When you are ready to move out of the apartment, a thorough cleaning of the items listed below will ensure your security deposit will be refunded to you (or, if a balance remains on your University account, credited).
Place a large piece of cardboard or heavy plastic under the front of the range to prevent damage to the floor. Then, pull range away from walls and remove plug from wall outlet. Clean wall and floor areas behind and under the range. All interior and exterior range surfaces will be cleaned of dirt, grease, and baked food deposits using commercially available cleaning agents. Scrapers may be used to remove stubborn baked-on deposits, but care must be exercised to prevent damage. The following items can be easily removed from the range and cleaned separately: oven racks, broiler, broiler pan and rack, burners, burner rings, burner grills, drip pans, and control knobs. At the preliminary inspection, the inspector will give instructions for the disassembly of the range, if necessary. After cleaning, the range will be reassembled and plugged back into wall outlet.
NOTE: Do not flood electric switches or thermostats with water. Use oven cleaner on oven and broiler units only.
Remove all shelves, racks, and pans for complete cleaning. Wash the interior surface with warm water and baking soda (1 teaspoon per quart of water); rinse well. Do not use steel wool or other abrasive material, as this will damage the enamel surfaces. Attention should be given to door gaskets (seal), butter keeper, and egg trays. Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and UNPLUG IT. Remove lint and dust accumulation from the coils. Clean all exterior surfaces and the wall and floor area adjacent to and under the refrigerator. After cleaning, reassemble the refrigerator, plug back into outlet, and set dial on #1. CAUTION: Do not use sharp objects to remove ice or frost as damage may result.
Vacuum all shelves and drawers first to remove loose residue. Empty and clean all stains and food particles by washing with mild soap and warm water. For metal cabinets, use the minimum water necessary and dry to prevent rust in the corners and seams. Stubborn stains may be removed by using a small amount of scouring powder and a damp sponge; rinse thoroughly. Clean all exterior surfaces and tops of cabinets that do not go completely to the ceiling. Contact paper must be removed along with all adhesives.
NOTE: A commercial cleaner designed for wood cabinets should be used on the Shelbourne apartments cabinet exteriors; a damp (not wet) cloth can be used to clean the interiors. Stainless steel sinks, exhaust hoods, faucets, etc., should be cleaned and polished. Soap and water will clean the sinks; however, they must be rinsed and dried with a soft towel to prevent streaking. Cleaners designed for stainless steel are available. Read labels carefully. The exhaust hood screen should be cleaned in hot soapy water.
Remove all nails. Holes will be filled by our staff. Please do not apply spackle to walls; additional fees may apply if the resident applies spackle. Brush out all corners of all rooms to clean them of spider webs. Remove all pencil, crayon, grease, and scuff marks on walls and inside closets. Use a sponge and a good cleaner. The walls in the kitchen collect grease and smoke and may require scrubbing with a good cleaner or degreasing agent. Walls and tile in the bathroom may need special attention to remove soap film. All walls will be cleaned and free of dirt and smoke accumulation. If complete washing is necessary, use a mild soap and warm water very sparingly to prevent soaking the walls.
All woodwork will be cleaned--doors, louvers, door frames, window sills, door sills, window tracks, and baseboards. Be sure to remove all wax splashes from baseboards. DO NOT use screws, tacks, nails, or any object that penetrates the wood surfaces. If it becomes necessary to repair a wood surface, use wood patch, tinted to match the existing wood.
Clean and dry; remove all mineral and soap deposits from all fixtures. Rinse all cleaning residue away.
Note: the shower/tub units must be cleaned with nonabrasive materials, do not use scouring powders.
Use a dust mop, electric broom, or vacuum for daily cleaning. A wet mop with cool or lukewarm water can be used if necessary. Spills should be wiped up immediately, using cool water, to prevent damage to the floor finish. Occasional buffing with a dry, soft cloth or mop will restore shine to the floors.
If you wish to use a cleaner, use an "all purpose" cleaner. Do not use ammonia or a cleaner containing ammonia. Read the label on the cleaner you select carefully. Do not make a strong cleaning solution--carefully follow directions on the label. Floors must be clean with an even covering of floor finish at the final check-out. To refinish, after cleaning, rinse floors thoroughly two or three times if necessary; the final rinse water must be clear. Apply a good quality floor finish; do not use acrylic or Formica-based wax. Floors must be free of dirt (both surface and waxed in) and there must be no build-up. Do not use a sponge applicator.
Pay particular attention to corners and edges of the floors next to walls and to the area adjacent to kitchen cabinets. The floor under the stove and refrigerator must be cleaned and finish applied. Do not use any cleaner/wax combinations.
Empty and clean. Remove all contact paper and adhesive.
The door louvers must be cleaned on both sides. The furnace surface and water heater must be dusted; the floor must be swept and clean. The door tracks in Shelbourne apartments must be free of all dirt or lint.
Remove, clean, and replace. Fixtures (including those on ceiling fans) will have serviceable 60 watt light bulbs in each socket. The refrigerator bulbs and fluorescent bulbs are provided by UHS.
The exterior of the fan should be dusted; no liquids should enter the inside motor. Blades are to be cleaned on both sides with a non-abrasive household cleaner.
Remove the register grills and clean thoroughly, including arm's length of duct unless the register is attached with screws. Do not remove screws; registers attached to adjacent surface with screws should only be cleaned on the exterior.
They will be cleaned and lubricated by University personnel, except the range exhaust hood (See #3, Kitchen Cabinets and Fixtures.)
All items of property should be removed from the quarters before the final inspection. Any articles left in the apartment or complex will be discarded after five days and residents will be charged for the removal of all personal property.