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Have you kept your cleaner this lockdown?

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flowerycurtain Thu 21-Jan-21 20:58:28

We've been 4 weeks without ours now. I'm struggling with home schooling and working from home and it's one thing I could do that would make life easier.

We need to keep our risk as low as possible - family run farm so not teams of staff to help if we get sick. Not sending our kids to school for that reason.

She could work just in one section of the house (ie one week do all upstairs, the next just fo kitchen/playroom) with all windows open and wearing a mask. It's a big house and there's a big hallway between us home learning in the dining room and her. We could even leave the upstairs to air for a few hours.

How risky is that? Dh and I aren't sure. She works in other houses through the week. Mainly elderly. Case rate in our area is about 350 per 100 000.

Would you have her back?

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trilbydoll Thu 21-Jan-21 21:02:20

We have kept ours because last time the state of the house mirrored the inside of my head and it was awful.

DH is shut away in his office (which they don't clean) and I leave the house with the kids until they are gone.

Ultimately they're cleaning as they go so hopefully one of the less risky visitors you might have!

Verite1 Thu 21-Jan-21 21:04:31

Yes. Was one of the worst things about lock down first time round!

flowerycurtain Thu 21-Jan-21 21:05:00

Liking the replies so far!

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MRex Thu 21-Jan-21 21:06:06

Yes. There are risks, but ventilation, distance and masks mitigate. She wears a mask and works on a different floor to where we are (we have a system); she opens windows on going into each room and shuts when she leaves. She also lives very locally, and only works very locally, so the risks are not amplified by travel all over.

BadEyeBri Thu 21-Jan-21 21:06:17

Yes our cleaner still comes

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DottyWott Thu 21-Jan-21 21:07:08

Yes but our risk is lower (we’ve had covid and some of us have had a vaccine) and we can be out of the way totally

MRex Thu 21-Jan-21 21:07:11

She doesn't wear a mask for ironing though, that would be dreadful with the steam, but the window is open and we don't use anything immediately so no real risk on that.

Neolara Thu 21-Jan-21 21:08:11

Yes. My cleaner says she is going to all her clients.

holidayoncorona Thu 21-Jan-21 21:08:38

Yes we've kept ours
We go out when she's here and she wears a mask

SeasonFinale Thu 21-Jan-21 21:08:52

Yes ours is still coming and we socially distance.

MarciaDidia Thu 21-Jan-21 21:09:19

We have. When she arrives I agree with her where she'll go and in what order and we stay out of her way. She skips the rooms where we and the kids are working to minimise risk and disruption.

Thatwentbadly Thu 21-Jan-21 21:10:02

We haven’t since the first lockdown as DH is ECV.

CryMeAnAquifer Thu 21-Jan-21 21:10:35

Just learned today that one of my good friends (plus husband) caught Covid from their cleaner & they’ve been in bed for 10 days solid (London though so prevalence is super high)

I had been lamenting not having a cleaner all year... but, not so much since I heard!

Hairydilemma Thu 21-Jan-21 21:11:04

Ours is back. DH and I stay in the rooms we work in, DC stay in their rooms and she cleans the rest of the house. Means we didn’t get a full clean but bathrooms and most of the downstairs are done.

I was really in two minds risk-wise, but she just seemed so grateful and pleased to be working - she’s been furloughed from her other cleaning job and I think was just going a bit mad at home. Plus of course the house looks better!

She wears a mask and keeps away from us all so I don’t think it’s super risky.

AnneElliott Thu 21-Jan-21 21:11:51

Yes she still comes. We open the back door and windows and stay in a different room when she is here.

iMatter Thu 21-Jan-21 21:12:09

Yes - we keep well out of her way. Kids doing online schooling in their respective rooms and I hide in my office (dh out at work).

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 21-Jan-21 21:12:57

Yes we have.

ceeveebee Thu 21-Jan-21 21:14:08

Yes, but we stay out of their way when they are here

SacreBleeeurgh Thu 21-Jan-21 21:14:16

No, we are in Scotland and domestic cleaners against guidelines unless vulnerable/disabled etc.

Nohomeschoolingtoday Thu 21-Jan-21 21:14:38

We have kept ours and was so relieved when she said she would still come. We paid her during the last lockdown when she couldn’t come & we would give her the choice completely again.
We open all the windows & bleach toilets before she comes. We also strip the beds. Once she has done the front room we all stay in there while she does the rest of the house. She also wears a mask. We keep our distance.
It’s cold with the windows open but worth it!

Littleguggi Thu 21-Jan-21 21:14:51

I wish, I am the cleaner in my house!

Katie517 Thu 21-Jan-21 21:14:59

Yes ours is still coming we go to my mums (bubble) while she is here then she just opens the windows once she is done to air the house our. In the first lockdown we just hadn’t got the time to keep on top of the cleaning so I’m really glad she can still work this time.

cortex10 Thu 21-Jan-21 21:15:42

Ours decided to shield this time. It's her choice - she's got friends who've been quite ill with COVID lately which has bought home the risks (she's late middle age) - and she's refused to let us continue paying like we did in the first lockdown. Hopefully she won't just decide to retire after her enticed break as she's been with us for several years and is so reliable. Ultimately her choice of course.

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