How to Deep Clean a Kitchen | 20 Minutes or Less

How to Deep Clean a Kitchen | 20 Minutes or Less

Professionally Deep Clean a Kitchen, 20 minutes or less.

When cleaning a kitchen, it’s 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.

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

 

 

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 the 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.

 

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

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, use a dry microfiber to towel to dry water residue to prevent streaking and leave a shinny finish. If there are marks on a glass top stove you can use a clean razor blade to remove. If you don’t feel comfortable using a razor blade, you can use this stove top cleaner.

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. This is the only cleaner that I found works best on porcelain sinks.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

 

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Professional House Cleaning Supplies List

 

House Cleaning Supplies ChecklistA comprehensive professional house cleaning supplies list.

As a professional house cleaner, you are expected to have the right supplies at the right time for the job. Your equipment and supplies are what assist you in providing that exceptional service that your clients want and expect.

Don’t show up to a client’s home without the needed cleaning supplies to clean a home. This comprehensive cleaning supplies list was created for professional house cleaners. You won’t use all of these supplies with each house you clean, but there will be times when you will need to use each of these listed.

Some house cleaning services may choose to use their client’s supplies. If you do this, you should still keep these supplies on hand as a backup in the event your client runs out of a cleaner or their vacuum breaks. You can read this article about the pros and cons of bringing your own cleaning supplies versus using your client’s supplies.

Professional cleaning services that provide the cleaning supplies needed to clean a home. When pricing new cleaning jobs companies should take into account the cost of these supplies.

Choose equipment and supplies that will work for you so that you spend less time scrubbing. With the right supplies, you can clean faster, while still maintaining a high-quality clean.

 

 

Professional House Cleaning Supplies List

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  • Vacuum, use for carpet and hard floors.
  • Steam Clean Mop – used to mop hard floors.
  • Spray Mop – used to mop Wood and Laminate floors.
  • Broom – used to sweep outside areas (porches, walkways).
  • Long Duster – used to dust ceilings, ceiling fans, high-to-reach wall hangings, and baseboards.
  • Apron – used to carry cleaning supplies on you as you clean.
  • Cleaning Caddy – used to carry all cleaning supplies into a home.
  • Small Hand Duster – used to dust small objects such as lamps and picture frames and furniture surfaces.
  • Razor Blade – used to scrap stuck on goo or heavily built-up soap scum. Great for use on glass or tile.
  • Plastic Scrapper – used to scrap up stuck on grime, usually when mopping with food stuck on floors.
  • Large Scrub Brush – used in showers and tubs.
  • Small Scrub Brush – used to clean grout lines, around sinks and faucets. Best to get 2 colors (1 for the kitchen and 1 for the bathroom).
  • Whisk Broom – used in hard-to-reach areas and to brush animal hair and dust off furniture and lampshades.
  • Plastic Cups – to rinse showers and bathtubs down when the client does not have a removable shower head.
  • Disposable Gloves
  • 50-foot extension cord – used to plug in vacuum and steam mop so that you can vacuum larger areas without having to find another outlet.
  • 5 & 10 Gallon plastic bags – used to line bathroom garbage cans. The client loves the detail thought and makes it easier to empty and keep cans clean.
  • 2-step step stool – used to reach high areas in a home. Usually, liability insurance will not allow higher than a 2-step ladder. Check your insurance if you decide to go with a larger one.
  • All Purpose Cleaner – used on most bathroom and kitchen surfaces.
  • Heavy Duty Cleaner – used for tough jobs. Great for build-up in showers and bathrooms.
  • Glass Cleaner – Any glass cleaner will work. We diluted an essential oil cleaner and worked awesomely and smelled great. You can even use a mixture of vinegar and water. 
  • Bar Keepers Friend – used for porcelain sinks or stainless steel. This was the best way we found to get porcelain sinks to look brand new.
  • Wood polish/cleaner – used on wood furniture only when the client requested it. This is a light cleaner that can be sprayed directly on your microfiber dusting cloth and does not take much buffing.
  • Stainless steel cleaner – used in the kitchen on stainless steel appliance surfaces.
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Microfiber cleaning cloths – used to clean all surfaces. Get 4 separate colors each for bathrooms, kitchens, dusting, and glass cleaning.
  • Terry Cloth towels – used to buff out glass and mirrors.
  • Toilet bowl brush – I highly recommend you use your clients. It is not fun carting around a used toilet brush. If you do though, purchase one with a sealed lid like the one shown in the link.

 

 

A few rules to follow when bringing house cleaning supplies to a clients home.

