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What is the difference in light and deep cleaning? I have 5 kids and 1 on the way so, to me all cleaning is deep!

Denise in Derry, NH
Oct. 31, 2017

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there is no light cleaning when there are many baby,no one the house must be whithout bacteria every day

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The big difference to me is that light cleaning is just dusting,sweeping,and light wiping of surfaces. while deep cleaning includes mopping,scrubbing surfaces,and moving furniture to clean.

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Melissa in Merced, CA
Sept. 25, 2019

WITH 6 KIDS i COULD SEE WHY CLEANING WOULD BE A PROBLEM FOR YOU. i CALL LIGHT CLEANING IS LIKE DUSTING, SWEEPING, DOING THE DISHES AND CLEANING THE BATHROOMS. dEEP CLEANING IS LIKE CLEANING THE STOVE, CLEANING WINDOWS, SPECIAL PROJECTS. sOMETHING REALLY INVOLVED OR IT WOULD TAKE ALONG TIME TO DO IT.

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Nancy in Arcadia, FL
Oct. 8, 2018

light cleaning is for couples or single person. A large family requires deep cleaning.

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Hello! Hopefully your question has been answered.

Essentially;

Deep Cleaning consists of time consuming deeper scrubbing of bathroom tile grout, sinks, floors, carpet stains, etc, gunk removals; utilizing utensils such as pumice stones, razors (depending on area of course) plastic screwdrivers, etc.,  heavy oven residue cleaning, extensive window and slider door "sill" cleaning, cabinet polishing, etc. Essentially, something that takes more time and attention than just spraying down a counter top and while yes still scrubbing, less than deeply needed. The areas you haven't touched in ages. I have gone as far as removing vents and cleaning those out for a deep cleaning to clean the air out. On a separate aspect, this could go extensively as trash removal and then sanitizing the actual trashcan, individual fingerprints removed from paintings and door frames, kitchen microwave extensively cleaned inside, appliance wipe-down; toaster bread pan cleaned out and wiped, etc. Furniture and upholstery not only cleaned and wiped down but actually vacuumed, as well underneath the bed not just around it. 

Light cleaning of areas that you normally get to- Kitchen- dishes, range exterior, exterior hood, counter-top wipe down....Window glass cleaning, bathroom wipe downs, mopping of floor, vacuuming, baseboard cleaning, refrigerator cleaning (wipe down only), cob webs, dusting....general things you would do before having your family come over for an event...versus holding a wedding at your home. 

Sorry,  I can write a novel. Feel free to write me and let me know what you are needing help with and I can help you find it on here.

With 5 kids, yes, an initial deep clean with the right person is definitely needed...especially if it has not been done in a while. Afterwards, you may want to have someone come in once a week provided you are taking care of all the laundry and cooking. Things just get messy, we all need assistance at times =)

Yvonne in Bronx, NY
Nov. 6, 2017

I agree with you 100%. However, you must always ask the client what they consider lite or deep cleaning because everyone has their own interpretation.

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Deep is like SUPER detailed. Like tops of doorways, base boards, vents, lifting objects and dusting under them and putting them back. Stuff like that. I usually do that with every cleaning anyway but light cleaning is just dusting, doing floors and wiping everything down real quick. Deep cleans take about an hour or so longer with all the tedious little details. Bless you for having 6 children! lol that is incredible!

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Light is dusting, dishes and laundry. Add on vacuuming and moping and cabinets and walls and vacuuming a couch, picking up after kids messes and bathrooms thats a little more intense!

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User in Laredo, TX
Sept. 24, 2019

Light cleaning is just a quick wipe and go, as to deep cleaning meaning you will not just open the fridge and wipe, but you will get in there and take everything out to deep clean it.

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Nicole in Crofton, MD
Sept. 24, 2019

Light cleaning is occasional dusting, vacuuming, wiping counters, quick bathroom tough up. Deep cleaning is wiping walls, mopping, scrubbing bathrooms, stove, oven, refrigerator cleaning, etc. Vacuum corners, window seals, etc.

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A light clean is a quickie wipe down of furniture, counters, bathrooms, and vacuuming. A deep clean is scrubbing out the grout in bathrooms, getting that scum off the shower doors, etc. Getting those dirty layers of quickie mopping of floors done and shiny. Cleaning baseboards. The list is endless!

