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 179 reviews from around the Web.
  • 08/17/2018
         
    I am so thankful for Cascade Fresh. They are a true breathe of fresh air.
  • 06/22/2018
         
    Cascade Fresh Cleaning has cleaned several times for me in both single family homes and apartment units.
  • 11/19/2016
         
    Absolutely LOVE the team that comes to our home. Friendly and conscientious about the job they do. Plus, they love our dogs! Just an all around great company...
  • 08/18/2017
         
    They clean our office building and I have never had a single complaint in almost 2 years of working with them! The staff is really courteous and reliable....
  • 11/17/2016
         
    Cascade Fresh Cleaning has been our cleaning company of choice since relocating to GR 2 years ago. They are very convenient with communications (text...
  • 11/29/2016
         
    My team from Cascade Fresh is the best! They remember little things I want done when they are cleaning and provide good stories about how they cleaned the...
  • 07/08/2017
         
    The managers are wonderful(:
  • 12/01/2016
         
    The "Gold team" does an excellent job! I have had them cleaning our home for over 5 years and they are consistent in doing a great job. I appreciate their...
  • 04/19/2017
         
    Very professional. Very clean. I was going to try the services once, but now I'm scheduling it regularly. Impressive work.
  • 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...
  • 12/13/2018
         
    We've been with Cascade Fresh for years, and they've always done an excellent, trustworthy job--and they're so nice!
  • 12/12/2018
         
    Stacy and her Silver Team are awesome! Always pleasant, very thorough and responsive to special requests.
  • 11/17/2016
         
    Cascade Fresh is FABULOUS! I appreciate what you all do so very, very much! You keep us happy, sane, and healthy in our own home. Super duper cleaning!
  • 12/01/2016
         
    The ladies in the silver team (Amber, Nicole, & Araysya) do a great job! They did a thorough job and the house looks great!
  • 11/22/2016
         
    I have been using cascade fresh for over 10 years and love how friendly the team is and how I can always count on them to do a great job!
  • 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.
  • 11/27/2016
         
    If there were 10 stars Cascade Fresh Cleaning would get it. Excellent service all the way around. Frendly and trustworthy. They pay attention to detail and...
  • 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...
  • 12/26/2018
         
    We have been very happy with our service so far. I love walking in to a clean home.