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July 12, 2021

Domestic Cleaning isn't end of tenancy cleaning - here's why!

If you're not in the cleaning services field, you might get confused at the end of the tenancy when your landlord refuses to give back the whole deposit. Even though you have cleaned the property, he is unhappy with the results, but why?

Domestic cleaning is the regular housekeeping that makes a space look tidy and clean. However, at the end of the tenancy, the property should be spotless, impeccable, and immaculate—something that is beyond domestic cleaning. At Sil All Services, we are happy to show you how different it is from domestic cleaning. Details come down below.

What is domestic cleaning?

You don’t need to be a professional cleaner to know that cleaning work can have different degrees. If you’re close to end your tenancy and think about hiring domestic cleaners, you might want to give it another thought.

Domestic cleaning refers to regular housekeeping that keeps a space in a manageable condition. Routine household chores are typical for domestic cleaning. Some people choose to do their domestic cleaning, whereas others prefer to hire professional domestic cleaners.

What is expected with domestic cleaning?

Here are some domestic cleaning tasks expected with domestic cleaning:

  • Dusting and wiping all surfaces easy to access
  • General tidying
  • Doing the dishes
  • Removing the light lime scale deposits
  • Emptying and changing bins
  • Vacuuming and mopping floors throughout the property
  • Cleaning the showers, baths, and toilets
  • Doing the laundry, ironing and folding clothes

Domestic cleaning is crucial for keeping a space pleasant and comfortable. It's all about the little cleaning tasks we need to manage regularly to stop a living space from becoming a mess.

End of tenancy cleaning is a lot more than domestic cleaning. Regular cleaning can reduce the amount of cleaning needed at the end of the tenancy agreement, but it won't be enough to satisfy the landlord for a full deposit return. Deep cleaning is crucial to ensure you will get the entire deposit back. At Sil All Services, we don't recommend you do it yourself but hire professionals for end of tenancy cleaning services. Keep reading to understand why.

What does end of tenancy cleaning entail?

If you think about the most thorough cleaning service you can book, the end of tenancy cleaning would be it. The professionals at Sil All Services will move the furniture and vacuum underneath, remove all grime, grease and dust from kitchen appliances, clean inside and outside the fridge, etc. Our technicians will thoroughly clean everything that requires deep cleaning and leave all surfaces, appliances, furniture, windows, etc., spotless and impeccable. Rest assured that our end of tenancy cleaning services will impress your landlord and ensure a full and unscathed security deposit return.

What are everyday cleaning tasks with the end of tenancy cleaning?

Dependable cleaning companies such as Sil All Services work by checklists that cover numerous cleaning chores. We are flexible and ready to adjust our list to clients' needs, preferences, and budgets. Our end of tenancy cleaning checklist includes but isn’t limited to:

  • Wiping and dusting all surfaces
  • Cleaning inside the cupboards, cabinets, and drawers
  • Cleaning the fridge and freezer on the inside and out
  • Oven cleaning
  • Cleaning windows on the inside, the window sills, and ledges
  • Bathroom descaling
  • Moving and cleaning beneath furniture
  • Deep cleaning the toilets, baths, and showers
  • Disinfecting toilets
  • Wiping and disinfecting touch-point surfaces such as handrails, door handles, bannisters,
  • Vacuuming all carpets and floors
  • Mopping all floors
  • Wiping and polishing mirrors, glass surfaces, picture frames, doors, door frames
  • Dusting all surfaces and woodwork
  • Cleaning kitchen appliances, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Cleaning the garage and outdoor areas (patio, balcony, etc.)
  • Tidying up in the garden, organising the gardening tools, etc

If asked, we can perform extra services:

  • Clean the windows from the outside
  • Clean the carpet and upholstery
  • Manage particular cleaning tasks from the letting agent or the landlord

What are the differences between domestic cleaning and end of tenancy cleaning?

Some of you hire domestic cleaners for regular housekeeping. Domestic cleaners are experienced and great at keeping a living space in good condition. But will they be able to help you with the end of tenancy cleaning services as well? With all due respect, we consider that it takes a lot more work, dedication, specialised equipment, and products to perform end of tenancy cleaning services at high standards. Here are some main differences between the end of tenancy cleaning and domestic cleaning:

How it begins

Unlike domestic cleaning, end of tenancy cleaning happens after you have removed all your belongings from the property. At Sil All Services, we recommend our clients book us for two days before moving out so that dust, dirt, and grime don't have time to collect on surfaces.

Once all the personal items have been removed from the property, our cleaners proceed with tenancy cleaning. The process goes faster this way, and we no longer have to move furniture around to clean underneath it. Everything that isn't easy to access with domestic cleaning will be cleaned throughout the end of tenancy cleaning.  

Carpet cleaning

Domestic cleaners come and hoover your carpets regularly. However, they won't use specialised equipment for cleaning in case of stains or deeply set grime and dirt. Our Sil All Services Northampton professionals use the hot water extraction method to leave all carpets stain-free and fresh smelling.

The cleaning products and equipment

Domestic cleaners typically use the cleaning products of the client. End of tenancy cleaners at Sil All Services use commercial-grade cleaning supplies that are strong and most effective. Additionally, we use the most up-to-date cleaning equipment.

Cleaning all surfaces and areas

Our end of tenancy cleaners are vetted and experienced. They know how to clean the most difficult to reach areas and find the most unlikely place for dirt to collect. Domestic cleaners typically clean the surfaces and sites that are easy to access and noticeable; the risk for them not to check out the most minute details is high.

Cleaning kitchen appliances, inside and out

Domestic cleaners wipe around and inside the kitchen appliances. In contrast, an end of tenancy cleaner will remove all mildew, grime, food deposits, and grease from the inside of your kitchen appliances, fridge, oven, and freezer. Our cleaners carefully clean the dishwasher and washing machine, the lint filters of the tumble dryer, etc. We leave the toaster and microwave germ-free and impeccable. On top of everything else, our end of tenancy cleaners degreases the inside of the oven. Oven cleaning is tedious work, and it's a separate service that domestic cleaners only cover upon request. When you hire us for end of tenancy cleaning, oven cleaning is part of our job.

Cleaning light fixtures

It's common for domestic cleaners to skip wiping the sockets, lampshades, light switches, etc. End of tenancy cleaners always pay attention to the most minute detail and don't skip anything that requires a deep cleaning.

Removing lime scale

Don't expect the domestic cleaners to remove lime scale because they won't do it. Lime scale removal is one of the many cleaning chores of our end of tenancy cleaners.

Charging, checklists, and scheduling

Most domestic cleaners charge by the hour, while the end of tenancy cleaners charge for the job. At Sil All Services Northampton, we never check out the time when cleaning; we will clean for as many hours as necessary to leave everything spotless and immaculate.

We have checklists for our end of tenancy cleaning services, but we’re ready to modify them according to your specific cleaning needs, requests, and budget. As for scheduling, feel free to book us at a time of your convenience. Unlike domestic cleaners, we work seven days a week and on bank holidays. We take on short-notice jobs and can come on Saturday nights, Sunday Mondays, etc.—we come whenever you need us to come!

Do you need end of tenancy cleaning services?

At Sil All Services Northampton, we provide you with the end of tenancy cleaning services of high quality and affordable rates. We are experienced and cover a comprehensive range of deep cleaning services: spring cleaning, after builders cleaning, one-off cleans, move-in/out cleaning, etc. Call us for further information about our work and get a free quote for the job!

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