Useful End of Tenancy Cleaning Tips for Tenants Part III

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In our continuing series of useful tips for tenants moving out of their rental properties, we thought it would be useful to list a few check-out details which you should be aware of:

  • Utilities – always make a note of the readings on your gas and electric meters to make sure you only pay for what you’ve used.
  • You won’t receive your deposit on the day you move out. A checkout will be carried out on the last day of your tenancy, with a report prepared & sent to the landlord. It’s to your advantage to attend the check-out so you can talk through any issues there are and then to avoid a formal dispute occurring
  • It’s recommended that you compare the state of the property with the check-in report and begin to put right anything which is your responsibility to maintain.

Certain areas of assessment are always carried out during an inspection:

  1. The condition of the furniture
  2. Curtain rods and blinds to make sure they are working
  3. Stains on carpets or rugs
  4. All light bulbs
  5. Batteries in smoke alarms to test if they are working
  6. Domestic appliances to ensure they are working (whilst it may not be your responsibility to repair them, it is the tenant’s responsibility to report their disrepair)

The inventory check will also include close inspection for damage and the cleanliness of the property including:

  1. The condition of walls (dirty marks or damage)
  2. Domestic appliances including dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, oven and hob
  3. The bathroom including furniture, floors and tiling
  4. The kitchen including interior and exterior of cupboards, work surfaces, floors and tiling
  5. Carpets and rugs
  6. Windows – exterior and interior
  7. The furniture (marks and damage)
  8. The tidiness of the garden (if this is stated in the tenancy agreement)

To ensure that you receive 100% of your deposit and avoid any disputes with your landlord, make sure that take these points into account. If you need a hand with any cleaning & property maintenance matters then why not give The Organised Cleaning Company a call on 020 7458 4433 and we’d be happy to help!

Useful End of Tenancy Cleaning Tips for Tenants Part II

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A few weeks ago we posted some useful end of tenancy cleaning tips for tenants to make sure that they’re able to get their deposits back. We wanted to continue the series so here are some more useful tips that you need to bear in mind when you’re moving out of your property.

Attention to detail: look closely around so that you don’t miss any of the less obvious places where dirt can gather. Examples include extractor fans, bathroom taps, rubbish bins, inside washing machine powder drawers and skirting boards.

If you are leaving the bed behind, turn the mattress and give it a good airing and vacuum. Strip the bed of all linen and change the sheets if clean ones are being left behind for that purpose. Clean blinds, skirting, window ledges, radiators, pictures and mirrors. Don’t forget to dust all furniture, lampshades and cupboards and shelves.

Clean all windows internally – and externally if you can reach safely. You can use proprietary products or white vinegar on a soft, clean cloth. Rinse the windows afterwards and buff to a shine using a scrunched up ball of newspaper.

Don’t forget the tops of cupboards, picture rails and other high up places where you cannot necessarily see the dirt, dust and grease. Fireplaces are also often forgotten in an end of tenancy clean, as are stairs and hand rails. Don’t declare any room finished before going on a cobweb hunt.

End of tenancy cleaning should be done by yourself or hire a professional cleaning company which can do the rest for you. Make sure you hire the right people who have all in place, be it cleaning products, materials and cleaning equipment, carpet cleaning machine and all in place to ensure you get your tenancy cleaning all spick and span!

If you require help with your end of tenancy cleaning in London, contact The Organised Cleaning Company on 020 7458 4433 or email us on iprefer@organisedcleaning.com. Alternatively you can visit our website and submit your request online and receive a little treat!

The Organised Cleaning Company is SafeContractor approved!

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SafeContractor-Roundel-R JPEGWe just wanted to let you know that through hard work and ensuring that we implement & record good health & safety practices, we gained SafeContractor approval in December 2014, which is great news for both ourselves and our clients.

SafeContractor is a leading health and safety assessment scheme and many large organisations use SafeContractor to reduce risk and develop & maintain their approved contractor and service provider lists. The SafeContractor scheme is recognised all over the UK and provides a number of benefits for clients, including reducing risk, cost effectiveness and management to ensure contractors are health & safety accredited.

