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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 Millbrae house cleaners
Beatriz A.
I struggled with hiring a cleaning service to clean my house because I thought no one could clean my house better than me. Boy was I wrong! Nika did an amazing job!! She replied to my request promptly and was able to come to the house when requested. We are so happy and very appreciative. Highly recommend!
Nika’s Cleaning ServicesNika’s Cleaning Services
Susan L.
Angela’s house cleaning did an outstanding job. Extremely detailed. I have a restaurant type stove grates up above and flo was able to remove them and clean them professionally. Nobody has been able to figure out how to do that. That was a tremendous plus. The bathrooms, Kitchen and the entire house or one of the best house cleaning I have had in many years. She is going to be on my calendar every month. I highly recommend Flo with Angela’s House Cleaning. You won’t be disappointed. Susan and John
Judy L.
Mili helped me to clean the house before moving in. Excellent service. The house looks so much better than before. Highly recommended.
Mili's Cleaning serviceMili's Cleaning service
Dom D.
Hired G's for a move out cleaning for a 3br house. They did an amazing job. When moving out things get a bit messy, but G's thoroughly cleaned every part of our house and left it in perfect condition! Highly recommend
G’S Fantastic House Cleaning (INSURED)G’S Fantastic House Cleaning (INSURED)
Angela W.
I requested the cleaning job last minute and luckily I found Daniela cleaning services to do it for me. The cleaning lady did a great job at our house. She is pretty fast and did a thorough cleaning job.
Daniela Rios Cleaning ServicesDaniela Rios Cleaning Services
Jin Z.
Nana's team did a great job on cleaning my newly remodeled house. Highly recommend!
Nara’s Cleaning ServicesNara’s Cleaning Services
Sandy D.
Needed house cleaned prior to a housewarming/ graduation party. Arrived on time, as scheduled and did a great job doing the deep cleaning I didn’t want to do. 😀
Quickly - Cleaning & OrganizingQuickly - Cleaning & Organizing
Riz C.
Great job deep cleaning our house. The crew was punctual and did quality work. My appliances have never been this clean. Thank you so much!
G’S Fantastic House Cleaning (INSURED)G’S Fantastic House Cleaning (INSURED)
Ekta B.
He cleaned the house okay but stole a canister of Clorox wipes. I mean who steals wipes? I will not hire him again.
Caring House Cleaning ServicesCaring House Cleaning Services
Travis W.
Needed a deep clean of a really dirty house on short notice. They came through in a pinch and surpassed all expectations. Top quality work at competitive rates. Will be calling again.
Pristine Pads L.L.C.Pristine Pads L.L.C.
Mamie T.
I ordered the vacancy cleaning (after renovation) service. They came on time and price is reasonable. I did not stay there during the cleaning and it turned out many areas were not cleaned, still dusty. Daniela was very professional and always answered my messages within minutes but it seemed the cleaning team was not performing a quality job. After this experience, I learnt my lesson and stayed inside the house (with mask) for my next move out cleaning with them.
Daniela Rios Cleaning ServicesDaniela Rios Cleaning Services
Lesley L.
Lidia is an excellent communicator. Very responsive on scheduling and great feedback at each step of the process. And the ladies did a great job cleaning the house. No lingering harsh chemical smell either!
Lidia's House CleaningLidia's House Cleaning
Adelein R.
Abel and his crew did a great job, they did a deep cleaning of the house and had great attention to detail. He dealt with my very picky landlord very professionally and we are happy with their work.
Monroy SF Cleaning ServicesMonroy SF Cleaning Services
Jaclyn P.
Lis is amazing! She is so professional and does a great job. I’m so thankful that I was connected to her. She has helped keep my house clean and does a great job every time!
Reyes’s Cleaning ServicesReyes’s Cleaning Services
Lee K.
MPA cleaning was amazing! They did a very thorough job. I so appreciated their hard work to make the house sparkling clean. It was even better than I ever imagined! I will definitely use them again. I will also tell all my friends and family to use them too! You won’t be disappointed. You will definitely be amazed!
MPA Cleaning and ServiceMPA Cleaning and Service
Peggy L.
They did an okay job. We had an empty house that need to do some cleaning, the crew don't really do what's called ”deep clean”... I use my fingers to see if the vent is clean and its all dust... I asked the lady to clean and she said she had cleaned it... Until I show dusts on my fingers... the crew just don't do a job that makes me very satisfied. They have good attitude, although they don't really speak English, they are willing to use google translate to communicate, I don't think that's a problem. I am not satisfied with the works they done, so Daniela sent them back again for some make up. Daniela is good.
Daniela Rios Cleaning ServicesDaniela Rios Cleaning Services
Ana B.
Selene was right on time and worked really hard to clean my house. I was very happy with her professionalism and work. I just had a baby and needed some extra help, Selene did that for me today..and I really appreciate it. She was great at communicating with me the day before to set up the cleaning services and was able to come by the next day. You can tells that she prides herself in the quality of her work. Thank you, again Selene. I would definitely recommend her! -Ana
Solution Home Cleaning✅Solution Home Cleaning✅
Annie W.
Eduardo and his team were amazing. We've had them for 2 years. Let's just say we will never find anyone like him in the Bay Area for house cleaning. He set the bar high. He was responsive and punctual - we learned that these qualities are important. He's always there when he said he would be, and he'd do the job within 2 hours with exceptional work. We loved coming to a clean home, it smelled good. Not only that but also they used non-toxic products...! Honestly I have such a OCD about my things and how they should be placed, Eduardo noticed all the little details and he did it above and beyond. We will hire them again without a doubt!
Clean Bay AreaClean Bay Area
Susan L.
I have had several cleaning companies prior. I can tell you this company outweighs them all. I was very pleased with their service. Extremely thorough, easy to work with and very nice. I had the owner come to give me a quote. This is the first time i experienced a company when they came they did everything I requested originally. I am going to have them come monthly going forward. My house looks great. Give them a try. You won’t be sorry.
Lightning cleaning servicesLightning cleaning services
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