Renting a home can often be more cost-effective than owning, but those large security deposits can easily irritate any renter. Even with the entire area looking spotless, landlords still find a reason to take most of your deposit for cleaning expenses.
These expenses are a major chunk of all the costs that come with moving out. Luckily, by pinpointing these often forgotten places that collect dust and grime, you can leave with a much bigger piece of that deposit you put down when you first moved in.
Make sure these areas are impeccably clean before you hit the road:
Your refrigerator is always running, which lends itself to being a place for dirt and grime to accumulate. Start by unplugging the fridge and moving it away from the wall. Focus your attention on the top and sides of the fridge as well as the space on the floor where it sat. Once the outer surfaces are taken care of, scrub the shelves, inner walls and crisper drawers with one gallon warm water mixed with a quarter cup of baking soda for an effective cleaning solution. Be sure to rinse everything completely and to avoid leaving streaks, be sure to dry it with paper towels or a clean rag.
The Oven and Stove top
Ovens are also a haven for grease and stains after continuous use. Many modern ovens have a self-cleaning feature to make sanitation a breeze. However, older ovens will need a pinch or two of some elbow-grease and scrubbing to get them shining like new. Rather than harming your oven with high-strength cleaning chemicals, a baking soda and water paste will make quick work of any grease or stains on the inside of the oven and racks.
The Shower and Bathtub
Your shower and bathtub are probably going to get stubborn calcium deposits on the sides unless your home or apartment has a water softener. A solution of equal parts water and white vinegar on these pesky calcium spots can loosen them and make it easy to scrub them off. If this method doesn’t work, use the baking soda paste form before and let it sit on the calcium deposits for 15 to 20 minutes before scrubbing and washing again.
People often forget to clean the baseboards because of how low they are in comparison to everything else that needs cleaning. You can use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove any dust that has accumulated. Once the dust is cleared, the previously mentioned vinegar solution can be used to make quick work of any grime that may have built up. Any hard-to-reach spots can be taken care of with cotton swabs dipped in the solution.