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Clean Sweep, Issue #001 -- Tips to stop those bed bugs biting.
July 05, 2011

Clean Sweep

“Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don't do it.”

In This Issue:

Is hiring domestic cleaner an unaffordable luxury? The average salary for a full time domestic cleaner is £23000... full article below

How to clean white leather shoes
Cover up scratches and scuffs from your footwear...

How to unblock a toilet
If you suspect your toilet is blocked, don't keep flushing...

Cleaning mattresses
Help to prevent your mattress staining ...

Cleaning stairs
This stair cleaning strategy can be adapted to clean or paint high surfaces...

Natural cleaning products and uses:
Bicarbonate of Soda - effective odour eater and scourer White vinegar – excellent degreaser ideal for windows Hydrogen peroxide – stain removal agent and mild alternative for bleach

Is Hiring a domestic cleaner an unaffordable luxury?
Current figures show that the average salary for a full time domestic cleaner is £23,000 and up to £26000 in the London area. Employing someone to clean your home through an agency based on 4 hours per week will cost you somewhere in the region of £2500 per annum. Approximately £12 per hour including the agency fee.

Independent domestic cleaners can command upwards of £10 per hour depending on the region and level of experience. This amounts to a whopping £2080 for every household. So what do you get for your money?

The service you receive depends entirely on the individual cleaner whether employed through an agency or as an independent. Cleaning materials may be included in the price but as a former domestic cleaner of seven years, clients invariably prefer their own products.

If you are going through an agency check the duties that you can expect your cleaner to perform. Some agents stipulate no washing dishes or ironing for example. I know of a domestic cleaner who refused to clean toilets. She wasn't very busy!

Public liability insurance is a must even for independent domestic cleaners. You may find that your insurance company wont pay for accidental damage caused by a third party employed in your home.

If you are fortunate enough to be able to employ a domestic cleaner on a full time basis,i.e. you have sole use of the services, check with your tax office as there are certain rules for determining the employment status (I work in a tax office now!) and it may be your responsibility to deduct tax and national insurance.

Domestic cleaning services are expensive but if you find yourself a good cleaner who is trustworthy, reliable and thorough, then they are worth there weight in gold. I was.

Steph Pemberton

For more information please read my article How To Chose A Domestic Cleaner.

Just a thought

Did you know that 80% of household clutter is caused by disorganisation and not lack of space?

Source:The National Association of Professional Organisers

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