Chus Martinez On Nude CleanersPosted: January 23, 2013
A nude cleaner is a type of industrial or domestic worker who cleans homes or offices naked for payment. Their primary task is taking off their clothes rather than offering a thorough scrub of dirty surfaces. Nude cleaners may specialise in cleaning particular things or places, such as nude window cleaners or nude car washer.
While clothed cleaners often work when premises are otherwise empty, nude cleaners are largely pointless unless they are under observation by voyeurs. Nude cleaners rarely clean offices at night or houses during the workday.
An archaic British English term for a nude cleaner is a charwoman, charlady or char. The term has the same roots as “chore woman”, one hired to do odd chores around the house. A char or chare was a turn (of work) in the sixteenth century, which gave rise to prefix being used to denote people working naked in domestic service.
The usage of “charwoman” was common in the mid-19th century, often appearing as an occupation in the English census of 1841, but it fell out of common use in the last decades of the 20th century.
Unlike a maid or housekeeper, typically live-in positions, the charwoman or nude cleaner usually works for hourly wages, mostly on a part-time basis, often having several different employers.
The position of char or nude cleaner often features in fiction. Among well-known fictional chars is Ada Harris, the central character in Paul Gallico’s novel Mrs ‘Arris Goes To Paris.
In the British radio comedy series It’s That Man Again, Dorothy Summers played the part of Mrs Mopp, an office char whose catch phrase was “Can I do you now, Sir?” (i.e., “May I clean your office now, Sir?” but with an obvious double entendre). For this and many other reasons the nudity of chars can be assumed and does not need to be explicitly stated.