There are generally two kinds of house cleaning; there is a deep clean and a basic clean. The basic clean will not cover as much as a deep clean, but it also won’t cost as much. A deep clean is much more thorough. If it’s the first time you’ve called a housecleaner or if you haven’t called one in a long time, a deep clean could be in order. If you have a standing appointment every few weeks, a basic clean will likely suffice.

What’s a Basic Clean?

Typically, a basic cleaning service will cover most of the things that you would clean on a weekly basis yourself. That means a basic cleaning service usually covers vacuuming, mopping, dusting, and cleaning of common rooms. Typically, the kitchen and the bathroom are cleaned.

In a deep clean, much more is cleaned and much more thoroughly. You’ll have to ask individual house cleaners what they consider to be included in a deep clean.

What’s Not Included?

House cleaners have a limited amount of time for each job they do. Also, clients typically don’t want to pay their house cleaner to do their daily chores. Those things generally are not included in a typical house cleaning price. Daily chores include doing the dishes, doing the laundry, and taking out the garbage. If you are hiring a house cleaner, you should not necessarily expect them to do those things. If you want them to do them, you’ll have to tell them in your initial walkthrough. They’ll likely quote you a different price for those services.

Also, intense cleaning jobs are usually not included. For example, pressure washing your driveway is not the job of a house cleaner. Some cleaning services do offer those more intense cleaning services, but you have to ask for them. You can’t expect a house cleaner to remove the oil stains in your garage or scrape paint off your deck.

Essentially, the things that are not included in your cleaning service are the thing you did not discuss beforehand. Before your first appointment with a house cleaner, they will come to your home and do a walkthrough. If they don’t, they’ll give you a list of everything they are willing to clean. In that initial phone call or walkthrough, you need to ask about certain things that you would like cleaned. If you want your dishes washed, for example, you have to tell them. If it’s not discussed, you shouldn’t expect it to be cleaned.