Best Tips For Cleaning Your New Home

Dated: 02/19/2019

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Ready to Move: Cleaning Your New Home Before Settling In

You know the drill when it’s spring cleaning time. You pull everything out and muscle heavy stuff aside so you can get to those dark and dingy corners, your home’s nether regions. That spring cleaning mindset is how you should approach cleaning a new condo or apartment before moving in because you want a fresh start in a home that looks, feels and smells clean. So knock it out now since you probably won’t be going at it this hard again until, well, spring.

Call a pro

It’s usually safe to assume the previous tenants of your condo or apartment had the space professionally cleaned before handing you the key, but you can’t always be 100 percent sure. If cleaning isn’t your cup of tea, err on the side of caution and call a professional cleaner to give it a really thorough, deep cleaning. If you’ve never used a professional cleaning service before, try this handy search tool to find a local cleaner near you.

Look up

It’s natural to look down when cleaning so you can peer between and underneath things and find those dust bunnies. But if you cast your eyes upward for a few minutes, you’ll discover a whole world of allergy-inducing dust and grime. Got ceiling fans? You can bet there’s a thick coating of dust on top of those fan blades, which can easily be cleaned with a handheld duster and a damp rag. Take a careful look around air ducts above eye level, which probably contain accumulated dust that can spread household pollutants. 

Fridge and toilets

These may not be the most important parts of your new home, but they’re close. And they’re certainly two features that should be carefully cleaned before everyone settles in. Refrigerators can be pretty unpleasant if they’ve been neglected, so take out all the shelves and drawers and clean them with soap and warm water. If you run into any sticky food residue, give it a good squirt with a vinegar/water solution, go at it with a scouring pad and you should be good to go. Don’t forget to put some baking soda in the back of the fridge to eliminate any lingering odors, and don’t forget to clean off the refrigerator vent.

The first thing you should do in the bathroom is replace the old toilet seat and clean around the base with bleach (the inside of the bowl will probably need to be cleaned as well). As long as you’re giving the bathroom a good cleaning, go ahead and do some disinfecting with an antibacterial spray on the toilet paper holder, light switches and doorknobs. For those hard water stains that build up on faucets and other metal fixtures, apply lemon juice, the acid of which will break down the most stubborn stains.


Hold off using a vacuum cleaner on tile, wood or linoleum floors. Start with a Swiffer, then use a vacuum attachment to clean up any leftover debris or hair along the baseboards and in corners, then give the entire space a good mopping.

Quality vacuum cleaner

Once you’ve got the floors cleaned, you’ll want to keep them that way and prevent the build-up of household pollutants and allergens with a high-suction, cordless vacuum cleaner, a safer and lightweight alternative to other models. Look for one with a HEPA filter to help maintain healthy indoor breathing air and sprinkle a little baking soda on carpeted space, especially if you have pets. 

Breathe easy

Take extra steps to make sure your indoor air is clean and stays that way. Keep surfaces clean and free of clutter to minimize the presence of dust mites, a source of breathing difficulty for many allergy sufferers. Vacuum heavy carpeting regularly and keep throw rugs clean by tossing them into the wash now and then. Put plastic covers over your mattress, pillows and box springs, which are havens for dust mites.

It’s always a good idea to clean before moving into a new home. It’s a safer approach than assuming the previous residents or landlord have seen to it and left the place in the kind of condition you have the right to expect. If house cleaning just isn’t your thing, a professional service will make sure all those nooks and crannies are cleaned and the place is ready for you to settle in and hang your hat.

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Michael Smith

Michael is a happily married father of six kids. They currently reside just south of Charleston on James Island and love living near Folly Beach! Michael has a passion for Buying and Selling homes and....

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