If you have a grandparent moving in with you that always had the perfectly clean house, you need to make sure you have your house ready for them by cleaning it. This will help them feel much more comfortable. Your house may not stay as clean as theirs, but at least it will be on the day they move in. Below are two things you should clean to help you get started.
Clean the Upholstery
If you have upholstered chairs, sofas, or other type of furniture that has not been cleaned in some time, now is a good time to do it. Before you get started, vacuum the upholstery. Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner if you have one. If you have pets, purchase a pet hair remover to ensure all the hair is removed from the furniture.
Before you purchase an upholstery cleaner, you need to know what type you should use. This depends on the type of upholstery fabric. The fabric for upholstery can be varied, such as acrylic, olefin, rayon, linen, acetate, silk, wool, or cotton. If you are not sure, look for a tag on the furniture that should show what type of fabric it is. These tags usually have information on how to clean the furniture.
If you are not sure the type of fabric you have and the furniture does not have any tags, contact a professional upholstery cleaning service to clean your furniture for you. This will ensure nothing is damaged from being cleaned in the wrong way.
Clean the Carpets
Carpets can become dingy, dirty, and stained very easily. If you have not cleaned your carpets in some time, you should clean them now. You can rent a carpet cleaner vacuum at many home supply stores, as well as the carpet cleaner. They are generally easy to use and should come with complete instructions. If you do not want to clean the carpets yourself, you can hire a professional carpet cleaning company to do this job for you.
If you have pets that have ever urinated on the carpeting, it can be difficult to remove this type of stain and smell. You can try to make your own cleaner at home to do this. One thing to try is to put one cup of white distilled vinegar into two cups of water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle, and spray the urine stained areas liberally. Let the mixture sit on the carpet for about 10 or 15 minutes. Blot the vinegar out with a dry white cloth after this time. Once it is completely dry, sprinkle baking soda over the area. Make sure you completely cover the stain. The baking soda will pull odor out of the carpet fibers. After about 30 minutes, vacuum the area. If you still have the smell, purchase a commercial product to get it out.
Once you finish with these two tasks, you can continue on getting your house spotless for your grandparent.