When we allow things to pile up in our homes or businesses, it can result in numerous negative consequences. One of which is the accumulation of dirt, dust, and debris. If you are dealing with a hoarded property, or you find yourself looking for alternatives to deep cleaning items and furniture after hoarding in the property, the starting point can be rough. That's why we've put together this article to give you four tips for deep cleaning items and furniture, with guidance on how to restore or discard them, if necessary.
Have a Clear Plan or Outline
Cleaning a heavily cluttered or hoarded space can be a challenging endeavor. It's crucial to make a plan before diving into the cleaning process. Break down the space into manageable portions that you can tackle one at a time. Write down the cleaning supplies you'll need, and enlist help if necessary. This list must include, at least, the following:
- Heavy-duty trash bags
- Cleaning solutions (such as bleach, disinfectant, and degreaser)
- Scrubbing brushes and sponges
- Protective gear (gloves, mask, goggles)
- A vacuum cleaner with attachments
Trust us. Having a plan will save you time, avoid stress, and ensure that you don't miss any areas that need attention.
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Declutter, Sort, and Select Items
As you work through the hoarded items and furniture, take the time to declutter and sort the rooms and whatever might be inside some of that furniture, like drawers, cabinets, and closets. Decide what items are worth keeping, donating to charity, or tossing in the trash. Here are some tips for decluttering:
- Create piles of items you want to keep, donate, and dispose of.
- Be honest with yourself during this process and only keep items that you need or bring you joy.
- Set aside sentimental items and valuables that you're not ready to part with yet.
- Use a sorting system based on categories such as keep, donate/sell, and toss.
- Consider the condition of each item and if it's worth keeping or can be replaced in the future.
Use the Right Cleaning Supplies
Deep cleaning hoarded items and furniture requires specific cleaning supplies. Start by dusting the items with a microfiber cloth to remove any loose dirt and debris. For specific items, here are some tips:
- When cleaning non-porous surfaces like plastic, metal, or glass, use a mixture of bleach and water for disinfecting.
- For tougher stains and dirt, use a cleaning solution that is safe for the material you are cleaning. It's essential to read the cleaning solution's label to ensure that it's safe for the furniture or item you're cleaning. Avoid using harsh chemicals that can damage the material or cause discoloration.
- For wooden surfaces, make sure to use a mild degreaser and wood cleaner to preserve the condition of the wood.
- Consider using a steam cleaner for deeply embedded dirt or stains on fabric furniture or carpets.
- Always test a small, inconspicuous area before using any cleaning solution or method on the entire item to avoid potential damage.
By using the right cleaning supplies and techniques, you can effectively clean up any items that might have been impacted by mold, deep seepage of grime, or pests. Know that, in some cases, items can be unsalvagable.
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Consider Professional Help
Cleaning a hoarded space can be time-consuming, difficult, and in some cases, overwhelming. Don't be afraid to ask for help from professionals or friends and family. A hoarding cleanup company can provide the expertise and resources needed to deep clean items and furniture safely and determine whether it's safe to keep some of them. Remember that seeking help is okay and can make the entire process more manageable.
Bio-One of Oceanside is Ready to Help!
Starting with a plan, decluttering and sorting, using the right cleaning supplies, and enlisting help are all crucial steps in the process. At Bio-One of Oceanside, our team of trained professionals is ready to assist with all your hoarding cleanup needs. Contact us today for more information and to schedule a consultation. Don't let hoarding take over your life and home. We're here to support you every step of the way.