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White Glove Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Sometimes cleaning can be a little tricky… The following hints will help you get even the hardest spots to clean looking brand new!


  • The oven range (stove-top) will lift up! Remember to clean very well under it. It can get pretty greasy, so make sure to use a cleaner that “cuts through tough grease!”
  • If you decide to use the self-cleaning setting on the oven, remember that it takes hours to complete. When the cycle is done and the oven is cooled, you have to wipe out the oven as well. Easy Off is a great oven cleaner!
  • When mopping the kitchen floor, you have to use more than just water to really get it clean. There are a lot of cleaners out there that work really well, and smell good too!
  • If you have some really tough food spots in your microwave, take a bowl (make sure it’s microwave safe) and fill it with water and a little bit of vinegar. Microwave for 3-5 minutes. Then take a sponge and wipe it clean.
  • For tough, stuck-on food on the walls and counters, it’s amazing what a little heat can do. Make sure your rag/sponge is soaked in warm water and your cleaning will go much smoother.


  • Sometimes the bottoms of the tubs can get really dirty with black, nasty build-up. You may scrub and scrub and think it will never come off, but we promise it will! You just need the right tools! While Comet and Soft Scrub are great cleaners, they sometimes just aren’t quite powerful enough to get the job done. We recommend Zep, Tilex or Scrubbing Bubbles a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Make sure to look for cleaners that say “Tub & Tile.” Whatever you do, do NOT use a pumice stone on the tubs. They will only cause deep scratches that you could be charged for.
  • Remember to clean around the base of the toilet. Get on your hands and knees and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
  • Pumice stones don’t work for the tub, but will work wonders for the ring in your toilet bowl! If you have a stubborn ring, it just takes a little more elbow grease.
  • When washing mirrors, make sure to use real window cleaner like Windex. It’s your best bet to get that glass shining! Lysol or Clorox wipes are great, but when used on glass leave behind terrible streaks. Save those for wiping off counters and baseboards.
  • For mold on the ceiling and walls get a mold and mildew cleaner and grab a magic eraser and scrub them, they should wipe right up
  • When replacing the vanity light bulbs, make sure to use the correct bulbs. If you put a regular light bulb where a vanity light bulb should be, you will be charged.

Hallways/Living Room:

  • Sometimes those baseboards can get more than just dusty and need a little extra TLC. Get a warm washcloth with a light cleaner, like Lysol All Purpose Cleaner, and it will take off the dirt pretty easily.
  • Can’t seem to vacuum up very well? Check the height adjustment on your vacuum cleaner. If it’s set too high, it can’t get those stubborn crumbs. But be careful not to set it too low or you could very quickly overheat melting the carpet or break the vacuum! Still not working? Check the bag/canister. If it’s full, it won’t suck up anything.
  • It’s hard to clean the tiny slits of the air vents. A good trick is to cover something thin, like a butter knife, with a Lysol/Clorox wipe and slide it in and out of the vent slits. You’ll be amazed how much dust it will clean up!

If you run into any other challenging areas that aren’t listed while you’re cleaning, don’t be afraid to ask for advice!  We’ve cleaned these apartments before and have a few tricks up our sleeves. We want this to go as smooth as possible for you! Let us know if we can help!