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Q & A

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 Portland house cleaners
Thumbtack Customer
House cleaning - couldn't be more satisfied.
Cinderella's CleaningCinderella's Cleaning
Renee F.
J&V cleaning services was easy and quick to communicate with, my house was sparkling clean and I highly recommend their services.
J&V Cleaning ServicesJ&V Cleaning Services
Marcus Z.
Our house looked absolutely amazing after the cleaning! I would definitely recommend and use again.
The Maine Cleaning Service, LLCThe Maine Cleaning Service, LLC
Jacob M.
We recently used J&V Cleaning Services for a move out clean of our house and they were excellent! Vivian responded within minutes to my quote request and any further questions I had. Her team arrived on time and did a fantastic job cleaning the entire house. It was spotless and looked better than when we had moved in. We will certainly use her services again!
J&V Cleaning ServicesJ&V Cleaning Services
Danna H.
Our house was in pretty rough shape and Amanda and the team came and cleaned so thoroughly in such a short time. They were a pleasure to work with!
Sparkle CleaningSparkle Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Helen is great. She's professional, has reasonable prices, and someone I look forward to working with for a long time. She did a great job cleaning our house. I was so happy when I walked in and saw how clean everything was and how nice our house smelled. I'm already looking forward to the next time she is here!
Greater Portland Residential Cleaning ServiceGreater Portland Residential Cleaning Service
Marti H.
She did a fantastic job for me and I’m a hard person to impress because I worked with my grandmother in the 1960s; she was a professional house cleaner for some of the best people in Portland!
Lisa Elizabeth's Cleaning ServicesLisa Elizabeth's Cleaning Services
Emily M.
Shylean and her team did a wonderful job cleaning our house. She went above and beyond to make sure everything was satisfactory before leaving- even tho it meant staying beyond the time frame we discussed. I’m looking forward to having her come again and have already booked my second cleaning!
Pure CleaningPure Cleaning
Sergio H.
Man Maid cleaning service did an amazing deep clean on our house while we were away- Brianne was very clear on communication, coordinated fabulously with my neighbors and even came back two days later to “touch up” just before we got home! We will definitely be using Man Maid again!
Man Maid LLC -  Run by WomanMan Maid LLC - Run by Woman
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