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Please find below some examples of items we have to re-check most frequently during flat inspections and a suggestion of the best way to clean them. Please note that these inspections are only interim checks and the accommodation should be kept clean at all times. Action will be taken against a flat at any time if it is found to be in an unsuitable condition.

Proper cleaning products must be used. Soap or washing up liquid is not sufficient to clean with, nor is wiping things over with a damp cloth. For the bathroom it is best to use a bathroom cleaner and a multi-purpose cleaner can be used in the kitchen for most items. For the oven and hob please use an oven cleaner for the best results. Ensure rubber gloves are worn when using cleaning solutions or handling hot water. Always follow any safety instructions on product packaging.

The two laws of house cleaning

  1. Divide and conquer. You’ll save both time and hard labour - if you clean weekly and schedule tasks over the week—bathroom one day, kitchen another.
  2. Wipe up a spill right away - You’ll save yourself both trouble and expense if you don’t wait for a spill to congeal into a sticky mess or dye the furniture a different colour.

The 10-minute quick clean

  1. Make the bed - Smooth out the sheets and blankets; straighten the quilt and pillow/s.
  2. Empty the bin - Toss rubbish in the bins provided, cans and papers and other recyclables in the recycling bins (if available).
  3. Stuff your dirty laundry into a washing basket - Big clue: if the basket doesn’t have enough room for everything, plan to do some laundry soon.
  4. Gather odds and ends - The CDs you need to return, iPod speakers, magazines—into a basket. Put food away.
  5. Dust - Spray a little all-purpose cleaner onto a cloth or paper towels and wipe down washable surfaces.
  6. Sweep - If you have a patio or balcony, sweep it.
  7. Vacuum - First pick up clips, rubber bands, and bits of string that can clog the vacuum cleaner. Empty/replace bags regularly.

Cleaning services

No time to clean? You can arrange for a cleaner for a one-off, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis.

A professional / Reliable and Friendly Cleaner

£12 per hour

Weekly / Monthly Cleaning
One Off Cleaning
End of Tenancy Cleaning

Call Jeanette on 07779 853 406

Tips for general cleaning

Furniture

Wash vinyl-covered chairs and sofa with a mild liquid detergent. Clean crevices and wipe dry. Remove the cushions and vacuum or wipe them with a damp sponge.

Upholstered furniture

Spot clean if necessary. Vacuum; clean the crevices and underside with a damp sponge.

Wood tables, chairs, dressers, bookcases

Wash all surfaces with glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, or a damp rag; wipe dry. Apply furniture polish if needed.

Plastic top furniture

Wash with a mild liquid detergent and wipe dry.

Drawers

Remove spills, stains, and adhesive shelf paper, then wipe with a damp cloth or sponge.

Blinds

Do not wash the blinds; washing blinds causes damage, for which you will be charged. Wipe them with a duster.

Window screens

Wash the screen and frame with mild liquid detergent to remove dust and grease.

Carpets

Vacuum regularly. Use the vacuum cleaner provided. Remove spots as soon as possible with carpet cleaner solution. Before you vacuum, pick up items—for instance, paper clips, push pins, string, rubber bands, coins, and hair clips—that that can break the belt. Empty the vacuum bag when needed.

Caution: Be careful when using bleach or other chemicals near your carpet. Spilling bleach on a carpet will ruin it, and you will be billed for its full replacement.

Windows/glass doors

Wash with a solution of ammonia and water or with a glass cleaner such as Windex. Use a squeegee to remove the solution and wipe dry with soft paper towels or newspaper. Wash during the daylight hours; streaks are hard to see under artificial light.

Walls, skirting boards

Dust walls and skirting boards to remove cobwebs and loose dirt. Wipe down walls using an all-purpose cleaner and hot water solution; towel dry. Do not disturb ceilings.

Heaters (convectors)

Dust and wash off with a damp sponge, then wipe dry.

