Deep Cleaning Checklist

Deep Cleaning Checklist

We understand that a deep clean isn’t the easiest task. We’ve made sure to collate all the useful information to help make it as easy as possible for you! In this article, we’ll cover:

What is Deep Cleaning?
How to Plan a Deep Clean
Best Tools to Use For a Deep Clean
Your Personal Deep Cleaning Checklist
Common Areas That Are Missed When Cleaning
Hiring a Cleaning Company
Other Things to Look Out For When Choosing a Company
Deep Cleaning Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Deep Cleaning?

Deep cleaning is often misunderstood. People usually have a few reasons why they can’t do it at home, such as:

• It’s difficult to do
• It takes way too long
• It’s expensive to get the right equipment.

None of the above points has to be the case! Yes, it isn’t easy but it’s not impossible. It takes a bit of time but it’s time well worth spending, and truthfully it mostly uses the equipment you have at home! There’s nothing that means you can’t do one yourself, so let’s get into it.

A deep clean is almost identical to a normal clean, but with more focus on removing bacteria and big, deep and sticky stains. It can also include using heavy-duty machinery, or good-quality cleaning equipment, as some stains are hard to remove such as lime stains or stains inside of an oven.

A deep clean may also involve getting to some harder places, such as ceiling fans or in the corners of the ceilings. Although this may take up a little bit more time, it will give a better overall result. Some of these areas may be much dirtier than you previously expected which is why a regular deep clean should be undertaken. Ceiling fans can hold lots of dust if not used regularly, and lampshades can lose their colour over time as dust and dirt can get stuck in their fibres.

While completing a deep clean, you’ll find yourself taking more time and effort on the places that you may have previously just wiped with an antibacterial cloth. You may now be using a steam cleaner to clean windows and floors or an extractor to pull out deep stains such as wine spills. In some cases, you may even be creating your own cleaning products to do the job!

How Does it Differ From a Regular Clean?

A deep clean is very similar to the usual ‘regular clean’, but is more in-depth and uses more energy and power. It usually focuses on removing as many stains and bacteria from a property as possible, giving the whole area a clean and fresh look and feel.

There is also more effort put into the overall process. For example, to clean a room you may wish to remove all of the furniture, allowing you to get to every little bit in the room to make sure nowhere is missed.

There are also some bigger products used. People may buy, hire, or borrow heavier-duty equipment, such as steam cleaners, window cleaners, or extractors to speed up and improve the process. As well as these tools, there are also DIY methods like making a heavy-duty cleaning solution with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, which works very well at removing deep stains.

People will take more time and effort in a deep clean in comparison to a regular clean. It may consist of removing all furniture from the room to get under everything or scrubbing a little bit longer in certain areas. Skirting boards are a great example, as people usually miss them out leaving them to continue to collect dust.

How Long Does a Deep Clean Take?

The length of a deep clean differs depending on the size of the place that is being deep cleaned, and the level of care taken to remove all dirt.
The average time is a lot longer than the usual regular clean, at about three hours. Keep in mind, if completing something big like a full carpet extraction, you could be adding on a little bit more time.

How Does Deep Cleaning Remove More Dirt?

Giving your house a proper deep clean allows for the removal of much more dirt as the dirt is agitated differently. By using higher power, temperature, and harsher cleaners, the dirt simply can’t withstand the harsh change of environments and is released. This allows you to remove dirt that has been stuck in areas that you may have been nearly certain it wouldn’t leave.

This is always good to know as you may become stuck with a mark or stain that you just can’t get to leave. You’ll know that you need some more heat or a harsher brush or harsher chemicals. It helps to speed up the process as you can uncover more dirt quicker.

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How to Plan a Deep Clean

Planning a deep clean can seem a daunting task. But not to worry, here are some easy steps to get it all done perfectly!

#1 The first step to getting the perfect deep clean is to do a regular clean. Hoovering through, and a little bit of dusting on areas like windowsills and cabinets.

#2 You’ll want to have a little look around at what you’ll be dealing with. Have a look for things that could cause issues or need to be tackled a little bit harder than other parts. For example, ovens and areas where food is handled should be cleaned better as they can get very dirty and if not cleaned properly, can cause health issues as bacteria can grow and thrive. Other places like panels on the ceiling may cause delays as it is hard to reach.

#3 After looking around, make yourself a little plan of where you’re going to start and how you’re going to do it. Try making a little time plan of what you’re going to tackle and for how long, this should help clean everything as well as possible.

