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How to Easily Clean a Student’s Home at the End of a Tenancy

When a student comes to the end of their residence, there can be a whole range of cleaning to catch up on. This is often with universities and colleges where students are living in prescribed accommodation or separate student digs with others, and at the end of the academic year or terms where there are key points of change.
 
Effective cleaning is of course important anyway, but where a home or room is let from a landlord or other establishment, then this is where handing back the room in a good clean condition is key. These end-of-tenancy scenarios usually state that everything has to be handed back in the good clean condition of when they found it, fair wear and tear maybe being allowed.
 
This is really a combination of a general clean and more specific end-of-tenancy clean for other kinds of general letters although with a few unique twists and turns to bear in mind. Student life can be messy to say the least, which is fine so long as it's kept on top of by the end, but the dynamics of others being involved and nagging landlords can make things interesting.
 
So here are a few student cleaning tips for those looking at a student clean-up. Whether you're a student needing to do this, a landlord needing to ensure if happens correctly, a worried friend or family member wondering if they have to step in and help, or a middle-man like a letting agent - this will help everyone get more of a handle on students end-of-tenancy cleaning:

1. Deposits 

Remember that a deposit held by a landlord could be kept if things aren't cleaned up correctly. For certain short-term residential leases this has to be kept separately from a landlord and a fair procedure adhered to in order to release it. Therefore not only check what the requirements are to release but that it has been correctly noted in the first place.
 
Ideally work with the landlord or letting agent to agree what needs doing and when, and then when actual monies will be agreed. There may be an initial inventory showing the original moving-in condition to refer to. Make sure cleaning isn't duplicated by a landlord sending in cleaners afterwards for just a few small extras like a carpet clean and instead getting the whole place unnecessarily cleaned up as well.

2. The End 

Get a final definition of when things come to an end. This may sound too simple to be true, but it can save a lot of confusion afterwards.
 
So if there is a final hand-back date to the landlord, then make sure each student actually leaves well before then and gives ample time to clean up afterwards. You may need to focus on each individual room first, and then tackle the communal living areas last.
 
Then look at how this will all be determined as acceptable with the landlord, maybe a day or so before the agreed end to give time for people to then go in and finish off any other bits missed.

3. A Load of Rubbish 

Removing rubbish is always a problem anyway, particularly so with student life. There can be tonnes of items left to get rid of, from old and broken items, general cardboard boxes and rubbish, and all those little extras such as old pizza boxes under the sofa.
 
Not only make sure it's all accounted for, including anything stashed away in store cupboards, but then work out how it will all practically be taken away. You may need a separate trip to the tip with extra bags and items, in which case transport will need to be arranged with students not tending to have their own cars to do so.
 
Maybe you can all chip in and pay for a special collection, and check to see if anything can be recycled not only to save the planet but be more cost effective.

4. Cleaning Products and Equipment

The good news is that you don't have to get carried away with things, which is good news with students who are on a budget and will tend to favour straight-forward discounted goods from a local supermarket, for example.
 
So stick with the basics, a good cloth, ideally microfibre, a good general all-purpose spray, and something a little bit stronger for, say, the toilet and areas like the oven and taps. A good old mop and bucket is helpful for floors, and of course some good gloves and possibly apron if you're getting really stuck in. Of yes, and lots of bin bags of course as well.
 
Hopefully you have a vacuum cleaner anyway, but make sure it's up for a big clean up, and you don't need to get any extra bags or even clean the vacuum itself.
 
On a practical note, you may need to get everyone chipping in with this on a shared basis, unless everyone just does themselves, and be careful of automatically using any existing items which you don’t know the history of and may have been around for years.

5. The Extra Mile 

A quick flick around with a hoover and duster probably won't cut the mustard, and you're going to have to go deeper.
 
Actually start from the top and ideally with a long feather duster get rid of cobwebs etc near the ceiling, and remember to check areas like picture rails, curtains and rails, lampshades, and windows and sills.
 
Back at ground level, focus on doors, handles and mirrors to thoroughly wipe off all smears and stains, and always give the skirting a wipe down. It's amazing what good old hot water and cloth with some elbow grease can achieve.
 
Of course you have all the hidden and special areas like kitchen cupboards and bedroom wardrobes and desks to include, and all the equipment like microwaves and ovens, and apparatus like taps with lime scale that will need that extra TLC.
 
And don't forget to move items of furniture to cheek underneath and behind them.
 
