Cleaning a house is a tasking job. It is hard and can get messy pretty quickly. Stay at home moms live with this problem every day of their lives. It will feel like you just cleaned the house and then the second you turn around, it is dirty again. The cycle just never stops. Lucky for those who have housekeepers because they do not have to clean their own house, they have their housekeepers do it for them. But the question is, does the housekeeper do a good job at absolute cleaning the house? Sure, they will do their job but it does not mean they will do it well. Everyone can clean a house but not everyone can clean a house really well. Sometimes it seems like to do a decent job, you have to look over your shoulder and make sure that your auntie cleaner is doing their job properly. But no matter what we do, the dirt is just always there. Getting frustrated will not get you anywhere but at least the government of Singapore has come up with a plan to help with your cleaning woes.
This is exactly why the National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore have devised a plan to make sure that cleaners will do a really good job of cleaning a house or a company. They know that finding someone good enough to clean their house or company is hard. But if the place of business where you got your housekeeper from has an NEA License then you can rest assured that they are going to do a bang-up job of cleaning your house. No more frustrations or irritations. Soon you will be looking around your house and smiling at yourself on your sparkling clean tiles.
The National Environment Agency or NEA was founded on July 1, 2002, to help make Singapore a cleaner, more livable, and sustainable place to live in. It develops and heads environmental projects and initiatives through its linkages with the public and private sector. It is dedicated to inspiring every person to take care of the environment and make it a way of life. They want the people to make taking care of their environment a habit so it will lead to a greener and cleaner future for the upcoming generations. The NEA has three operational divisions which are the Environmental Public Health, the Meteorological Services Singapore, and the Environmental Protection. However, the NEA will be taken down on April 1, 2019, and its duties will be taken over by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA).
Before that though, the NEA has come up with the solution for the everyday man’s cleaning woes and that is through the NEA Cleaning Business License.
The NEA Cleaning Business License aims to provide homes and companies with an accredited (and licensed) cleaning service where the employers will be sure they will get excellent service. They aim to enforce improved employment standards in the cleaning industry so they will be sure of the dependability and professionalism of cleaning services within Singapore. This Cleaning Business License started in September 2014. Starting that time, businesses who are in the cleaning services need to get a license to ensure that they offer reliable cleaning service and to assure the people getting their services that they offer quality service. The exception to this are those who belong to the excluded cleaning works category. The license needs to renewed every year and if you do not renew your license or you operate your business without the said license, then the NEA can fine you up to $10,000. Better to get that license now than to pay the fine.
The Cleaning Business License covers:
– A place of business that offers general cleaning services for the house or a company
– A company who already has in-house cleaners are exempted from getting this license
– Business who offer their cleaning services to hotels, service apartments, and hostels will need a license
Cleaning companies that are already accredited like Clean Mark accreditation will be deemed to have already followed with the licensing requirements.
To get the licenses, go to nea.gov.sg and go to their e-services and forms. After that, click on licenses, permits, and building plan clearances, and then go to cleaning industry. You will be able to apply online and they also have a downloadable form there. If you already have a license and would like to renew said license, then you can also go to nea.gov.sg and click on the same tabs mentioned earlier and then click on renew. You will be able to both apply for a license and renew the license online. So much simpler and hassle-free than going to the NEA office, falling in line, and waiting for hours.
There are a number of cleaning companies that are already NEA licensed so it is quite easy to find and hire one to clean your house or company. Of course, you can just hire a housekeeper from an agency to clean your house or your office but there is a number of benefits to hiring an NEA licensed cleaning service.
A company that is NEA licensed makes sure that their employees are highly trained. They all undergo quite a lot of training before they can become cleaners for that company. When you have skilled workers doing the job, you can be assured of a superior cleaning service
Improved Value of Service
Companies that are NEA licensed are lawful business entities that are on record so they have a good track record of giving quality service especially since their names are at stake and they might not get their licenses renewed anymore.
Better Standards of Employment
The cleaners employed by an NEA licensed company have higher pay and are not exploited or abused in any way. They have better working hours and their rights are recognized. For people hiring cleaners from these companies, it means having a happy worker who feels appreciated thus will do more than what is expected of them.
Peace of Mind
If you employ cleaners from an NEA licensed company, that means you are employing real deal cleaners and not illegals or workers who just happen to have cleaning as a part-time job thus will not take cleaning your house seriously.
Companies such as Singapore Carpet Cleaning Pte Ltd have an NEA license so it is easier to just go to them and hire a cleaner. Do yourself a favor and hire a cleaner from an NEA cleaning business licensed company. It is all worth it.