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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!

If you need more advise, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at steven@dollychar.com

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Spring Cleaning

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Have you ever wondered why we chuck the pets in the garden, open all windows and completely bottom the house?

Back in the old days of coal fires and straw matresses it was standard precedure for the housewives to clean the house from top to bottom. The idea was to wait for the winter chill to dissappear and completely freshen the house up. The housewife would clean out the fireplaces and the soot in the house created by the fires, this included the floors. walls, ceilings and furniture in all rooms.

There was often a smell which built up over the winter period due to not being able to air sheets and blankets. Spring was a chance to be able to hang out the laundry after washing and feeding through a mangle. The matresses were normally emptied, washes and refilled with fresh hay.

Jews believed that bread was a forbidden food during ‘passover’ So spring was a chance to remove every last breadcrumb from the house before passover which is in April.

Persians believed in completely bottoming the house in which they called ‘khooneh takouni’. In English ’shaking the house’. A similar tradition is the Scottish “New Year’s cleaning” on Hogmanay.

spring-time holiday of Passover

Monday, April 6th, 2009

The most likely origin of spring cleaning can be traced right back to the ancient Jewish practice (over 700 years prior to Persian culture emerging) of comprehensively cleaning their homes in readiness for the spring-time holiday of Passover.

In remembrance of the Jews’ hasty flight from Egypt following their captivity there, during the eight-day holiday there is a strict prohibition against eating anything which may have been leavened. Jews not are not only supposed to refrain from leavened foodstuffs, they are expressly commanded to rid their homes of even small remnants of chametz for the length of the holiday. Therefore, for the past 3,500 years, observant Jews have conducted a thorough “spring cleaning” of the house, followed by a traditional hunt for chametz crumbs by candlelight on the evening before the holiday begins.

Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_cleaning

 

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Origins of spring cleaning

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

The origins of spring cleaning are thought in some quarters to date right back to the Iranian Norouz or the Persian (Iranian) new year, which falls on the first day of spring.  This theory although as been questioned, because Iranians and many of the population of the old Persion empire lived by a lunar calendar and not a solar calender and spring was never calculated many years ago in the same way that our present day society calculates it.

Present day Iranians still continue their regular practice of “khooneh tekouni” which literally means “shaking the house” just before the start of their new year. This practice means that everything in their house is thoroughly cleaned, including their curtains and furniture.

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Domestic cleans by weekly rotation

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Domestic cleans by weekly rotation

Household domestic cleaning can be performed in many different ways ranging from a simple weekly helping hand type clean right through to the intense military march out type cleans.  In this series of posts I am describing in detail many of the various different domestic household cleans and what the customer could expect to receive.

Domestic cleans by weekly rotation

Domestic cleans by weekly rotation can be best described as where the householder as stipulated that they would like one room per week or on each visit cleaned to a much higher standard than the other rooms in the property.  Many householders choose this type of clean as their preferred way of having their property cleaned due mainly to the fact that they know that every few weeks each room in their household as had a deep clean performed within it.

The cleaning lady when performing this type of rotation cleaning operation for example will if she is in the customers property for say three hours per visit spend 50% of her time spring cleaning just one room per visit and the remaining 50% of the cleaning ladies time will then be used doing a  very quick clean throughout the remainder of the customers property.

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