PUBLISHED by AB Removals - 1 Feb, 2016
If you’re renting, its important to first consider any contractual cleaning requirements that may have been predetermined by your real-estate company or landlord. Often when renting or leasing a property, a landlord will provide you with a list of cleaning and maintenance tasks that must be completed in order to be reimbursed of your bond or deposit. These tasks usually just aim to restore the property back to its move-in condition, but can also include specific things you probably wouldn’t consider yourself. It’s always a good idea to take photos of the properties condition when your first move in, that way you can refer back and avoid any discrepancies with the landlord. These helpful tips will also apply if you’re preparing your house to sell. Now let’s get to the cleaning.
Here are some helpful cleaning tips to help make an otherwise arduous task much easier.
- Gather your cleaning supplies. This one seems obvious, but being prepared is going to make your cleaning process go much smoother. So be sure to have these key items on hand: rubber gloves, dusting cloths, paper towels, spray and wipe, bleach, sponges, glass and window cleaner, floor cleaning products, oven cleaner, grease remover, and bin bags. As well as the usual mop, broom and vacuum cleaner.
- Clean strategically. Thinking about what and when to clean certain areas of your home can help you avoid having to re-do certain tasks. For example, cleaning the walls, shelves, and ceiling fans will put dust and dirt onto the floor. If you’ve cleaned your floors first, you’re likely going to have to go over it again. So clean from top to bottom! Dust and wipe mantels, shelves, surfaces, widow sills and ceiling fans. Then work your way down to the floor, concluding with mopping, vacuuming, and scrubbing.
- ‘Dry’ cleaning comes first. As well as cleaning from top to bottom, it’s always a good idea to clean from dry to wet. Its always easier to dust the shelf before you spray and wipe it, otherwise you’ll be spreading around the dust you gather on your cloth. You probably wouldn’t mop your floors and then sweep the dirt afterwards. So begin with all dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming and then move on to mopping, wiping, glass cleaning, and polishing.
- Nails, hooks and hangers. A lot of the time, landlords don’t want their tenants to mark or damage the walls in any way with hooks and nails. But a lot of the time, we do it any way. You may need to look back at your property report to see what was existing when you moved in. If you’ve put up anything additional, make sure you remove them and fill in the holes or paint chips before you move. Wall putty is fairly inexpensive and easy to use, though if your walls aren’t white you may have to paint over the small areas.
- Sweat the small stuff! There are so many small (but important) cleaning jobs that we often overlook in day-to-day cleaning. But chances are, your landlord wont. Be sure to consider all areas of your home, even the places you can’t see, such as the tops and insides of door frames, indoor and outdoor light fittings, shower curtains, fan blades, window mesh / fly screens, underneath built-in appliances, knobs, handles and switches.