End of Lease Cleaning: 3 Tips to Remove Bathroom Mold and Get Your Security Deposit Back

21 November 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

When opting to rent a house or apartment in Australia, most landlords will usually require you to put down a security deposit in the form of a set amount, a certain period of rent or a bank guarantee. The security deposit is held by the landlord until you move out at the end of your lease and can prove that you left the rental place in good condition. If you don't make an effort to clean the house before you leave, a certain amount of security deposit can be withheld by your landlord to pay for cleaning fees. One of the hardest places to clean is the bathroom. Here are 3 tips on how you can remove bathroom mold for end of lease cleaning.

Allow Natural Cleaning Agents to Sit on the Mold

Harsh chemical cleaning agents can end up staining the bathroom tiles and the grout. Use natural cleaning agents whenever possible. You want to start cleaning the bathroom as soon as possible, as it takes some time to remove the mold, and you're more than likely going to have to clean the bathroom several times before it's sparkling clean. One of the most effective cleaning agents that can be used to kill and eliminate the mold is vinegar. Pour vinegar into a spray bottle, and spray areas with mold present. Allow the vinegar to sit for at least one hour, so that the acid can start to disintegrate the mold before attempting to wash the solution off of the tiles.

Use a Hard Bristled Brush or Sponge to Reach the Nooks and Crannies

The mold will often cling onto the nooks and crannies of the bathroom tiles. They like to hide in the crevices, which make them difficult to remove. This is why you'll often see some stubborn black streaks even after a thorough cleaning. The trick to getting rid of all of the mold is to have the right type of cleaning supplies. In particular, you'll want to use a hard bristled brush or a hard sponge. A small hard bristled brush will allow you to get into even the tightest areas. You might to go through several brushes or sponges.

Replace the Caulk or Grout as a Last Resort

If worse comes to worst and you really can't get rid of the bathroom mold, you can try replacing the caulk or the grout in between the tiles as a last resort. This is usually the recommended option for those who have allowed the mold to sit on the grout for some time. The mold will eventually stain the caulk or grout, as it is porous. Getting the stains out can be near impossible. If you are going to replace the caulk or grout, allow the caulk or grout sufficient time to cure before getting the rental place inspected.


Most renters have the highest difficulty cleaning the bathrooms. This is usually where landlords will withhold a portion of the security deposit to cover the professional cleaning services that are needed. If you have enough time before the end of the lease, you should highly consider cleaning the bathrooms first.