It doesn’t matter if you live in a small apartment or a large rental home. It is important to keep it clean for your own well-being, but keeping it clean can promote a better relationship between you and your landlord. Not to mention, it can help you get your deposit back when you’re ready to move.
If you clean regularly, you probably think you’re doing a good job. There’s no doubt that you should shampoo the carpets occasionally, wipe off counters, and dust, but there are many other areas of your apartment that need attention, and you probably don’t realize it.
Here are 5 rental cleaning tips that will keep your apartment clean.
The first place to look when you’re ready to do a deep clean of your home is the blinds. Most apartments and many rental homes come with vinyl blinds that are already hung in the windows. They’ll be clean when you move in, but it doesn’t take much time for them to get covered in dirt and grime.
Landlords look very closely at the blinds on move-out day, so it’s well worth your time to clean them regularly. Use a damp rag with a multi-purpose cleaner and wipe each individual blind. If you’re looking for a quick fix, you can also clean your vinyl blinds in the bathtub!
- Tops and sides of appliances
You’re likely wiping off the range of your stove from time to time, but are you wiping the very top of the hood and the top of the back of the range? What about the sides of the stove? Chances are, you aren’t, but these areas could likely use a good wipe-down.
Don’t forget about the fridge! The top of the fridge can collect dust very quickly. While you’re in the cleaning mood, thoroughly clean the inside of the fridge and oven too.
- Ceilings and fans
Most people know that the tops of ceiling fans need to be cleaned, and yet so many people do it frequently. Using a simple duster, wipe off the top and sides of each blade once a week or so.
Did you know the ceiling can collect dust too? Take a close look at the corners of each room for cobwebs and run a duster along the ceiling, especially if it’s smooth, at least once a year.
- Under the bed and behind furniture
When was the last time you looked under the bed or moved the couch? Although these areas are protected from dirty shoes, they can quickly accumulate dust and hair, especially if you have a pet at home.
Once a year, vacuum under the bed and pull furniture away from the walls so you can clean behind them. Make sure your furniture isn’t leaving any marks on the wall. If you do discover a mark, use a Magic Eraser to wipe it away.
- Handles, railings, and trim
The most overlooked items in any home are handles, railings, and trim. This includes things like the doorknob to the closet, kitchen cabinet knobs, and safety bars in the shower. When cleaned frequently, these areas just require a quick wipe down with a duster.
Dust can collect on trim as well. Using a damp rag with a bit of cleaner, wipe the tops of trim at least once a year.