Everyone has pretty different ideas about what it a housekeeper should do when they come clean your home. However, when it comes to floors, there are some special rules that you should follow to make sure that you get optimal results and the housekeeper can do their job to the best of their abilities.
5 Things To Do To Your Floors:
- Pre-treat your stained carpets
Shampooing the carpet falls under deep cleaning services, and unless you want to pay quite a bit extra, your maid is not there to do that service. However, as an expert, she can tell you that the best way to make sure your carpet doesn’t stain is to pre-treat the spill with warm water. Soak the stain in water and mop it up with a dry cloth. While most carpeting these days is stain-resistant, you are better safe than sorry.
- Do not leave spills
Leaving spills to dry and crust, or warp your floorboards, is a big no-no. Depending on what the spill is, it can take forever to clean up and might leave a lasting warp on the floor that will never go away. You are better off just cleaning it up as soon as it happens.
- The simple stuff is enough
You do not have to buy fancy cleaners for your hardwood floors. Actually, Pine-sol, or even just vinegar and water, are enough to cut odors and sanitize the floors. It is NOT recommended to use dish soap or some other equivalent detergent—it can leave your floors slick or sticky if they are not rinsed properly, and they can be harsh on more delicate flooring.
- You do not have to sweep or vacuum before we get there. . .
Some people actually do this! Whether it is a lack of knowledge about what needs to be done ahead of time, or just embarrassed politeness, but you really do not have to pre-clean your house before the maid gets there. That’s what you are paying them to do, remember? It is not necessary to go all out and break out the broom. Your housekeeper’s house probably is not perfect either, and they’ve seen worse than your house—promise.
- But you do have to do regular maintenance
You may not realize It, but even your hardwood floors need regular maintenance to preserve their lifespan and keep them looking nice and new. Whether they need to be polished, waxed, or oiled every once-in-a-while, you’ll have to find out from either the old homeowner or the manufacturer. Waxing floors is considered deep cleaning and most maid services will not do it unless you pay extra fees for deep cleaning.
Maids are cleaning experts. They have seen everything from the worst messes to the tidiest houses, and they know from experience how best to care for all types of floors. Whether it’s shampooing your carpets or using the right cleaners on your hardwood floors, they know the best tips and tricks for the nicest flooring. All you have to do is ask!