Spring Cleaning Prices

A spring clean, also referred to as a deep clean, is a thorough declutter and deep cleansing of your house….

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A spring clean, also referred to as a deep clean, is a thorough declutter and deep cleansing of your house. Every nook and cranny of your property is cleaned, basically if it’s not moving then it gets cleaned, if it is moving, wait until it has stopped and then clean it! This article will give you an idea of how much you should expect to pay and explore what is, or should be included in the spring cleaning prices that you are offered.

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Why is Spring Cleaning Referred to as Spring Cleaning?

Traditionally this was done each spring and the reasoning for this cleaning is linked to several religious events. 

In Jewish custom spring cleaning is linked to the Passover festival, which usually occurs in March or April. For this festival it is deemed ungrateful to have any trace of unleavened bread in their house, a deep clean was traditionally undertaken to ensure that no traces of this bread were anywhere in the house. 

The Iranian custom around the Persian New Year, which coincides with the first day of spring traditionally involves ‘shaking the house’, or cleaning.

The Christian custom is for Catholics to clean the altar the day before Good Friday, also in March or April.

A more practical reason may be that after a winter with adverse weather conditions spring is a perfect time to open as many windows as possible and give the house a thorough airing.

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What is Spring Cleaning?

When conducting a spring clean, the goal is to make sure that every single surface, appliance, and object in the property is thoroughly cleaned to the point of looking practically brand new. This ensures that the whole property is sparkling clean, ready to be sold, ready to be moved into by new residents, or ready for a new year of wear and tear.

The main difference between a spring and a regular clean is that a spring clean is conducted less regularly (hence the term ‘regular clean’). This is because a spring clean is not just about maintaining a tidy home, but about making sure that every corner and crevice is reached. It is more than just a quick wipe around and vacuum.

Many of the areas around the home tend to get neglected during a regular clean. Spring cleaning makes sure that your entire property is cleaned from top to bottom, targeting any areas that may have been forgotten, and need a good clean. 

Spring cleaning is extensive, and can take a lot of time to complete, this is often reflected in the price and some companies will offer a sliding scale of hourly costs as the duration increases. Appliances and furniture must be pulled out, and some cleaning products must be allowed to sit for a recommended amount of time. For this reason, spring cleaning is not something that takes place regularly.

Why do I Need To Have a Spring Clean?

Consider how much time you have been spending in your house in the last few months, and also how long you are likely to be spending in it in the foreseeable future. For many of us we have seen a transformation of our home from a place of relaxation that we spend just over 50 % of the day into a combined working and home environment where we are spending the vast majority of our days. Generally, people are now spending a significantly larger amount of time in their homes and obviously this has the unfortunate side effect of creating more dust and dirt.  

Think of a spring deep cleaning as a regular clean with even more added. For example, consider your kitchen. A usual clean would usually be along the lines of a wipe down of all visible surfaces, putting away anything on the stove and draining boards and a quick wipe down of the oven, dishwasher and microwave followed by a mopping and hoovering of the floor. A professional spring cleaning would go well beyond this, emptying all kitchen cupboards  and cleaning inside and out, washing skirting boards, cleaning under the sink, removing limescale from all taps, cleaning blinds and many more that we will consider further on.

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Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning Checklist

