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What Does an End of Tenancy Clean Include?

Once a tenancy has been terminated, most landlords want to ensure that the property is restored to its best possible state before the new tenants move in. For this reason, it’s therefore important for an end of tenancy clean to take place. But what does an end of tenancy clean include?


What is an end of tenancy clean?


As the name suggests, an end of tenancy clean is a thorough clean that takes place once a tenant has terminated their stay in a given property. In some cases, more thorough cleaning is needed than in others, depending on how well the tenant looked after the property during their tenancy period. 


How long does an end of tenancy clean take?


This is a common question for landlords and previous tenants, as the property should be empty when the cleaning takes place and may require some advanced planning. Typically, an end of tenancy clean takes a few hours to complete, but this depends on the size of the rental unit. 

A one-bedroom or studio apartment will usually take between 3 and 4 hours to fully clean. However, a 3 bedroom house will take longer for a clean to be completed. It also depends on the amount of work required for the property to look spick and span for the next tenants. If services such as oven and carpet cleaning are needed, an end of tenancy clean will take substantially longer.


What does an end of tenancy clean include?


To ensure you are getting the most out of your end of tenancy cleaning service, you should make sure several tasks are completed as part of the service. Professional cleaners should always stipulate that the following will happen when you book an end of tenancy clean. 

  • A complete clean guarantee
  • A no obligation quote
  • A trained, professional team of cleaners
  • The provision of an end of tenancy cleaning checklist

The tasks that an end of tenancy clean should include are as follows.




The kitchen will require a lot of attention especially if it was used regularly. For the best possible end of tenancy cleaning, the kitchen will require:

  • A surface wipe down
  • Surface dusting 
  • Cupboard cleaning
  • Tiling or backsplash cleaning
  • A thorough kitchen floor clean
  • Inside and outside of units



To ensure good hygiene, cleaning services need to pay special attention to the bathroom. A bathroom clean should include: 

  • Water stain removal
  • Thorough cleaning and bleaching of basins, showers, baths and toilets
  • Descaling the shower, bath, basins, toilets
  • Scrubbing and descaling taps, showerheads and other fittings


Dining and living rooms


The dining room will require the following services: 

  • Dusting and wiping down any surfaces
  • A thorough vacuum and cleaning of the dining and living room floors




An end of tenancy bedroom cleaning must include: 

  • Dusting and wiping down any fixed units
  • Vacuum and thoroughly clean any carpet or hard floor. 




Some general tasks should be completed during an end of tenancy clean. These should include: 

  • Dusting and cleaning the skirting
  • Removing stains from walls
  • Cleaning door handles
  • Cleaning light switches
  • Dusting light fittings


Why should you hire a professional end of tenancy cleaner?


Professional cleaners have an advantage in cleaning rental units in that they know what to look for and are likely to have a set programme they follow when conducting an end of tenancy clean. Some tenants feel it is not necessary to hire professional cleaners and often attempt to take on the task themselves. However, landlords often deduct funds from the previous tenant’s security deposit to pay for professional service if one has not already been hired. In most cases, it’s therefore more cost effective to hire a professional cleaning service in the first place rather than attempting to clean a rental unit yourself. 


Where can I hire an end of tenancy cleaner?


For a 100% clean guarantee, Inter County’s team who are end of tenancy cleaning professionals will ensure your rental unit is spotless and in ship shape condition for your new tenants to move into their new home. If you require more information about what Inter County can offer, get in touch with us today and we’ll be more than happy to help you with any queries you have surrounding an end of tenancy clean.