Tips on hiring a cleaning service

Guideline To hire a cleaning service
  • Author: Mohsin Khan
  • Posted On: May 16, 2022
  • Updated On: August 28, 2023

Let’s face it, after a hard long day of work, the last thing we want to deal with is a heap of laundry, piled-up dishes, and dirty floors.

Because if we’re being utterly sincere between our demanding careers, parenting, and the endless errands we run, most of us are barely holding on; and cleaning, however therapeutic, doesn’t exactly sound like an enticing chore to add onto our already full plates.

Unfortunately for us, though, as painfully tiring and frustrating as cleaning may be, it still is one of those pains we have to endure for a fully functional and operational space.

Whether operating a commercial building or a chaotic household, you’ll find that cleaning is the most ‘practical’ means to restore some order to your environment. We use the term practical loosely because cleaning never seems all too practical when we lack the time, resources, or motivation to get it done.

Five guidelines on hiring a professional cleaning services

Here is what we’ve deduced so far; first, living in an unsanitary, cluttered space is humanly close to impossible, and two, there are days when the cleaning odds don’t play to your favor, a classic dilemma.

You can kick your feet up in both scenarios and have an expert do it for you because the ‘can’t-miss’ cleaning rule is bendable, thanks to professional cleaning services.

Cleaning services have professional training and advanced tools and techniques, helping property owners attain and maintain clean and organized living spaces.

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These lifesavers take the load off your back by handling everything from the toilet scrubbing to the floor polishing and the window dusting, all you have to do is find the right one, and we’ve got you covered with that. We’ve analyzed five tried and tested tips to landing the best cleaning service below.

Ask around

Keep your eyes peeled, and your ears perked for the tea. Your family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors have probably been where you are before, and they’ve had their fair share of cleaning services experience. Save yourself some time by asking your circle for trusted recommendations and cautionary cleaning tales.

If you’re a commercial business owner, consider chatting with other local business owners working in a similar field for some insight. Bet you can always count on word of mouth to get you there.

Additionally, you can ask for recommendations from organizations, such as the homeowner’s association, in your area. They can give you a list of reputable cleaning service companies based on members’ experiences and referrals. 

Do your research

After referrals, your next bet is the internet; everybody’s one-stop-shop for anything and everything. Look up available cleaning experts in your local area to narrow down your search, ideally focusing on keywords for optimized scouting.

Type in Cleaning Services Waterloo to get a lineup of all the game players, from cleaning service companies to independent contractors around you.

Ensure that you visit the web pages on your search results and read through the service provider’s background, contact information, accreditation, reviews, licensing, and insurance covers so you’re not blindsided. If this information is not provided on the website, reach out to the potential company requesting documentation.

Interviews and meetings

With your search zeroed in on potential cleaning service companies, set up a meeting to interview them. It’s vital that you reach out to these cleaning companies with any questions, concerns, and hiring terms they might have.

Take a keen note of how these companies respond to you and address your inquiry; this is how you weed out the unprofessional choice.

Also, try finding out how long these companies have been in the field, their safety measures, and their operation. For example, will the contractors bring their cleaning equipment, or are you expected to provide them?

How is their staff rotation looking? Do they have cleaning service packages for you to choose from? What are their guarantees? Ensure you put it all out there.

When interviewing cleaning service companies, it’s crucial to ask the following: 

What training do your cleaning staff members receive? A reliable cleaning company can effectively clean an establishment. Their service technicians must undergo extensive industry-specific training. Cleaning providers must know the differences between cleaning and disinfecting. Because the cleaning requirements vary depending on the type of establishment, ensure you hire a service provider that is up to date with your specific standards. 

What cleaning products do you use? If you have a health facility, using hospital-grade cleaning agents is important. They must be EPA-approved. Moreover, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends HEPA vacuums and filters to promote better air quality. Disposable cleaning supplies help prevent cross-contamination. 

What safety precautions do you implement? Cleaning companies provide their staff with protective equipment like face masks, gloves, and hazmat suits. They also implement safety checks, protective gear protocols to reduce infection, and proper hazardous waste management methods.

Experience and scope

You probably have the companies figured out by now; the next step should be defining the task scope. Help the company understand your cleaning requirements by articulating your needs and giving them an in-depth description of how and where you’d like them to focus their attention and efforts.

Ensure you clarify if you have any pets or children on the premises and point out any stationery fixtures or special features in your property, say high ceilings, swimming pools, chandeliers, et cetera.

You’ll also want to be vocal on the type of cleaning you want, whether it’s a basic tidy-up routine or a deep cleanse, a weekly or monthly cleaning visit, and finally, the kind of materials and textures they’re likely to encounter. Cleaning companies with experience will know how best to maneuver each of these scenarios.

Tip- consider sending the service provider a picture of the area they’ll be working on to help them develop an effective cleaning plan.

Explicit pricing

Let’s talk money- what are the cleaning costs looking like so far? You’d want to inquire about the cleaning service rates before committing to any company; this will give you the wiggle room to compare the charges.

It would help if you also considered asking for a breakdown of the quotation provided to you so you’re aware of what you’ll be paying for; insist on full closure to learn of many hidden charges like taxes. We also recommend that you check for hourly and flat rates- if the company charges by the hour, ask how long they’ll need to complete the task.

Bottom line

Who doesn’t love a clean and organized space? Polished spaces have been scientifically marked as one of the most incredible mood boosters and productivity enhancers today. So if you’ve found yourself wallowing in a mess of cleaning chores, hiring a cleaning expert might be just the thing to lift your spirits.

Why put the dusting off when a professional can handle it instead? Cleaning service companies offer you a convenient means to an end, shaking off the worry with quality, reliable and trusted cleaning assistance to commercial and domestic space owners.

Get in touch with cleaning experts and reclaim your weekends; God knows you need them.

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Author: Mohsin Khan

Mohsin has worked as one of the experienced editors with ConstructionHow since 2020 with a total span of 5 years of experience in business PR, boasting a remarkable professional trajectory, he has collaborated with entrepreneurs and startups, and certain publications over the last few years. His unwavering interest lies in the construction industry and related materials. He believes in creating functional and aesthetically pleasing buildings, and homes that fall under the right budget. With a wide range of experience in construction, he also tapped into DIY and home improvement projects based on his extensive set of knowledge in the industry.