Whether you’re looking for a one-off dust-busting blitz or a regular cleaning service, a professional housekeeper can do away with the stress of keeping your home tidy. The price you pay for home cleaning services will vary according to the frequency and level of clean you’re looking for.
Most cleaning firms will be happy to oblige with both one-off services (like end-of-tenancy cleans or deep cleaning following building work) and regular tidying – as often as once or twice a week.
Those frequent freshen-ups typically involve running a vacuum through your home, wiping down surfaces, polishing furniture and mopping floors. For deeper cleans – the type you’ll need if you’re renting and planning on moving out – your cleaner will spend longer tackling the grime and dirt in your home. Here you can expect your oven, windows, cupboards and all manner of nooks and crannies to be scrubbed. No matter whether it’s an ongoing or one-off service you’ve booked, you’ll be able to agree the specific list of jobs that need to be completed before your cleaner arrives. Carpet cleaning might not always be included as part of a deep clean as it’s normally considered to be a specialist service. So, if you need this, check that it’s something your cleaner offers.
The average cost for 2 hours of home cleaning is £28.
The cost of weekly or regular home cleaning depends on how big your home is and what services you need. It’s important to agree with your cleaner the work you want to have done before each visit, and it’s your choice what features on your housekeeper’s to-do list. That might include dusting, vacuuming, cleaning surfaces, mopping floors, and getting rid of limescale in bathrooms. You can also add occasional jobs to their list which only need to be completed every few weeks or months, like cleaning windows and ovens. Your cleaner’s responsibilities can be negotiated – some will even do ironing for you.
It’s also important to agree with your cleaner who’s responsible for cleaning supplies. A cleaner with their own supplies will charge more, but if you supply everything yourself then you’ll be taking responsibility for their replenishment. In both cases, it’s important to know what you’re happy to use around the home, and if there are any cleaning products you don’t want to be used – either due to allergies, or a preference for non-toxic supplies.
The average cost for 2 hours of deep cleaning is £34.
The price you’ll pay for a deep clean will depend on what you need doing and why. The process for an end-of-tenancy clean will differ compared to a clean that’s being carried out after building works, or simply an occasional one-off deep clean.
In the kitchen, you can expect your cleaner to spend time ensuring your oven is degreased and free from grime and burnt-on food. They may be able to use the self-cleaning mode if your oven has one. If not, it’ll be good old-fashioned elbow grease – and a combination of vinegar and baking soda can be used as an eco-friendly alternative to toxic cleaning solutions. Your cleaner should also scrub your stove or hob and clean away all the dirt with a soapy sponge and a clean wet rag, as well as tending to the hood fan and the filter.
While they’re in the kitchen, you’ll probably want your cleaning pro to wipe down your other appliances. The main grime culprits will be your microwave, toaster, dishwasher and fridge freezer.
Deep cleaning your bathroom is more of a straightforward task, but it requires no less effort and elbow grease. As well as cleaning your suite (in much the same way as they would do when performing a regular clean), your cleaner will look to scrub your tile grout. This can become discoloured over time and cleaning it back to its original shade can have a huge impact on the appearance of your bathroom. If you have a grubby-looking shower curtain or any signs of mould on your ceiling, this should be scooped up during a deep clean too.
The average cost of carpet cleaning for 1 room 3m x 3m is £22, excluding materials.
Although vacuuming is a major part of a routine domestic service, a full carpet clean is a specialist service – one you’ll need to check your cleaner is able to provide.
Because it requires special tools and expertise, it’s pricier than standard domestic cleaning. The cleaner has a couple of methods at their disposal: one is a steam cleaner which injects a solution into the carpet before sucking it back up – along with dirt and pet hair. There’s also the dry extraction method which doesn’t dampen the carpet. This works by applying an absorbent compound onto the carpet and then vacuuming it back up.
Be sure to discuss moving furniture with your cleaner. Moving the furniture yourself or leaving the cleaner to temporarily rejig the room may also affect the overall cost.
|General cleaning costs|
|2-hour fortnightly domestic clean||£20||£28||£44|
|5-hour one-off spring clean||£75||£85||£120|
|Carpet cleaning costs|
|Living room (3.6m x 3m)||£30||£35||£45|
|Stairs and landing (3m x 1m)||£28||£30||£45|
|Small bedroom (2m x 2m)||£18||£22||£26|
|Double bedroom (3m x 2.5m)||£23||£27||£31|