A Story From A Southern California Maid: Service Is My Joy

Southern California maid services used to be reserved for the affluent and influential, but not anymore. These days, a professional clean can be had for less than $100 — and while the hand-and-foot service of the French-silk-and-doily days is long gone, modern maid in Los Angeles can and does go above and beyond on a regular basis. Listen to this story from one of our best.

“I work for a very wealthy dentist in Orange County every Friday morning, and then I go downtown and clean up an apartment in one of the projects. It’s an extraordinary change of environments, but I’m pretty used to it — I’ve been doing it for months.

“One day, I had just arrived at the projects, and walking in I found that the mother in that apartment was babysitting every child on three floors. She had thirteen children packed into her living room with four televisions — one playing the Lion King and three playing video games. The mother turned to me with a look of horror and I knew she had forgotten it was Friday.

“I told her not to worry — that I could come back and clean the living room once the kids were safely home. She told me that she was watching all of them overnight, and asked me to come back the next day. I was able to call my usual Saturday afternoon client and reschedule to clean his place on Friday instead.

“When I came back on Saturday afternoon, the place was surprisingly clean — I could tell that my client had worked herself to the bone to make sure that there wasn’t going to be anything extra for me to do. The result: she was asleep on the couch when I got there.

“She woke up as I started to clean her kitchen — my usual job. She cooks three meals every day and does the dishes, but has me come in and clean the oven, stovetop, refrigerator, and so forth. When she woke up, she started to cry. I thought she was just exhausted, but then she started to clutch her leg. I asked her if she needed me to take her to the hospital, but she told me she couldn’t do that.

“Instead, I filled a hot water bottle and propped her leg up against it. Twenty minutes later, I filled a bag of ice and put it on her leg as well. I kept cleaning the kitchen — it’s usually a two-hour job for me — and by the time I was done, she was up and apologizing again for the sudden switch of date. I told her it was perfectly all right, and that if it happened again, I’d be happy to clean around her while she cooked for the kids.”

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The Cost-Benefit Analysis On Maid Service in Los Angeles

Americans are busier today than ever before. Most families today are dual-income families, with both moms and dads working to pay the bills. Then you stack after-school activities from baseball to ballet on top of Scouts, church activities, and everyday friends-and-family, and there’s no such thing as a day off for anyone. Even the so-called ‘weekend’ is handily consumed with laundry, housework, and upkeep.

What if that didn’t have to be the case? Surprise! It doesn’t — and it doesn’t cost all that much to pull it off, either. How much does it cost? Try $30 or less for an hour. That might sound like quite a bit, but here’s the trick: that’s an hour of maid-time.

Think of something you’ve been doing every day for the last decade. How good are you at that compared to someone who’s only been doing it for two days a week for the same time? That’s how much more effective a maid service in Los Angeles is at cleaning your house compared to your weekend-only decade of practice. For most people, one hour of three maids — just $90, only once a week — is enough to keep their home cleaner than they could ever hope to themselves.

In other words, think about all of the time that you spend on house maintenance and upkeep every week (not including cooking). Would you be willing to spend $90 to get all those hours back every week?

If you don’t need your whole house cleaned, you can ask the maid service to only attend to the areas that you have the most problem doing. Maybe you can’t bend over properly to clean the tub on your own. Maybe you just hate doing dishes. Whatever your pet peeve, there’s a Los Angeles housekeeping service that can take care of it for you.

You are in total control of your maid service RoI. You choose what you need them to do and when, and only pay for the services you need. Even if you decide that all you need is a one-time deep cleaning to recover from that weekend with the nephews — whatever you need — we’ve got your back. Just give us a call.

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Two Kinds of House Cleaning: A Pasadena Maid Shares A Story

Los Angeles housekeeping services come in all shapes and sizes, from solo entrepreneurs working their way through each day to huge multinational corporations with thousands of maids across North America. Mission Maids is a collective of independent contractors gathered together in an organization that screens out the bad seeds, making sure that all of our maids are both self-motivated and honest. We provide two kinds of house cleaning in Pasadena. We’ll let one of our maids tell you about them.

“I was working for a bail bondsman that’s frequently not home because he’s out of state chasing someone who ran. I clean just his kitchen and bathroom every Wednesday and Friday. This time, as I was just finishing up his kitchen, he came in the door with a man in handcuffs and another pretty scary guy with huge arms and tattoos everywhere.