#1  Always use the same supplies.

All cleaning supplies work differently and leave a different clean. By using the same supplies, you’ll become very familiar with how to use them. And secondly, you will provide a consistent cleaning service. Once you find the supplies that work for you and your business stick with them.

 

#2  Always keep backup cleaning supplies.

You don’t want to arrive at a job and run out of toilet bowl cleaners halfway through the job. When we cleaned houses, we always kept backup cleaning supplies in the car. This way when we arrived at a house to clean, we would fill up our cleaning bottles before we went into the house.

 

#3  Use quality products.

Stay away from dollar store cleaners or off-brands. They do not clean as well as premium cleaning supplies.

By buying quality house cleaning supplies you will provide a better cleaning service for your clients. Plus you will have to do less scrubbing because the cleaning products will work better at cutting through soap scum, grease, and grim.

 

#4 Buy Cleaning Supplies in Bulk as much as you can.

Save money and the environment by purchasing your cleaning solutions in bulk and not by individual-use bottles. Cleaners that you buy at the store for single use are diluted with water and create lots of extra waste that ends up in the landfill.

Purchase quality reusable spray bottles (16 oz fits best when using a cleaning apron) and add your own water. This will save you lots of money in the long run. You can also be proud that your business is environmentally friendly by reducing the waste that it generates.

 

#5 Properly label all cleaning supplies.

When you are buying in bulk and diluting your own cleaning solution it is VERY important to label all spray bottles so that you know what cleaner is in them. Don’t make the mistake of spraying the wrong cleaner on a delicate surface that can be damaged.

Never mix cleaning solutions in your spray bottles. If a bottle was used for All Purpose cleaning ONLY fill that bottle with All Purpose cleaner. Cleaning solutions are chemicals and will create a chemical reaction when mixed, so never repurpose a spray bottle for a different type of cleaner.

 

#6 Maintain your equipment for cleanliness and safety.

Keep your equipment and supplies looking clean and in working condition. Don’t bring broken down and dirty equipment into a client’s home. They will notice and this does not look positive for your cleaning business.

Have a nightly routine where you clean out your vacuum filters. We always had extra so we could clean filters each night with hot water. Wipe down all other equipment including mops, steamers, dusters, and any other equipment you may have.

Wipe down all spray bottles after each cleaning service, you can do this while you are topping them off to prepare for the next house. Clean out your cleaning caddies each evening and never toss garbage or dirty towels in them to help keep them clean and sanitary.

 

Email Marketing for Maid Services

Email Marketing for Maid Services

Email Marketing for Maid Services: Looking to increase your customer service experience for your cleaning customers??? Competition is fierce, it is SOOO VERY important to constantly add value for your customers. Communication is key to keeping clients happy, this is why email marketing for maid services is important.

Improve your communication with your house cleaning clients with these emails to send to your house cleaning clients to keep them informed and up-to-date on their service. Receive frequent feedback, and provide a platform for increased client feedback, reviews, and even client referrals.

Sending regular emails is a simple way to add value by increasing your customer service and improving your communication.

 

Email Marketing for Maid Services

Reminder Emails/Text messages prior to the Cleaning Service.

Reminder emails are super easy emails to add to your email marketing, but they are important ones. The email does not have to be fancy but just has to remind your customer of the scheduled cleaning they have coming up.

Also, use this email as a way to upsell and ask your client if there are any additional tasks they would like you to clean while you are there.

Why I love reminder emails. They serve several purposes…

  • They let your customer know you care about providing a high-quality service to meet their needs
  • It provides a platform for your customers to provide feedback
  • It provides a friendly reminder to your client that you or your cleaners will be there the next day.
  • It keeps our name in front of your customer. (You never know when they may run into a friend who is looking for a reliable house cleaner.

My clients LOVED the reminder.

They never forgot about the cleaning. It gave them time to get their house ‘cleaning’ ready. It significantly reduced the number of times I or my cleaners were locked out because the client forgot we were coming (this costs you LOTS of money BTW).

Payments were made in a timelier manner because clients were reminded to provide payment.

The emails also created more dialog between us and the clients. Clients would respond to the email as a way to let us know of any changes in the cleaning routine, so no surprises when we showed up. Like the kids will be home from school. Or, we have company, please don’t clean the guest room.

Follow up Client Emails to send after the Cleaning Service

Following up after the cleaning service is just as valuable as sending out a reminder email. What reminder emails do is improve your customer service as well as get very VALUABLE FEEDBACK from your customers.

