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Cleaning Your New Home - Getting Rid of the Old Germs

July 13th, 2011 - 3:08 PM

Great Tips for Cleaning Your New Home – Getting Rid of the Old Germs
Cleaning your new home and getting rid of old germs is an important task to do before you even begin to unpack.  So where do you start? Jump right in! Thoroughly cleaning one room at a time will make the task seem a little less daunting.  If you live close enough to your new home, it's a smart idea to clean before moving over all of your household items. If you don't live nearby, be sure to schedule some time for scrubbing before you begin unloading the moving boxes.

Before starting any large task, it's always best to have a game plan.  Here's an easy-to-follow checklist to get you started on cleaning your new home and getting rid of the old germs:

  • Do a walk-through of the house to get an idea of what needs to be done and what cleaning materials you will need.
  • In the kitchen, start by tackling the stove – nobody wants to cook or eat in left over dirt and grime! You'll probably want to bring out the heavy duty cleaners and brushes (just make sure they won't scratch any surfaces).   Begin by spraying oven cleaner so it will have time to work its magic while you scrub the burners, stove top, etc.  Use a grease remover if the regular cleaner won't do the trick. 
  • Moving on to the refrigerator (providing the previous owners left one), remove all drawers and bins and wash them out.  Clean the walls and shelves on the inside and remember to wipe down the freezer.  You may want to unplug the fridge for a little while so it can warm up at least to room temperature. This makes cleaning the inside a lot easier.
  • Cabinets throughout the house are next up on the to-do list.  Use a mild cleaner on the inside of the cabinets.  If you're a fan of contact paper or shelving liner, this is a great time to re-line the shelves with fresh material.  Use a wood cleaner for the outside of the cabinets to freshen up the look of the wood, and if they have hard to remove grease stains, make a paste out of baking soda and water; apply and let stand for a few minutes.
  • Next, move on to the bathtub and all sinks.  It's a good idea to use chlorine-free bleach here to get rid of lingering germs.  Spray and let stand for a few minutes then rinse out.  (FYI, a mixture of baking soda and water poured down the kitchen sink will help remove unwanted odors.)  In the bathrooms, be sure to use a strong toilet bowl cleaner to sterilize this very important seat in the house.
  • Lastly, don't forget the walls.  Unless they have been freshly painted, wipe all walls down with a mild soapy water mixture (fabric softener on a sponge works great, too) to clean off fingerprints, sticky spots, and smudges.  Use a sponge mop for hard to reach areas, making certain to take down the cobwebs and dust.  Don't forget the baseboards and light fixtures!
  • Once you've completed the deep cleaning in each room, clean the floors.  If there is used carpeting you may want to invest in professional carpet cleaning; otherwise, be sure to vacuum them thoroughly.  For wood floors, don't forget to finish by polishing them with wood floor polish/cleaner.

Remember, a clean house is a happy house.  When you are moving, utilize the above tips to clean your new home – getting rid of all those old germs!  Once you have, you'll be able to relax and enjoy your new place so much more.

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