Basic Tip: Whenever you start cleaning a room, always work from the top to the bottom. So carry out your dusting first and leave the carpet clean or mopping to the last. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen tenants mopping the kitchen and bathroom floor. To be fair, it only needs to be done once. At the end.
Be systematic in your approach and write a list of all the things you need to do in each room.
5. Start Cleaning ASAP
As soon as you have given notice or have received notice, start your cleaning regime now. Yep, I know it’s a pain, but it will serve you will later on down the line. Start with one room if it helps
6. Clean Windows Inside & Out
Ensure you get your windows cleaned (this includes the internal part of the frame with the window open). There are many tenants that overlook this and just clean the glass. Ensure you clean the frame, handles and hinges.
If this is too much hassle, then simply ask a professional window cleaning company to do this for you. You’ll find that prices vary so feel free to shop around. Most window cleaners will use a water fed pole pure water system to clean the out side windows (even reaching the top ones of a 3 storey house) and then an applicator and squeegee to clean the inside windows.
7. Thoroughly Clean Your Oven
I get it, this is a job we all love to hate. Unfortunately, this is one of the main reasons why there is a delay in getting your deposit back. If you haven’t cleaned your oven in a long time, then this is going to be one tough task.
You can purchase those oven cleaning packs where you place the steel shelves in the bag overnight and they come out sparkling the day after.
Make sure the door and glass are clean. There’s nothing worse than giving your oven a thorough clean only to forget about cleaning the glass in the door. If you’re unlucky, you may have grease dribbles in-between the glass in the door. If this is the case then you have to either remove glass or the door so that you can clean gap between the glass sections (this is no easy task if you’ve never done this before).
My advice would be to get the oven professionally cleaned. In the grand scheme of things, this isn’t that expensive and it also allows you to do the easier tasks in your flat or house. If you don’t, cleaning the oven yourself can take up to 5 hours when done properly. It takes a cleaning company approx 2 hours.
It will also be cleaned to the high standard your agent and landlord will expect it to be and they also provide a receipt/certificate.
8. Have Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned
I have to say this really, but for a good reason. 99% of the letting agents in Cambridge require you to get your carpets professionally cleaned. By professional, I don’t mean hiring a machine from B&Q and doing this yourself. I mean actually hiring a professional cleaning company to do this for you.
Not only will the job be completed properly, but they will also provide you with a receipt/certificate to hand to your agent to prove that the job was done properly.
Now, you don’t need to use us, you can choose whichever company you like to carry this out for you. However, just make sure they have the right liability insurance, the right equipment (normally a commercial hot water extraction machine, use professional chemicals like Prochem or Chemspec have been running for at least 5 years.
Again, ensure that you have confirmation by way of email of the price and date of clean.
Note: The carpet cleaning needs to be the very last thing that is done in the property. Don’t have them done and then start painting or other do other cleaning activities. It needs to be the last thing so that they are clean in time for your inspection.
9. Some Places You Forget To Clean
On top of kitchen units is a favourite. You simply don’t see them and probably never have. However, they will need to be cleaned so they are free from dust and dirt.
Tip: After you have dusted the ceiling and removed cobwebs, this should be the next task on your list. You can use you vacuum cleaner with your favourite attachment to remove the bulky bits of debris on top of these cupboards. After you have done this, spray some degreaser and leave for around 30mins before you try cleaning.
Your secret weapon is a sponge with a scrubber.
You’ll go through quite a few of these (don’t get cheap ones from the pound shop because they are rubbish and won’t last long, the best value for money ones are from either Aldi or Lidl).