Whether you are between tenants or looking to give your current ones some helpful advice, cleaning a rental property can be a big task. Deep cleaning your property between tenancies might also help you spot any maintenance issues that need addressing.
Our tips for cleaning a rental property aim to help make it more manageable!
1. Make one big clean into smaller jobs
Divide the entire task into more manageable ones by making a list of each room and what needs cleaning. This can also allow you to plan in breaks more easily.
2. Use a cleaning checklist
A ready-made checklist list can save you time when it comes to organisation. Ticking off rooms or individual jobs as you go can help you to track progress.
3. Close the door to each room as you go
This is another tip to help track your progress and make the job feel more manageable. Start by opening the doors to every room, then close them again when you’ve finished cleaning in each one.
4. Use items in the kitchen as cleaning products
If you find yourself running low on supplies, save yourself from having to run to the shops and take a look in your cupboards. However, be sure to check what substances can be used on certain surfaces without damaging them.
The combination of baking soda, which is a mild alkaline and slightly abrasive, and white vinegar, which is acidic, can help to remove grime and deodorise surfaces. You might find this a useful combination for cleaning a fridge, a sink, or pots and pans.
The acid in lemons can be used for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Whether it’s fresh or bottled juice, it can be added to your homemade supplies.
5. Dish soap might be all you need for cleaning some areas
Forget the bottles of chemicals with fancy labels that promise miracles, sometimes simple dish soap works just as well. Add it to some warm water for removing grime from floors, walls and surfaces.
6. Toothbrushes make good cleaning tools
Consider keeping an old toothbrush for cleaning hard-to-reach areas and removing stubborn limescale from taps. However, be careful not to use too much pressure when cleaning areas such as enamel baths.
7. Rubber bristled brushes are great for pet hair
If you’re looking to remove pet hair from a carpet or fabric furniture, a rubber bristled brush works well. It gathers together all of the hairs, which you can then remove more easily with a vacuum cleaner.
8. Protect your property from accidental and malicious damage
Consider taking out suitable insurance in case you find a tenant has damaged your property. It may help with the cost of repairing the damage or replacing broken items. Our Landlord Insurance includes cover for accidental damage and malicious damage caused by tenants as standard. You can read our policy wording on our product page for more information.
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