To finish off you then have floors, often the last job on the list. Hopefully this is simple vacuum cleaning and mopping, remembering to get right into the edges and underneath things.

6. The Heavy Mob 

Even with a good deep clean, there may be things just too much to cope with, in which case you need to bring in some heavy-mob help. Whether this is a cleaning company or some well-researched friends and family, this can help save the day.
 
Maybe the oven needs a full oven clean, or the carpets a separate carpet clean. There may be stains in certain areas as well, plus upholstery like sofas and curtains to have looked at.
 
A real nasty one may be the drains and any smells and blockages that you come across not for the faint hearted, with special substances to clear them being the first point of call.
 
You may also come across repairs and damage that border on some good DIY and handyman skills, whether new bulbs, a loose door handle and lock, and damaged areas of wall once things like posters come off them.

7. The Outside Areas 

Don't forget any outside areas in the frenzy of getting the inside ones perfected.
 
This could be just straight forward paths and rear yards, with all kinds of dumped rubbish and old bikes, cigarette ends and after-party mess, and even neglected grass and planted areas that need a bit of gardening green fingers.
 
Remember any other hidden areas as well, such as garages and sheds, basements and cellars, and even lofts which might have items stashed in there.

8. Who Has What

Student living is often a communal experience with everyone having their own items here there and everywhere.
 
This needs to be bottomed out from the start, and who will be taking what and when, in which case they don't have to be cleaned for this purpose, with each person then often dealing with separately. It may be worth labelling these up so everyone knows just what is left to be done.
 
Then, make sure every little detail is noted, including individual cutlery and plates in the kitchen area which will probably need a good final wash after everything else, and then neatly placed back.

9. The Final Bling Factor

Okay, you're about there and things are taking shape. You hopefully have confidence that a proper job has been done, and therefore as a final step just make sure it looks the part now.
 
These little finishing touches can make a huge difference and provide a great first impression on others, and finishing off all the hard work so far. So it might be using smelly sprays as a final wipe around, or even nice smelling scents and candles.
 
Also remember the visual impact as well, so a nice bunch of flowers possibly, and everything neat and tidy afterwards rather than just slung around.

Easily Cleaning Up the Aftermath of Student Life

So when looking at getting a student pad nice and clean, these 9 tips will help make sure things are correctly covered. Whether it's the nitty gritty actual cleaning and what needs doing, or within the context of deposits and working with others and their expectations, these will help keep things on track.
 
And who knows, you might actually enjoy the process.
 
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Some Kick-Ass Kitchen Cleaning Tips

When you're cleaning kitchen and food preparation areas, you need to get serious. Whether that's your own messy kitchen at home, the communal area at work, or the pivitel part of say your restaurant business.
 
It's a potential breeding ground for bacteria and germs, and as well as looking and smelling great, you need to make sure it's all fully hygienic  behind the scenes, and every Food Hygiene box ticked off.
 
Like with a lot of cleaning tasks though, once you know what to tackle you can often get a smooth routine going with it, or if you're bringing in cleaners then know the sort of things to watch out for. Therefore here are a few good kick-ass tips that can help you get on top of your kitchen and catering area with as little fuss as possible:

1. Go From Top to Bottom

This is a great general rule of thumb anyway, as in you start cleaning at the top with say a feather duster removing cobwebs at ceiling level, right down to final floor cleaning to finish off. This works on the basis that dirt naturally works itself downwards, and therefore you limit the chance of already-cleaned areas then getting messy again.
 
With kitchen areas in particular, remember that the very last area to consider is probably the sink rather than the floor through, as this will be your regular source of water and rinsing cloths, and will need that final touch up.

2. Get the Real Dirt Dealt With 

Don't be fogged off with nice looking kitchen areas, when there can a piles of mess lurking away in the background. Because these kitchen areas will be processing so much 'stuff' and waste, then it's going to end up somewhere.
 
So check drains, and any kind of extraction and refuse facility. Dig right down and get all those grease traps and descaling lime scale areas all dug out and cleaned up perfectly.

3. Gorgeous Food Preperation Areas Are Key 

But don't then forget the final finished workshop and good preparation areas - they will not only add that per-zaz back when correctly cleaned, but the ever so important hygienne factor to these areas where bare food will be prepared.
 
So get rid of stubborn stains, remove all crumbs, correctly wipe off the sinks areas, and include any special cleaning substances.

