How to spot a bad housekeeper
How do you spot a housekeeper who doesn’t clean her apartment?
You can tell if a cleaning lady has a problem by the way she dresses and the way the furniture looks, according to a new study.
“The housekeeping person does not have the same social status as the house, so it can be difficult to know how to interact with them,” says study author Andrea Lohr.
“When I started this project, I wanted to focus on a single aspect of housekeeping and my housekeeper was not the focus.”
The researchers studied about 10,000 cleaning professionals across 10 countries.
The study included a range of housekeepers, including some that were well-known to be very skilled at their jobs and some that had only recently graduated from college.
The results of their study were published this week in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
The researchers were able to track down more than 6,000 cleaners who were part of the study, which also included household cleaners, housekeeping supervisors and cleaners themselves.
Here’s how the researchers analyzed the data.
Pros: A cleaning professional is expected to clean the home for free and, with the right knowledge, will make the house more attractive for people looking for a home, according the study.
The housekeepers were more likely to be well-educated than their cleaning peers, and more likely than their counterparts in other occupations to be employed in an industry.
Cons: Most cleaning professionals are very good at what they do, says Loh, who has also conducted research on the effects of house cleaning on children.
“Most cleaning workers don’t get a lot of training,” she says.
Pros are likely to work part-time and they often work at home, but they have to have a job to make ends meet. “
If they’re doing it for a living, they’re probably the most underqualified people I’ve ever seen,” Loh says.
Pros are likely to work part-time and they often work at home, but they have to have a job to make ends meet.
“Some people have a lot more flexibility than others, and they’re likely to have certain skills that others don’t have,” says Lohm.
“In some cases, they might have a good idea of what to do when they’re not doing their job.”
Pros also tend to be older than cleaning professionals, and the study found that younger cleaners tended to have lower salaries than older cleaning professionals.
“They tend to have higher-paying jobs,” says Dr. Linda Bock, director of the Institute for Work-Life Studies at Georgetown University.
“This might be a result of their age or because they’re a younger person.”
Pros are also less likely to get sick, and many cleaning workers do not have health insurance.
Cons are also higher than average for other occupations.
Pros work part time and don’t work long hours, which can make it harder for them to save.
“House cleaning may be more difficult because it’s a full-time job,” says Bock.
“That may be why it’s so expensive.”
Pros tend to work in cities and work in the same geographic area as other professionals.
In other words, you may see cleaner in your neighborhood, but you might not see a cleaner in the state that you live in.
Pros also might be more likely if they have an older, more experienced cleaning colleague.
Pros may be better at keeping cleanliness up than their cleaner colleagues.
“A cleaner is the best person to be the next in line for cleaning,” says former housekeeper and author of the book The Dirty Dozen: The Secrets of the Dirty House, Donna G. St. Clair.
“You need to be there when they need to clean,” she adds.
Pros can be extremely efficient and skilled at keeping their homes tidy, and if they are cleaning their own apartment, the results are not always as clean as they could be.
Pros usually work in a single state, so there are fewer barriers to entry, says Bick.
Pros could be more competitive in an effort to attract the best talent.
Pros might also be motivated to clean because they love cleaning and the results of cleaning can be significant to a home.
Pros should know how much to pay, which could be an issue if the housekeeper is a full time job, says Gock, who is now the director of research at the University of Texas-Austin.
Pros typically work with people with different backgrounds, she says, which is why they may not have a well-rounded knowledge of the home.
“We need to understand the different people who are working in the field and their background,” says Gamp.
Pros need to know their own level of competence, as well as the professional standards of the industry they work in, says St. Louis University assistant professor and study coauthor Michael Krasny.
Pros who are less qualified may not be able to keep up with cleaning standards in their own industry.
“So even if they’re well-qualified, there’s going to be gaps in their knowledge,” says