Recently, Jean Hanson, owner of Myhousecleaningbiz.com, posted something on her Facebook page titled “How Do You Measure Clean”? There were a number of good answers ranging from discussing expectations with the cleaning crews so that they know your standards of clean to having communication with the home or business owner as to whether their expectations are met on a regular basis, and maybe all or none of them fit your particular definition of how to measure clean. My favorite though, was the person that said they measured clean by sense. The reason it was my favorite was because that’s how we measure clean, as well.
We all have five senses; hearing, taste, sight, touch and smell. You can tell if something is clean by using all but the first two of those. Ok, you can use taste if you want, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
Sight: Look around your home. Is it clean? Are you like us in that you have pets? Does the furniture look like it is growing hair? Are there traces of last night’s spaghetti dinner on the stove top? Are there white or blue or green streaks in your bathroom sink from toothpaste? These are good examples of a home that needs to be cleaned.
Touch: This is one we use a lot. If you run your finger tips over a counter top or around the edge of a bathtub, you will instantly know if that item has been or needs to be cleaned. You can feel the dirt. Oftentimes I will close my eyes and run my hand across something to tell if I got it clean. And you don’t have to feel very hard. A light touch is all that is required to feel soap scum in the bathtub or something sticky, but not readily visible on a counter top.
Smell: This sense is deceiving. If you walk into a room and smell a floral scent, you may assume the room has been cleaned. You may very well be wrong. Similarly, if you walk into a room and smell dirty socks, you may assume that the room hasn’t been cleaned. You may be just as wrong. The smell may be coming from a laundry hamper. The fact of the matter is, that clean does not have a smell. Cleaning is the act of removing those things that cause odors, not replacing them with other odors.
So here is my question; How do you tell if your home is clean? What standards do you use to determine that your home is clean?