How to Make New
House Cleaning Easier
New Home Cleaning by the BookWe can't claim we wrote the book on new home cleaning, but our 40 years of residential cleaning makes The Maids uniquely qualified to teach the best way to clean a new house. If we were to write a book, here are some of the key points you'd find on a new house cleaning checklist:
Have a PlanThe house cleaners at The Maids use a methodical approach as they clean a home from ceiling to floor, left to right, top to bottom. To deep clean a new house, you need a plan to attack dirt, dust, and germs. That's why we rely on our proprietary 22-Step Cleaning Process and team cleaning approach for the deepest, most thorough cleaning. Here's the first part of our plan for new house cleaning: Start at the entryway and move around clockwise. Clean left to right and top to bottom, so that dust and other debris that falls to the ﬂoor can be swept or vacuumed at the end of the clean-up.
Let the Light ShineDust or wipe down light fixtures and shades that are not washable. Glass or plastic light globes should be washed in the sink or bathtub using warm water and soap. Clean the tops of ceiling fans using a damp cloth or vacuum attachment. Remove blinds and soak them in a tub with soap and water and scrub away any buildup. Let them drip dry in the shower or outside if weather permits. Clean your windows with soapy water if they are very dirty; otherwise, use vinegar and water for a streak-free shine.
Wash the WallsIf the previous owners haven’t repainted recently and you don’t plan to, clean the painted or paneled walls now. Test a small area to be sure you won’t damage paint or texture on your walls. First remove dust and cobwebs, then use a soft cloth with mild soap and warm water or a water/vinegar mixture to wipe down the walls. Vinegar is an effective, environmentally safe cleaner that eliminates most molds, germs, and smells. Pay special attention to baseboards and moldings, tops of door frames, light switches, and heating vents.
Clean the KitchenPull out your appliances and thoroughly clean behind and beneath them. Use hot, soapy water or a baking soda and water mixture to clean your stove top. Baking soda is a mild abrasive that helps remove stains but won’t scratch surfaces. Remove oven racks and clean with soapy water. Turn on the oven’s self-cleaning function. Remove and wash refrigerator shelves and drawers, and clean inside with hot, soapy water or a water/vinegar mixture. Wipe down cabinets, shelving and counters, but avoid using vinegar on marble. To get rid of sink odors and prevent clogging, pour ¼ cup of baking soda down the drain and follow with one cup of white vinegar.
Scrub the BathroomIf you want to get your new bathroom really clean, you're going to have to get to those hard-to-reach places such as under the sink, inside the medicine cabinet, and behind the toilet. Clean tiles, tub, and sink with a paste made of baking soda and vinegar that also dissolves soap scum. Wipe down glass shower doors with a vinegar/water mixture. Leave the door (and any windows) open and turn on the exhaust vent when you're done to minimize the accumulation of moisture.
Clean Hard Floors and CarpetsSpot-clean carpets or consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner to remove pet hair, odors, germs, and stains. Sweep ﬂoors, clean under heating vents. Most surfaces can be washed with a mild soap and water, but make sure to follow manufacturer’s directions for your type of ﬂooring.
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New House Cleaning Help From the ProsThe Maids wants everyone to enjoy a clean, healthy home more often. Whether you use our tips above or our move in cleaning service for your new home cleaning, we're happy to help out. Once you're all moved in, The Maids can help you enjoy a cleaner, healthier home more often with our recurring maid service. Whether you need us weekly, biweekly, monthly, or just once in a while, you can count on us for a sparkling clean shine and a healthier indoor environment with every visit. Get your free online estimate or call 800-843-6243 today and find out what healthy cleaning is all about! Download or print this checklist here.
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