House Cleaners / Housekeepers

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House Cleaners and Housekeepers may sound the same, but they actually involve two very different jobs and duties. If you think in terms of light-duty work with some organizing thrown in, that’s for a housekeeper. If you’re looking for a top-to-bottom cleaning of your home, that’s for a house cleaner.

Housekeeping Duties

A Housekeeper is an individual who remains in the home for a longer period of time and may have many projects within the home to keep them busy. A housekeeper is usually hired by a family who provides everything needed for the job, and those supplies and materials stay in the home. Housekeeping duties include: light cleaning (not deep cleaning), washing, folding and ironing clothes, dusting, sweeping, mopping, washing and drying dishes, changing bed linens and making beds, separating and removing 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, and other light duties as requested.

House Cleaning Duties

A House Cleaner is an individual who arrives on a scheduled day and time with all the proper cleaning supplies, products and equipment. They are usually in the home for a specific amount of time and take their supplies with them when they leave for their next cleaning appointment. Cleaners may be independently employed or employed by a house cleaning company. Typical 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, 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, and interior window cleaning.