10 most overlooked cleaning spots to keep in mind when checking out

Moving out of your apartment can be a stressful process, and the to-do list seems to never end. Between juggling with rental trucks and sweet-talking your friends into helping you transport your stuff to the new place, it's easy to forget about the little things that need cleaning in the apartment you're about to leave behind.

Cleaning your home well before moving out is very important in order to get your security deposit back and avoid any possible cleaning fees. Before you start scrubbing, make sure to check our top list of the most overlooked cleaning spots!

#1 Limescale

'Wherever there's water, there's going to be limescale' – is one of the unwritten rules in the cleaning book. To get rid of the stubborn limescale in your shower and sink, you will need to use a special limescale remover. You can find this at any supermarket or cleaning supplies store in your area. Let the limescale remover soak all the dirt in order to make the scrubbing easier for yourself. Then proceed with the classic 'scrub, scrub, scrub' and rinse with a lot of water. Don't forget that limescale can (and will) also form in your sink, both in the bathroom and kitchen. Make sure to perform the same process with your sink to make everything clean and limescale-free.

#2 Cupboards

Even though the kitchen cupboards might seem an obvious place to clean, it is one of those 'hidden in plain sight' enemies. If your apartment is furnished, make sure to take out all the plates and other kitchen utensils from all cupboards and clean their interior thoroughly. Don't forget about the handles and cupboards' exterior either! These are easily overlooked, but bear a lot of grease, food splashes, and fingerprints that you want to clean off before moving out.

#3 Windows

Windows are some of the most easily overlooked spots to clean in an apartment. Before your check-out appointment, make sure to clean thoroughly the inside of your windows or balcony doors with a glass cleaner. Don’t forget to wipe or dust down any windowsills as well! Depending on the building in which you reside, the exterior cleaning of the windows might be performed by specialized cleaners, in which case, we have some great news – you will not have to clean the exterior of your windows! In other cases (for example, if you live in an unfurnished residence), you will also have to complete the exterior cleaning of your windows.

#4 Refrigerator

Though most people clean the shelves and drawers of their refrigerator on a regular basis, cleaning under and behind them is a different story. Lots of food particles and dirt will gather in these places, so it’s important to take each drawer and shelf out of the fridge and clean it thoroughly inside and out. Also, make sure to clean the exterior of your refrigerator to wipe any unwanted food splatters or fingerprints.

#5 Washing machine

If your apartment comes with a washing machine, you will need to clean it as well before your check-out. To prolong the life of a washing machine, it's super important that you clean it well on a regular basis. The process is long but I promise it's worth the trouble. First, make sure to take out the detergent drawer and clean it with a sponge. Next, clean the tub and the silicone ring. When water builds up inside the ring, it will cause a foul smell, which will later make your clothes smell bad too. The last step is to clean the washing machine with a special cleaning solution. Simply follow the instructions written on the cleaner and your washing machine will be sparkling clean in no time! Don't forget to leave the door wide open after the final washing to avoid any foul smells forming in the machine.

#6 Vacuum cleaner

Though vacuuming the floor is usually not something widely overlooked, many people forget to clean the vacuum itself and replace the vacuum bag with a new one. Make sure to add these to your check-out cleaning list!

#7 Electronic appliances

It’s no secret that appliances can get a bit grimy over time. Irons, and especially kettles need to be cleaned thoroughly in order to get rid of any limescale build-up or other type of dirt. Make sure to wipe them clean on the exterior and when possible, clean their interior as well.

#8 Wall marks

Minor marks and scuffs on the walls can sometimes happen, and you should keep track of them for your final check-out. These can be easily removed by gently wiping them down with a wet cloth.

#9 Upholstery fabrics

Upholstery fabrics will also become dirty with time. Don’t forget to vacuum your upholstered furniture and wash it using a dry wash solution to ensure everything is clean, odorless, and hair-free.

#10 The small things

With so much going on for your move-out day, it’s easy to forget about the small things like switches, door handles, and knobs, which tend to blend in with the walls and doors. There is usually a lot of dust that accumulates on and around them and they help germs spread quickly since they are used so often. Make sure to use an anti-bacterial cleaner on them to disinfect and polish them regularly. Do you also have an intercom handset, air vents, or heating radiators in your home? Then you should add these to your cleaning list as well!


written by Ana

I'm a cheerful and curious person, passionate about photography and everything that comes with it. As a fellow international, I moved to The Netherlands to study and decided to stay here after falling deeply in love with the culture, people and the beautiful Dutch cities and their canals!