Don’t Forget These Sneaky Spots! The Ultimate Vacate Cleaning Guide

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Even for the well-seasoned cleaners of the world, a vacate cleaning can seem like a daunting task. And while it is definitely going to take a little more elbow grease than your standard Sunday reset, you don’t have to fret about it because we’ve got you covered.

We’ve put together a comprehensive vacate cleaning guide for the sneaky spots that are commonly missed when cleaning to vacate a home or apartment.  Get ready to uncover the most commonly forgotten spots and make your vacate cleaning adventure a breeze!

Preparing for the Vacate Clean Up

Making sure you’re prepared for the clean up is the best thing you can do to make your life a little easier. Here’s what you should do to get prepped:

  1. Gather Your Cleaning Arsenal: Before embarking on your cleaning crusade, make sure you have all the essentials. Arm yourself with cleaning supplies like microfibre cloths, a multipurpose cleaner, vinegar, baking soda, and your trusty vacuum cleaner. Prepare a playlist of energizing tunes to keep your motivation high!
  2. Create a Cleaning Plan: Divide and conquer! Create a cleaning plan that outlines tasks for each room. Break it down into manageable chunks to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Start from the top and work your way down, leaving no stone unturned.
  3. Declutter Like a Pro: As you prepare to clean, take this opportunity to declutter and lighten your load. Sort through your belongings, donating or discarding items you no longer need. This will make cleaning more efficient and leave your future self grateful.

The Most Commonly Missed Spots You Need to Clean

Here are the easy to forget spots you really can’t miss when vacate cleaning.

Fridge-terior Makeover:

The fridge can be a forgotten treasure trove of spills and odours. Empty it out, remove shelves and drawers, and give them a good scrub. Wipe down the interior walls and shelves, paying special attention to sticky spots. Don’t forget to clean the exterior, including handles and top surfaces. This is particularly important if you’re leaving the fridge behind. And if you’re taking it with you, a clean fridge is a nice way to start life in your new home.

Tip: Place an open box of baking soda inside the fridge to absorb any lingering odours.

Oven Olympics:

Don your cleaning gloves and prepare for the oven challenge! Remove oven racks and soak them in warm, soapy water. Meanwhile, tackle the oven interior by removing burnt-on food and grease using a suitable oven cleaner or a paste of baking soda and water. Scrub away grime from stovetops and control knobs. Don’t forget the top of the inside of the oven – it’s hard to see which makes it easy to miss!

Tip: Place a bowl of water with lemon slices in the oven and heat it for a few minutes to help eliminate odours.

Bathroom Brilliance:

The bathroom deserves a spotlight on cleanliness and even though you know it’s a room you need to clean, there’s a lot to a bathroom. Scrub the toilet bowl inside and out, including the base and hinges. Clean the bathtub or shower stall, paying attention to soap scum and grout lines. Don’t forget to wipe down sinks, faucets, and mirrors. Polish any metal fixtures to a gleaming shine.

Tip: Use vinegar and water solution to remove stubborn soap scum from the shower glass doors.

Light Fixtures and Ceiling Fans:

Lights, Clean, Action! Dust and clean light fixtures, including chandeliers, pendant lights, and lampshades. Remove accumulated dust from ceiling fan blades, ensuring a fresh breeze for the new occupants. Wipe down light switches, outlets, and replace any burnt-out bulbs. It’s surprising how dirty a light switch can become.

Tip: Use a microfiber cloth or a feather duster to clean delicate light fixtures and prevent damage.

Baseboards and Corners:

Dust Bunnies Beware! Grab a damp cloth and give baseboards a thorough wipe-down to remove dust and grime. Don’t forget the corners of each room—banish cobwebs and accumulated dust, leaving no hiding place for pesky dust bunnies.

Tip: Use a dryer sheet to wipe down baseboards to repel dust and keep them cleaner for longer.

Window Tracks and Sills:

The window to the world can often be a lot dirtier than you expect. Spruce up your windows by cleaning tracks and sills. Remove debris and dirt using a vacuum cleaner or a brush. Wipe down sills, frames, and glass surfaces using a suitable window cleaner. Let the natural light flood in, revealing the sparkling cleanliness of your home.

Tip: After cleaning the window tracks, apply a small amount of silicone spray to help the windows glide smoothly.

Closet Quest:

After you’ve emptied out your belonging from the closet, the job isn’t quite down just yet. Vacuum or sweep the floors, wipe down shelves, and the walls. Remove any dust or cobwebs, making sure the closets are clean and inviting for the next occupants. If your closet has mirrored doors, make sure you give them a thorough wipe down.

Tip: Use hanging organizers or storage boxes in your new home – they can help to keep your belongings neatly organised and maximise closet space.

Skip the DIY and Hire Vacate Cleaning Experts

Instead of doing all this yourself, you can make life a lot easier by hiring a professional cleaning service that specialises in vacate cleaning. Here’s some of the benefits of doing so:

  • Time and Energy Savings: Vacate cleaning can be time-consuming and physically demanding. Hiring professionals saves you time and energy,
  • Expertise and Attention to Detail: Professional cleaners have the expertise and knowledge to tackle even the trickiest cleaning challenges.
  • Get Your Deposit Back: Property managers often have high cleanliness standards. By hiring professionals, you increase your chances of getting your security deposit back – some cleaning teams also offer a bond back guarantee.
  • Peace of Mind: Moving can be a stressful time, but hiring professionals for vacate cleaning provides peace of mind.

Vacate with the Experts at Pristine Home

While this guide is certainly going to help you conquer your vacate cleaning, you can skip all this and give us a buzz here at Pristine Home if you’re in Sydney. Our cleaning services, including our vacate cleaning are available Sydney-wide and at super affordable rates.

Get in touch with us today for a quote!


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