“The big guy looked at me, and I thought he was checking me out. Then he turned to my client and said ‘Seriously? You have a maid?’ and started laughing. My client told him that he couldn’t stand cleaning his kitchen, and that he should try it sometime. I didn’t think anything more of it.

“Then three months later, I got a call. A man asked me if I could clean up a room full of blood. I thought he was joking, but I said yes — because I can. He gave me his information, and when I got there the next day, it was Mr. Tattoos! I asked him, joking, if he had gotten shot, and he said no: he had cut his hand rather badly filleting a fish.

“His hand was all wrapped up — I didn’t want to see it — but his kitchen was a mess, and there was blood trailing from the kitchen to the bathroom down a carpeted hallway. It took me a couple of hours, but I got it up. He tipped me more than I’d been tipped in years, and he’s called me back twice since then to handle small disasters for him.

“I still clean my client’s bathroom and kitchen every Wednesday and Friday — he’s one of my ‘bread and butter’ clients — but I’m proud to be first on the list for Mr. Tattoo’s emergency cleanups, too.”

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How To Hire The Right Kind of Maid Service: Los Angeles Edition

There are a lot of good reasons to hire a maid service. Los Angeles‘ lifestyles are just too hectic — there’s too much to do for you to spend your valuable hours scrubbing, washing, dusting, vacuuming, waxing, and cleaning. But before you grab the phone and buy yourself several valuable hours each week, consider that the wrong maid service can be more trouble than it’s worth. The wrong cleaner can permanently damage your household goods — not to mention the potential of exposing your home to unscrupulous people in maid uniforms.

Here’s what you need to know about a maid before you hire her:

Is she bonded? The number one most important thing about any maid. Bonding is a kind of ‘reverse insurance’, where if the maid does something that causes damage to your household good, you are covered for damage dealt. If she steals something from you, you are covered for the value of the item stolen. Bonding is the ultimate in professional responsibility to one’s customers, which is why it’s so important.

Is she insured? Similarly, maids should be insured. A maid that isn’t insured can, for example, sue you for medical bills if she slips and falls and the court decides that your negligence led to her injury. A maid with proper insurance can’t, because California law prohibits you from having your medical bills paid twice, and her insurance will pay before yours. Again, it’s a vital element of protecting one’s clients.

Does she have references? Unless a maid is literally on her first job, she should have at least one happy customer that can put in a good word for her. When calling a maid’s references, always ask them:

  • How long have you used this maid?
  • Have you ever had a complaint? If so, did you take it to her company? How was the issue resolved?
  • Do you enthusiastically recommend your maid?

How does her service screen it’s employees? Obviously not relevant for solopreneurs, but most maids in Los Angeles work with some sort of service simply because the service screens their maids, providing them with clients in exchange for their keeping their nose clean. Some services only do criminal background checks; others do drug screening or even credit checks. It’s up to you to determine what level of screening you’re comfortable with, but whatever it is, you should know.

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Manage Your Home With A Cleaning Service, Los Angeles Style

For many homeowners that exist as part of a two-income family, the daily grind of working and paying bills combines with raising ever-more-active children to leave little time for basic life maintenance like housecleaning. Managing to cook most nights of the week is already too much for many families, with eating out becoming the new normal. If you see a made bed, it’s probably because someone just replaced the sheets.

Fortunately, we have a solution: it’s called a cleaning service. Los Angeles has some truly good ones — Mission Maids being one of the best, naturally — and with one of them on your side, you can get your life back. Rather than spending seven hours every week picking up the kid’s toys over and over and over again just so you can have the opportunity to vacuum, sweep, and dust, spend just $90 to have a trio of professionals swoop in and do all of the grunt work in an hour or less.

Each Los Angeles housekeeping service has it’s own method of billing, so depending on the specifics, that number might vary. For Mission Maids, it’s pretty simple: you pay just under $7.50 per 15 minutes of professional maid time. That’s $30 per hour per maid, and most typical houses can be cleaned in about an hour by one of our teams of 3.

Even if you don’t have a need for a maid to come in every week, most maid services are flexible. We can some in once every other week, once a month, or only just once. Maybe you’ve normally got things under control, but when your grandkids came to visit they left behind a mess so epic you need a special hand getting it back together. Mission Maids can help.

No matter what you need to get your housekeeping back within the realm of manageability, there’s an LA cleaning service that can help. Call around — we suggest you call Mission Maids first — and find someone you can trust to take care of your most personal spaces.

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