Misconception #1: You should wait as long as possible between cleanings.
No. Dirt is an abrasive - like sandpaper. Every time you step on the carpet, hardwood or especially marble you grind dirt. This cuts your carpet, scratches your hardwood and marble, just as if you had used a knife or a stone, causing it to wear out faster, look less shiny. A dirty floor will not last nearly as long as a clean one. Proper vacuuming and mopping, frequency of cleaning is critically important to the health and look of your home. For budget minded individuals as well, the less frequent your home cleaning service is allowed to come to the home, the more you will pay for bi-weekly and monthly cleaning fees.
Misconception #2: The only reason to clean your home is to get rid of the dirt.
No. As you probably know, outdoor air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust -- and hundreds of other chemicals. When you and your family members come into your home, you carry those pollens, bacteria and chemicals in your hair and on your skin, clothing and shoes. Not surprisingly, all those chemicals, pollens and bacteria wind up -- you guessed it -- in your home. If you have allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems -- one major source of your problem could be the mold, pollens, fungus, and chemicals in your home. In addition, as you may know, tobacco smoke contains over 4000 different chemical compounds, 43 of which cause cancer. And even if you don't smoke, those chemicals get on your shoes, you track them in to your home and you leave them in your carpet, curtains, bed sheets, towels and other areas. If you're sensitive to cigarette smoke, you might find that you'll breathe easier after you hire a company to get those harmful chemicals out of your home. Routine home cleaning, including proper vacuuming will help immensely as well. So in addition to getting rid of dirt, another important reason to clean your home is to get rid of pollens, fungus, bacteria, chemicals and the tars and residue from tobacco smoke.
Misconception #3: Housekeeping is housekeeping. All house cleaning companies are the same…there are just some that are cheaper.
Many homeowners see house cleaning companies as “all the same.” This is simply not true. House cleaning is a true professional service run and managed by technically trained, highly qualified personnel, not a cleaning lady. And therefore, the old adage rings true, “You tend to get what you pay for….” One area of distinction that can be critically important to your home’s cleanliness and health is proper disinfecting and sanitizing methods. Many independent cleaners are not trained in proper chemical handling or sanitizing methods or different surface types and their needs, such as granite, marble, etc.
Misconception #4: Any honest house cleaning company should be able to give you an exact price quote over the telephone.
I wish this were true, but it isn't. Consumers often think that if they simply call a company and describe their home, they should be able to get a firm quote over the phone immediately. But this isn't true. While you should be able to get a rough estimate, a firm bid will need to be given on site. If you have a price range you’d like to meet, the truly best Cleaning Services will be able to offer you options that will likely meet your needs.