Whether this is your first time hiring a housekeeper, or you’re welcoming yours back after the announcement of COVID-19, it’s safe to say that cleaning practices are different now. You might be worried about having someone in your home and how you can both keep safe.
Housekeeper.com is here to help calm your fears and lend some guidance.
Now that you’ve hired a housekeeper, here are some best practices to keep you, and them, safe.
Before the cleaning takes place:
- Discuss with your housekeeper if you will be home during the cleaning. If you will be home, communicate that with your housekeeper. If you have access to a backyard or balcony consider staying there for the duration of the cleaning so your housekeeper can freely maneuver your home.
- If you do not have access to an outdoor space, respect physical distancing guidelines and leave the room when your housekeeper is cleaning it. For example, hang out in your bedroom as your housekeeper cleans the rest of your home and ask them to call you when they are done to switch places. This procedure will allow for proper physical distancing.
The day before the scheduled cleaning:
- Check in with your housekeeper 24 hours before your scheduled cleaning. Ask them if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms such as a fever.
- Have your own cleaning supplies ready. One way to reduce the spread of germs is to have your preferred cleaning supplies at your home.
Day of the cleaning:
- Open all windows and doors. The increased ventilation will increase air circulation.
- Shoe covers. Before your housekeeper even enters your home you can ask him or her to put some shoe covers over their shoes. This will prevent dirt from being tracked indoors and eliminates the need for them to remove their shoes. Amazon offers an affordable option.
- Have hand sanitizer and wipes at the door. When your housekeeper enters your home ask them to sanitize their hands and wipe down door knobs.
- A mask and gloves. The likelihood that your housekeeper has PPE is high, but offering your own will take the stress out of them having to bring extra.
- A bag for them to secure their personal belongings.
- Soap at all sinks. Hand hygiene is very important. While this may seem like a no brainer, having quick access to hand washing is more important than ever.
- Have a cleaning checklist ready for them. Letting your housekeeper know what specifics you would like done will make it easier for them to complete the job quickly and efficiently.
The next steps that follow are easy: sit back (and step out) and let the cleaning commence. Remember to respect how your housekeeper wishes to do their work and practice physical distancing.