Why you should STOP using your Clients Cleaning Supplies

Should I bring my own cleaning supplies to clean a clients 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 know what to grab for each surface.

If using your clients 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 answer to this as well. And it turns out 91% bring their own cleaning supplies to their clients 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.

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 eye’s 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 break downs!

What if you get to the clients 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 your process that you have built and designed

You’ll know what products to use in the kitchen, 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 tops of ceilings, but then bend it to dust the ceiling fans without getting a new tool?

By brining your own house cleaning supplies and equipment, you’ll be able to build your 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 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 less clients, then I recommend using your clients 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 clients supplies. Charging by the hour will ensure you are paid for the additional time it will take to learn how to use your clients cleaning supplies and adjusting 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 clients 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 clients 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 your stalked with the right cleaning products to clean your clients surfaces (stone counter tops, 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 half way 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 clients 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.

 

 

Start a Cleaning Business in Colorado

Start a Cleaning Business in Colorado

Start a cleaning business in Colorado. Homeowners pay an average of $170 to get their house cleaned in Colorado. imagine if you cleaned 2 houses a day that would be an average of $340 a day and $1,700 a week!

The majority of cleaning companies are made up of small businesses. There can be little start up cost involved and as you grow your cleaning business, you can add on the fancy tools.

 

How to start a Cleaning Business in Colorado

This guide includes resources for starting a cleaning business in Colorado. Visit the states Business Organizations page to learn more about running a business in Colorado.

 

Decide what type of cleaning service you will offer

There are many different types of cleaning business you can start in Colorado.

  • Recurring House Cleaning
  • Rental Cleaning
  • Hotel Cleaning
  • Foreclosure cleaning
  • Office cleaning
  • Move out cleaning service
  • Restaurant Cleaning

Choose a name for your cleaning business

When choosing a name, you will want to consider SEO (search engine optimization, how new clients will find you on the internet) and the name should represent what your business does. This way when some one hears your business’s name, they know your are in the business of cleaning houses.

To brainstorm a name for your cleaning business, start with the words Maid, Cleaning and Service. Put these words at the top of a sheet of paper.

Then start writing as many adjectives and adverbs that match your company. This will help you to create a list of possible business names for you to choose from.

Once you choose a name you will need to verify, no other businesses are registered with the same name in Colorado. You can do a Business Name search here to verify your business name is available in Colorado.

Start a House Cleaning Business in Colorado

Choose a Business Structure for your Cleaning Business

Before registering your new cleaning business, you will need to know the legal structure for your business.

This structure will determine how your cleaning business will file its tax returns and how you as the owner will be taxed on your earnings as well.

It’s extremely important that you become familiar with and understand the different structures and how taxes are paid and filed with each. When choosing your business structure, consult with your tax professional. They can also help you file all the necessary paperwork.

The different structures include sole-proprietor, partnership, corporation, s-corporation or limited liability corporation. You can learn more about each business structure here.

 

Apply for an EIN (Employer Identification Number)

Getting an EIN for your cleaning business is a must if you will be hiring employees.

If you will be operating as a sole-proprietor and not hiring employees, you may be able to use your personal social security number when filing taxes and such for your business. But it is always best to talk to your tax professional to see which you will need.

To apply for an EIN you will file a SS-4 with the IRS. It is free and you can do so on the IRS website. If you file online you will get your number right away.

You can also apply by snail mail, but it will take much longer to get your number. Read more about your filing options on the IRS website.

 

File your cleaning business with the state of Colorado

The state of Colorado requires that all businesses register at Coloradosos.gov.

If you are forming a Corporation you will file an Articles of Incorporation with the state. The fee to file is $50.00. For instructions on filing an Articles of Incorporation visit .

To file a Limited Liability Company in Colorado you will file an Articles of Organization. Click here to get a checklist to use when filing an LLC in Colorado. The fee to file an Articles of Organization in Colorado is $50.00.

If you are not ready to file as a Corporation or an LLC, you are able to operate as a sole-proprietor. To file your cleaning business in Colorado as a sole-proprietor you only need to file a trade name on the Departments Website. The Fee to file a trade name in Colorado is only $20.00.

