We often get asked the question of how much cleaners will charge for cleaning service and be paid, as, understandably, people want to ensure that costs are low and they can see value for money. This often means looking at which cleaners are paid per hour or even per year, as well as looking at a total amount for a particular cleaning service, whether that's a one-off clean or an ongoing regular one.
Unfortunately, it's never quite such a black-and-white answer as there are so many variables that affect how much cleaners get paid.
However, it's good to have a bit of a benchmark to first start with.
Therefore, very broad brush, the hourly rate of cleaners is usually between £10 and £20 per hour. This is above the minimum wage pay to the actual cleaner, and with a markup over costs and profit on top.
You'll also tend to get what you pay for; therefore, the higher rates will often include additional items and better service.
There are wide variations on this, even going slightly below £10 and above £20 in popular and exclusive areas like London. The type of cleaner will also affect this, whether it's through an agency, or a local and independent cleaning business, or even down to just an individual self-employed cleaner.
What Effects a Cleaner’s Pay
In terms of what factors affect this pay per hour or total charge that cleaners will get, then here are some of the top ones to consider.
1. The Type of Cleaning Service
This may seem obvious at first glance; however, drilling down into the detail is key to make sure you get the right price. For example, a much deeper and say a spring clean or end-of-tenancy clean can spend many hours with multiple people and end up costing over £100, whereas a basic ongoing clean for a couple of hours each week can be more in the tens of pounds.
2. The Existing Condition
If you have a real mess on your hands, to really get on top of it will take time and, therefore, money. So, therefore, a property that's already dirty and scruffy will take more time and money to properly clean than one that is okay and just needs a lighter touch and dust.
So, to help clarify this, take some pictures, send them to the cleaner, and provide details, for example, who and when it was last formally cleaned.
3. The Location of the Clean
We find this a regular challenge for cleaners covering all the Birmingham and West Midlands area to know exactly which part of the region people are based out.
This will affect, of course, travel time and then details such as parking arrangements and easy accessibility to the property when there as well.
Using cleaners from a wider field can still work, of course, as long as clarity is given at the outset, even just a rough area in the street rather than a specific postcode at the quotation stage.
It's important, then, to be clear on any extras, such as travelling costs and parking charges, to fairly reflect the reality of the clean.
4. The Timing and Frequency of Each Clean
The important point here is that the longer a cleaner can be there on the job, the more cost-effective it will actually be longer term.
Although, the cost is, of course, higher; it doesn't reflect any assumed cost of the cleaner first arriving there, again and again. This is, therefore, worth checking and what a minimum cleaning time is, often a couple of hours, or possibly just a single hour, with a fair reflection of time there and back.
Some cleaners may also prefer to use several people at the same time, maybe two individuals, which if they work well as a team can be cheaper to use two cleaners for one hour rather than one cleaner for two hours.
Another top tip here is looking at stretching out cleans if you need to reduce their full costs. For example, if they can be changed to fortnightly rather than weekly, then you can simply halve the cost. So long as you can easily keep on top of things in-between cleans.
5. The Equipment and Substances Included
You'll need to check whether the cleaner needs to bring their own equipment, such as vacuum cleaners and mops.
These of course, end up being more expensive than if these are provided by people.
The big bulk items like the vacuum cleaner are best kept on site; however, the cleaner may then just bring in their own cloths and effective cleaning substances.
It's also popular for cleaners to bring their own PPE, such as gloves and aprons, particularly if you’re managing risks such as COVID-19. However, this could be another area of cost-saving if these were provided.
6. Involving Others as Well
So building on the earlier point of stretching out cleans and mucking in yourself in between them, can pay dividends on the final charges and pay that cleaners receive.
The opportunity to involve other family members and even children to help produce things like a good work ethic and some handy pocket money, which is more cost-effective than a regular cleaner. We've also been involved with helping volunteers at charities to ensure zero costs.
How Much Cleaners Get Paid and Charged Per Hour and Total
As you go through these above points you can help highlight the specific circumstances that you can then price a suitable cleaner for.
Developing a good relationship with a cleaner is essential to get this working at both ends of the agreement.
As you do tend to get what you actually pay for, then it’s important to realise that the value of a good clean will actually vary depending on how it is fairly built up.