Latest post on 2012/03/10 at 12:25:02
...second day start with gentle work (floors, kitchen etc), repeat repeat repeat, eventually add more things.
In my relatively limited experience, this is just about the most important thing. Once you have laid the ground rules, you need to show her specifically and clearly and possibly with mind-numbing repetition exactly how you want things done.
Some maids learn really quickly and adapt to a new house with no trouble. Others just seem almost like toddlers and need hand-holding all the way along. I don't mean that in a disrespectful way...it's just the most clear description I can think of. For some of these ladies, the way we want things done is just so foreign that it can take them a long time to remember everything.
Be REALLY clear about use, storage and safety with any household chemical cleaners you use. You do not
want to find your toddler child covered in domestos after the maid leaves it, lid off, in the bathroom. Don't ask!
Be really clear about all things to do with health and hygiene...washing hands (esp after coughing, sneezing and scratching etc); cleaning dishes; handling, preparing and storing food; which cleaning cloth to use for each job, how often and how to wash etc etc
As someone said below, communication is vital. I read somewhere recently where an EW member said she sits down with her maid every week and discusses any concerns from the previous week and plans out the week ahead. GREAT idea. If anything, no matter how little, bothers you it's much better to sort it quickly rather than let it fester and become a big issue.