If you haven’t already been converted to the merits of hiring a cleaner, then this article is for you. Recent statistics indicate that more households than ever before now employ someone to help out with household chores such as cleaning, washing and ironing, on a regular basis. There is good reason why.

We live in a 24/7 world where we work longer and longer hours and where nothing ever switches off. Although we are a little richer, we are time poor compared to our ancestors and one of the most sensible ways of making up for this is to cut out some of our daily tasks, especially if we don’t enjoy them. This helps us to create some more space and energy for our friends, family or hobbies.

The oven. It is one more thing to clean and yet you can tell that it needs doing when it smokes whilst cooking and impairs the flavour of your food. When you’re busy, cleaning the oven may not be your top priority and, besides, where do you start? Once you start removing wire shelves and realise they won’t fit into your kitchen sink, it’s time to call in the professionals.

Now that Halloween has come and gone and we’re heading towards the busy Christmas period, it’s a good time to ask yourself whether you are neglecting cleaning your house. Whilst many homeowners see Halloween as a good excuse not to dust for a few weeks (a few cobwebs certainly make the event seem much more authentic), the thought of having to deep clean the house in preparation for Christmas visitors may feel more than a little bit scary.

If you’ve ever cleaned your own carpets, you know what a pain it can be. There’s only so much you can expect from a shop bought steam cleaner and scrubbing by hand isn’t good for your back or the carpet, so it’s likely you’ll have to make peace with the tougher stains. However, by hiring a professional carpet cleaning service, you can be confident of great results without the hassle.

Some of the biggest advantages of using a professional carpet cleaner are:

Better equipment

Whilst shop bought steam cleaners can be useful, there’s only so much they can do. By hiring a professional cleaning service, you can be sure that they will use high performance carpet cleaning equipment to get the best achievable results without damaging your carpet. At Domestique, our professional stain removal kit is equipped to tackle most common household stains.

If you’ve made the decision to hire a domestic cleaner for your home, chances are you’ve had to think long and hard about it. Will it be worth the additional cost – could you really get the cleaning done if you put your mind to it and got yourself more organised? Or has it become a necessity, after all, if you’re working long hours each week and you also have dependents to look after, the last thing you really want to be doing is moving the furniture to vacuum behind it or wash yet another load of towels as the airing cupboard is almost empty.

Once you’ve decided to bite the bullet and join the other 28% of UK workers who have hired a cleaner (thanks to MoppedUp for the survey results http://www.moppedup.com/) it’s really important that you do your research. You might have a friend or relative who has offered to do a couple of hours cleaning for you each week, but what happens if you’re not happy with their standard of cleaning? Or if they keep leaving before their agreed finish time? It’s usually best to stick with a professional house cleaning company, who can help you to clarify exactly what is expected of your cleaner.

Most of us believe our homes could be cleaner and tidier. There are very few people who have perfect homes all day and every day and if you have pets, children or visitors then perfection is extremely difficult to achieve. But for most of us, there are a few simple things we could do differently that could help us achieve a cleaner looking home, and one we are prouder to have others over to. People who achieve a clean home have often adopted a few simple habits. Why not learn from them?