Moving out of a rental property can be stressful. With a little planning and organization, it can be a smooth process. One of the most important aspects of moving out is leaving the property clean and tidy for the next tenant. This is also the best way to increase the likelihood of having your full Security Deposit returned to you. Here’s a Move-Out Kitchen Cleaning Checklist to help you ensure that your kitchen is spotless.
- Clear out the refrigerator and freezer: Remove all food and other items, from the refrigerator and freezer. Wipe down the shelves and drawers with warm soapy water then rinse with clean water, and dry thoroughly.
- Clean the oven and stove: Remove loose debris, and use an oven cleaner to clean the interior of the oven. Wipe down the stovetop with a damp cloth then a degreaser to remove any grease or stains. Rinse with clean water and dry.
- Clean the microwave: Wipe down the interior and exterior of the microwave with mild detergent on a damp cloth. Remove any stuck-on food debris or stains.
- Clean the countertops and sink: Use a mild detergent solution to wipe down the countertops, kitchen sink, and any other kitchen surfaces. Remove any stains or stuck-on debris.
- Clean the cabinets and drawers: Wipe down the exterior of the cabinets and drawers with a mild detergent solution. Remove any debris or stains from the interior of the cabinets and drawers.
- Clean the dishwasher: Wipe down the exterior of the dishwasher with a mild detergent solution. Remove any debris or stains from the interior of the dishwasher.
- Sweep and mop the floors: Sweep the kitchen floor, then mop the floor with a cleaning solution. Remember to pay attention to those hard-to-reach areas.
By following this Move-Out Kitchen Cleaning Checklist, you can ensure your rental is returned in a clean and sanitary manner. Doing this can help avoid issues with the return of your Security Deposit.