Tips for tenants: Cleaning your temporary furnished apartment
Especially when working with professionals, renting a temporary furnished apartment in Berlin can be stress-free. An experienced agency will walk you through the consultation, the apartment viewing, and signing the rental agreement (available in multiple languages) in a breeze. No stress! Typically, if problems arise in a temporary rental, they’re of the “homemade” variety.
Yes, we’re talking about cleaning.
Of course, the terms are all laid out in your rental contract: as the tenant, you take responsibility for the apartment for the rental period. This agreement means—heads up to the messy ones among us—that the apartment must be regularly cleaned and tidied.
At the end of the rental period, the tenant pays an obligatory cleaning fee to cover the final cleaning of the apartment. However, if you’re keen to avoid stress with the landlord of the management, and receive your full deposit back on time, preventative measures are necessary. There’s no way around it: furnished apartments must be kept clean. If you’re short on time, just give us a call: we’ll put you in touch with a reliable company to clean your apartment on a weekly or biweekly basis.
For those who want to be self-assured and self-sufficient (and sleep easily knowing that matters with the contract, landlord, and the deposit are taken care of) here are our 10 tips for an up-to-standard furnished rental cleaning.
In fact, research shows that cleaning can actually lower your stress levels. Give it a try!
Hair in the drain
Most of us can’t help losing a bit of hair in the shower. But hair that settles in the sink or shower drain isn’t just unsightly, but can also clog the drain and lead to flooding. In this case, the landlord must take on the costs of hiring a plumber. If you are found responsible for the blockage, your landlord won’t be thrilled.
Take a minute and remove any hair from the drain with tweezers after showering or brushing your hair.
The water in Berlin is known as being especially “hard,” meaning it contains a larger amount of calcium (also known as limestone) than normal. We recommend regularly removing calcium from appliances with vinegar cleaner, which is more environmentally friendly than chemical products.
Calcified kettles aren’t very appealing, and coffee and tea don’t taste quite the same with flecks of limestone swimming around. Thus, we recommend cleaning the kettle regularly. Just dilute some vinegar with water, boil it in the kettle, and let it stand a few hours. Then rinse with fresh water.
In the rental agreement, the tenant also takes responsibility for regularly ventilating the apartment. It’s not just about the fresh air and the smell. Actually, regular ventilation prevents mold. Always aerate the apartment after showering or bathing. In the winter, it’s best not to leave the windows open for hours, due to heating costs. Ten minutes of fresh air every few hours will do the trick.
Wash towels and linens regularly at the proper temperatures, removing any stains. Of course, don’t use bleach on colored clothing or linens.
Even the oven needs some regular attention. Don’t wait until the final cleaning to remove any fat, sugar, or burnt bits that cling to the oven. Just use baking over spray and leave it on overnight, avoiding sharp steel brushes in the cleaning process. Hint: shaving cream also works in a pinch! Environmentally friendly cleaning products can also be used.
Washing machine maintenance
Cleaning the washing machine prevents unpleasant smells and accumulations of dirt. Just clean the lint filter by removing any debris, placing it in a bowl to catch any liquid.
Dust and vacuum cleaners
Remove dirt and hair from the vacuum brush after each vacuum. Also make sure to regularly replace the dust bag, using a suitable bag for your vacuum cleaner. Never clean without a dust bag!
Sticky counters and floors aren’t comfortable for anyone. We recommend regularly cleaning surfaces and floors. You’ll find all the necessary cleaning equipment already in the apartment. If not, just contact the owner. They will gladly purchase the required cleaning materials for you, because a well-maintained apartment is in everyone’s interest.
Wooden surfaces require a different cleaning product than kitchen counters, for example, so be sure to use the appropriate products. Laminate and parquet should only be slightly damp, and wooden floors shouldn’t get too wet either. Avoid microfiber cloths for kitchen cleaning, as they can scratch the glossy cabinet fronts. Microfiber cloths are ideal for mirrors and baths.
Use covers for your mattresses and if possible, for your pillows. Stained mattresses don’t look or feel great to sleep on. Clean the covers regularly with your laundry.
Take these cleaning tips to heart and you’ll be on track for a stress-free relationship with your landlord. If you have any questions about cleaning certain materials in your temporary furnished rental, just ask your landlord.