Weekend Spring Cleaning Checklist: How to Reset Your Apartment

Spring cleaning is a great reminder for everyone to do their chores all at once (we’re KIDDING)! The good news is that living in a luxury apartment means cleaning is a breeze compared to a multi-level house. You have less space to maintain, limited clutter to sort, and quick access to a maintenance team for repairs!

We’ve compiled an apartment spring cleaning checklist that can be completed easily on weekends. Use our checklist to reset your apartment each month in addition to your normal cleaning routine.

Schedule a tour with our leasing office to see just how easy it is to maintain a Doud Apartment Home.

Recommended Spring Cleaning Products

Make life easier by investing in quality cleaning products that save time and effort. While your tools will depend on your preferred cleaning methods (e.g., you may prefer an automatic sweeper over a broom), our recommendations cover highly-rated products as well as a few closet staples.

  • All-Purpose Cleaners – An all-purpose cleaner is a must for daily maintenance. Look for a cleaner that’s safe on multiple surfaces, can power through messes, and doesn’t leave a sticky residue. Our top pick is the Clorox Free & Clear Multi-Surface Cleaner. Clorox also offers a version with bleach to disinfect surfaces.

  • Floor Cleaner – Your floor cleaner should match your floor material. At Doud, we use luxury plank flooring, so we recommend Zep Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner for its streak-free solution and scent. Bona is also a highly-rated brand to consider.

  • Bathroom Cleaner – When you need stronger disinfectant power, consider using a bathroom cleaner that can cling to surfaces and sit for a while. Clorox makes strong bathroom products, and we also like Scrubbing Bubbles Disinfectant Bathroom Grime Fighter for its multi-surface compatibility and scent.

  • Vinegar & Baking Soda – Vinegar mixed with water is a gentle, all-purpose cleaner that can also help disinfect surfaces without the harshness of bleach. Similarly, creating a leave-on paste with baking soda and water can help combat stains or act as an abrasive for stubborn debris.

  • Microfiber Reusable Mop – A true buy-it-for-life product, the Bosheng Mop and Bucket Set is a mop that comes with three reusable microfiber pads. After cleaning, just wash and dry the pads as instructed! If you prefer a cheaper model, look for a brand that offers reusable pads to save money.

  • Microfiber Cloths – Reusable microfiber cloths are easier on the environment compared to paper towels, and they clean without leaving behind debris. Use them with an all-purpose cleaner or dry to dust surfaces. Most brands will do, but we recommend the All-Purpose Terry and the TILO for general use.

  • Vacuum – We wanted an affordable vacuum that could function on multiple surfaces, which would combine vacuuming and sweeping into one. A Bissell Cleanview Swivel Pet Vacuum is a decent entry-level vacuum that can easily handle apartment cleaning. For smaller tasks, consider a hand-held mini-vacuum.

Spring Cleaning Tips: What to Clean in Each Room

Deep cleaning your apartment means going above and beyond your normal chores and focusing on areas you might overlook. This often means wiping down your baseboards, light fixtures, air vents, and appliances. 

Use our spring cleaning checklist as a starting guide and adjust based on the items in your apartment. We recommend doing the kitchen and living room on Day 1. Then, do the bedroom, bathroom, and office (if applicable) on Day 2.

You’ll want to start with larger tasks first, working your way from top to bottom to avoid dirtying already clean areas. Finally, to maximize your time, start tasks with long inactive cleaning times first (e.g., applying cleaner that needs to sit, turning on the oven self-clean mode). That way, you can move on to other tasks rather than waiting.

1. Kitchen (Estimated Active Time: 2–2.5 Hours)

Let’s get one of the more intensive rooms out of the way. The kitchen has the most appliances and sees daily use. As a result, you may have accumulated residue beyond your normal cleaning routine. You should also go through your food items to discard any expired products. 

  • Stove – Remove the burner control knobs, metal grates (if you have a gas stove), oven racks, and broiler pans and place them in warm soapy water. Your oven and storage drawer (if you have one) should be empty. Scrub the items in the sink with dish soap and leave to dry.

    Next, wipe down the stove’s surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner. For the oven interior, use a damp cloth to clean the oven frame, door, and window, making sure the surface is dry once done. You can now close the oven and turn on the oven self-clean button. The oven door will lock, and the oven will heat the debris at high temperatures until it turns to ash. Once unlocked, remove the ash and wipe down the oven interior before returning the knobs, oven racks, and broiler pan.

