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How Much Should Someone Pay You to Clean Their House?

February 18, 2023 by Dallas Maids


Hello! We’re back after some time with more cleaning tips! This time, we wanted to discuss a question we get from fellow cleaners all the time: How much should someone pay you to clean their house?

If you look it the other way around, this is also a common question from our customers. They wonder how much should they pay someone to clean their homes. The right price for a service is often debatable, and that’s ok!

In this article, we will discuss how you can figure out a fair price for a cleaning service, and all the factors to consider. This will be useful to both houseowners and professional cleaners, because it is important that everyone makes informed decisions when it’s time to charge and/or pay for a cleaning service.


How Much Should Someone Pay You to Clean Their House?


The central question we get is related to the cost or value of a cleaning service. As a housekeeper, the first question you think of is how much is your service worth.

For cleaning companies and independent house cleaners, time and effort are the main components that help you determine how much should someone pay you to clean their house. You can count time, but effort is not easy to measure.

A good starting point is to do research on the current market rates first. Many cleaning companies have automatic calculators or you can contact them to find out their rates.

However, make no mistake: it’s not enough to simply offer a cheaper service. Because of its nature, with a house cleaning service someone is letting you into their homes, and therefore reliability and quality of service are highly valued by house owners, not just an attractive price.

There are many other factors included in the total cost of a service.

Appointment frequency is one of them. House cleaning services often charge less for a recurring cleaning service, because it is granting them a steady source of money.

Using specialized cleaning products is another factor. Products formulated for specific materials or items (e.g., granite cleaners, oven cleaners) or with certain ingredients (e.g., eco-friendly or fragrance-free) tend to be more expensive than multi-purpose cleaners.

Large distances to the cleaning company or the housekeepers’ area can become an additional cost as well.

Related: 7 Things Your Housekeeper Won’t Tell You


Should People Pay a House Cleaning Service By the Hour?


Every house is different, and cleaning a home can take you anywhere between one hour and four hours (or longer!).

Paying a service based on hourly rates can turn sometimes complicated. You don’t exactly know what you are going to find once you have an appointment, and it could take you way longer than you expected.

This can create large price inconsistencies between customers with the same number of rooms, for example.

Furthermore, as a house owner, you might be wary of housekeepers charging you extra hours. And if these are independent housekeepers or if they come from a company you don’t know or trust, you will never know with certainty if those additional hours are fair.

If you are a house cleaner, charging per room is the best route. This makes it easier to calculate the time and energy you are going to spend in each house.

If you are a house owner and your housekeeper wants you to pay them by the hour, make sure you ask them to give you an estimate of hours to clean your home. Don’t forget to mention number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and any specific cleaning instructions or extras (e.g., doing the dishes or deep cleaning your kitchen cabinets).

You can use this as a guide and compare different cleaning services that charge by room or by service.

Related: Cleaning Tip Secrets from Real, Professional Maids


How Much to Pay a House Cleaning Company vs. An Independent Housekeeper


If you are trying to find a house service in Dallas (or anywhere else) you might notice that a cleaning company has different rates from an independent housekeeper. There are many factors causing this and, as a house owner, you might want to consider them beforehand.

First, a cleaning company has insurance for both the house owner and the housekeeper. This means that the housekeeper is protected against accidents, and the owners are protected against damages to their property and possible theft as well.

Without insurance, independent housekeepers might charge less, but its always best to avoid unpleasant surprises. Even cleaning professionals can have accidents, for example. And we know accidents are always expensive!

Cleaning companies also need to invest on customer service, uniforms and management. This may increase costs but also increase efficiency and satisfaction guarantee, for example.

Related: Maid Service Versus Hiring an Individual


How Much Should Someone Pay You for House Cleaning Supplies?


Charging for cleaning supplies is often a source of debate as well. Many house owners prefer housekeepers to bring their own cleaning supplies, while others prefer to choose and bring their own cleaning agents.

As a house cleaner, keep in mind you can buy products by bulk and this will decrease the overall costs. You can use this to your advantage and offer a more affordable service, because the cleaning products will already be included. This can be a point in your favor or one of your “features” as a housekeeper.

On the other hand, you can let this up to house owners but this has a bit of a risk: by the time you arrive, they may not have bought the products you need, or the specific brands that you know that work.

However, some house owners prefer you to use their cleaning products because they are eco-friendly, or they are free of certain ingredients, fragrances or other chemicals they might be allergic to.

Sometimes you will be able to use generic, all-purpose cleaners. But certain materials or areas do require specialized cleaning products which are more expensive.

Related: Caution When Using These Cleaning Products


How Much Should Someone Pay You for Additional House Cleaning Tasks?


Many house owners are unaware of exactly what’s included in a cleaning service. They might ask you for additional cleaning tasks or rooms that are not included in the original cleaning list.

What you can do is think of an estimate of the additional time and effort it takes you for each task. For example, deep cleaning the kitchen cabinets might take around 20% additional cleaning time and effort, meaning you should charge 20% more.

Take into consideration additional cleaning supplies as well. For example, if you need to deep clean the oven, you are going to need extra sponges and oven cleaner.

Create a list with the most common “extra” tasks or rooms that you get asked and assign them a standard price to have at hand when a client asks you to.

The level of messiness is also an important factor. You can use pictures from your previous work as a reference for what you accept as standard “messiness”.

In any case, make sure you are clear about the list of tasks and rooms that you will clean for each type of house cleaning service you offer.

Related: How to Find a Good Maid Service


Is a Cleaning Service Worth the Money?


After thinking of all the factors that decide how much should someone pay you to clean their house, many homeowners think if this is worth the money in the first place.

The truth is, cleaning is a chore that takes time, energy, and knowledge.

First of all, time and energy are two important factors. Depending on your job, you can end up tired once you go back home or just with not enough time to clean afterward. Even if you have time, we all know no one likes to spend their weekend mopping floors or cleaning kitchen countertops. By hiring a house cleaning service, you are getting more time and energy to spend on more fulfilling duties.

Knowledge is also important. There are many techniques to help you clean faster and more effectively. Plus, you might damage surfaces by using the wrong cleaning product or cleaning technique.

Furthermore, it can also be dangerous because some cleaning products can be harmful if you use them incorrectly. It’s important to use the right tools and use your time and energy wisely as well. As a homeowner, ultimately it is up to you to decide if it is worth hiring a house cleaning service to do the job, or to do it yourself.

Related: 5 Reason to Fire Your Maid


Conclusion


It’s not easy to decide how much should someone pay you to clean their house. We hope these tips will help you consider everything that forms part of the process to decide the cost of a service.

If you are a housekeeper, do some research on the cost from other companies in the area. Evaluate costs of transport, cleaning supplies and, of course, time and energy. Keep in mind that offering a cheaper service won’t make you keep clients in a long term.

If you are a house owner, we understand that budget is important, but even more so is quality and trust. After all, you are letting someone into your house, and you need to be assured.

Ultimately, cleaning companies and housekeepers are free to set their own price for their services, just as much as clients are free to compare between options and choose the best one.

We’ll be back soon! In the meantime, enjoy other tips from our house cleaning blog!

January Cleaning Checklist

January 21, 2023 by Dallas Maids

January Cleaning Checklist - Dallas Maids

Hello everyone! This is our first blog post of the year! We’re so excited to share with you our January Cleaning Checklist.

