Make Mother's Day Sparkle by Hiring Cleaning Services as a Gift

Give the Gift of Cleaning Services For Mom....Birthday's Too!

By The Grand Rapids Press
May 10, 2009, 5:45AM

It's the dream of every mother.
Jewelry? Guess again.
Flowers? Ha! They'll die.
Breakfast in bed? Yeah, and cleaning up the mess could be the frosting on the cake.
No, folks, those things are not paradise for mom. But getting her a maid for a day -- or longer -- that will put a smile on her face.
Just ask Maria Allen. During a typical day, she spends much of her time picking up after kids.

Sue Allen, left, bought her daughter-in-law, Maria Allen, right, maid service from Cascade Fresh Cleaning.

"When the kids are home, it's a constant battle. I am following my 5-year-old room-to-room," she said.
After her third child, she felt overwhelmed. Her mother-in-law, Sue Allen, took notice, called Cascade Fresh Cleaning, 1120 Monroe Ave. NW, and bought Maria a gift certificate for a one-time cleaning.
"I realize how busy she is," Sue Allen said. "And it's not easy to keep a home cleaned."
Maria Allen loved the gift so much when she got it five years ago, Sue Allen started giving her home cleanings as gifts for any holiday they celebrated. It works out to about one cleaning a month, Sue Allen said.

"It's so nice to go out for a few hours and come home, and the house is clean. It's such a relief," Maria Allen said.
Chris McKinney, president of Cascade Fresh Cleaning, said he gets a lot of people calling about gift certificates.

"If you can help somebody, you are really giving them the gift of time. You are giving them time to do something else," McKinney said.

HOW TO HIRE A MAID

When you hire a cleaning service or individual, the microwave shouldn't have evidence of last week's lasagna after the cleaning session. Here are more pointers:

  • Decide whether you want to hire an individual or a service, and get referrals from friends and neighbors. A cleaning service typically handles all the taxes and employment paperwork. Plus, they should be bonded and insured and perform background checks.
  • Ask how long the cleaner or service has been in business and how problems are handled.
  • Be specific about what you want cleaned and how long it will take. Negotiate or take a few sessions to figure out what's reasonable.
  • If you're hiring a service, consider asking if you can try out different individuals or teams, so you can pick the one you prefer.
  • Figure out whose cleaning supplies will be used. Some will supply their own.
  • Offer supervision and feedback.
  • Don't hesitate to fire someone who isn't working out. Are you giving clear instructions? Are your expectations reasonable? If you're not satisfied, find a new cleaner.

SOURCES: MSN Money, Reality Times
For $140, you can have two people cleaning for two hours, McKinney said. How much area can be covered depends on the size of the home and the mess level.
Most jobs include cleaning floors, baseboards, blinds and windows, vacuuming, dusting, sanitizing bathrooms, general picking up, making beds and changing linens.
When a new client calls to cash in a gift certificate, McKinney says his company tries to get a feel for what areas need cleaned the most.

"We ask, 'What's your least favorite area to clean?' and let us clean that," he said. "It's usually the bathrooms."
Maria Allen is grateful for her mother-in-law's cleaning gifts, and Sue Allen realizes a lot of women would love the same gift.

"I've had people say, 'Would you adopt me?'" she joked.
"It's just such a good feeling to have your house cleaned well."

TESTIMONIALS

     
Cascade Fresh Cleaning is rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 185 reviews from around the Web.
  • 12/07/2019
         
    Great service!!! Kristina and Alyssa are awesome!
  • 11/28/2016
         
    Cascade Fresh has been wonderful to work with. The Blue Team does a thorough job every time and they are always pleasant and polite! I would recommend them...
  • 12/01/2016
         
    Have used Cascade Fresh services for years! When I moved to a new home they were the only service I even considered. Have always felt in good hands and...
  • 12/13/2019
         
    Extremely reliable! Maroon team rules!
  • 12/09/2018
         
    Thorough, thoughtful, trustworthy, on time, efficient
  • 12/09/2018
         
    Most excellent crew every time
  • 02/07/2019
         
    The best day of the week is the day I come home to my clean house with made bed. They have always done a great job.
  • 04/19/2017
         
    Very professional. Very clean. I was going to try the services once, but now I'm scheduling it regularly. Impressive work.
  • 12/13/2018
         
    Danielle and her team do a great job! We love the Navy team!
  • 11/24/2019
         
    Ladies do a great job cleaning homes
  • 11/21/2016
         
    Cascade does a great job in my home. I have used them for years. They are reliable, do consistently great work and are easy to work with. My dogs love them...
  • 11/21/2016
         
    The Green Team cleaned our home last week and did an outstanding job! Thanks a million Martina, AJ and Laura!!
  • 11/21/2016
         
    The maroon team has been cleaning my house for over 6 months now; they always do an excellent job!
  • 11/23/2016
         
    Thank you Cascade Fresh (Purple Team) for doing a fantastic job in cleaning our home. Very happy with your services!
  • 12/15/2019
         
    They are very reliable and do an excellent job keeping our house sparkly fresh! We can't thank you enough!!
  • 12/09/2016
         
    Cascade fresh cleaning has taken good care of my home for over Two years. Very friendly, efficient, and reliable!! I am very satisfied about their work!...
  • 12/11/2018
         
    5 stars for Stacie, Alice and Erica!
  • 11/30/2016
         
    Cascade Fresh is always professional, thorough, and friendly. They are efficient and their service is fantastic. We've used them for a few years now and look...
  • 06/22/2018
         
    Cascade Fresh Cleaning has cleaned several times for me in both single family homes and apartment units.
  • 12/12/2018
         
    Stacy and her Silver Team are awesome! Always pleasant, very thorough and responsive to special requests.