End of Lease Cleaning – Steps by Step Guide to get your Bond back 

June 8, 2021


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End-of-lease cleaning generally means cleaning the property you rented before the new tenants move in. In this article, I am going to mention some of the steps for end-of-lease cleaning. By following the below-mentioned steps, you can finish your cleaning task fast, and you can get your Bond back for sure.

It’s also called move-out cleaning because we do it before moving out to get the Bond back from the landlord. It is also popular with the names tenancy and deep cleaning of the house.

The end-of-lease cleaning would primarily mean cleaning a rented property, turning it sparkling clean, and then handing it back to the owner at the end of the lease period. Therefore, it is essential to make sure that the property precisely reflects the conditions you rented.

Cleaning a rental property and making it look new for the new coming client is a tenant’s responsibility. Every tenant needs to do that at the end of the lease agreement. Otherwise, you won’t get your deposit back from the house owner.

You can use this ultimate end-of-tenancy cleaning checklist or steps to ensure you don’t miss any important parts.

Steps for end of lease cleaning 

  1. Bedrooms

Step one is to take care of the dust and dirt of the bedroom cause we spend most of our time in the bedroom and keep our clothes wherever we like.

The best way is to wipe a room from top to bottom. Do not forget to remove cobwebs from ceilings and corners. Similarly, wipe out smoothly dust reachable places like wardrobes, shelving, & cupboards.

Now, vacuum and dust both sides of curtains and blinds properly to be healthy and germs-free.

Similarly, it’s time to wipe and polish wall hangings such as mirrors, frames, pictures, etc. You can also polish other wall decorations if you have them.

It is now time to clean the things you have at the bottom, such as metal ornaments and switches. If you were staying with kids or mistakenly got dirty marks, you should clean and remove them from the walls. Finally, clean power sockets after switching off the electricity and mop hard floors and laminate them.

  1. Bathrooms

The second step of lease cleaning is bathroom cleaning. In the bathroom, dirt and mildew are most visible and least tolerable; likewise, in toilets, showers, you should clean tiles and baths and polish and wash the basins, taps, and fittings and remove hard water stains also remove limescale if present.

Wipe marks from shower screens and scrub bath marks too.

  1. Kitchens

Cleaning the kitchen is a pretty hard task. The kitchen is the room everyone uses most of the time. Start washing it from the top and clean inside cupboards and drawers.

Clean inside the window and wipe down sills, ledges, frames, and dirt from woodwork like doors, handles, doorframes, furnishing, and skirting boards. Remove dust from switches if it exists. At last, do not forget to vacuum, & polish the floors by which there will be a healthy living.

  1. Furniture

Furniture is also equally crucial for all tenants. So you must carefully wipe and clean all furnishings before leaving the house.

Wipe and polish computer and reading tables, workspaces, etc. Do not leave any existing fingerprints and marks. It is the critical thing you should know while furnishing.

  1. Carpets

Carpet cleaning is one of the vital steps for end-of-lease cleaning. It is one of the most challenging jobs to do while cleaning the house; the best way to do it is to buy or rent a carpet cleaning machine. It makes your work easier.

Don’t be lazy. Carefully vacuum all sides of the carpet, move the furniture safely (if possible), and vacuum underneath. Hand washing stains is the best alternative for a machine if it is not available.

  1. Windows

It would help if you cleaned everything within your rental property to get Bond back without any hassle. Clean windows are no exception. Do not forget to remove marks, fingerprints, and oily stains during cleaning windows, especially in kitchen windows.


  1. Drawers, Cupboards, and Shelves

Drawers, Cupboards, and Shelves are the items that every cleaning expert often forgot. Make sure you don’t make this mistake. However we already mentioned it above, if you followed our article, you won’t.


Make sure to do everything mentioned on this end-of-lease cleaning checklist to have the most excellent chance of getting your full deposit back when you move out.

If you are thinking of hiring someone for your cleaning task, make sure to hire the best one who gives a 100% bond back guarantee.

If you are in Sydney or the nearest locations, we recommend AMU Cleaning for quality and affordable cleaning services.


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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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