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How can I find a home cleaner?

home bathroom ready for spring cleaningA home cleaner can be the answer to all those times when you needed help cleaning the house or don’t have time for a deep cleaning. (And that’s not even counting all those times when you need to get ready for party guests or the in-laws visit.) Knowing when you need a home cleaner is easy. Finding and hiring a home cleaner can be more difficult.

The path to a good home cleaner is actually a series of steps that can take a family from in serious need of a cleaning to “oh, I’m so glad we have a home cleaner.”

Decide between a service or individual

There are two main kinds of home cleaners: cleaning services and individuals. Both home cleaning options come with pros and cons.

Cleaning services are available to clean as often and when is needed, whereas individual cleaners can usually come on a schedule that works for them. Both options should come with insurance (be very careful about hiring cleaners that don’t) in case of damage to items or property. Another advantage of a cleaning service is that they usually employ many cleaners, meaning that a cleaner is available in case another cannot make it.

The difference in price between the two depends on the individual or the cleaning service. Before contacting a home cleaner, make a list of cleaning tasks that need to be done and decide on how often the tasks need to be done (i.e. weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc.) Once the list is finalized, contact the cleaner for a free quote.

Ask for recommendations

One of the best and easiest ways to find a home cleaner is to ask friends and family for recommendations. Be leery of recommendations that aren’t based on personal experience. Often, people recommend their friend, family member, or a friend of a friend without knowing if they do a good job.

Research your options

Don’t be afraid to do as much research as possible about your potential home cleaners. Ask cleaning services and individuals for references. Check social media and review sites for positive and negative feedback.

Conduct a thorough interview

Before hiring a cleaner or scheduling a cleaning, always interview prospective cleaners. Ask these questions over the phone or in-person:

  • “How long have you been in business? Can you provide references from past clients?”
  • “Can you provide proof of insurance? What is the process for reporting if anything is damaged?”
  • “Do you do background checks on your cleaners?”
  • “Do I need to provide any cleaning supplies?”
  • “How do I contact you to schedule a home cleaning?”
  • “Do I need to be home? Is there a process for giving you access if I am not home?”
  • “Do I need to secure my pet while the home cleaner is here?”
  • “What is the cost of your cleaning services? Is it an hourly or set amount? Are there any additional fees?”
  • “Are there any cleaning services you cannot perform?”
  • “Who should I contact if there are any issues? How should I contact them?”
  • “Do you provide a contract with all the terms and conditions on paper?”

Why are office floors stripped and waxed?

stripped and waxed building floorsDaily foot traffic can do a number on office floors, especially when debris, snow, and ice are tracked in by customers and employees. Rugs, regular mopping, and vacuuming can remove the debris, but floor maintenance is only a battle to keep floors safe and in peak condition.

What is floor stripping and waxing?

A floor finish protects the floor from the wear and tear of daily foot traffic. Floor stripping is the process of removing the finish. After stripping, floors are waxed to protect the floor and extend the life of the floor.

How often should floors be stripped and waxed?

The schedule for floor stripping and waxing depends on the amount and frequency of foot traffic. In a busy company, floor stripping and waxing should be scheduled monthly. When an interruption of company business and productivity is a concern, contact a commercial cleaner that can perform the floor stripping and waxing during off-hours (such as overnight or after business hours). For companies with light foot traffic, floor stripping and waxing can be done every 5-6 months.

Why should floors be stripped and waxed?

Floor stripping and waxing is a necessary part of building maintenance with several benefits:

  • Adds shine. Floor stripping and waxing gives floors a sheen, which plays an important role in creating a favorable first impression with customers and employees.
  • Extends floor life. A regularly scheduled floor waxing minimizes damage to floors, keeps floors in excellent condition, and extends the life of flooring. This important deep cleaning task lessens the need for and cost of new flooring.

When it’s time for a floor stripping and waxing, contact a local commercial cleaning service to find out options and get a quote. When trying to minimize disruptions to employee productivity and client visits, ask about scheduling the floor strip and wax for an evening, weekend, or overnight.