The State of Colorado offers a training that walks you through the process of registering your house cleaning business with the state. The training is called Starting a Business in Colorado.

Business licensing needs in Colorado

At the time this article was written, Colorado does not have state business licenses. Licenses are applied for at local municipalities.

I recommend checking with the states licensing need when registering a new business.

Click here to check to see if your business needs a business license in Colorado.

 

Get Business Insurance

Insurance protects you and your business’s assets, or money in the event of a accident or other unplanned event.

Types of insurance your cleaning business may need include liability insurance, bonding insurance and commercial car insurance.

The easiest way to shop for business insurance is to start with an insurance broker and they will do the shopping around for you to find the best deal.

This article goes more in depth on what types of insurance are best for cleaning businesses along with some FAQ’s.

 

Additional Resources to start a cleaning business in Colorado

The Colorado Chamber of Commerce has lots of resources for small businesses in Colorado. They offer online training, new and existing business counseling, as well as business training and events.

The Colorado Small Business Development Center is a not for profit organization who offers free business consulting and low cost trainings for small business owners. Their mission is to help small businesses grow and prosper in Colorado.

 

Next Steps to start your cleaning business.

Now that you have taken care of the boring (but oh so necessary) legal steps to getting your cleaning business official, you can now start with the Cleaning!

Below are resources on how to operate a cleaning business successfully.

 

Purchase cleaning supplies and equipment

Now that you have started your cleaning business in Colorado, you’ll need to get supplies to start cleaning your first client homes. I have that taken care of for you.

Visit my page to get a complete list of cleaning supplies and equipment needed to run a Professional Cleaning Business.

If you have the money, I recommend investing in a good quality vacuum. If you need help purchasing a vacuum visit my page on purchasing a vacuum for your cleaning business

Marketing your cleaning service

You can’t start cleaning houses if you don’t tell people you have a cleaning business.

Your first step to marketing will be to tell all your friends, family and contacts that you have started a house cleaning business and you are currently taken new clients. If you don’t let everyone know, then they won’t be able to refer you to their friends.

Next get your business online. Most homeowners now search for services online before hiring a business. Make sure your business is visible online when a homeowner searches for cleaning services in your area.

Claim your My Business google profile. By claiming your My Business google profile your business will show up in searches when someone searches Cleaning Businesses in Town Name.

Google My Business Colorado

When setting up your Google Profile, make sure to add your contact information, a list of your services, and a an about me page where you introduce yourself. Include high quality before and after images of your cleaning.

Activate a Facebook Business Profile. Complete your profile completely including contact information, pictures of yourself and pictures of cleaning you’ve completed.

Price your cleaning services

Decide whether you are going to price your cleaning services by the hour or by a flat fee. Most cleaning businesses make between $25 – $75 an hour.

Charging by the hour for house cleaning services:

It is best to charge by the hour when you are offering services that will take longer to complete and when the tasks can vary each time you clean a house. When your cleaning times vary it becomes much more difficult to charge a flat fee per clean.

It is best to charge by the hour if you plan to offer the following tasks similar to the following:

  • laundry
  • dishes
  • picking up clutter/toys
  • organizing spaces
  • personalizing cleaning service to each client
Charging a Flat Fee

Charging a flat fee is the best way to streamline your business and start building more profits. But a HUGE disclaimer: Only charge a flat fee if you are completing the same cleaning service for each client.

This means you define the checklist and tasks that you will complete at the home. If you do not follow the same cleaning checklist for each client and each time you clean, DO NOT charge a flat fee to clean.

Check out the following articles for more information on Pricing Cleaning service:

 

Hire employees

If you plan to hire employees you will need to make sure you have filed for an EIN (Review step #4) and have proper insurance (Review step #7).

You will also want to have a training plan in place. In my experience it is best to have a 3 step training plan in place.

  1. Have your new employee read through or watch a video that you have put together on how to clean your way.
  2. Next, have the new employee follow you while you clean. Talk through all the steps they should be taking for each task and room in a home.
  3. Now, you shadow the new employee for a few houses. It is important to correct a any movements that do not fit into your cleaning strategy. For this step you are helping your new employee to develop the same habits to clean a home your way.

