1. Make windows sparkle!
Forget spray cleaners. Instead sponge on a solution of dish soap & water-the less sudsy the better. Squeegee off the solution, rinse with clear water, then squeegee again. Wipe remaining drips with a damp, wrung-dry chamois, which soaks up wetness without leaving streaks.
2. Revive window screens!
Use a cleanser designed for use on aluminum car wheels. Work it into the mesh with a soft brush and rinse with water. Wear protective gloves when applying and avoid getting cleaner on lawn or plants.
3. Make the tub white again!
Use oven cleaner to get rid of ring-around-the drain stains on enameled cast iron. Let sit for an hour or two. Wipe off with a sponge or scrub stubborn stains with a non-scratch pad.
4. Steam-clean carpets!
You don’t need a pro. Rent a high-vacuum-power steamer at the home center. Just be sure to use a cleaning solution with a pH of 10 or less. To expedite drying and move in furniture faster, plug in a fan or dehumidifier.
5. Give wood floors some TLC!
Sweep, then follow with a vacuum cleaner (be sure to raise the beater bar so as not to scratch the surface). Follow with a damp mop and gentle cleanser, such as Bona, that won’t leave a film or residue.
Wipe the interior with mild soap, and absorb odors with a fresh box of baking soda or charcoal briquettes. To boost energy efficiency, dust off condenser coils with a vacuum cleaner fitted with a brush attachment.
There you have it. According to This Old House, these tips will help you rid funky smells and grime from former owners, so you are moving your belongings into a fresh, sparkling clean house, where the smells you make will be your own.