Qualities of a Great Housekeeperby Kathy Green • April 11, 2017
Want to know how to be a good housekeeper? Not sure what housekeeping tips are crucial to get employed? Or looking for a guide to recruiting the best house cleaning and maid service? We’ve got you covered with our guide to great housekeeping.
What Makes a Great Housekeeper
- Hiring a Great Housekeeper
- Personality Qualities of a Maid
- Professional House Cleaning Experience
- Housekeeping Skills and Qualities
- Future Plans as a Cleaning Lady or House Cleaner
- Housekeeping Situational Awareness
- Final Considerations
Hiring just the right housekeeper can be life-altering for the busy family. Now this may seem to be a little over-the-top, but I am serious. Think about your life-whether single, a couple or a family-you have no time. No time to keep your home as organized or clean as you would like. No time to do the smaller tidying jobs that would make a huge difference.
Maybe you struggle to fold laundry, clean ovens and counter tops, or scrub bathrooms. Maybe you need to clean your house fast for a party, need a hotel maid to help scrub motel rooms, or are looking for a professional to help with hospital housekeeping.
It seems cliched to say it, but often we let things slip through the cracks. We spend too much time thinking about them, too much energy worrying about them. You deserve a house cleaner or home maker to make your life easier. You deserve professional house cleaning, or a dedicated housekeeper.
And here enters great housekeeping. Now to be realistic, all relationships whether working or personal, have a starting point, and with the right match, can grow into something much more. It is certainly so with a new housekeeper. You look for certain qualities in a person, offer them a job and hope that it was a good choice.
But what are those qualities in a housekeeper that give you the best chance for a great match-up? To answer this I went to the opinions of my friends. I asked each of them the same question. "What is the one quality that you would have to have to see when hiring a new housekeeper?" Below, I've distilled down their answers.
Personality Qualities of a Maid
First and foremost, you need a clean house. When you’re evaluating a candidate, make sure you’re comfortable they’ll put in the time and energy necessary for a polished home cleaning.
Often, you’ll be leaving you home unprotected when house cleaning comes by. The hallmark of an expert housekeeper is the commitment to professional, trustworthy conduct. If they’re working as a live-in maid or cleaner this is especially important. Similarly, part-time hotel maids and hospital cleaning staff have a key responsibility that requires a deep level of trust.
If you provide clear instruction, will your house cleaning staff pay attention? You want to ensure that, if you’re paying a part-time cleaner, they’re committed to reaching every last corner and crevice.
There will be times when you need something cleaned last minute. A loyal cleaner won’t think twice about this, so long as they are free. Similarly, your housekeeper is a person themselves - and may have other challenges in their life. A loyal cleaner won’t cancel at the last moment.
Life is never as planned. The best housekeeper is one who will make every effort to help you and your family succeed.
It’s easy for a careless housekeeper to break or lose things that have meaning to you. The best maids care for your home as if it were their own. Hopefully you can find someone who will do the same!
Professional House Cleaning Experience
Has your housekeeper been in the business for long? While some new housekeepers might be full of energy, many more experienced house cleaners will know cleaning tips and housekeeping tips to save them time and you money.
If an experienced cleaner isn’t able to produce references, this might be a red flag. In general, you don’t need to call references - as they will almost certainly say good things. Rather, what is important is that your potential maid has people they’ve impressed. Now, not all countries or continents place the same emphasis on references.
Other Work As A Caregiver
Some of the best housekeepers developed skills as a nanny, an eldercare worker, or a petsitter. While not exactly the same housekeeping skills, these other industries also require an empathetic, attentive individual.
Housekeeping Skills and Qualities
Kitchen, Bathroom, and Bedroom Cleaning
These are bread and butter; every house cleaning staff member shoudl be comfortable scrubbing a bath tub and making a bed. There’s not really a way to replace these skills.
Laundry, Trash, and Odd Jobs
Trust me, having someone who can fold laundry or take out the trash is a blessing. If you’re going to be out of the house for many hours at a time, or don’t have children of age to help with chores, asking your housekeeper about these items may be ideal.
Cooking, Child Care, and Pet Care
Many families won’t need these skills, but having a Cleaning Lady that is comfortable making meals or caring for a toddler can save you a whole lot of stress. If this are the qualities you’re most interested in, you should also consider hiring a nanny.
Cleaning Supplies of Choice
For some, the specific cleaning supplies used aren’t of much importance. However, if you’re a family who cares about organic cleaning supplies or all-natural items, make sure you ask up front! If you’re very particular, consider offering to buy the supplies yourself - this might ultimate help reduce cleaning costs.
Drivers License and Professional Certification
Will you ever need help with groceries? Will your housekeeper ever be alone with your kids home? Having a drivers license, cpr and first aid, and other professional certifications might prove an extra asset.
Future Plans as a Cleaning Lady or House Cleaner
How Long Will They Be Around?
Whether working at a cleaning agency, as a professional maid, part-time as hospital staff, or as a bi-weekly house cleaner, relationships matter. Hiring takes time, so ideally you’ll hire a cleaning lady who will be around for at least six months - assuming you’re looking to receive regular cleanings for that long
House Cleaning Situational Awareness
What Would They Do If…?
Consider asking your housekeeping applicant some situational questions that reflect different items they might run into while home making. What would they do if the stove caught on fire? How would they handle a toddler playing with cleaning supplies? A good housekeeper always keeps their cool.
Housekeepers with these qualities are available and are anxious to make a difference for you. I read their listings on Housekeeper.com every day. They need your employment, you need their help-go for it!