Questions to Ask Before Cleaning Someone’s House

Questions to Ask Before Cleaning Someone’s House

Don’t be blind sided when first cleaning a new house. Questions to ask before cleaning someone’s house. It may seem to be straight forward: A client hires you, you arrive to the clients’ house, clean and then leave.

But often there are many variables through out that process. In the beginning months of my cleaning business, I would sign up a new client, and only collect their basic contact information, how they would pay me and that was about it.

But there always seemed to be some unknown that would cost us money, lost time or client frustration. So I came up with a list of what to ask new clients.

Before cleaning a clients home it is important to get as much information about them, their home and access to service to create a smooth cleaning service. You can do this by using a new client data sheet and when you are quoting the cleaning service.

New Client Welcome Forms

Before we get too far into this…if you are looking for a new client data sheet and new client welcome forms my new client welcome kit is just that. The Kit includes a Customer Data Sheet, a Welcome Letter, Client Policies and Procedures, Cleaning Checklist and a Client Referral Program.

New Client Welcome Kit for Residential House Cleaning

These are done for you forms that are ready to print and use.

 

Questions to Ask Before Cleaning Someone’s House

Questions to ask before cleaning someone's home

Below are questions that I have developed throughout the years with my cleaning business. This allowed us to offer a professional cleaning service and avoid any unwanted costly surprises.

 

Collecting important contact information:

Ask questions about who your client is and how to get ahold of them during a cleaning or after hours.

Common questions include:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email

Ask if there will be a different name on their forms of payment. Especially if they are paying by check. This will make it easier to reconcile your payments to your client.

Don’t forget to ask if they have a preferred first name.

Always ask for a second contact

If you can’t get ahold of your client and their is an emergency, who should you contact? Don’t assume if you are talking to a female that her spouse is a ‘he’. Be aware and sensitive to all different family make-ups. I like to ask for the Significant Other. Or to make it easy, just say 2nd contact who lives in the house with you.

What is the best number to reach you while we are at your home in the even of questions, emergency, or if we can’t get into the house?

If the client is not going to be at the house while you are cleaning, you will need a contact number to reach them at whether it’s a cell phone or a work number. Anything can happen while you are in the home, and you’ll want a way to get ahold of your client quickly if needed.

Collect important information about the home to help with pricing & cleaning time:

The next set of questions you want to ask about is their home. These questions will help you understand how long it will take you to clean and what types of cleaning products you should be bringing with you to the first cleaning service.

These questions will help you get a better understanding of how long it will take you to clean, so that you can more efficiently price the cleaning service.

Read this article to learn How to Price House Cleaning Services.

When was the last time you had your home professionally cleaned?

This will give you a good idea of how long the first cleaning will take. If they had their home professionally cleaned in the last 4 weeks the first cleaning will not have to take as long.

The first cleaning service will more than likely will take up to twice as long if a client has not had their home professionally cleanedlike ever.

If this is the case, you may want to suggest your client to purchase a deep clean for their first cleaning service and then regular maintenance cleaning after.

These questions will help you understand the size of the home.

Basic questions include:

  • What is the square footage of the home? You can verify this on Zillow.com
  • How many bedrooms do you have?
  • How many bathrooms do you have?

These questions will help you to know what kind of equipment, tools and cleaning supplies you need to bring to the house. These questions are really important so that you can come to the house with the right tools.

What kind of flooring do you have?

You’ll need to know if you need a vacuum for carpet or a vacuum for hard floors. If the client has hardwood floors you will want to make sure to bring your hardwood cleaner and mop. Tile flooring and other types of hard floors require different types of mops.

How many stories is the home?

Is there 1 or multiple stories. You’ll need to know this because of the extra cleaning time with the stairs. Additionally when cleaning 2 story homes you will approach cleaning a little different as it is more efficient to clean the top floor first then move down to the bottom floor.

Questions regarding Special Cleaning instructions

Ask your new client questions about any special cleaning instructions. These questions are NOT meant to cater your cleaning services for each specific client. Rather you will want to ask questions about any special no-touch items or items they hold near and dear to their hearts. This way you know the whether you should skip cleaning these items or not.

Do you have any special cleaning products you will provide? Where are they located?

The majority of maid services bring their own cleaning supplies to clean client homes. But every once in a while, a client may have a special product they use on a certain piece of furniture. It is not best practice to buy cleaning products specific to every client. Instead, if a client has a special product, they provide it. You’ll want to know where to use it and where you can find it in the house.

Do you have any family heirlooms?

This question is important because you want to know which items hold sentimental value to your clients. These are the irreplaceable items in the home. In my cleaning business these were generally ‘no touch’ items, especially if they were breakable.

Money can’t buy everything. That holds true to a ceramic vase that has been passed down from 4 generations. You will never be able to replace a family heirloom like you could a lamp that was purchased at a home goods store last year.

What are your no touch items?

There might not be a family heirloom, but some clients may have a no touch item. These items may be expensive, one of a kind or just unique and can’t be replaced. You’ll want to stay clear of them when cleaning the home.

