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How To Clean Your Apartment Before Moving In

Even though your new apartment looks clean, you might prefer to wipe things down before you settle in. The best time to clean is before you get unpacked; that way, you won’t have to work around stacks of boxes and pieces of furniture.

Need some guidance? We’ve put together this guide to help you get started. Here’s how to deep clean your new apartment:

Assemble Your Supplies

First, you’re going to need an array of cleaning supplies. Here’s a quick cleaning supplies list for reference:

  • Microfiber cloth
  • White vinegar
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Trash bags
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towel

And finally, don’t forget to grab your speakers or headphones. It’s a lot more enjoyable to clean when you’re listening to great music.

Clean From Top to Bottom

As you work your way through the apartment, you may inadvertently spread dust from one area to another that’s already been cleaned. Avoid making a bigger mess by working from the top of a room to the bottom. If you’re going to clean each surface, start with the ceiling fan, the tops of appliances, and the walls. Then, move your way down to the countertops, baseboards, and floors. 

On that note, start in the room furthest from the entrance; otherwise, you’ll track dirt into rooms you’ve already cleaned.

Disinfect the Appliances

You rely on your appliances each day to help you keep your home clean and cook your meals. Chances are, the previous tenant also used them every day. Here’s how to give your kitchen appliances a deep clean:

  • The empty fridge might still have lingering odours from the previous tenant’s food. Get rid of persistent scents using vinegar and a washcloth. 
  • Does your suite have a dishwasher? Clean it by running a rinse cycle without any dishes inside. Add one cup of vinegar and hot water, then run the appliance twice.
  • Wipe the insides of the microwave using hot water and soap. For tougher stains (like dried food or sauces), you may need to use a blade. 
  • If you have in-suite laundry, give the drum of the washing machine and dryer a quick rinse. 

Tackle the Bathroom

If there’s one place you should clean before moving in, it’s the bathroom. 

Even if the previous toilet seat was cleaned, you might prefer a fresh start. Consider replacing the toilet seat with a new one. 

You can’t wait to soak in your new bathtub. But first, give it a thorough scrub, eliminating any soap residue or stains. You can get rid of tough stains using an abrasive sponge and disinfectant solution. Once you’re done, rinse the tub with clean water, and it’s ready for your next spa day.

Next, disinfect the sink. Using a disinfectant wipe, you can go over the taps, the faucet, and the basin of the sink. 

Save the Floors for Last

You’ve scrubbed every surface, wiped every wall, and rinsed every appliance. All that’s left to clean is the floors. 

Start by sweeping each room, collecting one big pile of dirt and dust near the entrance. Once you’ve discarded it, it’s time to grab the mop. Go over the floors with a bit of hot water and floor cleaner (be careful to choose a product that’s designed for the material you’re cleaning).

Settle In!

Your new apartment is now sparkling from floor to ceiling. It’s finally time to move everything in and start unpacking. But first, give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done!Need a hand finding Winnipeg apartments for rent? At Globe Property Management, we have hundreds of apartment listings. Browse our properties today!

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