How to Clean a New Home
Updated: Sep 4
Moving into a new home; whether a new house or an apartment is synonymous with new beginnings or starting fresh. The first thing you should do is turn an empty house into your home and one of the best ways to accept your new house as a home is to take care of it before you even move in. A newly constructed house can leave dust and debris in unexpected places, while in an established home; previous occupants may have it cleaned, and dirt and grime may still be lurking in obvious and hidden places. Before your furniture or other objects are brought in and unpacked your personal belongings, deep cleaning the house before moving in is a must. Getting your new home spotless before occupancy can make a huge difference. Bear in mind that move-in deep cleaning entails a lot of work. Projects like this one are not for everyone since, in the transition, a lot of things have to be taken care of. So, you might want to consider the services of a professional for deep cleaning houses in Chicago. However, if you decide to do it yourself but don’t know how to accomplish a thorough move-in cleaning. No problem! Here are some move-in cleaning tips that you might want to consider.
DOUBLE-CHECK THE HOUSE.
This ensures you that what was agreed upon is all accounted for and everything you expected to be there is still in the house. Also, you might identify some things that need to be repaired or replaced. This way you won’t mess up your cleaning process by starting over after replacing or repairing damaged areas.
START AT THE TOP OF EACH ROOM AND WORK YOUR WAY DOWN
The rationale behind this is that, particles while cleaning high features of a room will eventually lead to the area below and you don’t want to redo the cleaning over again. Light fixtures, ceiling fans, and other fixtures near the ceiling are prone to getting filthy and they don’t get cleaned too often; hence, they tend to squirt dirt and dust onto the space below when cleaned. Use a duster to clean these fixtures and remove cobwebs and use a vacuum wand extension to reach high and tough-to-reach areas. Pro Tip: Use a pillowcase to clean your ceiling fan. Just insert each fan blade into the pillowcase, use your hand to press the fabric onto the blades, and pull outwards. The pillowcase will catch all that dust that accumulates up there, leaving no mess on the floor.
CLEAN THE KITCHEN
Use baking soda to remove stains; it is a mild abrasive and won’t scratch surfaces. For a stainless steel sink, use a mixture of lemon juice and water, this helps to make your sink shine. For cabinets, wipe them with a soft cloth inside and out. Make sure to clean it thoroughly in order not to attract pests. For countertops, clean them with disinfectant wipes.
For stains on metal hardware (faucets, sinks, or showerheads), rub fresh lemon juice. Acid from the lemon juice breaks down hard water stains and makes metal surfaces shine as new. For stained tile grout, apply a paste of baking soda and then add some vinegar, let it sit for up to half an hour, this helps weaken the stain and can easily be scrubbed away. For the toilet bowl, all surfaces should be wiped with a sponge or paper towel to clean. Wipe it with vinegar or bleach to disinfect it. Fill the toilet’s water tank with vinegar and let it sit overnight. This helps you eliminate bacteria. Also, use vinegar to clean glass shower doors. Do not forget to disinfect towel hangers, doorknobs, and light switches. To minimize the accumulation of moisture, leave the door and windows open, and turn on the exhaust vent once you’re through.
Before you start cleaning your wall, Test a small area to be sure you won’t damage the paint or texture on your walls. Use a vinegar and water mixture to wipe down your walls. It is an environmentally safe cleaner that helps eliminate molds, germs, and foul smells. Remember to include baseboards and moldings, tops of door frames, and light switches.
Consider the type of surface of your flooring. For wood floors, sweep thoroughly and mop them with mild soap or wood soap. This gives it a polished shine and fresh fragrance. For tile, linoleum, stone, or concrete floors, vacuum all corners and edges and then sweep the remaining debris. Mop by using an appropriate cleaning product that’s safe for the surface you’re using it on. For carpets, since they hide dirt, dust, bacteria, and allergens make sure to hire a professional. This will ensure that your carpet is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
For move-in/move-out cleaning needs, you can always count on a professional cleaning services company. Call LizMarie Cleaning Services at (773) 798-2008 or you may also book our services online