What better month to deep clean your home than January? It’s so much more than a new month, it’s a new year!

The holidays ended just 3 weeks ago. You probably still have some holiday decorations here and there. And this month is the perfect time to test and carry out a monthly cleaning checklist that works for you and your family.

By creating a checklist, you will reduce mental stress and it will be easier to keep your home nice and clean. Different rooms and cleaning tasks need to be performed at different times. It’s much easier to create a guide to help you remember when you are supposed to wipe your kitchen cupboards or declutter your closet.

As always, we invite you to check our cleaning service in the Frisco area. We know January is one of the busiest months of the year for many families. Having a recurring cleaning service to take care of your home seems like the perfect way to start your year off.

Less cleaning means more time and energy to invest in personal projects or spend quality time with your family. Maybe you want to take the chance to visit the Frisco Commons Park or the National Videogame Museum with your kids.

However, we do know that many people find it fun and even therapeutic to clean and declutter, especially at this time of the year. If that is your case, let’s start!


First On Your January Cleaning Checklist: Declutter and Donate


If you haven’t done so, decluttering is the very first step in our January Cleaning Checklist. There’s a very simple reason to start with decluttering: by the end of it, you will (hopefully) get rid of stuff you won’t even need to clean!

This will allow your home to look and feel different, and encourage you to organize and clean your remaining items.

There are many ways you can declutter. There is the 20/10 method, for example. This is especially helpful if decluttering makes you feel frustrated or overwhelmed quickly.

Now, where to start decluttering?

You can declutter by room (e.g., kitchen, bathroom, living room) or by category (e.g., clothes, books, documents).

If you find it hard to toss out items, set a goal first. Maybe it’s going to be 10% of each room or category. Or, it could be (at least) 20 items in total.

Fix, toss and store any holiday ornaments and decorations.

It might be easier to decide which items you are going to donate first. Set a donation box and fill it out with (at least) 15 items. Thinking and deciding fast can be beneficial if you have a hard time “ripping off the band-aid”.

After you’ve decluttered all your rooms/categories, you can finally organize and deep clean all your areas and surfaces!

Decluttering Office Workspace - Dallas Maids

Vacuum Your Home Inside Out


After decluttering and organizing your items, it’s time for vacuuming. We often stick to vacuuming our floors quickly, but this is not a regular cleaning!

After the holidays, you are going to find thousands of pine needles and food crumbs. Make sure you reach every corner, including under the cabinets and furniture.

Baseboards, ceilings, and room corners are often forgotten. Pay attention to your entryway too. Especially during winter in Frisco, your entryway gets filled with dust and dirt from the outside.

Leave your floors for last, as Here is a tip to ensure 100% of your floors get cleaned: start in one corner (the furthest from the door) and push your vacuum forward. Then, move backward but this time, moving slowly to the side as well (left or right) until you’ve covered the entire width of your vacuum (around 12 – 18 inches to the side).

Then, move forward again and repeat the process. This way, you will have vacuumed the surface twice, removing pretty much any crumbs and dirt on the way.

Related: What Is the Best Way to Vacuum Your House?

Clean Out Fridge and Pantry


Many people like to start their January cleaning checklist with the kitchen. And it makes sense, as people forget to clean appliances, fridges, containers and drawers.

And now that you are just getting started with this year, it’s time to reorganize and make sure your fridge and pantry are spotless and cleared out.

First of all, it’s time to ensure all your canned goods and ingredients are not expired or rotten. For both the fridge and the pantry the process is very similar: start by removing your shelves and racks.

If this is your fridge, you can mix baking soda and dish soap until you form a paste. Baking soda acts as a deodorizer and soap will remove grease and food scraps.

If you want more tips about your fridge, don’t forget to check our Refrigerator Renew article.

In your pantry, you may find spices that are not spicy anymore or herbs that are no longer fresh. This is the perfect time to replace them. Then, you need to deep clean your pantry by scrubbing with soapy water.

If you have laminate or wooden shelves, stick to using very little water and always dry with a clean cloth afterward. To soften up grease, you can create a baking soda and dish soap mix. Apply and scrub with a soft sponge.

Once you place your items back, label and date containers and organize items by type and expiry date.

Decluttering Pantry - Dallas Maids

Wash Couch Pillows, Curtains and Blankets


These are items that often gather dust and sweat throughout the year, but they often go unnoticed. It is only after you’ve cleaned them that you realize how dirty they were.

Pillows, curtains and blankets can be cleaned using the same process depending on the type of fabric and the care tag instructions. Silk and velvet items usually need dry cleaning fluid, while cotton can be cleaned with water and soap.

Let’s start with your couch pillows. If they are washing-machine safe, use warm water (if they don’t have any stains) and delicate cycle.

If they are not, fill a bathtub or sink with warm water and mild detergent. Soak your pillows and press softly. Then, rinse your pillows until the water runs clear. Make sure you dry them properly afterward so they won’t lose their original shape.

To fluff the pillows, use a dryer on the no-heat or low-heat mode and throw a few dryer balls or tennis balls. This way, your couch pillows will come out nice and fluffy.

Next, we have curtains and blankets.

Some curtains, depending on the material, can be washed and rehung when they are still damp without needing to iron them. In any case, it’s best to dry them for as long as possible before rehanging them.

Blankets follow a cleaning process similar to couch pillows.

If you wash them using a washing machine, it is extremely important that you use a delicate cycle and, in this case, cold water. Blankets usually end up getting loose and stretched out if they come in contact with warm water. If you wash them by hand, make sure you don’t wring them too strong either.


Spot Clean Couches & Carpets


January is the perfect opportunity to spot-clean your couches, rugs and carpet floors. After the holidays, the occasional wine or food spills start to become noticeable.

Couches, rugs and carpets have different care instructions depending on the material. For example, some fibers are organic and more sensitive to water or certain chemicals.

If you are not able to find the care tag or the material your item is made of, a good rule of thumb is to blot the stain and never scrub. This way you won’t spread the stain even further.

Clean the stains as soon as you see them, and don’t use hot water as it will set the stains instead of removing them.

You can use a stain remover or a Oxigen-based bleach is much safer to remove stains than chlorine-based bleach.

If you want more tips for cleaning your couch depending on the type of fabric, check the guide from our fellas at Emily’s Maids.


Sanitize Surfaces


Last but not least, we know January is a cold month this year. Take your time and sanitize all surfaces that you use frequently and items that you grab or touch with your hands.

For example, electronics such as TV remotes and keyboards. They gather an enormous number of bacteria, especially if you share them with multiple household members.

They could be very sensitive to cleaning agents or liquids in general, so if you are using any (water or rubbing alcohol) do not apply to the surface directly. Instead, apply to a lint-free cloth. For TV, computer or smartphone screens, make sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions.

Door handles are also a strong source of bacteria. Always keep rubbing alcohol at hand and sanitize them once a day.

Sanitizing Keyboard - Dallas Maids

Conclusion


We hope this January Cleaning Checklist motivates you to start your month -and your year- off on the right foot!

This list will help you get through all those areas you probably do not include in your regular house cleaning.

Remember to check our booking page if you want to learn more about our house cleaning service in Dallas.

Don’t forget to check our blog for more of our cleaning tricks and secrets. This year we hope to bring even more articles and tips on our social media.

We’ll see you soon with more cleaning tips!

