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Move In Cleaning Checklist – Comprehensive Guide

So, you’ve bought your new house or want to change apartment and are about to move in?

But before you get a loading truck and unlock your dream house/apartment, you must consider pre-move in cleaning. Who wants to walk into a smudgy, dusty place after all?

You’ll be amazed at the difference following this guide, and a cleaning list makes to your new home.

We’ve done the hard work and put together this ultimate move in cleaning checklist for all tenants, new homeowners, and cleaning companies. Our comprehensive list includes all the detailed cleaning tasks that should be covered before settling into your new place.

Table of Contents

What is a Move In Cleaning Checklist?

The Ultimate Move In Cleaning Checklist:

General Cleaning

1. Do an Initial Search

2. Gather Tools and Supplies

  • Cleaning Material
  • Tools
  • Cleaning Liquids

3. Cleaning Checklist for the Kitchen

  • Refrigerator
  • Oven and Stove
  • Kitchen Cabinets
  • Dishwasher
  • Dispose of Garbage

4. Cleaning Checklist for the Bathrooms

  • Shower
  • Toilet basins
  • Toilet sink and floor


5. Bedroom Cleaning

6. Living Room

7. Floors and Carpets

8. Windows cleaning

9. Doors

10. Light Fixtures and Electric Outlets

11. Wardrobes and Cabinets.

12. Shelves

13. Washing Machine and Dryer

14. Ceiling Fan

15. Walls

16. Vents

17. Outdoor Space

What is a Move In Cleaning Checklist?

What is included in a move in/ move out cleaning checklist? A move in cleaning list provides a guideline to individual cleaners and professional companies. It leaves no mark or spot unchecked during the cleaning.

A comprehensive move in cleaning checklist (like ours here) has a complete breakdown of tasks; the tasks are subdivided into subtasks per room and items to be cleaned.

This move in, move out cleaning checklist can help eliminate dust, debris, and dirt from the most discrete places in your house or apartment before you move in or after you shift from your old home.

The Ultimate Move In Cleaning Checklist:

The key to having an efficient move in cleaning job is to have a plan of action. If you go in unprepared, chances are you’ll probably feel overwhelmed. You won’t know where to start, which supplies and equipment you’ll need, and how to get the job done!

So here’s our ultimate move in cleaning checklist, complete with the detailed tasks, supplies you need, and steps you need to cover for a thorough job.

General Cleaning

Every house or apartment is different and has unique cleaning requirements. A good cleaning company can tailor the tasks per the type of house and its cleaning needs. Our checklist here can also be customized per the client’s requirements.

To start with, here’s a summary of tasks on how to clean the rooms in your new home.

  • Dust all surfaces and counters
  • Use the wet wipe to clean light fixtures, fans, door knobs, and handles
  • Use a rag or duster to clean spider webs
  • Clean the window panes and doors
  • Vacuum all carpets and mats
  • Mop and clean the floors
  • Wipe the sink, stove, cabinets, and counters in the kitchen
  • Wipe clean all appliances inside out
  • Sanitize the toilet, shower, tub, and other fixtures like the vanity

1. Do an Initial Search

The first walk-through or initial search is very important. Make sure to carry a piece of paper, a pen, or a gadget to take notes. Look around the corners, hidden spots under the bed, sofas, inside appliances, etc.

Try to take as many notes as possible at this step. It will give you an idea about the supplies you’ll need to clean up, any repairs that need to be taken care of, and places where you need to pay special attention during cleaning.

Check if all the drawers, closets, and racks are empty. Throw away the clutter or things you don’t need. Also, open all the doors and windows to let in some air and ventilation.

2. Gather Tools and Supplies

Before you start, you should have all the cleaning supplies with you. That way, you won’t have to leave the job halfway through to make a run for the stores.

Your complete move in cleaning toolkit should include the following materials, pieces of equipment, and supplies.

Cleaning Material
  • Microfiber cleaning cloth
  • Vacuum or Broom and dustpan
  • Mop
  • Cleaning bucket
  • Sponge
  • Wipes and paper towels
  • Strong vacuum cleaner
  • Squeegee
  • Protective gear like mask and gloves
Cleaning Liquids

Make sure to use natural and gentle chemicals only. The harsh chemicals may take off the marks more quickly but cause harm. They can irritate the bronchial tract and skin and may even damage your home’s pipelines.

The supplies you’ll need are as follows.

  • An all-purpose cleaner
  • Disinfectant
  • Sanitizing spray
  • Cleaning spray
  • Concentrated cleaning liquid
  • Window cleaning liquid
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda

3. The Kitchen

As per statistics, we spend over 400 hours in the kitchen annually. The kitchen stores all the food, so cleaning and sanitizing it before stocking it up is essential.

We often miss certain areas while cleaning the kitchen. Make sure to clean them thoroughly before proceeding with the other rooms.


Start with the largest (and most needed) appliance, the refrigerator. Cleaning the exterior is easy. Use the multipurpose or all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloth to clean the door and sides.

Then move to the inside. Remove all the shelves and removable wall storage racks and wash them with the sponge and kitchen dishwashing liquid.

Take the microfiber cloth and all-purpose cleaner and wipe all the internal surfaces. Clean the shelves, walls, and all nooks and corners.

Scrub gently to remove the accumulated grime and food particles. Clean the microfiber cloth and do a thorough wipe-down again.

Also, make sure to move the refrigerator and clean it.

Oven and Stove

Again, take your trusted microfiber cloth and all-purpose cleaner, and start with the stove burners. Clean the glass stove top thoroughly.

Next, get to the oven. Clean the oven door, and then clean the inside. Remove and wash the washable rotating plate. Clean thoroughly for food particles stuck around the walls and vents.

Kitchen Cabinets

Remove any excess clutter or items in the cabinets. Wipe clean the cabinets using an all-purpose cleaner. Use disinfectant and sanitizer at this point to clean and refresh the cupboard before storing food items.

Always use gentle cleaning liquids to clean the cabinets and drawers. Harsh chemicals can scrape off the paint and polish.

Place a lining inside the cupboard and drawers. This will also prevent future messes and make cleaning easier in the long run.


Simply run the dishwasher cycle once while it is empty. Wipe clean the inside using the all-purpose cleaner gently.

Dispose of Garbage

Take out all the garbage and dispose of it properly. The garbage bin often gets stuck up pieces of food and other residues that lead to a lot of stench and problems like mold and bacterial growth.

So once you’ve emptied the contents, use a wet microfiber cloth and scrub the insides of the bin. If it stinks badly or has a lot of grime stuck, it would be best to consider a replacement.

You may use lemon citrus or lemon peels inside it to keep your garbage smelling fresh and pleasant.

Next, follow the general cleaning steps, which are:

  • Clean the ceiling fans and cobwebs
  • Clean the light fixtures
  • Wipe clean cabinets, cabinet doors, and shelves
  • Dust and wipe the counters and shelves
  • Wash the sink and backsplash
  • Dust and wipe all the surfaces
  • Clean the windowsill and windows
  • Wipe clean the door and door handle
  • Clean the electric outlets and sockets
  • Scrub off any marks on the walls and baseboards
  • Clean the blinds and ledges too.
  • Vacuum and mop the floors.

4. The Bathrooms

It is the most used room in the house, after all. So you need to clean the bathrooms thoroughly before you start using them.

Here’s a little bathroom move in cleaning list to keep in view when cleaning.

  • Clean the windowsills and window tracks.
  • Clean and sanitize the bathtub, shower, glass door, and shower walls
  • Clean and sanitize the sink
  • Clean the toilet and toilet bowl thoroughly
  • Wipe clean the mirror and vanity
  • Wipe the cabinet interior and external surfaces
  • Dust and clean all the counter spaces, and shelves
  • Wipe clean the doorknobs and door frames
  • Scrub off the stains on the walls and fixtures
  • Clean the baseboards
  • Wash and mop the floors
Clean the Shower Head.

If the house has been lived in, start with the shower head. Cleaning the showerhead at this stage will give you months of peace. It’s common to become blocked due to the grime, calcium, and mineral buildup that accumulate around the tiny holes.

Use a mixture of vinegar and water and scrub clean the shower head. Also, check out this guide on how to clean the shower head at home.

Clean the Drains

Whether they’ve been used, clogged, or not, always ensure to clean the drains. You can use the snake and drain cleaner to clean them yourself or call in expert move in house cleaning services.


Cleaning the toilet at this stage will make it easy to maintain for years.

A tip for cleaning the commode is to lift off or remove the toilet seat. Then, use a small brush to clean the insides and sides of the seat. Remove all marks and stains.

Check the bathroom for mold and water damage as well. Make sure to have leakages, if any, repaired before you move in.

Pro Tip: Use eco-friendly green products to clean the bathrooms. Commercial cleaners have harmful chemicals that can damage the tiles and often leave dangerous fumes that can affect your respiratory health.

5. Bedroom Cleaning

Cleaning the bedrooms is very important before moving in. There may be bacteria and other allergens that could cause serious health issues.

Start from the top and clean the ceiling fan and cobwebs first. Then, move to the light fixtures and electric boards.

Clean the wardrobes, furniture, tables, and bed using an all-purpose cleaner and wipe.