When comparing spring cleaning prices you need to know what you are getting for your money. The following checklist identifies what a typical spring cleaning entails. Obviously, this is not a definitive list and individual companies’ offerings will differ however, it should give you a good feel of what to expect.
General areas (Staircases, hallways, landings):
Remove all cobwebs
Wipe down all skirting boards and coving and picture rails if present
Clean and dust all light switches, plugs and lights or lamp shades
Mop floors and vacuum carpets
Clean all mirrors and glass surfaces as well as dust all pictures
Clean and dust all radiators
Clean and polish all doors and handles
Lounge
Remove all cobwebs
Wipe down all skirting boards
Clean all window sills and blinds.
Clean and dust all light switches, plugs and lights or lamp shades
Clean and dust all radiators
Clean and polish all doors and handles
Clean all furniture including TV
Hoover soft furnishings including removing and plumping cushions
Bedroom
Remove all cobwebs
Wipe down all skirting boards and coving and picture rails if present
Clean all window sills.
Clean and dust all light switches, plugs and lights or lamp shades
Mop floors and vacuum carpets
Clean all mirrors and glass surfaces as well as dust any pictures
All units (chests of drawers, bedside cabinets, wardrobes) wiped down and cleaned
Bedframes and bedheads cleaned and polished
Clean and dust all radiators
Clean and polish all doors and handles
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Kitchen
Remove all cobwebs
Wipe down all skirting boards
Clean all window sills and blinds.
Clean and dust all light switches, plugs and lights or lamp shades
Scrub sink and treat for limescale accumulation if required
Clean all taps and treat for limescale accumulation if required
Clean oven top and hood if present
Clean inside of oven
Clean and polish cupboard exterior and handles
Empty all cupboards and clean both inside and top
Clean and polish all doors and handles
Clean interior and exterior of all appliances, including seals
Clean and polish table and chairs
Clean and deodorize bins
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Bathroom
Remove all cobwebs
Wipe down all skirting boards
Clean all window sills and blinds.
Clean and dust all light switches, plugs and lights or lamp shades
Clean and rinse bath and treat for limescale accumulation if required
Clean and rinse sink and treat for limescale accumulation if required
Clean all taps and treat for limescale accumulation if required
Clean and rinse shower, fittings and glass
Scrub and disinfect toilet and descale if required, including base and behind
Clean all mirrors, tiles and other fixtures
Clean and dust all radiators
Clean and polish all doors and handles

How Often Should I Have a Spring Clean?

This question is very much open ended, and the obvious answer is that this should be done every year, in the spring, as the name suggests! However, this differs from home to home. For example, if you live alone with no pets or children then an annual deep clean should be more than adequate. However, if you have pets and / or children then this could be more frequent. Just remember, nobody ever got ill from a house being too clean!

What are Typical Spring Cleaning Prices

So you now know what an average spring cleaning involves it is time to get down to the most important question, how much will all this cost me, and how do I know I’m getting a fair price?

Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this as there are several factors that could affect this. The main variables are the size of the house and the current condition of your property. Geographical location will also have an impact on spring cleaning prices, so this also needs to be considered, costs are likely to be much higher in the London and the South East of England than anywhere else. 

The following are guideline figures only but should give you a rough indicative figure for an average spring clean.

Please be aware that there is usually a minimum spending requirement with most spring cleaning companies. This is quite usual within the industry and this is because it is not economically viable for a spring cleaning company to travel to your location and set up all of their equipment to just clean one small room. So, although the minimum cost for an hours cleaning may be as little as £15 the majority of spring cleaning companies will have a minimum charge based on five hours labour for one cleaner or three hours for two cleaners.

Generally, prices are quoted on an individual basis as no two spring cleans are the same. A good spring cleaning company should explain all of this in advance and definitely undertake a visit before providing your quotation. 

Most spring cleaning prices will be calculated by the hour so the best way to compare costs is to get several quotes. For example, a company may have a low headline cost of only £17 per hour but quote twice as many hours to complete the work. Obviously in this instance if their competitors charge £25 per hour and complete the task to an equal standard in half the time then the total cost for the first company does not become as cheap as it initially seemed.

Expect hourly rates to be between £15 and £20 per hour per cleaner, additional charges may occur if specialist equipment is required. These prices do not usually include oven cleaning, carpet cleaning, exterior windows or garden cleaning. If you require any of these services, then please make this clear when booking or asking for quotations. We will explore these individual prices further on in this article so you can ensure that the spring cleaning prices that you receive are competitive when these items are included.

There may also be additional costs for parking and congestion charges where relevant, but these should all be identified on the quotation.

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What are Typical Carpet Cleaning Prices

Generally, prices are quoted on a room by room basis but there will be some additional charges if you have particularly stubborn stains or are looking for added stain protection as part of the clean. A good carpet cleaning company should explain all of this in advance of providing your quotation. 

  • Small bedroom – typically around £20 for a basic clean, adding fabric protection would add another £6
  • Large bedroom – between £27 and £40, fabric protection would cost an additional £11 
  • Stairs and landing – usual prices are from £30, plus around £11 for fabric protection treatment
  • Large living room – from £35 to £50 dependent on size and approximately £20 for the application of fabric protection.

