Professional spring cleaning is not hard to do for your customers especially when you’re familiar with their space. Sometimes, it is knowing how to spring clean bathrooms that can be the challenge. Here is a step by step approach to do just that AND the products you will need to spring clean bathrooms professionally.
Let’s start on a good foot … download the residential cleaning customer profile worksheet. This sheet will help you write down all pertinent details of your customers’ homes.
You can write down the square footage, floor type, number of bathrooms, bedrooms, and many other things for EACH of your customers.
Honestly, I wish we had done this at the very beginning of our business and not a few years into it. I was 19 years old when I started our professional cleaning service (25 years ago), but I learned quickly how important it was to keep information on hand such as surface types, preferred cleaning products, pet names, alarm codes and parking space numbers.
Especially, parking space numbers!
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I forgot parking space numbers. It was one time too many when an angry neighbor of my customer blocked me in because I parked in their spot. Paid parking spots in Chicago can be very pricey so that neighbor was furious with me. Let’s just say that it was not a good rest of the day for me.
Sorry for that…. Bad memory.
Anyway, grab your download or by simply entering the DEEP CLEANING CHALLENGE you’ll get that and a whole lot more!
Do this BEFORE you approach your customer with the idea of Spring Cleaning Bathrooms.
- Get their consent first. Never, ever provide additional services without the approval of your customer. Never. It is wonderful to give a little extra here and there, but, you can be out of business real fast if this is a part of the service you provide. Besides, your customer may not want you to clean areas they haven’t given you permission to enter or to touch. My advice is to get permission first.
- Next, consider your price per hour. You can either estimate how long it will take you to clean and give a flat rate. Or, if you’re not sure, tell them a rate per hour. Cleaning rates can be $25 to $45 per hour, (U.S., 2020). If you want to narrow it down, check what other cleaning service providers in your area are charging and make your adjustments.
- Make sure that you have checked your schedule and allotted enough time to perform the additional tasks. It is never a good idea to plan for extra cleaning but forget to plan for extra time.
- Think about any additional cleaning products or supplies that you may need. If there’s an additional cost for this material, then attach that cost to your fee to your customer. DON’T FORGET. You are a professional cleaning service provider and your prices should reflect that.
Here are some recommended products and tools to use for spring cleaning bathrooms:
A trash can/bag (useful for obvious trash items but be sure to check with your customer first)
Canister vacuum with crevice and brush tools
Hand held brush and small dust pan
Small hand-held buckets
Plastic scraper blades
Antibacterial Dawn dish liquid or any disinfecting mild cleaner. THIEVES IS FANTASTIC TOO!
Bar Keeper’s Friend or any type of mild liquid cleanser
Tile grout cleaner (if needed)
Rubbing Alcohol OR any type of cleaner used to de-scale or remove hard water from surfaces
Small grout (tooth brush)
Gloves (Please use gloves, EVERY TIME)
When you “spring clean” bathrooms you want to start from the inside out.
- Remove shower curtain, towels, and rugs. Ask customer to wash or YOU place them in the washer. (Perhaps not the same load 😐).
- Open the window. Just my advice, you need fresh air when using chemicals.
- Again, with your customer’s permission, remove all items from drawers, cabinets, shelves, and/ or linen closets one space at a time. Wash the space with Antibacterial Dawn soap or any disinfecting mild cleaner in a bucket of warm water. Use the nylon scour pad/ sponge and plastic scraper blade when necessary. Don’t forget to wipe the doors, handles, edge and hardware as well. Replace the items neatly.
*QUICK TIPS: If you know of some common items in your customer’s drawers, you can pre-print a list at your office and then take with you to label the shelves of the items you’re putting back. Also, I would use cold water on hot days when I had to clean. This kept me from getting too hot while I worked. 😊
- Now take your duster and go over every horizontal space to remove loose dust and hair.
- Wash or wipe ceiling fan(s), and ceiling light fixtures.
- Wash or wipe window (If not inside of shower/ tub area).
- Deep clean tub/tile/shower areas and any adjacent glass doors/partitions. Try your best to remove what normally doesn’t come off during routine cleaning maintenance.
- Wash/ wipe all wall tile or painted surfaces. Including base boards. As you move around the walls, wipe the wall décor, i.e. pictures, light fixtures, clocks, shelves, etc.
- Clean medicine cabinet if you skipped it while on task #3.
- Wash counter tops.
- Sanitize toilet.
- Vacuum floor.
- Scrub floor clean. (However you have agreed to do this is up to you. On hands and knees or with a floor scrubber).
- Replace rugs, shower curtain, and towels.
I must add this, providing a more comprehensive cleaning is not just about creating an opportunity for you to make more money, it is also a way to give your all – your best to each of your customers.
Providing spring cleaning highlights the very best of yourself and your craft. It also gives you the chance to sharpen your skills.
Spring Cleaning is a wonderful thing!
Get permission from your customer. Establish a price. Schedule the cleaning and don’t forget to factor in the additional products. Proceed with your cleaning. Inside out. Top to bottom. Improvising where necessary. Once you know how to spring clean a bathroom, you can repeat this process in each bathroom one at a time. Then submit a proposal to each of your other customers about spring cleaning their bathrooms. One at a time.
We hope this information was insightful and we wish you all the best with your business.
“Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is better than two doubles.” Steve Jobs
Until next time,
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