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How to do move-out cleaning after a messy tenant in Downtown Vancouver
January 20, 2022 at 7:00 AM
How to do move-out cleaning after a messy tenant in Downtown Vancouver

It doesn’t often happen as a landlord, but periodically you might have a tenant move out who has essentially trashed your property. They left a mess in the kitchen with stains on the countertop, some of their belongings in the bedrooms, and other areas where it appears they never made an effort to clean. With help from Careful Cleaners, you can get tips for move-out cleaning in Downtown Vancouver to have your property ready for your next tenant. If you’re not sure where to start, we have a few tips for you in our guide below.

Smoke damage

You can put as many policies in place for your property as you want, but you can’t always stop your tenants from smoking inside your property. Cleaning up after smoke damage and removing the smell is going to take a significant amount of time and effort on your part. Nicotine and tar often stain the walls and leave behind a thick film that isn’t easily removed. The carpet will likely need to be replaced as the smell will be deeply embedded in the fibers. Hiring a cleaning crew is the best thing you can do to ensure your next tenants have a clean place to move in to.

Belongings left behind

Moving isn’t easy. It’s not unusual to have tenants choose to leave some of their belongings behind rather than try to navigate them through doors and hallways. You don’t want to leave a used couch for your next tenant, so it’s ideal to have it removed. While a couch is often a best-case scenario of something that’s left behind, you might find a large mess of someone’s belongings that they simply chose not to take with them. In this case, you’ll need to take an inventory of the items, value them, and notify the tenant. If the items haven’t been claimed after a certain amount of time, you’ll have to dispose of them in some way.

Ceiling fans

Ceiling fans that get used often might not be cleaned nearly as much as they should. The spinning blades hide the accumulation of dirt and dust, so it’s like the dirt is out of sight and out of mind. You might find there’s a significant amount of dust and grime accumulated on the leading edge of the fan blades and the top side. You can sweep much of this off by covering it with a pillowcase and gliding the cover off. This is an easy way to ensure that minimal dirt falls onto the floor.


Messy tenants often aren’t going to take the time necessary to clean bathrooms. It’s a room in the house where people aren’t often spending more than a few minutes at a time. When they do spend time in there, it’s usually during a shower, and their attention is somewhere else at the time. This often makes for messy bathrooms that have a large build-up of grime and soap scum in the shower. These will take a lot of elbow grease to clean off, and it’s ideal to hire a professional cleaning crew to take care of it with strong chemicals.

Hire move-out cleaners

If you have a tenant who left your rental property a mess, get in touch with our team at Careful Cleaners. We offer move-out cleaning in Downtown Vancouver. Our cleaning crew will come in and make your rental property shine once again. Call 604-720-6603 or send a message using our online contact form for a free quote. You can also fill out our form to book a service directly.