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April 23, 2021

Reviewed by Asya Biddle, Cleaning Services Professional & Owner of The Dust Busters, Williamsport, PA
Written by HomeAdvisor.

Deep House Cleaning Cost

Homeowners typically pay a flat rate between $200 and $400 for a deep cleaning service. Some companies charge by the hour at a rate between $25 and $50 per hour. Finally, some charge per square foot, and cost depends on the size of your home. A home smaller than 1,000 square feet starts at $100+. A home that's 3,000 square feet or larger starts at $300 to deep clean.

Cost factors include the square footage of your home, the number of rooms and bathrooms, the size of your kitchen, and the level of dirt and grime build-up in your home. Adding a deep cleaning of your walls will also increase your project cost. The price of a scrubbing for 2,000 square feet of wall begins at about $500.

A deep clean is different from regular maid services. With this type of work, you can usually expect a team to come in and pay special attention to every area of your home, from the cobwebs in the corners to the carpet beneath large furniture. Frequently used areas like a kitchen or bathroom may take longer. A deep cleaning service near you can give you a quote based on your home and needs.

Average Cost of Deep Cleaning a House

Average Cost$300
High Cost$400+
Low Cost$200

Deep Cleaning a House Cost

One-time services range from $200 to $400, but companies vary in the way they charge. Expect to pay one of the following average rates:

  • $25-$50 per hour
  • $200-$400 flat
  • Small House (up to 1,000 square feet): begins at $100
  • Larger Home (3,000+ square feet): begins at $300

For context, hiring a maid service costs between $120 and $240 but doesn’t include the type of thorough disinfection you’ll find with a deep clean.

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House Deep Cleaning Prices by Item

ItemAverage Cost
Carpet$75-$125 per room
$0.20-$0.40 per square foot
Rug$1.25-$8 per square foot
Drapes$1-$7 per foot or pleat

Deep Carpet Cleaning Cost

Professional carpet cleaning costs between $130 and $240, or between $0.20 and $0.40 per square foot. Rather than charging by the hour, carpet pros typically charge you based on the number of rooms you’d like them to tackle, or by square foot. To maximize the lifespan of your carpet, clean it every six to 12 months.

Weighing professional carpet cleaners vs. DIY rentals? While you can save money with DIY, you run the risk of leaving too much moisture, over shampooing or staining your carpets.

Area Rug Cleaning Cost

Area rug cleaning costs between $50 and $350, or between $1.25 and $8 per square foot. These prices are for average-sized rugs that range from 4x8 feet to 6x10 feet. These numbers range widely because there are different methods for cleaning. All are equally effective. You will choose depending on the quality and size of your rug; larger and more intricate rugs generally require more expensive methods.

  • Dry cleaning: $1.50-$5 per square foot.
  • Steam cleaning: $1.25-$4 per square foot.
  • Hand washing: $4-$8 per square foot.

Oriental Rug Cleaning Cost

Oriental rug cleaning costs typically run between $5 and $8 per square foot. Make sure that the pro you hire understands the knitting and delicate materials that make up your rug and uses sensitive cleaners that won’t damage the rug.

Drapery Cleaning Cost

Drapery cleaning typically costs between $1 and $7 per foot or per pleat, and depends on factors like size, soil level and cleaning method.

It’s generally cheaper to have your drapes dry cleaned at $1 and $5 per foot or pleat. It’s more expensive to have a professional cleaning company clean them on-site at between $2 and $7 per foot or pleat.

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Deep Cleaning Services in the Time of Coronavirus

Cleaning to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in your home ranges in cost from $15 to $400+, depending on whether you do the cleaning and disinfection yourself, or hire a professional cleaning company to come in and help. The cost of professional services varies based on location, the company you hire and the services you specifically request. Compare quotes from house deep cleaning services near you.

Be sure to talk with them beforehand about the precautions each of you will take while they are in your home to protect against COVID-19, such as ensuring youÂ’ll both wear masks. Also discuss any COVID-19-specific cleaning they will do while they are in your house.

