Angie's List Report: Disinfecting your home

Published: Oct. 26, 2018 at 7:52 AM CDT
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Tabbetha Sells has cleaned houses for six years. On a standard job, she dusts, disinfects, and vacuums. Occasionally, a client wants more, and that's when she and her crew get rid of the dust and grime we hardly even knew was there.

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

"Spring is a great time to consider having your house deeply cleaned, and usually you should be doing that every two to three months, especially if you're getting ready to sell your house. That's a time you want to make sure you have it done," Angie Hicks said, who is the founder of Angie's List.

Cleaning deep means cleaning from top to bottom, literally.

"We do anything up high, and it doesn't matter how high it is. We will clean it – exhaust fans, ceiling fans, vents in the walls," Sells said.

Most companies charge by the size of the job, not by the home.

"You should always require a detailed estimate so that you know what to expect," Hicks said. "On average, our members have reported spending about $230 for a deep clean, and that's about $100 more than a standard clean. And if you're looking to hire a house cleaner for the first time, you shouldn't be surprised if they recommend a deep cleaning as your first visit."

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