When sending a follow-up email to your house cleaning clients you will ask how their service was AND ask your client to review their service.

When asking how their service was, remind your client that your House Cleaning Business offers a 100% money-back guarantee. If you forgot to clean a toilet (this happened to me!!!), then show up that evening or the next day and make it right by cleaning the toilet.

By asking your client upfront about how satisfied they were with the cleaning service, it allows you the opportunity to fix it. Everyone makes mistakes, it is how we correct the issue. If you correct it your client will appreciate and trust your service.

Then finish the email asking for a review and linking to your online review site of choice. I recommend funneling your reviews straight to Google, but you can add others.

Email marketing for maid services helps get consistent reviews which increase Google Maps Ranking. In your follow-up email to your house cleaning client, ask them to leave a review and include a link to your Google My Business Page.

Click here to learn how to set up your Google My Business Page if you don’t already have one.

Bottom line is, if you are not sending communications to your clients before and after the cleaning service, you need to start now.

Follow up after inactivity of service greater than 6 weeks

For clients who used your service 1 time, send them an email periodically inviting them to come back. You can offer a promo code or an enticing offer to make it appealing.

For clients you haven’t seen in a while, invite them back with an offer as well. But make sure to reach out and touch base before sending the offer. You want to let them know you care and want their business.

Some clients, will not have the budget to hire a regular cleaning service. Instead, they may hire a cleaning service just for holidays or maybe once every couple of months.

Sending periodic emails, keeps them thinking about you and provides an easy way for them to get in contact with you for their next cleaning.

Discounts and promotions/Holiday Specials

You can also use email to promote discounts and special promotions you are running. If you are going to offer a discount, I recommend making it significant like 50% off the first cleaning.

Make sure when sending promotional emails that the offer is an attention-grabber. Who wouldn’t want their house cleaned for half price?

You will want to send these types of emails sparingly as you don’t want to devalue your services. But, a well-timed promotional email can bring in some great new business!

Sample Email Subject Lines to use for emails to send to house cleaning client:

  • Time for a Spring Cleaning?
  • We’ve Missed You!
  • Your House Cleaning Service
  • Welcome Back!
  • Holiday Cleaning Specials
  • Gift the Gift of a Clean House
  • New Year, New You!
  • Spring Cleaning Discounts
  • Summer Cleaning Specials
  • Fall Cleaning Service
  • Winter’s Coming, Time to Get Your House Cleaned!

Have writer’s block and need some email templates to plug and play? I created these email templates just for you so that you can copy, paste, and send them to your clients.

How to send mass emails to your clients

There are many ways to send mass emails to your house cleaning clients. I recommend using an email marketing service like ConvertKit, Active Campaign, or MailChimp.

Each of these services has a free or reduced-price plan so you can test them out and see which one you like best. They all have slightly different features, but they will all allow you to easily.

Why you should not send mass marketing emails through your personal email account

If you don’t use an email marketing service and instead try to send mass emails through your personal email account, you are taking a big risk.

Your personal email account could get flagged as spam and you could get blacklisted by your email provider. This would make it very difficult to send emails in the future, not just to your clients, but to anyone.

Another risk is that your email could get hacked. If you are sending mass emails through your personal email account and it gets hacked, the hacker will then have access to all of your contacts. This could lead to a lot of problems down the road.

It is just not worth the risk.

Looking for easy done-for-you emails. Get these 27 email templates and over 50 subject lines.

Cleaning Service Email templates

Choosing an email marketing program for your cleaning business

The program should be able to segment your list. Email segmenting for your cleaning business will help you to send emails to your list that are relevant to them.

For example, you would not want to send a 1 time cleaning special to your clients who already are on a bi-weekly cleaning service.

Email Segmenting could look something like this for your cleaning business:

  • those who have hired you before, but not on a rotational cleaning plan
  • those who have requested a quote but did not hire you
  • Those who are on rotational cleaning service
  • Those who signed up for your mailing list, but never requested a quote or hired you yet.

Look for a program that has forms and landing pages as a feature.

Programs like ConverKit and Active Campaign have easy-to-build forms that you can easily add to your website.

When website visitors visit your webpage they can sign up for your newsletter. Those sign-ups can be segmented and automatically imported into your email list.

Your email program must have automation

When you are a one-pony rodeo, you don’t have a ton of extra time to send out individual emails all the time.

Automation allows you to build an email funnel where you can assign an email sequence for your email list to send automatically for you. You create the emails, then schedule when they should be sent.

