10 Tips for Cleaning an Apartment Before Moving Out

By April 13, 2021September 9th, 2021No Comments
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Whether due to relocation, finances, or growing families, there are always seasons of change. However, change doesn’t have to be difficult or messy. Are you moving out of your apartment? We reveal our top ten tips when cleaning out your apartment before moving out to avoid any cleaning penalties or fees.

Top 10 Tips for Cleaning Apartment Before Moving Out

The best strategy to clean your entire apartment before moving out begins with tackling separate rooms, one at a time. Below, we explore our top ten cleaning tips organized by each room!

clean apartment deck#1. Refresh the Deck or Balcony First

Why do we recommend cleaning your deck first? Typically, cleaning and packing items from this part of your apartment leaves little impact on your daily schedule. Furthermore, it’s a small space and an easy start to your cleaning and packing to-do list.

Take some time to sweep the floors, rinse off any dirt, pollen, cobwebs, or stains, and remove any installations you had while living there. This is also a great time to clean the exterior doors, sliding doors, or windows that are near the area.

One cleaning tip that could save loads of time cleaning a larger deck is to rent a pressure washer. What hours of scrubbing and bleaching do could be done in minutes with a pressure washer or a hose sprayer on the jet setting!

cleaning the apartment before moving#2. Transition the Entry Way

From doormats and wreaths to exterior lights and outdoor plants, take some time to sweep the exterior, dust light fixtures, and remove both décor and potted plants. While you can keep your door mat and potted plants where they are until hours before you move out, tackling those larger projects will make your move-out day hassle free.

Is your front door in rough shape? One tip to refreshing your front door is mixing equal parts water with either dish soap or vinegar then lightly scrubbing the door using a soft sponge or cloth. Then, pat dry with a heavy-duty paper towel or dry cloth and see the squeaky-clean results!

Note: If the door is wood, make sure to wipe the door in the direction of the grain.

clean laundry room#3. Organize Laundry Room and Eliminate Detergent Mildew

Whether your apartment includes a full laundry room, or a “closet” with washer and dryer units inside, take some time to remove all lint from the dryer, dust both units, wipe down any shelves and walls, and clean the floor to remove any detergent residue.

Ironically, although your washing machine cleans your clothes, it’s important to clean the machine as well!

To cut away at the mildew and detergent buildup, you will need to run two cycles without any items in the washing machine. The first cycle will be with two cups of baking soda to gently scrub away moldy odors and soap scum residue. Then, run the washing machine a second time as a large, long, hot water cycle (still as an empty machine).

With the first cycle completed, the second one partners with two cups of plain white vinegar. For some enhanced results, you can add ten drops of essential oils such as tea tree, eucalyptus, or lavender to leave behind a clean scent and serve as a mild disinfectant. Then, run another hot water cycle using the largest load setting possible to remove any remaining moldy or soap scum residue.

Once done, wipe down the washing machine drum using a lint-free cloth slightly damp with vinegar. Don’t forget to also wipe down the rubber seal!

clean living room#4. Clean Your Living Room

Whether you were diligent in regularly cleaning your living room or had a hard time keeping up with your pets and daily life, your living room might require a deep clean.

While it might be difficult moving larger furniture to tackle cleaning the living room, start with some smaller tasks before you’re left with an empty room. Before moving day, take care of some smaller cleaning chores including:

  • Vacuum or sweep under and around all furniture.
  • Wipe down electrical outlets and light fixtures.
  • Dust all blinds, cabinets, bookshelves, and ledges.
  • Vacuum and dust all baseboards.
  • Remove any scuffs from floors and walls.
  • Dust your ceiling fan.

Once all the furniture is out of the living room, your final apartment cleaning tasks include the following:

  • Vacuum the entire room once more.
  • Dust and clean all baseboards that were previously covered by furniture.
  • Clean the air vents.

cleaning apartment before moving#5. Revitalize Your Dining Room

Whether your dining room floor is carpeted, tiled, linoleum, or hardwood, chances are your dining room floors have seen better days. Therefore, purchase some stain remover products for any stray food stains. Once stains and scuffs are properly removed, all that remains is dusting any countertops or shelves, vacuuming/sweeping the floors, and dusting the baseboards.

cleaning your apartment before moving#6. Sanitize and Descale the Bathrooms

We know not many people enjoy cleaning bathrooms. Unfortunately, to avoid cleaning penalties or losing out on your deposit, this must be done (either by you or someone else.) Below are several bathroom cleaning hacks to make it as easy as possible!


  • Seeing stubborn stains right around the faucet lining? Dip a Q-Tip in cleaning solution and run it around the faucet to see it effortlessly get right to work.
  • Have any buildup on your sinks from hair tools such as straighteners and curlers? A Magic Eraser could be your saving grace!


  • To take your toilet cleaning skills to the next level, keep a shaker of baking soda handy! Baking soda absorbs odors and helps clean the toilet sparkling clean, so generously apply some before flushing.

