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End of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist

End of tenancy cleaning is supremely important for the tenant to complete to have the highest chance of getting their deposit back.

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12/4/2022
End of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist

End of tenancy cleaning is supremely important for the tenant to complete to have the highest chance of getting their deposit back. This ‘End of Tenancy’ checklist will help you make sure you’ve done a thorough job of cleaning the property you’re leaving.

Room by room, we’ll break down what needs doing and how to do it effectively!

This is for a furnished house, you may not want to deep clean your own appliances if they’re going with you.

Our top tip for all rooms, is start at the top and work down.

Cleaning the Kitchen

clean kitchen
  • Remove all food from the fridge, clean inside the fridge by removing all the drawers/shelves. Wash the removable parts with warm soapy water and spray the interior of the fridge with water and white wine vinegar. (Put a towel down to stop spillage)
  • Defrost the freezer and clean. Remove all the food and put into freezer bags. Unplug the freezer and let it defrost, making sure to put a couple of towels down to soak up the water. Once it is defrosted, use a mix of water and vinegar and wipe down the inside with a microfibre cloth. Clean the freezer drawers in the sink with warm soapy water and leave to dry before putting them back into the freezer. Lastly, turn the freezer back on.
  • Deep clean the oven. This is really important because oven cleans can be costly. There are many deep cleaners from brands like Oven Pride or Mr Muscle. These break down the grease and leave the oven looking sparkling.
  • Clean the hob. The hob can often get greasy. To clean a hob, you will need a kitchen spray and a sponge to remove all the grease and grime. Use a microfibre cloth after, to reduce streaks from cleaning.
  • Wash down all major surfaces – counters, worktops, and the sink. Use a damp microfibre cloth and a kitchen friendly spray to remove dirt.
  • Empty all cupboards and drawers, wipe them down with a damp microfibre cloth and a kitchen friendly spray.
  • Clean fan/extractor. Using a kitchen friendly spray, use a damp microfibre cloth and the spray to clean the extractor of any grease and dirt.
  • Polish any shiny surfaces with a dry microfibre cloth, e.g., the drying rack, the sink tap/basin, the hob knobs, the cupboard doors.
  • Clean the tiles. We can forget about tiles but think of them like another countertop. Use a damp microfibre cloth and kitchen spray to wipe them down.
  • Dust/wipe down any surface you can find! Window ledges, sills, frames, radiators, skirting boards, light switches, light shades. – anywhere that dust and grime may have sat during your time at the property.
  • Take out the rubbish. Remove all rubbish, food waste and recycling from the property, clean and sanitise all the bins and leave them to dry (ideally outside if the weather is ok). Use hot soapy water and a tiny bit of bleach. Use gloves and a cloth that won’t be used on any other surfaces.
  • Wipe off any dirt on the walls. Always do a spot test on a wall, if you can’t clean it, you will have to repaint. However, if it’s a little dirty, using a lightly damp microfibre cloth to clean the wall may do the job. Make sure there’s also no mould (this applies to all rooms) as indoor mould is your responsibility as a tenant. Mould spray works wonders!
  • Clean the radiators. This is often missed, we use a steam cleaner, but we know that isn’t accessible for most people. Use a feather duster to reach the inside of the radiator and use a damp cloth to clean the outside.
  • Clean all other appliances.
  • Kettle – First, unplug! The kettle will need to be descaled. To do this without chemicals, we advise using a mixture of white vinegar and water. Leave it in the kettle for an hour and then rinse out and wipe down with a microfibre cloth (you can also use limescale remover from the shops). Use a different dry microfibre cloth to wipe down the outside of the kettle, to remove any water residue.
  • Microwave – You can watch our tiktok for a demo on this. Fill a bowl with lemon and water, put it into the microwave and start the microwave for 5 minutes. This will steam the inside of the microwave. You can then use a damp microfibre cloth to wipe the inside! Use a dry cloth to clean the exterior of the microwave and you’re all done.
  • Toaster – Unplug! Start by emptying the crumb trays, then tip the toaster upside down to get rid of any leftover debris, ideally outside. Wash the trays in warm soapy water and use a clean brush, ideally a paint brush, to remove the last of the crumbs and then use a microfibre cloth to polish the outside of the toaster.
  • Washing machine – The first step is to run a cycle with either the washing machine cleaner or bicarbonate soda. Then, run another cycle to remove all traces of the chemicals. Clean the dispenser drawer, use a microfibre cloth to wipe down the seal and the drum and you’re done.
  • Hoover and mop! Finishing touches. Hoover the entire room, making sure to use the accessories to get in hard-to-reach spots. Mop the floor using warm water and floor cleaner or a vinegar and water mix if you want to avoid using harsh chemicals. Leave to dry and voila! The kitchen is done.

