Moving house is often regarded as one of the most stressful times in people’s lives. Add to that the stress of attempting to secure your rental bond back and completing a thorough clean of your current property upon vacating, and you have an entire world of complexity to wade through.

As the property market in Australia, particularly the rental market and the search for the perfect rental property, heats up, it has never been more important to properly clean your rental property in order to secure your rental bond back and receive a glowing rental reference from your property manager.

As experienced, professional cleaners, the team at Personal Maids are no strangers when it comes to professional bond cleans, and whilst engaging a professional to complete a bond clean can be a time saving exercise for tenants, sometimes the moving budget may not stretch quite as far as to allow a professional clean to be completed. Accordingly, we have put together a quick cleaning guide, to ensure you get your rental bond back, first time every time!

Get organised


Have you ever heard the saying – organisation is the key to success? Well, it is 100% true when it comes to vacating your rental property and completing an effective and efficient bond clean to get your rental bind back.

Being organised when it comes to vacating a property can make the cleaning process so much easier. If possible, it is always a great idea to pack up several rooms of your home, perhaps a guest bedroom or a second bathroom, removing all furniture and personal items, so you can get a head start on the cleaning prior to vacating the property.


This eliminates the stress that cleaning a large home at the last minute or on a minimal and strict timeline can create.

Part of the organisation process also should definitely include allowing enough time to complete a through end of lease clean. For example, moving out of the property the day before you are due to hand your keys back to the agent, is poor forward planning and poor organisation and will certainly not enable you enough time to complete a thorough clean that will ensure your bond is returned. It is always best to allow at least a few days or even a week, depending on the size of the property so that all areas can be afforded appropriate attention.

Make a list

Lists are like gold, when it comes to getting your rental bond back, and provide valuable guidance and direction to ensure you don’t miss anything.

Most residential tenancies authorities that exist in each state and territory within Australia have basic checklists listed on their website to help you with this process. Find a checklist that is relevant to your property and state/territory and use it as a starting point.

Critical areas and specific items within the home that you should ensure are included on your checklist are;

  • Oven, stovetop and rangehood, and we are not just talking about the outside here, but the entire oven, glass door, knobs, hotplates, inside and out.
  • Dishwasher, including the racks, seals, door, rubbers.
  • Flyscreens and window tracks
  • Draws and cupboards, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom areas
  • Windows and other glass such as mirrors.
  • Ceiling and exhaust fans
  • Dishwasher

Carefully select your cleaning products

With so many cleaning products on the market, it can be a real challenge to ascertain which products are going to be best suited to your bond clean. Whilst many people believe that products don’t really make a difference, this is a myth, with product choices certainly a factor on whether you will successfully get your rental bond back, with many products having the ability to take a lot of work and time out of the cleaning process.

For example, the following products can lead to amazing results with minimum work, and we highly suggest their inclusion in your bond cleaning tool kit!

Magic erasers – great for scuff marks on walls and doors as well as cleaning glass and removing soap scum in showers.

Sugar soap – the absolute ultimate wall and skirting board cleaner, easily removing dirt and grime, without risking damage to painted areas.

Microfibre cloths – perfect for cleaning windows and glass such as bathroom mirrors, ensuring the finished results are streak free.

Vinegar – another soap scum remover, which is also a great multipurpose cleaner for benchtops and window tracks.

Hiring a professional cleaning service such as the Personal Maids team, is one sure fire way to get your rental bond back. Our dedicated and reliable cleaning team have decades of experience in assisting tenants to get their bond back first time every time.

Cleaning is undoubtedly a complex process, particularly when you need to take care of your moving process as well. Call the Personal Maids team today and save yourself the time and stress of cleaning your property yourself!