Caution: Do NOT Move Into Your New Apartment Until You Do This

If you're moving into a new apartment, there is one thing that I implore you to do: You need to clean it before you settle in. Even if it looks clean, don't doubt that you should still give it your own personal scrub down.

In the past, whenever I moved into a new apartment, my mom told me that no matter what, I needed to wipe down the cabinets, lay down contact paper in all the drawers, and scrub the shower or tub with some kind of potent, take-no-prisoners cleaning solution. So, after you put down your deposit and pick up your new keys, do you know what time it is? It's time to get rid of any traces of prior tenants, painters, handymen, or, let's be honest, potential spiders and bugs who moved in while the place was empty. Below, a list of all the things you should attend to.

Smudges on stainless steel just looks messy, so here's how to make it sparkle.

White oven with colorful pots on the stovetop
credit: Paul Anderson for Hunker

See some old, baked on food on those oven racks? That's got to go.

Perhaps your place comes with some built-in wood furniture (like a breakfast nook bench or kitchen hutch). So, if it also comes with scratches, here's how to remove them and make that wood look new again.

It's possible your apartment comes with wall-to-wall carpeting. And it's also possible that it comes with some unsightly stains. Let's get rid of them.

Small kitchen with wood cabinets
credit: Chloe Berk

Sounds so unappealing, right? Grease on your cabinet doors? But, moving in to your new place without giving the kitchen a good cleaning is even more unappealing.

If your new apartment comes with a washing machine, lucky you! If it smells like mildew? Well, lucky for you we have a way to get that smell out and start fresh.

Please, please, please – if there is one thing we highly suggest you do when you move into your new pad, give those kitchen countertops a really good cleaning.

When washing your face and brushing your teeth, a smelly drain is a no. Here's how to combat that.

So, your new place has a dishwasher. Thank goodness! Before you use, definitely give it one good cleaning.

The essential oils will help get rid of older, musky smells and leave a fresh new scent.

The key ingredient is lemongrass … and, of course, vinegar.

Marks and stains on a white sink aren't pretty. Here's how to make that kitchen or bathroom sink look lovely.

This is basically thinking ahead … before it gets really bad with those pantry bugs.

This solution specifically targets old coffee stains.

Get this. Whatever you do, get this. Wall marks, scuffs, and spots don't stand a chance.

When you're all done cleaning, be sure to properly store your cleaning supplies.


Laurie Gunning Grossman

Laurie Gunning Grossman

Laurie Gunning Grossman, Hunker’s editorial director, caught the California boho minimalist bug. So, she bought a cream-colored couch. And she also lives with two kids and two dogs, so we’ll see how that decision pans out.