Cleaning the Bathrooms

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  • Start with the top. Use a feather duster to reach any cobwebs and dirt on the ceiling or the corners of the room.
  • Wipe any surfaces you can find! This is key in all rooms. Any ledges, mirror edges, picture frames, windowsills, etc.
  • Use bathroom friendly spray to clean the sink. Also polish any shiny parts, like the taps.
  • Polish any reflective surfaces. Use a glass cleaner and a microfibre cloth to do this. If it is dusty, use a dry cloth to dust the mirror first.
  • Wipe down all tiles.
  • Clean the drains. Remove any hair and dirt from the drains using gloves.
  • Thoroughly clean the shower. Firstly, remove all items from the shower. Limescale is very common in the shower, especially on the shower head. Like the kettle, you can use vinegar, or a shop bought limescale remover to descale. The descaling solution will need to be left on the showerhead for up to 30 minutes. To do the main cleaning, wet the walls using the shower head, spray on the shower cleaner/ multipurpose bathroom cleaner and leave it for 10 minutes, before using a sponge to clean the walls, floor, and glass. You will need to dry the walls with a microfibre cloth to avoid streaks.
  • Clean the toilet. The toilet is the one place in the house where bleach is a must. Using toilet bleach removes germs and thoroughly cleans the bowl. Use the toilet brush to make sure the bleach gets everywhere within the bowl. You should have cloths that are specifically for the toilet. Use multipurpose bathroom cleaner to wipe down the external of the toilet and a dry cloth to remove residue.
  • Clean the radiators. Use a feather duster to reach the inside of the radiator and use a damp cloth to clean the outside.
  • Lastly, hoover and mop! Hoover the floor, making sure to use the accessories to reach corners and fiddly bits. Just like any other non-carpeted area of the property, the floor needs to be mopped using floor cleaner or a DIY solution. Ideally, use a mop that has changeable heads, so that each room is as clean as it can be.

Cleaning the Soft Furnished Rooms, e.g., Bedroom and Living room.

clean living room
  • Dust ceilings/corners. Like previous rooms, start with a feather duster to reach the top parts of the room, including the lampshade.
  • Clean ALL surfaces. Dust and wipe any surfaces e.g., windowsills, cupboards, drawers, tv, tv stand, wardrobes, bookshelves, tables, light switches, curtain rails.
  • Polish mirrors using window cleaner and a dry microfibre cloth.
  • Polish wooden items. Use a polishing cloth and polish spray.
  • Clean the radiators. Use a feather duster to reach the inside of the radiator and use a damp cloth to clean the outside.
  • Wipe off any dirt on the walls. Always do a spot test on a wall, if you can’t clean it, you will have to repaint. However, if it’s a little dirty, using a lightly damp microfibre cloth to clean the wall may do the job. Make sure there’s also no mould (this applies to all rooms) as indoor mould is your responsibility as a tenant. Mould spray works wonders!
  • Living room specific – Hoover the sofa. Remove all cushions and hoover the inside of the sofa (look out for spare change!)
  • Bedroom specific – Hoover the bed. Crumbs, dust, and dirt can get under the mattress and on the mattress itself, best to give it a hoover.
clean twin room
  • Hoover, hoover, hoover. A key part of hoovering once you leave your accommodation, is to move the furniture to make sure you get behind and beneath. This will let a landlord know that you have really made an effort to leave it as you found it.
  • Check all cupboards and wardrobes for your items! Don’t want to leave anything behind.
  • Clean carpets. Carpets take on a lot of dirt, in an ideal situation, steam cleaning all the carpets would be a great way to assure how clean they are. But if you can’t do this, hand washing stains with a carpet cleaning solution is a great way to leave the floors looking great.

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