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Domestic Cleaning

Domestic cleaning is a major chore for busy people, so let's quickly find local home cleaners
Simply use the SEARCH BOX (opposite):

a) Choose ‘Domestic Cleaning’ from the drop down list.
b) Enter your postcode or town
c) Select how far you wish to extend your search.

The UK domestic cleaning market broadly falls into 3 categories:

  1. Private Cleaners - normally informal single person operations, who agree to clean your home for a 'cash in hand' arrangement. They will not usually have any liability insurance and any pre-vetting will be down to you.
  2. Domestic Cleaning Companies - these may range from one-man operators to Limited companies employing hundreds of people; they may also be part of a larger cleaning franchise operation. There will normally be a formal contract in place between you and the cleaning company. The work is usually billed on scope rather than actual hours worked and you may not have the same cleaner(s) at each visit as they tend to work in flexible cleaning teams. The cleaning company is responsible for paying their cleaning team and for taking care of PAYE requirements. Insurance is usually provided but the scope may vary widely.

  3. Domestic Cleaning Agencies - essentially they work as brokers by putting cleaners in touch with clients. They charge an agency fee for finding the cleaner, which is usually levied on hours worked; for example if you use their nominated house cleaner for 3 hours per week, you would pay the agency their agreed hourly agency fee x 3. Additionally you would directly pay the cleaner what is due to them. Usually the domestic cleaning agency will vet cleaners, supply cover for home cleaner holidays and may also provide a degree of insurance, but rarely fidelity insurance to cover possible theft. You should also be aware that the Inland Revenue may regard you as the cleaner's employer and therefore responsible for deducting tax through PAYE, if appropriate. Domestic cleaning agencies may be part of larger cleaning franchise operation.

Often companies will offer a range of home cleaning services including:
  • Regular Cleaning (daily, weekly, fornightly)
  • Spring Cleaning (thorough one off cleans)
  • Pre Tenancy Cleaning (before a new tenant moves in)
  • End of Tenancy Cleaning (usually instigated by a tenant to ensure they get their deposit money back)
  • Builders Cleans (after major property refurbishment or new builds)
  • Deep Cleans (designed to remove long-term accumulated dirt and stains)
  • Post Party Cleaning (worth considering if you've got a hang over!)
  • Ironing (usually carried out at your home before or after a scheduled cleaning visit)

Remember not all domestic cleaning contractors operate in the same way, therefore we recommend that you pre-vet your short list of prospective contractors to confirm that they match your specific needs. It is equally important that you find out how they vet their staff, the full cost of their services and the extent of any insurance provided.  Will you be covered if the cleaner breaks a favourite family heirloom or accidentally scratches an expensive marble worktop?  What happens if things go missing - are you covered?  Who takes care of tax issues relating to cleaner's pay?  What happens when your cleaner goes on holiday?

It is vital that you feel comfortable with the proposed cleaner or cleaning team and the method they propose for cleaning your home
For general cleaning advice and stain removal tips, we suggest you refer to our Cleaning Tips section.

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Below is a list of domestic cleaning companies by town - simply click on them for more information: