Housekeeping nightmares: What to look for and avoid when hiring a professional cleaner

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Many people hire a housekeeper to maintain their homes, especially people who work long...

Many people hire a housekeeper to maintain their homes, especially people who work long hours or have a job requiring a lot of travel. Housekeeping nightmares do happen, so it is important to do your research ahead of time before hiring a maid service.

What to look for

Make sure to ask as many questions as you can before bringing a maid service into your home. Some important questions to ask include:

  • What is included in the service? All housekeeping services are not created equally. Find out how many rooms are included in the price, what they will clean, how long it will take and how frequently the crew will come to your home.
  • How long have they been in business? Every company needs to get their foot in the door, but do you really want to hire a cleaning crew that doesn't have very much experience? An experienced crew will know exactly how to clean your home and will not make as many errors as a novice crew of cleaners.
  • What equipment will be used? Make sure that the housekeepers you hire will use the right equipment for the job. You don't want your nice hardwood floors to be cleaned with a bristle brush.
  • What cleaning solutions will be used? If you have concerns about the toxicity of industrial-strength cleaning solutions, ask your potential housekeepers if they offer organic or natural cleaning products.

What to avoid

Unfortunately, housekeeping nightmares can and do occur. Carpeting and flooring may be ruined due to improper use of solvents. Your home could incur potential damage to furniture, linens and walls. Don't end up the victim of careless or negligent practices by your house cleaning crew. Avoid any maid service offering a super-fast service that covers many rooms. Maids and cleaners may offer a fast service like this because they move really quickly through the rooms and use very strong chemical solutions. This could lead to careless cleaning and carpeting or furniture treated with products that are too strong.

It is also a good idea to avoid a cleaning crew that does not do a background check on everyone they hire. You don't want a known thief to spend an extensive amount of time around your valuables. Keep in mind, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Hiring a maid service is a great way to keep your home in tip top shape, but shop around carefully to avoid potential disaster.

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