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Cleaning Company vs. Individual Cleaner

You have finally decided that you need help keeping up with the cleaning. Who are you going to trust with your home and family?  Do you hire a professional residential cleaning company or an individual cleaner?

    We, at Clean Residential Services, Inc., have put together some facts and information to assist you as you make this important decision.


      When you hire an individual cleaner, you are at the mercy of their schedule.  

      What happens when your house cleaner has personal    

      appointments, becomes ill on your cleaning day, or has children that

      need attention?  A cleaning company works hard to avoid these

      issues.  Professional house cleaning services have work schedules

      and back up plans in the case of employee absences.


      Individual house cleaners apply the cleaning concepts and standards they

      use cleaning their own homes.  After all, cleaning is cleaning no matter

      where you do it, right?  Well, it isn’t that simple, cleaning houses in a 

      professional way is a different story.  Responsible cleaning companies 

      have developed training protocols with many hands-on experiences.  This 

      is complemented continually with ongoing education which is a key 

      differentiator of a professional cleaning company.  Proper cleaning

      techniques, time efficiency, appropriate use of tools and supplies 

      ensure that your house is cleaned and maintained to the highest 



     Professional house cleaning not only means getting things clean,

    it means providing security for both homeowners and employees.

     What would happen if your personal property is damaged,

     stolen, or a house cleaner is injured in your home?

     A professional cleaning company carries insurance to deal with 

     those unexpected, but possible situations.  Will your individual

     cleaner provide this security?  It is rarely cost effective for individual

     cleaners to carry insurance policies.  

Background checks and drug screens

     Reputable cleaning companies background check their employees and 

     implement a drug screening policy.  Your home and your family are

     worth knowing who is coming into your home.  Cleaning 

     companies control who is allowed into your home.  Individual cleaners

     sometimes bring family members and friends to assist them.

Community involvement

     One of the first objectives of any company must be giving back.  

     Trusted professional house cleaning companies are not the 

     exception.  Investing in the success of the community should be an

     important part of a thriving and growing business.

     Contributions toward charitable programs and volunteering  are

     positive indicators of a responsible residential cleaning company.


     Professional residential cleaning services are responsibly committed to 

     delivering quality work.  In the case of mistakes, they are prepared to 

     consistently guarantee their services and redo the area a customer 

     may not be satisfied with.  Individual cleaners may not have the time or

     resources to deliver this warranty.  The 100% satisfaction guarantee is

     an important element to consider when choosing between a 

     professional service and an individual cleaner.

 Who is the individual cleaner’s employer?

     This is an important legal aspect that few people consider… Hiring a 

     professional cleaning company will guarantee that you will ONLY be

     responsible for paying the company for their services and that they will

     take care of the legality of their employees.  Now, if you decide to hire

     an individual here is an overview of the requirements:

     Let’s pretend you pay this individual $2100 or more over the course of 

     the year, that is 26 bi-weekly cleanings at $81 per cleaning.  You are 

     obligated, by law, to withhold and pay federal income, Social Security, 

     and unemployment taxes.  You may want to take a look at IRS

     publication 926 that clearly outlines your responsibilities as an

     employer, yes, you read that correctly, you are the employer.


     Who provides the supplies?  Most individual cleaners require the 

     homeowner to provide supplies, many times listing products they

     want you to buy.  Professional companies provide premium products

     that efficiently and safely get your home clean and when they leave,

     all that mess goes with them, and is not left drying in your laundry



     Last, but certainly not least, price.  It is understandable that price is a 

     determining factor in making this decision, however, it can’t be the 

     only factor.  In terms of just price, individual cleaners will always   


     There is a huge difference in price and value and in the long run, cheaper is

     not always better.  When you consider the protection a professional cleaning 

     service offers your family, the freedom from IRS taxes and forms, and 

     the provision of premium cleaners and equipment, the professional 

     cleaning company becomes an obviously wise and economical decision.  

Clean Residential Services, Inc. personifies the professional cleaning company outlined in the above nine points.  We provide all of these things to our clients and so much more.