The Truth About Bargain Cleaners

Why Paying Less Can Cost You More

We all love a good deal. So when you find a private cleaner willing to clean your home for a low hourly rate, it can be tempting to jump at the perceived bargain. But before you do, it’s important to understand the reality behind rock-bottom cleaning prices. When you hire an individual cleaner directly, especially one charging well below market rates, you’re taking a big risk. Bargain cleaners may seem reliable at first, but the arrangement is often unsustainable in the long run.

Here’s why:

Cleaning is labour, not a product you buy at a discount. You wouldn’t expect any tradesperson or professional services provider to offer their services at a deep discount indefinitely. The same applies to cleaners. When you pay a very low hourly rate for cleaning services, it undervalues the skill and effort required to do the job properly. Eventually, the cleaner will realise they can’t survive on such low wages. Which means they’ll either dramatically raise their rates overnight or quit entirely.

There’s no ‘good deal’ when it comes to paying for labour. When you pay bargain prices for cleaning, you’re not getting a special deal. You’re just paying an unsustainably low wage to the cleaner. Low prices often mean high turnover and unreliability. Professional cleaners rely on their wages to make a living. Those charging minimum wage or less will quickly burn out, search for higher paying jobs, or leave the industry entirely. This translates to high turnover and unpredictability for you as the customer. One day your cleaning person may simply stop showing up, leaving you scrambling to find a replacement.


Agencies provide reliability without the surprises. Unlike individual cleaners, professional cleaning agencies can provide consistency and a reliable service. Agencies like ours, will have many cleaners, so you won’t be left stranded if someone quits unexpectedly. And because cleaners who receive referral work through agencies receive fair pay, agencies like ours can attract and retain the best professional cleaners. That means consistently high quality cleaning, without any surprises down the road. Paying a fair rate through an agency gives you peace of mind that you won’t get from a rock-bottom priced cleaner. At Inner Melbourne Maids, we believe quality cleaning is worth paying fair prices for. We invest in great systems and people so we can retain the best talent. That’s why you can trust our cleaning services to be reliable and consistent over the long-term. We thoroughly screen all our cleaners, provide training, conduct police checks on them and vet them completely.

Our fair rates and professional practices ensure the highest quality cleaning experience from start to finish.

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