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​Should you Hire an Individual House Cleaner or a Team?

07-31-2020

When you are looking to hire cleaning help for your home, you have a choice between employing one person or a cleaning crew.

Would you rather count on one person to spend time taking care of the household chores would you prefer multiple cleaners to collectively give your home the once-over it needs?

There are differences between the two but as far as which is better, I’d say the answer is: it depends!

It depends on you, your personality, and your preferences. It also depends on the cleaning person or team. What works well for one person or family versus another really depends on the people involved and there’s really no one right answer.

If you’ve never hired a house cleaner or cleaning service before, the task can seem a bit daunting and quite frankly, a bit scary too, especially during these times. To help prepare you to make the decision between a single house cleaner or a cleaning team, I’ve outlined a few things to think about to find what will work best for you.

Management Style

If you’re serious about cultivating a consistent relationship with your house cleaner, and are comfortable giving direction and feedback, then hiring one person might work well for you. You’ll give that person instructions on what needs to be done on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, and as time goes on, and if it’s a good fit, the cleaning person will adapt to your management style and know and provide exactly what is expected from you.

If you prefer to have a less hands-on role, bringing in a team of house cleaners where you more typically communicate with the supervisor who then managers the other cleaners may work well for you. And while it’s not uncommon for there to be a language barrier, if you don’t share the same language, hiring a team that has a leader or works for a company who can clearly communicate with you, is a plus.

Housekeeper vs. House cleaner

If you’re looking for a housekeeper as opposed to a house cleaner (yes, there’s a difference), you housekeepermight want to choose an individual to carry out those housekeeping tasks.

They usually include such things as laundry, ironing, washing dishes and other chores that generally take up more time than you’d think and are often difficult to get to if you’re a busy parent and professional.

Since that person will have a more consistent presence in your home, you’ll no doubt have formed a good relationship with the housekeeper and trust her to do the right thing.

If a top-to-bottom cleaning of your home is necessary on a regular basis, it’s often easier to use a team of cleaners who focus on housecleaning chores as opposed to the housekeeping tasks. They usually have a system and a checklist to be sure that the routine tasks and details get taken care of consistently.

Timing

The time it takes to clean a home varies and depends on a number of factors, including the size of your house and the tasks you assign the cleaner or cleaning team.

It also depends on the efficiency of the cleaning products and tools that are being used and the thoroughness of the individual house cleaner or team.

Generally speaking, however, it will take an individual cleaning person longer to clean your home. Of course, that can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on whether you are in the home while the cleaning occurs and if it is an inconvenience or not.

When using a team of cleaners, two to three people are usually assigned to the job, which means that it won’t take as long to complete.

Reliability

If getting your home cleaned on a regular, consistent schedule is important to you, you’ll need a Cleaning team with vacuumsreliable cleaner to do the job, whether that’s an individual house cleaner or a team of cleaning professionals.

Before choosing either, think about the times when the house cleaner may be sick and can’t clean your home. Unless she has a back-up cleaner available to help, you’ll have to wait until she recovers before she’s able to come back into your home. And if he or she does have someone to fill it, that person won’t be familiar with your home.

A team of cleaning professionals has more workers so going that route may be the better option for you. Even if one isn’t available, the other(s) will be so you can stick to your regular house cleaning schedule.

Flexibility

Having an individual house cleaner take care of your needs can be a real advantage, as I’ve pointedCleaning maid out above. But what if you’re sick or you need to skip a visit or several visits because you’re on vacation?

Those types of scenarios can also inadvertently affect your cleaning person’s financial livelihood.

If you need a quick cleaning of your home at the last minute, or a change in your schedule because you are having a party or your mother-in-law is coming for a visit, your cleaning person may not be able to switch gears because of other clients already booked into that same time slot.

Leaving the house cleaning tasks to a team of cleaning professionals who have more resources at their disposal may be the way to go if you find yourself frequently in such situations.

Cleaning Supplies

While a cleaning team will typically bring their own supplies and tools with them, most individual house cleaners will come into your home expecting to use the cleaning products that you already have. In that case, make sure you are stocked up on the necessary supplies as well as clean vacuum bags.

And given the precautions that house cleaning professionals must take these days, it’s also important that they have the appropriate personal protective equipment, and while most everyone is wearing a mask, you may want to be sure to have clean, disposable gloves and shoe covers so everyone is protected.

We hope these tips will help you make the decision that’s best for your lifestyle and personal preferences. If you have any questions or comments, you can reach me at robin@maidbrigade.cleaning.

Contributed by:
Robin Murphy, Maid Brigade Environmental Disinfection Specialist


Is it Safe to Have House Cleaners in Your Home During the Covid-19 Pandemic?

