New House Cleaner Needs Advice
In an effort to get work, I posted a housecleaning service on Craigslist. I already had one client last week, and two more appointments for August. I figured this would be a bit of a "cinch" lol. I had done caregiving before which included housecleaning. I wanted to do the Independent Contractor thing so I went out and bought my own cleaning supplies. Here is what I ran into on my first official housecleaning job.
1. I used paper towels to clean the mirrors. Well, the paper towels left little lint pieces.
2. I thought simple green was the big wonder cleaner. Well, I tried it on a mirror and it left a smudge.
3. I was a bit unprepared for my first job. As I went in there was furniture he wanted me to dust. I bought no furniture polish with me but ran on my lunch break and got some polish and microfiber clothes.
5. I hope paper towels in an emergency is okay to polish furniture with. that is what i was using before my lunch break.
6. he seemed to think i was slow and expressed agitation about it.
7. I went and bought some cheap offbrand dry mop towels to stick on the bottom of my swiffer sweaper. This man had pets and these cloths did a horrible job.
He paid me for my time and surprisingly rescheduled me to come back in a month. I would like my next experience to be more positive. I was embarrased at the products I purchased and am hoping i can do a more professional job the second time around.
I also picked up a new client for August. He has expensive granite countertops (or maybe its marble).
I dont' know much about marble, but i do not want to bring in some inferior product that is going to cause problems. Have any of you used simple green on marble?
BTW it took me about five and a half hours for my first client. I cleaned the entryway, the living room, the dining room, two bathrooms, and two bedrooms. He wanted me to steam mop the kitchen but I didnt get to it in the time allotted.
Any advice on how to speed up the process and be more effective the next time around would be appreciated. Thanks.