How Long Should a Deep House Cleaning Take? 

The two types of services most commonly provided by cleaning businesses are deep cleanings and general maintenance cleanings. As you may have guessed, deep cleaning involves much more than maintenance cleaning. The website Home Maid Better states that one aspect of deep cleaning is removing soap scum and scaling from showerheads, cleaning the areas behind significant appliances, dusting baseboards, moldings, chair rails, and door frames, cleaning windows, window frames, and cleaning both sides of all of your doors. How long should an excellent deep house cleaning take?

While it will take different people different amounts of time to perform a thorough deep cleaning, Rescue My Time Cleaning Service states that a good starting point for a deep clean is around two and a half hours. This applies to a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment. You can expect to add approximately one hour for each additional bedroom in a home. 

The Bedroom (s) 

Your bedroom is your sanctuary. Most people spend more time in their bedrooms than in any other room in their house. It’s only natural to want the room where you spend most of your time clean. Better Homes and Gardens suggests performing the following when deep cleaning your bedroom:

  • Make sure your bedding is laundered correctly. 
  • Be sure to remove all clutter from your closet.
  • While you are laundering your bedding, freshen your mattress. 
  • Clean under and behind your bed.
  • Clean all glass surfaces, including windows and mirrors.

Geaux Maids states that while a general maintenance cleaning of your bedroom can take approximately 15 to 20 minutes, thorough deep cleaning of your bedroom can take upwards of an hour. A few of these additional tasks include cleaning behind and under the bed, polishing any mirrors in your bedroom, washing your bedroom windows, and picking up any stray pet hair.

Your bedroom deserves this level of attention every month. By ensuring that your bedroom is at its optimal level of cleanliness, you will be more relaxed, which should lead to a better night’s sleep. That’s something we all could use.

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The Bathroom(s) 

When you think of the rooms in your house that are badly in need of a good deep cleaning, the bathroom is one room that immediately comes to mind. There are many different surfaces in the bathroom that we come into contact with. These surfaces have all kinds of bacteria on them, just waiting to be spread to your loved ones. To give you an idea of much bacteria is found in the typical bathroom, the website  Cleaner Home states that over 126 colonies of bacteria per square inch are found in the average bathroom.

How long does it take to return your bathroom to its pristine condition with an excellent deep cleaning? The cleaning blog site The Maids suggests a time frame of around 45 minutes to get your bathroom sparkling once again. This may initially seem like a lot of time to invest in such a small room, but this includes cleaning tasks not regularly performed, such as:

  • Cleaning and scaling shower heads
  • Polishing mirror and other glass surfaces
  • Disinfecting and sanitizing shower drains
  • Washing or cleaning bathtub mats and floor rugs

By simply including these additional cleaning tasks in your regular bathroom cleaning routine once per month, your bathroom will sparkle and shine as much as any room in your home. This will provide you with the peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are coming into contact with as little bacteria and mold as possible.

The Living Room or Family Room 

The Living room, sometimes known as the family room, is where your family spends most of its time together. This room is where you watch television together, play board games together, or sit down and enjoy one another’s company/ All of these things would be much more relaxing if you and your family were spending time in a spotless living room or family room.

What is involved in deep cleaning a living room or a family room? Spruce says that aside from regular cleaning tasks such as dusting and vacuuming, you should clean the ceiling and any ceiling fans in your living room. It would help if you also dusted in those often-ignored corners of your living room walls. Once per month, you should clean any blinds in your living or family room, as well as taking down and washing the drapes. You should also remove the cushions from any chairs and clean all of the cracks and crevices in your chairs or couches/ Finally, you should clean any globes or lampshades found in your living room.

The Living room or family room is usually the largest in the home. It is not surprising that you should spend approximately an hour to an hour and a half once per month, giving your loved ones a clean, relaxing environment in which to enjoy being together. By doing the tasks mentioned above, you can give your family precisely that.

The Kitchen 

Surprisingly, the kitchen is usually the dirtiest room in the home. The Cleveland Clinic has recently published a report listing a whopping nine different places bacteria can commonly be found in most kitchens. These places are:

  • On cloth towels found in the kitchen
  • On your smartphone or tablet
  • On cooking utensils
  • On fruits and vegetables
  • On your sinks and countertops
  • On your trash container
  • On and in your refrigerator
  • On your oven handles and stovetop surfaces
  • On your faucet handles

Some of the types of bacteria found in the kitchen are e-Coli, salmonella, norovirus, and hepatitis A . E Coli and salmonella can survive for hours on your kitchen surfaces. This is especially shocking because the kitchen is where you, or someone in your family, prepares and cooks food. 

Nobody wants to prepare or cook meals in a filthy kitchen. These reasons should make deep cleaning your kitchen regularly a priority. By investing at least 45 minutes to an hour in a good deep cleaning of your kitchen oh, you and your loved ones can rest assured that their food is being stored and prepared in the cleanest environment you can provide.

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The Dining Room

While food is usually prepared in the kitchen, it is often consumed in the dining room. However, the dining room is more than just a place to eat meals as a family. The dining room is another area of the house in which families or loved ones can gather to discuss the events of their respective days. Would you want to eat meals with your family or spend time together in a room that hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned? I didn’t think so.

Aside from sweeping and mopping and giving everything a good once over, there are other aspects to deep cleaning your dining room. To efficiently deep clean your dining room, Storage Theory has suggested doing the following tasks:

  • Give the table and chairs a good dusting
  • Declutter and clean all cabinets
  • Wash all China and silverware

Taking anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to deep clean your dining room will make your family and loved ones much more comfortable eating the food you have worked so hard to prepare. You have ensured that the food was made in the cleanest environment possible. Why not make sure that it is eaten in an environment just as clean?


An excellent top to deep bottom cleaning may require you to invest anywhere from two and a half to six hours, depending on the size of your home. While only required once per month, deep cleanings are essential to the upkeep of your home. Maintenance cleanings can be performed in the weeks between deep cleanings. You and your family have worked hard to provide a loving environment where you live, sleep, eat, wash up, and even work. Why not work as hard at keeping your investment clean and Heidi for all of those around you?

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should maintenance cleanings take? 

Maintenance cleanings are the cleanings you do in between deep cleanings. They generally require less work than deep cleanings but are just as crucial in the upkeep of your home. Maintenance Cleaning usually requires around two hours of your time, depending on the size of your home. Larger homes will take longer to clean than smaller homes, sometimes taking upwards of four hours for a maintenance cleaning.

How often should you clean your home? 

This, of course, depends on the general upkeep of your home and the conditions in which you allow your family or loved ones to keep your home. Under normal conditions, your home should have a maintenance cleaning done once per week. You should also perform a deep cleaning once per month, depending on how badly in need of a deep cleaning your home may be. Once you have gotten on top of the mess, a good maintenance cleaning is only necessary once a week.

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