Not all Residential Cleaners are Made Equal
If you’ve used or tried to use, a professional home cleaning service before, you know that often the hardest part is finding a cleaner that you can trust and will reliably do good work. Cleaning services Charlotte NC are beneficial to just about everyone. Before we really dive into it I want to differentiate between home cleaners/maids and housekeepers just to avoid any future confusion with word usage. Housekeepers often live in the home and do things like cooking, shopping, childcare, etc, so they’re a lot more involved than a house cleaner. Home cleaners pretty much stick to just that, their scope of work tends to not go far past just actual cleaning.
Finding a Cleaning Service you can Really Trust
Unfortunately, whether it’s happened to you or you’ve heard stories from someone else, a lot of us have worked with maids that have not done work like they should or even worse, have been caught stealing. So finding one that you can trust around your belongings and family is of the utmost importance. Here are a few ways you can ensure you’re only working with the best maids Charlotte.
- Make sure you’re working with a reputable and professional cleaning company. From the smallest local operation to nation-wide cleaning companies, you need to do your due diligence researching the company. This includes reading reviews and just making sure they really are who they say they are, one great thing about the internet is how easy it makes things like that.
- Think about how often you’re going to actually be using the cleaning service, this comes down to your own needs and preferences. If you know you’re going to need a lot of cleaning done pretty consistently, make sure you’re working with an operation large enough to handle your needs in a timely manner.
- Take a walkthrough of your home with your maid before they clean for the first time. Before any cleaning starts you’re going to want to go through your home and point out trouble spots, things that may need extra time and care, etc. If you don’t do this you risk the maid missing things just because of a lack of communication. A little bit of teamwork will go a long way.
- Check references. Ask friends who they use/trust for their home cleaning. If you have children or vulnerable adults in the home, you need to know who’s coming into your home. You have a right to do all you can to protect what’s yours.
- Confirm Insurance. When shopping around for cleaners, make sure you ask for proof of insurance coverage. No matter how perfect your maid may be, accidents do happen and you need to ensure the company will be able to cover any breakage or spills that happen. All cleaners should be able to provide insurance details before working with you. The last thing you want to do is have to pay for a cleaning, then pay out of pocket to replace or fix your personal belongings. A little research can save you a lot of money down the road.
- Figure out whether you’re paying per hour or a flat rate. A professional cleaner that’s being paid hourly should never leave early because they’re “done” working, if you paid them to clean for two hours then that’s what they should do. It’s best to make the distinction right off the bat so you can weigh your expectations and ensure you’re getting the work that you pay for.
- Ask for a copy of their cleaning checklist. Make sure you know what service you’re specifically getting and paying for. If you pay for a deep clean, then every surface in your home should be spotless. While if you only pay for a few hours of cleaning, you can’t expect every little corner to be spotless. Things are a lot simpler if both you and the cleaner know what you expect, and it ensures a better relationship before you.
- You may need to discuss cleaning supplies. Companies like ourselves supply our own organic supplies for every job, but a select few cleaning companies may expect you to supply your own. Any real professionals should bring their own supplies, but if you’re not sure it’s better to be safe and ask. Having to supply your own cleaning gear should almost be a red flag.
- Give them plenty of time to work. They’re professional cleaners, they’re going to thoroughly clean places that you likely don’t even think to clean. If you want quality work, give them the time and space that they need to get it done.
- Tidy up FIRST! If your house cleaner is having to spend their precious time picking up and moving your clutter around, they’re wasting time they could be cleaning. A clutter-free home is a professional cleaners dream, the easier you make their job the better they’re going to be able to do for you. This even includes things like washing the dishes. While a maid CAN do these things, so could you. Meanwhile, your maid could be cleaning or doing something that you CAN’T do.
- Discuss pets and/or family before-hand. Not everyone likes or is comfortable around animals, so you need to talk about that with your home cleaner before work starts. You may have to leave them with a friend or keep them outside while cleaning is done. A lot of maids love pets, but it’s always best to ask first. Let your maid know if any members of the family will be home just so they aren’t scared and everyone is aware of who’s in the house.
If you keep all of these tips in mind when you’re shopping around for a residential maid service for yourself, you should have great luck finding a reputable and professional business that will clean your home as well as you expect. If you just pick the first company you find, you’re really taking a risk there. If you’re in need of truly expert and professional maids Charlotte NC, contact us and let’s talk.