#4 Start each room by tackling the hardest parts. For example, in the living room try tackling the carpet or in the bathroom, tackle the shower or the taps first. Always try to tackle the hardest parts first as it will make the rest of the job easier and keep you motivated to keep going.

#5 For tackling bedrooms, start with cleaning any sheets and duvet covers, while they are washing, you can tackle the rest of the room. Then, move on to anything on the floor, picking up any big pieces and placing them into a bin. After that, have a look under the bed to see if anything is hiding under there, hoover underneath it and make sure there is nothing under there unless it needs to be. Wipe down any cabinets, wardrobes or anything big as it may have dust or dirt on it.

#6 For Bathrooms start by tackling any stainless steel, such as taps or shower equipment. Once this is done, start to clean any sinks, bathtubs, or shower areas, these areas can host lots of bacteria and dirt. You should use bathroom cleaning products as this will disinfect the area and protect it for the future. Wipe down any cabinets or drawers as they may have accumulated things like hand soap. The floor can also get quite dirty, as long as the area is hard flooring (laminate flooring, tiles, etc.) mop the floor with a strong floor cleaning solution.

#7 For the kitchen, which can be a daunting task, start with one of the toughest areas, such as the oven. Clean all grime and soak all grilling platforms in a cleaning solution. You can find oven cleaning kits online relatively cheap that will do 2-3 cleans. It will provide instructions, bags for soaking, and cleaning chemicals to clean the inside of the oven. Wipe down the front of the oven and any cabinets or cupboards nearby, which may have sticky stains like juice. If these won’t leave, try using a steam cleaner, they should then come right off.

Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to clean the floor. If it is a hard floor, sweep away any crumbs or other dirt. You can find lots of dirt around the edges of the kitchen, as this is usually not cleaned very well so it is all pushed to the side. If you struggle to remove it, use a hoover, it will make short work of it and will make sure to remove all dirt particles. Finish off with cleaning with a disinfecting floor solution.

#8 For the living room, start by moving any big items away from walls or their usual spots and hoover underneath them. After that, hoover around walls going around the edges with a hoover. Lots of dirt can accumulate down the sides of carpets or near the edges and in the gaps with laminate flooring. Then move onto the furniture itself, if it is fibre based, use your hoover to pull out any dirt, flip over the cushions and hoover the back of them, and down the side of where the cushion would sit, where lots of dirt will fall when people sit down.

#9 For dining rooms, hoover under the table. As small parts of food can fall underneath the table you should hoover around the edges of the room and work around the table if it presents blocked access to the edges. Wipe down the chairs and table too, helping to remove any dust or food crumbs that may be on them.

Best Tools to Use For a Deep Clean

Deep cleaning can take ages without anything powerful to help. Only using a cloth and some soapy water is always good, but sometimes just not good enough. Using gadgets such as steam cleaners, extractors and good quality cleaning products can give you the perfect clean every time and can be used around the house for smaller jobs.

Simple Tools
These are very often overlooked. Things such as vacuum cleaners or hoovers, dustpans, and Blu Tack are very useful for a deep clean.

Vacuuming or hoovering is the basic start of any clean, but for a deep clean, you might want to go a little bit further with it. Start by doing your usual routine, a normal clean with the vacuum. Then you’ll want to remove the normal brush head, and just use the suction with a smaller head or just the opening with no attachment. Go around edges and areas that could host lots of dirt and grime, it should all be sucked up and away.

If there are any larger pieces or some things that you don’t want in your hoover, try sweeping them up with a dustpan and brush, and put them into the bin. This is best if your hoover is new or you just don’t want to test if the motor will burn out. It may take a little more time but it should protect your hoover that little bit longer.

Blu Tack is very unheard of in the cleaning world, as it isn’t meant for any cleaning purpose. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of the best. When you’re found with tiny cracks and super small openings where you can’t get a brush or hoover in, Blu Tack can! Its stickiness and ability to merge into any shape allow it to fit any shape and grab any dirt that is stuck in there.

Extractors
Extractors are one of the best products you could ask for in your home, yet aren’t very well known about. Essentially, extractors are a step up from the usual vacuum cleaner but don’t replace the job. Extractors are usually used after vacuuming, to remove any heavy stains lying around deep in the fibres.

