Common Apartment Maintenance Problems

You just moved into an apartment, we are going to discuss the most common apartment maintenance problems in this article. Since moving several years ago, this motivated me to write this to help you.

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Common Apartment Maintenance Problems

After doing some research online, I have come up with a list that will be extremely helpful for you. Just knowing what to keep your eye on in an apartment can ease any anxiety, so let us look at what I have found for you.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clogged Drains
  • Doors and Locks
  • Kitchen and Bathroom Sinks
  • Shower
  • Lighting
  • Toilets
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Refridgerators
  • Appliances
  • Blinds
  • Closet Doors That Slide
  • Heating System

There might be even more that I have omitted, now if you have any that you wish to share with us leave it in my comments section. By us sharing our own experiences. we all are learning from one another.

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Apartment Maintenance Guide

As a renter, you can avoid unexpected problems by simply following the recommendations listed in this section. Including this can be extremely helpful for anyone living in an apartment, being in this position myself, I know from my own experience how valuable this information can be for you.

  • Floors
  • Windows
  • Cabinets n Countertops
  • Kitchen Appliances
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bathroom
  • Apartment Balcony

The basic maintenance tips in the folowing paragraphs might be something you wish to save, now we are going to talk more about each of these in more detail. Just to mention before we move on, you can also get access to Gizmos Guides on Pinterest. I created a board especially for your convenience, with that out of the way let us move on.

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Apartment Floor

We will begin with your floor, I have found just a few tips that you will find useful to know. Remember to share any of your own in my comments section, now here are some maintenance tips for our floors.

  • Sweep or vacuum is the first step which should be done daily when possible. If not possible due to your schedule, go for once per week.
  • Since moving into my own apartment, I find dust mopping is an effective second step.
  • Then damp mopping is our third step to cleaning an apartment floor.
  • Mopping is the most effective when done weekly, even I tend to go longer than this at times.
  • For the cleanest job be sure to rinse your mop pad out frequently, and if your floor still appears dirty, you need to do this more frequently for a cleaner floor.
  • This might surprise you, but use cold water with distilled white vinegar is something I found through researching for this article.
  • Another option is one to two teaspoons of Dawn dish detergent in a bucket of water.

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What About Windows

Windows is our next home chore to discuss, many people experience windows as very frustrating and difficult. You are not alone if this applies to you, I also put off this more often than I should. Gizmo also is on Twitter as well, you can read my followers’ tweets if you desire to.

  • Check your windows at least every year.
  • Take the time to be sure the window caulking is not in need of repair.
  • Window tracks should be cleaned regularly, and it never hurts to lubricate them for them to work more smoother.
  •  I clean my balcony windows with a spray bottle with white vinegar and water. Mix equal amounts of white vinegar and water in a clean spray bottle, this works extremely well if done regularly.
  • For extremely dirty windows I again use Dawn dish detergent with just a little water on a clean sponge.

Store-bought cleaners contain chemicals which often leave residue, so the two methods mentioned above will solve that problem. Our next section will be focusing on the kitchen cabinets and countertops, whenever you are ready read on.

common apartment maintenance problems

Kitchen Cleaning Guide

As mentioned above, we are going to battle the kitchen next. Since this is the most used room in most apartments, you will find it is also the most challenging for many renters to maintain.

  • One method is to use equal parts of white vinegar and water once again, using this mixture in a spray bottle is what I find the easiest.
  • Adding two drops of Dawn dish detergent to this mixture is an option, I use this for stubborn kitchen cabinets and countertops when necessary.
  • Just allow this mixture to do its work for a few minutes, then using a soft cloth or sponge wipe them clean.
  • Microsoft cloth are your best friend when cleaning anything in your apartment, since starting to use them cleaning is so much less of a chore for me.

Avoiding chemical products really is something I recommend, when you are renting this is even more important to prevent damaging any painted cabinets in your kitchen. We really need to cut back on these as much as possible, the fumes from them are not healthy to be breathing in.

common apartment maintenance problems

Kitchen Appliances

Next on our list are our kitchen appliances, we depend on these for our food preparation. Since saving money is an issue of this website, you will get more life from your appliances by following the suggestions below.

  • Stainless steel appliances are the easiest to maintain, they also are so much nicer in appearance.
  • Avoid using vinegar on stainless steel appliances, this can cause them to erode. Rubber parts also should be avoided with vinegar, this is important to know for this type of materials.
  • For eliminating stains baking soda is very safe to use.
  • Simple lemon juice provides similar results as using bleach without the chemicals.
  • White vinegar and water is awesome for kitchen appliances when not stainless steel, for a safer solution using baking soda is recommended.

Our kitchen appliances are expensive investments, and it only makes sense to keep them maintained to get the most from your money. Natural cleaning methods are much safer than chemical products, now that you know this decide which one is right for you.

common apartment maintenance problems

Air Conditioning

Possibly we are spoiled, but without our air conditioning many of us will be miserable. This can be another expensive investment, we are going to learn how to maintain them in this paragraph.

  • Yearly checkups with an HVAC professional will save you from many problems.
  • Checking and cleaning your filters is something many of us forget to do, often we really need to replace them  often when we lack to maintain them properly.
  • While you have the professional there, I would have them check your heating system as well. Why pay twice when you can have them done at the same time, and avoid waiting until problems arrive will prevent you from much frustration and stress.

Warning Signs

Knowing the warning signs trouble is right around the corner will prevent you from losing your air conditioning so I feel is worthy of including.

  • Noticing the air seems to be warmer than normal coming from your air conditioner or your floor vents.
  • Less flow of air than normal.
  • It seems to be running more often and possibly even longer.
  • An increase in the humidity in your apartment.
  • Small amounts of moisture or water on your floor.
  • Stinky odors
  • Your hearing different noises that don’t sound normal.

Just a few warning signs and cleaning suggestions to help you solve the problem before it happens, this can avoid you to lose your air conditioning by knowing what to look for. The next paragraph we are going to take a short break, I am going to provide you a few deals.

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From my own experience the bathroom is another room that seems to always need attention, we are going to get some inspiration from the tips included here.

  • Weekly attention is required so as not to get behind, even though more often is great for those of you who have the time.
  • Keeping up with the bathroom is going to prevent you from getting sick as often, this is where those nasty viruses like to hang out the most.
  • Beginner at your bathroom sink  working your way to your right until you return to where you started is a good strategy.
  • By adding a squeegee to your shower, you can always keep it clean.
  • Take the time to rinse and wipe your bathroom sink is an easy way to stay on top of things.
  • Washing your bathmats every week or two is another good habit to get into.
  • Emptying the trash can often.
  • Baskets under the sink come in handy.

Natural Bathroom Cleaners

  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cider Vinegar
  • Essential Oils
  • Table Salt

Are you inspired by the information in this paragraph, do you have any tips of your own to share with us?  We all would love to hear them, let us work together to make this website extra special.

common apartment maintenance problems

Apartment Balcony

If you are lucky as me, you have a balcony. I really love having this extra feature in my own apartment, we are going to get some ideas of what needs to be done for this part of your maintenance routine.

  • The first step is obvious, we must move everything of our balconey to do the job properly.
  • Next, sweep your balcony floor the best that you can.
  • Using a sponge mop is what I use myself.
  • Use a laundry detergent to remove any stains.
  • For tough stubborn spots using a powder laundry detergent on the stains, then scrub them with a scrub bruth works really well.
  • Bleach water will remove mold, but use the bleach sparingly.
  • Mop the floor clean.
  • Sealing your balcony with a sealer with a paint roller is recommended.

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