Before someone comes over to your home, you probably have a natural urge to clean. Sometimes that even extends to cleaning before your cleaning company arrives. After all, you don’t want them to be grossed out by your toilets, right?
While that instinct is understandable, your cleaning company is not going to be upset by the state of your toilets. They don’t want you to do maintenance cleaning before they arrive, but that doesn’t mean you’re completely off the hook.
There is a difference between maintenance cleaning and daily cleaning. When you hire someone to do your house cleaning, likely you want them to do all or most of the following maintenance type cleaning:
- Bathrooms- including toilets, showers, sinks, mirrors, and floors
- Kitchen- including wiping down counters and stainless surfaces, and cleaning out sinks
- Bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, and offices- including dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, and furniture care.
House Cleaning Preparation Step 1: Put Away Important Documents
Many people have a spot on the counter, or on a table near the door, where they set the mail down on their way into their home. Before your house cleaning, it is important to make sure the mail and any other important documents are put away.
In your office, your desk should be clear of clutter and files put away so no damage can occur during the cleaning. This step is not only for your privacy, but so nothing gets thrown away or set in a place it shouldn’t be when the cleaning company is working in that area of your home.
House Cleaning Preparation Step 2: Pick Up Clothes and Put in Laundry Baskets
While it might not be possible for you to have all of your laundry done during your house cleaning, your house cleaning could potentially include having laundry folded. Clothes that are not clean should be put into the laundry baskets or laundry room before your house cleaning team arrives. They can then focus on the maintenance cleaning in the bedrooms. Picking up the clothes will prevent any clean clothes draped on chairs or clothes meant for the dry cleaners from being accidentally put into dirty baskets.
House Cleaning Preparation Step 3: Picking Up Toys
All parents have tales of their constant battle to keep the playroom or kids’ rooms picked up. There is a neverending effort to keep anywhere in a house completely picked up when you have young children with toys. Preparing for your house cleaning team is a great time to have the kids help pick up before the carpets are vacuumed so no toys are lost!
A preemptive pickup will stop toys from being put somewhere they don’t belong, not to mention preventing the ensuing hunt for the specific toy your child must have and the headache that will follow.
House Cleaning Preparation Step 4: General Declutter
Most house cleaning companies will spend one minute per room on general tidying up, so it is best if it’s done by the homeowner before the house cleaning. Dishes should be collected from all rooms in the house and put in the dishwasher. Anything on countertops should be put away. Electronics should be picked up and put in a safe place. Books that do not belong on coffee tables need to be returned to their proper spaces. Towels should be picked up off the bathroom floor.
If general declutter happens before your house cleaning, your house cleaning team can focus directly on the maintenance cleaning they are there to do.
For the most professional cleaning team in the Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, California area, give CleanSpace a call today. We will come to your home, offering you a free estimate for your house cleaning. As a bonus, starting on your second visit you can pick one service from the “Free Task” column each time you have a house cleaning. Items include:
- Hand wipe baseboards
- Clean the inside of the refrigerator
- Sweep patio or porch
- Clean inside the oven
- Hand wipe outside furniture
- Hand wipe door facings and frames
- Hand wipe all wood trim and window sills
- Hand wipe kitchen cabinets
- Hand wipe bathroom cabinets
- Vacuum one room of upholstered furniture
- Hand wipe ceiling fans and light fixtures
- Vacuum all blinds
- Vacuum along carpet edges with a crevice tool
- Laundry folding available, priced by the pound.