  • Cabinets – Wipe down your cabinets, especially the doors near your microwave hood. This area can accumulate a sticky residue if you often use your vent during cooking.

  • Microwave – Unplug the microwave. Then, remove the grease filter and soak it in warm soapy water. To quickly disinfect your microwave, fill a microwave-safe bowl with about a cup of water and a few tablespoons of vinegar. Heat it in the microwave for about 5 minutes or until the microwave steams to break down any stubborn food residue. Finally, remove the bowl and wipe down the interior and exterior. Dry and replace the grease filter.

  • Refrigerator – Unplug your refrigerator and remove your food into a cooler. Then, remove your drawers and shelves before wiping them down with warm soapy water. Scrub the interior and exterior surfaces with dish soap (harsher, non-food-safe cleaners can hurt your appliances), paying close attention to the door seal and lower vents. Spray the interior with 1 part vinegar with 2 parts hot water to disinfect.

    Bonus Points: Clean your cooling coils to ensure that everything works efficiently. They’re often located on the back of the fridge or beneath the unit behind a removable metal panel. Vacuum the coils and surrounding area to remove dust buildup. This is also a great opportunity to clean the floor behind the fridge.

  • Dishwasher – Empty your dishwasher, making sure to remove any loose food and debris. If your model has a removable filter, remove the filter at the bottom of your dishwasher and soak it in warm soapy water. Then, use a dishwasher cleaner tablet on the normal cycle to prevent build-up.

    Alternatively: If you prefer to use vinegar and baking soda, place a dishwasher-safe cup filled with 2 cups of vinegar in the lower rack (the cup should be upright). Run the normal cycle without the heat dry function. Finally, remove the cup and sprinkle about a cup of baking soda at the bottom of the unit. Turn on the hot water cycle.

  • Sink, Drain, and Garbage Disposal – Scrub your sink with dish soap, particularly around the drainage ring to remove odors. If necessary, you can plug and fill the sink with about an inch of vinegar and let it sit for 20 minutes. Similarly, you can wrap vinegar-soaked towels around the faucet head and knobs before wiping.

    To clean the garbage disposal, pour ¼ cup of baking soda, then 2 cups of vinegar down the drain. After the bubbling stops, pour boiling water to clear out any residue.

  • Garbage Can – When was the last time you washed your garbage can? Use warm soapy water or multipurpose cleaner to clean the inside and then the outside of your garbage can. Wait until dry before adding a new bag.

2. Living Room (Estimated Active Time: 30–45 Minutes)

Living rooms are less about deep cleaning grime and more about dealing with dust and clutter. For organization, we recommend going through miscellaneous items and throwing out or recycling everything you don’t need. That includes old mail, extraneous wires, spent candles, and more. Use organizing bins to ensure that everything has its place and reduce visual mess.

  • Curtains, Pillow Cases, & Cushion Covers – Wash your curtains following their care instructions (you can often get away with placing them in your washing machine). While the covers are in the wash, wipe down your window sill and frame. Vacuum your couch to remove dust and debris.

  • Walls and Ceilings – Quickly dust the walls with a vacuum hose or a dry microfiber. Place a towel along the floor to catch any drips. Dilute 1 tablespoon of dish soap or gentle cleaning solution with a quart of water. Working with a few feet of wall at a time, dip a microfiber towel into the solution and wipe the walls, focusing on any scuffs. Dampen a clean microfiber towel and wipe away the solution. Let air dry or wipe dry with a towel.

  • Baseboards – Follow the same process as walls and ceilings.

  • Light Fixtures & Air Vents – Light fixtures, ceiling fans, and air vents can quickly collect dust. Simply wipe them down with a damp microfiber cloth and a gentle cleaning solution.

  • Rugs & Floors – Vacuum your rugs in each room to remove debris.

3. Bedroom (Estimated Active Time: 1–2 hours)

Since maintaining your bedroom is part of your weekly cleaning routine, you likely don’t have to do anything intensive. Follow the same basic process as your living room (e.g., wiping down walls and other surfaces). We’ve included the washer and dryer in this section since bedrooms include laundry needs. Please note that these are basic cleaning steps for renters. More intensive cleaning such as the dryer vent behind the machine may require a maintenance request.

