Deep Cleaning Services
The cleaning that you do on a regular basis helps maintain the tidiness and surface-level cleanliness of your spaces, but is not considered deep cleaning. This Regular cleaning is a daily or weekly cycle of repetitive tasks in plain view.
This standard cleaning includes changing garbage so they don’t overflow, doing dishes, and vacuuming.
Deep cleaning is different from regular or spring cleaning because it reaches the deep grime and dirt in your home.
It covers areas which aren’t traditionally covered by a regular or spring clean for example:
- behind kitchen appliances like the washing machine and oven, cutting through the grime that builds up
- under the sink
- inside the oven including the oven door glass
- inside of window frames and patio doors
- inside and outside of all windows and window sills
- washing all blinds
- full and deep dusting including all the corners of rooms for cobwebs
- scale removal from all bathroom tiles, kitchen tiles, taps, shower heads etc
- Cleaning ceiling fans
The primary focus of general cleans is maintaining functionality and esthetics, whereas deep cleaning addresses the intricate areas that aren’t front and center. These areas collect grime and dust over time and don’t need your attention on a regular basis.
How often should you do deep cleanings ?
Deep cleans should be performed 1-2 times a year to clean out behind appliances, in tricky crevices, and under furniture – to name a few. The execution and duration of the clean will vary depending on your layout, furnishings, and activity.
The more space you have, and the more you’ve used those areas – the more work there is in store for the cleaning team and the more it will likely cost you.
How do you know if you're due for a deep clean?
Some surefire clues that you’re due for a heavy duty clean or important reasons to get one include:
- Increased allergy symptoms
- Cobwebs and dust balls gathering
- Immunocompromised guests/ house members
- You’re moving out
- An infant will be in the home
- Lots of fingerprints on doors and walls
- Coatings of grime/oil in washrooms or kitchen surfaces
- It’s been longer than a year since you’ve moved appliances and furniture or cleaned spaces high/low
- Discolored grout
- Regular functionality is impacted
- Persistent smells
Deep clean duties compared to basic duties
Deep cleans are no easy feat. They are extremely thorough and leave no sofa left unturned. Deep cleans do every task that is included in a standard clean plus so much more. Here is the typical scope of a deep clean versus frequent up-keeping tasks:
How to deep clean the Bathroom ?
|Regular Clean||Deep Clean (both columns)|
|Emptying garbage bins||Entire toilet clean|
|Wiping counter tops||Light and ceiling fixtures|
|Wiping down shower wall and tub||Door frames, walls, and windows|
|Sweeping and occasional mop||Tub grime/grout and nozzles/faucets|
|Wiping out sink||Mirrors|
|Decluttering/organizing surfaces and drawers||Deep dusting|
|Laundry (towels, mats, cloths, etc.)||Descaling|
|Inner toilet bowl scrubbed||Fan/vent cleaning|
|Shine mirror||Individual items get dusted and wiped|
|-||Treat mildew and calking|
|-||Clean cupboards and knobs|
|-||Garbage bin sanitized|
|-||Scrub grout : Clean toothbrush holder Baking soda and toothbrush work great|
How to deep clean the Kitchen?
|Regular Clean||Deep Clean (both columns)|
|Wiping countertops||Thorough inner and outer fridge, oven, dishwasher, and microwave cleaned|
|Sweeping and occasional mop||Full sweep and deep mop|
|Laundry (towels, mitts, cloths, etc.)||Entire appliances disinfected and areas behind and under|
|Appliance surface wipe (splatters, spills, crusties)||Windows, walls, and ceilings cleaned|
|Basic fridge tidy||Garbage’s sanitized|
|Table and chairs wiped||Cobwebs and dust removed|
|Empty garbage and recycling||Sink/faucets and surfaces descaled (oil buildup removed)|
|-||Stove fans cleaned|
|-||Kitchen cabinets and knobs|
|-||Individual items dusted and wiped|
How to deep clean the Living/Working Spaces?
|Regular Clean||Deep Clean (both columns)|
|Vacuum/mop accessible flooring||Vacuum and mop entire flooring under and walls behind furniture, remove all hair and pet hair|
|Surface dust||All walls, ceiling, door frames|
|Make bed, tidy floors, laundry||Baseboards|
|Shine mirrors||Windows and sills|
|Empty garbage bins||Cobwebs and all dust removed|
|Dust picture frames and lamps||Dust ceiling fan, blinds, and lamp shades|
|Vacuuming stairs, halls, and closets||Sanitize garbage bins|
|-||Dust and wipe individual items|
|-||Deep clean upholstery and furniture|
Hired deep cleaning services
If you’re not looking to take on this scale of project yourself or with friends, you can hire a company to help you instead. Cleaning companies vary widely in protocol and operation, but are a great resource if you don’t have the time or energy to clean your house from top to bottom.
