When looking at homes for rent in Windsor Ontario, no doubt you want a property that is sparkling clean. For landlords, or anyone who is eager to clean their homes like a pro, here are some great tips for those hard to clean items.
1. Shower Door
When a renter or buyer moves into a home, they want to see a bathroom that is spotless. There should be no evidence of prior tenants. Cleaning shower doors that are covered in soap scum, mold or just plain dirty, needs to be tackled so it looks brand new. Often, over the counter products don’t do as well as homemade solutions. If you have hard water buildup, this would require an acidic cleanser. A solution of vinegar and water often works well. Simply combine in an empty spray bottle, apply liberally over the surface and wipe clean. For tougher stains, look for commercial products at speciality cleaning stores.
For soap scum, consider using diluted ammonia (look at instructions on label). Spray on and wipe with dry towel.
For metal frames and tracks, again, use the vinegar and water solution and scrub with a toothbrush. Cotton swabs or toothpicks work well in hard to get places.
Other helpful bathroom cleaning tips:
Soak shower heads in vinegar to remove build-up
Place a small piece of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser in a toilet overnight to remove stains
Equal parts of Blue Dawn dishwashing detergent and vinegar will make your bathtub spotless!
Like bathrooms, you want to provide a clean and spotless kitchen for your tenants. Everything from top to bottom must be treated.
Tile grout: For dirty grout in between your tile, moisten the area you want to clean, then cover the grout with equal parts baking soda and water. Now, pour vinegar over the covered grout. Note that it will bubble, then with an old toothbrush, scrub the solution into the grout. Use a clean, wet cloth to wipe away.
Kitchen burners: If the burners on your stove are caked in grease and oil, take 1/4 cup of ammonia and the burner and seal in a large Ziploc style bag. You do not need to cover the burner with the ammonia as it is the fume that dissolves all the grime. Let it sit outside overnight (in case it leaks you won’t have a smelly kitchen). The next day, your burner should be spotless with zero scrubbing! Keep in mind: NEVER mix ammonia with bleach as toxic fumes will result. Always check before mixing anything with ammonia.
Microwave: To easily remove dried food from the microwave ceiling and walls, place a damp rag or sponge in the microwave and heat from 3 – 5 minutes. The steam will loosen whatever is left. Simply wipe with rag once it has cooled down.
Stainless Steel: If you have stainless steel appliances, then keeping them free from finger prints can be a constant struggle. Dab a small bit of olive oil on a clean rag and gently wipe to erase any marks and help prevent any new from sticking.
Garbage Disposal: Clean and deodorize by putting ice cubes and lemon slices down the disposal and turning on. Add a little vinegar if you feel like it, but it’s not necessary.
While many of these tips are easy to do, there are some cleaning jobs as a landlord that you simply must hire out. For example, if carpeting is dirty, then use a professional carpet cleaning service. Tenants are turned off by carpeting that has seen better days as well as any flooring that needs repair, so fix any tiles that are cracked or missing.
The same goes with dingy paint. Take the time to repaint especially if it has been awhile and take care of any nail holes left by the previous tenant. If water stains are present, then that needs to be addressed as well.
Finally, don’t forget the following:
1. Windows are cleaned
2. All vents work properly and free of dust
3. All appliances work and clean
4. Storage space, including closets and cupboards, are free and clear of previous tenants belongings.
5. Yard maintenance. Even if your tenant will be taking care of the landscaping, make sure it looks nice when they arrive. This will show them that these are your standards and this what you will expect the yard to look like.