The Simple Life: A New Year’s Wish From Dallas Maids’ Founder

December 30, 2022 by Dallas Maids

Hello!

2023 is just two days from today. It’s easy to forget. Christmas eve, Christmas day. The busyness. The shopping, parties, cozy nights, and moments of spiritual wonder.

And one week later the world passes a landmark. My friend’s kids celebrate it at school as a “sun celebration.” A day they commemorate the earth completing a journey. A path untraveled before and never to be traveled again in the same way. No sun celebration is the same.

Our ancestors, the ancients of every civilization, viewed new years as a gift. Throughout the near and far east, the cradle of human life, a theme emerged. Our ancestors, regardless of race, creed, religion, or geography, marveled at the “music of the spheres.” The orbit of the planets and the universe itself creates a song. An unending, inaudible praise to some greater power. Something beyond ourselves, our sight, and our best thoughts.

I hope you’ll forgive my musings. Within them is buried what I want to express. Life is beautiful. If we’ve learned anything in the last three years, I hope it’s to love and cherish life. As 2020 bled into 2021, I and many others hoped for significant renewal. It didn’t happen. Then came 2022, and the same hopes were met with the same results – mediocre and muddled.

After two go’s on this merry-go-round, I’ve learned my lesson. It’s not about a simple orbit around the sun marking some expansive change. It’s about noticing the simple beauty in life – the “music of the spheres.”

As we close out 2022 and begin 2023, that’s my hope. I don’t have outrageous goals. I won’t be president in 2023 or summit Everest. My life will remain relatively simple, quiet, and private. And that is marvelous, it is a gift. A chance to marvel at the simple joys of my marriage, my children, my work, a chance to laugh at a silly joke, a chance to be humbled by a compliment, a chance to brighten the day of a downtrodden stranger, coworker, or friend, a chance to set aside distractions and be fully, wholly present.

So in 2023, my goal isn’t to do something extravagant. My goal is to do simple things well. To show love, compassion, and generosity when it’s not expected, to speak kindly, to offer grace when anger is understandable. In 2023, I want to get back to basics and focus on the simple things that matter. That is, people and serving others.

That’s easy to say. Maybe you read this with some skepticism, I get that. 2022 has been hard for many of us, but some more than others, what I can say is that I’m not alone. My friend in Florida and I recently spoke. This year his marriage ended and he lost his job due to market downturn, his world collapsed. Our worlds are so different. But I asked him about his thoughts with Christmas and a New Year approaching.

To be honest, he told me about the “music of the spheres.” He expressed a desire to get back to basics. His year, his “sun celebration,” was excruciating. But we arrived at the same thing, our paths were different, yet here we stand together in friendship. Life is precious, fragile, and marvelous. Despite our different experiences, good and bad, we see the same thing: life is what matters. Money, prestige, the trappings of a “successful” life. These are nice but not necessary. In 2023, we both want to experience life – it’s highs and lows – without fear.

If you’ll humor me just one more moment. My same friend quoted a song that’s been on his heart. I think its lyrics are worth remembering as a new year begins.

“I saw something they can’t take away…

There were pages turned,

With the bridges burned.

Everything you lose is a step you take.

So make the friendship bracelets,

Take a moment and taste it.

You got no reason to be afraid,

You can face this.”

Regardless of where we are right now, we can appreciate that poetic truth. Life is painful, but it’s breathtaking and deserves our whole selves. I want that in 2023. For me and for you.

As we round out 2022, I hope you’ll join me in looking forward to 2023. I don’t know the specifics of your exact situation. Maybe this year sucked. Maybe it was phenomenal. However, I know we can pause together and say this life is marvelous, painful, and worth our full attention. I can’t wait to see what that means with you in 2023. Either way, my hope and wishes for us all is to lose sight of the things that distract us so easily and focus on what matters: each other, our world, and our journeys together.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and simple, full New Year,

Greg

Cleaning Tips Before Christmas

December 23, 2022 by Dallas Maids

Cleaning Tips Before Christmas - Dallas Maids

Hello! Can you believe we have Christmas right around the corner? Of course we had to bring some cleaning tips before Christmas!

This is the most beautiful time around the year. You get to spend the holidays with your family celebrating Christmas (and New Year’s Eve very soon!) you have only this week to get your home ready!

As we always mention, make sure to check our professional cleaning service in Dallas if you wish to remove stress and spent this week getting your home ready for Christmas!

But if you find some free hours during this week you can try cleaning and tidying up your home during this week, or even during Saturday morning, before you get to enjoy your Christmas dinner.

Let’s find some quick cleaning tips to make your home spark before Christmas!


First Step: Take a Look Around the House


When you have a lot going on, it might not be easy to quickly spot the areas in your home that need some care.

We are in a very special moment which is Christmas time, so you have to take extra effort into thinking about all those hidden areas and corners where you might need to vacuum, clean and tidy.

A nice, easy trick is to enter each room and quickly scan for 30 seconds until you find the most “out of place” item. Fix it and then return again to fix the next item in the line.

Flat, large surfaces usually create the biggest impact when you clean a room. This includes floors, countertops and tables, for example.

Tidying up and wiping those surfaces can create a big impact, especially if you don’t have a lot of time.

You may have a lot of rooms and not enough time. In this case, focus on the kitchen and the living room, and the guest bathroom. Those are the three essential areas that you and your guests will likely spend time at.

Of course, if you have any particular plans or activities, include those areas as well (e.g., your backyard or a guest bedroom).


Set Up a Christmas Cleaning Day with Your Family


Cleaning becomes much easier when you have extra help, and it can even become something that you can enjoy as family time!

Dedicating an entire day (or even just the morning) and treating it as a “cleaning day” can help you save a lot of time. In a way, it is easier to make quick decisions and carry out your cleaning tasks.

Besides, as we all know, Christmas is the perfect time for decorating and spending quality time as a family.

You only have a few days left so make sure everyone is available that day for some deep cleaning!

There are many schedules and ideas to sort out your cleaning tasks in a way that is effective and fair to all members of your household, including kids!

You can use our Spring Cleaning Checklist as a guide for your Christmas cleaning.


Clean Your Floors Before Christmas


As we were mentioning earlier, flat surfaces are usually the ones creating the biggest difference between a messy home and a clean, fresh one.

Each type of floor has different cleaning instructions. Between carpet, ceramic and hardwood floors, you have completely different steps to clean and sanitize, for example.        

The most important steps for cleaning your floors are: using the right vacuum cleaner (e.g., avoid the beater bar brush attachment in parquet, laminate, tile and vinyl floors to avoid scratching).

Also, make sure you don’t use excessive water, as you don’t want humidity to soak into the floors. Pay special attention to excessive humidity as certain areas of North Dallas can become extremely humid during this time of the year.

Whenever you are mopping try using as little water as possible, and also rinse and wipe several times. Open up your windows to let some sunlight and airflow into the room.

Remember to check our blog with all our tips for different types of floors, such as Carpet Floors, and Hardwood Floors.

Sweeping and Mopping Floors - Dallas Maids

Clean Your Windows Before Christmas Time


Windows are often left behind in the cleaning calendar. If you can squeeze in this cleaning task within your schedule, it would be great for your household!

Depending on where you live, this may or may not be a great time for cleaning windows, because of the weather. Contrary to popular belief, you can clean your windows in a rainy day.