Extractors combine the use of cleaning products and hot water to pull anything lying deep down, hidden in fibres of furniture and carpet. Extractors are so powerful they can easily remove stains such as wine stains, coffee stains, and heavy dirt. Most people will admit that they have dirt trodden into their carpets, and have always struggled to remove it all. Extractors easily solve this issue by disturbing the dirt and sucking it straight out of the fibres.

Extractors can work on almost anything that is made from fibres, sofas, carpets, car seats, car carpets, and anything else that is fibre based. This is because the extractor pulls water through the small gaps between strands. Extractors will not work on anything that is not fibre-based as there is no gap to pull anything through.

Different Types of Extractors
There are two main types of extractors, each that do better in their respective area. For each extractor, please note to vacuum the area before beginning to extract.

Bigger Extractors
Bigger extractors are the upright version of an extractor, which looks similar to the usual vacuum cleaner. This extractor is much better for extracting an entire carpet than small stains or fiddly areas.
Inside of the extractor, there is generally an area for clean water, cleaning solution, and dirty water. The cleaning solution and hot water are pumped down to the bristles and is pushed around and into the carpet, and then later extracted, bringing all of the dirt with it. Leaving your carpet clean and fresh.

Smaller Extractors
Smaller extractors are perfect for smaller jobs or getting into harder to reach areas. These types of extractors are ideal for cleaning things like small stains around the house, and areas that are difficult to get to. For example, car carpets can always prove to be one of the dirtiest areas, and one of the hardest areas to clean. A small extractor is very handy for things like this.

To get the best results, you may have to use this extractor differently than you would with a bigger extractor. To do this you’ll want some form of a sprayer. Spray bottles work if you have one of those lying about, chemical sprayers will be just a little better in terms of even spread.
In the sprayer, you’ll want your cleaning solution diluted as to what the product says. Spray evenly over the area that you want to extract, making sure to use enough so you can rub it in (please note not to use lots of solution where the solution can soak through, in areas such as car seats). Rub in the solution using a brush and leave to soak for 5-10 minutes.

Now you’re ready to extract! In the extractor, you should have warm water and the solution should have released most of the dirt. Start extracting vertically by pumping water into the area, as well as sucking all of the solution out. After completing the area vertically, switch horizontally.

If the water is still coming out dirty, repeat the entire process, placing down more solution and working it in before extracting. This will release more dirt. If the water is coming out clear, stop pumping water in, and just extract the remaining water and leave the area to air out.

Steam Cleaners
Steam cleaners can also prove to be one of the handiest tools you can have in your house. They can provide high force and high temperatures which is essential for removing sticky stains and killing bacteria and viruses.

Steam cleaners are easy to use. They only require water and some power, and this is turned into steam in only a minute or so. Attached with some of the available heads, steam cleaners can get to almost any area and give it a good clean. Some of the heads have brushes, which allow for scrubbing while pushing steam into the area.

There are microfibre towels that attach to the steamer, and push steam through, which allow for a milder approach to things like mirrors or hard flooring. Using a steam cleaner is simple. Inside the cleaner will require water, and then a power source of some sort which will most likely be a cable. The cleaner will then heat the water into steam and it should be ready to use on stains and sticky areas.

There are many different methods for cleaning different substances. For example, lime stains can prove to be difficult to remove, but with the right method, almost all stains can be removed.

How to Use a Steam Cleaner
Having a steam cleaner is great! But until you know how to use it properly, it isn’t too useful.

Stuck-on Grease
This grease can prove difficult to remove as it can build up heavily over time, especially near sinks and ovens. Heat the grease with the steamer, until it begins to start run slightly, and then wipe it with a microfibre cloth and it should get caught onto the cloth. Use a damp cloth to wipe the area and make sure nothing remains.

Tough and Sticky Feeling Stains
These stains can prove to be hard to remove, but a steam cleaner can remove them quickly and easily. Blast the sticky area with the steam and hold it there for a few seconds, or however long it takes to start melting. Then, just wipe the sticky area down with a microfibre towel and the stain should rub off into the cloth. If not, continue adding steam until the stain is runny and then use the cloth.

Clean Lime Stains
You’ll want to hold the nozzle as close as you can, this will allow as much heat and pressure to hit the lime, breaking it up. If the lime is stubborn and won’t disappear, try using a brush to break it up from the surface it’s stuck on, this should push it away from the surface.

Windows and Mirrors
Windows and mirrors can cause streak mark problems and lots of wasted time. Use the steam cloth (microfibre cloth on the head of the steamer) and wipe down the mirror or window and leave to dry. If streaks form, wipe them down with a microfibre cloth and they should disappear.

