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Please come and talk to me about getting a cleaner - I have lots of questions!

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MarlaSinger Sat 20-Sep-08 16:53:56

As I've just returned to work 3.5 days a week, DP thinks getting a cleaner in is a good idea - so...

what would be the best day for a cleaner to come once a week? I work in the office Mon/Tues/Weds - so I am torn between thinking, have them come on a Monday after the chaotic weekend so we don't have to clean in the evenings while I am at work, or have them come on a Thursday (while I'm at the only baby group I go to) so my days off and the weekend are cleaning-free...

is one visit enough? would twice a week - although obviously twice the cost - be better and make it more worth it?

2 hours? or 3? what does your cleaner get done in that time?

What don't you ask them to do - things outside your cleaners remit, or things that aren't good value to pay someone to do?

There is just me, DP, and 11 month old DS, and 2 cats. No carpets in the house except the staircase. Small-ish kitchen, for the size of the house. Two reception, 3 beds although not bothered about these. Small bathroom.

Any advice?

BecauseImWorthIt Sat 20-Sep-08 16:59:08

Don't get a cleaner on a Monday - most bank holidays fall on a Monday, so you will end up losing a cleaner that week!

My house is 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms over 3 floors, carpeted throughout. Kitchen is small.

My cleaner comes for 3 hours on Tuesday and 4 hours on Thursday. She hoovers everywhere, cleans the bathrooms (sinks, shower, loo) and the kitchen (surfaces, cooker, sink and floor), empties the bins, dusts, wipes down the dining room table and does all our ironing.

She will also do things like re-arrange any flowers that I might have, removing dead ones (not that I have flowers frequently!), water my plants if they look as if they need it.

Oh, and she talks to my cats!

squeaver Sat 20-Sep-08 16:59:58

Our cleaner comes on a Monday. It works for me because she irons and by the time we've done a weekend's worth of washing she's got plenty waiting for her! Mind you I often think it would be nice for her to come in on a Friday just to clean the kitchen, bathrooms and living room.

She's here for 5 hours and does the following:

2 hours of ironing

Two quite big bathrooms

Dusts and hoovers three bedrooms, hoovers carpet stairs.

Cleans kitchen

Dusts and mops wooden floors downstairs.

Every so often she cleans my oven. If the fridge isn't too full, she cleans it out as well.

squeaver Sat 20-Sep-08 17:01:42

Oh yes good point about bank holiday - ours comes on a Tuesday instead when that happens.

Ohforfoxsake Sat 20-Sep-08 17:02:22

My cleaner comes on a Tuesday, which is good. House is always kept in some sort of reasonable state - she cleans it and I maintain it.

Worth making sure house is tidy before cleaner comes - don't want her to spend her time tidying.

We have 3 beds, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen, conservatory, hallways. She is here for 4 hours and does the beds (I strip them and leave clean bedding out). Best thing to do is do it yourself and see how long it takes to do it how you want it. Then you can tell them exactly what you want and expect. Saying that, I also accept that no-one will clean my house like I do, or how I want it done, so I don't get hung up on things. Once in a while I ask her to clean the bin out. She does things on rotation, so she won't pull the sofas out every week to clean underneath them, that kind of thing.

I like to be out of the house when she is here.

Personal recommendation is the best way of finding one I think.

Hope that helps smile

Ripeberry Sat 20-Sep-08 17:03:02

That's what i need. Someone to clean my oven as that's one job i can't stand the smell of!
Can you get specialist cleaners in? Or can anyone recommend a cleaner that does the job really well and does not make you feel sick!

MarlaSinger Sat 20-Sep-08 17:17:27

Thanks for all the replies - I am getting excited now

I am not exactly sluttish with the cleaning, but having lived here a year - I was 37 weeks pregnant when we moved in, and have a very high maintenance baby, there are some things I've never done (oven) and lots I rarely do - I sort of keep it ticking over but would like it to look better all of the time.

No ironing, I don't do it there is always shedloads of actual washing though, either hanging it up (no tumble dryer) or folding and putting away.

I think I'd want done: hoovering, dusting, surfaces cleaned, kitchen including sink (gets scaly in just a day or two (angry), bathroom, toilet including floors mopped in those rooms, oven now and then, and things like wiping cupboard doors/lightswitches etc. Not worried about bins or bedsheets. 2 hours twice a week maybe? Or 3 hours once a week if that is too much.

It does sound like you all have bigger houses than me - this house does look big and is certainly spacious (1930s semi) but proportionately it is sort of cosy.

I don't know anyone in real life with a cleaner to ask, but I have a leaflet from someone local through the door so I will email for some quotes.

Ohforfoxsake Sat 20-Sep-08 18:43:39

ask around at the baby group maybe?

BodenGroupie Mon 22-Sep-08 19:48:30

Ripeberry, Lakeland do a really efficient cleaner for about £7.50 a bottle, expensive but worth it. I've just turned my cupboard upside down looking for it but can't find it. Sorry. Friend recommends Oven Nu, a company who do it for you. She says it's about £50 but worth it (she's richer than me!).

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