care and cleaning of vinyl siding

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You probably chose your vinyl siding because it’s so easy to care for. That may be true, but putting it up and forgetting about it won’t exactly give you the results that you desire. To keep your siding looking as good as new, a yearly cleaning is in order. Don’t grumble! Think of those homeowners who are scraping, sanding, and painting, and you’ll be able to wield your scrub brush with a smile.

Scrub It and Forget It

All that you need to keep your siding clean is a brush and bucket. Just fill a bucket with warm water and add just enough dish soap to make it foamy. Dish soap is ideal for your siding because it won’t hurt your surrounding plants and grass. Also, the de-greasing agent makes short work of most grime. Start at the bottom and work your way up the wall. This may sound counterproductive, but it stops streaks. When the sudsy water rolls down the wall, it won’t streak the siding that’s already wet and soapy. Use your brush to whisk across each strip of siding in a back and forth motion. Provided your siding isn’t extremely dirty, you shouldn’t need to apply much pressure.

If you don’t like ladders, invest in a long handled car-washing brush. These are made to wash trucks and RV’s and usually have telescoping handles. If you have a multi-story house, you might be stuck with that ladder, but it’s worth it to clean by hand. Pressure washing can work for you, but you need to take care. If you use too much force, you can push water behind the siding where it can rot the wood. Make sure that you use a lower setting. Also, don’t blast straight upwards from the ground. It can loosen strips of siding. Use your brush as much as you can.

What If I Have Tough Stains?

The most common stains to appear on vinyl siding are mold and rust. If you have hard water, you’ll probably see rust around your spigot and near flower beds where water has sprayed on the siding. Fortunately, rust can be easily removed with household rust removers, such as Rust-Out or CLR. Follow the directions on the product. For stubborn stains, try a nylon mesh dishwashing pad to gently scrub. Never use steel wool, as it can worsen the problem of rust. Mold is most easily removed with bleach. Make sure to cover the grass or any nearby bushes or plants with a tarp. Dilute the bleach three-to-one with water, and use a rag to apply the bleach water to the mold. It should come off easily, but if it’s stubborn, the nylon scrubbers work well in this situation as well.

It’s true that vinyl siding is easy to take care of. As long as you spend a little time once a year giving it some TLC, it’ll stay beautiful for years to come, keeping your property value high!

What Is a Home Inspection?

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When purchasing a new house, it is always worth getting it inspected by a home inspector, who would thoroughly examine the property and give you his unbiased opinion about its technical status. Generally, home inspection takes about 2-4 hours, depending on the property. A home inspection can result into substantial savings by avoiding expensive repairs in future. Unless the home is inspected by a professional home inspector, you wouldn’t know the real structural status of home. The inspector carries only a visual inspection of the property and its structure.

Preliminaries

The inspection of a normal home takes just about anywhere between 2 and 4 hours. The inspector offers an agreement before inspection, which is signed before accepting payment. Then the inspector gives his client a general idea of the inspection and visits the site along with the client.

Items covered

The inspector carries a visual inspection of the following, though not necessarily in that order:

  • Interiors (non-aesthetic)
  • Foundation and basement
  • Roof and attic
  • Framing structure
  • Air conditioning system
  • Electrical systems
  • Chimney
  • Plumbing system
  • Heating system
  • Kitchen, laundry room, bathrooms
  • Garage

Extra services

The inspection of supplementary items like pools, barns or any outer structures, spas, docks & sea walls, wood annihilating insects, well flow, lawn sprinkler systems, gates, fences and EIFS (exterior insulation & finish systems) may be carried out at extra expense. The inspection agency can also conduct environment related inspection like:

  • Water testing
  • Lead testing
  • Radon testing
  • Formaldehyde testing
  • Asbestos testing
  • Septic inspection
  • Carbon monoxide testing

Completion

After the completion of the operation, the inspector gives a summarized report of his findings. The client may ask questions, if any, and gets a signed, written report about the inspection. The client has exclusive rights on this report.

Ethics

It is mandatory for the inspector to notify the client about the state of the inspected home. While pointing out any defects, he can offer likely reasons for them and he may suggest how to get them repaired. The inspector is not expected to recommend any contractor or provide an assessment of the likely expenses for repairs/modifications, unless he happens to be a contractor himself. He should not recommend if his client should invest in that property or not, or comment on the market price of the inspected property. In no way should he benefit by the repairs that the house may need.

