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Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:31 AM
Sorry I'm sure this topic has been done a million times. I'm looking at getting a cleaner (which I've never had before) and just had a few questions for people who have/had cleaners.
How often do they come/for how long?
What do you ask them to do?
Are you home while they are cleaning and if so are you helping or what are you doing?
Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:38 AM
Mine comes for 2 hours once a fortnight when I am at work. When I was on mat leave, I timed it so we were out at playgroup. I think we would just be in the way if home. They charge $85 and do a great job. We have a standard 3 bedroom Sydney semi.
My partner thinks I am crazy because I run around tidying before they come but I like to have all the surfaces clear for them to properly clean.
They dust, do floors, kitchen, bathroom, vacuum etc. If there is something particular I want doing like the front of kitchen cupboards or skirting boards, window sills etc, I write it down that week.
They do a great job and I wouldn't be without them.
Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:43 AM
I don't have one at the moment, but where we are, it's generally a minimum of 3 hours, so when I did, it was fortnightly. I would also try to have things ready so she won't doing stuff that I normally do on a daily basis (breakfast dishes, etc). I prefer not to be home.
I would expect the following every time:
Kitchen surfaces cleaned, particularly the stove top, sink and splash backs
Bathroom/s cleaned and mopped, including mirrors and glass shower screens
Toilet/s cleaned and mopped
All other floors vacuumed/mopped as applicable
Flat surfaces dusted, including windowsills and skirting boards.
We had one cleaner who was happy to do laundry, but I only ever had her peg it out.
Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:57 AM
I hired one from gumtree & she comes for 2-2.5hrs a fortnight & charges $15 an hour.
I supply all products & equipment & I have a list of things I ask her to do. Some things I cycle fortnightly (so one fortnight she does one thing & the next she does the other). It took us a couple of cleaners to find one that was suitable but we are very happy with the current lady. She's a student at a local college
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