TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF TRADING

  1. DEFINITIONS

1.1. In these Terms of Business the following definitions apply:

“Direct cleaning” refers to Direct Cleaning Group Ltd trading as Direct Cleaning.

“Operative” means the Operative employed by Direct Cleaning to undertake cleaning.

“Client” means the person, firm or corporate body together with any subsidiary or associated company as defined by the Companies Act 1985 to whom the cleaning services are supplied by Direct Cleaning.

“Service” means the cleaning services carried out by Direct Cleaning.

“Cleaning Visit” means the visit to the Client’s address by the Operative(s) to carry out the Service.

1.2. Unless the context requires otherwise, reference to the singular include the plural and references to the masculine include the feminine and vice versa.

1.3. The Headings contained in these Terms are for convenience only and do not affect their interpretation.

  1. CONTRACT

2.1. These Terms and Conditions represent a contract between Direct Cleaning and the Client.

2.2. The Client agrees that engaging Direct Cleaning, including verbally placing an order for services when meeting or by telephone or email and/or website or any other communication medium shall constitute the Client’s acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

2.3. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by a Director of Direct Cleaning, these Terms and Conditions shall prevail over any other Terms of Business or Purchase Conditions put forward by the Client.

2.4. No variation or alteration of these Terms and Conditions shall be valid unless approved in writing by a director of Direct Cleaning.

2.5. Direct Cleaning retain data from customers in the form of Name and relevant contact details. This information is for the use of Direct Cleaning, and will not be sold or passed on to third parties.

  1. OUR SERVICE

3.1. Direct Cleaning will provide to the Client a professional quality-assured Cleaning Service at an agreed cost.

3.2 Due to the nature of window cleaning with the waterfed pole, we advise customers that the best results come after the first two or three cleans. During the first clean, we remove a build-up of dirt that may have accumulated over time. However, although the windows have been well cleaned, small amounts of dirt may continue to trickle down and there may be a few spots afterwards. Over the next couple of cleans, when done regularly, the window cleaning reaches the best standard. We therefore recommend allowing two or three cleans to get a full picture of the good results that can be expected. Tough stains such as bird droppings may take two or three cleans to completely disappear.

3.3. Direct Cleaning Operatives will remain courteous and professional at all times. If an Operative fails to adhere to this code of conduct, this must be reported immediately to Direct Cleaning Management on 03300020288. This in turn will be investigated internally and Direct Cleaning will keep the Client informed of the outcome of their investigation.

3.4. Direct Cleaning has built its reputation by providing its clients with an excellent cleaning service. However, as for any organisation, oversights may arise. Direct Cleaning offer their customers a Guarantee of Satisfaction. Should an oversight occur, Direct Cleaning are willing to send Operatives back to the Client’s premises to re-clean those areas free of charge. Due to the nature of cleaning services, the Client must inform Direct Cleaning of any issues within a reasonably short period of time, usually 48 hours (see 11.2).

3.5 Unless specified or requested at the quoting stage by the Client, cleaning contracts are for standard Cleaning services and do not include extra-ordinary cleaning such as post-build cleaning and removal of limescale, paint etc. This type of cleaning can be requested, incurring an extra charge.

  1. HEALTH AND SAFETY

4.1.Direct Cleaning takes all issues of Health and Safety seriously. This includes the wellbeing of its Clients, Operatives, Staff, Customers and members of the General Public.

4.2. Prior to commencing work, a Risk Assessment and Method Statement will be carried out in line with Direct Cleaning Health and Safety Policy.

4.3. If we deem any conditions unfit or hazardous, work will not continue until conditions are improved. This specifically refers to [but is not limited to] Hazardous Areas due to Construction Work or Stored Materials, Broken Fences and Perimeters, Overgrown Trees and Plants, proximity to dangerous Chemicals or Fuels or other corrosive substances, surfaces made dangerous by eg Algae, Moss etc

4.4 Areas that are inaccessible will not be cleaned. Our Operatives are trained to work safely, and if asked will not undertake work that is unsafe.

