How Long Does End of Tenancy Cleaning Take

The purpose of this article is to provide you with a breakdown of the time it takes to perform an end of tenancy cleaning service, and not just any cleaning, but a thorough and meticulous one performed by a professional company. We will be delving into the nitty-gritty of each item and room that requires cleaning, and provide you with an estimate of the time it takes to get the job done right.

From the kitchen, bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms, hallways, and stairs, no stone will be left unturned!One of the questions we get most often about this specific service is exactly how long it's gonna take, but there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer to it. Keep reading and you might learn why that is.


Why there isn't a generic answer to this question.

The overall time it takes to perform an end of tenancy cleaning service depends mostly on the general condition of the property. If the property has been well-maintained and cleaned regularly, it will take less time to complete the cleaning process.

Respectively, if the property has not been well-maintained or has not been cleaned regularly, it will take more time to complete the cleaning process. It's important to assess the condition of the rental property before beginning the cleaning process to ensure that enough time is allocated to complete the job to a high standard.

Lots of our clients forget that or simply don't know at all, especially if it's their first time using the service.

The number of people in the cleaning team that attends and their experience is also of big importance.

The same goes for the cleaning materials being used.

Breakdown of the kitchen cleaning

When it comes to the kitchen, there are a lot of tasks that need to be completed to ensure that it's up to the standard required for end of tenancy cleaning.

Some of the tasks include cleaning the oven, microwave, fridge, and cupboards. Let's break down the time it typically takes to clean each of these items and provide an estimate for any additional time required for defrosting or deep cleaning.

Starting with the cooker

Cleaning the oven is an essential task when it comes to end of tenancy cleaning, and it can take anywhere between one and three hours, depending on the condition of the oven. Professional oven cleaning takes time and effort to complete.

If there's a lot of burnt-on grime and grease, it can take longer to clean, and additional time may be required for deep cleaning. The same applies to the microwave, which typically takes around 30 minutes to clean. However, if there are any stubborn stains or burnt-on food, it may take longer to clean.

Cleaning up the fridge and freezer

The fridge is another item that requires attention during end of tenancy cleaning, and it can take around 30 minutes to clean. However, if there are any spillages or stains, it may take longer to clean, and additional time may be required for defrosting. Cleaning the cupboards can take anywhere between one and three hours, depending on the number of cupboards and their condition. If the cupboards are heavily soiled or greasy, it may take longer to clean.


Overall average time 1-3 hours

Cleaning the bathroom and toilet

The bathroom is another area that requires thorough cleaning as part of the end of tenancy cleaning process. The tasks that need to be completed include scrubbing the toilet, sink, and shower, as well as cleaning the tiles and removing any limescale or mold.

The marble throne

Scrubbing the toilet is a task that must be completed to a high standard, and it can take around 30 minutes to clean. If there is any buildup of limescale, it may take additional time to remove it using an appropriate cleaning product. Cleaning the sink typically takes around 15-20 minutes, depending on the condition of the sink. If there are any stains or marks, it may take longer to clean. The good thing is that this part of the cleaning process can be "combined" with others. For example, the limescale would require some time for the cleaning products to disolve and a cleaner would leave it to soak, while taking care of others parts of the cleaning process in the meantime.

The concert hall

Cleaning the shower is another task that can take a significant amount of time, depending on the type of shower and its condition. For a standard shower with tiles, it can take between 30 minutes to an hour to clean thoroughly. However, if there is any buildup of limescale or mold, it may take longer to clean, and additional time may be required for the removal of these stubborn stains. A bathroom or a shower with lots of nooks and cranies will take longer to clean compared to one that just has 3 walls or 2 walls and a glass to clean.

Removing limescale

The tiles in the bathroom can also accumulate dirt and grime over time, and it can take up to an hour to clean them properly. If there is any mold or limescale buildup, additional time may be required to remove these stains, but just like with the toilet, the cleaner can leave them soaked for a while while the limescale and mold is dissolving.


