Journal to follow at the end of tenancy cleaning

To ensure return of deposit and the good impression of the house lord, you probably want to clean the entire house and every corner of the rooms at the end of tenancy cleaning. There are plenty of things to do, so a good idea is to make in advance a simple checklist with the tools and detergents needed for the different types of surfaces and objects. On the other hand, sketch a plan of the floors, the walls and the ceilings, and note from where to begin. Whether wiping off dust should be left as a last step or the cleaning of windows should be the last step of the end of tenancy cleaning. That`s only a hint of what`s to come and next is a short journal to follow with a few other easy steps:

– 1 – Begin with the largest rooms and then clean the smallest ones. Or else, if you live in a flat or a small apartment with a roommate – organize the cleaning with a little bit of help from your roommate. Clean the ceilings and especially the edges and the corners where they meet the walls. These are the edges where form darker colors and spots, especially if you smoke in the room or if you don`t clean these areas on a regular basis. The lamps are places not to miss as well, while the curtains or the other coverings of the windows are usually cleaned with the windows.

– 2 – Clean the windows. The direct and powerful sunlight enhances the evaporation of detergents and water. Because of that, a better idea is to leave the windows for a cloudy darker day with no direct sunlight, which makes the sprayed solution to dry momentarily and so to form long dry stretches or spots. Another great idea is to make a simple homemade cleaning solution instead of buying an expensive one or to call professional cleaners. Mix a tiny amount of vinegar, add water and a few drops of your favorite shampoo just for an aroma, stir well and spray onto the windows by cleaning with a towel.

– 3 – Clean the library and the books. It`s not needed to remove every book or magazine just to wipe off the dust and then to put it back on its place on the bookshelves. It`s just recommended to have a long flexible duster with long electrostatic charged fibers that attract the dust particles even with the most gentle passing near the books or the shelves.

– 4 – Clean all the other areas and objects on the walls. From removing the glued hangers on the backing of the doors and cleaning the traces from the gluing agent, to cleaning paintings, curtains, doors, shelves in the bathroom or kitchen equipment in the kitchen – there are plenty of things to do at this step. It`s perhaps the most time consuming step and it requires a myriad of cleaning detergents.

– 5 – The upholstery and floor coverings are also objects to keep in mind when it`s time for the end of lease or the end of tenancy cleaning. Most carpets and rugs have small labels on their backings and so you can easily find the perfect conditions and settings in order to make them flawlessly shining like new. Pre-vacuum the bigger sand particles, crumbs, stains and other blemishes, and then treat with deep cleaning solutions and detergents.

– 6 – Sanitize the entire house and especially the bathroom and the kitchen. This yet last step is very important if you have pets in the room, while after everything`s cleaned and refreshed – don`t forget to wipe off dust and to leave the windows open so the fresh air can penetrate freely. For more ideas check this website.

Written by Charlotte Madisson on behalf of cleaner picture

Microwave Cleaning

Microwave ovens can be tricky to clean – spattered food dries out quickly and is hard to remove and odours linger inside the machine.

Don’t worry though – here are a couple of tips to help

Dried food spatters – if normal cleaning wont get them off, put a large bowl of water into the microwave and cook on high for 3 to 5 minutes. The steam created will loosen the spatters and they should just wipe off

Odours – The are two options here; The first and my favorite, is to mix 200ml of water with 100ml of lemon juice in a jug and cook on high for 3 to 5 minutes. Leave inside for a further 10 minutes. Alternatively, add a large tablespoon of baking soda to 200ml of water and stir. Soak a cloth in the solution and wipe out the whole interior of the microwave.

Happy cleaning!


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Window Cleaning

Has anyone noticed that the sunlight has an uncanny knack of showing every smear and mark on your windows?

Cleaning windows in the sun can be a frustrating job – as soon as you spray and wipe your glass cleaning solution on them, it dries and smears and looks even worse than before. If they haven’t been done for a while it gets even worse.

There is a simple solution – do it the old fashioned way!

Wash the glass with either plain warm water or if you really want, add a drop of lemon or white vinegar to cut through accumulated grime and add a shine, then use a window squeegy (available from any most supermarkets, hardware stores etc for a couple of pounds – email us at if you would like to buy one from us) and starting at the top left hand corner, using a long continuous downward stroke top to bottom, wipe the water away a squeegy width at a time.

On the next downward stroke, be sure to overlap slightly with a dry bit to avoid leaving streaks.

The real trick to this is after each downward stroke, be sure to wipe the squeegy as dry as possible. If it is too wet, you will end up smeary again.





Lemon wonders

Lemon is a fantastic cleaning product, from stain removal to de-greasing to deodorising.

Try this tip – If your microwave needs a clean or a freshen up, add a lemon slice to a small bowl of water, then microwave for 5 minutes and wipe clean.