Jun 10 2020
Cleaning your apartment might be the chore you hate the most, but it doesn’t have to be. Breaking it down between rooms and using the right products will have you finishing up in no time, and leave your apartment sparkling. Check out these tips to make cleaning your apartment a no-nonsense matter.
Plan Your Attack
Deep cleaning your apartment doesn’t have to be done in one day. If you keep the place tidy throughout the week (make your bed, do your dishes, put away laundry), you’re already one step ahead. Making a schedule can help you stick to the routine, but also breaks it down so it doesn’t feel overwhelming.
Start with the dirtiest rooms, usually the bathroom and kitchen. Here you’ll need to scrub and disinfect, so clean those areas on the same day.
Cleaning the living area and bedrooms should be done on another day. This routine can easily fit into your schedule, and you won’t spend hours cleaning the whole apartment and dreading it the entire week.
To give your home a deep clean, what you do first matters. Mopping the floor and then dusting is backward. All the dirt and dust will just fall onto your clean floors. Try these tips to work smarter.
- Start with the dirtiest rooms where you’ll spend the most time.
- In each room, start from left to right. This gives you a clear beginning and endpoint.
- Work from top to bottom.
- Dust before mopping or vacuuming.
- Use a vacuum, with attachments if needed, to suck up hair before cleaning the bathroom (Hair and dust that is wet will make your job ten times harder).
To clean effectively, you need the right arsenal of tools. Here’s a list of the basics.
- Microfiber cloths for dusting.
- Vacuum and mop
- Scrub brushes for those hard to clean areas.
- White cloths can be used to wipe down cabinets, outside of toilets, sinks, and baseboards. The best part is you can reuse them after laundering with some bleach to clean and disinfect.
- Cleaners — This comes down to preference, but to clean kitchens and bathrooms, you’ll need to disinfect. Using bleach and hot water can get the job done, but there is a proper way to mix a solution.
Now that you have a plan and the proper tools, it’s time to get cleaning. Start with the dirtiest room.
Begin by tidying up. Use your solution of bleach and hot water to clean your toilet, shower, and sink. A scrub brush may be needed for tough grime.
Clean faucets with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. Put the mixture in a baggie, and tie it around your shower head and bathroom faucets. Leave on for a few hours.
Finally, mop your floors, but make sure you run a vacuum through first to pick up any hair.
Clean cabinets and countertops with your bleach solution, followed by the refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher. Use a cleaner to keep the top of your stove in pristine condition. If you have stainless steel appliances, these cleaners will leave them streak-free.
Use your vacuum attachments to get in the grates of your refrigerator and under the stove. Finish up with mopping the kitchen floor.
Tidy up these areas — put away laundry and add new sheets to your bed. Dust with your microfiber cloth — don’t forget the ceiling fans and any window blinds! Use your vacuum attachment to clean baseboards and furniture. Finish up by vacuuming the floors.
If you’re looking to move into a clean apartment, contact us to schedule an appointment.
May 28 2020
You can still enjoy a garden when you live in a bright and sunny Station A apartment! Large windows and spacious open floor plans practically invite houseplants while your private patio or balcony is the perfect spot to add some favorite outdoor greenery.
A surprising number of plants will grow in a container. Everything from flowers to herbs to peppers, tomatoes, and other vegetables are suitable for container growing. There are even ornamental Japanese maples and dwarf fruit trees that will thrive in a large enough container. Just imagine enjoying the delicious fragrance of citrus flowers wafting in from the patio as you garnish drinks with homegrown lemon or lime wedges!
The key to growing a container garden lies in choosing the right plant variety, pot or planter, and potting mix. For example, not every tomato variety is suitable for growing in the confines of a container. Indeterminate tomatoes are rampant growers that won’t stop growing both outwards and upwards until frost kills them. Determinate tomatoes are more restrained varieties that usually only grow about 3′ tall. Many are perfect for large containers and will produce plenty of juicy, ripe tomatoes rather than rampant foliage.
Choosing a large enough container is also essential for success. Make sure your containers have adequate drainage and use a soilless potting mix in order to keep your plants from drowning. Potting soil is okay for outdoor garden beds but it doesn’t drain well enough for containers. It might also carry soil-borne pathogens that can infest your plants.
Making Good Use of Your Space
A combination of railing planters, hanging baskets, windowsill planters, plant stands, and other display methods will allow you to enjoy your garden both indoors and out. Using unique planters like large seashells will add a touch of whimsy.
Planting a mixed container lets you grow a wider variety of plants in the same number of pots as if each pot held a single variety. Try planting basil around the base of your tomatoes. They’re naturals together! Since basil comes in a wide range of scents, flavors, colors, leaf shapes, and sizes you can have a very pretty and colorful garden from tomatoes and basils alone.
When planting a mixed container, make sure that all the plants have similar sun, watering, and fertilizing needs. If they don’t have similar requirements, some will probably thrive while others will fade away. They should also look good together, with a range of heights, leaf shapes and textures, and colors.
Keeping Your Plants Watered
If you have just a few pots, a watering can may be sufficient to keep them watered. However, if your pots are large or you have a lot of them, it might be worth investing in a drip-irrigation system along with an automatic timer. This setup lets you sit back and enjoy your container garden rather than constantly worrying about whether you’re under or over watering your plants. It also lets you take off on a long-anticipated vacation or camping trip without worrying about your garden while you’re away!
If you also have indoor plants, there are several ways to handle their watering needs. Do you have a neighbor or friend with a green thumb that you can ask to water your plants while you’re away? Make it easier for them to care for your plants by clustering plants with similar watering needs together and moving them out of direct sunlight.
You can also use a large, clear plastic bag to make a mini greenhouse. Lay the bag out on a waterproof floor out of direct sunlight. Line the bottom with a damp towel, set your well-watered pots on the towel, gather the top of the bag and blow air into it, and then seal it with a twist-tie or rubber band. The puffed up bag will hold the moisture the plant leaves give off, keeping the air inside the bag nice and humid. Any excess moisture will drip down onto the plants.
Set up a wick system for larger plants using cotton cord and dollar store buckets. Make wicks from the thick cotton upholstery cord sold at any craft or fabric store that sells upholstery fabric. Cut a piece long enough to reach from the bottom of the bucket, over the pot rim, and down 3″ into the soil. Fill each bucket with water and leave knowing that your plants have ‘straws’ to sip water as they need it while you’re gone.
Gardening Is Another Fabulous Amenity at Station A!
At Station A Apartments, we value our residents and work hard to provide a range of fantastic amenities for your enjoyment. Contact us for more information or to schedule a tour. We would love to show you everything we have to offer!