Let the client take the responsibility to cleaning or dusting these pieces. It will save you headache (and heartache) if in the event the items get damaged during the cleaning process.

Are there any rooms in the house we should not venture into?

Sometimes you’ll have clients that may have area’s of the house they don’t want you to clean in. These could be nurseries, offices with confidential information or storage areas.

Usually, they will tell you up front, but it is always good to ask the question. It shows you care and are professional. Make sure you respect the wishes of your client and stay clear of these areas.

 

Ask questions about your clients pets before cleaning a house

Questions about your clients pet’s

Don’t get caught off guard by a large dog. Or let a cat run out of the home when you are arriving or leaving. Ask about any pets your new client may have and what to expect with them.

Do you have any pets?

It is a good idea to know your clients’ pets. You’ll be in the house for a few hours with the pets.

You also don’t want to leave a door open when carrying cleaning supplies to and from the house if they have a cat or dog. The last call I would want to make is that I allowed the dog to run out of the house.

Which leads me to the next question….

Are the pets allowed outside?Will the pet be locked up?

These are great questions to get a gauge on whether or not the pets are allowed outside. We had clients that had cats that were allowed outside. The cats would roam in and out of the house, and there was a kitty door where they could get back in.

If the client has a large dog or dog that is prone to running out of the house, it is a good idea that you request them to cage the pets during your visit, especially if the client will not be home.

What are your pets’ names?

If they have pets, write down the pets’ name. Pets are often time treated like family and children. Learning and remembering the pets name will help build report with your customer and it will show you care about their belongings.

Questions about getting into the house/locking up

Clear up any questions about how you will be getting into a clients home and how to lock up. This will save you wasting time on or accidently setting off an alarm.

Is there a gate to get into the home or complex?

Some neighborhoods will have a gate or guard at the front. With these many times there are codes that you will need for these to enter the neighborhood.

Where should we park?

This question is not always obvious. Your client will appreciate you asking the question. Answers will vary such on the left or right of the driveway, on the side of the road, on the side of the road across the street. Or if the client lives in an apartment complex or condo there may be visitor parking or service parking.

Some communities don’t allow parking on the side of the road and may result in towing or ticketing. Make sure you clear up any parking restrictions before you arrive for your first cleaning service.

How should we get into the house?

This is an important question. Many clients will not be home when you clean their house. That means you will need to know exactly how you will be entering the home.  It is best not to make assumptions here.

Some clients will provide a key, others will have garage door codes you can use, or some may want you to come into a side door rather the front. I even had clients who left a key under a planter or mat and that was how we got in.

If the client says they will leave the door open for you, or that they will meet you on cleaning day to let you in, make sure you make it very clear what time you will be there and how long you are willing to wait. Also, this is a good time to remind them of your lockout or last-minute cancelation policy. (Our lockout/cancelation policy can be found in the New Client Welcome Kit)

One thing to note here; I always presented the question saying most of our clients prefer to provide us with a key. If at any time they termed service, we would provide the keys back to the client. Having a key is the best way to prevent any lock outs or having to wait for a client to meet you at the home.

Is there an alarm/alarm code you will have to shut off when entering the home?

If there is an alarm that will be activated, you will want to get the code so that you can shut it off when entering the home. You don’t want the police showing up because the alarm went off.

Ask the client to show you how to use the alarms control panel, or do some research of your own to get an understanding on how to use it.

Most alarms will allow the homeowner to set a secondary code just for service providers. That way if they terminate service, they can inactivate the code that they give you.

If the client does not want to give you the code to the alarm because they say it will not be set on cleaning day, make it clear that if you walk into the home and the alarm does get activated, that the client is responsible for any costs associate with the alarm going off.

How should we lock up the house before we leave?

If there is an alarm code do, they want you to set it before leaving? If the client meets you at the home to let you into the house, do they want you to lock the door when you leave?

Where is the location of your central trash container?

As part of your cleaning service, you more than likely will be collecting and taking out the trash. Make sure you know where to take the trash out of the house. Most residential homes will store their outside garbage cans in the garage or on the side of the house.

For apartments and condo’s this may be in a different location than the unit.

Next Steps:

Read this article to learn how to present a house cleaning Quote to a potential customer.

Are you looking for new customers? How to find house cleaning jobs near you. OR Low cost marketing for cleaning businesses.

New Client Welcome Forms for Cleaning Businesses

Essential New Client Welcome Form Kit with fillable and ready to go forms. Just update the area’s highlighted in Yellow with your information and you are ready to print or use on your webpage.

Forms Included in the Kit

  1. New Client Welcome Letter
  2. Client Data Sheet
  3. Customer Policies
  4. Cleaning Checklist
  5. Customer Referral Program

Get the Forms Here

 

Questions to ask before cleaning someone’s house

 

How to Clean a Flat Screen TV or Computer Screen

How to Clean a Flat Screen TV or Computer Screen

This article will share with you how to clean a flat screen tv or computer screen without causing damage.

Cleaning sensitive electronics can be a nerve racking or scary experience.

Hi my name is Jason. I am a computer science professor, PC repair specialist and computer nerd.

