What Do Most Residential Cleaning Contracts Include?

Posted on: 6 June 2023

Different people have different ideas of what it means to clean a house. You might think of cleaning as giving everything a quick wipe-down and vacuuming the floors. Someone else may think of a standard cleaning as including a thorough clean-out of the fridge and reorganization of the bathroom cabinets. Because there's so much variety and nuance here, people often don't know what to expect when they hire a home cleaning service. While there is some variety between companies in terms of what they offer, most residential cleaning companies, by default, do the following tasks during a standard home cleaning session.

Cleaning Counters

In the kitchen and bathroom, a cleaner will likely wipe down your counters. They may also wipe any incidental spills off the associated cabinet doors.

Scrubbing Sinks, Toilets, and Showers

You can expect the cleaners to scrub all of the sinks, showers, and toilets in your home. If you have a utility sink in your laundry room or basement, they will often clean that, too.

Washing Dishes

If your cleaner only comes once a week, they won't be there to wash all of your dishes. But they will typically wash any dishes that are dirty at the time they arrive. If you have a dishwasher, they'll generally load it, but leave you to unload it.


Cleaners generally vacuum your whole home. If you have rooms that are not carpeted, they may instead use a dust mop to clean those floors. They may also mop and scrub any tile, laminate, or vinyl floors that they think need a more thorough cleaning.

Emptying Trash

Most cleaners will gather any obvious trash in your home and take it out. You can expect to come home to fresh garbage bags in all of your indoor trash cans.

Wiping Down Windows

Cleaners won't typically wash the outside of windows, but they will wipe down the insides of windows. If needed, they may also dust the window frames or wipe off your blinds or shades. Most will not, however, launder your curtains unless you pay extra for this service. 

Removing Cobwebs

A cleaner will often use a long-handled dusting tool to grab and remove any cobwebs near your ceiling. Some may use a vacuum for this task.

Now you have a better idea of what house cleaners typically do. Some companies will also add on other services for an extra fee, if requested. For more information, contact a commercial cleaning service near you.