Follow the same process for all the rooms of the house and finally vacuum the carpets and mop clean the floors.

Here’s a bedroom checklist that’ll help you stay on task while cleaning:

  • Dust all surfaces
  • Clean the wardrobe’s interior and exterior sides
  • Wipe the walls and baseboards
  • Clean the mirror using glass cleaner
  • Clean the windows and window panes
  • Wipe door knobs and door frames
  • Vacuum hard floors and carpets

6. Living Room

When you have all the space and no bulky furniture coming your way, it’s the best time to clean the living room. Other areas that should be cleaned along the living room include the dining room, entryway, hallways, and large landing areas.

Here’s a checklist to help you easily clean the living room and other common areas.

  • Dust and wipe all surfaces
  • Clean the mirrors and windows
  • Clean inside the window pane
  • Dust clean the walls and baseboards
  • Wipe the light switches
  • Erase and clean the markings or spots on the walls
  • Clean inside the closets and wipe their exterior
  • Vacuum all rugs and carpets
  • Vacuum and mop the hard floors

7. Floors and Carpets

Different houses have distinct kinds of floors.

  • Carpeted
  • Bamboo
  • Laminate
  • Tiled
  • Wooden
  • Travertine
  • Concrete etc.

All these require a different approach to cleaning. Use a vacuum to clean the carpets and mop the concrete and wooden floors. Here’s a guide on how to clean different types of floors without damaging them.


Get your carpets steam cleaned before you move in. Professional cleaning companies bring in all the supplies needed for steaming and deodorizing the carpets, but you can also get the same done following the video here.

8. Windows cleaning

Use the vacuum cleaner to clean the window sills and tracks. Use the proper attachment to take out all the accumulated dirt and debris. If the house is old, you may find bugs or cobwebs stuck inside the window pane.

Next, use the microfiber cloth to wipe clean the windows. Use the window cleaning liquid spray and squeegee clean them.

9. Doors cleaning

Use the all-purpose liquid or spray and clean the door knobs and handles. The best is to start cleaning the door from the top. Wipe it clean, then clean the front and back of the door.

Finally, sanitize the door handles.

Make sure your cleaner is compatible with the wooden and painted doors.

10. Light Fixtures and Electric Outlets

Light switches and fixtures gather a lot of dust and grime over time. Take a wet microfiber cloth and wipe clean the fixtures and electrical outlets. If the fixture shades can be removed and washed, wash them with water and soap.

Completely dry them out and place them back. Always be careful not to use a very damp cloth or go deep cleaning the electrical outlets.

11. Wardrobes and Cabinets.

Wardrobes develop a musty smell over time as they stay closed and get very little ventilation. Open up all the doors to let out the aromas. Then wipe them clean using an all-purpose cleaner.

Also, sanitize and fumigate towards the end. That’ll take care of the silverfish and other bugs.

12. Shelves

Dust off the dirt using a dry cloth first. Then take the all-purpose cleaner and a slightly damp cloth to clean the insides. Finish off by cleaning the doors and exterior side of the wardrobe.

13. Washing Machine and Dryer

While cleaning the new place, it’s a good idea to clean the machine and dryer. Since these appliances don’t tend to gather much dirt, cleaning will be easy.

Just scrub the lint trap with water and soap and wipe down the drum using the microfiber cloth.

14. Ceiling Fan

Use a duster to clean off the dirt from the fans. Wipe clean each blade thoroughly as they are more likely to accumulate dirt. Wipe clean the blades using an all-purpose cleaner.

15. Walls

There will be dust on the surface whether you have painted walls, wallpapered, or paneled walls. Use warm water and liquid dish soap to cleanse the walls thoroughly.

16. Vents

Clean the vents too. These vents can accumulate a lot of dirt and can cause allergies and other breathing difficulties. So even if the house has been recently constructed, check the air return vents and intake vents and clean or replace the filters.

17. Outdoor Space

The exterior of the house also deserves due attention when cleaning. Clean the porch and patio first. Use the broom to clean the walkway and scrub clean the porch.

Next, clean the windows using the glass cleaner and the light fixtures.

Lastly, check the gutters for blockages and leaks. Have them fixed by professionals so your stay is smooth and without water damage issues.

Handy Tips for Move In Cleaning

Here are a few further tips to make a move in cleaning a breeze.

  • Refrigerator: In the kitchen, always start with the refrigerator cleaning. Refrigerators often take a lot of effort to clean on the inside. Plus, you need a clean refrigerator for food storage just as you take the first steps in your home.
  • Top to Bottom: Make it a rule of thumb to clean from top to bottom. Let the dust, cobwebs, and debris move down as you clean. That way, you’ll be able to pick up on all the specs and particles as you clean the house.
  • Disinfect Bathrooms: Whether it’s a new home or one that’s been lived in, the bathrooms are likely always used. Make sure to thoroughly clean and sanitize the bathrooms. In the end, disinfect so that all leftover germs or bacteria die.
  • One Task at a Time: The best approach is to do one task for all the rooms followed by the next. First, clean all the rooms’ ceilings, then clean the windows, etc., and finish off by mopping the floors of the entire house.
  • Move In Cleaning Checklist: Keep your move in cleaning checklist in clear view. Use it as your guide. Tick off the tasks as you complete them so nothing’s missed or left out.
  • Baking soda: Baking soda is excellent at removing the odor of any kind. Sprinkle a generous amount over carpets or other areas to clean off any stubborn grime and eliminate smells.
  • Call in Reinforcements: Call your friends and family for help. You will be shorthanded if you attempt to clean the entire house yourself. You’ll find many friends and family members who would be more than willing to help you in this time of need.
  • Turn up some music and order in, and make cleaning fun!
  • Set Traps: If you have an ant infestation or, worse, rodents, set traps. They are mostly found around the attics and basements, so cover your bases.
  • Take your time cleaning the property; ensure you do a thorough job.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Deep Cleaning Important?

Buying a new house or changing apartments and moving in can be quite an exciting time. It’s the beginning of a new chapter in your life. But you may sometimes be slightly disappointed on your first tour after getting the keys.

If the house has been lived in, the previous owners or tenants may not have left everything spick and span per your expectation. So before you bring your stuff in, you should clean the place while it’s less cluttered.

It’s also an opportunity to have the place sanitized and fumigated and get any repairs done while you’re at it. Moreover, it’s far easier to maintain a clean home later than a dirty one.

Cleaner homes can also attract better prices for your property in the future.

Should I Clean a New House?

If you’re going to live in a newly constructed house, it’s just as essential to have it cleaned before the move.`A lot of dirt and debris settle into places following new construction.

It takes rounds of cleaning to get it all out. So even if the construction workers have tried to clean up after them, many particles remain suspended in the air. They slowly settle down, engulfing the entire house in the dust.

Plus, there could be remains of harmful chemicals and the builder’s dust that can take a lot of effort to get out. These can also cause severe allergies and chemical sensitivities.

It’s easier to clean just about the time you get your keys. The place won’t have your furniture or boxes; it will be relatively empty, so getting around stuff will be easier.

You’ll have a better view of the whole house and can get to all the hidden spots quickly at this point. Moreover, you must also consider sanitizing the place, making it safer for yourself and your loved ones.

How Long Does Move In Cleaning Take?

The period for the cleaning depends on a few factors:

  • The condition of the house
  • The size
  • How old the construction is.

The general rule of thumb is that big houses take longer to clean. Then if the house is new, it will generally take less time, but old homes may have a lot of leftover stuff from previous tenants. They may take longer to clean.

Finally, the construction and condition of the house also play a determining role in how long it’ll take to clean.

Once the cleaning company has assessed the situation and condition of the house, they can provide an estimate for the duration of cleaning.


Remember, you need efficient service to quickly clean up the place and get ready to move in. While you can get the job done yourself, you will need several tools and invest a lot of time and effort to clean the place.

Hence it’s best to call an expert move in house cleaning service like Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services. We will help make your new place sparkly clean and ready for moving in as soon as can be.

Leave the mess to us and invest that time and energy into moving and completing your paperwork instead. Call us at 0800 251 037 or contact Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services via quote form to get in touch with our experts.

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Post Construction Cleaning Checklist: The Ultimate guide

Post-construction cleaning can be a daunting task. After months of construction work, your home or office space is finally ready, but now it’s covered in dust and debris. To help you tackle this overwhelming job, we’ve put together the ultimate post-construction cleaning checklist. With this guide, you’ll clearly understand what needs to be done and how to do it efficiently.
Post-construction cleaning can be a daunting task. After months of construction work, your home or office space is finally ready, but now it’s covered in dust and debris. To help you tackle this overwhelming job, we’ve put together the ultimate post-construction cleaning checklist. With this guide, you’ll clearly understand what needs to be done and how to do it efficiently.

So, construction is finally done on your project?

That’s fantastic. Hopefully, it went very well and came in under budget.

However, just because construction is done doesn’t mean that the job is over. Once construction is over with, it’s time for post-construction cleaning.

Post-construction cleaning is absolutely critical for making sure that the building is safe, clean, and ready for tenants.

