Deep cleaning house checklist: How to clean before moving in.
Last Updated: November 19, 2021
It takes a little elbow grease to turn a new house into a forever home. Before you move in, give your abode a deep clean with our printable deep cleaning house checklist.
- Deep cleaning house checklist: How to clean before moving in.
- Should you clean a house before moving in?
- Kitchen cleaning checklist
- 5 spots to deep clean in the kitchen
- Shop for your kitchen cleaning supplies from Grove.
- Bathroom cleaning checklist
- Shop for natural bathroom cleaning products from Grove.
- Floor cleaning checklist
- Shop for natural floor cleaners from Grove.
- 8 forgotten spots in your house to deep clean
- Shop for your household cleaning supplies from Grove.
- When in doubt, print it out: Printable move-in cleaning checklist
- Find more natural cleaning products to keep your house clean
- Read more from Grove.
Moving into a house is an exciting start to the next part of your life — but it takes a little elbow grease to turn a new house into a forever home.
Giving your abode a proper deep-clean before you move your belongings in is a great way to clear the space of old dirt and energy and prepare it for new experiences and special memories.
So we’ve put together this deep cleaning checklist with links to our Clean Team guides so you can get the job done quick ‘n’ easy.
Should you clean a house before moving in?
Cleaning your house before moving in gets you off to a good start. New construction can leave dust and debris around the house — even if the construction company cleaned before leaving. And if you’re moving into an established home, well, the previous family could’ve left dirt and messes in unexpected places or open houses and tours may have left dirty footprints behind.
Before moving day, make time to give everything a thorough cleaning so you don’t have to clean around boxes and furniture after you move in. And before you get started, have a quick reminder about the differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting so you know which product to use where.
Scroll down below for guides to each part of the house you’ll want to deep clean and take a look at this video that explains a bit more about the importance of cleaning a house before moving in.
Kitchen cleaning checklist
Before you move in you’ll want to clean 5 specific spots of the kitchen so you can start unpacking without worrying about dirt and germs.
But, when it comes time for a spring cleaning after you get settled, check out our Ultimate Kitchen Cleaning Guide for the nitty gritty details on how to super clean your kitchen.
5 spots to deep clean in the kitchen
2. Stovetop and oven
Set your kitchen up for cooking success. For thorough instructions and types of cleaners to use on specific stovetops click into the links below for our Clean Team guides.
Want to keep your new cabinets fresh and free from pesky pantry pests? We’ve got a guide for that.
Learn about how to clean painted cabinets, shelves, and knobs without ruining that new paint job.
For a preliminary clean, run the dishwasher while it’s empty.
Go deeper with our guide on how to give this overlooked appliance a proper scrub. And try out some of our dishwasher cleaners below that make the job a little bit easier.
5. Garbage disposal
All manner of icky gunk gets stuck in the garbage disposal, stinking up the place. Clear it out and freshen it up with these tips for cleaning your garbage disposal.
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Grove Expert Tip
Lead Grove Guide Angela Bell on microfiber
“I love to use a simple, microfiber cloth to reduce the need for cleaners. I use a dry microfiber cloth to trap dust, pet hair and dander and a wet microfiber cloth to scrub surfaces. The small fibers are really good at lifting away dirt and grime!”
Bathroom cleaning checklist
We’ve got 4 key bathroom spots to deep clean in your new home before you move in so you can have your first shower or bath without reminders of the previous owners who may have left something behind. Yuck.
And when you’re ready to make your bathroom shine, check out our Ultimate Bathroom Cleaning Guide.
1. Shower head
The good news about cleaning the shower head is that once you do it, you won’t have to worry about it for a few months — or until you experience reduced water flow due to mineral buildup.
Read our quick tips and tricks for shower head cleaning so your water flow is at its best.
2. Shower drain
Even if your new shower drain isn’t clogged, giving it a deep clean before you move in is never a bad idea.
We’ve also got a homemade drain cleaner remedy in our drain cleaning primer that’s natural, effective, and won’t mess with your pipes. Win-win.
Make your throne sparkle with our handy tips for deep cleaning the toilet with natural products.
Pro tip: Take off the toilet seat, and use a toothbrush to scrub the hinges.
To clean grimy grout, we’ve tested a few different methods that work a charm.
Read our grout-cleaning guide for in-depth instructions on how to defunkify it.
Grove Expert Tip
Lead Grove Guide Angela Bell on green cleaning
“Using home cleaning products with cleaner, more natural ingredients is beneficial to our health and well-being and is gentler on the environment around us. Toxic chemicals can irritate skin and lungs, and they end up finding their way into the environment through the air and down our drains.”
Floor cleaning checklist
No matter what type of floor you have, we have tips on how to clean them naturally so your feet won’t get dirty and your floors won’t get damaged. Check out our tips in each guide below.
Cleaning carpet floors
Plush and comfy underfoot? Yes, please.
If you can’t steam clean the carpets before you move in, freshen them up with our guide on deodorizing carpet.
Cleaning hardwood floors
Hardwood floors add a lot of beauty to a home, but they need a proper cleaning before you move in.
Get ‘em their cleanest with our tips for cleaning wood floors.
Grove Expert Tip
Lead Grove Guide Angela Bell on making cleaning fun
“I love to have a cleaning buddy, usually my mom or bestie, to make chores a group effort and spend some quality time while getting things done. A little music, some laughs and a glass of wine as a reward, I now look forward to cleaning day.”
8 forgotten spots in your house to deep clean
Once you’ve got the most important cleaning out of the way, tackle these 8 spots in the rest of the house for a move-in ready feeling of peace.
Vacuum window sills and window tracks to remove dirt, dust, bugs, and cobwebs.
After you’ve vacuumed, wipe down the windows with a microfiber cloth and glass vinegar spray. Yes, it sounds weird, but it works! Ask Grove writer Phoenix who tried it out on her front door.
With a clean cloth and an all-purpose spray, wipe down door handles, the area around the handle, and the tops of the doors too.
Pick a cleaner based on your door type: wood, painted, etc.
3. Light switches and electric outlets
Remove germs and grime from your new light switches and electrical outlets with a damp microfiber cloth.
Careful with the electrical outlets, don’t go too deep!
So your new closets have a musty smell? We’ve got a fix for that.
Read our guide on getting rid of the stink, and make your closets super-fresh ASAP.
Wipe down shelves with a dry microfiber cloth to remove any dust, then wipe them down again with a damp microfiber cloth for an extra-deep clean.
6. Washer and dryer
Clothes dryers don’t get terribly dirty, but it’s a good idea to scrub the lint trap with water and soap, then give the drum a thorough damp-microfiber wipe down.
Cleaning the washer is a bit more involved — but don’t worry, we’ve got you with our guide on the best way to get your washing machine clean, naturally.
7. Ceiling fan blades
Use a cloth or duster to remove dust from your ceiling fan blades. Spread out an old sheet underneath to catch the dust.
After the fan is dust-free, use a gentle all-purpose cleaner to thoroughly clean the tops and bottoms of the blades. Shake out the old sheet outside.
Don’t forget to switch out the filter for your heater too and dust the light fixtures while you’re up there with the ceiling fans!
Clean both painted and wallpapered walls with a microfiber cloth dampened in a solution of warm water and a few drops of dish soap.
Repeat with a clean, damp microfiber cloth to remove any soap residue.
When in doubt, print it out: Printable move-in cleaning checklist
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