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What a House Cleaner will and won’t clean

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Mika, Staff Writer

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Hiring a cleaner will allow you to maintain the cleanliness of your home, in a way that gives you more time for what matters. You can schedule a clean as often as you need it, making it a flexible yet cost-effective service.

But if you’ve never hired a cleaner before, you might not be sure what to expect in relation to what they will and won’t clean. No two cleaners are the same, as each will offer a slightly different service. But here’s what to expect as a general overview. 

What does a basic clean involve?

  • Light kitchen clean

  • Light bathroom clean

  • Wiping down surfaces

  • Vacuuming

  • Mopping

  • Dusting

  • Light tidying

Think of a basic clean as a general upkeep of your home. Every day, dirt and dust are being generated which starts to build up across your floors, surfaces and furnishings. A cleaner will clean and sanitise your living spaces so that they are pleasant to live in. The service usually takes around 1-2 hours, depending on the size of your home. 

Some cleaners do offer deep cleaning at an additional charge. Such a service could include upholstery steaming, oven cleaning, or carpet cleaning. Essentially, any stubborn dirt, grime or dust that cannot be removed with a basic clean. 

You should consult with your cleaner before hiring them, so they know what to expect and can quote you appropriately. It may be the case your property requires a deep clean the first time before switching to a basic clean. 

Preparing for a Cleaner to visit your home

Your cleaner will usually bring all of the products and tools needed to clean your home. But, it will make the process a lot smoother if you remove any clutter from the rooms you want them to clean. For example, children’s toys all over the floor or boxes everywhere. 

Not only does clutter pose a safety hazard, but it will also prevent them from being able to clean as effectively. While some cleaners will do a light tidy, excessive tidying isn’t part of a standard clean. 

It’s also handy to make a list of the top priorities if you haven’t already discussed this before their arrival. 

What a Cleaner won’t clean 

  • Antiques

  • Bodily fluids/Pet Waste

  • Bug infested homes

  • Difficult to reach areas

  • Mould

  • Extreme mess

The above list isn’t exhaustive as it depends on the individual cleaner. However, this gives you an idea of what’s off the table, based on it being a specialist job or even a hazard to their safety. 

In terms of an extreme mess, a cleaner may not have the time, knowledge or equipment to complete such a job. Plus, excessive dirt would go far beyond their original quotation and could be classed as a deep clean instead.  

Points to consider

You can schedule a house clean bi-weekly, weekly, bi-monthly or monthly. The frequency depends on the usage of your home and its size. If you have pets or children, then you will likely require a more thorough clean more often. Plus, if you work from home it’s easy for dirt to accumulate without you even realising! 

It’s always good to ask your cleaner about the full services they provide. They may be able to offer deep cleaning as part of a package that would work out cheaper than going elsewhere. 

Speak to your cleaner about their schedule and how often they could fit your property in for a clean. This will ensure the cleanliness of your home is constantly maintained. 

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