Getting Started

Before diving into cleaning with the help of a post construction cleaning checklist, it’s crucial to assess the situation. Take a walk through the space and make a note of any areas that require extra attention. Identify any potential hazards, such as exposed nails or sharp edges. Ensure that any electrical outlets or light fixtures work correctly before cleaning them.


Post construction cleaning checklist requires precision. It’s important to clean every nook and cranny of the space to ensure it’s safe and ready for use. Use the right tools for the job, including microfiber cloths, vacuum cleaners, and mop heads. Avoid harsh chemicals, which can damage surfaces or cause health hazards. Instead, use water, vinegar, and baking soda for a safe and effective cleaning solution.


Efficiency is critical when it comes to post-construction cleaning. To save time and effort, start with the areas that require the most attention. It includes spaces that generate the most dust and debris, such as the floors and walls. Next, work from the top down, starting with the ceilings and light fixtures and moving down to the baseboards and floors.


Post construction cleaning checklist involves cleaning multiple areas of the space. These areas include:

Floors – Sweep or vacuum up any debris, then mop with a mild detergent solution.
Walls – Use a soft-bristled brush or vacuum cleaner attachment to remove dust or debris. Wipe down the walls with a damp cloth to remove any remaining dirt.
Ceilings – Use a duster or vacuum cleaner attachment to remove any cobwebs or dust.
Windows – Clean the windows with a window cleaner solution and a squeegee or microfiber cloth.


Dust is one of the most common issues in post-construction cleaning. Dust settles on every surface, including floors, walls, and ceilings. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter or a microfiber cloth to remove dust effectively. Avoid using feather dusters, as they can move dust around.


Debris is another common issue in post-construction cleaning. This includes leftover construction materials like wood chips, sawdust, and nails. Use a broom and dustpan to sweep up any debris, then dispose of it in a garbage bag.


Paint can be a stubborn issue in post-construction cleaning. If the paint has dripped onto floors or walls, use a scraper or putty knife to remove it. For dried-on paint, use a paint remover solution or rubbing alcohol. Be sure to test any chemical solutions on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure they won’t damage the surface.

Focus on specific premises.

Post-construction cleaning is essential in ensuring that your newly built or renovated space is clean, safe, and ready to use. However, this task can be overwhelming, especially if you need help figuring out where to start. To help you, we’ve put together the ultimate post renovation cleaning checklist with pieces of advice on cleaning different areas and surfaces.


The kitchen is one of the most important areas to clean thoroughly after construction. It includes all appliances, cabinets, and countertops. Use a mild detergent to wipe down surfaces, then rinse with water. Be sure to clean any exhaust fans or range hoods, as these can collect a lot of grease and dust.

  • Clean all appliances with a mild detergent solution, including the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher.
  • Use a degreaser to clean the oven and range hood.
  • Wipe down cabinets and countertops with a disinfectant cleaner.
  • Clean the sink and faucet with a non-abrasive cleaner.
  • Remember to clean the backsplash and tiles behind the stove and sink.


The bathroom is another crucial area to clean after construction. It includes the toilet, sink, shower, and bathtub. Use a disinfectant cleaner to kill any germs or bacteria. Also, clean any ventilation fans or exhaust vents, which can collect dust and debris.

  • Use a disinfectant cleaner to clean the toilet, bathtub, and shower.
  • Wipe down the sink and faucet with a non-abrasive cleaner.
  • Clean the mirrors and windows with a glass cleaner.
  • Remember to clean the grout between tiles with a grout cleaner.

Living Rooms

The living room is where you spend the most time, so it’s essential to clean it thoroughly.

  • Start by removing any construction debris from the room, such as nails, screws, and wood chips.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to remove dust from floors, walls, and ceilings. Be sure to vacuum corners and hard-to-reach areas.
  • Wipe down surfaces with a damp cloth or microfiber cloth, such as countertops, shelves, and windowsills.
  • Clean any light fixtures and ceiling fans with a soft-bristled brush or vacuum cleaner attachment.
  • Remember to clean the air ducts and vents to ensure good indoor air quality.

Detailed post construction cleaning checklist

Post-construction cleanups can be tricky. We made a post-construction cleaning checklist that explains everything you need to do to complete a post-construction cleanup job right.

Here is a post construction cleaning checklist with the top 28 items you must complete:

1. Clean walls and floors

  • Use a soft-bristled brush or vacuum cleaner attachment to remove dust or debris from walls.
  • Wipe down barriers with a damp cloth or sponge to remove any remaining dirt.
  • Use a mild detergent to clean any stains or marks on painted walls.
  • Sweep or vacuum up any debris from floors, then mop with a mild detergent solution.

2. Wash Tiles, Glass, and Wooden Surfaces properly

  • Use a non-abrasive cleaner to clean tiles and grout.
  • Clean glass surfaces, such as windows and mirrors, with a glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth.
  • Use a wood cleaner and a soft cloth to remove dirt or stains on wooden surfaces.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals on surfaces, as they can damage or discolor them.
  • Always test any cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it won’t damage the surface.
  • Be sure to wear gloves and protective eyewear when using any cleaning products.

3. Vacuum all carpets

In order to make your carpet floors look their best, you need to vacuum them thoroughly. Vacuuming carpets will remove any leftover debris from the construction job that landed on the floor.

4. Dispose of all trash

It is common for there to be leftover trash at construction sites. This could be old coffee cups, paint trays, plastic bags, construction debris, etc.

All this will have to be removed and disposed of in the proper ways.

5. Sponge countertops

Oftentimes, during construction projects, countertops will build up a layer of dust and grime.

In order to get them sparkling again, you should take a damp sponge and run it over the entire surface of the countertop.

6. Mop hard floors

Just as carpeted floors need to be vacuumed, hard floors such as wood, tile, and bamboo should be mopped thoroughly.

7. Clean the windows

You can do this with a product such as Windex and a paper towel. There are also organic window cleaning products available if you prefer natural options.

You want to clean the windows to the point where no handprints or streaks are visible on them. No post-construction cleaning checklist is complete without cleaning the windows.

8. Wipe the mirrors

If a mirror is dirty, it gets noticed very quickly. This is because people look in them so frequently. So, make sure you wipe down the mirrors to eliminate any streaks or dirty spots.

9. Clean the windowsills

Like countertops, windowsills are an area where a lot of dust and debris can accumulate.

You will need to dust these and wipe them down in order to properly remove all of the debris that can be found on them. Once you do this, they will look much better.

10. Dust the ceilings and ceiling fans

Your building will not reach its maximum level of beauty and cleanliness unless the ceilings and ceiling fans are dusted.

Large amounts of dust tends to accumulate on ceiling fans, so pay special attention to this area.

11. Clean exterior lights

In addition to getting dirty as the result of being outside and exposed to the elements, exterior lights can build up dust and grime during construction projects.

So, do not forget to clean these during your post-construction cleanup.

12. Remove paint from hinges

Sometimes, during the construction process, paint can get onto hinges. This is because the painter accidentally touches his or her paintbrush to the hinge. Usually, this paint is not cleaned off during the painting process, and sometimes it is forgotten.

So, make sure that you check all hinges to make sure there is not paint. If there is, then clean it off.

13. Dust all handrails and banisters

This includes both the top part and the poles that support the top part. Both areas have to be cleaned thoroughly in order to make the handrails and bannisters look their best. These are very important to clean considering the fact that they are often a key part of the beauty of the room.

14. Clean the toilets

This is not necessarily the most fun part of the post-construction cleaning checklist.

However, it still has to be done. Clean toilets are important not only from an aesthetic point of view but also from a hygienic point of view.

Make sure you do not skimp on this cleaning job. It is very important.

15. Remove all packaging, tape, plastic, etc.

Oftentimes, during construction projects, there is a lot of leftover plastic, tape, packaging, and other materials that are left over when the job is done.

These materials come from new appliances, painters marking boundaries, new furniture, and other things.

Unfortunately, if these materials are left on the ground it creates a big mess. So, make sure that you track down every last piece of tape, plastic, and packaging and throw it away.

16. Clean and dust the tops and sides of doors

When a door is properly cleaned and dusted, it can look very beautiful and can help to improve
the overall look of the room.

So, make sure that cross this item off of your post-construction cleaning checklist by not neglecting the doors and giving them the proper cleaning attention
that they need. This is especially true if the doors are white.

17. Power wash the deck, driveway, and porch.

If you power wash the deck driveway, and porch, you can remove a layer of grime and dirt that you might not have even realized was there.

You will be amazed at how much better your deck, driveway, and porch look after they are power washed. If you do not have a power washer, you can rent one to get the job done.

18. Clean cabinets

When you are cleaning the kitchen, make sure that you take the time to wipe down the cabinets and remove any stains or debris that might have accumulated on them.

Cabinets help to add beauty to kitchens, so make sure that you clean your cabinets thoroughly so that they can shine and make your kitchen look great.

19. Dust grates and vents

Unfortunately, grates and vents are often not added to post-construction cleaning checklists.This means that you need to pay special attention to them and to give them a good dusting.

Without clean grates and vents, your rooms will never be completely clean. So a great post-
construction cleaning tip is to make sure that you don’t forget them.

20. Clean the inside of closets

Sometimes, during construction projects, workers will store trash, tools, or materials inside of closets.

