Being a temporary tenant means eventually having to move out of your rental property. It will also mean that before becoming a tenant, you will have paid a security deposit which you’ll want back when you leave your rental property in the same state it was when you started your tenancy (or an even better state if you have good intentions!). In any case, when you move out it means that it’s time for some end of tenancy cleaning.
Now, you might wonder what this entails so we thought we’d prepare a simple guide for those who are renting for the first time and want to clean their flat well enough for your security deposit to be refund in full by your landlord.
The easiest option is hiring a cleaning service. A well-established domestic cleaning company or a professional end of tenancy cleaning company will do wonders for your flat or house. If you do chose a professional cleaning service, you should be aware of what will happen in your soon-to-be ex-flat.
1. Kitchen – This will be the hardest and most time consuming part of the clean. The oven, extractor & hood and hob always need attention and will need to be scrubbed to remove burnt on grease. Refrigerators, dishwashers, and cupboards will be cleaned and disinfected. All appliances and counters will be moved and swept behind.
2. Bathroom – second to the kitchen, this will probably be the hardest and most tedious part of the clean. Removing limescale from porcelain, glass and stainless steel fittings will be a priority. Cleaning the shower, faucets, tub, sinks, and toilet will be taken care of to a shiny result.
2. Dusting – Removing dust from all surfaces, inside cupboards and hard to reach areas will ensure that after finishing, your flat will look spotlessly clean. Ceilings won’t be forgotten (including any stray cobwebs!) and a thorough vacuuming of the carpet s is always a good idea – especially if you have long hair as it’s likely they would have collected in the carpet fibres – as these will be cleaned up.
3. Windows – The cleaners will be equipped with T-bars and squeegees to clean the glass, frames and window sill of the windows, using the appropriate products.
4. Walls – If the flat has painted walls or wallpaper, any removable stains will be cleaned. Any that cannot be removed should be notified to you so you can discuss with the landlord whether any payment needs to be made for the damage you should just pay for that damage. With painted walls, any stains that cannot be removed should be painted over before handing the property back to the landlord, provided you can find the matching colour paint!
5. Light switches & fittings – Cleaning the light switches and fittings is a simple thing but easily missed. Dust settles easily on light fittings and people usually forget about them.
Cleaning services are an expense which is the only real drawback, but to make sure that you receive your deposit back in full, it is probably the smartest option. There are many professional cleaners that will do a brilliant job.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can visit our website and submit your request online and receive a little treat!