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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.

Should I hire a move-out cleaning service or do it myself?

You may benefit from hiring a professional move-out cleaning service, depending on your budget, time frame and whether you will be getting a deposit back. Hiring a cleaning service takes the stress out of your move. But if you’ve had your house regularly deep-cleaned, or if your landlord will charge you for cleaning anyway, you can save costs by DIY-ing it.

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. 

What are the different types of house cleaning services I can get?

There are several services offered by professional house cleaning companies, each suited for a different purpose. These services include:

  • Standard cleaning, which is a basic cleaning typically done on a weekly or monthly basis;
  • Deep cleaning, which is a detailed cleaning with more intensive work than a standard clean;
  • Move-in and move-out cleaning, which is a detailed service preparing a home for residents moving in or out;
  • Green house cleaning, which is a service that uses eco-friendly cleaning supplies and products. 

Aside from the type of cleaning services available, homeowners may also choose daily, weekly, monthly or one-time 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.

Reviews for Berkeley house cleaners
Thumbtack Customer
Cleaned the house like it’s her own house! Very detail oriented! Recommend!
Adriana’s Cleaning 🏡Adriana’s Cleaning 🏡
Naga v.
Great work, very clean house
Delsy  house cleaningDelsy house cleaning
Joseph N.
They did a great job in cleaning my whole house
Fresh Day Eco CleaningFresh Day Eco Cleaning
Sabine B.
The ladies that cleaned my house did a very good job. The cleaning was done thoroughly. Would hire them again.
Phoenix cleaningPhoenix cleaning
Juliet R.
Great job! The house is clean and organized. They use good products. Very satisfied. Best cleaners I've hired by far.
Fresh Day Eco CleaningFresh Day Eco Cleaning
Mike W.
Elizabeth and her helper did an excellent job cleaning our house.
Natural Forest CleaningNatural Forest Cleaning
Brittany S.
Lilian and her team did a wonderful job cleaning our house! I reached out to her and in 24 hours she was here :) thank you so much and looking forward to our next house cleaning with you!
Hany Cleaning ServicesHany Cleaning Services
Christina R.
Mariela did an excellent job cleaning our house. It is so clean! I would highly recommend her. She is a hard worker.
Daniela Rios Cleaning ServicesDaniela Rios Cleaning Services
Jill S.
When my regular housecleaner was sick, I was able to hire Rosa Cleaning on very short notice and had an excellent experience. The person who cleaned my house was on time, communicative, and thorough. I was so happy! I will definitely call them again if I need someone to clean my house!
Rosa Cleaning ServicesRosa Cleaning Services
Thumbtack Customer
Luana clean everything beautifully, could not ask for a better way or person to clean our house the way she did! Thank you Luana!
Luana’s House CleaningLuana’s House Cleaning
Great experience working with Wilber and Dinora's house cleaning! good job, on time, professional
Wilber's & Dinora's House CleaningWilber's & Dinora's House Cleaning
Marvelle K.
Iva came with a helper to clean the main part of my house. They did a great job!
Iva & Lari Cleaning ServicesIva & Lari Cleaning Services
Victoria B.
The two person team did a wonderful job cleaning my house. Demonstrated professionalism, consideration and experience.
Fresh Day Eco CleaningFresh Day Eco Cleaning
Vero M.
I am very happy with the service. My house is so clean and I appreciate the quality of the work!
Lightning cleaning servicesLightning cleaning services
Linda R.
Maria and Edith did an amazing job deep cleaning our house. Their skill and thoroughness is so appreciated. Linda
Maria's Cleaning ServiceMaria's Cleaning Service
Karen L.
Had a great experience with Natural Forest Cleaning! They arrived on time and finished faster than their estimated time! Everything is so clean and my house smells great! Will definitely book them for my next cleaning job, highly recommended!
Natural Forest CleaningNatural Forest Cleaning
Kara H.
she and her daughter did an amazing job cleaning my house after it had been wrecked the night before at a house party! I would recommend her to anyone. Super responsive to my message, came within the next hour, and my house was spotless. Thank you!!!
Express Family CleaningExpress Family Cleaning
Ellie B.
Zemka provided deep cleaning and excellent results at my father's home. His house was very overdue for a thorough cleaning. I was very satisfied with her work and I want to schedule Zemka again!
Express Family CleaningExpress Family Cleaning
Mike W.
Winnie always does a great job cleaning our house. She is always very punctual, and always communicates ahead-of-time.
Winnie House CleaningWinnie House Cleaning
Nancy C.
Dinora responded quickly to my request for housecleaning. She and her team did an excellent job. My house is sparkling clean.
Wilber's & Dinora's House CleaningWilber's & Dinora's House Cleaning
Dana R.
Eder and Ane were very easy to hire and schedule. They arrived at our house a few minutes early and we left them to clean. They finished exactly when they said they would and the house looked so great. Every surface was cleaned and rearranged; their attention to detail is tip top. I’ve already recommended them to friends and will definitely hire them again!
Eder & AneEder & Ane
Ariel G.
Ludy did such a great job at my parents house (which has never been cleaned in decades!) they were thorough, respectful, punctual and flexible with timing. I have already scheduled a follow up cleaning :)
Ludy House Cleaning ServicesLudy House Cleaning Services
Kian M.
Paula was on time and easy to work with. I would recommend her to anyone who needs a house cleaning. Also her price was reasonable.
Paula y wendy  quintanillaPaula y wendy quintanilla
Brittney N.
Zemka did a great and thorough job doing move-out cleaning for my house, which was exceptionally dirty having not been professionally cleaned for 5 years. She was available to do the cleaning within 2 days of our first communication, and she arrived promptly.
Express Family CleaningExpress Family Cleaning
Lauren H.
They charged double the estimate because the house was so messy. ...Which was good, because I hadn't realized how terribly messy the house was, and it really was that much work to clean. They'll be coming back in two weeks, and I'm looking forward!
Fresh Day Eco CleaningFresh Day Eco Cleaning
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