Friday, August 29, 2008

Mud On Face

June 12, 2008 - The guy noticed that his lawn and garden needed some professional help. The lawn needed to be mowed - but more importantly - all the pretty flowers needed to be maintained by someone that knew what they were doing.

June 13, 2008 - The guy visited Craigslist and scanned through a number of lawn care professionals. He called many - but only one called him back.

June 14, 2008 - The guy received an estimate that met his approval. It was cheap. And the lawn care professional assured him that he would be performing all the work. So the guy assumed that quality would be top notch.

July 1, 2008 - The guy had some concerns. The lawn didn't look healthy. The garden needed some work too. So the guy voiced his concerns to the lawn care professional.

August 1, 2008 - The guy was getting worried. The lawn looked worse than ever before. And the garden looked like a bunch of weeds. So the guy made another attempt to remedy the situation. After all, the rates were pretty good. The guy detailed each problem so that both parties could be on the same page.

August 25, 2008 - The guy's lawn looked terrible. It had been infested with insects and his garden needed some serious weed control. So he called the lawn care professional to complain - LOUDLY! The lawn care professional didn't answer so the guy left a voicemail message.

August 26, 2008 - The guy left another message.

August 27, 2008 - Another message.

August 28, 2008 - Still no response. That's when it dawned on the guy that his lawn care professional had quit. Left town. Without any notice. And without any warning.

That guy is me. The same guy who should know better since he owns a similar type company. I'm a hypocrite.

So, I'm left where many of you are left when your maid leaves without warning. I've ditched Craigslist and I've ditched the cheap rates. Rates are important, but the end result is more important. I need a healthy lawn and garden and I'll pay for it now.

But just two months ago, you couldn't tell me these things. You couldn't tell me these things because I didn't understand these things. I thought all lawn care people were the same - especially if the lawn care professional promised to perform all the work by himself. Of course, I was wrong. And now I'm paying for it.

It may not have happened to you yet. But keep hiring fly by the night service companies and it will happen eventually.

The mud has been removed from my face. My lesson is now learned. Has mud been on your face yet?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Gearing Up For Gustav

Well, if you live anywhere along the gulf coast then you are probably a little bit nervous right now. Gustav is headed straight for the gulf coast and it is expected to arrive early next week.

Of course, no one knows where landfall will be at this point. So there's really no reason to get too nervous just yet. So relax.

Of course, if the storm does hit our area - we will be ready. Two Maids & A Mop has already been through two major hurricanes and we came away with valuable learning lessons. So don't worry. As long as you want us in your home, we'll be there just as soon as the storm passes....

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

One-Time Cleaning Packages

The Deep Cleaning Package
Our most thorough, most detailed cleaning package. A top to bottom cleaning that will leave your home looking cleaner than ever before!! Rates are based on an hourly rate and most deep cleanings require anywhere from 4-7 hours for completion. We do not offer a more detailed cleaning package.

The Spic & Span Cleaning Package
Most people that select this cleaning package fall in love with it because you receive so much value. With this package, you will receive a team of two maids for three hours. In some cases, this package can accomplish many of the same things as a deep cleaning - that's why so many people decide to utilize the package. The normal rate for this type of cleaning is $190.

The Clean As A Whistle Cleaning Package
Perfect for a three bedroom/two bath home that just needs a little TLC. With this package, you will receive a team of two maids for 2.5 hours. The normal rate for this cleaning package is $155.

The Tidy Up Cleaning Package
If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, then this cleaning package is made for you. With this package, you'll receive a team of two maids for 2 hours. The normal rate for this type of cleaning package is $125.

The Many Uses Of Vinegar

Are you ready to be astounded by vinegar's power over that grunge in your bathroom or on your hardwood floors? Believe it or not, vinegar is an extraordinary cleaning and deodorizing agent.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Quit hiring cleaning ladies. How many times does it have to happen before you wake up and realize that hiring a housecleaner should be treated in the same manner as hiring any other professional?

