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Welcome to your new home in the charming Southern Georgia! As you settle into your new residence, one of the first tasks you’ll want to tackle is giving it a thorough cleaning to make it truly yours. This essential cleaning guide is tailored specifically for new homeowners in Southern Georgia, taking into account the region’s unique climate and lifestyle.

First for foremost- let’s address the humidity, a hallmark of the Southern Georgia climate. This can lead to moisture issues in your home if not properly managed. Start by checking all seals around windows and doors to ensure they’re airtight. In areas prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens, consider using a dehumidifier to keep the air dry and prevent mold growth. For regular cleaning, incorporate anti-mold products into your routine, especially in tile grout and around sinks and bathtubs.

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Maintaining a clean home in high humidity environments is crucial to prevent mold growth and ensure a healthy living space. Here are some key areas and items to include in your cleaning list to combat the challenges posed by high humidity:

  1. Ventilation Systems: Regularly clean and check your home’s ventilation systems, including air conditioning units and dehumidifiers. 
  2. Walls and Windows: Condensation can build up on walls and windows, creating a breeding ground for mold. Wipe down surfaces with a dry cloth and use a suitable anti-mold spray to prevent mold growth. Keeping windows open when the weather allows can also help reduce indoor humidity levels.
  3. Bathrooms and Kitchens: These areas are particularly prone to high humidity. Frequently clean all surfaces, including tiles, shower curtains, and countertops, with anti-mold products. 
  4. Closets and Storage Areas: Closets and storage areas can become musty and moldy if not properly maintained. Use silica gel packets or other moisture absorbers to help keep these areas dry. Regularly air out and vacuum these spaces, and consider using a dehumidifier in particularly damp areas.
  5. Upholstery and Carpets: Fabric can absorb moisture, leading to musty smells and potential mold growth. Vacuum and steam clean upholstery and carpets regularly. In very humid environments, consider using a dehumidifier.
  6. Books and Paper Goods: Keep books and important documents in a dry, well-ventilated area. If possible, use desiccants and maintain a moderate temperature to protect these items from humidity damage.


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You will want to make time in every clean to focus on the outdoor spaces. Southern Georgia’s beauty comes with its own set of cleaning challenges, such as pollen, dust, and occasional leaves or branches brought about by the lush landscape. Regularly sweeping porches, patios, and outdoor living spaces will keep them inviting and reduce the amount of debris tracked inside. Using a stainless steel cleaner and protectant for your grill is essential to last and protect from the salty air. For your home’s exterior, consider a gentle pressure wash annually or semi-annually to remove any dirt and mildew buildup, especially on siding and walkways.

Lastly, embrace the local lifestyle in your cleaning routines. Southern Georgia homes often feature beautiful hardwood floors, high ceilings, and large, welcoming porches. Maintain the natural beauty of your hardwood floors with a gentle cleaner and avoid using too much water, which can damage them over time. High ceilings can collect dust and cobwebs, so include in your cleaning arsenal an extendable duster to reach those high corners. And for those lovely porches, regular dusting and wiping down of furniture will make them a perfect spot for enjoying a sweet tea or Artillery Punch on a warm evening. (What’s that now? Here’s the punch recipe.) 

By following this essential cleaning guide, you’ll ensure your new Southern Georgia home is not only clean but also a comfortable and inviting space for you and your family. Welcome home!