As if moving homes wasn’t stressful enough, renters have the extra worry about being able to get their deposits back. Leaving your property in a good state, and often a better one than when you arrived, is essential.
It is always best to start these things early. This will ensure that you have enough time to read your tenancy agreement in full, where you can see how you need to leave the house when you do finally leave. Remember: no matter how clean you leave the property, if you leave anything damaged or broken, your landlord may well be able to send you the bill for any repairs. To avoid this, leave yourself enough time to resolve these issues and fix them yourself in order to get your deposit back.
If you do not want to involve a specialised end-of-tenancy cleaning company, then you will want to tackle each room one by one. This guide should be particularly useful to students that have had one too many parties before moving day.
Restoring the living room
As we all know, the living room can often take quite a hit after a long tenancy due to the amount of time we spend there. If you have carpet, make sure all stains have been attended to, you might also want to rent an industrial vacuum cleaner to do the job. Floorboards should be easier to deal with, just make sure you hoover up after yourself, and steam the floors to disinfect them ready for the next renters. Give the room a good dust and polish to restore it to its former glory.
Cleaning the kitchen
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Because the kitchen is home to many nooks and crannies, such as cupboards, you will have to take extra care to ensure that nothing is left behind. Where foodstuffs are stored, take a hoover to clean up any leftover crumbs. Take your time to clean other appliances like refrigerators, freezers and ovens. Remove each refrigerator tray and place them in a bag of warm soapy water, using baking soda for tougher stains. Baking soda is also great for cleaning out your oven – just create a paste using baking soda and a bit of water, coat your appliance and let it sit overnight before wiping away with a damp cloth. Spray any remaining residue with vinegar and wipe down with some more water.
Bringing the bathroom back to life
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When it comes to cleaning the bathroom, white wine vinegar will be your best friend. This natural substance is especially good at dealing with dirty showerheads, which you should let soak overnight. You can also use it on taps and plugs. Don’t neglect to clean any shower curtains and mats that might be left behind. Another tip to brighten up your bathroom is to dip a grouting brush into some bleach to revive bathroom tiles. Leave your toilet in a good state too by pouring some baking soda down the bowl, giving it a scrub, let it sit then flush away the grime.
Brightening the bedroom
Much like the Livingroom, spruce up any carpets and dust-off any furniture. You may also be able to machine wash your curtains, so check the labels. This is especially worth doing if you are a smoker. You can use diluted detergent to remove stains from your mattresses. Make sure you clean under your bed, and ensure nothing is left behind.
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