When a tenant moves out of a single-family rental home, you’ll need to do the necessary repairs and cleaning to make sure it’s ready for the next tenant. And for the kitchen, you’ll need to do more than just a surface cleaning. It has to be deep cleaned. The reason is that kitchens get grimy after months or even years of use. And your tenants, even the conscientious ones, may only give it a surface clean before they move out. This means that if you want to attract and retain your next tenant, you’re going to have to give your Waldorf rental property kitchen a thorough cleaning. This task may be time-consuming, but it is one that is well worth it.
You have to offer a property that is clean and in good repair if you want to draw the quality tenants in. This is an important part of managing your rental home in Waldorf. As prospective renters take a look at the different rooms of your property, they may just gloss over the kitchen and not notice if you’ve cut corners on cleaning the kitchen. But when they’ve made it their home, you’ll be sure that the dirty kitchen will be a major cause for complaint and a headache for you. Tenants want a rental home where they can feel comfortable in, and that means one that’s been correctly and thoroughly cleaned. And when they discover that basic cleaning and maintenance tasks haven’t been done— especially if they find out after they go through all the trouble of moving in— they will surely feel deceived and unhappy.
Deep cleaning a kitchen is hard work, but it’s something your tenants would be happy about while simultaneously extending the life of your surfaces, floors, and appliances. Some tenants will help by wiping down countertops and other surfaces before they move out, but cupboard interiors also need to be wiped out and their exterior surfaces scrubbed with a grease-removing cleanser.
Refrigerators, dishwashers, and microwaves need to be wiped down, inside and out, on top and underneath. The rubber gasket around refrigerator doors should also be wiped clean and the coils vacuumed or dusted. Even self-cleaning ovens need the baked-on food and wire racks removed before turning them on, and electric stovetops should be taken apart and scrubbed down. All these are important tasks that help keep your appliances in good working condition for years to come.
When you are deep cleaning a kitchen, take special care to notice the items that often get overlooked on a day-to-day basis. Walls and ceilings need to be dusted but there are times where you’ll need to have it scrubbed with a degreasing cleaner. Air vents, doorknobs, and switch plates all need to be thoroughly cleaned. This also applies to the stove hood, fan, and filter.
Blinds and curtains should be removed and washed, and the windows cleaned inside and out. Ceiling fans, light fixtures, and any framed art or wall décor should also be carefully wiped down. Finally, wipe down all countertops and other surfaces, and mop the floors, including behind the stove and refrigerator. You really need to clean those areas as well because greasy spills and other messes can accumulate under appliances, creating bad odors and attracting insects.
Deep cleaning a kitchen properly takes some time, but you really can’t afford to ignore it. That doesn’t mean that you should do the cleaning yourself. Real Property Management Gold has excellent cleaning service providers on hand to take care of your Waldorf rental property’s kitchen and other rooms. We can see to it that your rental home’s kitchen is spotless from top to bottom. Feel free to contact us online or call us at 301-392-2172. We’ll be glad to answer any of your questions.
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