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Cleaning 107: Achieving a Deeper Clean

Perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions for the Cleaning category for Clients and Taskers alike is: “What’s the difference between the Deep Cleaning and Cleaning categories?” While we hope Clients select the correct category before booking the task, it’s important to understand this distinction in the scoping phase to make sure you’re both on the same page. 

How? Ask your Client specific questions to understand their expectations. From here, it’s up to you to determine the time and scope of the task and whether it falls into the general Cleaning or Deep Cleaning category. 

If it does fall into the Deep Cleaning category but your Client has booked a general Cleaning, explain your estimated number of hours for the task and either agree to keep it within the Cleaning category, or encourage them to rebook you under the Deep Cleaning category.

Read on to discover how Elite Cleaning Taskers differentiate between the Cleaning versus Deep Cleaning categories. 

Deep Cleaning the Kitchen: 

Areas of focus for a Deep Clean in the kitchen may include: 

  • Cabinets and the fridge
    • Remove all items from cabinets or the fridge, clean the shelves, and restock them in an orderly manner. 
    • For appliances, make sure they’re polished to sparkling and cleaned (e.g. remove toast bits from the bottom of a toaster).
  • Range hood
    • Depending on the type of stove, some hood filters can easily be removed
    • If it’s removable, start by filling the sink up with warm, soapy water, then remove the filter inside the range hood and place the filter in the water to soak. 
    • Scrub vigorously with degreasing dish soap, dry, and place back into the range hood. 
    • If it isn’t removable, use degreasing dish soap on a cloth or paper towels and scrub inside the range hood. Make sure you rinse and dry carefully so the filter is ready to use.

Deep Cleaning the Bathroom:

Most bathrooms will require a bit of extra love, even on a regular clean. As always, the best way to understand expectations is to scope with your Client. Areas for extra attention during a Deep Clean may include: 

  • Areas of persistent mold or soap scum
    • Use a grout cleaner and bleach cleaning agent and let them soak for several minutes before scrubbing clean.
  • Garbage can
    • Spray down and wipe both inside and out. 
  • Shower curtain
    • Depending on the type of material, either spray down and thoroughly scrub or wash for cloth curtains. 
  • Shower caddy or shampoo stand
    • This area is often overlooked and could use some extra love. Remove all the items and scrub thoroughly, then wipe down all of the bottles and rearrange them neatly.

General Deep Cleaning Tips: 

Focus on areas that might be surpassed on a general Cleaning task and take a bit more time to reach, including: 

  • Walls, baseboards, and doorknobs
    • Wipe with a general cleaning spray or duster.
  • Ceiling fans, high-up shelves, and artwork
    • Dust these areas thoroughly—making sure to remove items from shelves prior to dusting.
    • A step stool or ladder may be required to get to these hard to reach places. 
    • For any uncovered paintings take extra precaution and check with your Client before cleaning anything beyond dusting the frame.
  • Interior windows
    • Wash any interior smudges with window cleaner and microfiber towels. 
    • Note: exterior window washing should be booked in the “Window Cleaning” category.
  • Cleaning behind larger pieces of furniture 
    • Moving large items may require two people so check with your Client first if they’d like this completed. 
  • Blinds/curtains
    • Depending on the material, you can spray these areas down or clean in the washing machine if the material permits. 

Deep Cleaning tasks provide the opportunity for Taskers to upsell their business on TaskRabbit. Especially if you’re doing a general clean for a first-time Client, offer to come back to do a Deep Cleaning task and suggest areas you’d be able to focus on to give the Client a better understanding of the differences between these two categories. 

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