Protect Your rental bond refund after exit

Step by step bond cleaning

I often get asked to provide a bond cleaning quote. I’m more than happy to do this, and usually, people are more than happy to leave it up to us, knowing a great bond clean is invaluable. However, for some people who haven’t had the forward-thinking to sign up to Protect Your Bond (that’s ok, it’s never too late! sign up here) here are some great tips from the professionals for a thorough ‘have-a-go’ bond clean

Be warned there are a few pitfalls that may trip you up. In our experience, there are a few areas that are often overlooked by tenants, necessitating a call back from the real estate.

Firstly – get a list of what you need to do by downloading form 14A from the Residential Tenancies Authorities website.  Follow this form and you shouldn’t miss a thing.

So here are three bond cleaning tips for those who want to have a go themselves.

Too many window runners

Window runners seem to be the most overlooked area and most popular to fail an inspection.

Make sure you vacuum the runner out. The thin nozzle that you threw out when you first purchased the vacuum comes in handy. Do not overlook the corners. Use an implement (we use a screwdriver) to get into the corners and get those last stubborn bits out. When you are sure all the dust is out, wipe the runners with a damp cloth to give them a ‘just like new’ look.

Often-overlooked grease

When bond cleaning, make sure you allow alot of time for thorough oven cleaning. To get a good level of cleanliness here, the years of uncleaned grease and gunk needs to be thoroughly removed. 

Don’t overlook the extractor and associated parts, put on a headlamp to investigate and clean those hard to get corners, thoroughly clean the racks and don’t forget the oven door.

Remove the extractor filters, soak them in a grease remover solution and then place in the dishwasher.

De-grease all around the extractor making sure not to miss the top area or the hidden bits inside the slider. Also, make sure the surfaces when finished are not sticky, a quick brush over with a finger will let you know the outcome. If it is sticky, start the process again.

To clean the racks, it is just a matter of elbow grease, maybe a knife to get off the bigger burnt on pieces and some scrubbing with soft wire wool and hot water brings them up fine

The oven doors need to be dismantled to get to the areas inside the glass, this can be fiddly to do, but once a part is very easy to clean with degreaser, and a scrubbing cloth, dried off and reassembled looking like new.

Scummy showers

Soap scum left on shower screens month after month causes all kind of issues. Our recommendation is to always wipe the shower down after each use. But if that has been missed on the 1000 or so showers you have taken while renting the property then some scrubbing is required.

Pay particular attention to the soap dishes, particularly underneath them where the little stalactites of soap form. It may seem a bit icky, but toilet cleaner will clean the worst of showers.

The best bond cleaning tips

Hopefully, these bond cleaning tips have given you some tips and ideas of the things that we find are most overlooked when doing bond cleaning yourself.


Prepay your professional bond clean over 6- or 12-months and leave the challenge of degreasing your oven door or de-scumming your shower screen to the professionals.  

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