Category: Home Improvement
It can be exciting when you move into a new place whether you are a student or a working professional. However, the moving process can be quite stressful and before you even think of unpacking, it is best to clean the flat as thoroughly as you can as you don’t know how clean the previous tenants were, or how long the flat has been left unoccupied. Here are some ways to clean your newly rented flat.
Firstly, vacuum and dust everywhere, and throw away any rubbish that may have been left by the previous tenant. Just make sure you don’t throw away anything on the inventory list!
Next if there is any mould, which unfortunately there usually is in student and rented accomodation, make sure to clean the best you can to prevent it from growing and from releasing spores into the air as these can be hazardous to your health. Buy a mould removal spray and use a sponge to scrub the mould. The bathroom is usually the worst place for black mould, which may require you to remove the silicone from the tiles if it is really bad. People have a habit of covering black mould with more silicone sealant, but this only hides the problem and lets it grow underneath. Use a strong, high quality silicone sealant remover to take off the old silicone, and replace it.
Of course in an ideal world, the landlord would already do this for you, but most of the time they don’t, so take the initiative and be proactive about creating a safe environment for you to live in yourself.
Lastly, mop the floors, wipe down all surfaces including the inside of drawers, and disinfect everywhere. Hopefully this won’t require too much effort as tenants are required to clean before they leave, but don’t assume that everything is clean already. Buy a new mattress if you can, and line the drawers with thick paper like wallpaper that’s cut to fit inside. This is to protect your clothes, or your cutlery depending on what room the drawers are in.« Back