Disclaimer

The inspection is carried visually and only for the state of house as it exists at the time of its inspection. The inspection should not be interpreted as any kind of warranty. As already pointed out, the inspector would spend just 2,3 hours for a visual inspection of the premises, obviously not enough time for him to check all the elements and components that make a complete house. He must utilize his expertise to check the most significant factors in that limited time. The report of the same property, inspected by two different inspectors, is bound to be different.

It is in the interest of the customer to thoroughly examine and make inquiries regarding the professional qualifications and experience of the prospective home inspector. Keep in mind that the services of a competent, experienced home inspector are not cheap. So, do not get carried over by an inspector charging low fees, as he may lack the qualifications and experience needed for carrying the inspection efficiently.

It always pays to hire a superior inspector. The expense incurred for carrying the inspection through a professional home inspector is justified by the defects or needed repairs pointed out by the home inspector.

Top 8 Home Improvement Tips

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When it comes to home improvement, you have a lot of things to do, such as upgrading fixtures, adding on your existing square footage and so and so forth. No matter what improvements you have on your mind, you can use the following tips throughout the process.

1) Look at the Condition of Your Home

First of all, you need to have a good idea of the existing condition of your home. This will help you come up with some bright ideas that you can implement. You can make a wish list by walking through your home.

2) Get inspiration

For inspiration, you can check out local magazines, color swatches and your local paint stores. Don’t just think that it is a waste of time. As a matter of fact, spending a good deal of time for planning is a great idea.

3) Set your budget

Don’t worry if you are on a budget. You can spend a few months in order to plan your budget and then set a budget. As a matter of fact, planning your budget ahead of time can save you a good deal of money.

4) Ask for help

You can make your home improvement project inexpensive and easier by asking your friends and family members for help. So, you should not waste your time and ask for help instead. You have no idea how helpful they can be for your project.

5) Seek out permits

If your project requires plumbing, electricity and structural that may include permits, you should get them ready beforehand. You can hire a general contractor if you have no idea what permits you need to get.

6) Be flexible

For instance, if you want to get your project completed in 2 months, you may want to be flexible and extend the deadline to a few more days. The same applies to the resources and budget as well. This will save you a lot of headache later on.

7) Talk to Your partner

In the start, you should talk to your partner about the project. Make sure he or she knows the roles they have to perform. Next, you should allow them to do what they want to do. You don’t have to assign duties. The fact of the matter is that this will take the pressure off of both of you.

8) Use safety precautions

Like any project, you have to use some safety precautions in order to make sure you and your home don’t get hurt or damaged. All you have to do is follow the instructional manuals on each tool you use throughout the project. Aside from this, you may want to use tutorials and advice from the rental store for help prior to starting the project.

So, we suggest that you follow these tips while planning your project and working on it. As a matter of fact, if you get inspiration and tips beforehand, working on the home improvement project will be a lot easier for you. All you have to do is bear patience and keep moving.

Plumbing Selections for Your New Home

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Room by room here is what you need to select regarding the plumbing fixtures for your new home.

Let’s start with the kitchen. First off, we will not be talking about appliances like a dishwasher or disposer, although these are items that the plumber will install for you. We will cover those things in a future article about appliances.

The sink; you need to think about its function, care and your preferences. The basic options are Stainless, cast iron with a porcelain finish, polymer, steel, and ceramic. I feel a sink functions better if it has some depth to it. Most builders install a 5″ deep sink as sort of a standard. My suggestion is to look at 7-8″ for a little better utility. Sinks can have a stainless rim, be self rimming or be under mount. The rimmed and self rimming can work with any type of counter top and the under mount is normally used with a thicker counter, like granite or quartz. Again my choice would be self rimming for ease of cleaning.

The stainless is by far the easiest to clean. The other sinks mar when you place an aluminum pan in them and move it around. Some will stain with coffee and tea. If you don’t mind the extra effort to keep them looking good, then you can get the other sinks in an assortment of colors. You can find sinks with one, two or even three bowls and the bowls can be different sizes. A sixty, forty sink with a big and little bowl is popular.

Everyone wants a faucet spout tall enough to get a big tea picture under, and some women even wash their hair in the kitchen sink. Faucets come with both hot and cold controls separate or single handle. The advantage of separate controls is that you don’t accidentally place a demand on your water heater when you reach to turn on the cold water and have it slightly over on the warm side as you might with a single lever. A small child will walk up to a single handle faucet and just give it push to turn on without thinking about moving it to one side or the other. I find it easier to set the temperature better with dual controls. Stick with the name brands on you faucets and you won’t go wrong. See the URL’s below for some choices.

