Finding a maid
The most important thing to look for in a maid is for them to be reliable and trustworthy.
The best way to find a maid is always by recommendation, and this might be a maid already working in your condo building, neighbourhood or employed by a friend. Looking online or through an agency can mean that maids are background checked and criminal checked with a list of skills and experience.
Instructions for a maid
On the maids’ first day, I have always found that it is most helpful to work together, explaining how you like things done. Show her where the cleaning materials are kept, any special care needed for antique or delicate items and where to put items away, such as bedding.
If you require your maid to change your bed, show her exactly how you like your bed made and how to operate the washing machine at the programme required as washing machines can be very different.
As you observe how your maid handles these jobs, you will get a good idea of being naturally a tidy person. The time spent teaching your maid to do things your way will save time and surprises later.
At the end of her session, it is good to ask her to rinse out any cleaning cloths ready for next time and remove all the rubbish from the outside bins/recycling. At this time, you should make a note of any items, such as cleaning materials that are needed for her next visit.
Remember when you pay her that it has been her first time in your home and praise her if you are happy with her work. In future sessions, check that she is satisfied with her work or if she would like any different items and thank her.
Remember your maid is in the most private areas of your home, if all runs smoothly she can be a real help and if she is happy you won’t need to train another maid.
- Vacuum cleaner
- Floor mop and bucket
- Plastic bowl
- Cleaning cloths
- Polishing cloths
- Scouring cloths (for pans, don’t use on non-stick pans)
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer (machine or stand or line for drying)
- Dishwasher (optional)
- Shower cleaning blade
- Robot vacuum cleaner (optional)
- Small step ladder
- Washing up liquid
- Washing machine tablets
- Fabric softener
- Glass cleaner
- Furniture polish
- Stainless Steel cleaner
- Liquid floor cleaner suitable for your floors
- Paper towels
- Oven cleaner
Ideas for a cleaning routine
- Routine to keep things tidy, washing up and keeping the kitchen clean
- Routine, including making the bed and wiping kitchen cupboard doors.
- Rubbish and recycling have taken out, and kitchen bins wiped.
- Balconies swept
- Removing the lint from the tumble drier.
- Changing the mattress protector.
- Clean filters in an air purifier
- Check water filters
- Check water quality for drinking water
- De-ice the freezer
- Clean out and wash inside of fridge and larder.
- Check moving parts like hinges for oiling
- Make a list of any repairs
- Servicing the Aircon