The easiest way to conduct end of tenancy cleaning is by hiring a professional cleaning service since you are the owner, they shall follow your checklist when cleaning. Your end of tenancy cleaning checklist shall also help the company quote a price.
As a tenant, you are only ready to move out after the end of tenancy cleaning. This is a duty you ought to do with keen attention not to leave out anything. Most landlords shall withhold your deposit until the premise looks clean just like you found it.
When the landlord comes checking, he or she shall also have a checklist and chances are that it might be a replica of yours. Therefore, follow the below guidelines closely to ensure you develop the right checklist.
First, decide whether you are going to do it yourself or with a professional cleaning company
Before developing an end of tenancy cleaning checklist, it is crucial that you decide whether you are going to do it yourself or using a professional cleaning company. If you got enough spare time and resources, you can choose to do it yourself and save the bulk you should have used.
On the other hand, having the professionals do it for you is a good idea when you do not have the resources or know-how. A word of advice from us is that end of tenancy cleaning can be very demanding in terms of labour, time, chemicals and machinery, it is, therefore, advisable that you go for a professional cleaning company.
You shall have them the list you develop and also have your copy for counter checking reasons.
Let us start with the equipment if you are going to do it yourself
You shall need a number of cleaning equipment to get ready, check for this:
Brushes, soft and hard
Your preferred cleaning fluid and detergent
Cleaning towels, cloths, and rags
End of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist for Bedroom(s)
Bedrooms are full of dust, dirt, and cobwebs. You shall have the carpets cleaned together with all the others through the house, just roll it up and get it outside. For effective cleaning of dust and dirt, start from the top of the room to the bottom.
Remove or have all the cobwebs removed. Most cobwebs shall have built up in the corners, ceilings and under bedroom furniture such as the bed
Have the mattresses vacuumed to remove loose dust and dirt? This should require a vacuum cleaner
Check the top of doors and wipe the dust and dirt that might have accumulated there
Wipe all your curtain rails while vacuuming the curtains to ensure they are clean
Wipe clean all the window edges where dust or dirt might have accumulated
Wall hangings such as the mirrors and the pictures might accumulate a lot of dirt over time. Ensure you wipe off all the dirt from such hangings
Most of the reachable surfaces such as the top of your wardrobe, shelves and so on also accumulate a lot of dust, ensure you wipe them clean
Lampshades, especially their top always have dust accumulated on them, ensure you wipe this clean
Do not forget the switches and sockets
Shift to the wall and check out for any dirty spots. Make sure they are all cleaned up. If the wall is too dirty and populated with such spots, then you might consider some painting
The hard floor should be moped through, if there are any stubborn spots created by your carpet, a professional cleaner shall have them removed
End of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist for the Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the parts we expect shall have degraded a lot out of the constant use. The appliances and cooking process leaves oily dirt and germs that need to be cleaned out on your property and the premise. Here is a checklist for your kitchen
Start with the counter tops where most work is done, clean this thoroughly removing any stuck particles or dirt
Then move to the sink which is predictable near your counter top, clean the inside and underside of the sink. The underside might have cobwebs also, clear out this also
The top of drawers and shelves shall have accumulated loose dust and dirt, clear out such dirt. Also, check for cobwebs in the corners of the drawers and below shelves especially the part where they attach to the wall
Degrease the tiles on the walls and any other parts with greasy dirt
If you got any leftover foods, collect and dump them in the pit or in collection bags as per your premise dumping criteria
Wash and polish the taps to leave them sparkling clean
Clean up the greasy inside and outside your microwave(s)
Wipe and clean the freezer and fridge
Collect, clean and arrange your cutlery in one place
Clean the window panes and wipe the window frames from outside and inside
Clean all your appliances, the dishwasher, the washing machine, and others. Clean outside for those that cannot be cleaned inside
Clean and sanitise your kitchen waste bins to have them clean again
Wipe loose dust and dirt from your door frames, handles, door stops, and all other furnishings
Clear any spots on the wall of your kitchen
Clean stubborn spots from the floor, vacuum it and finally have it polished to be sparkling clean
Bathrooms Cleaning Checklist
Mildew and dirt are common and easily identifiable in bathrooms, you do not want them to get your deposit slushed. Therefore, you shall need to give attention to the tiles, showers, toilets and so forth. Here is a complete end of tenancy checklist for your bathroom(s)
Remove all the hard water stains and limescale from the walls
Clean and polish all the taps, basins and any other available fittings
Wipe clean the towel rails, mirrors and all other glass surfaces including the windows
Get rid of all the mildew, bath marks then rinse the areas clean
Ensure the toothbrush area is clear of all the toothpaste marks and mess
Scrub and polish the shower heads and other metal surfaces
Wipe clean the bathroom tiles to have them in their original colour
Give attention to the drains and remove any dirt around them and clean them
Clean the soap dispensers and rinse them to remain clear as you found them
Clean the toilets and their surrounding including their plumbings if possible
Wipe clean the bathroom extractor fans and the area surrounding them. Check for any additional stains and clear them out to leave your bathroom sparkling clean
End of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist for the Carpets
Carpets are one of the parts your landlord or agent shall check. Given the strain involved in cleaning carpets, your professional cleaning service shall handle this. If you are planning to do it yourself, consider hiring a carpet cleaning machine for your own good.
Check that the following is sparkling clean for the carpets:
See to it that carpet edges are not left out
All stains and spots on the carpet should be gone
Steam clean if need be
Also, clean all the loose dirt and dust
Shampoo to get rid of odours and refresh the carpets
Appliances Cleaning Checklist
Cleaning your appliances is your duty and for your own benefit since you want to settle in wherever you are moving to with clean property. Here is a checklist for all your appliances:
The dishwasher and washing machine
Clear out food deposits and clean all the soap stains in your dishwasher
Wipe the dirt and mildew then clean the filters
Clean the rubber seals
Clean the underside and wipe the outside. Make sure you give keen attention to stains in and from the soap holder
Finally, wipe clean the dishwasher handles
The microwave and oven
Degrease the inside and outside, all the area around the extractor fan, hob, and grill
Remove any food deposits
Clean and degrease the oven racks and pans
Wipe and polish all buttons and rubber seals
Wipe the outside and remove any stains and marks to have them sparkling clean
Wipe and polish the outside of your toaster
Clear up any grime and food left
Degrease the whole toaster
Degrease and clean the handles and the rubber stamps and all the buttons
When you are set to move out, an end of tenancy cleaning checklist is a must-have to get all the parts cleaned up in the right way. Remember to have all your property cleaned up too for your convenience.
Landlords can also use this checklist to check that their tenant cleans up the premise the right way. Refer to your tenancy agreement to know the exact details you have to keep in order to get your customised list.
Ensure the professional cleaners have this list to do it in the right manner. If you keenly follow the above checklist, you shall have peace of mind and a full deposit refund.