In the baths the majority of the lavatories we use are either man made marble  porcelain. The sinks are cast into the vanity top and the porcelain is mounted onto the vanity usually over ceramic tile. There are others made of copper, glass, polymer and steel. The  lavatories are available in many colors and sink styles and are a good value.

12 Colors and How To Use Them In Your Home

Colors In Your Home

There are many colors to choose from when you’re wanting to decorate your home. There are literally about 10 million colors we can see, meaning there many options for your home. But instead of going over every imaginable color we can think of, let’s focus and talk about 12.

These colors are the basics of what you can find. Keep in mind that different hues can change the feeling of a color by a little bit, but the main idea stays the same. Here are the colors, their meanings, and how to use them.

Dark (Deep) Blue

This shade of blue is known to help with efficiency and thinking. It is a great color for offices, studies, or libraries. It helps to focus one’s thinking. It can cut through the clutter of your mind and give you laser focus. It is great to help you stay on track with work or other responsibilities.

Orange

The brightness of this color helps to make you feel confident. It speaks loudly and reduces any feelings of self-consciousness. Use this in a place, or room where you need to feel confident.

Light Purple

Reconnect with your spiritual side with this color. Use it to give you a fresh new perspective and to release those emotional issues you have kept inside. It’s great for living spaces and bedrooms.

Green

The color of wealth. It is said that green will help you be more productive, thus leading to wealth. It is also the color of health or nature. Use this in rooms that you want to feel good, or healthy in. It is great for living spaces.

Light Blue

Is a peaceful color. It will make you feel at peace. Use it in a bedroom or other place where you want to relax and feel at peace.

Yellow

This color is known to increase your focus and bring life into the room. Use this in a place you want to bring to life and where you may be working. It works great in a dining room or kitchen.

Bright Red

Similar to orange, bright red is known to increase self-confidence and to fortify you. It will help you feel confident and strong, but don’t overdo it because red goes a long way.

Brown

Is a way of showing that you take obligations seriously and will do what needs to be done. Use it to soften the mood in dining rooms or living spaces.

Pink

Has always been known as the color of love, and so it is inside your house as well. It will help you to be compassionate and open your heart toward others. Use it where you are interacting with people like in a family space.

Deep Red

This shade of red is known to awaken your passions. Use it in places where you need passion, but beware of using it in a kitchen because it is known to increase the likelihood of overeating.

Aqua

This color inspires trust. It helps one feel like they can trust you and not be vulnerable. Use it in a space where you interact with people.

Black

Is for those that want a feeling of eloquence and formality. It tells others that you are a straight forward thinking person and know how to make things happen. It can also give you a feeling of mysteriousness.

Remember that there are many different colors and each one can be used to help the overall feeling of your home. It doesn’t have to be in the form of paint, but could be something like a plate, picture frame, throw pillow, or rug. Every little piece of home decor adds or takes away from your home.

Wood Furniture Care Tips To Make Dull Floor Boards Look Great

Wood furniture care

Wooden floor boards can be a great way to give the whole home or just a few rooms a bit of character and they can look extremely good too. You may have had floor boards in the rooms instead of carpets for a while, but over time they may have become a bit tattered or worn. Various things can contribute to the floor boards rotting or looking tattered such as spills, animal accidents or it could even have been from just general wear and tear. Whatever the reason, it can leave the person wanting to just cover it up because it can look very untidy.

If you are someone who is thinking about just getting carpet to cover it up, you should really think about this seriously. It is all so easy to just put a rug or carpet over it, but why not see if you can do something about the floor boards instead? With a bit of effort you could have the floor boards looking as good as new. If you are a dab hand with this kind of thing then it could only need either a bit of sanding or refinishing to have the floor boards looking great. Also the best bit about it is that it should only take a few days at the most and it could be a lot cheaper than getting in carpets or rugs.

Preparation is the Key

Why should you get rid of the character of the room just because it needs a bit of work? Once the floor boards are treated properly they could look as good as new. It will obviously need some preparation before you start, for instance, the room will need to be off limits and have no furniture or anything else in there whatsoever. You need to sand the floors whether it is done by hand or by using a drum sander in order to get the job done. Once the floors have been sanded, you will obviously need to get rid of all the saw dust and everything else that is on the floor boards.

