5 Things to Clean Right Away When You Move Into a New Apartment
When moving from one apartment to another, cleaning is likely already on your mind. As you pack up and move out of your old apartment, taking the time to thoroughly clean the space is important if you want to get your security deposit back. What many don’t consider, however, is that there are a few items you may want to clean in your new apartment before unpacking your belongings. Give these often overlooked items a little attention, and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your new place is squeaky clean.
1. Refrigerator and Freezer
Before shopping for groceries to stock your refrigerator and freezer, you may want to take a few minutes to disinfect both areas. Even if the interior looks clean to the eye, you never know what germs could be lingering from prior use. Use a clean rag or paper towels and your favorite all-purpose cleaning solution to give the interior a good wipe down.
2. Inside Kitchen Cabinet
Just as you’ll want to ensure the interior of your refrigerator and freezer are truly clean, you’ll also want to take the time to thoroughly clean the interiors of your kitchen cabinets. Even if dirt or debris are not obvious, kitchen cabinets can host pests and are the ideal breeding ground for a common household nuisance, the pantry moth. To help protect your dry goods, the National Pesticide Information Center recommends vacuuming the inside of your cabinets with a crevice attachment, paying special attention to the corners, and then washing the surfaces with warm water and soap.
3. Switches, Knobs and Pulls
Another often-overlooked set of household items includes light switches, doorknobs and cabinet pulls. Take a moment to consider how often these items are touched throughout the course of a week, month or year, and then consider how often you actually take the time to thoroughly clean them. There’s a good chance that the switches, knobs, and pulls in your new apartment have been neglected for some time. So take a clean rag or paper towels and a multipurpose cleaner, and give them a detailed cleaning.
4. Light Fixtures and Fan Blades
Ceiling lights and fans are items that may be treated as “out of sight, out of mind” since you aren’t touching and looking directly at them every day. Every once in a while you may look up and realize that the ceiling lights and fans are due for a wipe down. Once you pull out a step ladder or stool, you may realize that quite a bit of dust has accumulated on the tops of the fan blades and lights.
To clean light fixtures and fan blades, HouseLogic.com suggests turning off the light switch and allowing plenty of time for the light bulbs and fixture to cool. Gently dust with a dry microfiber cloth or dryer sheet to remove dust and debris that has accumulated. This is also the safest method for gently cleaning bulbs. The fixture and fan blades themselves can then be gently cleaned with a microfiber cloth that has been lightly sprayed with cleaning solution.
5. Top of Cabinets
Another area that is easy to overlook the top of cabinets. Kitchen and bathroom cabinet tops are prone to collecting dust and residue, as they’re in high-use areas, and need a periodic cleaning. First, remove dust with a microfiber cloth or paper towels, and then follow up with a damp cloth and an all-purpose cleaning solution.
Taking the time to clean these often-overlooked areas in your new apartment may give you some peace of mind, knowing you’ve not only taken care of the visible messes, but the sneaky, hidden dirt as well. Spend a little bit of time on these few items right away, and then enjoy settling into your new home!