Six Cleaning Tips For First Time Home Owners

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Are you moving into your new home for the very first time? Congratulations! However, you can’t rest easy just yet. You’ll need to give your brand new property a thorough clean before you can move all of your belongings into your new house. A brand new construction will have debris and dust to remove, while an established properly will have dirt lurking in unexpected locations. So get your cleaning products together, put on Marigolds, and let’s get to work!

1.Cleaning Your Bathroom

The first place to begin within a new home is the bathroom. This is the area where most grime can collect, and you’re also most likely to need to use it! Begin at the very top by dusting the ceiling vents, light fixtures, fans and corners. Then move onto the windowsills and coverings. If there are inbuilt closets and cabinets, give these a wash both outside and in too, then make sure you’ve scrubbed the tub and shower enclosure. Moving onto the toilet, scrub the outside, handles, back and interior and wash down your mirrors, sink and all fixtures. Your bathroom will then be ready for use.

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2. The Kitchen

The kitchen is the second most important room to clean in your new home. You’ll probably find a fair bit of dirt here too, with grease on surfaces and unwanted cooking smells lingering from the last occupant. Once again, start your cleaning from the top of the room, dusting the lights, fans and ceiling then clean the walls, checking for any grubby fingerprints around the corners and light switches. You can use a liquid stick cleaner to remove stubborn stains and apply fabric softener to a cloth or sponge to remove sticky spots. Use mild disinfectant to wipe down the interior of your cabinets, and you might want to consider lining them for your plates and dishes. Wipe down the cabinet doors with mild soap, cleaning away grease with a mix of water and baking soda. Don’t forget the counter-tops and handles.

3. Cleaning Your Oven

If you’re lucky enough to have acquired appliances with your purchase, you’ll certainly want to give those a good clean before using them for the first time. You may want to use steam to clean your oven as this is a safe method. Simply pop an ovenproof bowl of vinegar into the oven and leave on a moderate heat until steam has formed. Once the oven has cooled down, you can then simply wipe away the grease and stains. If your oven requires a little more effort, try a store-bought appliance cleaner and a heavy-duty sponge or cloth.

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4. The Fridge Freezer

If you’ve acquired a fridge freezer as part of your purchase, these too will require a good clean. Unplug it from the wall and allow it to get to room temperature before cleaning as this makes the job quicker and easier. Choose a soft sponge or cloth since harsh sponges will scratch it’s surface/ Take out the bins and drawers and clean them thoroughly in soapy, hot water. Wash down the shelves and walls and then pull the whole appliance away from the wall, wiping down its outsides. Don’t forget to clean the seal and the door handles too before replacing the bins and shelves.

5. Cleaning Your Carpets

When you move into a home that is carpeted, you might want to hire a professional cleaning service. However, you can clean them yourself with a carpet cleaning machine. This will make sure that any bacteria is killed and any grime is thoroughly removed. It will also ensure that any fleas or bugs are killed too.

6. Hardwood Floors

If you have wooden floors or laminate flooring in your new home, you’ll need to sweep thoroughly before moving furniture into the property. Don’t forget to clean under any appliances or heating vents. You should use a mild detergent to clean the surface and to get a polished look. You may need to apply a wax finish to a real hardwood floor to ensure the best possible result.

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