4.5. All items or obstacles should be removed by the Client from the areas Direct Cleaning Operatives need to access. Our Operatives need reasonable access to perform their duties safely.

  1. SCHEDULE FOR CLEANING

5.1 Direct Cleaning will establish the dates for the Cleaning Visits, according to the regularity requested by the Client in the terms of the contract.

5.2 For some contracts, Direct Cleaning incurs exceptional costs prior to the contract, eg the cost of hiring equipment, and other costs. For these contracts, the date of the Cleaning Visit will be mutually agreed in advance by both Direct Cleaning and the Client. If, after confirming the agreed dates of cleaning, the Client then wishes to postpone the cleaning, due notice of at least 72 hours must be given to Direct Cleaning If such notice is not supplied, the Client will be liable for any costs that Direct Cleaning has incurred in preparing for the contract.

5.3 For some contracts, Direct Cleaning incurs costs that are not refundable. These include the costs of licences and parking permits and suspensions from the Council, and other costs. In these cases, the date of cleaning will be mutually agreed in advance by Direct Cleaning and the Client. If the Client then wishes to postpone or cancel the cleaning, the Client is liable for these non-refundable costs.

5.4 If no notice is given by the Client that a Cleaning Visit cannot go ahead, and on arrival at the site it becomes apparent to Direct Cleaning that the contract cannot be carried out eg due to other works on the site, no access being made available, scaffolding etc, the Client will be liable for all costs Direct Cleaning has incurred including staff costs.

5.5. Direct Cleaning may carry out Cleaning Visits during inclement weather. Direct Cleaning reserves the right to decide if the cleaning services should be carried out or postponed for safety reasons. Weather conditions are not an acceptable reason for the Client to postpone or cancel services.

5.6 Direct Cleaning carry out contracts between Monday to Friday. If we are requested to work at weekends, we are to be notified at the quoting stage, or well in advance, so we are able to factor this in to the cost.

  1. ACCESS TO PREMISES 

6.1. To carry out contracts, Direct Cleaning operatives need to be granted access. It is the responsibility of the Client to ensure the site is accessible on the scheduled date of each cleaning and in a safe condition for Direct Cleaning operatives to carry out the cleaning

6.2 If Direct Cleaning operatives cannot gain full access to any area of the property they will clean only what is accessible. If access is not made available during the Cleaning Visit, Direct Cleaning will not return at a later date and this portion will be cleaned at the next Visit. The Client may still be fully charged.

6.3. Due to insurance liabilities, we are unable to move obstacles such as but not exclusive to: furniture, personal belongings, vehicles, curtains/blinds, ornaments, etc. If these or any other items restrict access to an area of your property/premises, we may be unable to clean it. This includes but is not exclusive to, items left on window sills, items left in communal areas such as plants, pictures on walls, tables, chairs, plant pots etc

6.4 In order for Direct Cleaning to carry out the cleaning contract, the Client must make available at their cost an easily accessible supply of electricity and water.

6.5. When the Client asks Direct Cleaning to undertake a contract, it is assumed the Client thereby gives full permission for Direct Cleaning to park vehicles at the private property. At private properties where parking restrictions apply and a company is employed to enforce restrictions, the Client must provide a parking permit and inform the enforcement company of our Visits. Any costs incurred by Direct Cleaning for parking at the property are to be settled by the Client.

  1. LIABILITY 

7.1. Direct Cleaning shall not be liable under any circumstances for any loss, whether direct, indirect or consequential, which may be incurred by the Client arising from a late arrival of Direct Cleaning Operatives at the service address.

7.2. Direct Cleaning shall not be responsible for damage due to faulty and/or improper installation of any item. All surfaces [eg uPVC Frames, Wooden Sash, aluminium frames etc.] are assumed sealed and ready to clean without causing harm. Direct Cleaning will take all reasonable precautions and care not to damage windows but cannot be held responsible for such problems as, but not exclusive to, flaking paint, adhesive leading or uPVC on face of double glazed units, damage to decaying windows, brittle or damaged glass or loose leading in windows. Direct Cleaning are also not responsible for scratches incurred by previous building work, which may only become visible on cleaning the glass.

