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END OF TENANCY CLEANING: ADVICE, TIPS AND CHECKLIST!

Updated: May 31, 2019



Regular Cleaning throughout your tenancy may go a long way to prepare you for an end of tenancy clean.


For many renters, an end of tenancy clean perhaps means that the truth will finally surface. For example, your rental home is not the same rental home you moved into; adjacent areas are built up with shocking dust clouds and not to mention the patches of mould that will not lift without thought and effort.

Move out cleaning can also be very stressful. Landlords and estate agencies have the right to charge tenants for any clean-up costs that may occur during or after your tenancy has ended, which could reflect how the landlord returns your security deposit. For additional guidance about obtaining your full deposit back, please learn more here.


Your End of Tenancy Cleaning does not have to be a terrifying thought. Here at The Shoreditch Cleaners we only know too well that your regular cleaning may not be practical due to studying, working, or other commitments. That is why we have developed the perfect end-of-tenancy checklist to assist you with your move out cleaning needs, and to help you secure your security deposit!


Should I complete my End Tenancy Cleaning myself?


At the end of your tenancy, you have a choice to complete your end of tenancy cleaning yourself following your landlord or letting agents end of lease cleaning check-list, or you can hire a professional end of lease cleaning service to do this for you. The option is entirely yours!


If you do decide to opt for professional cleaners to carry out your end of tenancy cleaning, and you're finding it difficult to find a service, then your letting agent or landlord maybe able to arrange your end of tenancy clean for you.

How much does a move out clean cost?


Based on a studio flat in London, the average price for an end-of-tenancy-clean can range between £90 - £120. Rates do vary from job to job, which may depend on the size of your property and its cleaning condition, which will reflect on the price you’d pay. You may need a free in-home end of lease cleaning consultation, if necessary.

What is a move out cleaning CHECKLIST?


As part of your tenancy agreement, a tenant is required to return their end of tenancy home in a clean and maintained manner. For your rented property you must follow an end of lease cleaning checklist supplied by your landlord or letting agent. A violation of this clause may mean that you lose your security deposit to cover any clean-up costs that may occur. If you do decide to clean your end of lease home yourself, it might be worth talking to your landlord or letting agent so that you can obtain an end of lease cleaning checklist from them. Alternatively, if you do opt for cleaning professionals to do this for you, then they should have one already that is agency and landlord approved.


How long does end of tenancy cleaning take?


Depending on the size and condition of your end of tenancy home, will depend on the number of hours it will take to clean. The average time for an end-of-tenancy-clean usually takes anything between 3 – 6 hours to complete. Keep in mind though; it is always better to allow more time to achieve a deep clean.


What does a move out clean include?


So far we’ve gathered that your property needs to be gleaming to receive your security deposit back.


Following The Shoreditch Cleaners end of Tenancy cleaning checklist, you will be able to carry out a superb end-of-tenancy-clean.


The below checklist is formatted room by room to give you extra guide and clarification!






Kitchen

Exterior & Interior

  • Cleanse fire door; door frame door handles front and back,

  • Clean skirting boards and woodwork

  • Remove any cobwebs

Fixtures & Fittings

  • Wash and clean kitchen cabinets inside/outside/underneath

  • Remove all cobwebs

  • Remove any mould

  • Cleanse all kitchen worktops

  • Remove waste and grime around the sink

  • Descale sink, disinfect, cleanse, and polish kitchen taps

  • Clean kitchen worktops

  • Wash and clean kitchen tiles (with special soap)

  • Cleanse and wipe clean boiler front and sides

  • Clean and disinfect bin

Appliances

  • Remove dirt and residue from the dishwasher. Cleanse inside and out including seal

  • Remove old food from the fridge, thoroughly cleanse inside and out, including seal

  • Remove any food from the freezer and clean freezer front and side (defrost freezer if possible)

  • Clean inside and outside the oven (degreasing oven racks and grills, glass panels etc.)

  • Sanitise washing machine inside and out + seal

  • All electrical appliances cleaned (toaster, microwave, kettle etc.)

