38 Things Your Housecleaner Secretly Wants You to Know

From their favorite types of clients to your most annoying habits, house cleaners confess what they're really thinking (but won't say to your face!)

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1. Don’t ask me to clean your five-bedroom house and then say you need it done in two hours.

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Make sure you give me enough time to clean everything properly.

2. Make sure you have all the cleaning products I will need.


Sometimes I show up and my clients have nothing for me to use. You know best what kind of cleaners you want used in your home; some people want only organic cleaners, some are picky about brands, and others have allergies.

3. Don’t forget that I need equipment!


One of my bosses kept forgetting to get me a mop so I had to wash her floors on my hands and knees with a cloth. For weeks she did this. It’s really inconsiderate.

4. Please do not ask me to sew on buttons...


clean the wheels of your bike, scrub out your mailbox, or pull out the refrigerator in order to clean behind it.

5. It’s helpful if you soak dirty pans.


This way I can clean them more easily when I get there.

6. If your house is a disorganized mess it makes it harder for me to clean.


Please pick up toys, piles of papers, and clutter from surfaces so that I can actually get to them.

7. It makes me crazy when...


I’ve just cleaned a floor and my employer walks all over it in dirty shoes.

8. I need reasonable notice if you are going to move or stop hiring me.


Too many clients don’t think to tell me until the week they’re moving. A month’s notice would be nice. You give your landlord a month’s notice. Please do me the same courtesy.

9. I really love to look at the books people have and the food they keep in their refrigerators.


Sometimes I can’t help reading something for 10 minutes. But I always make up the time by staying 10 minutes late or working faster.

10. Tiny kindnesses mean a lot.


One time a client left me a gift from a trip abroad, which delighted me. Those small appreciations keep me honest.

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