The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to End of Tenancy Cleaning

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( — July 21, 2020) — When your tenancy has finished with a property you’re renting, it’s usually the tenant’s responsibility to clean the house to the same standard as when you moved in. As most people don’t deep clean every week, there will most likely be some cleaning to be done that you haven’t done in a while. To ensure that you cover all your bases, we’ve created this guide to cover everything you should clean to make sure that your landlord can’t try to charge you for anything you’ve missed. The question is, “How long does a house clean take?” This will depend on the last time you did a deep clean, but leave at least a full day to do an excellent job of deep cleaning the property before vacating.


Start by emptying all the storage units in the kitchen to reach and clean all areas. Remove any crumbs, and then completely clean the cupboards’ insides and wipe any shelves, so there are no marks, using an anti-bacterial spray. Pull out all appliances, including the fridge, freezer, and oven, if possible, and clean behind these – something that people often forget to do, and will probably have a significant amount of grease build-up. With this done, you can move to your appliances’ insides, which may take some effort. Purchase oven cleaner, which will often need an hour or so to seep into the oven, clean it properly, and thoroughly disinfect the fridge’s inside.

Living room

Many people will focus on the obvious things they can see, such as wiping down surfaces, tables, and vacuuming the floor, which is all necessary, but there are several areas you may miss. Pull out any furniture left in the property like sofas and bookcases and make sure to vacuum and clean behind them. There will also be dust gathering in places you never thought about, such as skirting boards and shelves’ tops, which can’t be missed.


The bathroom is all about scrubbing, and when you spend lots of time in a room, you often stop seeing what needs to be cleaned. Bleach will be your friend, so make sure to wear protective gloves and scrub the bath, toilet, and sink to remove any build-up. Faucets and showerheads are also a prime target to clean and polish, as they will attract limescale with regular use.


This is something that many people forget, so take the time to look for any marks or scuffs. The first step is to wash them, but this may not always work if some of the paint has been removed, so you may need to get a small pot of paint and cover any parts of the wall that don’t look the same color as the rest. Fill holes where nails were and paint over them, so you can’t see them anymore, and identify any mold as this may need to be treated professionally.