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Dallas Maids 2024 Spring Cleaning Guide

March 19, 2024 by Dallas Maids

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Hello and welcome back to Dallas Maids! Like every year, we’re bringing you our updated Spring Cleaning guide for 2024.

Spring is just around the corner! This is such an exciting time of the year, especially in Dallas, TX. After a harsh winter, Spring always brings hot, sunny days to go out and enjoy Dallas.

Before we continue, don’t forget to check Dallas Maids! We offer professional cleaning services in Dallas, Frisco, Irving and other areas in DFW.

This time of the year is perfect to enjoy some quality time with our families. You have the Dallas Botanical Garden, the Klyde Warren Park or the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, among many other beautiful places.

That being said, if you want to tackle this on your own, let’s do it! Let’s make sure our home stays nice and clean for Spring.


Always Start Spring Cleaning With Decluttering


If you haven’t decluttered in a while, this is a great time.

First, completely empty your food storage area. Take a look at your items, and get rid of the expired stuff. Take of whatever’s expiring soon (in the next six months) and make sure to put it on the front to remember you need to use these items soon.

You can do the same for personal care items in your bathroom or makeup or makeup vanity.

In your living room, you might need to take down some décor and swap it with spring-themed items. This can go anywhere from frames and flower vases, to throw pillows and cushions.

You’re now transitioning your wardrobe from winter to spring and you may have old clothes. You also have drawers filled with random items that you don’t really use that often. and even a storage room or a garage that needs some organizing.

Wipe down your shelves with just a tiny spritz of water, a drop of dish soap, and white vinegar.

Related: The Connection Between a Clean Home and Mental Health


Organize Your Storage Areas


First things first in our spring cleaning guide: organize your storage areas. Storage areas are filled with dust and grime over time, especially in your kitchen and your bathroom. Besides, clutter creates visual noise and makes your home feel messy and dirty, even if it’s not.

A bit of decluttering and organizing is always helpful, at least once a quarter. We’re getting close to the end of March so this makes it the perfect opportunity to organize your pantry, your cleaning closet, your bathroom vanity and your bedroom closet.

Pro tip: put identical boxes with labels saying what goes inside. This way, everyone in your family knows the right location for your items and it helps you keep consistency.

Depending on your preferred strategy, you might want to clean first and then organize your items.

Organizing Items Before Spring cleaning

After Organizing, It’s Spring Cleaning Time!


Now that you’ve decluttered and organized your items. Gather all your cleaning products and start with your cleaning!

Pro tip: make sure you make a list of tasks for deep cleaning for areas where you normally don’t clean. Baseboards, bookshelves, ceiling fans, door frames.

Make sure you have a cleaning caddy ready with your cleaning products and supplies: microfiber cloths, floor cleaning tools (a broom, a mop, a bucket, and a vacuum cleaner).

Once your surfaces are clear, give them a good wipe-down. In this case, you can use a commercial multi-purpose cleaner to make everything sparkle. Eco-friendly cleaners are safe for most surfaces and decently effective against low-to-mid grime and dirt buildup.

Remember to start from the top. Wipe your open shelves, bookshelves, and upper kitchen cabinets. Then, your countertops, your dining table, TV stand, desks, side tables, and your bed.

Deep cleaning a kitchen - Dallas Maids

Remember to Deep Clean Your Floors


Vacuuming is important for carpet floors. Do this on a zig-zag: walk to the opposite corner of the door of whatever room you’re in. Then, move forward with your vacuum cleaner, and then move backwards, but this time slide yourself to the right (or left) until you move half the width of your vacuum cleaner. Then, move forward again and repeat the process until you reach the door.

This way, you will vacuum the entire area twice and your floors will be nice and clean. Make sure you get into the corners and under the furniture as well.

If you haven’t deep cleaned your carpet floors (for 18 months or longer) consider hiring a professional cleaning service or renting an industrial carpet cleaner.

If you have tile floors, fill a bucket with warm, soapy water and use a rough brush to scrub everything away. Always follow the direction of the tile. If possible, use a steam cleaner to clean the grout as well and disinfect the area.

Mopping floors for Spring Cleaning - Dallas Maids

The Final Touch: A Spritz of Fragrance


With every year, our house cleaning tips change and it’s just not about actual cleaning anymore. Cleaning is also about having a tidy, pleasant space. For this Spring cleaning, let’s incorporate a nice fragrance into our homes!

Let’s improve air quality first. Opening windows is the best way to improve air circulation, but nowadays temperature is still extremely cold in many cities, such as Dallas and the rest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

If you can’t open windows right now, you can invest in an air purifier or a dehumidifier. Moisture often creates an unpleasant odor, especially around small, closed spaces like bathrooms and laundry areas. If this is the case in your home, you can get a dehumidifier to help balance out the excessive moisture.