4. Grab All Utensils & Clean

They will be there somewhere, all the pots, pans, cutlery, and equipment that is regularly used be people. 
 
Get them all correctly scrubbed up separately, often the last job when they can then all go back in the freshly cleaned storage areas.

5. Guage What Equipment Needs Tackling

Don't forget the nuts and bolt equipment of the modern kitchen area - ovens, microwaves, kettles, toasters, and coffee machines. 
 
They may require special cleans, according to special manufacturer instructions, but whatever is needed, make sure it's done correctly.

6. Going into Hidden Places

Behind that swish finished kitchen should be a slick storage system, that may not be easily seen by your eye, but unfortunately found by dirt ad dust. So even though it's a hassle taking all that equipment out from say the cupboards, it's worth it in order to get to the hidden corners and shelves and get all nicely cleaned up
 
So when it comes to tackling the kitchen and food preparation areas, whether at home or work, then have a reality check and realise that there's going to have to be a few extra-mile steps to take to make sure they not only look great, but are nice and hygienic behind the scenes.
 
So whether you’re doing it yourself or you're having cleaners do it for you, go through these pointers and make sure reality matches the theory. You'll the be freed up to enjoy the area, and all the tasty (and safe) food and drink that comes from it.
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5 Ways to Make Sure Corporate Business Cleaning Is Effective

When it comes to corporate business cleaning, you tend to have more standardised procedures and schedules to go by. They may well be targets and KPIs, and businesses need to ensure that only the correct and most compliant procedures are adhered to.
 
This is good and right, helping with clear expectations. If they’re delivered by an individual cleaning company, then you can easily establish tenders and alternative proposals from other suppliers.
 
However, there can be a tendency to get information overload. There may be wades of paperwork to go through, and standard answers that are hard to grasp and visualise in reality. Therefore sifting through this to get to the bottom-line actual effective service can be challenging.
 
So here are 5 simple principles to consider in order to get it right. These will all help you pinpoint what you need to then arrange in reality:

1. Let’s Walk

So begin with the basics, and a simple walk of the premises in question to see what’s needed. With the client explaining what’s happening, and the cleaner helping interpret this into tangible services, this will easily refine exact requirements.
 
Ideally this needs to accommodate all the needs, so maybe within or outside hours, and liaising with other colleagues and suppliers to make the most of it. This can also help confirm practical issues such as access requirements and refuse facilities.

2. Let’s Spec 

You can then establish a cleaning schedule and specification with details of exactly what needs doing. This may change for different areas, for example toilets to general desktops, and this will flesh out into reality your walk around and conversation.
 
Other related documentation can also follow from this, for example risk assessments and any communication requirements.

3. Let’s Time

Knowing when cleaning happens is important on two levels. The first and obvious ones is when each task needs doing, so for example the toilets daily and a thorough wipe of other areas on a weekly basis.
 
Secondly, check what times these will practically happen, for example out of working hours, and if any special say weekend access is required through whatever means of entry.

4. Let’s Involve

No it’s time to see who’s involved, primarily actual cleaners on an individual basis. They will need to have the right skills, team-work, and get-along factor with the client.
 
There will of course be others to include as well, for example other contractors and suppliers, and customer site contacts and security personnel. 
 
When everyone is clear of other’s roles, everything will run along nice and smoothly.

5. Let’s Review 

Even the best contracts and basis should be regularly reviewed, particular so with cleaning as it depends so much upon the input of individuals, and with ideally clear targets to reach. Therefore, no matter how regularly or thorough these are, make sure it’s included to some degree and that things are easily kept on top of.
 
Therefore when analysing how effective your corporate business cleaning service is, go through these above 5 principles which will help let you see the wood for the trees. 
 
As each client enters into a serious dialogue with individual cleaning contractors, then these will help firmly establish what’s needed and how it will happen. 
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The 3-Stage-Process for Any Cleaning

We often get asked the question, what’s involved with cleaning, particularly in our general cleaning services around Birmingham and the Midlands. Without getting too technical and looking at separate carpet or say window cleaning services, what does a good old general clean entail?
 
On one level it might be just a case of knowing what practically to clean, for example vacuum the carpet and dusting surfaces. On another level though, it’s knowing the whole cleaning experience, from what material and substances to use, or how to safely implement. This is certainly true on a more business level, but even when cleaning your own home these are important factors to get right.

