01 Apr

After Tenancy Cleaning vs. General Cleaning

How do you clean a unit after a tenant moves out? Many landlords will call the usual cleaning guy, who will do general cleaning in the usual way focusing on the kitchen, bathroom and living room. The landlord then keeps wondering why the unit has stayed vacant for 2 months. The simple answer is that prospective clients are turned off by an unhygienic place. Stains on the floor, dust on the ceiling, and oil grime in the oven and lime scale of the shower curtain are some of the signs that tell prospective tenants to stay away. While the usual general cleaning makes a house reasonably clean, after tenancy cleaning is needed for top to bottom cleaning. How does this differ from the usual general cleaning?

Cleaning tasks in the living room

  • Vacuuming the carpets rugs and steam cleaning if necessary
  • Dusting the ceiling
  • Wiping, cleaning and polishing hard furniture surfaces
  • Dusting and steam cleaning the curtains and upholstery
  • Removing stains on the floor and walls
  • Dusting, wiping and polishing glass and mirror surfaces

Cleaning tasks in the bedrooms

  • Dusting the ceiling
  • Decluttering the bedroom wardrobes and cabinets as well as bedside cabinets
  • Taking off any beddings
  • Wiping and polishing light switches, wall pictures, skirting and other visible surfaces
  • Wiping and polishing the window glass panes and other mirrors in the bedroom
  • Polishing metallic surfaces e.g. metallic bed heads, door knobs and cabinet handles
  • Mopping hard floor

Cleaning tasks in the kitchen

  • Decluttering all kitchen cupboards and drawers
  • Degreasing and cleaning the oven including wiping and polishing the outer surface
  • Cleaning the extractor, removing all the grime
  • Emptying and cleaning the fridge including removing mould and mildew
  • Cleaning kitchen sinks and faucets including removing lime scale
  • Cleaning other appliances including the toaster, kettle and dishwasher
  • Clearing and disinfecting the trash can

Cleaning tasks in the bathroom

  • Clearing and cleaning off lime scale and soap scum from the shower screen
  • Degreasing, cleaning and disinfecting the shower area, bathtub and the hand sink
  • Cleaning and disinfecting the toilet bowl including clearing stubborn water stains
  • Clearing and cleaning the sink and shower drains
  • Wiping and polishing bathroom mirrors
  • Vacuuming and hoovering bathroom rugs

Engaging a professional after tenancy cleaning service is highly advisable. This is because a cleaning service has the cleaning materials, tools and the manpower needed to handle such a job.

Doing proper after tenancy cleaning has several benefits for you as a landlord. It ensures that your housing unit is occupied at sooner and keeps your rental income flowing in.

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