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Standard Services

House Cleaning the Way You Want it Done

 

Standard Cleaning Tasks

These are our clients' most popularly requested cleaning tasks, making them our default tasks:

Kitchen:

  • Clean exterior of large appliances
  • Clean cabinet fronts
  • Clean counter tops
  • Clean underneath and behind counter top items
  • Clean inside and outside of microwave
  • Scrub sink area
  • Remove cobwebs
  • Dust shelving, knick knacks, mirrors and picture frames
  • Dust window sills, moldings and baseboards
  • Quick wipe down of counter top items
  • Vacuum & mop flooring
  • If dumpsters are easily accessible: take out trash, recycling, compost and replace bag liners

Bathrooms:

  • Clean sink, counter, cabinet face and mirror
  • Scour shower/tub walls, floor and fixtures
  • Scour all visible interior and exterior parts of toilets
  • Remove cobwebs
  • Dust shelving, knick knacks, mirrors and picture frames
  • Dust window sills, moldings and baseboards
  • Vacuum & mop flooring including behind toilet
  • If dumpsters are easily accessible: take out trash, recycling, compost and replace bag liners

Living Areas/Bedrooms:

  • Remove cobwebs
  • Dust shelving, knick knacks, mirrors and picture frames
  • Dust furniture
  • Dust window sills, moldings and baseboards
  • Clean light switch covers
  • Vacuum out any exposed window tracks
  • Vacuum floors and carpeting
  • Mop hard floors
  • Tidy overall room appearance
  • Tidy bed linens
  • If dumpsters are easily accessible: take out trash, recycling, compost and replace bag liners

Optional Cleaning Tasks

Don't see everything you want done? No problem! Every home is used differently. Here are just a few of the items we can add to customize your service upon request:

  • Clean dish drying rack
  • Feather dust/vacuum blinds
  • Wash and dry clothes and/or bed linens
  • Fold clean laundry
  • Change bed linens
  • Change out towel linens
  • Scrub down high chair/booster seat
  • Vacuum furniture (includes under cushions)
  • Dust reachable closet shelves
  • Clean kitchen cabinets & drawers inside
  • Clean bathroom cabinets & drawers inside
  • Spot clean fingerprints on all doors/door trim
  • Clean out kitchen garbage cans & all wastebaskets
  • Load and start the dishwasher (if only several dishes we wash by default)
  • Unload and reload the dishwasher (if only several dishes we wash by default)
  • Detail clean counter top appliances inside & out (microwave done by default)
  • Clean inside oven (client to please run self-clean oven cycle the night before)
  • Spot cleaning/spruce up inside refrigerator
  • Full clean of refrigerator inside, outside, freezer & grill including all food removal/replacement
  • Scrub out stove top drip pans & pull-out drawer underneath (comes cleaner but not perfect)
  • Clean interior reachable window panes/glass doors, if only several windows or small home (full window cleaning done by our window washer)

Specialized Services

We offer one-stop shopping with trusted professionals. For these Specialized Services, all scheduling and payment is still done through our office, for your convenience:

  • Carpet cleaning
  • Ultra Premium carpet cleaning
  • Rug cleaning
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Blinds cleaning
  • Window washing
  • Gutter cleaning
  • Roof cleaning
  • Grout steam cleaning
  • Air duct cleaning

Move-Out/Move-In Services

These are deep cleanings for homes that are empty between tenants/owners:

Kitchen:

  • Cabinets & drawers in & out: A) wipe down only, or B) scrub down as needed (takes 2-4 times longer)
  • Microwave inside & out, if present
  • Outside of hood above stove
  • Range/stove top: A) stove top & burners only, or B) stove top, burners & drip pans, or C) stove top, burners, drip pans & pull-out drawer beneath drip pans
  • Oven inside & out (must be prepared by client the night before via either Self Clean feature or sprayed down to soak in generic oven cleaner): A) wipe out with damp cloth, or B) scrub/scrape all stuck on build up
  • Refrigerator top, inside, outside, grill & freezer (must not be icy to properly clean inside): A) include freezer, or B) do not include freezer
  • Sink & fixtures
  • Counter tops
  • Dishwasher outside, & remove any obvious spills from inside
  • Vacuum & mop flooring (appliances not moved, only cleaned around)

Bathrooms:

  • Shower walls & doors
  • Tub & chrome fixtures
  • Sink & counters
  • Cabinets & drawers in & out: A) wipe down only, or B) scrub down as needed (takes 2-4 times longer)
  • Towel bar & fixtures shined
  • Mirrors
  • Toilet inside & out
  • Vacuum & mop flooring

All Rooms:

