The Gift of Clean for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers.  I don’t know about you, but I always send my mother a card, and I send gifts to the romantically-unattached members of my posse (to take the sting out of being overlooked on the most ridiculously- and commercially-hyped day of the year.)

This February 14th, I’m skipping the candy/flowers/chocolates, and going right for the good stuff — gift cards for maid service.  Romantic?  Maybe more than you think.  Thoughtful?  You bet.

Here are a couple of scenarios to help you decide what to to purchase.

Big, busy home, with a new baby. Cathy and Jim have just given birth to their second child, and could use a hand keeping the house tidy.  They live – with Rover — in a 2000 square foot, three-level townhouse with two and a half bathrooms.  Cathy’s mother orders weekly cleaning service for three months to help out.  After the initial cleaning, the weekly rate would be between $130 and $195.

Small, tidy apartment. Temporarily laid-up with a full leg cast, Sharelle worries that scrubbing the tub is out of the question.  Her colleagues get together and order her a gift certificate for a one-time cleaning.  Sharelle lives by herself in an 800-square-foot efficiency, so the one-time cleaning would likely be $189.  If Sharelle wanted to follow up with bi-weekly service until her cast was removed, she would probably pay $87 per visit.

The gift of clean is the perfect gift for more than just Valentine’s Day:

  • A thoughtful “just-because” gift for a new mother, an elderly person, or someone recovering from surgery or illness.
  • Mother’s Day – show Mom how much you appreciate her.
  • The holidays – help the hostess get ready for the family’s arrival.
  • Weddings and showers – what bride couldn’t use a little help?

In the DC metro area,