to think if you hire a cleaner you would at least flush the toilet?

(20 Posts)
SingMeALullaby Sat 09-Feb-13 01:07:49

I'm a sahm, but now my children are of school age my lovely friend hired me to clean houses during school hours.

I'm not pearl clutching hopefully but the amount of times I go to clean some bathroom and see that the toilet isn't flushed is surprising.

aibu to think that's a little bit gross?

MrsMangelfanciedPaulRobinson Sat 09-Feb-13 01:11:37

YANBU, it's very gross!!

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 09-Feb-13 01:14:22

Could it be kids? I have this problem with my DC's.

If they nip to the loo before we leave for school and forget to flush (which they do more often than they should) it'll still be there when the cleaner gets there at 9am because I won't be back until later.

SingMeALullaby Sat 09-Feb-13 01:16:28

I suppose so Outraged I'm sure this is the case for most, but a couple of the houses from cleaning them it's obvious that no children live there.

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 09-Feb-13 05:33:22

I almost never see this. It is a bit gross.

Hesterton Sat 09-Feb-13 06:02:12

I was shown round a reasonably posh house by an estate agent once, and was really surprised to see the toilet unflushed as well as dirty underwear crotch-up on the floor and other personal stuff. Still, I thought, each to their own, it's the basic house not it's contents we are viewing.

Then as we were leaving the house, the woman and her child came home. She was horrified and screamed what are you doing in my house?

Turns out her 'D'H had left a month or two earlier and arranged for the house to go on the market, and for the viewing without even notifying her.

Disgusting to be made part of her distress. If ever a man needed a talking to...

TroublesomeEx Sat 09-Feb-13 07:32:19

What a bastard Hesterton! She'd have been mortified once she'd seen the knickers too sad

HintofBream Sat 09-Feb-13 08:24:10

Yes of course it is gross. I feel obliged to wipe the seats and brush off any adhering substances from the bowls before our lovely cleaner gets to them.

RobotLover68 Sat 09-Feb-13 08:31:14

Yes of course it is gross. I feel obliged to wipe the seats and brush off any adhering substances from the bowls before our lovely cleaner gets to them

I do this too grin

DuchessFanny Sat 09-Feb-13 08:34:17

ewwwwww ! mind you, my sons are FOREVER forgetting to flush the toilet ! I think it is my constant "don't forget to wash your hands" that they wee/poo/wash/leave !

NynaevesSister Sat 09-Feb-13 08:35:56

I don't allow the cleaner to clean the toilet. I just can't expect anyone else to do that. That's just me though.

pansyflimflam Sat 09-Feb-13 08:50:12

I always check loos and dirty undies laying about and stuff like this before my housekeeper arrives. I would also not expect her to clean ovens and stuff - I just think it is nice to be nice. She does clean/organise for us but ultimately she is a guest in my home and I would not expect her to do grim stuff as we are very grateful to have her.

Scootee Sat 09-Feb-13 08:55:35

It will probably be kids. Or someone having gone to loo in night and not flushed so as not to wake up family. I have never had a cleaner but some people I know with cleaners are the type that are always running around and extremely busy so I expect they would have run out the door in a major hurry.

buggerama Sat 09-Feb-13 09:29:15

are you all on another planet? You actually pay cleaners/housekeepers to clean your home, yet you clean and wipe the toilets down before they arrive?

They arent house guests, they are paid help. I pay my cleaner to come and do the jobs I hate like cleaning the bogs

I tidy up before she comes, but thats so she can spend her time cleaning not tidying things up and putting them in places I cant find them

buggerama Sat 09-Feb-13 09:29:42

and I do always check the toilets are flushed!

TWinklyLittleStar Sat 09-Feb-13 09:36:59

It doesn't surprise me, some people are dirty fuckers. When I cleaned hotel rooms people would leave used condoms lying on the floor and all sorts.

MrsMelons Sat 09-Feb-13 10:17:19

I do make sure I wipe any wee off the toilet as I have 2 boys and they are a nightmare, I don't clean it properly before the cleaner comes though. I leave before DH and the DCs the day the cleaner comes so I wouldn't be that surprised if one of the DCs did not flush the chain.

It does drive me insane!

kalidanger Sat 09-Feb-13 10:50:18

I flush once in every three pees iyswim. If its yellow etc. But I am 100% sure I'd flush before a cleaner came. It's just sensible. I'd want the cleaner to scrub the bowl but not to have to deal with my actual effluent.

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 09-Feb-13 19:05:28

Buggerama, the desire to hide one's poo (bury it, flush it away, etc) is probably instinctual. I think most people are concerned about leaving something so personal and gross to be seen by anyone, even their cleaner.

I don't mind cleaning toilets. In fact, I like it. But, I once had a client with a broken toilet and four kids who kept on using it. Once a week, I'd pour a bucket of water in it to flush it and then clean it. (Imagine how gross it was after sitting there like that a week!) I asked her when she'd be getting it fixed and she indicated that it wasn't a priority so I told her I wouldn't clean that toilet any more. I don't mind cleaning toilets - I even put my hand in them and scrub them - but that was just disrespectful (and it was only one of several issues she had that made her not worth keeping as a client.)

If someone forgets to flush the loo, I don't care. And, I would hate to think that someone would NOT hire a cleaner because they stressed too much about trying to make things nice for me. But, I have my limits.

I have a written policy to the effect of:

"Health and Safety: MyCompanyName has a policy of not dealing with deposits of blood, urine, vomit or faeces, human or otherwise. Cleaners cannot remove or dispose of syringes. Cleaners will not empty or clean litter boxes or pick up animal droppings. If a property is found to be infested with vermin that may pose a health hazard to the cleaners, or may infest My Company Name equipment, then work will not be carried out until the situation has been resolved."

When I used to clean holiday cottages, some guests once got drunk and one of them was sick. They left the mess for me to clean. I had to clean it because it was a holiday rental and more guests were due in a few hours and of course someone had to clean it. But, the owner gave me their entire deposit!

If someone's dog has a little accident, no problem. But, if someone just expects me to deal with their biohazards because I'm "just a cleaner" then they can find somebody else.

frostfrond Sat 09-Feb-13 19:42:56

I used to be a cleaner and a woman client asked me to change the sheets on her bed..Fair enough but a few times there was a wet patch and that used to give me the creeps especially as he is a dentist and imagined him poking about mouths after poking about her

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