Overall average time 1-1.5 hours

Taking care of the Living Room

The tasks that need to be completed here include dusting all surfaces, cleaning the windows, and vacuuming or steam cleaning the upholstery. Perhaps cleaning the curtains. .

Living room surfaces

Dusting the surfaces in the living room typically takes around 20-30 minutes, depending on the number of items and their condition. It's important to be thorough and ensure that all surfaces are dusted, including shelves, coffee tables, and picture frames.

Living room window cleaning

Cleaning the windows can take between 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the windows and their condition. If the windows are particularly dirty or have any stubborn stains, it may take longer to clean them thoroughly.

The living room floors take most time

Vacuuming or steam cleaning the upholstery is another task that needs to be completed in the living room. The time required for this task depends on the number of sofas, armchairs, and other items that need to be cleaned, as well as their condition. It typically takes between 30 minutes to an hour to complete this task.

Cleaning up any upholstery in need

If there are any stains or marks on the upholstery, additional time may be required for deep upholstery cleaning or stain removal. It's important to use appropriate cleaning products and techniques to avoid damaging the upholstery.

Each piece of upholstery like armchair, couch, foot stool or anything else like that will increase the time spent in the living room by around 30 minutes on average without taking into consideration drying time.

For the upholstery to completely dry we recommend keeping the windows to be left open for around 3-5 hours.


Overall average time 2-3 hours

Bedroom or Bedrooms - the real difference maker

Each bedroom in the rental property requires thorough cleaning as part of the end of tenancy cleaning London process. The tasks that need to be completed in each bedroom include cleaning wardrobes, dusting surfaces, and vacuuming or steam carpet cleaning. .

The Wardrobes

Cleaning wardrobes can be a time-consuming task depending on the number and size of wardrobes in each bedroom. It may take around 30-45 minutes to clean each wardrobe thoroughly.

Bedroom surfaces

Dusting all surfaces in the bedroom typically takes around 20-30 minutes, depending on the number of items and their condition. It's important to be thorough and ensure that all surfaces, including bedside tables, dressers, and shelves, are dusted.

The floor and carpets

Vacuuming or steam carpet cleaning is another important task that needs to be completed in each bedroom. The time required for this task depends on the size of the bedroom and the amount of furniture in it. It can take between 20 minutes to an hour to complete this task.

In addition to these tasks, it's important to clean any mirrors or windows in each bedroom. Depending on the size of the mirrors and windows, this task can take between 10-20 minutes. Exterior cleaning in some instances is just as important as the cleaning of the interior.

If you require steam cleaning of carpets inside of the bedrooms that's an additional 20-30 minutes per bedroom, excluding drying time.

For the carpets to completely dry we recommend keeping the windows to be left open for around 8-10 hours.

Overall average time 1-1.5 hours per bedroom

Rounding it up with the hallways and staircases

The hallways and stairs are some of the most frequently used areas in a property, and they require a thorough cleaning as part of the end of tenancy cleaning process. The tasks that need to be completed in these areas include dusting surfaces, cleaning windows, and vacuuming or steam cleaning carpets .

Cleaning up all necessary surfaces

Dusting surfaces in the hallways and stairs includes cleaning any banisters, skirting boards, and other surfaces. This task typically takes around 20-30 minutes, depending on the length and size of the hallway and the amount of furniture and decor.

Windows, window sills and others

Cleaning windows in the hallways and stairs can be a time-consuming task, especially if they are difficult to reach. Depending on the number and size of windows as well as how well the place has been maintained throughout the time it was inhabited, this task can take between 10-30 minutes.

It's important to ensure that all windows are cleaned thoroughly, including any frames or sills.

Cleaning the floors

Vacuuming or steam cleaning the carpets in the hallways and stairs is also a crucial moment of the process. The time required for this task depends on the size of the area and the amount of furniture and decor present. This task can take between 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the area and any difficult-to-reach spots as well as the required method for cleaning. Vacuuming or hoovering is much quicker in general compared to steam cleaning of the carpets. Drying time is not considered in the given timeframes.

