The end of your tenancy is fast approaching, and you want to make sure you leave the rental property in good condition. After all, you don’t want to lose your security deposit!
To avoid any issues, it is important to deep clean the entire property, from top to bottom, and to make sure that no dirt or dust is left behind.
However, end of tenancy cleaning can be a daunting task, especially if you’re not sure where to start. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is the ultimate end of tenancy cleaning checklist for tenants: From the kitchen to the bathroom and everything in between, this list will help you make sure you leave your rental property sparkling clean and get your deposit back:
Your bedrooms should be a haven away from the mess of the rest of the house. But even if you don’t think they’re that dirty, they still need to be cleaned thoroughly. Here’s a checklist of things to do:
- Declutter and remove all personal belongings
- Empty all of the furniture
- Launder the Bed
- Dust and polish all surfaces including skirting boards, light fittings, furniture and picture frames
- Wash the windows (inside and out)
- Wash all surfaces including the wardrobe doors, drawers, bed frames, headboards, pictures, mirrors, etc
- Vacuum Carpets and treat any stains on it
- Vacuum under the bed
- Vacuum or sweep and mop the floors
- Clean and dust radiators
- Make the bed with fresh linen
- Empty all rubbish bins
The checklist above should help you clean your bedroom thoroughly and leave it in pristine condition.
The bathroom is another essential room to deep clean. Not only do you have to clean the toilet, sink and bathtub/shower, but you must also disinfect the entire area to prevent the growth of mould and mildew. Here’s what you need to do:
- Clean and disinfect the toilet bowl, seat, and cistern, as well as tiles and floors around the toilet
- Wash and disinfect the bathtub, shower, and basin. shampoo the carpet if necessary
- Wash and disinfect all taps, tiles, and mirrors
- Clean the bathroom towel holders, cupboards and cabinets
- Get rid of all toiletries, towels, and other items that are not yours
- Make sure there is no mould and mildew in the bathroom
- Wash and polish the floors
The bathroom needs to be left in a spotless condition – pay special attention to the bathtub, toilets, and sink. If you have a shower, make sure the tiles are clean and the grout is free of Mould. The mirror should be cleaned and all toiletry shelves should be wiped down.
The kitchen is one of the places where landlords will look most closely. All appliances, including the oven, should be left in a sparkling condition. It is important to clean under and behind all appliances.
- Wash all surfaces including cupboard doors, drawer fronts, worktops, tiled splashbacks, windows and floors
- Deep clean the oven (including inside the door), hob, extractor fan – make sure you get rid of all the grime, grease and food stains
- Empty the fridge, clean the shelves and leave to air out for a few hours before being turned back on.
- Clean the microwave (inside and out), toaster, kettle and other small kitchen appliances
- Wash all dishes, pans, utensils, and Tupperware
- Take out all food from the pantry, clean shelves and cupboards, and put food back
- Get rid of all rubbish
The living room is usually one of the busiest areas in the house, so it’s important to:
- Empty out all cupboards, drawers and wardrobes
- Dust all surfaces, including furniture, lampshades, shelves, blinds, curtains, skirting boards, light fittings, picture frames and side tables
- Remove cobwebs from ceilings
- Vacuum the carpet and upholstery
- Wash any upholstered furniture, including sofas, armchairs and cushions
- Shampoo all carpets
- Wash the windows (inside and out)
- Clean the fireplace.
- Vacuum and clean all floors
In addition to the key areas mentioned above, don’t forget to clean:
- The hallway, stairs and landings
- Any other rooms such as the study, playroom or spare room
- The outside of the property, including the front door, gutters and downpipes, windows, garage and shed (if applicable)
Performing all of the above tasks can be daunting, especially if you're short on time. So, break it down into smaller tasks, it will be much easier to handle. And ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get the job done.
However, by following this checklist and making sure you leave the property clean and tidy, you can avoid any issues and be confident that you'll get your deposit back.
But if you are running out of time or you want to save your effort then hiring a professional end of tenancy cleaner would be a great option. They will do all the above jobs quickly and efficiently without breaking your bank so that you get your deposit easily.
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