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Tips for cleaning your apartment on moving day

Pre-Move Activities - November 29, 2018

Moving day can produce a lot of trash. Starting with all the boxes, packing materials and other things that you want to throw away. And when you are moving things that haven’t been moved for a long time, even in the cleanest home, there is bound to be a lot of dust. That’s why cleaning your apartment on moving day is another chore that you need to do. If you are selling your home you want it to look nice. And if you are renting, that can mean the difference between getting your deposit back or not.

Trash can with pieces of paper next to it.
You should never leave the trash in your apartment pile up over time.

Supplies you will need for cleaning your apartment on moving day

There are a lot of supplies that you need to have to give your old home a thorough clean. You will need different supplies for different areas of your home. For the bathroom, you will need something that will help you remove stains from the tiles. And for your bedroom, you will need a glass cleaner and a good dusting broom. Make sure you have everything you need before you start cleaning. You don’t want to end up having to go to the store in the middle of the cleaning. So, it’s wise to make a list of items you will need. Some of the essentials are:

  • Glass cleaner
  • All surface cleaner
  • A couple of dusting cloths
  • Disinfectant cleaner
  • A mop and a broom

When to clean your apartment?

There are a lot of things to do when moving out. Junk removal is one of them, and cleaning is another one. But, with all the packing and moving chores that you have to do there is little time left. So, cleaning your apartment on moving day should be very well-planned. That’s why it’s advisable that you separate your cleaning activities into two. Cleaning out your packing leftovers before movers arrive. And cleaning the rest of the apartment after the movers leave.

Cleaning your apartment on moving day by mopping the floors.
You need to make sure to mop all the floors when cleaning your apartment on moving day.

That way, you will have a more organized moving day, and leave the apartment shining. If you clean only before the expert movers Massachusetts arrive, your home can easily get dirty. Movers will come and go multiple times, they will be moving everything around and produce extra dirt in the process.

Clean before movers arrive

You should start cleaning as soon as you finish packing. Packing produces a lot of trash, starting with boxes and packing materials. You will have pieces of tape and cardboard lying everywhere around you. And if you wait for the movers to finish to start cleaning, it can get pretty messy. Not only will you have more work to do at once, but your moving day will be quite disorganized. It can be very stressful to load everything with trash lying everywhere around you.

So, take a big plastic bag and start putting in it everything that you want to throw away. It’s also the perfect time to get rid of all the unnecessary items that you don’t want to be shipped. Most of the trash won’t be heavy, so you can wait until you have all of it squeezed tightly inside plastic bags.

After you’ve taken all the bigger pieces dust the floors. Take a broom and clean all the floors. If there is much dust left on the floor it can easily spread throughout the home when movers arrive. And you will have that much more work afterward.

Cleaning after the movers have left

Everything is packed, movers have come and gone. Now is the time when the real cleaning begins. You will be going room by room cleaning everything there is. So prepare yourself for a long day. Every room has its own unique things that you need to pay attention to. Some will go easier and for some, you will have to put in some extra effort.

Cleaning the kitchen

When cleaning your apartment on moving day, the kitchen is probably the first place you should start. Start from the top, by cleaning all the handing cabinets, and move towards the bottom. That way all the dust will fall down and you will have to clean everything only once. Give your stove a good clean with a degreasing solution. And mop the floor. Make sure you empty the fridge before you start cleaning it. Wipe everything and leave it to dry for a bit.

Mopping the kitchen.
You need to make sure that the place where you eat is always clean.


The bathroom has a lot of tough to reach corners, so make sure you have a long mop that you can use. Clean all the stains from the tiles and the sink as best as you can. Wipe the tub or shower cabin. And mop the floor. Make sure you check those tough to reach corners behind the washing machine and around the shower cabin or a tub.

Living room and bedroom

Those two rooms require mostly the same things. Remove all the nails from the walls and close the holes. Wipe the dust from the walls, floors and all the corners. And give your windows a thorough clean. Use a glass cleaner for this as it will give them a nice shine. If you are leaving furniture behind make sure you clean it as well.

Cleaning your new home before you move in

There are a lot of things to do when moving into a new home. And cleaning should be on top of that list. No matter if the home is clean or not, you will want to clean it yourself when moving in. If possible, you should start the cleaning process even before your movers arrive. That way you will have a decluttered space to work with. It will be much easier to clean without all the items.

The process is very similar to cleaning your old home when moving out. You will want to go room by room and clean and disinfect everything. The disinfectant cleaner will be your best friend here. Even though the surface might look clean, you will want it free of any germs the previous owners might have left. Make sure you give the kitchen and the bathroom a very thorough clean as those are the places that are most likely to have hidden surprises.

By cleaning your new home yourself, you will feel more comfortable in it. And your new life in a new home will begin sparkling clean.

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