Summer is here and can be one of the busiest moving times of the year. A thorough move-in or move-out cleaning is an essential part of the process. Whether you’re a tenant preparing to leave or a new resident about to embark on a fresh start, having a comprehensive move-in move-out cleaning checklist can make the transition smoother (and help you get your full deposit back!). Let Domestica guide you through a step-by-step checklist to ensure every nook and cranny of your apartment receives the attention it deserves.
Gather Your Cleaning Supplies
Before diving into the cleaning process, make sure you have all the necessary cleaning supplies at hand. Some essentials include:
- All-purpose cleaner, window cleaner, dish soap, toilet cleaner, oven cleaner and a tub & tile scrub (Bon Ami is our favorite.)
- Cleaning cloths – We love 100% cotton cloths from The Clean Team
- Tile and scrub brush, sponges and toilet brush
- Bucket, gloves and a carrying caddie for your supplies
- Vacuum and mop (Shine Mops from The Clean team are our preferred mop for hardwood and tile floors.)
Start With De-cluttering
Begin by de-cluttering your home or apartment. Sort items into three categories: keep, donate/sell, and discard. This step not only reduces the amount of cleaning required but also helps create a fresh and organized living space. Donate or sell items that are in good condition but no longer needed, and dispose of anything broken or unusable responsibly.
Deep Clean the Kitchen
The kitchen is a high-traffic area that requires thorough cleaning. Start by emptying the refrigerator and defrosting the freezer if necessary. Clean all surfaces, including countertops, cabinets, and appliance interiors and exteriors. Carefully pull out appliances and clean the sides and behind. Pay special attention to the stove, oven, microwave, and dishwasher, ensuring they are free of grease, stains, and food residue. Scrub the sink and unclog any drains. Don’t forget to wipe down light fixtures and switch plates.
Deep Clean the Bathroom
The bathroom is another crucial area that needs meticulous cleaning. Scrub the toilet, sink, and bathtub/shower, removing any soap scum or mildew. Clean the mirrors, cabinets, and countertops. Replace the shower curtain liner if needed. Don’t forget to sanitize doorknobs, faucets, and light switches.
Clean and Refresh the Living Areas
Vacuum the floors using the brush head of your vacuum for hard floors and beater bar for carpet. For over 20 years, Domestica has proudly used Miele canister vacuums purchased locally from Stark’s. Mop hard floors with a lightly-damp Shine Mop. Dust all surfaces, including furniture, shelves, and window sills. Wipe down mirrors and clean glass windows and doors. Don’t forget to clean air vents and replace filters if required. Remove any stains from carpets or upholstery, or consider professional carpet cleaning if necessary.
Address the Bedrooms and Other Rooms
Vacuum floors and mop if necessary, paying attention to corners and under furniture. Launder or dry clean curtains and dust blinds. Clean any mirrors and wipe down surfaces such as dressers and nightstands. Don’t forget to clean light fixtures and replace any burnt-out bulbs.
In the last stages of cleaning, remember to wipe down baseboard, doors and frames, and clean any light switches and electrical outlets. Empty and clean all trash cans and dispose of garbage responsibly. Ensure all windows are clean and free of streaks.
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