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10 Best Seattle House Cleaners

House Cleaner

The endless repetition of household chores can make one feel like a true adult, or drive you mad. Unloading the dishwasher, vacuuming up pet hair (and your hair), constantly wiping up spills and drips, and cleaning the bathroom is a bummer after a day at work. Or if you enjoy not having fun on your days off—cleaning your house over the weekend. Once children move into your home, your house cleaning endurance and standards are tested in a way that you didn’t even know you had to prepare for. At some point, it is time to call in the professionals. Here are a few things to think about before hiring a house cleaner.

House Cleaner FAQ

1. How much does it cost to have someone clean your house?

Many factors go into the cost to have a team or a solo-cleaner come and clean your home. The biggest factor is the size of your home, number of adults, kids, pets, bedrooms, bathrooms, and current level of cleanliness. A basic cleaning for a 2,000 sq ft home in Seattle takes an average of 3-4 hours, at $25-$50 per cleaner. Cleaning services are usually scheduled on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or one-time cleaning basis. Regularly scheduled cleanings are usually priced lower than one-time cleanings.

2. What’s included in a basic house cleaning? What’s the difference between basic cleaning and deep cleaning?

Basic house cleaning includes: dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping floors, cleaning the bathrooms (e.g. mirrors, toilets, showers, baths), cleaning the kitchen (e.g. clean outside of appliances, clean inside/outside of microwave, counters, and sinks), general tidying up of rooms, and empty trash cans and recycling. Price: $100-300 for a 2,000 sq ft home.

Deep cleaning includes: Changing bedding/making up beds, scrubbing doors/windows/baseboards/decorative moldings, cabinet fronts, inside of the refrigerator, inside the oven and stove top, blinds and window coverings. Price: $250-400 for a 2,000 sqft home. Expect to pay more for move in/out cleaning, after-event clean up, exterior windows, upholstery or carpet cleaning, dryer vents, and laundry.

3. Should I hire an individual house cleaner or a cleaning company?

Individual house cleaners are often less expensive than most cleaning companies. You’ll benefit from building a relationship with the same person and you can customize your home’s cleaning. Larger cleaning companies run multiple cleaning crews, so you may not have the same people cleaning your house each time. Additionally, larger companies use standardized pricing, contracts, and check lists, so expect to pay more for anything not on that list. Larger companies usually offer customers the ability to book/rescheduled their home cleaning through a website or app. With individual house cleaners, you’ll likely text or email them directly to schedule.

4. Who provides the cleaning supplies and tools?

Depending on the cleaning company you select and the types of cleaning products you prefer, you have several options. Some companies provide eco-friendly products and their own vacuums and mops, where others ask that you provide your own cleaning products and tools. Ask ahead of your first cleaning what to expect the team to bring with them, and if you’re providing the supplies, what to have on hand.

5. How does a house cleaner gain access to your home?

If you’re booking your service for the first time, it is best to be there in person to let them in and show them around. However if you will be out and about during your home’s cleaning you’ll need to provide an access code or front door key to your house cleaner with instructions for turning off your home security system. Your front door key can either be a copy that you give to your house cleaner to keep at their office or a secure lock box outside of your home. If you live in a dense city or in a neighborhood without easy access to long term parking in front of your home or driveway, be prepared to provide a parking spot or parking permit on your cleaning day.

6. What should I do to prepare for the house cleaner to arrive?

Make sure they have access to your home and they know how to turn off your home security system. Crate your pets or put them away in another room of the house or garage until the house cleaners have finished their work. Put away any important documents, mail, valuables, and anything else you would like to keep private. Pick up toys and clutter so the cleaners can spend less time sorting Legos and more time cleaning your home. If you have any areas of your home that need special attention (looking at you kid’s bathroom), let your house cleaner know before they arrive so they allocate the proper amount of time for your cleaning.

Ask for Recommendations

Need help finding the right house cleaner? Ask your friends.
Thanh Dinh
about 1 month ago • Kirkland
Hey everyone, I'm looking for a residential house cleaning service in Kirkland. Any recommendations? Thank you so much!
5 replies
about 1 month ago
Thanh Dinh Awesome! Thank you so much @ryan and @doug! 👍🏻
Amy Woidtke I refer clients to NW Spotless Cleaning. They are long time residents, family and POC owned. All my clients have rave reviews of their services and in particular, one client who is SUPER particular LOVES them!
Ido Ohad Raulindo Santos (goes by Santos), an amazing cleaning and great person, quick and efficient. +1 (425) 399-4466
Stefan Cordova
2 months ago • Kent
Two busy working parents who are looking for some help around the house. Looking for more than just a cleaner/maid but someone just to do whatever ...
3 replies
about 2 months ago
Amy Woidtke Hi Stefan- Maybe some combination of cleaner and personal assistant or mother's helper? I don't know of an all in one service off the top of my mind. I DO know some excellent cleaners and personal assistants!

NW Spotless Cleaning
Family and POC owned. Long term employees. Have taken great care of my clients.

Kara has a great team. Maybe they would have someone who could also do kid care...or at least a good referral for you!

Annie's Nannies
I only know of them. I have zero reference to them otherwise. Just throwing ideas out there to help you get your needs met.
Meredith Fife You may want to try Spilt Milk Nannies. Not sure if they check all of the boxes, but I think they are worth looking into.
Stefan Cordova Thank you @amy_woidtke and @meredf for the recommendations!
Ricklie Stone
3 months ago • Queen Anne
Does anyone have recommendations for a house cleaner or cleaning team on Mercer Island? Looking for weekly cleaning for a 4 bedroom home. Thanks so...
1 reply
3 months ago
Liz Pearce Although I haven't used the service myself, several friends have had great experiences with Susan's Green Cleaning and I know and respect @susanstocker!
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