As people choose to let you into their personal spaces to help clean rooms and surfaces, you’ll want to make sure you know what you’ll need. Walk through potential workspaces before quoting a price, make note of the types of supplies you’ll need, the work that is required, and how long it is projected to take both with the initial cleaning and the upkeep. These are a few tips for cleaning professionals to consider before they start.
Organize Cleaning Tools
The first step to looking professional is to be put together. Consider obtaining a caddy to fill with your necessary cleaning tools and supplies. You may also want to invest in a vacuum dedicated to work, as you won’t be toting your home vacuum back and forth. However, some clients will have their own machinery or supplies that they want you to use; awareness of their desires will help you come prepared for your job.
Know Home Materials
Understanding the different flooring, countertop, and appliance materials and how they react to different products is essential. Be sure that you are educated on the products that will leave a countertop shining, not cloudy, and appliances glistening, not streaky. Additionally, there are very particular details regarding the way to clean different types of solid surface flooring. Products used on hardwood flooring will differ from those used on laminate or vinyl. Your job is to understand how to appropriately clean without damaging the areas you cover.
When choosing cleaning products, as noted previously, some people will be particular. As you build your kit, you’ll want to make sure you have the essentials such as glass, granite, and stainless-steel cleaners. It’s essential that you use the proper products—invest in cleaners that don’t leave residue and are made for particular areas that you will clean. The cleaners you use will say just as much about you as the cleaning you do does. Make sure to stock up on your supplies so you never run out in the middle of a job and you tailor what you have to fit the needs of a particular space.
Prioritize Tough Areas
If you find yourself dreading or putting off a tough area such as a shower or stained oven, don’t. There’s no need to fully tackle the hard things first, but you should be anticipating how much time it will take to clean those areas and perhaps spray them down with cleaner to set while you work on easier zones. Time management is just as important as the rest of these aspects. If you don’t plan ahead for the more difficult areas, you may find yourself out of time to do things properly or spend too much time not accounted for in your quote.
These are just a few tips for cleaning professionals to get started and to think about best practices and ways to manage their time. As you gain comfortability and confidence in what you’re doing in the different spaces you clean, you’ll surely find your own hacks and ways to simplify a process. This work can be tedious, but don’t let it discourage you. You’re sure to be an expert in no time!