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The Maid Brigade Offers a Green Way to Clean Your Home

Feb 27, 2015 01:06AM
by Samantha Hudgins

Maid Brigade, in business since 1979, made a commitment to green cleaning in 2007 and has been a Green America-approved business ever since. In every aspect of the business, Maid Brigade takes seriously its commitment to create the safest indoor environment in their clients’ homes, as well as in their office.

To become Green America-approved, a company must abide not only by green business practices but socially responsible practices as well, including promoting from within the company. Regional Marketing Director Katy Gilchrist proudly points to one of their team leaders as an example of how the company supports growth in its staff. This particular operations manager joined the company 15 years ago as a house cleaning professional who spoke limited English. Today she supervises 50 women, speaks fluent English and has been able to put children through college. One of her daughters now works in their accounting department.

Maid Brigade ensures a green cleaning experience on every front, starting with their home office. Every desk is home to a recycling bin and only reusable cups will be found by the coffee maker. From there, Maid Brigade’s uniformed maids—or house cleaning professionals, as the company refers to them—take low-emission company cars to the homes they will be cleaning that day.

Once on location, many steps are taken to give each house a synthetic chemical-free and toxin-free cleaning. Only green seal certified sustainable cleaning products are used and all equipment, such as HEPA vacuums, is approved by the American Lung Association to improve air quality. Furthermore, reusable color-coded fiber cloths are used in place of paper towels. The cloths are color-coded to correspond with rooms of the house so that, for instance, the same cloth used in the bathroom will not be used in the kitchen.

Teams of two or three house cleaning professionals work together to clean each house from top to bottom and front to back so that once an area has been cleaned, it stays clean. As much as possible, teams are kept together on assignments. Ms. Gilchrist explains this is done not only to foster efficiency but also to create a pet-friendly environment. Sending the same people to the same house allows pets to get to know and become comfortable with their house cleaning professionals.

Nationwide there are more than 400 franchise territories and in this area Maid Brigade franchises cover the majority of the metro D.C. region from Leesburg to Annapolis, and Ellicott City to Fredericksburg and points in between. Maid Brigade is active within the community it services, often attending green living expos and the openings of green apartment buildings. This March alone they will be attending the Arlington Homeshow and Garden Expo on March 7, the World Green Energy Symposium on March 12 and the Waldorf Great Big Home and Remodeling Expo on March 14 and 15.

Maid Brigade also serves the community through its partnership with Cleaning for a Reason. With this organization, Maid Brigade is able to provide up to four free monthly cleans for up to four late-stage cancer patients per month.

Spring Cleaning will soon be in full swing and Maid Brigade is prepared to make houses cleaner and safer. To get an estimate, call 703-822-4221or visit




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