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What Are the Different Types of Cleaning Services?

By Bethany Keene
Updated May 16, 2024
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There are a few different types of cleaning services available. For a fee, one or more people will come to your home and clean. If you can afford it, this is a great way to free up some of your time during the busy work week.

The most popular option is to set up weekly cleaning services with a housecleaning company. The company will send one or more people to your home once a week to thoroughly clean, either while you are home or while you are out. The cleaners might clean the whole house, or they might work on a rotating schedule set by you if specific areas need to be cleaned more often than others.

Other similar options are bi-weekly cleanings, where someone will come every two weeks, or monthly. Setting up a regular schedule will, in general, cost less per visit than if the cleaners are called on an as-needed basis, though that is another option. You might also contact a cleaning service before a special event such as a large party, which would be a one-time fee.

Finally, if you have a very large home, hiring a maid is an option. A maid might come to clean every day, or might live in your home. Before hiring any cleaning service, or certainly before inviting someone to live in your home, you should always check references and meet with someone to feel more at ease. It is important to trust the people you have in your home, and if you ever feel uncomfortable, it is best to hire a different cleaning service.

Cleaning services generally bring their own tools and supplies; you do not need to provide these unless you have specific supplies you would like them to use. You should make your cleaning service aware of any special instructions before they come — for example, if you have pets in your home. Be sure that the cleaner is insured, and provides some sort of guarantee or insurance against any damage to your home or belongings. If you are especially concerned about certain belongings or sensitive documents, putting them away in a safe, locked place might be a good idea.

Other types of services include carpet cleaning and office cleaning. Office cleaning is generally more expensive and is usually needed on at least a weekly basis, if not every few days. Carpet cleaning by a professional can be an easy way to remove difficult stains or odors, especially if you have recently moved into a new home.

In the realm of cleaning services, the importance of using quality cleaning products cannot be overstated. The best laundry detergent, for instance, will ensure that clothes and linens are impeccably clean and fresh, enhancing the overall effectiveness and satisfaction derived from the cleaning service. As individuals and cleaning companies alike strive for superior cleaning results, investing in the best laundry detergent sheets is a pragmatic step towards achieving this goal, further elevating the standard of cleaning services provided.

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Discussion Comments
By anon996328 — On Aug 13, 2016

Different types of cleaning jobs: Window cleaning, chimney sweeping, chewing gum removal, graffiti removal, power spraying drives/patios, gutter cleaning -- to name a few.

By John57 — On Oct 21, 2012

I have a friend who has her own side business cleaning windows. That is one chore I really don't like to do and I have a lot of windows in my house. I hire her to come out twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall to clean my windows.

It seems like every time I cleaned my own windows they would always streak and I felt like I put forth a lot of effort and was disappointed in the results. Now my windows shine and I am not the one going up and down the ladder.

I also like to hire a professional carpet cleaning service come and clean my carpets about 3-4 times a year. There is nothing like having clean carpets all throughout the house. The only downside, just like the windows, is that it never lasts long enough.

By LisaLou — On Oct 20, 2012

I can pretty well keep up with the day to day cleaning and the regular chores of vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the bathrooms and laundry. I do like to hire a cleaning service when I am having a big event coming up.

When my daughter said she wanted to get married in the back yard, I knew I didn't want to tackle everything that needed to be done inside the house along with all the wedding plans.

I hired a cleaning service to come and clean the house from top to bottom. This was a big burden lifted off my shoulders, and I will do it again if I have a big event like that coming up.

By julies — On Oct 20, 2012

My aunt is a doctor and still has a part time practice from her home. She has had the same cleaning person for over 20 years. I think that is a long time to have the same person, but they have developed a great relationship. I think it would mean a lot to have a cleaning service that you could totally trust. I have no idea what cleaning services prices are, but I know for my aunt, the price she pays for the service is more than worth it.

By sunshined — On Oct 19, 2012

I can only dream of being able to hire someone to come and clean my house. I have always slightly envied those who can afford to do that. When I was in college I cleaned a house for a couple every Friday afternoon.

As I was going about doing the cleaning I always thought how great it would be to come home from work after a long week and have your house all clean and put in order. This was my only experience at cleaning houses. For someone to do this full time, it takes a lot of energy and hard work.

By Sharperclea — On Sep 10, 2011

One of the biggest opportunities which you can consider while opening your business is the cleaning service. If you don’t mind in getting your hands dirty then it is considered to be the perfect opportunity. And in case if you don’t want to make your hands dirty then you can also go for the hiring of the staff. Basically a cleaning industry has two main market groups: the commercial market cleaner and the consumer market group.

By yumdelish — On May 16, 2011

If you are looking to hire someone to clean your house once a week the best way is to ask for recommendations. That removes some of the worry about having a stranger around.

Good cleaners are worth their weight in gold, so be sure to treat them well. Pay on time and be clear, fsir and professional with your requests.

I used to do a bit of domestic work, mainly ironing. I found that much easier than trying to deal with hoarders, who supervised your attenpts to clean up way too much.

By Acracadabra — On May 14, 2011

Another type of house cleaning service which isn't mentioned here is especially for when you move.

As a student I lived in several short term rental properties, usually with several friends. When the semester ended we would club together to cover the cost of a cleaning service to come do the whole house.

By CaithnessCC — On May 14, 2011

I've always wanted to have someone do my housework but I'm going to wait until I have a bigger house and a family. Until then I can't really justify paying for a maid cleaning service.

Anyhow, someone once told me that dust stops looking any worse when it gets to a certain level on your furniture!

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