Moving out can be a real headache, but giving your house or apartment a good end of lease clean, can make all the difference in getting your bond back. Landlords sometimes will refuse to give back your deposit, if the place is not clean enough and suitable for viewing.
Therefore, even though the end-of-lease clean is not the most exciting task in the world, it is an absolutely necessary one, because the place needs to be in perfect shape for the new tenants. You can do this on your own if you want to save some money of course, but you can also hire professional cleaners that offer great end of lease cleaning services and will definitely keep your landlords happy and guarantee a 100% bond refund.
This is why so many people choose to leave this job to professionals. But, if you still want to tackle the cleaning job yourself, it’s crucial to know that it’s best if you start before your lease runs out and after you pack off everything you own to your new place.
This type of cleaning is more detailed and will take a lot longer than your usual daily clean. But, don’t worry, we’ve prepared the ultimate end-of-lease cleaning guide to help you in the process and make your moving easier and less stressful.
– First of all, prepare all the cleaning supplies you need
– The best way to start cleaning is from top to bottom, left to right, and front to back
– Start with the dry cleaning tasks like vacuuming and dusting before mopping and wiping all surfaces down with a damp cloth
– Check the cupboards, shelves, and wardrobes to make sure that everything is clean
– Clean the windows, curtains, and blinds
– Wipe down all of the furniture
– Check the light fixtures and make sure they all work properly
– Clean the air conditioner and vents
– Get rid of all cobwebs from the walls and window sills
– If you smoke, make sure to remove all nicotine stains and air out the place to get rid of the cigarette odour
– Dispose of hazardous waste
– Wash the curtains
– Wipe down the switches, the doors, and window sills
End of lease cleaning is not only about the interior of the property. You will also have to pay attention to the external areas.
– Don’t forget to clean the patio or veranda
– Clean the outdoor furniture and BBQ
– Cut the lawn and sweep paths
– De-weed the grass in the yard
– Clean the mess created by your pets (if you have any) and repair if you have any damage caused by them
– Make sure that the outdoor lighting is clean and working
– Sweep the garage and driveway
– If there’s a pool, remove the leaf debris and check the filter
– Clean out the letterbox
– Empty out the trash bins
The kitchen is obviously one of the most used spaces in the home, which means that it’s also one of the dirtiest. So, if you want to get a full bond refund, you need to make sure that the kitchen you will leave will be clean and disinfected. Here’s what you need to do:
– First, give the oven a deep clean and pay attention to the walls, racks, and grill. Here’s a quick DIY cleaning tip: If you want to clean the oven with natural ingredients and avoid harsh chemicals, mix half a cup of baking soda and three tablespoons of water – make a paste and then spread that paste on the oven walls, avoiding the heating elements.
It’s best to let the paste sit overnight, then the next day you can remove it, spray with some vinegar, wipe down and the oven should be spotless.
– Then clean the stovetop and remove all visible stains
– Clean the dishwasher and the filter. If you want the dishwasher to be sparkly clean and fresh, put some baking soda onto a wet sponge and wipe it down to remove any food and stains.
– Clear any food and debris from the sinkholes, taps, and plugs. If your sink in the kitchen is stainless steel, wipe it down with a couple of drops of mineral oil, olive, or baby oil, and a soft sponge.
– Clean the inside of the refrigerator and freezer and of course remove all of the food that was left
– Clean the microwave and other appliances
– Wipe the inside and outside of the cupboards and other storage units
– Wipe down all surfaces and countertops in the kitchen
– Clean the extractor fan with a quick vacuum
The bathroom is another room in the house that needs special attention when it comes to the end of lease cleaning.
– Clean and disinfect the bath, toilet, shower, doors, glass panels, and don’t forget the showerhead. Here’s a quick tip for cleaning the shower doors: Create a paste of baking soda and vinegar, apply it on the glass doors and leave to soak for an hour. Then just remove with a damp cloth and they will be squeaky clean.
– Make sure that there’s no soap residue and mildew anywhere in the bathroom
– Get rid of any mould from the tiles, ceiling, and walls
– Clean the sinks, drain holes, plugs, and taps
– Clean the mirrors
– Wash all surfaces including benchtops and tiles
– Wash the floor, wipe, and mop
Walls And Floors
– Remove any scuff marks on the walls. You can do this easily by mixing sugar soap with warm water and applying it with a soft cloth on the walls.
– Vacuum and steam clean the carpets in the house
– Sweep and mop tiled floors
– Clean wall and floor areas behind all appliances like the refrigerator, microwave, and washing machine
– Vacuum window tracks and sliding doors