Top Cleaning Hacks for Your Home
Congratulations! You’ve just moved into your brand-new apartment! Here’s the thing: most apartments aren’t exactly move-in ready. The first thing you want to do before unpacking all your stuff is to give it a good cleaning.
Clean out the cabinets, closets, bathrooms, etc. to get rid of any unwanted guests. If the place you’re moving into hasn’t been occupied for a while, or the former tenants weren’t exactly cleaning ninjas, then you may have unwanted guests. Spiders, bugs (living/dead/the walking dead), dust bunnies and more have a way of accumulating in corners, windowsills and behind doors.
So, when the time comes to actually get your hands dirty and clean up that mess, keep these nifty cleaning hacks in mind! Follow our quick and easy cleaning tips and you’ll have a new mantra to follow: “My Home My Way in Minutes.”
1. Know Your Personnel
In sports, there’s an old saying that goes, Know Your Personnel (KYP). KYP is a shorthand way of knowing what resources you have on hand to work with versus the resources you don’t have (and need to invest in). Sure, cleaning can feel like a chore at times, but it doesn’t have to be that way if you have a good supply of cleaning products available.
In other words, buy cleaning products for the materials and surfaces you’ll actually have to clean. If you have stainless steel appliances, marble countertops, and ceramic tile floors, you’ll want to make sure you have the proper products to clean those specific surfaces.
This might sound obvious but too often, new renters or homeowners underestimate how important it is to have a diverse array of cleaning to help you deal with any mess that comes your way in your new living space.
Investing in a complete lineup of different cleaning products and storing them underneath the kitchen sink or in your linen closet means you’re always ready for last minute visits from your friends and neighbors!
2. Be Sure To “Vent” Often
Venting is always a great way to blow off steam, but since we’re talking about cleaning tips, this is all about your air vents!
While most people are concerned about the messes they can see and smell, too often, renters forget that their apartments aren’t as well-ventilated as a house. The smaller surface areas and tighter spaces means that air circulation tends to come from one or two areas, primarily the air vents.
Dust loves to accumulate on all the nooks and crannies of the vent slits. Although you might not notice them, until they are totally clogged with dirt and dust bunnies, be sure to wipe down your vents every so often – spring cleaning anyone!?!
3. Dedicate a Day to Cleaning
When you live in a small condo or cramped apartment, unsightly messes are all the more noticeable. Every week, make sure to dedicate part of a day to cleaning your entire living space; starting from the top (windows/cabinets) and working your way to the bottom (carpets/floors). You might find it’s easier to block out the same day on your schedule. For example, always make Thursday your cleaning day, or whatever day works best.
4. Wash Windows Inside
Dirty, blotchy windows will give your new flat or studio a very lived-in, crummy look. Oftentimes, most cleaning tips tell apartment owners to simply clean one side of their windows and usually just the side that is exposed to the elements.
While this might result in a satisfactory result, if you want really amazing results, make sure to wash both sides. A great rinse followed by a spritz of Rejuvenate Outdoor Window & Surface Cleaner will give windows a just-moved-in, squeaky-clean shine.
Tip: If you live in a high-rise apartment complex, leave the outside of your windows to a professional window cleaning team!
5. Prioritize Your Sink Basin
When it comes to most cleaning tips, you might think all you have to do to keep your sink clean is wipe it down with a little soap and sponge, and voila, you’re good to go.
Sorry, but when it comes to these awesome cleaning tips and tricks, we don’t want good. We want amazing!
To prevent smelly kitchen odors from popping up, make sure you give your sink a thorough cleaning. First, make sure any spare food particles or nitty-gritty leftovers are removed and thrown away. If your unit is equipped with a garbage disposer – use Rejuvenate’s® Disposer & Pipe Cleaner pods on a weekly basis
Next, follow every soap-and-sponge wipe-down with Rejuvenate Kitchen Countertop Polish (which can also be used on your bathroom counters). The soap-and-sponge will clean the surface, but the countertop polish will restore shine and luster in one easy wipe-on application.
6. Don’t Forget to Clean the Fridge!
Just because the fridge keeps your food fresh doesn’t mean it will remain fresh all on its own! Over time, teeny-tiny bits of food crumbs, moldy vegetables or spilled liquids can build up and accumulate in your fridge.
Not only does this make the fridge look and smell nasty, but by proxy, it can make your new apartment seem all the dirtier.
Every so often, be sure to use a cleaning product to wipe down the interior and exterior portions of your fridge. This is especially important for stainless steel refrigerators, as these tend to get lots of smudges on the exterior.
7. Clean Up All Stains
Whenever you spill something on the carpet or sofa, make sure to follow up with a quality carpet cleaning product. Too often, new apartment dwellers assume that just because they soaked a stain up with some paper towel that the job is finished.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Sure, you might not be able to see it, but large spills can seep down through the carpet fibers. If you don’t take care of the spills soon after it happens, remnants of the stain (and its odor) will remain for a long time.
This is where a great cleaning product, like Rejuvenate Carpet & Upholstery Spot & Stain Remover, comes in handy. The bio-enzymatic stain remover instantly removes stains from carpet fibers and is excellent for removing food, grass, grease, make-up, juice and pet stains. Treating spills as they happen will do wonders to keep your new apartment as new-looking as possible.
Oh yeah, here’s a bonus tip: Enjoy your beautiful apartment!
Reach Out to Rejuvenate Products
We hope you enjoyed these quick and easy tips that will keep that new apartment of yours looking clean and smelling fresh for you and the whole family! If you have any great apartment cleaning hacks to share, reach out to Rejuvenate on social media: #cleaninghacks #householdcleaners #outdoorcleaners #cleantips #cleaning #myhomemywayinminutes.