How to Clean Your New Home: 5 Forgotten Areas

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Moving into a new home is exciting and presents a blank slate for a fresh start. But what may not be so fresh and clean is your new home. While the previous owners should have cleaned right before moving out, there’s a chance it was only the bare minimum. There are a few infrequently thought about areas that were probably missed and could benefit from some TLC. These are the 5 easily forgotten areas you should know how to clean in your new home.

How to clean Your New Home: 5 Forgotten Areas

But before you get started…

Start from the top and work your way down

As you go about cleaning your new home, wherever you’re cleaning, start from the top and work your way down from there. If you sweep and mop your floors before you dust your ceiling fan and wipe out your cabinets, you’ll just end up with another layer of dirt and dust to sweep and mop all over again. As the saying you’ve probably heard a hundred times goes, “Work smarter, not harder.”

1. Begin with the Fridge

There are certain cleaning tasks you can postpone, but cleaning your fridge isn’t one of them. Whether you’re bringing perishable food from your old home or sending your spouse/partner to the grocery store to pick up necessities, you’ll need a cold place to store your food. The good news is your new fridge is empty, and it shouldn’t take you too long to clean. Pull out all of the shelves, drawers, and other loose parts. Wipe down the inside of the fridge and each loose piece. If there’s gunk stuck somewhere, liberally spray it with your cleaning solution and let it sit for 5 minutes. It should wipe away pretty easily after that. Thoroughly dry everything and put it all back in the fridge.

2. Don’t Forget to Clean the Oven 

Unless there’s something caked to the bottom causing smoke while it’s turned on, most people aren’t thinking about the cleanliness of their oven. There’s probably layers of grease from years of use from the previous owners (unless they did actually clean the oven before leaving). How you should clean your oven depends on the state of it and what kind of oven you have. Some have a self cleaning function. If yours does not, you can use the regular oven cleaner you find in the cleaning supply aisle at your grocery store. Or you can sprinkle baking soda all over the oven, spray it with vinegar, and let it sit before wiping away. You might have to let it sit for a few hours for this method to work, but it is a non-toxic cleaning method with proven results.

3. Wipe down Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets and Closets

The inside of cabinets and closets are something you wouldn’t normally think to clean. But when you move into a new home, you should clean them before storing all of your belongings inside. The previous owners might have forgotten about a product spill in your new-to-you bathroom cabinet. A kitchen cabinet may have previously been a small pantry and is now covered with old, dried spices. Closets could be coated with dust and who knows what else. Even if they look clean, give them a quick wipe down just to be sure.

4. Replace the Toilet Seats

An easy, quick fix for having a much cleaner bathroom in your new home is to swap out the old toilet seat for a new one. Toilet seats are full of grime and bacteria. No matter how well you clean, you’re better off just purchasing a new toilet seat. 

5. Deep Clean the Carpets

If the carpets aren’t new, you’ll need to give them a deep clean with a steam cleaner. If you don’t own one, that’s not a problem. You can either hire a professional to do it or rent a steam cleaner from Lowe’s or Home Depot. Even if the carpet looks relatively clean, looks can be deceiving. The steam cleaner will remove hidden dirt and allergens from your carpet.

Now you know how to clean your new home and all those forgotten spaces! But before you get started, you have to find a new home. And that means you have to move. And if you’re thinking about hiring movers, we at Moving U & Junk U believe we’re the best moving company for you. Whether you’re looking for assistance with moving, packing, junk removal, or a little of each, you can sit back, relax, and trust us to take care of all the heavy lifting for you. Our services are completely customizable. We’ll accommodate your needs, whether that means you only want us to move the heavier pieces of furniture or you want us to move everything down to the tiniest boxes. We are licensed and insured, and you can find and read many five star reviews on YelpGoogle, and Facebook. Our movers are professionally trained to safely move your belongings from point A to point B. We’ll treat every item with the utmost care and make your move stress free.

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