How to Clean a New House

Moving into a new house is always a special occasion. It’s a time for new beginnings, for starting fresh. But it can also be a lot of work! How will you clean all the surfaces in your new house, from the baseboards to the windows? Follow these tips and tricks below, and you’ll be on your way to a clean new home.

What You’ll Need

Tools and Equipment:

  • Broom
  • Duster (with dustpan)
  • Dust mop
  • Bucket
  • Spray bottle
  • Step ladder
  • Vacuum with attachments for vents, fans, and crevices like the stairs


  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Disinfectant spray or wipes
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Scouring powder
  • Abrasive sponges
  • Non-abrasive sponges
  • Floor cleaner
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Shelf lining paper
  • Tile and grout cleaner (optional)
  • Carpet cleaner (optional, if you have carpeting in your new house)
  • Vanilla extract (optional, to eliminate odors)


How to Clean the Bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom is always one of the most challenging rooms to clean, especially when you’re cleaning a new house.

  1. Empty the cabinets into a large garbage bag. If you buy generic grocery store-sized trash bags, they should be just the right size for this. Wrap each toiletry in paper towels, and place them inside small Ziploc bags. This way, you can take your time washing and disinfecting each item when you’re done.
  2. Wipe down the inside of each cabinet, drawer, and door with disinfectant wipes or an all-purpose cleaner (such as Lysol). If you find any stains on these surfaces (especially rust), use carpet cleaner on them before wiping them clean with your disinfectant spray. Spray some non-abrasive cleaner on the counter and sink, and use a non-abrasive sponge to scrub it clean.
  3. Wipe down all mirrors with glass cleaner and paper towels or a lint-free cloth.
  4. Clean the bathtub, shower, and toilet with an all-purpose cleaner or scouring powder. You can also use a carpet cleaner to clean your tub if you’re concerned about the bottom being too slippery once it dried. Scrub around all fixtures, including the hinges on each door/drawer/cabinet, and clean the faucets. Empty the shower caddy and wipe down each item after setting it aside in a Ziploc baggie or small bucket.

How to Clean the Kitchen

The kitchen is often the heart and center of a household. While some people like to eat on paper plates and throw out their trash, others prefer to wash every dish after each use.

  1. Empty the cabinets into a garbage bag. Clean the inside of each cupboard with an all-purpose cleaner or an abrasive sponge. Wipe down drawers and doors as well. You can also use disinfectant wipes if you want a more thorough clean, but be sure to wash them after using a scouring powder on them to avoid scratching their surface.
  2. Wipe down the inside of the refrigerator with disinfectant wipes or an all-purpose cleaner. Scour stuck-on food between shelves with a non-abrasive sponge, and wipe down the exterior exteriors of each shelf, door, and drawer. If you see any rust stains on the sides of your refrigerator, use carpet cleaner on it before wiping everything down.
  3. Wipe down the inside of your oven with an all-purpose cleaner or scouring powder, if you have one. If not, clean up spills in your sink with dish soap and water as soon as they happen.
  4. Wipe down cabinets and appliances such as stovetops, microwaves, dishwashers, toasters, blenders, breadmakers, etc.
  5. Wash all dishes and utensils by hand or in the dishwasher. Make sure you clean out the bottom of the dishwasher before starting it.

Also See: Packing Kitchen for Moving

How to Clean the Stove

Depending on the type of stove you have, you may or may not have a self-cleaning oven feature.

  1. Turn off the power supply to your stove at the breaker box before cleaning any part of it.
  2. Wipe down all parts of your stove with an all-purpose cleaner or scouring powder. If there are any rust stains, use carpet cleaner before scrubbing with a sponge.
  3. Use disinfectant wipes or an all-purpose cleaner to clean behind your knobs and buttons, if applicable.
  4. Wipe down the front of your stove with an all-purpose cleaner or scouring powder, including underneath knobs and buttons. If you have a self-cleaning oven feature, refer to the instructions that came with your stove to learn how to clean that part of your stove.

How to Clean the Refrigerator

Cleaning a refrigerator is more complex than cleaning other appliances and cabinets because it’s more significant and more likely to have accumulated spills.

  1. Remove the shelves from your refrigerator and lay them out on paper towels or a Ziploc baggie. Clean any stuck-on food with an abrasive sponge, such as the one used to clean dishes or an all-purpose cleaner.
  2. Wipe down the inside of your appliance with disinfectant wipes or an all-purpose cleaner, paying close attention to any stains or food that may have accumulated in corners. Wash off shelves and bins in the dishwasher if you have one available to you, but make sure they are completely dry before putting them back in your refrigerator.
  3. Wipe down the front of your fridge with an all-purpose cleaner or scouring powder, including underneath any rubber or plastic parts. Clean the condenser coils on the backside of your refrigerator with an old toothbrush and a solution of one part vinegar to four parts water.
  4. Wash any removable parts of your refrigerator, such as shelves and bins, in the dishwasher.


