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When to Clean What: The Perfect Cleaning Schedule

Do you have trouble organising your domestic cleaning tasks? You need structure. You also need a reliable schedule to follow so that you save time and have everything under control. Planning your tasks always makes the execution somehow easier. We love helping you in any way possible, so we have created the perfect cleaning schedule telling you exactly when and what to clean to maintain a sparkling home at all occasions. Let’s start with the least frequent and finish off with the daily tasks.

 

Yearly Cleaning Chores

 

Some things in your home wouldn’t require so much attention all the time, therefore you can brush it aside for weeks and even weeks. However, it is good to complete these tasks at least once a year:

 

  • Clean the fireplace and chimney
  • Deep clean your windows
  • Clean vents
  • Deep clean carpets and rugs
  • Clean out the gutters

 

Every 3 to 6 Months

 

There are other chores that also don’t need to be repeated too often, but certainly need attention more than once a year. This is mainly to ensure you and your family lives in a pleasant and healthy environment.

 

  • Clean your fridge and freezer
  • Clean under and behind the furniture and appliances
  • Clean your oven
  • Descale the coffee machine and kettle
  • Vacuum the mattresses
  • Wash shower curtain
  • Wash pillows and comforters
  • Wash curtains

 

Monthly

 

Here we are, moving on to the more frequently performed household tasks. These are not too hard and shouldn’t really take a lot of time, even though you only engage with them once a month.

 

  • Vacuum the vents
  • Clean the light fixtures
  • Dust the blinds
  • Clean the dishwasher, washing machine and microwave

 

Weekly

 

If you want to live in a well organised and safe home, you should commit to doing these cleaning tasks every week.

 

  • Clean the mirrors and other glass surfaces
  • Dust/vacuum the furniture
  • Mop all hard floors
  • Scrub bathroom surfaces
  • Wipe kitchen surfaces
  • Vacuum the entire house
  • Change bed sheets
  • Get rid of expired food
  • Freshen the bins
  • Sanitise the toilet and bath

 

Twice a week

 

Depending on the size of your family, sometimes you would need to do some tasks more frequently than once a week, but as often as every day.

 

  • Doing the laundry
  • Ironing
  • Folding clothes
  • Take out the bins

 

Daily

 

And here we go – the daily struggles! Actually, it shouldn’t be as hard as it seems. Once you spread your tasks over different time periods and follow your schedule it really gets easy. So every day you should:

 

  • Make the bed
  • Wash the dishes
  • Mop the kitchen floor
  • Wipe down bathroom surfaces
  • Vacuum main living spaces
  • Put away toys and clutter

 

Bear in mind that if you are a mom of more than one child under the age of 7 you may have to perform the daily tasks hourly. 😁

 

You see! Now everything is much more bearable. There’s beauty in the routine because it helps you stay organised and manage your time better. If after all, you still think you can’t cope with all the cleaning chores yourself, call us for help. Fill in the form below and we will get back to you in no time! 

end of tenancy cleaning checklist

End of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist

 

 

End of tenancy cleaning is more complicated than most people imagine. It is a complex process, quite similar to spring cleaning but it covers every single area of the property and missing a spot can cost you a chunk of your deposit. Agents and landlords are very strict towards following all the requirements outlined in the letting agreement so you must know exactly what is expected from you in terms of end of tenancy cleaning. We know that letting agreements don’t always have the same requirements, but we have come up with a standard checklist approved by most agencies in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.

 

Hallway and Stairs

 

Starting with the small and relatively spaces you need to cover during the end of tenancy cleaning, here’s what you need to do in the passage area and stairs:

  • Vacuum or mop the stairs and hallway (whichever applies)
  • Clean skirting boards and light fittings.

 

Living Room

 

Throughout the length of your tenancy, you probably spent the most time in the living room. That would imply the space was regularly cleaned and therefore shouldn’t be too much of a hard task to complete. However, just a quick vacuuming and a little dusting won’t do the trick for end of tenancy cleaning. Here’s the checklist you need to follow:

 

  • Clean the windows, doors, light fittings, skirting boards, mirrors and pictures (if present when you moved in).
  • Wipe clean all furniture (if the property was rented furnished)
  • Clean inside and out any cupboards or storage facilities that may have been in the property when you moved in.
  • Full vacuuming under the furniture (if any).

If the floor is carpeted, in around 80% of the cases you will be required to provide professional carpet cleaning, or at least, cleaning to a professional standard.

 

Bedrooms

 

Bedrooms are not too hard to deal with as well, but they do take a lot of time to go through because you need to make sure you aren’t missing any tiny detail like a socket, for example. Here’s more of what you need to check:

  • Clean the windows, doors, light fittings, skirting boards, mirrors and pictures.
  • Wipe clean inside and out all furniture that was initially in the property, for example, beds, wardrobes, chests of drawers.
  • Full vacuuming under the furniture (if any) and mopping if applicable.

Again, if the floors are carpeted, you will need to get a carpet cleaner or book a professional carpet cleaning service.

 

Bathroom

 

And here we come to the hard part of end of tenancy cleaning – the bathroom. Although most people maintain good hygiene levels in their bathrooms and toilets at home, domestically cleaned condition is not acceptable when it comes to checking out of a rented property. Before your letting agent or landlord comes to see the place upon your departure, make sure you have:

  • Cleaned the tiles, windows, doors, mirrors, light fittings, bath, shower screen and toilet
  • Wiped clean inside and out all bathroom cupboards and fixtures
  • Dusted the skirting and removed any marks
  • Moped and vacuumed the floor.

 

Kitchen

 

It is actually hard to say whether the bathroom or the kitchen is the most difficult area to clean at the end of your tenancy. It would depend on how often you had been using your kitchen and whether you maintained it in a good condition. Either way you will still have a lot to do during your end of tenancy cleaning. Follow this checklist:

  • Wash and polish all work surfaces
  • Clean the tiles, light fittings, cupboards (inside and out), dishwasher, washing machine, bins, microwave
  • Clean the sink and taps
  • Light fitting to be cleaned, remove limescale and polish where required
  • Scrub the doors
  • Clean the oven externally and internally and remove all built up grease
  • Clean, vacuum and mop the floor
  • Defrost the freezer and clean it
  • Clean the fridge

Did you get tired by just reading all this? We can help! Top Home Cleaning is here to do your end of tenancy cleaning, while you take the time to settle in your new home and enjoy the company of your family. All you need to do to make it happen is send us a message in the contact form below!

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