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Cleaning your apartment likely isn’t your favorite task. But allowing the mess to fester can eventually make the task of cleaning even more difficult and stressful. Cleaning your apartment doesn’t have to be a nightmare — it doesn’t have to take all weekend, either. If you’re looking for a quick-and-effective way to make tidy your Penn State off campus housing, consider this apartment cleaning checklist for simple solutions to your home cleansing nightmares. Contact us to schedule a tour of our college living community and find out why The Station State College should be your top choice for off campus student housing! 

Apartment Cleaning Checklist

No matter the size or type of furnished floor plans, the process of cleaning any apartment requires dedication, perseverance, and the use of multiple cleaning products. When it comes to choosing which cleaning products to use, an all-purpose multi-surface cleaning spray can be used for sanitizing a wide range of different surfaces in your PSU apartment — from kitchen and bathroom counters to living room and bedroom surfaces. Additionally, consider including the following to your apartment-cleaning arsenal.

  • Glass cleaner
  • Cleaning rags
  • Sponge
  • Vacuum
  • Garbage bags
  • Duster
  • Mop or spray mop
  • Disinfectant cleaner
  • Toilet bowl brush
  • Baking soda

Scrub The Bathroom

When it comes to cleaning your apartment, the bathroom is the best place to start. The bathroom is typically the least pleasant area to clean, so tackling this area first will make easier the process of tidying the rest of your living space. 


Apply a toilet-bowl cleaner under the bowl rim, allowing the liquid cleaner to drip downwards into the bowl — while it soaks, clean the pedestal and toilet seat with a disinfectant. Scrub the bowl with a toilet bowl brush and flush the toilet thereafter.


Using an all-purpose cleaner, spray the sink and countertops and use a clean cloth to wipe them down. Use a window cleaner to remove any dust particles, smudges, fingerprints, and other surface debris from the bathroom mirror. 


Spray the all-purpose cleaner and wipe down tiled surfaces, as well as the bathtub or shower with a cloth. Tackle stains by scrubbing the surfaces with a mixture of water and baking soda. If grout remains around tiles, use a grout cleaner.

Tidy The Bedroom

It’s okay to skip a deep clean of your Penn State apartment due to time constraints. However, coming home to a clean environment is enjoyable — plus, our apartment cleaning tips for quick bedroom tidying can help your bedroom gleam in a matter of minutes. Start by making your bed, putting away laundry, and removing any clutter gathered on the floors. Vacuum the floors and use a mop or spray mop to seal-in the clean! Pro tip: complement a newly cleaned bedroom with a fresh-scented candle or air freshener.

Clean The Kitchen

Constant exposure to food and bacteria make the kitchen one of the dirtiest rooms in any living space. To avoid a potential health hazard and to make your kitchen sparkle, regularly clean and disinfect each surface and appliance within the kitchen area.

Countertops, Cabinets & Drawers

Remove all items from the kitchen countertops and thoroughly clean the surface with disinfecting cleaner. Remove all items from the cabinets and drawers and proceed to thoroughly clean the interiors with warm, soapy water. Once dried, disinfect the interior spaces before re-inserting the contents.


Remove all food and beverages, shelves, drawers, and other removeable parts from the refrigerator. Working from top-to-bottom, use a spray cleaner and cleaning rag or sponge to scrub and wipe-down the interior and interior crevices. Wash the shelves and drawers in the sink, if necessary. Use a multi-purpose spray to clean the refrigerator’s exterior.  


Remove burner coverings or caps from the stove and soak them in warm, soapy water. Spray the stovetop with cleaner and scrub the surface until it sparkles (don’t forget to clean around the knobs and back panel). Don't forget to put everything back in place before cooking your next meal!

Declutter The Living Room

If you’re expecting guests, you may want to spend a greater amount of time cleaning the living room. However, for general cleaning, use a multi-purpose spray and a rag to clean all surfaces in the space and proceed to vacuum the floor and remove clutter from the coffee table. Straighten any cushions or blanks and curtains or blinds. Use a duster to remove airborne dust and debris from the ceiling fans, around air vents, and other places where dust is apparent.


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