We would not recommend doing it yourself as the level of cleanliness might not meet your landlords'/letting agencies' expectations.
Here are some tips and a step-by-step guide that will help. Then you can decide whether to do it yourself or hire a cleaning professional.
Some tips before you start
- Make sure the property is empty from personal belongings, furniture.
- Get all the appropriate cleaning products and equipment ready. If you consider doing the carpet cleaning yourself, you will also need to hire a professional carpet cleaning machine.
- Make a checklist to work through.
- Clean a room by room!
It looks like an easy job to be done, not? Here comes the headache.
Step by step guide on how to do your end of tenancy clean
- Start by dusting down ceilings, windowsills, blinds and removing cobwebs from the corners.
- Clean the window frames, windows. No marks or streaks to be left.
- Wipe down radiators.
- Clean all the mirrors and glass.
- Wipe down all the doors, doorframes, handles.
- Remove the dust from skirting boards and wipe them down.
- Thoroughly hoover all floors. Mop all hard flooring.
- Degrease and wipe all the kitchen cupboards, drawers inside and out as well as worktops, appliances, tiles on the wall and backsplashes.
- Check kitchen walls for any food marks or dirt. Cleaning products might remove the paint as well - be careful when wiping them down.
- Clean the oven and hob. Oven cleaning might be tricky as you will have to have a strong chemical cleaning product that needs extra attention when used
- Descale and scrub taps, sinks, toilets, baths, and/or showers. Tackle and remove mold if there is any. Clean the tiles in the bathroom, do not forget about the grout as well.
- Do a walk-through.
- Take out rubbish.
Sounds too much? Do not worry. You always have another option...