How Clean Is Your House? Not Very, as 39% of Renters Lose Deposit Due to Cleanliness

A survey of 20,000 tenants has revealed that 39% of deposits were withheld by the landlord due to cleaning issues. Nigel Bearman, director of cleaning company Daily Poppins, has provided five tips for cleaning a rental property and cupboard essentials that can be used as effective cleaners. 

“The kitchen is often the biggest and most time-consuming job when it comes to cleaning your house before moving out, so it’s important to make sure you’ve left enough time to clean it thoroughly. It’s important to note when your landlord is doing an inventory and check-out, they will be incredibly detailed and will look at the following:

  • Mold and limescale in kitchens and bathrooms
  • Grease and burnt-on food on ovens, hobs and extractor fans
  • Mold, detergent residue and odours in washing machines and dishwashers
  • The condition of window sills, door frames and doors
  • Marks or stains to walls, floor coverings, ceilings and plug sockets
  • Rubbish or food residue left in kitchen and dining areas
  • Dust and cobwebs on surfaces such as skirting boards, light fittings and curtain poles

Cupboard essentials

  • Baking soda can be applied to ceramics such as sinks, toilets and baths in place of cleaning sprays. When mixed with water, it can make an effective cleaning solution, perfect for hard surfaces. 
  • White vinegar is a multipurpose cleaner that is a hero in the home. It can be applied on anything, from mould and mildew to stains, and is particularly effective on glass, like windows or shower screens. 
  • Lemon juice is a natural grease buster. Apply liberally to worktops, hobs, and other surfaces to help breakdown grease. (Wooden worktops may not be suitable). 


Clean all surfaces, including splashbacks, cabinets, and work surfaces. Don’t neglect the appliances and ensure you clean them both inside and out, removing any stains or food residue. When cleaning the fridge and freezer, defrost and clean, ensuring they are odour-free and empty of food. 


Scrub and disinfect all surfaces, like the toilet, sink, and bath. Scrub tiles and grout and remove any soap scum or mildew. Remove any personal items from cabinets and clean both inside and outside. Clean mirror using a glass cleaner and ensure it is free of streaks or marks. 

Bedroom and living room

Dust and clean all surfaces, including wardrobes, shelves and built-in furniture. Vacuum and clean floors; do not forget behind and underneath the bed. Don’t neglect shelves, skirting boards, and light fixtures. Empty all drawers and wardrobes of personal items and take them with you. 

If you aren’t wanting to clean your property or need some help, a professional cleaner could be a great option to give you a helping hand. 

Cleaning to get your deposit back can be a long and labour-intensive task, but with enough time and preparation, you can get every penny back.”