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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a house cleaner during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The best way to set up a consultation with a house cleaner during the COVID-19 pandemic is by using virtual, online tools. Start by performing an online search for local house cleaners. Message them to set up either a phone call or video call to perform a consultation. During this call, they can give you recommendations and may be able to estimate the cost of their services. Be sure to discuss whether they accept virtual payments and any precautions they can take to perform the job safely.

Can I use digital payments to pay for house cleaning?

Not only do many house cleaners accept digital payments through platforms like Zelle, PayPal, Square Cash, Google Pay, Venmo and more, but this may become more common as the COVID-19 pandemic pushes more service workers to digitize. This means you can pay your house cleaner without making physical contact or handling money. 

If cleaning is absolutely essential during the current crisis, consult with the house cleaner beforehand to ensure a safe monetary transaction that complies with current government guidelines and recommendations for social distancing.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a house cleaner when social distancing?

If you hire a house cleaner to clean the inside of your home, do not make physical contact. Stay at least 6 feet apart at all times, sanitize any surfaces after cleaning and wash your hands thoroughly. Exchange all payments digitally instead of with cash. When contacting a house cleaner, put a plan in place to ensure everyone's safety.

How can I find out if a house cleaner is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

A house cleaner is generally not considered an essential service sector during the coronavirus pandemic. To find out which services are considered essential, visit your city and state government, and read their guidelines. A national list of essential service providers can be found on CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 site. This webpage lists 16 different infrastructure sectors considered to be essential. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Does a house cleaner need to enter my home?

Yes, in almost all cases a house cleaner needs to enter your home. However, a cleaner may not need to enter your home if they are solely cleaning outside areas. 

There may be some cases in which a cleaner is necessary. If so, take precautions — avoid being in the same room, make no physical contact, sanitize any surfaces and pay through a digital service instead of using cash.

Do house cleaners offer remote or virtual services?

House cleaning is generally done in person, but some may be willing to offer remote services. If you find a house cleaner’s profile that states they’re offering remote services, contact the pro to talk about your options. 

If you’d rather hire a house cleaner to clean your home when the pandemic is over, you may be able to book an appointment at a later date. Start by comparing local house cleaners in your area side-by-side.

How do I prepare for a house cleaner?

There are several things you can do in preparation for a house cleaning to improve the efficiency and quality of the job. If you’re unfamiliar with a cleaning service, hiding and locking away any obvious valuables lying around can offer great peace of mind.

Depending on the preference of the cleaner, you may need to lock up your pets before the cleaners arrive. Washing dishes and decluttering the house allows a house cleaner to do their job more effectively. And leaving special notes for the cleaners about certain areas in your home that need attention is also helpful.

Ask house cleaners near you about their tips to help you prepare for their services. 

How much should you tip maids or cleaning services?

Tipping between 15 and 20 percent is considered an appropriate tip for maids and house cleaners — just as it would with a barber, food delivery driver or taxi operator. During the holidays, you might want to consider tipping a bit more. 

It’s important to note that some housekeeping and maid services might include a tip within the service fee, which should be explained to you in the service contract. Talk to house cleaners in your area to find out what's included in their fees.

How often should you have your house cleaned?

The frequency you should have your house cleaned depends on several factors, and the best professional house cleaner can give you a rough estimate of costs so you can budget how often you need someone to clean your home. 

Daily house cleaning may be necessary if you have a home with a large number of bedrooms with young children and kids, although other homeowners may benefit from weekly house cleaning. A weekly cleaner can clean the bathroom, kitchen, do laundry, vacuum and mop. An occasional deep house cleaning is most beneficial for people who have recently renovated a home or are looking to do a spring clean. 

What is the difference between a housekeeper and a house cleaner?

Although some house cleaning and housekeeping duties might overlap, a house cleaner is charged with the top-to-bottom cleaning of a home. House cleaner duties typically include basic and deep house cleaning, such as washing and sanitizing countertops, floors, tubs, toilets, kitchens and more.

Housekeepers or maids are hired to lightly clean and maintain certain aspects of the home. This might include dusting, washing dishes, changing sheets, doing some meal preparation and restocking the client’s groceries and personal care products.

It’s also worth noting that a housekeeper or maid is usually one individual employed to a home (sometimes hired as a live-in), while a house cleaner is oftentimes accompanied by a team of cleaners. 

Reviews for Athens house cleaners
Jessica D.
Lucy was amazing for my new house clean!
Lucy’s Cleaning serviceLucy’s Cleaning service
Chana M.
It was wonderful to come home to a very clean house. Thank you!!
L & Y cleaning serviceL & Y cleaning service
Darlene T.
I was very pleased with my cleaner and her work in my home! She did a wonderful deep clean and I will use her going forward!! Thank you Jami... tonight I'm enjoying my clean house, shinny floors&cabinets and wonderful smell in my house!!
Maid to be BetterMaid to be Better
Lisa G.
Alicia did a fantastic job cleaning my house. She tackled this place like a pro and had it all clean and so fresh smelling! Even my baseboards are clean!!!! I truly needed a deep cleaning and that’s exactly what I got. I was so pleased I am going to be a “regular” with her 😁 I can highly recommend her so if your house needs cleaning give her a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed
Neat FreakNeat Freak
Carol M.
She was very prompt and was here exactly when she said she would be. Lucy was very thorough in cleaning the house.
Lucy’s Cleaning serviceLucy’s Cleaning service
Regina G.
I highly recommend hiring Keep It Clean house cleaning services. Kayleigh and Michael did a great job cleaning my house - and it was a big job. They were thorough, thoughtful and careful of my Knick-knacks, and understanding of all my house keeping needs. They were professional, polite, and punctual. They get the job done! Oh! But I realized after they left that I forgot to give them a tip, and they so deserved one. Someone please hire Kayleigh and Michael and give them a well-deserved tip. I will hire them again and give them a double tip next time!
Jennie S.
Leslie is a wonder! Due to circumstances surrounding my mother's passing in January and obligations related to that, we had not had a chance to do any cleaning much since her funeral so our house was BAD. Leslie came to do the initial assessment and didn't blink an eye, just quoted a very reasonable rate and said she looked forward to helping us out. She worked a miracle. I can't remember the last time my house has looked so clean and smelled so FRESH! We have decided to continue on with her and KleenRus on a bi-weekly basis. With both my husband and I working full time during the week, having Leslie and her team take the cleaning off our hands gives my husband and I more time to spend together on the weekends doing something besides cleaning house.
Lori F.
My mother is very picky and extremely hard to please. For a long time I’ve considered hiring someone to do a deep clean on the house just for a surprise and to give her a day off so she can relax. Lucy was nothing but exceptional she cleaned everything to mom’s expectations and had mom in total shock and all of the job that she did mom has even requested that Lucy return once a month for a cleaning. If you’re looking for someone with with professionalism, the skills to impress your toughest critic look no further.
Lucy’s Cleaning serviceLucy’s Cleaning service
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