For more details on the SafeContractor scheme and how using our accredited cleaning service benefits you, follow this link for more details! If you’d like to find out more about our commercial & end of tenancy cleaning services, why  not give us a call on 020 7458 4433, email us at iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or visit our website and submit an enquiry online!

Tips for keeping your office germ free in the New Year!

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January is often a busy period with employees settling back into work after the Christmas holidays. It’s also an important time to make business plans and strategies for the year ahead.

Therefore, the last thing any business owner wants is staff to become ill with a contagious bug. We’ve composed a few simple tips to ensure your office is as germ-free as possible. If you’ve already got an office cleaning company in London looking after your office, make sure they pay particular attention to these areas.

1. Clean handles

Door handles are one of the main places where germs like to hide. Think about it, how many people use the front door every day? Imagine if they’ve just been holding a tissue full of germs and then use the same hand to open the door. Germs will instantly transfer to the handle and can live for several hours.  To avoid the spreading of germs, make sure you wipe door handles with antibacterial wipes/liquids several times a day. Any commercial cleaner in London should, however, take care of these areas, so bring it to their attention if you think they’re missing certain areas.

Also, don’t forget that it’s not just door handles but handles on objects such as fridges, dishwashers and kettles that also harbour germs. If you have a communal kitchen, as most businesses do, you should clean those well used products as often as possible to avoid any germs being spread. Also, wash your hands before you empty a dishwasher, as you don’t want to transfer any germs onto cups and plates, which people will later use.

2. Desk germs

If you have a big office, where staff constantly change desks, you will need to ensure that all objects on the desks are thoroughly cleaned every day. Telephones and keyboards are perfect hiding and breeding grounds for germs. An article by the Daily Mail also claimed that a computer mouse harbours three times as many germs as an average toilet seat, so if you’re one of those people who sits at their desk eating lunch, it may be worth thinking twice about that in the future. So wipe those keyboards and surrounding areas to avoid any nasty illnesses which you could spread to other unsuspecting co-workers.

3. Clean hands

It sounds obvious, but making sure there is a constant supply of soap in toilets could minimise the risk of sickness. Also, whilst you’d hope everyone does this, make sure you remind staff with notices in toilets to wash their hands. We all know there are a few guilty culprits out there and these are germs which could easily be avoided if people ensure they wash their hands thoroughly.

Furthermore, make sure employees have hand sanitiser readily available, either at their desks, or near places with door handles. Hand sanitiser is a simple and cost-effective way of destroying germs before they can spread elsewhere.

You can never completely escape germs and it’s important to remember that most everyday germs are not harmful to you. But, by following these tips, you should significantly reduce the number of illnesses within your workforce and minimise absenteeism.

For more information on The Organised Cleaning Company’s services please contact 020 7458 4433, email iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or visit our website and complete our quote request form online!

The Organised Cleaning Company is a commercial cleaning company set up by lawyer cum-entrepreneur Matt Harris in 2011. Our office is based in Marylebone and we provide contract and commercial cleaning services throughout central London.

Useful End of Tenancy Cleaning Tips for Tenants Part I

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Make sure you can claim your full deposit back at the end of your tenancy by keeping your place neat, clean and very tidy. Not only will this ensure that you get your deposit back from your landlord or estate agency but you will also get a good reference for future lettings, which actually counts very much.

However carefully you live and look after your rented home, flat or apartment, when it comes to the day when you pack up and move out, there will inevitably be areas you missed during your cleaning rounds and parts of your house or flat in need of freshening up.

It is, of course, up to you whether you tackle end of tenancy cleaning yourself, or call in a professional end of tenancy cleaning service, but either way, there are several things to remember if you don’t want to forfeit your deposit:

  • It is usually the carpets and rugs that bear the brunt of your time in a house or flat. So make sure these are thoroughly shampooed and vacuumed to leave them looking as good as you can.
  • In the kitchen, focus on the hob, oven and fridge to create a hygienic, clean feel. Wipe down and disinfect all surfaces, including floors, tiles, walls, skirting, window ledges and radiators – and don’t forget the insides of the cupboards. Do all washing up and clean the sink afterwards, remove limescale property and professionally.
  • If you are leaving a furnished flat or house, arrange the contents of drawers, cupboards and shelves so that they look neat and tidy.

