(and anywhere else come to think of it!)
A good housekeeper is worth their weight in gold. If you’ve got a good one, make sure you look after them!
House cleaning is an honourable job, and not everyone can do it well. It takes someone who’s confident, organised, has good time management skills, is trustworthy, hard-working and reliable.
Don’t consider it an achievement to find someone who is going to clean your mess for next to nothing. Make sure they are being paid a proper wage; they should be earning the Living Wage, at the very least.
If you want your cleaner to tidy up after you, book additional time for this. They should be treated with respect and their time should be respected too. It is impossible to clean cluttered surfaces, sinks that are full of washing up, or floors covered in your stuff. Either clear surfaces, or book extra time so they can complete their work.
Be their favourite client.
Don’t pick or choose when you want them, or send them away because you are late getting out of bed. They have got up, got ready, got to you, and have a busy day ahead. Your cleaner should have job security, with regular hours, so they can budget for their own living costs.
Be generous with your praise. If they have done a good job make sure they know about it, and tell their boss too. A simple thank you goes a long way. At the same time make sure you tell them if any improvements are required, they are keen to make sure you are happy with their service.
Look after them at Christmas. A box of chocolates is lovely, but what you pay for one weeks cleaning would be a nice ‘thank you’ for their hard work throughout the year.
Have realistic expectations of what can be achieved in the time that you have booked, and leave them to get on with it.
Make sure you provide the correct products and equipment. This will enable your cleaner to do a better job and to get more done for you. And leave them plenty of clean cloths for washing, drying and polishing.
Have we missed anything? What else do you do to make sure your cleaner is looked after? Let us know your tips on how to look after your housekeeper.
We only select a small handful of the applications we receive. All of our staff are vetted thoroughly before their employment commences. We pay them in excess of the Living Wage and ensure their hours are regular.