Commercial ‘End of Tenancy’ Cleaning Tips

Posted on 17th August 2013 by Direct Cleaning Services

Whether you’re moving into a new office or shop, ensuring you leave your old premises in pristine condition is essential.

When you come to the end of your tenancy agreement, you will have a certain amount of time to return it to a decent condition and hand over your keys, and as a business owner, you’re likely to need this done quickly and efficiently so it doesn’t take up valuable working hours.

Follow our tips below to ensure nothing gets overlooked:

Desk spaces/employee stations

It’s a good idea to allocate responsibility for these spaces to your staff. Ensure they clear their individual working space, collect waste and recycling, and clear away all personal items ready for the big move! This can be done in the few days before the move, so needn’t impact on working routines.

Windows – Inside and out!

One of the best ways to ensure your newly cleaned office space looks refreshed is to hire a professional window cleaner to clear away the dirt and grime. Although this is unlikely to be an essential requirement, it will show that you have gone the extra mile to restore the premises to its original condition.

Communal areas

Any dining or break-out areas, meeting rooms and coffee areas are likely to have accumulated junk as people generally avoid taking responsibility for spaces like these. Be sure to assign responsibility of these areas to a few members of staff that you can rely on to clear away rubbish and pack up the important things ready for the new office.

Kitchens and canteens

Whether you work in an office environment, retail or industry, kitchens are notorious for being neglected. As such it’s absolutely essential that you give your kitchen, any appliances and all the cupboards a professional, deep clean. Mouldy lunchboxes, sticky patches on the floor or stains and spills will mean your deposit could be kept by your landlord to pay for cleaning.


To ensure you get as much of your deposit back as possible, it makes sense to have some of the wear and tear damage repaired. Any damaged furniture, broken door handles, damaged window blinds etc., can usually be easily fixed or replaced, leaving your premises as good as the day you first leased it.

Carpets and upholstery

One thing often overlooked when moving offices is the floor. Although it might have had regular vacuuming, chances are there will be stains or marks in the carpet that could easily be removed with a good steam clean. Getting a professional in to clean your carpets will leave them beautifully clean and refreshed and will show you’ve looked after the property well during your time there.

Final sweep

A final sweep of your office once all the cleaning is completed is essential. Check for personal items left behind, make sure bins are emptied and wipe down surfaces. It may not seem like much, but handing back the keys to a pristine property will really go in your favour when it comes to returning your deposit.

This might seem like a lot of hassle, especially if you’ve been careful to keep your property well maintained and clean throughout your tenancy, but it’s easy for landlords and building managers to find faults and keep your deposit. The team at Direct Cleaning Services offer professional, one-off cleans that are ideal for end of tenancy cleaning. They’ll provide a thorough and deep clean of all areas of your premises, including expert kitchen, carpet and window cleaning. We can tailor your clean to meet your exact requirements and can even carry them out overnight to be sure your working hours aren’t disrupted.