Getting Down & Dirty: Your Ultimate End-Of-Lease Cleaning Checklist

Getting Down & Dirty: Your Ultimate End-Of-Lease Cleaning Checklist

5/03/2020 10:03:07 AM

With all the packing and heavy lifting involved, moving out of a house is a big undertaking. When you add cleaning to the mix, it can all get pretty overwhelming.

However, not cleaning a rental property after you move out isn’t really an option when you risk forfeiting your bond.

If that’s the case, but you can’t face cleaning the property yourself, there are cleaning services in Perth that provide end-of-lease cleaning that can take all of the hard work out of ensuring that you get your bond back.

However, if you’d prefer to clean the house yourself though, here’s a cleaning checklist you can refer to so you don’t miss anything. When you’ve got bond money on the line, it pays to be extra careful and thorough!


Give Yourself Enough Time

Depending on the size of the property, you’ll need to free up enough time in your schedule for the end-of-lease cleaning. A small studio apartment could take up to four hours, while a large house could take the whole day to clean.

If you hire a professional cleaning service in Perth such as ours, you can focus on moving your belongings and furniture while we handle the dirty work.

Empty The Property

Always empty the house of all your belongings before you start cleaning. This also applies if you’re hiring a Perth cleaning service. Moving out always creates a mess since you tend to discard things you don’t need and expose dust and cobwebs.

By emptying the house first, you'll be able to clean in tough to reach spaces and not have clutter in your way.

Your End-Of-Lease Cleaning Checklist

Before you start your cleaning, make sure you have the right equipment and supplies. You should already have items such as a broom, dustpan, brush, vacuum, mop and cleaning solutions at home, but be sure to double-check your supply to be safe.

When you start cleaning, it’s a good idea to open the windows and doors. This improves the ventilation, which helps with the dust and fumes from cleaning products.


  • Clean the oven, stovetop and rangehood (including degreasing)
  • Wipe inside the microwave, fridge and dishwasher as required
  • Clean cupboards, shelves and drawers
  • Wipe down sinks and benchtops, and clean with disinfectant as needed
  • Vacuum and mop the floor

Living, dining and bedroom

  • Clean cupboards and drawers
  • Vacuum and mop floors 
  • Dust curtain rails, blinds, light fixtures, window sills, walls and skirting boards
  • Clean ceiling fans with a damp cloth and soapy water or disinfectant (wear a mask to protect yourself against dust)
  • Clean all windows (in other rooms as well)


  • Empty out and clean the medicine cabinet
  • Clean all surfaces (floors and walls, bathtub, sink, shower area) by scrubbing with disinfectant to get rid of grime, mould and soap scum
  • Wipe down the mirrors
  • Clean and disinfect the toilet
  • Dust the air vents if required
  • Clean cabinets and drawers
  • Clean laundry sink and tap by scrubbing with disinfectant
  • Vacuum and mop floors
  • Wipe down the washing machine and dryer thoroughly if you’re leaving them behind. Also, clean the filters of lint


  • Sweep the floors. To get rid of big oil stains, spray oven cleaner and let it settle for a few minutes before scrubbing the stains off
  • Clean all storage areas


  • Clean the floor/ground by sweeping or mowing the lawn
  • Clean permanent fixtures such as the barbecue and bins

Depending on your tenancy agreement, you might need to conduct a carpet steam cleaning when you move out. Make sure you’re clear on the details in your agreement regarding the end-of-lease requirement to ensure you get your bond back. Alternatively, you can hire a cleaning service in Perth and avoid all the hassle yourself.

At New Focus Cleaning, we provide a thorough end-of-lease cleaning service including carpet steam cleaning, if you require it. Just contact us to learn more about how we can help. Dust curtain rails, blinds, light fixtures, window sills, walls and skirting boards.

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