How Do I Get Hold of an Extractor or Steam Cleaner?
These machines can be found in most electrical shops, and often found with deals that could knock off a few pennies! They are relatively easy to find and get home as they aren’t too big.

Extractors can be borrowed from some shops. These are usually quite big and made for big extractions, like a full carpet extraction. The process is quite cheap and easy to do meaning you shouldn’t have difficulty finding a shop to rent them for 24 hours at a reasonable price. Simply walk into the shop and request an extractor, which they should either allow you to take it home for your required amount of time or tell you when it will be free for collection.

Tips For Using an Extractor or Steam Cleaner
If you’re planning on performing a full carpet extraction, you may end up getting a little bit stuck with not being able to reach or get to certain areas as there may be some things in the way. Try moving anything big out of the way. Big furniture such as tables and chairs can cause delays in the process. If these pieces can’t be transferred to another room, try putting them onto one half of the room, while it is extracted and dries, and then do the other side.

If not used correctly, steam cleaners can cause some damage to the things that you are cleaning, such as removing more than the stain and pulling off the finish from something like a tap for example. To avoid this, be slow and steady with the steam, if you try to rush it, you could ruin something.

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Your Personal Deep Cleaning Checklist

We’ve made a great checklist to help you with your deep clean. Although you may have other things in the room to change or tweak, the main things you need to cover are outlined in the below. We’ve even broken it out into each room for you!

Bathroom
Your plan to deep cleaning the bathroom should look something like this:

• Dust the ceiling from any cobwebs
• Continue to dust any surfaces from top to bottom (including the top of the toilet, in between the blinds, the mirror etc. Anywhere that you could dust, dust!)
• Wipe the skirting boards with a microfibre cloth
• Use a mop to clean the floor
• Bleach the loo
• Clean the bathtub with bathroom cleaner and a microfibre cloth
• Rinse and wipe down the sink
• Use a sprayable glass cleaner and a damp cloth or sponge to clean the shower walls
• Use a wet sponge to wipe down and clean all the tiles
• Flush the loo to remove the bleach
• Sanitise all surfaces throughout the bathroom.

This helps to get the bathroom looking, feeling and smelling great. You’ll be tricked in thinking that someone has replaced the bathroom with a new one!

Living Room
To get a clean living room, use the below steps:

• Dust the ceiling, especially the corners, for any cobwebs
• Dust all surfaces from the ceiling down, focusing on the higher areas of the room especially (such as light fixtures, bookshelves etc)
• Pull the furniture out and use a damp microfibre cloth to wipe down the skirting boards
• Pull our the TV cabinet and dust the electronics and behind the TV
• Using a hoover, go over the furniture (if it’s fabric) and across the floor
• Hoover the floor but at a different angle to the previous method to get the best chance of getting everything up
• Using glass cleaner and a microfibre cloth, spray and wipe down any glass surfaces (including the windows)
• Waft any rugs outside to remove as much dust as possible
• Use a microfibre cloth to wipe down all ornaments and remove any dust on them
• Wipe down all radiators and pictures in the room.

Kitchen
The kitchen is a room where you’ll prepare food, so it’s important to make sure it’s clean and tidy. See how to do it below:

• Dust the ceiling to remove any cobwebs that may be lurking
• Dust on top of the kitchen cupboards, extractor fan and the fridge
• Tidy the sides and remove anything that doesn’t need to be out, such as letters or keys
• Wipe down the sides and worktops to remove any dust or crumbs
• Wipe down the slats on the blinds to remove any dust
• Take the filters out of the extractor fan and clean them from any dust. Try to do this outside if possible!
• Use a brush to collect all the crumbs and dust in one neat pile on the floor, then pick up with a dustpan and brush
• Using a damp microfibre cloth, wipe all cupboard doors both inside and out
• Using a stainless steel cleaner, clean the sink and the taps to remove any grime. Use a scouring pad to remove any stuck on marks if required!
• Clean the oven from the inside and remove any grease from the bottom of the oven. More info is later on in this article on how to properly do this!
• Use a damp microfibre cloth to clean any appliances, such as a toaster, microwave, fridge, freezer, extractor fan.

Bedroom
Although we’re often asleep, this is the room that we spend the most time. See below for how to get it properly cleaned!

