There is no home-maker who would not wish to have a home that is spotlessly clean from the ceilings to the floors, from wall to wall, from the countertops to the crawl spaces.
The challenge lies in discovering both the time and energy to perform this most tiresome of all chores. And, even then, there is always the question of whether the outcome will be even noticed, let alone applauded, by your family, friends, and guests.
Begin by making a differentiation between the must-have services which are absolutely critical for the day to day management of the household and the nice-to-have services that can wait for another day without the ceiling of the house caving in.
A maid cleaning service is the best choice for must-have services. The appointed maid reports every morning and discharges all of her allotted responsibilities before departing for the day.
Hiring a Maid:
A background check of the prospective maid is essential. Check out her qualifications, experience, and work history. Have a discussion with at least three former employers and satisfy yourself about her reputation and work ethic, any weak or problem areas and the reasons for discontinuation of the previous employment. A professional maid service provider would, of course, take care of all such checks before assigning it to you.
Thorough cleaning of the home encompassing the removal of cobwebs, door and window cleaning, scrubbing of floors, cleaning of all furniture, fittings, fixtures, etc. is best assigned to a home cleaning service that will depute a team of qualified, experienced and professional cleaners to fulfil your dream of a spotlessly clean home.
Bonded and insured:
A standalone maid will not ordinarily be bonded and insured and, therefore, in the event of any loss that occurs either on account of negligence or theft, the homeowner will have no recourse for compensation.
When dealing with a service providing agency, you should ensure that the agency is bonded against loss caused by its employees and the employees themselves are insured against accidents on the work site.
Check with the service provider about how rigorous their reference checks are with regard to establishing identity, proof of residence (temporary and permanent), criminal background, and family reputation of its workforce.
Ascertain whether the team deputed by the agency is on its payroll or the work is being subcontracted.
Find out from the agency the category of cleaning products that will be used. The products should be environment-friendly and biodegradable, but effective at sanitizing against all manner of microbes, bacteria, pathogens, and virus.
Make sure that there is, at best, only low content of chemicals such as ammonia, lime chloride, etc. Products with a high content of inorganic compounds are unsafe, especially if you have children or pets at home, and such products also emit odours that can have adverse effects on persons suffering from bronchial allergies.
Quality Standards and Customer Satisfaction:
Discuss with the cleaning agency regarding the quality assurance mechanism on the basis of which it would be ensured that the cleaning service is satisfactorily rendered.
Check also about whether you would be called upon to provide customer feedback immediately on closure of the service. This is always a clear indicator of how important customer satisfaction is to the agency and of its zeal to improve the quality of its services.
The robust due diligence is a one-time exercise with long term benefits. Some service providers have provided the convenience of booking service via WhatsApp messages. Home cleaning services will allow you to relax while your trusted agency gives you a clean home that becomes your neighbour’s envy again and again.