ConvertKit Review for House Maid Services

ConvertKit is an email marketing service that was originally designed for creators. But they have grown their audience and make a great option for small House Cleaning businesses looking to grow.

They offer a free plan for up to 300 subscribers. The plan includes segmenting, unlimited forms, landing pages, and broadcasts. You do have to purchase the $9 monthly plan to get the function of the automated sequence.

What I like about ConvertKit is that they make it very easy to segment your list and send targeted emails. They have an easy drag-and-drop platform. Meaning you don’t need to be super techy to use it.

ConverKit for Cleaning Businesses

Mail Chimp Review for Maid Services

Mail Chimp is one of the most popular email marketing services. They offer a free plan for up to 500 subscribers with 2500 emails that can be sent. The free plan does not include segmenting. But does include unlimited forms and landing pages. You do have to purchase the $11 monthly plan to get the function of the automated sequence.

Mail Chimp for Cleaning Businesses

Active Campaign review for Maid Services

Active Campaign is a great email marketing service for larger small businesses. Their billing is based on the # of subscribers you have.

What is nice about that is, you can get more functionality for a lesser price tag when you have a smaller list.

Their lowest plan starts at $9/ for up to 500 subscribers and gets you automation, segmenting, and forms. The lite plan however does not include landing pages if that is something you were looking to have.

Active Campaign for Cleaning Businesses

Why you need janitorial bonding insurance

Why you need janitorial bonding insurance

When starting a cleaning business, one of the most common questions is, do I need to get bonded or what is bonding insurance?

Many people think that a bond is required to start a cleaning business, but this is not always the case. However, it is highly recommended to purchase a janitorial service bond when starting out in the industry.

This blog post will discuss what it means to have a bond as a cleaning service and how to get one.

Please note the information in this article is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Consult with a legal professional to address your specific legal needs.

Bonding insurance provides peace of mind for you and your customers. When you hold a janitorial service bond, your customers are protected from theft by your business or its employees. This gives your clients peace of mind when hiring you and helps build a level of trust and assurance that you are a serious business owner who cares about your clients and their homes.

 

 

1. What is bonding and why do you need it as a business owner

When you purchase a bond for your cleaning business, you are essentially providing peace of mind for your clients.

This policy protects your customers from any financial loss they may suffer as a direct result of theft, fraud, or dishonesty on your part or that of your employees.

When an incident occurs, the bonding company will investigate the claim and pay out damages if your company is found liable for criminal acts.

For example, if one of your employees steals from a client, the bond will cover the cost of the damages. This type of coverage is important for businesses that deal with sensitive material or valuables.

The layer of protection gives your clients peace of mind knowing that there is protection in place in case of an unfortunate event.

Your client may feel more comfortable hiring your company over another knowing that you have taken the extra steps to protect their valuables by becoming bonded.

One difference between a bond from an insurance policy is that a claim that is paid by the bonding company has to be repaid. Whereas when an insurance claim is paid against a policy it does not have to be repaid.

 

 

2. How much does bonding cost and what are the benefits

The cost of bonding insurance varies depending on the size and scope of your business. For a cleaning business, the average bond purchased ranges from $5,000 to $100,000.

The cost of the bond will vary based on the amount of your bond, your company size, risk factors, where you are located, and other varying factors.

It is a good idea to purchase liability insurance in conjunction with your bond to better protect your business.

 

 

3 How to choose the right bonding company for your business

It is important that you do your research when selecting a bonding company as not all are created equal.

When I started my cleaning business, I first got a quote from my car insurance company. I then called around to a few local brokers to get quotes as well.

I ended up working with a local insurance broker who was able to shop around for my business needs.

Insurance Brokers are easy to work with as they can help you shop around for other business insurance as well that will better protect you and your cleaning business.

You can check with your local chamber of commerce to see if there are any registered insurance brokers that you can work with as well.

 

 

4. What to do if something goes wrong

Bond insurance for breakage

Hopefully, you will never have to tap into your janitorial bonding insurance while running your business. But in the chance that you do, there are a few things you can do now to be prepared.

When something goes wrong and you need to file a claim against your bond, you will first need to file a police report. Many companies will not pay out a claim without a conviction.

Once you have filed the police report, you will then need to contact your surety company and provide them with a copy of the report.

Your surety company will then investigate the claim and if they find that your business is liable, they will pay out the damages up to the amount of the bond you purchased.

It is important to have a company policy in place in case something happens. Check with your bonding company on what they require for reporting purposes and use this as a guide to create your policy.

