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anyone paid for a company to do a spring clean?

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ggirl Fri 08-Feb-13 21:39:43

I've found a local cleaning company that will do a deep/spring clean

minimum 4 hrs

anyone had one? was it fab?

I haven't got a regular cleaner and house could really do with one

ggirl Sat 09-Feb-13 15:56:33


MrsHowardRoark Sat 09-Feb-13 16:21:12

We had this done and it was a bit of a letdown. It helped me get on top of things but they didn't do the work to the standard I would.
However if you get some recommendations for a good company I'm sure it could be worthwhile.

thunksheadontable Sat 09-Feb-13 16:30:36

My MIL (Ireland) had one and it was amazing. The wooden cabinets actually gleamed.. I don't know how they did it!

StoicButStressed Sat 09-Feb-13 16:34:41

I have previously in another house and it was indeed fab...BUT it was nowhere near 4hrs? Way longer to do it properly (guess depends on size of house, but think a full-on deep-clean - as in spotless/every nook & cranny/all thoroughly clean & gleaminggrin - of even pretty small flat would be longer than 4hrs?)

ggirl Sat 09-Feb-13 18:22:30

yes 4hrs is the minimum so for a small place i guess

mine is 4 bed house so wonder of £150 would cover it

I need on hants/dorset border if anyone has any

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 09-Feb-13 18:52:00

To deep clean a four-bedroom house would be at least 8 man hours. Likely as much as 12 hours. So, a team of two would be there for 4-6 hours.

And, everyone has a different idea of what a "deep clean" is. Some people want the insides of cupboards cleaned. Some people want the oven cleaned (but for that you're better off hiring a professional oven cleaner. Don't pay someone to scrub it for hours. For £50 a guy can make your cooker look brand new in one hour.) For some people, a "deep clean" means cleaning off all the pet hair or nicotine dust off the woodwork. Sometimes showers are so encrusted with limescale and mould that it can take over an hour to get them looking good. It will ultimately come down to man hours and so you should have a very clear discussion with them about what you want doing.

ggirl Sat 09-Feb-13 20:48:10

thanks Katy , I would love the shower gleaming again but suspect it's beyond help so not worht the man hrs spent on it.
Def don't want cupboards or oven cleaned but yes to fridge.

so £150 may be enough
still waiting to hear from company I emailed but it is the weekend so don't really expect to hear anything until early next week

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 09-Feb-13 21:02:49

I love cleaning showers! But, if the silicone sealant is impregnated with mold, there's little I can do about that.

But limescale is easy. I use a highly acidic janitorial descaler.

I also enjoy getting all the gunk out of the shower tracks. Fucking love that part.

ggirl Sat 09-Feb-13 21:04:57

unfortunately it's the crumbling grout and black sealant that needs replacing

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 09-Feb-13 22:21:14

Yeah, that always breaks my heart. I want to make everything shiny and new.

babooshkadoll Sun 10-Feb-13 09:16:28

Gunk out of shower door tracks?

Pray tell how Katy?

KatyTheCleaningLady Sun 10-Feb-13 09:38:41

A toothbrush and using the shower head to spray in there. I've not yet attempted it with a fixed shower head. If a shower head is fixed, I can rinse everything down with a large plastic cup, but that doesn't squirt water into crevices.

As well as the toothbrush, I also carry a little plastic scraper, like for smoothing putty. I put my cleaning cloth over that and run that into the crevices. So, plenty of cleaning solution, toothbrush, and the cloth-on-a-scraper, rinsed out with the shower head. Gets 99% of what's in there. (And what it don't get you can't generally see, anyway.) Thick bleach will also lighten up the stuff I really can't reach.

ggirl Sun 10-Feb-13 10:58:36

wish you could come and clean for me Katy

ggirl Wed 20-Feb-13 17:04:44

man just came to have a look round to give me a quote for a spring clean

he reckons there's at least 8hrs work blush

so I reckon quote will be about £120 ish??

anyway I'm very excited by the prospect of a sparkly new house

WhispersOfWickedness Wed 20-Feb-13 17:13:41

Sounds great, let us know how it goes! I would love one but can't really afford it sad

ggirl Wed 20-Feb-13 17:39:32

sadly I have been saving up for this

I hate cleaning so would rather work the extra hrs to pay for this and then get a regular cleaner. Bloke said place could be kept up to scratch on 3-4hrs a fortnight.

DoingTheSwanThing Wed 20-Feb-13 19:26:07

Best 80 quid I ever spent <possibly an overstatement>
Go for it! But I'm lazy and have low standards :-/

coldethyl Wed 20-Feb-13 19:38:16

Hmm. Just want to sound a note of warning - I paid £120 about 15 months ago to an agency for a 'full spring clean' that was 8 hrs work (2 people for 2 tranches of 2 hours - 2 hrs upstairs, 2 hrs down). I was looking forward to a lovely spiffy house, everything gleaming, a clean slate to get back on top of things again. House is 4 beds (they refused to touch the loft room at all), 2 baths, 3 receptions.

I was had.

Bathrooms were not dusted at all at ceiling height, woodwork not touched, lavatories not properly cleaned. Ceiling light/fans not dusted. Kitchen table and chairs washed around (I kid you not). One cleaner had poor english and the other apparently no english, so I could not ask questions as they went along. Yes, it was tidy before they came. No toys out, clear surfaces.

The owner had the balls to describe the clean as 'miraculous' and told me the house was 'a state'. I can clean it in 8 hours, I just didn't have 8 hours to do it in.

Make sure you get some kind of recommendation from someone you know before you part with your money. Testimonials on a website are not enough.

Having said all of that, I used another company in a different house a decade ago and they were fantastic. That was also over three floors and they were just brilliant - even polished the taps!

ggirl Wed 20-Feb-13 22:19:18

friend recommended this co

but thanks for the warning
will update when it's done

KatyTheCleaningLady Thu 21-Feb-13 00:07:00

I did a deep clean on a house last week. It was a four-bed, two bath, two receptions, and a cloak room. I told the lady that the best I could do for her was to clean all day. I found out what she wanted prioritizing and I focused on that. I definitely went beyond what she pointed out wanting done. But, I also could have spent another couple of hours cleaning. She understood that I did what I could in eight hours and was very happy.

It's important to find out what someone wants and communicate with them.

On a big house, more than one cleaner will be able to do more. However, an independent is more likely to do a great job than employees will.

ggirl Thu 21-Feb-13 12:31:49

full of admiration for you Katy at cleaning for 8hrs!

do you work your way from top to bottom?

amazonianwoman Thu 21-Feb-13 13:00:35

Where do you live Katy? You sound fab!

KatyTheCleaningLady Thu 21-Feb-13 17:41:35

ggirl,thanks! It was a hard day, though. I was aching in the morning!

I don't work top-to-bottom of the house. I started in the en suite bathroom because she'd mentioned wanting to try and get the floor tile grout white (wasn't completely successful with that, but I scrubbed it with bleach a couple of times.) Then I did the family bath, then moved on to the kitchen. The floors (upstairs and down) were the last thing I did, and the very last thing I did was to scrub the kitchen floors. That's what really wore me out!

KatyTheCleaningLady Thu 21-Feb-13 17:43:01

Thanks, Amazonianwoman. I'm in the Northwest. I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't tout for business when I joined MN so I don't advertise my business here. Someone must have noticed a post where I mentioned my general area and sent me a PM, but shes's a bit out of my area and I referred her to someone I knew in her town.

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