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how long would it take your cleaner to do this?

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plumtart Sat 17-Sep-11 14:36:47

Just trying to see if I am getting a good deal or not.

Cleaner comes reliably, will do whatever I ask her and is relatively speaking a reasonable price (£6/hr) - but I think she may not need to take quite as long as she does. Also she doesnt do some of the things I want doing as she would run out of time if she did them eg dirty hands on walls, doors and doorframes, tiles in kitchen or bathroom.

On the other hand, I need it doing and if she charged a slightly higher rate and worked for less hours I would still employ her.

Anyway I pick everything up before she comes - how long should this take:

bathroom - clean toilet, basin, bath, mop floor

quite small kitchen - sweep, mop, clean counter, draining board,sink and hob (all empty), wipe down kettle & toaster, clean 2 smallish windows

lounge, utility and hall - sweep and mop, hoover rug, clean the other side of the 2 windows, clean both sides of patio doors (have very grubby toddler!!!)

FagButt Sat 17-Sep-11 14:38:36

hour and half?

plumtart Wed 21-Sep-11 20:42:39

shameless bump

anyone else please?

Fuzzywuzzywozabear Wed 21-Sep-11 21:26:45

I was going to say 1.5-2 hours max - I could probably do it quicker but it's hard to say when we don't know how big rooms are

plumtart Thu 22-Sep-11 08:41:21

she is taking 2.5 hrs but really is hanging around for the last quarter hour. she looks like she has been working hard when i see her, but who knows what she is doing when i'm out of the room?

nickschick Thu 22-Sep-11 08:46:17

Id do that for a teener grin - those are relatively easy tasks - are you sure you need her?

homeaway Thu 22-Sep-11 09:42:20

Difficult to say, sometimes you think that somebody should be able to do things quicker but if she is doing a good job then I would leave it. When we do something ourselves we know what we can skimp on ie not move the settee one week or whatever, a good cleaner will move a settee to clean underneath. Ask her to do an hour extra and do the extra jobs. Good reliable cleaners are hard to come by .

Deflatedballoonbelly Thu 22-Sep-11 09:44:50

Im a cleaner.

You notice the things she hasnt done rather than what she has. You get your whole downstairs cleaned for £15 and our moaning? uhm.. hmm

Tenebrist Thu 22-Sep-11 09:46:42

To be honest, paying her 6 quid an hour is hardly a strong motivation to work quickly. I don't think 2.5 hours is too much for all those tasks.

mirpuppet Thu 22-Sep-11 13:25:21

I think she's doing fine. If you think she is just hanging about -- why not ask her to hoover and dust a bedroom in addition?

plumtart Thu 22-Sep-11 20:58:04

I dont mind a little bit of hanging about as I cannot get it done myself, she is working for a living and she is only asking £6 an hour.

Yes!! I could list what she hasnt done but I dont want my original mindset to change - I have only had her about 6 weeks and I always intended to be pleased with what i got rather than looking for what I hadnt got!!!

If I did it myself and worked hard and fast it would be about 1.75 hours of hard labour (those windows with toddler hands grin) - but I guess it is unreasonable to expect a cleaner to have to work like that

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