The floors, walls and ceilings should be kept clean. However, using too much water may cause moisture damage.

The floors, walls and ceilings should be kept clean. However, using too much water may cause moisture damage. 

When cleaning the floors, walls and other surfaces of the home, you should pay attention to the amount of water to avoid causing water or other damage to the coatings. Please also read our instructions on what you are allowed to mount to the walls and how. 


Regular vacuuming with a brush nozzle and mopping prevent wear to the floors. Clean wooden and laminate floors with a slightly damp cloth so that the floor does not get wet or suffer damage. Wipe the plastic floor and vinyl plank floor with a damp cloth.

Sand that is carried inside on shoes gradually wears away at the floors. Wipe any sand and dirt from your shoes before stepping inside and leave your shoes in the entryway. Rugs protect the floors from wear. To avoid scratching the floors, attach felt furniture pads to the feet of your furniture. Do not drag furniture across the floor.

Bathroom surfaces

Bathroom surfaces are exposed to moisture on a daily basis. Continuous moisture that is unable to dry provides favourable conditions for the growth of mould and bacteria. Dry the surfaces carefully and clean them regularly. 

  • Dry the floor and walls in the shower area with a squeegee, for example. 
  • Leave the shower curtain to dry in such a way that it hangs freely and is exposed to air flow.
  • Enhance ventilation by leaving the bathroom door ajar. 
  • Clean the bathroom floor and walls around the shower area with a cleaning agent and brush or sponge as necessary, usually at least once every two weeks. Also wash the shower curtain as needed.
  • Clean the exhaust air valve regularly with damp paper.

Do not make holes in the bathroom surfaces that would allow water to enter the building’s structures through the water insulation.

Walls and ceiling

You are allowed to mount a moderate number of pictures, mirrors and lamps to the walls with picture hooks or other similar mountings. You can also mount your own lamps on the ceiling. The small holes caused from installing and removing pictures, mirrors and lamps are considered to be normal wear, and the tenant does not have to patch them. If there are large holes or other damage to the walls or ceiling that have been caused by the tenant’s own installations or other actions, the tenant must pay for their repair costs. 

DIY renovations

Would you like to renovate the surfaces in your home by grabbing a paintbrush, roller or hammer? For that, you need permission from your regional office. Read through our instructions for DIY renovations.