House cleaning and housekeeping – they sound the same, but they’re actually two very different jobs. Are you looking for someone to clean the kitchen, scrub the toilets, make appliances shine, and launder and fold clothes for a family of 4 – all while caring for two children under age 2? Chances are you’ll need a professional cleaning service rather than a nanny or house manager.
Typical light housekeeping duties may include:
- Light cleaning (not deep cleaning), dusting, sweeping, mopping
- Washing, folding and drying dishes
- Changing bed linens and making beds
- Separating and remove garbage and recycling
- Restocking personal care products, toilet paper, etc.
- Picking up toys and/or clutter and other general organizing
- Running errands for the family
- Preparing meals
- Replacing light bulbs
- Scooping litter boxes
- Other light duties as requested
A house cleaner is an individual or a team of cleaners who arrives on a scheduled day and time with all the proper cleaning supplies, products and equipment..
Typical deep cleaning duties of a house cleaner may include:
- Deep cleaning most surfaces (countertops, sinks, tubs, toilets, floors, appliances, etc.)
- Scrubbing and sanitizing kitchens from top to bottom, including the exterior of cabinets and drawers, exterior of appliances like stoves and refrigerators, countertops, sinks and drains, backsplashes, light switch plate covers, knobs and handles, vacuuming and mopping, cleaning tables and chairs
- Scrubbing and sanitizing bathrooms from top to bottom, including toilets, tubs, showers, sinks and drain openings and polishing chrome
- Dusting trim work, baseboards, doors, picture frames, light fixtures, etc.
- Vacuuming upholstery and carpet
- Vacuuming and mopping hard floors