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Daft question about cleaners

(21 Posts)
Alphabetsy Tue 17-Jun-14 20:51:15

I've just been quoted £12 p hour from a mother and daughter cleaning team (proper business) If they are with me for 2 hours pw do you think that will that be £24 or £48. I am assuming the latter but feel daft asking now!

WallyBantersJunkBox Tue 17-Jun-14 20:54:07


dietcokeandcadburys Tue 17-Jun-14 20:54:18

surely it's £24? £12 per hour x 2 = £24

Alphabetsy Tue 17-Jun-14 20:57:10

I thought because there are 2 of them it might be 4 'man (woman) hours. Normal rates are £10 p/h

Berryglitter Tue 17-Jun-14 20:57:12

£24. I work for a cleaning company where we would do a 2 hour clean as a pair, so £x each per hour. £24 is good value.

Onlyconnect Tue 17-Jun-14 20:57:38

Its £24 that's under the minimum wage so you should insist on paying them more.

OutragedFromLeeds Tue 17-Jun-14 20:59:10

Whereabouts are you OP? If in you're in London it could be �48 because �24 is far too low.

Berryglitter Tue 17-Jun-14 20:59:50

To make more sense, the house needs a two hour clean, so they do it as a pair. Meaning an hour each. £12ph so £24 for the clean.

Berryglitter Tue 17-Jun-14 21:01:38

My boss charges £14.50ph for myself and my colleague, so £39 for an hour of us there.

Chocoholicforever Tue 17-Jun-14 21:03:12

£48 - I had the same situation and thought, wow, what a bargain but then she set me straight blush

Onlyconnect Tue 17-Jun-14 21:04:55

Could be £24 then if it's for 2 people for one hour. That's still quite cheap I'd say but not so cheap as to be ridiculous.

Alphabetsy Tue 17-Jun-14 21:05:58

Thanks. I'm not in London but costs are high around here so think it probably is £48. I will check subtley of course in case I have netted a real bargain!!

Berryglitter Tue 17-Jun-14 21:06:10

If they have said they will be cleaning together for 2 hours then it will be £48. If the house needs a 2hour clean it will be £24. You'll need them to clarify. The first clean may be longer.

Alphabetsy Tue 17-Jun-14 21:08:59

The first clean might need to be a couple of days! blush

matwork Tue 17-Jun-14 21:10:55

My cleaner charges £10ph. Two of them come over for an hour and it costs £20.

matwork Tue 17-Jun-14 21:11:45

If they come alone it's still £20 but the one cleaner would be here for 2 hours.

ZenNudist Tue 17-Jun-14 21:15:06

Is 10 per hour an ok rate then? I used to pay an agency that and the cleaner got less.

Berryglitter Tue 17-Jun-14 21:16:21

Oh I'm sure it won't. We did one the other day and it took a little longer than expected, so she booked us for longer the next week to catch up. Only because we do windows/skirting boards etc. Beautiful house and her last cleaner had really let her down. Now we're on top of it, it takes less time so we've reduced it by 30mins.

MaryWestmacott Tue 17-Jun-14 21:20:44

Check how long they will be in your house - are you paying for 2 hours of cleaning (so £24) with them doing an hour each or paying for 4 hours of cleaning (2 people at £12 so £48).

Call/text and ask.

For guidance, when I could afford a cleaner (the downside of being a SAHM) I paid for 3 hours of cleaning on a 3 bed house, 2 people for 1.5hours at £11 each. You probably need 4 hours if you have a bigger house/lots of stuff.

ToffeeMoon Tue 17-Jun-14 21:29:17

I don't know anyone in London who pays their cleaner less than 10 pounds an hour. To be clear, that's 10 pounds for one person each hour.

Concernedbiddy Tue 17-Jun-14 21:57:40

They will do 1 hour of cleaning for £24, lots of people clean in teams meaning they can half the time spent there and fit in more work! You will only pay the hourly rate

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