Do It Yourself End Of Tenancy Clean
09 February 2015
Hiring a professional cleaning company can be expensive and not in everyone’s budget, unfortunately a lot of landlords insist on it for an end of lease cleaning. If you get the job done well, then there is no reason why your landlord has to know you didn’t hire someone. Unless you get a really deep clean done which can be expensive, then a hired cleaner will only do the basics anyway. Follow some of these tips to help you get through your big clean and you will be on your way to getting back that deposit. 1. Make sure you have everything you need. You will need a few different cleaning products, such as window and glass cleaner, a multipurpose cleaner, floor or carpet cleaner and some good scrubbing brushes. Don’t worry if you don’t have any of these. A simple mix of lemon juice and vinegar will work just as well. You can also add baking soda to create a really hard working paste. Get a bucket of warm soapy water ready for things like skirting boards and extractor fans. 2. Set yourself a good amount of time. You will need a whole day to get this done. Make it the last part of your move, but keep it in mind so you have the time to get it done. A domestic clean in a place you are moving out of is never very fun but it can feel quiet rewarding at the end of it all and is definitely necessary, think of the money you will save. 3. Go room by room. Pick one room at a time and finish it before moving on to the next. There may be some rooms you want to prepare first, for example tough lime scale may need soaking in your vinegar solution to really budge it, so you can leave it on to soak and then go to another room. For carpet cleaning you may have to leave a shampoo on for a while, sprinkling your baking soda over the carpet can work also, you will need to leave that for about half an hour before hoovering up. Make sure you brush the carpet with a stiff brush to remove any stuck in dirt or hair. 4. Use fragrance. Smells are important, your landlord will be impressed if he walks in to a nice smelling home. Try burning some scented candles or incense while you clean and open any windows to keep things fresh. You can also add some essential oils to your cleaning mixture for a really fragrant clean. Choose from lavender, mint, tea tree, vanilla or you could even use a mixture. 5. Get deep into appliances. Things like oven cleaning are really important and one of the first things your landlord will look at. You may need to leave you mixture to really soak in before attempting to clean. If your oven is particularity dirty then try scraping off the burnt food first. Really get into your fridge, microwave and other areas you might have forgotten. 6. Go over things with a damp cloth and then dry with a towel. When things are dry you will really be able to check the results and see if it needs another once over. 7. Make things fun. A move out clean can be boring so you need to liven things up, see if you can get your friends involved or even better if you had flat mates, assign them a room and get started with some music and the promise of a good dinner or drink afterwards. If you cannot deal with end of tenancy cleaning yourself it would be best to hire a cleaning company. This will ensure that you will get your deposit back.
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