Video: 6 Tips for Hiring a House Cleaner

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clare Bradley


This was most helpful. As an Interior Designer I have clients who have valuables an need house cleaners. What can I do to insure that they take anything. Does the homeowner have any other options?

Joanna Pell


As a former service provider for house cleaning, I have found that being "bonded" may only provide piece of mind and assurance for the homeowner, but with no actual value. While bonding for major government contracts and projects are a must, cleaning company bonding, while only approximately $100 a year, isn't worth the paper it is printed on for a homeowner. My experience, and how it was explained to me by my insurance provider, for the insurance to pay off one must jump through many hoops. For instance, an employee theft from a homeowner must be verified by a police report, the offender must be proven guilty in court and then the insurance will go into effect to compensate the homeowner. Keep in mind that proving a theft without actually observing the offense is hard to do, with the defense that many other people may be in the home or it wasn't discovered until some time has passed. Many homeowners may lose a small item and the company owner may just compensate them to keep them happy without admitting guilt. I had a customer who lost a small trinket on her mantel, which she attributed to one of my cleaners. As weeks had passed before anything was noticed, she did not want to persue the issue but wanted me to keep an eye on her. My customer was fantastic as an employer and would not have brought it to my attention if she were not sure of her suspicions. I ended up firing the employee later for poor cleaning standards. Bonding has never helped me other than offering pease of mind to customers and as a competitive tool over other small residential service companies.

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If the ducts are venting through a window I'm assuming the duct work is all easily accessible.  Lowe's and Home Depot sell a cleaning kit that uses an electric drill to spin the brush as it goes through the ductwork.  I've found it to work quite well and you can do it yourself.  It may take a few passes the first time to get everything out if it has been a while since it was last cleaned.  Just make sure you get all of the loose lint out after running the brush through from both ends and you're good to go.  Please note that if the line is not hard but rather a flex duct line you can easily puncture a whole in it with this kit and will do better to clean it by hand.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
We have a 3800 Sq ft home in Canton, GA and pay $100 for one visit a month for one woman to come clean it. It is a new home so not terribly dirty yet and I give her all the supplies.
Hair spray is one of those things that is really bothersome.  We've run into this alot unfortunately.  And NOTHING we've found will actually clean it off.  The problem is that if you just paint over it, you still see shiny spots wherever the hairspray was.

Our companie's policy is to prime the area with any bonding primer.  This will seal the hairspray in and not let it affect the next coat of paint.  It would also be a good idea to lightly sand the area first.

Our recommendation for primer would be Zinsser's BIN Spray (red can) and can be bought at most paint stores or home improvement stores.  Other than that, any thing that specifically says "bonding" for a primer should be adequate enough. 
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