Doors

Wash sides, doorknobs, and frames with a mild cleaning solution.

Wardrobes

Wash shelves, walls, and doors with a mild cleaning solution and wipe dry.

Stairs

Use a broom or vacuum on the stairs and treads, then wash with a medium-strength cleaning solution. Wash wooden rails with glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, or a damp rag; wipe dry.

Walls

Wash with a mild cleaning solution. Wash walls from the top down to avoid streaking. Wash skirting boards. Do not use adhesive or masking tape on walls; it will damage the paint.

Patios/balconies

Remove personal articles from front and rear patios and balconies; sweep and damp mop.

Cleaning your kitchen

Sink, splashboard, metal moulding and chrome fixtures

Remove food particles from the sink. Wash it with a non-abrasive cleanser or cleaning solution. Rinse well and wipe dry to avoid spotting or residue. Do not use steel wool pads on the sink; they will scratch and discolour the porcelain.

Work surface

Wipe counters with mild soap and water solution using a clean cloth or sponge and dry towel.

Hob

The hob should be completely clean and there should be no build-ups of food or greasy stains. If the grime comes off when the hob surface is scraped then it is not clean enough. Do not use wire-wool (i.e. Brillo pads) on the hob as it will scratch it. Do use a kitchen cleaner with de-greasing properties and a sponge-scourer or similar. We strongly advise that you wipe the hob down after each use – this will prevent grime being burnt on which can then take some time to remove.

Oven

An oven cleaner with de-greasing properties is needed to get the oven and the oven door properly clean. The glass on the oven door should be clear, not brown. The seal on the oven will need wiping to remove build ups of crumbs and grease and the floor of the oven itself must be free from grime and food build-ups. If you use chemical cleaners on the oven racks, first remove them from the oven and carefully follow directions on the container. Do not spill the cleaner; it will damage chrome, enamel, and flooring.

Microwave

Microwaves should be cleaned inside and outside. An all-purpose kitchen cleaner with de-greasing properties and a kitchen cloth should get the grime off without damaging the microwave. You will need to clean both the glass plate and under the glass plate. The microwave needs regular cleaning inside to prevent rusting. Where rusting occurs as a result of the microwave not being cleaned it will be replaced at the residents’ expense. Again, a quick wipe down after each use will save time and effort in the long run.

Rubbish/recycling containers

To avoid pest problems such as ants, be sure to empty your rubbish and recycling containers frequently and wipe them out.

Extractor Fan/Filters

Wash the extractor fan with a cleaning solution/degreaser. Remove and wash filters with hot, sudsy water or soak overnight in an ammonia solution. Rinse, air dry, and reinstall.

Refrigerator

Wash inside walls, racks, vegetable drawers, crisper top, and door gasket (the rubber strip around the door). Wash the outside walls with mild detergent or baking soda solution, rinse thoroughly, and wipedry. Wash top, sides, front, and drip pans that are located behind the lower front plate. When you defrost the freezer, do not use sharp objects, hair dryers, or other heating elements to loosen ice. Leave the refrigerator on a low setting after cleaning, and close the door.

Kitchen Units

Wash inside, outside, and around the handles with a mild detergent solution. For sticky spots, use a grease-cutting solution; be careful not to scrub off the paint.

Drawers

Empty completely and wipe out with a damp cloth. Wash sticky spots.

Paint and metal surfaces

Wash with mild detergent and dry.

Linoleum or tile floors

Simply mopping the floor is not sufficient. Sweep first. You will need to use a sponge mop, floor cleaner with de-greasing properties and hot water, rinse the floor to avoid streaking. The floor may need to be scrubbed thoroughly with a scrubbing brush prior to mopping to get it thoroughly clean.

Washing Machine

Wipe down the exterior of the washing machine with vinegar or your favourite all-purpose cleaner, pour two cups of vinegar or lemon juice into the tub, and run the washing machine through a complete cycle on the hottest setting to remove odours, stains and detergent build up. Scrub around the edge of the lid/door with vinegar to remove mildew and detergent build up. Remove the bleach and fabric softener dispensers and scrub them in the sink. Then dry them thoroughly and return them to the machine.