Compared to other household expenses carpet cleaning prices are is minimal, and for a standard three-bedroom house you can expect to pay around £200 without stain protection. This is based on two reception rooms, three bedrooms and the hallway, landing and stairs cleaned. This will obviously be a little more in a bigger house depending on the size and number of additional rooms. The above figures should provide you with a rough indication of likely costs. Some carpet cleaning companies will also negotiate prices based on cleaning your entire house which may also realise greater savings.

For comparison the hire of a commercially available carpet cleaner is approximately £25 per day but this will need collecting, cleaning and you will incur additional costs for shampoo and cleaning products. Not to mention having to find the time to do this yourself. Carpet cleaning companies also utilise specialist carpet cleaning equipment that is significantly more powerful than the equipment available to hire.

What are Typical Oven Cleaning Prices

The following are guideline figures only and we will explore the different types of oven further on in this article, but this should give you a rough indicative figure for an average appliance clean.

Again, there may be significant regional variations but between £50 and £120 dependent on oven size and type is a good average figure. We have excluded AGAs from this average figure as they are significantly more expensive, but these costs are examined in more detail further on in this article.

  • Standard single oven clean – usually from £50
  • Standard double oven clean – from £70
  • Range oven clean – between £80 and £120 dependent on size
  • AGA clean –  between £80 and £170 dependent on size and model
  • Ceramic/Glass hob – usual prices are from £20
  • Gas/Electric hob – from £20
  • Extractor Fan / Hood – from £15 

Types of Oven Clean

Single Oven

The majority of households in the UK have single ovens in their kitchen. These are usually 600mm high and are either slotted under worktops or mounted at eye level. A single oven clean will usually include removing all shelves, side mounts, top, back and side panels in addition to removing the glass from the door if required. These removable items are now frequently cleaned in a warmed dip tank that modern oven cleaning companies have in their van. These can also be used to deep clean any grill pans or other items.

Because cleaning a single oven is the most straightforward this can be completed in one to two hours and is therefore amongst the cheapest costing from £50 upwards. 

Double Oven

Double ovens are usually found in larger homes and offer a lot more versatility when cooking. These are commonly installed at eye level and are usually 900mm high. A double oven clean will usually include removing all shelves, side mounts, top, back and side panels in addition to removing the glass from the door if required. These removable items are now frequently cleaned in a warmed dip tank that modern oven cleaning companies have in their van.

Like single ovens these are usually quite straightforward to clean within one to two hours. Due to their size they can take longer than single ovens and there is a subsequent increase in cost coming in from £70 upwards.

Range Cooker

Range Cookers combine an oven and hob in one and are typically much bigger than a standard oven. These may also have extra ovens, grills and warming drawers. A range cooker clean will usually include removing all shelves, side mounts, top, back and side panels in addition to removing the glass from the door if required. These removable items are now frequently cleaned in a warmed dip tank that modern oven cleaning companies have in their van. Additionally, all warming drawers and the hob will also be cleaned.

Because of this extra complexity and larger size, the cleaning takes longer, allow at least two to three hours and will cost from £90 upwards.

Hob

The most common types of hobs in UK homes are gas, electric, ceramic and induction. The process used will vary between types however the cost will usually remain the same and should be completed within the hour. All removable items such as racks and burner covers will be removed for cleaning. These removable items are now frequently cleaned in a warmed dip tank that modern oven cleaning companies have in their van. Costs are usually from £20 upwards.

AGA

These are different to most ovens but are included here for completeness. Because of their size, and enamel finish they require special attention and can take between four and five hours dependent on size and model. There don’t tend to be as many removable items on these stoves therefore a lot more old fashioned elbow grease is required. Costs can range from £80 to £170.

Extractor Fans

Because the fans within extractor hoods are designed to recirculate air it is inevitable that these become very stick and greasy very quickly. Over time the filters can become clogged and will no longer perform as well as they should, or once did. These can be cleaned within an hour and usually cost from £15 upwards

Important Questions to ask Providers When Comparing Spring Cleaning Prices 

Although not exhaustive the following queries will help you to ensure that the company that you choose are the best placed to undertake your spring cleaning.

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