Should You Clean Before the Cleaners Come? Here’s What You Need to Know

When it comes to hiring a cleaning service, many clients are unsure whether they should clean before the cleaners arrive. In this post, we’ll address this common question and provide some guidance. While the answer is a resounding “yes,” there are certain aspects to consider. Let’s delve into the topic and help you make an informed decision.

Making the Most of Your Cleaning Service

At H&R Cleaning, our team is in your home to dust, wipe down, and clean every surface of your home. From sweeping and vacuuming to scrubbing toilets and showers, we take care of the entire cleaning process. However, it’s important to note that if there is clutter, laundry, or mess around your house, our cleaning technicians have less time to focus on the actual cleaning tasks.

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Considerations for Starting Your Cleaning Service

While we recommend tidying up before the cleaners arrive, we understand that you may not always have the time or energy to do so. In such cases, our team is more than happy to take care of the tidying as well. To ensure an accurate quote and an efficient cleaning service, please let us know during the initial walk-through if you would like us to handle the tidying for you as well. We also offer our new Trash & Tidy Service. We come weekly or biweekly, in between cleanings, to take out your trash, fold a load of laundry, do your dishes, and tidy up.

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Areas to Clean Before the Cleaners Come

Pick Up Your Laundry

To save time and prevent any confusion, it’s best to pick up any laundry off the floor and furniture. While our team is experienced, it can be difficult for us to determine whether an item is clean or dirty. By having the laundry picked up beforehand, we can focus on the more essential tasks, such as vacuuming the floors.

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Put All Toys Away

If you have children, it’s natural for toys to be scattered around the house. We are more than willing to help pick up toys and put them away, but if you prefer to maximize the cleaning time, organizing the toys beforehand will facilitate a more efficient service.

Clean Dishes

Before our cleaners arrive, make sure to clean your dishes and clear any clutter from the sink and countertops. This allows us to focus on washing the sink and ensuring a sparkling clean kitchen area.

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Organize Surfaces

Although our cleaning team will be dusting and wiping down surfaces, it’s helpful to have them organized before we arrive. This includes clearing off any clutter from countertops, tabletops, and desks. By doing so, we can quickly and easily clean these areas, leaving them spotless.


While it’s not necessary, it is beneficial to clean certain areas before the cleaners come, as it allows them to dedicate more time to the actual cleaning tasks. However, if you are unable to do so, our team is more than capable of handling the tidying as well. Ultimately, the goal is to provide you with a thorough and efficient cleaning service, tailored to your specific needs and preferences. If you’re ready to get your cleaning started, contact us or you can book now in less than 60 seconds.

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