There comes a time when we have to move out of a house. Maybe your lease has expired or you simply want to go for an upgrade. New starts can be exciting and can have you looking forward to what the future holds for you next. However, these last stages of moving usually include the tedious task of leaving your apartment clean to your landlord or new tenants. You want your landlord to think that they never rented out their apartment and that it’s as good as new. We made a list to guide you through cleaning every part of your apartment. Check it out.
1. Outside the House
If you live in a big house, you probably have a backyard or a small garden. This is the easy part of the cleanup process. All you have to do is pull the weeds out, cut the grass, and make sure that you don’t leave any hidden between the grass. You can mow the lawn and trim the edges for a fresher look. Clean out the storage area, empty the garage, and sweep it. Look inside the mailbox to make sure there’s nothing in there and then use a duster to clean it.
2. Everywhere Inside the House
You can start inside the house by cleaning the light switches and outlets. Simply add a regular cleaner or rubbing alcohol into a towel and wipe down the surfaces. Then, you can clean the windows and ledges. The ledges can be cleaned with the same cleaning supplies you used for the switches. Remember to clean the doors as well, seeing as they can get quite dirty. For the windows, use a water spray bottle and a microfiber towel.
Next, you go for the walls. Use a sponge and carefully rub it on the dirty parts of the wall with an all-purpose cleaner. Then, remove cobwebs with a broom by sweeping them away. Lastly, if you have carpets to clean, you can vacuum them yourself with a vacuum cleaner or you can hire one of the end of tenancy carpet cleaning services available in your area. Search for services in your region and read client reviews to choose a good service and get your carpets professionally cleaned.
A kitchen is a place that gets dirty frequently and is used a lot. Stains are inevitable but can be cleaned. Start with the countertops, stovetops, and the refrigerator with an all-purpose cleaner. Use a long duster to clean every part of the kitchen, including inside the cabinets. This goes especially if you live near a field or somewhere where dust easily accumulates. Next, move all the appliances and sweep under them. If there’s a microwave, clean it well using a sponge. And don’t forget to clean the sink using a kitchen cleaner.
If you clean your bathroom thoroughly and as frequently as every week, this will be an easy task. Start with the tiles using a bathroom cleaning formula and a stiff brush. Remember to wear gloves when cleaning the bathroom. The sink is full of germs so you should use a disinfectant bathroom cleaner and clean it until it’s spotless. Include the faucet in your cleaning process. You can make the mirrors sparkly the same way you clean the windows using water and a microfiber towel.
Next, unfortunately, is the toilet. Use a bowl cleaner made specifically for toilets. Add it, wait, and then flush the toilet. You can use disinfectant wipes for the toilet seat and handle. The tub can be cleaned the same way you clean the sink. The floor, however, requires bleach and a strong cleanser and a brush to remove dirty grout. Alternatively, you can get a steam mop and use the appropriate settings. Finally, clean the bathroom exhaust fan; start with the vent cover, then the blades, and fan housing. Make sure it’s grime-free and looks as good as new.
5. Living Room and Bedroom
The living room and the bedrooms probably don’t need much work. You’ve already cleaned the windows, ledges, doors, walls, and carpets. If the cobwebs are taken care of already, all you have to do is remove the dust off of all the surfaces in the rooms. Wash and dry the curtains, too. Don’t forget to wipe down the vents and fireplace in the living room. Change the furnace filter of the fireplace if it’s been a while. Lastly, polish wood surfaces and steam clean the sofas and chairs.
Your landlord will appreciate it if you leave the house or apartment the way you found it. It’s good to have a healthy relationship with them, as you might need them again. Cleaning up isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but you will feel better after you’re done. You want your last memory of the place that sheltered you to be a good squeaky clean one. Hopefully, you will find your new house as clean as your old one.