7.3. Direct Cleaning do not accept liability for damage caused by decorative or structural defects, improper construction materials used, or conditions at the property such as, but not limited to, ill-fitting windows, doors, fascias, guttering, window/conservatory trims, unsecured windows and doors, leaking seals, decorative bars stuck on glass, rotting frames, untreated wooden panelling, open trickle vents, etc.

7.4. Direct Cleaning will not accept liability for water damage to the property or items within the property caused as a result of windows being left open prior to a clean or due to damaged windows or frames causing leakage into the property. It is the nature of cleaning services that water will be applied to surfaces and Direct Cleaning cannot accept responsibility for water damage.

7.5. In the event of an accident, Direct Cleaning may instruct an Insurance Assessor to investigate the root cause. Direct Cleaning will not accept liability for any accident deemed out of Direct Cleaning control.

7.6. Liability for Key replacement/locksmith fees are paid only if keys are lost by Direct Cleaning.

7.7. Direct Cleaning are comprehensively insured under our Public Liability Insurance Policy, and we request that our Clients also have adequate insurances in place.

  1. PAYMENT

8.1. Payment for Cleaning Services can be paid directly to Direct Cleaning by Bank Transfer, Direct Debit or cheque/cash. .

8.2. Direct Cleaning extend no more than 30 days’ credit at point of Invoice, and request that invoices are paid within this time period.

8.3. Direct Cleaning reserves the right to charge an administration fee for any reminders that need to be sent in case of late payment.

8.4. Any bank charges incurred due to a Client’s cheque being returned unpaid will be passed to the Client.

8.5. Should the Client claim to have made payment, the onus is on the Client to prove payment has been received into Direct Cleaning bank account.

8.6. In the case of Overdue accounts, the matter will be passed to a designated Debt Collection Agency. Note that at such time additional costs will be incurred by the Client and payable to the Debt Collection Agency along with the initial Cleaning charge and other associated costs (including Court Costs and Fees) in retrieving the overdue amount.

  1. VAT

10.1. All prices quoted exclude VAT and VAT at the current rate will be added to the invoice, as a separate item.

  1. CLAIMS

11.1. Direct Cleaning Public Liability Insurance will cover liabilities that are caused by a cleaning Operative working on behalf of Direct Cleaning to a value of up to £5,000,000.00.

11.2. The Client agrees that due to the nature of cleaning services, Direct Cleaning guarantees to correct only problems that are reported within a reasonably short period of time, usually 48 hours. If a problem occurs on a Friday it must be reported by Monday in order to be accepted as a valid claim. Direct Cleaning may require entry to the location of the claim to correct the problem. Any adjustments to the invoice must be requested to Direct Cleaning directly and are acceptable only subject to approval by Direct Cleaning.

11.4. Direct Cleaning cannot be responsible for breakages of items that have been left in the area for cleaning (see 6.3). However, if other damage is clearly and reasonably the fault of a Direct Cleaning Operative, Direct Cleaning will investigate the breakage. We will either pay for a replacement, issue the cash value toward a similar item, or make a claim through our insurance. This settlement will be separate from and not relate to the invoice for Cleaning services, which must be paid in full.

  1. TERMINATION OF CONTRACT

12.1. The Client may terminate the cleaning contract by giving 30 days prior notice.

12.2. The Client agrees that Direct Cleaning will carry out any cleaning that is due within the 30 days notice period, and be paid in full for this service.

  1. EQUIPMENT

13.1. All Cleaning Equipment and Materials remain the sole property of Direct Cleaning at all times.

13.2 The Client shall be liable for any damage to Direct Cleaning Equipment if caused by the Client or those the Client represents.

  1. SUPPLEMENTARY TERMS

14.1. Direct Cleaning reserves the right to make any changes to any part of these Terms and Conditions without giving any prior notice. The Directors of Direct Cleaning may add to or alter these Terms and Conditions from time to time and any alterations or additions will apply to new and existing contracts. Copies of the new Terms and Conditions will be provided.

  1. LAW

15.1. These Terms are governed by the laws of England and Wales, and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales.

Clients of Direct Cleaning Group