I have been working with computers and technology before flat screen TV’s and monitors were a thing. In my profession, I have had to repair devices due to in correct cleaning habits.

If not cleaned properly, it is easy to damage the screen on a computer, Macbook, laptop or television, resulting in hundreds of dollars in repair or replacement costs.

However, cleaning these items are pretty straightforward with the proper supplies and techniques.

 

How to clean a computer or flat screen tv

 

Cleaning tv and computer without damaging the screen

A Few Do’s and Don’ts when cleaning technology:

Please note, this article may include affiliate links. You can read the full disclosure at the bottom of the page.

Make sure your device is turned off

When cleaning the device’s screen, it is important to have the device turned off before cleaning.

It is possible to damage your electronics if you clean them while they are powered on.

Ask your clients to shut down any computer or tv’s before your visit.

When the device is off it is will also be easier to get a streak-free clean because the screen will be black.

 

Never use paper towels

Paper towels or other abrasive cloths can scratch and severely damage the LED, LCD or OLED screen, resulting in unhappy clients and hundreds of dollars in damages.

To remove dust from the device’s television screen it is best to use a clean, dry microfiber or antistatic cloth.

I recommend that you have a dedicated cloth for only cleaning these types of screens to help prevent leftover residue from damaging the screen or leaving streaks.

 

Never use water

I am sure you have heard the saying that electronics and water do not mix. Well, it is not a myth….Water can damage the screen on your device, as well as the electronics inside.

If you must use a screen cleaner for streaks and smudges, it is important that you spray the cleaner on the microfiber to slightly moisten it rather than spray the cleaner directly on the screen.

This will ensure that you do not get any of the liquid on the sensitive electronics. If you can if can squeeze or ring water out of the cloth it is TOO WET!!!

 

Steps on how to clean Technology

Like dusting a room, it is best to start at the top and work your way down.  Start at the top of the device and dust the perimeter, back and cables.

This handheld microfiber duster is great for getting around and behind the technology.

It is faster than using a microfiber towel. Plus, you can run it over the cords for a quick dust.

Before cleaning the screen, it is important to dust the top and sides of the device before cleaning the screen.  LED, LCD and OLED screens create a magnetic charge that attracts dust.

If you clean the screen of the electronic device before dusting the rest of it, may result is double the work as you may have to clean the screen again.

Also, when cleaning the screen, it is best to start at the top of the device and work down to prevent falling dust from clinging to the newly cleaned screen.

 

Cleaning the computer or flat screen tv

Use a separate cloth to clean the screen than you used when dusting the perimeter, back and cables. This way you are not transferring dust onto the screen.

 

How to clean a macbook screen

How to Clean a MacBook Screen

Cleaning a MacBook screen is similar to the steps above.  Make sure your MacBook is turned off to prevent damage.  Use a dry microfiber to dust the entire device before cleaning the screen.

Since the screen is located directly above the sensitive electronics of the device, be extra careful that any electronic cleaning solution you use does not run down into the keyboard or screen bezel.

To reiterate from above, it is best to use a dry microfiber to dust the screen and use dedicated electronic cleaning wipes to remove fingerprints and smudges.

 

 

how to clean a laptop screen

How to Clean a Laptop Screen

Cleaning a laptop screen is similar to cleaning a MacBook, however, some laptops have touchscreens that may make cleaning a little more involved.

It is extremely important that the device is turned off, not only to prevent damage, but to prevent accidental input from touching the screen.

There have been a few times where I have cleaned a touchscreen only to accidentally change a setting or close some important work.

Touchscreen devices tend to get more fingerprints, smudges and grime that traditional, non-touch screens.

Using an electronic cleaning solution sprayed on the microfiber or using a pre-moistened electronic screen wipe is best for these types of devices.

 

 

how to clean a flat screen tv

How to Clean a Flat Screen tv

Similar to cleaning a MacBook screen, most flat screen tv’s do not have touchscreens.  However, these devices are much larger and can be more difficult to reach.

Often times, utilizing a dry microfiber towel is all that is needed to dust off the screen of the device.

If the TV is located in a hard-to-reach area, a cleaning pole with a microfiber duster or extender may be needed, however, take care not to damage the screen.

 

Best Products to use when cleaning a computer screen or flat screen tv

 

Cleaning Cloths safe to clean flat screen tv and Computer Screens 

For general dusting and cleaning of LCD, LED or OLED screens it is best to use a lint-free microfiber designed for electronics.

These Wisdompro microfiber cleaning cloths are great for cleaning these delicate surfaces.

The cloths can be washed and reused, however, do not wash them with detergent, fabric softener or soap as it can damage the microfiber and the electronic devices you clean with them.

 

Spray Cleaner safe for flat screen TV’s and Computer Screens

For fingerprints or smudges, it may be necessary to use a cleaner that is designed for LED, LCD and OLED screens.  Using a product such as Screen Mom Screen Cleaner Kit, is a great way to get rid of those unsightly blemishes.

