End of tenancy cleaning in London is increasingly in demand, with an increase of and more lettings and management agencies demanding professional cleaning from their tenants on vacating their properties. While this may seem like an expense for nothing, what is hilariously ignored about the problem is not the cleaning itself, but what those tenants leave behind for one-off cleaning companies to grab after them.
Horror stories include live pets, collections of dirty condoms and years worth of old newspapers that had obviously doubled as intimate care products. Here are a few favourites:
Rummaging between the lots of empty wine and champagne bottles that fuelled the end of tenancy leaving party the night before, one cleaner actually found a full time income person. An event casualty leftover from the previous evening who was simply woken up, to his great surprise, only to find that his mates had left and been replaced by a team of cleaners. The cleaners were kind enough to explain what had happened and send him off in the right direction.
A Florence and the Machine song comes in your thoughts: one end of tenancy cleaner found a sleep that had actually been set on fire. Although the flat was otherwise very clean, the guest bed, one of many only remaining pieces of furniture in the flat, had had the sheets burnt off the bed. This specific scenario was complete with smoke stains rising up the headboard and wall. Move out Cleaning London Luckily it had been put out and no one needed to call the fire department, although the next tenant would have been on the market for a fresh bed.
While one-off cleaning the home of an elderly resident who had recently moved into an assisted-care home, cleaners found a cat in the basement. Not a big deal particularly. Then they found several more cats, with out a litter box in sight. Besides the cleaning itself, they reported that the smell bordered on the unbearable. A little bit of pet mess is a very important factor, but leaving all of your pets in the home when you re-locate is fairly another. The cats needed to be packed off to Battersea as, sadly, the resident was unable to possess pets at her new residence.
And so, a phrase to the wise: focus on the items you leave behind, as there is a constant know who might see them and what they might have to say about it.
Alfred Halfnight is a London-based freelance journalist with a mission to make you a much better, cleaner, happier human being. He enjoys writing articles concerning the obscure facets of modern life, and thinks this is exactly what Kafka would have done if he lived in the twenty-first century.