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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. 

How much does it cost to deep clean a house?

Deep cleaning a house goes beyond the surface level to clear out the dust, grime and gunk that’s collecting on the fan blades, hiding in the blinds, and built up inside the refrigerator drawers. Deep cleaning of a home or apartment costs more than regular house cleaning because it takes more time, effort, and cleaning products. You may choose to have a deep cleaning once or several times a year in addition to your standard cleaning services. You may have a one-time deep cleaning to prepare for company or to clean after a house party. Companies may charge an hourly rate or a price per square foot, or may offer you a flat rate after they have visited your home and estimated work time. The national average house cleaning price is $110-$150, with rates ranging higher for deep-cleaning services. Here are some examples of how a company may calculate their deep-cleaning prices:

  • 10 cents per square foot (compared with 5 cents per square foot for standard house cleaning).
  • $300 for a 3,000-square-foot home.
  • $25 per hour per worker for deep-cleaning services.

How do I choose the best house cleaning service?

When searching for the best house cleaning service near you, consider the depth of your cleaning needs, your budget and the size and condition of your home. Read reviews from verified customers of any cleaning service that you’re looking to hire. Also, check out the reviewers’ photos and do background checks on reviewers to ensure they’re not employed by established cleaning firms or maid agencies. 

When viewing house cleaners on Thumbtack, you might see a Top Pro badge. This indicates that the service is one of the most popular and highly-rated professionals using the platform.

Reviews for Ashburn house cleaners
Terri A.
Good job cleaning the house.
Hall's House Cleaning & Painting LLCHall's House Cleaning & Painting LLC
Angelica M.
The Hall team responded quickly to my request. They were able clean my house on short notice, and left the house clean and smelling fresh.
Hall's House Cleaning & Painting LLCHall's House Cleaning & Painting LLC
Nancy S.
Extremely pleased with Meme’s House Cleaning!
Meme's House CleaningMeme's House Cleaning
Brett D.
Did an amazing job cleaning the house.
Claudia AlvaradoClaudia Alvarado
Caroline H.
She did a good job for my empty house. The house was fairly clean before except for dust from contractors which she cleaned. I would recommend for anyone looking for a good clean at a good price
Jany's cleaning servicesJany's cleaning services
Parker M.
Had a great experience with Hall's House Cleaning!
Hall's House Cleaning & Painting LLCHall's House Cleaning & Painting LLC
Kenneth C.
Very thorough cleaning. House was left spotless.
Paola's house cleaningPaola's house cleaning
Lauren P.
Memes house cleaning was exceptional! Will hire again!
Meme's House CleaningMeme's House Cleaning
Susan W.
All around great experience! House was SO clean!!!
AC Masonry of Nasville, LLCAC Masonry of Nasville, LLC
Adam H.
My house has never been this clean before!!
All Clean and Organized.All Clean and Organized.
Latha S.
Liked Lorenas job very prompt and cleaned the house clean and tidy !! Will definitely call her again !
Lorena house cleaningLorena house cleaning
Erin K.
Jany did a great job deep cleaning my house!
Jany's cleaning servicesJany's cleaning services
Areeman s.
They did a great job cleaning my home. They are efficient and work quickly. The house looked great after they cleaned it.
All Clean and Organized.All Clean and Organized.
Chris T.
We highly recommend Claudia and her team! The house looks amazing! Claudia and her crew were polite and professional throughout the experience. We plan to continue using Claudia’s house cleaning service for all of our professional house cleaning going forward. Thank you, Claudia!
Claudia’s cleaningClaudia’s cleaning
Mark E.
They worked hard and put in a full days work cleaning my house.
Prestine ImpressionsPrestine Impressions
Thumbtack Customer
These gals really know how to clean!! The house looks and smells great.
OrganiCleanOrganiClean
Pam S.
My house looks and smells so clean!!!! Wonderful, wonderful job!!
Jany's cleaning servicesJany's cleaning services
Natalie R.
Beatriz did an amazing job cleaning our apartment. It’s spotless! Nothing better than a clean, fresh house. I would recommend using Miss Clean to clean your home.
Miss CleanMiss Clean
Jamie V.
They were very easy to schedule and their estimate was right on point. The house was squeaky clean!
Hope City CleaningHope City Cleaning
Sarah K.
We had a great experience with our first cleaning. Communication was great and the price very fair. The house was clean and we’ve set up scheduled cleanings going forward.
UltraClean, Inc.UltraClean, Inc.
Nicole W.
I will never use this company again . not even to clean my own house
Premier Clean TeamPremier Clean Team
Elizebeth T.
Worked tirelessly to clean a very dusty house! Would not hesitate to hire again.
UltraClean, Inc.UltraClean, Inc.
Al H.
Our first deep cleaning with Angela’s crew was really good . Thorough and I felt like my mother had cleaned the house :)
Angela’s cleaning  6158860157Angela’s cleaning 6158860157
Awa-Jane G.
OrganiClean did an amazing job cleaning our house! The cleaners were always on time, polite, and cleaned very thoroughly. We always returned to a wonderful lemony, fresh scent!
OrganiCleanOrganiClean
Nicole R.
They did a deep clean on a house we just bought that looked like it hadn’t been cleaned since it was built in 2005. I can’t say enough great things about their work. They stayed all day and made it look like a different house!
Lorena house cleaningLorena house cleaning
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