Dishwasher

Begin by unplugging the unit. Remove the dish racks. Locate the screw on cap or bolts that are holding the arm in place. Remove the caps or bolts. Take note of the order any washers that may also be in place that need to be removed. Remove the spray arm. Fill a sink or bucket with hot water. Add soap and one cup of vinegar. Agitate the water to mix. Place the spray arm into the water and allow it to soak until the debris becomes loosened. If there are mineral deposits from hot water, soak it in straight vinegar. Use an old toothbrush, or other scrubbers to clean the surfaces of the arm. Cotton swabs can also be used to remove build up from the small holes in the arm. Tweezers and toothpicks work well to pull out pieces of debris from the openings. Once the debris is removed, rinse the piece completely with clean water. Spraying it with high pressure water will help to remove any loosened debris as well. Shake off excess water and dry with a soft cloth. Replace the arm back into the dishwasher ensuring all bolts and washers are installed in the same order that they were removed.

If unclean dishes are the problem, check the arms first to make sure they are functional. Before removing them, spin them to make sure they spin freely. Lift up on each one. There should be some movement in the arms. If either of these movements are restricted or need to be forced, there may be other problems with your machine. If the parts of your dishwasher differ from what is described above, consult your owner’s manual for the specific disassembly procedures for your particular machine. If you are unsure of your ability to disassemble the spray arms, a professional can be hired. However, the job can be done by most homeowners. If the spray arm cannot be removed, new arms can be purchased from the manufacturer to replace the clogged arms. There are also commercial products available, such as Dishwasher Magic, that can be used to remove build up from the interior of the dishwasher.

Cleaning Your Bathroom

Bath

Open windows to ventilate. Wash the bath, tiles, chrome fixtures, and soap dish with a strong detergent solution. Rinse well and wipe dry to avoid spotting and residue. If you have allowed soap scum, mould, or mildew to build up on the bath tiles—preventable with weekly cleaning—you probably will need to use a soap scum cleaner and stiff brush or scrubber to remove it from the tile grout.

Shower

Use non-abrasive bathroom cleaner with hot water and a sponge or a scrubbing brush. Clean the shower tray (the base that you stand on), the door (including the lip at the bottom) the frame, the tiles and grouting. If the grouting or tiles are discoloured you may need to spray on the cleaner and leave it to stand for a while before wiping it down. If soap scum or other substances come off when the surface is scraped then it is not clean enough. Leaving any part of the shower pink/discoloured is not acceptable. Extractor fans should not be turned off at the switch above the bathroom door as they help prevent damp and mould build-up in the en-suite. If mould builds up as a result of the fan not being used residents will be charged for repairs to the grout/silicone.

Sink

Wash the sink, chrome fixtures, toothbrush holder, in and around the plughole and soap dishes with a strong detergent solution. Rinse well to avoid spotting and residue. Any streaks of scum, or brown/grey/pink build-ups, either in the basin or near the taps should be removed.

Note: If you have a fiberglass shower or bath, please use a non-abrasive cleanser and a tile-and-grout cleaning spray.

Toilet

Use a toilet bowl cleaner and brush. Flush the toilet and rinse the bowl to remove excess cleaner. For outer surfaces, squirt a small amount of cleaner on a damp sponge or rag and wipe off the top and side of the unit, handle, seat (both sides), behind and under the seat hinge, and the outer surface of the bowl.

Taps

Use a soft sponge or rag to wipe off taps. Do not use a scrubbing sponge; it will scratch the finish.

Worktops and ledges

Use a damp sponge to wipe down counters.

Mirrors

Spray with a glass cleaner and wipe with a paper towel.

Floors

Sweep first. Use a sponge mop with a cleaning solution to clean the floor.

