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What Items Are Included In A Basic House Cleaning?

Cleaning can be a time-consuming, never-ending chore depending on your life circumstances. If you have pets or kids, good luck with getting the place completely spotless. This is why professional cleaners and professional cleaning companies exist, to take that weight off you and give you peace of mind that your home will remain as clean as possible, despite all of the endless chaos that may be unfolding within it.

This is why keeping on top of the cleaning is important and why a basic house cleaning, once a week or bi-weekly, might be the best option for you. It’s less expensive than the intensive, time-consuming deep-clean, but still gets the basics of the job done.

But what’s included in any basic house cleaning package?

In the Kitchen

Close up of human hand with protective gloves cleaning induction hob with rag.

One of the focal points of any home is its kitchen. Most professional cleaners will clean all of the small appliances in the kitchen, inside and out. This means the microwave and toaster oven will be emptied, washed out, and then put back. The toaster will also be emptied and cleaned. Basic cleaning in the kitchen will generally skip the interior of the oven, though a quick wipe-down of the sink and stovetop is included.


Usually, a basic clean of a bedroom involves either changing or washing and replacing the bedsheets, dusting off the windowsills and wiping down any mirrors or hanging picture frames.

The Bathroom

This is where the basic cleaning can get a little more tricky and you may want your cleaner to do more than just a basic clean. If so, you should expect to pay an extra fee on top of what you’re already paying your cleaner for their ‘basic’ clean. Basic cleaning in the bathroom is generally a quick wiping down of all high-touch surfaces and wiping down of the sink and the bottom of the shower or bathtub. A quick wash of the toilet bowl with Lysol or equivalent and a brush will complete a ‘basic clean’ of the bathroom.


Most basic house cleaning packages will include vacuuming of the entire house, this includes the floors as well as any furniture that may require a quick vacuum, this can also include windowsills and hard-to-reach places. Most cleaning services will bring their own vacuum. The generally accepted practice among house cleaners is that the vacuuming of each room is done as the last thing in that room before the door is closed and the room is considered complete.

Trash Removal

One of the things that shouldn’t be overlooked during a basic clean is the removal of the trash. While your cleaner doesn’t have to take your garbage to the curb for you, trash removal from every bin in the house is one of the things that should be included in any basic clean.

How To Choose A Home Cleaner

Welcoming someone into your home isn’t easy, so you want to choose a cleaner that’s highly regarded, professional and experienced. To help you decide, here are a few questions you should ask:

What cleaning services do you provide? Be specific about what you want done in your home. Most will only provide basic services such as vacuuming, mopping, dusting, wiping down surfaces, and cleaning bathrooms; so if you want something more specific, let them know.

How do you charge, and are there any additional costs? Most cleaning businesses bill by the hour, others will charge a fixed fee. You can take them on a quick walkthrough to get an accurate price. Also, check to see if there are any additional fees for certain services, such as deep cleaning.

Do they provide their own equipment? And what do they bring with them? You can ask about the chemicals or cleaning products they use, particularly if you or someone in the family suffers from allergies.

Can they provide references? Any good cleaner will have good references to back them, whether from current clients or past ones. You can ask to see these references before choosing a cleaner. If they can’t or won’t provide references, move on.

Are they insured? When hiring a cleaning company, request a copy of their insurance certificate to ensure you’re covered should anything go wrong.

The goal of a basic clean for your home should be all of the things that you may usually do yourself. Remember, the goal of a cleaner is to do the things for you that you don’t have time to do yourself. Basic cleaning periodically can really save you time, money and energy. If you don’t feel like you’ve got the time to do these things yourself; hire them out!

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