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end of tenancy cleaning checklist guide

End of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist

An end of tenancy clean is required when you move out of your property. Tenants will need to clean the property in order to get their cleaning deposit back (read our End of Tenancy Cleaning Guide). Most professional cleaning services follow an end of tenancy cleaning checklist to ensure all areas of the property are cleaned.

Checklists vary from company to company but we’ve compiled a general list on what might be included in end of tenancy cleaning. This is not an exhaustive list but it might give you an idea on what to clean if you’re doing it yourself. Have a look below to see if you’ve missed out anything!

The End Of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist


Doors, door frames, windows, window frames, lights/lampshades, floors, carpets, skirting boards, plug sockets and ceiling corners are the general areas that will be cleaned thoroughly during an end of tenancy cleaning.

Front Hall

  • Picture frames
  • Phone
  • Fuse box
  • Cupboards


  • Cupboard doors (inside, out and underneath)
  • Kitchen sink (including limescale)
  • Tiles
  • Boiler
  • Bin (inside and out)
  • Appliances (fridge, oven, microwave, hob, kettle, washing machine etc)


  • Bedframe
  • Chest of draws (inside, outside and underneath)
  • Mattress
  • Mirrors
  • Wardrobe (inside, outside and underneath)


  • Mirrors
  • Toilet (inside and outside)
  • Bin
  • Bath/Shower (inside and outside – all limescale removed)
  • Sink
  • Extractor fan

All upholstery will need to be cleaned as well if they belong to the landlord. Depending on what your contract says, you may be required to tidy your garden (trim bushes, cut grass) or treat the wood if there is a wooden patio. Always read your contract to see what extra things need to be included to ensure you get your cleaning deposit back.

Have pets? Some landlords will require you to take extra precaution in cleaning the carpets to make sure that no animal hair is left (read about carpet cleaning). Click here to browse and compare cleaning companies and book through us!