As a home-seller, you already know that your house has to be spotless when people are coming by for a showing – but how do you keep your kitchen clean enough to impress prospective buyers when you still live there? These seven kitchen cleaning tips for showings can help.
Check out our seven kitchen cleaning tips for showings:
- Load the dishwasher first
- Fill the sink with hot, soapy water
- Clear the counters
- Make use of a laundry basket
- Take out the trash
- Wipe down all the surfaces
- Save the floor for last
Here’s a closer look at each.
Kitchen Cleaning Tip #1 for Showings: Load the Dishwasher First
Tackle the sink first. Put everything in the dishwasher. You don’t have to run it yet – especially if it’s noisy and the people are going to be there before it can finish a cycle.
Pro Tip: It’s easier if you just put dishes straight in the dishwasher after using them, but if you’re living with other people, we know it can be a bit complicated to get them all to cooperate.
Kitchen Cleaning Tip #2 for Showings: Fill the Sink With Hot, Soapy Water
As soon as your sink is empty, fill it with hot water and a dash of dish soap. This will help you clean the sink without scouring, make the space smell cleaner and provide you with something you can use to wipe down the counters.
Kitchen Cleaning Tip #3 for Showings: Clear the Counters
Put away everything on the countertops other than the items you’ve placed there for staging (such as a cookbook or a vase of fresh flowers).
Kitchen Cleaning Tip #4 for Showings: Make Use of a Laundry Basket
When there isn’t time to put away everything on your counters, whisk it all into a laundry basket and put it in the trunk of your car. You can handle it when you get back after the showing.
Kitchen Cleaning Tip #5 for Showings: Take Out the Trash
Even if your trash can isn’t full, take out the bag and put it in your outdoor trash can. This helps prevent unwanted odors – and on the off-chance that a prospective buyer opens your trash can, it’ll be empty with a fresh bag.
Pro Tip: Invest in lightly scented trash bags and use them while your house is on the market.
Kitchen Cleaning Tip #6 for Showings: Wipe Down All the Surfaces
Use the hot, soapy water from your sink to wipe down all the surfaces in your kitchen, paying special attention to the stove and backsplashes. Spritz a little window cleaner on a paper towel or cleaning cloth and wipe down your metal faucets and handles to make them shine.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to drain the sink and wipe it out with window cleaner when you’re done!
Kitchen Cleaning Tip #7 for Showings: Save the Floor for Last
Sweep the floor and spot-clean it with a damp cloth. You don’t need to mop the whole thing if you’re pressed for time – especially if it won’t be dry by the time your prospective buyers arrive – but you do need to turn on all the lights and look for areas that need a little TLC.
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