Whether you’re doing spring cleaning, moving into a new home, or leaving a rental, chances are your home will need a deep cleaning. Deep cleaning can be a strenuous, time-consuming effort, and may require special equipment. Therefore, you may want to hire a cleaning service to do the cleaning for you.
The price of a deep cleaning can vary depending on the size of your home, region, and what you want included. Cleaning services may charge by the hour or by the job. In areas like Miami, where condominiums are common, there may be per-room rates. A deep clean may take anywhere from 2 hours to 8 hours, depending on the size of your home. A team of at least two cleaners should be provided, and the rates typically run from $75 - $200 per hour. Typically a 1,200 square foot home should take 2 – 3.5 hours, a 2,200 square foot home should take 3 – 4.5 hours, and a 3,200 square foot home should take five hours or more.
What Should Be Included
A general deep cleaning, unless you specify otherwise, should include the following:
- Mopping and/or vacuuming of all floors
- Dusting of windowsills, ceiling fans and blinds
- Removal of all garbage
- All sinks and counters should be scrubbed and sanitized
- Kitchen appliances and cabinets should be cleaned – inside and out
- Toilets, tubs and showers should be scrubbed and disinfected
- Mirrors should be cleaned and polished
- All cabinets should be cleaned – inside and out
Windows and Screens
Windows are not usually included in cleaning packages and tend to cost an additional $2-$7 per pane, depending on the amount, height and size of the windows. Screens typically cost between 50 cents and $4 each, and sliding glass doors run $2.50-$8 per door.
Cleaning services should vacuum carpets but will charge an additional fee to sanitize and chemically treat them. A typical rate is 15 cents – 40 cents per square foot of carpet, and most companies charge a minimum of $75 – $100. To remove deep stains, companies may charge an additional 10 cents per square foot.
Furniture cleaning is also an additional fee, and can cost between $60 and $200 per sofa.
Your walls may need to be touched-up or painted before you leave or move in, and this is not covered by cleaning services. You can do it yourself or hire a local painter .
Always be sure to hire a licensed, bonded, and insured cleaning service. Often, low prices can mean less reliable service, so choose wisely, and conduct a thorough interview with candidates before you hire.
Mark Stevens is a writer from New Jersey who has written over 100 home improvement articles.