Maid services are often confused with commercial cleaning services because both involve professional service providers whose main line of work is cleaning. However, there’s a world of difference between them.
A maid is generally a person who renders cleaning and tidying services in homes, apartments, hotels, and other residential or holiday accommodation places. Maid services are most often provided during daytime working hours for two reasons:
- To help ensure the safety of the workers who may work individually or in small groups, depending on the size of the house or the accommodation. In general, maids or house cleaners may have to travel some distance to the place where they will work. These may be in residential or holiday areas, that are not accessible by public transport, which is why their safety in commuting could be compromised if they were to work in the evenings (unless they are company contracted, which means the contractor will provide transport for them).
- to lessen the possibility of disturbing the occupants of the residences or the holiday accommodation spots who are normally outside in the daytime, going about their business.
Maid services, when contracted or engaged for a pre-agreed upon time only, are usually paid for immediately, which is at the end of the cleaning period or cleaning hours in the day. Only those maid services with longer-term contracts – more than a week of service engagement, at least – are not paid for immediately (non-daily payment basis). The exception would be holiday accommodation spots which usually keep their maids or house cleaners as employees so are paid in the same way as other employees.
Maid services often cover only the following:
- sweeping, dusting, vacuuming, and mopping of the kitchen, bathrooms, living areas, bedrooms, as appropriate
- maid services are mostly done only in the interiors of a residence or holiday accommodation spot
- other services may be arranged, with additional payments expected – it is important to note, however, that not all maids or house cleaners may agree to take on these additional services. These are examples of extra services:
- stripping of beds, replacing with fresh linen
- pet bathing
- loading the dishwasher
- cleaning of porches and garages
Commercial Cleaning Services
Commercial cleaners are usually contracted by office buildings, manufacturing facilities, restaurants, and other business locations. Commercial cleaning services may encompass both exteriors and interiors of the business premises.
- They can work around your schedule. For many commercial cleaners, it does not matter if you want them to work in the daytime, at night, or even during weekends. You can arrange for staggered working hours, if this is more in line with your own schedules. You can also count on commercial cleaning services to help you clean up after emergencies such as floods, or hurricanes.
- Commercial cleaners have their own industrial-grade equipment and cleaning materials.
- Commercial cleaning services perform on a B2B or business-to-business contract basis which means they can give service guarantees.
- Commercial cleaners are highly trained to handle different kinds of cleaning equipment and materials, which may be hazardous to those who are not trained accordingly.
- The majority of commercial cleaning services observe environmental protection standards not only to protect their customers, but also their own cleaning staff.