Top Spring Cleaning Tips for New Homeowners

Your home is likely a big investment and keeping it clean is essential to maintaining its value, but when you're busy with work, family, and other responsibilities, housework can fall by the wayside.

Spring is an ideal time to get organized and freshen up your space, but that doesn't mean you have to spend all your free time scrubbing and dusting.

Proper cleaning is also an important step if you're renovating your new space. Whether you're making small updates or planning to gut a bathroom or kitchen, it's important to clean up beforehand to prevent dust and debris from getting mixed into the materials being used for the renovations.

This will help ensure that when everything's said and done, your newly renovated spaces are as pristine as possible.

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A quick sweep of all the surfaces in your home can make a big difference in how comfortable you feel in your new space.

It can also give you a fresh start, so that if there are any problems in the place left by the previous owners or renters—like dirty surfaces or pet hair on the floor or furniture—you can take care of them right away before they become part of your everyday experience of living there.

Maid OK has been in business for years and we know exactly what it takes to make any home or office space shine.

We've used our expertise to create this list of top spring-cleaning tips for new homeowners so you can make your home look its best without wasting hours of your time:

Make a Plan

The best way to tackle your spring cleaning is by making a plan. Decide what rooms you'll be cleaning in what order and which day each task will get done.

When planning out your schedule, don't forget to factor in any special things that need attention like windows that need washing or carpet that needs shampooing.

Also, remember to plan for breaks, so you can take some time off and enjoy your lovely new home!

Start with a Deep Clean

Start by getting rid of things you don't need. If your new home has an attic or basement, you're going to want to clean those out first.

Get rid of anything that is broken or just doesn't belong anymore—you might even find some hidden gems, like old holiday decorations or childhood toys that could find a new home elsewhere.

In the kitchen, focus on the cabinets and appliances. Use a multi-purpose cleaner (or a homemade solution of vinegar and water) to wipe down the inside and outside of your cabinets and cupboards.

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Once you've cleaned the exterior, use a paintbrush to remove dust from inside the corners, where it often collects. Clean out your refrigerator and freezer by scrubbing the shelves with either a multi-purpose cleaner or soap and water.

Use baking soda to eliminate odors in your refrigerator; simply sprinkle it on the shelves, close the door, and allow it to sit overnight before vacuuming up the powder.

If you have pets, cleaning their areas is also important! Wash dishes, vacuum pet beds and brushes and wash their favorite blankets.

If you're not up for doing the job yourself (cleaning gutters isn't fun), Maid OK is always ready to help--just give us a call! We'll get every surface scrubbed down so that you can start fresh.

Clean Out the Closets

There's no better time to clear out your closets than when you've got boxes full of stuff to sort through. As you unpack, divide everything into four piles:

  • Keep (the things that really matter)

  • Discard (the stuff that doesn't)

  • Donate (the items that could be useful to someone else)

  • Sell (the things that should probably be sold)

Don't forget about those hard-to-reach places—like the top of cabinets or behind appliances. Remove everything from cabinets and drawers and wipe down shelves and sides.

Also be sure to check areas not visible in a walk-through, like under stairs or inside closets and storage spaces.

Replace Air Filters

Air quality is important for everyone—especially if you have pets or kids in your home. Check all air vents and filters to ensure they're clean and replace them if needed.

This will help keep airflow in top shape so you can breathe easy in any room of your home, regardless of whether it's spring or winter.

Keeping Your Home Clean

It's important to have a routine when it comes to keeping your home clean, especially if you have pets or children in the house.

Having a regular schedule for cleaning tasks can help keep your chores from adding up and becoming overwhelming.

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