5 Areas To Look Out For During Your Move Out Cleaning
It’s time to pack it up and move on to greener pastures. You have your new place lined up and you already have your old apartment emptied out. There’s just one more small thing standing between you and regaining your security deposit: the dreaded move out cleaning.
There’s money at stake here and the cleaning has to be perfect. You have two options here: look into the top cleaning services to perform the cleaning for you, or you can do it yourself.
Keep in mind that you are already possibly paying for movers, the truck, and the new security deposit this month. Completing the move out cleaning yourself with ease the financial burden that comes with moving. Let’s take a look at the areas you want to keep in mind during the cleaning to ensure the safe return of your security deposit.
One of the first areas your former landlord will look at when you move out is the area around your windows. Be thorough when you clean the areas around the windows. Check the top of the frames for dust and dirt.
Take a wet rag to the window well, which is the space between the window glass and the screen. You’ll need a bucket with soapy water to rinse your rag because a lot of dirt can accumulate in the window well.
Next, use window cleaner to wipe down the glass panes and then touch up the frame of the panes. Work from the top down to avoid streaks on your freshly cleaned glass. Finish off by cleaning the window sill with your rag and the underside of the sill.
The primary reason why cleaning services charge more for move out cleanings is because your the empty apartment has more surface area to clean. All of the spaces that were previously occupied with furniture now has to be cleaned; often times those areas do not get cleaned the entire duration of your stay at the apartment.
This results in a heavy buildup of dirt and grime that requires extra attention. You may need to use a strong vacuum cleaner to pull the layers of dirt that have settled into the base of the carpeting. For hardwood floors, you’ll want to scrub the floor thoroughly with soapy water. Be sure to use two mops – one for wet mopping and one for drying.
Floors, Baseboards, Crown Moldings
Continuing the topic of cleaning floors, you’ll want to make sure that the entire floor space in the apartment is cleaned. Some corners of the floors where end tables and furniture once were can be nests for severe dirt buildup. While you are at it, you’ll want to scrub down the baseboards and crown moldings.
What are crown moldings, you ask? If you did ask that, then it needs to be cleaned. Crown moldings are the opposite of baseboards; whereas baseboards frame the area between the floors and walls, the crown moldings frame the areas between the floors and the ceiling.
You may need an extendable duster to reach your crown moldings. It’s important to make sure that the crown moldings and walls are cleared of dust.
If your apartment building has central air conditioning and/or heating, then you will have to clean the vent covers in your apartment.
Ignoring this step could be costly; unattended vents could foster the growth of airborne contaminants like mold and bacteria. This could lead to the development of asthma and allergies.
You’ll want to clean all the vent caps in one go since you’ll likely have to turn off your A/C during the cleaning. If your vent caps are in rough shape, you may want to wear a baseball cap when cleaning them to keep dust out of your eyes and hair.
Start off by using your vacuum cleaner with hose attachment or a microfiber rag to remove the top layer of dust. During this step, avoid using water or cleaning products because they will streak down your walls and make a big mess.
This may be difficult to admit but some of us have never cleaned our vent caps the entire time we’ve been at our place. In this case, we’ll need to remove the vent covers by unscrewing the screws on each corner. Some vent covers can slide or pop off as well.
Then, fill your sink or tub with warm water and add a couple tablespoons of washing detergent. Let the caps soak in the water for 15-20 minutes and then scrub the underside of the caps with a soft-bristle brush. The dirt should come right off. Let the caps air dry before putting them back in.
The top sides of many common areas are easily overlooked during your regular cleanings. When you move out, it’s a great idea to clean the tops of your door frames, doors, cabinets, and fridge. Your extendable duster will come in handy for easy cleanup here, but you can also use a clean rag and step-stool.
Cleaning ceiling fans is not my favorite task in the world. Depending on how tall the ceilings are, cleaning the fans can be a dangerous venture. Let’s avoid having to drag our 10-foot ladders into the living room or rolling the dice with standing on a chair or stool. Instead, whip out your trusty extendable duster.
Some dusters are made especially for cleaning fan blades. They are shaped like rings with bristles covering the entire ring with the purpose of cleaning the top and bottom of the fan blade simultaneously.
BONUS TIP: To avoid a nasty shower of dust falling on your head, cover the fan blade with an old pillowcase before dusting it. When you run the duster over the fan blade, the dust will fall into the pillowcase instead of in your hair.
Finally, take a look at your ceiling light fixtures and chandeliers. Carefully use your extendable duster to clean the glass covers. Just to be safe, take down the chandelier crystals and lay them down on a towel. You can clean them easily at ground level and avoid risking the whole chandelier crashing down on you.
Just like that, your apartment is clean and all the details are covered. Your former landlord will be astonished to see that you left the place in better condition than when you first moved in.
They’ll gladly write you a check on the spot and thank you for being such a great tenant. Don’t be surprised if they fall to their knees and beg you to stay. Maybe they’ll offer to cut your rent in half to keep you. Or maybe not.
It’s fun to dream, isn’t it?