A common misconception about professional housecleaners is that they somehow have a “secret formula” that makes housecleaning fast and easy. Despite the claims of commercial advertisers, successful results only happen with hard work and perseverance.
Each of our housecleaning kits is stocked with basic, and not necessarily expensive, tools and products. Tools include scrubbing pads, pumice, razors, small knives, and a variety of grout and other brushes. Basic liquid products include degreaser, germicide, bleach, dish soap, ammonia, lemon oil, and non-abrasive cleansers.
Larger items are carried in each company vehicle – ladders (2 ft., 4 ft., and 6 ft.), two buckets (gray for the housecleaning product and white for rinse water), mops (wet and dry), a floor machine, and a vacuum for each member of the team. There are also specialty products for cleaning marble, hardwood floors, and colored grout.
The Miele Vacuum
Our most versatile tool is the vacuum. After years of research, our vacuum of choice is the Miele. (See www.miele.com) While most housecleaning services use upright vacuums, we find a canister model is preferable for the ease in using attachments. Each employee is trained in the correct use of each attachment – crevice piece for edging, floor brush for hard surfaces, power head for carpeted areas, small dusting brush, upholstery tool, and extension poles for high areas (20+ feet). Vacuum bags and filters are changed frequently.
In order to assure maximum cleanliness, cleaning cloths are laundered daily by the company. Basic scrubbing cloths are bleached white. Micro-fiber cloths and yellow Masslinn cloths are used for special dusting projects. There is no restriction on the number of cloths each employee is allowed to use on each job.