A good tenant should carry a thorough end of tenancy cleaning prior to moving out. If you don’t own your home and are renting – do your homework right and get your money back. If you fail to meet requirements in your tenancy agreement, deductions will surely follow.
End of tenancy cleaning checklist
“Check out inspections are final and if damage and dirt (beside fair wear and tear, of course) are present – a security deposit will surely be a subject of deductions.”
– Dmitri Kara, tenancy expert at Fantastic Cleaners London
“Buy, sell or simply let the property again, excellent condition is always a must!”
– Mark Whitman, property expert at Accelerated Homes UK
It’s a fact, that more than 50% of all disputes happen over property condition at the end of lease and being a conscientious tenant means to pay attention to details.
A checklist of basics for end of tenancy / post tenancy cleaning:
- THE KITCHEN CLEAN UP
- BATHROOM / SHOWERS / TOILET
- BEDROOMS / FURNISHING
- GENERAL INTERIOR AREAS
- TAKING CARE OF APPLIANCES
THE KITCHEN CLEAN UP
Professionals will focus at removing oven grease and grime off hobs and extractor fans. Steam cleaning is one of the best ways to remove grease and grime along with bacteria and dirt. Any reputable company would use high-end detergents for efficient deep clean for stains on tiles, floors and appliances, that pose no harm to tenants. Of course, there are many DIY home cleaning recipes for eco-enthusiasts, but some stains might require a professional approach.
Drawers, cupboards, utensils, appliances are just a few to mention and a perfect wipe and mop of all floors is a must. Here’s what is a professional end of tenancy kitchen cleaning should cover:
Extensive cleaning of all kitchen areas and surfaces is mandatory!
- Professional wash and polish all surfaces under daily usage;
- In-depth cleansing of kitchen drawers and cupboards;
- Disposal of supplies, leftovers, carrier bags and other deposits;
- Proper polishing of kitchen sinks, taps, dishwashers and other units related to water usage, such as rinsing areas and etc;
- If present, all wall tiles must be degreased and polished, including mould removal (if present in grouting);
- Relocating appliances in order to properly wipe floor and walls (wherever possible);
- Oven cleaning – internal and external. Units must be degreased and chrome or metal surfaces polished;
- Hob/Extractor cleansing of dust, dirt and etc;
- Fridge cleansing of food disposal, mould and grime removal;
- All fridge doors must be left open, while shelves and racks dismantled and wiped.
- A to Z washing machine cleaning. Soap drawers treatment as well as the filler;
- Electrical appliances washing and polishing: Toasters, microwaves, hot plates & more;
- Trash can disposal plus in-depth cleaning inside and out;
- Extra: If you’ve decided to DIY, you should be a conscientious tenant and clean-up anything that your landlord might use against you.
BATHROOM / SHOWERS / TOILET
Because of the bacteria-friendly environment, the bathroom will need a proper thorough clean for a full deposit refund. You will have to disinfect and sanitise your bath tub, toilet bowl, shower and sink. Floors often show heavy signs of usage at the end of lease and only extensive cleaning provides truly satisfying results. Strong detergents and steam cleaning are highly recommended.
Extensive cleaning stands for high-end bathroom hygiene standards:
- Descale, clean and polish your shower screen, bathtub, basins, shower trays and bathroom fixtures
- Cleanup bathroom cupboards and drawers
- Dust off and wipe lighting fixtures
- Degrease, clean and polish all wall tiles
- Remove mould growth from between grout (if present)
- Descale toilet cistern.
- Wipe, sanitation and polish of toilet seat
- Sanitise the toilet bowl with germicidal solution
- Clean U-bend from behind
- Descale and clean bidet if applicable
- Remove accumulated soap buildup and limescale wherever present
- Clean smears and polish bathroom mirrors and glass
- Wash and rinse toothbrush glass and smear.
