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Standard Cleaning vs. Deep Clean & Move-out/Move-in


Standard cleaning is the most common form of cleaning performed in households and commercial spaces. Deep cleaning is the practice of detailing, like a car gets detail cleaning, and Move-out/Move-in cleaning is a detail cleaning specific to property owners or companies vacating or moving into a space.

Regular Cleaning Explained... When you contract a  cleaning service for 'standard cleaning,' this is going to include the things you would do on a weekly basis. A regular clean is designed to help maintain a certain level of cleanliness.  For residential properties this is known as standard or regular cleaning or maid service. For commercial properties performing regular standard cleaning, this is widely known as janitorial, office or commercial cleaning.

When you invest in a standard cleaning service the cleaning tech(s) will perform the following service typically:
• Vacuuming, moping, dusting
• Cleaning main rooms, bedrooms, bathroom in full
• Stairs, hallways, mudrooms, etc
• Wiping surfaces, cleaning appliances, waste removal, scouring siks, toilets, bathtubs, doors, fixtures


These cleaning tasks typically don’t take that long to complete; however, they are essential to help keep your home free from dust, dirt and other debris. In short, general upkeep and management. 

Now that you know what a standard cleaning entails, deep cleaning is something you are likely going to need to invest in when you first contract a cleaning service, and generally quarterly or biannually depending on the level of traffic and use. While deep cleaning is more expensive than regular cleaning due to the time it takes, it only need be performed occasionally.

A deep cleaning will remove the deep grime and dirt, sometimes include getting under and behind furniture items. It covers all the areas that aren’t covered in a standard cleaning plus more. Again, think of deep cleaning like a car detailing versus a car wash.

Some of the services provided when you perform a deep cleaning include:
• Remove scale and soap scum from shower heads, mold and mildew removal and treatment, taps, kitchen tiles, bathroom tiles, etc.
• Clean behind, outside and inside of appliances, cut through the grime that often builds up
• Deep and complete dusting including the baseboards, walls, ceilings, doors and door jams
• Washing the home’s interior windows 
• Cleaning patio doors and window frames
• Cleaning behind furniture, bookshelves, top of shelves

• Thoroughly clean all rooms and surfaces

As you can see, a deep cleaning is much more thorough than a standard cleaning. This is the main reason that you pay more when you contract for a deep clean. It also takes longer to complete, attention to detail, and can require some moderate to heavy lifting.


Lastly, another form of deep cleaning, in respects to multi-unit properties is known as 'Turn Service.' This type of service is typical for apartment complexes and may require light facilities maintenance/handywork. 

As for Move-out/Move-in cleaning, this type of service is specific to moving in or out of a space but involves all the services of a deep clean.

What Type of Cleaning Do You Need?

When you are ready to contract a cleaning service, you may wonder what type of cleaning is best. In most cases, when initiate service, scheduling a deep clean is a smart move and wise investment.  Thereafter, standard cleaning or janitorial service is appropriate. 

Prior to starting service you should always communicate with your contractor or cleaning service company and provide them with details about your space. Every environment is unique, therefore, every cleaning job is distinct to the specific home or commercial space. Doing so will help ensure you get the highest level of service and mitigate errors. 

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