As pre & end of tenancy cleaning specialist, contact The Organised Cleaning Company on 020 7458 4433 or at iprefer@organisedcleaning.com. Alternatively, you can visit our website and submit your request online!

Commercial Cleaners in London

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The Organised Cleaning Company provides commercial cleaning services to businesses across every central London. From our base in Marylebone, we have teams of expertly trained, fully vetted (including CRB checks) and English-speaking commercial cleaners who specialise in dealing with cleaning contracts for office based and retail businesses in the heart of London.

Our commercial cleaning service in London will consistently leave your premises brilliantly clean. Whatever your needs, whether you need an office  or a retail space cleaned, The Organised Cleaning Company can provide a service that suites you.

London Commercial Cleaning Services

Our fully trained team of commercial cleaners provide our services to a wide range of commercial premises including:

  • Offices
  • Retail
  • Surgeries
  • Common Parts

and many more.

Commercial Cleaners London Value for Money

Business owners and managers are always under pressure to obtain the best return on their investment which is why we are delighted to provide a professional service which offers complete value for money coupled with a comprehensive and hassle-free service which lets you concentrate on the things you do best!

To find out how much your commercial premises would cost to clean, click here and  get a QUICK QUOTE 

Commercial Cleaning Contracts

Our commercial cleaning contracts are flexible which is why we always have a meeting with potential customers to discuss their needs which vary considerably from client to client, with different types of businesses and different sizes of businesses.

Whether you have one or two employees or employee 100′s, our commercial cleaning contracts will provide you with the service you require with the built-in flexibility to change as your requirements change.

To obtain a free quote from our The Organised Cleaning Company for our commercial cleaning service in London just follow this link and get a  QUICK QUOTE or alternatively you can call us on 020 7458 4433 or email us at iprefer@organisedcleaning.com.

The Importance Of Pre & end Of Tenancy Cleaning for Landlords

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Let’s be honest, if you’re a landlord you want the best level of rent that your property (or properties!) can achieve right?

Things like regular decoration & maintenance, ensuring your gas and electrical certificates are up to date and electrical equipment is PAT tested are all important to make sure that your property is in the best possible condition to attract good tenants who value a well maintained home. Ensuring that your property is clean and well presented at the outset of each new tenancy is also an important factor is it creates a good first impression for prospective tenants and sets the benchmark for how the property should be returned at the end of a tenancy.

This is where employing professional & reliable cleaning company to deal with pre & end of tenancy cleans is an important consideration for both landlords and tenants. Any cleaning company worth their salt who specialises in these types of cleans will ensure that your property is left spotless at the start and at the end of a tenancy. It goes without saying that when rental premises are clean, they are likely to attract many more potential tenants, which in turn means that you will be able to secure the amount of rent you desire for your property.

Potential tenants are far more likely to pay a higher price for clean and tidy premises. You’re also more likely to have shorter or hardly any void periods because a clean and well maintained property will have greater demand, meaning someone will rent it sooner rather than later. Higher rent, shorter or hardly any void periods and better quality of tenants who who’ll look after your property all contribute towards getting a better return on your rental investment.

The importance of a good pre & end of tenancy cleaning service is often underestimated and undervalued. Paying less than 5% off the annual rental income of your property to ensure that it is professionally cleaned and spotlessly presented at the end of every 6 or 12 month rental is an investment well worth making. Make sure you employ a cleaning company that specialises in pre&end of tenancy cleaning, who works with letting agents and property managers and knows the standards of cleanliness required to look after your property, your investment and your rental income.

That’s where our team of trained, reliable and English-speaking super cleaners at The Organised Cleaning Company comes in handy. We satisfy all of the above criteria and more, so why not give us a call on 020 7458 4433 or drop us a line at iprefer@organisedcleaning.com for a free no obligation quote. You. An also visit us at www.organisedcleaning.com and submit your request online!

The Organised Cleaning Company profile in November’s issue of Fabric Magazine!

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We’re proud to announce that we have recently been profiled in Fabric Magazine. Fitted as “The Great Green Cleaning Machine” and labeled “Marylebone’s all shinning, all scrubbing superheros”, we’re getting recognised for the fantastic service that we provide with our end of tenancy & deep cleans, and office & retail cleaning throughout London.

