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Ashitaka

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Icon 1 posted August 03, 2010 05:04      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
So my wife decided we are going to get a cleaning lady for our house ( we both work 60+ hour weeks and don’t want to spend our weekends cleaning).

She also decided she will not use a company but hire a local woman herself as the cleaning companies charge 25-30 USD an hour but only pay the cleaning person half that. We would rather jst pay the 25 an hour to an “independent contractor”

Other than references, what should we ask for when talking to potential cleaning ladies.?

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Icon 1 posted August 03, 2010 05:43      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
____ Ash, make sure that the referrer is a closer friend of yours then the referee. We got into a mess over a renter, that trashed our house. Better friends of the referrer than of us.

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I would ask how long they've been cleaning professionally. What supplies they usually use (I can't stand certain types of cleaners) and whether they will supply them or if you will have to. How long it will take to do the job (since you're quoting hourly rates). Do they know how to deal with any special cleaning you need done (hardwood floors and stone tile come to mind as both can be stained easily).

I would also create at least a simple contract that specifies what chores are to be done and what to do if things are left undone or not done satisfactorily.

I doubt it applies there, but I would also ask if they carry insurance and, if so, what type and can they provide proof. In the US, at least, hiring someone directly and providing supplies makes you an employer and makes you a lot more liable if the person gets injured on the job (not to mention that you have to deal with withholding taxes and social security from their pay and reporting it).

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Icon 3 posted August 03, 2010 14:38      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
ditto to GrumpySteen's.

are they bonded, etc...

and if they are like my Mom's cleaners, do they stop and gab the whole time rather than actually clean? [Mad]

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Icon 1 posted August 03, 2010 14:47      Profile for Zwilnik   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Also, if you're a typical geeky household, make sure they know which plugs can and can't be unplugged for the hoover (or cover any server ones with tape) and also what can and can't be cleaned. Amazing what you can trash when an overenthusiastic cleaner sprays things into vents or even onto screens that need specific products to clean.

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Icon 1 posted August 03, 2010 15:54      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
A friend of mine had a cleaning lady who was high as a kite most of the time and the results showed.

You probably want to avoid that.

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Icon 1 posted August 03, 2010 17:35      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Are you in the German-speaking part of Switzerland?

If so, does that mean you're looking for a Reinemachefrau?

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Icon 1 posted August 03, 2010 22:22      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
Are you in the German-speaking part of Switzerland?

If so, does that mean you're looking for a Reinemachefrau?

</dead-men-don't-wear-plaid>

if it is a joke I don't get it, if you are serioulsy searching for the german translation of cleaning lady it is Putzfrau, though this term is probably not politically correct.

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quote:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
if it is a joke I don't get it, if you are serioulsy searching for the german translation of cleaning lady it is Putzfrau, though this term is probably not politically correct.

It's a quote from one of the more memorable scenes in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.


Doesn't surprise me in the least that it's a bad translation.

</movie-geek>

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Icon 1 posted August 04, 2010 04:22      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
After some investigation, the translation of Reinmach frau is charlady or charwoman, which some (poor) english speakers use to designate a cleaning lady.

That is all, back to your regularly scheduled programming.

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quote:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
After some investigation, the translation of Reinmach frau is charlady or charwoman, which some (poor) english speakers use to designate a cleaning lady.

That would be the English.

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quote:
Originally posted by Zwilnik:
Also, if you're a typical geeky household, make sure they know which plugs can and can't be unplugged for the hoover (or cover any server ones with tape) and also what can and can't be cleaned. Amazing what you can trash when an overenthusiastic cleaner sprays things into vents or even onto screens that need specific products to clean.

Years ago, I was working on a computer that had a *disgusting* keyboard. It was kind of slimy, and I shuddered to think what had been done to it, and made sure to thoroughly wash my hands after using it. Sometime later, I happened to be talking to the cleaning guy and learned that he had cleaned the thing with Pledge!

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Icon 1 posted August 06, 2010 00:24      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
So we settled on one. She only has to vacuum in the office where all my tech is. She seemed releived after having looked at my computer desk. ( it is not neat and well organized)

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