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  • Writer's pictureJohn Williams

Cleaning In Between Tenants

Cleaning a rental property thoroughly between tenants is crucial to ensure a smooth turnover process and maintain a positive relationship with both outgoing and incoming tenants. Here's a comprehensive cleaning checklist you can use:

General Cleaning:

  • Remove Personal Items:

  • Ensure all personal items left behind by the previous tenant are removed.

  • Dust and Wipe Down Surfaces:

  • Dust all surfaces, including shelves, countertops, and baseboards.

  • Wipe down surfaces with a damp cloth.

  • Clean Windows:

  • Clean windows and window sills.

  • Replace any damaged or missing window screens.

  • Sweep and Mop Floors:

  • Sweep and mop all floors, including hardwood, tile, and linoleum.

  • Vacuum Carpets:

  • Vacuum carpets thoroughly.

  • Consider professional carpet cleaning if necessary.

  • Clean Light Fixtures:

  • Dust and clean light fixtures.

  • Replace any burned-out light bulbs.

  • Clean Ceiling Fans:

  • Wipe down ceiling fan blades.

  • Inspect Walls:

  • Patch any holes or cracks in the walls.

  • Touch up paint if needed.


  • Clean Appliances:

  • Clean the inside and outside of all appliances, including the refrigerator, oven, microwave, and dishwasher.

  • Sanitize Countertops:

  • Disinfect countertops and backsplash.

  • Clean Cabinets and Drawers:

  • Wipe down the exterior and interior of cabinets and drawers.

  • Scrub Sink:

  • Clean and disinfect the sink and faucet.

  • Empty and Clean Trash Bins:

  • Empty and clean all trash bins.


  • Scrub and Sanitize Toilet:

  • Clean and disinfect the toilet bowl, seat, and exterior.

  • Clean Shower and Tub:

  • Scrub tiles, grout, and surfaces in the shower and tub.

  • Check for and repair any leaks.

  • Clean Sink and Vanity:

  • Wipe down the sink and clean the vanity.

  • Replace any damaged or missing tiles.

  • Replace Shower Curtain:

  • Consider replacing the shower curtain.


  • Clean Closets:

  • Wipe down closet shelves and organizers.

  • Remove any items left behind.

  • Vacuum and Clean Under Furniture:

  • Move and clean under beds and furniture.

  • Vacuum mattresses and consider using mattress protectors.

  • Dust and Clean Mirrors:

  • Dust and clean any mirrors in the bedrooms.


  • Clean Entryway:

  • Wipe down the front door and entryway.

  • Ensure the doorbell is working properly.

  • Inspect and Clean HVAC Vents:

  • Clean and replace air filters.

  • Ensure HVAC vents are clean and functioning.

Outdoor Spaces:

  • Sweep and Clean Porch/Patio:

  • Sweep and clean outdoor living spaces.

  • Maintain Yard:

  • Trim bushes, mow the lawn, and remove any debris.

  • Check Outdoor Lighting:

  • Ensure outdoor lights are working.

Final Checks:

  • Check for Pest Issues:

  • Address any pest issues by scheduling professional pest control if needed.

  • Replace Batteries:

  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors and other detectors.

  • Document Property Condition:

  • Take photos or videos of the cleaned property for documentation. Key Return/Handover:

  • Collect keys from the outgoing tenant and provide them to the new tenant.

Ensure to tailor this checklist based on the specific requirements of your rental property and any agreements in place. Regular maintenance and prompt attention to repairs can also contribute to a smoother turnover process.



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