Occasionally, these items get forgotten about. So, make sure that you go through the closets and remove any materials that shouldn’t be there.

You should also dust the inside of the closets and just give them a general cleaning. This will impress future tenants.

21. Wipe down the interior masonry

This is an essential item on your post-construction cleaning checklist. Interior masonry includes brick,
rock, and marble.

These types of surfaces often get a lot of dust and other types of particles on them. Make sure that you wipe them down thoroughly so that they are fully cleaned and not dirty.

22. Pick up any trash or debris on the lawn or surrounding grounds

Occasionally, construction workers leave trash and debris outside of the home. This material can be left behind after the workers leave the job.

You should walk around the outside of the building and check to see if any trash has been left behind. If it has, picks it up and throw it away.

23. Clean all appliances

This includes stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee pots, toasters, and more.

Except for the fridge, make sure that all appliances are turned off when you are cleaning them. The last thing you want when you are completing your post-construction cleaning checklist is to get injured because you accidentally touched a hot stove.

24. Wipe down tables and chairs.

If any tables and chairs have been put into the building following construction, then you should make sure to wipe them all down and get rid of any dust or debris that may have accumulated on them.

25. Add a welcome mat

Adding a welcome mat to the front entrance of the building pr apartment not only adds character to the building, but it gives people a place to wipe their shoes when they enter the space.

This can help to reduce the amount of dirt that reaches the floors and can reduce the amount of time you have to spend cleaning the floors in the future.

26. Diffuse essential oils into the air.

Essential oils such as eucalyptus will not only help purify the air, but they can also make the space smell exceptionally good. Further, they can help to get rid of new paint smells or any other construction smells that are lingering on.

27. Empty all trash cans and recycling bins

During construction projects, trash cans and recycling bins often get full from workers throwing away materials and trash in them. To complete your post-construction checklist, you need to make sure that you empty all of the trash cans and recycling bins that are on the site.

Only then will the building or apartment be entirely clean.

28. Patience is everything!

Finally, be patient and take your time. Post-construction cleaning can be time-consuming, but it’s essential for ensuring a clean and safe space.

Conclusion of our post-construction cleaning checklist

In conclusion, post-construction cleaning can be a daunting task. Still, you can get the job done efficiently and effectively with the right tools, products, techniques, and post-construction cleaning tips. Follow this ultimate post-construction cleaning checklist to ensure your newly built or renovated space is clean, safe, and ready to use.

If you’ve been searching for post-construction cleaning tips or post-renovation cleaning tips, then this checklist is exactly what you need.

After reading this post-construction cleaning checklist, you should now have all of the information that you need to clean the site in an optimal way.

However, you can also hire a cleaning company to assist you with this process.

If you are interested in hiring us to help you with your post-construction cleanup, or Post Renovation Cleaning in New York, you can book our service online or call us today at 212-920-5966.

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The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning a New Construction Home

The feeling of standing inside your newly finished home is unlike anything else. But once the thought of cleaning a new construction home hits, you may wonder where even to start.

Do you start by vacuuming the whole house from top to bottom? Or do you first attack the bathrooms and kitchen? Before you reach for the mop, take some time to read our guide on how to clean a new construction home properly.

Importance of Cleaning a New Construction Home

Your new home is all set up for habitation. Can’t you simply start moving in and cleaning as you find the time instead of cleaning the whole house once before you start your new life there?

That’s not the best idea. Here’s why.

  • Safety Concerns: Builders use all sorts of materials, from wood and sawdust to paint, adhesives, and other chemicals. These materials can cause breathing problems and skin irritations if not cleaned up properly.
  • Aesthetics: Construction sites can be unsightly, especially right after the builders have finished their work. Cleaning your new home will restore it to its glory.
  • Functionality: If your kitchen, bathroom, or other rooms are a mess, you won’t be able to use them, especially if physical obstacles are limiting you from reaching the appliances or cabinets. It’s best to give your home a thorough clean so that everything works the way it should.
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Is My House Too Dirty For a Cleaning Service? 5 Things to Do

Whether you live alone with a hectic work schedule or have kids and pets that barely heed your commands, your house is likely to be a mess.

There’s a trail of kids’ toys from the living room to the bedroom.

Your furry little friend has left paw marks all over the floor. The sink is overflowing with dishes even though you’ve got a dishwasher load on.

Sounds familiar?

If yes, let us quickly remind you that this is nothing to be embarrassed about. With kids, personal time, and busy work routines, it can be hard to keep a clean home.

That’s where professional cleaning services come in.

But now you might wonder, is my house too dirty for a cleaning service? The short answer is No. The long answer is in the guide below.

Is My House Too Dirty For a Cleaning Service? Why You Might Think So

If you think your house is too dirty for a cleaning service, welcome to the club. You’re not alone. Here’s why many people think this way.

”The Mess Is Embarrassing.”

In all honesty, we’ve all looked at our homes after a weekend movie night with the kids or a messy game of Monopoly and thought, ”I can’t let anyone else see this mess”.

In such a time, just the thought of letting a professional cleaner walk into your home might seem harrowing. But here’s the thing: professional deep cleaning services see sights like this every day.

It’s normal for them. And it should be to you too.

”The Cleaners Will Judge Me”.

Telling you from our experience at Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services, professional cleaners won’t judge you. They’ll simply come in with their vacuum cleaners and mops and get to work.

When we arrive at our client’s properties, we don’t judge them for the mess. What we see is a project that we need to do to the best of our abilities.

”I Don’t Deserve a Cleaner.”

It’s not uncommon to feel that you don’t deserve professional cleaning services simply because you ‘feel’ as if you’re not taking good care of your home. Let’s revise this thought.

I take good care of my home. However, I’ve been caught up with work lately. Or, I’m too tired to deal with cleaning on top of other things. So, a cleaner could help.

Doesn’t that sound better already?

Is It Possible For a House to Be Too Dirty For Cleaning?

Is my house too dirty for a cleaning service? We’ve already mentioned the answer is almost always No. Almost.

In which instances might your home actually be too dirty for cleaning? Safety is the main factor here.

The following homes may be too dirty (Read: unsafe) for professional cleaners:

  • Hoarder houses
  • Homes with mold or asbestos
  • Home with hazardous materials, such as chemicals and excrement that have been lying around for too long

Simply put, if it’s unsafe, it’s not for professional cleaners. Instead, you’ll need specialized services. For example, a professional mold removal company could help you.

Once they’ve removed all traces of mold from your property, a professional cleaning service can jump in.

Similarly, if your home has been built recently, it will have a lot of leftover construction material. In this case, you’ll need post construction cleaning services rather than regular maids.

Luckily, at Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services, we offer both. Book now!

How to Prepare Your Home for Cleaning Services?

Yes, your home might not be too dirty for a cleaning service. But it always helps to tidy up a bit beforehand.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Move furniture items that may be a hurdle in cleaning.
  • Clear surfaces, like tables and countertops.
  • Keep your valuables in a safe place so that they don’t get damaged during cleaning.
  • Pick up large items from the floor, such as shoes or toys.
  • Clean any towels or clothes lying around in the bathroom.
  • Open the windows to let some fresh air in.

Most deep cleaning services bring their cleaning tools and solutions with them. But if you’ve hired a service that doesn’t do this, you should also put out the cleaning supplies for them.

Here are some of them:

  • Cleaning tools, like mops, brushes, and a vacuum cleaner
  • Window cleaning solution
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Bathroom and tile cleaning solution
  • Dusting cloths

Check out this video to learn more.

5 Things to Do Before The Cleaning Service Arrives

By now, you should know the basics for preparing your home for cleaners. Here are five other things to make their job easier.

1. Get Organized

Getting organized can mean a lot of things. One, it means being prepared for the cleaners yourself. If you want to be at home while they work, make sure you do not get in their way.

If you plan to be outside, provide everything the cleaners would need before leaving the house.

What about pets and kids? The best thing is to keep them away from the area to be cleaned. Most cleaners use safe and non-toxic cleaning solutions. But even then, reducing foot traffic in the area is the best policy.

Organization also means preparing your home. Here are some tips:

  • Fold the blankets. Even better, make your bed.
  • Unplug your electronics and put them in their designated place.
  • Put away your personal items, such as clothes and makeup.
  • Keep your medications in the medicine cabinet.
  • Remove stray plates and cups from the floor and other surfaces.
2. Do the Dishes

Whether you do this or not will depend on the cleaning service. Do they do the dishes? Have you paid for it? Or do they not do dishes?

If they don’t, make sure you do the dishes before they arrive. Plates with two-day-old grease and cups with rotten milk will only make the cleaning task harder for professionals.

If the dishes are done, the cleaners will have a clearer area to work with. They’ll then be able to make your kitchen spick and span in no time.

3. Brush Up the Bathroom.

Has your little one had an accident on the floor? Is there any toilet paper lying around that misses the dustbin?

These things need to be removed before a cleaning service arrives.

If you remove these things beforehand, the cleaners will be able to focus on other parts of the bathroom, such as the tubs, vanity, and floors.

4. Lay Out Your Expectations.

Make a list of expectations before the cleaners enter your home. This way, you can tell them exactly what you need.

Here are some questions to help.