Hand-delivered each month to 70,000 of north and central London’s finest addresses (and available for download right here), the magazine provides the ultimate guide to making the most of life north of the river and luxury property listings providing a through the keyhole look at some of the area’s most desirable addresses, and expert market news, views and advice.

For further information about our cleaning service, please contact us on 020 7458 4433 or at iprefer@organisedcleaning.com. Alternatively you can visit our website at www.organisedcleaning.com and submit an enquiry online!

 

Tidy your office for a more productive workforce

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We’re all guilty of it every now and again but with research proving that a cluttered desk leads to stress and lower productivity, it’s time to rally the troops and make a conscious effort to de-clutter and tidy their workspaces.

Even if you have an office cleaner, it is still important to ensure employees take responsibility for tidying their own desks and items. We’ve put together a few top tips to help you change your cluttered and untidy office into a welcoming and productive workspace.

Be organised

By organising your desk and making designated spaces for items, it should help avoid any unnecessary clutter being left on the desk. Productivity is certainly set to decrease if you’re spending valuable time searching for particular documents, which are hidden under a pile of clutter. And if you do not have any loose pieces of important papers on your desk, it will lower the risk of these being thrown away as rubbish.

Be brutal

When organising your desk, make sure you are brutal with the items you keep. Most employees are guilty of keeping documents which they haven’t used for years. Go through your piles of paper and ask yourself: Have I used this? and Will I use it in the future? If the answer to both questions is no, you know exactly what to do – get rid of it. If you have private and confidential documents, it’s worth investing in a shredding machine to ensure these documents are destroyed properly. When you have decided on the items you are keeping, make sure you put them away in an organised manner.

Business owners should invest in some files and a cupboard where you can shut things away but can access them at any time of the day. Be careful of buying drawers and boxes to store your clutter as these are a hoarder’s dream. Drawers can also be a quick fix for many employees who will just hide things in them rather than organise the mess. Once you have a system in place, stick to it. It’s a lot easier to organise things if you do it continuously and not let it pile up.

Break the habit

Clutter in the office is often due to habit so now is the time to break the habit and start afresh. Set aside some time to clear up your office and do this on a regular basis. It will help you feel a lot calmer and motivated to work, as no one wants to face an untidy desk on a Monday morning. If you’re in a business where clients come to you for meetings, remember your office space is a reflection of your company so make sure you do not give your clients the wrong impression.

With research showing a clear link between clutter and stress, it’s important that employees keep their office environment in a tidy manner as this will lead to a happier and more productive workforce.

For more information on The Organised Cleaning Company’s commercial cleaning services please call us on 020 7458 4433, email us at iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or visit our website at www.organisedcleaning.com and submit your request online.

The Organised Cleaning Company is a commercial cleaning company set up by lawyer cum-entrepreneur Matt Harris in 2011. Our office is based in Marylebone and we provide contract and commercial cleaning services throughout central London.

Benefits to hiring a Commercial Cleaning Company

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One thing clients take for granted when they enter any business premises is its overall cleanliness. Keeping the office clean is the last thing you want to think about, especially when you have meetings to go to, deals to close and clients to please. This alone is a compelling enough reason to hire a commercial cleaning company to handle your cleaning requirements!

There are other factors that play a part as well, such as:

  • Managing Clients First Impressions – Clients might interpret a less than spotless facility as a reflection of the amount of care that goes into a business’s product or service and can decide to take business elsewhere.
  • Preventing Health Issues – Dust can easily accumulate in a workplace that has been neglected and employees who have allergies or breathing problems can suffer as a result.
  • Sustaining Staff Productivity and Satisfaction – Staff work better in clean environments and hiring a commercial cleaning company to keep the office clean improves moral and satisfaction in the workplace.
  • Leveraging Expertise, Experience and Equipment – While the option of hiring cleaning staff in-house is available, engaging experts at a premium is the same price to pay for the relative convenience and knowledge that a competent cleaning company can provide.

With years of experience, The Organised Cleaning Company knows how to carry out your cleaning requirements both effectively and efficiently. Visit our website for more details and request a free quote, or give us a call on 020 7458 4433 for all your commercial cleaning needs.