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Deep Cleaning vs Regular House Cleaning: What You’re Actually Missing

Wondering if you really need a deep cleaning for your home?

Before you decide, you’ll want to know the difference between a regular cleaning and a deep cleaning service. They cover different things within your home.

Most people can benefit from both types of cleaning depending on the situation.

Keep reading to understand what you get in a deep cleaning and why you should consider it for your home.

Regular Cleaning Basics

Regular cleaning from a cleaning service usually happens on a weekly basis. The goal is to keep up with basic cleaning tasks.

Typical tasks that happen during this service include:

  • Tidying up your spaces
  • Cleaning floors
  • Wiping surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms
  • Taking out the trash
  • General dusting

The frequency of regular cleaning is usually at least once per week. A regular cleaning service typically doesn’t take as long as a deep clean, so it generally costs less.

Deep Cleaning Basics

Deep cleaning goes further to get rid of dirt, grime, soap scum, and other gunk around your home. It’s a more thorough service than the standard cleaning.

You’re not just picking up the clutter and wiping down surfaces. You’re often sanitizing areas throughout the home. Sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces can help get rid of germs that can make your family sick.

Deep cleaning can make your home a healthier environment by getting rid of dirt, dust, and other junk. It also makes it look and smell fresh and clean.

Deep cleaning typically takes longer than a general cleaning service, especially if you schedule a deep cleaning for your entire home. It involves lots of detail work, which takes more effort.

Bathroom

During a regular cleaning service, your cleaner will clean and dust all surfaces. That includes things such as your shower, vanity, mirror, and toilet.

When you get a deep cleaning, your service goes deeper. This might include:

  • Scrubbing grout
  • Disinfecting wastebaskets
  • Removing soap scum and limescale from fixtures
  • Deep cleaning baseboards and door frames
  • Cleaning inside vanities and medicine cabinets
  • Disinfecting knobs
  • Cleaning around the toilet base
  • Deep cleaning shower doors, curtains, and crevices

The cleaning leaves your bathroom sparkling and sanitized. That’s a good thing since bathrooms germs often include things such as staph bacteria, athlete’s foot, gastrointestinal viruses, and viruses spread by contaminated food, such as E. coli and salmonella.

Kitchen

The kitchen is another place that can get quite dirty. Food splatters and grease can leave your appliances and cabinets filthy.

Your regular weekly cleaning likely includes tidying up your countertops, wiping down all visible surfaces, and cleaning the floor.

For a deep cleaning, the following things might be included:

  • Cleaning behind and under appliances
  • Cleaning inside appliances, including your oven, refrigerator, and microwave
  • Interior range hood and filter cleaning
  • Cabinet cleaning
  • Cleaning grout lines on countertops or backsplashes
  • Cleaning refrigerator coils
  • Cleaning and disinfecting small kitchen appliances
  • Cleaning and organizing inside cabinets and drawers
  • Disinfecting knobs and switches

The deep cleaning ensures all grease and food remnants get removed. When those things build up, they can be difficult to remove, so having a professional cleaning service handle it makes it easier on you.

General Spaces

Your cleaner also tidies up general spaces during a normal cleaning. This includes putting things where they belong, cleaning floors, and wiping down surfaces.

Deep cleaning services might include:

  • Cleaning under furniture
  • Wiping down ceiling fans and light fixtures
  • Vacuuming and cleaning upholstery
  • Cleaning blinds
  • Dusting individual decorations
  • Sanitizing trash cans and other surfaces
  • Dusting lamp shades
  • Cleaning baseboards, window frames, and door frames
  • Wiping vent covers
  • Cleaning inside window sills and window tracks
  • Scrubbing walls
  • Vacuuming along wall edges and other crevices
  • Polishing furniture

Once you get your general spaces cleaned, it’s easy to maintain them with regular weekly cleaning. Since those spaces don’t have water or food sources like the kitchen and bathroom, they don’t tend to get as gunky as quickly.

When to Get a Deep Cleaning

You don’t always need a deep cleaning. It’s typically an occasional service you get for a specific purpose.

You might schedule a deep clean when you move into a new home. This gives you a fresh start in your new home without worrying about the dirt and grime from the previous owners.

It’s also something you can do in your old home when you move out. That gives the new owners a clean start.

Some people start with a deep clean when they start using a service. You start out with your home being clean throughout. Then, when you start with regular cleanings, the cleaning service can maintain that level of cleanliness they create during the deep cleaning.

You might schedule a deep cleaning before a big party or event you plan to host at your home. If anyone looks closely at your baseboards or appliances, they won’t find any grease or gunk.

This service is also a good idea in the spring when you’re already spring cleaning your home. It gives your space an extra-clean feeling as you also declutter and simplify.

Benefits of a Cleaning Service

When you’re ready for a deep clean, using a cleaning service can make the job easier.

A professional cleaning service has the deep cleaning routine down. The cleaners know what needs to be cleaned and where the dirt and gunk typically hides. They have the cleaning supplies and tools needed to do the job correctly.

They also know how to clean different parts of your home safely. They know what works on baseboards or tiles, for example.

The cleaners handle heavy lifting, such as moving appliances to clean behind them. This can prevent you from getting injured during cleaning.

Hiring a service saves you time. It goes beyond the regular clean, so it naturally takes a lot longer. A service can get in quickly to do the job, leaving you with more free time.

It means you don’t have to do all of the tedious cleaning tasks that no one likes to do, such as scrubbing grout lines for hours or wiping down the individual slats on blinds.