In fact, if you do it on a sunny day, you run the risk of having the sun dry your cleaner too quickly and leave streaks. Just make sure it is not as windy to avoid a lot of dust floating around and sticking to your shiny windows.

To clean windows, you can use hot, soapy water to start with. Use a microfiber cloth to spread your cleaning solution in a circular motion.

Don’t forget to place an old towel under your windows to absorb any excessive water.

To achieve that streak-free look, you can use a one-part vinegar, two parts water mix for general cleaning.

Wipe again with a microfiber, lint-free towel several times until it is completely clean. You might need to apply the vinegar/water mix again until the soapy water is completely rinsed off.


Organize Your Cabinets and Drawers Before Christmas


Now that you are getting closer to Christmas time, this is a great opportunity to organize your kitchen and your pantry.

Sometimes we save too many ingredients, canned goods, herbs and spices that we don’t use at all or that are already expired before we notice.

Besides, in order to prepare your favorite Christmas dishes, it would be helpful to clear out your kitchen before you start with your cooking.

You can try different organization system to help you out with your pantry: lazy susans, baskets, glass jars or containers are all effective and simple solutions. It will look cleaner, more organized and easier to spot the exact ingredient you are looking for.

Of course, the same goes for cabinets and drawers. Nowadays you have drawer dividers, trays or even plastic boxes to help you keep everything under control.

Cleaning and Organizing Your Pantry Before Christmas - Dallas Maids

Deep Clean Your Fridge


Speaking of organizing your kitchen, this could be the perfect opportunity to clean and sanitize your fridge and make some space for your favorite Christmas dishes (and the leftovers!)

Always start by unplugging your fridge and removing all your food items, as well as drawers and shelves.

To clean your drawers and shelves use soapy water and a large sponge. If you haven’t cleaned your fridge in a while, you can add white vinegar or baking soda to further clean and deodorize your fridge.

Place a large old towel at the bottom to absorb excessive water.

Don’t forget to wipe the inside of your fridge as well, using a microfiber cloth damp with hot, soapy water.

If it has liquid stains such as tomato sauce or meat juice, you can use a steam cleaner if you have one, or a concentrated dish soap and hot water mix to quickly remove any stains or residues.

Remember to leave plenty of room for your Christmas meals and you can also leave half a lemon on a small plate to absorb odors as much as possible. You can also try mixing one teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of lemon juice or lemon essential oil.

Cleaning Fridge - Dallas Maids

Bonus Tips: Add Some Décor After Cleaning


What is Christmas without some beautiful decoration? After all the important surfaces in your home have been cleaned, vacuumed, and sanitized, it’s time to add a few Christmas items.

It’s likely that you have small knick-knacks that have collected dust and you’re afraid of damaging them. In this case, it might be easier to soak all of them in hot soapy water. Make sure they are safe to wash (e.g., porcelain or plastic items without any electric wiring).

To make things easier, you can choose different tools: a steamer, a pressure washer or even a small toothbrush can help you remove dust and dirt from with delicate items.

Choose your décor items very carefully, as you don’t want to overwhelm your rooms. Items that are easy to clean and store back afterward should have simple shapes and be resistant.

A great trick is to add a nice fragrance with a Christmas touch. Cinnamon, vanilla and pine are popular choices this time of the year. You can choose floor deodorizers or candles with these scents, for example. That will give your home a fresh and clean touch, even if it wasn’t deep cleaned in the first place.

Add some christmas decor to your home - Dallas Maids

Conclusion


Christmas time is coming very soon. We hope these tips helped you tidy and clean your home in a very small time frame.

Because time is scarce, remember to take at least 10 – 15 minutes to come up with a plan for each task/room. Then, try to add as many family members and friends as possible to finish in a heartbeat!

Don’t forget to check our cleaning and housekeeping service in the North Dallas area to help you out before Christmas! You only have a few days left to get your home ready.

We hope you enjoy the holidays, and we wish you a Merry Christmas!

Let’s talk for a minute.

November 29, 2022 by Dallas Maids

Let’s talk for a minute…

If you’re like me, that phrase sends chills up your spine. My immediate response is “what’s wrong?” or “what did I do?”

Don’t worry, no one’s in trouble. I have good news.

With the nostalgia of the holidays fresh on my mind, I’ve been reflecting on the last two years. I was talking to my friend from Florida the other day and she made a funny comment. She said, “We’ve all been through so much. The last three years have been a class on collective grief and loss. Ask someone what’s happened since the pandemic started and they’ll get a glossy look on their eyes.”

Funny right? We all survived. We made it through. But it’s all a haze. This experience we went through which we’ve collectively kind of muted from our memory. We know it happened. That cannot be forgotten. But the specifics feel hazy, nebulous, fuzzy. It’s a weird experience that unites us. We know it happened. It was recent, but the memory is hard to pin down.

Unless we work to dust if off. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reminded of so much I can be grateful for in my life. My wife, my kids. My business, my staff. You.

Candidly, we’re here because of our hard work AND your support. Covid hit and we were thrown against the ropes. So many of you paid for services that you didn’t receive. So many of you helped us stay afloat.

With things calming down, we’ve been able to move forward. We haven’t just stayed in business; we’ve grown. Your support in promoting us, in sharing with your neighbors, friends, and coworkers, has helped us not just survive but thrive.

With that in mind, this Thanksgiving, I want to say thank you and offer a small gift of appreciation. We are not raising prices anytime soon.

I belong to a group of business owners that meets regularly. In one of our recent gatherings, one owner remarked that raising prices now was kind of expected. Inflation, social unrest, general societal uncertainty. Everyone expects to pay more right now.

But we aren’t doing that. Why? First and foremost because it’s the right thing to do. We run an efficient business and your loyalty deserves a reprieve from all the higher prices these days. Above all other factors, it’s the right thing to do to hold our prices where they are. A recent congressional testimony revealed that 54% of higher prices is driven by corporate greed. Businesses just want to make more money. Well, some do. We could raise prices, but we aren’t going to. Why? Because that’s not right. That’s not who we are. And you don’t deserve to pay more just “because.”

Secondly, I want to encourage gratitude in our community. Did you know that positive online reviews lead to bonuses and extra accolades for our team? If you leave a positive Google review for your cleaning associate or team, it means something. We reward quality work. It’s not just “nice.” It means recognition here. We pay for performance. We acknowledge hard, quality work. And you can let us know when that happens.

I could go on and on. But I won’t. With Thanksgiving just days away, I want to extend a heartfelt Thank You. We’ve all been through a lot. You. Your family. Our community. And yet here we are, still moving forward. It hasn’t been easy or neat or clean or tidy. Life is messy. But here we are, plowing forward together. And while life is messy, we are grateful you let us make your home a little less so. From myself and the entire team, we wish you a very bright and happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Holidays and with deep gratitude,

Greg and the Dallas Maids Team

Happy Holidays!

November 24, 2022 by Dallas Maids


Happy Holidays to all of our amazing customers!

~ The Dallas Maids Team

Spa Day

November 11, 2022 by admin

For the Dallas Maids’ annual company outing in 2022, we treated our team to a relaxing day at the Koffee Day Spa.

