i dont have problems with men but some women who rent me to clean her house treat me badly,sometimes it was humiliated for example:one day i cleaned floor on all fours and woman sat on sofa and watched tv(it was humiliated)when i cleaned beside sofa she lied on sofa and ask me could i take her shoe to hall(i did it beacuse i dont wanna loose my job)but i dont understand why they do that?another time(somewhere else)i cleaned kitchen floor and woman came to kitchen for something and stand her shoe on my hand,it hurt(of course she apologise me later)why (some)women behaving like that??
i totally agree with you...
i think your not cleaning up enough to them
sorry i dont agree with that. I have been in housekeeping since i was 16, i am 26. People that do the housekeeper profession get respect, or atleast should get it.. The people that hire for their homes are usually snobby and self absorbed. People that work that job are some of the most responcible caring people to take care of everyone elses needs, and she shouldnt have to get advice that says that the job isnt considered honorable, and that she should find another profession.. Maybe she likes doing it, but is tired of the woman treating her bad... I think you should find a more understanding boss to treat u better, dont find another profession,Cristianoo3344. And i am appologizing to the one above my resonse, that is ur oppinion, but you didnt need to sound insensitive. You didnt need to make her feel worse by saying that job isnt considered honorable by some people. To me, i think a strong people who do that job, dealing with the crap that goes with it deserve more respect and Cristianoo deserves to be treated better.
I'm a self-employed house cleaner and I absolutely love my job! There is a sense of satisfaction, accomplishment and pride in a job well done. I like being the "boss of me", I like determining what I will or will not do, I enjoy being able to make my own hours and still earn a respectable wage at the end of the day.
I too have had problems with some of my female clients although not to the extent that you have experienced cristianoo3344. I can tell you though if somene stood on my hand (accidental or not) I would have "fired" that client, which by the way I have done but for other reasons. Having someone step on your hand shows a sign of utmost disrespect. It shows that they either do not value your personal space, your services, or you as a person.
I've also walked out in the middle of a cleaning job because in my opinion if people are in the house making it harder to get my job done in a timely manner, or simply because I feel uncomfortable having people watch me cleaning is a very disrespectful and awkward.
Just remember, there is always someone out there waiting/looking for someone with your skills and abilities and you don't have to take anyone's crap!
It is because that these people think that these jobs are poor and dirty.And they think that those people who do this work are also dirty and poor.so,they treat you badly.If she do this again don,t fight with him and tell him that this is is bad and god will treat you badly for this bad work.And see how these people apologise with you and they never do this with you.
I'm Austalian and have been a cleaner here for a couple of years now...THIS TIME. I've done it off and on for years. I'm about to give it up after a two year stint. I've never been so badly mistreated in my whole life as when I clean. I have had other jobs and do this profession when I am desperate. I've had regular clients not pay me. I've sat outside their homes waiting for them to arrive with money, when they say they will go get the money and be back. They lie and don't turn up and leave me with no wages. I've had people think they can run a personal cleaning tab with me, and not pay me for weeks. I've had clients discontinue service, only to have me pack my car and drive all the way to the job and say they are discontinuing service. I've had unreasonable clients who don't want me to use bleach and have ordered me to clean their showers with bicarbonate soda and a toothbrush. I've had clients short change me, by not leaving enough money and "I'll fix up the balance next week" notes. I also have people who are so tight with money they continually cancel their fortnightly, weekly scheduled cleaning appointment to save on money, leaving me with no income. Then when I do clean the house is twice as dirty, but I'm getting paid the same amount of money. I've had women treat me and talk to me like dirt and been asked to do extra jobs that are not in the agreement. I've been bothered with clients personal problems. I've been forced to entertain children while trying to do my job. Babysitting is not part of the service. If your expecting your cleaner, take your children OUT! I also have been lied to about how much clients have paid previous cleaners in order to get discounts. I am extremely good at my job. I am fast, efficient and very thorough. I have actually just told my clients I am giving cleaning up and they are all surprised?!? Before Christmas I had many clients drop off because they were commencing holidays and were going to clean their own houses to save money. My prices are more than reasonable. So reasonable, I save very little, so because they cancelled before Christmas, I was left broke over Christmas. Never again, I'm over it. The industry is also made harder by immigrants that work for $10 an hour...ugh.
be up front from the get go! Tell then you charge by the hr, and that you expect payment promptly at the end of each time in full! Never short change yourself either. They want a tub scrubbed with baking soda and a toothbrush? Tell them, fine, but to remember that you charge by the hr, and that the method will be time consuming for them. There are good ones out there. Sometimes you've gotta ask questions before you begin, and state your own expectations regarding payment and boundaries up front. saves a lot of headache!
