Maid and housekeeping services help keep your home or apartment tidy and clean. They generally do simple cleaning tasks, like making beds, cleaning bathrooms and kitchens, dusting, vacuuming, mopping floors, and tidying up living areas. They can come as often as you need them to, but most people find that they only require a professional house cleaner’s services once a week. After a busy day, who wants to have to do household chores? Not me.
Commercial janitorial services and office cleaners perform light tasks to maintain the cleanliness of a facility. You’ll find commercial cleaners working in hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, restaurants, and office buildings who lease to multiple tenants. Light janitorial work is usually included in the lease agreement of most office buildings. It depends a lot on the type of facility as to what duties the commercial office cleaners are responsible for. The most basic is wiping down surfaces (counter tops, desks, tables, etc.) and emptying the trash cans.
While some people identify a housekeeper as a ‘cleaning lady,’ there is a big difference here. The biggest difference is that not all home cleaners are ladies. We employ men in our professional housekeeping services at our company. Don’t let the traditional maid outfit fool you, no one is wearing those things these days.
What You Can Expect From a Housekeeping Service
Most maids and housekeepers will empty trash cans, clean out the ashtrays, and transport waste and recyclables to their disposal areas. You can also expect them to restock hygiene supplies in the bathroom, as well as toilet paper and other needed items. A professional house cleaning service will usually have towels and cleaning items on hand so you probably won’t have to furnish those.
A Housekeeping/Maid Service may provide the following services:
- Light cleaning (not deep cleaning): dusting, sweeping, mopping
- Running errands for the family
- Washing, folding, ironing clothes
- Changing bed linens, making beds
- Separating and remove garbage and recycling
- Picking up toys and/or clutter and other general organizing
- Preparing meals
- Replacing light bulbs
- Other light duties as requested
- Washing and drying dishes
- Scooping litter boxes
- Restocking personal care products, toilet paper, etc.
The following are usually add-on services a house cleaner may offer upon request:
- Deep cleaning most surfaces (counter tops, sinks, tubs, toilets, floors, appliances, etc.)
- Scrubbing and sanitizing bathrooms from top to bottom (including toilets, tubs, showers, sinks and drain openings and polishing chrome)
Dusting (including trim work, baseboards, doors, picture frames, light fixtures, etc.)
- Vacuuming upholstery and carpet
- Scrubbing and sanitizing kitchens from top to bottom (including the exterior of cabinets and drawers, exterior of appliances like stoves and refrigerators, counter tops, sinks and drains, back-splashes, light switch plate covers, knobs and handles, vacuuming and mopping, cleaning tables and chairs)
- Interior window cleaning
- Vacuuming and mopping hard floors