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Light cleaning is what you do on a weekly basis, to keep the area neat and tidy. Takes up to an hour. Deep cleaning is what you do maybe once a month. Take a whole day devoted to thoroughly cleaning every inch, nook, and cranny. It also includes decluttering and organizing things to make it a more effecient and functional space.

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User in Juneau, WI
Aug. 2, 2019

Deep cleaning is when a cleaner cleans everything such as,baseboards light fixtures molding on door ways. Anything thats not cleaned in a while. Debra W

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I see light cleaning as tasks you do on a daily basis. For example, doing the dishes or picking up trash off the floor. Deep cleaning can be wiping down walls or shampooing your carpets.

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User in Humble, TX
May 6, 2019

Deep cleaning for me is doing the ceiling fans, Baseboards, oven, Fridge, windows, door frames, inside cabinets and light organizing. basic is what a normal cleaner does , everything but that.

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User in Maxton, NC
March 19, 2019

To me light cleaning would be all over sweep, no mopping, dusting main furniture, cleaning only toilet and sink/counter top, straighten up rooms, and wiping down the kitchen.

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light cleaning is not cleaning behind washer, dryer, vents, removing cobwebs or cleaning windows and deep cleaning is doing all of the above.

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User in Owasso, OK
Feb. 26, 2019

You probably do have quite a lot of deep cleaning every week with that many kids. Hard to keep track of all the lost food, bottles,cups, matching sox, laundry. I know because I have been working with a family with 2 little boys and a new baby.Not much control and just not a lot you can do about it. But to answer your question, deep cleaning would normally be like spring cleaning. I also will organize and clean closets and drawers, kitchen and bath cabinets if there are a lot of crumbs, etc in them.

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basically deep cleaning is ceiling to floor. All of those things we don't clean all the time. Inside cabinets and drawers, blinds, baseboards, ceiling fans, etc. Plus the normal stuff we would clean. Deep cleans are typically done for move in or move out house because they completely clean the house down to the smallest detail that we may not notice usually. A regular clean is the typical cleaning such as kitchen counter tops and appliances, dusting, bathroom sinks, counters, shower, etc. all floors sweep and mop, and things like that. a regular clean is going what most people do keep their house clean normally. Deep cleans hit the small details.

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a deep cleaning, you will clean inside the cabinets and clean windows and a more detailed cleaning.

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Light cleaning (to me) is more basic to vaccuming, sweeping, wiping down counters/tiles, maybe dusting and light tidying/organizing. When I think deep cleaning I see wet-vacs, scrubbing out the oven, scrubbing down the walls, the small intricate cleaning you might do once a month but not for a weekly house clean, etc. and it might also include the light cleaning list depending on how often the light occurs.

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I don't know.....cleaning is cleaning!

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Light cleaning I associate more with tidying and organizing, for example putting toys away, vacuuming, these surface-level tasks. Deep cleaning, however, I associate more with the finer details, for example, scrubbing floors, going through closets, toy bins, etc... to figure out what to keep, donate, and throw away.

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Light or a general clean would be dusting of furniture, cleaning of entire kitchen including outsides of appliances, cleaning of all bathrooms including shower/toilet/ sink/ counter/ mirror, vacuuming all carpets areas, and sweep/mop hardwood or vinyl floored areas. A deep clean would be everything in the light/general clean but also insides of windows, light fixtures/ceiling fans, baseboards, insides of appliances, underneath moveable furniture etc. Hope this helps you! :)

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Light cleaning is a quick spray and wipe of services, quick look around to see what is out of place and putting it back in place, quick vacuum. Deep cleaning is scrubbing, involves more work, more time. Usually it involves washing out and disinfecting rooms with tougher chemicals, spending more time and effort getting things cleaner.

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Deep cleaning should always include high dusting, ceiling fans, doors both sides, baseboards, wiping all cabinet faces down, sometimes refrigerators, insides of cabinets, ect. Light cleaning is typically surfaces and floors and not much more in between depending on how the person cleaning does their job.

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Tina in Roxboro, NC
Nov. 4, 2018

standard cleaning is dishes, dusting, wiping down countertops, trash, vacuum, sweep, mop, straighten up, and clean all bath and bedrooms. Deep Cleaning is cleaning vents, washing baseboards, ceiling fans, shampoo carpet, laundry, wash walls, etc. but it cost much more.

