With the arrival of summer comes the departure of students. With many of you going home until the autumn term, or graduating and moving on permanently, there is bound to be a lot of cleaning to be done!
In particular, for those keen on getting their full deposit back (which should be all of you), leaving the accommodation in the same state it was at the beginning of a tenancy is vital. Ideally, you will have taken pictures of the property just before moving in, to use as a guide. The following tips will help you to achieve this goal.
Before starting, you may need the following:
- Washing up liquid
- Baking soda
- Oven cleaner
- Toilet cleaner
- Floor cleaner
- Anti-bacterial cleaning spray
- Rubber gloves
- Mop and bucket
- Vacuum cleaner
- Cleaning cloths
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THE LABELS FOR ALL DIRECTIONS AND WARNINGS IN ORDER TO USE CLEANING PRODUCTS SAFELY
Often neglected, you won’t get away with leaving this room in a state at the end of your tenancy.
- Remove all food from the refrigerator
- Remove any draws or shelves and soak them in hot, soapy water.
- Use a mixture of warm water and washing up liquid to wipe inside the interior
- You can use baking soda to remove any stubborn stains
- Remove the shelves from your oven and soak them in warm water and washing up liquid, then rinse and wipe dry
- Use oven cleaner to remove any food residue. Use a cloth to apply it on the inside, then close the door and leave for about 30 minutes
- Scrub the entire area until all residue and grease are gone
- Start by vacuuming your floor to ensure that all dirt is gone
- Mop the floor with floor cleaner added to a bucket of hot water (necessary ratios will be stated on the bottle).
- Wring out the mop to ensure that you’re not mopping with dirt you have already cleaned up
Also make sure to wipe down all cabinets, countertops and the sink with an anti-bacterial cleaning spray.
Toilets and bathrooms
Landlords will definitely check bathrooms and washrooms for cleanliness:
- Flush your toilet to wet the bowl, then apply toilet cleaner to the inside of the bowl around the rim
- Scrub the inside of the bowl and be sure to include the underside of the rim – you can do this with your toilet brush
- Flush again to wash away any dislodged grime
- Use an anti-bacterial cleaning spray on the lid of the toilet and on the bath, sink and tiles
- Empty all bins and mop or vacuum the floor as necessary
The living rooms infamously accumulate a considerable amount of mess, from clutter to crumbs. Here’s what you can do to make sure it’s ready for inspection:
- Make sure that fragile items, such as ornaments and vases, are placed somewhere high up to avoid getting broken
- Vacuum the carpet and any rugs
- Take the cushions off the sofa and vacuum in all the gaps, as well as the cushions themselves
- Dust and wipe down surfaces
It may be best to start this one by packing first. Once everything you wish to take away with you is in boxes and suitcases, you will more easily be able to analyse what needs to be cleaned:
- Vacuum the floor
- Dust and polish any furniture that will be staying
Once done, take a final look around for anything you may have missed. Treat it like a first draft; no one gets 100% without an edit or a rewrite!
Landlords, an extra tip for you – Landlord News supply a free cleaning checklist, perfect to help your tenants keep up with the cleaning. You can access and download this for free by signing up here.
By Renee Wells.