Originally Posted by CryPixie83
[/U]It's cold and dreary so keeping the windows open is a no-go
but you can bet once it warms up the place is getting a nice airing out
Can you really not leave the windows open for a few hours, even an hour, with the heat off, then turn it on and get cleaning? Or clean in the cold a little? I would think a good first airing out would help so much.
I really think you can do it all with just
|water, vinegar, baking soda and Dr Bronners|
and rubber gloves, a face mask, and tons of cleaning clothes, scrubbies, brushes, etc.
Is there wood in the house? Like built-in cabinets or in the kitchen? I really love to use lemon oil for wood, it smells so nice. You could start by scrubbing with hot water/soap or vinegar, then dry and finish off with lemon oil.
I think using a spray bottle filled with full strength white vinegar with a bunch of drops of lavendar really is a great way to go over all surfaces AFTER you've done the hot water/Dr. Bronner's. Then again, I suppose you could use lavendar Dr. Bronners, too.
Oh and a vacuum cleaner, brooms, a mop with multiple heads. If you have paper filter bags inside your vacuum, you could sprinkle some essential oil on the bag, which I would think would scent the filtered air coming out of the vacuum, which would make the air just that much more pleasant as you can cleaning and hanging out in your new place.
Are you going to paint the walls (preferably with low VOC paint or milk paint) after you clean them? (a mop in hot water with Dr. Bronners would be an easier way to accomplish that, I'd think). I find that there is such a fresh feeling after painting, particularly when previous tenants have smoked or just been generally unclean.
Is there carpet in the unit? I have heard other posters say that using a carpet cleaning machine with just hot water and vinegar is actually quite effective. Another thing I read mentioned using a small amount of Dr. Bronners but then doing a second run with water/vinegar to get all the soap out. Sprinkling baking soda on all the carpets and letting it sit for a while before vacuuming (then steam cleaning) might be a good way to lessen vicious smells, also. If you find that there are any pet smells, try to use an pet enzyme cleaner, such as Nature's Miracle (available in pet stores) to clean obvious areas, or add it to your carpet cleaning machine reservoir.
Here are a few cleaning hint links that I've collected, hopefully you'll find something that helps you:
If the previous occupants were that messy, the place might well have a pest problem. You might want to get started on that ASAP by using diatemaceous earth: http://www.dirtworks.net/Diatomaceou...OVMTC=standard
Hope that helps! Good luck!