Hacks For Cleaning Between Tenants

By Ashley Paskill on January 14, 2022

One of the most tedious aspects of owning properties is having to clean between tenants. No matter how clean and tidy the tenants who are moving out are, you still need to do a deep cleaning to prepare for the tenants who are moving in. This may seem like an impossible task, but there are hacks you can use to make the process easier on yourself and make sure it gets done effectively in a timely manner.

Have the current tenants clean

Before they move out, have your current tenant do a deep cleaning of the apartment. In the lease, state that it is expected that the apartment will be returned to its original condition, the way it was when they moved in. This will help ensure that you have less cleaning to do and will help keep them accountable throughout their lease. If they know they will have to have the apartment clean when their lease is up, hopefully, they will maintain it as they live there. Though you will still want to do some cleaning yourself, having your current tenants get started on it will help you save time and money in the meantime.

Professionally clean carpets

Even if you deep clean the apartment yourself, have your carpets professionally cleaned, especially if your property has carpeting. This is even more important if you allow pets and your new tenants are allergic to pets the previous tenants had. Carpeting tends to be a breeding ground for bacteria and germs so it is crucial that you get them professionally cleaned to help ensure your new tenants stay safe and healthy. Otherwise, you will have to deal with consequences later on.

Double-check the bathrooms

Bathrooms are notorious for things like mold, mildew, and grime that can cause your tenants to get sick if they are not cleaned. Taking care of these quickly will help reduce any harm to the next tenants. Check behind tiles, mirrors, sink, tub, and shower to ensure you do not miss any while cleaning. Also, be sure to check for any plumbing issues and fix them before your new tenants move in. Keeping up with the bathroom is one of the most important things you can do while cleaning so your tenants are healthy, safe, and happy. The bathroom is where people go to take care of personal hygiene, so ensuring that the space is clean is important.

Kitchen cleaning

Along with the bathrooms, the kitchen is an essential area to be sure is clean. If a kitchen and dining area are seen as dirty, it can be a dealbreaker for potential tenants so it is crucial you clean and reclean these areas. People cook and clean in these rooms, so having them be clean is super important. A clean kitchen is important for avoiding contamination of food. Be aware of how to clean appliances are and wipe down any tables and other furniture you have. Dust any areas that need it and check to make sure that there is no mold or mildew on kitchen tiles.

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Focus on the whole property

If you own an entire apartment complex, keep your entire complex clean, not just the space(s) you are looking to rent right now. Tenants want to see that community spaces within the apartment complex are clean, even before they agree to move in. When showing spaces, ensure that shared spaces are clean to set a good impression on potential tenants. Ask current tenants for feedback on community spaces within the complex and do your best to uphold these requests. If you have a pool, make sure it is maintained and clean so it does not appear dirty.

Know what to use

Knowing what types of products to use on different surfaces will help ensure you are getting your rental as clean as possible. For example, window screens can be cleaned with a vinegar and water solution. Using the right products allows you to clean properly and use less of the wrong products. This helps you save time and money that would be spent on going out and buying more products. It also helps you protect your items at your property so you are not using products that are too harsh on certain appliances or surfaces.

Have someone check

As you are working on cleaning, it can be easy to miss spots that are actually dirty. Once you think you are done, have someone else, preferably someone who is trained, come in and do a check to be sure things are in good condition. Having another eye go over the property can help ensure you did not miss any dirt you missed or dirt you overlooked when cleaning. After a long day of cleaning, it can be easy to miss dirt, so checking it later is a safe option to be sure your rental is good to go.

Cleaning between tenants can be another difficult and time-consuming task that needs to be done, but knowing tricks can help you be successful in having a clean property for your next tenant.

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