Once you move out of your parents’ house and into a place of your own, you’ll realize that it takes more than just a once-over with a vacuum cleaner to get your apartment sparkling.
If you’re moving into a new apartment, you’ll want the place thoroughly cleaned before you move in – sanitize the furniture and furnishings, shampoo the rug, air the rooms. Once you’re settled, you can schedule your deep cleaning every month or every other month, depending on the size and location of your place, and number of your belongings.
Here’s some advice for first-time apartment renters who need to deep clean their apartment.
Gather your supplies
Before you start, you’ll want to make sure that you have all your cleaning supplies on hand. Here’s what you’ll need for a basic deep clean:
- Baking soda
- Distilled white vinegar
- Dish soap
- Disinfectant spray or wipes
- Microfiber cloths or old rags (make sure to get a number of these)
- Paper towels
- Rubber gloves
- Step stool or ladder
- Toilet bowl brush
- Broom and dustpan
- Trash bags and trash can
Work from the top down
Remember to clean from top to bottom in each room, because dust will drift down as you clean each household item. For dusty surfaces, use a dry microfiber cloth, rag, or a vacuum with a dusting brush attachment. If the dirt continues to cling to the surface even after you’ve wiped it, spray it with a mixture of vinegar and water.
Clean the tops of doors, door frames, and the top surfaces of your cabinets and closets. Look at the corners of each room to check for cobwebs. Gently wipe light fixtures, blinds, and windowsills.
Get dirty in your kitchen
If you love to cook, then you’ll need to scrub your stovetop at least once a month. Take off the pot grates and burner caps from your stovetop and soak them in hot soapy water. Squirt some soap on a sponge and wipe all surfaces and oven knobs. Follow up with a clean wet rag.
Take out your oven racks and wash them using dish soap. If your oven contains stubborn stains like burnt food that’s stuck to the side and bottom of the oven, scour it with baking soda and water. Rinse your oven with clean water once you’re done scrubbing.
Don’t forget the kitchen cabinets and drawers where crumbs tend to settle. Working one at a time, take out the contents of your cabinets and drawers and wipe the emptied surfaces with a clean wet rag using warm soapy water. You can also vacuum your drawers and cabinets before wiping them down. Rub your kitchen counters using the same soapy water mixture.
If the apartment has an older model freezer, make sure that you unplug and defrost the freezer at least twice a year. If there’s a build up of ice that’s half-an-inch thick, then it’s a sign that you need to defrost your freezer.
Take out all the items from your ref and freezer. Wipe the insides of the appliance with a sponge dipped in warm soapy water. Clean shelves and drawers using a mixture of baking soda and warm water. Wipe down the rubber gaskets on your refrigerator door with warm soapy water, then disinfect these. Turn off your fridge’s power before you clean beneath it. Remove any water that’s accumulated in the drip pan. Don’t forget to clean the front and side panels of the fridge.
You should also use this time to check the food you removed from your fridge. Throw away anything that’s expired or looks or smells suspicious.
Put the sparkle in your bathroom
Once you’ve finished cleaning your kitchen, it’s time to tackle your bathroom. Wipe faucets, the sink, and bathroom counters. Scour faucet and shower heads. You’ll also need to descale these with vinegar every month. Just like your kitchen, empty bathroom cabinets of all items before you wipe them inside and out. Find the appropriate products to clean your shower door, bathroom mirror, toilet seat, toilet bowl, as well as nooks and crannies where dirt builds up if unattended. Wipe the tank, sides, and base of your toilet.
Toss shower curtain and bathroom rugs in the wash.
Don’t forget to use your rubber gloves when deep cleaning.
Once you’ve finished the job, you can relax and enjoy your sparkling new apartment.
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