Advice for Private Rented Tenants from Under One Roof

We understand things are difficult for everyone at the moment, but there are particular challenges for those living in private rented accommodation with shared stairwells and common areas.

Below we share the UnderOneRoof guidance on how to keep common areas safe and clean.

Keeping your close clean will not only make you feel better about your home where you are spending so much time just now, but it’s also important to protect your health.

If you employ commercial close cleaners, you may find that they are unable to keep to their usual schedules.  You may need to take action yourselves.

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Communicate With Your Neighbours

Find a way of warning neighbours that cleaning is in progress so you can avoid having to pass closely on the stairs

Protect Yourself

  • Wear protective gloves if available.
  • If you can’t get disposables, write your name on the gloves so you don’t end up sharing them with other people
  • Beware of splashing disinfectant on yourself.
  • If you think you just might need to use eye protection then do.

What To Clean

You’ll want to up your cleaning schedule for the close but pay particular attention to

  • handrails,
  • door handles
  • controlled entry key pads and door bells
  • any parts of the close wall that get touched (grubby marks are a tell tale sign).

Cleaning Method

  • Clean off the visible dirt and grease thoroughly first of all with soap and water – dirt reduces the effectiveness of disinfectants.
  • Allow to dry
  • Then disinfect surfaces with any of the following:
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Standard household disinfectant – read and follow the instructions carefully
  • Diluted bleach solution (bleach can be dangerous if misused so see further guidance)

How Often to Clean

Floors: two or three times a week

Handrails, handles, door entry pads etc: once a day would be a good target for most closes but twice a day would be better if many people pass through your common areas.

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