Have you ever wondered what areas of your flat will require cleaning once you are moving or changing rental properties? Today, we will talk about what goes onto an end of tenancy cleaning checklist and why having a list is important. Welcome to our Fast End Of Tenancy Cleaning’s Blog, a blog that gets down to the nitty-gritty on how to clean your home. Now let’s get to it.
Going through the process of cleaning a property once the tenancy agreement has expired is the sole responsibility of the tenant. It is also extremely integral to the tenant being able to receive the entirety of their deposit. To ensure that no area or room is missed and to ensure that there are no reasons why a portion of all of their deposit is not refunded to them, a checklist is essential.
An end of tenancy cleaning checklist can also be used by a landlord when the property is being inspected against the initial inventory report. This is to make sure that the previous tenants were able to fulfil their responsibility. This article contains a checklist that covers every area that is critical to getting your deposit back. Let us begin
It is important to always remember to leave sufficient time to clean the entire rental property. Deciding to skimp on a few additional days of cleaning chores is not worth losing a portion or all of your deposit.
Our End Of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist
The first step would be to handle any dirt and dust that is present. The most efficient means to tackle the bedroom is to clean the rooms from the ceiling to the floor.
All cobwebs must be removed from all the corners and ceilings.
Any areas where dust can accumulate like cupboards, shelves and wardrobed must be wiped down.
It is also imperative to wipe any accumulated dust and dirt from the top side of doors.
Any picture frames must also be wiped clean of accumulated dust.
Curtain rails are typically forgotten when cleaning up a room. These should be wiped down.
It is essential to correctly dust and vacuums the two sides of any blinds and curtains present in the room.
Pictures, mirrors and any other items that hang on the wall have to be wiped clean and then polished
The dust from decorations and skirting boards have to be wiped off
The lampshades and light fixtures in the room have to be dusted
Any metal ornaments in the room should be cleaned and then polished
Any switches present in the room should be wiped and polished
If the wall has any dirty marks on it, it should be removed or repainted where applicable
The extension cords and power sockets in the room have to be carefully cleaned
All mattresses should be thoroughly vacuumed
Laminate and hard floors should be mopped clean
Mildew and dirt are the most widespread and least tolerable in a bathroom. It is imperative that showers, baths, tiles and toilets should be thoroughly cleaned as well as polished.
Taps, fittings and basins must be cleaned
Any visible stains caused by hard water must be eradicated
If limescale is present, it must be removed
Ensure that soap dispensers are scrubbed and rinsed
Bidets and toilets have to be scrubbed and rinsed
Towel rails and radiators should be thoroughly wiped and polished
If it is possible to reach behind the toilet, clan the plumbing located there
Any stains and marks present on the shower screens should be removed
Ensure that the bathroom is thoroughly scrubbed of all mildew signs and bath marks
It is imperative that the drains are clean
Glass surfaces, as well as mirrors, should be wiped and polished
Metal surfaces, taps and showerheads should be descaled, rinsed and then wiped clean
Any accumulated dirt in the toothbrush area should be scrubbed and rinsed off
The extractor fans should be cleaned and free from dust
All bathroom tiles should be wiped clean
The kitchen represents a large part of the cleaning job. This is because the kitchen is typically the room that is most used in the house, coupled with the fact that due to its nature, it is heavily susceptible to dirt and numerous germs.
All countertops, worktops and areas near the sink should be washed and polished
The inside of cupboards, shelves and drawers should be thoroughly clean
Any excess carrier bags or leftover food should be tossed
The taps should be shined and the sinks should be washed and polished
Any presence of accumulated limescale should be eradicated
The wall tiles should be degreased and then polished
Grouting lines should be cleaned of mould
The inside and outside of any ovens should be cleaned and thoroughly degreased
The stovetops and extractors should be cleaned of grime
The control knobs and cooker rings should be scrubbed of dirt
The microwave should be thoroughly cleaned, both inside and outside
The insides of the freezer and fridge should be cleaned
The washing machine should be cleaned
The dishwasher should be thoroughly cleaned, both inside and outside
All appliances should have their exterior cleaned
Garbage should be properly disposed of
Window sills should be wiped down, frames, ledges and sills as well
All dirt from woodwork such as doorframes, handles, doors, skirting boards and furnishing have to be wiped away.
The radiators, if accessible have to be wiped down
Rental companies or landlords will notice any furnishings that are dirty on their inspection. This is why you have to carefully, wipe, clean and vacuum all furnishings
Ensure that all countertops, worktops and tables are wiped and polished
Ensure that all marks and fingerprints are removed
Be on the lookout for any visible oil stains
Sofa cushions should be taken outside and hit till dust is eradicated from the,
The sofa should be vacuumed both with and without cushions
All furnishings should be moved to vacuum the floor beneath them
All wooden items should be wiped and polished
One of the most scrutinised areas of a rental property is the carpet. Cleaning a carpet is an extremely arduous task to undertake, which is why it is always best to hire the services of a professional carpet cleaning company.
The edges of the carpet should be thoroughly vacuumed
Furniture should be moved to get to the floor beneath
If it is possible, steam clean the carpet
If you don’t have access to a machine carpet cleaner, you can attempt handwashing the stains
The windows are no exception to an end of tenancy cleaning.
Any oily stains, marks and fingerprints must be eradicated
Ensure that the windows are wiped clean and dry to prevent streaks from forming
The windowsills should be properly cleaned
Frames should be wiped down
Curtains, shades and blinds should be dusted off
Shelves, cupboards and drawers
It is actually quite common to miss clearing a cupboard or drawer that isn’t used often. Ensure that you inspect every shelf, cupboard and drawer.
Clean the insides and outsides of the drawers
Take out any left-over item of unnecessary good
Wipe the inside and outside down
Clean the handles
Ensure that you have a look at the tenancy agreement, so you can know for sure if you are supposed to leave the fridge turned on or off. For the fridge to be properly cleaned:
It might be necessary for you to turn it off for 24 hours before cleaning so the freezer section can properly defrost
Remove the fridge drawers/shelves to make sure they’re properly taken care of as well
Leftover food, mildew, and dirt should be removed
Handles should be polished and wiped
The rubber seal should be cleaned
Remove the bottom dish rack. Check the dishwasher drain, removing any food there
Ensure that it is free from soap and food deposits
The filters should be inspected and cleaned
The rubber seal should be wiped clean
The floor beneath it should be wiped and vacuumed
Remove stains and marks that might be visible near the soap dispenser
The washing machine
Ensure that the drum is clean from stains and leftovers scum
The filters in the washing machine should be properly inspected and cleaned
The washing machine should be moved so the floor beneath it and the space behind it can be properly cleaned
The soap dispenser drawer should be properly cleaned
All stains and marks should be properly removed
The rubber seal should be properly cleaned
The handles should be wiped down
Both inside and outside of the machine should be cleaned
The rubber seal should be inspected
The filter and catchment area should be inspected and cleaned
There are also quite a plethora of other smaller cleaning jobs that have to be done before you are able to receive the entirety of your deposit back. That being said, it is always imperative to remember to:
Take out any leftover garbage
Ensure that the rubbish bins are thoroughly rinsed out
Have the extractors and fans degreased
As a tenant, it is your duty to ensure that everything and every room listed on this end of tenancy cleaning checklist is ticked off. It is also important to have a look at your tenancy agreement to completely understand what you are liable for and how that can affect you getting your complete deposit back.