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The Fantastic End of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist [PDF]

Cleaning your property at the end of a lease is both hefty and crucial for any tenant. If you fail to achieve the acceptable property condition, your security deposit might be deducted by your landlord.

That’s why we had the professional tenancy cleaners at Fantastic Services compile the most thorough and in-depth end of tenancy checklist to help you move out in a breeze.

So if you:

  • Are just about to move out of your rental property;
  • Need to get the property spotless before leaving;
  • Need a handy 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.

Want the checklist template stored on your computer or mobile phone? No problem!

For more detailed information, read our instructions below:

Table of Contents:

How to clean the kitchen prior to moving out

The kitchen is one of the most sensitive areas when it comes to hygiene, and that’s where your landlords (or inventory clerk) will pay extra attention to detail.

Cleaning the bathroom can be a lot of effort, especially when it comes to clearing limescale off of surfaces. Make sure not to use anything too abrasive when removing limescale, as you can damage surfaces underneath. Instead, use an acidic commercial cleaner, or use a combination of vinegar and lemon juice that’ll help dissolve it.

  • Clean your washing machine inside and out and wipe rubber at the door;
  • Rinse soap drawers and filters from buildups;
  • Clean dishwasher interior and exterior if accessible;
  • Wipe the exterior of all appliances, including kettle and toaster;
  • Rinse trash bins and remove rubbish;
  • Clean smears from cupboards, shelving, and drawers;
  • Stack and arrange cutlery, utensils, and other dining ware;
  • Clean windows from within and wipe down window sills, ledges and frames;
  • Wipe smears from woodwork (doors, handles, door frames, furnishing and skirting boards);
  • Wipe down radiators if applicable and accessible;
  • Remove dust from plugs and light switches;
  • Hoover, mop, and polish floors.

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How to clean the bathroom at the end of tenancy

Your bathroom requires a specific cleaning approach since mildew, mould, and limescale can easily accumulate on its surfaces.

  • Clean bathtubs, shower installations, tiles, sinks, basins and other bathroom fittings of mould, limescale, and mildew;
  • Remove any cobwebs from the ceiling, walls and around furniture;
  • Clean glass shower screens and doors;
  • 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 your fridge freezer as you leave the property

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.

How to clean the dishwasher

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.

How to clean the washing machine

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.

For more tips on the topic, check out our helpful post on how to clean your washing machine and get rid of the smell.

How to clean ovens and microwaves before you walk out

If not cleaned often, your oven and microwave will hold the history of all the meals you’ve ever cooked in them. Landlords and agencies require those appliances to be as shiny as new.

  • Remove the racks, thermometers, pizza stones, and pads;
  • Protect your skin and nails by wearing rubber gloves;
  • Evenly cover the interior of your oven or microwave with a baking soda paste;
  • Let the paste coating do its magic overnight. Meanwhile, clean the racks and other detachable parts;
  • Polish and clean the handles and knobs;
  • Clean the exterior surfaces, including underneath and behind;
  • Wipe the inside of the oven with a paper towel and spray around with vinegar water;
  • Wipe dry one final time and put back the racks and pads.

How to clean the toaster before you check out

The toaster is one of the most neglected kitchen appliances and can accumulate lots of breadcrumbs and all sorts of burnt food leftovers.

  • Unplug your toaster and let it cool off if you’ve used it recently;
  • Make sure to clean your toaster over a sheet of paper or the sink as cleaning it can be a messy task;
  • Remove the tray as it is much easier to clean the appliance when it’s detached;
  • Shake your toaster so that any crumbs or big chunks of bread can fall out;
  • Use a small basting brush to get to any hard-to-reach corners;
  • Wipe all parts clean until there are no stains left;
  • Polish any knobs, handles, and buttons;
  • Dry the toaster thoroughly before re-assembling and using it again.

How to clean the tumble dryer prior to leaving the rental

Lots of fibres and other debris can accumulate inside your tumble dryer. Inspect it thoroughly and check the filter for signs of damage.

  • Clean inside and out;
  • Inspect the rubber seal;
  • Clean the soap dispenser drawer;
  • Inspect and clean the filter.

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:

  • Vacuum all carpets and rugs;
  • Mop laminate and hard-floor areas;
  • Clean the tops of furniture, wall units, shelves, etc.;
  • Clean up walls and corners from cobwebs, spots, and skid marks;
  • Dust and wipe doors, door handles and frames;
  • Dust off and wipe wall-hung pictures, paintings, and other art;
  • Wipe off curtain rails and dado rails;
  • Remove dust and dirt from your light fittings or shades;
  • Wipe off dirt from sockets, plugs, and switches;
  • Wipe off the dust from bannisters and spindles (if present);
  • Cleanup the fireplace and its surroundings;
  • Vacuum any upholstery;
  • Remove all the stains from upholstery, like chocolate or red wine stains;
  • Clean wall spots and finger marks.

How to clean the furnishing after a long tenancy

Landlords and letting agents have an eye for finding dusty and dirty furnishing. Make sure to thoroughly clean each type of furnishing at your home before moving out. Here are the steps to doing so:

  • Use as little water as possible when cleaning your furnishings to avoid watermarking or shrinking their surfaces;
  • Clean any stains or grime;
  • Vacuum curtains and window dressings on a low setting;
  • Pay extra attention to the top and hem areas where dust accumulates the most;
  • Dust your soft furnishings with a brush attachment so that no crumbs or other hard bits and pieces can damage the fibres;
  • Wash and dry clean any removable coverings by following the instructions on their labels;
  • Wipe and polish all hard surfaces to remove any marks and fingerprints.

