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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 Palatine house cleaners
Judy T.
Great Job on cleaning my house. They came on time, understood my cleaning needs. They were professional, and completed the cleaning in a timely manner. My house is still clean days later. Their cleaning style is similar to my previous house cleaner. I hired them to be my house cleaners.
Tureka Mitchell CleaningTureka Mitchell Cleaning
Jay Z.
The house was very clean with lots of attention to detail. They cleaned window sills, washed floors and removed a lot of dust from work that had been done in the vacant house.
Sharontit cleaning serviceSharontit cleaning service
Megan C.
Very satisfied with the move-out cleaning!They cleaned every corner of the house very carefully and professionally.
RZ Empresas,Inc.RZ Empresas,Inc.
Larissa S.
It was so nice to come home to a clean house! Thank you Justina and Bright House cleaning. It was very easy and quick so set up our first appointment, and we already can’t wait for our next cleaning visit.
Bright house cleaning serviceBright house cleaning service
Melanie P.
Forte was quick to respond and came to my house to provide an estimate and summary of services. I set up an initial cleaning and was very impressed. They showed up exactly when they stated and did a great job cleaning the house.
FORTE CLEANINGFORTE CLEANING
Alex K.
Great job cleaning my house, plan to use them again
Mopology IncMopology Inc
Denise M.
Carla was very responsive and willing to work with me regarding my cleaning expectations. She was able to clean my house within a week of meeting with her. Carla and her assistant arrived on time and did a fantastic job cleaning my house. In her visit she included window cleaning and will work on cleaning the baseboards during her next visit. Carla doesn’t just do surface cleaning. Love her attention to detail and passion for truly cleaning a home.
Flores L&D cleaningFlores L&D cleaning
Jessica M.
They did a great job with cleaning my house. They were on time and did it in a timely matter!
FORTE CLEANINGFORTE CLEANING
Alyssa W.
They did an awesome job cleaning my house!! Very reasonably priced and worked nonstop the entire time! The end result was quality work. I have hired a few different companies to clean my house to find the right one. We will be hiring them again.
FORTE CLEANINGFORTE CLEANING
Thumbtack Customer
Martha did an excellent job giving my house a thorough clean. She was very sincere in her work.
Ortiz’s cleaning service LLCOrtiz’s cleaning service LLC
Arun K.
Sharontit did a great job in cleaning our house, and kitchen before we move in, our friends noticed how clean were bathrooms and kitchen countertops, she gives attention to details of the job! I definitely hire her for next time. Thanks Sharontit Cleaning service.
Sharontit cleaning serviceSharontit cleaning service
Lindsey A.
GREAT JOB! I used to have many cleaning services but Forte Cleaning is the top of the line. They came on time and did an AMAZING job paying attention to details. They work fast, hard, and their rates are lower than the other companies. I will use them to clean my house on a regular basis and highly recommend to anyone looking for a reliable and great cleaning service.
FORTE CLEANINGFORTE CLEANING
Debra R.
Booked appointment in advance. No show and No notice! Had to contact them to find out what is going on. Received lame emergency excuse. Cannot count on this house cleaner!
Alexa Cleaning ServicesAlexa Cleaning Services
Laura C.
Angelica and her team were absolutely fantastic! They did an incredible job from start to finish and the house looks beautiful thanks to them! We will definitely use her services again and I highly recommend Angelica to anyone looking for quality house cleaning for great value! Thanks so much, Angelica!
RZ Empresas,Inc.RZ Empresas,Inc.
Mike G.
I gave little to no instruction and had to make them cater to my child's nap schedule. My wife came back thrilled at our clean house. Id recommend again
SparkleSparkle
Jeff K.
Kamala and her team did a great job when they came out to clean our house. Her team was very professional and Kamala was very easy to work with to set up a date to clean. We would highly recommend her company for any type of cleaning they offer. Her team was on time and their attention to detail was amazing. We would hire them again.
Infinity CleaningInfinity Cleaning
Kate S.
Maria came to clean my house for the first time today. She is very upfront, honest, and easy to work with. She did a very thorough job. I look forward to working with her on a continuous basis.
Luna Cleaning ServicesLuna Cleaning Services
Jessica E.
Deborah helped us when we needed a one time deep clean of our entire house. They did a fantastic job! I am so pleased. Thank you so much for your help!!
Debora’s Cleaning ServiceDebora’s Cleaning Service
Arun K.
This is the second time working with Mateos. She is very responsive and punctual, this time I had to manage remotely to schedule a cleaning to setup a Open house. She gave the next day appointment and did a great job. Thank you Mateos.
Mateos cleaningMateos cleaning
Nicole P.
I hired forte for a move out cleaning when we sold our home. Their pricing was lower than everyone else's and the quality was good. I have already recommended them to a friend who is also selling their home. They showed up on time (on a holiday weekend) and they didn't charge extra when the house was messy. Definitely recommended for move in/move out cleaning.
FORTE CLEANINGFORTE CLEANING
Thumbtack Customer
Silvia has bee fantastic since day 1! We have searched long and hard for the right fit and I am so glad that we've found Maiderella! Silvia has offered advice on how to better keep my house clean, is smart with regard to how she approaches cleaning and all around is a great value! I would highly recommend her services!
Maiderella Residential CleaningMaiderella Residential Cleaning
Matt M.
Dada and Liz were fantastic. Me, my wife, and my dog were all home and they had no problem working around us to get our home cleaned. After seeing the finished product it made my wife and I second guess if we ever knew what the true meaning of “clean” actually was haha. 10/10 would recommend to anyone and will definitely be working with them again in the future if our house didn’t scared them away.
Brothers Helping HandsBrothers Helping Hands
Carmen A.
Went above and beyond. Great communication before, during and after. She admitted she may have a touch of OCD which is a great quality in someone cleaning your house. Also just a nice person and it’s always nice to be able to give a nice person your business. Thank you so much Sara!
Sara DoyleSara Doyle
Kasey M.
My husband and I are expecting our first child and wanted someone to come do an extra deep clean on our house before our baby comes. I was hesitant to have anyone come into our home because of Covid, but I am so glad I hired them. They wore masks and were very respectful and did an incredible job! They took their time to make sure everything was perfectly cleaned and organized and I couldn’t be more grateful! We will definitely be calling them again! 😄
SPARKLING SOLUTIONS CLEANING AND PROPERTY  MNGMNTSPARKLING SOLUTIONS CLEANING AND PROPERTY MNGMNT
Asha P.
My whole family is impressed by how detailed this group was in cleaning and tidying up our new house. We had family staying with us for weeks before we really got a chance to fully settle in, so With things more chaotic than usual, I didn’t think they would be able to do much beyond the basic cleaning when I scheduled. But K&K far exceeded my expectations! They helped thoughtfully organize on top of thoroughly cleaning all spaces and surfaces. I’m left with the peace of mind of having things back in it’s rightful place and spotless. I plan to schedule them again and refer them when possible!
K&K Kleaning Krew LLCK&K Kleaning Krew LLC
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