  • Do you want them to clean the inside of the fridge?
  • Does the bathroom grout need cleaning?
  • Do the blinds need dusting?
  • Do you want them to use specific cleaning solutions?
  • Does a carpet need steam cleaning?

The key is to be specific and honest. It will make things easier for both parties.

5. Do Some Pre-Cleaning (if you have time).

No, you don’t have to scrub every surface in the house. But doing some pre-cleaning can help you save money and time. Here are some things you can do:

Put everyone’s shoes where they belong.

  • Take the trash out.
  • Clean any spills on the floors.
  • Load the dishwasher.
  • Remove clutter, like books, toys, cushions, and clothes.
  • Clean out your pets’ food and water bowls.
  • Wipe the appliances, like the coffee maker and the microwave.

Here’s a video to give you some insider scoop on tips to hire a house cleaning service.

How Long Does Professional Cleaning Take?

When you think, is my house too dirty for a cleaning service, you may also wonder if it would take them hours to bring your home to its original condition. The time it takes professional cleaners will depend on the following factors:

  • Size of your home
  • Level of mess
  • Services provided
  • Number of cleaners working

A professional house cleaning service can take anywhere from an hour to four hours to clean your home. Meanwhile, house steam cleaning takes about two hours.

If your home has been due for a cleaner for a long time, it might take longer than four hours. But it’s nothing a professional cleaner cannot handle in a day.

Why Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services Is the Best Choice For Your Home if you live in New-Zealand?

Is my house too dirty for a cleaning service? We don’t think so.

Here’s why:

  • We’ve cleaned hundreds of homes and apartments. So, there’s nothing we haven’t seen.
  • Our cleaners are trained to handle any kind of mess.
  • We use the best equipment and cleaning supplies to ensure a thorough cleaning.
  • We also offer post-renovation and post-construction cleaning. That means we’ve seen the worse it can get.

Ready for the best part? We offer flat pricing based on your home’s size. You don’t have to worry about any nasty surprises or hidden costs. Check out our pricing page, or call us today to learn more.

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Complete Guide on How to Get Rid of Construction Dust in the Air

Have you just finished a construction job? Congratulations on your new place! But, even as the newly constructed building gleams before you, you have an important job left, i.e., how to get rid of construction dust in the air?

There is a significant amount of cleaning that needs to be completed urgently. The dust you see all around – even stranded in the air as particles – must be eliminated. Else it can badly affect the health of all those around you.

Now how to get rid of dust in the air? It’s on the walls, floors, the ceiling, the newly installed fixtures, and even in the air!

Thinking of it as a DIY job without help will only get your knees down into it but won’t get rid of it entirely. It is now necessary to seek assistance from expert cleaners for a comprehensive cleaning task.

Table of Content:

  • What is Construction Dust?
  • How is Construction Dust Harmful?
  • Types of Construction Dust
  • Tips to Contain the Dust During Construction
  • How to Eliminate Dust
  • How to get rid of construction dust in the air?
  • Air Purifiers and Scrubbers
  • Additional Tips and Tricks – How to Get Rid of Construction Dust in the Air

What is Construction Dust?

Construction dust is the collective term for all the dust generated and collected on the construction site.

A newly constructed site cannot become a child’s playground. A lot of things must be moved about and cleaned to make the place safe, like falling or improperly adjusted objects, unused or cut-out planks, and of course, dust.

Construction dust is produced upon every construction project’s culmination and can be deadly if not dealt with. The longer it stays, the higher the possibility of it getting released into the air affecting the health of all those around you.

It can cause allergies and respiratory difficulties. So as a building owner, you should know how to make post construction cleaning and the dust removed from the air after each construction project.

How is construction dust harmful?

The dust particles can cause breathing difficulty, flare your allergies, and lead to lethal health issues.

The longer you stay exposed to this dust, the higher the chances it may cause silicosis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and even lung cancer.

While some of these issues occur immediately, followed by exposure, other conditions like lung cancer take time to develop, and it’s already too late by the time you get the treatment.

Types of Construction Dust

There are three types of construction Dust.

Silica Dust

This one is released when work is done on mortar, concrete, and sandstone.

Wood Dust

As the name suggests, this comes from hardwood, softwood, ply, and MDF work.

Lower Toxicity Dust

Lower toxicity dust is produced when the workers work on dolomite, limestone, marble, gypsum, etc.

These are the three main categories. But the dust you see around you also has particles from other construction materials used on the site. We have the VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, that come from paints and formaldehyde.

These particles are so small, usually invisible to the eye, that they are easily taken in through our respiratory system and can wreak havoc on our lungs.

A few statistics can give you a bigger picture of how dangerous this dust is:

  • In New-Zealand many of the workers from the construction domain are exposed to hazardous dust.
  • Manys construction workes are exposed to silica dust from construction industry.
  • Some of the construction workers (present and retired) died from exposure to silica.

Hence it is very important to use heavy equipment like air blowers, scrubbers, and purifiers to take care of this dust and give way to cleaner and healthier air on and around the site.

Tips to Contain the Dust During Construction

I’d like to share some helpful tips with you on how to get rid of construction dust in the air before you begin construction work.

  • Contain the vents, windows, and all other places possible by covering them with plastic sheets, tape, and staple pins.
  • Keep single points of entry and exit during the construction process.
  • Cover the carpets with cling wrap to keep them from collecting dust
  • Vacuum thoroughly time and again during the construction. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  • Use cardboard to protect the hardwood flooring.
  • Use shoe guards to keep from spreading the dust all over the house.
  • Keep cutting and sanding outside.
  • Clean the ducts before settling in the new place to ensure no dust is left behind.
  • Use VOC-free paints.

How to Eliminate Dust

Construction dust spreads fast and can easily stick to the walls and ceiling.

The best time to remove the dust from the premises is after the paint and polish have dried and the construction job is complete.


It’s important to be well-prepared for the dust. Ensure you have protective gear like a mask, gloves, and goggles. Also, open up the doors and windows to let in fresh air.

Then you need to bring out the equipment for the cleanup. Here’s what you’ll need

How to Clean the Walls

Use Industrial Grade Vacuum Cleaner

Use a vacuum cleaner to first clear the loose dust particles off the walls. Go room by room, cleaning each wall from top to bottom.

You may be tempted to use a cleaning brush or duster, but that will only spread the dust further.

Clean the walls

Next, you need a bucket of water, dish soap, sponges, and towels.

Some of the dust might be stuck in the walls. You’ll have to take it out by scrubbing it. Be careful not to use very harsh sponges. Those may damage the paint and wall.

Wash the Wall

Next, take some warm water in a bucket and rinse the walls. Do not soak them; wash them and let them air dry to remove leftover dust.

Are you wondering how to get rid of construction dust in the air? Here are some helpful tips to make the air cleaner and safer for breathing.

Next, you need to cleanse the air of the particles. Different companies use different methods and approaches to do that.

It also depends on the site and how bad the air quality is. Here are the top methods usually used to rid the air of these harmful dust particles.

Water Suppression

In this approach, the dust is made damp as soon as it’s released. Since light dust can easily float in the air, making it wet, increasing its weight, and forming a sort of sludge.

But don’t over-dampen the dust; it’ll only create a mess.

On-tool Extraction

This method, too, is used just at the time the dust is produced and released. A local exhaust ventilation system is fitted onto a tool to suck all the dust in before it gets released into the atmosphere.

However, some of the dust particles will still manage to get into the air.

For these, you’ll have to wait for some days to let them settle. Once all the construction work is complete, a final deep cleaning will be required to get rid of them.

Final Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning of a site after construction requires an in-depth walk-through. Everything should be thoroughly examined for safety and cleanliness, like the tiled flooring, installed units, etc.

Also, while you’re at it, ventilate the whole area. Keep the doors and windows open to allow fresh quality air in.

Once you’ve identified the areas that need to be cleaned, getting a professional cleaning company to help you with the cleanup is the best strategy.

Qualified professional post-construction cleaning services can do everything there for you.

Air Purifiers and Scrubbers

Air purifiers, air scrubbers, and blowers are potent devices used to draw in dust from the air and surfaces of the site. But does an air purifier help with dust? Let’s find out.

Air Purifiers

These heavy and powerful machineries remove dirt from the air, leaving you with clean, quality air. They have special HEPA filters to capture dust particles and other allergens from the air.

These air purifiers are a must in closed spaces with poor ventilation.

Moreover, this equipment also keeps the surrounding area clean. If you have people living close to the premises, they also keep the dust from traveling to their residences.

Companies usually use multiple scrubbers and purifiers across the site for effective cleaning.

Air Scrubbers

Air Scrubbers and professional blowers work to improve the air quality. These usually have variable speed settings to control the airflow to purify the air and improve the performance of all air conditioners and heaters.

They have dust bags inside that extract the dust from the air to ensure only quality and fresh air is blown into the rooms.

Additional Tips and Tricks – How to Get Rid of Construction Dust in the Air

Here are some tips and tricks on how to get rid of construction dust in the air.

  • Look for air cleaners that can be affixed to the air conditioning unit. These remove dust from the whole area instead of focusing on a single room.
  • Use blowers and fans to draw in the air from the site and prevent airflow outside.
  • Ventilate as much as you possibly can.
  • Never use a duster or brush to sweep the dust.


