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Realitea Thu 14-May-20 08:57:08

I just can’t make up my mind about whether to go back to work. I’m a self employed cleaner and I would be returning to just one household where the owner lives alone. She has said she will stay outside while I clean for about three hours. I’ve started taking home her ironing to start with.
My children both have asthma and dh has autoimmune problems and is from the bame group. He’s worried but said to go as it would help financially.
What would you do?

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LouiseTrees Thu 14-May-20 09:17:45

I’d go back but wear gloves and a mask and don’t touch anything and ensure social distancing . Clean the toilet first so you can use it and clean it after use.

PlanDeRaccordement Thu 14-May-20 09:21:30

I’d go back. It’s very low risk.

Realitea Thu 14-May-20 11:20:45

Ok.. I think I’ve made up my mind to start maybe in two weeks. Bit nervous but if she stays out of the house it should be alright

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Musicaltheatremum Thu 14-May-20 12:01:54

Does she go out or see anyone other than you? If not then the risk to you is probably very small...less than the supermarket

Wingedharpy Thu 14-May-20 12:22:51

How do you clean without touching anything Louise?

LouiseTrees Thu 14-May-20 13:35:36

@Wingedharpy sorry that should say Don’t touch anything without gloves on ie even the door on the way in.

Realitea Thu 14-May-20 14:24:43

That’s how I was cleaning before, especially when cleaning after race week guests. I was so careful and will carry on that way probably forever now. I can’t get hold of gloves still but I assume rubber gloves would be alright while I’m there?
Also not sure about changing bedding but I don’t know if I’m just being over the top!
As far as I know she has been keeping indoors as much as possible and being careful.

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Realitea Thu 14-May-20 14:24:59

I suppose it is safer than the supermarket’

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Wingedharpy Thu 14-May-20 14:58:25

@LouiseTrees : No problem.
I wondered if you had a gadget, or a technique, I should know about.😉

Branster Thu 14-May-20 15:07:03

If the owner is not in the house you’ll be fine. Wear everything you feel comfortable with and makes you feel safer even if it doesn’t make a real difference. (gloves, mask, face shield etc.) keep hair tied up, windows open, DoNotTouch Your Face until you wash your hands at home.
Stay further than 2m away from the house owner.
When you get home leave cleaning stuff out of the way, leave shoes by the door, wash hands thoroughly, shower, brush your teeth, wash your working clothes.
Then do it again next week.

Realitea Thu 14-May-20 15:16:53

Right. I’m ready to do this! Thanks everyone
It’ll be nice having some money again!

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Branster Thu 14-May-20 22:33:26

👍 Don’t forget to Stay Alert! Let us know how you get on. I completely understand your apprehension based on your circumstances but as long as you work on your own and follow the basic rules you’ll be OK. Having a clear simple plan is what we will all need when re-starting some of our previous activities. Don’t forget to be careful on your journey if using public transport.

Realitea Fri 15-May-20 09:26:15

Thanks. I think I’m in a constant state of alert at the moment anyway 😂 the anxiety of catching it makes me and probably a lot of people not want to go outside again. Luckily I won’t need public transport.

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Spied Fri 15-May-20 09:30:25

Is the extra money worth the extra anxiety and risk?
If yes, go ahead.

Realitea Fri 15-May-20 10:10:02

You’ve put me off now!
I would have more anxiety but I would have a plan and have all the right equipment to keep me safe. We’re all going to have to get back to work at some point. Just trying to calculate the risk now

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Spied Fri 15-May-20 10:24:35

If you are happy that you can keep yourself safe then do it. If you can mentally cope with putting yourself at a slightly higher risk and won't ruminate about it- then do it.
The question I asked is simply the question I asked myself.
For me, I decided it wasn't worth the risk at this time.

Bananasandorangesss Fri 15-May-20 10:33:47

Well I wish my cleaner was back working! My house is a tip!

Bananasandorangesss Fri 15-May-20 10:34:56

I agree though that it’s a difficult issue and not too sure I want someone in my house right now, even though I think we’ve think we already had CV anyway. If you wear gloves when you work and social distance, I think it’s pretty low risk vs going to supermarket etc.

Windyatthebeach Fri 15-May-20 10:37:29

Cleaner here.. I am still doing one house only. 1 man who stays in his office!!
I bleach all surfaces and door handles as a priority.. Then regular hand washing - as the guidelines.. Hand gel in my car before I set off home. Shower and change ASAP at home.

Bluewarbler27 Fri 15-May-20 10:39:25

Yes I would. The risk is small.

WhoEatsPopTarts Fri 15-May-20 10:39:40

I don’t understand why wearing gloves will help? Everything you touch before cleaning will pass onto the gloves, which you’ll still wear after you’ve cleaned, much better to wash your hands multiple times surely?

DianneWhatcock Fri 15-May-20 10:40:38

Hi op

I'm a cleaner too

I'm going back soon to most of my clients. however (as far as I know) me and my family are healthy with no underlying health issues so fairly low risk.

I won't be visiting my vulnerable clients though I can't risk them

ChardonnaysPetDragon Fri 15-May-20 10:43:40

Why would you need gloves for everything. They just spead the virus and add to cross contamination.

By all means, wear gloves to clean the loo, if you've already done that, otherwise, washing your hands should do it.

LizzieMacQueen Fri 15-May-20 11:33:44

I'd get your client to strip her own bed and leave in a pile for you.

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