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Q & A

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. 

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.

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. 

Reviews for Salinas house cleaners
Brian L.
This was a move out cleaning. The house had been lived in by 2 bachelors for 3 years. They showed up and did a phenomenal job, cleaned things that I hadn’t even considered. I’d recommend them!
Caro's really cleanCaro's really clean
Julie P.
She has gone above and beyond to make sure we are satisfied with the service!! She is great and we were matched with a perfect person to clean our house! Thanks again Marleen!!
Heaven On Earth Cleaning LLCHeaven On Earth Cleaning LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I asked her to clean my home for a move out inspection. We agreed on a price, I gave her a list of what I needed done and maybe a 25% was done correctly if at all. When she finished I met her at the house and gave it a quick once over, learned my lesson on that one. I didn't have time to check it thoroughly and it smelled like it had been cleaned. The next day I went back to meet the carpet cleaner and had more time for an inspection. I spent an additional 6 hours getting it cleaned and ready for the upcoming inspection. Baseboards weren't wiped down, blinds were dusty, cabinets weren't done, even the base of the toilets were still dusty, not mopped well, window tracks were not cleaned, master bathroom windows and blinds hadn't been touched, and the list goes on and on. She did a pretty good job on the shower, tubs, and sliding glass doors, minus the tracks and areas around the handle. I should have done a thorough check while she was there and now I'm out the money I paid plus the tip I gave her. I texted her and told her what I had found and her answer was well you seemed pleased when I was there. Yes, because she seemed nice and I didn't check. I wasn't going to write a negative review had she offered to come back and fix it. However, she didn't offer, I'm out money, and especially my time. I mean seriously, do the job as you were hired to do and do it well. Otherwise you get bad reviews and you certainly lost out on any work I may have had in the future.
Ms. Sparkles Home and Office Cleaning SpecialistMs. Sparkles Home and Office Cleaning Specialist
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