  • Dust ceiling fan, if reachable
  • Remove cobwebs
  • Dust light fixtures: A) wipe down only, or B) scrub down as needed (takes 2-4 times longer)
  • Dust closet shelves: A) wipe down only, or B) scrub down as needed (takes 2-4 times longer)
  • Dust windowsills: A) wipe down only, or B) scrub down as needed (takes 2-4 times longer)
  • Dust moldings: A) wipe down only, or B) scrub down as needed (takes 2-4 times longer)
  • Dust baseboards: A) wipe down only, or B) scrub down as needed (takes 2-4 times longer)
  • Spot clean fingerprints on doors, doorway trim & light switch covers
  • Wipe down outside of washer/dryer (where reachable), empty lint trap
  • Light feather dust/quick vacuum of blinds (excludes upholstery/cloth blinds)
  • Vacuum off outsides of reachable vents in ceilings/walls/floor
  • Vacuum & mop flooring

Is there anything we can't do?

  • Weight - We have a 20 lb. weight limit for safety reasons. We are accustomed to moving smaller items like dining table chairs, small ottomons, etc. to clean under. If you would like any heavier furniture cleaned under, you're welcome to move it and we'll be happy to clean under it upon request.
  • Heights - We are limited to a 2 foot or shorter step stool. Safety is of the utmost importance to us. The great news is that our cobwebbing tools extend, so we'll still be able to get most of those pesky cobwebs, except for on very high/vaulted ceilings.
  • Clutter - We will work around any higher-clutter areas to the best of our ability. Same with areas being used for storage, like underneath beds and on top of cabinets. We are always happy to customize your cleaning service, so please let our office know if you'd like these types of things removed to clean under and behind.
  • Outdoor Areas - Our equipment isn't designed for cleaning outside surfaces such as patios, decks, rough concrete floors, unfinished basements, garages, exterior windows, etc. If you can provide a broom, we'll be happy to sweep out any of those areas upon request. We also have a fantastic specialist who can wash your windows both inside and out with all the proper tools.
  • Heavy Hanging Objects - Large artwork, or heavy hanging mirrors that aren't secured to the wall, are a couple of examples of heavy hanging objects. There is a high risk of both injury to the cleaner and breakage to the object. We'll be happy to dust the tops of typical picture frames, etc. as usual.
  • Fine Artwork - For example, statues or paintings. The first rule of house cleaning is Do No Harm. Please check Yelp for professionals who specialize in cleaning artwork to keep your special treasures pristine. If you have any irreplaceable or very delicate items that you don't want touched, just let our office know and we'll update your account.
  • Pet Messes/Body Fluids - This includes, but is not limited to: litter boxes, pet messes, bird guano, blood, feces, urine, and overflowed toilets. Cleaning body fluids (including that of our furry friends) requires special BBP certification, which we don't currently carry.
  • Hand Scrubbing Floors - This is a special add-on that we're happy to do occasionally upon request. Contact our office before your cleaning day to arrange it. Our customers are very happy with their clean floors after we thoroughly vacuum and damp mop them each time. That said, if it's important that your floors pass a "wet paper towel test", you'll want to add-on a hand scrub. Our only restriction is that we can't hand scrub all floors every time, for health and safety reasons.
  • Mold - Some amount of pink/orange mildew, or even darker mold, is common in most homes in our region. Large amounts of mold in shower areas, on walls, etc. can affect air quality and pose a safety issue. We aren't able to clean in rooms that are heavily affected by mold, or in homes with heavy mold infestations. We highly recommend Environix Seattle for all your mold remediation needs.
  • Bugs - We apologize that we aren't able to offer post-fumigation cleanings. We ask that any bug infestations or fumigation clean-ups are completed in their entirety before we enter a home.
  • Fireplaces - The soot/ash from a fireplace will damage our equipment, especially our vacuums. Simply provide a broom and dust pan, and we'll be happy to sweep out the fireplace upon request.
  • Chandeliers - Chandeliers require special training and tools to clean thoroughly and without risk of breaking. While we don't clean them ourselves, there are some great specialty companies in Seattle that would be happy to. We recommend looking on Yelp to find a great company who can do that for you.

"Their cleaners do a perfect job cleaning your house and are very, very dependable. Easy to book at a moment's notice and encourage feedback about their cleaners." -K.F., Seattle

"My cleaner takes care of every detail. I love to come home on cleaning days!" -T.H., Bellevue

"I really appreciate the time and effort your company spends on making sure we're happy clients. It makes such a big difference." -J.A.S., Seattle

"April Lane's gave me my weekends back, and the house looks better than ever. I can manage everything via email. They're always responsive and accommodating. " -C.L., Seattle

"At April Lane’s Home Cleaning, they always meet or exceed my expectations. I have recommended them to all my friends." -R. S., Seattle