It is helpful to create an incident report form where you can record all the information revolving around the claim. As soon as your client reaches out to you regarding a possible theft (do this for damages as well) send them your incident form and have them record when the item when missing, a description of the item, and what value the item may be

 

 

5. What happens if you don’t get bonded when starting a cleaning business

In most cases, a bond is not legally required to start a cleaning business. But it is highly recommended to purchase a bond when starting a cleaning business.

1. You may not win the bid

When new clients are getting quotes from cleaning services, it is likely they will ask you if your business is bonded and insured.

The Cleaning Busines that can prove they are, will have a greater chance of getting hired for the job.

Related Article: How to Quote House Cleaning Services

2. You may have to pay upfront when something goes wrong

If something goes wrong and you are not bonded, you may be liable for damages out of your own pocket when they occur. This can put a strain on a small business that may not have the cash to pay out for the loss of expensive items and ultimately ruin your business.

It is not worth the risk of not getting bonded when starting a cleaning business. The peace of mind and protection it provides is invaluable.

I hope this article has helped you understand why it is important to get bonded when starting a cleaning business.

 

 

Continue Reading: Insurance Policies your House Cleaning Business may need.

The Best All-Purpose Cleaner for Cleaning Services

The best all-purpose cleaner for cleaning services. Imagine, you’re cleaning your clients’ house and you realize that you’re going to need a special cleaner for the fingerprints on the window.

Do you have any cleaners that are safe to use around your children and pets? Will they clean fingerprints, dirt, and grease?

Not all cleaners are created equal, and using the wrong one can damage surfaces or leave behind streaks and spots. If you are a professional cleaner, it is important to have the best all-purpose cleaner for your cleaning service. You need one that is versatile, tough, but also safe for you and your clients.

In this blog post, we will discuss the best all-purpose cleaners for cleaning services. We will also provide tips on how to use them safely and effectively!

What to look for when buying the best all-purpose cleaner for cleaning services.

When you are looking for a new cleaner, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

The option to buy in bulk

It is important to purchase your all-purpose cleaner in bulk. This will help you save money in the long run and ensure that you always have enough cleaner on hand.

When I purchase my all-purpose cleaner I would use a gallon jug to create my mix. I would create a heavy-duty all-purpose cleaner for deeper cleanings or in bathrooms where soap scum builds up quickly. Then I create a lighter all-purpose cleaner that I would use for almost all of my recurring clients.

These gallons would ride along in the back of the car. This way when I was done cleaning a client’s house, I could top off the spray bottles before cleaning the next house.

Consider how easy the cleaner is to use.

The best all-purpose cleaner for cleaning services will not require a lot of scrubbing. You don’t want to have to spend a lot of time scrubbing surfaces or worrying about damaging them. Look for a cleaner that is tough and can cut through grease and grim often found in kitchens and soap scum build-up in bathrooms.

There is a saying in the cleaning industry: Use a cleaner that will work for you, not one that you work for it.

Find a cleaner that is safe on most surfaces.

Every professional house cleaner knows that no two houses are the same. Cleaning houses, you will come across many different surfaces. Think about what kinds of surfaces the cleaner is safe for. Look for cleaners that are easy to use and safe on a variety of surfaces. The last thing you want is to end up with streaks or damage because you used the wrong cleaner on a sensitive surface.

Avoid cleaners with harsh chemicals that can be harmful to your health and the environment.

Instead, opt for cleaners that are made with natural ingredients and are safe for both you and the planet. You will be exposed to these cleaning chemicals all day, several days a week. Respect yourself, and use cleaners that will not harm your health.

Environmentally friendly cleaners use to get a bad reputation for not being effective. You would have to use more elbow grease just to get the tough jobs cleaned. That is not the case anymore. With the new technology, these cleaners are just as tough on grime and dirt but are safe for you to use.

Consider the scent of the cleaner.

Some people prefer cleaners with a light scent, while others prefer ones that are heavy-duty and have a strong smell. You will be cleaning lots of different homes with lots of different customers. It is best to stick with a light-scented cleaner that most people can tolerate.

You will come across clients who will want you to use harsh chemicals, such as bleach. You will have to decide if this is something you are willing to do. If you are not, be sure to state this in your Client Policies that all new clients receive. This way the expectation is clear and upfront from the beginning.

How to use all-purpose cleaners effectively.

Now that you know what to look for to get the best all-purpose cleaner for your cleaning service, let’s talk about how to use them effectively.

Always read the label before using any cleaner.

Reading the label will give you important information about how to use the product safely and effectively.

Never mix your all-purpose cleaner with other cleaners. Mixing cleaners can be dangerous and can lead to harmful chemicals being released into the air.

