Did you know that the end of tenancy cleaning is the biggest cause of deposit deductions? At the same time, however, it is the easiest to mitigate by doing a thorough move-out cleaning session before the final meeting with your landlord. Let us give you expert advice and tips to clean the rental accommodation prior to claiming your security deposit and you will be able to move out without any complications. Here are the tasks that should be on your list for the end of tenancy cleaning!
Just because you do not own the unit in which you live does not mean that you should not clean it on a regular basis to keep it clean and neat. Having a regular cleaning routine makes it a lot easier when your tenancy is coming to an end and you are required to perform the end of tenancy cleaning. What is more, keeping your rental in a good condition helps ensure that you will collect your security deposit back. Follow our student checklist for tenancy cleaning!
IN THE KITCHEN
Inside the fridge: Simply use a solution of water and baking soda in order to avoid scratching the surface of the fridge.
Outside surfaces: In order to prevent discolouration, wipe up any spills straight away with a dry cloth. Before cleaning cooking surfaces, allow them to cool down first. Our advice would be to avoid using abrasive cleaners.
Inside the oven: Simply use oven cleaner, but do not use such on a self-cleaning or continuous cleaning oven as you risk damaging the surface.
Laminated surfaces: In order to protect the surfaces from hot pans, use an insulated pad or trivet. Also, always use a cutting board. Simply clean with non-abrasive, all-purpose cleaner and wipe up. Avoid using scrapers or abrasive pads and try a soft (vegetable) brush to clean textured countertops.
Solid surfaces: If the surface is matte, you can simply use a non-abrasive or abrasive all-purpose cleaner. If the surface is satin or high-gloss, go for the non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner. To protect the surface, use trivets or cutting boards.
In order to remove smudges, fingerprints or other soils, simply use such detergent that cleans finished wood.
IN THE BATHROOM
Use long-handled toilet brush and toilet bowl cleaner to clean rim holes and the trap. To clean the exterior of the toilet and the toilet seat, you can simply use a disinfectant cleaner or a non-abrasive, all-purpose cleaner. Then rinse and dry hinge areas.
Sink/ Tub/ Shower
Mold and Mildew Prevention: When showering, fastendoftenancycleaning.co.uk advise you to use the fan or open a window. After bathing, make sure to wipe down the tub walls using a sponge. Allow shower doors and curtains to air dry by keeping them open after use.
Tub, Sink and Tile: In order to prevent build-up, make sure to rinse the tub and sink after use. Clean on a regular basis with a non-abrasive, all-purpose cleaner, liquid cleaner or simply tub/sink/tile cleaner and then rinse. Do not use powdered abrasive cleaners because they can scratch the surface.
Grout: Use a solution ¾ cup of liquid bleach to 1 gallon of water to clean the grout. You can also use a mildew stain remover, but make sure to apply it carefully with a soft-bristled brush. Then rinse thoroughly.
How to remove…
Rust: Avoid using cleaners with bleach and use a rust remover for such stains.
Mildew: To remove stains, simply use cleaners with bleach or liquid household bleach.
Soap film build up and stubborn stains: Allow disinfectant cleaner to penetrate thoroughly and then rub.
IN LIVING AREAS
Woodwork: Dust the surface with a dusting product. Remove stains and add shine to surfaces with polish, cleaner-polish or furniture cleaner applied with a soft cloth.
Flooring: Make a solution of a non-abrasive, all-purpose cleaner with warm water to clean the flooring. Check the label if the product requires rinsing or not. What is more, a floor cleaner with polish can help fill in scratches.
Carpet: Make sure you vacuum regularly in order to remove grime and allergens, and try to treat spills straight away with a cleaning product.
Effective End of Tenancy Cleaning
Before any end of tenancy cleaning is agreed and performed at the end of the lease, make sure the check-lists, document-observance and right people involvement are agreed in order to be sure that everything is in top-notch condition.