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Light cleaning would be light dusting, vacuuming going over the floors with a swiffer or damp mop. Deep cleaning would be dusting every nook and cranny vacuum each visit wash and wax floors. Clean refrigerator from top to bottom, oven cleaning etc. Change beds, clean the bathrooms top to bottom. Pretty much...spotless !!!!

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Deep cleaning are tasks that will require meticulous energy ( microwaves, ovens, scrubbing grout etc) You definitely don't want any tasks ignored or to pile up, so your housekeeper would be the best person to communicate with for your initial needs and create a schedule, and your needs that may change over time.

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Light is obviously not thorough meaning every crevice you can see.Not everyone does a thorough cleaning like myself. All the best. Vera.S

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Right ?! I'm old school and don't know the difference, either.

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Light cleaning=vacuuming, mopping, dusting, cleaning bathrooms Deep cleaning=vacuuming walls, cleaning light fixtures, wiping down the inside/outside of fridge, sanitizing door knobs on inside of the home, vacuuming lamp shades

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As a mother of 5 myself and a former house cleaner there is quite the difference in light cleaning and deep cleaning taking in to consideration the size of the home, the last time it was professionally cleaned if any and most of all the time it's going to take to clean! A deep cleaning includes wet wiping baseboards, hard wood surfaces, ceiling fans, shutters/blinds, knick-nacks, door frames & doors, in and out frige, in and out oven, etc. A light clean is more light a basic dusting of frames and knick knacks, dusting baseboards, exterior frige, exterior oven, anything a feather duster or dry wipe is needed to get the job done! Hope this helps give a better idea.

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User in Lakeland, FL
Sept. 16, 2018

For me, deep cleaning would be refridgerator, windows, blinds, baseboards. Dusting, mopping, making beds, picking up toys, basic everyday cleaning would be a normal clean

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Deep cleaning would be taking care of things you wouldn't normally do on a regular clean such as oven cleaning, baseboards, sliding glass door tracks, walls, light fixtures etc. hope this helps.

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Hello, I agree, but some housekeeper give different prices because they charge by the hour and light cleaning may not take that long and deep cleaning will be long so the they will charge you more. I charge my client a flat rate and not by the hour, so they don't feel the pressure of hourly charges and they will get their house cleaned as needed.

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Cassie in Concord, VA
Sept. 1, 2018

Hello. I am a mother of 5 and I feel EXACTLY the same way. However, the difference would be in deep you'd do cobwebs in corners, high dusting, floorboards, window washing, in-depth tile floor wash, carpet stain removing, washing walls, I'm sure there is more, but that's all I have for now. I hope this helps!

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Karen in Galt, CA
Aug. 19, 2018

Light cleaning is just basic counter wiping, dusting, emptying wastebaskets, basically tidying up. You are right, with 5 kids all cleaning is deep cleaning!

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A deep clean is going to be dusting EVERYTHING (baseboards, trim, window sills, etc.) Wiping walls, checking all corners for cobwebs, etc. I personally treat all of my cleans as a "Deep clean." When I first begin with a client I'll put a bid out there (I normally try to make $25 per hour with the first clean and then if they're wanting weekly or biweekly cleans I'll charge $20 per hour.) The reason I put a bid out is so that I can go over time without my client freaking out. I hate having to leave a job unfinished because I ran out of time and coming from a family of ten, I truly get being on a budget.

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regular cleaning is just basic dusting, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, dishes, the stove top, inside microwave, making beds. deep cleaning all the regular cleaning plus ceiling fans inside stove, all the baseboards, and walls

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Celeste in Boise, ID
Aug. 6, 2018

To me, I would consider light cleaning to be like dusting, picking up and tidying, maybe vacuuming. Deep cleaning would more like cleaning bathrooms, washing windows, dusting, vacuuming and mopping, cleaning appliances.... more detailed cleaning. Hopefully that helps! That's just my opinion anyway...

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This is a great question even for me! Ive always been a deep cleaner so surface cleaning is just wiping and disinfecting everything sweeping and vacuuming.Making things "look" nice and smell good. Not moving anything to get to anything to clean and not organizing .

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Deep cleaning is more than Dailey chores of dishes and wiping down counters with a sweep after . It's cleaning out the microwave , mopping , wiping baseboards , cobwebs in the corner , getting in the cabinets , decluttering the paper on the top and front of the refrigerator , windows and more depending on the state of the room

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Jean in Olyphant, PA
July 19, 2018

Light cleaning is dusting sweeping mopping cleaning tubs sinks in bathroom and kitchen. general cleaning is light. deep cleaning is doing your whole house

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Light cleaning is mainly just dusting, folding laundry, some sweeping, and drying dishes. heavy cleaning is usually like vacuuming, bathroom cleaning, things with vigorous movement and require a lot of movement and bending,kneeling,ect.