Unless you have a chemistry degree and know what is safe and not safe to mix, always follow this rule. You don’t want your client to come home to you passed out on the floor.

Make sure you are using the right amount of cleaner.

More does not mean better when it comes to using an all-purpose cleaner. Follow the instructions on the label to avoid damaging surfaces or leaving behind streaks.

Using too much cleaner can leave behind traces of the cleaner. The leftover residue tends to attract dust and leaves surfaces looking dirty. This is when streaks can happen and that sticky feeling that can happen a surface is cleaned.

Have you ever walked over a recently mopped floor and your shoes stuck to it? What caused that sticky feeling is the floor cleaner was not properly rinsed and therefore left behind residue. This is a common complaint for wood or laminate flooring, so I wrote a bog post on how to best clean these types of floors, you can read it here.

How about granite. Have you ever cleaned granite countertops only to have streaks left behind? This doesn’t exactly give that sparkling clean look you want to be selling.

Using too little all-purpose cleaner will cause you to work harder. When you don’t apply enough all-purpose cleaner to the surfaces you are cleaning, or if you dilute your concentrated cleaner with too much water you are going to have to work twice as hard to get surfaces cleaned. Even the best all-purpose cleaner will not be effective if it is not being used at the correct strength.

So, when you are purchasing the best all-purpose cleaner in bulk, make sure you are using the correct water to cleaner ratio. This will ensure you use just the right amount of cleaner and leave behind shiny surfaces with no streaks or sticky residue.

The best all-purpose cleaner for cleaning services.

With so many options out on the market, I have narrowed down my top 3 best all-purpose cleaner for cleaning services that check off all the boxes listed above. Any of these cleaners I would use in my cleaning business.

Because there are so many choices, I recommend trying each out first to see which all-purpose cleaner works best for you and your cleaning style.

Better Life All-Purpose Cleaner

 

Best all-purpose cleaner for cleaning services - Better Life

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This natural all-purpose cleaner is very powerful. It can clean things better than cleaners that make your eyes water. Your clients will enjoy the soft scent of sage and citrus in this cleaner as well as the friendly ingredients.

Not only is this all-purpose cleaner powerful but it’s versatile too! You can spray it, wipe it, and see how it cleans scuff marks on the wall, spilled juice on the floor, peanut butter on the counter, bacon grease on the stove, toothpaste on the vanity, or coffee spills on the couch.

Eco Blast

 

Best all-purpose cleaner for cleaning services - Eco Blast

 

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Eco Blast is a powerful, non-toxic cleaner that can be used for heavy-duty cleaning or light general cleaning. It’s safe to use around the house and has a light natural smell.

You can use Eco Blast for homes (kitchens, bathrooms, kids toys, pet messes), power washing, brick/masonry, spot removing, carpet, granite/stone, kitchen countertops, marine and RV’s, ovens/grills, toilets, tub/tile, upholstery, and wood. It’s the perfect all-in-one cleaner!

Speed Cleaning’s Red Juice

 

Best all-purpose cleaner for cleaning services - Red Juice

 

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Red Juice is a powerful liquid cleaner that is biodegradable, odor-free, and safe for use around people. It is made from environmentally friendly ingredients such as seaweed and soybean extract. It is also non-toxic and unscented. Red Juice is a safe cleaner that you can use anywhere in the house. It will clean fingerprints, dirt, and grease. It is also safe to use on most surfaces in a house.

How to save money on the best all-purpose cleaner for your cleaning service.

Save money by buying in bulk

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a good all-purpose cleaner. One of the most expensive ways to buy an All-Purpose cleaner is by purchasing them from your local grocery or box store.

These stores sell single-use cleaners that can cost upwards of $5 a pop and often you can use half a bottle in a client’s home. If you are cleaning 10 homes a week, that is $25 a week. And you still have to buy other cleaning supplies on top of that.

You can purchase a 1 gallon concentrated all-purpose cleaner for $70 and get 80 16 oz spray bottles. If purchased separately that would be $400! And then think, where would all those empty spray bottles go after each use?

Purchase with subscription services

If you are purchasing from Amazon, there is an option to select Subscribe and Save. This is just another option to save additional money. Before you sign up for this though, try out the cleaner to make sure it is a good fit for you. Once you find your perfect all-purpose cleaner then choose this option to save additional $.

