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How to Clean an Apartment before You Move In

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Moving to a new apartment can be quite exciting. Imagine that fresh start you’re making! However, you don’t want to let the previous renter’s dust, dirt, and clutter get in the way of your awesome start at your new place. A pre-move clean is, therefore, a good idea. 

Here are some tips from our apartment cleaning experts on how to clean an apartment before your actual move-in:

Clean Large Surfaces First

The first things you should do are clean the large surfaces in the apartment, such as the floor, cabinets, countertops, and others.

Sweep then vacuum the surfaces. You may use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up the dust that is on the floor.

Deep Clean All the Closets and Cabinets

The closets are usually neglected because they are not obvious spaces. However, your clothes and other items are hiding in them. That’s why you have to deep clean them. You can start by taking everything out and putting them in a pile or in bags. If the closet already has shelves, you’d better clean it by wiping it down with a damp cloth.

Deep clean your cabinets by wiping them down with a damp cloth and cleaning solution then dry them. It’s also a good idea to keep the cabinet doors open until your move-in to air out the cabinets.

Wipe All Windows and Mirrors Thoroughly

Windows and mirrors are an important part of the overall aesthetics of a home or apartment. You have to clean them thoroughly. To make the cleaning process a lot easier, you can use spray glass cleaner on them. However, you have to do a double-check for smudges. A microfiber cloth is the best cleaning tool for this job.

Deep Clean and Sanitize the Toilet and Bath

The toilet is an area that is neglected by most apartment renters. In fact, most of them don’t bother cleaning the toilet at all. However, it is an important part of the apartment because it will be part of your day-to-day activities.

If you are planning on renting the apartment, you can ask the landlord to clean it. After that, there is no reason why you shouldn’t double-clean it thoroughly. Use a toilet bowl cleaner to sanitize the toilet then wipe the residue with a toilet brush. Rinse the bowl thoroughly. It’s also a good idea to clean the floor, walls, and other surfaces near the toilet. You can use a disinfectant to do this.

Don’t forget about the bathtub, the countertops, and other areas of the bathroom as well. For the tub, you have to clean it by scrubbing it with a cleaning solution and a sponge. If you have time and money, you can seal the tub to prevent mold and mildew from growing again. For the rest of the bathroom, you can use a disinfectant to clean and sanitize the surfaces.

Disinfect the Whole Place

You should be thorough about the whole cleaning process. You also want to make sure that the place is free from germs and bacteria. That’s why you have to disinfect the whole place to remove all of the harmful elements. There are several ways to do that.

You can use a disinfectant spray to disinfect the surfaces around the apartment. You have to spray the surfaces thoroughly and wipe the excess liquid off. You should also spray all the areas of the kitchen, bathroom, and other places in the apartment that are not wet.


Cleaning an apartment before your move can be quite a challenge. However, it is a good idea to do it to give you a good head start when you are about to move in. The tips mentioned above will help you in cleaning an apartment before your move. Of course, a better option is to hire a  professional apartment cleaning company. This will ensure a thorough clean and is perfect if you don’t have time to handle the cleaning yourself. 

Inside Out Cleaning offers apartment cleaning services in Phoenix and nearby areas. Get in touch with us to schedule your cleaning appointment!

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