Custom Maid Was Founded on May 6, 1985
Tuesday May 6, 1985 was the day I cleaned a client’s home for the first time. To say I was nervous and a little out of my league is an understatement. It took me a whole day to clean a 2000 square foot house with only two bathrooms. I got home that night with $30 in my pocket wondering what I had gotten myself into. I still have the $30 in a frame on my desk. I started to rethink my idea. To work a whole day, come home sore and dog tired and only earn $30 made me think I should go back to the drawing board.
As with any job I got better and faster. After a short while I could clean 2 houses a day. After three months I hired my first employee, Janet from Tennessee who really knew how to clean and taught me everything I didn’t already know.
Custom Maid Has Always Had a Stellar Staff
Over the years, Custom Maid has cleaned well over a quarter of a million homes. I don’t really mean Custom Maid, but rather, of course, the amazing group of women who have cleaned for Custom Maid during the past 30 years. A few who stand out to me and whom you may remember are Barbara, Mary Beth, Cindy, Ingrid, Carol and many more. At one time we had 3 Susans working in the office. Speaking of the Custom Maid office, the three women who run the show there now that I am retired are Susan Helms who is the General Manager and deals with all of the craziness of cleaning almost 40 homes on any given day. She has been with Custom Maid for 17 years. Susan Diggs with 16 years and Janet Carpenter who is the rookie of the bunch with a mere 13 years round out the people you speak with on the phone.
The cleaning staff has a combined total of 131 years of cleaning experience with Custom Maid. That means that our staff averages 5 and a half years with us. Our longest time employee is the always dependable Sharon with 16 years. Andi, one of our trainers has grown up with Custom Maid for the last 15 years. She is always willing to pitch in wherever needed. Jessica who has been with Custom Maid for 12 years is a really hard worker and always has a smile.
Without the people I’ve mentioned and all of the others that there is just not room to single out, Custom Maid would not have had the success we have had. As I celebrate the 30th anniversary of my “baby”, I know it’s really my staff who should be celebrated.
Thank you to all of the present staff and to all those who have come and gone in the past 30 years!
If you want to hire a solid, well run, established and experienced cleaning firm then call Custom Maid at 757-499-8568.