Post Construction cleaning isn’t a job for a newbie. You need a team or the required equipment to roll up your sleeves and get to it.

The best way to get about it is to hire experts for the job. At Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services we provide top-notch post construction cleaning services. We send out a team of experts who are hands-on with the knowledge of how to get rid of construction dust in the air.

We bring all the necessary equipment to the site, freeing you up to sit back and relax while we prepare the place for living or moving in.

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How to Keep Apartment Clean: Tips and Cleaning Checklist

How to keep apartment clean? Whether you’re a millennial parent struggling to keep clutter out of sight or a young individual who has just moved into their first individual accommodation, you’d have this million-dollar question looming over your head every time you enter your home.
After coming home from a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is scrub the floors or put away last week’s laundry. However, we’ve got some bad news for you; the longer you put off a cleaning, the messier your home gets. Sorry.

We also bear some good news, though. Here’s a detailed guide on how to keep apartment clean.

Table of Content:

Tips to Keep Your Apartment Clean:

  • Deal With Clutter First
  • Try the 15-Minute Rule
  • Get Enough Storage Spaces
  • Make Your Bed Daily?
  • Get Tech on Board
  • Don’t Forget About ”Invisible” Areas
  • Invest In a Cleaning Caddy
  • How to Keep Apartment Clean: A Comprehensive Checklist
  • Get a Monthly Professional Cleanup
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Tips to Keep Your Apartment Clean

We’ve been in the cleaning business for quite some time. So, we know a few insider tips on keeping your apartment clean. Let’s dive in.

Deal With Clutter First

You walk into your apartment or come out of your room in the morning, and this is what you see. Your pet’s toys are scattered on the floor. The dishes from last night are still on the table. Two coffee cups are brandishing the coffee table’s tops.

Your coat – that you didn’t pay heed to as it fell off the rack – is lying on the floor. Your laptop, paperwork, and books are on the couch.

It may seem chaotic, but please do not ignore it.

When dealing with a great deal of mess, most people need help knowing where to begin. That overwhelms them too much. As a result, they end up cleaning only partially.

We recommend starting with the clutter first. Put the toys back in the basket and load up the dishwasher. Then, hang your coat where it belongs, charge the laptop, and keep the books back on the bookshelf.

Now, take a look around your apartment. That should already calm most of your nerves. Since the floors are clutter-free, why not start with vacuuming first?

Try the 15-Minute Rule.

We completely understand that you don’t want to vacuum your whole apartment after getting home from a 9 to 5 job and what seems like a million chores. We get it.

Try the 15-minute Rule instead. Here’s what you do: set a timer for 15 minutes on your phone. You have 15 minutes to tackle whatever you can. Here’s what we would do:

  • Put the dishes in the sink.
  • Put the clothes back in their respective places.
  • Pick up clutter from the floor.
  • Clear the living room couch.

You can also devote these 15 minutes to one specific task every day. Here are some ideas:

  • Mondays: Sweep the kitchen counters and cabinets.
  • Tuesdays: Vacuum under the living room sofas.
  • Wednesdays: Dust the furniture.
  • Thursdays: Wipe down the bathroom counters and mirrors.
  • Fridays: Clear the mail and other paperwork.
  • Saturdays: Organize the pantry.
  • Sundays: Clean the stovetop.

The key is to do tasks that you would otherwise procrastinate doing. Over time, you’ll notice that keeping everything clean becomes easier once you create a schedule.

For example, if you organize your pantry every Saturday, you won’t have to deal with many items at the end of every month. Similarly, weekly deep cleanings will keep your stovetop grease-free.

Get Enough Storage Spaces

Part of the reason your apartment’s so much clutter may be that you don’t have enough storage room. That’s why you’ve got baskets crammed under the bed and clothes lying around everywhere.

One way to keep things organized is to have storage spaces and compartments for everything. For example, get a wicker basket for them instead of throwing blankets and throws on the sofas.

Invest in storage boxes for your pantry and shelves for books. Storage bins also come in handy for keeping clothes, toys, extra items, and knick-knacks.

Make Your Bed Daily

Over eight out of 10 respondents in a survey said they feel more productive if they make their beds in the morning. It’s such a simple act but has excellent benefits.

Besides giving you a productivity boost, making your bed daily can keep your apartment looking clean. Even if the kitchen is in bad shape, walking into your room would give you an impression of a spotless space.

Make it your daily habit to put your pillows and blankets back in place. After making your bed, remove any cups or bottles from your bedside table.

Get Tech on Board

”Hey, Siri! How to keep apartment clean?”

We don’t know what Siri would say, but we suggest including tech other than Alexa or Siri in your cleaning routine. Robo vacuums are your best friends in this regard. They work wonders on hardwood floors and carpets alike.

Also, opt for tech-advanced appliances, such as HEPA air filters and self-cleaning blenders. They reduce your cleaning time and are also healthier in many cases.

Don’t Forget About ”Invisible” Areas

How often do you casually ignore the slime and dirt lurking behind your fridge? When was the last time your pet’s toys took a trip to the washer?

A National Sanitation Foundationstudy reported the following spots to have the most germs in your home, in order of most ”germiest” to least:

  • Kitchen sponge
  • Kitchen sink
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Pet Bowl
  • Coffee maker reservoir

Some other ”germy” places included stove knobs, pet toys, cutting boards, and bathroom faucet handle. Anyone who knows how to keep a clean apartment would not ignore these places.

Invest In a Cleaning Caddy

You know you’re growing old when things under Amazon’s home section make you click ”Add to cart” at lightning speed. Add a cleaning caddy to your cart the next time you’re on your online shopping spree.

It will help you save a lot of time you otherwise waste looking for cleaning supplies. Stock up your cleaning caddy with the following:

  • Furniture polish
  • Cleaning gloves
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Tile and grout cleaner
  • Lint roller
  • Carpet spot cleaner
  • Dusting cloths

You can get a big caddy for all-purpose cleaning or keep a separate one in the bathroom.

How to Keep Apartment Clean: A Comprehensive Checklist

If there’s one thing you need to know about adulthood, there’s always something to clean. So, why not create a checklist? We’ve got you covered.

Kitchen Checklist
  • Do the dishes.
  • Wipe the surfaces, such as sinks, counters, and stovetops
  • Vacuum and sweep the floor.
Bathroom Checklist
  • Wipe the sink and the counters.
  • Wipe the toilet seat.
  • Scrub the bowl.
  • Clean the floors.
  • Clean the shower.
Living Room Checklist
  • Remove the clutter from the floor and the upholstery.
  • Vacuum the floor and the couch.
  • Organize your entertainment centre surfaces and coffee table.
Bedroom Checklist
  • Make your bed daily.
  • Put your clothes in the closet.
  • Remove clutter from your nightstand and other surfaces in the room.
  • Vacuum the carpets.
  • Clean the floors.
Weekly Chores Checklist
  • Clean the fridge and wipe all surfaces.
  • Do the laundry.
  • Empty the trash cans from the bathroom and every room.
  • Vacuum all floors
  • Dust all surfaces.
  • Change the sheets.
Monthly Chores Checklist
  • Clean the windows.
  • Clean your appliances, such as the toaster and coffee maker.
  • Deep dust the furniture and the ceiling fans.
  • Spot clean the carpet.

Sure enough, some chores might differ in your apartment based on your specific needs. If you skip a task or don’t feel like doing it, you do not need to be hard on yourself. It’s alright.

Are you a visual learner? Follow this creator on her apartment cleaning checklist completion spree.

Get a Monthly Professional Cleanup

By now, you should know how to keep apartment clean. However, every once in a while, it helps to bring the big guns in. Apartment cleaning services, like Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services, can be at your doorstep with a single call.

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services provides deep cleaning services for apartments, including dusting all surfaces, tidying up your kitchen, vacuuming the carpets, and sanitizing your living space. Book us now to learn about our impeccable cleaning services.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Keep My Apartment Clean With Kids?

Cleaning up behind kids can be a tedious task, especially if they’re still young. The key is to deal with the mess as soon as it occurs to avoid piling up too much work. Don’t hesitate to get a nanny or a maid for extra help.

How to Keep Apartment Clean With Cats?

First, teach your pet not to get on your upholstery or bed with dirty paws. Second, pick up their toys from the floor as soon as they are done playing. Training them to stay in their designated spot instead of running around in your apartment is also important. Also, regularly vacuum and mop the floors to remove their fur and dander.

How to Keep an Apartment Clean With Minimal Effort?

Do some minimal cleaning around the apartment daily. For example, you can do your dishes daily, make your bed, remove the clutter, and do the laundry. As for deep cleaning, especially the floors and other surfaces, hire apartment cleaning services like Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services for deep cleaning monthly or weekly.

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Post Construction Deep Cleaning Guide for New Homeowners

You’ve finally built the home of your dreams. But you cannot settle in. Not yet. It’s time for post construction deep cleaning first.

Construction is a messy process, regardless of how tidy the builders and contractors are. From unused materials to scraps of building items, there’s a lot you need to clean.

Deep cleaning post construction doesn’t only involve removing the mess and getting rid of the dust and debris. You must also dispose of harmful materials and get your home in order.