Cleaner for TV and Computer screens to clean smudges off.
When using the Screen Mom Screen Cleaner Kit It is important that you spray the cleaner on the microfiber to slightly moisten it rather than spray the cleaner directly on the screen.  This will ensure that you do not get any of the liquid on the sensitive electronics.

 

Cleaning Wipes safe for Computer Screens and TV’s

If using a spray cleaner is not to your liking, you can also use a product like Endust for Electronics.

Cleaning wipes that are safe for Screen and Electronics

These pre-moistened, one-use wipes are great for a quick, smudge-free cleaning. However, make sure any wipes you use are designed for use on electronics.

Never use furniture wipes, they can contain oily chemicals that can damage your screen or leave hard to remove streaks.

 

How to clean flat screen tvs and computer screens

 

The Best Cleaning Apron’s With Pockets

The Best Cleaning Apron’s With Pockets

It’s no secret that cleaning with an apron saves you time and energy. But what should you look for when buying a cleaning apron?

Please note, this article may include affiliate links. You can read the full disclosure at the bottom of the page.

What is the purpose of a cleaning apron?

The purpose of using an apron for cleaning is that it will hold all of your cleaning supplies while you clean. 

For example when you are dusting a living room and come up to a class table, you can put your duster in your back pocket and grab the glass cleaner and microfiber cloth from your apron.

When your done cleaning the glass table to put your supplies back into your apron, grab your duster out of your back pocket and continue cleaning. 

There was no need to come back later with the glass cleaner to clean the table. You are able to clean all surfaces in a room the first time because you are carrying all of your cleaning supplies with you. 

Cool huh?!?!?

 

What is a speed cleaning apron? 

Speed cleaning is a popular phrase now a days. It was popularized by Jeff Campbell who started the company Speed Cleaning

A speed cleaning apron is just a phrase that refers to an apron that helps with cleaning efficiently and helps you clean fast. Speed cleaning aprons are durable, have pockets and loops to hold all of your cleaning tools while you clean.

 

The Best Cleaning Apron

 

 

What to look for when buying a Cleaning Apron:

Has Pockets

Having a cleaning apron with pockets is an absolute must. The purpose of the apron is to hold your cleaning tools not to protect your clothes. 

When shopping, look for an apron with ATLEAST 3 pockets or more. You’ll want to have pockets so that you have separate compartments to place small tools, clean and dirty towels. 

A cleaning apron without pockets will be a complete waste of your money and will not do much help for you when cleaning houses.

 

Has Loops

Look for a cleaning apron that has loops on the side by your hips. Have you ever put your spray bottle down to clean a surface. Then you kept cleaning only to find you forgot where you put the bottle down??? Well I have and it sucks!

Loops are great to hold your spray bottles. The lever fits nicely into the loops which makes it super easy to have your spray bottle with you at all times. Make sure to get smaller spray bottle though, the larger ones are more difficult when you are moving around quickly. They have a tendency to bump around on furniture and your legs as you walk. 

 

Is Water Resistant or Water Proof

Cleaning is a messy and a wet job. Look for an apron that will hold up to getting splashed with water. let’s face it, you will be washing down showers and have the potential to being of getting wet. 

I remember my first apron, it was great had pockets and loops and I thought wow! what a game changer. But I quickly found that it was not water resistant or water proof. I remember by the second home, my apron would be wet. My pants would be wet from soaking through the apron. 

It was uncomfortable and it did not keep my towels and tools dry while I was cleaning. It did not take me long to invest in a water proof apron.

 

Has an Adjustable clip to secure around your waist

Another mistake I made when buying my first apron was buying one with out an adjustable clip to secure around my waist. I had to tie my first apron around my waist. 

What happened is my apron would start falling down half way through the cleaning service. When you start adding your spray bottles and grab things in and out of your apron it starts to tug on the apron. If you just have a tie around your waist your apron will start falling.

I would have to keep tying and securing the apron around my waist through out the clean. It was annoying and wasted time.

Having an adjustable clip securely keeps your apron up around your waist while you are cleaning. 

 

House Cleaning Apron Reviews:

These are my top 3 picks when buying a cleaning apron, read about what features make them great and which features can be improved upon.

 

Clean Team Apron – Retails at $27.95

 Clean Team apron review

The Clean Team Apron has been around for a long time. It is a durable apron that offers pockets for all your tools and gadgets. The Clean Team is the original brand around speed cleaning and they build this apron for just that. 

This is a great apron for cleaning, the biggest down fall is that it does not do so well in the water proof arena. 

 

Pro’s to the Clean Team Apron

  • Includes small pockets at the top of the apron which are great for holding small tools such as your small detail brush or scrapers.
  • Offers customization. You can get your business name or logo embroidered on the apron and comes in 6 different colors to match your brand.
  • Has loops at the hip to hold your spray bottles.
  • Comes with an adjustable clip to secure around your waist.
 

Con’s to the Clean Team Apron

  • This apron is not water proof. Though it does come with water proof liners to help keep some of the pockets protected. 
  • Price is a little higher than other competition. But they have the name recognition and able to charge the additional price. 

