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Cleaning the Kitchen before Moving out
Published on Friday, 11 October 2013

Cleaning the Kitchen before Moving out

When the end of your tenancy comes, you may look around the house and think that there is not actually too much cleaning to be done. It is often furniture that makes a room feel like it has a lot of work to be done on it, and once all of the furniture has been removed from a property, there is only large flat surfaces to clean, which can feel like a weight off of the mind. Most flats will come furnished with a working kitchen however, in which case you will not be taking the fridge, freezer, oven and other appliances with you. For this reason, they will need to be cleaned inside and out, and as they have been used to prepare food, they are often the source of a lot of hidden grease and dirt. You may feel like just wiping down the surfaces and giving the fridge a once over will be enough to make it passable, but given that most tenancy agreements ask for a professional clean at the end of the lease, you will risk losing some of your deposit. No, cleaning the kitchen is a hard task, if you are going to leave it looking like new, and mainly due to the amount of mess that has been made in there over the years. Despite cleaning regularly, the final clean will probably still be a difficult one, you should have a look at some of the ways in which you should tackle your kitchen before you move out.

First off, the oven. This is by far the most difficult of the jobs in the home, as it can often be at an awkward angle, being so low down. Be sure to wear gloves, as the chemicals in oven cleaner can be extremely toxic and corrosive, and will burn your hands if you are not careful. Start by covering the inside of the oven with the cleaner, and follow the instructions given on the packet. This usually means leaving the solution to do its job for a while and then scrubbing off any left over residue. Certain cleaner packs come with a plastic bag or two in which you can put the oven trays and shelves, in order to immerse them in the cleaning fluid. This is a great way to make the job easier, as by the time you get the trays out, they will look good as new. Scrubbing the inside of the oven can be more difficult, as there is rarely enough light to see whether you are doing a good job or not, and often dirt will build up in to a hardened growth that does not come away easily or quickly. Keep scrubbing with wire wool and rough sponges to get down to a smooth feeling oven interior, and you should be done.

For the fridge, take out all shelves and run them through a dishwasher, or the sink, with washing up liquid. Whilst they are soaking, take a rough sponge with cleaner on and scrub down the insides, removing any stains that you can see. This goes the same for the freezer. If you fail to get the fridge clean, and it is turned off after you have left, you may well find that the stains are food and the landlord has to deal with the stench of moldy food permeating the flat or apartment, so it is worth getting right! Take a rough sponge to the taps and sink with some bathroom cleaner, and ensure that all shelves inside cupboards are cleaned down as well, as they are regularly neglected!


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