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10 Tips on How To Clean an Apartment

Cleaning your home might seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be challenging if you know how to clean an apartment properly. It’s a smaller space than a house, which can make it look messier more quickly. This might make you feel like you have no idea where to start. To avoid spending your whole weekend off cleaning your apartment, you can try these useful tips to stay on task and organized.

Start with the Clutter

Before you even begin working on cleaning, you should first start tidying up any clutter. Put things where they belong and if they don’t have a home yet, designate a home for your items. You’re going to feel a lot more relaxed and in tune with what needs cleaning when you’ve got everything organized. Getting rid of clutter will allow you to think more clearly and makes deep cleaning and vacuuming much easier.

Garbage Sweep

Go through your house and throw out all your garbage. From here, you’ll want to empty the garbage cans. This is something that you may have put off but if you’re going to do a total clean of your apartment, it’s time to empty them all out.

Do All of Your Laundry

While you’re getting rid of clutter, you’ll also want to pick up all your laundry. You may as well clean it as you pick it up. This gets it out of your way for the cleaning portion.

Clean Your Dishes and Put them Away

Clean all the dishes you find around the house and them put them all away. This will make you feel much better and it gives you the space to do a good cleaning of your kitchen.

Start Cleaning

You can use an all-purpose cleaner to tackle cleaning your countertops, shelves, and more. The great thing about an all-purpose is you don’t have to stop and switch cleaners. You can clean your bathtub with the same type of cleaner you’re using for the kitchen and surface areas. Wipe down everything with the use of an all-purpose cleaner and a cloth.

Clean the Bathroom

Getting the bathroom out of the way is what we recommend when you clean an apartment. This is because you’re getting the worst part over. Start with the shower or bathtub as it’s the largest surface area. Move onto the sink area and then to the toilet. We don’t recommend cleaning the toilet first as you’ll have to switch your cleaning cloth. If you have built up mildew in the shower, you can spray on the cleaner, turn on the hot water for a few minutes, and let it all sit. You can then clean the sink area, go back to the shower, and easily clean it.

Clean the Kitchen

Use your multi-purpose cleaner to clean down the cupboards, surfaces, and the outside of your appliances. To clean the microwave, put a slice of lemon in a bowl of water and microwave on high until the window steams up. Leave for 20 minutes and wipe to clean.

Dust Surfaces

You can use a feather duster to clean any dust off shelves. Do this on the doors, cabinets, blinds, and window sills.


Once you’ve dusted and cleaned surfaces, you can vacuum. All that swept off dust and dirt will end up on the floor so make sure you don’t vacuum before dusting. You may have wood floors, in which case, you may want to use a broom. A vacuum can be handy for getting into the nooks and crannies in your apartment however.


Once you’ve finished cleaning the floors, you’ll want to mop any uncarpeted floors. You may want to use different types of cleaners depending on the kind of floors you have. You can use multipurpose cleaner on tiles but you might want to use a vinegar and water mixture for wood floors to avoid streaks.

As you go forward, cleaning as you go reduces the amount of time you’ll have to do a full cleaning. If you clean as you go, it doesn’t take much time at all. Then your apartment is clean all the time, which is actually quite enjoyable. If you can clean an apartment and then maintain it, you’ll find it much easier every time.

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