:Big Place to Small Space: How to Deep Clean Your New Place

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. ~ Walt Disney

Since we just completed a move, I thought that it would be fun to have a moving series! Strap on you boots, find your rubber gloves, and dig out those cleaning supplies. This week we are going to break down how to deep clean your new place! 

Before Kyle and I moved, we had ample time to spend cleaning our new place. And let me tell ya, I am sure glad that we did. It was filthy, nasty, dirty. I was not excited about moving my clean things into such a grimy place. Here are our tips for how to go about tackling all of the deep cleaning. 


1. Gather your supplies. 
You aren't going to want to use what you have on hand for this project. Your regular supply of Scrubbing Bubbles and Windex isn't going to cut it. 
Here is what we rounded up before we rolled up our sleeves: 
a 5 gallon bucket
a big box of latex gloves
multiple toothbrushes
a large box of toothpicks
a steamer 
old used up yellow and green sponges (you know the kind with the scratchy side)
rolls and rolls of paper towels
several stacks of old rags that we thought we could part with
2 or 3 sets of really old gross clothes that could be turned into rags if they ended up with bleach splatters

I know what you are thinking. What's up with the toothpicks and toothbrushes? Let me tell you, when you have a stove that is covered in grease an inch thick in places, you can use a toothbrush to clean the lettering in the knobs and settings located on the front. A toothbrush will do such a good job that you realize that the letters weren't black, they were actually imprinted into the metal. True story. I can't make this stuff up. 

2. Break down the cleaning into tasks or areas that can be separated over several days. 
The nice thing about still living in our house before we actually moved is that we could go to our apartment every few days and clean. We didn't try to get it done all in one sweep. For one, things were just that gross, and two, we would have worn ourselves out trying to get it all done in one day. Whew! I know how tired I was after cleaning for a just a few hours. I can't imagine what my body would have felt like if I stuck it out to do it all in one day!

We suggest tackling one cleaning task at a time. 
For example, we bleach mopped all of the floors first, and then we moved on to cleaning other areas.

3. Use a steamer.
My parents let us borrow their steamer, and we are so thankful that we used the strong cleaning power of steam. 
Crayon on the walls? Not after the steamer hits it! 
Sticky goo on the floor? Not after the steamer hits it! 
Built up gunk under the kitchen cabinets? Not after the steamer hits it! 

4. Be willing to put in some time. 
Kyle and I spent close to 40 hours deep cleaning our new apartment. That's the same as an entire work week! If we had tried to get it all done in one Saturday, we couldn't have done as thorough of a job. We caught ourselves more than once doing things only half way, and looked at each other and said, "It's time to go home." 

5. Don't forget about the corners and crevices. 
Don't forget to clean the light fixtures, ceiling fans, wipe down the switch plates and electrical outlets. 
Don't forget to send a cloth over the base boards or crown moldings. 
Don't forget to wipe out all of the cabinets and the top closet shelf.
Get underneath stuff. Move things around. 
And don't forget to wipe down the doors! 
True story here, we didn't know that the doors were white until we wiped them down! Seriously! You might be surprised at how dirty the place really is! It may look clean, but looks can be deceiving! 

There you have it! I wish I had some pictures to post from during our cleaning process, but then again I don't. We went through a whole box of 50 pairs of rubber latex gloves while cleaning. 
I seriously doubt you want to see those pictures. 

Next Wednesday we will continue with part 2 of our Moving Series! 
What are your tips for deep cleaning?


  1. A woman after my own heart! This is how I would approach deep cleaning as well. Everything has to be cleaned. Everything. Just like you said, you just don't realize how dirty those doors might be! Even after leaving my own house this summer, I couldn't leave it to our renters until I knew it was cleaner than the day I moved into it. There's just nothing like a clean house!!

  2. I can imagine how dirty a student apartment would be. I cleaned and painted for a month before I moved into my house. I really want to get one of those steamers. What kind did you use. I agree with the toothpicks and tooth brushes. I also love SOS pads and magic erassers. Razor blades come in handy too.