Windows

  • Clean inside window panels

  • Window Glass

  • Blinds

Lights

  • Dust and clean light shades

  • Carefully clean and wipe away grime (switches, plugs, light fittings)

Floor

  • Floor swept/ hoovered/mopped



Bathroom

Exterior/Interior

  • Fire door cleansed back and front

  • Door frames cleansed

  • Door handles washed and wiped

  • Skirting and any woodwork washed and dried

Fixtures and Fittings

  • Remove limescale and cleanse shower tiles and screen

  • Remove any limescale, hair or other waste around the bath and cleanse

  • Clean and polish tap fittings and all pipes if accessible

  • Remove any mould

  • Wash inside and outside the toilet bowl

  • Descale and disinfect toilet

  • Towel holders cleaned and polished

  • Bathtub cleaned inside and out

  • Wash tiles and grout

  • Wipe dust and dirt from extractor fans

  • Clean radiators + any pipe rails

  • Clean and polish mirror/glass and any bathroom cabinets

  • Remove any cobwebs

  • Empty Bin & Clean

Windows

  • Clean and wipe window seals

  • Clean Glass

  • Blinds/Net Curtains washed (check label first)

Lighting

  • Dust lampshades

  • Carefully clean light switches, plug sockets

Appliances

  • Cleanse Extractor fan

  • Clean Shower-head

  • Cleanse Shower knobs

  • Clean Shower-head

  • Clean Shower screen

Floor

  • Sweep/Hoover/ Mop floor

Lounge


Exterior/Interior

  • Cleanse door, door frame, handles, skirting board and remove cobwebs

Fixtures and Fittings

  • Dust all surfaces

  • Wipe switches, shades, light fittings

  • Clean picture frames and polish mirrors

  • Table and chairs cleaned

  • Wipe fireplace (if one) or adjacent space

  • Clean and polish side tables & lamps

  • Picture frames wiped and polished

Windows

  • Clean inside of windowpanes

  • Glass

  • Blinds/Net Curtains Washed (check label first)

Floor

  • Carpet/Hard floors (Sweep, hoover, or mop floors/or steam clean)


Bedroom

Exterior/Interior

  • Wash door, door frame, door handles, skirting boards and remove cobwebs

Fixtures & Fittings

  • Cleanse, dust and polish wardrobes, cupboards, drawers and shelves

  • Cleanse inside the chest of drawers

  • Wipe plug switches, shades, and light fittings

  • Clean picture frames and polish mirrors

  • Hoover mattress

Windows

  • Clean window panels

  • Glass Cleaned

  • Blinds/Net Curtains Washed (check label first)

Floor

  • Carpets/Hard floor (Sweep, hoover, or mop floors/or steam clean)



Hallway

Exterior/Interior

  • Dust reachable wood surfaces and remove cobwebs

  • Clean skirting boards

  • Clean and wipe banisters/adjacent areas

  • Clean Door and door frames/ handles

Fixtures and Fittings

  • Wash and disinfect phone (if one) and Thermostat

  • Clean radiator(s)

  • Clean and wipe plug sockets, light shades etc.

  • Dust and polish picture frames

  • Remove Cobwebs

Windows

  • Clean window seal

  • Glass cleaned

Floor

  • Sweep/Hoover/Mop Floor


Do I need specialised Move Out Cleaning Equipment?


You may need specialised cleaning equipment too, such as carpet and upholstery cleaners. If you think you may react to certain cleaning products, it may be wise for you to employ a professional cleaning company.


What else do I need to consider for a move out clean?


There are several other things you should also consider when conducting an end of tenancy clean, which will not be part of an End-of-lease-clean if hiring professionals.


1. Clean the outside of windows too. As part of a professional end of tenancy clean, usually the inside of the windows are part of the parcel, but the exterior windows are not. You might need a professional window cleaner to conduct this for you.


2. You should also consider washing away any scuff marks from walls too. If by chance the scuff marks cannot be removed, you may need to repaint the walls, but make sure you use the same paint.


3. If you have curtains, you may need to wash them. Make sure you check the label first as some may require you to dry clean them.


4. If you have a garden, make sure that it's in the same state from the day you moved in. Any rubbish or overgrown weeds may require attention.



The Shoreditch Cleaners End of Tenancy Cleaning Service

We quote you before we book you in, so you’ll know what you’d pay before we clean. You will also get an extra 10% off for your first clean too. Most of our bookings are completed over the phone or via our website booking form, but if we can’t give you a complete estimate, we will do a free in-home end of tenancy cleaning consultation at your convenience. We cover most London areas. Give us a call on 0203 633 7218, and we can discuss your end of tenancy cleaning requirements. Alternatively, fill out our contact form to request a call-back.

Benefits of using our End of Tenancy Cleaning Service

  • Security Deposit Back Guaranteed

  • Re-Clean Guarantee

  • High-Quality Cleaning

  • Professional Cleaning Teams

  • No Time Limit

  • All Cleaning Products Supplied

  • Same -day bookings

  • Excellent Customer Service

  • Price Per Job

Whether you want to complete your move out clean yourself or let The Shoreditch Cleaners do this for you, this perfect cleaning guide will surely help you in the right direction.

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