When moving into a new house or apartment, it’s important that your new home feels like yours, and that means removing certain reminders of the previous occupants. Lingering smells, grime, cobwebs and dust should all be gone by the time you transfer your belongings into your new home, so that your fresh start can be just that. Here’s how to clean a new house or flat:
How to Clean a New Home: a Checklist
1. Try Cleaning Your New Home Before You Move In
Although moving etiquette means the previous owners should really have cleaned the house before they moved out, their attempts are often not up to scratch. If this is the case, wipe away all your new home’s mental and physical webs before you move your things in, as it will be harder to do a thorough job of cleaning a new house or flat once your belongings are in place. Here’s how:
2. Clean Your New Home from High to Low
You don’t want dust, dirt, and bugs drifting down onto newly polished wood floors! Start with your ceiling and work your way down. The webs and dust that you dislodge from the corners of your ceiling with a mop or broom should be whisked away from the walls, and from mantels and other surfaces, and then finally swept up from the floor.
3. Clean Areas of Your New Home that You’re Unlikely to Clean Again
How many times have you washed your walls? When moving house, try focus on areas you know you are unlikely to tackle soon. This way, you’ll begin the time in your new house or flat mentally and physically refreshed. These areas could include:
- The walls
- Behind pull-out appliances
- Inside cupboards
- Along baseboards
- Vents and fans
- Garbage disposal units
- The basement and the attic.
4. Clean the Surfaces in Your New Home that Are Frequently Touched
It’s hard to feel as if your beginning is new when other people’s grime is polluting your surfaces! You’ll notice the previous occupants’ marks of habitation are primarily focused on the household fittings that are most commonly touched. Finish your thorough clean by addressing these areas:
- The appliances (hob, oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine)
- The toilet, bath, shower, and sinks
- The door handles
- The stairwell and banisters (if your new home is two-storey)
- The light switches and other buttons
Now that your new home is clean, you can move your belongings in, and begin to feel as though you have truly made it yours!