The How-To's of Apartment Move Out Cleaning in Seattle

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It can be difficult to move from an apartment, you need to find a new spot, arrange transport and get all your items packed, if you want to get everything you need, you have to put a little effort to it. Needless to say, you still have commitment to your landlord, which is cleaning your apartment before moving out. Your landlord would probably want to rent it out as soon as possible, so before the move-out inspection, you need to do a deep cleaning in your apartment or else you risk losing your security deposit. Ensuring your apartment is clean could be one of the most important tasks of all because you will get your security deposit back from a fully cleaned apartment. Go through the room of your flat and clean every small area and electronic device to ensure you move smoothly and get a complete deposit back.

Cleaning apartments isn't glamorous, but it's worth knowing how to clean them. Start with your ceiling, ventilator and fan blades on top of the room. The best time to clean your apartment is after you have moved in and your boxes are all settled to your new place, so that the furniture and boxes won’t be in your way while cleaning.


Here is a short overview of some deep cleaning ideas for moving out:

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Cleaning the Bedroom and Living room

Once all the furniture in your bedroom is removed, it should not take any longer to clean it.

·         Use a disinfecting spray and a piece of cloth to dust off ceiling fans, door frames, tops of doors and windows, make sure to clear out cobwebs that you see.

·         Using a non-streaking glass cleaner, clean the windows and glass doors thoroughly, leaving it spot free glass door.

·         Remove and put away all the nails and screws out of the walls and ceiling, use wall putty to smoothen the walls and ceiling.

·         To clean painted walls, use a moistened piece of cloth and lightly wipe it to avoid damaging the paint works.

·         For the carpet, use a vacuum; use also a deep cleaner if necessary.

·         Apply a hardwood floor cleaner to remove spots for hardwood, sweep up the dirt and hair on the floor.

·         Clean the floors if you’re done using the room.

·         If there are holes in the carpet or flooring, you can just leave them or hire a professional to have it fixed.


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Cleaning the Bathroom

·         Wipe the walls, counters and the ceiling down with an all-purpose cleaner. If it is difficult for you to reach high corners, use a damp rag, sponge, or a mop.

·         Use a toothbrush to remove any mold or stains from nooks or crannies. Apply some bleach if the grout in the tub is stained. Remember to clean the mirrors, wipe the counters and clear all the drawers

·         The paint in the bathroom is usually half bright or semi-glossy, so that's fine to get it wet, but do not scrub the walls or use abrasive cleansers.

·         In cleaning the shower and tub, use cleaning powder or cleanser. Start at the top of the shower or tub, down to the floor.

·         Remove all the remaining toiletries left inside the cabinets and wipe away the areas clean with a moist rag. Try using a vacuum hose if you have a lot of small stick or dirt.

·         In cleaning the toilet, put on clean gloves and wipe off the exterior and wipe with a hot, damp sponge. Splash the toilet cleaner inside of the toilet’s rim and scrub down the bowl using a toilet brush, and once done flush it all down.

·         In washing the bathroom sink, use a mild disinfectant spray and a soft rag, or you can clean a ceramic sink in a natural way, using lemon juice and vinegar. For solid stains, use some baking soda and scrub it gently with sponge.


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Kitchen Cleaning

·         After removing all the appliances from the cabinets and drawers, wipe it off using a wet paper towel, and clean the outside as well.

·         Using your all-purpose cleaner, disinfect the counter-tops and the sink.

·         For the oven, you can purchase a simple oven cleaner to make it sparkly. Before you start cleaning, make sure the oven is turned off.

·         Use a tough and abrasive sponge or a scouring pad to scrub the stove-top. For lingering spots, spray some oven cleaner and let it sit.

·         Clean the vent over the stove and ensure that the light bulb is working in the overhead hood.

·         Disinfect the dishwasher by filling up a cup with vinegar, place it on the top of the rack and run a cycle with the hottest water setting. It will remove any odors and will sanitize the dishwasher.

·         Wash out the sink using mild soap, soft piece of cloth and warm water. Use a toothbrush to scrub around the edges of the sink. You can also use baking soda and lemon juice mixed together for deep cleaning of the sink.

·         Clean the fridge (refrigerator). Make sure there are no more foods left inside, defrost it, and unplug it.


Exterior Cleaning

·         Make sure to remove all the items you have left outside, in your garage or patio. Hanging decorations such as chimes, or your personal deck chairs.

·         If you have a yard, make sure to cut the grass, mow the lawn, and pull the large weeds.

·         Scrub the porch stairs to remove the grass stains.

·         If you have a garage, sweep it out and hose it down.

·         Lastly, mop the floor from the farthest point out to the door.

Read more of cleaning tips for your apartment here.


Moving out from your apartment can be very frantic and very time-consuming for some people. That’s why there’s always a Cleaning services that is always willing to help you out in cleaning your apartment, however most people don’t think about having their apartments cleaned by a professional cleaners.

You consider hiring movers to help assist you, so why not hire a cleaning service to do the cleaning for you. For many of these services, this is just a one-time option. Cleaners are punctual, and they make sure everything is cleaned before you turnover your keys and bid goodbye to your apartment.

Cleaning services are a necessary choice for apartments, especially for those who don't have enough time to clean up after they leave. This is also a great alternative for those who are having difficulty cleaning by themselves.

Sabrina Nalo