An air purifier, on the other hand, absorbs the microbes and microscopic lint in the air. With fewer bacteria floating around, the smell in your home will improve as well.

Add some fragrant plants and flowers to your home! Spring is starting soon so this is the perfect time. They have long-lasting smells.

You can get a wax melter which is safer than scented candles.

Another route is potpourris. These are cheap, simple and easy to make. You just add as many dried herbs and citrus peels as you can find (e.g. orange peels, cinnamon, cloves, dried lavender…) to a pot filled with water. As long as it’s simmering, it will fill your kitchen and living area with a fresh, beautiful fragrance. Just remember to add water regularly and keep an eye on your stove.

If you plan to invite guests soon, these tips will be a huge plus. If you want more tricks, we recently collaborated in an Expert Roundup with Porch on tips to remove odors in your house before hosting a party, so feel free to check their article!


Conclusion


That’s it! Our favorite tips for this 2024 Spring Cleaning guide. We know everything has been said already but there’s always room for improvement and some bonus tips to give you a new perspective.

Again, remember to check our cleaning service in Dallas. You may need a deep cleaning service to start Spring on the right foot. You can also ask for our standard cleaning service to keep your home nice and tidy once or twice a month.

No matter the case, we hope you enjoy Spring and spend quality time with your family.

Remember to bookmark our blog. We’ll be back soon with more cleaning articles! Happy Spring!

Win A Free Clean!

March 6, 2024 by Dallas Maids

This free house cleaning give away and the Yeti cup we recently gave our customers are for no reason other than to express our deep gratitude for giving us the privilege to clean your place. You are the reason our small, family-owned business thrives and that means the world to us!

If you are one of our amazing customers, like us on facebook.com/dallasmaids and share a picture of you and your Yeti cup to be entered into a raffle for a free house cleaning by Dallas Maids.

If you are not one of our customers, reach out to us because we would love to clean your home!

Effortless House Cleaning: Smart Tools and Techniques for 2024

January 15, 2024 by Dallas Maids

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Hello and welcome back to Dallas Maids! Let’s start the year off with smart tools and techniques for house cleaning in 2024.

We’re right in the middle of January! We hope you got to spend the past weeks enjoying the new year and by now, we’re all back to work.

We thought it was a good idea to start the year off with house cleaning tools and techniques to help you improve your cleaning skills!

As always, we invite you to check our cleaning service in Dallas. We have many different options to fit your cleaning needs. We can’t wait to help our customers this year!

But if you want to learn some house cleaning tricks in the meantime, say no more! Read Dallas Maids’ tools and techniques for 2024.


Simplify Your House Cleaning Process


Look for strategies that simplify your house cleaning process. Writing down and planning out what you need to clean is a good example.

Many people choose Sundays to figure out what they need to do during the week and write everything down in their planner.

If you want to be more organized, keep a list with 2 – 3 cleaning tasks that you need to accomplish each week, and then 3 more tasks that you need to complete once a month.

We have many different cleaning checklists to help you sort out some of these tasks.

Check our January Checklist from last year, or our extensive Spring Cleaning Checklist if you need a deeper, more extensive cleaning routine.

Creating a cleaning checklist for January - Dallas Maids

Get a Handheld Vacuum Cleaner


One of the tools you can incorporate into your cleaning caddy is a handheld vacuum cleaner. They are going to help you work on areas where a regular vacuum cleaner wouldn’t be ideal, such as:

a) Hard-to-reach areas such as cupboards and light fixtures;

b) Nooks and crannies inside your couch and armchairs;

c) Your car and your workspace, either at home or at your office!

A handheld vacuum cleaner has a small dirt container. The cheaper alternatives are simple, cordless vacuums. The more premium options are full-sized vacuum cleaners with floor heads that you can turn into a handheld vacuum.

Related: What Is The Best Way To Vacuum Your House?


Clean from Top to Bottom


This is a basic tip but most cleaning rookies don’t know this. Always clean from top to bottom!

When it’s time for some house cleaning, you don’t know where to start sometimes. This is a great rule of thumb.

By cleaning from top to bottom, all the dirt and crumbs will fall naturally to the next surface, and the next one until they reach the floor.

This means leaving your floors for last, of course.

Related: How to Clean a Home: Two Dallas Maids Pros Share Their Method

Cleaning your kitchen sink with soapy water

Use Steam for House Cleaning


You have two options here: a steam cleaner or a steam mop. A steam cleaner comes with different attachments and nozzles to help you clean your kitchen splashback and faucets, and your upholstery.

