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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

How much is a house cleaning?

The national average cost for house cleaning ranges between $25 and $50 per hour, per cleaner. However, the cost of house cleaning services near you might be different.

House cleaning prices vary based on how many square feet your home is, how dirty your house gets and how often the cleaning service comes. And, prices can be lower in areas with a lower cost of living, higher in big cities or affluent regions.

Some companies charge a set amount — such as 5 cents — per square foot, with a minimum amount, such as $100. You may save money by increasing the frequency of your house cleaning visits. Often a company will charge you less per cleaning when you schedule more cleanings per month. The cost advantage rewards your loyalty, and also reflects the fact that more frequent cleanings make it easier to maintain a high level of cleanliness in your home. A housecleaning service may charge more for the first visit or for one-time services than for recurring cleanings.

To learn more about the cost of house cleaning, visit our House Cleaning Cost Guide.

What should I ask a house cleaner or maid before hiring them?

There are many questions to ask a cleaning service before you hire them to make sure they’re the right fit. These questions might include:

  • How much do you charge?
  • How do you set your prices -- per hour or per square foot? Or, do you charge a flat rate?
  • What is your past work experience? Can I see a list of references?
  • Are you accustomed to working with different home or apartment types and sizes?
  • Can you work with children or pets in the house?
  • What types of cleaning products do you use?
  • Do you bring your own cleaning supplies and products?
  • How often can you clean my home?
  • Is there anything you recommend I do (or don't do) to my home before you arrive?

For more tips on how to hire the best maid or house cleaning service, read our smart hiring guide.

Reviews for Palo Alto house cleaners
Thumbtack Customer
I asked for a deep cleaning of my house and the team did very well.
Patt's Cleaning ServicesPatt's Cleaning Services
Nicholas B.
Fabi's team were right on time and did a great job cleaning our house for a reasonable price.
Fabi's Cleaning Services.Fabi's Cleaning Services.
Flora F.
David is very responsible and did excellent work for cleaning my house. He cleaned inside and outside of the eaves and roof. He is polite and thoughtful. Thanks for your work.
Marian O.
Omg. Best cleaners ever!! Highly recommend. So nice, so hard working, VERY reasonable. House is immaculate.
Keep CleaningKeep Cleaning
Tom L.
One of the best house cleaners I have ever hired. Did a great job and really paid attention to detail
Mary W.
We've been using Fabi's cleaning service for about a year -- they come once every two weeks to clean our 3-bedroom house. They do a great job, we are very happy with them.
Fabi's Cleaning Services.Fabi's Cleaning Services.
Jennifer B.
I am very impressed with how shiny my house is now. They really took their time and cleaned with attention and care. I will definitely use them again.
Patt's Cleaning ServicesPatt's Cleaning Services
Ben L.
Fabi's arrived on time and did an excellent job with their deep clean of our filthy house. Bathrooms, carpets, and floors all look exceptional! Thank you Fabi's!
Fabi's Cleaning Services.Fabi's Cleaning Services.
Christopher R.
Fabi's crew (Pilar and Cecelia) did a great job--they worked briskly and thoroughly. So nice to have a clean house! Plan to hire them again for future work.
Fabi's Cleaning Services.Fabi's Cleaning Services.
Patricia P.
Deep clean as a first service. There's not a spec of dust left, even the window tracks are clean. The house feels fresh and comfortable. I'm also impressed with how well items were returned to their original positions after being moved for dusting. We'll be setting a monthly routine going forward.
Bright Home Cleaning SolutionBright Home Cleaning Solution
Katherine M.
The Prentice team did a deep clean of our house and we’re very happy with the results. Our bathtub, shower, stove, and sink look fabulous — almost brand new! The crew was great; very friendly and efficient. We’d work with them again.
Prentice Cleaning ServicesPrentice Cleaning Services
Pat O.
Maria is easy to work with and very professional. From our first meeting she made my wife and I feel comfortable with her team being in our home. Her team was very thorough and we are very happy with our clean house! Right after, she followed up with us to make sure we were happy with our cleaning and to see if we had any feedback.
Prentice Cleaning ServicesPrentice Cleaning Services
Kasey W.
Do not mind the English typos or lack of a website! Wendy's family team was incredible. The deep clean quality and attention to detail is amazing. You can get a hotel-quality house in 1-2 hours. Super friendly and they have frequent availability if you need, so I highly recommend them to other homes.
Wendy's hause cleaningWendy's hause cleaning
Vickie H.
Cintya and her crew(total of 3 workers) thoroughly cleaned my 4 br/3 bth house. They were friendly and worked diligently for 2hours and 20 min. I didn’t give her 5 stars because she was 30 min. late;however, she did call to let me know and I have a flexible schedule, so it wasn’t a problem . I will definitely be hiring her again😁
Cintya House CleaningCintya House Cleaning
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