Case study: Luxury of a cleaner

EACH Wednesday afternoon, for a few hours, Katie Durkin is the envy of her friends. That is the time, Fabio, an Italian cleaner, makes her flat in Edinburgh’s Grange spick and span.

A mother of two to Mortimer, almost two, and three-year-old Ivy, Ms Durkin is partially sighted and suffers from a back condition.

Since utilising the services of Home Sweet Home, a cleaning service based in the capital’s Largo Place, she says her quality of life has improved.

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“Both the kids are autistic, so they’re quite demanding but very good fun,” the 41-year-old explained.

“I’ve only been using the company for a couple of months, but it’s been amazing. Fabio cleans the place to a high standard and is trustworthy and good with my daughter.”

Ms Durkin said that while she has to “penny pinch” to pay for the “luxury” of a cleaner, it is also a necessity.