There’s no better time for spring cleaning your rental property than, well, spring. The sun stays out a little bit longer and you start to get the urge to wipe away winter clutter and make a fresh start.
Not sure how to start your seasonal clean-up? Follow this simple checklist to tackle the tasks with the biggest impact and keep your rental property in tip top condition.
Build a spring-cleaning kit
Instead of rifling through your linen closet for a different cleaner every time you move to a new room, put together a bucket full of everything you’ll need to clean your entire home. Include items like detergent, all-purpose cleaners and vinegar, sponges and rags, and rubber gloves. This will simplify and speed up your spring cleaning.
Scrub your tub
Soap scum and body oils can combine forces to ruin the shiny surface of your shower, sink and bathtub and make hard to reach places a haven for mould and mildew. Spray your shower, sink and bath area with an all-purpose bathroom cleaner, and allow the product to soak while you clean elsewhere. Remember to turn on your exhaust fan or open a window to let any fumes escape. Use a gentle scrubbing pad to remove bathtub rings or deposits on shower floors. Scrub your tile grout lines, taps, nooks and crannies with an old toothbrush. Rinse off cleaner quickly and cleanly with a detachable shower head or jug.
Wash walls, cabinets, baseboards and window sills
Grab a dry cloth and give your surfaces a wipe down to remove the dust. Follow up with a sponge and warm soapy water. Scrub walls from top to bottom, and make sure to leave a door or window cracked open to speed-up the drying process.
Clean your screens and windows
Gleaming windows can make a big impact to the look of your home. If you can access your windows safely, now’s a great time to give them a clean. Remove the screen from the window, and give it a quick squirt with a hose. Scour the screens with soapy water to remove all grime and debris and let dry in the sun. Give the window a quick dust down with a cobweb brush to remove the dirt, grime and spider webs. Scrub the window from top to bottom with a clean cloth and soapy water or a water and vinegar mixture. Now squeegee the window dry. You can avoid streaks by cleaning the squeegee blade with a rag between strokes.
Remove grease from your cooktop and range hood
To make stainless steal surfaces sparkle, mix a solution of a little bit of detergent with hot water. Use a cloth to rub away marks in small sections, going with the grain. Rinse with hot water and dry with a clean cloth immediately.
Pull your furniture away from walls and vacuum behind and under it. Don’t forget to vacuum the skirting boards and air vents while you’re back there.
Clean the fridge
Freshen up your fridge by removing any food that’s past its best. Once it’s empty, use a combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner”. Wipe down the entire unit with this solution for a double win, as it also helps to prevent future mold and mildew build-up.