Our guide below will cover different aspects of post construction deep cleaning. We’ve also included a checklist that you can use as your to-do list for post construction cleaning.

Table of Content:

  • Cleaning Supplies for Post Construction Deep Cleaning
  • Cleaning Tools for Post Construction Deep Cleaning
  • Personal Protective Equipment for Post Construction Deep Cleaning
  • Post Construction Deep Cleaning: Step-by-Step Guide
  • Why Hire a Professional
  • Best Post Construction Deep Cleaning Service in Auckland
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Cleaning Supplies for Post Construction Deep Cleaning

If you’ve decided to tackle post construction cleaning yourself, good luck! You’re nothing less than a domestic hero. Here are the cleaning supplies you need to grab on your next Target run:

  • Broom
  • Trash bags
  • Brushes (handheld, stiff-bristled)
  • Dustpan
  • Bucket and mop
  • Cleaning solutions (glass, wood, floor, all-purpose)
  • Cleaning liquids (hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar)
  • Dusters
  • Plastic sheets
  • Cleaning rags
  • Squeegee
  • Sponges
  • Microfiber cloths

Cleaning Tools for Post Construction Deep Cleaning

Once you’ve secured the cleaning supplies, it’s time to arrange the cleaning tools. You’ll likely own most of these already.

  • Vacuum cleaner, preferably a shop vac/li>
  • Wet/dry vacuum cleaner
  • Steam cleaner
  • Power washer
  • Floor polisher
  • Carpet cleaner

You don’t necessarily have to buy all of these tools. For example, if you don’t have any carpets in your home, ditch the carpet cleaner. Similarly, if you don’t plan to use a power washer or steam cleaner regularly, you can rent it instead of spending a few hundred bucks on new purchase

Personal Protective Equipment for Post Construction Deep Cleaning

Post construction cleaning is not like mopping or vacuuming your home. It’s relatively more dangerous since you’ll be dealing with sharp objects and broken materials, like glass and nails. Get the following PPE for your deep cleaning project:

  • Dust masks
  • Eye protection (goggles)
  • Closed-toe rubber shoes
  • Rubber gloves

If you have a dust allergy or any other respiratory illness, we recommend handing over the post construction cleaning task to a cleaning professional instead. Or another family member can take over the job.

Post Construction Deep Cleaning: Step-by-Step Guide

Both pre and post construction deep cleaning require proper planning. Follow this step-by-step guide to make your home spotless after construction.

Step 1: Prepare

It’s imperative to be logical when deep cleaning your home. You want to avoid having to reclean the same area multiple times because you accidentally walked over it with dirty shoes.

The key is to clean up to down. Simply put, start from the area or room farthest from your front door, so you always bring dirt outside and don’t take any in.

Here are some steps to prepare for post construction cleaning:

  • Keep all your supplies in one place. This way, you won’t have to run around the house looking for them, taking dirt from one place to another in the process.
  • Remove clutter. Dispose of bigger items like cardboard boxes, wooden chips, nails, or any leftover materials.
  • Block all openings. Block the vents and other openings with a plastic sheet and painter’s tape to prevent the entry of debris into your HVAC system.
  • Sweep the dust. Before you go in with a vacuum, lightly sweep all rooms with a broom to remove loose debris.
Step 2: Rough Clean

By rough cleaning, we mean getting rid of the major dirt and debris. You won’t get into the nooks and crannies at this stage, but you’ll remove the more ”visible” mess. Here’s what to do:

  • Remove the construction debris from your property and dispose it of properly.
  • Scrub off stains from surfaces like the floors and kitchen counters.
  • Wipe the glass doors and windows.
Step 3: Deep Clean

After you’ve roughly cleaned the area, conduct a thorough cleaning. As we’ve already mentioned, start from the farthest room and move toward the main entrance. The standard cleaning practices in this phase include:

  • After you’ve roughly cleaned the area, conduct a thorough cleaning. As we’ve already mentioned, start from the farthest room and move toward the main entrance. The standard cleaning practices in this phase include:
  • Washing the cabinets, baseboard, doors, walls, and partitions.
  • Vacuuming the floors throughout the house
  • Dusting the bulbs and other light fixtures with a dry cloth
  • Washing the carpets or cleaning them with a carpet cleaning
  • Steam cleaning the upholstery

Cleaning the floors is often the hardest part of this process. Dip a sponge in a mixture of water and dish soap or vinegar to remove stubborn spots. An all-purpose cleaner would work wonders for other surfaces.

Step 4: Follow-up Touches

Even if you were extremely careful during the cleaning process, you might still have left fingerprints or marks on some surfaces. In this step, you tackle them.

Check everything from the floor to the fixtures to see if you’ve left any fingerprints or smudges behind. Clean them with a damp microfiber cloth.

Post-Renovation / Construction Cleaning Quick Checklist

When cleaning a house after construction, there’s a lot to do. So, it’s common to forget cleaning tasks. The following checklist will help avoid this issue

  • Remove debris and dirt from walls, surfaces, floors, ceilings, windows, and partitions.
  • Clean all glass surfaces, mirrors, and windows to remove stains and paint.
  • Vacuum the floors.
  • Clean the carpets.
  • Mop the floors to remove tough stains.
  • Clean and disinfect the bathrooms, including sinks, showers, tubs, and toilets.
  • Clean and disinfect the kitchen, including cabinets, countertops, the stove, and light fixtures.
  • Remove and dispose of the post-construction trash and broken materials.
  • Clean all external surfaces like the deck, driveway, and gutters.
  • Inspect your house to ensure no area is left dirty.

Inspect your house to ensure no area is left dirty.

Planning a home construction is tedious enough. You shouldn’t have to go the additional mile to clean your home afterward, too. A professional post construction cleaning service can take this task off your hands, giving you time to relax while they make your home spick and span.

But that’s not the only reason to hire a professional company. Here are some others.


Post construction cleaning poses certain risks to your health, especially if you already have respiratory problems. A professional cleaning service, like Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services, will take all necessary precautions to prevent harm.

In this YouTube video*, experts explain several safety measures for cleaning services, such as:

  • Masking up.
  • Keeping the doors and windows open for ventilation.
  • Putting on safety equipment.
  • Moving around with care.
  • Reading the labels on cleaning chemicals.

At Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services, our cleaners follow all these measures. In doing so, we not only stay safe but also make sure we don’t use any chemicals that can harm your new hardwood or linoleum floors.

Cleaning Equipment

From a power washer to a shop vac, DIY post construction cleaning can strain your wallet. You’d either have to buy or rent these tools for cleaning. If rentals are not available in your area, you’d have no other choice but to purchase tools that you might not use again.

By hiring a professional, you save this money. As Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services provides deep cleaning post construction Manhattan services, our clients do not need to own any high-end equipment for us to do your job efficiently. We bring all the tools we use with us, saving our clients hundreds of dollars in extra purchases.

Cleaning on a Budget

Many new homeowners think they will save money by taking on post construction cleaning themselves. But the mere task of buying supplies and tools will cost you more than what you’d have to pay for a cleaning service.

At Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services, we charge clients based on the size of their homes and the complexity of the project. Get in touch with us today to learn how much post construction cleaning will cost for your new home.

Best Post Construction Deep Cleaning Service in Auckland

It’s pretty evident that post construction cleaning is a lengthy and time-consuming process that would expose you to harmful chemicals, dust, and allergens. What’s the solution? Hiring Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services for your post construction cleaning needs.

Our team will remove dust from your home, remove paint stains, clean all glass surfaces, wet-clean your floors, scrape stubborn paint marks, polish all surfaces, and remove construction waste. All you have to do is trust us, and we’ll take it from there. Contact us today to book our services.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How Do I Dispose Of Construction Waste?

Check the construction waste disposal guide for your respective locality. You can also search for the concerned authorities in your area. Most authorities have their website and contact numbers listed on it

Is It Cheaper to Hire a Cleaning Service for Post Construction Cleaning?

If you don’t have cleaning supplies or tools and need to cover a large area, it’s more budget-friendly to hire a professional service than do everything from scratch yourself. Due to their expertise, cleaning professionals will also do a stellar job while staying and keeping your home safe.

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Effective Tips for Eco-friendly Office Cleaning

The past few years have seen a drastic rise in home and office cleaning owing to the pandemic. Without regular cleaning, workplaces can become breeding grounds for viruses, bacteria, and mold in no time.

Hence, we come bearing good news; today, you can find many office cleaning supplies that can make your workplace clean, safe, and hygienic without affecting the environment.

So, are you ready to get started?

What is Eco-Friendly Office Cleaning?

Green or eco-friendly office cleaning includes different ways to clean the work area while keeping the environment safe. That means our cleaning products should be safe, environmentally friendly, CFC-free and biodegradable.

Most of the products you buy off the shelves come with clear labeling, showing us if they meet the environmental safety standards. However, you must check the labels thoroughly; sometimes, these just signify the CSR activities and use of recycled paper or materials. Meanwhile, the product still has traces of harmful chemicals inside.

That's why you need to know the key ingredients before putting these products in your cart. These include:

  • Chlorine
  • Artificial fragrance
  • Phosphates
  • Artificial colors

Why Do We Need Eco-Friendly Office Cleaning Products?

