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A Step-By-Step Guide To End of Lease Cleaning

by | Jul 21, 2020 | Bond Cleaning

Bond cleaning can be overwhelming if you don’t have a thorough guide, as it requires a lot of work to get a satisfactory verdict and your bond back in full. It is challenging to figure out where to start and how deep your cleaning should go, especially if you’re working under time pressure.

No worries! We’ve prepared the ultimate end of lease cleaning guide to help you through the process. With a set of comprehensive bond cleaning checklists as well as a guide on the materials and techniques to use, you’re sure to feel more confident with your cleaning!

Service Checklist

This is the first checklist you have to go through and it should be done a month before you return your keys. Note that these are recommended, but not necessary.

You can check your lease agreement to see if your property manager is requiring any of these to be done professionally, so you can keep a record of the invoice upon hiring the services.


  • Carpet cleaning
  • Lawn mowing and gardening
  • Pest control

Outdoor Cleaning Checklist

This checklist should be done a week before you leave. The outdoor checklist involves a lot of heavy work, so we recommend asking for help from neighbours, friends, or a professional service.

Working too hard under the hot Aussie sun can be dangerous. Remember not to push yourself too hard and spread out the work over several days if it gets too difficult.


  • Sweep and remove cobwebs from the garage
  • Clean oil or tire marks in the driveway
  • Prepare your yard by mowing the lawn, weeding the garden, trimming the bushes, and sweeping once you finish
  • Hose down the veranda or patio for a quick clean
  • Wash and dry the rubbish bins
  • Clean and filter the pool (if you have one)
  • Clean the windows and hose down the flyscreens

Indoor Cleaning Checklist

You should start working on the indoor cleaning checklist a few days before you leave. This involves deep cleaning and maintenance solutions. Your regular cleaning routine won’t cut it in getting your bond back so make sure to go through each of the items in this list thoroughly. 

  • Check your lights and replace non-working bulbs
  • Clean windows, sills and tracks
  • Clean your curtains and blinds
  • Wipe fans, air conditioners, and smoke alarms
  • Empty and clean out wardrobes and cupboards
  • Wash wall marks
  • Clean your oven, racks, and stove
  • Clean out your sink – remove food from the drain and clean the spout thoroughly
  • Wipe down all kitchen benches
  • Clean and remove wipe marks from your mirrors
  • Clean and disinfect your toilet
  • Clean the tap and shower area in the bathroom – don’t forget to clean out the shower drain
  • Clean your bathroom tiles
  • Finish everything up by sweeping or vacuuming
Clean your kitchen top to bottom at the end of your lease.

Materials And When To Use Them

Unsure of what to use when going through a lot of the items on the list? Here are the most common materials you’ll use for bond cleaning and how to use them!

Store-Bought Chemical Cleaners

These are great for cleaning ovens since they’re specially made to remove grease. We also recommend commercial cleaning products for disinfecting your rubbish bins.

If you’re having trouble with difficult mould in the shower area, there are chemical cleaning products for that as well. To go with the rest of your bathroom cleaning, there are trusted toilet cleaning products that are best used in cleaning toilet bowls and tanks. Wash these off well with cold water to clear the chemicals!

Baking Soda And Water

Baking soda paste is a simple and eco-friendly alternative to certain chemical products. This is especially useful for cleaning ovens and kitchen racks. To get the best results, leave the paste on overnight and clean in the morning.

Sugar Soap

Sugar soap with a bucket or so of water is the perfect thing to use to clean the walls. It removes wall marks and, with enough scrubbing, certain wall stains. Make sure to use a non-abrasive cloth to protect the paint surface on the wall.

Washing Detergent

Washing or laundry detergent is one of the most useful materials in cleaning. We recommend using it to clean windows, mirrors, and rubbish bins! For disinfecting purposes as well, use hot water when washing bins.

Glass Cleaner

We recommend using glass cleaners as a “final touch” in cleaning windows, mirrors, and other glass surfaces. It’s sure to make them sparkle! A good tip to remember is to wipe the glass cleaner with newspaper in order to minimise streaks.


Vinegar is a strong and practical alternative to commercial cleaning products. It’s a great disinfectant for bins if mixed with hot water. You can also use it to scrub difficult dirt in the shower area.

Vinegar is often used to remove mineral deposits in toilets by leaving it overnight in the cistern and flushing it out. Another use for vinegar is using it as a spray to disinfect the oven.

Final Checks

Once you’re finished with everything, spend an hour or so with this quick final checklist while inspecting the place: 

  • Take photos of the condition of your rental property upon moving out as evidence in case of a dispute
  • Check from room to room starting at the back of the house to the front door to see if you’ve gotten everything
  • Check your window sills and tracks
  • Assess if the window blinds are clean enough
  • Check if difficult to reach areas such as baseboards and ceiling fans have been dusted
  • Check benchtops for any long-standing grease marks
  • Check the top of your kitchen cupboards a day or two before handing over your keys
  • Disinfect doorknobs, handles, and light switches with a store-bought cleaning product as you finish up

Worry Less With Professional Bond Cleaning Services!

Realising the amount of work you have to put into an end of lease cleaning can definitely be overwhelming. If you don’t think you have the time or energy to do a thorough bond cleaning, we recommend hiring professional bond cleaners in Melbourne. An ineffective vacate cleaning can cost you more if you have to redo the cleaning or if you don’t receive your bond back.

Avoid all of the nitty-gritty of bond cleaning by hiring experienced cleaners from Maid2Match. Recognised as Australia’s most recognised cleaning service, Maid2Match is convenient and effective. Book an appointment with us and our expert bond cleaners are sure to impress!

About Author

Sophie Franklin

Sophie is the subject matter expert within Maid2Match. Most importantly though she is our biggest fan girl and generous in sharing what she knows.


About Author

Sophie Franklin

Sophie is the subject matter expert within Maid2Match. Most importantly though she is our biggest fan girl and generous in sharing what she knows.