putzessig). Check under all the taps and the shower-head.

Be absolutely meticulous. Did I say that already?

Good Luck!


Thanks a lot. All this information is quite useful...Some sections I will ask my husband to clean it since we will have the house empty after selling\giving away the little furniture we have...

I agree it is not easy for 1 person to do everything...but we have time...
lets see...Swiss standard is indeed HIGH...
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If you do it yourself you will almost inevitably lose some of your deposit. Therefore you need to consider both stress and cost.
We are also thinking to clean as much as possible ( both my husband and myself) since we have 2 weeks time in hand and then get hold of some cleaning agency and ask them to clean with low rates on an hourly basis...

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Hoover dust from floors, walls & ceilings. Steam cleaner for surfaces such as floors & bathroom, anti-grease spray to clean kitchen surfaces & walls (including inside the extractor above the cooker). If you have a washing drier, hoover it out & clean the filter on washing machine. In the kitchen take out the drawers & hoover underneath them. Antical to clean limescale deposits off taps.
And as doropfiz says, fill in holes but you can buy a ready-made mastic in a tube in the Migros or Coop DIY to fill holes properly rather than toothpaste & toilet roll. You can also buy small pots of white paint to easily paint over marks on the walls (dab with round brush rather than flat paint brush to avoid paint lines).
I main focus area is the walls and the floor...what do I do for the wooden floor..?
Is there something as normal usage..wear and tear...?

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Re: House Cleaning - Self suggestion needed

How long have you lived there? Wear and tear does come into it. Also for any damage check if you can claim..Was it repainted before you moved in? Have you checked your contract to see what type of clean you need to do? All the agencies I have been involved with have asked not to fill holes or re-touch paintwork as it stands out a mile so do not start messing about filling holes.

My advice is to contact your letting agent to see what is what. Does your contract cover an endclean? Some agencies take a fee that is included in your deposit to cover this. What size is the apartment?

Really though check your contract and call the letting agency. It will put your mind at ease. You will get the right info from them and not get confused by all the replies on here
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Not trying to be rude but aren't all these things people do on a regular basis anyway?
You'd think wouldn't you but no & the bill turned up that the previous occupants hadn't paid for the cleaning service they had hired. I think certain nationalities have different standards to others about cleaning. There was crud inside the kitchen cabinets, the drier had obviously never been cleaned as there were years of accumulated fluff, the insides of the toilets were brown with rust & the shower bases had brown gunk on them too. The inside of the cooker extractor had also obviously never been cleaned & was coated in thick grease. The cleaning had obviously been limited to surfaces & what showed, not what I would consider a thorough cleaning.
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Re: House Cleaning - Self suggestion needed

Was all this not all checked at the handover??
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You'd think wouldn't you but no & the bill turned up that the previous occupants hadn't paid for the cleaning service they had hired. I think certain nationalities have different standards to others about cleaning. There was crud inside the kitchen cabinets, the drier had obviously never been cleaned as there were years of accumulated fluff, the insides of the toilets were brown with rust & the shower bases had brown gunk on them too. The inside of the cooker extractor had also obviously never been cleaned & was coated in thick grease. The cleaning had obviously been limited to surfaces & what showed, not what I would consider a thorough cleaning.
I've seen that too.

That's the trouble with these threads with people asking how easy it is to do the hand-over clean. Depending on their standards, it could be a doddle or mission impossible.
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Re: House Cleaning - Self suggestion needed

Pay particular attention to the cooker if that is being left.
The check will involve fingers testing the jets, elements and liner for any sign of grease.
Clean and then clean again!!
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Please provide some suggestions and tips to make it stress free
Do you enjoy cleaning? If so, it'll be stress free. If not, it won't.

Whether the stress is worth the savings on a professional cleaning service only you can judge - depending on how much you enjoy being stressed and how much spare moolah you have lying around.
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Re: House Cleaning - Self suggestion needed

In the link below you can find a checklist of what you'd usually have to clean:

http://www.homegate.ch/neutral/img/c..._reinigung.pdf

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Pay particular attention to the cooker if that is being left.
The check will involve fingers testing the jets, elements and liner for any sign of grease.
Clean and then clean again!!

true...thanks...indeed Handover is not a easy task...


I would like to return the apartment as I got it..nicely cleaned.. that's my motive.

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Do you enjoy cleaning? If so, it'll be stress free. If not, it won't.

Whether the stress is worth the savings on a professional cleaning service only you can judge - depending on how much you enjoy being stressed and how much spare moolah you have lying around.

I enjoy cleaning in detail so I am not worried about that...also my husband will be involved in cleaning 100%....
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Re: House Cleaning - Self suggestion needed

My recommendation, pay for a cleaning company they know all details and owners can claim them directly
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