Here's a unique gift idea that might work but it has to be presented in the proper way.

Have you ever had your house cleaned by a professional? Once a month, Mindy and I hire a professional cleaning service to come in and clean everything from dusting to vacuuming to the scrubbing of the bathroom and kitchen. I can always tell when the cleaning ladies have come and gone. The smell of "clean" is in the air as soon as I walk through the door.

Giving the gift of a one-time professional cleaning service to a relative or friend can be complicated. You must ask yourself, "Will this person be offended?" They may react by saying, "Well thanks, so you think my house is disgusting?!" My advice would be to only give this 'Gift of Clean' to someone you know would truly appreciate it.

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How much do professionals charge for their services? The cost is based on the square footage of the home and exactly what you need to have cleaned. The national average to have a home cleaned according to is around $165. The typical range is between $115 - $236.

If you're thinking about giving the gift of a professional cleaning service either for a friend or even just for you, the following are some of the more highly rated professional cleaning services in the greater Danbury area as rated on