Shower & Tub

  • To descale the showerhead, fill a zip plastic bag with diluted vinegar, twist-tie it around the showerhead, and let sit overnight. Tomorrow, you’ll feel like you have a brand-new shower!
  • Did shampoo or conditioner leave harsh stains on your shower or tub? Grab a magic eraser and see the difference in moments.


  • Has the bathroom grout grown dim lately? A bleach pen could be the quick fix to brighten up those tough-to-remove stains.

kitchen cleaning hacks#7. Conquer the Kitchen

Kitchens are oftentimes the biggest room to tackle before moving out of your apartment. As you pack away dishes, trinkets, gadgets, cookbooks, and silverware, it’s great to clean as new shelves, cabinets, and countertops become cleared. Apart from cleaning the walls, appliances, backsplash, and cabinet interiors and exteriors, some tasks might require extra elbow grease!

Below are some effective kitchen cleaning hacks targeted to help remove hard stains and buildup:


Ready to deep clean your cooktop? Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can cut down cleaning time! After removing crumbs and any other debris, cover the surface of your stovetop with baking soda and drizzle it with peroxide. Then, let it sit for fifteen minutes to effectively break down buildup before rinsing.


Is your once clean oven now dark and mysterious? Clean stains and buildup overnight by creating a mixture of one-half cup of baking soda and one-half cup water, turning it into a paste. Then, generously apply the paste to the oven interior and let it sit overnight. In the morning, spray a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water all over the paste and let dry for half an hour. Then, wipe dry with a microfiber cloth and see how clean your oven becomes!


Do you still see pasta sauce stains inside your microwave? If you haven’t noticed yet, vinegar can be a secret weapon in removing hard stains and odors! Deep clean the interior of the microwave by filling a glass measuring cup with two cups of water, two tablespoons of vinegar, and even one drop of lemon essential oil. With the measuring cup inside, turn on the microwave for five minutes to let the interior steam up. Then, let it rest for fifteen minutes without opening the door. Carefully open the door, remove the glass, wipe down the interior from top to bottom, and voila!

apartment bedroom#8. Spruce Up the Bedrooms

Luckily, once you pack away everything from your apartment bedrooms, cleanup is relatively easy. Vacuum or sweep the floors, dust the baseboards and ceiling fans, and wipe down any remaining fixtures.

Once those are complete, you should be set to move on to something else!

apartment hallway#9. Inspect the Hallways, Windows, and Walls

You’re almost done cleaning your entire apartment! What’s next includes cleaning any hallways, windows, and remaining walls that have yet to be addressed.

Here are the apartment cleaning tasks to complete prior to moving out:

  • Clean all baseboards.
  • Replace air filter (if applicable).
  • Dust and sanitize all electrical outlets and light fixtures.
  • Wipe down all woodwork and doors.
  • Dust and sanitize interior windows.
  • Remove nails and screws from walls and spot clean where you see any nicks or residue.

Sometimes, it’s the little things that can make the greatest difference. With all these tasks done and out of the way, you’ll be able to take a breath of fresh air!

apartment ceiling cleaning#10. Dust the Ceilings

Oddly enough, ceilings can quickly accumulate unwelcomed dust, dander, or cobwebs. Therefore, use a vacuum attachment to effectively reach your ceilings and corners!

Does your apartment have popcorn ceilings? A popcorn ceiling hack to effectively dust and remove cobwebs with minimal debris is to use a new, thick-knapped paint roller on an extension pole and start rolling!


Broomstick Cleaning: Apartment Cleaning Services That Will Leave You Spellbound

Did you know cleaning services offer special packages for those moving out of their apartment? By hiring an apartment cleaning service, your list will either drastically decrease or disappear altogether! This helps ensure you complete all cleaning requirements and avoid accruing any penalty fees.

Every household’s need is unique. Bathrooms and kitchens always need the most attention but bedrooms, offices and living areas require careful attention as well.

That’s why at Broomstick Cleaning, we offer completely customizable housekeeping and turnover services tailored to your specific cleaning needs. Throughout these uncertain times, our expert housekeepers at Broomstick Cleaning are doing everything possible to keep both clients and employees safe and healthy by strictly adhering to CDC guidelines.

With our customized plans, you also have the liberty to select the frequency of your regularly scheduled housekeeping package, such as:

  • Weekly
  • Two-Week Rotation
  • Three-Week Rotation
  • Four-Week Rotation

When looking for apartment cleaning services, you and your family can trust in the workmanship and efficiency of our team. Locally owned and operated for more than 28 years, Broomstick Cleaning thrives on “Custom housekeeping with integrity and a smile.”

Our materials and equipment are state-of-the-art and proven effective through thousands of housekeeping services. Perfect for homes with pets, all our housekeepers are vetted for their love of animals and effectively use housekeeping materials that are pet friendly.

Our best, long-term client relationships always begin with an in-home consultation when we take extensive notes on each area of your home and provide a firm quote for the service you require.

For housekeeping services that will leave you spellbound, contact us today and request a free estimate!