In this post, we’ll go over what exactly you can expect from a house cleaner, how you can best prepare your home for their arrival, and what exactly they should be doing for you. Letting a new maid into your home for the first time can be intimidating, you can’t be sure of the quality of work and it’s scary to leave others around your personal possessions. Let’s go through some things you can do to put your mind at ease.
Take a Walk Through the House Together Before any Cleaning
It’s always a great idea to take a walkthrough of your home together before any cleaning is done. This is both so you can explain any trouble spots you may have, and you and the maid can talk about how they’ll tackle certain things. Don’t forget that they only have a set amount of time to clean your home, so don’t give them more than they can handle. Let them know if any particular rooms are going to need more time so they can get to those first. Just because they are professional maids doesn’t mean they’re superheroes, it can still take a long time to get a house cleaned up to your standards. Remember how long it takes you to do your own spring cleaning – it’s likely spread out over many days at a time.
If you do notice something wasn’t cleaned after that first time clean, stay calm. As a maid, it can get confusing when it comes down to what exactly you’re expected to do and not do. Our suggestion is for you to just contact your cleaning service and make sure they know for next time, or just tell your maid next time she shows up. Housecleaning is very hard work and it’s easy for one thing to slip the mind, your maid will appreciate a gentle reminder. You can certainly count on your cleaner to do their absolute best work for the whole duration of their visit with you.
It Helps to do a Little Picking-up Before Hand
If you talk to any maid and ask them what the biggest time-waster is when they’re trying to clean, chances are good that they’ll tell you having to pick up clutter before they can clean waste a lot of time and can lead to them being able to get a lot less done in the same amount of time. If your maid is coming in for two hours and ends up spending 30 minutes picking up clothes and stuff before they can even start to vacuum, all you’ve done is waste your own time. Nobody, you or the cleaning company, want anything less than a perfect job done for you. But it takes teamwork to get the absolute best results you can, so doing your small part will go a very long way.
What Should be included in a Standard Cleaning Service
Let’s go through what you should be expecting from your cleaning service. On a base level, the parts of the home that they pay the most attention to should be the highest-traffic areas, but that’s not to say they should skip over and less trafficked areas. Generally speaking, every room should get a pretty detailed cleaning, just about every surface should either be wiped or scrubbed down just to get the surface dust and debris off of it.
What You Can Expect to be Done in the Average Room
- Vacuum and mop all floors down
- Wipe down cabinet doors and all hard surfaces in the room
- Wipe and dust off all appliances and dust-collecting surfaces
- Clean toilets, sinks, countertops, tubs, showers, stovetops, and all hardscapes cleaned
- Clean out all windows and remove any cobwebs
- Empty out all trash and recycling
You need to know the difference between a home maid/cleaner and housekeeper. As similar as they may sound their duties actually differ quite a bit. A housekeeper is more of a live-in position, more involved with everyday things like cooking, doing laundry, the more menial tasks of the home. A home maid is going to be visiting more infrequently and just focusing on cleaning your home. They probably can do more things around the house for you, but that’s something you’ll have to talk to them about and work out if it interests you.
Getting the absolute most out of your residential maid services does take a little effort on your part if you want to see the best results possible. This means it’s always advisable to do some general picking-up before your home cleaner even comes. The more you get out of the way now, the more your cleaner can focus on actually cleaning rather than picking up stuff before they’re even able to clean or having to clean around your mess. That said, you shouldn’t have to accept anything less than good quality work, you should expect your maid to clean just about every surface in your home and do a good job with it. If the quality of your cleanings are suffering or you’re just not satisfied, why not check us out and see what we can do for you.