Your lease has ended. You remember the last time you moved out of an apartment and how stressful it was. You wanted to leave the place spotlessly clean, but in the end, it had been so disorganised and chaotic. You don’t want the same thing to happen this time around. What should you do?

There are a few things you need to remember when you have reached that time and are facing the challenge of the end of lease cleaning. Here we are going to provide a guide to make your life a lot easier.


Cleaning Essentials

1. Cleaning materials – you need to prepare all the cleaning supplies you’ll be using. You should have:
– Mop
– Dustpan
– Broom
– Brush
– Towels
– Spray bottles
– Microfiber cloth
– Toothbrush
You may have more cleaning supplies at home, and that’s just better.

2. Bucket – aside from the bucket that you’re using your mop with, make sure that you have another one where you are going to keep all your cleaning materials. You don’t want to spend a lot of time looking for this and that.

Cleaning Tips

1. Take out everything – you should start by cleaning out the drawers and wardrobes. Make sure they are all empty. This way, you will avoid going over them again, ensuring you didn’t forget anything. The last thing you want is to leave embarrassing photos or essential souvenirs.

2. Start by dry cleaning – this is an essential step before you begin anything with water. This eliminates the dust and makes the mopping a lot easier. Avoid dealing with that murky water and broom away.

2. Clean in one direction – to avoid missing any spot, have an orderly process of going from one end to another. You may go from left to right, or downwards, it’s all up to you.

3. Don’t overlook anything – you don’t want to be that guy who conveniently left the air conditioner vents dirty. Take the time to wash and dry them. Include the fan blades as well. And the cobwebs.

4. Don’t forget to clean the spaces covered by your appliances.

5. Make sure your pet doesn’t leave a trace, may it be hair or leftover food. Check all the tiny spaces and corners.

6. Spend as much time cleaning the outside. Don’t forget about cleaning the garage, getting all the cigarette butts from the patio, or trimming the lawn. All these are still part of the property. Make sure to take care of them also.

7. In cleaning your kitchen, you may have to put extra effort. For example, to clean stove tops and oven walls, make a thick paste out of baking soda and water and leave it for at least one night.

9. Don’t forget to empty and clean the fridge.

10. The water and baking soda concoction will work as well with bathroom walls and doors.


Move out cleaning doesn’t have to be a daunting task. To remove any possibility of frustrations and stress, make sure that you have everything you need before starting. If you are moving out of your apartment and you have decided to clean it yourself, take a look at our apartment cleaning checklist. However if you want to be 100% sure that you will get your security deposit back in full and you want to save some time just call us and we will take care of everything for you. Before ordering you can take a look at our complete end of tenancy checklist used by our Hampstead end of tenancy cleaning team with details about each room.