Choose Your Type of Cleaning

When deciding between a regular and deep cleaning, it often comes down to your reasons. Deep cleanings tend to be occasional services, while regular cleaning might happen on a recurring basis.

No matter what type of cleaning you need, we have you covered. Get a quote today to get your home on its way to being clean.

How Often Should You Clean Your House? An Informative Guide

Most of us prefer a clean and tidy living space. This is why more than half of Americans prefer cleaning every week. But is this enough?

How often should you clean your house? Our in-depth guide looks at every common chore and how frequently they need to be done.

Every Week

Most people devote at least a day a week to clean. If this sounds like you, you should know which areas of the home deserve the most attention.

Microwave

If you don’t clean your microwave every week but use it frequently, it’s time to put the microwave on your regular cleaning list. The microwave accumulates a lot of bacteria — which can get into your food!

To clean your microwave, take a damp rag with a little bit of dish soap. Wipe down the inside and outside, including the doors. If your microwave has a detachable plate, take that out and hand wash it in the sink.

Bed Linens

You should never forget to add your bed sheets to your regular laundry rotation.

Your sheets harbor dead skin, dirt, and bacteria. If you don’t regularly change your sheets and pillowcases, ensure you put your linens in the laundry machine at least once a week.

Bathroom

Some parts of your bathroom are notorious because of their griminess. Take the toilet and the bathtub as prime examples — the average toilet has 34,000 units of bacteria and your bathtub has more than 1,000 bacteria units per square inch.

Fortunately, all you need is a bathroom cleaner or soap and give your toilet and tub a good scrub. There are also simple shower sprays you can spray in the tub daily to ensure you kill off that bacteria.

What about the counters and mirrors? If you’re cleaning the tub and toilet, you might as well clean these areas. Dust and bathroom products can build up on the counters and mirrors.

Take a damp rag with soap and wipe your counters. Spray your mirrors with glass cleaner and wipe them down with a paper towel.

Desk

If you don’t spend too much time at your desk, you can clean this area less. But if you’re sitting at your desk night and day, give it a good cleaning every week. Your desk is a breeding ground for bacteria, especially your computer.

Take an all-purpose cleaner and spray it all around your desk. Wipe it up with a rag. Pay special attention to your computer and any other object you use frequently.

Simple Dusting

Certain furniture items, such as tables, should be dusted every week. You can also do this task daily to prevent dust from building up.

Once A Month

Now that the basics are out of the way, there are some intricate tasks you should clean every month. Here’s a breakdown of these easily-ignored cleaning chores.

Intense Dusting

Dust doesn’t only build on your furniture. You’ll find dust under your couch, on windowsills, and even your doors. Dust these areas every month.

Refrigerator

Your refrigerator holds bacteria and food particles. Fortunately, most people don’t have to clean out the fridge as often as they think. Devote a day a month to clean out everything in your fridge and give it a good clean.

For rather clean fridges, use a slightly damp cloth with a little bit of dish soap. For dirtier fridges, use white vinegar on a paper towel. Wipe down the entirety of the fridge, paying special attention to the drawers.

Light Fixtures

Did you know dirty light fixtures results in dim lights? All you need to do is take a dry cloth and give your lightbulbs a good wiping (don’t forget to turn off the light first).

Ceiling Fans

We tend to forget ceiling fans accumulate dirt and dust. And all of that dust is dispersed in the air! All you need is a specialized ceiling fan duster to get that pesky dust off of the fan blades.

Clean Walls

Keep in mind, you don’t need to wipe down every wall on a monthly basis. But certain walls, such as ones that touch your trash can, deserve a frequent cleaning. All you need is a damp cloth with soap.

Dust Air Vents

Your air vents accumulate more dust than you think. Take a duster and wipe off the dust. This prevents dust and dirt from flying into the air.

Clean Under Cushions

Have you looked under your cushions? You’ll be shocked by what you can find there! Take a day out of each month to lift up each cushion. Use a small vacuum to suck out any dirt and dust.

Clean Windows

Every month, take glass cleaner and clean the inside and outside of the windows — at the very least, clean the windows you can reach. You should also wipe down the windowsills and clean the blinds.

Appliances

When was the last time you cleaned your oven or laundry machine? Don’t wait for spring cleaning to clean your appliances. You’ll want to pay special attention to the oven, garbage disposal, dishwasher, stovetop, and laundry machine.

Every Few Months

There are many odd tasks that homeowners only occasionally clean. Some homeowners don’t clean these areas at all. Here’s what you should clean every three or four months.

Pillows

No, not your pillowcases. Your pillows. If you’re washing them in the washing machine, use hot water and a mild detergent. Some pillows should be washed by hand, such as memory foam pillows.

Dry your pillows by placing them in the dryer — always use a low heat setting. You can also choose to air dry them and place them in the dryer on the “fluff” setting.

Clean Your Carpet

Your carpet contains a lot of bacteria and vacuuming doesn’t kill that bacteria. Call a professional to clean your carpet once every few months — however, you can clean your carpet less if you don’t have children or pets.

How Often Should You Clean Your House? You May Need To Hire A Professional

How often should you clean your house? This depends on what needs to be cleaned. Certain tasks, such as dusting and washing your bed sheets, should be done weekly. But you don’t need to clean that carpet for a few months.

What if you don’t have the time to clean frequently? Don’t worry — you can call a professional to handle these essential cleaning duties. Get a quote today!

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