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    • MrsSippi
    • By MrsSippi 24th Aug 17, 10:05 AM
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    What makes a good cleaner?
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    • 24th Aug 17, 10:05 AM
    What makes a good cleaner? 24th Aug 17 at 10:05 AM
    Following on from the other thread about cleaners I was wondering ....

    I am due to start a job cleaning next week and I've never done it before (i mean as a paid job not that I've never cleaned ) A good cleaner is clearly held in very high regard so I was wondering, in your mind, what makes a good cleaner? Obviously it needs to be someone reliable, trustworthy etc but what is it that makes you say "my cleaner is fantastic" or " my cleaner is worth her weight in gold" etc. It's clear from the other thread that plenty of people love their cleaners but what is it that makes you feel that way?
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    • mattpaint
    • By mattpaint 9th Sep 17, 5:22 PM
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    mattpaint
    Your rate is more than the minimum wage & many many people work for that & pay a third of it for tax, NI & pension.
    Originally posted by Kim kim
    No they don't.
    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 9th Sep 17, 5:34 PM
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    Kim kim
    No they don't.
    Originally posted by mattpaint
    A lot of people do work for the minimum wage.
    Very many.
    Don't let the average wage fool you, most people earn much less.
    It's pushed up by the high earners.
    • Soot2006
    • By Soot2006 9th Sep 17, 5:49 PM
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    OP,

    Our cleaner gets £10/hour (we actually pay £15/hour to the cleaning company who supply the cleaner; she gets £10. The insurance, etc, is via the company). She has 2/hours for a 2-bedroom house and is expected to do all rooms. It is tight, timing-wise. With a new cleaner I always have an early discussion about expectations. I expect:

    - to come home to a house that smells nice; clean sheets with old sheets + cleaning cloths cycling in the washing machine at the right temp with the right detergent.

    - that the floors are glowing (hoovered, inc under/behind easy to move furniture + mopped)

    - that the kitchen and bathroom are spic n span inc hob but not oven

    - that she uses only products I supply (I have allergies)

    ... I don't expect perfection in every room! I ask her to do one room each week in detail so there is a rotation of deep cleaning. I don't expect her to work non-stop for 2 hours without breathing. She is welcome to my tea and coffee and milk and can help herself. She can turn on the TV or radio or whatever makes her feel comfortable as she works (she normally just uses her own headphones but I always think it makes sense to let people know you don't mind!).

    A few times a year I pay for a deep clean from the company which my cleaner will do with a colleague.

    What makes her good? The house is lovely, none of my stuff has been moved (important!), if she has time she does the trimmings (e.g. if I managed to do a proper clean at weekend, she'll do all the windows and the oven etc), she gets on with my dogs, she doesn't mention my undies (they just magically migrate to the laundry basket), she is honest, reliable and I am comfortable with her having the keys to my house!
    • webcrest043
    • By webcrest043 12th Sep 17, 10:06 AM
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    webcrest043
    In my point of view, some of characteristics for a good cleaner. It must be consistent attention to detail is exceedingly important to a cleaner. Must be honest, As well as being well timed, good timekeeping
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 12th Sep 17, 10:16 AM
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    Red-Squirrel
    A lot of people do work for the minimum wage.
    Very many.
    Don't let the average wage fool you, most people earn much less.
    It's pushed up by the high earners.
    Originally posted by Kim kim
    If you work for NMW you don't pay a third of it in tax and NI though, you pay much less.
    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 12th Sep 17, 10:15 PM
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    Kim kim
    If you work for NMW you don't pay a third of it in tax and NI though, you pay much less.
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    It depends on if you have any other income.
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