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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 Santa Maria house cleaners
Janet r.
The house is clean. I am happy
Fresh Start Cleaning ServicesFresh Start Cleaning Services
Valarie J.
Cristina's did a fantastic job cleaning our house for pre-sale. It was a very large house and they were great! So detail-oriented!
Cristina's Cleaning ServicesCristina's Cleaning Services
Thumbtack Customer
Crystal and her employee did a fabulous job cleaning my house. I didn't realize the extent of cleaning that was needed, but they jumped right in and worked hard all day. I'm so happy with how clean my house is and looking forward to having them on a scheduled basis. Great job ladies, would definitely recommend them!
Crystal's Cleaning and Home ServicesCrystal's Cleaning and Home Services
Maggie B.
Cristina's Cleaning Services was amazing! They did such a great job at cleaning the house and going the extra step to make sure the less noticeable spots were cleaned as well. I have two dogs who shed constantly and they made it look like no dogs lived there by the time they left. They are worth hiring! I loved how great my house looked after they left.
Cristina's Cleaning ServicesCristina's Cleaning Services
Sharon C.
My house is so clean now, even moved the couches to get dust underneath! Thank you, ladies!
Cleaning Trend Service LLCCleaning Trend Service LLC
Lisa E.
Unfortunately I had to go back and clean the oven, the freezer, the front door and wipe the blinds down. I didn’t get what I expected for a “moving out cleaning” she spent a lot of time at the house and everything else was great.
Crystal cleanCrystal clean
Lynn L.
Cleaning Trend was on time, they were here longer than estimated and did more than I expected. The house looked so good when they were done. The price was excellent for all the work they did. I will have them back for regular cleaning. I couldn’t be happier with their service.
Cleaning Trend Service LLCCleaning Trend Service LLC
Elena M.
Highly recommend Sue. We hired Sue to clean my elderly parent’s home. When she finished the job, the house smelled good and sparkled. I was very impressed at the quality cleaning products she uses – Bona and Meyers soaps. She is very detailed and took her time cleaning and polishing the furniture. In addition, she responded to texts and phone calls quickly and is professional and friendly. We were so impressed with the job that we have hired Sue for monthly cleanings.
Sue’s house cleaningSue’s house cleaning
Molly k.
Mickey told me she had a flat rate of$170 and gave me a$20 discount so cleaning my house would cost$150. After looking at home she said it would take her 3 hours. $50 am hour is pretty high for NO deep cleaning, just general cleaning. After 2 hours she texted me that she was done. I arrived at my home and the house smelled clean and I paid her $75 an hour! That evening when I was home from work I noticed she didn't vacuum or Dust the living room at all! She didn't clean the kitchen sink, around the toilet bases, some of the kitchen counters, etc. I called her and she said she would come back at our next scheduled cleaning for free. Now she won't answer my texts. If she comes back for free I would change hey rating because she did get some bathroom rust stains out that I have not been able to remove.
Mickey's Cleaning ServiceMickey's Cleaning Service
Vik P.
I'd rate it 10 stars if you could. Just as I had hoped Ana and her team came in and changed every single thing that we could have asked or wanted different and exceeded our every request! We are thrilled as a family because for years this has been a difficult role to fill finding people to come into your home that you Trust and do the job that they say and a little bit of communication isn't it any at all considering the result! We knew that we wanted 2 have our house look like has a finished product, and were thrilled , Upon finishing that our home had a shine and Sparkle, looking the best it ever has, just like a million dollars! And I don't think we has ever been so excited or more thrilled with a result! she's the sweetest most adorable kind professional hard-working woman as well as her lovely team of ladies, and they have blown us all away with our excessively High expectations. She has absolutely sold herself by her ability alone my house and our family have never met anyone who has been this incredible, providing GREAT attention to detail and willingness to provide WHATEVER you NEED is Priceless for us and our family and we are thrilled Beyond thrilled to have her coming back again on a regular scheduled basis now! Best thing to have happened to our home. Thank you Ana and all of your lovely ladies, you made our home Sparkle again and we can't ever thank YOU ENOUGH!!! I recommend highly to anyone and everyone needing something specific or just general cleaning because she'll get the job done or find a way to get it done this is an incredible wonderful company and I can't wait to have a long-lasting relationship!
Fresh Start Cleaning ServicesFresh Start Cleaning Services
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