Before Your First Professional Home Cleaning, Consider These Three Things!

First Professional Home Cleaning

First Professional Home Cleaning

Although getting a professional home cleaning service has been on my wish list long before I become a Wife and Mother, I finally released my control-freak-ism when an Atlanta-owned company reached out to me. I was pleased with the service and learned a few things along the way that I’d like to share if you’re considering your first professional home cleaning.


Professional Cleaning Kitchen


Professional Cleaning Bathroom


Clean Corp sent two women to our home for a two-hour cleaning. They arrived on time and walked me through the process. We took a tour of our home and they asked if I had any special requests. Then they got to work with their own supplies to tackle the kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedrooms.


Clean Microwave Exterior


Dusting is NOT my forte and the cleaning team did a great job on places that aren’t always in your line of sight. For example, the top and back of our living room television.

Dusty Television Before & After

Here are three things I think you should consider for a similar service or cleaning company that you’ve already researched by reading online reviews and asking friends or neighbors.

1. Look at the dirtiest places in your home and consider if they need extra attention.

In my case, my kitchen cabinets needed extra attention because they were covered in grease from all the frying my husband does. In hindsight, since this was our first professional home cleaning and I admit my kitchen needed a deeper cleaning, I should have reserved an additional hour just to give the kitchen the attention it needs.

Clean Corp Owner CharnelleGriffin told me, “We use a software that determines what the estimated time and cost would be based on various specifications of the client’s home (ie. pets, size of the home etc.). Everyone’s home and needs are different so it’s not a one size fits all. Based on the information given to us during the “phone quote” we give an estimated time of the duration of the cleaning. We typically clean the entire home unless the client requests something different.”

2. Should you leave or stay for the cleaning?

Since it was my first professional home cleaning, I stayed at home to meet the crew, show them around our home, let them know which areas they could avoid and which ones needed the most attention. I recommend this for the initial cleaning.

3. Would you like a regular or occasional cleaning?

Regular home cleanings can have their advantages of only requiring a few hours of work vs. occasional deep cleanings. Regular cleanings can also be done by the same crew each time.   Griffin told me, “We do send the same crew out the homes because they’re acclimated to the home and specific needs of the client already. If the technician is on vacation or gets a promotion we immediately contact the client and let them know.”

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About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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  1. My house would be a total mess if I didn’t have professional help — there just isn’t enough time in the day!!

  2. This was the first thing we outsourced when we moved. They are so efficient; I use my energy to work on my zone of genius and everybody wins!

  3. We always had a cleaning service growing up, and I’m coming to realize just how much it must have helped my parents! I’m adding it to my wish list for Christmas! (Sadly, I don’t live in the Atlanta area)

  4. We used to have a housekeeper — I really miss it. Although we cut it out in an attempt to save money, it has cost me much more in terms of time and effort.

  5. Finding someone that is trust worthy is a must! I had someone that would eat my food when I was away! lol Seriously?!? Great tips and suggestions though! Finding good help is a huge blessing!

  6. Although I have dreamed of this, I have never released my freakish control enough to do so!!! Good for you and good tips!

  7. Awesome. I have always thought this is probably a smart idea for me. Even though I am a stay at home mom.. I’m also a homeschooling mom and out of town or on the road a lot which sometimes puts cleaning on the lower priority list. It would be cool to have this as a backup for when I’m too busy to deal with it.

  8. We had a cleaning service while I was growing up and they were wonderful. Now that I have my own home, with a child I wish I had the finances to hire someone. I would do it monthly for the extra little things I see everyday but never find time to do.

  9. I don’t know what I’d do without my cleaning service. I’ve had it 3+ years and it I truly appreciate the time (and energy) it saves me. Great giveaway and tips!

  10. Having owned my own professional cleaning business for the last 17 years, I appreciate your honest review of this company. You sound just like any one of my clients through the years. It is not uncommon for a client to stay home on the first time. We always worked in 2’s and brought our own products.
    Sounds like you had a good service!