In a country like Singapore where domestic helper is readily available for hire, many home owners prefer to pass almost all cleaning chores, big and small, to domestic helpers. While many domestic helpers have undergone intensive trainings before they are posted to their individual employers, many technical cleaning tasks that require professional skills and equipment may not be suitable for DIY cleaning at home.
Below are some considerations whether you should engage professional cleaning services or getting your domestic helpers to fulfill your cleaning tasks.
1. General home cleaning
Most trained domestic helpers would have the necessary housekeeping skill and experience to perform general cleaning chores efficiently, such as floor cleaning, laundry, ironing, etc. The advantage of having skilful stay in domestic helpers would also include enjoyment of their cooking skill, babysitting, etc.
More part time professional cleaning services are available in the market recently to cater busy working individual’s housekeeping need. These part cleaning services can be engaged for a certain number of hours a day, depending on your needs. Demand has been so high for such services that many have to wait for weeks before they can get available team to clean their homes.
2. Year End or Festive Cleaning Exercise
This is always a period where a thorough home cleaning is preferred to de-clutter all the hidden nooks and crannies in the house where they are often neglected during normal housekeeping.
Professional cleaning services that are specialised in festive cleaning have packages that will ensure thorough cleaning is done according to your requirement. While domestic helpers will be able to perform equally good cleaning result, employers’ close monitoring may be required to ensure all necessary areas are adequately cleaned and tidied. Professional cleaners are also equipped with more types 僱傭 of cleaning products compared to the limited range of household cleaning products most homes would store for daily usage.
3. Bulky furniture cleaning
As there are many stain removal products available in DIY stores, many homeowners have preferred to purchase these cleansers and instruct their domestic helpers to clean the furniture by following the given guidelines.
The risk of using untested cleaning products have produced many irreversible damages as some of these off the shelves products may not be suitable for your soft furnishing material. Unfortunately, many instructions given on the product labels are not easy to understand especially for untrained individuals who are not experienced with cleaning techniques.
It is always advisable to let the professionals perform thorough soft furnishing cleaning as they have the right equipment and tested cleaning products, trained with necessary technique, and have years of experience in handling different type of material and conditions.
Recently many types of heavy duty vacuum cleaners are sold in the market for consumer use that claim to be able to perform effective multi tasks functions. While many of these heavy duty and expensive machines are able to fulfill the promised functions, to be able to fully utilise the machine can be a challenge, especially for domestic helpers.
As most domestic helpers are not professionally trained and experienced in handling bulky machinery and heavy furniture, the vacuum cleaner may not be able to produce the optimised result as it has been promised by the sales person. Unless your helpers are closely monitored to ensure the vacuum cleaner is used appropriately and frequently, otherwise, you may not be able to achieve your desired cleaning result compared to engaging professional cleaning service providers.