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Commercial Tenancy Cleaning Checklist

Commercial Tenancy Cleaning Checklist


Commercial end of tenancy cleaning can feel a bit like an impossible task.

While you can do it yourself, it’s difficult to know what an inventory clerk will be looking for and to cover every base can be extremely time-consuming.

Tenancy agreements often include some absurd requirements that, under the guise of encouraging you to leave the property as you found it, usually end up making you go much further than that, cleaning and replacing things that you have never seen in good condition.

This can lead to all sorts of charges and other issues with the landlord, that would be better avoided.

But there are a few tenancy cleaning tips that are easily forgotten, and which make a big difference in how your inventory clerk or landlord sees the property once you leave.

We’ve decided to put them together into an end of tenancy cleaning checklist, to help you save as much money as possible while also ensuring the next tenant gets the best possible environment.

Let’s take a look:

The Kitchen/Cafeteria

kitchen cafeteria

The eating environment of a workplace is often the grimiest and most unclean place in the building. The simple fact is that different employees will have different standards of cleanliness, and when staff are sitting down to eat them rushing back to work, it’s easy for certain cleaning tasks to be missed.

Tables, work surfaces and appliances should obviously be wiped down, but other places that are easy to forget include:

  • The inside of cupboards
  • The inside of the refrigerator
  • Under the refrigerator

Clean the Inside of Windows


Getting your windows cleaned is an easy oversight, especially if they don’t appear that dirty to the naked eye. But even if you get your windows cleaned, it is equally easy to forget to get the inside done, and details such as the window frames.

To particularly meticulous building inspectors, this may appear as if you haven’t cleaned the windows at all, so it’s worth going the extra mile to leave them gleaming from every angle.

Private Documents and Information


It’s very common for empty commercial buildings to contain lots of equipment and paperwork left over from the previous tenant. This is best avoided for more reasons than just cleanliness - you don’t know who is going to be in the building next, and leaving private documents related to the organisation or individuals can be a huge risk.

Ensure everything is either shredded or removed entirely, as even ignoring the risk to your private details, nobody wants to have to go around picking this stuff up out of drawers after you.

Working Areas


When attempting to avoid a tenancy deposit dispute, cleaning the main working areas of the building should be the main priority, since in most places this will be where the bulk of the mess and damage is concentrated.

Sweeping wooden floors, thoroughly vacuuming carpets, scrubbing desks and chairs is all necessary. No surface should go untouched. To do this in a relatively cheap manner, you can make a cleaning mixture of white vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda. Leaving lemon slices in cupboards and drawers for a while can also help leave the place smelling fresh and clean, but don’t forget to remove them before you leave!



With toilets and bathrooms, your main concern should be bacteria and infections. Sterilise the entire area, including scrubbing toilets, cleaning floors, wiping down every inch of the walls, and be sure not to miss hard to reach areas such as behind the toilet cistern.

Another good thing to focus on here in deodorisation. Leaving a small air freshener of some sort is a small effort but will likely be appreciated by the new tenants, as well as whoever has to inspect your bathroom.

As you can see, the end of tenancy cleaning cost isn’t huge, but it can be slightly awkward and time-consuming to make sure everything is as it should be.

What if you want some help with this so that you can focus more of your time on growing your business in your new building?

Not a problem:

Professional End of Tenancy Cleaning

phs is the UK’s leading provider of commercial cleaning solutions. We have operations centres in every town and city in the UK, meaning we’re your local service providers, no matter where you are.

Our staff are also highly trained and professional, able to enter your premises, complete the necessary tasks, and leave with zero interruption to your employees or customers.

We provide specialist cleaning services including but not limited to:

Why not let phs handle your tenancy cleaning needs today?

Get in touch to see what we can do for you!

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