How to Clean a New Home Before You Move In

Buying a new home can be an exciting endeavor, but it can also mean a lot of work.  Between moving, painting, organizing, and cleaning, the task can seem a bit overwhelming.  However, there is no better time to get your new home in a pristine condition.

Clean the Kitchen

A great place to start cleaning is in the kitchen. Get rid of the old cooking smells and make sure it’s as new as possible to you. You’ll be spending a lot of time here in the future so get to work now!

The most common places that previous tenants gloss over when they’re moving include the refrigerator, the stove, and the walls. Remember to grab some heavy-duty cleaning products for these.

Hopefully the fridge is mostly cleaned out and just needs a wipe down to kill any leftover bacteria. You can take out the drawers and shelves to clean them in the sink while you’re wiping the interior walls out. Our advice is to unplug and let the fridge and freezer warm up to make it easier to clean. When you’re done, place an open box of baking soda in the back to absorb smells. (Remember to replace that baking soda every couple of months.)

While at first approach, the stove/oven looks just full of difficult nooks and crannies where grease is built up. But take heart: it really isn’t that bad. With the help of an oven cleaner (most take about 20 minutes to clean) and some heavy degreaser, you can have it cleaned in about a half hour. Soak the oven shelves and the stove burners in the sink so you can wipe them down easier.

Of course, you can’t forget about the wall or tile behind the appliance where a lot of things have sprayed. Wipe all of this down (and then probably give yourself a short break!).


Clean the Walls

Wipe down all the doors near the knob and look for child-height fingerprints on the walls throughout your new home. The best solution to use on painted walls is a couple drops of dish soap in a bucket of water. For any skid marks left from the old owners or from you moving your furniture in, go out and grab a Magic Eraser. They really are magic.


Clean the Floors

If you’re moving into a home with carpets and/or rugs, it’s a great idea to have them professionally cleaned. Consider having them cleaned before all the furniture is moved in, making it easier to get all the square footage.


Remember, even if the carpets look clean, that doesn’t mean they are. Carpets can hold A LOT of dirt, bacteria, and allergens so make sure they’ve been recently cleaned. (Ask for proof that the previous owner cleaned the carpet. If you know they had it cleaned before they moved out, we recommend still giving it a thorough vacuum once you’re moved in.) This will give you peace of mind and allow you to really feel at home.

These days, cleaning your carpets doesn’t have to be a daunting task.  Hiring a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner (like John’s Chem-Dry) can take the stress off of you and give you extra time to focus on unpacking and organizing your new home. A clean home begins with fresh, clean carpets and floors and a professional deep cleaning is just the thing to get your home in great shape.  You can start your new life off the right way with beautiful, fresh carpets.

For wood floors or faux wood, sweep the floor well. Use a mild soap to clean the surface. Look for wood soaps that will clean well and leave it with a polished shine.


What Haven’t You Thought Of?

  • Don’t be afraid to stay in contact with the previous owners for tips on how they cleaned certain things in the past.
  • Air vents need cleaning to ensure better air quality. Don’t breathe in other people’s dust!
  • Get rid of bathtub and tile grime! Look here for great tips on how to tackle the bathtub:
  • Sterilize the washing machine.


At John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County, we’re dedicated to helping people enjoy healthier homes with better air quality and clean carpets. While we unfortunately can’t help you clean out your fridge, we are your best bet for deep, effective carpet cleaning in the Bellingham, WA area.

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