One key part of moving on to a new property is cleaning out the one you are leaving. The worst part about this is that vacate cleaning is not an easy job!
You may be thinking, “why would I want to clean, I’m vacating the place.” It comes down to saving money on the deposit, making more money in a sale, and just being a good person to future tenants.
Get It Done Right with These Top Tips
Cleaning your whole rented flat or home can be a mammoth job if not handled correctly. But there are some tips and tricks that you can use to get a thoroughly clean home before moving on.
- Start by doing a general clean immediately before you start the deep cleaning. Throw away any rubbish laying around the house, ensure any valuables or easily damaged items are out of the way where they won't be broken or lost, then start by doing some everyday cleaning just to tidy up a bit (dusting, sweeping etc). This will ensure that you don't miss cleaning any important parts later as a result of them being covered by clothes, rubbish or anything else.
- Work in a top down approach. This will keep you organized and make sure you don't miss any of the hard to reach places.
- Start by dusting on top of any cabinets/wardrobes, wiping down high windows and cleaning lights and fans. Now would also be a good time to change any light bulbs!
- Move down to the middle of the room, washing curtains and windows, wiping down walls, cleaning bathrooms and cleaning any ornaments, objects or anything else off the floor.
- Finally do the bottom of the room where you will clean the floors, rugs, and carpets. Make sure you don't have any loose floorboards and clean any ground areas.
- To remove tough stains from your floors make use of any vinegar and you have lying around your house. Mix it with some soapy water and dab it onto the stain.
- Vinegar is also great to use when cleaning your oven (one of the most hated jobs when doing a deep clean). Simply use half a cup of baking soda and mix it with water until you have a paste. Put the paste over the inside of the oven and leave it there over night. Wash it off in the morning and spray some vinegar over it if any grime won't come off.
So there you have it, a few simple tips on proper vacate cleaning. Try not to miss any areas (this shouldn't be an issue if cleaning from top down) and enjoy getting your full deposit/bond back.
Better yet, just hire a cleaner to do it all for you. This guarantees the job done right without you lifting a finger.