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The Ultimate Cleaning Rota Template to Download and Print

By Luke Ellis.
Last Updated 01 May 2024
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When it comes to cleaning a shared property, it can be difficult to evenly and fairly split up the chores. As the lengthy discussions regarding who is getting which job rage on, your flat or student house will probably start to become a mess, making everyone even more hesitant to commit. But don’t worry, there are some pretty simple ways around this that don’t involve endless debates.

Our favourite way of determining who does which cleaning job on a weekly or monthly basis is by using a cleaning rota template. Luckily for you, we’ve created a handy downloadable student house cleaning rota template, along with other cleaning tools. These downloadables will allow you and your flatmates to easily and fairly allocate jobs around the house. While we’ve referred to this as a student cleaning rota template, it can be used in just about any form of shared accommodation.

Why Is It Important to Keep Your Property Tidy When Renting?

When living in a house share or student halls, keeping your property clean is always a positive thing. You definitely don’t want to leave all the cleaning until the very end of your tenancy. Maintaining your property’s cleanliness is super important for a number of reasons:

  • Having a clean property maintains good mental health and a positive mindset. No one likes to live in a messy home, right?
  • This shows the property owners or landlord that you’re able to look after the property with care and responsibility. If they have confidence in you, then you’re less likely to receive regular check-up visits.
  • A clean property will help you and your housemates get back your deposit without having disputes with the landlord
  • This makes it far more likely that the property owner(s) or landlords will give you and your housemates a positive reference, meaning a much better chance of getting a new rental property.

Cleaning your property from head to toe may seem like a daunting task at first. From the kitchen to the bathroom and from the bedrooms to any outdoor area, keeping on top of it all can seem like a tall order. But remember, you have housemates to help. Once you break down the rooms in your property and then allocate tasks to each person, it really won’t feel that bad.

If you get into the routine of cleaning areas on a weekly basis, then when it comes to a monthly deep clean, you won’t have all that much to do. 

What Should Be Cleaned and When?

Daily Cleaning Rota Template

Check out our Cleaning Task List (pictured below) for a daily cleaning schedule. We’ve also listed some examples of jobs that are worth doing on a daily basis:

  • Kitchen surfaces and the hobs after cooking.
  • Brush up any pieces of food waste or general rubbish on the kitchen floor.
  • Wash dishes by hand or run the dishwasher if you’re lucky enough to have one. Just don’t let an Everest-sized stack of pots and pans pile up in the corner of your kitchen.
  • Throw away any rubbish that’s been left lying around.
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Weekly Cleaning Rota Template

Check out our Weekly Cleaning Rota (pictured below) for a weekly cleaning schedule. We’ve also listed some examples of jobs that are worth doing on a weekly basis:

  • Wash any bed sheets, towels and bath mats.
  • Dust any surfaces and hoover all floors.
  • Mop any hard floors.
  • Clean the bathroom, mirrors and toothbrush holders.
  • Clean the inside of the microwave – an easy one to forget!
  • Bleach the toilet.
  • Clean the inside of the shower.
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Monthly Cleaning Rota Template

Check out our Monthly Cleaning Rota (pictured below) for a monthly cleaning schedule. We’ve also listed some examples of jobs that are worth doing on a monthly basis:

  • Deep clean your mattress. This can be done using a vacuum cleaner and bicarbonate of soda.
  • Wash pillows and duvets. This is another easy one to forget, but is definitely a must for good hygiene.
  • Deep clean the fridge.
  • Clean the oven.
  • Wipe down any internal paintwork.
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A Cleaning Rota Template Will Save Hours of Discussions and Arguments

If everybody in your house/flat is pulling in the same direction and doing an equal amount of cleaning, then this should also help create a more harmonious atmosphere for everyone involved. You and your housemates can also commit to buying an equal amount of cleaning supplies, making working out your budget easier.

Although a cleaning rota might seem a little unnecessary, especially given that you’re all adults, they’re proven to be one of the best ways to motivate people to do their chores. Not only that, but cleaning rotas also ensure that some of the more daunting tasks (like cleaning toilets/bathrooms) don’t go unnoticed for too long.

Your landlord won’t be expecting a totally spotless house at the end of your tenancy, but they will expect you to keep on top of jobs to prevent issues like dampness, stains and the growth of mould. Trust us, chipping away on a weekly basis is a far better option than leaving a mountain of cleaning until the final days of your tenancy. Using a cleaning rota template is one of the best ways to ensure this is avoided.

Moving into a property with your friends is super exciting and we know how fun it can be, but it’s also quite a big responsibility and aids your independence as a person. With the right amount of enthusiasm and motivation, you can effortlessly clean your property in no time. Our handy student house cleaning rota template is a foolproof way to get your property squeaky clean; check out our daily house cleaning schedule, the weekly cleaning rota and the monthly cleaning rota

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