Archive for December, 2008

Avoid “Cleaning Ladies” Like the Plague!

By:  Cathy Green

I like to warn potential clients not to hire “off the street” cleaning ladies. Look at the ad below, from Craig’s List:

 

I WILL LEAVE YOUR HOUSE SPOTLESS AND SMELLING FRESH CALL(571)278 —- (virginia)I AM A VERY RELIABLE , TRUSTWORTHY AND DEPENDABLE CLEANING LADY. REFERANCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. I WILL LEAVE YOUR HOUSE SPOTLESS AND SMELLING FRESH!

 

This “cleaning lady” then goes on the spell out a list of services she provides. And she ends with:

GET YOUR HOUSE CLEANED BY A PROFESSIONAL!! CALL ME TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE I CAN MAKE IN YOUR HOME , I GUARANTEE IT!

LOCATIONS SERVICED: FALLS CHURCH, ARLINGTON, SPRINGFIELD, FAIRFAX, VIENA, BURKE ,MC LEAN , ALEXANDRIA,CHANTILLY,RESTON, HERNDON, ASHBURN,CENTREVILLE.- CALL US
(571)278—-

I have ONE piece of advice for those who think they can save a buck by hiring a “cleaning lady” from off the street, as opposed to a legitimate, registered cleaning company. DON’T DO IT!

Doing so could cost you your money, jewels, property…health, or even your life.  “Cleaning ladies” are not registered. They are not real businesses. They DO NOT pay taxes. And when you bring one of them into your home, you are liable if they get hurt in your home AND you are responsible for those taxes.

DON’T DO IT!

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By:  Cathy Green

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The “Process” House

 By:  Cathy Green

   I talk a great deal about cluttered houses. However, there is another type of house that needs to be discussed. I term it the “process” house.

In short, a process house is one that needs to be cleaned over a period of time.

What qualifies a home as a process house?

a. Exceptionally dusty or dirty baseboards that clearly have not been cleaned and/or dusted in over a year.

b. Extremely dusty or dirty window ledges

c. Houses where every single picture is dusty

d. A house that has a great deal of clutter

What home owners need to understand is that it did not take their home one day to get into that condition and it’s not realistic to expect that one deep cleaning will miraculously return the home to glory.

Process houses could easily take anywhere from 3 – 8(+) cleanings before they meet an industry standard of cleaning.

Every cleaning company is different. At UpperCrust Maids, LLC, we charge a deep cleaning fee for the first cleaning of a process house. Afterwards, we advise the family to allow either us or another company to clean the house weekly or biweekly until it is brought up to standard.

Other cleaning companies may charge several deep cleaning rates until the home comes up to standard. It just depends on various circumstances.

Before calling a cleaning company, take a careful look at your home. Have your baseboards ever been cleaned? What about the window ledges? How long has it been since the top of your refrigerator was cleaned? What about your windows? Every little thing takes time. Do you ever dust your furniture?

To find out if your home is a process house, give us a call and we will work with you to get it cleaned.