If you’re planning on moving out of a rental property, in order for you to get your deposit back you’ll be expected to clean the property to the standard you received it. This will involve a deep clean, often more than just a simple vacuum and dust. It’s important to have kept your inventory list from the beginning of the tenancy – it’s your job to return the property as you found it, however it is not your job to improve on it.
The first thing you will need to do is to cover the basics – remove anything unwanted from the property. This means disposing of all rubbish and furniture that you will be taking with you. This allows you to focus on the cleaning that matters, as well as get into all the nooks and crannies where your furniture once was.
Next, you’re going to want to check the walls for any scuffs. Some can be wiped off, however others may need a touch up with some paint. Vacuum your carpets as well as using a carpet cleaner to really lift out any dirt. Clean windows thoroughly, both inside and out as well as the window frame. Cobwebs need to be completely cleared, so you’ll need to pull out furniture and have an extendable pole to reach the ceiling and light fixtures.
The kitchen and bathroom will be the two biggest culprits for losing your deposits. They are high traffic areas that see a lot of moisture and food spillages, so it’s important to focus on these. Clean the kitchen sink thoroughly, making sure there’s no food stuck down the drain. The fridge needs to be emptied and scrubbed to remove any smells or spills. The hob will most likely be grimy, so you’ll need to use a good cleaner to cut through it. It’s important to make sure that all countertops are spotless and the kitchen drawers emptied and wiped. In the bathroom, you’ll need to not only clean the toilet, sink and bath, but also the grouting. Don’t forget the shower head, as that can have a build-up of grime.
Finally, if you are in a furnished flat, the furniture will also need looking after. This means cleaning up the sofa, the bed, emptying out all of the wardrobes and polishing up any tables and chairs. If you’re unsure if you are able to clean to a good enough standard to get back your deposit, then it’s worth considering using a cleaning company. We offer specialist cleaning services, so make sure to get in touch to get your free quote.