Steam mops, on the other hand, are perfect to clean and sanitize hard floors without needing chemicals. If you have hardwood floors, this might be a fantastic tool.

You avoid using strong chemicals, you lift dirt and you kill bacteria, all using only water!

Related: 5 Tips to Make Tiles and Grout Look Brand New


Pre-treat Areas With Water and Soap


Pre-treating areas is less common than you think! Many people apply their cleaning agents and just jump right into scrubbing and wiping.

However, most areas and items can be pre-treated with soapy water (or similar cleaning products) for 15 – 30 minutes. This goes from bathroom fixtures to pots and pans in your kitchen.

How can you speed up your cleaning process? Pre-treat the most challenging areas, and work on other areas while you wait.

You can pre-treat your toilet and your shower and in the meantime, scrub and wipe your sink and your mirror, for example.

Related: How to Make Your Own Dish Soap: 2 Easy DIY Recipes

Pre-treat stains in your bathroom with soap and water - Dallas Maids

Conclusion


That’s it! 5 quick and smart tools and techniques that you can try in your routine this year. January is the perfect year to set up goals and learn how to improve some challenging areas in your life.

With cleaning, using the right tools and cleaning products is key. Keep consistency and you won’t need more than 1 hour a week to keep your home clean and tidy!

Again, remember to check Dallas Maids, our house cleaning service in Dallas, Frisco, Irving, Plano, and more cities accross DFW.

Nowadays, we try more and more to be involved with our families and dedicate our time to doing what we love. With less time for cleaning, we want you to leave your home in the hands of professionals.

We will be back soon with more cleaning articles in our blog. Don’t forget to visit our Instagram and Facebook for more cleaning tips!

Merry Christmas from Dallas Maids!

December 24, 2023 by admin

Merry Christmas from Dallas Maids

With just a few short hours before the big day, we all hope you’re enjoying the season with some mirth, laughter, and a good deal of fudge.

This nostalgic time of year always gets to me. It seems to be nature’s way of telling us to slow down and rest. Our ancestors certainly thought so. The grueling labor of the spring planting, summer caretaking, and fall harvesting were over. For them it was a time to pause, enjoy the bounty and provision of the year, and reflect. The work is over, be still.

Our world has come a long way from those agricultural traditions and rhythms. But their message still holds power. The work of the year, whatever it may be, slows down. Long nights at work or out are typically replaced with warm fireplace chats, parties, and time with those we love. It’s a beautiful time to reflect and enjoy the bounty of the year.

This year, we have had a lot to be grateful for. We were talking the other day as a team and I was overwhelmed by the stories of our staff. We work hard yes. We stake our reputation on it. But we’ve been blown away by the kindness of our customers. From festive cookies at Halloween and Thanksgiving to writing heartfelt Christmas cards for our staff, you are amazing customers! We even have customers that pay for cleanings they cancel last minute, just to make sure their ladies are compensated despite the last-minute schedule change.

As I survey the year, it’s heartwarming to reflect on acts of kindness, generosity, and joy we share with you. To remember the hard work and have so many examples of customers who appreciate our business. As you get ready to celebrate Christmas and the New Year, I hope you’ll have a moment to reflect on nature’s way of calling us to be still. A moment to reflect on all the hard work and all the provision of the year.

From all of us at Dallas Maids, we wish you a happy, hearty, fudge-filled Holiday and joyous New Year.

~ From all of the Dallas Maids Team

People Love Us On Yelp

December 14, 2023 by admin

Yelpers have spoken: Dallas Maids is lovable! ❤️ In a letter we received from Yelp, the CEO & Co-founder of Yelp writes “We’re proud to recognize Dallas Maids as one of the highest-rated and best reviewed businesses on Yelp” for 2023. We also received the same recognition for 2022 though hadn’t had a chance to post the recognition last year – we just can’t keep up with all the awards!

Here is the letter in it’s entirety:

Thank you Yelp for this amazing recognition and for giving us a chance to provide the best maid service in Dallas to Yelpers.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2023 by Dallas Maids

Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you for giving us a chance to be a part of your story

Hello!

We’ve finally reached that time of year that many of us find the most enjoyable. Not only is the food good and time with family and friends joyous, but most weeks involve some kind of shortened day at work, party, or type of unexpected laughter.

As you celebrate today, we want you to know we are honored that you have let us become a part of your story. As I shared earlier this year, the older I get the more I realize how short and brief life is. As I’ve contemplated that in my own life and in how I run Dallas Maids, I’ve gained anew appreciation of how interconnected our stories are.