SCOTTSDALE, PA -- A cleaning lady faces charges of stealing more than $15,000 in jewelry, coins and cash from two residences where she was hired to clean a house and care for a dog.

Scottdale police charged Patti Banaszak with numerous counts of theft and receiving stolen property in the incidents.

Pamela Soforic told police she hired Banaszak as a cleaning lady in July. Soon after, she began to notice small amounts of money missing from a petty cash box in her home. Soforic said she then discovered two diamond rings missing from her bedroom dresser drawer. Concerned, she searched for other items and found them missing as well.

The inventory included a gold band, a diamond ring, a diamond tennis bracelet, a sterling tennis bracelet, three gold coins, a roll of uncirculated silver dollar coins, $100 in cash and a watch.

After police contacted local jewelry stores, they learned Banaszak had been to a store at least three times and allegedly sold the missing items. Most had been converted by the business for use in making jewelry, police said.

Police said while interviewing Soforic, her neighbor informed them she had given Banaszak a key to her home to take care of her dog while she was out of town the previous weekend. The neighbor checked her valuables and told police she was missing a gold charm bracelet and a diamond/gold bracelet.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Start Hiring Professionals!

More Victims Of Cleaning Thief in Virginia

Presenting the quote that should be at the top of every professional cleaning company's website or brochure..........

"We should have paid more attention when we started to have suspicion that something just wasn't right," said one resident who had employed Martinez for 11 years and developed deep ties with her.

You can't expect to be treated like a customer if you don't treat your service provider like a professional. Start acting like a customer. Start hiring a professional.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Another Cleaning Lady Steals From Her Customers

The choice is yours to make. You can hire a professional cleaning company and know that you are protected against any worst case scenario. Or you could hire a cleaning lady with great rates and cross your fingers.

This example proves all the important points. Check the bolded parts for explanation.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA -- A cleaning lady has been accused of stealing jewelry and clothes from her clients.

Martinez cleaned homes under the company name Mirian Cleaning Services in Alexandria. (The first step to gaining your trust is to make yourself look professional by naming yourself a "company".)

Mirian Martinez is accused of stealing from at least four of her long-time clients, and police said there may be more victims. (The next step is to gain their trust by providing a decent service for a certain timeframe - then steal as soon they let their guard down.)

Fairfax County police said Martinez stole jewelry from a woman, and some of the stolen jewelry was sold at a pawn shop. Police said they are still looking for a diamond ring worth $42,000.

Two more of Martinez's clients also reported missing jewelry and clothing worth more than $62,000.

Martinez has been charged with grand larceny and selling stolen property. More charges are pending, police said.

Martinez was also charged in connection with jewelry thefts from another home in a neighboring county. (And the final step is to steal fast and steal often. You gotta get while the going is good.)

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Taking Customer Service Just A Little Too Far

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Police say a man needs to learn that 911 is not the appropriate place to complain that Subway left the sauce off a spicy Italian sandwich.

Police said the man dialed 911 twice last week so he could have his sub made correctly. The second call was to complain that officers weren't arriving fast enough.

Subway workers told police that the man became belligerent and yelled when they were fixing his order. They locked him out of the store after he left to call police.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Cleaning For A Reason

“I feel very blessed that a friend told me about Cleaning for a Reason. Having my house cleaned is a huge responsibility lifted off my shoulders. It has allowed my family to sustain the same cleanliness it’s used to, giving us a sense of normalcy in a year where life is far from normal.”

A powerful statement. It can be you too. We currently have two openings in Fort Walton Beach.

Another great story about Cleaning For A Reason.

Friday, August 01, 2008

How To Make The Big Move Easier

From packing to keeping track of pets, kids, and valuable items, moving day can be an absolute nightmare from start to finish. However, tt doesn´t have to be! Use these eleven practical tips to take the stress out of your next move, and start enjoying your new home sooner.

Eleven Tips To Make Moving Easier

And here's some information on our Move In/Out Cleaning Package