 

 

Supply Maid Cleaning Apron – Retails at $23.99

Supply Maid Cleaning Apron review.

The Supply Maid apron is a little newer on the market than the Clean Team apron. It was started by a cleaning business owner.

It is a great all around arpon for Cleaning Services. Plenty of places to hold all of your tools for a hands free cleaning. 

 

Pro’s to the Supply Maid Apron

  • Is very durable.
  • Has 2 larger pockets below and 3 small pockets at the top for easy access to your tools.
  • Special tools holder. These are rings that you can attach around the belt to hold things like your duster so you don’t have to put it in your back pocket.
  • Has 2 loops at the hip to hold your spray bottles.
  • Comes with an adjustable clip to secure around your waist.
  • This apron is 100% waterproof.

 

Con’s to the Supply Maid Apron

  • Includes small pockets at the top of the apron which are great for holding small tools such as your small detail brush or scrapers.

 

 

Klever House Cleaning Tool Belt – Retails for $24.95

Klever house cleaning tool belt review

The Klever House Cleaning Tool Belt is a bit of a less conventional design than the standard apron. It is built more as a belt with extended pockets than an apron. 

I added this to my review because it was a little different than the standard cleaning apron. If you like more of the utility belt feel this one is more for you. It still checks off the majority of the must have boxes when buying an arpon for house cleaning.

Though be careful when buying, many of the reviews gave it a poor rating for quality. If this is an apron that interest you, I recommend first buying 1 and trying it out before you invest in multiple. 

 

Pro’s to the Klever House Cleaning Tool Belt

  • 6 pockets in 3 different sizes to hold different types of tools. 2 of the pockets are more like pouches which is great for keeping your cell phone safe. 
  • Special tools holder. These are rings that you can attach around the belt to hold things like your duster so you don’t have to put it in your back pocket.
  • Has loop a loop to hold your spray bottles.

 

Con’s to the Klever House Cleaning Tool Belt

  • The pockets are not very large, there is not a ton of space to hold extra clean or dirty towels. When I clean I always have multiple clean microfiber towels when cleaning the bathroom or cleaning the kitchen.
  • The pockets sit more on your hip. This can create more bulk around your waist and make it more difficult to move around furniture. 
  • There were several reviews that said the apron did not get small enough to fit their waist. Even though there is an adjustable belt, it may not get small enough for those with more of a petite build
  • Several customer reviews also gave in a low rating in quality in build. 

 

 

Conclusion:

All in all my favorite pick is the Supply Maid apron. It is still owned by a small cleaning business owner and it checks off all the must have boxes. It is waterproof, durable and has great pockets for efficient cleaning

My second runner up is the Clean Team apron. It is a great durable apron as well and is used by many house cleaning companies. 

 

The Best Cleaning Aprons with Pockets

 

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Deep Clean a Kitchen | 20 Minutes or Less

Professionally Deep Clean a Kitchen, 20 minutes or less.

When cleaning a kitchen, it is easy to spend lots of time scrubbing surfaces. It is important to not clean surfaces more than once.

There really is no reason to spend more than 20 minutes cleaning your kitchen from top to bottom.

In this article I am going to teach you how to clean a kitchen thoroughly and fast.

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Supplies needed to deep clean a kitchen

  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Microfiber Clothes
  • Razor Blade
  • Small Detail Brush
  • Stainless Steel Scrubber (if you have gas stove grills)
  • Bar Keepers friend
  • Stainless Steel cleaner (if you have a stainless-steel refrigerator)
  • Wiemam glass cook top cleaner and brush (if you have a glass stove top)
  • Long Duster

 

Click here to get my list of all my House Cleaning Supplies that I use in my Cleaning Business

 

Tips and Tricks for Deep Cleaning a Kitchen Fast

#1. Clean Top to Bottom

The most important trick with cleaning a kitchen is you want to start at the top of the surfaces and make your way down. If you clean counter tops before wiping the cabinets, you will have to wipe the counter down a second time to clean up the dust from above.

#2. Clean Left to Right

The second trick is to start on one end of the kitchen and make your way around cleaning everything in your tracks.

Do not go back to an area after you have cleaned it because you forgot to wipe an appliance down. This wastes time and you will mess up what you have already cleaned. Make sure you clean every surface the first time.

#3. Wear a Cleaning Apron

Third trick to deep clean a kitchen fast is to wear an apron and carry all of your cleaning supplies needed plus lots of extra microfiber clothes. This way you don’t have to go back to your cleaning caddy to get a tool or cleaner.

 

 

Start at the top with long dusting

Start with dusting the high and low areas of the kitchen. Dust the tops of cabinets, bottom of cabinets, window treatments, and light fixtures and any ceiling fans.

It is best to use a removable microfiber dusting wand. The microfiber will attract the dust while you are cleaning so that it does not fly everywhere.

You will be able to wash the removable microfiber after each house you clean to avoid contamination from one client to another.

Dust hard to reach areas with a long dusting wand.

 

Wet Cleaning all surfaces

Starting from the kitchen sink make your way around the kitchen cleaning with a warm damp microfiber cloth and all-purpose cleaner. Don’t clean the sink yet, this will be done right before you clean the floors.

