how does a first time cleaning work

How Does A First-Time Cleaning Work?

People who are planning to engage a house cleaning service for the first time often ask “how does a first-time cleaning work” or “what to expect from a first-time cleaning service”. If you are one of those individuals sharing the same views, this will explain what to generally expect from a home/residential cleaning service on their first visit.

Different companies will have different approaches or even methods for cleaning the home and how they do things. At Chloe’s Cleaning Company, we typically recommend a deep clean on the very first visit. A deep clean is necessary because it involves cleaning the nooks and corners of the house that have gradually accumulated dirt and debris throughout day-to-day life.

That’s not all, deep cleaning goes beyond getting rid of the dirt. All this is done to make your home healthier and make it look and smell fresh and clean. Plus, a deep clean also sets a foundation for subsequent cleanings done by the home cleaning service.

What Entails In A Deep Cleaning Service?

Deep cleaning involves a thorough cleaning in the following areas:


Regular cleaning in a bathroom involves cleaning surfaces and dusting showers, mirrors, etc. But when you go for deep cleaning, the cleaning might include:

  • Cleaning the buildup around faucets.
  • Removing hard stains on toilets, sinks, and bathtubs.
  • Cleaning the outside of the toilet, backside, and around the base.
  • Cleaning the corners and edges of the bathroom floor.
  • Disinfecting knobs.
  • Cleaning the shower curtains.
  • Removing soap scum from fixtures.


General cleaning in a kitchen typically includes cleaning the countertops and tidying up the surfaces and floors. That’s not enough. The kitchen requires more than this. There are areas that need more cleaning and deep cleaning is perfect for such types of areas. The cleaning might include:

  • Cleaning of cabinet doors and top of cabinets.
  • Cleaning under the appliances.
  • Tidying up inside the appliances that include the oven, refrigerator, etc.
  • Cleaning around faucets and the base of the sink.
  • Cleaning the top of the stove.
  • Cleaning small kitchen appliances.
  • Cleaning the exterior of drawers.

Living Room And Bedrooms

If you think vacuuming and mopping the living room and the bedroom is enough, then you are wrong. There is a lot more cleaning required in the living room and the bedroom than this. The deep cleaning might include:

  • Dusting the reachable ceiling fans.
  • Dusting lamps and lighting fixtures.
  • Cleaning door frames and window frames.
  • Scrubbing walls.
  • Tidying up the blinds.
  • Vacuuming the borders of the walls and other gaps.
  • Rug cleaning.
  • Cleaning the exterior of garbage cans and scrubbing the floors.

Other Rooms And Common Areas

During general cleaning, people often neglect utility rooms or laundry rooms because such rooms are cluttered with stuff, making them harder to clean.

spotless laundry room with white cabinets and appliances

House cleaning companies can tackle such rooms via deep cleaning. Their cleaning includes:

  • Mopping the floor.
  • Cleaning inside the cabinets.
  • Cleaning the cabinet doors, and knobs.
  • Cleaning inside, and outside of machines, and small appliances.

How To Prepare Prior To First-Time Cleaning?

Clear The Floors

Pick up as many items as possible off the floor. This means picking up children’s toys, clothes, shoes, etc. A clean floor makes it easy for the cleaners to mop and vacuum.

Clean The Counters

The bathroom sink counters are cluttered with personal items. Clear those times.

Secure Pets If You Have Any

If you have pets, keep your pets away from the cleaners even if they are friendly. Some cleaners may find it uncomfortable working in the presence of pets. Therefore, it is best to keep your pets away from the cleaning areas.

Provide Specific Instructions If Required

If you don’t want the cleaners to clean in specific areas, communicate that to the home cleaners. Get in contact with us, or the company you are working with, to specify any instructions or write a handwritten note and leave the note visible in that specific area.

Make Arrangements

Cleaners do their best work when nobody is around. Therefore, make your living and eating arrangements before they arrive.

If you’re looking for residential cleaning services to clean your residence, we can help with our highly experienced residential cleaners. We offer a variety of cleaning services, from general cleaning to deep cleaning.

For our first-time clients, we always recommend a deep cleaning to enhance the overall health of the home and keep the home clean and shiny, especially if the home hasn’t been cleaned professionally in some time.

After deep cleaning, we do routine cleaning weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. But, if you are not looking for routine cleaning and just want a one-time cleaning service, that’s perfectly fine. Give us a call to learn more about our cleaning services.

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