The Mother of all End of tenancy cleaning Checklists

end-of-tenancy-cleaning-checklistCleaning all the rental properties you occupied at the end of your lease not only benefits your landlord but also you as the tenant. It for instance ensures that you get back your rent deposit amount in full and that you are leaving a good name behind. End of tenancy cleaning is however not easy, but an end of tenancy cleaning checklist is always provided to channel you through what is required to make certain that you are not leaving anything out. Landlords will give out their EOT cleaning requirements too, but here is the mother of all EOT cleaning checklist to use as your guide

Bedrooms

Ensure that all the dust and dirt is taken care of in all the bedrooms. To clean the bedrooms from top to bottom, these are the areas you should concentrate on:

  • Remove cobwebs on the ceilings and corners
  • Wipe out accumulated dust on doors, windows, curtain rails and picture frames
  • Wipe rechargeable surfaces- on the shelves, wardrobes and cupboards
  • Vacuum both sides of the curtains and blinds
  • Clean and polish pictures, mirrors, metal ornaments and wall hangings plus decorations and skirting boards
  • Wipe light fittings, the lampshades and switches
  • Walls- wipe dirt marks or repaint
  • Clean power sockets and extension cords
  • Vacuum the mattresses
  • Scrub and polish hard floors

Bathrooms

To thoroughly clean the bathrooms, these are the areas to pay attention to:

  • Noticeable dirt and mildew in bathrooms
  • Toilets, showers, tiles and baths.
  • The basins, taps and fittings
  • Remove any hard water stains and lime scale
  • Clean all soap dispensers, radiators and towel rails
  • Clean the plumbing behind the toilet
  • Remove marks or stains on shower screens
  • Drains
  • Clean and polish mirrors and other glass surfaces
  • Wipe out taps, showerheads and other metal surfaces
  • Clean the toothbrush area
  • Clean the extractor fans

Kitchen

Since it is the most used part of the house, a lot of time and effort should be dedicated to the kitchen. These are the most important areas:

  • Clean all worktops, countertops and sink area
  • Clean the inside and out of cupboards, drawers and shelves
  • Throw away any leftover food and carrier bags
  • Remove any accumulated limescale
  • Degrease the tiles and ovens, inside and out
  • Clean extractors and knobs
  • Remove any mold growth between grout
  • Stack and organize the cutlery, utensils and other dining accessories
  • Clean microwaves, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and all other appliances inside and out
  • Remove rubbish and sanitize the bins
  • Clean the windows, sills, ledges and frames
  • Clean all woodwork in the kitchen including doors, handles, doorframes, furnishings and skirting boards
  • Clean the radiators if accessible
  • Plugs and side switches
  • Scrub and vacuum the floors

Furnishings and carpets

All furnishings and carpets must be wiped, vacuumed and thoroughly cleaned where applicable:

  • Wipe and polish all tables, worktops and countertop surfaces
  • Remove all fingerprint marks and oil stains
  • Polish sofa cushions and vacuum the sofa
  • Dust and polish other wooden units
  • Vacuum all carpet edges
  • Move furniture to vacuum underneath. If possible, steam them.
  • Remove any stains on the carpets

Cupboards, drawers and shelves

  • Clear out all cupboards, drawers and shelves and clean inside and out
  • Remove any unnecessary items or leftover goods
  • Wipe their handles

Appliances

Ensure that all appliances are lean and in perfect working condition-

  • Remove any soap, food deposits and any mildew in the dishwasher.

Inspect and clean all filters.

Wipe the rubber seals and then move it to clean underneath and behind.

Clean the soap dispenser and its handles.

  • Clean the washing machine of any stains or leftovers

Inspect and clean its filters and rubber seal

Move it to clean underneath and behind

Clean its handles and soap dispenser drawer

  • Clean the tumble dryer inside and out

Inspect its rubber seal and filter

Clean its soap dispenser drawer

  • Clean and degrease the oven, microwave, extractor fan, hob and grill

Remove any food deposits and grime

Clean the oven racks and grill pan

Inspect and clean their rubber seals and buttons

  • Clean and polish the exterior of the toaster

Remove any food deposits and breadcrumbs

Clean its inside as much as you can

Degrease its handles and remove any grime

Hallway and stairs

  • Dust and clean stairs and banisters

When the time to do the end of tenancy cleaning comes, you will realize that it is very easy to work with a checklist. Tick off everything on your checklist or tenancy agreement to ensure that you have taken care of everything your landlord requires of you. A EOT Cleaning checklist will make your work easier and save your time.