According to Business Insider, the U.S. government will shell out nearly $500,000 to give the White House a deep-cleaning before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20.
The revelation was first reported by CNN, which cited government contracts the network had viewed.
Insider noted that the White House “has been the center of three COVID-19 outbreaks.”
A deep clean between administrations is expected — but contracting extra companies to help at this scale is unprecedented in modern times, presidential historian Kate Brower Andersen told ABC.
“There’s always been a deep clean between administrations, but we’ve never seen anything like this,” she told ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” podcast.
The contracts for janitorial and housekeeping work include $127,249 on “2021 Inaugural Cleaning,” $44,038 on carpet cleaning, and $29,523 on curtain cleaning, CNN reported.