When you are renting, moving is a part of the package and often it is quite overwhelming and tiring. On top of that you have to perform the end of tenancy cleaning as your landlord would like to get their apartment back in the same condition they gave it to you minus the usual wear and tear. This means that you would have to perform end of tenancy cleaning. That is a big task however if planned properly it should not take too long.
Before you start the cleaning, take some time to sit down and write a plan of action.
You can go to any letting agency and ask them to give you a copy of a checklist that is used by them when they are inspecting the cleanliness of the property. This will help you to make sure that you won’t miss any areas of importance. Here is a list of the areas that have to be cleaned by all means. Make sure that you use only safe cleaning products so you don’t compromise your health.
Remove any screws or nails that you may have put in the walls and repair the holes with the appropriate plaster. Usually you are not required to repaint the property but if you want you can use a lick of paint to paint over the repaired areas. If there are skirting boards and radiators on the walls, don’t miss them. Give them a good scrub.
The kitchen is one of the rooms in a property that get used the most therefore it needs a very good thorough clean and disinfection ready for the next tenants. In the kitchen, you will need to clean all cupboards and drawers inside and out, clean all the appliances and pay special attention to the oven. All other appliances like washing machines, fridges, microwaves etc., need to be wiped over with disinfectant. Clean the worktops and the sink and mop the floor. Make sure you don’t miss anything in the kitchen because this is the room that will be inspected the most.
No doubt that the bathroom is also the room that gets a lot of daily activity. It is used by all members of the family and thus it has to be cleaned regularly. During the end of tenancy cleaning you should wipe the sink and the taps, the bath and the taps and last but not least the shower and the shower head. This is done mainly to remove any bacteria and lime scale. The toilet also has to be cleaned properly and the floor has to be mopped. Remove all of your personal belongings and don’t leave anything behind.
If you have carpets in the property, you have to hoover and clean them properly in order to remove and dirt and dust. If you want quick and efficient method of doing that, you can sprinkle baking soda all over, wait for 15-20 min and then simply hoover. This will make your carpets sparkle and give them the freshness you want to achieve. If there are any stains that you cannot remove, ask for professional help. Do the carpet cleaning last in order to avoid any dust and dirt accumulating again.
Clean all doors and door frames, windows and window frames (you are only required to clean them inside only), any furniture that came with the property, light fixtures, sockets, switches and door handles. Clean the curtains or blinds and wipe the window sills over.
Use this checklist as guidance for great results. However, if you feel overwhelmed by the cleaning, hire a professional end of tenancy cleaning agency that will do all this for you.