Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Apartment Pre-Moving Cleaning Tips

Not only will the incoming tenants love a clean apartment to move into but on many leases you have to in order to get your deposit back. Before starting check your lease for requirements on rules of your landlord. 
 
Areas Easily Forgotten to Clean
  • Oven: If you have a self cleaning oven you have an easier task ahead of you, simply set the oven to clean and let the oven do the work. When cleaning cycle is complete, wipe out the film left over, and TADA clean oven! If you don’t have a self cleaning oven there is a little more elbow grease involved. First take out all racks from the oven and place them in the sink full of some warm soapy water and some vinegar. Second spray the inside of your oven with a oven cleaner of your choice and let it sit before scrubbing. After scrubbing both clean place the racks back in the oven, stand back and admire your work. 
  • Refrigerator: Clean out your refrigerator of any food by either eating or discarding it. Don’t forget to unplug and pull it away from the wall then sweep or vacuum behind it. After pull out the drawers, if removable, and wash with warm soapy water. 
  • Shower Drain: Make sure drains are not clogged with hair or toys from kids, this can be a not so fun job especially if you have long hair. One way to unclog the drain is to buy a product such as drain-o from your local grocery store. If you would like a more natural approach gather 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 gallon boiling water. Carefully pour all the baking soda down the drain and pour down half of the vinegar.  Immediately after this make sure to cover the hole so the fizz is forced down the drain. Follow this same procedure as you add the second half of the vinegar. Let this sit for about 15 minutes and then pour the entire gallon of boiling water down the drain. 
  • Closets & Baseboards: Once your rooms are empty of personal items and moving boxes make sure to sweep inside of all closets and wipe down base boards with a wet paper towel. 
  • Walls: First remove all of your picture frames, posters, and other decor from walls within your soon-to-be old apartment. After make sure to inspect walls for any holes left from your pictures and check lease for specifics on the conditions your walls must be left in. If needed take the following steps to repair your walls: 1) Purchase a compound mixture from your local hardware store and a putty knife, fill the nail or screw  holes with mixture using the putty knife. It's important to allow for enough time to let this dry fully before proceeding. 2) If the fill is not flush with the wall, use sandpaper to make it level. 3) After all holes are filled, paint to match the existing wall color.

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