When you move into a new home, it doesn’t truly feel like yours until you’ve scrubbed all those nooks and crannies. Maybe it’s the satisfaction of knowing you personally cleaned every crevice, or maybe it’s the comfort of knowing any future dirt and dust is your very own.
Whatever the reason, here at The Maids, we love nothing more than to break in a new abode with a good ol’ cleaning frenzy. Because Shleppers is the expert on all things moving related, we joined forces to provide tips for cleaning some often overlooked spaces in your new place.
Cabinet, drawers, and closets
Just because these spots are behind closed doors, it doesn’t mean they don’t need attention. Cabinets and drawers, especially those in the kitchen, can be magnets for grease stains, gunk, and marks. To make the exterior sparkle, start scrubbing with a sponge dipped in warm, soapy water. If you’re looking to disinfect the area without the use of harsh chemicals, add a mixture of water and vinegar to a cloth and wipe down surfaces, particularly handles and knobs.
Tackle the interior of these spaces with a handheld vacuum or brush to remove crumbs and dirt. If there’s closet floor space, don’t miss the corners where cobwebs often gather. Next, use some soapy water to gently wash the drawers or shelves. Complete the task by measuring the shelf or drawer surfaces and cutting liners to protect from future spills and dust.
Dust likes to settle on blinds, but it’s easy to give them a pick-me-up. Begin by using an adjustable vacuum to remove dust. For horizontal blinds, run the vacuum from left to right, and for vertical blinds, vacuum from the top to the bottom of each slat. For blinds that look like they need some extra attention, wipe grime off with gentle soap and water, and for stubborn stains, add a dash of baking soda to the mixture. As for those shabby cloth blinds, remove them from the window, soak in soapy water, rinse, and air dry before rehanging. (Always follow manufacturer’s instructions.)
Baseboards and window trims
Although they’re often forgotten about, the ledges surrounding your floors and windows can harbor dust and even mildew. For baseboards, comb over the surfaces with an attachable vacuum brush. If your floorboards are painted, damp wipe them with some warm water and soap. Use a cotton swab to get into the crevices and cracks, and then pat down the surface with a dry cloth.
When it comes to your window trims, treat them the same as your baseboards. For an extra deep cleaning, whip up a mixture of water and vinegar to tackle any signs of mildew, mold, or grease.
If your new refrigerator was preowned, give it a good wipe down before turning it on and filling it with food. First, remove shelves and baskets and wash them with warm soapy water in the sink. Then use a damp sponge to clean the interior, remembering to add baking soda if there are any relentless stains. The gasket seal also attracts dirt and grime, so dip a toothbrush into your soapy water and gently scrub along the seal.
Your new home is a blank canvas; make sure it’s a squeaky clean one before you start unpacking. Follow these simple cleaning tips, and you’ll be all ready to settle in.
Written by The Maids