I know it can be hectic to plan and prepare for a vacation or business travel, so what I’m about to recommend might sound a little crazy, but just here me out …
You should deep clean before you travel. I know. I know. I’m adding another “to-do” to your list before you depart for vacation, but trust me when I say it is wonderful to return to a clean, fresh and beautiful apartment or home after vacation. And, if you’re too busy, you can always hire a maid service just before you leave for travel.
Here is what I recommend you deep clean in your home before you travel:
You should deep clean your bathroom before you leave. This means you should scrub the walls of your shower and the bathtub too. Try to remove all soap scum or rust from water and use a scented product for fresh smell.
You should also clean your toilet before you leave. You will just need a toilet brush, toilet bowl cleaner and a little elbow grease to complete this project.
Living Room & Bedrooms
Clear all of the clutter off of your floor and do a load of laundry too so it’s not waiting for you when you return.
You should vacuum the carpet in the bedrooms and living rooms and even hire a local carpet cleaning service if it’s been awhile. I always call Chem-Dry of Fort Wayne before I travel.
Dust all the surfaces in the bedrooms and the living room. Spray a deodorizer in the room too to return to a pleasant scent in your home instead of a stale aroma in the air.
Don’t leave a messy bed behind either. Clean your sheets and comforters and make the beds before you go. The less you need to do when you return, the better, as you will need to focus on family or work once you return from travel.
Deep clean the inside of the oven and the burners. Also deep clean your refrigerator and remove all old food and leftovers. You should throw away anything that’s about to expire and try to eat or drink everything in the refrigerator before you leave. You will have to go to the grocery store when you return anyways.
Wipe down the countertops and empty the dishwasher. Don’t leave any dirty dishes or silverware in the sink or they will leave a bad odor. Be sure to wipe down the floor too and mop if needed.
If you have a yard, you should trim the bushes and pull the weeds and mow the lawn. You don’t want things to get out of control during your vacation. An overgrown lawn can also be a sign that no one is home and this could attract attention you don’t want.
You will be exhausted when you return from travel and there will be work to do for your family or your job too. Try to eliminate one more thing from your post-vacation “to-do” list and perform a deep clean before you travel. You won’t regret it!