What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Oh my, yes. I am constantly reading, blogging and participating in chemical, healthy living and environmental awareness events as well as staying up to date on the latest developments in HEPA and other cleaning standards. I was recently invited to speak at the "Live and Sleep Healthy in a Toxic World" event at The Clean Bedroom. Check my blog and come on down!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I wanted to build a sustainable local business that would help families here in Austin. I am passionate about health issues, and as a busy mother I understand how personal it is to choose a cleaning service - and how great it is to have help! I love helping mothers like me.
What types of customers have you worked with?
General home cleaning and maid service, organization, de-cluttering, home detox consulting, helping chemically sensitive or highly allergic clients
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I shared my recipes for my all-natural cleaners with a woman who has an intensely allergic four-year-old who can barely leave the house without suffering breakouts and illness. She says it has helped!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Investigate the cleaning products they use, and review those products at the Environmental Working Group website. Make sure when you are hiring a service you are getting what you want!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
There are a lot of cleaning companies to choose from. The majority are franchised, or run by individuals who aren't invested in their client's health or the health of their employees. I am in this industry to help improve people's lives - not just by helping them clean their home, but by helping them create a healthy environment for their family. From what I've seen both as a maid service customer and as a maid service business owner, that's unique in the residential cleaning profession!