The Benefits of a Deep Clean


When was the last time you cleaned under your couch or in your cabinets?  If you can’t remember, your home is probably overdue for a deep clean.  In today’s Angie’s List report, what makes the difference between a standard and a deep clean.

Tabbetha Sells has cleaned houses for six years.  On a standard job she dusts, disinfects and vacuums.  Occaisonally, a client wants more, and that’s when she and her crew get rid of the dust and grime we hardly even knew was there.    Sells says, “We’ll open the cabinet doors and clean the inside of the cabinet doors and that ledge where stuff collects over time.    We clean the inside of all the appliances – refrigerator, oven, microwave.  We clean the baseboards thoroughly and we polish them afterwards.”

Angie’s List founder, Angie Hicks says, “Spring is a great time to consider having your house deeply cleaned, and usually you should be doing that every two to three    months, especially if you’re getting ready to sell your house – that’s a time you want to make sure you have it done.”     Cleaning deep means cleaning from top to bottom – literally.    

Sells says, “We do anything up high and it doesn’t matter how high it is, we will clean it – exhaust fans, ceiling fans, vents in the walls.”  Most companies charge by the size of the job, not by the hour.  Make a list of everything you want done and then agree on a price.

Sells says, “You should always require a detailed estimate so that you know what to expect.”

Hicks says, “On average, our members have reported spending about 230 dollars for a deep clean, and that’s about a hundred dollars.

Before hiring anytone to clean your home, Angie says to look for a company that’s bonded and insured.  Also, ask specifically what their policy is on replacing anything that may be broken during cleaning.  The service should provide all necessary supplies, but if you have specific products you want used, you may need to supply those yourself.  

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