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Cleaning For A Reason

Cleaning for a Reason

 

The Maids is a proud partner of Cleaning for a Reason®.  Cleaning for a Reason is a nonprofit organization that gives the gift of free house cleaning to women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. As a partner, our goal is to let these brave and strong women focus on their health treatment while we focus on, and take away the worry and the work of cleaning their homes- free of charge.

To date, Cleaning for a Reason has provided almost 30,000 free house cleanings for women with cancer, and we are proud that our office has contributed to this effort in our service area of south Snohomish County, North King County, Seattle, and the Eastside.

 

To learn more about Cleaning for a Reason, visit their website at cleaningforareason.org.

Cleaning for a reason

 

We Say “No” to Bleach and Dust Wands

At The Maids, we say “no” to bleach and “no” to dust wands.

Don’t get us wrong- bleach (aka sodium hypochlorite) is a great disinfecting, whitening, and brightening chemical. And it smells clean.  But here is our objection.  It’s too harsh.  Make a minor mistake resulting in a small spill, and you’ve got a nice white spot on your blue jeans, on your sweater, or on your carpet.  Make a major mistake, and you may be replacing a whole carpet. And for our employees, it is harsh enough that a spill on bare skin, or a droplet in the eye can cause serious health issues.  Not to mention the bleach stains on their uniforms that are almost impossible to avoid. And we don’t our employees breathing bleach fumes all day.  So at The Maids, we don’t use bleach.  Instead we use environmentally friendly cleaning products that are great cleaning agents without the risks associated with bleach.

As for dust wands- yuk!  Sure they capture some of the dust sitting on top of that china cabinet.  But try this- use a dust wand in an area where sunlight is streaming into the room.  What you will see is that the dust wand is great at moving dust around, but not very good at capturing it. At the Maids, we use micro-fiber cloths that are specifically designed to capture the dust, not just move it from here to there.

Why We Would Like A Key To Your Home

A few of you have “keyless” entry into your home, and you can skip this particular posting. The majority of homeowners still use a key to get into their homes.  This blog is for you.

As a client of The Maids, we want your house key. It makes our lives so much easier. If we have your key, we can get into your home- no ifs, ands, or buts.

Some clients are reluctant to give us a key for security reasons. They would rather hide it, for example, under the floor mat or under a flower pot.  That’s a mistake. Even the rookie thief is aware of the concealed key trick.

Others of you are home when we come to clean, and you grant us entry.  So we shouldn’t need a key, right? But what if you have to run out on a last-minute errand? What if you go out of town on vacation but still need us to clean your home?

If we have a key, we eliminate the security issue associated with hiding a key, and we eliminate the need for you to be home when the team arrives.  For us, that means we don’t send a team to your home only to find out that we can’t gain access. That causes a problem for us.

And rest assured that your key is very secure at The Maids. First, your key is stored in a secure lock box in a secured limited-access office, which only management can enter.   Second, your key is coded with a unique identifier- your name and address are not included.   Third, our office has a security system to deter any potential troublemakers.  And worst case, if your key is somehow either lost or stolen, there is no identifier on it that would lead someone to your home.

So give us a key to your home, please!  You can rest assured that your house key is in good hands.