The Guide to End of Tenancy cleaning

End of Tenancy cleaningOne of the most important things that you can do for yourself as a citizen of the UK and a responsible adult as a whole is to know your rights. According to changes made in the legislation of the country in 2007, landlords have the legal obligation to use the so called tenancy deposit protection, or TBP. Without going into unnecessary technical details, TBP means that any tenant has the right go get his or hers rental deposit back, as long as the end of tenancy conditions are met – meaning that the property is left in the same state as it was first occupied.

In order to prepare yourself to get your deposit back, you should basically do two things. First, obtain photos of the property from the time just before you have moved in, and make sure that you have carried out your end of tenancy cleaning and repairs properly.

In order to get the second thing right, you can either approach the task on your own, or put some effort and time into completing it, or just look around your district for a reliable and responsible professional cleaning contractor who can help you with the task of end of tenancy cleaning. It may cost a little bit more, but definitely you will have a considerable amount of money left from the deposit when you pay the company, so if you want to save some time and energy, that is definitely the best thing to do.

In case that you decide to get the end of tenancy cleaning on your own, you should get at least one day free on your schedule, because the task is time and energy consuming. End of tenancy cleaning is basically another word for deep house cleaning, and you should not underestimate the challenge you expose yourself to.

There are several areas to which you should pay really special attention. These are as follows:

  • The carpets
  • The windows
  • The oven and other kitchen appliances.
  • The bathroom – do not forget to check for mouldings in the corners!

You should make sure that if some handyman services are required in order to restore the property in its initial state, you are up to the task and have the proper tools, or you have a place from which you can get them.

Another considerate thing that you can do in order to ensure that your end of tenancy cleaning is properly taken care of is to ask some friends to come help you. Provided that they are not tied up at work or other urgent responsibilities, it is unlikely that someone will turn your request down. Having people close to you helping you with the end of tenancy cleaning will not only help you finish the job quicker, but also make the process a lot more fun.

Unless you have seriously damaged the property, these simple strategies will definitely help you get your rental deposit back without any problems whatsoever.

Tackle your Spring cleaning with ease

Spring CleaningThe top to bottom cleaning of one’s home that is usually referred to as Spring cleaning is a job that specialists advice to get done at least twice a year in order to make your house a more pleasant and comfortable place, and at the same time turn your everyday cleaning duties in a less tiresome endeavour.

Once you get your mind around doing the spring cleaning, you should prepare to spend at least a whole day working on the project. You should be prepared with the proper tools, cleaning products and everything else required in order to get the job done in the most satisfactory manner. Alternatively, you can always hire a professional cleaning company that offers spring cleaning services, but if you are resolved to do it on your own, it might be a good idea to follow some of the tips described below in order to finish in a quicker and more efficient manner:

  • Start from the beginning – clean up the doormats – broom and wash them, so that once put in a perfect condition they start doing their job – preventing dirt and dust to enter your home in great quantities.
  • The carpets and upholstery are the next things you should focus on. That is probably the toughest job you are going to face during your spring clean. Treat any stains with the necessary products and detergents, and carefully vacuum every inch of carpets and upholstery. You can even consider renting a steam cleaning machine for the day, because it will greatly help you finish the task in a quick and considerably hassle-free manner.
  • Get wax or sealer for your hardwood floors. The best thing that you can do for them is to finish them all over again, because that will give them protection from wear and tearing for the year to come.
  • All walls, cabinets and drawers should also be carefully washed in order to restore them in a perfect condition. You will be surprised how a certain room becomes much refreshed after a simple wall-wash.
  • You should not forget that you should move your furniture around so that you can carefully vacuum the area that the separate pieces have previously occupied. This might be strenuous, but no Spring cleaning is going to be complete without doing so.
  • All ceiling fixtures, including fans and the filters of the air-conditioner should be carefully cleaned from dust and dirt. This will greatly improve the quality of the air that you breathe while at home.
  • After the ceiling fixtures are taken care of, it comes the time for the light fixtures. An all purpose cleaner, a sponge and a cloth will do the trick, and the light in the rooms will definitely improve afterwards.

The fridge is the most important thing in the kitchen to take care of. Empty and defrost it, then carefully clean any stains and moulding that potentially have occurred, so that you know that your food is stored in healthy conditions.

Easy strategies for keeping your carpets clean

Carpet CleaningCarpets are very well known to be one of the best flooring solutions out there. They are beautiful, stylish and classy, but on the other hand keeping your carpets and area rugs clean is often energy and time consuming. What is more, the end results rarely match your expectations and wishes.

What is the best thing to do? Well, if your carpets are really dirty and you do not have the skills or resources to clean them up on your own, it is highly advisable that you give your local cleaning company a call and get the rugs professionally cleaned. The carpet cleaners are going to use professional equipment, most probably high-end steam cleaning tools that guarantee optimal results quickly and hassle free and restore your carpets in the condition they have been at the time you have first installed them.

Once you get your carpets professionally cleaned, it is time to consider how you are going to maintain them in the condition they are currently in. It goes without saying that you cannot use carpet cleaning services every week, but fortunately now your carpets are in a condition that is really easy to maintain. All you need to do is follow three simple rules and you are never going to have problems with carpet cleaning anymore.

  • First and foremost, you should make sure that your carpet is properly vacuumed at any time. That would be the step requiring the most effort, but if you do the vacuuming every day, you will not have that much to take care of actually. Thus you are going to ensure that sand, dust, dirt and other agents do not take permanent residence deep in the fabrics of your carpet thus damaging the longevity of its life. The general rule is that the carpet should be vacuumed once a week for every member of the household (pets included), but you should not get below three times a week.
  • Another thing to look after when you want carpets in a perfect condition is to not let stains of any sort stay on the fabric for a long time. Remove stains as soon as they occur, because the longer they stay, the harder it is going to get rid of them. Water is usually enough to do the job, but if the stain is more stubborn, you can try adding some simple dishwashing detergent. Remember – red wine is best cleaned with white wine and you should use salt to treat grease stains.
  • In order to reduce the amount of dirt and dust that enters your household and inevitable gets on the carpet, you can think about adding a no-shoes in the house policy – that is, if there is already a shoes-in-the-house policy at your home. Putting a mat at your front door is also going to do miracles with the amount of dirt that enters your home, and will definitely save you effort and time from cleaning the carpets.