How To Prepare For An End of Lease Cleaning Like A Professional?

Moving house in Australia can be stressful and cause headaches. Especially if you’re renting and coming to the end of your lease period. As a tenant, you’re responsible for the end of lease cleaning and leaving the rental property in an immaculate condition before the final inspection. Since property agents and landlords are very strict they will hold back your bond money if the property doesn’t meet their high expectations. 

Many tenants make the mistake of leaving their end of tenancy cleaning until the last minute. Not only does this cause more stress, but rushing this task and not meeting those high standards could spell disaster. If you want to ensure you’ll get your entire bond amount back, some serious effort is required.

But, don’t worry. We got you covered.

You can either hire professional cleaning services to perform the job using high-end tools and technologies to ensure you will get your full security deposit back without any dispute or you can manage the task DIY style. 

We’ve put together some tips to help you prepare for your end of lease cleaning and as a bonus, we’ve included an end of tenancy cleaning checklist so you won’t miss a spot! 

How do I prepare for an end of lease cleaning?

How to prepare your move out cleaning

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  1. Make sure you’re prepared ahead of time

Echoing our advice not to leave your end of tenancy cleaning until the last minute, we suggest that you schedule a day (or two!) in your calendar where you won’t be disturbed or distracted. Ask family members or friends for support if needed. Be sure to tell them ahead of time to increase the chance of them being available to help. A couple of days before the big day, make sure you got all the cleaning products and tools you need. Essential items you’re going to need can include:

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Broom/Dustpan
  • Microfibre cloths
  • Rags
  • Magic erasers
  • White vinegar and baking soda
  • Cleaning products
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Cleaning Gloves
  • Ladder

Remove as much of your stuff in advance as possible

Trying to carry out an end of tenancy cleaning while all your stuff is still in the property can be a nightmare. To avoid missing crucial areas when cleaning the property, remove as much stuff and personal appliances out of the property beforehand. If this isn’t possible, you can either move stuff into another room or away from the area you need to clean.

Also, don’t forget to remove debris from the property before the final inspection. Otherwise, you may be charged extra for its disposal.

Go from clean to dirty 

It can be tempting to tackle the dirty areas of each room first and get the toughest tasks out of the way. However, by doing this, you risk spreading dirt and grime to the cleaner parts. Start with the clean-ish areas of the room before tackling the dirtier sections.

Don’t forget the nooks and crannies

When cleaning, we often forget to get high and go down low. We’re talking ceiling fans, behind wardrobes, under the bed, and the side of the sofa. These places are hidden away from plain sight which means they’re often neglected, making it a great breeding ground for dust and dirt collections. 

This may require you to put the vacuum cleaner and mop to one side and get down on your hands and knees with a cloth and warm water. Use old toothbrushes to get in those hard-to-reach areas and between tiles to eliminate mold and mildew. 

Major appliances need cleaning love too

Lastly, ensure the appliances that are staying at the property are thoroughly scrubbed and sparkling. This involves cleaning inside, behind, and outside the refrigerator, wardrobes, dishwasher, cabinets, bookcases, and cookers.


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Where to Start? An end of tenancy cleaning checklist

We know this can start to sound overwhelming and thoughts like “I don’t know where to start!” are coming to the surface. That’s why we’ve put together an easy-to-follow end of tenancy cleaning checklist together that guides you through all the cleaning tasks expected for an end of lease cleaning:


  • Showers cleaned and disinfected
  • The edges of the shower door
  • Tile walls cleaned and disinfected
  • Tile grout scrubbed
  • Baseboards wiped or dusted 
  • Trash removed
  • Wastebaskets sanitized
  • General dusting 
  • Toilets cleaned and disinfected
  • The base and behind the toilet
  • Clean doors/frames for fingerprints
  • Major appliances (bath) cleaned


End of lease cleaning - bathroom

Bathroom cleaning – End of lease cleaning


  • Outside of range hood cleaned 
  • Inside of range hood cleaned
  • Top and front of range cleaned 
  • Inside of oven cleaned
  • Baseboards wiped or dusted 
  • Behind refrigerator and oven cleaned
  • Fronts of fridge and dishwasher cleaned 
  • Inside of both cleaned
  • Floors vacuumed and mopped 
  • Outside of cabinets washed
  • Doors/frames spot cleaned for fingerprints
  • General dusting 
  • Other individual knickknacks cleaned



Kitchen cleaning

End of lease cleaning – Kitchen



  • Clean/vacuum under the bedframe
  • Trash removed
  • Wastebaskets sanitized
  • Flat surfaces cloth dusted 
  • Lampshades dusted or wiped down
  • Ceiling fan dusted and wiped
  • All readily accessible floors vacuumed 
  • Carpet cleaned and vacuumed
  • Mirrors cleaned 
  • Furniture and upholstery vacuumed and 
  • Clean under and the sides of the furniture
  • Windowsills and ledges wiped down 
  • Mini-blinds dusted
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End of lease cleaning – living area, window

We hope this end of lease cleaning checklist and our professional cleaning tips have helped you get your rented property ready for its inspection. Cleaning a rental property like a professional is not easy. It’s an exhausting process. If you lack time, energy, or just want that full bond refund guarantee, trusting a local Sydney-based professional end of lease cleaning company to carry the burden may be a great option for you. This will eliminate any disputes or inconvenience caused to you at a stressful, but exciting time.  

May 11, 2020