Every job has its risks, and home cleaning is no different. Where the divergence comes is in the form of the industry workers themselves, and what risks those working alone or as agency contractors are running on a regular basis.
The housekeeping and home cleaning market is unique in that it is estimated that as much as 70% of service delivery is by private and self-employed agency cleaners. Is this necessarily a bad thing?
Wendy and myself formed Email Mum as we were both disillusioned with our working lives. We had both worked for large companies, Wendy in banking, myself in sales and marketing. We felt that we were loyal, hardworking people but that our employers had stopped respecting us and our needs. Continue reading
If you research the Internet on how to clean stainless steel appliances, there is a good chance you’ll find recommendations for the use of Baby Oil products. However, we have been advised by a respected oven cleaning company that this is actually not good practice. Continue reading
“We are not ‘just cleaners’ – we are skilled, hard-working housekeepers!”
One of the things we find so frustrating at Email Mum is the stigma that some people seem to attach to domestic house cleaning as a job. Why this is, we are not quite sure. Maybe the cleaning industry has to take some responsibility for this attitude. In particular, some contract cleaning companies, who seem to treat their staff with a total lack of respect, relying on hostile management practices, poor pay and conditions and a high turnover of staff to keep their services going. This leads to a general view of the industry as one where only lesser skilled, low paid individuals need apply.