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Moving house is a very exciting experience. But the closer you move, the more anxious you might get. You need to pack your things, call movers, host a farewell party, and, oh God, do your end of tenancy cleaning!
While deep cleaning might seem like an extremely daunting task at the beginning, things can start to look up if you get around to it the right way. Save yourself a lot of hassle and unnecessary stress by following some simple recommendations outlined below.
Don’t Postpone Your Cleaning
It’s human nature to put off the realization of tasks they consider difficult and boring. And unless you derive genuine pleasure from cleaning, you also might find yourself eager to push back this unpleasant moment. But you shouldn’t succumb to procrastination if you don’t want to disappoint your landlord or even lose your deposit.
The closer the final inspection, the more stressed and frustrated you may feel, which, in turn, may impact the quality of cleaning. So, get your cleaning done as early as possible to ensure you don’t miss anything important.
Should you find it difficult to perform a thorough cleaning of the entire apartment on your own, don’t hesitate to hire professional end of tenancy cleaners that know how to clean all rooms to the highest standards. Contact your cleaning company as soon as possible to schedule the service well in advance.
The kitchen is arguably one of the toughest rooms to clean. So, once you start tackling it, be ready to invest a lot of time and effort in this process.
First things first, you want to clear off your countertops, tables, and shelves. Declutter and clean out cupboards and drawers. Should you detect any stains, dirt, or streaks, or crumbs, you can easily remove them with a wet sponge or damp microfiber cloth. Make sure to give all surfaces a proper clean, including the areas beneath and behind the appliances.
Refrain from aggressive detergents and cleaners not to damage the surfaces or discolour them.
Ensure there’s no dirt or visible buildup in your dishwasher. Something as simple as white vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, and hot water can do the trick! The same ingredients can be effective for your washing machine and microwave oven.
Next, you want to open your fridge and examine its contents. Dispose of spoiled food and wipe down each tray and shelf thoroughly. For tougher cases, use soapy water with a couple of tablespoons of liquid bleach. Soak all shelves and compartments in this solution, and your fridge will shine like new. Don’t forget to switch the fridge off at the plug socket and leave the doors open.
Give your oven a critical look, as well. Get rid of any burnt-on grease, dirt, or loose food. For this, you can use your tried-and-tested commercial cleaner or go the traditional route and use some baking soda and vinegar.
There is nothing extraordinary about cleaning your living room. And normally tenants can get by with a standard cleaning job. There are a couple of things you want to keep in mind though, when tackling this room.
First of all, start by hoovering your walls and ceiling. Then, dust all surfaces, knick-knacks, and crevices, and be sure to follow with a thorough vacuuming. Pay special attention to curtain rods and blinds!
Make sure to give your carpets several passes with a vacuum and use dedicated nozzles for upholstery.
Prepare to spend several hours wiping everything in your bathroom to get it perfectly clean.
There are tons of cleaners that can make the cleaning job much easier for you. Apply your favourite products on metallic and ceramic surfaces and let them work their magic before you start scouring and wiping.
When cleaning your tile, opt for mildew and mould-eliminating solutions to achieve desired results faster. For that pesky chalky residue and soap scum that often build on mirrors and glass surfaces, use a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar. Also, a wet dryer sheet and a microfiber cloth might come in handy.
- N.B. If you’re using new products, make sure they don’t contain any harsh chemicals. It would be a wise decision to test it on some inconspicuous areas first.
Finally, clean the floor with a broom or a dry mop to get rid of any debris, dust, or hair. You can use a vacuum for this purpose, as well.
Should you need to collect dust or hairs from ceramic surfaces, use paper towels or a microfibre duster? After that, you can apply any liquid cleaner or sanitising spray.
By following these simple tips, you can achieve sparkling results with your end of tenancy cleaning and focus entirely on your upcoming move.