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How Long Does it Take To Bond Clean A House | Bond Cleaning Checklist


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Let's face it, cleaning up at the end of a rental contract is not the easiest business to find in Australia. For some tenants, it may be the easiest solution to roll up their sleeves and do the dirty work themselves when they move out and try to get their deposit refunded. This time, We have been able to write down a bond cleaning checklist on how long to bond clean a house.

Preparation for cleaning

Even before wiggling a finger, there are certain preparations that need to be made to ensure a quick and effective cleansing day. Here’s a list of steps that you’ll have to follow to get yourself a perfect bond clean.

Preparation timetable

A team of two professional cleaners will take about 2-4 hours to clean a one-room apartment at the end of the lease contract, 4-6 hours for a three-room apartment, and a whole day to clean a large house. Many tenants are surprised by the amount of work involved, leaving them with little time to complete the work. In most cases, this means they must hire end of lease cleaners, or worse, they must give up part of the deposit. You can decide for yourself whether you want to complete the task, but we always recommend spreading the cleanup for a few days.

House needs to be Empty

It's Neat Cleaning, we have a “no furniture” policy for our end of lease cleaning. Trust us when we tell you that you want to move before you start cleaning. We recommend it to most renters as most damage occurs during the move and not during the actual rental period. Another main reason for emptying your apartment is that the final bond cleaning requires a much more thorough cleaning than usual. If you feel disturbed by the furniture, you cannot guarantee that some areas will be 100% clean, for example under your sofa or under the refrigerator.


Get the right equipment and materials

You will need to bring more than just yourself to complete the work. Grab these materials to start work and optional equipment for more specific cleaning if required.

  • Brooms
  • Brush and dustpan
  • feather duster
  • Gloves
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Vacuum
  • Carpet steam cleaner (as required)
  • oven cleaner (degreaser)
  • Oven scraper
  • Preferred cleaning product (Easy-off, Pledge, Vim)
  • Sugar soap
  • Sponges
  • Paper towels
  • Towels
  • Squeegee
  • Newspapers
  • Ladder (as required)
  • Screwdriver (as required)

Bond Cleaning Checklist


Your kitchen will require by far the most cleaning. Depending on use, the fat deposit can be mild to strong. Cleaning the oven alone takes up to an hour before degreasing agents can take effect. You may also have appliances that need wiping, cupboards that need washing, and food stains that need scrubbing out.

  • clean oven (inside + outside)
  • clean cooker top
  • Degreasing area bonnet
  • clean table surfaces
  • clean upstand
  • Clean sinks, handles, and spout
  • clean pantry
  • Cleaning cupboards, shelves, and drawers
  • clean inside the microwave, dishwasher, or refrigerator (as required)


When kitchens require the most cleaning, the bathroom is undoubtedly the second most important. Most people love to ignore their bathrooms and leave behind soap residue, toilet stains, and hard water stains. You will most likely need to use some cleaning products, so make sure you open a window before you start.

  • Washing tiled surfaces
  • clean bathtubs and washbasins
  • clean shower glass/shades
  • clean shower head and taps
  • Cleaning and disinfecting toilets
  • clean vanity, handles, and spout
  • clean medicine cabinets
  • Polishing mirrors
  • Dust ventilation openings


As the room layout is relatively similar in most houses, you can use this general cleaning checklist for most of them. Don't forget to address all corridors and stairwells if you live in a house with several floors.

  • Vacuum, sweep, or mop floors
  • Cleaning cupboards, shelves, and drawers
  • clean wardrobe mirrors, frames, and rails
  • Washing windows, window sills, and rails (inside)
  • Detail door frame
  • Detail skirting board
  • Dust blinds
  • cleanly accessible lighting fixtures
  • clean light switches and sockets
  • Remove cobwebs
  • Carpet steam cleaning (as required)
  • Wall cleaning - either selective cleaning or complete wall cleaning (as required)
  • blind deep cleaning (as required)
  • Pest control (as required)


laundry room

If you are lucky, your apartment may have a bathroom. A small tip: don't forget to check the lint filter.

  • Vacuum, sweep or mop the floor
  • Wipe the surfaces of washing machines and dryers
  • Remove the dryer lint
  • Clean the sink, handle, and nozzle


It is common for Sydney townhouses and apartments to have balconies outside. One of our favorite tricks is to clean the balcony screen with the newspaper. This is a great way to leave streak-free windows, even your real estate agent will be impressed.

  • Vacuum, sweep or mop the floor
  • Cleaning sliding balcony doors and fences (internal and external)
  • Wash windows, windowsills, and guardrails (external)


If you live in a house, you may worry about having a separate garage. Relax, garages usually require minimal cleaning time.

  • sweep the floor
  • Clean cabinets, shelves, and drawers
  • Delete spider web

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