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User in Boston, MA
July 18, 2018

light cleaning is organization and picking up items off the floor and sweeping and mopping. Deep cleaning is furniture treatments, laundry, folding, bathrooms, full kitchen cleaning, changing and replacing sheets, feeding pets, watering plants. If you have many bedrooms that need organization and sheet changing and washing/drying/ folding clothes that's a deep clean.

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User in Irvine, CA
Oct. 31, 2017

I agree with Catherine she explained very well, Is cleaning and desinfect every spot at your house and maintain it every week. So your can be confident that your children and you are in a clean home.

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For me the deep cleaning is the initial clean which is very in depth and then weekly or bi weekly cleanings are just maintenance i.e light cleaning. Have a great day!

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Karen in La Junta, CO
July 29, 2018

Yes honestly I would have to say it almost always is deep cleaning. ...rarely especially with kids can there be only light cleaning done and it be kept acceptable

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Cindy in Milton, FL
Oct. 10, 2019

Light cleaning is considered cleaning tasks that are done on a daily or weekly basis. Deep cleaning are those jobs that don't get cleaned very often and a lot of attention to detail and extra scrubbing are performed.

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Lois in Hampton, VA
Oct. 4, 2019

Deep cleaning is when the home has not thoroughly cleaned in over 3-6 months or more. Light cleaning is when the home has been kept up with a thorough cleaning 2-3 times a week, then provide light cleaning on Saturday or Sunday.

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I think that light cleaning means things like picking up toys, wiping counters, sweeping and dusting. I think deep cleaning would be mopping or steam cleaning floors, bleaching bathrooms (tubs, toilets, sinks, all of it), cleaning baseboards, washing walls, cabinets, and windows, cleaning out the refrigerator, etc.

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Light cleaning is about rearrannging and organizing, dusting, sweeping, wiping surfaces, etc. Deep cleaning is similar, but usually includes cleaning solution and water. EXAMPLE: I scrub my shelves with a Comet cleaner, using a sponge and hot water. Afterward, I wipe any soap off of the shelves, then go over them again with a drier towel. This COMPLETELY removes stains, dust, and soap residue for weeks. This is a DEEP clean. Simply dusting or wiping the shelves is a LIGHT clean, leaving dust and dirt behind without preventing more to come. You feel more tired after a deep clean.

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Light cleaning is vacuuming, dusting, sweeping and mopping floors, laundry, bathroom cleaning, kitchen and living room cleaning and light cleaning in the bedroom like making the bed and picking things up off the floor. Deep cleaning is dusting the whole house, moving furniture to vacuum or sweep and mop, cleaning dishes and dusting around counters and cabinets, cleaning bedrooms by changing the sheets and moving furniture to again vacuum or sweep and mop and washing of the windows. It is hard with children but as a mother of one I have realized even if I don't deep clean every day at least light cleaning helps especially with families with more than one child.

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Thomas in Ava, NY
Sept. 9, 2019

Deep cleaning may require disinfection of some personal items. Think of it like this: tearing apart a room and methodically going through it. Start high to low, dusting the cobwebs where the wall meets the ceiling; not just the corners. Wall washing! And also dusting and possibly damp wiping the baseboards. Also consider cleaning windows, including sills. A deep cleaning may also include having your furnace ducts cleaning, because if your going through the time to clean your home, attack the source of the dust first. I say start with one room at a time because deep cleaning a home would be overwhelming to most people. There is a major difference in light cleaning and deep cleaning. When you've finally deep cleaned your home, you just may want to celebrate by having a vase of fresh flowers! I hope this helped in a better understanding.

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Diane in Winthrop, NY
Aug. 21, 2019

I would call deep cleaning shampooing carpets and moving all furniture to clean under and behind. Cleaning all windows,walls, ceilings etc. Light cleaning would be dusting, vacuuming,mopping,thoroughly cleaning bathrooms and kitchens and basic tidying up.

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Ligth cleaning is dusting, cleaning bathrooms,kitchen... deep cleaning is clean windows,doors, cabinets...

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