How to clean your apartment when moving out

Nobody likes to move, and for a good reason. Unfortunately, the process of moving is very hard and time-consuming. With all of the obligations related to moving, you’re surely not looking forward to additional things you’ll have to do. Still, you’ll definitely need to clean your apartment before moving out. It is a nice thing to do and, that way you’ll be sure that you’ll be getting your security deposit. If you’re wondering how to do that efficiently, stay tuned – we’ve got all the answers!

Hire movers to help you out

Before we begin, however, it’s worth emphasizing the importance of hiring professional movers. Many people who have never moved before think that conducting the move on their own won’t be too much of a trouble. Unfortunately – they’re wrong. Handling all of your everyday chores is extremely hard to do and very stressful while you’re simultaneously dealing with the myriad of tasks that moving entails. It’ll hardly leave you with enough time to eat and get enough sleep, let alone clean your apartment before moving. On the other hand, the skilled professionals from companies such as Neeley’s Van and Storage will make the process much, much easier. Simply put – they’ll do most of the work!

What’s more, such professionals are affordable and their relocation assistance comes in different forms. From packing and storing, to safely shipping your items, they’ll make everything much more manageable. Even if you think you can handle everything by yourself, you should be aware of the fact that many things can (and do) go wrong. Many unexpected problems appear and, consequentially, take a lot of your time and nerves. Professional movers, on the other hand, have seen practically all kinds of possible problems. They’re fully equipped to deal with just about anything.

a kitchen/living room
After you have hired reliable movers, you’ll have enough time to clean your apartment before moving out. Begin by focusing on one room at a time.

Clean your apartment room by room

The kitchen

The first room that we’ll discuss today is the kitchen.

  • Begin by cleaning the stove. You’ll need a sponge and an oven cleaner for spots that are harder to eliminate. Just remember to turn off the stove before you begin cleaning. Then, use the same oven cleaner for cleaning the oven (duh) as well. Before doing so, make sure to read the instructions that the oven cleaner comes with, as it may require you to use protective equipment. You’ll also need newspaper to make sure that you don’t stain or damage the floor from possible drips. The grates, the broiler sheets and, finally, the inside of the oven should all be cleaned diligently.
  • Then, use vinegar to disinfect the dishwasher. Place the vinegar in a cup that’s suitable for a dishwasher, put it on the top rack, and fire up the dishwasher. Use the setting with the hottest water. That way, odors will be removed, and your dishwasher will be completely clean.
  • Next, clean the drawers and counter surfaces. Empty the drawers and pack everything for the move. Use a rag and cleaning spray, reaching all the way to the corners of drawers and countertops.
  • Empty your refrigerator/freezer, unplug it and let it defrost for several hours. Make sure it is dry before cleaning it. Pull out the shelves and wash them separately. Use soapy water and a sponge to clean the interior. Then, wipe it down using a clean rag or paper towel.
  • Scrub the edges of the sink using a toothbrush. To wash the faucet, drain and outer rim, use a soft cloth, warm water, and gentle soap. A mixture of baking soda and lemon juice will help you scrub a stainless steel sink.  Hydrogen peroxide can be used to remove stains from a porcelain sink.
A hand cleaning a kitchen sink.
Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.

The bathroom

The next room to attack as you clean your apartment before moving out is the bathroom.

  • It is a good idea to use an all-purpose cleaner for the walls and counters. Try reaching the highest corners and all the other places you seldom clean. Use a ladder if needed. Be careful though, avoiding injuries is more important than leaving a spotless apartment.
  • Eliminate water stains from glass surfaces by wiping them with a soft cloth using a window cleaner.
  • Lemon juice or vinegar can help you clean a ceramic bathroom sink. Baking soda will help you remove tougher stains, just make sure to scrub gently with a sponge.
  • Empty all drawers and cabinets, get rid of the excess stuff and pack the rest. Wipe the drawers and cabinets clean using a damp cloth.
  • For the exterior of the toilet, use a damp, hot sponge. For the interior, use toilet cleaner and a toilet brush.
  • A cleanser or cleaning powder and elbow grease are great for cleaning a tub/shower. For the drain, use a drain claw or chemical drain cleaner.
  • Finally, wipe the floor with a mop or wet rag. If you want to clean between the tiles, a very small brush or toothbrush is your best tool.
Two little boys with mops, showing you how to clean your apartment before moving out.
Whichever room you’re cleaning, start at the top, moving down to the bottom.

The bedroom and living room

  • Start from the tops of doors and windows and ceiling fans. Clean them with a disinfecting spray and a cloth. These are the areas people usually skip, so, there might be a lot of dust and some cobwebs.
  • Clean the window tracks with an all-purpose cleaner and a sponge. Next, spray window cleaner and wipe the glass parts using paper towels. When you’re done, wipe once again, using a dry towel this time.
  • Remove the window blinds. Let them soak in a bucket or sink of warm water with dish soap for 30 minutes. Then, rinse them and let them dry.
  • The floors are the last thing to take care of when you clean your apartment. First, use a spray-on carpet cleaner for tough stains. Then, vacuum the carpets. For hardwood or tile floors, a broom and mop or damp sweeper will do.


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