Tips and tricks for using all-purpose cleaners safely and efficiently

Dilute according to product instructions

Be sure to read all labels correctly. Over diluting your all-purpose cleaner will make it less effective, creating more worth for you. If you find your all-purpose cleaner is not working very well, try adding a little more concentration to see if that doesn’t help get the job done.

On the flip side, not adding enough water can lead to using too much cleaner. This can damage more sensitive surfaces, leave behind streaky and stick residue and cost you more money in cleaner.

Create a heavy-duty and light-duty solution.

The heavy-duty solution can be used on tough jobs such as stoves and ovens. In bathrooms where there are hard water stains and soap scum build-up.

The light solution is what you will use for most surfaces when cleaning your regularly recurring clients. When a home is cleaned regularly a lighter cleaner will be sufficient enough to get the job done.

Use a damp microfiber with warm water when cleaning

This helps to rinse the surface off and leave behind a clean finish. When cleaning surfaces that tend to show water marks, I will follow up with a dry microfiber cloth to remove any standing water and buff surfaces clean.

For lighter cleaning, most all-purpose cleaners do not have to get rinsed off. Using a damp cloth and rinsing it regularly should pick up the cleaner and not leave any behind.

But with deeper cleaning like in sinks, bathtubs, and showers you will more than likely be using more cleaner than for vanities and kitchen countertops. In this case, giving a good rinse will help to wash away all the buildup that you just scrubbed off.

Wear gloves to avoid skin irritation.

Even though you will be purchasing an all-purpose cleaner that is made up of safe chemicals, they still can cause some skin irritation. It is best to wear gloves to avoid contact with your skin. Plus anytime you are cleaning someone’s house, you should always wear gloves.

 

There you have it, the Best All-Purpose Cleaner for cleaning services. What to look for when buying them, how to use them effectively, and little tips and tricks.

 

 

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Why you should STOP using your Clients Cleaning Supplies

Why you should STOP using your Clients Cleaning Supplies

Should I bring my own cleaning supplies to clean a client’s house? YES!!!!  Keep reading to learn why.

Most new house cleaners ask this question. It is an investment to purchase cleaning supplies for your new cleaning business. And what happens if the business doesn’t work out?

But on the flip side, if you use your own cleaning supplies, there is no learning curve. You already know how all the equipment works. You can clean faster and know what to grab for each surface.

If using your client’s supplies, you will have to read labels and learn how to use the equipment.

Download this Cleaning Supplies checklist.

House cleaning supply checklist.

I did a survey of my email subscribers to get their answers to this as well. And it turns out 91% bring their own cleaning supplies to their client’s house.

This falls in line with the business model I teach. It’s what I recommend for those that are building a business and not just planning on cleaning part-time here and there. This post will help you decide which is best for your business.

Bring your own cleaning supplies

When the Maid should bring the Cleaning Supplies

Bringing the cleaning supplies for cleaning jobs will work best for the following business models:

  • For cleaning persons that will be cleaning full time on their own.
  • Business owners who will be cleaning and eventually hiring employees to help clean.
  • Businesses that will only be hiring employees to do the cleaning.

It is easier to clean more efficiently and to maintain a consistent service when maid services bring their own cleaning supplies and equipment. When cleaning multiple homes a day the importance of cleaning efficiently becomes more important because when you save 15 minutes in one home that can translate to an hour a day or 5 hours a week. That’s like cleaning 1 to 2 houses in waisted time.

 

So here are my why’s to bringing your own equipment and supplies to each home you clean:

You can ensure that you know how to use the products and equipment

The more you use the same cleaning supplies and equipment, the more your cleaning routine becomes second nature. You’ll be able to clean with your eyes closed (NOT recommended though!).

When you use the same cleaning supplies over and over, you naturally get faster at cleaning. When you clean faster, you can clean more houses in a day and you will make more money.

You know that the equipment is properly maintained and will work

When bringing your own house cleaning supplies, you know the equipment is being taken care of. (Hopefully, you are servicing your cleaning equipment each evening and washing your towels.) With proper maintenance, you know that your cleaning equipment will be working properly….hopefully with no surprise breakdowns!

What if you get to the client’s home and their vacuum breaks, maybe the motor goes out or the electric source becomes loose and no longer works? You will be left without the proper equipment to finish the job.

Or, what if you get to the house and the homeowner is all out of bathroom cleaner. Maybe they forgot to pick some up before Cleaning Day. Or all they have is Windex. Have you ever tried to clean a shower with Windex? I don’t want to! I can’t imagine the soap scum will come off.

When a house cleaning service brings their own equipment they will have control over how well the equipment will work and ensure they have enough cleaning supplies to get the job done.