Welcome Monse, Dallas Maids’ New General Manager

November 8, 2022 by Dallas Maids

I’m excited to announce that Monse has accepted a promotion at Dallas Maids as our General Manager. Truthfully, it is not so much a promotion, rather it is recognition for what she has already been doing for a long while at Dallas Maids. Monse basically promoted herself by taking on additional responsibilities and doing what was necessary to ensure Dallas Maids continued to operate at a high level, serving our customers and staff.

Monse
Monse ~ General Manager

Monse has been us for over 2 years. She has earned this position, but not overnight. She has taken a step every day to prove herself as a trustworthy, kind, empathetic, and hard-working team mate and leader. Monse’s journey has led her to be here, as our new general manager. But it started some 2 and half years ago.

Monse joined Dallas Maids in 2020. She was an office manager that had a particular zest for getting the job done while also helping customers feel seen, respected, and important. But before I knew that, I remember interviewing Monse with our team and thinking she would be perfect for the job. She had naturally risen in rank at her previous places of employment, to hold key positions of management. And from her interview, I could clearly see why; she was exceptionally professional, well-spoken, genuine, a natural leader. I just got a good gut feeling about Monse.

She was hired.

I’m so glad I waited to see her character. I’m so glad I listened to my gut and that she has called us her team because she would soon prove how invaluable she was to Dallas Maids.

She hit the floor running. (Monse, thank you for reading the Operation Manual before accepting our offer!) For a brief time Monse moved to Emily’s Maids. Her experience, charm, and desire to provide a quality service helped Emily’s Maids grow.

Once an opening appeared, I gave Monse and option of returning to Dallas Maids. I was thrilled she came back. She has been an excellent team leader and is driven to ensure work gets done. She has even helped with our recruiting efforts, introducing us to Nelly (Emily’s Maids) and Edith (Dallas Maids). As you all know from working with Monse, she loves to laugh and connect while also working hard together. That vigor and passion has been critical to our success as the Dallas area’s most highly rated and awarded cleaning service in Dallas.

It is that tenacity, that spark, that has brought Monse to this new path on her journey.

Today, we take a minute to honor Monse. Her work, her smile, her compassion. And we also take a minute to learn from her. She has walked a journey of a thousand miles at Dallas Maids to become our new manager. But that journey wasn’t clear or obvious the first day. It all started when she woke up her first day and made the choice to work hard, stay the course, and do her best.

That is what we are celebrating today. Not just the work she has done, but who she is. Monse, we are proud of you and so excited to be on your team in the next leg of our journey together.

Greg

Fall Cleaning Tips for Every Room In Your Home

November 4, 2022 by Dallas Maids


Hello! It’s been a long time since our previous article, and we wanted to come back with something we’re sure you will find useful: a Fall Cleaning Checklist!

It’s fall season right now! This year went by so fast, and what better way to celebrate than to clean our home?

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons. At this point, you have probably started using your fireplace again, preparing warm drinks, and changing your decoration.

But everything has its ups and downs. Leaves start to gather in your backyard, your windows get dirty faster, and your filters and drains might get clogged before the season ends.

Depending on where you live, the winds can start to carry more dust mites, lint, and allergens from plants, which will go right through your window. For example, Dallas has low air quality, and it gets worse during fall because the temperature drops and there is less sunlight each day. We all know good airflow and sunlight are the worst enemies of mold and mildew, so keep that in mind.

Here’s how you can go through each area and get your home looking beautiful during fall!


Step 1: The Kitchen


Fall is a great time to declutter and clean your cupboards inside out. Many people buy canned goods and other items during Christmas, and this is the perfect time to check if you have any items expiring soon.

If you have the time, take everything out and clean your empty shelves thoroughly. This task is ideal for seasonal or occasional cleaning. For laminate shelves, you can use hot, soapy water.

Scrub with a non-scratch sponge, then wipe with a damp cloth and wipe again with a dry cloth. Remember to let shelves open and have them receive plenty of sunlight and airflow.

For wire shelves, you can use hot, soapy water and a large soft-bristled brush, along with a soft toothbrush for hard-to-reach areas.

For wooden shelves or other delicate areas, make sure you use very little water. A good mix for wooden surfaces would be a two-part white vinegar, two-part mineral oil, and one-part lemon juice. Wood needs to be moisturized and sanitized often, which is exactly what you will accomplish with this mix.

You should also take this chance to clean your appliances, too.

Check our “How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances” guide if you want all the secrets!

Next, you have to clean countertops, islands, and individual items. Leave countertops for the end because all the grease and dust will fall naturally to flat surfaces. An electric air duster and a steam cleaner will be great for removing grease and dust.  

Besides, it won’t harm to add a little décor! As you know, fall is all about using warm colors, and nature-related items.


Fall Cleaning Tips for Outdoors


You are probably going to have a lot of work in your front yard and backyard during the fall. As we mentioned earlier, you’re going to see leaves and dust more often in your home and even more so outdoors.

For example, your garden tools are probably going to be used and dirty more often. In the first place, you should clean your gardening tools after every use, to remove soil and dirt.

Ideally, you would use a water hose and let them sit in the sun for around 30 minutes or until they are completely dry before storing them back. You might need to use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub any stubborn stains.

Another important area is your deck. This is the perfect time for you to deep clean it, remove any mold or mildew growth and apply a protective coat before winter.

It’s best to do this on a sunny day, as you would want the deck to dry fast after you’ve finished washing. As for the strategy, a pressure washer would be ideal here. Cleaning with water (wet vacuums, steam cleaners, pressure washers) is effective but you are using the most harmless chemical available!

Besides the pressure washer, you will need oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean) and an oil-based wood stain. They are better than water-based stains because they will soak into the wood instead of just sitting on top of it.

Mix one cup of OxiClean and two gallons of water. Apply to the deck surface, using a sweeping brush. Let sit for 15 minutes and then rinse with your pressure washer. Make sure you don’t step too close to the deck to avoid leaving water streaks.

Wait 24 hours and then apply your wood stain with a roller brush. Again, make sure it is a sunny day or, most importantly, that it’s not going to rain for the next 24 hours.

Fall Cleaning Outdoors sweeping

Next on Your Fall Cleaning Checklist: Your Bedroom


As we mentioned earlier, dust mites and allergens increase during fall. If you have noticed that your sleep quality has decreased or that your allergies have gone through the roof, it’s probably because your furniture needs some cleaning!

Anything with fibers is prone to absorb dust, dirt, and dead skin. We are in contact with those surfaces constantly (beds, sofas, armchairs), so it’s best to keep them clean and sanitized.

Start by vacuuming your mattress at least once a week (although twice a week should be the norm), and your entire bed once or twice a month. There is so much dust that falls naturally to the sides of your bedframes, but luckily you just need to wipe it out.

Usually, a clean cloth damped with white vinegar works for most surfaces.

You need to deodorize your mattress from time to time, too. Sweat and dead skin carry a lot of bacteria, and it’s going to leave an unpleasant odor soon. Baking soda is a great choice as it is easy to apply and remove, and it is a mostly harmless chemical agent.

Once every two months would be a reasonable frequency. For keeping track of this easier, you can make it each 6 weeks, which means that you can do it every time a new season starts and then 6 weeks after that.


Living Room


Your living room is the heart of your home, and it makes sense to focus on this area during fall, especially if you are having guests soon.

First, make sure you declutter your living room. If you feel your room is cluttered or looks overwhelming but you can’t point out the reason, it might be because you have too many décor items, or they do not complement each other and are too particular.

