Spring is just around the corner, and everyone who has been housebound during the COVID-19 pandemic is ready for a fresh start. Naturally, the best way to kick off the season is to throw open the windows and get down to some spring cleaning in your apartment.

Spring cleaning an apartment is more involved than just checking off your average apartment cleaning checklist. This annual ritual gives you the chance to freshen up, organize, and sanitize household items that might be neglected throughout the rest of the year. Because cleaning an apartment can be a daunting task, we’ve listed a few deep cleaning steps to get you started.

Cleaning an Apartment, Step by Step

  • First, declutter. You don’t want to clean something you’re not going to keep anyway, especially if you’re cleaning a small apartment. Set aside a day to go through cabinets, drawers, and closets. Then donate, recycle, or toss anything you no longer want or need. Put away heavy winter clothes and shoes and pull out your spring and summer items.
  • Check in with your property manager. Some spring-cleaning chores—such as changing HVAC filters, carpet cleaning, drain cleaning, replacing batteries in smoke detectors, or annual pest prevention—might be carried out by the maintenance team. Contact your property manager before taking on these tasks yourself.
  • Gather your cleaning supplies. Make sure to have these necessities on hand: cleaning cloths and sponges, all-purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, rubber gloves, mop, vacuum with attachments, extendable duster, a heavy-duty scrub brush, and oven cleaner. 
  • Go room by room and work from top to bottom. Dust ceiling fans, light fixtures, blinds, vents, shelves, wall art, moldings, baseboards, the tops of cabinets—basically, any surface that collects dust. Be sure to remove items from shelves and countertops before you dust. Finally, clean door frames, door knobs, and light switches with all-purpose cleaner and a sponge.
  • Clean windows and electronics. Computers, TVs, and other electronics tend to accumulate a lot of dust both on the screens and behind the units. Wipe them off with a microfiber cloth or duster. Vacuum curtains, blinds, window sills, and window tracks before cleaning the sills and tracks with all-purpose cleaner and a brush. Finish by wiping down the windows with glass cleaner. 
  • Tackle the kitchen. Spring cleaning an apartment kitchen goes beyond the typical every day cleaning. Empty your cabinets, drawers, and refrigerator, and toss out anything expired. Clean the inside of the refrigerator and freezer, including all the drawers, shelves, and door compartments. Wipe down the inside of cabinets and drawers before putting items back in. Clean the inside of the oven and sanitize the dishwasher with white vinegar and hot water. Finish by cleaning and sanitizing your garbage can and recycling bin.
  • Flip your mattress. Not only will it last longer, but you’ll sleep better. Wash your mattress pad and pillow protectors, if you have them. Swap out your flannel sheets for more breathable cotton, and put away any heavy winter blankets or quilts.
  • Get the bathroom gleaming. Spring cleaning a small apartment bathroom is about organizing as much as cleaning. Throw out expired or unwanted products in your medicine cabinet and under your sink. Thoroughly wash bathroom accessories, such as toothbrush and soap holders. Remove, wash, and replace your shower curtain, liner, bath mats, and any decorative towels.
  • Vacuum and deep clean carpets. Take some extra time to vacuum your carpet, including underneath furniture and along baseboards. When you’re ready to clean the carpet you have two options: rent a carpet shampooer (available at most home improvement stores) or ask your property manager if they can take care of this for you. Either way, be sure to open the windows to help your carpet dry quickly.

Spruce Up with Southern Management

Cleaning an apartment is never much fun, but there’s nothing like that feeling of starting a new season in a fresh and sparkling space.

At Southern Management, we’re doing our part to keep your home sparkling, too. We take pride in maintaining beautiful, well-kept communities. Not only are communal areas like the lobby, laundry rooms, business and fitness centers cleaned and sanitized regularly. We also deep-clean, paint, and refresh each apartment before every move-in.

If you’re looking for a fresh start in a new space, check out some of Southern Management’s apartment communities located throughout the Maryland and Virginia regions, and contact us with any questions about leasing, pricing, or just to chat about your options.