What Should be in an End of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist?

Most tenancy disputes arise from end of tenancy cleaning issues. This is because many tenants fail to appreciate the fact that end of tenancy cleaning involves cleaning the house top to bottom to restore it as it was at the beginning of the tenancy.  The cleaning may fail to impress the landlord because some areas have been overlooked, for example, dust on the ceiling and under furniture. Using an end of tenancy cleaning checklist ensures that no place is overlooked. What should be in this checklist?

Living room cleaning

  • Wipe clean all flat surfaces
  • Wipe and polish all flat surfaces
  • Clean the door
  • Clean the stairway and railing
  • Vacuum the upholstery
  • Wipe and clean the windows including the sills and ledges both inside and outside
  • Wipe and polish glass surfaces and mirrors
  • Clear Cobwebs from high corners
  • Wipe clean wall switches, sockets, plugs and lamp shades
  • Mop and vacuum hard floors

Kitchen cleaning

  • Clear and clean kitchen cupboards and drawers both inside and out
  • Defrost the freezer and clean the refrigerator both inside and outside
  • Degrease the microwave and wipe clean the outside
  • Clean all utensils, cutlery and crockery
  • Clear and clean the dishwasher including removing any accumulated lime-scale
  • Clean the soap dispenser including the filters
  • Degrease and clean the hob and grill
  • Degrease, clean and polish the extractor fans and filters
  • Clear mold and wipe clean wall tiles
  • Wash and wipe kitchen countertops
  • Clear lime-scale from the kitchen sink and polish the faucets
  • Clean and polish the windows including sills and ledges
  • Clean and polish wooden surfaces including door frames and skirting boards
  • Clean and polish wall switches and sockets
  • Mop the floor

Bedrooms cleaning

  • Wipe and polish all wooden surfaces
  • Wipe clean the doors including the top
  • Wash and polish all glass surfaces including closet mirror and window panes
  • Clear and clean the wardrobe, cupboard and bedside drawers
  • Dust high places and clear the cobwebs
  • Wipe and polish wall switches, sockets and plugs
  • Vacuum the upholstery
  • Vacuum the rugs and mop the exposed flooring

Bathroom cleaning

  • Clear lime-scale from tub, sink and faucets
  • Clear the shower screen on both sides
  • Disinfect and clean the toilet bowl and cover
  • Clean mold off the walls and floor
  • Clean and polish all glass and chrome surfaces
  • Clear the shelves and cabinets
  • Wipe and clean the door, frames, skirting boards and towel rail
  • Wipe and clean the wall switches and sockets
  • Wipe and clean the window panes, sills and ledges
  • Mop and sanitize the floor

If you are using an end of tenancy cleaning service, ensure to hand this checklist to the cleaning crew for guaranteed work.