If you want to switch things up, it might be better to choose what you are going to put in your living room and then clean or vacuum items.

Then, deep clean your floors and walls, paying special attention to corners. Around this time, cobwebs need to be removed.

Your sofas and other seating need to be cleaned too, for similar reasons as your bed.

As you know, vacuuming is really important to clean porous surfaces. With a wet and dry vacuum, you will be able to absorb a lot of dirt, sweat, and bacteria from your furniture, especially if you haven’t cleaned it this way. If you use one of these vacuums, make sure that you have a sunny day ahead so that your furniture can dry quickly.


Fall Cleaning Tips for Your Bathroom


Next on your fall cleaning list: the bathrooms. We all know they are one of the most dreaded areas for cleaning. As we mentioned earlier, during fall the temperature drops and humidity can increase. Bathrooms are humid because of all the plumbing, and they are also quite cold, and they receive little to no sunlight.

But there’s no need to worry! As long as you clean and disinfect surfaces to keep mold and mildew under control, everything will be fine.

For starters, you need to deep clean your surfaces and your components. A one-part water and one-part white vinegar mix is usually effective for general cleaning and killing mold as well. Use a few drops of soap to remove grease as well.

For your shower, leave a mix of baking soda and liquid hand soap, until you form a paste. Leave for 10 minutes and scrub with a large broom.

If your grout is looking grayish, brown, or black, it might need serious scrubbing. Try applying a mix of bleach and water, leaving on the surface for 10 minutes, and then scrubbing with a hard-bristled brush, or a drill brush attachment.

You might need to re-caulk surfaces to stop moisture and water from getting between grout or holes in your bathroom. On a similar thought, you can take this time to buy a new mat that absorbs water more efficiently and that dries faster. And if you find one that is also fall-themed, even better!

You already know that a clean smelling house is a game changer. Here’s a pro tip: add one or two candles with fall-inspired fragrances, especially if you have guests coming over. You can light candles 30 minutes before they arrive and turn them off right before they arrive, or just leave them burning if you want to. This will help with odors and ensure your bathroom smells clean and fresh.

Don’t forget to check our full Bathroom Cleaning guide if you need one or two extra tips!

Cleaning Bathroom For The Fall

Last But Not Least: Your Office or Workspace


Whether you work from home or not, it’s always nice to have a clean, organized space to use your computer, read a book or keep up with your agenda.

And fall is a good time to give it a fresh vibe to your office! You can start by decluttering old books, receipts, and other items you no longer need in your office. Try to keep flat surfaces as empty as possible to work comfortably. If you are struggling with keeping your workspace clean and organized, only buy any containers or organizers after you have decluttered.

Now it’s time for cleaning. Start by vacuuming surfaces. A workspace tends to absorb a lot of dust, especially in the corners and hidden areas. If you have a handheld vacuum cleaner the process will be much easier.

Because this is a bit of a deep cleaning, you can take the time to add a bit of grease or mineral oil to your drawers and cabinets. You will notice the difference right away!

You will also need to wipe all surfaces inside out. The type of cleaning product will depend upon the material. You can follow the same process as your kitchen for laminate, wire or wooden surfaces.

Don’t forget to wash your windows! In your workspace, you need as much sunlight as you can, and a dusty window won’t be enough. A one-part vinegar, one-part water, with a few drops of essential oil, will be more than enough. Remember to follow an S pattern when washing your windows or other glass surfaces.

Last but not least, check your light fixtures, wipe any lamps and replace bulbs. Many people overlook this step, and you are going to need them to work at their best.


Conclusion


We hope you enjoyed our fall cleaning tips. This season is ideal for deep cleaning before winter and Christmas time arrive. Dedicate some time and love to your house and it will look clean and fresh for your guests and your family!

No matter the case, remember you always can count on Dallas Maids if you need a professional cleaning service in Dallas, North Dallas, or Frisco.

We will we back soon with more cleaning tips!

Hiring House Cleaners in Dallas – The Ultimate Guide for Cleaning Service Providers

October 11, 2022 by Dallas Maids

Hiring House Cleaners in Dallas - The Ultimate Guide for Cleaning Service Providers - Dallas Maids

Hello, we hope you guys are having a great week so far! Today we wanted to talk about a less-than-common topic which is hiring house cleaners for your maid service in Dallas.

This is why we wanted to create a special article where we discuss all we know about hiring new staff as a cleaning company. Not only we’re sharing our best tips to get professional, qualified, and highly skilled professional house cleaners, but we’ve also contacted several cleaning companies in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area for their input.

There are many maid services with plenty of experience in this field, and we find their knowledge and advice incredibly insightful and helpful.

Before continuing, we want to thank our fellow cleaning companies in the DFW area that collaborated with us for creating this article, with their invaluable insights and tips.


What Will You Find In This Guide?

In this article, we will discuss how many resources it takes for hiring house cleaners, including human resources, monetary resources, and time. We will compare different hiring methods and procedures to find out the most effective ones.

We’ve written articles in the past with tips for hiring house cleaners in Dallas but this is a more extensive guide with the collaboration of other companies.

Related: 7 Ways to Know You Are Hiring the Best Maid Service In Dallas

We hope this helps you, as a fellow business owner, because hiring new staff is always a challenge, especially if you’re just getting started on your cleaning company. You risk hiring employees that are unreliable, unskilled, dishonest, or just spending too much time, money, and energy in the process.

In this guide, all the methods that we mention will give you a better understanding of how much it is costing you right now to hire a new house cleaner and learn how to find the most cost-effective solution for your company.

We recommend that you grab an agenda, make a list of pros and cons for each method, and choose one or more methods that you will try until you find your best fit.

Make an agenda to compare pros and cons - Dallas Maids

The Cost of Hiring House Cleaners in Dallas


We spoke to several cleaning services in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to see what their preferred hiring strategies are. And we also posed them with a question:

“What’s your acquisition cost for each new hire? “

This is a great question because if you know exactly how much it costs you right now to hire a new employee, then you will know if other alternatives are more cost-efficient than your current one.

Keep in mind that the recruitment process is long, and it has many steps before they start working: from creating the ad itself, to sorting out potential candidates, interviews, and training. Along the way, many of your potential candidates will not be able to continue through the hiring process for whatever reason.


Insights From Our Fellow Cleaning Companies


Thanks to the insights from our fellow cleaning companies, we’ve heard that the acquisition cost goes anywhere from $0 and goes as high as $1000. This depends mostly on the platform that is used, but each comes with pros and cons (which we explain below).

Now, this is obviously a huge margin! $0 or $1000 is a huge difference in your budget, especially if you are getting started with your cleaning business.

Based on the seven cleaning businesses that collaborated with us, the average cost we got was $264 for each new hire. A higher cost is usually associated with online recruitment platforms or external recruitment services, but this could end up being actually cheaper than free recruitment options.

Keep this in mind: time is also a huge money investment. Free alternatives usually offer a lot of applicants, but the pool is so wide that you will invest a lot of time and energy filtering the best applicants. Recruitment services can represent a monetary cost, but they do most of the filter process for you and offer potential employees according to your needs and requirements.

We will go through each recruitment platform down below where you can compare the pros and cons.

