How to clean your rental property…

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When it’s time to move from your rental property, it’s important to make sure that you leave the place nice and clean so you can a) get your deposit back in full; and b) get a good referral from your landlord or letting agency.

Over 50% of Londoners rent their homes rather then own them so we thought it would be useful to share some top 10 tips on how to clean your renal property to make sure that you get your deposit back when it’s time to move on:

1. Go snap happy on arrival

A simple but essential task when you first move in – take pictures of everything and keep a digital record. Check these photos against the inventory provided by your letting agency or landlord and check these match before confirming.

2. Get a house cleaner!

Unless you have the time to regularly clean your home, on a weekly or fortnightly basis, it would be worth the investment to hire a regular cleaner. This will ensure that your home is kept clean to a respectable standard – and that you will not be hit with an overwhelming cleaning job when you are ready to move. Dusting, mopping and vacuuming on a weekly basis will help reduce the stress when cleaning your rental property, and might save you from having to hire professional end of tenancy cleaners at the end of your tenancy!

3. Clean your oven, fridge and windows each month

Keeping up to date with cleaning your fridge, oven and indoor windows will also help you save time when it comes to the end of your tenancy. A regular defrost of the fridge/freezer, regular cleaning of windows and a wiping out the oven every so often will help keep things more manageable when it’s time to clean your rental property.

4. Monitor wear & tear

Undergoing a monthly check of the condition of your rental property  will help you keep track of the wear and tear your home has undergone since moving in. Taking photos, and keeping a digital record of these images with dates will also allow you to plan ahead – and help you organise these repairs and notify the letting agent and inventory clerk in advance of your move out date.

5. Invest in wooden floor cleaner

If you have wooden floors in your rental, it is important to vacuum, mop and also to apply a wooden floor cleaner every so often. If you have an open plan home, it may also be wise to invest in doormats at each and every entrance, with a rug to cover the exposed areas. This will reduce the chance of scuff marks, scratches and dents.

6. Scrub all kitchen appliances

It may seem to be common knowledge, but it is important to keep all appliances provided by the tenant/landlord in the same condition that you found them. As mentioned, it is important to keep on top of appliances like the oven and the fridge, but the smaller items must not be overlooked. A weekly clean of the toaster, microwave and kettle both inside and outside, will help you keep on top of this.

7. Stay on top of limescale

Limescale can be a pain, especially as it often occurs in hard to reach places – like the inside of coffeemakers and kettles – as well as on faucets and bathtubs, leaving an annoying chalky white substance behind. The best way to ensure you get your deposit back when leaving your rental property is to remove all limescale on a regular basis. Limescale, if uncleaned, leaves a mineral build up that can cause damage, and make soap scum and other dirt harder to remove. This is why it is important to keep an eye on appliances, tubs and faucets – and regularly remove any build up.

8. Regular carpet cleaning

You don’t need to hire a carpet cleaner, but the purchase of a spray on carpet cleaner that can be left for ten minutes and then vacuumed is essential. This does not need to be done each week, monthly will suffice, however it is important to do this regularly as it will make a big difference to how your carpet looks at the end of your tenancy. For deeper stains, especially on lighter carpets, it would be advisable hire a professional carpet cleaning company and have a quarterly or 6 month carpet clean to ensure good maintenance.

9. Property maintenance

If you have hung any artwork in the home, whether with nails or blu tac, remove these 2-3 weeks before your lease finishes. You will then have time to clean the walls, fill in any holes and repaint if necessary. Before you begin the process, always check with your landlord/letting agency that they are happy for you to repaint. There will be no bigger disappointment than having to pay for an entire repaint of the property, when you were only trying to help with a normal wear & tear.

Moving home can be a stressful time, so to make sure you don’t have the added stress of a deduction from your deposit – keep on top of your home cleaning and flow this guide on how to clean your rental property!

If you’re moving home in London and want to hire a professional end of tenancy cleaning company to take care of your clean, contact ProClean Team on 020 8742 1808 or email info@procleanteamltd.co.uk

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Do you really know what today’s tenants want?

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prop.-manag.As the UK faces a housing shortage, our population continues to grow so it comes as no surprise that renting in and around city centres is increasingly becoming the norm. As more people rent, prices continue to increase and people’s expectations are getting higher.

