What Does End Of Tenancy Cleaning Include?

Friday 2nd June 2023

Joanna Grimbley-Smith

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The cleanliness of a property is the leading cause of deposit disputes between tenants and landlords. Professional end of tenancy cleaning can give you peace of mind that the property is cleaned to a high standard and ensure you get back as much of your deposit as possible.

Here at ICE Cleaning, we offer our end of tenancy cleaning services across the UK. Our specialist technicians have been trusted by thousands of tenants and landlords to restore properties to their original condition. They are available around the clock, including weekends and bank holidays.

Keep reading to find out what cleaning is required at the end of a tenancy and why it should be left to professional cleaners.

What is end of tenancy cleaning?

This is the process of deep cleaning a property before a tenant moves out. It involves cleaning the entire space from top to bottom including floors, walls, furniture, and appliances.

If the property is not cleaned to the same standard as it was when the tenant moved in, the landlord can deduct money from the deposit to pay for it to be professionally cleaned.

You can find out the standards of cleaning you need to meet in the tenancy agreement and inventory checklist. These documents will include the condition the property needs to be kept in, your responsibilities for maintaining it, and photographs of existing problems, like mould and mildew.

What should an end of tenancy clean include?

  • Vacuuming carpets and rugs
  • Mopping floors and tiles
  • Removing cobwebs including from the ceiling and skirting boards
  • Dusting all surfaces like tables and skirting boards
  • Getting rid of any mould
  • Dusting light fittings
  • Cleaning underneath ornaments and furniture
  • Cleaning internal windows

The bathroom

  • Polishing water fittings and getting rid of water stains
  • Removing limescale
  • Disinfecting the toilet
  • Deep cleaning the sink, bath, shower, and toilet

The kitchen

  • Clearing out and cleaning cupboards and drawers
  • Cleaning appliances such as the oven, microwave, and kettle
  • Removing any grease and grime from the hob
  • Cleaning the inside and outside of the bin

The living room

  • Wiping down and cleaning furniture include chairs and sofas
  • Dusting shelves

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the tasks that need to be completed. These are examples of what you need to consider and how thorough an end of tenancy clean should be.

Is professional cleaning required at the end of a tenancy?

It is against the law for landlords to include a term in the tenancy agreement that tenants must pay for professional cleaning at the end of a tenancy.

Another term to keep an eye out for is that a tenant must clean the property to a professional standard – this is only fair if the property was cleaned to that standard when you moved in.

Should you bring in professional cleaners?

Although you can deep clean the property yourself with the right products and equipment, there are lots of benefits to a professional end of tenancy clean.

Firstly, moving home can be a stressful time and finding a moment to get these intensive chores done can be near impossible. Professionals will take care of all the cleaning for you so you don’t rush it.

They should also have all the top-rated cleaning products and tools to properly deep clean your home, like getting into difficult-to-reach areas and maintaining expensive furniture. You will not have to fork out for expensive new cleaning supplies that you might only use once.

How long does end of tenancy cleaning take?

This depends on whether you hire professional cleaners or attempt it yourself, how big the property is, and the amount of dirt and clutter that needs to be removed.

For a small, one bedroom property, end of tenancy cleaners could take around 4-5 hours whereas a larger house with multiple rooms could around 8. Doing it yourself without training and specialist equipment could take considerably longer.

Contact our team today

Our technicians can work with tenants, landlords, estate agents, and lettings agents to deep clean properties for the next residents.

As specialist cleaners, they can provide a very high standard of cleaning and offer additional services, such as mould remediation and water damage restoration, should they be required.

Get in touch with our friendly team on 0208 066 0360 or send them an email at enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk to book our technicians for an end of tenancy clean.

You can find advice on how to get your deposit back at the end of a tenancy here.

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