We get to be an indirect part of that family dinner you’ll never forget where Dad finally shared that crazy story from high school. We get to quietly be a part of a peaceful night at home, reading a good book or watching a favorite sitcom. Because of your trust, we find ourselves welcomed, however minimally, into the fullness of your life. By inviting us into your home to clean, we get to be there quietly when you have that extra five minutes to enjoy that cup of coffee or talk with that old friend for just a little longer.

And as many of you know, you are a huge part of our story. Beyond your business, many of you were there when we desperately needed help at the onset of the pandemic. Your generosity and selflessness kept us going. Our story continued because of you. Now, several years later, we get to be there as your story unfolds. Dishes and clutter squared away, you have time to just be present with yourself and those you hold dear. We love being able to play that small part in your life and in your story.

Whether you’re going out, staying in, or doing something totally out-of-the-box today, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. As the holiday season officially kicks off, we are grateful to be welcomed into your homes and more importantly, your stories.

Gratefully,

~ Dallas Maids family

P.S. Want to know a little bit more about our team and their stories? Check out some of these fun facts about our team below!


Edith

Edith likes an atmosphere of harmony and positive energy, tackling the plethora of daily challenges using balanced judgement with an optimistic disposition. She is a lady that brings good vibrations to the Dallas Maids’ office while delivering amazing customer service for our absolutely amazing customers.

Turkey or Tofurky?:

Tofurky all the way!

Favorite Cleaning Hack:

I wouldn’t consider it a hack but a mantra, “do not put it aside, put it away”. It helps me keep things organized and less cluttered during the holidays.

Dream Superpower for Cleaning:

~I would love to have a superpower like Dr. Seuss’ Cat In The Hat, and turn a whole house upside down and back to being perfect in 5 seconds.

Cleaning Pet Peeve:

I find the kitchen sink hard to ignore. Cooking a feast for my family can get hard if I do not clean pots and pans in between.

Thanksgiving Wishes for our Customers:

As Thanksgiving approaches, we would like to express our gratitude for your continued trust and support. This year has been challenging for all of us, but your loyalty has been a constant source of motivation for our team.

We are deeply thankful for your business and the opportunity to serve you. We hope that this holiday season is filled with warmth, happiness, and cherished moments with your loved ones.

On behalf of our entire team, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving and a joyous holiday season. Thank you for choosing us as your cleaning service provider.


Mary

Mary is instrumental in ensuring we maintain award-winning customer service by monitoring staff/customer interactions so nothing falls through the cracks. Ever had a maid service miss a to-do item or even an entire cleaning appointment? Yeah. That doesn’t happen here.

Most Rewarding Part of the Job:

The most rewarding part of our job with Dallas Maids is making our customers happy by delivering the most amazing customer service experience and seeing happy faces (through their feedback) after a good look at their clean home.

Dream Superpower for Cleaning:

I want a super speedy cleaning powers! Cleaning the whole house in 5 mins would be crazy but wonderful!

Hobbies Outside of Dallas Maids:

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working or cleaning my home is to spend lots and lots of time with my family and that includes watching child-friendly movies with my toddler.

Favorite Fall Activity:

Me and my family usually wear Christmas shirts from the 1st of December up to the 25th (Christmas day!). It’s a little tradition we’ve made since giving birth to my son.

Thanksgiving Wishes for our Customers:

Wish them all a wonderful holidays! Well wishes for good health and more blessings to come! 


Monse is optimistic with a positive sense of humor. Her natural tendency to befriend customers is a coveted personality trait here because it aligns with our view customers are more than just a number; they are our friends, the reason why we are here.

Most Rewarding Part of the Job:

Seeing the customers love our girls just as much as we do. When they value and appreciate their hard work… just makes me heart melt.

Favorite Thanksgiving Dish:

DEVILED EGGGGGGGSSSSS FOR DAYSSSSSS

Creative Leftovers Recipe:

Turkey Fluatas, which is shredded turkey rolled into atortilla deep fried.. Chef kiss

Hobbies Outside of Dallas Maids:

I love to crochet, watch football and basketball.

Thanksgiving Wishes for our Customers:

May you make amazing memories with the people and fur people they love! 


Nelly

Nelly radiates welcoming energy while wearing a warm smile. Her dedication to detail and perfection has propelled her to a supervisory position where she helps our housekeepers excel in-field.

Turkey or Tofurky?:

Turkey all the way! 🦃

Most Rewarding Part of the Job:

Super happy and blessed to work with amazing people!

Favorite Thanksgiving Dish:

Roasted Ham made by my god mother. Always juicy and delicious.

Oddest Thing Found While Cleaning:

Cool Item in boys room that I found was a pencil coat hanger! Loved!

