Angie’s List: The Deep Clean Difference

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When was the last time you broke out the scouring pads to really give your home a good cleaning? If you can't remember, it may be time to get a deep cleaning.

Tabbetha Sells has been cleaning homes professionally for six years. Dusting, disinfecting and vacuuming are all part of her daily job.

When a client wants more, she and her crew go after the dirt, dust and grime you can’t see without really looking for it.

“We’ll open the cabinet doors and clean the inside of the cabinet doors and that ledge where stuff collects over time," Sells says. "We clean the inside of all the appliances - refrigerator, oven, microwave. We clean the baseboards thoroughly and we polish them afterwards.”

Spring is typically a good time to deep clean your home, especially if you happen to be getting ready to sell.

Deep cleaning also means getting up high, where things can be hard or even dangerous to reach.

Most companies don’t charge by the hour, but by the job. Make sure to get a listing of everything you want done at the agreed upon price.

Before hiring anyone to clean your home, Angie Hicks of Angie's List says to look for a company that’s bonded and insured. Make sure to ask specifically how they handle replacing anything that may be broken during a cleaning. The service should provide all the supplies needed, but if you want environmentally friendly products used exclusively, you may need to supply those yourself. And if you want a specific person to do the cleanings, ask for that to be written into the contract.

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