Published: June 19, 2010

AVON, Ohio (July 22, 2010) – College move-in day. The scene is almost always the same: hundreds, sometimes thousands, of students cramming the tight quarters of dormitory rooms or off-campus rental units on a hot summer day with the mission of unpacking their belongings and settling into their new living space as quickly as possible. For parents, this means the daunting task of setting up their child’s “home-away-from-home” – everything from moving in furniture, programming electronics, unpacking clothes, and, of course, cleaning and disinfecting rooms from top to bottom.

Whether it’s an on-campus dorm room or a nearby apartment, chances are the student’s living space has been occupied before, which means areas like dresser drawers, kitchen cabinets, pantries, desks, etc., need extra cleaning attention before they are filled with belongings. After thoroughly wiping down these surfaces, removing any dirt, dust or crumbs that accumulated, lay down shelf liner, like Duck® brand Smooth Top® Easy Liner® shelf liner, to further freshen up and create a barrier between these lived-in spaces.
Made of wipe-clean vinyl with a non-slip underside, Smooth Top Easy Liner  shelf liner has all the features you need to help students’ dresser drawers, cabinets, cupboards and pantries feel like new. Its non-adhesive design means you can simply cut to size and lay in place. And, its smooth, vinyl surface catches messes and spills as they happen, making clean up a breeze. For truly tough spills and sticky messes, students can clean and sanitize Smooth Top Easy Liner shelf liner in the washing machine.

Below are a few other cleaning tips to consider that may not have made your move-in day checklist:

  • Blinds are notorious for collecting dust. Wipe them down to prevent dust from spreading.

  • Thoroughly clean out the insides of kitchen appliances, including refrigerator compartments and under stove burners.

  • Scrub bathroom fixtures like tubs, toilets and sinks.

  • Go over surfaces that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and handles) with antibacterial wipes.

  • Start your cleaning efforts from the top down, saving the floor for last. This will save you additional clean-up time from any dust or dirt that flies around.

Taking extra time and care on move-in day to thoroughly clean out living spaces and line shelves, cabinets and drawers with shelf liner will help make cleaning efforts last the whole school year through. Protecting these surfaces from scratches and spills can also help make move-out a snap and prevent end-of-year damage charges.

Smooth Top Easy Liner  shelf liner is available in 12” and 20” widths in a variety of colors and patterns such as gingham, marble gray, burlap, embossed white and more. Forget to pack shelf liner amongst all the other belongings? Duck® brand shelf liner products are available at Walmart and other mass retail stores near college campuses.
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