I've had ENOUGH! How much do cleaners cost??

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Bigmerlin Wed 26-Oct-05 14:40:22

Had enough of doing all the bloody housework and working 3 days a week. Can't get dh to change, it's threatening our relationship. So... how much do cleaners cost [Berkshire] , and what's the best way to get one??

AND - why is it, if I drop just one of the many balls I am juggling, I am a bad mother, whereas if dh does even a TINY amount of housework, he is a fabulous new man and wonderful father???????

RosieRosie1 Tue 03-Feb-15 10:04:39

Mine is £9/hr and brings her own products and is amazing xx

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DustysCleaningService Mon 26-Jan-15 18:00:15

and still as relevant as the day it was written ;)

SoonToBeSix Mon 26-Jan-15 05:59:55


DustysCleaningService Mon 26-Jan-15 05:46:32

Good morning ladies.
We operate in a little town called stourport on severn.
We are one of the most eco friendly cleaning companies in the country.
We ONLY us Method products, the only line of cradle2cradle (the highest standard of eco) in the world.
We also pay all of our cleaning staff the LIVING WAGE, because if anyone pays less than this to an employee it is exploitation in our opinion.

We manage to do all this and charge £12 per hour. After paying the staff member that only leaves around 30% gross profit, from that we are to buy supplies, DBS check staff, insurance advertising and product research e.t.c

Just thought you would like a bit of an honest breakdown of costs from someone that knows and cares about your plight =)

Be very careful when choosing a cleaning company, there are plenty in my surrounding area that charge more and pay less. Those cleaners are someones children too and they deserve prospects and a future they can look forward to, regardless of how 'important' others consider their work.

Nolim Wed 21-Jan-15 18:52:10

If you cannot get a cleaner every week then do it every 2 weeks or when you can. It really makes a difference.

danny14 Tue 20-Jan-15 13:17:01

I am working as housekeeper ironer cleaner and i have regular clients forthnightly or once while for deep cleaning. For regular light cleaning it takes between 2.5-3,5 hours to clean whole flat, BUT if it wasnt cleaned properly for 3 months and then expect cleaner to make whole flat sparkling in 3 hours its ridiculous. Deep cleaning means scrubing, removing limescales, grease in kitchen, it. Is hard work.
I charge from 8 to 10£ hour depends if client is regular, how many hours needed and location. I do south east london and it can vary. Client in stratford wont pay more than 7 while client in tower hill pay 10. I have to count my travel expenses, and because its hard work, i cant have 3 clients in day, nor the travelling takes time, thats reason why cleaners charge more than minimum wage lol.
I am also more focusing now on working for estate agents because i am sick of clients who cant aford to pay fair rates, laying in sofas while i wipe the floor by hand, canceling it day before, abusing etc...i want only clients who respect me and my work and that is it.

isaterror Thu 07-Aug-14 09:54:44

I paid £12 an hour recently in the Cotswolds but had to give her up as we just couldn't afford it, needed 3 hrs a week but compromised to a fortnightly clean, but still couldn't afford it. Amazed to hear the difference in cost between areas.

ubiaro Thu 07-Aug-14 00:09:40

Hi can anyone recommend a very good cleaner I live in Tipton west midlands.

Timetoask Thu 26-Jun-14 17:21:58

And for this role accounts assistant the pay is £10.5!
"The purpose of the role is to take responsibility for the financial management and control of a number of project contracts.
The main duties of the role are
Project Accounting for contracts. Core activities include completion of IBP, Monthly Reporting, CSRs, Sales and Margin trading plans, Cash Management and Bid support within reporting deadlines "

Are you telling me that a cleaner is worth the same?

Timetoask Thu 26-Jun-14 17:18:55

Well, a bookkeeper earns about £8.5 per hour, not sure a cleaner should earn £10 to be honest.

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Applefallingfromthetree2 Tue 01-Apr-14 11:00:33

Can't believe how poorly some cleaners are paid. £10 an hour in the south east is a fair wage and even then a good cleaner is sorely undervalued. Most people who have cleaners in would never agree to do such hard work for so little. The low wage rate probably relates to the fact most cleaners are female too which is sad.

I personally wouldn't like to exploit another woman in the way some exploit their cleaners, so please pay a fair wage. A good cleaner is more than worth it.

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DanglingChillis Thu 31-Oct-13 23:19:47

We live in the north east and use a local agency, we pay £34 a week for a 3 bed house, we had 3 cleaners in this week all together, for about an hour. They will even change my sheets which is fab, even the top bunk! It isn't spotless in the over careful way I might do it myself but because it is cleaned regularly so never gets as dirty as I would sometimes let it get either.

We had another quote for the same job from a national cleaning chain and they quoted £79 per week which I was shocked at (even more so now seeing what everyone else using an agency is paying).

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Revancha Mon 21-Oct-13 00:05:39

Hi everyone,
Few months ago I started working as a housekeeper and I do wish to increase my numbers since I have a lot of energy to spear. I charge £10 p/h. I live in Hackney and of course I have references. My CRB expired in July and I am about to renew it. If you need me, give me a ring on 077 60 505 103,

idococktailshedoesbeer Fri 04-Oct-13 13:39:23

Our cleaner does two hours a week for £20 and I can't recommend getting one highly enough! Sounds like you could afford to get a cleaner in every fortnight for a couple of hours, take some of the pressure off.The best way to find a good and affordable one is to ask around, ours cleans for a few of our friends.

maryann49 Sun 18-Aug-13 00:40:06

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shadowmaster Mon 08-Jul-13 11:09:20

Hi everyone,
I am currently looking for house cleans in the area of Abingdon, Oxfordshire and surrounding villages. I have references and am CRB checked. I have my own transport and charge £10 per hour. I do already have a client base but am looking to increase the numbers. If anyone is interested or would like to contact me please feel free to do so!!

maineyjames123 Fri 05-Jul-13 15:02:14

Hello, I'm a cleaner and would be happt to clean for you for £10ph, if you could send me your number I'd be happy to talk more about this.

thankGodTheSunIsFinallyOut Tue 14-May-13 11:49:10

East London comes in at £8-£10 an hour. I would suggest getting personal recommendations and getting photo copies of passport and recent utility bill for security.

As to your sexist dilemma my cynical view is that people will take as much as you are willing to give them and that the dynamic of many situations is pure brinkmanship.

I find the UK very old fashioned though in many ways, people still call girls 'tomboys' if they choose to play sports rather than standing about holding a doll doing nothing. I also notice there seems to be an early 'grooming' of bad behaviour in some boys where they are encouraged to do whatever they like 'boys will be boys/ can't help being rough / not listening / not being helpful / being rude' etc. I have even been to people's houses where the man just gets up whilst entertaining and goes off to watch television! I wonder what would happen if I invited them around my house then then popped out for an hour to water my vegetables or something LOL.

I am guessing that they have just been allowed to get away with it for years???!

Mum2K Fri 03-May-13 12:31:05

I too am looking to take the plunge, and get a cleaner. Can anyone pleeease recommend a good, reliable cleaner in the West Midlands/ Dudley area? Would prefer self employed (non-agency), and what are typical rates? Any help would be really appreciated, if there's anyone still reading this thread :-)

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