• Tidy the room and put away any clothes that are out
• Dust the ceiling to remove any cobwebs
• Continue to dust the room from the ceiling down, making sure to always dust the highest surface possible
• Waft the bedding outside the window to remove dust, before changing the bedding for a fresh set
• Wipe down all the skirting boards to remove any dust from them
• Hoover the floor. If it’s a carpeted floor, make sure to go over the floor in two directions to maximise the bits being picked up
• Hoover under the bed if possible and the curtains (if you have some)
• Wipe down the slats in the blinds
• Wipe down all ornaments with a microfibre cloth to remove any dust from them
• Use polish on all surfaces to get them clean and looking like new
• Remove any empty aftershave bottles or deodorants that aren’t required.

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Common Areas That Are Missed When Cleaning

Here is a useful list to help you get every single bit of dirt and grime out.

Drawers and Cupboards
Drawers, cupboards, and stands can host mountains of dust and dirt. Things such as TV stands can catch lots of dust on them and behind them, which isn’t usually cleaned. Cupboards often have drinks spilt down them and sometimes it will drip inside, which people overlook when cleaning. Try cleaning the inside and the shelves inside to remove it all. Drawers can accumulate lots of rubbish and useless things, which don’t need to be there and just take up space. When clearing things out, ask yourself ‘is it useful anymore?’. If not, put it in the bin or take it to a charity shop.

Large Furniture
Heavy objects, such as sofas and big drawer units can always become subject to lots of dirt and other things like crumbs. While vacuuming or brushing, dirt can be pushed underneath and it doesn’t get tackled for quite some time. Try and get down there with a small head on the hoover, and remove all of the dirt and crumbs.

Tops of Kitchen Cabinets
Tops of kitchen cabinets or large cabinets. Not many people clean these as they aren’t usually looked at, but they can host lots of dirt and grime that is easily hidden away. To remove, use either a damp microfibre cloth or a brush to collect the dust into a dustpan. It’s recommended to use the cloth as it’s much easier!

Entrance to Your Home
Entrances to the house may need more effort to be cleaned, as lots of dirt enters the house from there. Dirt can hide in the floor mats or near surrounding areas. After a while, the dirt can build up and get caught in smaller cracks and crevices. Things such as tiles can hold lots of dirt in the grout if that is what is near your entrance. A simple hoover can easily remove the majority of dirt lying there, and a steam cleaner may remove the harder bits like dirt stuck in the grout.

Hiring A Cleaning Company

If you’re pressed for time, or you’d like the peace of mind in knowing a professional cleaning company can get the job done for you, why not hire a company to guarantee great results?

Hiring a cleaning company can feel scary as you’ll be letting people you don’t know nto your house. That shouldn’t be an issue if you find the right company, as they should take lots of care with you and your property and instil confidence in their services.

There are many different types of cleaners that you can employ, and they all do different things. Here is a list:

Carpet Cleaners
Carpet cleaners will, as said in the name, clean your carpet. But you’re not just looking at a usual hoovering. Their team can remove almost all dirt and bacteria, pull almost anything out from the carpet deep down in the fibres. Depending on the service required, this service can anywhere from an affordable price to quite expensive. This comes down to the size of the room(s) that need cleaning and the type of carpet that’s there.

Domestic Cleaners
Domestic cleaners are the regular type of cleaners that will come in to clean your property. They can sanitise, clean and deep clean areas, which is perfect for what you may ask for. They will perform a better quality usual clean, by getting to places that you might not get to, like ceiling fans or skirting boards, and then hoover throughout the house. Through their experience, they are usually very quick and able to tackle the right areas directly. They may charge more for different services such as a deep clean or oven cleans.

Window Cleaners
Windows can always prove to be a difficult area to get to, and can always have marks left afterwards. Companies can come to your property and clean all windows and window frames with good equipment, giving them a good finish and a nice shine.

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Choosing and Hiring a Good Deep Cleaning Company

Choosing a good company is always the key to good service and avoiding scammers. There are many things to look out for, and many red flags as well. Here is a list of things to keep an eye out for:

Professionalism – This is one of the most essential things to look out for when looking for a company. If the company is legitimate, it should look like a proper company. A good company will want to try and get their company to look the best, whether that be online or in real life, they should want to entice as many people into their business as they can.

Records – Many of the better companies will keep a record of what they have done. By showing off their work, the company opens itself up to show that they are proper and won’t do anything that they shouldn’t. Companies may also have a social page where they show off their work, to show how good quality their service is.

