One question we get often is “What is the difference between a maid, housekeeper, and professional cleaner?”
Maid, Housekeeper or Professional Cleaner
In the service industry, many terms get thrown around with no real thought to their actual meaning. But what exactly is the difference between a professional cleaner, a housekeeper, and ::gulp::, a maid?
First things first, 10BUCKSAROOM.com Professional Cleaners are NOT maids. We do not use that term ever as we feel as though it has derogatory and negative connotations. For centuries, the term “maid” has been used to describe a specific demographic of people. Per the Merriam-Webster definition, a “maid” is a female servant; especially a woman or girl who does cleaning work in a house or hotel. The world is changing and has changed to bring about equal rights to all. There have been progressive women’s rights movements and creating equality in the workplace. So why, in the year 2017, do we still use such an archaic term to describe people who clean homes or properties for a living?
Good question! That’s why we do not use it!
Okay…so no maids…got it.
So, what’s the difference between a housekeeper and a professional cleaner?
A housekeeper is an individual who remains in the home for a longer period of time and may have many projects within the home to keep them busy. A housekeeper is usually hired by a family who provides everything needed for the job, and those supplies and materials stay in the home.
Typical duties of a housekeeper may include:
• Light cleaning (not deep cleaning), dusting, sweeping, mopping
• Washing and drying dishes
• Washing, folding, and ironing clothes
• Changing bed linens and making beds
• Separating and removing garbage and recycling
• Restocking personal care products, toilet paper, etc.
• Picking up toys and/or clutter and other general organizing
• Running errands for the family
• Preparing meals
• Replacing light bulbs
• Scooping litter boxes
• Other light duties as requested
A Professional Cleaner is an individual or a team of cleaners who arrives on a scheduled day and time with all the proper cleaning supplies, products, and equipment.
They are usually in the home for a specific amount of time and take their supplies with them when they leave for their next cleaning appointment. Cleaners may be independently employed or employed by a cleaning company.
Typical duties of a house cleaner may include:
• Deep cleaning most surfaces (countertops, sinks, tubs, toilets, floors, appliances, etc.)
• Scrubbing kitchens from top to bottom, including the exterior of cabinets and drawers, exterior of appliances like stoves and refrigerators, countertops, sinks and drains, and backsplashes
• Cleaning tables and chairs
• Scrubbing from top to bottom, including toilets, tubs, showers, sinks, and drain openings and fixtures
• Dusting trim work, baseboards, doors, picture frames, light fixtures, etc.
• Vacuuming upholstery and carpet
• Vacuuming and mopping hard floors
• Interior window cleaning
We believe you can find the right solution for your home, by understanding the difference between the house cleaning services and making special requests to meet your custom needs. If you are looking for help with house cleaning and have a few extra requests, call 855-766-6410! We offer many different services that can fall under the scope of either Professional Cleaning or Housekeeping.
We look forward to hearing from you and answering your cleaning questions!
Until next time!