When we say getting ready for a house cleaner, the more conscientious amongst us may actually think of cleaning before the service provider arrives. This is however not what we mean. Remember that you want the cleaner to take care of the household duties you lack the time, desire or equipment to undertake on your own. House cleaners are not like other guests you invite into your home and hope to impress. They come in for the express purpose of lightening your load in keeping your home clean and presentable. Because they do however offer a paid service, you want to get the best value for money in the shortest time possible. Here are a few suggestions from the Domestic Cleaning Bournemouth blog, of things you should do to ensure this is what happens.
- Keep pets out – pets, especially dogs, can be a real hassle when a person is trying to clean up. The more rambunctious types will pull laundry out of baskets, make marks on a freshly vacuumed carpet, track dirt in and out, and more. Do not let them interfere with your cleaner’s ability to quickly and peacefully get the job done. If they have behavioral problems, like barking at people they are unfamiliar with, this will be even more important.
- Pick up clothes off the floor – even though most cleaners are happy to pick up after you, this is a basic task that you would not want them wasting time on. Be sure to also advise your kids to put away stray items like toys, books and so on. If you have a home office or desk, be sure to also keep it tidy. Loose papers and other documents may be put together incorrectly by your cleaner when trying to tidy up and make it a nightmare for you to try and find them later.
- Know what was damaged – many homes often have some level of damage that does not call for urgent attention. A torn curtain, cracked vase and more can be present in your home, so make a quick inspection and note how everything looks. This is particularly important when allowing new cleaners into the home that you do not yet trust completely. Making a false accusation for damage that may already have existed to a house cleaner can prove highly embarrassing and offend them.
- Hide small valuables – this is again very important if you are yet to establish trust with your cleaners. Make sure to keep easily stolen and expensive valuables, like jewelry, important documents and money, stashed away from where your cleaner may find it. This will help you feel more comfortable about letting them loose around your house.
- Know what you want done – when you have specific household tasks that you need done, it is a good idea to list them to your cleaner upon arrival so he or she will not skip. You cannot accuse them of failure to perform an unusual task like recycling the trash if it is not on the itinerary.