I HEAR YOU!! Once you get started, it's hard to stop!! ( your experience and take on this ) People are self-serving, insufferable, social climbing narcissists that get some kind of a mental orgasm putting those down that do any kind of sevice for them. I think, especially ones whom they deem as cleaning "drudges." That only happened in the first 4 years of my cleaning. I am self-employed, too. Now I have wonderful people who DO VALUE me. Some consider me as a friend. Comments like - " I am looking forward to seeing you again. thanks so much. or "I miss seeing you." Or ( my name ) "you're not making any money this way." Meaning I am spending too long or ( My name ) "You're TOO thorough!!!" Or "You do excellent, excellent, excellent work!" etc.
THEN after many agh....years and on a very HOT July. It's in the States.....I did a very nice young woman who has terrible organizational skills. I was exhausted!! The very next day I had another new account and I spent an extra hour due to the fact ( my fault ) I spent too much time perfecting her bathroom. I misunderstood about her bedroom. After that Friday I came home and fixed myself a stiff drink thinking that I was IN FOR THE NIGHT! Got a phone call from the bitch and said that she was going to cancel my check and that she would not recommend me to anyone. She was a lot younger than me. A real estate agent. La dee FRIGGAN dah!! She has really climbed the ladder since. I thought the "right thing to do" was to come BACK over and fix the situation. When I saw from the cover of a high school year book that she went to the same school that I went to.; I made the comment to lessen the embarrassing, uncomfortable situation. She just gave me a cold hard stare. I felt like a moron that had just fallen off a wagon of turnips. To this day I have fantasies of planting a car bomb or tinkering with her bleeder valve on her car. JUST fantasies. And in another job in a public place, I'll say.... a woman 30 yrs. my junior makes nasty comments without provocation and she has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with me and my work. She has her kitchen charges under her. I clean the other areas. ( remember, self-employed ) Have spoken to the owner but get no where. "She's nice to me." the owner says. Got ta love em!!!!! Now there is total silence when we are unexpectedly alone. You can hear a mosquito drop to the floor. But at least, now she keeps her "pie hole" SHUT!!!
You can really hate some of these people. All due to the way that they make us feel about ourselves! It is all sad and stupid. Isn't it? REALLY!!
It's just a cleaning job. Get ANOTHER and GET OVER IT. Because I tell you...THEY have. It goes on and on and on. Some of them.
I feel for you "Cleanersabrina ) And you made me laugh. Please take care. I will pray for you....Ha! Ha!
Boy you really have been put through it. I am so sorry . I have had my cleaning service for over 15 years and just thought I would share a few tips with you. First when I give a client a quote everything is is writing . Everything that I am going to do in their home is in writing. This way there is never any question of my work if they want me to not quote them for a room or rooms and then later ask me to do them they know that there will be an extra charge for it.
Fair is fair if you get your hair cut its one price if you add color its more right?
This is how we make our living .
Also the way and amount they pay is in writing .payment is due at the time of service if they do not leave payment then I leave . Period. believe me if they want their home cleaned they will not forget to leave your money. Also someone must be there to let me inor I have to have a key. If I show up and can't get in I get paid anyway. Believe me you won't have any trouble getting in when they know this.
If they cancel they must reschedule or pay me anyway.
With all this said in all the years that I have been doing this I have never had to
Run down someone to get paid . Once a client forgot to pay me ! i asked her to bring the money to me. She never forgot again.
Really when all is said and done we provide a service that they want and they just want an honest reliable person to do a great job cleaning their home.
Are there nut jobs out there ? Yes and when you come across them just quote them so high that they will leave you alone.
My best advise is if you love your clients treat them well do a great job and their friends will want you too. If you love your clients you'll love the company they keep as well.
Good luck to you in whatever you choose to do.
I have my own cleaning business and love being my own boss.I have been lucky really with clients i have one grumpy old man who is quite rude to me and i will probably let him go soon if he doesn't start being more pleasant
. As i get wiser to this job of handling the lovely public you always get one who is a pain like any job. One lady said if you get a terrible customer fire them which i totally agree with this job is physical enough without nightmare people draining you mentally.
Jesus cleaned feet. Don't worry about it Your job is not you. You are far better than the gold chasing materialistic devil worshippers
Oh and the creme de la creme of bad clients, was a Tupperware consultant who thought I was going to work for her weekly, and spend my income on her Tupperware. This is a woman who constantly didn't pay me and once even told me she would drop the money to my home at a certain time and never showed up. I waited 3 hours for her.
I haven't finished yet (lol). Also people that live in large 2 storey affluent houses are the WORST. They expect you to do a detailed clean in a house 3 times the size of a normal family home in 3 hours for $60. I've had these sorts of women lie to me, to get a spring clean cheap. I've had them text me and rave how happy they are with the clean only to never hear from them again.
