It’s always a wise decision to give a new house a deep clean before you move in. You can then fully focus on the fun part of arranging your furniture and belongings and coming up with interior design ideas.
Plus, in a clean house, you won’t be worried about how sanitary everything is. Instead, you can just sit back and relax in your new home.
If you’re unsure how to tackle a deep clean of a newly acquired property, the following guide will provide you with invaluable information.
Make Sure You Have All the Tools and Materials You Need
The better prepared you are for getting your new house spick and span, the easier and quicker the process will be.
So, after buying your first home, identify all of the tools and materials you’ll need for cleaning.
You should consider items you need for general cleaning, such as a vacuum cleaner, a bucket, a mop, a broom, a duster, rubber gloves, abrasive and non-abrasive sponges, cleaning brushes, cleaning sprays, and a step ladder, as well as items for specific tasks.
For instance, you’ll need a toilet brush to clean the toilet, window cleaner to make your windows sparkle and shine, a degreaser for tackling the oven, carpet cleaner for getting your carpets into shape, and so on.
Make sure you have a good pair of overalls, too, otherwise your clothes could need as much of a deep clean as your house!
Start at the Top and Work Your Way Down
In each room of your new house, start the cleaning process at the ceiling and work your way down, ending by vacuuming the floor.
That will ensure you don’t create more work for yourself.
For instance, if you vacuum the floor first and then dust the tops of cabinets, some dust and debris will end up on the floor and you’ll need to vacuum again.
Cleaning Different Rooms
Each room of your new house will have different cleaning requirements, so let’s take a look at some of the main tasks for each room and how to tackle them.
No one wants to spend time in an unclean bathroom, so you might like to make this room your first priority.
Begin with the extractor fan, if there is one, as fans are notorious for collecting dust. And cleaning them can create a mess.
Next, dust the tops of cabinets, followed by cleaning the walls, doors, and fixtures with a good all-purpose cleaner.
You may need to descale the shower. You may also need to use something like baking soda to clean ceramic items like the bath and sink if they have hard-to-remove stains.
You need to clean the window with a window-cleaning spray and clean the toilet, too.
Finally, mop and vacuum the floor.
The kitchen is another room in your new house that you’ll want to be as sanitary as possible as quickly as possible, so begin work on your kitchen before moving on to other rooms.
With regards to walls, windows, fixtures, and the floor, use the same approach as for cleaning your bathroom.
You’ll also need to thoroughly clean all appliances, and you may need a specialist cleaning product for working on the oven.
Also, be aware that you may need to defrost the freezer before you can clean it.
In the kitchen, it’s especially important that you give worktops a good scrub to ensure they’re free of germs.
Bedrooms and the Lounge
The other rooms in your house will require less work, as they won’t have all the fixtures and appliances that bathrooms and kitchens have which makes them complicated to clean without a clear strategy.
You should give all bedrooms and your lounge a good dust. Make sure you pay attention to window sills, the tops of doors, and hard-to-reach areas.
- If there’s any built-in furniture, make sure you give the interiors and exteriors a good clean.
- Next, clean the windows.
- End by vacuuming the floor.
Use the same approach for cleaning hallways, staircases, and any other spaces.
You may need to make some slight adjustments to your cleaning routine based on the specifics of your house.
For instance, if your house has fitted carpets that are old and you don’t plan on replacing them, you’ll want to give them a good clean.
You should use carpet cleaner and give the carpets a good scrub. Alternatively, you could hire a carpet-cleaning device or hire a professional to clean carpets for you.
Remember, it will take a while for wet carpets to dry, so if you do need to wash your carpets, do one room at a time so that you can set yourself up in another room of your house while you wait.
Consider Hiring a Professional Cleaning Company
If the above sounds like too much to manage, you might consider hiring a professional cleaning company to do the work for you.
You could even get the work completed before you move in so that you can live in a spotless and clean house from day one.
However, as long as you prepare yourself for the job of cleaning your new abode, by stocking up with the right tools and materials and identifying which tasks need to be completed, and which should be done first, it won’t take you as long as you might think to deep clean your newly purchased house.