Move-In Cleanings 101

December 30, 2022

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Claire Hebert

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Whether you’re buying or renting your new home, ensuring it’s tidy and hygienic is a must, no matter how overwhelming it may be to incorporate it into all the other tasks regarding your relocation, especially if the new place isn’t in great condition. Luckily, with a good plan and some great tips, you’ll be able to stay on top of everything.

You can hire a dependable company in New Orleans to perform a move in cleaning for you, but learning more about the process and how to properly do it can be of great help. Read on to find out how to tackle a dirty house before you move in.

How do you clean a dirty house before moving in?

Cleaning the new place before you bring in your belongings is a great start. This way, you’ll be able to properly tackle every single corner without any obstacles on your way. Here’s what to do before bringing in and unpacking all the boxes:

Deal with the fridge first

Being able to utilize your fridge is especially important if you have any perishable food which you need to store as soon as possible. However, since the fridge is empty it won’t take too much of your time. Simply remove all the drawers and shelves, wash them in warm soapy water, and let them dry.

In the meantime, use a solution of equal parts of white vinegar and water to disinfect the inside. Once the shelves and drawers are completely dry, place them back in. Repeat the same process with your freezer.

The kitchen

Now the your fridge is all spick and span, you can take on the rest of your kitchen. Start dusting the area from top to bottom, including ceiling corners, light fixtures, cabinet tops, microwave, oven, sink, and countertops. Wipe down the inside and outside of cabinets, with particular attention to the handles. Leave the floor for later. 

The bathroom

Sanitize your bathroom by first applying the product you typically use to remove any buildups and limescale. Spray it onto your sink, tub, and shower, and let it sit for at least 10 minutes, or as instructed on the label. Use that time to disinfect other surfaces from top to bottom. Next, scrub the sink, tub, and shower thoroughly, rinse with water, and let air dry. 

It’s highly recommended to replace the toilet seat since the cost is low and it’s the only way to make sure it’s really clean.

Other areas

As for the rest of your home, simply take the top to bottom approach, and don’t forget the surfaces such as closet interiors, light switches, and tops of windows, window treatments, and doors. You can use upholstery vacuum attachment to remove dirt from these areas. 


Sweep up your floors to remove any larger debris, vacuum them, and finish off by mopping. If there are any carpets, make sure you have them professionally cleaned. 

Where in New Orleans can I find a reliable move in cleaning company?

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When you’re looking for the most efficient way to clean your old home, wondering why it’s important you do it, or just curious about the ins and outs of move-in cleaning, Geaux Maids of New Orleans is your go-to team. We boast tried-and-true methods and a crew of skilled and knowledgeable professionals who deliver excellent results and keep our clients satisfied. Whether your new place is near the Fisherman’s Castle or anywhere else across the region, we can make sure it’s completely sanitized, healthy, and safe for you and your family. Give us a call today!

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