Our 3-Stage Cleaning Process

We can rattle the answer down to three simple stages when it comes to any form of cleaning, whether one-off or ongoing, whether residential and homes, or commercial business premises. These are the brass-tacks to make sure you include everything:

1. What You Need

So begin with understanding what you need to actually do to complete the cleaning, as you’ll more than likely need to collect all these things together before you even lift a finger to wipe a surface.
 
One aspect is the right cleaning substances, and whether you’re going to add any substances to water, bleach to say toilets, and spray on surfaces. Check you have the right quantity as well as quality of substances.
 
Another is then the best equipment to use, whether a fancy microfibre cloth and mop say, or the best buckets and carrying equipment. This can also extend to things like cleaning signs and storage cupboards.
 
Finally look at Personal Protective Equipment, otherwise known as PPE, which boils down to what clothing you need to have to be safe from harm. In addition to obvious items like gloves and aprons, think of special items like glasses for dangerous areas or hair-ties for long hair.

2. What You Do

Okay, time to get cracking on what needs doing, ideally in a form of a Cleaning Schedule or Checklist. Not only will this list what actual tasks need doing, but when they need doing first and on an ongoing basis.
 
Then make them look great and easily understood, easily accessible and updated, and applicable for every room and cleaning task.

3. How You Do It

Finally think through how this will all be done, one area being Health & Safety compliance. Although this can appear daunting, so long as you have a clear plan-of-action with a COSHH policy and Risk Assessment of issues, then you’re well on your way.
 
In addition, keep an eye on the practical things as well, such as what hours to work, access arrangements, and even how to remove and deal with rubbish.

Providing The Right Cleaning

So first begin with seeing what you need to have in order to do the cleaning, from the right PPE clothing to the best cleaning products. Then consider what you actually need to clean, down to as much common-sense detail as possible.
 
Finally end up thinking through how you will then practically do this, from practical pointers to important Health & Safety concerns. 
 
Before long you will have a clear steer on how to get cleaning done real simple and effectively.
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Don’t Stop the Party! Here’s our Tips for Event & Party Cleaning

As part of our event and party cleaning service, there is a huge range of possible scenarios of after and pre-cleaning services that we can help with. This may be a party at home with friends and family, or a corporate business-bash with large accommodation and arrangements.
 
No matter what the extent and nature of these are, there are a few common-tips which will help you prepare for them and not get bogged-down and panic afterwards by having to deal with the aftermath. You should be enjoying the party and event, not worrying about how to clean up afterwards!
 
So here are our top 5 tips to consider:

1. Working with Others Works a Treat 

By the very nature of special events, you’re going to be working with other people and businesses, therefore it’s imperative for the cleaning to work alongside everyone else and complement each other to pull off the perfect happening. 
 
So whether it’s a careful programme with the maintenance or hospility crew, or alongside the host of the house, we can work with them from day one to get this all ticking along nicely.

2. Getting the Timing Spot On 

Things need to happen like clockwork, so make sure you get the timing just right. 
 
Maybe some things do need doing ASAP straight afterward the event, even into the early hours of the morning, whereas others can wait until afterwards. Whatever times you come up with, then make sure it can happen okay with practical factors such as access, any over-time pay being needed, and additional services such as the caterers being around.

3. Preparing Back-Up Cover 

Unfortunately, as we all know, things can go pear shaped, but will a little pre-planning you can easily make sure you’re not swamped and things get easily sorted. 
 
Maybe it’s extra cleaning-power at the time, or arranging emergency repairs and maintenance afterwards – all worth getting ready for beforehand.

4. Going Deeper and Deeper

Unfortunately, a general clean just won’t cut the mustard most of the time, so get ready to get your hands dirty. 
 
Extra deep-cleaning will be needed, particularly in prone areas like floors and carpets, and exposed areas like kitchens and toilet areas.

5. It’s All a Load of Rubbish

You’ve got it, there will be loads of rubbish to deal with afterwards, and often the first job on the to-do list. 
 
As well as quantity of rubbish to think or plan for, be prepared for unusual forms of rubbish as well, including waste food and drinks, and even more unpleasant mess-ups.
 
Therefore, as you plan your event or party, go through these 5 tips and begin to ensure that the clean-up happens effortlessly, without taking more time and energy than it needs to. 
 
It doesn’t matter whether this is being completed by yourself or being outsourced to others, these time-and-tested measures will work a treat. 
 
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