How Much Do Cleaners Charge? (UK 2018)

If you’ve not got the time, resources, or energy to properly clean your own home, you may have considered bringing in a professional cleaner. Even if you can handle your own cleaning, it can sometimes be good to call in a professional; professional cleaners will know how to properly clean areas that you may either miss, or simply not know how to clean properly.

How Much Do Cleaners Charge in the UK in 2018?

Depending on who you hire, the cost can vary significantly. We recommend finding a local agency to hire from as their cleaners should have proper equipment and are likely to be properly trained. However, there’s also the option of hiring an independent cleaner for less money. If you have friends who have hired cleaners, find out who they’ve hired; word of mouth goes a long way.

The cost will vary quite a lot depending on the condition of your property, where you live, and the tasks you want the cleaner to perform.


If you hire from an agency, the average hourly rate for house cleaning in the UK is somewhere between £10-20 an hour. The price will vary significantly depending on the area you live in, as well as the quality of the agency you select. Prices tend to be higher in London and the South East and lower in less affluent regions. Of course there are also companies that charge a lot more than £20 an hour. When hiring from an agency, you may have the option to hire multiple cleaners – which is perfect if you have a larger home.

We recommend trying out a few different people until you find one that you like. There’s no harm in hiring a cleaner and simply never rehiring them if their work doesn’t meet your standards.

Independent Cleaners

If you want to save a bit of money, independent cleaners tend to be less expensive. Depending on who you hire, you can expect to be paying somewhere between £7-12 an hour. If you’re on the cheaper end, expect to be hiring someone inexperienced, such as a teenager looking for a bit of summer work. You may also be hiring someone who hasn’t got all of the fancy equipment that a more professional cleaner might have. You will probably have to pay slightly more for a cleaner who comes with all of their own gear.

How Much Do Cleaners Charge UK 2018

Is it worth getting a cleaner?

Many people use cleaners to supplement their existing cleaning routine, rather than completely replace it. For instance, if you’re busy and want to take a day off from your cleaning schedule, bringing in a cleaner once a week for a few hours could save you a lot of time.

You should carefully consider what your own time is worth. Even if your own time is worth less than what the cleaner charges, consider that a cleaner will work a lot more efficiently. You also don’t necessarily have to hire a cleaner for everything, you can just use them to do chores that you don’t like doing yourself.

A lot of cleaning companies will offer a service specific to cleaning up a home after builders have been working there. This usually costs more due to the extent of cleaning needed and possible specialist equipment.

How many hours a week do I need a cleaner for?

Getting an exact figure is difficult. It will depend heavily on how big your home is, and how much work you’re willing to handle yourself. If you’re bringing in a cleaner to handle all of the cleaning for a larger family home, you may need upwards of 6 hours every week. For smaller homes, 2 hours might be enough – see this article on what a cleaner can do in 2 hours. A lot of cleaners tend to have a minimum number of hours they will be willing to work on one job – this is often 3 hours minimum.

There will likely be a lot of trial and error in the process of determining how long to hire a cleaner for. We suggest just bringing in the cleaner and trying them out. You can always up the hours later, if you need to.

Some cleaning services may even perform an inspection and give you a quote to tell you how long you need a cleaner for as well as how much it’ll cost.


Cleaners can certainly be expensive, but if you’re looking for a quick way to take some stress out of your schedule, it can be worth the investment. The cost of a cleaner can vary massively, but for general household cleaning you should be expecting to pay around £10-15 an hour. Given that professionals clean a lot more efficiently than the average person, you may not need them for as many hours as you think.

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