The worst of these women that come to mind is when I had a cleaning business with a friend and we went to give a quote on a job. The couple seemed ok and had daughters, the youngest being about 6. They showed us around their house like they were being interviewed by vogue, expecting us to ohhh and ahhh at every turn. Little did they know, both myself and the woman I was working with have nice homes. She wanted to be treated like some sort of royality, but lost interest in us when she realized her house and how much she had meant nothing to us and we were just there to do our job. They were the most pompous assholes I've ever met. We did one clean for her which she said was a good job. Then we went back a second time and did exactly what we did the first time, only difference was, she went out. Her husband was working in his office the whole time and only showed himself twice to tell the children to be quiet, saying "be quiet girls I'm trying to seal a million dollar deal in here". Loud enough so myself and my coworker could hear it (what a wanker). So the youngest daughter has a school survey she has to complete and decides she's going to survey both myself and my coworker while we are trying to do our job. Not wanting to be rude and knowing she is only a child we let her do the survey. We clean the house, then leave and the kids then messed it up before the mother came home and we got abused...BY TEXT. My parting advice is, don't clean large houses, you get the same money for cleaning a 2 bed unit, and the people are a lot nicer. I gave up cleaning large houses years ago. People who have money often do so because they are tight and greedy. Never turn up to a mansion and assume your going to be paid well because it's a nice house. Often these people are mortgaged to the hilt anyway, can't afford a cleaner and shouldn't be acting like they can.
Guess it's all the same everywhere. A lawyer told me that it is better to clean 3 houses that day for 2 hours a piece than to spend all day on a "sunken ocean liner" home for less money. I also have a nice home. It was my parents'. All paid for....I even have a water ionizer to aid in cleaning. I purchased it from one of your guys down there. We even communicate one on one. I even know the name of his dog and family. But at any rate, ( gettin' off the beatin' path ) people should kiss our ass for what we do! bye for now,,,Best wishes and stay out of debt.
How right you are. The ones with small units or homes seem to be the easiest to deal with. We have had our share of the big two storied houses where the client is a dead set pain in the butt and expects more for less time and money. The show ponies. Today I had a witch of a client with one such home that was a pig sty, but she used having kids as an excuse not to be able to clean it. That's just BS. She picked at literally everything and was a complete rude jerk about it. She didn't even pay us the full time we were there. She expected the entire upstairs of 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms with terrible shower screens, ,and a play area, the stairs, the windows, then all of the downstairs with it's windows inside and out, the grimey kitchen, the oven, the stove, the hood ranger, the downstairs toilet and sink, dining room, 2 lounge rooms, outside furniture AND all the pool glass inside and out done in 4 hours. I work in a team of 2 but that was still pushing it. There was so much furniture to dust, skirting boards were shocking all over the house and all under her watchful eye demanding we redo the bathroom floor after she insisted we use her useless mop, 3 times, and then just nit picking, saying was this done? It's not done, doesn't look like it.You spent too long on the upstairs, I said because it was filthy to which she agreed, so what did she want us to do? A half arsed job that she would only complain about? Hate spring cleans for these monstrosity houses, with their unrealistic expectations for the allocated time. If they're so much better at cleaning than the professionals, then why are they hiring cleaners, and why are their homes such pig styes. So I agree, stay away from these types, they will only do your head in.
You just made a Bible comment. This is true....Good remark.
Don't be afraid in losing your job, there are a lot of jobs out there, instead be afraid of losing your self-respect. If you do, you will get used to it and will let people treated you that way. Not all women are that bad, maybe it is just a coincidence. If you are treated that way, look for another people to serve.
Whatever you do your job, do it for yourself not for the others. Your own happiness is the biggest power to win in life. Any job need respect even to put all the garbages into the can an put it in the proper place.
Good luck in your future life and be strong, they do not know how big is your precious value.
I've been cleaning for yrs, and I can honestly say that there is no shortage of folks needing us. If you get an abusive or unreasonable client, drop them! Lots of other decent folks in need that will appreciate your hard work and respect you! I practice zero tolerance to mistreatment, and consequently, have many wonderful regulars I enjoy cleaning for, and who enjoy having me!
It is true Ella that "some people" think that such jobs are not honourable. Forunately most people are so happy to have someone else come in and provide house cleaning services for them. It frees up their time to enjoy other activities in their life and not be stuck in the house cleaning that nasty toilet bowl.
House cleaning is a very honourable job, and not just anyone can do it well. It takes someone who's confident, organized, has good time management skills, trust worthy, hard working and reliable.
House cleaning for those who do not think it is an honourable job is a challenge, my suggestion... let them clean their own house for a week or two and they'll begin to value/honour a house cleaner a whole lot more.