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10 End of Tenancy Cleaning Tips to Save Your Bacon

As part of our end of tenancy cleaning service in Birmingham and beyond, we tend to find that there’s lots of little extra things to be aware of over and beyond normal cleaning activities. This is for a unique situation with high expectations of a thorough clean for a new person to take over, that often needs doing quickly and in line with documents like the tenancy agreement and inventory.
 
Therefore here are 10 of our top tips for when you’re in this scenario of end-of-tenancy cleaning:

1. Remember the Rubbish 

This tends to mount up more than you might think, particularly once you start digging through cupboards and storage areas. In addition to usual bin bags of rubbish, you may have old furniture and cardboard boxes, making sure these can easily be removed or agreed to be left.

2. Access all Areas 

Every bit counts, whether that’s old storage areas under the stairs or cupboards, and even outside areas and garages. You can also have external patio and car park areas, in addition to the usual internal areas. 
 
You also need to make sure that access to the property is good to go, with any keys and alarm codes easily communicated and agreed with any occupiers or other contractors.

3. Deal with Documentation 

This is the key to effective agreement for end-of-tenancy cleaning, as this is the main reason why so many rental deposits are queried by landlords and managing agents because of their belief that the cleaning by the vacating tenant is not up to scratch. 
 
Any tenancy agreement needs careful analysis to determine exactly what is required, and then any final Cleaning Checklists and Schedules agreed with the cleaner.

4. Timing is Key

Quick cleaning right at the very end of the occupation is critical before any formal hand over date, therefore make sure this can all happen in plenty of time. 
 
In addition, allow time for any hick-ups and things generally being slower amidst the busyness of the current occupiers packing and getting ready to leave.

5. High Expectations

The bar is high with what’s expected, particularly from a new tenant or the main landlord. 
 
A vacating tenant may well do a reasonable clean that under normal circumstances will suffice, but for this context the extra mile is needed to get everything covered and it looking and smelling oh so clean for the new occupier.

6. In Depth Cleaning

This high expectation will need to filter through to actual deeper cleaning in some cases, not just looking and smelling nice and fresh. 
 
So areas like ovens and appliances in the kitchen may need that extra mile, and additional carpet cleans if there are stains and mess to clear up. Even window cleaning may require a specialist to reach those high and outside areas.

7. Damages & Forgotten Goods 

As a cleaner breezes around, they can easily spot things amiss. Whether that’s a broken ornament or tenants personal items left somewhere. 
 
In line with any inventory, this can provide helpful feedback to the landlord and managing agent to resolve with the outgoing tenant.

8. Short Term Lets 

So in addition to traditional AST lets, there is a whole new area of very short term almost overnight lets, particularly through intermediaries like Airbnb. 
 
Therefore make sure these are understood, and the workload and frequency fully accommodated for.

9.  Furnishing Right

Okay, at the end of the clean it needs to look pukka. So go the extra mile and make sure it does, whether its neatly piled towels in the bedroom, or a vase of flowers in the kitchen. 
 
This of course isn’t necessarily the cleaner’s role, but ask anyway, and see if they have any ideas and suggestions.

10. People Count

You have lots of people interests here, from landlords and managing agents, to estate agents, and then actual tenants themselves and other contractors. 
 
Know who’s involved and who calls the shots, and seek genuinely helpful ways to help others anyway 

Effective End of Tenancy Cleaning

Therefore before any cleaning is agreed and completed at the end of the lease, make sure the right people involvement, document-observance, time-scales, and check-lists are agreed in order to ensure that things are in tip-top condition. This will make sure things run like clock work and there are no nasty surprises.
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9 Top Tips For Cleaning Offices

As part of our commercial offering, we cover office cleaning in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands area for all forms of offices and business premises. 
 
Whether it’s a small office at home, or a large corporate client with separate occupied and communal areas, there are similar principles you can apply specifically for the office environment. 
 
Therefore here are our top 9 pointers to help out: 

1.Arranging Access

We have blogged here before on security and access arrangements in particular, with offices being a prime example of when this counts. Knowing access codes, or having keys and fobs can be accommodated. 

2.Right on Time

Cleaners tend to arrive early in the morning or early evening after the main office workers are away, so make sure this is clarified and there are no clashes with those using the areas. 

3.Respecting Privacy

By the nature of offices, there will be important documents lieing around, including people's own personal property, conversations and phone calls, and meetings. 
 
If in doubt then leave well alone, and make sure any Data Protection issues are clearly understood. 

4.Bread & Butter Cleaning

Make sure the basics are completed okay, mainly the vacuum cleaning or mopping of the floor covering, the dusting of exposed areas, and clearing away waste bins and general rubbish. 
 
Be clear on what exact areas are included, for example any computer screens and keyboards. 

5.Rubbish & Recycling

General waste paper and general bins will need to be emptied, with any external bins needing access for these afterwards. 
 
As office areas generate a lot of paper and card, there may need to be separate recycle requirements, and separate arrangements for say shredded paper and printer cartridges. 

6.Toilets

They are often in communal areas, but can be within an a office area, and generally need daily cleaning with separate systems to ensure there is no cross-contamination here with none-toilet areas.
 
You may need warning signs as well for those still wanting to use these areas, for example the flip signs you often see on a freshly-mopped floor. 

7.Kitchens

These are generally not very large areas in offices, and may be just a sink, top, dishwasher, and microwave. But there can still be a huge pile of plates and pots at the end of the day that need a separate wash and then putting away, including fresh tea towels and consumables like hand washes.  

8.Making Things Flow

It needs to happen seemlessly, so make sure that no vacuum cleaner wires get in the way, no noisy machines are used when people are on the phone, and people are polite and respectful of those still using the office areas. 

9 .Compliance

This tends to be at a higher level for workplaces, therefore specific documents like risk assessment and cleaning schedules needing to be agreed and clearly communicated. 

The Best Office Cleaning in Birmingham & Beyond 

There are more considerations to cleaning offices than first meets the eye, whether that’s how to deal with unique areas like toilets and the kitchen area, or people and working issues like the right timing and causing little disruption. 
 
As you go through these top 9 tips, then the sooner you can begin effectively planning the clean then the best it will be for everyone, and making sure all relevant parties are included and final documentation issued. 
 
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Tips for Cleaners Having Access Arrangements

Needing access into different areas of a home or business is something that will require some foresight and planning in most cases. Whilst sometimes you can just come and carry out cleaning services when the client or someone is there anyway, or they can easily allow access and leave you to it, in the majority of situations this isn’t the case, particularly when you’re carrying out cleaning at unusual times.

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6 Quick Cleaning Tips For The Right Impression

For those involved with small businesses and initiatives, whether start-ups or more established organisations, the focus will quite rightly be what generates business and profit. This includes products, clients and customers, staff and colleagues, and business cost reductions.

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