DIY Cleaning Tips

For DIY cleaning and upkeep in your home, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published cleaning guidelines to help protect you and your family against COVID-19. According to these guidelines, cleaning can remove most virus particles on your surfaces but you should also disinfect them if someone in your home is sick or if someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 has entered within the last day. Here's what this looks like in practice:

  • Put on gloves before you start the process.
  • Clean the surface with detergent or soap and water.
  • Disinfect the surface with an EPA-registered disinfectant. Cleaners on the EPA's List N of registered cleaners for the coronavirus range from bleach products to hospital- and commercial-grade cleaners.
  • Be sure the area is well ventilated.
  • Throw away or launder any rags you used to clean and disinfect.
  • Remove the gloves.
  • Wash your hands.

If you’re using reusable gloves, they should only be used for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19, according to the CDC.

The CDC also recommends using alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and common EPA-registered household disinfectants. The EPA-registered disinfectants include products from brands including S.C. Johnson Professional and Clorox. A full list of disinfectants is provided on the EPA website. A diluted bleach solution can also be used to disinfect suitable surfaces. The use of Ozone-generating air purifiers do not get rid of COVID-19. At this time, the FDA said it's possible that UVC lamp disinfection could inactivate the virus, but questions remain about the duration and wavelength required to do so.

The CDC offers additional guidance on how to launder clothing, how to clean utensils that a sick person uses, and how to follow preventative actions to protect against COVID-19.

DIY vs. Hiring a Deep Cleaning Company

Should you deep clean your home yourself, or hire out the job? Here are some benefits and drawbacks to consider.

DIY cleaning:

  • Cost-effective
  • Time-consuming
  • Lack tools and appropriate cleaners for complex projects

Hiring professional cleaning companies:

  • More expensive
  • Specialization possible
  • Various products and services available
  • Saves time and effort

Some jobs are best left to professionals. Here’s a look at popular projects and prices.


How much is the cost of UV disinfection in the home?

UV disinfection products for your home range in cost from $20 to $500+, and are easily found in online retail stores. You’ll pay more or less depending on the type of device you purchase. Here’s a look at popular products and cost:

  • UV sanitation wand: $20-$60
  • UV sanitation box: $100-$500+
  • UV sanitation lamp: $20-$150+
  • UV water purification device: $195-$500+

UV disinfection is a method of sanitation that uses ultraviolet rays to kill microorganisms like bacteria and viruses. This method is rising in popularity, and homeowners typically purchase units on their own. It is not commonly provided in a professional deep cleaning.

Be sure to read all instructions that come with your product, as UV light can be harmful to humans and pets. Consult a professional about whether they provide this service and if it's appropriate for your home.

How much should I charge for deep cleaning a house?

You should charge between $200 and $400 for deep cleaning a house, though services that include deep cleaning of your walls typically start at $500. People usually deep clean their homes once or twice a year. For regular service, which usually occurs weekly, biweekly or monthly, housekeepers typically charge a lower rate between $75 and $175 per session.

How long does a home deep cleaning take?

A deep cleaning takes anywhere from five to 12 hours, depending on factors including:

  • The number of rooms in your house.
  • The total square footage of your home.
  • The soil level of different areas.

What is included in a deep house cleaning?

The purpose of a deep cleaning is to sanitize hard-to-reach places that go overlooked during regular cleaning. Here’s an overview of what’s included in a deep house cleaning:

  • Extensive dusting, including lampshades and ceiling fan blades.
  • Hand-washing of light fixtures and moldings.
  • Hand-washing of woodwork and window sills.
  • Hand-washed or wiped baseboards.
  • Hand-wiped pictures and knick-knacks.
  • Scrubbing of stovetop and drip pans.
  • Cabinets, countertops and backsplashes cleaned.
  • Washed light switch plates.
  • Tub and shower tiles scrubbed.
  • Cleaned mirrors.
  • Vacuumed, mopped floors.
  • Vacuumed, washed stairs.
  • Vacuum hard-to-reach areas, including crevices.

What do you need to deep clean your house?

What you’ll need to deep clean your house depends on existing products and tools you already have at your disposal. Basic supplies like a mop, vacuum, and a rag or paper towels are important for a deep cleansing. You may also need to get additional products that are specifically geared toward different surfaces, like leather furniture or hardwood floors. If you hire a house cleaning service near you, you won’t have to worry about buying or renting additional equipment like a carpet steamer.

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