Apartment Cleaning Tips Before Moving Out
If there’s one thing more exciting than moving into a new apartment in Boston, it’s moving into a clean one! Whether you’re packing up to prepare for your first apartment move or have a few relocations under your belt, making time to give your current living quarters a thorough cleaning before moving out is essential. Whether you decide to hire cleaning help or DIY, your scrubbing will be appreciated by the complex manager and future tenant. Scrub along with Forest Properties as we scrub over our room-by-room apartment cleaning tips before you move out.
Before you get to cleaning, check in with your landlord on specific areas of your apartment that need to be cleaned or polished up. This info will help you get a head start on what rooms to tackle first, cleaning supplies you may need to pick up, and influence your choice to hire a cleaning service, like Check Maid Cleaning in Boston and Cambridge.
Scrub the Bathroom
Cleaning your bathroom isn’t the most glamorous task – but it must be done before moving out! As your gear up to tackle soap scum, it’s helpful to know what supplies you’ll need to make the bathroom sparkle and shine:
- Rubber cleaning gloves
- All-purpose surface cleaner
- Spray bleach
- Window or glass cleaner
- Paper towels, scrubbing sponge, toilet bowl brush
Once you’ve removed your toothbrush, towels, and decor, start with cleaning the bathtub and shower. Spray the tub and surrounding tile with cleaning solution, scrub away any water stains and soap scum, and rinse. Next up is the vanity area, which is pretty simple. Use spray bleach to wipe down the counter, window cleaner for the mirror, and a damp rag to gather any debris at the bottom of drawers and cabinets. Tackle the toilet with bowl cleaner and a brush, and finish up with a quick sweep of the floors.
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Deep Clean the Kitchen
Let’s be honest – packing up your kitchen is probably the most time consuming task as you prepare for an apartment move. Once every spoon, measuring cup, dish towel, and small appliance is safely packed, it’s time to get your Parkside Apartment kitchen spick and span for the next tenant. The best approach is to start from the top, so grab a damp rag and wipe off the top of cabinets, light fixtures, large appliances (like the refrigerator and microwave), and door frames. As you make your way down, it’s important to get into every nook and cranny to scrub away leftover cooking messes. Here’s what to look for:
- Wipe down the stove top, countertops, and the interior areas of the oven and fridge with soapy water or disinfectant spray
- Clean the interior of cabinets, drawers, and pantries
- Use a dust mop, Swiffer Wet Jet, or other cleaning mop to polish up the floors
Once you settle into your new home, check out our Cleaning Tips Guide for instruction on keeping your apartment kitchen (and other rooms!) nice and clean year-round.
Freshen Up the Living Room
One the couch is packed into the moving truck and area rugs are rolled up, it’s time to do a quick clean through the living room. The list of to-dos in this room is short and sweet:
- Take all nails and screws out of walls
- Wipe down windows with glass cleaner
- Dust off window panels, lighting fixtures, and air vents
- Vacuum the carpet or dry mop hardwood/tile flooring
Tidy Up the Bedroom
Giving the bedrooms in your Cloverleaf Apartment a good cleaning is pretty simple once large pieces of furniture are removed. Begin your cleaning frenzy by dusting off window panels, light fixtures, ceiling fans, and door frames. If your bedroom has carpet, give it a good vacuum to pick up and dust bunnies. For those residents with hardwood flooring, a dust mop, a damp rag, or Wet Jet-type device to polish the flooring.
Cleaning Tip: Avoid using a vacuum on hardwood flooring – it may scratch the surface!
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Clean Out the Closets
Even though closets may not be considered as a room, they’re equally as important to clean. All you need to do is pack up the closet’s contents, dust off shelves, and clean the closet floor with the appropriate mop or vacuum. If you notice any scratches or markings on the walls, check in with your complex manager or maintenance team on how to properly cover them.
Remember, your landlord will want to see the apartment as clean as it was when you first moved in, so don’t cut any cleaning corners! If you have a few pre-move apartment cleaning tips, share with us on Facebook!