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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
Helen G.
Excelent personal, left my house very clean and smell good they move everything in the house to clean and clean very good the bathroom
Kleen Alert IncKleen Alert Inc
Marcela M.
Yasmin is exceptional! She left my house sparkling clean. I feel like in a new house. I totally recommend Fresh ‘n Clean for your cleaning services. She takes the time to clean every detail of your house!
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Ines M.
My house really needed a deep cleaning and the team that came did not disappoint. They really paid attention to details and let my house absolutely clean. They were so good that I hired them to regularly clean my house.
MessLess Cleaning Solutions Inc.MessLess Cleaning Solutions Inc.
Donna M.
Nice job cleaning a big house!
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Adriene B.
They cleaned all the dust in the house and it was spotless!
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Thumbtack Customer
Very prompt and great quality with house cleaning.
Zafiro Professional CleaningZafiro Professional Cleaning
Rob D.
Great job, thorough house cleaning and prompt.
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Andrew S.
Really impressed with the service I received. The house I had given them to clean was particularly challenging. There was no water or electricity making it that much harder to clean but I heard no complaints. Really a pleasure to deal with Heavenly House Cleaners
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Asil A.
She was great and left the house clean to my expectations !
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Claire M.
European cleaning did a ‘move in” clean for my new house and a “move out” clean for my old house. They did a great job on both. I particularly appreciated how responsive they are and how well they communicate. I will use them again.
European CleaningEuropean Cleaning
C & V UNITED TO CLEAN is the best company I've ever met. They did a wonderful job at my house, I could not be happier. If you need someone to clean your house please be sure to get in touch with them, you will not be disappointed and also a company you can trust. I will definitely call her again to clean my house.
Shari C.
Extremely professional with lots of attention to detail. My house is so clean. I highly recommend this company for a deep cleaning!
Pristine Cleaning Pros LLCPristine Cleaning Pros LLC
Claudia K.
Very nice and professional. They did an awesome job cleaning our house.
Halohs Inc.Halohs Inc.
Linda Z.
Arrived a bit early, which I appreciate. Cleaned the house well!
JJ Total Services Corp.JJ Total Services Corp.
David F.
Rental house move out cleaning. I booked at the last minute. Cleaning person was on time, efficient and a job well done.
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Mr. R.
Bossi's Cleaner Came and did my Guest House was cleaned just the way i wanted. The best since being in Florida thank you again Bossi's Cleaner!
Bossi's CleanerBossi's Cleaner
Alina k.
The two ladies were great! Cleaned the house very well! Thank you!
Flawless Florida cleaning and mobile detailingFlawless Florida cleaning and mobile detailing
Kemi R.
Desousa cleaning company did a great job cleaning my house. They were very professional. I would hire them again. 😊
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Diana T.
Did a great job cleaning my house. I just moved in and there was a lot of construction dust and they cleaned everything. Very happy with their work.
Millie’s Family Cleaning ServicesMillie’s Family Cleaning Services
Martha S.
Very home is fresh and clean when Andessa leaves. I would definitely recommend to others looking for professional house cleaner.
Sublime general serviceSublime general service
Archie V.
Did a great job! Worked on my house for 5hrs , post construction/remodel left the house clean will hire them again once all the work is done.
Leiby's Cleaning ServiceLeiby's Cleaning Service
Vijeyakumar A.
Melisha did a great job cleaning the house. I would definitely recommend her services!!
Flair & FoamFlair & Foam
Sheila W.
I needed someone to clean the house after it was sold and we’d moved out . Rosa from Mildred’s cleaning did a fantastic job!!! Will recommend her to everyone .
Millie’s Family Cleaning ServicesMillie’s Family Cleaning Services
Vanessa P.
So amazed on how they left my house so spotless. In the past I have had to go behind the person cleaning and re-clean not anymore thanks to Paola cleaning!!! I will be a customer for a long time!!
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Mary-Ellen K.
I was very happy with Leiby's cleaning. They came in and cleaned my house like it has never been cleaned before! I will be using her on a monthly basis. Thank you Thumbtack for hooking me up!
Leiby's Cleaning ServiceLeiby's Cleaning Service
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