When you engage a daily house cleaning services – what are you getting for your money? How much control can you expect over what the cleaning service does and doesn’t do for their standard hourly rate? If you request a standard home clean – what is typically included?

You’ve been cleaning your own home for years, but with work and other commitments you just don’t have the time anymore.  It’s time to spoil yourself and hire a home cleaner.

But before you find a home cleaning service that’s right for you, you’ll probably have some questions. Luckily, we have the answers!

House cleaning services help you cut down on daily chores and assist landlords in preparing apartments and rental homes for new tenants.

Standard home cleaning inclusions will vary from company to company. All reputable cleaners should offer you a comprehensive list of services for all key areas of the house including bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and living areas.

You will often be able to find service lists or obtain quotes online to get you started before you make the call to book someone in.

What is included in general house cleaning?Here are the general duties of a housekeeper: Light cleaning in the living areas. This includes dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping the floors in all rooms. …Cleaning the kitchen, including wiping down appliances, counters, sinks and cabinet doors.

What’s a standard clean?

If you are already tidy, you might just need a standard clean, or a “surface clean” once a week. This involves cleaning the surfaces in all the rooms of your house: wiping or dusting benches and tables, and sweeping, mopping or vacuuming the floors.

This will often also include cleaning window sills and other obvious surfaces such as bookshelves and venetian blinds. Cheeky cleaners pressed for time might “forget” these, so maybe check less obvious surfaces every now and then to make sure they’re being done.

What’s the standard rate?

What will a professional cleaning service cost you?

Any service should have have a list of standard rates based on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms to be cleaned, and it usually comes down to an hourly rate.

If you have booked a regular two-hour clean, don’t be surprised if instead of one person cleaning your house for two hours, you get two people for one hour. Cleaners often work in pairs and literally blitz their way through houses.

What’s not standard?

A standard clean is as simple as it sounds, but what about all the frills? What if you need a little something extra?

Some things like…

  • Oven cleaning
  • Window cleaning
  • Garden work
  • Ironing

You’ll generally need to request and pay for this service on top of your regular clean. Most cleaning companies work to a fairly tight schedule, so they’re not likely to be able change their whole schedule to include extra once-off hours to clean your oven without plenty of notice and at an extra cost.