Deciding The Best Option for Hiring House Cleaners - Dallas Maids

Using Hiring and Recruitment Platforms


There are many online platforms maid services can use for hiring house cleaners, such as Craigslist, LinkedIn, and Indeed. They have a massive reach and are well-known. Indeed and Craigslist are paid, while LinkedIn is free with a “promoted” paid alternative.

The cost for posting a hiring ad on Craigslist is $45 per category (you can choose more than one) in the Dallas area. LinkedIn uses a pay-per-click method, which means that they will charge you whenever an applicant clicks on your job ad.

Indeed was one of the most popular options for our fellow cleaning companies.

“We use Indeed exclusively, we run Indeed ads” says Ginger from Love My Maids, a home cleaning service in Arlington, Fort Worth. To Ginger, Indeed is more effective than hiring using word of mouth (i.e., hiring house cleaners that are friends or family of your current ones).

“We receive enough applicants through indeed, though the ad spend can be costly if we are trying to hire quickly.” Adds Drew from Prairie Maids House Cleaning, a cleaning service in Grand Prairie, TX.

As for DFW Cleaning Co., a premium cleaning service serving the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, “we’ve used Indeed in the past, Facebook posts, and Craigslist before, and word of mouth too”.

LinkedIn charges around 5$ per click, but this varies depending on the type of job, location, etc. However, LinkedIn is a platform that is oriented toward professionals with a higher level of academic education. Therefore, it is not an ideal platform to search for professional cleaners for your maid service.

Using Linkedin for Hiring House Cleaners - Dallas Maids

Hiring House Cleaners With Social Media


Social media, mainly Facebook, is a great way of reaching potential employees. The most common routes is to post Jobs using the Facebook Jobs platform, or to post ads on private or public Facebook groups. You also have the option of paid Facebook or Instagram Ads.

On Facebook, you can find many groups that are created to help people learn about work offers in their area. In this case, search for Facebook groups in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area.

The demand can be really high. The profile of the worker you’re searching for does match the use of Facebook, both as a work finder and as a social media platform.

However, here is the downside: because pretty much everyone can apply to your job offer, you are going to have a massive number of applicants that you will have to sort out on your own.

This brings us back to the original issue because you will still have a significant number of resources for sorting out your applicants, either time and energy (doing it by yourself) or money (by hiring a recruiter to do it for you).

The cost of using Facebook or Instagram Ads depends on the number of people they reach. Same as hiring platforms, the cost is pay-per-click and it varies depending on the area.

“We hire people from Facebook groups, but it is a hit and miss”, says Samuel from HomeMaid Cleaners, a house cleaning and maid service in Dallas, TX.

While at Prairie Maids, they use “local Facebook groups and Facebook mom groups”, among other recruitment techniques.

Saul from Family Cleaning Services, a professional cleaning service in Grand Prairie, TX, uses Facebook posts as well as Instagram posts.


Using an External Recruiter Specialized in Hiring House Cleaners


Another option is to hire an external recruiter (whether that’s a person or company), especially one with experience in the cleaning industry. This recruiter is not part of your payroll, but it is rather a 3rd-party service.

No strategy is perfect, but this one offers many advantages when compared to cons.

Money is certainly an important factor to consider here. However, consider that hiring specialized services is, in a way, a much safe investment than trying to do it on your own. This is because they already have the experience and the optimized procedure for hiring.

An external recruiter takes care of both finding potential candidates and filtering them according to the profile you are looking for. You might be looking for housekeepers with certain years of experience in the cleaning business, or that have trained others, for example.

Next, if you decide on looking for an external recruiter, you come across the challenge of finding a good one. This is no different than any other product or service that you acquire: you have to make an informed decision first. Start by checking whether this person or company has an online presence. This includes a website, or a profile on Yelp, Google, or Angi.

Many freelancers work as recruiters, so check their services at Upwork, Fiverr, or Freelancer. In this case, it might be harder to find recruiters that specialize in cleaners. The good thing about these platforms is that they include ratings and comments from previous clients, just like Google or Yelp.

Make sure they are clear about what they offer, what they do not offer, and what is the cost of the service and the payment options (e.g., is it a fixed cost per new applicant? Is it a monthly subscription?


Having Your Own House Cleaner Recruiter


This could be helpful if you are growing very rapidly as a company. This means that your current workers are happy with your company and stay with you and that your growing business needs more people to hire on top.

However, if you are not expanding and are instead struggling to hire new people constantly in order to replace quitters, you should find out first why is this happening. In this situation, it is not ideal to hire a recruiter.

The turnover rate is extremely expensive for your company, in all areas: money, time, and energy. This also impacts your reputation as a company: no one wants to work with a cleaning company where cleaners don’t last more than a month.

The longer your employees stick to the same customer, the more trust they will have in your service. After having the same cleaners for months (or years) the chances of them switching companies are much lower.

Besides, the longer your employees stay with you, the more you will get to know them as professionals. This means that you will be able to work on their weaknesses and polish up their strengths. All with proper guidance and management, of course.

The other option for having your own recruiter is to have you or someone from your staff take the role of a recruiter. Although this has some benefits (you won’t have to hire someone new, and the role can be “active” only when needed), it will take some time nonetheless, especially if that “temporal” recruiter is not familiar with this process.

Besides, it will take time away from this person to fulfill their everyday tasks. Make sure that this person has plenty of time available to dedicate their time to this process.

Recruiting New House Cleaners - Dallas Maids

The Process of Hiring House Cleaners


As we mentioned earlier, there are many steps that you have to consider for the hiring process. The purpose of this list is to remind you of every step of this process, considering that every part will demand resources from your company, whether it’s time, money, or energy. A basic hiring process includes:

  • Creating the ad (whether that is written or with a flyer),
  • Reviewing and sorting the first batch of applicants,
  • Contacting them and/or interviewing them,
  • Inviting the final candidates for training with a senior cleaner and/or supervisor,
  • And, repeating the process.

Creating the job ad


Creating the ad is not hard, but you need to think carefully about what you are including here. You want to go straight to the point and let them know what you are looking for, what requisites are a must, and what you are offering as a company (in terms of salary and benefits).

Think of everything that is legally required for your applicants in order to be part of your company, and any other requirements (e.g., having a car, and/or a driver’s license). Be clear about your salary offer and working hours. You don’t want to waste anyone’s time here by being dodgy, dishonest, or suspicious about your job ad.

In the Dallas area, many cleaning professionals will be native Spanish speakers. Creating an ad that is in both English and Spanish is a good way to connect with them.

You can use an automatic translation service, but they are often inaccurate and can make your ad look unprofessional or not serious. If possible, have someone that is a native speaker translate the ad for you.

Creating a flyer is a good idea because we all know that a captivating image grabs our attention faster than plain written content. However, you will need someone with basic image editing and/or graphic design knowledge to create a customized job ad for your company.

Remember that even before creating the ad, you need to be very clear on what you are looking for. It might take you a few hours and a meeting or two to decide the requirements and benefits that will be included in this job position.

Using Facebook Ads to Post a Job and Hire House Cleaners - Dallas Maids

Reviewing the first batch of applicants


Even if you were clear about job requisites, you are still (hopefully) going to get a very large number of applicants, but many of them will not be ideal for your company.

For this step, you will require someone that knows the list of requirements and benefits from A to Z. Besides, they should have a clear understanding of the profile your company is looking for in an employee, both as a professional and as a human being.

