So you’re getting ready to move into your new apartment and want to make sure you get everything cleaned before the big day. Where do you start? There’s a lot to do, and with just a little preparation, you can get your apartment cleaned like a pro. Keep reading to learn how to get your apartment squeaky clean before you move in!
Dust before anything else
The first step in getting your new apartment clean is to dust your fans, lights, ledges, and door frames. Dusting high surfaces tends to get dust on the ground, so doing it first will keep you from having to come back to the same task twice.
If you want to dust off fans and lights without knocking too much dust on the ground, try flipping an old pillowcase inside out and using it to wipe down your surfaces. You can push the dust straight into the pillowcase and then dump it outside or in a trash can to clean up without making too much of a mess.
Clean the bathrooms
After you finish dusting, you’ll definitely want to deep clean the bathrooms. You can start by washing the mirrors and then scrubbing the sink, toilet, and bathtub. Spray these down with a solution of two parts vinegar, one part water, and then wipe everything down with a microfiber cloth or paper towels.
Be sure to clean out the bathroom drawers as you go along. Consider putting down drawer liners or organization trays so your toothbrush and other hygiene items don’t have to touch potentially dirty surfaces.
Move on to the kitchen
One of the most important places to cover in cleaning your new apartment is the kitchen. You’ll most likely want to deep clean your oven, as it’s often neglected when tenants move out and can be tricky to clean. If your oven has a self-clean function, use that to your advantage, but know that it won’t do all the work for you. You’ll need a strong oven cleaner to finish the job, so make sure you wear gloves and let the cleaner sit for 15 minutes or so before wiping it down.
The kitchen is one of the best places to use homemade cleaners, such as an all-purpose cleaner to clean the counters and a simple drain cleaner to flush any food waste out of the garbage disposal. While you’re at it, be sure to clean out the cabinets and put down cabinet liners to make everything look nice and keep your food clean.
Clean your floors
Be sure to clean the floors last, as any dirt, dust, or crumbs from other surfaces could get on the floor during your cleaning process. Vacuum or sweep all your floors while paying special attention to anywhere you’ll be putting furniture, as these spots will be harder to clean later.
Now is also a great time to polish any wood floors in your apartment, which you can do with a microfiber cloth or mop and a bottle of hardwood floor polish from any home improvement store. and then, your apartment will look good as new!