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.”