07-23-2020

Since the onset of the pandemic, families are spending extra time indoors and either the dust bunnies are multiplying more quickly than before or maybe we are just noticing them more!

The idea of having an outside cleaning person or service help tackle the house cleaning tasks and put your Image of cleaning supplieshome back in order (and then help keep it that way) can be a convenient solution, but trusting them to be inside your home can be difficult for some.

Currently, most states consider cleaning and disinfecting as an essential service, meaning that cleaning services are free to enter a home or office, but the decision to have house cleaners in your home during the Covid-19 pandemic is a personal one.

If you are feeling that it’s time to get outside cleaning help, there are things you can do to mitigate the risks so you can enjoy the benefits of a healthy home that is cleaned safely by someone else.

Maintaining a Clean, Healthy Home is Good for You and the Prevention of the Virus

Numerous studies have shown that keeping a clean, tidy house is good for your mental and physical health.


  • A build-up of dust, grime and germs can weaken your immune system, trigger allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems, as well as affect the quality of your sleep.
  • The risks are even greater for people with weakened immune systems.
  • But these days, it’s also important to maintain a clean home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
  • When your home is clean and tidy, you will also feel a sense of calm and harmony, knowing that everything is in order.

10 Questions to Ask:

While there’s no guarantee that anyone, including a house cleaner, is free of Covid-19 or any other harmful virus, there are things you can do that will ultimately give you peace of mind and more importantly, keep you safe.To make the process as stress-free as possible, here are 10 questions that you should ask your current house cleaner or cleaning service or one that you are about to hire.

1. Are daily health checks conducted on everyone entering your home?
Under normal circumstances, this would have been a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but these are extraordinary times and this simple procedure will give both you and the cleaning staff some peace of mind

2. Are the cleaners equipped with masks and other protective personal equipment (PPE), such as fresh pairs of disposable gloves? And if so, will they be wearing them when they arrive at your home and right up to when they leave?
It’s important to know this in advance in case a cleaning person arrives at your doorstep without the proper equipment. In most cases, professional cleaning companies are supplying their workers with the required PPE but if they aren’t, you should consider providing them with it.

3. Do the housecleaners know how to “don and doff” disposable gloves?Image of cleaner removing gloves
Protective gloves are an important piece of safety equipment for the cleaning company employee. When they are donned properly, they protect the worker from exposure to hazardous substances, including viruses like Covid-19. It’s important to know that the cleaning staff who come into your home know how to “don and doff” properly. This includes checking for any tears prior to wearing the gloves and ensuring that they fit securely. Taking the gloves off is equally important to protect against cross contamination and the cleaning person should know the proper technique when doing so.

4. Do the cleaners know how to change linens properly as well as handle dirty laundry the right way?Image of laundry basket with clothes overflowing
To avoid possibly releasing any contaminants into the air, dirty laundry and linens should not be shaken. The CDC recommends that laundry be washed in the warmest appropriate water setting and then dried completely.

5. Are cleaning tools disinfected after use in other people’s homes?
If new cloths are not used every time a home is cleaned, consider supplying the house cleaner with your own newly purchased cloths. Even when cleaning cloths are laundered, contaminants may still remain.

6. What kind of disinfectant will be used? How it will be applied? Is it effective against the virus responsible for Covid-19?
If the disinfectant is on the EPA’s list of products approved for use against Covid-19, you should ask about its active ingredients and if it is safe to use around young children and pets if they are part of your family. If the product needs to be wiped as opposed to air-dried, will sanitary cloths be used? It’s also important to know if the staff is aware of the proper dwell time of the product, i.e. how long it stays wet in order to kill a virus or other contaminant.

7. Are the cleaners wearing a fresh pair of disposable shoe covers in your home?
If not, you may want to think about supplying these to the cleaning staff. According to a recent CDC report, the virus can travel on shoes, so it is wise to be extra vigilant.

8. Are the cleaning people following social distancing policies in your home?
This is equally important if you plan to be home. You, like the cleaning staff, should also practice approved social distancing guidelines. And when that’s not possible, always wear a mask.

9. If you are using a company, do they have a sick leave policy in place?
You will need to know if the company provides flexible sick leave and time off to its employees if they are sick. This is important to be sure that cleaning staff are covered financially if they don’t work because they are feeling ill.

10. Do they ask all clients about the state of their health?
This eliminates the potential risk of spreading the virus between different clients’ homes if they have been exposed to coronavirus or other illnesses.

If you’re in doubt about resuming your regular cleaning service, we’re confident that these tips will help you make the best decision. Let us know if we can be of further help as you navigate these difficult times.

Contributed by:
Robin Murphy, Maid Brigade Environmental Disinfection Specialist