There are many ways in which you can work as a house cleaner. Depending on your client, it may happen that you receive the most disparate requests. It is likely that, if you have just received a job offer, there are many questions you are asking yourself.

For example, what exactly are the duties and responsibilities of a house cleaner? And are there any cleanings you can refuse to do?

In this article we will help you find your way around home cleaning tasks and better understand what your responsibilities are when you start working in the home cleaning business.

What does a house cleaner do?

Usually, a person in charge of domestic cleaning performs different tasks but all revolve around the goal of cleaning and sanitizing the rooms of the house .

Generally speaking, these are the tasks most commonly included in cleaning services:

  • Cleaning bathroom fixtures
  • Cleaning surfaces and stoves in the kitchen
  • Vacuuming the floors in every room
  • Cleaning the floors in every room
  • Dusting furniture and other surfaces
  • Polishing shelves, picture frames, furniture and other objects in the house

Depending on the needs of your client and his budget, you can also offer these cleaning services:

  • Change the bed linen
  • Iron clothes and laundry
  • Wash the dishes or load the dishwasher
  • Empty all garbage cans, including kitchen waste

There are also several other tasks that enter the sphere of domestic cleaning but that many people consider an extra and therefore must be paid as such:

  • Fold ironed laundry and rearrange it in drawers
  • Polish silver or brass cutlery
  • Clean window panes
  • Wash and cleaning special ornaments
  • Decluttering of certain areas of the house

List of home cleaning tasks

When you receive a job offer to do home cleaning, it is very important that you have already defined a list of your cleaning services. Try to define precisely the tasks you can perform. Good initial communication with the client on this aspect is essential.

Below we present a complete list of tasks that fall within the home cleaning services: you can customize it to your liking, insert it in your Jopla profile and deliver it to your client before starting your collaboration.

Complete list of duties of a cleaner

Creating a complete list of your duties as a house cleaner is important because, as popular wisdom teaches us, “clear terms, long friendship”.

A list like this one that we propose will also help you to remember all the tasks to be carried out in each area of ​​the house where you will work. You can print it and leave it in your customers’ homes to always have it available.

Regular house cleaning

Generic areas of the house

  • Dust the surfaces
  • Clean the surfaces of furniture and appliances by hand
  • Dust the skirting boards, the felt pads of the chair legs and the doors of the doors
  • Dust the ceiling fans (only if within reach)
  • Vacuum carpets
  • Vacuum the floors and a damp cloth
  • Dusting curtains and window sills
  • Dusting furniture and books
  • Dusting picture and photo frames
  • Dusting lamps and lamps -jour
  • Dust and clean mirrors
  • Empty all trash

In the bathroom

  • Dust the surfaces
  • Dust the curtains and window sills
  • Dust the cabinets, door doors and skirting boards
  • Clean the doors cabinets
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and bathroom fixtures both inside and out
  • Clean and disinfect showers and bathtubs
  • Clean and disinfect door knobs and the switches
  • Vacuum the floors and a damp cloth
  • Empty the trash bin

In the kitchen

  • Dusting surfaces
  • Dusting curtains and window sills
  • Dusting skirting boards, chair leg felt pads and door sills
  • Cleaning the doors of the cupboards in the pantry
  • Dusting the top of the refrigerator
  • Clean and disinfect the worktops
  • Clean and disinfect the door knobs and switches
  • Clean and disinfect the sink
  • Clean and disinfect the microwave both inside and outside
  • Clean and disinfect and polish both the inside and the outside of the oven
  • Clean, disinfect and polish the outside of the dishwasher
  • Clean, disinfect and polish the outside the refrigerator
  • Clean and disinfect the kitchen table
  • Vacuum the floors and a damp cloth
  • Empty the trash bin

In the bedrooms

  • Dust the surfaces
  • Dust and wipe the surfaces of the furniture with a damp cloth
  • Dust the skirting boards, the felt pads of the chair legs and the doors of the doors
  • Dusting curtains and window sills
  • Vacuuming carpets
  • Vacuuming and a damp cloth on floors (if they don’t have carpeting) < / li>
  • Empty the trash bin
  • Make the beds (on request)
  • Change the sheets (on request)

Spring cleaning or deep cleaning

In the case of a thorough house cleaning, you will need to take care of the tasks mentioned above for regular house cleaning plus the following:

  • Wipe the skirting boards and sills of all windows with a damp cloth
  • Clean the door leaves and all window frames
  • Vacuum the upholstered armchairs
  • Remove cobwebs on ceilings
  • Wipe a damp cloth in the kitchen pantry and bathroom cabinets

Are there any housework you can refuse to do?

Some cleaners do not include washing and ironing of linen in their standard services, while others consider window glass cleaning as an extra.

There is nothing wrong with defining from the beginning the tasks that are to be considered extraordinary for you, but it is important to communicate it immediately to your clients and specify it in your Jopla profile: then include this information in the description of the your services to avoid future misunderstandings.

It is also important to point out that, in the case of extra services (especially when requested at the last moment), the daily schedule of housekeeping agreed with your client may vary.

To conclude

When you start offering home cleaning services, having a clear list of tasks to be performed is important both to clarify the terms of your collaboration with the client immediately and to carry out your work accurately.

In this article, we’ve presented you with a comprehensive list of the tasks every housekeeper should perform to clean the house and keep their customers happy.

Have a nice job!

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