I've mentioned before how much I love splurging on getting my house professionally cleaned. I like to think I know just how to get the best cleaning experience, but to make sure, I asked my awesome housecleaner the other day, and here's what she said.
Offer some water!
Cleaning is hard work. Hard work makes you thirsty. Be respectful of the person doing that hard work in your home and get them some water already!
Your housecleaner is a professional, but not a magician. Sure, you want to get the most for your money, but also understand that you want the job done right and that means letting him or her spend enough time on each task. Think about how long it would take you to do the same work; even a professional won't be able to do much better.
Clutter makes the job harder
If your housecleaner needs to spend a chunk of time on simply uncovering the actual surfaces that need cleaning, it will make the job more difficult, take longer and cost you more money. Dusting around knick-knacks is one thing, but you can make the whole process so much more efficient if you do your own clutter sweep pre-clean.
Please don't cancel without proper notice
There's a reason that doctors and hair stylists require notice for cancelations— it costs them money to have empty appointment slots (that could have been filled by someone else with more notice). Same goes for your housecleaner. If you have a regular thing that you have to cancel, let him or her know ASAP so your spot can do to someone else. This goes double if you're moving away or don't want to get your house cleaned anymore. Just speak up! It's the polite thing to do.
If you like things done a certain way, speak up!
Your housecleaner wants you to be happy so you'll stay a client, but she's not a mindreader. If you have some picky requirements about how your home is cleaned, you need to say so beforehand (not after when she'll have to redo it). It will save everyone the hassle and time (and you money).
What else do you think helps you get the cleanest home?