The New Home Clean Up: How to Clean When Moving In


Moving to a new apartment is always fun. However, there are so many things to take care of before settling in the new house. Whether you’re buying or renting, move-in cleaning is a necessity you can’t assume.  The previous occupants, no matter how organized or well-intentioned, probably left behind some mess that you’ll want to clean up before moving in. Here are a few tips to get your pre-move in cleaning done effectively.

–    Clean top to bottom

Most people dust off the countertops and floors only to forget that ceiling fans, shelving, overhead lighting fixtures, and other features are also prone to getting grimy. When cleaning the rooms, start from the top and work your way down so that dirt won’t spread to already cleaned spaces.

–    If you’re cleaning after moving in, work on the fridge first

Although you can put-off some things while cleaning the rest of the house, food is an exception. Before you work on anything, start by cleaning and sanitizing your fridge. Remove the drawers and shelves if possible, and clean them using a detergent and hot water. For the inside, you can use a water-vinegar solution to clean the dirt. If there’s some sticky grime in your fridge that won’t just wipe off, use some boiled water to scrub it off.  Remember to return the shelves only if they are completely dry.

–    Attend the rest of the kitchen

After cleaning your fridge, you can move on to the rest of the kitchen. As in step one, clean high from the ceiling moving down to the walls and cabinet tops. Next, clean your appliances- stovetop, microwave, dishwasher, sinks and finally the countertops and cabinets. If there are stubborn stains on the stovetop, scrub them off using a hydrogen peroxide and baking soda solution.

–    Move to the bathrooms

Bathroom cleaning involves cleaning the surfaces to ensure they are spotless then disinfecting them. Additionally, remember to clean and sanitize light switches, door handles, faucets, and the toilet paper holder. If there are hard water stains on faucets or shower heads, you can break them down using fresh lemon juice.  As for toilet seats, the best option is replacing them.

–    On to the remaining space

For the rest of the rooms, clean as in step one without forgetting the overlooked surfaces such as door tops, windows, closet interiors, and light switches. Ideally, you can use a vacuum attachment to suck the dirt up before using a clean damp rag.

–    Lastly, clean the floors

After everything is done, it’s time to clean your floor. For linoleum, wood and tile floors, use a vacuum cleaner on the edges and corners and then sweep away the remaining debris. Finish your move-in cleaning by mopping the floors dry. For efficient carpet cleaning, consider using a steam cleaner or calling in a professional cleaner to do the job.  

Pro Tip – Enlist Professional Help

Move-in cleaning can be hectic especially if you are working alone while still trying to adjust with new life after relocation. If you want to ease this stress, call in the professionals. The cleaning experts at Maidforever offer a wide range of professional cleaning services meant to make your life easier. Instead of putting in so much elbow grease in your move in cleaning, call Maidforever cleaning specialists, and they’ll be happy to get you settled more quickly.