- Polish and wipe marks of chrome and metal surfaces
- Wash and rinse soap holders and fillers
- Rinse and wipe pipe work and radiators
- Dust off and wipe skirting
- Wipe and polish doors, fittings and woodwork with germicidal detergent
- Removal and washing of trash bins and waste
- Descale and mop all wet room floors
- Clean and sanitise ventilation / extractor covers
BEDROOMS / FURNISHING
Bedrooms are used mainly at night. This allows dust particles to settle during daytime. When people go to sleep dust and dirt become airborne, which causes various allergies and respiratory issues to trigger. The fantastic end of tenancy cleaners will thoroughly sanitise your housing bedrooms, free of dirt and allergens. The perfect move out clean up should follow an extensive checklist, that includes: wipe of walls free of cobwebs and dust, wipe of windows, wardrobes polish, bedside cabinets, bed drawers, curtains and more:
Cleaning the bedroom should include:
- Extensive vacuuming of all carpet areas;
- Clean and wipe wardrobes, cupboards and storage units inside and out;
- Scrub and mop hard floor areas if applicable;
- Vacuum and mop under beds, mattresses, carpets and light furnishing, wherever possible;
- Clean and damp wipe radiators and skirting;
- Remove cobwebs from ceiling and wall corners;
- Cleanup plugs, sockets, light switches and lamp shades;
- Dust off and damp wipe jambs, lighting fixtures and doors;
- Wash and polish the inner side of window glass, sills and ledges;
- Dust off and polish mirrors, pictures and other wall hanging.
GENERAL INTERIOR AREAS
In order to obtain the full housing deposit at the end of tenancy, tenants have to tackle all other mandatory chores.
Here’s what a truly extensive checklist should include:
- Dusting throughout where applicable: lighting fixtures, switches, sockets, dado rails, spindles, banisters, wall mounts i.e. photos, pictures, as well as radiators, window sills, ledges and frames, doors, handles and hinges.
- Vacuum and mop beneath furnishing (sofas, wardrobes, cupboards and etc), wherever possible to move.
- Wipe dust off skirting boards behind furniture units
- Vacuum beneath mattresses, wherever possible to lift up.
- Move furniture and carpets aside to vacuum and mop beneath.
- Wash and mop all types of flooring with the right type of cleaning solution.
- Clean all glass surfaces and units (table tops, mirrors, picture frames, shelving etc) with window cleaner.
- Wipe and polish windows internally along with sills and frames.
- Clean top of doors along with handles and hinges.
- Vacuum cushions, upholstery and beneath units.
- Dust-off, clean marks and polish any wooden surfaces, i.e. furniture, countertops, hangers, shelves and etc.
- Remove dust and dirt from sockets, switches, ceiling and wall lights.
- Cob webbing corners, ceiling and wherever present.
- Clean all electrical fittings, such as sockets, switches and lights.
- Clean inside and out of cupboards, wardrobes and drawers.
- Dust-off and polish TV’s, audio units and other gear if present.
- Remove dust and wet-clean curtain hanging rails.
- Wipe and polish of window glass and frames internally
- Dust, wipe and cleanup fingerprints and smear from mirrors
- Mop and clean fireplace and surrounding areas, if present.
- Dust and polish shelving and bookcases.
TAKING CARE OF APPLIANCES
Taking care of appliances is a mandatory part of chores for tenants. The exact condition of each unit should be described in detail within the property inventory check in report.
Cleaning the microwave:
- Clean internally from dirt marks and stains
- Polish and clean the exterior
- Degrease and clean the plug and flex
- Remove and clean the glass tray
- Clean interior glass door
Cleaning the toaster:
- Clean and degreased flex and lug
- Clean and polish the unit externally
- Remove all crumbs and food leftovers
Cleaning the oven:
- Removal/dismantling of glass door
- Wipe and polish of the glass door
- Removing and degreasing of all cooker fitments
- The interior of the unit should be de-greased and wiped
Cleaning the fridge or freezer:
- Clean the handle and door on the outside
- Check and clean the rubber seal
- Clean the internal base and walls
- Remove food leftovers from all shelve compartments and clean
- Freezer must be defrosted and emptied
Cleaning the washing machine:
- Clean the glass door
- Remove the rubber seal and clean it inside and out
- Wash the exterior
- Wash the soap dispenser
- Clean the drum within
Cleaning the kettler:
- Degrease and clean the plug and flex
- Polish and clean the exterior body
- Rinse and clean the interior
Cleaning the extractor hood or hob:
- Clean and degrease the filters
- Clean, polish and degrease the exterior
A few other simple repairs and tips to help you get your deposit back:
- Change damaged or flickering lights
- Repair or replace damaged sockets and switches
- Fix wall cracks and holes
- Repaint or wax furnishing scratches
Light fixes and repairs will take a fantastic tradesman anywhere in between 10 to 30 minutes to finish a task, depending on difficulty of course. At least 80% of landlords will appreciate the extra effort at the end of tenancy, which will minimize the chances of deductions.
Be a conscientious tenant and you will be rewarded with your full deposit refund at the end of tenancy. Considering what is the cost of professional tenancy cleaning, you can save your money and handle chores yourself.