Top tenancy cleaning mistakes
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However, there are some common mistakes that many tenants make when cleaning up, which should always be avoided where possible.
In this guide, we take you through some of the most common mistakes and how you can avoid them.
Everybody always forgets about the skirting boards! The problem is, most letting agencies and landlords these days will be checking these areas very carefully, and docking money from your deposit if you do not clean them thoroughly.
They may be easy areas for you to forget about, but an eagle-eyed landlord or agent is likely to spot this and use that as a reason to dock the cleaning expense from your deposit!
It is an easy situation to avoid, so we recommend that you ensure all skirting boards in the home are thoroughly cleaned.
Failing to clean behind the oven
There have been cases when a tenant is extremely thorough when it comes to cleaning most of the home, but simply neglects to apply the same level of care to cleaning behind the oven.
This can be a potentially costly mistake to make - particularly if you have got bits of food, mould, or rubbish lurking behind the oven.
You should really ensure that you give a thorough clean behind all appliances, as failing to do that can turn out to be a very expensive mistake.
Hand prints on the windows
Other cleaning faux pas include not giving the windows a thorough wipe and polish. Glass can be notoriously difficult to clean, so it is essential that you use a proper glass cleaner, and ensure that all of those streaks, fingerprints and bird droppings are eliminated.
To do the job thoroughly, you will need a bucket of warm soapy water, a clean cloth and a squeegee.
Begin from one side and work in horizontal stripes, until the entire surface has been covered. Use the wet, soapy sponge to clean away stains from the windows, before following it up with a squeegee.
You should then give it a once over with the clean, dry cloth, to make it sparkle.
One of the most common gripes by landlords concerns tenants who refuse to clean their walls properly.
Whether it is hand prints on the walls, marks left over from pens or kids' crayons, or grease, this is a complete no-no when it comes to end-of-tenancy cleaning.
It does not come under fair wear and tear, and you will need to ensure that all marks and stains are wiped off the wall thoroughly when cleaning the home.
Depending on your agreement with the landlord, you may also be expected to redecorate. So be sure that this is done before leaving the house.
Failing to enlist the help of professional cleaners
Many of these problems arise from simply forgetting about some of the hidden corners of the house. Therefore, to avoid losing a chunk of your deposit, you should ideally enlist the help of professional cleaners, who will be knowledgeable enough and equipped to ensure that the property is cleaned to an acceptable standard. Be sure to get a receipt as well, with details of the work carried out, so you can provide proof to your landlord if necessary.
Posted by Toni Tsocheva