As  you walk around the kitchen, first spot clean above cabinets if there are any spots. Use the all-purpose cleaner if needed to remove spots.

Spray the counter. Wipe down the tops and fronts of small appliances.

Wipe the counter down and brushing any crumbs or debris to the floor to vacuum up later. Do not try and catch the crumbs. This will cost you lots of extra time.

You will be vacuuming the kitchen floor and will pick up the crumbs super-fast.

Lift any small appliances or items that may be sitting on top of counters with one hand as you wipe under it with another.

For a streak free finish on the counter tops, follow up with a dry microfiber cloth. I always keep lots of extra clean and dry microfiber clothes in my cleaning apron so that I can dry surfaces after I clean them.

My clients love this. They get a streak free and non-sticky finish on their appliances and countertops. If you are cleaning granite counter tops, they have a tendency to show water marks after cleaning. Wiping with a dry microfiber towel will eliminate the water marks.

Finish an area with spot cleaning any smudges on the bottom cabinet doors.

 

Clean the Stove and range hood

Spray the stove top underneath the range hood. If there is a microwave above the stove spray the inside and outside.

Wipe the outside of the microwave and then underneath. Wipe out the inside of the microwave from top to bottom. Sweep any debris out of the microwave on to the stove or floor.

If needed get a new towel. If your towel has grease and debris don’t continue using it. You will spread the grease to other surfaces making it more difficult to clean.

Wipe the back of the wall behind the stove. If the control nozzles are on top of the stove, wipe them down now.

Clean the top of the stove, wiping any debris to the floor. Then make your way down the front of the oven door wiping it down.

For stainless-steel or glass tops, uses a dry microfiber to towel to dry water residue to prevent streaking and leave a shinny finish.

Grab a new clean towel to continue cleaning counter tops after cleaning a stove top or microwave. The grease can leave streaks and residue on the counter tops making it more difficult to clean.

 

Clean the kitchen sink

After you have made your way around the entire kitchen, you can now wash the sink.

Spray down the sink with the All Purpose Cleaner. If you have a porcelain sink, I recommend using bar Keepers friend to clean it.

Let the cleaner sit on the sink while you pack up your cleaning caddy and apron. Now is a good time to take out any trash as well.

Using a small detail brush, brush around the base of the facet, the sink drain and any crevice’s that are hard to reach with a cloth. Place brush back in your apron, and grab microfiber cloth.

Starting with the faucet, wiped down into the sink and around the edges. Once all spots are cleaned up rinse down the sink and your microfiber towel.

Don’t worry about getting your towel too clean. You are now done with it and can discard it for washing.

 

Clean the Floors

At this point all the surfaces in the kitchen should be cleaned. You are now ready to vacuum and mop the floors. If you are going to be using a steam mop, now is the time to plug it in to warm up.

Vacuum

The kitchen generally will have hard floors (tile, linoleum, laminate or wood). Use a vacuum cleaner that works well at vacuuming hard surfaces. Preferably one with out a beater brush.

Starting in the back of the kitchen, vacuum the floors. Use the hose to reach into any corners that the vacuum can not reach. Vacuum your way out of the kitchen.

Use the whisk broom to get debris from under the refrigerator, stove and dishwasher.

Mop

Depending on the types of flooring you will choose which mop will work best.

 

Begin mopping in the back of the kitchen and make your way out of the room.

If there is any food stuck to the the floor that does not come up easily with the mop use the scrapper or razor blade to quickly pick it up.

Do not spend a lot of time mopping over stuck on food. This takes to much time when you can quickly remove it with a razor blade.

 

Kitchen Cleaning FAQ’s

 

How to clean a white kitchen sink?

Bar Keepers’ Friend will be your best bet in cleaning a white porcelain sink. To clean a sink with bar keepers’ friend, first wet the sink, then sprinkle the cleaner all over the surface. Let set for a few minutes while you clean the counter tops.

Clean white porcelain sinks with Bar Keepers Friend for a deep kitchen clean
Use a microfiber cloth and clean in a circular motion all around the bottom of the sink and then up the sides of the sink. All scuff marks and stains will lift with the cleaner. Finally rinse down the sink to be sure to remove all the cleaner. Bar keepers’ friend can leave behind a grainy finish if you do not rinse well enough.

How to clean white Formica counter tops?

A Mr clean magic eraser kitchen scrubber will work great at cleaning marks and stains off of Formica counter tops. You can either wet the scrubber or use it dry. Once complete cleaning with the mr clean magic eraser then clean your counter tops as usual using an all-purpose cleaner.

How to clean white Formica counter tops and remove all stains with mr clean magic eraser. Deep clean a kitchen in less time.

How do I clean foam kitchen mats?

Your clients may have foam kitchen mats. The best way to clean foam kitchen mats is with warm water and mild soap. This process can be time consuming when cleaning each service. For your routine cleaning clients offer this service as an up charge or add it as a rotating task. In between deep cleans you can wipe the foam mat with a warm damp microfiber cloth when mopping floors.

