So you found the apartment of your dreams and are ready to move in. You packed your belongings, rented a truck, and transferred your internet and cable accounts. This time you followed a plan and didn’t miss anything, right? False! You have to deep clean your new apartment before you move all your stuff! Just think about it – when else would you be able to easily access every nook and cranny of your new home? Definitely not after you move in. So put the moving box down, and get to cleaning using our step-by-step apartment cleaning checklist.
Cleaning Supplies for Your Apartment Cleaning
Before you embark on your house-cleaning journey, equip yourself with the right tools. To make it easier for you, we created a list of useful items. If you aren’t comfortable using detergents containing a lot of chemicals, go for natural solutions like baking soda, white vinegar, tea tree oil, and lemon juice. Just keep in mind that even though vinegar, baking soda and tea tree oil can kill some bacteria, they’re ineffective against dangerous bacteria like Staphylococcus.
- All-purpose cleaner
- Heavy duty oven cleaner
- Window and glass cleaner
- White Vinegar (optional)
- Lemon Juice (optional)
- Baking Soda (optional)
- Tea tree oil
- Microfiber cloths
- Vacuum Cleaner with attachments
- Carpet Cleaner (optional)
- Stainless steel cleaner (optional)
- Cleaning caddy (optional)
- Toilet Brush
Apartment Cleaning Checklist
1. Come with a plan.
Taking on big projects without a plan is never a good idea. Deep cleaning your new home is not an exception. To avoid forgetting what has been cleaned, stepping over freshly-vacuumed floors in dirty shoes, and just getting overwhelmed, use the following order:
- Start at the farthest point from the entryway and slowly move towards the door. If followed properly, this simple apartment cleaning rule will prevent you from walking on wet floors before they get a chance to dry.
- Clean every room from the top down. Think about gravity. If you clean floors first, and dust window sills afterwards, chances are some of the dust will settle on your freshly-vacuumed carpet.
2. Vacuum the ceiling.
Yes, you read correctly. Vacuum. If your vacuum cleaner comes with a telescopic handle, you are in luck. Start by removing cobwebs lovingly weaved by your new arthropodic roommates.
3. Proceed to cleaning ceiling fans and overhead lights.
Don’t forget to turn the light off and remove lightbulbs. If your new apartment is equipped with extravagantly-shaped light fixtures, we have bad news and good news. The bad news is that those fixtures are more likely to accumulate dust and dead insects in their crevices. The good news, they are not that hard to clean once you’ve removed them from their bases.
4. Make sure to clean the walls.
Chances are previous tenants did this rarely, if at all.
5. Thoroughly clean windows and window treatments.
If your windows have blinds, clean every slat separately. Don’t forget about window screens. We won’t lie, it’s a tedious task. If you need the motivation to do it, here is a fun fact for you: household dust consists of fibers, human and animal hairs, dead skin cells, burnt meteorite particles, and dust mites! And believe us when we say that you don’t want to google photos of dust mites.
6. Deep clean all closets and shelves.
Do you think previous tenants dusted and vacuumed top shelves in closets before moving out? Probably not the case. And cleaning shelves when they are full of your clothes is not the easiest of tasks. Consider getting vinyl lining for your shelves – it will prevent your belongings from sliding around and it is easier to clean.
7. Refresh your bathroom.
Purchase a new toilet seat, clean the toilet bowl, disinfect your new bathtub and wash shower walls. Don’t forget to thoroughly clean the base of the toilet near the floor. It’s one of the most overlooked spots in any house. If you are ever planning on soaking in your new bathtub, we suggest using bleach to kill germs.
8. Clean your appliances.
- If you have a dishwasher, run a couple of cycles. For extra cleaning points, use vinegar on the top rack during the first cycle and baking soda on the bottom rack during the second one. It should help to get rid of any weird smells.
- Scrub your oven and kitchen hood. Clean all the racks and walls of the oven. If there is any grime, use Lysol and leave it on overnight. Consider changing your range hood filter.
- Thoroughly clean the fridge. Baking soda and vinegar work great to remove any smells.
9. Disinfect the Sink.
If previous tenants weren’t vegetarian and cooked raw meat, it’s likely that your new sink has a ton of bacteria. Using bleach in the basin to kill all the germs would be a good idea.
10. Don’t forget about kitchen cabinets.
Wipe them both on the inside and on the outside with a microfiber cloth soaked in a detergent or a vinegar and water solution.
11. Give your baseboards some love.
No apartment cleaning is complete without properly dusting baseboards. The trick is to use the crevice attachment of your vacuum to quickly remove dust stuck in creases.
12. Finally, it’s time to take care of the floors.
Floor cleaning is the last chore on our apartment cleaning list. Make sure to use detergent appropriate for your floor type. Polish hardwood floors, shampoo carpets, and scrub tiles. If you don’t have a carpet vacuum just rent one from your local hardware store or hire a professional cleaner.
13. Give yourself a big pat on the back.
Congrats, you reached the finish line and can forget about your closet shelves until the next spring cleaning! You definitely deserve a reward for your efforts, so treat yourself to a nice dinner or movie!
So now that you are done tidying up using our apartment cleaning checklist. It’s finally time to move in, unpack, and buy everything you need for your new home. Sounds like too much work after all that cleaning? Worry not! We got you covered with our first apartment checklist!