If you’ve just purchased your first home, there’s probably a lot going on. Between buying furniture and getting utilities set up, you probably haven’t had the time to make the 10+ passes with a vacuum that your new place needs. So, if you want some cleaning tips, keep reading!
1. Get a pressure washer
Unless you have a team of friends available to scrub down your new place, this might be one of the more time-consuming tips. But, it’s also hands-down the best way to get your house clean once you’ve established that nothing in there is worth saving. Attachments are important–you don’t want to scratch the surfaces or ruin any finishes. So, either attach a lance for soap and keep it away from windows and doors or purchase an attachment kit with multiple nozzles depending on what surface you’re cleaning. By getting a new pressure washer, you’ll be able to get rid of any tough stains (like those on the garage floor) and also blast off anything stuck to your house. This is also helpful if you’ve had any work done on your house because you can get rid of any leftover construction materials that are stuck to the walls.
2. Steam clean cabinets and tile with baking soda
One of those easy-to-forget steps is getting into all the nooks and crannies. So, what better way to do this than with a multipurpose cleaner? Combine baking soda (about 1 cup) in hot water (a spray bottle works best here), and you’ll have an all-purpose cleaner that can be used on everything from cabinets to tile. You might also want to invest in some Microfiber cloths–they’re reusable, so you don’t have to worry about running out of paper towels halfway through your cleaning spree. By steam cleaning your cabinets and tiles, you can get rid of some tough stains without scrubbing too hard. This way, you’ll be able to spend less time worrying about a little dirt on your countertops and more time enjoying your new home!
3. Remove appliances
If you’ve got carpet, the easiest thing you can do is remove any appliances or large pieces of furniture before trying to clean it properly. And while the stove/oven will probably be the biggest struggle (this is why many people opt to get a steam cleaner!), you can also clean your fridge and any other furniture that will fit into your washer. Once you’ve done this, it’ll be easier for your cleaning crew or for you to actually get in there and do some work. It can be hard to clean around big appliances, so removing them first will make the process much easier. Once you’re done with your deep cleaning, it’s important to take care of all those small tasks that we tend to let go of. Dust and vacuum the top of the fridge, clean out your sink, wipe down your cabinets. Remember to clean all those hard-to-reach spots before you put everything back in its place.
For those moving into a new place, deep cleaning can seem like a daunting task. However, by using these three tips–steaming cabinets and tiles with baking soda, removing appliances before cleaning, and steam cleaning with a pressure washer –you’ll be able to get your house sparkling clean in no time! On top of that, all of these tips will be helpful in future cleanings as well, so you won’t have to go through the same steps every time.