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Advantages of a Domestic Cleaning Agency Vs Company Vs Private Cleaner

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Many people get confused with the difference between a domestic cleaning company and a domestic cleaning agency.

An Agency will provide a local friendly cleaner which best suits your needs from a database of cleaners that have been ‘vetted’ by the agency. You also get the option to interview your potential domestic cleaner to make sure they are right for you.

An Agency would allocate a regular cleaner who would give you a regular slot in their diary at a mutually convenient time and tend to fit around you rather than the other way around.

We let you provide the materials so that you have the fragrances YOU prefer in your home, although your regular housekeeper can recommend products if you wish. Also we use your equipment so that you don’t have your kitchen floor scrubbed with the same mop after it has been used for somebody else’s loo! The same rule applies to vaccuum cleaners too - some houses have lots of pets, others have little children learning to crawl so we do not like transferring unwanted germs/mites and any other gruesome debris!

Please remember that even domestic cleaners are human and need time off for holidays and are even known to be sick now and then. An Agency usually has a mass of cleaners to fall back on should a replacement be required and will endeavor introduce a replacement asap.

Some people run the risk of employing local private cleaners who will charge around the same amount (if not more) than an Agency, but be careful, you won’t know who you are allowing in your home and they will almost never be insured. If they require time off then you end up cleaning your house!

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Domestic Household trades explained

Sunday, November 9th, 2008
Domestic household trades explained

Household domestic trades can be divided up into several different sub categories or trades much like those found in other industries such as the building industry for example where you find many trades working under the builders banner, including such trades as bricklayers, joiners/carpenters, plasterers, roofers, ceramic tilers, painters and decorators, electricians, plumbers etc.

The various different trades within domestic housework as I have categorized them are as follows: -

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners

Carpet and Upholstery cleaners specialise in shampooing carpets and household upholstery.

Chimney Sweeps

Chimney Sweeps specialise in cleaning household chimneys by the use of industrial type vacuum cleaners and chimney sweep brushes and rods.

Domestic Cleaning maid

The domestic cleaning maid will do most household domestic cleaning tasks such as general hovering, dusting throughout, mopping of tiled floors, cleaning of bathrooms, ensuites and kitchens, cob webbing and polishing of woodwork etc.


Home Help

Home-helpers will generally do cleaning, tidying up, dish washing, socializing (providing company for older clients) and general errands such as doing bits of food shopping etc


The domestic housekeeper is as near as you will find to a Jack-of-all-trades within the domestic cleaning industry. Usually the housekeeper will within reason do the domestic cleaning, tidying up, ironing, clean ovens & hobs, also he/she will usually be quite prepared to include some home help type of jobs such as dishwashing, socializing and shopping errands etc.

Ironing Lady

The Ironing lady will as the job description states do your entire household ironing for you.

Oven,Hob Cleaners

Oven, hob cleaners offer a specialist oven and hob cleaning service to a high standard.

Window Cleaners

Window cleaners will clean your windows externally and increasingly these days internally also.

Also there are categories such as aupairs and live in nannies, but in both these cases I feel that you are beginning to drift a little too far away from the general domestic housekeeper.

There are also an increasing number of cleaning companies that are now offering the services of sexy cleaning maids, but I will just categorise them for this purpose as Domestic Cleaning maids.

Can you spot a trade that I have missed?


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Robin Harrison is the managing Director of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd. Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is one of the fastest growing domestic cleaning franchise companies in the UK today giving people the opportunity to work from the comfort of their own home.

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