Cleaning your rental apartment before moving out is important if you want to get your deposit back. Removals can be pretty costly, even if you are using the services of a fully-insured man and van in London. So obviously, in order to save money, many people choose to clean the place by themselves instead of hiring a professional cleaning company. However, there are a few things to consider before you make your decision.
Answering these questions can help you decide whether a DIY option is the best option:
- Is your apartment small?
- Do you have enough time before moving out?
- Does the property come without furnishings?
- Have you deep-cleaned carpets in the last six months?
- Do you have a friend to help you out?
If your answer is yes to all questions, then you can clean the property yourself. So, before you start, here are useful tips that will give you a higher chance of succeeding.
Cleaning the windows
Talking to your landlord in advance can save you a lot of trouble, but one of the requirements of your tenancy agreement is cleaning the windows, including the inside of the windows. Even if it is not written in the agreement, it will be checked during the cleaning inventory. So make sure you clean it properly, without streaks. You can use a commercial window cleaner and a microfiber cloth for excellent results. To see whether there is any dirt left on the window, wipe it with a piece of white paper.
Cleaning kitchen cabinets
Instead of just wiping your kitchen cabinets, you should clean them inside and out because they will be thoroughly checked during an inventory. Don’t forget to remove the dust and grease from the inside of doors and from the top of cabinets. You can use mild dish soap and warm water. Use a multipurpose cleaner for stubborn stains. Wipe dry with a microfibre cloth.
Get rid of all limescale
Limescale can be usually found on taps in the kitchen and bathroom, on the surface of tiles or inside your kettle. It builds up in hard water areas. To prevent it from building up, you should clean the taps and other surfaces after each use. But, since most people don’t have time to do it so often, they end up with limescale, soap scum and other similar dirt, which mustn’t be seen during a final inspection. To remove limescale, apply a limescale remover, let it sit for a few minutes and use a nonabrasive sponge to tackle the tiles around your shower and taps. Companies that offer dependable end of tenancy cleaning in Blackfriars EC4 use professional limescale removers to get the job done.
Don’t forget to clean the blinds
To meet your landlord’s cleaning criteria, you have to remove all the dust and dirt from the blinds. Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft dusting brush to dust them. Repeat the process on the opposite side. You can use a damp cloth if dusting is not enough. Then, open them and let them air dry. If necessary, vacuum excess dust.