As we excitedly await the arrival of the Chinese New Year, many of us may have already started making the necessary arrangements for the festivity. One part that is as important and symbolic as the reunion dinner itself is home cleaning. Spring cleaning for the New Year strongly signifies the removal of the old and welcoming the new, and is always more thorough than the everyday cleaning. And unfortunately, due to our daily life demands, many of us may not have the luxury to devote our time to do it.
Thankfully, there’s a saving grace that comes in the form of freelance home cleaners like Madam Lee and Jane. Both Madam Lee and Jane are engaged to help busy individuals and families clean and tidy their homes on a regular basis. Freelance home cleaners help take the nitty gritty stuff off your hands so you could spend your free time on the more important things – like shopping for the New Year!
Want to know more about who you’re inviting to clean your home? We speak with two of our seasoned freelance home cleaners, Madam Lee and Jane, about the great work they’re doing!
Q. Tell us about yourself. What did you do before this?
Mdm Lee: I was working as a seamstress and doing clothes alteration. I was introduced to home cleaning by a friend. Now, I have 12 years of experience working as a freelance house cleaner.
Jane: I was a postnatal massage therapist before becoming a freelance home cleaner.
Q. What do like about home cleaning? And what do you hate about cleaning? Do you offer other services other than home cleaning?
Mdm Lee: I enjoy clean homes and being organized. In addition to home cleaning, I'm also a good cook for tonic soups and can help with sewing and alteration.
Jane: Being a housewife for 15 years, I do the house cleaning most of the time. I also offer private home massage services such as slimming massage, Swedish massage and postnatal massage.
Q. Please share with us your experience as a home cleaner in Singapore.
Mdm Lee: I did not expect that I will be receiving a big red packet as a bonus over Christmas this year from a Belgian family. They told me once before that they were amazed by my cleaning services. They've always treated me as part of the family.
Jane: I enjoy being a freelance home cleaner so that I can use my free time to earn extra income.
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Mdm Lee: My regular clients are expats. The current one is a Japanese family. I have also cleaned for families from England and Belgium at their mansion and penthouse for over the past 10 years.
Jane: No regulars. I enjoy meeting new customers and cleaning different homes.
Q. What are the top five tips for people when cleaning their homes, especially for the Chinese New Year?
- Use microfiber cloth to wipe windows instead of newspapers.
- Surround tissue paper around the dirty basin rims and spray bleach onto tissue paper and leave it overnight, you will find it easier to remove the stains by using this method.
- Use lemon skin/potato skin to rub against the stainless steel bar or by using the magic sponge that can be bought cheaply at any supermarket to make the stainless steel bar shine and sparkle.
- Invest in good rubber or vinyl gloves to protect your skin and nails.
- Do one room, even one area of one room, at a time to avoid unfinished jobs. The satisfaction of seeing one room sparkle will make the hard work feel like it's worth the effort.
- Work from the top down, inside to outside, to avoid getting what you just cleaned dirty again.
- Do two things at once. While laundry is going, scrub the shower stall.
- Dust before vacuuming or cleaning the floor.
Q. Share with us some superstitions when cleaning the home for Chinese New Year.
- Don't sweep or take out the garbage.
- The act of sweeping on this day is associated with sweeping wealth away. Taking out garbage symbolizes dumping out the good luck or good fortune from the house.
- Don't wash clothes and hair.
- People do not wash clothes on the first and second day because these two days are celebrated as the birthday of Shuishen (水神, the Water God).
Q. Please share with us a story or two when you've experienced an extraordinary case during a job.
Mdm Lee: I was unaware that I was sensitive to dog fur, so I took up a cleaning job with pets that required me to clean the dog house. I suddenly broke out into a bad rash and had a sensitive nose right after I finished cleaning. Thereafter, I'm very careful not to take up any cases with pets at home.
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