Moving out of your property?
Have you thought about your end of tenancy cleaning?
If not, then you should!Moving out of your rented property can be quite stressful. You need to pack all your possesions, furniture, valuables, etc., organise transportation and make sure you don’t forget anything. On top of that you have to take care of the end of tenancy cleaning and complete everything on time. It is however, quite essential, especially if there is security deposit involved. Most, if not all, landlords will deduct money from the deposit to cover expenses for cleaning, if the property is not handed to them clean and tidy. And be sure of that: since it is not their money they spend, they will not hire the cheapest company to do it. As a result you might end up paying a lot more than you should and lose a significant amount from your deposit.
The quickest and easiest way out of this is to hire a professional end of tenancy cleaning company like Pro Cleaning London. We will shine the property spotless clean and prepare it for the check-out inspection. That will save you valuable time, a lot of headaches and help you focus entirely on your moving.
If however, you prefer to save your money and do the cleaning on your own, you will have to prepare yourself for the job.
Create a cleaning check-list that includes all areas of the property. Consider every single detail in every room with no exception. And make sure you work your way from top to bottom as that is how gravity works. 🙂
You will also need cleaning products, materials and equipment. The most essential products that you will need are degreaser, oven cleaner, descaler, toilet cleaning detergent, general purpose cleaner, floor cleaning detergent, window cleaning solution and furniture polish. Don’t forget rugs, sponges, scourers, paper towels, bin liners and gloves. If you don’t have any cleaning equipment already, you will need to get a hold of at least a vacuum cleaner, a mop and a bucket, a scraper and a duster.
The End of Tenancy Cleaning Tips
If you still haven’t given up, we have a few tips on how to prepare yourself for the job and complete it to perfection. Well, almost. 🙂
Tip 1: Remove all belongings from the property
Make sure you do the end of tenancy cleaning after you move out. It will make your life easier as you won’t have to work around personal belongings and luggage.
Tip 2: Start with the kitchen
Kitchens usually require the most time and effort to clean and you don’t want to be exhausted from the rest of the cleaning before you get to it. Make sure you pay special attention to all greasy areas in the kitchen and clean them thoroughly inside and out – oven, hob, extractor, backsplash, countertops, microwave. Don’t forget the fridge, freezer, dishwasher, taps, sinks, cupboards and drawers. Shine all windows, window sills and blinds. Wipe clean sockets, light switches, doors and door handles.
Tip 3: Deep clean all bathrooms
Scrub all tiles, tubs, showers, sinks, taps, toilets and fixtures. The job is tough, but there should be no sign of any mould, grout and limescale left. Wipe all windows, window sills, mirrors, countertops, doors and handles, cupboard doors, shelving, as well as inside all cupboards and drawers.
Tip 4: Continue with the living room
As we thend to spend a lot of time in the living room it will also need attention and extra care. If the curtains are washable, take them off and run them through the washing machine. If not, then vacuum then thoroughly to remove as much dust and dirt from them as possible. Dust and wipe all blinds, if any, and shine the windows and window sills. Dust, wipe and polish all fixtures and wall-mounts also all furniture inside and out. Don’t forget radiators, skirtings, doors, door handles and sockets. Vacuum clean all upholstered furniture and carpets.
Tip 5: Move on to the dining room
Dining rooms are usually easy to clean, compared to the other areas, and shouldn’t take much of your time. Make sure you wipe and polish all furniture, radiators, doors and door-handles, and shine all windows and window sills. Don’t forget blinds and curtains, if any.
Tip 6: Clean all bedrooms
On average we spend nearly one third of our lives in the bedroom. That means there is a lot of dust and dirt that needs to be taken care of and removed. Start with dusting the lamp shade/chandelier and removing all cobwebs. Clean thoroughly all furniture inside-out, behind and under. Again, don’t forget blinds and curtains, if any, also windows, window sills, rediators, skirtings, doors, door handles, light switches and sockets. Vacuum clean all upholstered furniture, mattresses and carpets.
Tip 7: Bedroom closets and attic
Once emptied, bedroom closets shouldn’t require much of your time and effort. Remove all cobwebs, wipe and polish all furniture, including drawers, inside and out. Clean and shine windows and window sills, if any. If there is an attic you are using and if it is included in the inventory check-list for the property, then you should definitely consider cleaning that area as well. Don’t forget to be thorough and remove all cobwebs, dust and dirt throughout.
Tip 8: Hallways, Staircases and Landings
Remove all dust, dirt and marks from all lamp shades, fixtures, handrails, doors, door handles, light switches, sockets, radiators and skirtings. Clean and shine all windows and window sills and thoroughly vacuum clean all carpets. Make sure the hallway as you enter the front door is spotless clean as first impressions count the most. Look for stains, marks and fingerprints, and don’t forget to look up for any cobwebs.
Tip 9: Mop all floors and discard all rubbish
One of your final steps is mopping all floors spotless. By now you should be in slippers, socks or overshoes to avoid re-soiling any area. When done discard of the dirty water and rubbish.
Tip 10: Run a Thorough Final Inspection
You don’t want all that effort to go to waste so, once you have completed all tasks run a thorough inspection of the entire property in case you have missed anything. Apart from your eyes, use your nose as well. As you walk through each room and area sniff for any unpleasant odors, and look behind and under everything, open all doors, cupboards and closets.
As you have probably got the point already: “You should leave the property as clean as you have never ever been there before”.
Of course, if all that sounds like a bit too much of a headache for you, then give us a call and book an appointment with one of our professional teams. We would be more than happy to help and solve your end of tenancy cleaning problem.