Apartment Cleaning Checklist Before You Move In

How many times have you moved furniture or an appliance and found the area around it has accumulated so much dirt and grime? How often have you moved that furniture or appliance back in place without cleaning it because you are just not ready? Cleaning can be tricky, and even more so when you are moving into a new apartment. Deep cleaning an apartment before you move in can be a lot of work. There might be dirt left by the former tenant, there might be dirt that you brought in when you were moving things in, and to top it off, there might be grime from many previous tenants left over. To turn your new house into a home, you need to feel comfortable, and that starts with cleaning. The most convenient and easy thing to do is hire a cleaning service like Fresh Maids that will do everything for you professionally, leaving behind a comfortable, clean space. 

Why You Should Clean The Apartment Before You Move In

Many people opt to clean their apartment once they move in and are fully settled, but this may not always be the best practice. So why should you clean the apartment before moving in?

It is easier: as you can imagine, when you fully move in, there will be more things in the space. The clutter may hide dirt or make it difficult to reach certain places. This can be especially difficult if you are doing it alone, as you will need to move things around quite a bit. The best option is to deep clean before you fully move in.

Peace of mind: Your brain will often release dopamine, the happy sensation when you complete a task. This feeling is often notable after cleaning or washing because the space becomes warmer and inviting. By first cleaning the apartment before moving in, you are psychologically creating your safe space, where you can be comfortable and happy. 

It is cheaper: With fewer appliances and more open spaces in the rooms, you will need less manpower if you hire a cleaning service. The same is also true if you are doing the cleaning yourself. You will also need fewer supplies and equipment, making the whole process cheaper. 

Tips To Follow When You Do Cleaning Before Moving In

Before we look at the cleaning checklist, let us look at some tips to make your Move In cleaning more effective.

Start from the top: As we have mentioned, cleaning can be a difficult task; you need all the help you can get. Therefore, let gravity be your partner. By cleaning from the top, all the dirt and grime goes to the floor and the lower parts of the room, which are often easier to clean. Start with your ceiling corners and upper boards and everything attached to the walls, such as cabinets. 

Work towards the door: You need a meticulous system to ensure you reach all the spots for more effective cleaning. Working towards the door gives you a goal and an approach to follow. This way, you can easily spot any spaces you have missed. But most importantly, working towards the door gives you direction to where to take the dirt. 

Clean a room at a time: just like working towards the door gives you direction, and a goal, so does cleaning a room at a time. This system ensures that each room is deep cleaned before moving to the next room, inevitably leading to every spot being spotless. 

Cleaning Checklist You Should Use Before Moving In

1. Have The Proper Supplies And Equipment

In the cleaning business world, many would argue that you are as good as your equipment and supplies. Sure experience and expertise play a significant role, but your skill level will hardly matter if you do not have the equipment and supplies. The good thing is that most supplies and equipment can be bought affordably and found readily. 

Equipment you need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Dust mop
  • Cleaning bucket
  • Broom
  • Step ladder
  • Spray bottles Dust mop

Supplies you need

  • Rubber gloves 
  • Old toothbrush
  • Cleaning rugs
  • Dish detergent
  • Cleaning detergent
  • Window cleaner
  • Vinegar 
  • Baking soda

2. Start With The Appliances

The reality is most people forget or neglect cleaning most household appliances. You should start cleaning the fridge first. Since you will need to store your food and keep it safe for consumption, you will first need to move your food. Furthermore, cleaning an empty fridge while switched off is much easier. Follow this by cleaning the inside of the microwave with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Place a bowl in the microwave with a combination of vinegar, baking powder, and warm water and switch on the microwave for a few minutes. The dishwasher and the washing machine should also be cleaned during this process. 

3. Clean The Bathrooms And Toilets

After cleaning the appliances, the next thing you should focus on is cleaning the bathrooms and the toilets. Many times during a move-in or move-out, the bathroom is used heavily for cleaning things or even washing up. This makes it one of the dirtiest places when you move in. Use vinegar and baking soda on the toilet bowls and bathroom tiles. Apply the mixture, and depending on the strain level, let it rest for 20 minutes to an hour. Wash thoroughly with a mix of detergent and disinfectant to remove all the germs and stains. 

4. Kitchen

The kitchen is also a very sensitive area in the house and should be prioritized. Again this is an area heavily used during move-ins and move-outs to clean things and wash up. Use the vinegar and baking soda mix once more on the kitchen tiles and the sinks and soak the surfaces with it. Once you are done, use detergent and disinfectant to clean the surfaces thoroughly. 

Tip: The reason disinfectant is so important in cleaning the bathrooms and kitchen is how sensitive these areas can be. Germs can quickly build up, which can make you ill. 

5. Living Room, Bedrooms, And Floors

Now that you have worked on most of the sensitive areas, it is time to clean your living room, bedroom, and floors. Usually, these areas require less detail because they are the most common places cleaned. However, you may need to do a lot of heavy lifting to do the cleaning properly. That is why it is always a good idea to hire a professional cleaning company like Fresh Maids to help you with this step. Our team of professionals will work with your schedule and arrive with the proper equipment and supplies for a more detailed, in-depth cleaning process.

In reality, you should get a cleaning company from the start to have your new apartment professionally cleaned, but the living room, bedroom, and floors may be the best place to try out a new cleaning service. 

If you are thinking of moving to a new apartment, contact Freshminds through https://www.freshmaids.com/.


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