As promised after yesterday's introspective tome about the thing that weighs me down (umm...me), today's post is a fun one, and will give three lucky Chicago readers the opportunity to win a free housecleaning service.
You read that correctly, FREE CLEANING. And for those readers who aren't lucky winners, don't worry: MyClean has provided a promo code for all of you good for $50 off your first cleaning service. I like games where everyone wins.
Before I give away the goods, let me share my experience with the MyClean.
I like to do things online, so I appreciated their simple cleaning request form. Using sliders, you can choose your number of bedrooms, bathrooms, cleaning frequency, and level of cleaning required. As you move the sliders, the price adjusts to reflect the cost of your request. Take a look:
See how happy that lady looks? She's happy because she just ordered a cleaning one-handed while her child insisted on being held. Again, everyone wins!
If you request recurrent cleanings, you can receive up to a 15% discount, and if you prefer a specific staff member, you can reserve them for your weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly home or office cleanings. Specific services, like event and post-construction clean-up, as well as outdoor space and retail location cleanings, are available as well.
I put in my request on Monday, and was able to pick a time for the next day had I needed it. I chose a mid-day Thursday appointment, and our cleaner arrived right on time, ready to go. This was a real feat, as our neighbor, President Obama, came to town in between my cleaning order and the actual appointment, creating a secret service lockdown around our condo. On Wednesday, I received a confirmation of my cleaning, at which point I emailed back to let them know that they would have to park on an adjunct street and come through federal security. Our cleaner, Sherritta (Ritta), had arrived with plenty of time to adjust to this added hurdle, and had all of the information I had provided in my email to make getting to our building possible. If they can arrive through the secret service, I think I can officially endorse them as reliable.
Once a friendly, very sweet-to-our-puppy (who kept jumping on her) Ritta introduced herself, we talked about what I really needed done. I let her know that the two areas I could really use help were cleaning our dusty blinds throughout the house, and getting the baseboards/corners/shelves clean. Although I did not order the deep clean service, the treatment she gave those areas was move-in/move-out thorough. Here's an up-close photo of clean blinds, a thing of beauty:
Ritta was in our home for roughly eight hours, which is longer than I anticipated. She used a combination of our cleaners and hers, although clients can request that everything used be from their own stock, or that MyClean bring all their environmentally-friendly cleaning products in. Her work was solid, and her personality was wonderful. Even as our dog tried to lick the floors as she cleaned them, she stayed patient and helpful. That puppy was probably just trying to warn her not to work so hard, as roughly 30 minutes after Ritta left, Gracie dunked herself in her water bowl, then ran all over the house with wet paws. Sorry, Ritta. I enjoyed those clean floors for a half-an-hour, I promise.
|"Naughty? Who me? Why yes, these floors look too clean, let me fix that."|
This morning, I received a follow-up email, thanking me for my service, as asking me to complete a quick survey to review my experience.
To sum up:
Best features of MyClean Chicago service: Ease of use, friendly service, effective cleaning.
Things I would change, if possible: Add multiple people when necessary to make appointment faster (this can be requested), estimate based on square footage as well as number of rooms to better predict appointment duration.
While we have a regular cleaner who has helped us out for many years, I would definitely use MyClean again, especially for deep cleans, or just to mix things up and catch the stuff that neither my family or our regular cleaning person notice.
NOW, Chicago friends, don't just take my recommendation, try MyClean for yourself! Koritelling readers can receive a $50 discount on their first service by using promotion code: KoriTelling50.
In addition, type a comment on this post about your least favorite housecleaning task (mine is laundry) before 7:00 p.m. CST on Monday, October 6th, and you will be entered to win a FREE CLEANING. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 7th, and will have two days to claim their prize (directions to follow on Tuesday), at which point if any are unclaimed, I will chose new entries.
A big thank you to MyClean for this giveaway, and for the great experience yesterday.
Good luck, everyone!