Are just about to move out of your rental property;
Need to get the property spotless before leaving;
Need a handy tenancy cleaning checklist to keep you on the right path;
Then read on!
End of tenancy cleaning checklist
Tools and materials. For a thorough cleaning of the property, you’ll need cleaning detergents for different surfaces, a vacuum cleaner, upholstery/carpet shampoo, clean cloths and rags, a soft brush and spray bottles.
Walls. Inspect the walls for scratches. Some may be easily removed, for others you might need to consider repainting the area.
Doors. Clean all doors, including handles and knobs. Check if locks are working correctly.
Windows. Wash windows inside and out. Contact a professional window cleaner for the exterior, if needed.
Ceilings. Remove any cobwebs from the ceiling. Use an extendable broom or a vacuum cleaner. Pay special attention to the corners of the rooms.
Fixtures and fittings. Wipe down any light fittings, sockets and switches.
Upholstery. Vacuum any sofas and armchairs. Furnishings should be stain-free.
Carpets. Hoover any carpets and rugs. Emphasise on high-traffic zones and around the baseboards. For heavily soiled items, consider arranging a professional cleaning service or renting a carpet cleaning machine.
Appliances. Wipe down dishwasher, fridge, washing machine and oven. Sanitise appliances used for cooking or storing food.
Room by room. Focus on cleaning one room at a time. This way you won’t miss anything.
Outside the house. Clean any driveways, paths and patios. Clear and organise garage and shed.
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Brush and sanitise toilet seats and other utilities;
Dust and wipe all fittings, hinges, and doors with a damp cloth;
Old shampoos and soap products to be disposed of;
Mirrors and bathroom furnishing to be properly wiped and polished;
Bathroom floors should be mopped of dirt and stains.
How to clean the living room before you leave
This is the room where tenants gather the most. We offer professional end of tenancy carpet cleaning as an additional service, as well as upholstery cleaning, wiping and polishing of furniture, window cleaning and more. Still, if you decide to act on your own, here is what you need to do:
How to clean up entrance halls, hallways, and stairs
High-traffic areas are usually prone to marks. Make sure the walls and floors are in good condition before leaving out the property. Here’s what to clean:
Wipe and polish the front and back doors;
Vacuum rugs and carpets;
Clean up any shoe marks;
Mop stairs and hallways;
Wipe dust and dirt of skirting boards, lighting fixtures, wall-hung pictures, and other wall mounts;
Clean treads, risers, balustrades, and handrails of marks, dust or other dirt;
Dust-off doors, hinges, radiators;
Remove cobwebs from corners, walls, and ceilings;
Wash and polish internal windows.
How to clean all appliances before leaving the property
Next up, the appliances. That means the washing machine, fridge and tumble dryer will have to be checked and cleaned. Generally, this isn’t a difficult step but often a neglected one.
Find out if you need to switch off your fridge or freezer before moving out. Usually, this information is included in the tenancy agreement. For an efficient and thorough clean, do the following:
Defrost your freezer before commencing any cleaning;
Absorb any melted ice with a cloth;
Remove and wash all the shelves, grilles, and slots;
Remove any stains, grime, or leftover food;
Wipe your fridge and freezer both on the outside and on the inside;
Clean any dirt and dust that has accumulated underneath and behind;
Clean all door handles and rubber seals.
People think that since the dishwasher was made to clean, the appliance itself stays clean at all times. That is not true, especially if you use it on a regular basis as it can amass grease, soap scum, and leftover foods.
Turn off the appliance and start the cleaning with an empty dishwasher;
Remove the racks and utensil holders, check if there are any food or soap buildups, and clean them;
Disassemble the filter, the spray arm, and the grate and wipe them with a cloth dampened with vinegar and water solution;
Check whether your filter needs changing;
Clean your dishwasher of any leftover food or soap buildup;
Use a toothpick to remove any food stuck on the blades or the filter;
Clean the interior of the dishwasher with a white vinegar and water solution, and use a baking soda paste for any tough stains;
Dry all surfaces with a paper towel;
Reassemble all the parts back.
As your washing machine takes care of your dirty clothes, it filters lots of dirt, hair, and other particles. Its interior and filters need to be thoroughly cleaned.
This sounds scarier than it is, as the filter is often found in a hatch near one of the bottom corners of the machine, or if you have a top-loading washing machine, it will be underneath the fin in the centre of the drum.
Remove the detergent drawer and brush off any mould, buildup, or residue;
Clean the debris filter from any grime, hair, and dirt;
Add a cup of white vinegar and run your washing machine through a hot water cycle;
Use a damp cloth to wipe around the rubber seals, handles, and dashboard;
Wipe the exterior of your washing machine, including underneath and behind;
Dry all surfaces and reassemble the detergent drawer and debris filter.
If you decide to go on your own but are not sure what cleaning method is suitable for your carpet, take a look at our blog post on the best carpet cleaning methods so you can plan your tenancy cleanup accordingly.
Don’t forget to clean the property on the outside, too
The outside of your property should also look equally stellar. All sheds and garages should be organised and cleaned. Driveways, paths, patios and other exterior flooring should be cleaned of any leaves, oil spills, mould, or moss. You should also take pictures of everything you’ve cleaned and write down the day on which you did the photo shoot in order to provide your landlord with proof if needed. If the property curb appeal is dramatic, consider booking the window water fed pole cleaning service and tip the scale in your favour in case of a potential dispute.
Check for any scratches, rust, or marks on fences, gates, and borders;
Clean and organise the garage and shed;
Prune, weed, and cut down grass, plants, and trees;
Maintain hedges and shrubs;
Scrub and clean any paths, driveways, and patios;
Fix any external lighting and decorations.
Check which cleaning tasks are required in your tenancy agreement and complete each one to be absolutely sure that you will be getting your deposit back.
When booking an end of lease cleaning with us, you will receive a long list of benefits designed to meet your requirements from start to finish:
We provide all materials and guarantee you will receive your deposit back;
The Fantastic Tenancy team is available both on bank holidays and weekends;
We clean your oven appliance as a part of the service;
We offer same-day bookings with real-time availability;
If your landlord is not happy with the service, just let us know within the next 48 hours and the same cleaning crew will return to finish the job. Additionally to that, you can extend the period to 168 hours!
Before leaving, you should make sure to take photos of the property and the condition you left it in.
If there are any disputes between yourself and the landlord after you’ve left the property, you at least have some evidence to fall back on.
As a final tip, we recommend that whenever you move into a new rental property, you photograph the condition of almost everything in the property. Landlords will often take inventory of their properties before you move in, so why shouldn’t you? Having your own evidence to fall back on can help if there are any disputes during a tenancy.
Did you find this end of tenancy cleaning checklist helpful? Do leave a comment below if you feel you need more answers!