You have a choice at the end of a tenancy: you can either carry out the end of tenancy clean yourself, or you can pay a professional end of tenancy cleaning service to do it for you.
Your decision may depend on how close you live to the property, and how much time you have. If you have a letting agent, many will be able to arrange the end of tenancy clean for you. However, if you have a bit of time and some basic equipment, doing the end of tenancy clean yourself may be the most cost-effective option.
End of tenancy cleaning checklist
Your possessions needs to be sparkling for your new tenants. It needs to be cleaned top to bottom, but there are some key ‘pain points’ that you should concentrate on. We’ve put together a list of the most important focus areas to help you carry out a great end of tenancy clean Cleaning End to End.
Gather your equipment. You’ll need some specialist cleaning equipment, including exclusive cleaning fluid, upholstery shampoo or conditioner, towels and cloths, scourers, and apply containers. More information on individual cleaning products is available below.
Walls. Pay attention to scuff marks on walls. These may be able to be rubbed off, or alternatively you might need to repaint parts of wall.
Doors. Make sure that doors are clean, including handles. Make sure that locks are functioning properly.
Windows. Windows should be cleaned inside and out. You might want to engage a professional window cleaner for exterior windows.
Ceilings. You may need an extendable broom to clean the ceilings. Watch out for cobwebs in the corners of rooms.
Fittings and equipments. Dust and gloss any light equipments and sockets, and take learning to make sure upholstery is without any stains.
Carpets. You should think about hiring a carpet cleaning machine for dirty carpets. These are available at many supermarkets, and cost around £20 per day.
Room by room. When you have ticked off the rest of your checklist, it’s time to concentrate on the pain points in individual rooms. Keep reading for detailed instructions.
Kitchen end of tenancy cleaning
The kitchen is one of the most important areas to clean at the end of a tenancy, but it’s also one of the places in which dirt and grime can accumulate most easily.
First, take a look at the kitchen sink. Depending on how tidy your tenants were, this could require some work. You’ll need some basic tools, including non-scratch scourers, a apply bottle, and some specialist cleaning liquid. The actual method you use will depend on the material your sink is made from, but the most common is steel. Watch our video on what to clean a steel sink without scratch.
You’ll also need to look at the hob, which can become extremely grungy. This involves some shoulder fat, but you’ll see the results quickly. Watch the video on what to clean a steel hob, and when you’re carried out with that, move onto the next step – how to clean an extractor fan filter. It’s very little fun, but it is necessary!
Want some tips for cleaning the full kitchen? Check out our videos and article on what to clean a kitchen professionally.
Bathroom end of tenancy cleaning
Next stop is the bathroom. In here, you’ll find a variety of areas that may require different equipment. You’ll want to pay attention to the lavatory sink, the lavatory tiles and tub, and the bathroom. If you have a shower, you’ll also need to work on the shower head and grouting.
We’ve covered all of these areas step-by-step in a series of four bathroom cleaning videos. Watch them in our guide to cleaning a bathroom quickly and efficiently.
Other areas for end of tenancy cleaning
There are a number of other things you should concentrate on when doing a conclusion of tenancy clean. For example, it’s important that the windows are cleaned inside and out – remember you’ll need to hire a professional window cleaner if your exterior windows are unreachable. You should also wash off any scuff marks from the walls, and if this doesn’t work you’ll need to repaint them. It’s often possible to simply conceal obstinate scuffs, provided that you’re using the same colour paint.
Draperies should also be checked. They’re generally dry clean only, but check the label first as some draperies are machine washable. Don’t forget the drape the fishing rod too, which will need to be dusted and possibly buffed. Finally, don’t forget furnishings – at the very least they should be vacuumed, but you should go for a dry wash to remove and grime or stains.