The cost to hire help
The average cost for a deep clean lands at around $405, though the range is great (often costing anywhere from $300-700). A large 2,000 sq. ft. family home for example, with 3 bed and 2 baths, falls around $500 – whereas a single level home with 1 bed and 1 bath is right around $320.
Customer price variances may depend on a multitude of factors like the size of the home and the state that it’s in when the crew arrives.
Charging style varies from company to company. Here are the typical rate-setting methods:
- Base rate (usually the rate charged for a standard maintenance clean) + $ per extra task
- Flat fee (uncommon)
- Per hour
- Per employee
- Per square foot/size
- Per room number (especially bathrooms and kitchens because they get used the most and often have the most buildup of stubborn grime and need extra disinfecting).
Most cleaners are paid around $50/hr. The faster the job gets done, the more employees are required – and the less employees you wish to pay for, the longer it may take. This may be a factor to weigh when deciding the most cost effective pay rate and method for your home size.
Deep cleans cost more than general cleans because they’re harder/more thorough and require more people and/or more time. They are only necessary once or twice a year though, making the upfront cost a worthy investment.
Extra costs may include:
- Green cleaning: you can request environmentally responsible and hypoallergenic cleaning products and methods. They’ll use non-toxic, natural products as an alternative to harsh chemicals. The companies that offer this will likely do it for an additional $10-15.
- Transportation costs: inquire about these costs as some companies charge to cargo their cleaning equipment to your place and back. You may be able to volunteer your own and deduct this cost.
- Product costs: this can sometimes be deducted if you volunteer your own products.
- Extra bathrooms/kitchens: as mentioned, these rooms are more demanding and therefore more expensive.
- Moving furniture for access: you will have to check if this is included in the estimate or if it will be added to your bill. Company policies vary, some will help move the furniture, but most of the time they ask for a declutered place to rapidly clean and move on to their next job. An extra charge for each piece of furniture to be moved is sometimes asked.
How to prepare for services
Before the cleaning crew arrives, you’re responsible for making spaces safe and reasonably accessible for them. This means unbudging furniture (this varies from company to company), unlocking any doors/removing barricades, dismantling hazards (mouse traps, emptying garbage waste, loose nails/sharps, etc.), doing dishes, flushing, and clearing clutter from surfaces and floors.
Like most cleaning companies, we will often require a deep clean as the first service with you so that it will be easier to maintain during the following visits. We will only have to maintain the set level of clean, which then lands at a much more standard rate. Who doesn’t love a clean slate, pun intended!
Before the job, you will be given a checklist of the tasks that will be done as part of the deep clean visit. If this isn’t initiated by the company you’ve hired, make sure you ask for an extensive list of the tasks they provide so you’re all on the same page of criteria.
You can expect the process to take anywhere from 2-5 hours. The amount of time it takes to deep clean your home depends on its square footage, the number of rooms (especially bathrooms and kitchens), and how much you’ve maintained your regular cleaning habits right before they arrive.
Many people like to get into the spirit of the big clean by participating in popular fads like spring cleaning and by inviting friends over to help. Others would rather step out for a few hours and come home to a pristine and sterile sanctuary without breaking a sweat.
Regardless of your preference, it has to be done a couple times a year and there’s no shame in asking for help! Cleaning crews are a great resource and investment for busy people, people with mobility issues, or if you just enjoy a good before & after reveal!
While you explore your options, enjoy these funs (and gross) cleaning facts!
- Your kitchen sink carries more germs than your toilet bowl!
- Dust is made up primarily of dead skin.
- Your mattress is home to many tiny living mites.
- You can clean your shower curtain in the laundry (on the gentle cycle!)
- Mouthwash was originally created to be a floor cleaner – and you can use it as such!
- Think your shower towels stay clean just because you are? Think again! Skin cells and bacteria grow on the moisture they collect and need to be washed every week.
- Sponges and dish cloths are notoriously disgusting and 75% are home to e-coli, fecal matter, over 4 billion living germs, and Salmonella. Try silicone sponges instead!
- Lemons make great disinfectants!
The more you know!