The idea that only the very wealthy can hire a cleaner for their homes is quickly becoming obsolete. Between the lowering cost of cleaning companies and the increased demands on our time, more people are outsourcing this everyday task.
Having someone else clean your home is a big deal. So when choosing a professional, what should you consider?
Stealing happens so before you hire someone, make sure to do a background check. Ask for referrals from people you trust. If you’re hiring a cleaning company rather than an individual cleaner, those background checks should happen as part of their hiring process. Ask about this when researching prospective cleaners.
Health risks from products
If you have allergies or sensitivities to particular chemicals, then you should let the cleaning company or individual know up-front. You might prefer to use all-natural and safer cleaning products. Either hire someone who has these products or purchase them yourself and have the cleaner use it.
Injuries and associated liability
If you hire a cleaning company, they are responsible for worker’s compensation in case of injury on the job. Ensure that they have it before signing on the dotted line. If an individual is cleaning your home, your home’s insurance may cover any liabilities if they get injured. Make sure you double check with your insurance company. Get legal advice if you’re still not sure.
Equipment and cleaning products
Some cleaners provide their own equipment and products and some use what you provide. Establish expectations beforehand and if there are any surfaces that would be damaged by harsh chemicals or abrasives, have the discussion early.
Cleaning products and your home’s HVAC system
Cleaning chemicals in general must be used in properly ventilated spaces to prevent fumes from accumulating to dangerous levels. Many cleaning products, even all-natural ones, have scents that may irritate you, your family or those doing the work. Some are downright toxic. Ensure that your home’s ventilation system is in good working order before getting started.
Cleaning products and your home’s plumbing system
Everything used to clean your home will inevitably end up down the drain. Some harsh chemicals can corrode pipes (depending on the material). Older pipes may start leaking and newer pipes will have shorter lifespans. Ensure that your drainage system is in a good condition and make repairs where necessary. If you’re not sure what the pipe material is, have a professional take a look and do your due diligence before allowing anything harsh to go down the drain.
If you need help getting your home’s HVAC and plumbing systems ready for you to bring in that cleaner, give us a call and we can help prevent any issues.