When you move into your new apartment, it's time to get a fresh start. That means starting with an apartment that is as clean and germ-free as possible. Even if the last tenant left the apartment pretty clean and the landlord promises it is move-in ready, there are some things you should clean before you bring your belongings into your new home. It's a lot easier to address these areas before all of your boxes are unpacked than it is to try and clean around your items a few weeks later.
You never know what germs and debris may be lingering deep within the carpet from an old owner's pet or messy eating habits. Even if the landlord says the carpet was shampooed when the old tenant moved out, you should give it a good once-over with a carpet shampooer, or at least a thorough vacuuming, before moving your furniture in. If it looks particularly dirty, consider having a carpet cleaning service come to clean it thoroughly. A dirty carpet will leave your whole home smelling foul if not addressed, and doing so will be a lot easier without furniture to worry about. Make sure to call a professional like Doug's Rug Spa.
Nooks and Crannies in the Bathroom
Give the entire bathroom a wipe-down with a disinfectant solution, such as bleach and water. Even if it looks clean, there may be germs lingering on the surfaces, and you can't be sure that whoever cleaned it last used a disinfectant cleaner. Don't just focus on the shower, sink and toilet, either. Wipe out the corners, wipe off the walls, and scrub behind the toilet. Once your things are moved in, you'll be less likely to tackle this thorough cleaning.
This is the place where you store your food, so you want to be absolutely certain that it's spotless before using it. Wipe the entire fridge out with a mixture of 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water to remove odors and kill bacteria. If there are any caked-on stains, scrub them off with a paste made from baking soda and water. Remember to place an open box of baking soda in the fridge to continually absorb odors.
The Kitchen Cupboards and Pantry Shelves
Before setting your dishes and cookware on these surfaces, wipe them down with disinfectant wipes or a solution of bleach and water. If they look particularly dirty or the paint is chipped, cover them in contact paper to protect your items.
When you finally get the keys to your new apartment, it's tempting to rush and unpack in a hurry. However, by doing a little cleaning first, you can keep yourself safe from germs and make later cleaning projects easier on yourself.