It's also important to ensure that any storage spaces in the hallways or on the stairs, such as closets or under-stair storage, are cleaned thoroughly. Depending on the size and condition of these spaces, this task can take between 15-30 minutes alone.

In some rare instances we've had to spend over an hour to take care of an under-stair storage. It truly felt like Harry Potter was living there for years and took way more then expected.

If you require steam cleaning of carpets inside of the bedrooms that's an additional 20-30 minutes per bedroom, excluding drying time.

Overall average time 1-1.5 hours for the hallway and stairway

In this section we'll glance over additional rooms like sunrooms, conservatories, etc.

Although they are becoming more and more obsolete, conservatories and sunrooms are still present throughout London and the UK in general

We haven't really had many cases when cleaning one of these rooms has taken longer then 1 hour, but as all other forementioned rooms this timeframe depends and can be shorter or longer

These types of rooms won't make much of a difference to the overall timeframe of the job, so you can expect that the professional cleaners won't go overboard in terms of duration even if your property has both types of rooms. Professional cleaners don't really like staying additionally unless absolutely necessary so this is a general rule of thumb.


Cleaning up the garage

Many cleaning companies don't even consider the garage when it comes to an end of tenancy cleaning and don't count it in the overall time it takes for an end of tenancy cleaning to be completed in full.

The garage may have accumulated dirt, oil stains, and debris over time, and it's important to clean it thoroughly before handing over the keys to the landlord.

Depending on your original lease agreement or overall agreements with the landlord or estate agents the cleaning can include but doesn't need to be limited to sweeping and mopping the floor, removing cobwebs from corners and ceilings, cleaning shelves and storage areas, and wiping down any equipment or tools. If there are oil stains on the floor, a degreaser may be needed to effectively remove them.

Overall average estimate for the garage - 1 hour.

As a conclusion the whole thing can take anywhere between 3 to 7 hours to complete

Although the tenancy cleaning service isn't limited in time generally speaking this is how long it could take to complete a job thoroughly and up to a professional standard with a cleaning team of 2 or 3 cleaners.

At the end of this article we'll leave you with some food for thought on other things you could do in that timeframe instead of spending this time cleaning up yourself (and potentially longer)

  • A full day of hiking or backpacking in a national park.
  • Attending a music festival or concert with multiple headliners.
  • A long day of skiing or snowboarding at a mountain resort.
  • Completing a marathon or half marathon race.
  • A long day of fishing, either freshwater or deep-sea.
  • Taking a cooking class or attending a culinary workshop.
  • Building a piece of furniture from scratch.
  • A day of volunteering with a local charity or non-profit organization.
  • Negotating the price for an oven cleaning with a representative for professional cleaning services

Although most of these things aren't feasable for people living in London and you wouldn't really trade spending time of one for the other you surely get the point on how long a tenancy cleaning could take if performed properly by a team of trained cleaning technicians with the proper equipment.

It's worth noting that these times are only averages and may vary depending on the condition of the property, the level of cleaning required, and the number of cleaners involved in the process. Additionally, certain tasks such as oven or carpet cleaning may require additional time and cost.

In any case, it's always a good idea to use professional cleaning services for your end of tenancy cleaning needs to ensure that the job is done thoroughly and efficiently. This can save you time and stress, and ensure that you leave the property in good condition for the next tenant.

A few examples in a table format

If your thirst for information still isn't quenched, we've got some more information you can go through.

Here's a table with breakdowns and average tenancy cleaning service session durations that you might find helpful

Property Type Estimated Duration
1 Bedroom Flat/House 3-4 hours
2 Bedroom Flat/House 4-6 hours
3 Bedroom Flat/House 6-8 hours

And to leave you with a few final words to thank you for getting this far, as it surely wasn't easy, we've got a joke related to how long a professional cleaning company and a tenant would take to do the same job.


Here it goes

Why did the landlord book a professional end of tenancy cleaning?

Because they realized that watching paint dry is more exciting than waiting for their tenants to finish cleaning!

Categories: Tenancy cleaning