As moving day comes closer and closer, you start to pack things up and while doing so, you notice that the windows are a bit dirty. Cobwebs are hanging in the corners of the room and the place looks old and dusty. You’ve decided to clean up the whole place as a courtesy to the next tenants. Cleaning a rental property before moving out may not be required, but it’s an ethical way to say thank you to the landlord after renting it for a period of time. Also, the landlord will welcome you back with open arms if you do decide to rent the property again.
The question is, where should you start cleaning? With so much to do in a short amount of time, it’s essential to have a cleaning checklist so you can work more quickly and efficiently. Here are the 5 things you should clean before moving out of a rental property.
1. Wipe the windows down
The first thing you should clean are the windows. These tend to get dirty pretty quickly, but is also one of the easiest to clean. All you need is a vinegar solution to dislodge any dirt and remove any water stains. Mix one part of warm water with one part vinegar inside a spray bottle. Spray the windows and wipe it in a circular motion using a clean cloth.
Vinegar has acidic properties that’ll help break down any stubborn film on the windows. It also won’t leave water marks compared to using soap and water. Don’t forget to wipe the window sills as well to remove the accumulated dust.
2. Give the bathroom a good scrubbing
The bathroom requires a good scrubbing because of all the grime and mildew buildup. You want to pay attention to the tiles, toilet bowl, bathroom walls, and the sink since these areas tend to get dirty the most. You can use the vinegar solution to disinfect the bathroom and dissolve any visible soap scum. Spray the solution on the aforementioned surfaces and leave it to sit for at least 5 minutes. Grab a bucket of warm, soapy water and start scrubbing the tiles, walls, and lastly, the toilet bowl.
Don’t forget to clean the mirrors and polish the bathroom fixtures as well. The vinegar solution works great for removing any water stains on both the mirrors and the bathroom fixtures.
3. Clean the kitchen
Next up on your cleaning checklist is the kitchen. This is an area of the rental property that gets soiled easily because of all the food preparation involved. Oily residue and food stains can be found on the countertops, kitchen sink, and even inside the microwave. To remove the oily residue, use undiluted white vinegar and wipe the countertops, cabinets, sink, and the microwave. You can then use a bucket of warm, soapy water to remove any food particles and stains remaining.
Wipe down the faucet and clean the food filter as well. If the sink is clogged up, a pot of boiling water should do the trick. This will help dislodge any accumulated gunk and break up the clog.
4. Dust off the entire rental property
Dusting the entire rental property is an essential part of any move-out cleaning checklist. Take a look around and you’ll see a few cobwebs hanging in the corners. You’ll also notice that the ceiling fans and the baseboard are covered with dust too. With all of the cleaning you’ve been doing, dust is bound to be scattered everywhere. Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove cobwebs and suck up dust on the ceiling fans and baseboards. Lastly, vacuum the floors in each room to make the entire space look clean and bright.
You’ll notice a huge difference in the way the rental property looks after dusting it completely. A dusted rental property will appear more inviting so make sure to vacuum the property well before leaving.
5. Vacuum the carpets and rugs
The last step in your cleaning checklist is to vacuum the carpets and rugs. After giving the rental property a thorough clean, vacuuming any textile flooring is sure to give the whole property a revitalized and welcoming look. If the carpets are heavily stained, then vacuuming alone won’t suffice. At this point, it’s best to call a professional carpet cleaner to recondition the carpets and remove any stubborn stains. Your landlord will certainly appreciate the extra gesture and you’ll part ways on good terms.
Why you should clean your rental property before moving out
Cleaning your rental property is more than just doing your landlord a favor. In fact, they have the right to charge you for any damage or cleanup service required to keep the property in rentable condition. If you want to receive your deposit back, cleaning your rental property is extremely important. Taking the time to ensure that the property is thoroughly cleaned will go a long way towards leaving a positive impression on not only your landlord, but the future tenants as well.
If you don’t have the time to do all of these, you can always hire a cleaning company to do a move-out cleaning service. Ask your landlord for their cleaning checklist and let the cleaning company take care of the rest. The most important thing is to leave the property in a clean state to fully secure your deposit.