Cleaning/maid service rates? - UPDATE

So my new apartment still smells like smoke after spraying/air fresheners. I've come to the conclusion that I actually have to wash the walls, and I want it done before I move my stuff in. I have a herniated disc that limits my mobility at the moment and the length of time I can do things, so I thought I'd hire a service to do it for me, especially (and maybe most importantly) because I am extremely busy right now. I have someone coming to give me an estimate tomorrow. They explained their procedure and the chemicals they use--there's a process they use to clean a smoker's apartment. They charge $24/hour/person. Is this outrageous? It's a company, not a person just doing this on the side.
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My lady is $50 for two visits a month. That's $50 per month, not per visit. But I know she's cheap.

Also, is your landlord paying for the de-stinking?
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Maybe it's just me, but I think it's reasonable.
My lady is $50 for two visits a month. That's $50 per month, not per visit. But I know she's cheap.

Also, is your landlord paying for the de-stinking?
Originally Posted by PartyHair
No, I took the apartment as is, and I understood that. It was that great a deal that I was willing to pay for this. Is your lady running her own business/hiring herself out, so to speak? Or is she with an angency?

Sigi- thanks.
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might be, I temped at a cleaning agency once. I think they charged 100 bucks for a "deep clean" Which was traditionally done once a month. It was usually 2 of us, and for the houses keeped relatively clean took a few hours. But it included moving furniture to vacuum behind, and cleaning almost everything, but not washing walls unless their was a spot or something. But most of the house was keep pretty clean and didn't really require major scrubbing or anything (cept for 1 really nasty place but's that's besides the point)
$20 to $25 per hour per person is what they cost here.
If you focus on the negative not only is that what you'll see, that's what you'll be.
They charge $24/hour/person.
Originally Posted by Befrizzled
I would want to know how many people they were sending, and how long they thought it would take.

Big difference between 1 person for 2 hours and 6 people for 4 hours, kwim?
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Phew, ok. They sounded really nice and like they could actually de-smoke my apartment. I'm hoping they won't estimate it at more than 4 hours/1 person or 2 hrs/2 people... $100 seems about my limit for this. But I guess if the rate is normal, if I have to pay for more time, I know I'm not getting cheated. It'll save me SO much time and energy.

I'm so excited for this place!
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The rate is reasonable...washing walls is a LOT of work. However, I don't think washing the walls will get rid of the smell of cigarette smoke. It's likely permeated into the paint and if you truly want to get rid of the smell, you'll need to re-paint, using a sealer/primer first...and replace carpeting if there is any. That's just my experience.
The rate is reasonable...washing walls is a LOT of work. However, I don't think washing the walls will get rid of the smell of cigarette smoke. It's likely permeated into the paint and if you truly want to get rid of the smell, you'll need to re-paint, using a sealer/primer first...and replace carpeting if there is any. That's just my experience.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Have them wash the walls using TSP. It works wonders!
If you focus on the negative not only is that what you'll see, that's what you'll be.
They use two kinds of chemicals, on being a hospital grade disinfectant/deodorizer. She said this process usually gets rid of the smell. My bedroom is smaller and has an air freshener in it now, and it doesn't smell like smoke anymore at all. It's the open kitchen and living room that still do, so if the bedroom doesn't, I have faith the living room can be worked on.
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Well, turns out my apartment is free of nicotine stains. The smell is there, but the guy has no idea where it's coming from. The carpet smells fine, the walls are clean and free of any nicotine/smoke stains... His only thought is that the person below me smokes and it's coming up through the floor. On one hand, this is awesome because I don't have to spend money to clean the place, but it SUCKS because now I'm stuck with a smoke smell. I'll just have to place air fresheners everywhere and burn incense/candles when I'm home, along with leaving the windows open. Blech.
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Well, turns out my apartment is free of nicotine stains. The smell is there, but the guy has no idea where it's coming from. The carpet smells fine, the walls are clean and free of any nicotine/smoke stains... His only thought is that the person below me smokes and it's coming up through the floor. On one hand, this is awesome because I don't have to spend money to clean the place, but it SUCKS because now I'm stuck with a smoke smell. I'll just have to place air fresheners everywhere and burn incense/candles when I'm home, along with leaving the windows open. Blech.
Originally Posted by Befrizzled
I like Febreeze Air Effects in Rain. It helped with my old house since they were heavy smokers.

Well, turns out my apartment is free of nicotine stains. The smell is there, but the guy has no idea where it's coming from. The carpet smells fine, the walls are clean and free of any nicotine/smoke stains... His only thought is that the person below me smokes and it's coming up through the floor. On one hand, this is awesome because I don't have to spend money to clean the place, but it SUCKS because now I'm stuck with a smoke smell. I'll just have to place air fresheners everywhere and burn incense/candles when I'm home, along with leaving the windows open. Blech.
Originally Posted by Befrizzled
I like Febreeze Air Effects in Rain. It helped with my old house since they were heavy smokers.
Originally Posted by Munchy
Thanks.
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I have one of those small Febreeze plug-in air filter things that I bought at Target for about $15. It has some sort of charcoal filter and seems to do an okay job with my next door neighbor's smoke (which comes under my door). You might need more than one if it's a large area, though. But it'd be cheaper than the cleaning agency!
I have one of those small Febreeze plug-in air filter things that I bought at Target for about $15. It has some sort of charcoal filter and seems to do an okay job with my next door neighbor's smoke (which comes under my door). You might need more than one if it's a large area, though. But it'd be cheaper than the cleaning agency!
Originally Posted by badgercurls
I'd definitely get a few. The guy was so nice and said he'd be a thief to take money from me, because there's nothing he can do. The place is already spotless and nothing he could do would get rid of the smell. So I'm willing to shell out for some air fresheners.
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The charcoal filter thingie will make a huge difference. They somehow just eat the stink right out of the air. It's like magic.

My cleaning lady, by the way, works for herself - no agency or anything. If I had a big job like what you're talking about though I'd probably go with an agency. My lady is barely even 5 feet tall; I'd feel bad making her take on a job like washing down the walls.
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Badgercurls- do you know the name of the product? I can't seem to find it in an online search.

Anyone else- can you rec a charcoal filter?
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Badgercurls- do you know the name of the product? I can't seem to find it in an online search.

Anyone else- can you rec a charcoal filter?
Originally Posted by Befrizzled
This?
Previously Joy4ever.
Changed because the "number in place of a word" thing was bugging my no-longer-14-year-old self.
Badgercurls- do you know the name of the product? I can't seem to find it in an online search.

Anyone else- can you rec a charcoal filter?
Originally Posted by Befrizzled
This?
Originally Posted by Joy4ever
That seems right. I was looking on the Febreze site, and it's not listed. It looks like it's made by Hamilton Beach, so maybe that's why.
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