 

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Charge by the Hour or Flat Rate when Cleaning Houses?

Should you charge by the hour or flat rate when cleaning houses?

For new house cleaning companies, it can be difficult to know whether to charge by the hour or a flat rate when cleaning houses. Neither is better than the other. There will be times when charging by the hour is better. And other times when charging a flat fee will be the way to go.

Which ever method you use, make sure it is making you money and you don’t end up working for free! After all you are in this business to make money.

Charge by the hour or a flat rate when cleaning houses.

For more help to knowing what to charge for cleaning services, read this guide: Best Pricing Guide for Maid Services

When to Charge by the hour for house cleaning:

Charging by the hour is great for those times when the time you spend in a home will vary greatly. Charging a flat rate will cost you more money in the long run.

Charge by the hour if you offer these services:

  • laundry
  • dishes
  • picking up clutter/toys
  • organizing spaces
  • personalizing cleaning service to each client

 

These tasks take longer, and the time to complete them can vary each time you clean. It would be impossible to project a profitable flat rate when your service times will vary.

For instance, if you offer laundry service: one week your client may have 1 load of laundry, but the next week they have 3. The week there are 3 loads of laundry, it will take you longer to clean the home.

Or you may have 1 client who has newer more efficient washer and dryer which cleans laundry fast, while another client may have older machines that just don’t work as fast.

All of these variables can adjust how long it takes to clean a home. This is why charging by the hour when offering these types of services will be better for you.

You will also want to charge by the hour if you customize your cleaning service for each client. This is because you will be completing different tasks at each cleaning service.

Your cleaning times will vary greatly therefore your costs to clean a home will vary as well. By charging by the hour, you will protect your profits and income because you will be making the same amount of money each hour you clean, no matter which home you clean.

When to Charge a flat rate for house cleaning:

Charging a flat fee is the best way to streamline your business and start building more profits. But a HUGE disclaimer: Only charge a flat fee if you are completing the same cleaning service for each client. This means you define the checklist and tasks that you will complete at the home. If you do not follow the same cleaning checklist for each client and each time you clean, DO NOT charge a flat fee to clean.

A sample checklist would look like this:

Item’s that would NOT be included when charging a flat fee:

  • Washing or folding Laundry
  • Picking up and putting away toys and/or clutter
  • Cleaning out cabinets, cupboards or drawers.
  • Thorough cleaning of cabinetry facings.
  • Cleaning inside large kitchen appliances (refrigerator/oven)
  • Washing dishes, emptying dishwashers.
  • Organizing closets

What I recommend:

When I talk to small cleaning business owners who want to know what to charge for cleaning services, I recommend they start streamlining their service so they can save time by not working each evening on paperwork and client management.

Why I like flat fee vs hourly.

  1. Flat fee provides full transparency with your clients.
  2. Can manage expectations better. The client will always know how much their cleaning will cost and you always know what you are going to clean. No unexpected surprises, no questioning why it took you 30 minutes longer one visit from the next
  3. Client is not worried about you ‘running up the clock’.
  4. The client does not get an invoice they were not expecting, they can plan on their monthly cleaning expense.
  5. Flat fees reward productivity. If you invest in a new tool to help you clean more efficiently, or develop a more efficient cleaning system, you can give yourself a raise! If you charged hourly, you would never get a raise unless you charged your client a higher fee or purposely slowed down (I do NOT recommend this, it will certainly build distrust with your client).

What NOT to do when charging a flat fee:

  1. Do not compromise quality by cutting corners.
  2. Do not skip tasks if something ‘looks clean’.
  3. Do not clean so fast that you leave behind dirt, smudges or risk breaking items.

To help you develop a cleaning service that allows you to charge a flat fee, I have created my Maid Services Guide to Cleaning professionally. I teach you how to develop your cleaning service so that you are providing a WOW experience and offering a service that your clients have been looking for.

Next Steps: Read my Pricing Guide Article to help you build your pricing list and know what to charge for each house.

Charge by the Hour or Flat Rate when Cleaning Houses?

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:

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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?

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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 apron 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