Value For Money – Companies should charge a relatively fair price for their service. If a company is offering really low prices, people may think that it is too good to be true, and so they will put their money into it. After putting their money into it, this company would take it, and not provide a service in return. These companies aren’t real and are only there to take your money. If you think you have found a good deal, check amongst other companies and give them a ring and ask a few questions about the company.

Reviews and Reliability – Companies that are trying to make themselves stand out will show their reviews to prove how happy their customers were when they used their service. This should show you that their service is legitimate and that you should choose their service.

Attention to Detail – If a company shows that they will do that little bit extra to ensure that their customers are pleased with the company and will want to return.

Other Things to Look Out For When Choosing a Company

There are many smaller things to look out for when choosing a company to make sure there is no mistake with the service you will receive.

Insurance – Better companies will be covered with insurance. This means if something goes wrong with the cleaning, it should all be able to be replaced or treated correctly. For example, if a company is using harsh cleaning products, and one ends up burning your carpet, you wouldn’t be left there to pay for it yourself, the company’s insurance would help them take care of that. A very nice thing to have in mind when choosing a company.

Ask the company questions – If the company is a real company wanting to give you good service, they will happily and proudly provide their processes. Ask things like what their entire process will be. How long it will take. And how they will charge. After knowing this ask for a quote (if it is a free quote), and see if it matches up to what they said previously. You should also ask if there will be any additional charges, to make sure you don’t get to the end of the job and end up paying lots more than you should have done.

Deep Cleaning Frequently Asked Questions

You may have lots of questions and queries about cleaning, or using a cleaner, here is a list of the questions people regularly ask.

For a Home Clean

Should I clean everything in one day? – You can do it in whatever way works best for you, but doing it all in one go is much more efficient and prevents having the thought of ‘I’ve got to clean the house’ lingering in the back of your mind.

Alternatively, you could do it in sections, perhaps split across different days, which is good if you’d prefer to split the job up to get things done. Split each type of room to a different day, for example bathrooms one day, bedrooms another, etc. Add this to the plan and leave bigger jobs for free days like weekends and make sure you stick to the plan.

How often should I deep clean my home? – That isn’t always the simplest question to answer as different areas of your home will need cleaner less frequently than others. Big jobs, such as deep-cleaning carpets and windows should be done once a year, along with showerheads, vents, and gutters. Every 3-6 months you should undertake tasks such as washing pillows and vacuuming mattresses, cleaning the inside of the oven, wiping down the inside of the fridge, cleaning behind furniture. Baths, showers, bathroom surfaces, and floors should be cleaned every week.

I don’t have an extractor or steam cleaner… What should I do? – There is no issue being without one of those machines, and there are many alternatives that you can use. Many of these being DIY methods using things such as white vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, and other chemical products which also do an impressive job of removing deep and tough stains. Although these methods may not live up to the performance of having one of these machines, it is very cheap and definitely worth a try before spending hundreds on machines.

When Booking a Professional Company

Do I have to be in while they clean? – Depending on your chosen company depends on whether you can or can’t. Higher tier companies often do better checks with their staff to make sure everything is okay with them staying in a house while you leave. Lower tier companies may also say that their staff will not act wrongly, but without any checks or insurance, you can’t be sure. Your best bet would be to ask the company directly, and if they come back to you with a prompt response describing that their staff are all checked and will not do anything that they shouldn’t, you should be good to leave while they get the job done.

Can I keep my pets inside? – Most companies are fine working with animals as long as they don’t act aggressively towards the cleaner. Although keep in mind that it is recommended to let the company know that you have a pet, as they may have staff that are not comfortable working with animals.

Do I have to provide anything for the cleaners? – Some companies will bring some of their own products, for example cleaning chemicals and soaps. But for some of the bigger things, such as a hoover or a mop and bucket may have to be provided by you. Some companies offer for your cleaner to pick up the cleaning equipment (chemical cleaners, soaps, etc.) for you, which if you don’t have them, is a good idea as it ensures your cleaner has everything that they need for the job.

What will my cleaner not do? – As a cleaner, you shouldn’t expect them to lift very heavy objects, as this is not what they have been employed for. They shouldn’t clean exterior windows, as they won’t have the equipment needed for it, although, they may be able to clean the windows on the ground floor if provided with sponges and cleaner. You should also anticipate that the cleaner may decline some of your requests as they are not able to complete the job.

How do I book a clean? – After choosing your company, have a look at their website, some will have an online form that will ask you for your address, time, and service required. Other methods may be an email, providing the same information, or a simple phone call. All contact details should be provided on their website.

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