Moving out of a Rented Property: How to Make Sure Your Bathroom Is Squeaky Clean

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When it's time to move out of your rented home, it's also time to clean. It can be exciting to move to a new place, and yet you need to ensure that your old place is as clean as possible so that you can get your bond back. If your budget allows for it, you might be thinking about hiring a commercial cleaning company to do the work for you. There are a number of companies who specialise in cleaning rental properties with the specific goal of getting you your bond back, since they know what a landlord will be looking for. If you plan to do the work yourself, you need to allocate a reasonable amount of time to do so. After all, such tasks can often take longer than you expect. It's important to give a lot of attention to your bathroom, as it can sometimes be difficult to bring this room back to the necessary standard. So what do you need to look out for when it comes to cleaning your bathroom before you move out of a rental property?

Your Entry Condition Report

It's hardly surprising that bathrooms can end up looking a bit worse for wear. It's a high use room with a lot of moisture, so discolouration and even a bit of mildew shouldn't come as a shock. You need to check the entry condition report that was produced when you moved into the property. Note the reported condition of the bathroom, as it might be possible that some discolouration of the floors and fixtures was already there before you moved in. It can be difficult to remember these things yourself if you've been living in the property for a while, so the entry condition report can be very handy at this stage. In order to get your bond back, you need to return the property to the level that is detailed in the entry condition report. So what are some things you need to remember when cleaning your bathroom prior to moving out of a rental property?

Things to Remember

  • While most tiles can be easily wiped clean, you might also need to remove any discolouration from the grout. This can be rather time-consuming, so please allocate sufficient time. Obtain a specialist product (which can be found at most supermarkets and hardware shops) and apply it with a plastic-bristled brush. A metal-bristled brush can damage the grout.
  • It is sometimes not enough to merely wipe the shower head as this will not remove any limescale. You can easily get rid of limescale using white vinegar.
  • Don't forget the extractor fan! You might need to remove the duct cover with a screwdriver so that you can clean it with warm, soapy water. It might be necessary to wipe the interior of the extractor fan to remove any dust. Please disconnect the electricity to the bathroom first so that the fan is not accidentally turned on while you clean it.

If there is any mildew or discolouration that you cannot remove yourself using household products, then it might be time to call in a professional cleaning service. Sure, it's an added expense, but it makes it far more likely that your bathroom will pass inspection, allowing you to get your bond back.

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