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A deep house cleaning will most likely cost you more than a general house cleaning. Make sure you know what's included on that deep cleaning list.

When hiring a house cleaning service, you’re probably going to have to commit to a “deep cleaning” right out of the gate. Most companies require it for new clients. But what exactly does that service entail? In a nutshell, it means almost every nook and cranny of your home will get special attention.

On average, a deep clean costs between $200 and $400, depending on the size of your house. Standard routine cleanings after that initial visit typically cost between $100 and $150. According to recent Angie's List reviews, members reported spending an average of $227 on a deep cleaning and $123 for a bi-weekly standard house cleaning.

A deep cleaning is also a good idea if you’re moving, preparing for the holidays or planning a special event. And there’s no need for you to lift a finger — hire a pro to handle the dirty work!

The tasks tackled in a deep clean versus a standard clean varies by company, so be sure to find out the specifics first. To give you a better idea of what to expect, we compiled a list of what's generally included in a standard professional house cleaning, highlighting the extras often considered in a deep clean:


House cleaning in the bathroom

• Showers cleaned and disinfected DEEP CLEAN: Shower door given extra attention

• Tile walls cleaned and disinfected DEEP CLEAN: Tile grout scrubbed

• Baseboards wiped or dusted DEEP CLEAN: Clean doors/frames for fingerprints

• Trash removed DEEP CLEAN: Wastebaskets sanitized

• General dusting DEEP CLEAN: Individual knickknacks cleaned

• Toilets cleaned and disinfected, including the base and behind the toilet

• Vanity and sink cleaned

• Floors washed and disinfected, carpets and rugs vacuumed

• Mirrors and fixtures cleaned and shined

• Mildew chemically treated

• Cobwebs removed

• Towels changed


House cleaning in the kitchen

• Outside of range hood cleaned DEEP CLEAN: Inside of range hood cleaned

• Top and front of range cleaned DEEP CLEAN: Inside of oven cleaned

• Baseboards wiped or dusted DEEP CLEAN: Behind refrigerator and oven cleaned

• Fronts of fridge and dishwasher cleaned DEEP CLEAN: Inside of both cleaned

• Floors vacuumed and mopped DEEP CLEAN: Outside of cabinets washed

• Wipe table and chairs DEEP CLEAN: Doors/frames spot cleaned for fingerprints

• Microwave wiped down DEEP CLEAN: Inside of microwave cleaned

• General dusting DEEP CLEAN: Individual knickknacks cleaned

• Countertops cleaned

• Sinks cleaned and disinfected, chrome shined

• Drip pans cleaned

• Cobwebs removed


House cleaning in living and sleeping areas

• Beds made DEEP CLEAN: Clean/vacuum under the bed

• Trash emptied DEEP CLEAN: Wastebaskets sanitized

• Flat surfaces cloth dusted DEEP CLEAN: Lamp shades dusted or wiped down

• All readily accessible floors vacuumed DEEP CLEAN: Carpet edges vacuumed

• Mirrors cleaned DEEP CLEAN: Ceiling fan dusted and wiped

• Picture frames dusted DEEP CLEAN: Furniture and upholstery vacuumed

• Windowsills and ledges wiped down DEEP CLEAN: Mini-blinds dusted

• Prominent knickknacks dusted DEEP CLEAN: Every knickknack individually cleaned

• Vents dusted

• Stairs and closet floors vacuumed

• Wood floors swept and dust mopped

• Cobwebs removed

• Baseboards dusted

• Light, general straightening completed


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This article was written by Staci Giordullo, Angie's List.

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