You just inherited a very old house from your great grandpa? Well, if you are planning on moving into it, you will need to some serious cleaning and possibly renovations, especially if it hasn’t really been deep cleaned for decades.
Remember that even if you are planning on painting the walls, you should take the time to clean up all the dirt, soot, and all the horrible stuff which has gotten stuck to the walls and ceilings, as well as the floors.
It is a good idea to get some TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) which is an excellent solution for painting enhancement and is very efficient for cleaning, deglossing and degreasing walls and ceilings before applying paint.
If the house has a natural wood floor, you can use cheap and natural apple cider vinegar to polish it and restore its great natural look. The cleaning and polishing of wood floors or clings with apple cider vinegar involve the use of a gallon of warm water with ¼ cup of vinegar. Scrub with a scrub sponge t small areas to remove all dirt, grime and other accumulated residue.
You can wash the tiles and grout in the old house with the normal cleaning solution you will use, but if it has been a long time from the last deep cleaning it could take several scrubbings. You can seal it once you are done, to make things easier the next time around.
You can clean those old wooden cabinets with water and dishwasher solution and a sponge. Dry them with a cloth or towel and clean and buff them with an oil soap solution.
To deep clean the old bathroom, you should wet the walls with a solution of an alkaline soap scum remover, dishwashing machine detergent and a gallon of warm water. Use a spray bottle to wet all walls and surfaces in the bathroom. Let it sit for about 15 minutes and then use a scrub sponge to scrub them. After they are cleaned, you should rinse all walls, floors and surfaces with water. If necessary, you can repeat the process.
Sometimes, old houses tend to smell, so the source of the nasty odour needs to be located and eliminated. This may mean to hire professional carpet cleaners to deep clean the carpets, or removing the carpets altogether. Also, sometimes old wood cabinets, as well as panels, can emit the strong smell too. Once you remove the wallboard panelling, the smell will probably be gone with it.