Do not use a harsh cleaner on foam mats. This can break down the foam and ruin your clients’ mats. I also do not recommend steam cleaning them if you steam clean floors. The high heat can also degrade the material of the mat causing it to break down.

 

How do I clean a kitchen aid self-cleaning oven?

The easiest way to clean a self-cleaning oven is to set the cleaning cycle when you first arrive to a home to clean. Let the clean cycle run its course. Just before you are finished cleaning the home, you can wipe out and debris at the bottom. If there are still spots on the glass window, spray the window down with a degreaser. Let it sit for a few minutes. Take a razor blade and scrape off the residue.

 

How do I clean white glass top stoves?

Glass stove tops are notorious for leaving marks after cooking. If we want our glass stove top looking new, we have to clean it after each time we cook.

The best cleaner to clean a white glass top stove is Weiman’s glass cook top cleaner combined with the scrubbing pad.

Deep clean kitchen. How to clean white glass top stove with glass top cleaner and scrubber.
When cleaning, you don’t have to clean the whole stove top. Just use a little bit of the cleaner where there are scuff marks on the glass top. Wipe up the cleaner with a clean dry microfiber cloth and buff out any streaks.

This method leaves your glass stove top shinny and clean.

 

How to clean grease off kitchen walls?

The kitchen is notorious for grease stains on all the surfaces. The walls are not immune to getting grease splatters. To clean grease off of walls it is best to use a degreaser. This will help to cut through the grease and remove it off of the walls. Do not try and use a mr clean magic eraser for this job. The magic erasers are great at removing stains, but not great at removing grease.

Spray the wall with the degreaser then wipe it up with a warm damp microfiber cloth. Make sure to wipe up all of the degreaser. You may have to rinse out your towel or follow up with a clean damp towel to remove excess cleaner.

Once the grease is removed. Use a clean, dry microfiber to wipe down and dry the wall.

 

How to clean sticky wood kitchen cabinets?

Sticky wood cabinets tend to happen in high humidity or areas where you may cook. The sticky residue usually is from wet and grease that have settled on the surfaces from cooking. To clean sticky wood kitchen cabinets, you will want to use a degreaser. A degreaser will cut through the sticky residue on the cabinets.

If you use a wood cleaner to clean your cabinets, this will not get the sticky finish off. To clean spray a warm damp microfiber cloth with the degreaser cleaner. Then wipe down the fronts of the cabinets.

Do not spray the cleaner directly on the cabinets. This can leave behind spray marks on the finish of the wood cabinets.

Make sure to rinse the wood cabinets with a clean damp warm microfiber cloth to remove all the excess cleaner. To finish, buff out the cabinets with a dry microfiber cloth to remove all water residue.

 

How much to charge for extra cleaning tasks in the kitchen:

Upselling extra cleaning tasks is a great way to add more revenue without having to get new clients. Cleaning out a fridge or oven takes extra time, so make sure to charge your client when they request these services. It is your time

How much to charge for fridge cleaning services?

The going rate for cleaning out a refrigerator is between $25 – $45. The more food and dirty he fridge is the more you will want to charge as it will take you longer to clean.

If you are doing a move out clean or a rental cleaning service, refrigerator cleans are usually included in the cost to clean the home. And generally you would not charge extra for these types of services.

How much to charge for oven cleaning services?

Oven cleaning can take up to 2 hours depending on the size and type of oven a client has. Another factor to determine how much to charge will be how messy and when the last time the oven was cleaned. If you clean your clients ovens on a regular basis you will not need to charge as much. But if the oven looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in 5 years, it will take you longer to clean. You can charge an extra $35 – $100 dollars to clean an oven for your clients.

 

Learn how to Deep Clean a Kitchen fast.

 

Where to find House Cleaning Jobs near you

Where to find House Cleaning Jobs near you

Where to look for house cleaning jobs

If you love to clean, and you have a strong attention to detail, then you may have what it takes to be a housekeeper. You can make anywhere from $12 – $50 an hour depending on who you work for. This post will take you through how to find house cleaning jobs.

Please note, this article may include affiliate links. You can read the full disclosure at the bottom of the page.

 

House keeper jobs

 

Visit websites of local cleaning businesses in your area

Do a google search for house cleaning services in your area. Find a cleaning business you want to work for and go to their website. The large cleaning businesses such as Molly Maid, The Maids, The Cleaning Authority have employment applications directly on their website that you can apply to.

Working for these types of companies you can expect to make about $450 – $500, these include entry level jobs. Some companies will pay you by the hour, while others will pay you a percentage of the cleaning fee.

 

Search openings for large cleaning companies.

Search on Indeed.com for house cleaning jobs

Indeed is a general job posting website and is one of the most popular sites to post and find jobs. Type in the words house cleaning jobs in the search bar at the top of the site and it will provide you with a list of cleaning jobs near you. Just doing a search for house cleaning jobs near me, I was able to find 107 similar jobs within a 25 mile radius.

