Domestic cleaners specialise in home cleaning services such as cleaning the kitchen, bathroom vacuum cleaning, dusting, washing the dishes and clothes. Some cleaners will also do your ironing and generally put your house in order while you are probably at work.
If you have things like washing and ironing as part of the things to do, don’t expect the cleaner to be able to complete all the tasks in a couple of hours, especially if you have a larger property. Be realistic and discuss with the cleaner what is possible. They might be very keen to do a good job for you on in the trial period but they might start cutting corners if they think the time/effort/pay formula is not working.
Cleaners either work independently or through an agency. Agency cleaners tend to be less experienced and will probably be working for less money as the agency will be taking a cut. Independent cleaners will probably want to be paid in cash but you should discuss this with them and the best ways of payment and how frequently. You should also get references and make sure that they are registered self-employed or agency staff. If they are not self-employed or working for an agency, by law, they could by law be working for you.