The whole process of preparing the floors can be a bit time consuming so you will need an element of patience when doing this. However, once it is done you can then apply the wood stain to the nicely prepared floor boards. After you have stained the floor you will want to seal it, which adds an extra protective finish on top of it.

Treating the floor boards instead of covering them up is an extremely good option to try. You should not cover them up just because a bit of hard work is needed because with a bit of time and effort they can look just as good as new.

How To Clean kitchen Sink And Cabinet Doors

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It seems that shiny faucets attract lime deposits and soap scum like magnets! Luckily, there’s an easy way to get those faucets sparkling clean without much work. The easy method is to soak several paper towels in white vinegar and wrap them around the metal faucet area. Cover the faucet and water knobs with zipper seal bags and secure them with rubber bands. Leave the bags on for two to three hours, and then remove and discard the paper towels. Then simply wipe down the metal areas with a clean, damp cloth. Mineral deposits and soap residue wipe away with no scrubbing!

Keeping Porcelain Clean and Stain-Free

Porcelain can be intimidating to clean because it can be easy to scratch, and too-harsh cleaning methods can leave the surface dulled. Your regular bathroom cleaner should be sufficient for everyday cleaning, but stubborn stains can require extra elbow grease. Abrasive cleaners can be damaging, so try this easy tip – make a paste of equal parts table salt and white vinegar. Apply to the stain and use a nylon scrubbie to gently work the paste against the stain. Rinse well, and your porcelain should be as good as new!

Maintaining Your Stainless Steel Sink

Prevention is the best way to keep stainless steel clean. Make sure not to leave anything acidic, such as vinegar, pickles, or citrus fruit or juice, in your stainless steel sink, as they cause corrosion. Also, never use steel wool to clean your sink, because it can cause rust. As always, vinegar is a safe and easy mineral deposit remover, but be very careful when using it on stainless steel! Use at most a 25% dilution with water, and never leave it to sit on the metal. Soak a cloth with the diluted vinegar and rub gently at the lime spots and then rinse with clear water.

If you notice scratches in your sink, try a product called Scratch-B-Gone. It’s specifically made for stainless steel. Keep the metal wet while you work with it. Also be sure to use non-metal scouring pads at all times. To prevent future scratches, use a rubber mat in the bottom of your sink. Just be sure to clean under the mat frequently to prevent nasty build-up from forming. If you notice rust anywhere on your stainless steel sink, try this easy tip: crumple a small piece of aluminum foil into a ball and dip it in Coca-Cola. Rub the foil across the rust spots and they disappear!

Clean Grease Off Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Every time we cook our favorite foods, we’re unwittingly creating build-up on our cabinets that can destroy the natural beauty of the wood. That nasty film leaves cabinets looking old and dirty, as well as making them feel sticky and unpleasant.

Without buying special products, you should be able to eliminate that greasy build-up from your kitchen cabinet doors. To start, foam two tablespoons of dish soap in two cups of water. Use clean rags or paper towels to rub the suds onto the cabinets. Make sure to follow the grain of the wood. Then rinse with a damp sponge and rub down with a dry dish towel. The grease fighters in the dish soap will cut that greasy residue easily.

There are also plenty of commercial products that can work wonders on greasy cabinets. Try Orange Glo, Greased Lightning, or Simple Green. Just follow the directions on the products. Once you get your kitchen cabinets really free from the grease, you should then clean them every other month so they won’t have time to build up much residue.

Decorative Ideas for Your Antique Lounge

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An antique theme is beautiful because it is reminiscent of the good old days when times were simpler. The design style of this theme is ornate and quite decorative incorporating floral patterns and curved elements. You can bring this antique look into your home by being creative.

