Spring cleaning tips: good for your security deposit

March 20th is the first official day of spring, so this is a good time to share some spring cleaning tips. Keeping your apartment in ship shape throughout your residence there can make moving out and getting your full security deposit back a lot easier.

A key part of moving out of an apartment is cleaning it top to bottom, including shampooing the carpet and wiping down surfaces that perhaps haven’t seen a dampened rag in years. Spring cleaning makes this process much easier by ensuring those otherwise untouched spots get a nice scrubbing at least annually, preventing all that nasty buildup.

You’ve never used the top shelves in your cupboards because you can’t reach them? Now is the time to pull out a step ladder and wipe them down anyway. Your landlord has no way of knowing that you never used them so if they’re dirty when you move out, it’ll be on you regardless. Same goes for the top of your refrigerator.

It’s too bad refrigerators don’t have a self-cleaning setting like ovens do. You’ll have to pull out your crisper drawers and shelves and employ good old-fashioned elbow grease. For the microwave, loosen grime with steam.

Rearranging things like appliances and furniture will show you just where dirt and dust have collected, so after you finish the usual tour with the vacuum, pull all your furniture to the center of the room to get to all those nooks and crannies. Take all your appliances off the kitchen counters and wipe away the crumbs that have been hiding under them.

If dust bunnies have colonized your ceiling fan, use a spray or damp rag to clean them rather than a dry duster to avoid spreading the particles around. Use the wet dusting method for all your seldom-Swiffered areas.

Just because you’re not moving out, doesn’t mean you don’t need to shampoo your carpet, especially if you’ve been living in the apartment with a pet or two. You don’t have to go the full 9 yards and hire a professional or even rent a shampooer, you can use a can of carpet foam on high traffic areas like around the litter box and front door.

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Baking soda and vinegar is a cheap cleaning solution with a variety of uses. Pittsburgh’s own Heinz sells cleaning vinegar by the gallon. Image attribution: By katerha (http://www.flickr.com/photos/katerha/5703151566/) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
If you like to keep things cheap and environmentally friendly, you can take care of most of the above cleaning projects with solutions of white distilled vinegar and water.

Finally, here’s some things to ask about before tackling it yourself:

  • Check with your landlord or management company as well as the municipality where you live for rules about disposing large items. For example, one of the services maintenance provides at Alvern Gardens Apartments, is curb-side pickup of old furniture, this keeps the dumpsters from overflowing and ensures the property is always looking its best.
  • Read your lease and ask your landlord about unclogging drains, especially if you live in an older building. Acid products like Drano can corrode pipes and might not be OK to use in your rental.
  • Ask about regulations surrounding air conditioners in your apartment before you start installing them. At Alvern Gardens, you can pay maintenance $35 per a/c unit to avoid liability for leaks due to improper installation.
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