Difference between deep cleaning and regular cleaning

We often get asked…

what’s the difference between regular cleaning and deep cleaning?

Regular cleaning definition

The simplest way to describe regular cleaning is a set of cleaning tasks that are performed on a regular basis. This is sometimes also referred to as domestic cleaning.

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Regular cleaning is what most people do on a daily or weekly basis. Deep cleaning is normally carried out every 6 months to a year.

Regular cleaning maintains a good level of cleanliness around the house. Regular cleaning tasks often cover things like:

  • hoovering and mopping the floors
  • cleaning bathrooms – sink, mirror, bath and toilet
  • Tidying up
  • cleaning the kitchen – wiping down work surfaces, cupboard doors, hob etc

Deep cleaning is very different and is often a requirement before a tenant moves in or out, also known as an end of tenancy clean.

Deep cleaning definition

Deep cleaning is different from regular or spring cleaning because it reaches the deep grime and dirt in your home.

It covers areas which aren’t traditionally covered by a regular or spring clean for example:

  • behind kitchen appliances like the washing machine and oven, cutting through the grime that builds up
  • under the sink
  • inside the oven including the oven door glass
  • inside of window frames and patio doors
  • inside and outside of all windows – read our vinegar window cleaning tip
  • washing all blinds
  • full and deep dusting including all the corners of rooms for cobwebs
  • scale removal from all bathroom tiles, kitchen tiles, taps, shower heads etc

Professional deep cleaning is a must at the end of a tenancy. Poor or no cleaning is one of the main reasons for deposit deductions.

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Deep cleaning checklist

Here is a snapshot of the cleaning tasks on our end of tenancy cleaning checklist. View and download the full PDF checklist here.

FRONT DOORExterior & InteriorDoor frame
Door
Handle
ENTRANCE HALLDecorationDust picture frames
Dust/wash skirting boards
LightingLampshade
Light switch plate
WindowWindow frames
Blinds
Glass
Fixtures and fittingsDisinfect/wash phone
Disinfect/wash thermostat
Radiator
Plug sockets
Fuse box
FloorHoover
Mop
Ceiling cornersHoover
CupboardsDoor frame
Door
Handle
Hoover
KITCHENExterior & InteriorDoor frame
Door
Handle
Dust/wash skirting boards
Remove cobwebs from corner
LightingLampshade
Light switch plate
WindowWindow frames
Blinds
Glass
Fixtures and fittingsCupboard doors
Inside cupboards
Underneath cupboards
Radiator
Kitchen sink inc Limescale
Tiles
Boiler front and side
Plug sockets
Wipe outside bin
AppliancesMicrowave
Oven door
Oven grills
Inside oven
Draw under oven
Hob and Gills
Hob fan and extractor
Wipe kettle and toaster
Wipe table and chairs
Washing machine seal
Washing machine tray
Washing machine outside
Fridge and Freezer inc Seal
CeilingHoover cobwebs
FloorHoover
Mop
BEDROOMExterior & InteriorDoor frame
Door
Handle
Dust/wash skirting boards
Remove cobwebs from corner

View and download the full PDF checklist here.

Example

Let’s take the bathroom as an example. As well as covering what a regular clean would, deep cleaning the bathroom means cleaning the inside and tops of the cupboards, including the medicine cabinet, underneath and behind the sink and toilet and using professional limescale remover to remove all built upscale from all taps, tiles and the shower head.

This is of course reflected in the time it takes to carry out the clean. Most regular cleaning is done for 2-3 hours a week. A deep clean of a two bedroom house can take a cleaning team of 3 up to 12 hours (average condition).