Top tips for the ultimate end-of-lease cleaning

LOVESPACE’s moving experts offer their advice on the best ways to clean up their property quickly to improve the chances of getting a deposit back.

Renters can often underestimate the task of cleaning a property to professional standards, however, if adequate time is allocated to preparing the property, it is more than achievable.

Here are the key considerations for a rental deep cleaning

Plan ahead

A thorough cleaning will take much longer than the quick spring cleaning you are used to. Make sure you allow enough time to do the job. If you think it will only take a few hours, give yourself a full day to avoid any potential problems.

From top to bottom

Before starting the cleaning process, it is best to go from top to bottom. This means top to bottom and ceiling to floor. As you clean, dust and dirt will fall from top to bottom, not only will it make your cleaning more efficient, but it will save you from cleaning a room twice.

Check cupboards and drawers

Be sure to empty all cupboards and drawers before cleaning them, as this will make it easier to remove marks left by pots, pans and food items. It’s best to use a mild cleaner like dish soap and water, as too much harsh chemicals or too much water can damage cabinetry.

Hole in the wall

For all the photos you weren’t supposed to put up, now is the time to cover the holes. This can be done simply with a filler and a palette knife. Clean off any excess plaster with a small knife and spray the hole with a small amount of water – being careful not to overwet the surrounding walls. Then fill the hole with your filler using a suitable knife and aim for it to be flush with the rest of the wall. Once dry, sand the area to smooth out any bumps, then paint the area.

Defrost and descale

If the property has been furnished with white goods you should ensure they are left in the condition in which you found them. You can descale the kettle by filling it with equal parts white vinegar and water and bringing it to a boil. Throw away any limescale and rinse thoroughly to remove the vinegar smell. As for the freezer, make sure it’s thoroughly clean with a disinfectant, then unplug the unit and leave the door open so any ice buildup melts away.

Go natural

Baking soda and white vinegar will be your best friends when you move. Not only do these ingredients do a professional job of removing dust, dirt, and stains, they don’t leave a harsh chemical smell behind.

Test the mat

It’s best to err on the side of caution when it comes to using cleaning products in rental properties, especially when it comes to upholstery. Before using a product to clean the entire carpet, choose a small, non-visible section to test the product beforehand. Some chemicals can cause a reaction with the carpet, so it is advisable to test on a small area before spreading it all over the floor and causing costly damage.

No streaks

Although not the most essential part of your cleaning, a shiny, streak-free surface can make all the difference. You can make your own streak-free solution using 1 part vinegar. This can be used with a microfiber cloth on windows, doors and mirrors to make them shine again.

A LOVESPACE spokesperson said: “With everyone feeling the financial squeeze right now, finding ways to get things done like deep cleaning your property could save a few pounds.

“While you can clean your home once a week, there are specific criteria that landlords will look at and expect to be in immaculate condition or at the very least as it was when you moved in.

“It’s important to remember that you don’t need fancy equipment to do a deep clean, at least nothing too different from what you would use for a normal clean.”