Hobbies Outside of Dallas Maids:

I love spending time with my 3 boys!!!

Thanksgiving Wishes for our Customers:

Wishing all our customers happy holidays!!


Norma

Norma was originally hired as a customer service rep, however her role has since grown. She does it all: Customer service, manages talent, payroll, etc. She works virtually from Mexico, allowing her to provide customer services by working during U.S. holidays while other companies are closed.

Oddest Thing Found While Cleaning:

I remember when i started working for Dallas Maids, they showed me a pic of a 20+ year old block of cheese in a freezer.

Favorite Dallas Maids Memory:

My first reunion with all the ladies

Secret talent:

Painting and graphic design

Favorite fall activity:

Lay in and watch 90s movies or movies I’ve watched more than 5 times

Thanksgiving Wishes for our Customers:

More than wishing a ton of reasons to be thankful for, I wish our customers having even a bigger number of loved ones to share those reasons with. 

House Cleaning Tips Before Thanksgiving

November 22, 2023 by Dallas Maids

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Hello and welcome back to Dallas Maids! Today we’re giving you some tips on how to clean your home before Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is so exciting and it’s so close! The scent of pumpkin pie and family gatherings are right around the corner.

However, we’re only one day apart from Thanksgiving and our homes are usually a mess. That’s why many of our customers book a deep cleaning or a standard cleaning service.

However, at Dallas Maids, we love sharing what we know from house cleaning. That’s why we came up with some house cleaning tips for Thanksgiving in case you want to do it on your own. We want your guests to leave saying: “Thanks for the sparkling memories!”


Crafting a House Cleaning Calendar for Thanksgiving


First things first. Let’s whip up a schedule that is quick, easy and split your cleaning tasks into bite-sized portions. With this strategy, you will conquer the cleaning chaos without a sweat.

Here’s our recommendation: because you have very little time, pick two or three areas in your home that your guests will enjoy the most. Then, pick three tasks for each one of these areas and focus on them.


Start By Decluttering


Decluttering and transforming your space is the first step, just declutter everything you find out of place. Your guests will feel more at home when your home isn’t filled with random items everywhere.

You can set a 30-minute timer to declutter as much as you can and then move on to continue your cleaning checklist.

Related: The Connection Between a Clean Home and Mental Health


Navigating Through the Most Important Spots


Zoom in on the spots where your guests usually leave their marks: the dining area, the living room and the kitchen (and the backyard probably too).

Roll up your sleeves to get these areas spotless:

Kitchen

  • Empty your fridge and make space for your Thanksgiving dishes.
  • Deep clean your oven and your stovetop! Especially if you’re going to cook tomorrow.
  • If possible, quickly wipe your countertops and cabinets and put away unnecessary items.

Dining Area

  • The dining area is a very special place for Thanksgiving. Dust and polish any furniture, especially if you have wooden furniture.
  • If you have time, iron out the linens. (Spritz some water beforehand).
  • Make sure there’s room for everyone and add some fun Thanksgiving décor!

Related: Step by Step to a Clean Kitchen

Living Room

  • Make sure you vacuum your floors and your furniture. If you have pets, this is even more important. Depending on the type of fabric, you can spritz some water with a few drops of essential oil. This will absorb odors and give you a slight nice fragrance.
  • Clean out your fireplace and make some room for your guests! Add some freshly washed throw blankets.
  • Pro tip: clean ceiling fans, light fixtures, blinds and windowsills. This is the telling sign that your home hasn’t been cleaned in a while.

Related: How to Deep Clean Your Living Room

Guest Bedroom

  • If you have guests staying over, it’s important to keep your guest bedroom clean.
  • Make your bed and fluff pillows. Open up a window and let some fresh air before your guests come over!
  • Here’s a trick: clean your windows and your light fixtures to ensure your guests have plenty of light.
  • Bring them a basket of toiletries and extra blankets. Leave some space in your closet to help your guests feel at home with their belongings.

Dallas Maids’ Thanksgiving House Cleaning Checklist


Here’s a simple, compact version of this house cleaning for Thanksgiving checklist! Feel free to print it out and keep it at hand or send it to your friends.

Thanksgiving Cleaning Checklist - Dallas Maids

Conclusion


That’s all! We hope this little Thanksgiving cleaning checklist helps you with your home.

Again, make sure to check our cleaning service in Dallas or Frisco in case you need an emergency cleaning.

We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and we can’t wait to return with more cleaning tips!

Scholarships For Dallas Maids’ Families

November 10, 2023 by Dallas Maids

Dallas Maids employees and their families who are attending a four-year university are eligible for a scholarship through the ISSA Foundation.

