Moving out is stressful. You must pack boxes, rent a U-Haul for all your stuff, and then reassemble your furniture without losing any screws. Not only do you have to take apart everything you own and fit it into the back of a truck, but you also have to clean the apartment from top to bottom.
Here are four common cleaning mistakes people make—and some tips on how to keep from making them.
1. Not Cleaning the Oven
You’re busy and stressed from packing up all your stuff, and the last thing you want to do is mess with the oven—but you should pull out the cleaning supplies and give it a thorough scrub-down.
It’s not only gross to leave a dirty oven behind, but it can mean losing your deposit. The landlord will want to see that the oven is clean, but it’s also possible they’ll refuse to return your deposit if you don’t clean it.
2. Not Cleaning the Sinks
It’s easy to overlook the sinks. They’re right in plain sight, after all, and they’re used every day. There aren’t any nooks or crannies that can hide a week’s worth of dishes. Or are there?
You’ll probably notice water hiding in the trap if you look down into the sink. That water isn’t going anywhere, and if you don’t clean it out, it will come back up and clog your drain. The same thing goes for the faucet. If you pull it apart and clean it thoroughly, you won’t have a clogged drain in your new place.
3. Not Cleaning the Tub and Shower
A dirty tub and shower are not only gross; it’s a health hazard. You must clean it thoroughly before packing your stuff up and moving out.
Remember to drain the tub and shower so that you can get a thorough scrubbing. Don’t forget to use a cleaner specifically designed for the tub. The finish can get damaged if you use a cleaning product on the tub that isn’t made to clean tubs.
4. Not Cleaning the Dishwasher
It’s easy to forget to clean the dishwasher. It’s far away from the sink, so you don’t see anything in there, and you probably don’t think about it unless you’re putting something in or taking it out. That goes double if you don’t have a garbage disposal because the dishwasher is the only place the food from your dishes goes.
You have to clean the dishwasher, take out the racks, and give them a good scrub. You should also clean the inside of the door. Vacuuming out the interior of the dishwasher isn’t enough, as you’ll still have food bits you missed. Spray the cleaning product into the holes, then allow it to sit for a few minutes so it can do its job. After that, use a brush to scrub out all the gunk.
It’s easy to move into an apartment without thinking about what it will look like when you move out. You just unpack and settle in—but it’s essential to think about what will happen when you’re ready to leave. You don’t want to put in all that work on your apartment only to lose your deposit because you left some gunk in the oven.
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