How to clean drawers, cupboards, and shelves

When doing an end of tenancy cleaning, you should check each and every drawer and cupboard and clean them thoroughly. Here is how to do it:

  • Clear the entire contents of your drawers, cupboards, and shelves;
  • Remove any stickers, stains, or leftover food;
  • Wipe and dust the interior, checking for any webs in the hard-to-reach corners;
  • Polish all handles and glass doors;
  • Wipe the exterior, focusing on the top and back sides.

How to clean up entrance halls, hallways, and stairs

Other crucial areas of your end of tenancy property cleaning are the entrance and hallway. As experienced cleaners, we know just how problematic dirt and shoe marks can be and how floor and wall marks can negatively affect your tenancy deposit refund. We can help you get your bond back by ensuring that your landlord’s first impression is a positive one. However, if you feel that you can do a pretty good job yourself, make sure to:

  • 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.

Make sure to polish all general areas as well.

In order to get your security deposit back in full, you need to take good care of all general property areas, such as living spaces, dining spaces and all other supplemental home or office areas:

  • Start with the furniture: sofas, table sets, chairs, stairways, bookcases, shelving, etc. Give everything a top-to-bottom clean;
  • Wipe all floors of dirt and stains with appropriate cleaning solutions;
  • Remove the dust from all lighting fixtures, sockets, switches, rails, skirting, blinds and curtain rails, radiators, and furnishings, such as tables, chairs, sofas, wardrobes, etc.;
  • Relocate easy to move furniture in order to properly vacuum all carpets;
  • Lift all beds and properly wipe all underlying surfaces of dust and marks;
  • Perform an extensive floor cleaning of all rooms in the property in line with their individual cleaning solution requirements – wood, hard floor, etc.;
  • Polish and wipe all glass surfaces with window cleaning solutions;
  • Treat all doors for dust and grime;
  • Vacuum clean all upholstery – curtains, blinds, carpets, rugs, etc.;
  • Meticulously polish coffee tables, cupboards, cabinets, bookshelves, and TVs;
  • Perform internal window cleaning of all glass surfaces, ledges, and sills (external cleaning should be handled by your landlord).

How to clean the carpets at the end of your tenancy

Landlords and letting agents often focus on the visual appearance of carpets, checking every corner with a critical eye. Cleaning your carpets while moving out is one of the hardest tasks to tackle.Use this checklist or consider hot water extraction or dry chem carpet cleaning to surely impress your landlord:

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.

The devil is in the details.

It is easy to forget a task or two while doing an end of tenancy cleaning, so here is a list of all the small finishing touches that you need to see through to complete the job up to a professional standard.

Your landlord is sure to look over the entire property meticulously, checking any nook and cranny for anything that may have been missed. Make sure you’ve done all the tasks on the checklist so far.

  • Clean the dust and grease of all fans and extractors;
  • Dispose of all waste and all rubbish bags in the property;
  • Clean and rinse all rubbish bins;
  • Wipe and dry all kitchen tiles, including the walls and the floor;
  • Inspect the hard-to-reach areas of your furniture and wall corners for any specks of dirt that you might have missed during the initial clean.

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.

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Final tips

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.

The Fantastic end of tenancy cleaning service:

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!

Learn more about the Fantastic end of tenancy cleaning service. Leave the work to us!

Frequently asked questions:

What does the end of tenancy cleaning service not include?

Wall cleaning is usually not included in our end of tenancy service as the paint may come off during the cleaning. In most cases, however, wall cleaning is not part of a moving out cleaning service and should not be a reason for your landlord to reject your deposit.

Do you clean windows on the outside as part of the service?

Cleaning of window exterior is not part of our end of tenancy cleaning. We can, however, clean the exterior of your balcony’s windows, as well as any ground floor windows that can be reached without a ladder.

What is the earliest time at which the end of tenancy cleaners can arrive?

Depending on how busy the teams are, a cleaning session may be arranged on the same day. Please call us to check for available slots.

Do I need to pay for equipment or parking?
Cleaning materials and equipment are included in the service, and the cleaning team will bring everything they need to do the job. However, you will have to cover the parking and congestion charges (if any), with the exception of weekend and bank holiday appointments when such charges are lifted in London.

Can you do the end of tenancy cleaning while I am at work?

Yes, we can! Simply call us and arrange for a key pick-up and delivery service. Make sure to provide the cleaners with full property access so that they can begin cleaning immediately.

How do you charge for the service: per job or per hour?

Our tenancy cleaning is charged on a per job basis. The cleaners will stay until all cleaning tasks are completed. Please provide us with as many details about your property as you can so that we can give you a quote.

What are your end of tenancy cleaning work hours?

The earliest you can book a move out cleaning is at 7:00 a.m. and the latest – at 5:00 p.m. We are also available on weekends and bank holidays.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

We require a deposit for any bookings that cost over £400. We might also ask for some of your credit card information in order to place your booking on our schedule list. The payment for the service itself, however, will be done at the end of your cleaning service.

Is oven cleaning included in the service?

Yes, a deep oven cleaning is fully included. Your oven will be scrubbed on both the inside and on the outside. A dip-tank oven cleaning will also be done by submerging all detachable parts in a special cleaning solution in order to dissolve and remove all grease and grime.


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