The ISSA Foundation offers scholarships for cleaning companies who are members of the ISSA and their employees along with their immediate family member. Applications will be accepted from January, 2024 to April, 2024. The average scholarship is $3,500.00 though some may be more and others less. To apply, visit https://issacharities.org/issa-scholars

Per ISSA Charities:

The donor-designated scholarship fund is a philanthropic investment from an ISSA member company in support of a named scholarship.  Awards for the scholarship may be granted to employees and immediate family members of the company who are full-time students pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in a fully accredited four-year college or university. The ideal candidate for this scholarship will have demonstrated need and merit.  Specific criteria can be established for the applicants by the designated fund donor.

ISSA Scholars will administer this program and award grants on behalf of donors to eligible students who meet certain criteria.

Scholarship candidates will need to provide the following materials for the application process. To be considered for an award, all required items must be submitted digitally. 

  • Personal Information
  • Essay (Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistance not allowed)
  • Academic Activity and Leadership record
  • Most recent official high school or college/university transcript. Printed copies from the Internet will not be accepted.
  • Optional: official SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, or LSAT test scores. (You may send a copy of the original document received from the testing agency. These scores do not have to be submitted if they appear on your high school transcript, or if you are already in college.)
  • Two evaluations from current or past professors or teaching assistants. If you are unable to obtain two educational evaluations, you may have the forms completed by an employer, supervisor, or coach.

Please note that ISSA Scholars awards cover the cost of books and tuition only. Other school related expenses such as room and board, materials, etc. are not covered under these awards.

20 Years of Gratitude

October 13, 2023 by admin

(Email sent to customers on October, 12th 2023)

Hello Dallas Maid’s friends and family,

I want to start this email by saying it doesn’t have a coupon or discount code or a sales pitch. I just want to share a personal moment with each of you that is genuine, honest, and grateful. If you rolled your eyes when you saw another email, I get it. I hope you’ll offer me just a minute to speak with you and express gratitude and wonder as we enter this time of year.

A couple of weekends ago I was a little floored when I found myself dressing for my 30th high school reunion. I can’t be 49 – that’s not real, is it? Despite double checking the mirror a few times along with my calendar and watch, I am. If there was any doubt, seeing friends from way back when really brought home some unexpected emotions.

As I sat with classmates, friends, old girlfriends, old rivals, and that kid that always got that one math problem right, I was stunned by the passing of time. I sat there taking stock of the past thirty years. I started Dallas Maids 20 years ago, right around my first 10-year reunion.

How could it be that in the blink of an eye, so much had happened. I made the decision to hire an office staff, worked to build a team of stellar employees, and bust our collective tail to carve out our place in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Can that really have all started 20 years ago?

And I can’t dare to forget each of you, our customers. You’ve welcomed us into your home to help make it a haven again. A place where chores aren’t even on the backburner. They’re stored in the attic next to that old high school yearbook. No longer a concern because home feels like home again. I just can’t put into words how humbled I am to have had your support. Twenty years ago, I started Dallas Maids. It was a dream and a hope. Fast forward twenty years to having a team of 28 cleaners and staff and a group of customers that have given us the privilege to serve them.

Has it really been twenty years?

Yes. It has. Twenty amazing years made up of days scrabbling to book cleaners, customers surprising us with cookies or a fresh pot of coffee, a pandemic, five national elections, four summer Olympics, babies born. Twenty years of laughing at funny little things that tickle our funny bone unexpectedly. Twenty years of working with our team and you to come up with creative solutions to challenges. Twenty years of friendship and business.

As I’ve reflected since my 30-year reunion, my mind has kept wandering back to a quote from Stig H. Johansson.

“All those days that came and went, little did I know that they were life. All those days that came and went – I didn’t realize those were life.”

As Halloween approaches and I get ready to take my two daughters trick-or-treating, these thoughts and feelings have struck a chord with me. They have reminded me that life isn’t something that happens tomorrow. Life happens moment-by-moment. Life is waking up five minutes late for a meeting. Life is forgetting to call the pharmacy, again. Life is cuddles with my kids. Life is the coffee pot overflowing. Life is making customers smile by doing what we do. Life is pausing to listen when a friend, family member or even customer shares about their hard day.

Life is this thing in front of me. Even as I type this right now. Having learned the lesson that have been laid on my heart at my 30-year reunion, I am committing to live this thing called life. Committing to be present. To not be distracted by my cell phone so dang much. To not sweat the small stuff. To listen more intently when complements come our way and genuinely receive them. To respond with empathy and ownership when things go sideways from time to time.

To laugh. To genuinely laugh not just with my body or face, but from the core of my very being. To smile in wonder and amazement at this brief gift of time I’ve been given in my life.

