What to Clean When Moving into a New Apartment

Person wearing orange gloves cleans a counter top ledge.
What to Clean When Moving into a New Apartment
By: Brittany Satterfield


Moving into a new apartment is an exciting milestone, but before you start unpacking and arranging furniture, it's crucial to ensure your new space is clean and welcoming. A thorough cleaning not only sets the stage for a fresh start but also helps you identify any potential maintenance issues. Prioritizing key areas for cleaning will make the transition smoother and ensure you feel comfortable and settled from day one.

General Cleaning Checklist

A structured approach to cleaning will save you time and ensure no area is overlooked. Here's a breakdown of the main areas to focus on:


  • Cabinets and Drawers: Wipe down both the interiors and exteriors. Use a mild cleaner to remove dust, crumbs, and any sticky residues.
  • Appliances (Fridge, Oven, Dishwasher): Clean the inside and outside of all appliances. Defrost and sanitize the fridge, scrub the oven, and run a cleaning cycle on the dishwasher.
  • Countertops and Backsplash: Disinfect countertops and backsplash tiles to remove any food particles and grease.
  • Sink and Faucet: Scrub the sink and polish the faucet to remove stains and water spots. Ensure the drain is unclogged.


  • Toilet: Use a toilet bowl cleaner and brush to scrub inside the bowl, and disinfect the seat, lid, and handle.
  • Shower or Bathtub: Clean the tiles, grout, and fixtures. Use a descaling solution to remove hard water stains and soap scum.
  • Sink and Faucet: Clean and polish the sink and faucet. Ensure the drain is clear.
  • Mirrors and Cabinets: Wipe down mirrors and the insides and outsides of cabinets to remove dust and grime.

Living Areas

  • Floors (Vacuuming or Mopping): Vacuum carpets and rugs. Mop hard floors with a suitable cleaner.
  • Windows and Window Sills: Clean windows inside and out. Wipe down window sills and tracks.
  • Baseboards: Dust and wipe down baseboards to remove accumulated dirt.
  • Light Fixtures and Ceiling Fans: Dust and clean light fixtures and fan blades to ensure they’re free of dust and cobwebs.


  • Floors (Vacuuming or Mopping): Just like the living areas, vacuum or mop bedroom floors thoroughly.
  • Closets and Shelves: Clean inside closets and shelves. Remove any debris or dust.
  • Light Fixtures and Ceiling Fans: Dust and clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans.
  • Windows and Window Sills: Ensure windows and sills are clean and free from streaks and dust.

Areas to Pay Special Attention To

  • High-Touch Surfaces: Disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and other high-touch surfaces to ensure they’re germ-free.
  • Air Vents and Filters: Clean air vents and replace HVAC filters to ensure good air quality.
  • Inside Closets and Cabinets: Don’t forget to clean the insides of all storage spaces.
  • Behind Appliances and Furniture: Move and clean behind appliances and furniture to remove hidden dust and dirt.
  • Exterior Areas (Patio, Balcony, or Porch): Sweep and clean outdoor spaces to remove debris and dirt.

Cleaning Supplies and Tools Needed

Ensure you have the right supplies to make the cleaning process efficient:

  • Essential Cleaning Supplies: All-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, disinfectant wipes, bathroom cleaner, kitchen degreaser, floor cleaner.
  • Recommended Tools: Sponges, microfiber cloths, scrub brushes, mop and bucket, vacuum cleaner, duster, gloves, and trash bags.

Tips for an Efficient Cleaning Process

  • Prioritize Tasks: Start with the most critical areas such as the kitchen and bathroom. These are high-use areas that need to be clean from the get-go.
  • Work Methodically: Clean from top to bottom and left to right. This approach prevents you from missing spots and ensures dirt isn’t spread to areas you’ve already cleaned.
  • Take Breaks: Cleaning can be exhausting, so take regular breaks to avoid burnout.
  • Consider Help: Enlist friends or hire professional cleaners for large or particularly challenging tasks. A professional touch can save you time and ensure a deeper clean.


Starting off on the right foot in your new apartment means ensuring every nook and cranny is clean and ready for your personal touch. A thorough cleaning not only makes the space feel more like home but also promotes a healthier living environment. Personalize your cleaning checklist to suit your needs and preferences, and don't hesitate to seek help if needed. For a hassle-free cleaning experience, consider contacting eMaids for professional cleaning services tailored to your needs. Start your new chapter in a sparkling clean apartment—schedule your cleaning today!

Ready to move into a spotless new home? Let eMaids take care of the cleaning for you. Contact us now to book your cleaning service and enjoy a fresh start!

May 29, 2024
call us now

Find your local eMaids location
Click to select franchise

Book Online