You know that you are using cleaning products that work effectively

Why do you purchase the All Purpose cleaner that you bought? More than likely, it is because you know it works, and it works well!

Your client may purchase cleaning products because of some fancy marketing, but it could be crap to clean with. Imagine scrubbing a shower and the soap scum doesn’t budge.

Your arm will hate you, and you will have wasted time cleaning that shower. If you had YOUR cleaner and maybe a razor blade, you could have had that shower cleaned in half the time…Am I right?

You become familiar with how the products work with the cleaning process that you have built and designed

You’ll know what products to use in the kitchen, and which products work better in the bathroom. Or think about your cleaning towels, do you have a favorite kind to use for bathrooms versus dusting? Do you like to use a feather duster, hand cloth, or hand-held micro-duster?

What about a long duster that is versatile, where you can extend to clean the tops of ceilings, but then bend it to dust the ceiling fans without getting a new tool?

By bringing your own house cleaning supplies and equipment, you’ll be able to build the cleaning process that you can use for each house you clean.

You can control the size of the bottles so that they fit into your apron

Your client is not purchasing cleaning supplies with your cleaning apron in mind. When you buy cleaning supplies, you should be buying in bulk and then filling smaller bottles that will fit neatly on hooks attached to your apron.

I recommend purchasing 16oz reusable spray bottles and filling them. Make sure to label them well with a printed label covered in tape. I tried using a permanent marker, but it has a tendency to rub off quickly from the cleaning supplies.

It shows professionalism

Most professional house cleaning businesses and cleaning ladies come equipped with their own cleaning supplies. You are providing a full house cleaning service. Your client is hiring you to do the cleaning and buy the supplies.

You wouldn’t hire a plumber and expect to provide the tools? You probably don’t even own the tools he would need to do the work. This is the same with your clients and house cleaning.

It allows you to charge more for the cleaning services

This is my favorite reason, it allows me to charge what other large cleaning services are charging. My clients will see me as a legit cleaning business and not just a lady that cleans their house for them.

By bringing your own supplies and equipment, you are investing in your business. You are saving your clients the time and money it would take for them to purchase the supplies. This equals a higher level of service and so, you are able to charge more to cover the cost to supply the equipment.

When the Homeowner should supply the cleaning supplies

If you are getting into cleaning as a part-time gig

For those starting a side hustle and only planning on cleaning for 5 or fewer clients, then I recommend using your client’s supplies. At 5 clients or less, it does not make sense to purchase the cleaning equipment (vacuum, mop, and cleaning supplies). It will take you longer to recoup the costs of purchasing the supplies and equipment.

If you are going to charge by the hour

If you are charging by the hour for cleaning tasks then it is ok to use your client’s supplies. Charging by the hour will ensure you are paid for the additional time it will take to learn how to use your client’s cleaning supplies and adjust to different products.

If you provide the client with a list of cleaning supplies to purchase

Some cleaning ladies/companies may decide to provide a list to the client on what cleaning supplies to purchase for them to provide for each cleaning. This is not a common practice. Many homeowners will not want to do this.

If you are part of the 9% who use their client’s supplies, make sure you follow these tips:

Give your client a list of the products that you use. This way at least you will be familiar with the products you will be using.

Charge an hourly rate rather than a flat fee for your cleaning services. You will not be able to replicate your cleaning system, therefore each home will be cleaned differently and will vary in how long it takes you to clean.

Etiquette when bringing cleaning supplies to your client’s house

Make sure the equipment is in tip-top shape.

Don’t bring broken down or dirty vacuums, in fact, you should be cleaning your vacuum filters out each day. I always kept extra filters for each vacuum that we had. This way I would wash one and while it dried, I would use another one.

Have the right supplies

Make sure you’re stalked with the right cleaning products to clean your client’s surfaces (stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, grout, and specialty surfaces). The best approach here is to purchase a safe All Purpose Cleaner that you can use on all surfaces.

Don’t run out of supplies

Stock your car each day so you don’t run out of cleaning supplies halfway through the day. In my business, we purchased most of our cleaning supplies in gallon quantities. So I kept a gallon of the cleaner in the car, and when we were packing up the car after a house, we topped off each cleaning bottle. This way we had plenty for the next house.

Keep your cleaning caddy neat and organized

Don’t bring a dirty cleaning caddy to your client’s home. Your equipment and supplies will be a reflection on you and your business and you don’t want to appear messy and unorganized. It’s best to wipe out your caddy each night as part of your end-of-day tasks. This way it is clean and ready to go for the next day.