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How Do I Choose the Best Cleaning Service?

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  • Written By: K. Testa
  • Edited By: C. Wilborn
  • Last Modified Date: 09 July 2014
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There are several factors to keep in mind when trying to choose the best cleaning service, whether it is for your home or for a business setting. In general, you want to hire a professional cleaner that is reliable, flexible, affordable, and discreet, when necessary. It is usually helpful to get recommendations from other people who have used a cleaning service. Information is typically available through local and online business listings, on customer review sites, and often, by word of mouth. Interviewing professional cleaners and checking references prior to hiring them is a sensible step in your search.

Many homeowners without the time or inclination to keep their homes as clean as they would like hire a small professional cleaning service. Usually, the cleaning staff comes weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, and their responsibilities might range from a general tidying up of the main living spaces to a more thorough cleaning in anticipation of a party or other important event. Common responsibilities include sweeping and mopping floors, vacuuming carpets and furniture, and any other household cleaning tasks that the homeowner requests.

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A business, on the other hand, might require the use of a larger cleaning service. In most cases, the facilities are cleaned daily, since corporate offices and commercial entities, such as hospitals, hotels and restaurants, are generally high-traffic areas that must be kept clean in order to serve the public effectively. These cleaning services often use industrial equipment, and many cleaning crews work at night after the employees have left the work site.

Whether residential or corporate, cleaning services should be flexible, meaning that they are able to schedule their services after hours, or when the home or place of business is empty. Reliability and professional knowledge are important considerations as well when searching for the best cleaning service. In addition, comparing the rates of different companies can help you find the one that is most affordable. The employees of a good cleaning service should be trustworthy and able to maintain confidentiality, especially when working near sensitive documents or in a private residence.

Depending on the size of your home or business, you should be able to determine whether one or two cleaning people are enough, or whether you need a larger crew. Furthermore, consider whether they are performing standard, light cleaning; otherwise, they might need stronger cleaners or heavier equipment. Like many other consumers, you might also concerned with potentially harmful cleaning agents and prefer to choose a cleaning service that uses environmentally friendly cleaning methods.

When it comes to hiring any type of service provider, it is recommended that you interview several companies and ask for references from previous customers. You could also take advantage of the free estimates offered by some professional cleaners, to get an idea of what type of services you need and how much they will cost. After getting an estimated price, you could also ask whether they provide any extra services for special events, for example, and what types of insurance and guarantees they offer. The more you shop around and collect information from different sources, the more likely you are to find the right cleaning service.

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