Deep Cleaning Tips Before Moving Out of Your Home


Moving out of your old apartment? Don't forget to leave it sparkling clean so you can rest assured you'll get your rental deposit back in full. In this article, BetterCleans, a professional cleaning company in Milwaukee, shares expert tips on deep cleaning your home before moving out. Now, get your cleaning essentials and get to work!


Pack and patch

It's easier to clean up when you've packed and boxed personal belongings you're taking with you when you move. Don't forget to remove wall art or uninstall shelving units that didn't come with the rental. Take out nails and screws and patch up visible holes, if any.


Clean from top to bottom

Before sweeping or vacuuming the floors, make sure you tackle dust-filled top surfaces first. Follow this quick step-by-step cleaning guide to give you an idea.

  • Dust cobwebs from the ceilings using a broom or vacuum cleaner.
  • Clean your windows. Spray the glass portion with a window cleaning product, or you can also use a DIY cleaning solution made of water, vinegar, and rubbing alcohol. Wipe dry with old newspaper or paper towels.
  • Clean walls and baseboards by wiping them with a damp cloth. Spot treat stains by spraying with vinegar and water solution and wipe dry.
  • Empty all cabinets and cupboards. Wipe them clean with a damp cloth.
  • Vacuum and mop the floors.

Trash in bag


Deal with carpet stains

Is the carpet showing signs of wine or pasta sauce spills or messy pet accidents from way back that you're just seeing now that there's no furniture to keep it a secret? Don't fret. Spot clean with a commercial carpet cleaner. Just be sure you're getting one compatible with your carpet type, and follow the instructions on the label.


Deep clean the kitchen

The kitchen is one of the busiest parts of the home. Over the years, it has probably accumulated grease, crumbs, and debris stains.

  • Clear out the fridge and pantries, including shelf liners.
  • Wipe down all surfaces and the exteriors of appliances with a rag and multipurpose cleaner.
  • Deep clean the drain and disposal by pouring baking soda and vinegar. Leave it bubbling for 15 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
  • Scrub the kitchen sink with dish soap and water. Wipe dry with a clean cotton rag afterwards.
  • Clean discolored tile grout using baking soda and vinegar paste. Apply to the problem area, scrub using an old toothbrush, and rinse.


Deep clean the bathroom

First, pack away all your toiletries, cosmetic products, and other stuff from the cabinets and sink.

  • Scrub the sink, toilet, and tub.
  • Spray vinegar and water solution to get rid of hard water stains.
  • Clean and polish mirrors and glass shower enclosure.
  • Mop and wipe the bathroom floors dry.


Book a Professional Home Cleaning Service

But let's be honest. Moving out and moving into a new home can be quite stressful. Usually, there are always several things you have to take care of all at once that you no longer have the time or energy to deep clean your apartment before moving. If you ever find yourself in this position, know there's no shame in outsourcing it to home cleaning experts. You'll move in and out smoothly and stress-free and most likely get your full deposit back without a hiccup.