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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 Somerville house cleaners
Karyn C.
They did an amazing job cleaning my house. It had been a very long time since it was last cleaned and they didn't bat an eye when they saw all the dust. My house is so clean now!
CristieleCristiele
Micaela M.
A lovely person and a nice, clean house afterwards.
Ruth Lima specialist cleaningRuth Lima specialist cleaning
Emily B.
They did a fantastic job cleaning our house!
Mike & VanessaMike & Vanessa
Emily T.
I've had an excellent experience working with Sister's Family Cleaning! Selda and Glayde were able to schedule a consultation with me on very short notice and the house cleaning itself was perfect. My house has never been cleaner! I would absolutely recommend Sister's Family Cleaning for any home cleaning needs.
Sister's Family CleaningSister's Family Cleaning
Shruti P.
These guys are the absolute best! They did a great job cleaning my house! They were on time and took great effort with cleaning every little detail. My house looks as good as new! Definitely recommend them.
VM cleaningVM cleaning
Alec B.
Showed up perfectly on time and cleaned the whole house very well!
Sister's Family CleaningSister's Family Cleaning
Jeff S.
They were on time, and did a great job, cleaning absolutely everything in the house.
Shiny cleaning servicesShiny cleaning services
Thumbtack Customer
My house was so clean after!!! We went ahead and did the deep clean. It was amazing - hire the sisters - you will not be disappointed!!!
Sister's Family CleaningSister's Family Cleaning
Hannah L.
She was delightful and I was so happy to come home to a beautifully clean house!!
Ludy Cleaning Service INCLudy Cleaning Service INC
Snehal B.
I moved to new house which was closed since a year and had a lot of dust. I called Adriane Cleaning to clean the house and they were incredibly awesome. They cleaned my house so well that it feels like home now. They were friendly and very helpful. They also helped me arrange my things after clean up. I am defiantly going to call them next time I move-in/out and would 100% recommend them to others.
Adriane CleaningAdriane Cleaning
Frank M.
Kehone House Cleaning are amazing. They are thorough, reliable, extremely hardworking and professional. We had family coming in to stay with us from overseas and we wanted to make sure our house was sparkling when they arrived. We were stunned at how clean and fresh our house looked. We couldn’t be happier. Highly recommend.
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Alison H.
Karen did an absolutely wonderful job cleaning our house, at a very reasonable rate. She came on time, was very professional, and incredibly thorough. Our house has not looked or felt this clean in months, and we will definitely be hiring her again in the future.
Karen’s cleaningKaren’s cleaning
Mathew P.
Our house hasn't been this clean since we moved in 5 years ago!
Sister's Family CleaningSister's Family Cleaning
Luke M.
Ana did a really wonderful job. The house is so clean and it smells so good!
Partners Cleaning ServicesPartners Cleaning Services
Marc A.
Antonia and her sister did a fantastic job cleaning my house. I definitely plan to call her again! Everything is spotless and smells clean and beautiful.
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Tom B.
Brenda is the best cleaner out there! Very professional, took her time to get the whole house cleaned just the way we like it. Would recommend to anyone!
BM Cleaning ServicesBM Cleaning Services
Russell C.
Ruth showed up early and did a great job! The house has never been so clean!
Ruth Lima specialist cleaningRuth Lima specialist cleaning
Sonika S.
Had an excellent experience. She did thorough cleaning and house was shining. I highly recommend her
Cleanliness SolutionCleanliness Solution
Amy L.
Saelna was amazing. She cleaned my 7 room house. Windows included. I highly recommend
Saelma LimaSaelma Lima
Mike D.
Aline did a great job cleaning my house today! She has great attention to detail!
Star cleaning servicesStar cleaning services
Mike L.
They did a great job cleaning our house for the price we agreed upon! I'm excited to have them keep coming back and keeping my home clean :)
Cleanliness SolutionCleanliness Solution
Michelle X.
Great job- very responsive and reliable!! I would choose them again to clean my house for sure!
Ruth Lima specialist cleaningRuth Lima specialist cleaning
Allen S.
Sol did a great job and clean every detail of the house. She is really on time and responsive! Thanks a lot!
Sol cleaning servicesSol cleaning services
Mitul D.
I am so impressed with the quality that sister’s family cleaning puts into their work! They did a consultation and got to know my needs. They tailored the cleaning to what was important to me and went above and beyond. I came home to a house that was sparkling! I’m so excited to continue working with them and highly recommend! They take their work very seriously and Because of it my house is really clean and wonderful to come home to!
Sister's Family CleaningSister's Family Cleaning
Alkistis M.
Kelly Gomes was great, they were very responsive and Ranielly did an excellent job cleaning our house. Thank you!
Kelly Gomes Home ServicesKelly Gomes Home Services
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