Coventry will get a £2.1m cleaning before City of Culture events begin next year.
New skip collections will be provided to curb fly-tipping, graffiti will be tackled, weeds whacked and every city street swept if Coventry City Council's budget is approved next week.
Councillor John Mutton said he was "embarrassed" of some areas of the city, saying they were in a "pretty appalling" state.
- Coventry 2021: UK City of Culture is a lot more than a party
- Arts Council England invests £5m in Coventry City of Culture
The council has already allocated £1m to strengthen counter-terrorism measures.