What does professionally clean standard mean? What is a professional clean as opposed to a domestic clean?

Most people like to move into a perfectly, sparkling clean property but do tenants need to leave their property in a professionally clean state at the end of their tenancy?

At Rosecroft Property Services we’ve done a few checkout reports recently. The main reason they were needed were mainly down to the standard of cleaning. The tenants had gone into a professional cleaned property but cleaning standards fell short on checkout.

Do I need to leave a property professionally clean at the end of my tenancy

A general rule is that a property should be left how it was found, unless stated otherwise in the tenancy agreement

Read the tenancy agreement. Does it say that the property must be left cleaned to a professional standard?

Look at the original inventory/checkin report. Does it state in the inventory that the property is ‘cleaned to a professional standard’.

If the answer to those two questions is yes. Then the property must be left to a professionally clean standard. Otherwise charges may apply

The professionally clean standard oven
The oven cleaned to a professional standard

A property recorded recorded as “professional clean” is one where a landlord can produce a receipt for cleaning. “Cleaned to a professional standard” means a property looks like it is professionally cleaned but no receipt can be produced.

What does professionally clean standard mean? What is a professional clean as opposed to a domestic clean?
This oven is not cleaned to a professional standard

It is really important for tenants to carefully go through inventory report when they move in. This is their opportunity to raise anything they don’t agree with and talk to the landlord, agent or property manager about before signing off the document.

If you don’t agree the standard of cleaning is professional, this is the time to raise it.

What is a professionally clean standard?

What does professionally clean standard mean? What is a professional clean as opposed to a domestic clean?

Cleaning to a professional standard, means cleaning to a very high standard. It does not mean you have to employ a cleaning service, but it does mean cleanliness must meet those standards.

The professionally clean standard shower head
This is a professionally clean standard shower head

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme’s article “What is the difference between a professional and domestic clean” states that a professional standard means wiping every surface including covered spaces such as under sofas, and behind doors. It means cleaning extractor fan grilles, dusting light bulbs and cleaning the windows.

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme gives guidelines on achieving a professional clean standard in the article which includes:

What does professionally clean standard mean? What is a professional clean as opposed to a domestic clean?
This is not a professionally clean standard shower head
  • Empty all trash and replace trash bags
  • Remove cobwebs, dust baseboards
  • Dust ceiling fans and light fixtures
  • Clean window sills and wipe down doors
  • Dust all furniture including bottoms and sides
  • Clean all glass surfaces including smudges on windows
  • Clean and disinfect bathrooms (dust light bulbs and wipe down cabinets)
  • Sweep, Vacuum, Mop all floors
  • Clean kitchen (including inside microwave, top of refrigerator)
  • Defrost fridge/freezer and deep clean the oven, hob and extractor
  • Wipe down kitchen cabinet facings
  • Polish all glass surfaces and stainless steel in kitchen
The professionally clean standard toilet
This a professionally clean standard toilet

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme also provides good advice in their article “Can my landlord charge me for cleaning”. If your deposit is with one of the other deposit schemes. Checkout their information too.

A professional cleaning service is expensive for many. It can take hours to clean to that high a standard. If you attempt this but don’t quite meet the standard, at least the amount taken from the deposit should be reduced.

What does professionally clean standard mean? What is a professional clean as opposed to a domestic clean?
This toilet is not cleaned to a professionally clean standard

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Contact Rosecroft Property Services if you need a checkout report or if you have questions about inventory management services

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