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Hiring a reputable cleaning service in Baltimore for your home or business saves you time and stress, and the results are guaranteed. The Baltimore Sun has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing customer reviews, services and local availability of more than 25 businesses and choosing eight favorites from the top cleaning services in Baltimore.

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Finding a cleaning service in Baltimore

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There’s nothing like having a freshly cleaned home. Many busy Baltimore residents — from singles living in apartments to families to business owners — use cleaning companies to get professional services. If you’re thinking about hiring a company in Baltimore, there are a few things to consider:

  • Registration and insurance: Check that the cleaning company is a registered business in Maryland. Ask for proof of liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage. Accidents during cleaning are rare, but if one happens, you want to be financially protected.
  • Scheduling: Look for a company that can work around your schedule, whether you need one-time service or want weekly, biweekly, monthly or quarterly visits. If you are searching for regular cleanings, find out if the company sends the same cleaner(s) to your property each time. Also, check on rescheduling and cancellation policies.
  • What’s included in a basic house cleaning: Most cleaning services in Baltimore offer a basic, standard clean, but what’s included may differ based on the company. Request a list of all services performed during this type of service so you know what to expect and if it’s right for you.
  • What’s included in a deep house cleaning: Baltimore residents get deep cleanings one to four times per year. Before getting a deep clean, ask a cleaning company how this service is different from a basic clean, how much longer it takes and how much more it costs.
  • Green cleaning: Many Baltimore cleaning companies are switching to products and practices that are better for the environment and personal health. Some companies use eco-friendly products for all services, while others use them upon request (and sometimes charge extra).

Cleaning services prices in Baltimore

The average cost for house cleaning in Baltimore is between $30 and $50 an hour. Some cleaning companies charge by square footage or the number of rooms in your home, including bedrooms and bathrooms.

Expect to pay between $85 and $115 for cleaning of a one-bedroom apartment, or $150 to $250 to clean a typical three-bedroom home. In addition to the size of your home, other factors that can affect the price of cleaning are whether you have pets, if you need specialty services (e.g., carpet cleaning, laundry) or if cleaners are tending to hard-to-access areas.

Most cleaning companies in Baltimore offer free estimates. The cost of service should include a guarantee that the company will return at no cost if you are unsatisfied with service.

Baltimore cleaning services FAQ

Is hiring a cleaning service worth it?

Yes, for many Baltimore residents, hiring a cleaning service is worth it. Using a cleaning service frees up your time for other responsibilities and activities, and the results when using a cleaning service are usually better than what you can accomplish yourself.

How much do you tip house cleaners?

If you're happy with service, it's customary to tip anywhere between $10 and $20 for a one-time clean. If you have a recurring house cleaning service, you don't have to tip every time. Instead, many customers choose to give their cleaners a gift or cash bonus at the end of the year.

How often should a house be deep cleaned?

It depends on personal preference and the condition of your home. There are some parts of your home that should be deep cleaned more often than others, like your dishwasher and washing machine. In general, a deep clean of your whole home is recommended every three to six months.

How do you prepare for house cleaning?

There are a few things you can do to prepare your home for cleaning. This includes picking up any toys or personal belongings around the house; putting personal and private items, such as medicines and financial documents, away; and making sure your pets are secured.

Should I clean before my house cleaner comes?

General organizing and picking up things off the floor is helpful, but you do not have to worry about performing a clean before your cleaners get there.

How long does it take to clean a house?

This depends on the size and condition of the home. Typically, a three-bedroom home takes anywhere between four and six hours for a single cleaner to finish. A one-bedroom apartment takes one to three hours to clean.

Baltimore cleaning service company information

Merry Maids

Merry Maids is a national company with over 40 years of experience cleaning homes. Its services include house and apartment cleaning, maid service, specialty cleaning, green cleaning and enhanced disinfection. The company offers free estimates and a worry-free guarantee. Merry Maids of Baltimore is located at 3 Nashua Court, Ste. A, Baltimore, MD 21221.

Merry Maids

Baltimore Home Cleaning

Baltimore Home Cleaning offers recurring house cleaning services, deep cleans and seasonal cleaning services. It does not require you to be home during the cleaning, and it provides all of the supplies. It’s a pet-friendly company that uses green, eco-friendly products. It also offers a satisfaction guarantee on all cleans. Its address is 2 S. Patterson Park Ave., Baltimore, MD 21231.

Baltimore Home Cleaning

MaidPro Baltimore

MaidPro is a national cleaning company that serves the Baltimore area. Its cleaners use a 49-point checklist to make sure your home is cleaned the same way every time. It uses safe and eco-friendly products. Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and one-time cleans are available. MaidPro Baltimore is located at 8005 Harford Road, Ste. 103, Parkville, MD 21234.

MaidPro Baltimore

Green Apple Cleaning

Green Apple Cleaning is a leader in commercial cleaning in the Baltimore area. It specializes in cleaning office spaces, fitness centers, dorms, movie theaters, warehouse facilities and other business areas. It also offers industrial and residential cleaning services. New residential clients get a 10% discount. Green Apple Cleaning’s address is 1200 Ponca St., Baltimore, MD 21224

Green Apple Cleaning

Kelly Green Club

Kelly Green Club offers professional house and commercial cleaning services. Its cleaners only use eco-friendly products and environmentally friendly practices. Services are always 100% guaranteed. You can get a free online estimate on its website. Its address is 406 S. Conkling St., Baltimore, MD 21224.

Kelly Green Club

Lorraine’s Cleaning Service

Lorraine’s Cleaning Service is a family-owned and -operated business that uses eco-friendly cleaning products. It specializes in residential and commercial cleans. Visit the website for a gallery of the company’s work and to get a quote. Lorraine’s Cleaning Service is at 1900 N. Howard St., Baltimore, MD 21218.

Lorraine’s Cleaning Service

Gold Cleaning Services

Gold Cleaning Services is a residential and commercial cleaning service in Baltimore. It works off a detailed cleaning checklist to ensure your bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and living areas are professionally cleaned. Gold Cleaning Services offers one-time, weekly, monthly and quarterly cleanings.

Gold Cleaning Services

Sparkletime Cleaning Services

Sparkletime Cleaning Services offers residential and office cleaning services, including carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning. The company cleans on weekends and holidays at no extra charge. It guarantees work quality. Contact Sparkletime Cleaning Services by phone to get a free quote and schedule a cleaning.

Sparkletime Cleaning Services