If you are moving house there is one very important thing you must do once you have finished packing – you must clean the house from top to bottom!
If you own the home it’s always nice to leave it in a good condition for the new people that have bought it. If you rent the house it is even more important that you thoroughly clean the house because if you don’t you could be at risk of losing your deposit.
If you do rent your home or apartment it is a good idea to call the management company who will inspect the home once you have left, and ask them what their guidelines are on an ‘acceptable level of cleanliness’. Not that you should cut corners but it’s always good to know because the acceptable level can change from one management company to the next.
Whether you own or rent your home, it’s important you carry out a thorough deep clean before you leave. If you follow this checklist you can be rest assured you won’t miss a single nook or cranny!
Let’s take it room by room starting with the kitchen.
The Kitchen Checklist
Wipe down all the worktops and kitchen cabinets being sure to remove any stains
Wipe down any appliances that are being left in the home such as fridges, freezers, dishwashers and microwaves
- Wipe down the stove including any grills or accessories that are used for cooking
- If you have a microwave make sure you clean the inside, a lot of people forget about this!
- Thoroughly clean the kitchen sink and draining board using hot, soapy water
- Once all the above has been cleaned, it is time to sweep and mop the floor using hot, soapy water or a specialised floor cleaner
The Bedroom Checklist
- Dust down any furniture that is staying in the bedroom and then remove it from the room, if possible
- Once the room is clear dust the ceiling making sure you get in all the corners, then vacuum the floor
- Return the furniture making sure everything is in the correct place
- If the bed is too big to move or lift up, try your best to vacuum underneath it
The Bathroom Checklist
- Get rid of any remaining rubbish and then remove the waste bin along with any mats or rugs that might be on the floor
- Remove all items from the bath and shower such as shampoo bottles or cleaning products and also remove the bath/shower mat
- Wipe down the walls of the shower/bath with hot water, then thoroughly clean the tiles with a tile cleaner taking care not to leave any marks or streaks
- Use a good, all round bathroom cleaner and wipe down all surfaces including the walls (if tiled), sinks and mirrors but not the toilet
- Don’t forget to clean the shower rack, any soap dishes, curtain rails and the curtain itself
- Once all the surfaces have been cleaned use a dry, clean cloth to dry all the surfaces you have just cleaned taking care not to leave any streaks
- Take extra care cleaning the sink and make sure you scrub the faucets and tap until they are clean and shiny
- Scrub the toilet inside and out, then using a specialist toilet cleaner apply it to the inside of the toilet and leave for at least 30 minutes. After 30 minutes flush the toilet, which will remove the cleaner and any nasty germs or bacteria
- Sweep and mop the floor and allow it to dry naturally, then replace any rugs, mats or waste bins that belong in the bathroom
- TIP: when cleaning the bathroom always keep a window open! You will be using a lot of chemicals so it is important to keep the room well ventilated
The Living Room Checklist
- Dust down any furniture from the living room that you are leaving behind and then remove it temporarily from the room
- Dust the ceiling, walls and fireplace taking care to remove any cobwebs that might be hiding in the corners
- Vacuum the floor and any upholstered furniture that you are leaving behind
- Move the furniture back into the living room and make sure everything is in the correct place
Your Deep Clean is Now Complete
If you follow this checklist step by step, room by room we guarantee your house will be spotless, all ready for the next family to move in.