What makes a house really clean
A clean house is something that means totally different things to different people. For some, it’s good enough that there aren’t any rotten fruits or food under the couch, while for others it could mean that you could lick the laminated floors. For me, it’s something smack in the middle, which I quite often refer to the sweet spot. There are many instances of different households, some with children, some without, some with cats and some with dogs. There are some people that live with pigs in their home, although teacup pigs aren’t really the same as farming pigs, but still. There’s obviously a wide variety of household types and obviously their standards for being clean will differ. You can’t really expect a home where a Scottish Hound dog lives, to smell and look as clean as a place where a newborn baby of a mom that is OSD for keeping the place clean would live. Obviously you need much cleaner place to have your baby in, while a dog can live outside in your barn if you live in a small village or a farm.
This is obviously not the point I want to make with this post. I will talk about what I find to be a clean house for me and if you wish, you could comment what kind of standard you keep yourself up to, or what kind of cleaning standard you require from your professional cleaners. As I have not really cleaned much of my house for the past 5 years or so, I have decided to write about the standard that I usually require from my cleaning maid. Ivana is a great professional I found a few months ago when I was looking for cleaners online. She has her own standards actually that she came with, pretty much installed. She always starts to clean my house from the top down, which is in my opinion the best way to do it. Then all the dust settles down to the ground and my laminated floor, where she would then vacuum clean and mop the remaining debris with the appropriate detergent added in the water. This leaves the floor smelling great and lets me walk on the floor with my bare feet feeling great. She also cleans the toilet once a week, although she comes 3 times a week. The thing she does there is amazing and to be honest I don’t think that I’ll even need a professional end of tenancy cleaning if we ever move out if this house. I know that landlord usually require this, but with the help of Ivana there won’t be a need for such a service, as she keeps our toilet and shower room looking fantastic. For whatever reason I can’t remember how it was with our previous maid back in 2005 through 2010, but I wasn’t as impressed with her job as I am with Ivana’s nowadays. The thing that she missed at first, such as cleaning on top of the doors, inside the fridge and cleaning the filter of our laundry machine and drier, are pretty much my own requirement. There’s were some things that I consider important about cleaning my house such as the windows in the shower room, which she also missed, but we talked it over and then she agreed that it looks way better when they are clean. Ivana does this type of cleaning once a week, just like with the rest of the toilet and I find it enough. Although she was reluctant to do it at first, in time she learned that in order for us to get along this is the only way and nowadays she doesn’t even mind doing any of these additional little jobs.
How to teach your cleaner what to do
In my opinion it’s really importat to teach your cleaner the right way you want things done. The fact is that it might not really be the best way, but it’s important to establish the relationship with your cleaner, because if you don’t do it at first and they feel like a friend rather an employee, things might get a lot uglier in the future. I’ve found that the easiest way to do this is by letting them know exactly the tasks you need them to do. Start with that an you could even ideally write down a list for them to keep. You could take it up a notch by printing a cleaning checklist. Many of the cleaners you’ll find in the UK are usually not native English speakers, so keep that in mind as well. It’s important to know that, as some of them might find it hard to read the notes you give them and simply skip the things, because they are too embarrassed to let you know.
Let me know what you think
I really like to keep the dialogue going, so please let me know your thoughts and ideas on how you like to keep your home clean. It’s important for me and I really want to see what other people think about it. I am curious on how you keep your cleaners in check as well, so write your comments below and we can continue this discussion further. I’ll definitely make sure to keep this post updated with the best ideas from the people here.