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Ease the Stress of Moving Out, with These Expert Cleaning Tips

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Research has shown that 9 in 10 letting agents have said the main reason tenants don’t get their full deposits back is due to leaving the property dirty or messy. With many renters at risk of losing their rental deposits due to lack of cleaning, what are the best ways to get your property looking clean and fresh before your tenancy is up?

London end of tenancy cleaning company have offered up some of the best cost-effective cleaning tips to help renters clean their homes for less and get their deposits back at the end of their tenancy. 

Jake Alford, a carpet cleaning expert from Cleaning Day, explains the stress many people experience when moving out of a rental property: “One of the biggest sources of anxiety for tenants is the fear of not getting their full security deposit back. They worry that even if they clean the property thoroughly, the landlord will find some reason to withhold part or all of the deposit. This can be very stressful, especially when you’re already dealing with the hassle and expense of moving to a new place.”

Here are five cost-effective cleaning hacks to help renters get their deposit back:

1. Descaling your shower head (£0.29)


  • White Vinegar (£0.29)
  • Plastic bag
  • Tap water

Over time, hard water can clog up your shower head, and unscrewing it every time you should clean it can be time consuming and irritating. To clean your shower head efficiently, pour equal amounts of water and vinegar into a plastic bag. Take the bag and tie it around the shower head, leaving it to sit for a minimum of 30 minutes. Once done, remove the bag and run water through the shower head.

2. Cleaning your hard floors (£2.69)


  • ¼ cup white vinegar (£0.29)
  • ¼ cup baking soda (£1.75)
  • 1 tsp of washing up liquid (£0.65)
  • 2 gallons of warm tap water

Choosing and buying the right floor cleaner can be hard, but using these items, you can make your own at home for a great price. This recipe can work on any floor type and remove any lingering smells. Simply mix the ingredients above into a solution, grab your mop and start cleaning your floors. If you want a more floral scent, you can add a few drops of rosemary and lavender essential oils to the solution.

3. Removing mildew from the bathroom and shower (£0.94)


  • White vinegar (£0.29)
  • Washing up liquid (£0.65)

Mildew builds in every bathroom over time, and can look dirty and unpleasant, especially if left uncleaned at the end of a tenancy. This cost-effective solution can clear up mildew, leaving you with a clean, fresh bathroom. Simply mix the washing up liquid and white vinegar in equal parts, into a dish brush. Once done, begin scrubbing at any mildew around your shower and bathroom. It is particularly good for cleaning the shower door seal, and other silicone parts.

4. Cleaning your surfaces (£2.04)


  • White vinegar (£0.29)
  • Baking soda (£1.75)

These household items are especially good if you have mould in your home. Many people make the mistake of using bleach on mould which can actually help mould grow. Instead, use white vinegar to clean mould and any dirty surfaces. For any tougher areas, use a little bit of baking soda and add some vinegar to this, it will fizz up and allow you to scrub away the grime.

5. Cleaning your mirrors (£0.94)


  • 1 cup of white vinegar (£0.29)
  • 1 tsp of washing up liquid (£0.65)
  • 1 cup of water

Mirrors can become dirty over time, gathering dust and becoming foggy with stains and water marks from our bathrooms. This solution can help leave your mirrors clean and clear at the end of your tenancy. Simply combine 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 teaspoon of washing up liquid and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle, and shake it to mix the solution. Spray it directly onto the mirror and let it sit for roughly 30 seconds. Finally, wipe the spray off the mirror with a microfiber cloth, or some newspaper. 

Mira from London end of tenancy cleaning company shared some information: “When it comes to the end of your tenancy in rented accommodation, it can be a stressful experience to have to juggle moving out and ensuring your home is clean before leaving. These tips are designed to alleviate some of this stress, by providing you with cost-effective cleaning hacks that can help you get your deposit back.

“Cupboard staples such as white distilled vinegar can often be forgotten or left in the back of your cupboard, but this cheap home essential can prove to be a really effective cleaning method. The acidic nature of vinegar is very powerful and can cut through dirt and grime, leaving you with a cleaner home, without breaking the bank.”

She added: “Mixing white vinegar with baking soda also creates a strong solution to tackling grease and grime, which can help you clean a variety of surfaces in your home. Of course, these cost-effective tips can also be used whenever you need to clean your home, not just at the end of your tenancy.”

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