20 End Of Tenancy Cleaning Tips

Some of you may want to do your own cleaning when you move out. This is not something we recommend as carrying out your own end of tenancy cleaning may not be as thorough and your landlord may still require professional cleaning to be carried out.

For those who want to do there own end of tenancy cleaning, we thought we would put together some tips to help get the job done as well as we would… well almost 😉

Messy home? End of tenancy cleaning is needed.

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Our Top 20 End Of Tenancy Cleaning Tips

  1. Do your end of tenancy cleaning after you’ve moved out, so you don’t have to work around your belongings. Consider using natural products (such as vinegar) as they don’t leave behind unpleasant chemical odours.
  2. Work from the top down. Start by de-cobwebbing the ceiling and upper corners in all rooms. Dust the blades of overhead fans.
  3. Dust or vacuum window coverings (draperies, blinds, curtains). Consider laundering curtains and having drapes professionally cleaned.
  4. Thoroughly clean and degrease kitchen appliances: oven, stovetop (including stove hood), refrigerator (including freezer), microwave and dishwasher.
  5. Wipe down all kitchen countertops, back splashes, cupboard doors, etc.
  6. Check kitchen walls for grease splatters and other food stains.
  7. Empty all kitchen cupboards and drawers. Give them a quick wipe with a sponge.
  8. Scour all bathrooms: tubs, showers, sinks and toilets. Don’t neglect the tiles and fixtures.
  9. Wipe down bathroom countertops and cupboard doors, as well as inside cupboards and drawers.
  10. Empty all bedroom closets and other closets. For a furnished place, check inside drawers and under bedroom furniture, and remove any debris. Wipe shelves, drawers and furniture surfaces.
  11. Do the same in other areas: dining room, living room, home office, etc. Empty drawers and closets; wipe shelves, drawers and furniture surfaces.
  12. Vacuum thoroughly. For best cleaning results, consider renting a steam cleaner or having carpets professionally cleaned.
  13. Mop until a damp towel wiped on the floor comes up clean.
  14. By now you should be in slippers or socks to avoid re-soiling floors. After dumping mop water in the toilet, flush an extra time to eliminate dirty water.
  15. Wipe all baseboards.
  16. For the final part of your cleaning, wipe all doors, doorframes, doorknobs, drawer pulls, closet handles, etc.
  17. Clean mirrors, windows and other shiny surfaces. Make sure there are no streaks.
  18. Do a final inspection. Use your nose and eyes: sniff the air for unpleasant odors, and look under and behind things. As you walk through each room, leave open all room doors, cupboards and closets.
  19. Discard rubbish or debris. Make sure you’re not leaving behind anything, because you might be charged for its disposal.
  20. Smile as you think about getting back your deposit!

If that all sounds like to much of a headache, then give us a call or request a quote. We would be happy to help you with your end of tenancy cleaning.

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