Complete Guide to End Of Lease Cleaning with Checklists

If you haven’t rented your space or live on a rent and are planning to do any of that, you should know about the entire End of Lease Cleaning ordeal.
End of lease cleaning is done not only to give the next tenants or the house owners a hospitable experience but, also to ensure you get your deposit money back once you exit.


End of lease cleaning is a very comprehensive clean for a residential property. A checklist is must for a smooth exit from your rental. Our professionals have created a  checklist for you that has been used by us covering everything from your bathrooms to kitchens. Our checklist works well for the end of lease cleaning Frankston and End Of Lease Cleaning Melbourne, no matter the area, we have got you covered.


But, if you are planning to do it on your own, here is an outline to help you get the overhand idea of how things will work.


Outline of Major Steps for End of Lease Cleaning

Step 1

Pre Cleaning Preparation

Step 2

Planning and Executing the End of Lease Cleaning Checklist

Step 3

Getting the approval by the Property Owner or Real Estate Agent


Step 1. Pre Cleaning Preparation

Here are three pre-cleaning steps that you ought to do beforehand to ensure a smooth End of lease cleaning.


1. Allot time for different tasks

A team of two End of Lease Cleaning service providers will take approximately 2-4 hours to get a studio apartment cleaned, 4-6 hours for cleaning a three bedroom apartment, and a full day to clean a mansion or a bungalow. This is a lot of work and it will also cost you something worth planning for. Now it is up to you to decide when you are ready for the end of lease cleaning, Lotus’ professionals suggest that you spread the work through a couple of days, discuss that with your cleaning professional.


2. Pack your things

It is only preferable to start moving out before you start End of Lease cleaning. As the majority of the mess occurs during the moving out process and not during the actual tenancy. Also, the removal of furniture and other equipment makes it easier for you to clean.


3. Arm yourself with the right tools and equipment

You will need more than just yourself to get the job done. Grab these supplies for ease.

  • Duster
  • Gloves
  • Bucket
  • Broom
  • Oven cleaner (degreaser)
  • Oven scraper
  • Preferred cleaning product (Easy-off, Pledge, Vim)
  • Sugar Soap
  • Carpet Steam Cleaner (if required)
  • Ladder (if required)
  • Screwdriver (if required)
  • Sponges
  • Paper Towels
  • Towels
  • Squeegee
  • Newspapers
  • Brush and dustpan
  • Mop
  • Vacuum

Step 2. Planning and Executing End of Lease Cleaning Checklist area specific


Your kitchen will require the most cleaning effort and you know it. Microwave cleaning alone will take up to an hour to get cleaned, for degreasing agents to work their magic. You might also potentially have appliances that need to be wiped down, food stains to scrub out and cupboards to clean. Here is a complete checklist.

  1. clean oven (interior + exterior)​
  2. clean stovetop​
  3. decrease range hood
  4. clean bench top surfaces
  5. clean backsplash
  6. clean sink, handles and spout
  7. clean pantry
  8. clean cupboards, shelves and drawers
  9. clean inside microwave, dishwasher, or fridge


If your kitchens require the most amount of cleaning effort, bathrooms could be without a doubt an easy second. Generally, people love ignoring their bathrooms completely, leaving toilet stains, soap scum making hard water marks to set in. One advice, be sure to pop open a window before cleaning to save yourself from the fumes.

  1. wash tiled surfaces
  2. clean bathtubs and basins
  3. clean shower glass/screens
  4. clean shower head and faucets
  5. clean and disinfect toilets
  6. clean vanity, handles and spout
  7. clean medicine cabinets
  8. polish mirrors
  9. dust air vents
  10. Bedrooms, Living Rooms, and Dining Rooms
  11. Bedroom cleaning checklist

Floors, Hallways, Corridors

Room layouts are relatively similar in all homes, so you may use this general cleaning checklist for most of them. Do not forget to acknowledge any hallways and staircases if you happen to have them in your house.

  1. Vacuum/sweep/mop floors
  2. clean cupboards, shelves, and drawers
  3. clean wardrobe mirrors, frame and tracks
  4. wash window, sills, and tracks (interior)
  5. detail door frames
  6. detail skirting board
  7. dust blinds
  8. cleanly accessible light fixtures
  9. clean light switches and power points
  10. remove cobwebs
  11. carpet steam cleaning (if required)
  12. wall washing – either spot cleans or entire wall washes (if required)
  13. blind deep cleaning (if required)
  14. pest control (if required) 


One of the best tricks is to use newspaper to clean balcony screens. Will for sure give you streak free windows.

  1. vacuum/sweep/mop floors
  2. wash sliding patio doors and tracks (interior and exterior)​
  3. wash window, sills and tracks (exterior)


Relax mate, the garage usually takes the least amount of cleaning time. Here is the cleaning checklist for the same.

  1. sweep floors​
  2. clean cupboards, shelves, and drawers​
  3. remove cobwebs 


Only one tip to just not forget, clean the lint filters. 

  1. vacuum/sweep/mop floors​
  2. wipe down washer and dryer surfaces​
  3. remove the dryer lint​
  4. clean sink, handles, and spout

Step 3. The Approval

Now that you are done the cleaning but hold on for just one more second. Before you give back your keys, there’s this one thing you need to do. You will need to have your real estate agent’s approval before he/she decides to return your bond in full. If you have followed our above-mentioned cleaning checklists, you should have no reason to worry.


Now if all of this might seem overwhelming, hire a professional end of lease cleaning provider. If you want to save time and yourself the stress, our services from vacating cleaning Melbourne to End Of Lease Cleaning Frankston. From the eastern suburbs to the northern beaches we have got you covered.  

Call us 0425 029 990 to get same-day, on-site cleaning services or a free quote.


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