Thank you for being a part of my life these past 20 years. Thank you for letting our company be part of yours for however long we’ve been connected. Thank you for putting up with my wordy ramblings and attempts at simply putting into words my gratitude for being alive at the same time with you. Gratitude that of all the possible pathways life could have taken you and I, synchronicity saw fit to have them intersect here and now. For that I will be grateful, for the next 30 years and beyond.

With gratitude and awe,

Raymond

Staff Letter 9/29/23 – Moving Forward

September 29, 2023 by admin

Sept 29 2023


Good afternoon team,

As I discussed with everyone earlier this month, we are planning to raise rates for our customers in 2024. This was a decision I’ve contemplated for several months. Earlier in the year we committed to our customers we wouldn’t raise rates in 2023. This was our honest commitment to those we serve to help ease the concerns over rising costs in our world. I’m sure you’ve all noticed gas getting more expensive along with items like toilet paper, bread, and other staples.

I’m glad we provided our customers a stable price structure for 2023. While it has caused some stress for us financially at the end of the year, I believe it has proven to them we aren’t trying to reach into their wallets just because we can. That type of behavior is what makes us different from our competitors. We aren’t looking to pinch our customers for more cash when many others are.

As the year has gone on, inflation has seemed to settle to a consistent level. This means our customers have had time to adjust to paying more for their staple goods and services. I believe we have given them a good cushion to be able to do that. On the other hand, that also means that it’s time for us to begin charging more for our services. I won’t bore you with the economics behind it, but in a nutshell, high quality, premiere service costs more. While we’ve given our customers a cushion to adjust, we are right in raising our rates moderately because we provide a premiere cleaning service and experience.

In connection with that, in July 2024, our annual raises will be from customer rate increases.

What does this mean for our team? In 2024, most of you will experience the biggest pay increase in your history with our company. And I’m excited for you when that day comes!

For a few team members, this may mean a less pleasant experience and a smaller than expected raise. I know none of us enjoy those conversations. Keeping in mind that our customers will be paying top dollar for top-tier service, this makes sense. If we aren’t providing exceptional service, we can’t expect to be paid exceptionally well.

So, go above and beyond than just doing the basics, WOW the customers, earn glowing reviews from them, and when the time comes for rate increases, they will not have a second thought about leaving.

In a similar note, I encourage us to exhibit the same level of commitment and excellence in our interactions with one another as we do with our valued customers. Mutual respect should be the cornerstone of our professional relationships, encompassing considerations such as recognizing each other’s work hours, acknowledging the importance of personal time outside of work, and treating one another with unwavering dignity. It is important we consistently demonstrate kindness and consideration to our colleagues.

Effective communication plays an equally vital role in fostering a harmonious and efficient work environment. This includes practices such as providing advance notice for doctor’s appointments, and promptly reporting any issues encountered in the field to our office staff. Such proactive communication is instrumental in ensuring seamless operations.

A culture of respect and open communication not only enhances the quality of our workplace interactions but also contributes significantly to a more positive and peacful work environment.

Dallas Maids has been an exceptional company for nearly 20 years. We’ve done that through hiring the best staff and not shying away from charging more because our work is better. Because that has been our approach to business, we’ve been able to create a great customer base and pay our staff above market averages. As we raise prices, we need to remember our reputation and remain true to who we are. If we continue to provide excellent service and customer care, I have no doubt 2024 will be a blockbuster year for our team. If we falter in providing the same great service, we’ll lose customers because they won’t want to pay top dollar for average cleaning service they can get at any number of places in town.

I’m eager to see what the future holds for us as a team. As we prepare to raise our rates for our customers, I want us all to recommit to the premiere service we are known for. It’s easy to get settled into a relaxed way of working. It’s not because we don’t care. We get used to things and sometimes let them slide. I know I do it occasionally. As a company, I want to lead our team in renewing our commitment to providing the best work for our customers. If we do that, I’m sure in July 2024, we’ll all be smiling big.

All my best,

Greg


Buenas tardes equipo,

Como mencioné a todos a principios de este mes, estamos planeando aumentar las tarifas para nuestros clientes en 2024. Esta fue una decisión en la que he reflexionado durante varios meses. A principios de año, nos comprometimos con nuestros clientes a no aumentar las tarifas en 2023. Esta fue nuestra honesta promesa a quienes servimos para ayudar a aliviar las preocupaciones sobre el aumento de los costos en nuestro mundo. Estoy seguro de que todos ustedes han notado cómo la gasolina se ha vuelto más costosa, al igual que productos como el papel higiénico, el pan y otros productos básicos.

