In previous decades, cleaning services were something that only the very wealthy households could afford. Having a cleaner regularly caring for your home was a mark of status, but also an indication of a household that was a little too busy to take care of the chore of cleaning on a weekly basis.
The truth is that today, families are busier than they ever have been. Hiring a residential cleaner is still a luxury (because you don’t have to do all the cleaning yourself) but thankfully the service is no longer priced out of the reach of most families. Where time is limited, or when the house has multiple family members or pets, professional cleaning is worth the investment to create a happy, tidy and healthy home.
Routine Deep Cleaning and Your Health
When it comes to professional cleaning service, you are not only saving yourself some time, you are also ensuring that your home is cleaned thoroughly to help reduce allergens and keep bacterial and viral load of surfaces down, through deep cleaning. It is a healthy choice for your family.
The cleaning products that are available to consumers are frequently laden with chemicals that are actually harmful to your health. Some of the most common cleaner chemicals that are known to have a negative impact are:
- Sodium sulphate
- Sodium hypochlorite
Because professional cleaning companies hire staff who are exposed to cleaning chemicals every day, the industrial grade supplies that we use are frequently higher quality. Store bought cleaners can increase the number of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) in your home. Let your cleaner know that you have allergies and you can request green, eco-friendly products for your home.
Scheduling the First Cleaning
An initial deep cleaning of your home is usually recommended to bring your home up to the standard of cleanliness that most homeowners want to see. This initial cleaning can involve 2-3 different cleaners and require 2-4 hours of cleaning and include:
- Window cleaning (interior) including window frames
- Baseboard disinfection and cleaning
- Deep cleaning of solid surface flooring (wood, tile or vinyl)
- Complete dusting of furnishings, including ventilation grills and ceiling fans
- Thorough cleaning of kitchen including cupboards, stove and appliances (and underneath them)
- Moving and cleaning of upholstered furnishings
- Grout and tile disinfection and cleaning in bathrooms
Once a thorough initial clean has been conducted, your professional cleaning company will recommend a routine maintenance cleaning (weekly or bi-weekly) to maintain the hygiene of your home. The frequency and level of cleaning required will depend on the number of occupants, pets and traffic to the home, as well as the client’s budget.