How to Clean Windows and Mirrors

Windows and mirrors are often the hardest surfaces to clean in a new house since they’re often at high heights or hard-to-reach places.

  1. Clean windows and mirrored glass with an all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, or vinegar mixed with water. Use paper towels or rags to apply cleaner to your glass before wiping it down with a microfiber cloth or lint-free rag.
  2. Use disinfectant wipes to clean the frames of any windows and mirrored glass before wiping them down with an all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, or vinegar mixed with water.
  3. Clean window sills, and tracks using an old toothbrush dipped in vinegar.
  4. If you see any mold or mildew around your windows, use vinegar mixed with water to wipe them down. You can also use baking soda if the mold is particularly stubborn.
  5. Clean mirrors using an all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, or vinegar mixed with water. Use dry rags to buff away streaks after cleaning mirror surfaces.

How to Clean Floors & Carpets

Cleaning floors is probably one of the most tedious jobs you’ll do when cleaning a new house, but it can be done.

  1. Sweep each area of your floor to eliminate any large debris. Be sure to wipe down corners and edges where dust accumulates. You can also use a vacuum with attachments for vents, fans, and crevices like the sofa.
  2. Use a bit of carpet shampoo with hot water to clean your carpets if they are lightly soiled. If they’re heavily stained, it might be time to replace them.
  3. If you have hardwood floors, mop them with a microfiber mop and an all-purpose cleaner. Wipe down any cabinets or doorframes that are wood on either side. Use a non-abrasive sponge or an old toothbrush to scrub around each hinge if they’re difficult to clean thoroughly.
  4. Depending on the type of flooring you have, it might be more beneficial to use a steam mop. The steam helps kill germs and remove dirt, so all you need to do is wipe them down with a clean cloth. Most do not require chemicals, and many come with swiveling heads that are easy to maneuver around furniture legs.
  5. Sweep up any small debris you might have missed, vacuum the corners and edges again, and wipe down doorways if needed.

Also See: Common Household Problems to Fix Before Moving | Move Out Cleaning Checklist | Buying things for New House


Now that you know how to clean a new house, it’s time to get started! The sooner you can remove all the dirt and dust accumulated during construction, the better. Keep in mind that some areas of your home will require more frequent attention than others – like windows, which tend to get dirty quickly. But with a little bit of elbow grease, your new house will be sparkling in no time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the builders clean?

Most new construction homes are not cleaned out before the final walk-through, which means there is likely a lot of dust and debris on surfaces. Builders clean involves getting into those nooks and crannies to remove loose dirt or material. This service also includes cleaning appliances both inside and out, wiping down all cabinets/doors, cleaning windows (inside and out), dusting all surfaces, scrubbing the garage floor or concrete slab if applicable, disinfecting areas like doorknobs/light switches.

How do you get rid of builders dust?

Builders dust is the tiny drywall, wood, insulation, or other material that remains after construction. You can usually get rid of this by carefully vacuuming all surfaces once you move in. If anyone in your household suffers from allergies, you may also want to consider hiring a professional cleaner to come out with equipment designed to remove allergens.

Does builders clean include cleaning appliances?

Yes, but only if they are removable. Appliances that cannot be removed will not be included in the service price since it is too difficult to wipe down an appliance that cannot be moved. If you have any concerns about appropriately cleaned appliances or fixtures, you can request spot-cleaning services.

Do I need to be home for the builders clean?

No, you do not need to be home for this service. It is usually best if you are, though, so that they can show you any areas of concern or make recommendations on how often certain parts of your home should be cleaned.

What is home deep cleaning?

Home deep cleaning is a service that gives your house a thorough, detailed cleaning. This is best for people who do not have the time or desire to clean their home thoroughly on their own. Deep cleaning can take up to three hours and often includes scrubbing kitchen counters, mopping floors, dusting furniture, and more.

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Written by

Rostislav Shetman is the founder of 9Kilo Moving. He has been in the moving and relocation industry for more than 25 years, making him an expert in his field. Rostislav started as a helper, dispatcher and driver and has worked his way up to owning his own company. He takes great pride in his work and enjoys helping people relocate across the United States of America. When he's not working, Rostislav enjoys spending time with his family and friends. They are the light of his life and bring him happiness every day.