But what exactly do young renters want from their home? The first thing is – location, location, location. This remains a deciding factor for many renters as they want to be in the midst of city centres, surrounded by excellent transport links.

Surveys have shown that the next on the list for young professionals is a property that make a neat, clean and modern first impression, which means that a property needs to be move in ready! The property’s specification needs to be high and well laid out, with fixtures, fittings and furniture really adding to the overall appeal of the property.

Additionally, off-street parking, outdoor space (in the form of balconies or gardens), large windows and existing BT or Sky connections cam act as unique selling points, further increasing a properties appeal. Essentially, people are looking for the same standard in a rental home that they would look for in their dream house.

As a landlord you want to protect your investment and create the best possible first impression for any new or prospective tenant. This will include keeping the property neat and clean, which is where The Organised Cleaning Company comes in to help. Our pre & end of tenancy cleaning service will ensure that the standard of cleanliness of your property is maintained both at check out and check in. Contact us today on 020 7458 4433, email us on iprefer@organisedcleaning.com or visit our website and submit your enquiry online.

Learn the secrets behind your cleaning products…

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Do you know the chemical constitution of the cleaning products that you use at home every day? At present, around 85,000 synthetic chemicals are being used with another 500 or so being added to the mix each year. Many of these new compounds are used to clean and sanitise your home!

Health Factors

These chemicals are produced in massive amounts and some have such long lives that traces of them are routinely found in rain water, snow, sediment and surface water. This contaminated water ends up our wastewater treatment plants and eventually, in our homes via kitchen and bathroom taps.

The human body can handle small amounts of poisons but it starts to malfunction when burdened by toxic overload. Many chemicals are stored in body fat while others migrate to vital organs (the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles). It’s no coincidence that the increased use of manufactured chemicals coincides with a rise in the number of health trends such as breast cancer and asthma.

Chemical Types

Most chemicals found in household cleaning products fall into a few major classifications and many products contain a mix of chemicals that cover more than one category:

A. Synthetic Organic Compounds

Some of these chemicals are building blocks for detergents and plastics, as well as for propane and other gas fuels, heating oil and lubricants. They’re common in everyday household cleaning products  and within this broad class you will find:

  1. Aromatic hydrocarbons – Many of these simple organics compounds are known to be carcinogens and are used in degreasers, deodorizers and pesticides.
  2. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – These chemicals evaporate easily at room temperature and may attach themselves to soft materials such as clothes, curtains, furniture and carpeting. Eventually they dissipate into the outdoor air where they can cause low-altitude smog.
  3. Petrochemicals – These chemicals are connected to a host of environmental and health challenges, from oil spills and greenhouses gases to childhood development problems. The use of petrochemicals also reinforces our dependence on a dwindling supply of petroleum. Petrochemicals are found in a variety of household cleaners including household cleaners, floor waxes, furniture polishes, degreasers and all-purpose cleaners.

B. Chlorinated Compounds

Chlorine is a highly toxic gas and one of its first uses was as a poison in World War I. Today there are some 15,000 chlorinated compounds in commercial use and some are found in common cleaning products including sanitizing and bleaching agents, solvents (for dry cleaning for example), tub and tile cleaners and pesticides. Chlorinated compounds used within the home enter the environment when they get washed down the drain. Many of these chemicals are similar to human hormones and may be able to mimic them in the body; chlorinated compounds are suspected of affecting sperm counts , the rate of male births and other biological functions.

C. Phosphates

Phosphates contain phosphorous which act as a nutrient in water systems. an overabundance of phosphorus encourages excessive growth of algae and weeds, robbing less aggressive plants and animal life of oxygen, resulting ultimately in lifeless streams and rivers.

Conclusion

In most instances people are not aware of the make-up of the cleaning products that they use around their home and the damage that they are doing to themselves and the environment. The rise of ecological & environmentally friendly cleaning products and home made cleaning options gives you the choice of using products that have a minimal impact on your health and the environment.Which do you choose?

If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly domestic cleaning service, give the guys at ProClean Team a call on 020 8742 1808 and they’d be happy to help!

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