More and more businesses today are opting for environment-friendly practices. These include reducing waste, economizing the use of resources, and going green where possible.

However, many businesses still fail to look into the cleaning practices they follow in the office. As a result, many chemicals we frequently use, like odor neutralizers, air fresheners, etc., can adversely affect the environment.

Some of the chemicals in these cleaning products are so harsh that they can cause cancers and even congenital disabilities in newborns. Furthermore, the sanitizers and disinfectants get washed down once they do their job into the water pipes to our lakes and rivers.

Despite several treatments, there are stubborn contaminants that do not leave and significantly impact our sea and wildlife. Hence that’s a cry for help and the need to go green where we can to save the planet!

Eco-Friendly Office Cleaning Tips

Today, we have multiple options to disinfect, clean, and sanitize our workplaces. Moreover, as technology advances, we can expand our lists to include green, sustainable, and eco-friendly cleaning products.

This way, we can ensure our office stays clean and hygienic without adversely affecting the people or surroundings.

Make the Switch

If you are keen on switching to the right environment-friendly products, check the kind of supplies used frequently in the office.

Make a list, ask around or liaise with professional eco-friendly office cleaning services and go through their cleaning products.

Check if any of these on the list are already eco-friendly. Check for the eco-labels, verifications, certifications, or tests that can signify the product is safe for the environment.

Ingredient Glossary

Many of the products we find are falsely labeled and designed to mislead the customers. Words like ‘green’ and ‘organic’ should be clear red flags, especially when there’s no backing to the claim on the packaging.

Before heading to the stores and standing confused in the aisle, you should know some key definitions.


Phosphate-free products are generally safe for humans as well as the environment.


These are made from natural plants and do not release pollutants or dangerous chemicals into the environment.


These products are usually certified and tested to be environmentally sustainable and safe.

Buy Refills

Instead of purchasing large plastic bottles every time you run out of cleaning supplies, it is best to buy refills.
Not only are these more economical, but they also reduce plastic consumption. Similarly, purchase refills for dishwashing liquid, sanitizers, liquid soaps, and sprays instead of buying more plastic.

Use Eco-friendly Toilet Paper

There's a separate aisle for toilet paper and rolls at the stores. Fortunately, you can easily find many environmentally safe and hygienic options among these. Paper towels are a great choice as these are easy to dispose of and work just as effectively.

Talk to the Office Cleaning Services

Usually, non-routine, thorough cleaning is done by third-party contractors or cleaning services. So, you can easily get in touch with them and get them to make you a list of eco-friendly cleaning products to use for deep cleaning.

If a company cannot provide such a listing, you may consider changing the vendor and finding better alternatives. However, many cleaning services come with green labels and meet the criteria for providing eco-friendly services.

Find Sustainable Cleaning Equipment

Just like the supplies, you must switch to eco-friendly office cleaning equipment. For instance, there are some heavy machines like floor cleaners that make use of water to clean the flooring.

Robot cleaners, wall-mounted dispensers, etc., make the process more efficient and reduce energy consumption and pollution.

You can also talk with professional service providers to use steam for carpet, bathroom, and sofa cleaning.

Reduce Waste

Declutter, organize, and reduce litter where you can. For example, make the switch from plastic to reusable glasses and jugs. The same goes for the food containers; opt for glass and ceramicware instead of plastic.

Then reduce paper usage where you can and work through organizing the waste leaving your premises. That way separating and recycling the materials can significantly reduce your waste pile and get you on the road to green living.

Replace Old Furniture

You may also consider replacing the old furniture with modern, easy-to-use, clean tables, desks, and chairs. It is best to find furniture that doesn’t need an extra amount of cleaning. Just a damp microfiber cloth should suffice to remove the stains and dust.

Train and Educate the Staff

Arrange training and open brainstorming sessions with your staff. Come up with new ideas to go green and tell them about the importance and relevance of eco-friendly office cleaning.


The key to making the change is shifting to green and eco-friendly office cleaning. Make sure to have everyone on board with the plan. That could have the dual benefit of more employees contributing to environmental safety in the office and at home. If you want to find commercial cleaning services for your office you can book our cleaning services online.

Since resistance to change is natural, it will not be easy to make the shift. However, once you take the time to go through the products and lists, it’s a great step forward to a greener, eco-friendly space for you and your employees.

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Summer Scents for Around Your Home

Summer is finally here and the days are getting warmer, while you can call in a house cleaning service to get your home in shape, there are a few things you can do to help keep your home smelling fresh between house cleaning service visits.

Clean and summery scents do a lot for us, but if you don’t want to use sprays and plug-in air fresheners, burners or melts – you can use a range of natural ingredients to make your home smell clean and fresh.

Lemon – the zesty, clean fragrance of lemon gives you that instant lift. Why not try rubbing a few drops of essential lemon oil on doorknobs, or you can peel a lemon and then twist the peel so that the oils are released. Alternatively, you can simmer some slices of lemon on the stove to scent the air.

Lavender – Find a nice decorative container and pop a handful of dried lavender into it. If you pop it beside your bed in the bedroom, not only will it make your room smell fresh, it will also help give you a relaxing sleep.

Rosemary – Did you know you can burn sprigs of dried rosemary (be sure to place a dish underneath to catch any sparks). This not only cleanses the atmosphere in your home, but the scent is also very refreshing. Rosemary has been used in sickrooms for centuries since it is a time-honoured antimicrobial.

Vanilla – The vanilla bean has properties that reduce odours. Just take 1-2 teaspoons of natural vanilla extract, place it in a small cup and leave it wherever you need the air to be fresher.

Sprays and mists are a great way to add beautiful and natural scents to your home, and, they are proven allies in the fight against germs. Mists and sprays are a simple and effective way of providing some aromatherapy just by using a spray bottle, water and some essential oils. There is nothing easier than spraying a few drops of these antibacterial sprays on bathroom surfaces, doorknobs, telephones – anything you touch – to keep your home smelling sweet.

Essential oils are antibacterial, so they help kill germs. These formulas will keep indefinitely, and your home will smell marvellous – you also won’t have to worry if house guests bring colds with them.

This recipe will make 5 cups of spray. Use it on non-staining surfaces or just spray upwards into the centre of the room – avoid contact with your eyes.


Use an eyedropper to place the following in a small glass jar with a lid (a baby food jar is ideal):

  • 20 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Mix well. To use, add 4-8 drops of this base to one cup of purified or distilled water in a spray bottle, shaking to mix. Store in a cool, dark place.

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How To Clean A Cuddle Toy

A cuddle toy can be one of the most treasured possessions for a young child.
They might take it everywhere and never let it out of their sight.
However, this can often mean that the toy will quickly become a magnet for dust, dirt, bacteria, and all manner of other things which children seem to attract. Sometimes, you will be forced to find the best way to clean a cuddle toy, but what is the best way to go about it? Once you have convinced your child that the toy needs a bath, it is time to move on to the first step.

The First Step to Clean a Cuddle Toy

The build-up of dust can be one of the most noticeable problems, especially if the toy has been dragged places rather than carried. Run a slightly damp cloth over the cuddle toy’s surface area to get rid of this. It is also possible to use one of the attachments on a vacuum cleaner or a lint roller. Once this is done, use a brush with plastic with well-spaced bristles (and one which has not been used on a person’s hair, as the hair product can often leave a residue). When vacuuming, ensure that you use the proper attachment and that no small pieces are accidentally hosed up. For those who want a thorough clean, various dry shampoos have been specially formulated for these kinds of products.

Once the cuddle toy is dry, you can hand it back to your child and get ready to do the same again soon

Does Your Cuddle Toy Have Stains?

If the cuddle toy has acquired some spots or stains – which is almost inevitable – then it might be time to apply special measures. Before using any stain removal solution, test a small area first to ensure that no lasting damage is done. Then, once you have applied a small amount of the product, leave it to dry and inspect it for any damage. While there is a range of stain removal agents available, you might want to try one of these formulated solutions:

  • Mix three spoons of dish soap, a tiny drop of ammonia, and water. Then, apply the foam which forms to the required areas before wiping it away with a wet cloth.
  • You can also mix water with rubbing alcohol and dish soap, applying only the bubbles and foam that form and then wiping them away.
  • Removing odors is another issue, which can often be beaten by placing the cuddle toy in a standard paper bag with a small amount of baking soda. Shake the bag to cover the toy in the bicarbonate of soda and then leave it all to sit for an hour—towel off the powder and test for the smell.

It might be a wonder of the modern age that many cuddle toys can be machine washed. Check the label on the toy before you do so, and remove any batteries or attachments which might be at risk before starting the cycle. You can help keep cuddle toys soft using fabric softener, and placing the toy in a pillowcase will prevent it from mixing with your regular wash. The older or more delicate a cuddle toy might be, the less well it will respond to machine washing. Foam beads inside toys or fibrefill make them unsuitable for washing, and more giant toys should avoid the machine.

Once you have removed a cuddle toy from a washing machine, brush it down and then leave it to dry. A tumble dryer is not advised to clean a cuddle toy as it might cause stretching or shrinkage. A clothesline can be helpful but avoid direct sunlight.