Understanding the Different Types of Cleaning Services


Maintaining a clean and organized living space is essential for our well-being and peace of mind. However, understanding the nuances between various cleaning services can be confusing. In this blog post, we’ll unravel the differences between deep cleaning, move-in/move-out cleaning, routine maintenance cleaning, initial home cleaning, and priority cleaning. By clarifying these distinctions, you’ll be equipped to choose the most suitable cleaning service for your specific needs and ensure a pristine and comfortable living environment.

1. Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning is an intensive cleaning service performed less frequently, typically once or twice a year or as needed for special occasions. It goes beyond routine maintenance and focuses on overlooked areas. This is a perfect starting point when you hire a professional house cleaning service to care for your home if you haven’t been able to keep up with the cleaning for awhile.

Key aspects of deep cleaning include:

  • Thorough Cleaning: Every corner of your home is meticulously addressed from your ceiling fans up high to the baseboards and floor down below. A deep clean includes dusting, vacuuming, and mopping but also includes hand-wiping your blinds, baseboards, window sills and lock ledges, etc.

  • Intensive Cleaning of Specific Areas: Deep cleaning prioritizes areas that accumulate dirt and grime over time, such as baseboards, window sills, blinds, and grout lines, the inside of your oven and refrigerator, etc. Meticulous attention to detail ensures a thorough result.

  • Extended Cleaning Time or Additional Sets of Hands: Deep cleaning requires more time or cleaning technicians compared to routine maintenance cleaning due to the deeper level of cleaning involved. For example, if your shower walls need calcium and soap scum buildup removed, more time is needed to remove this as opposed to wiping down these areas.

  • Deep Cleaning of Fixtures and Appliances: Kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, light fixtures, etc. are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. This ensures a fresh and sanitary environment.

  • Removal of Residue and Stains: Any accumulated grime, stains, or residue are targeted to make your home feel renewed. This includes tackling soap scum, hard water deposits, and stubborn stains.

2. Initial (General) Home Cleaning

Whether you’ve been keeping up with the house cleanings on your own or just haven’t had the time to clean, as long as your home doesn’t need a hard reset, an initial cleaning may be the perfect starting point, as opposed to a deep cleaning. This comprehensive cleaning service focuses on general maintenance clean with a little extra attention to a little extra buildup, if it’s been a little too long in-between professional cleanings.

3. Move-In/Move-Out Cleaning

Move-in and move-out cleaning services cater specifically to the transition between homes.

These services are ideal when you’re moving into a new place or preparing to leave your current residence. These cleanings are great for landlords needing to prepare a rental property for new tenants or homeowners ready to sell their homes to. The Move-In/Move-Out cleaning will include the same kind of attention that a deep clean includes, but it will also include cleaning areas that are often covered by furniture and personal effects.

Key features of move-in/move-out cleaning include:

  • Detailed Cleaning for New Residents: Move-in cleaning ensures a fresh start by thoroughly cleaning all areas, including bathrooms, kitchen, floors, and fixtures. It sets the stage for a clean and comfortable living space.

  • Extra Attention to Specific Areas: Move-in/move-out cleaning typically includes deep cleaning of appliances, cabinets, removing cobwebs, and ensuring a spotless environment.

4. Routine Maintenance Cleaning

Routine maintenance cleaning is the ongoing, regular cleaning required to keep your home clean, tidy, and well-maintained. It focuses on day-to-day cleaning tasks. This is the type of cleaning that we all need to do weekly, biweekly, or at the very least, monthly.

Key aspects of routine maintenance cleaning include

  • Surface Cleaning: Dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, wiping down surfaces, and cleaning visible areas are the primary tasks of routine maintenance cleaning. This includes regular cleaning of bathrooms, kitchen surfaces, and frequently used spaces.

  • Weekly, biweekly, or monthly frequency

5. Priority Cleaning

Some cleaning companies offer a Priority Cleaning service. This often involves cleaning for a period of time off of a list of your chosen priorities. Priority cleanings may be offered as last-minute openings and sometimes at a discounted rate. This is a great option if you want to squeeze in an extra cleaning in-between cleaning services, or if you keep up with the house cleaning yourself. Just be sure that if you are expecting an entire house cleaning, you are selecting the appropriate service.