  • Declutter Your Closet – Make a note of any clothes you haven’t worn throughout the year. If an item is in good condition, place it in a donation bag. If it’s not, bring it to a textile recycling center or find a way to reuse it (e.g., cleaning rags).

  • Change Your Bedding – Place all of your bedding materials in the wash. Some pillows may also be washed by machine—just follow the instructions on the tag. Use this time to clear out items and dust from under your bed.

  • Mattress – Deep clean your mattress to remove any dead skin and address stains. First, vacuum the mattress and address any stains by blotting the area with a bit of cleaning solution, making sure not to saturate the mattress. Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on the mattress and let it sit for a few hours to neutralize odors and dry the surface. Vacuum thoroughly before repeating on the other side.

  • Washer – After all of your laundry is complete for the day, add a washing machine cleaning tablet into the tub. Run the tub on a normal cycle at the hottest water temperature (or according to the cleaning tablet instructions). For the front-loading washers found at Doud, you should wipe the front door clean as well as the inner rubber gasket where old detergent and lint can collect.

    Finally, clean any removable parts by soaking them in warm soapy water and gently scrubbing. This includes the detergent tray and the lint catcher often found toward the bottom of the machine. Refer to the linked video for details.

  • Dryer – After your laundry is done for the day, remove the lint trap and scrub it with warm soapy water. Let it air dry completely. Wipe the inner drum with a gentle cleaning solution and microfiber cloth before letting it air dry completely.

4. Bathroom (Estimated Active Time: 1 hour)

Cleaning a bathroom may seem daunting, but the process is simple and mostly involves easy-to-use chemical cleaners. While waiting for your cleaning solution to break down grime in the shower, move on to the toilet or vanity to save time. You can also invest in an electric tub scrubber to speed up your work!

  • Bathmats, Towels, & Cloth Shower Curtains – Place dirty linens, bathmats, and shower curtains in your laundry

  • Shower – Doud’s showers are easy to clean with no grout lines to worry about! First, remove personal items. Spray the shower area with a bathroom cleaner, letting it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a microfiber or sponge. Rinse with water when finished. For the shower head and faucet, a diluted mixture of vinegar can help break up mineral deposits. Use a clean toothbrush for detailing.

  • Toilet – Spray a bathroom cleaning solution on the surfaces of the toilet and let it sit for a few minutes. For the toilet bowl, scrub the inside with a toilet brush and toilet cleaner, making sure to focus on hidden debris beneath the inner toilet rim and jets. Scrub stubborn residue near the toilet seat hinges and underneath the seat before wiping down the rest of the surfaces. Remember to disinfect your cleaning toilet brush and other cleaning tools afterward.

  • Sink, Countertop, & Vanity – Spray bathroom cleaning solution in the sink and wipe clean. Make sure you focus on the sink stopper and metal ring, which can collect grime. Next, spray a gentle, quartz-safe all-purpose cleaner on the countertop and cabinet and wipe down. You may use the cleaner on the faucet or a vinegar solution to break up any mineral build-up.

  • Replace Shower Liner – If needed, replace the shower liner to avoid mildew.

5. Home Office (Estimated Active Time: 30–45 Minutes)

If you’ve repurposed a second bedroom into an office or hobby room, you likely only have to declutter. Follow the same basic steps in the living room section, cleaning as applicable.

  • File Management – Remove old paperwork and file important documents. You may consider investing in digitally scanning your documents as a backup.

  • Desk, Shelves, & Other Surfaces – Wipe down all surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner. Then, organize your space by ensuring that each item has a designated spot. Use bins and drawer organizers to help compartmentalize your items. If you already have bins, take the time to declutter them by discarding unnecessary items.

  • Cable Management – While not necessary, organizing your cables can visually declutter the room.

Download Doud’s Apartment Spring Cleaning Checklist

Living in a luxury apartment means cleaning never takes more than a few hours! By following our spring cleaning checklist (and spring cleaning tips), you can easily reset your apartment over the weekend and have time to relax.

Looking for a low-maintenance luxury apartment in Rochester, NY with the latest amenities? Check out our available floor plans and find your new home today!

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