End of Tenancy Cleaning Guide

Guide to End of Tenancy Cleaning

Moving out of your rented property can be stressful enough but as a tenant it is also important to avoid potential deposit disputes that may arise if the property isn’t handed back in the same condition as when you moved in.

With most deposit disputes due to issues relating to cleanliness of the property – it’s easy to see why tenants recognise the benefits of a thorough end of tenancy clean prior to the checkout inspection.

What is an End of Tenancy Clean?

End of tenancy cleaning is a professional deep cleaning service for rented flats and houses.  End of tenancy cleaning is carried out at the end of each tenancy leaving the property at a professionally cleaned standard throughout and can sometimes be referred to as move out cleaning, tenancy cleans and deep cleaning.

The clean itself can be arranged by either you as the tenant, the landlord or the letting agent.  End of tenancy cleaning can incorporate a range of different cleaning services such as an oven clean, professional carpet cleaning and external window cleaning.

A professional end of tenancy clean gives peace of mind that their property will be cleaned to the very highest standards and this is really helpful in the process of tenants receiving a full deposit return.

What Does End of Tenancy Cleaning include?

A professional end of tenancy clean can include a range of services.  Each property is different so a good end of tenancy clean should adapt to get each individual property looking it’s very best.

Check your rental agreement to make sure you include everything you are required to do – you will probably need a professional oven clean and you may need your carpets professionally cleaned. If you have any pets living in your home, you may need a pet treatment or a deodorizing carpet treatment too.

Here at Hashtag Clean our cleaning teams can provide all of these services and make sure that your property is inspection ready.

End of tenancy cleaning includes the following in each room:

Hallways, Stairs & Landings

  • Upper Level Dusting to include architraves, cornicing, and light fixtures
  • Clean of all woodwork to include doors, door frames, skirting boards, picture rails, shelving, cupboards, banisters, handrails and spindles
  • Clean of all switches & sockets
  • Clean all internal window frames and glass
  • Dust and clean radiators/heaters
  • Thorough vacuum of all flooring along with a wet clean of any hard flooring
  • Carry out carpet cleaning (where requested)

Livings Rooms, Dining Rooms and alike

  • Upper Level Dusting to include: architraves, cornicing, and light fixtures
  • Clean of all woodwork to include: doors, door frames, skirting boards, picture rails, shelving & cupboards
  • Clean of all switches & sockets
  • Clean all internal window frames and glass
  • Dust and clean radiators/heaters
  • Clean of any fireplaces and surrounds
  • Thorough clean of any furniture should the property be furnished
  • Thorough vacuum of all flooring along with a wet clean of any hard
  • Carry out carpet cleaning (where requested)

Kitchen

  • Clean all cupboards inside and out
  • Clean all drawers, inside and out
  • Clean all kitchen unit baseboards
  • Clean the fridge and freezer inside
  • Clean the washing machine including the drawer and seal
  • Clean the dishwasher inside and out
  • Clean of all switches and sockets
  • Clean any tiling and work surfaces
  • Clean and polish the sinks and taps
  • Clean the hob
  • Professional clean of the oven
  • Clean and de-grease the extractor fan
  • Upper level dusting to include architraves, cornicing and light fixtures
  • Clean of all woodwork to include: doors, doors frames, window sills & skirting boards
  • Clean all internal window frames and glass
  • Dust and clean radiators/heaters
  • Thorough vacuum of all flooring along with a wet clean of any hard flooring

Bathrooms & En suites

  • Clean bath/shower removing any grime, lime scale and mould
  • Clean of toilets including the toilet seat, behind and around the base and under the waterline
  • Clean sink removing any lime scale and grime
  • Clean and remove limescale from the shower head
  • Clean taps and remove limescale from the tap and base where possible
  • Clean any tiling from top to bottom including grout and removal of mould where possible
  • Dust and clean any skirting boards
  • Dust and clean doors, frames along with any shelves, switches and alike
  • Dust any clean inside and out any cabinets
  • Clean internal window
  • Dust and clean extractor fan
  • Thoroughly hoover and mop the floor (carpeted floors can be cleaned on request)

Bedrooms

  • Clean and Polish any furniture inside and out
  • Vacuum out any debris from wardrobe and drawers
  • Vacuum over mattress
  • Vacuum slated bedframes
  • Upper level dusting, architraves, cornicing and light fixtures
  • Clean down all doors and door frames
  • Clean sockets and light switches
  • Wipe over and polish any pictures, wall hangings or mirrors
  • Dust and clean all skirting boards (including where behind furniture if possible)
  • Dust and clean fireplaces where applicable
  • Clean all internal window frames and glass
  • Dust and clean radiators or heated rails.
  • Dust and clean any other woodwork/shelving
  • Hoover carpets
  • Carry out carpet cleaning (where requested)
  • Carry out light bulb/battery replacement (where requested)

How long does End of Tenancy cleaning take?

The question how long does end of tenancy cleaning take can be a tricky one to answer.  This will greatly depend on the size and the condition of the property along with the size of the tenancy cleaning team that attends to carry out the clean.

The average 2 bedroom 2 bathroom unfurnished flat in average condition would take a team of 3 professional end of tenancy cleaners 3 – 3.5 hours without any additional extra cleaning services such as carpet cleaning and oven cleaning.

During the initial consultation with a member of our team, we’ll ask for as much information as you can tell us about the property you would like cleaned. We can also organise a member of our team to visit the property in advance if you would like us to. Our team often research the property on property websites such as Zoopla or Rightmove so we can plan your end of tenancy clean properly.  `

Should I do the End of Tenancy cleaning myself?

If you are considering carrying out your end of tenancy clean yourself make sure you check your tenancy agreement as it may require you to hire the services of a professional company.  Even if this is not the case, many tenants often still prefer to use a professional team to help them get through their cleaning duties.

If you have never had an end of tenancy clean before, you may wonder what the difference is and why you can’t simply clean the property as you normally would. The biggest difference is that a professional end of tenancy clean is a deep and detailed clean carried out by a team of cleaners using specialist cleaning products and equipment. A professional end of tenancy clean will get every bit of your property as clean as is possible.

If you are considering carrying out the clean yourself ensure you have enough time! Another reason tenants prefer to have the professionals take care of the cleaning is because a good end of tenancy clean takes quite a bit of time. In fact, for a standard 2 bedroom,  2 bathroom flat we would expect a team of 3 end of tenancy trained cleaners to be at the property for around 3 – 3.5 hours as standard and with specialist additional cleaning services such as oven and carpet cleaning requiring time on top of this.

How much does End of tenancy cleaning cost?

During the initial consultation with a member of our team, we’ll ask for as much information as you can tell us about the property you would like cleaned. We can also organise a member of our team to visit the property in advance if you would like us to or if the property is particularly large or shared.  Our team often research the property on property websites such as Zoopla or Rightmove so we can quote your end of tenancy clean accurately.

We offer bespoke quotations and we have an end of tenancy quote form that you can contact us on giving us the information we need to provide you with a full end of tenancy cleaning quotation and we will get back to you with a quote on the same day.

Why Choose Us for End of Tenancy Cleaning?

Hashtag Clean have been providing end of tenancy cleaning services since 2013 and we are very proud of the 5* reviews given to us by our happy customers. To find out more about our end of tenancy cleaning services throughout Sussex and to speak to a member of our team about your property, please contact us here.

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