An Overview for Tenants
Caring for your rental home is about more than just keeping it clean. It also involves following the rules set forth by your lease as well as maintaining the supplied safety devices and properly using the unit’s appliances.
Tips to Help You Keep Your Rental Clean
There are many products available on the market to help eliminate dust, dirt, grime and mold. You may be surprised to find several natural ways to make your own cleaner with household items such as baking soda or white vinegar. (Google it!)
Wash your dishes regularly – daily – and wipe down the sink when you are done.
Wipe down the stove top after cooking.
Clean and wipe the counter tops and kitchen services regularly.
Sweep the kitchen floors and mop or vacuum on a regular basis.
Take out the trash as soon as it is full.
Clean the inside of the refrigerator monthly (at minimum).
Wipe down all appliances routinely.
Clean the sinks and countertops weekly.
Wipe the toilet seat and rim of the bowl – use a toilet bowl brush to clean the inside of the bowl. Be sure you read any cleaning product labels, as some will damage toilet bowl or rim services
Wipe (or Windex) the mirrors and faucets. Consider using oil the make your faucets shine.
If there is a shower door, use a squeegee to keep it from getting moldy and creating a buildup.
Clean the tub and shower surrounds regularly.
Sweep and mop the floors.
Vacuum & Dust
Vacuum at least once or twice a week, more if you have pets or multiple people living in the unit. This will extend the life of your carpet (and your deposit!)
Dust regularly – and do it before you vacuum.
Have your carpets professionally cleaned once a year.
Keep wet towels off of the floor – hang them up after use. Consider getting a breathable laundry basket to help avoid mold & mildew.
Put your clothes away once they are clean and dry. This little task will help keep bedrooms and laundry rooms clean.
10 Additional Things You are Responsible for as a Tenant!
- Paying Rent and Utilities.
- Maintaining Safety Devices – smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Ensuring You Have an Emergency Plan – know what to do in case of an emergency including exit routes and shut-off valves.
- Operating Appliances Safely & Correctly – using them as designed will help with longevity and alleviate the costs of repairs for damage.
- Repairing Damages – let your landlord know about any damages as soon as they occur.
- Pets – make sure your lease allows for having pets. Then, clean up after them.
- Roommates & Guests – Your lease should outline how long unauthorized occupants are allowed to stay – follow the rules.
- Noise – be respectful of your neighbors and follow any noise restrictions.
- Crime Free – follow the rules of your lease and report suspicious activity.
- Giving Proper Notice to Vacate – again, check your lease about what this means. Typically, a tenant is required to give 20 notice to vacate on a month-to-month contract.