Dec
8

Top Reasons You Should Hire a Maid

People today live very busy lifestyles with very little time left for personal pursuits. Hiring a cleaning service to take care of the household cleaning can be of great benefit.

There are plenty of reasons not to hire a housekeeper or maid, but there are many benefits to doing so. Despite the cost and the feeling that hiring a maid somehow appears to be an act of laziness, plenty of people hire housekeepers and are all the happier for doing so. It frees up time to do more productive things and spend valuable time with family.

House cleaning costs can be managed even on a tight budget, and when the time saved is weighed against the cost it is often worth every penny. Housekeepers can be hired on a regular basis to take care of all the household chores or occasionally when needed. The following reasons validate the value of hiring someone to clean house:

Full Time Workers

While working 9 to 5 is typical for many people commuters can usually add at least another hour or two to their day, making them extremely tired by the time they finally get to pull into their driveway. Having to cope with cleaning chores after a long day at work is the least attractive reason to want to get home. Depending upon how large a household it is a housekeeper who comes in daily may be the answer, allowing the homeowner to relax when they finally get home. For less busy households a maid or housekeeper can be hired a couple of times a month to do the extra cleaning chores or to give the house a thorough clean that will last until the next time a maid or housekeeper is needed.

Many people who hire a housekeeper feel the benefit of doing so is being able to get more done and to spend time with family. Without a housekeeper those precious after-work hours would be spent on household chores and family would be neglected, as well as not being able to get enough sleep to face the next day rested.

Busy Family Life

When household cleaning chores dominate leisure hours there is little energy left either for oneself or loved ones. After some time this takes a toll on relationships. Lack of time leads to lack of sleep which in turn affects health. Guilt over not being able to get everything done also adds unwanted stress.

When both parents work outside the home and are coming home tired tension can arise when one of the other is unwilling to help out with the chores. A housekeeper can prevent arguments between spouses and allow them to enjoy each other’s company in the evenings, as well as spend valuable time with children. For women and men alike coming home to a clean house is a wonderful feeling that promotes relaxation and enjoyment of the home and family.

Entertainers

When planning an event or family occasion there are enough things on the to-do list without having to deal with giving the home a thorough clean. Hiring someone to take care of the pre-event clean and the post-party clean up takes a lot of pressure of the hosts. When having company it is important to be able to relax and enjoy being with them, and not stressing over how many cleaning chores didn’t get finished. Pride in one’s home is important to many people, and cleanliness is a reflection of how happy they are to have people in their home.

Lacking in Cleaning Skills

Mothers try to teach their children how to clean up after themselves but often it can be an uphill battle, with children showing little to no interest in involving themselves in household chores. This leads to lack of cleaning knowledge when children are old enough to have their own homes. While anyone can turn on a vacuum cleaner and run it across the floor knowing which solution to use on what surface takes a little bit more knowledge and skill in order to not ruin furniture or carpets. Hiring a housekeeper a few times is one way to observe and learn the techniques necessary to undertake the tasks themselves in the future.

Distaste for Cleaning

Does anyone really like cleaning? While it may not be a task that many people can honestly say they enjoy it does need to be done. For whatever reason a person decides that they have no interest in cleaning it could be grounds for hiring a housekeeper, allowing them to pursue other interests. If budget allows a person can hire a housekeeper to come in once a week, or if not once a month to undertake a deep clean of the entire house, whichever suits best.

Jan
15

The Best Vacuum Cleaners that Lily Lane Maids Use

In today’s dispatch from Lily Lane HQ, we’d love to introduce you to the most important member of our team: our vacuum! Of course, we offer all sorts of cleaning services through our app, including mopping, sanitation, stain removal, and general upkeep around the kitchen and the bathroom. Still, the tool in our arsenal that we rely upon the most is most definitely our vacuums!

 

Like any professional cleaning service, we looked painstakingly for the best vacuums to use on an industrial basis. Here’s the thing, though: unlike a lot of other cleaning services, Lily Lane is primarily aimed at attracting normal residential customers, not big institutions like schools or office buildings. We’re prepared to tackle any job, but we quickly found that the kind of industrial vacuums we saw available to commercial operations are woefully ill-suited for use in the average home. They’re big, bulky, loud, and they’re made of cheap, plastic parts that can damage your furnishings. In Lily Lane operations, that’s considered ground zero of customer care. We aim to clean everything in your home without leaving any signs of our having been there in the first place!

