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 178 reviews from around the Web.
  • 06/22/2018
         
    Cascade Fresh Cleaning has cleaned several times for me in both single family homes and apartment units.
  • 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...
  • 12/09/2018
         
    Most excellent crew every time
  • 12/11/2018
         
    They are prompt, courteous and thorough....
  • 11/16/2016
         
    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!
  • 11/23/2016
         
    Thank you Cascade Fresh (Purple Team) for doing a fantastic job in cleaning our home. Very happy with your services!
  • 11/29/2016
         
    Love Cascade Fresh and would recommend them to anyone looking for a fast and efficient cleaning crew. The Turquoise Team is the best and my personal...
  • 11/18/2016
         
    I have used Cascade Fresh for a couple years now and have always been happy with them! The maroon team cleans my place and leaves it spotless! I have a cat...
  • 12/11/2018
         
    Silver team rocks :)
  • 12/17/2018
         
    They are friendly, timely, thorough and efficient!
  • 12/13/2018
         
    Professional, courteous office staff and cleaners. The Silver Team always does a great job!
  • 12/10/2018
         
    They always do an excellent job!
  • 11/17/2016
         
    The Turquoise Team at Cascade Fresh does a great job. They are responsive to specific requests that arise from time to time. We see them every two weeks just...
  • 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!
  • 12/09/2018
         
    Thorough, thoughtful, trustworthy, on time, efficient
  • 11/22/2017
         
    Cascade Fresh is excellent! I look forward to their arrival every 2 weeks. I love the way my house smells and looks!
  • 11/21/2016
         
    The maroon team has been cleaning my house for over 6 months now; they always do an excellent job!
  • 08/01/2018
         
    The “Pink Team” did an amazing job on a deep clean for my home today - the house is spotless and every detail is perfect!
  • 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...