  • Go to thrift stores or pawn shops and look for antique ornaments. Ornaments such as porcelain dolls, vases or tea sets. Curved porcelain vases with gold trim filled with flowers create a wonderful scent and ambience in the lounge. Porcelain tea sets with floral patterns and tea cups with beautiful curved handles give you that antique look.
  • Find an antique display cabinet. Look for a display cabinet that has a glass door, precision carved frames, as well as decorative curved feet and handles. You can display the tea sets or porcelain dolls in the display unit which will accentuate the theme.
  • If you have a fireplace in your lounge, you can place antique ornaments on the mantle.
  • Look for a floral rug with a bold border and place it under the coffee table. Also find a wooden coffee table that has curved edges and carved designs in the legs. This combination will look beautiful in your lounge.
  • Find floral curtains to drape on your windows. Try to keep the floral design similar throughout the design elements. If you select a pink floral pattern for the rug, then the curtains should incorporate the same colours. If you select random floral patterns for the different items in your lounge then you could end up with a cluster of patterns that don’t match.
  • Go bargain hunting for antique lounge chairs. If they are still in their original state then the wood frame should still be intact. The wood may just need a coat of varnish. As for the fabric, you may need to replace it. Take it to a furniture upholstery specialist to reupholster the lounge chairs. At this point you can select a fabric that matches the curtains so that you can keep the styling consistent throughout the theme. By reupholstering the lounge chairs you have the freedom of creativity.
  • Look for wooden picture frames. More specifically look for picture frames that have carvings in the wooden frame. Accentuated corners and detailed carvings will frame your photos beautifully. For the photos, select sepia toned photos to create a good old days feeling which complements the antique theme.

Outdoor Furniture – A Guide to Wood, Wicker, and Other Materials

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Today’s home design favors the outdoors–decks, patios, pool bars, balconies, terraces. Nothing beats sitting back under the stars at the end of a long day. Particularly in the tropics, people are practically moving their homes outdoors to better enjoy the open air.

Of course, you can’t just whip out your old living room furniture and put it on your patio. Indoor materials will not last a week of constant sun exposure, moisture, and temperature changes. That’s why outdoor furniture tends to cost more–they are designed to hold up against the elements. And since furniture is also decorative, manufacturers have found ways to make them durable and stylish at the same time. Here are some of your options.

METAL:

Metal is the obvious choice if you’re after durability and function. Most metal furniture comes with rust-resistant coating to make it suitable for outdoors. With the right weather protection, metal furniture can be left out all summer or winter and still look good as new. The only downside is its weight. A wrought iron chair can weigh five times as much as PVC or wicker. This is why it’s best for deck and concrete patios, as it tends to sink on soft surfaces like grass, dirt, and turf.

The most common outdoor metals are aluminum, steel, and wrought iron. Aluminum is lightweight and makes for excellent folding chairs for your poolside, but if you live in a windy area, you might want to invest in something heavier.

If you want something with more class, go for wrought iron. Wrought iron is made from iron or steel bars about half an inch thick, and worked into intricate designs. It has a classic, elegant look perfect for large lawns, gardens, and balconies. It is also very sturdy, so you can leave it out all year.

WOOD:

Most woods can’t handle outdoor exposure, but those that can are remarkably sturdy. One example is teak, a hardwood native to South and Southeast Asia. Teak has natural protective oils that make it water-resistant, and doesn’t need oil or varnish to maintain its durability. It’s also one of the most expensive; a single bench can set you back $800, and a set can cost as much as $3,500. Vintage teak furniture, made from the now-endangered old-growth teak, is one of the most valuable.

Cedar is another popular outdoor wood. It is naturally scented and has an attractive color and grain. It’s not as strong as teak, but if properly treated, cedar furniture can withstand rain, sun, and snow. Cedar absorbs and releases moisture slowly, which reduces the cracking and splintering that can occur in extreme temperatures.

WICKER:

If you’re after comfort and relaxation, then wicker may be your best bet. Wicker is made from hard woven fibers, which may be plant-based or synthetic. The main advantage of wicker is its natural “give”–it yields to the shape of your body for extra comfort. The open weave also makes it cool and breathable. Antique wicker is highly valued by collectors and makes great patio furniture.

Plastic fibers are normally used for outdoor furniture, as plant fibers are organic and will easily rot. Natural fibers can be made into loom wicker, which has a tighter weave and more resilient finish. However, wicker is generally weak and cannot be left outdoors for very long. Be sure to move them indoors when it rains, or at least to a shaded spot on very hot days. If you live in a humid area with heavy rainfall, choose vinyl wicker–a synthetic variety made from plastic strands.

One problem with wicker is that dust and particles can get in between the weaves. A little grain shouldn’t be a problem, but it can build up and damage your furniture. Dust it off once in a while with a feather duster and remove stains with a soft cloth and mild detergent. To keep out dust, try placing cushions or draping sheets over them.

