Moving Out Cleaning Checklist
Dirt, grease and grime tend to stick to common apartment appliances such as stoves, microwaves and refrigerators. Use a sponge and cleaning solution to remove stains and any residue build-up from these appliances. Wipe inside the oven and microwave, as spills often leave food particles behind. If you have a washer and dryer in your apartment, clean the lint trap and ensure that there are no clothes in either machine.
If you’ve never cleaned the toilet in your apartment while living at your apartment, be sure to do it before moving out. Use a toilet brush to remove water stains from inside of the toilet. Wipe down the seat and back of the toilet with a disinfectant. Use a cleaning brush to remove any stains from the tub, shower walls and sink. Clear out the medicine cabinet and bathroom closet. Remove any towels, beauty products or other miscellaneous items.
Floors and Carpet
Sweep bare floors with a broom, and empty dust and trash into the garbage. Sweep corners, under heating units and even behind appliances or any furniture that came with the apartment. After sweeping, mop the bare floors to get rid of excess dust and to give the floor a fresh shine and scent. Vacuum carpets to rid the areas of dust and dirt. Sprinkle baking soda in the carpet to help deodorize any odors left behind from pets, smoking and past spills.
Wipe down the walls in your apartment with warm water, to get rid of any tape residue and dirt on the walls. If you have small children, inspect the walls for crayon and pen marks. Use a soft cloth to avoid causing damage to the walls.
After you’ve cleaned the apartment, you’ll likely have at least one trash bag filled with garbage. Remove all trash bags and boxes from your apartment and empty them into the apartment complex trash bins.