 

Search for local cleaning jobs on indeed.com

 

When you find a job that best meets your availability and skill set you can apply to it directly on Indeed’s website. It is easier to create a profile directly on Indeed. This way you can quickly apply for multiple cleaning jobs without having to type in your information multiple times.

Search HouseKeeper.com for house cleaning jobs

HouseKeeper.com is a job posting site for House keeping jobs. The majority of the job postings are by homeowners looking to find a house keeper for their home. You can expect to find daily or weekly housekeeping jobs, rental cleaning jobs or even caretaker cleaning services.

Most of the jobs pay by the hour anywhere from $15 – $40 an hour, with most being on the lower end of that. The number of hours you work a week will depend on the needs of the job and how many jobs you get hired for. Most of these jobs are looking for housekeeping tasks that include general cleaning, dishes, laundry, changing of linens, organization, and keeping the house tidy.

 

house cleaning jobs on housekeeper.com

 

With these housekeeping jobs you will most likely not receive training and many jobs require that you have experience. Have a few references of other houses you have cleaned ready to provide to the homeowners when applying for a job.

Benefits to working with a large company

Low Risk

When you work for another company, they are responsible for having the insurance. They carry the risk of the cleaning that you perform. For example, if the company, has you clean with a certain cleaner, and it ruins a clients floors or surface. The company is on the hook for replacing or repairing the damage, not you.

One thing to note here is to make sure you check with the company’s policies on damage and breakage. Some cleaning companies will require their employees to reimburse for breakage or damage. They may do this in reducing your pay or putting you on probation.

 

You will receive training

When you are hired on with a cleaning company, they will offer you training on how to clean houses using their systems. This is great training to learn how to clean quickly and efficiently. You will learn how to use different types of cleaning equipment and different types of cleaning products. The more houses you clean, the more you will become familiar with how different cleaning products and which products work best.

After working for a cleaning company for a while you will develop the skills to branch off on your own and start your own cleaning business. You will get lots of practice cleaning and learn what customers like and don’t like.

Though before you break out on your own, check with your companies’ policies. You may have had to sign a no compete contract meaning you agree not to start a cleaning business for a certain amount of time after leaving the company.

 

 

 

What to look for when searching for House cleaning jobs

Does the company provide workers comp insurance?

Cleaning houses does pose some safety risks such as chemical burns/irritations, slipping and falling on wet floor. You may have to step on a ladder to reach high areas and could risk falling. It is important to ask your employer if they have workers comp insurance. Insurance will protect you if you get hurt on the job. If you get hurt and the company does not have the proper insurance, you will have to pay for all medical fees and you will not get paid for your time not worked.

 

Does the company offer training?

Everyone cleans their own houses. But cleaning another person’s home takes some trained skills. Reputable cleaning services provide thorough training to their cleaning technicians. In your interview ask what their training looks like. You should expect to have a few days of working with a lead or trainer.

 

Does the company provide uniforms, or do you have to purchase your own?

Most reputable house cleaning services provide uniforms to their house cleaners. You should expect to be provided with a t-shirt and cleaning apron. I would shy away from a company that expects its house cleaners to purchase their own uniforms. There is no need for you to buy your own.

 

Do they reimburse mileage?

Driving from house-to-house costs money. If you are driving your own car you will be putting wear and tear on your vehicle and paying for the gas. Make sure the company reimburses your mileage if your expected to drive your own car. The company should reimburse you a certain amount per mile that you drive.

 

Do they pay by the hour or by the job?

Before starting any job it is important to know how you will be getting paid. House cleaning services either pay their employees either by the hour or by a percentage of a job. If you are paid by a percentage of the job, the more houses you can clean, the more money you will make.

 

 

 

Start your own house cleaning business.

This is my favorite house cleaning job. By starting your own business, you control your own schedule, how you clean, and you get all the profits. It does take more effort starting your own house cleaning business or maid service, but the rewards are totally worth it.

You can expect to make $25 – $50/ an hour cleaning houses if you own your own business. That is a lot more than if you were working for another cleaning business. If you cleaned 2 houses a day by yourself at 3 hours each, you could make $150 – $300/ per day!

The great thing about starting a cleaning business is, it does not take a lot of money to do so. As long as you have some cleaning supplies and a car you can get started. Once you start getting more clients, you can then start spending some money on advertising, promotions and some fancier tools.

If you want to learn more about how you can start your own house cleaning business visit my guide here. I go over all the steps it takes to start your own business.

 

 

The easiest way to find cleaning jobs when you own your own business is to create a website and claim your cleaning business on Google. Many homeowners look for cleaning services online, it is the new yellow pages. By claiming your business on Google you will show up for local search results for cleaning businesses in your area.

Other ways to find house cleaning jobs is to let your family and friends know you are looking for cleaning jobs. If they are not in need of house cleaning, maybe they know some one who is.

 

If you scrolled to the bottom, here is a quick list of how to find house cleaning jobs:
  1. Visit local cleaning business website for job postings
  2. Browse job postings on housekeeper.com
  3. Search house cleaning jobs on Indeed.com
  4. Start your own cleaning business

 

How to find house cleaning jobs