PLASTIC:

Plastic furniture is great if you’re on a tight budget or just want to use them occasionally. Plastic is lightweight and water-resistant, so it makes sense for poolside sets. If you like to host large backyard parties, try a set of stackable or collapsible plastic chairs. You can fold them up and put them away at the end of the day, or leave them out if the weather is good. Don’t expect them to last more than five years, though. Some of the tougher pieces can, but plastic is naturally flimsy and just not designed for heavy use.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) a type of hard plastic used in everything from credit cards to water pipes. It makes sense–if you want waterproof furniture, use the same thing used in your plumbing. As outdoor furniture, PVC works well because it’s extremely durable, lightweight, and inexpensive. Not surprisingly, it’s the best material for poolside and wet weather conditions.

One good thing about plastic furniture is the range of styles, designs, and colors to choose from. It’s extremely flexible, mixes well with dyes, and is light enough to work into large pieces. Extruded plastic–soft resin shaped into a tube–can be worked into just about any shape. Plastic also holds color well. Paint will peel off wood and metal, but plastic has the color blended in. “Colorfast”plastic will keep the color from fading or running when washed.

Quality always comes first when it comes to outdoor furniture, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up style. Even the most expensive wood bench is useless if it doesn’t suit your tastes, or if you’re not comfortable in it. There is a lot to choose from, so take advantage of your options. If you know what to look for, you’re sure to find something that not only looks great, but will stay with you for years.

How to Shop For a House Cleaning Service

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Having a house cleaner or maid service is a dream come true for many people. Unfortunately for some, hiring a good house cleaning service becomes a nightmare. Use this valuable information to avoid the pitfalls and find a quality house cleaning service that will keep your home sparkling clean and give you peace of mind.

Step 1: Establish the frequency of cleaning you need:

  • Regular weekly, bi-weekly, tri-weekly, or monthly.
  • Move In/Move Out.
  • Seasonal.
  • One Time.

Step 2: Determine which type of house cleaner to hire

Hiring an individual house cleaner where the home owner becomes a casual employer under IRS guidelines:

  • Be sure to complete w-2, w-3, I-9 forms, and make time to file employment taxes. You are responsible for hiring and firing housekeepers. Check with your insurance agent to ensure you have proper homeowners insurance in the event there is breakage or theft.
  • As an employer, you are responsible for making sure the employee’s Social Security and Medicare matching payroll deductions are met. You would need to provide workman’s compensation insurance in the event your employee cannot work due to injury.
  • You are responsible for providing all cleaning supplies and equipment which should be environmentally safe to use by your employee.

Hiring a House Cleaning Company which has a Sub-contractor’s workforce:

  • Verify the person who comes out to your home has a business license. Find out if the sub-contractor cleaning you home has their own individual liability insurance and is bonded. Request their insurance company to mail or fax a certificate of insurance to you. This ensures their coverage is current and valid. If the sub-contractor is not insured and damage happens you will either have to make a claim on your home owner’s policy or pay for repairs out of your pocket.
  • For your protection: Before the first cleaning go through the house with the house cleaner to find out what they plan to use on the various surfaces. Many inexperienced house cleaners use the wrong products or use the right products improperly. This can cause permanent damage or stains to your property, and void manufacturer warranties on some finishes.

Hiring a Professional Housecleaning Service with Employees:

  • Hiring a professional housecleaning service with employees is the easiest and most relaxing way to get your home cleaned.
  • They hire, train, insure and exchange employees as needed.
  • The house cleaners are employees of the company you hire, they take care of all the government paperwork and taxes.
  • Most provide cleaning instructions for your home to the house cleaners ensuring they understand exactly what you want done.
  • Approved cleaning supplies and cleaning equipment are provided.
  • They have multiple employees staffed to ensure your regularly scheduled cleaning still takes place if your regular house cleaner is out sick or on vacation, and can accommodate schedule changes for a special occasion.

Step 3: Some relevant questions to ask your house cleaning service:

  • Does the company perform a State & Federal criminal background check on each employee?
  • What happens when something is broken or damaged while cleaning a home?
  • Would you agree to have your insurance company send me a certificate of insurance coverage?
  • What cleaning supplies and vacuums will be used?.
  • What is the procedure if I am not happy with my cleaning?
  • Do you send the same employee(s) back on each visit?
  • What happens if my assigned house cleaner(s) is sick or on vacation?
  • What actions does the company take to ensure the cleanings are consistently good quality?
  • How often are customer cleanings rescheduled due to lack of employees, broken vacuums, car problems, etc.?
  • Do you have a physical office I can visit?

Once you have answered these questions and followed all the steps, you’re ready to hire a home cleaning service!