I do not recommend that you hire an individual housekeeper, but if you do, I am going to give you my 5 MUSTS. These are the same steps that we use to professionally screen potential employees and apprentices.
#1) Get a completed application.
#2) Get a COPY (don’t just write it down) of the Drivers License and Social Security card.
#3) When you get that completed application, CALL the references and make notes.
#4) Run a Complete BACKGROUND check.
#5) Get copy of their Workers Comp insurance and General Liability Insurance as well as their agent’s contact information.
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Mold growth commonly occurs in your bathroom, particularly on the grout or caulking around your shower. Mold removal is not easy, and while there are some products on the market that remove mold without the use of harsh chemicals, most people still mistakenly reach for the bleach.
The inherent problem with using bleach is that bleach most often does NOT kill mold. It does however do a fantastic job of bleaching mold white, so that it blends right in with your grout and caulk. Just because it has a new color doesn’t mean it’s still not there growing. Steam cleaners actually kill mold. The high temperatures kill mold while the bristles of brush attachments can help remove it from cracks and hard to reach places. And, because steam actually penetrates the pores of the surface you are cleaning, it cleans deep to kill and remove mold, instead of just bleaching the surface.
If you are not familiar with steam cleaning, the concept of cleaning with just water and heat may seem a bit strange, but the use of a quality steam cleaner is a great way for your health.
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