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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. 

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 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.

Reviews for Ashburn house cleaners
Jaclyn K.
Amazing and thorough deep clean of my whole house!
Tatiana’s house cleaning LLCTatiana’s house cleaning LLC
Deborah M.
Great working with Maria and her daughter. My house looks very clean
ETEL CLEANING SERVICEETEL CLEANING SERVICE
Shana B.
Alessandra and her help did a nice job with cleaning my home. I appreciate her being able to clean my house with short notice.
Brazilian Girls Cleaning ServicesBrazilian Girls Cleaning Services
Thumbtack Customer
I cold selected a house cleaner from thumbtrack.com and she happened to be Sindi! Not many people get so lucky finding a reliable house cleaning service randomly online...all the people I know with house cleaning services get them through word of mouth. I used thumbtrack because I didn't know anyone in my parents hometown (the service is for my parents, not me; I live in another state) who could recommend a cleaning service. Sindi is thorough and professional, and will work with you and your budget to help you accomplish your cleaning goals! My parents, who've never hired a cleaning service as they're pretty old school, are quite pleased with her. :)
Sindi's Touch Clutter Queen LLCSindi's Touch Clutter Queen LLC
Anabela F.
Amazing job! My house got a makeover once Denis and Camila came here and cleaned my little apartment!
D & C Cleaning ServicesD & C Cleaning Services
Janel E.
I highly recommend her service. My house hasn’t had a real deep cleaning in almost 3 years. I’m in the process of taking over my grandmothers home after her death almost 3 years ago. It’s been hard removing things to get a really good cleaning. Both cleaners came in and moved things out the way but put them back in their special place. They left the house looking and smelling amazing. I will definitely utilize these services again on a monthly basis. Thank you so much!
SPARKLY CLEAN PRO, LLC.SPARKLY CLEAN PRO, LLC.
Valerie E.
Look, I didn’t know what to expect with these ladies. I thought I might have to tell them everything they needed to do. However, as soon as I stepped back and let them work, it was pure amazement. I’ve never seen people move so quickly and coordinatedly as they were. It was the first time in my house and yet it was like they’d been there many times before. They were kind and friendly and I felt safe having them in my home. As a single mother these things are truly important. I need no other cleaners, these are my cleaners. I wish they would let me post the before picture.
Rio Breeze Cleaning Service LLCRio Breeze Cleaning Service LLC
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