House Cleaning: Ten Things Your Cleaning Lady Doesn’t Want You to Know– part 1. From TLC
Free time isn't always free. Busy parents, home owners and time-strapped singles are buying a little extra leisure time by hiring professional cleaners to do the honors instead of spending Saturday morning scrubbing the toilet, among other things. Let's take a peek at 10 dirty little secrets your industrious cleaning professional may be hiding behind her apron.
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1) She May Pull a Bait and Switch
When you interview a maid or service, you'll have a discussion about your cleaning needs. This will include information about how many bathrooms you have and how many levels comprise your home. You'll be given an hourly rate and an estimate. If you schedule a cleaning and it takes longer than the estimated time to complete, you'll pay more -- sometimes substantially more --than you anticipated. This is politely called underestimating the work involved, but it may actually be a calculated strategy to get your business by misrepresenting the cost of the cleaning. At Cleancare, we battle against bait and switch companies every day. Go to How to Find Carpet Cleaning in Superior, CO 80027. To avoid house cleaning sticker shock, invite the maid or cleaning service representative to your house for a walk-through and in-home quote. It will be harder to justify a big upcharge if you make your needs clearly understood beforehand.
2) She Doesn't Know Much More About Cleaning Than You Do
Cleaning someone's home can get complicated. Should you use an acid-based cleaner on a marble vanity? Can you employ an abrasive sponge to get pot marks off stainless steel? Under most circumstances, the answer to both questions is NO, but that doesn't necessarily mean your maid got the memo. The average cleaning professional may never receive formal training. To help ensure that your maid doesn't ruin your Oriental carpet or destroy your antique mirrors, be present for the first cleaning. Offer suggestions, and provide detailed instructions. Make sure your instructions make it into your customer file, too.
3) She Brought Other People's Dirt and Germs Into Your House
Cleaning is hard work, and hardworking maids visit some pretty nasty locations. Imagine your maid cleaning an apartment vacated by a disgruntled renter who lived like a slob before he was ousted. He had a dog, a snake, bed bugs and a pet rat. After cleaning up that colossal mess, the maid looks at her schedule and realizes that your account is next on her list. She grabs her equipment and rushes over to your house. We'll make your home healthier and help you breathe easier. Click on How to Find Carpet Cleaning in Superior, CO 80027 to find out how.
Alex Contaboni, a Texas pest control professional, thinks a similar scenario may explain the bedbug, flea and cockroach problems plaguing a number of his high-end clients that share the same maid service in Dallas. Yikes! One way to protect your home and family from cross-contamination is to supply the tools and equipment your cleaning professional uses. You may want to supply the cleansers and disposable items, too. The service will be cheaper that way, and you'll be less likely to inherit somebody else's infestation.
4) The Service May Send Someone Else
You may need to schedule maid service while you're out or at work. In theory, it's a great concept. When you get home, the house will be spotless, as if by magic. Once you hand over the key, though, you don't really know who will be stopping by. Some services assign specific workers to accounts, but that's not a guarantee that the same person will always clean your home. Employee turnover, illness and scheduling conflicts could result in a number of different people cleaning your home in any given month, some of them strangers to you. Quite a few cleaning services subcontract labor, too, giving them less control over employee screening and work quality. Not to put too fine a point on this, but the idea of having a spare key to your house just floating around out there should really make you think twice about the potential security problems.
5) She's Working Faster But Not Necessarily Better
The first time your maid comes to clean, she'll probably do a great job. This first cleaning will typically be more expensive than subsequent visits, too. The second and third visits establish the benchmarks for a standard cleaning. Pay attention to how long these visits take. If the second and third visits take three hours, then cleaning your home should consistently take about that long. If, after six months, you discover that the maid is in and out in two hours and 15 minutes, you have a problem. It could be that the maid is getting super-efficient, but it's more likely that she's cutting a few important corners but still charging you for the full treatment.
Find the 5 other dirty little secrets in part 2 of this article.