House cleaners require a lot of positive personal traits (honesty, good communication with managers, fellow employees and clients, responsibility, and many more).

Keep in mind that, during the entire process, you will need someone capable of answering any questions your applicants might have.

Otherwise, they will either walk out if their questions are not being answered, or they will keep moving forward until they learn a work requirement that they were unaware of previously. This will force them to quit the hiring process, which means that you wasted resources on someone that was not a good candidate in the first place.

Many online services offer an automatic answer to the most common questions (mostly related to payment/work schedule/benefits/requirements).


Contacting and interviewing potential house cleaners


Now that you have a list of potential house cleaners for your company, it’s time to contact them and conduct one or two interviews. At this point, any automated sorting processes will not be effective and you will require human people to select your candidates.

This is because at this point you are trying to learn who they are as a person, their background, and the pros and cons of hiring them. You are probably going to answer many questions from them at the same time, and (hopefully) set the next interview and/or a training day.

Again, many of your applicants in Dallas will most likely be native Spanish speakers, so someone bilingual is a must for this process.

A hiring process is sustainable in the long term if you focus on quality, not quantity. Although understandably, you are trying to hire new workers and grow as a company, especially at the beginning, you need to be patient and not take rushed decisions or bend your own hiring rules too fast.

This next step requires a recruiter that is capable of learning a bit more about each applicant. Good workers do not necessarily mean that they are ideal for your company in the long term.

Besides training, this is probably the most demanding step in terms of resources. You will have to contact each applicant, set a time for an interview, conduct that interview and then discuss the results. You might even have to conduct a second round of interviews.

For this process, you will need someone in your team that is bilingual, has the time and energy to conduct interviews, and is quick on their feet to ask all questions that rule-out any candidates that are not ideal.


Inviting the final candidates for training with a senior cleaner and/or supervisor


This step is similar to the previous one. At this point, you will have ruled out most of your non-ideal applicants.

You will have to schedule a training day (s) with a senior cleaning professional and/or supervisor, that is already working with you, of course.

They will be in charge of assessing and teaching the trainees, which will take some time for them, of course, as they will perform a professional cleaning service, besides the added time for explaining and performing each cleaning task. You will have to pay the trainees for their time, of course.

At this point, it’s helpful to realize how many candidates meet the requisites for your company. Out of dozens and dozens of applicants, perhaps less than 5 end up being hired. And they still have to follow an evaluation period (you should have a three-month evaluation time for new hires).

Think of an estimate of hours it took from yourself, external or internal recruiters from your company, and the cost per hour. This will give you an idea of the cost that it takes you to hire a single cleaner.

David from The Maid Place, a house cleaning service in Frisco, TX and surrounding cities, gave us an interesting approach: they find new applicants by word of mouth, and they do not use external recruiting services. “Our employees were trainees at one point, then they got to being a trainer and found helpers, which then became trainers, and so on.”


What to Look for When Hiring House Cleaners


Knowing exactly what to -and not to- look for when hiring house cleaners is very important. Again, you don’t want to waste your time or your applicants’, and constantly confirm that your applicant fits the position and the requirements that you need.

Depending on the structure of your company, they might need to have their own car or drive someone else’s car, for example.

Even if they fit all the essential requirements, it’s still challenging to find good workers. Here are some tips:

First of all, look for people with plenty of experience in the cleaning & maid industry. This means they are already trained and know how to clean. However, they will need to follow training to ensure they are performing to your company’s standards.

Second, look for individuals that have stayed at the same company for a long time. Look for workers that are stable at their jobs, as this comes with many benefits which we already mentioned.

Third, look for people with good heart. Nothing is more valuable than having good people in your company. They will get along with employees, be respectful to customers, and will create a healthy work environment.

Besides this, remember that you, as a company, also need to offer good qualities.

According to Anthony from Maids 2 Match, a maid and house cleaning service in Dallas, TX, “Always be hiring would be a major key”. He also recommends to “find house cleaners that already have experience so they don’t need any further training”.


What to Avoid When Hiring House Cleaners


There are some red flags that you want to avoid when hiring house cleaners.

As we were discussing earlier, always look for quality before quantity. This is a common mistake among new companies and companies that are thriving and that have too much business. Don’t “settle” for cleaners that do not meet your standards.

Your company will last long if you start growing slowly but with top-quality workers. It takes so much time and energy to build a good reputation, and just one bad experience to tear down all that effort.

Cleaners that have cleaned on their own or for family members are not a good choice. This is because there is a higher chance of them “stealing” your customers, especially after forming a bond with them.

It is common to hear cleaners “suggesting” close family or friends as new hires. Again, bad idea. If there is a problem with one of them (or if things just don’t work out professionally), then the other one is likely to quit as well.

Last but not least, do not hire people that did not last long in their previous jobs. Remember that new hires are a significant cost of resources (training time, money, energy) and if they are likely to quit soon, it’s just not worth it.

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What to Offer To New Applicants as A Cleaning Company


So far, we’ve mostly talked about what to look for and the steps to take during the entire recruitment process.

However, it’s just as important to think of what your company has to offer to these potential new members of your team. The recruitment, interview and training process is not only a process to see if your employee is a good fit for your cleaning business, but it is also a way for them to see if you are a good company that they want to work for.

According to HomeMaid Cleaners, some of the most frequent challenges you will face are “finding the right fit” and then “keeping and retaining the talent”. Here are some insights from our fellow companies:

It’s important to be clear about instructions and expectations from them. The owner of DFW Cleaning Co., says she prefers to “over-communicate if they don’t understand” and “be transparent about what they expect”.

No one knows how to fix their mistakes if they don’t even know what they are doing wrong in the first place.

Saul from Family Cleaning Services advises to “have good communication” as well, and “pay them for what they deserve”. From The Maid Place, David recommends this: “pay them fairly throughout the year, provide them with bonuses, give them weekends off. If you pay them better than other companies, they will stay. Simple as that.”

For Ginger from Love My Maids, it’s important to be understanding and patient with your applicants. “Sometimes the best employees do not have great interviews. Don’t judge a book by its cover”.

Last but not least, Anthony from Maids 2 Match suggests having an “online guide for trainers”. This will speed up the process and allow you to train them in a consistent way.

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Conclusion


We hope all our fellow cleaning companies in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area enjoy this guide. Not knowing what the best recruitment strategy is can be frustrating and scary, especially if you are just getting started with your cleaning business.

After all you’ve read in this guide, you will have noticed by now that no recruitment strategy is perfect. We have so many different options now for hiring house cleaners, so don’t be afraid to try all of them!

They all have pros and cons. Some of them are free but might represent a pool of candidates that is too wide. You will need a lot of time and energy to filter them out.

On the other hand, you have paid services, whether they are job posting websites or recruitment businesses. They will give you a list of profiles with the exact requirements you are looking for, but they are paid, although the price range is big enough.

Take your time and do your research until you find the method that works best for your company.

Again, we want to thank all our collaborators for this article. It’s really important to support each other and we hope we have the chance to collaborate once again in the future. Thank you so much to DFW Cleaning Co., Family Cleaning Services, HomeMaid Cleaners, Prairie Maids House Cleaning, Love My Maids, The Maid Place, and Maids 2 Match.

Remember you can use the contact form to let us know if this guide helped you get new amazing house cleaners for your company! We always love to hear from both our customers and fellow cleaning services in Dallas.