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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 Upper West Side house cleaners
Thumbtack Customer
on time and left the house clean!
BA Cleaning Service - New York BranchBA Cleaning Service - New York Branch
Lisa O.
Lana was great. House was clean and tidy!
Givanna B.
Did great cleaning my grandmas house .
Lauren S.
Quicklyn has cleaned my house a few times now. They are always prompt and their employees do an amazing job. I will keep using them as my house cleaners. Highly recommend!!
Huck J.
Great quality of work! The house became clean like magic.
Sim’s Crystal 💧Sim’s Crystal 💧
Thumbtack Customer
The worst house cleaning services ever! I gave them 3 chances and every time they came to clean it was awful.
eMaids Cleaning ServiceeMaids Cleaning Service
Tianyou L.
They did a great job cleaning our 2B2B apartment. The house cleaner came on time and paid attention to all the details.
Farah S.
Excellent service! My house was so clean afterwards 😍 thank you!
Today's Maid Service / NYHToday's Maid Service / NYH
Francine P.
Alina was very professional and through when cleaning my house. She even cleaned the blinds without ciharging extra.
attempted to lie about the price, didn't clean entire areas of the house
Fresh Living CleanersFresh Living Cleaners
Katie M.
Best house cleaning ever. I'm treating myself to a weekly visit.
Today's Maid Service / NYHToday's Maid Service / NYH
Smriti R.
Kelle was professional and left the house spotless, all the appliances were sparkling clean
Kellee's Royal Cleaning ServicesKellee's Royal Cleaning Services
Joshua A.
Clean Gals was very thorough and a pleasure to have it my home. They made sure I was happy with each part of my house as they cleaned
Clean GalsClean Gals
Vylecia T.
This was my 1st time hiring someone to clean my house and they were awesome. Jonathan stayed in communication with me during the whole process. Jeanne and Blenda cleaned the house and did an excellent job. The cleaning took longer than planned but they didn’t rush things. They still cleaned thoroughly and got the job done. I would definitely hire them again!!
Dew S.
Nelly was amazing and house looks so clean, I will definitely use her again !!
Grant M.
Needed a cleaner I could trust to clean my house while I was out for the day. I left my keys under the rug and had told Angelica to put it back once she finished cleaning. It's hard not to be nervous when you have a stranger, by themselves, in your house. In this case though, Cleaning Titan, got my trust as Angelica did what she was told to perfection as the cleaning was A+.
Cleaning TitanCleaning Titan
Caitlin S.
Dasha was excellent and the house looked wonderful after her cleaning. Will definitely use again!
Brian N.
Our house looks gorgeous. We love and now use her for recurring cleanings
Alexis Lauren Cleaning ServicesAlexis Lauren Cleaning Services
Sabreena K.
This is a very professional cleaning service, I have tried and tested multiple vendors on thumbtack and struggled with the cleaning professionals’ cleaning abilities. With Quicklyn my cleaning professional needed no guidance she did an amazing job and my house was super clean! Highly recommend this service.
Megan G.
Such a professional job! My house has never been this clean or smelled this nice. Will definitely be hiring again
Sim’s Crystal 💧Sim’s Crystal 💧
Sandeep m.
Great service. The house was a mess and the cleaner did a great job. Very thorough. Will definitely use again.
Sai G.
Cleo was really good at it ! She cleaned the house like it was her own ! 100% recommended; goes above and beyond.
Sim’s Crystal 💧Sim’s Crystal 💧
Swati S.
Mariam cleaned the house very diligently. She worked efficiently and got the job done with a great eye for detail.
Nithya S.
Isabella and her team were great!! They left a spotlessly clean house. I will be definitely calling her again.
Isabella's Housekeeping LLCIsabella's Housekeeping LLC
Kevin J.
I needed my entire house , especially the oven , to be cleaned so I looked for any cleaning service I could find. I read the reviews and requested their top cleaner Angelica. All I can say is that she was definetly worth it.
Cleaning TitanCleaning Titan
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