Helpful Hints

Cleaning Guidelines

KitchenThe following kitchen items should be cleaned monthly:

  • Stove tops – Remove and clean range burners.
  • Refrigerators
  • Back splashes
  • Garbage disposal – Degrease and freshen your disposal using vinegar ice cubes. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into an empty ice-cube tray, fill the balance of the tray with water, and freeze until solid.

BathroomsBathrooms should be cleaned weekly.  In order to avoid a large build up of hard water stains, mold and mildew weekly maintenance is suggested.

  • If your bathroom does not have a shower door, please make sure you use a shower curtain. To ensure water does not leak from the tub into another apartment, place the shower curtain inside of the bathtub when you shower.  Remember, water damage is never an easy repair!
  • Consider getting a screen for the drain in the shower to help with hair clogs. Removing hair clogs can result in a plumbing fee for the tenant.  A screen will help protect our pipes and your pocketbook!
  • Use a floor mat in front of the shower and in front of the sink where wet feet may cause slippage or damage to floors (especially in bathrooms with hardwood floors)


  • Whether hardwood or carpet, floors should be cleaned weekly. Vacuum all carpeted areas and mop hardwood floors.
  • Swiffer dusters are a good way to clean up pet hair between weekly vacuums.

First Apartment Check List

  • Cleaning supplies (e.g. rags, paper towels, sprays)
  • Laundry soap, fabric softener, stain remover (e.g. Shout) and quarters for laundry
  • Trash bags
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Small broom and dustpan
  • Extension cords
  • Surge strips
  • Basic tools, including screwdrivers (flat and Phillips-heads), hammer (and some small nails), duct tape, duct tape, pliers, wrench, and masking tape
  • Large plastic bins or other storage
  • Pens
  • Paper (for grocery lists, doodles, etc.)
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Batteries of various types, including backups for your flashlight
  • Emergency Kit
  • Internet router and associated cords
  • Light bulbs
  • First aid kit