Paying attention to every detail is crucial when preparing for a bond clean. One area that often requires thorough cleaning in a townhouse is the outdoor courtyard. We've put together the dos and don'ts of cleaning an outdoor courtyard to ensure a successful bond clean. By following these guidelines, you can impress your landlord or property manager and secure your full deposit refund.
Start with a thorough inspection: Conduct a comprehensive inspection of the outdoor courtyard before diving into the cleaning process. Identify any damaged areas, stains, or excessive dirt accumulation. This will help you prioritise your cleaning tasks and ensure no spot is left unattended.
Clear out debris: Begin by removing debris, fallen leaves, or loose dirt from the courtyard. Use a broom, rake, or leaf blower to sweep the area thoroughly. Pay attention to corners, crevices, and hard-to-reach spots where dirt accumulates.
Scrub and sanitise hard surfaces: Focus on scrubbing and sanitising the hard surfaces, such as concrete, tiles, or stone pathways, in the courtyard. Use a suitable detergent or cleaning solution and a stiff brush to remove dirt, grime, and stains. Rinse the surfaces with clean water to ensure a sparkling finish.
Tackle stubborn stains: Courtyards often develop stubborn stains, such as oil spills or rust marks. For oil stains, sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the affected area and let it sit for a few hours before scrubbing it off. To remove rust stains, apply a mixture of lemon juice and salt and gently scrub until the stains fade.
Remember the walls and fences: In addition to the ground surfaces, pay attention to the walls and fences surrounding the courtyard. Remove any cobwebs, dirt, or moss growth from these surfaces. Use a mild detergent and a soft brush to clean them, and rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving any residue.
Avoid using abrasive cleaners on delicate surfaces: While it's essential to remove stubborn stains, avoid using abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals on delicate surfaces such as wooden decks, decorative tiles, or painted walls. These can cause damage and result in costly repairs. Instead, opt for gentle cleaning agents that are suitable for specific materials.
Pay attention to outdoor furniture: If your courtyard includes outdoor furniture, remember to clean and maintain it. Wipe down tables, chairs, and benches with a suitable cleaning solution. For upholstered furniture, follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning or consider professional assistance if needed.
Pay attention to the greenery: If your courtyard features plants, flowers, or a garden, give them proper attention. Trim overgrown branches, remove weeds, and water the plants as necessary. A well-maintained garden enhances the overall appearance of the courtyard.
Cleaning an outdoor courtyard for a bond clean requires attention to detail and adherence to specific dos and don'ts. By following the guidelines outlined in this blog post, you can ensure that your courtyard is spotless, well-maintained, and ready to impress your landlord or property manager. Remember, a successful bond clean can help secure your full deposit refund.
And if your to-do list is already long enough - why not enlist some help? We can take care of a few areas or provide the entire bond clean. You can see our pricing for bond cleans in Toowoomba and its surrounds by clicking here.
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