You’ve just signed the papers and the keys are in your hand. You finally grabbed your dream apartment and you’re ready to move all of your stuff in. Not so fast. The apartment may be new to you, but you aren’t the first person to be there. Before you place your favorite coffee mug on the counter, you need to clean. But, there’s more to it than the typical fridge and toilet scrub. Here are 5 Spots You Might Miss.
1. The Stove Top Burners + Pans
Stove burners can be covered with oil and other liquids that you may not notice until you try to use the burner the first time. Instead of risking your new place filling up with smoke, take action and get the burners clean before you turn them on.
Electric burners can be washed – carefully. Gently pull them from their plug by wiggling back and forth softly and then scrub them with a sponge soaked in soap and water. Rinse and let dry before placing back into their plug. Never submerge your burners or get the end electrical plug wet. Don’t forget your burner pans! These can be scrubbed heavily and even soaked overnight. To keep them clean longer, try covering them in heavy duty foil.
2. Light Switches + Door Frames
Light switch plates (and the wall area surrounding them) can be one of the dirtiest places in a new home. For this area you definitely want to clean off fingerprints and smudges, but you also need to tackle germ control. Use an antibacterial household cleaner or rubbing alcohol to knock out the nasties. Always apply your cleaner to the rag or paper towel and never directly to the switch. Also, avoid spraying anything so you don’t disturb the wiring on the other side.
3. The Washing Machine
If you are lucky enough to have a washer in your new pad, make sure you clean it out thoroughly before using. This is super simple and can be done with products right in your kitchen. Fill the washer to the highest level with hot water and set it for the longest cycle. Add one (1) quart of white vinegar and one (1) cup of baking soda to the water. At this point you can either run the cycle or, for added cleaning power, let it run for a few minutes and then open the lid and let the water sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour before finishing the cycle.
4. Window Sills
Unlike several other areas in your apartment, landlords are not required to repaint (or restain) window sills and ledges. So, it’s up to you to freshen them up. No, you don’t have to paint them yourself (unless you just have the urge), but cleaning them is a great idea. Especially if you are moving in the summer, window sills are a gathering place for dirt, grime, and bacteria thanks to having them open to enjoy the air. Use warm, soapy water and a soft sponge to wipe down sills and ledges – removing grime and dust. To kill any lingering bacteria or mold, add white vinegar to your water mix. To get in those hard to reach corners and crevices, use an old toothbrush to gently scrub.
5. The Tub or Shower Drain
It’s more than mold you have to worry about and your drain is a #1 offender. “Apart from the bacteria that may lurk in the drainpipes and on the taps of showers, several disease-causing fungi and viruses can be present on shower floors. Athlete’s foot (Tenis pedis) and Plantar’s warts are frequently spread in this way.” – Health24 I think we all just said “ew”. But these problems aren’t unstoppable. This is a two step process: 1. Use a powerful bathroom tub cleaner to break away deposits, mold and grime. 2. Prepare a disinfecting rinse of one cup of chlorine bleach to five cups of hot water. After using your household cleaner, use this to rinse over your shower or tub – concentrating on the drain and tub/shower floor.
Easy is best, right? One of the easiest ways to clean your tub or shower – including the drain – is with Zep Powerfoam Tub & Tile Cleaner. You can clean in three easy steps: 1. Spray 2. Wait 3. Wipe. You can even spray and let it sit while you tackle one of your other cleaning chores in the meantime. When you return you’ll find it has rapidly dissolved soap scum, calcium deposits and lime scale from your new relaxation haven. And don’t worry about overcoming a harsh chemical smell; Powerfoam Tub & Tile Cleaner has a pleasant morning rain scent.