 

Our operations team spent a few months trialling different vacuums, after searing the internet for the top rated vacuum cleaner for all applications. It was a painstaking search. After all, just think about what the average Lily Lane employee has to tackle every day: carpets, hardwoods, elegant panelling, lino floors, curtains, upholstery, pet beds, fur, dust, and we can’t even begin to finish off that list. Simply put, we require the absolute best vacuum known to mankind. At the same time, we’re a business, and we’ve got a bottom line to mind.

Here’s our official Lily Lane Maids checklist for buying our cleaning tools:

 

First off, we require untold amounts of power. After all, we want to do a thorough job all around your home, whether you have deep carpets or hardwood floors. And we want to do it quickly, so we want a vacuum that sucks up dust bunnies from feet away, rather than having to chase them all down.

 

We also demand a high degree of sanitation. We clean lots of places, all in varying degrees of cleanliness. We need vacuums that allow us to clean one place completely, and be able to dispose of any dust and rubbish in one easy packet with no cross-contamination.

 

Since our maids are cleaning lots of homes in a day and traveling between them, we also demand optimal convenience. We need vacuums that pack up easily, adjust to different heights and angles, and carry ergonomically on stairs and in tight spaces.

 

As with any equipment that sees commercial use, we also need an extremely high degree of build quality. That’s why we look for vacuums with auto-grade plastic body pieces, and metal motor components that can run for years without problems. We don’t cheap out on lightweight vacuums, because they simply can’t handle the workload!

 

Since every home we visit is unique, Lily Lane maids also demand high degrees of versatility, with lots of attachments and adjustable features to help us handle any cleaning task we come across. We need one vacuum that can handle carpets, hardwoods, panelling and curtains all at once!

 

Most of all, we pride ourselves on using vacuums that have protection for your home furnishings. Competing cleaning services use vacuums with plastic wheels that scratch your floors, and nylon bristles that scratch finishes. They don’t use adjustable suction, so they can cause harm to delicate textiles like rugs and curtains. We think protecting all your furnishings should be a top priority.

 

In the end, we’ve settled on Miele Titans for our primary arsenal, and all our fleet (yes, fleet!) have been going strong for over a year now! Nary a problem in sight. As with our service cars (all Volkswagen vans), it really does pay to go German!

 

As you’ll know if you’ve used our services before, our Lily Lane Maids strive to be as unobtrusive and efficient as possible. We love our Titans because they’re so quiet compared to other powerful vacuums.

 

We also require a whole range of vacuum power settings, from industrial power to deal with high cobwebs to a gentle touch for removing dust from your curtains. Our Miele’s have 6 different settings, so we always find the right one for the job in your home.

 

Of course, we’re not writing this to try to sell you a vacuum. After all, the whole reason you love our app is that we’ll handle all the grunt work for you! On the contrary, we thought you should know what you’re getting with a Lily Lane cleaning as opposed to the competition.

 

Unlike our competitors, we’re not using cleaning machines that scratch woodworking when we’re supposed to be helping take care of it. We go the extra mile to protect all your furnishings.

 

Our Miele’s also allow us to be super sanitary when we clean your place. Their canisters use self-sealing bags, which filter air at the same time they work, and remove allergen dust and fur without letting anything back out. When you use competitors, you never know how many homes they’ve vacuumed, and what kinds of unpleasant things are being blown out into your home from a substandard vacuum. Lily Lane maids always use a fresh, self-sealing dust bag to make sure that everything we clean from your home leaves your home, and never ends up in someone else’s.

 

We protect your homes by using vacuums with high-quality attachments that have natural bristles instead of nylon that would scratch or scuff finishes and velour upholstery strips rather than scratching claws that tear cloth.

 

We like to make sound investments, like any good business. So, when we buy a vacuum, we’re in it for the long haul! That’s why we’re so proud to use our Miele Titans to clean your home! Say hi to your maid’s Titan when you have your next Lily Lane cleaning!