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Tips for cleaning your new home

July 23rd, 2012 - 9:49 AM

Make it sparkle
A clean home is a happy home! Before you start deciding where each piece of furniture goes, read these tips to make your home as clean as possible:

Get prepared
Put on your cleaning clothes! You know, those clothes that you don’t mind getting bleach on or getting ruined. Wear old (but clean) shoes, too. Have all your cleaning supplies ready to go so that you’re not searching for them during the cleaning process.

Walls and ceilings
I never considered cleaning the walls and ceiling in my first home. Get the cobwebs down, clean the corners, and wipe down the air vents. If you suffer from allergies, cleaning these things could keep the sneezing and sniffling down.

If you have a steam cleaner, that will get your carpets really clean! If not, vacuum every inch of carpet slowly so that you can pick up more dirt. If you have non-carpet floors, sweep them first, then mop. Wooden floors require a wood floor cleaning liquid, as regular soap cleaners will ruin them. Mixing ½ cup of white vinegar with 1 gallon of water is a great non-toxic way to clean wood floors. To clean your baseboards, place painter’s tape beneath the baseboards and pull it up. Use a pencil to get the tape underneath the baseboard.

Use drain cleaner to keep all drains flowing smoothly. The shower and toilet will need a powerful cleaner, stronger than all-purpose. Baking soda is a great bathroom cleaner. It can really get the tough spots—just sprinkle it on the spot and scrub it in.   

The fridge, stove, and oven are the three appliances that need the most work. Use shelf-liner for all of your cabinets and drawers. Use grease remover for your exhaust fan and light above the stove. Any tough residue on the top of the stove can be cleaned with baking soda, too. Baking soda is also good for getting rid of leftover smells from a drain or garbage disposal – just pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup of white vinegar. Let the solution sit in the drain for a few minutes, then rinse with hot water.

Cleaning your house from top to bottom may seem like a lot of work, but you’ll be so glad to have it cleaned and ready to move in. After a thorough clean, maintaining the cleanliness of your home will not be as hard to do.