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Deep Clean

We are asked how much it costs for us to clean a home. Sometimes the client will say a room, or group of rooms (normally the bathrooms) need a deep clean. I used to hear this term used in the pharma and food manufacturing settings. What I found is that the term is not well understood. Everyone has a vision of what it is based on what they think they need or want.

Just Google the term and you'll get responses such as using misting sanitizing sprays. But then we'll have clients say the home to be cleaned isn't too dirty, and just needs a basic cleaning. Then expect that the inside of the kitchen cabinets be cleaned, along with window cleaning (inside and out), etc. It is sort of funny. But normal human nature.

"Deep Clean" what is it? Deep cleaning is different from regular cleaning in that it focuses on reaching the deep grime and dirt in your home.

It covers areas which aren’t traditionally covered by a regular or spring clean for example:

  1. behind kitchen appliances like the washing machine and oven

  2. cutting through the grime that builds up

  3. under the sink

  4. inside the oven including the oven door glass

  5. inside of window frames and patio doors

  6. inside and outside of all windows

  7. washing all blinds

  8. full and complete dusting and wiping including all the corners of rooms for cobwebs

  9. scale removal from all bathroom tiles, kitchen tiles, taps, shower heads etc

  10. Carpet cleaning

It isn't a task for the feint of heart is the home hasn't seen a complete cleaning in a long time. On the flip side if the owner has been keeping up with normal cleaning, and addressing dirt, grease, and grime then the chore is not so daunting.

A normal or regular cleaning obviously does not include the above list.

There is now another cleaning service is being touted--Disinfection of your facility (home). Disinfection should be part of both normal and deep cleaning. The cleaning agent should always be EPA approved for disinfection, and when used must remain in contact for a time specified by the product. Of course deep clean will disinfect the whole house, while normal will only address common areas.

The time to clean is significantly different as well. A deep clean of a 2 bedroom home can take a team of 2 over 10 hours, assuming average requirement. While the same team can clean 'normal' the same home in 2-3 hours.

The tools used can also be different. For example hard tile floors maybe steam cleaned, along with hand moped, a commercial carpet cleaning machine, various degreasers, sanitizers, and disinfectants.

Most move-in, and move-out situations require a Deep Clean. This is always a good idea to insure the home that is being moved into is how the client wants and expects--Clean.

We seen checklists for Deep Cleaning, but those are only guides. It takes an experienced detailed eye to complete a proper cleaning. Does this mean only a "professional" cleaner can do a proper Deep Clean? Nope. That doesn't guarantee it, but it does put the odds in your favor.

The next time you speak with a cleaner about cleaning your home you'll now know the jargon, and you'll better understand the reason for the cost difference.

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