Me complace que hayamos proporcionado a nuestros clientes una estructura de precios estable para 2023. Aunque esto nos ha causado cierto estrés financiero al final del año, creo que les hemos demostrado que no estamos tratando de vaciar sus bolsillos simplemente porque podemos. Ese tipo de comportamiento es lo que nos diferencia de nuestros competidores. No estamos tratando de exprimir más dinero de nuestros clientes cuando muchos otros lo están haciendo.

A medida que ha transcurrido el año, la inflación parece haberse estabilizado a un nivel constante. Esto significa que nuestros clientes han tenido tiempo para ajustarse a pagar más por sus productos y servicios básicos. Creo que les hemos dado un buen margen para hacerlo. Por otro lado, esto también significa que es hora de que comencemos a cobrar más por nuestros servicios. No quiero aburrirlos con la economía detrás de esto, pero en pocas palabras, un servicio de alta calidad y de primera categoría tiene un costo mayor. Dado que les hemos dado a nuestros clientes un margen para ajustarse, es apropiado que aumentemos nuestras tarifas de manera moderada, ya que ofrecemos un servicio de limpieza de primera y una experiencia excepcional.

En relación con esto, en julio de 2024, nuestros aumentos anuales estarán relacionados con el aumento de tarifas para los clientes.

¿Qué significa esto para nuestro equipo? En 2024, la mayoría de ustedes experimentarán el mayor aumento salarial en la historia de nuestra empresa. ¡Y estoy emocionado por ustedes cuando llegue ese día!

Para algunos miembros del equipo, esto puede significar una experiencia menos agradable y un aumento salarial menor de lo esperado. Sé que ninguno de nosotros disfruta de esas conversaciones. Teniendo en cuenta que nuestros clientes estarán pagando el precio máximo por un servicio de primera categoría, esto tiene sentido. Si no proporcionamos un servicio excepcional, no podemos esperar ser remunerados de manera excepcional.

Por lo tanto, vayan más allá de lo básico, sorprendan a los clientes, obtengan críticas elogiosas de ellos y, cuando llegue el momento de aumentar las tarifas, no tendrán dudas sobre quedarse.

En una nota similar, los exhorto a mostrar el mismo nivel de compromiso y excelencia en nuestras interacciones mutuas que lo hacemos con nuestros valiosos clientes. El respeto mutuo debe ser la piedra angular de nuestras relaciones profesionales, incluyendo aspectos como reconocer las horas de trabajo de los demás, valorar la importancia del tiempo personal fuera del trabajo y tratar a los demás con dignidad inquebrantable. Es importante que mostremos amabilidad y consideración constantemente hacia nuestros colegas.

La comunicación efectiva desempeña un papel igualmente vital en fomentar un entorno de trabajo armonioso y eficiente. Esto incluye prácticas como dar aviso anticipado para las citas médicas y reportar de inmediato cualquier problema que se encuentre en el campo al personal de oficina. Esta comunicación proactiva es fundamental para garantizar operaciones sin contratiempos.

Una cultura de respeto y comunicación abierta no solo mejora la calidad de nuestras interacciones en el lugar de trabajo, sino que también contribuye significativamente a un entorno laboral más positivo y tranquilo.

Dallas Maids ha sido una empresa excepcional durante casi 20 años. Hemos logrado esto contratando al mejor personal y no evitando cobrar más porque nuestro trabajo es mejor. Debido a que esta ha sido nuestra forma de hacer negocios, hemos podido crear una gran base de clientes y pagar a nuestro personal por encima del promedio del mercado. A medida que subimos los precios, debemos recordar nuestra reputación y mantenernos fieles a lo que somos. Si seguimos brindando un excelente servicio y atención al cliente, no tengo dudas de que 2024 será un año excepcional para nuestro equipo. Si fallamos en proporcionar el mismo gran servicio, perderemos clientes porque no querrán pagar el precio máximo por un servicio de limpieza promedio que pueden obtener en muchos lugares de la ciudad.

Estoy ansioso por ver qué nos depara el futuro como equipo. A medida que nos preparamos para aumentar nuestras tarifas para nuestros clientes, quiero que todos nos comprometamos nuevamente con el servicio de primera categoría por el que somos conocidos. Es fácil acostumbrarse a una forma relajada de trabajar. No es porque no nos importe. Nos acostumbramos a las cosas y a veces las descuidamos. Sé que yo lo hago ocasionalmente. Como empresa, quiero liderar a nuestro equipo en renovar nuestro compromiso de brindar el mejor trabajo a nuestros clientes. Si lo hacemos, estoy seguro de que en julio de 2024, todos estaremos sonriendo.

Mis mejores deseos,

Greg