12 Awesome Tips To Help You Clean A New House
Moving into a new house is exciting and filled with possibilities, from fresh starts to new adventures. But just because you’re moving into a house that’s new to you, doesn’t mean it’s new – or clean! Here we give you a few helpful tips to help you clean a new house so that you’ll feel great about unpacking and less worried about what the previous owners left behind.
Clean a New House With These 12 Great Tips
We suggest making a handy list of things to clean before you move into a new house, especially if you have no idea who lived there before. Better be safe than sorry and clean the house top to bottom before you officially move in. Read our tips to clean a new house and you’ll be on your way to getting a spotless home before you move in.
Tip #1: Start with the bathrooms.
You’ll likely be spending AT LEAST a day in your new home cleaning, and we all have to go, so might as well start at the bathrooms. Hopefully, previous tenants cleaned this already, but this room might be the most germ-filled, so there’s no harm in a little extra scrubbing.
An easy way to start is by replacing the toilet seat right way. Easy and inexpensive. Don’t forget the medicine cabinet!
Tip #2: Don’t forget the kitchen cabinets.
The kitchen cabinets are often forgotten, and they can get gross quickly. Before you fill them, wipe out all of the shelves and drawers with a damp cloth. If you like to use shelf and drawer liners, now is the time!
When you’re satisfied with the bathrooms and kitchen cabinets, move on to the kitchen. Remove all stovetop parts and take all shelves and drawers out of the refrigerator. Soak these in a large tub of soap and water and a splash of vinegar. While those are getting clean, wipe down all countertops, inside of the fridge, and the appliances.
Tip #3: Check behind the fridge!
When was the last time you cleaned behind your fridge? We bet the previous residents didn’t bother, and the dust build up is a potential fire hazard. Move the fridge away from the wall and vacuum up all that dirt.
Tip #4: Grease Stains? Try baking soda and water.
Make a baking soda and water paste for those hard to clean grease stains. Let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe it clean! Also good for sinks and ovens, which can build up gunk quickly. For added cleaning power, spray a vinegar and water solution on the baking soda spots.
Tip #5: Use a microfiber cloth instead of paper towels.
Chances are, it’s gotten a little dusty, and if you want to clean a new house right, you’ll want to dust and wipe everything down before you move in. A microfiber cloth won’t scratch anything, and they’re reusable. Plus, let’s not forget that they eliminate the need for harsh chemicals.
Tip#6: Shampoo the carpet.
Did the previous owners smoke or have pets? Smoke can linger in the carpet, and though we hate to admit it, so can fleas and ticks. Hire a professional or rent out a carpet shampooer to really beat the smell and kill all the bugs.
Do this last, and leave some windows cracked so that the carpets can air out overnight.
Tip #7: Buff out hardwood scratches.
The house is empty, and you’re cleaning anyways, so you might as well fill in the scuff marks. Rather than strategically placing furniture over that big scratch, buff it out with some resurfacing materials. Then make sure you use furniture padding so you don’t make the same mistakes! Make your own floor savers to save some money with these DIY leather furniture pads.
Tip #8: Wipe down window trim and crown molding.
Grab the stepladder and a damp cloth and get to work. Crown molding can harbor spiderwebs and dust build-up and window trims often get dirtier than we realize. Clean both at the same time before you move in so you don’t have to wonder if it’s clean.
Tip #9: Clean the walls.
From sticky kid fingerprints to food splashes and everything in between, our walls can get so dirty. When it’s time to clean a new house, you definitely don’t want to forget this step. Wipe down walls thoroughly, especially if you are thinking of repainting.
Tip #10: Don’t forget the closets.
The closets are empty, so grab the vacuum or broom and get those dust bunnies that hide in the dark corners. Don’t skip this part, you don’t want to accidentally drop some clothes or toys in a pile of someone else’s dust!
It might be a good idea to also wipe the walls and hanging rod.
Tip #11: Sweep the garage and hang any shelves you might need.
Now’s the time to figure out the layout of the garage, and sweep up all the previous trash and dirty. Put a rug in front of the door for easy shoe cleaning and hang up some shelves for the new tools.
Tip #12: Make a chore list for your family.
Now that your home is spotless (for the time being), you can make an easy chore chart for your family! Hang them in your kid’s rooms or on a command center in the kitchen so that it is easy to find. If everyone does ten minutes of cleaning a day, your home can stay clean and organized longer!
There you have it! Some easy tips on how to clean a new home before you move in. If you’re not into cleaning, though, research some local cleaning services in the area. Professionals can typically get the job done a lot faster, and as we all know, time is money. Moving into a new home can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Let us help make your experience smooth and hassle-free. Give Pinnacle Property a call today at 406-298-5888 or email us at [email protected] for more information on how we can find your dream home!