End Of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist 2020 – It has been said that three of a human’s most basic needs are food, shelter, and clothing. Of the three, we must agree that shelter is the most important. After all, where else are you going to eat your food, and store your clothing? And unless you have lots of money, (#4 on the list), you will at some time have to rent shelter. A contract to rent a dwelling usually has a paragraph about cleanliness.
Not every domicile you rent will be clean before you move in. But if you leave the rental a mess, you can be sure to lose your security deposit to cleaning fees. To avoid this unpleasant circumstance, we have compiled an End of Tenancy Checklist 2020. By following these simple guidelines, you can be sure to get a good letter of recommendation from your Landlord.
The easiest way to clean your rental is to never let it get too dirty in the first place. A major cleaning is not needed every day. At least twice a month, touch on the areas listed below. Before you turn over the keys, follow this checklist to ensure a smooth transition.
Carefully pull the stove out away from the wall. Wipe the sides with a mild detergent and wipe the sides of the cabinet as well. Sweep dust and crumbs out from underneath. If the stove will not slide out, remove the warming drawer and vacuum the underside that way. Non-caustic oven cleaners do a decent job inside. Let them soak if necessary. Use a MILD abrasive on glass top ranges. Lift the lid on electric stoves, and clean under the tray.
Scrub countertops and sinks with a mild abrasive and rinse well. Roll refrigerator away from the wall, and clean under there, too. Wipe down inside compartment and do not leave ANY food in the fridge or freezer. Clean vent hoods and the wall area behind the stove. Vacuum inside all cabinets and drawers. Wipe all walls with a damp, soapy sponge, rinse well. Do the floor last. Sweep, mop, rinse, and dry well.
Wipe down vanity tops, vacuum out cabinets and drawers. Spray tub walls with a soap scum cleaner, rinse, and dry well. Treat mold with bleach and water, use a bristled brush and mild abrasive on all tub surfaces. Clean toothpaste spatters off the mirror and empties the medicine cabinet. Start at the top of the toilet and work down. Tank, seat, lid, and around the base. Don’t leave hairs, especially on white commodes or tile floors. Replace shower curtain or use a calcium/lime/rust remover on glass shower doors. Wipe faucets and handles. Again, clean the floor last.
Inspect ceilings for dust, especially around ceiling fans. Lightly brush to remove cobwebs. Wipe and dry each ceiling fan blade, fan body, light bulb, and the globe. Start in one corner and wipe down walls, looking for scuff marks, chipped paint, or nail holes. Repair each one you find. Check outlets for damage or cracked plates.
Pay close attention to windows, every smudge shows. Wipe clean with a good glass cleaner and paper towels. Open windows, clean the tracks, and ledges. Dust mini blinds, wipe with a damp towel if very dirty. Clean dust from screens with a vacuum or soft brush. Clean closets and shelves well. Sweep floors, especially around the baseboards. Mop hard floor surfaces, vacuum carpets twice in both directions.
Start in one corner of the apartment and work your way around. Touch every surface with a damp towel, wiping heavily soiled walls and areas around light switches. Wipe both sides of doors and doorknobs. Dust or sweep off baseboards. Check air vents for dust, replace air filters. Look for and replace missing or burnt out light bulbs as well. If the unit was unfurnished, leave it that way. Do not leave trash, clothing, or furniture in or around the premises.
If you have a responsibility outside the unit, make sure that area is clean also. Pick up cigarette butts, candy wrappers, or rubbish. Takedown any seasonal decorations. Pressure wash the driveway if your car leaks oil. Trim shrubbery and give the lawn a final cut. Wash down the front door and sweep the entryway.