Walls, doors, knobs and ceilings

Look for drips and handprints on doors and walls. Wipe with a sponge dampened with water. Use a small amount of cleaner if necessary. Wipe off mould and mildew spots with a damp sponge.

Windows/glass doors

Wash with a solution of ammonia and water or with a glass cleaner such as Windex. Use a squeegee to remove the solution and wipe dry with soft paper towels or newspaper. Wash during the daylight hours; streaks are hard to see under artificial light.

Cleaning dos and don’ts:-

  • NEVER MIX CHEMICALS. Many chemicals can be toxic when combined, even on a sponge.
  • Always read labels - on cleaning products and follow directions.
  • Use the right product for the job - for instance, don’t use an abrasive cleanser on woodwork.
  • Use rubber gloves - to protect your skin.
  • Avoid using powdered cleanser - It will scratch sinks, showers, walls, and baths.
  • Store all cleaning products – be sure to keep your cleaning supplies stored in places where safe to do so.

Cleaning: What to use and where

Area

Product

Accessories

Price Guide (for accessories only)

Sink, splashboard, metal moulding and chrome fixtures

CIF Anti-bacterial Multi Purpose Cleaner.

Sponge, Clean Cloth

Approx. £2.95

 

Work surface and ledges

 

CIF Anti-bacterial Multi Purpose Cleaner

 

Sponge, Clean Cloth

 

Approx. £2.95

 

Hob

 

Hob Brite

 

Sponge, Clean Cloth, Rubber Gloves

 

Approx. £1.52

 

Oven

 

Oven Pride

 

Sponge, Clean Cloth, Rubber Gloves

 

Approx. £2.99

 

Microwave

 

CIF Anti-bacterial Multi Purpose Cleaner.

 

Sponge, Clean Cloth

 

 

Approx. £2.95

 

Bin

 

Bin Buddy

 

Sponge, Kitchen Towel

 

Approx. £4.80

 

Extractor Fan

 

CIF Anti-bacterial Multi Purpose Cleaner.

 

Sponge, Clean Cloth

 

Approx. £2.95

 

Refrigerator

 

Anti-bacterial washing up liquid & warm water

 

Sponge, Clean cloth

 

Approx. £0.98

 

Kitchen Units

 

CIF Anti-bacterial Multi Purpose Cleaner.

 

Sponge, Clean Cloth

 

Approx. £2.95

 

Drawers

 

CIF Anti-bacterial Multi Purpose Cleaner.

 

Sponge, Clean Cloth

 

Approx. £2.95

 

Tiles

 

Limelite Spray

 

Sponge, Clean Cloth

 

Approx. £2.00

 

Linoleum or tile floors

 

CIF Floor Cleaner

 

Dustpan & brush, Mop

 

Approx. £2.15

 

Dishwasher

 

Asda Dishwasher Cleaner

 

 

Approx. £1.60

 

Bath

 

Flash all for one bathroom spray

 

Sponge, Clean Cloth

 

Approx. £2.00

 

Shower

 

Flash all for one bathroom spray

 

Sponge, Clean Cloth

 

Approx. £2.00

 

Toilet

 

Harpic Power Plus

 

Toilet brush

 

Approx. £1.98

 

Taps

 

CIF Anti-bacterial Multi Purpose Cleaner.

 

Sponge, Clean Cloth

 

Approx. £2.95

 

Mirrors

 

CIF Anti-bacterial Multi Purpose Cleaner.

 

Sponge, Clean Cloth, newspaper

 

Approx. £2.95

 

Walls, doors, knobs and ceilings

 

CIF Anti-bacterial Multi Purpose Cleaner.

 

Sponge, Clean Cloth, newspaper, duster

 

Approx. £2.95

 

Glass

 

Window & glass cleaner

 

Sponge, Clean Cloth, newspaper

 

Approx. £0.85

Note:- The products listed above are a guide only you can purchase cheaper similar products from most main supermarkets.

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