Book Recommendation, Cleaning Stuff

I had to have a come-to-Jesus talk with the man­ag­er of our clean­ing ser­vice today because I haven’t been hap­py with their last few vis­its. If we’re pay­ing1*$95 plus tips to the two maids. They come every oth­er week. some­body to clean the house, I should­n’t walk into the pantry and find that they did­n’t both­er to sweep behind the door, nor should I have to call them back to real­ly clean the kitchen and bath­room sur­faces. If there’s a tooth­paste splat­ter on the mir­ror when they leave, they did­n’t do their jobs.

Anyway—I was mak­ing up a list of the “must haves” for each vis­it so that I can get quotes from oth­er ser­vices again. I Googled for oth­er lists as mem­o­ry-jog­gers, to see if I had any glar­ing omis­sions. Accord­ing to a Good House­keep­ing quiz at (I think that was the site), I’m a “take no pris­on­ers” housekeeper. 

curiousmay9 found a book she’s rec­om­mend­ed to me sev­er­al times, A House­keep­er Is Cheap­er Than a Divorce: Why You Can Afford to Hire Help and How to Get It by Kathy Fitzger­ald Sher­man and brought it down for me, since it has many lists in it. Inter­est­ing read—I rec­om­mend it. 

(I’m very annoyed that the pub­lish­er’s domain has been tak­en over by one of those crap­py “search” page things, as I want­ed to down­load some of the mate­r­i­al the book says was on the site.)

Every vis­it:

Clean both bath­rooms. Put out a fresh hand towel.

Clean all kitchen sur­faces and inside the microwave, includ­ing the front of each appli­ance. Must MOVE every­thing from the coun­ters to clean under those items, and wipe down the items if needed.

Clean the kitchen sink.

Put out a fresh kitchen tow­el & sponge.

Wipe down the out­side of the wash­er and dry­er and the exte­ri­or of the refrig­er­a­tor (in the pantry). Don’t for­get to wipe down the rub­ber seals on the fridge door.

Sweep or vac­u­um, then damp mop hard floors (kitchen, liv­ing room, entry­way, pantry/laundry room, stair­way). Pay atten­tion to the baseboards.

Vac­u­um uphol­stered fur­ni­ture and accom­pa­ny­ing pillows.

Dust blinds, win­dowsills, wood­work, tops of pic­tures, fur­ni­ture, ceil­ing fan blades, and light fix­tures (acces­si­ble ones, not the ones way out of reach). If it isn’t alive, it should prob­a­bly be dusted.

Spot-clean walls, light switch­es, door­knobs, mir­rors, and liv­ing room area rug as needed.

Clean smudges off TV/monitor screens.

Spot and remove any cob­webs. Pay spe­cial atten­tion to the foyer/stairway area.

Vac­u­um car­pet­ed floors (upstairs, mas­ter bed­room down­stairs) and vents/returns (just covers).

Make up any unmade beds.

Emp­ty trash cans.

Clean oven.
Clean fridge, includ­ing coils (brush hangs in the pantry on the rack with the broom and mop)
Move the appli­ances to clean under them!
Flip the area rug and vac­u­um the backing

Obvi­ous­ly, that does­n’t include every task that needs to be done to keep the house live­able, but it does cov­er the heavy clean­ing basics. Those tasks aren’t done as often (week­ly) as we did in the past, but I’m fair­ly sure that nobody but I (or my for­mer MIL, but she’s anoth­er sto­ry) will ever notice the difference.

What did I miss? How would your list differ?

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Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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