Here’s how to put the holiday mess behind you and resolve to have a cleaner home

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Is your home still being haunted by the Ghost of Christmas Past? Heavenly Touch Maids can rid your home of pine needles, glitter and other stubborn post-holiday messes.

By Mimi Vanderhaven

It’s finally over. All of the prep, the decorating, the cooking, the guests, the holiday colds and flu are behind us.

Sort of.

Many of us are still haunted by the Ghost of Christmas Past, including Christmas tree needles, glitter, and the tell-tale finger prints of tiny tots, not to mention the bacteria and viruses that seemed to have attacked us all this holiday season. Now is the time to rid your home of these remnants and start your New Year fresh and clean.

And when you rely on Heavenly Touch Maids to handle the dirty work, you can also reduce stress and spend more time with your family—which are both popular New Year’s Resolutions. Their staff can even help you clean your closets, de-clutter your home and pack up unwanted items for Goodwill, AmVets, the Salvation Army or, in some cases, the garbage.

The “Post-Holiday Cleaning”
“Right now our phones are ringing because everyone wants to start off the New Year on the right foot with a clean, orderly, organized home,” explains Erin Schultz, Heavenly Touch’s office manager who will likely be the one to answer the phone when you call.

“Many people don’t realize it, but it’s so much easier to keep your home clean once it’s been thoroughly cleaned. That’s where we come in.”

Heavenly Touch Maids is a 12-year-old company employing over 30 professionally-trained maids who have cleaned thousands of Greater Akron homes. While many clients opt for a weekly cleaning, the firm also offers an affordable yet deep cleaning known as “The Post-Holiday Cleaning.”

“Our Post-Holiday Cleaning is similar to our Full Spring Cleaning except we don’t scrub the walls,” explains Erin.

“We clean virtually everything else—from kitchen cabinets and appliances to furniture, wall art and shelving, to toilets, showers and baseboards. We can even do interior window cleaning. Plus, we clean up Christmas tree needles, glitter and we scrub where your decorations were—places that maybe haven’t been cleaned in a couple of months.”

Teams of Two
Heavenly Touch Maids arrive in teams of two, including a team leader who oversees the job. The pair divides and conquers so they can do a professional job without being in your home all day. Working in teams also allows furniture to be moved safely, if required.

“Our employees undergo a comprehensive training program, including how to properly dust and vacuum,” says owner Rick Winrod. “Plus, we have weekly refresher training so we stay on top of the industry.”

Unlike other companies that pay maids a percentage of the job, Heavenly Touch offers a competitive hourly wage so there is no incentive to rush. “Our teams are professional, diligent and flexible,” adds Erin. “We can handle your weekly cleaning, plus pay special attention to areas that you request.”

And, Erin says, they can even handle “emergencies.”

“I’m not talking about a backed-up sewer,” she clarifies. “I mean if you suddenly find out that special guests are coming over this weekend.”

Post-illness cleanings are also a good idea. Some bacteria—like those that cause strep throat and ear infections—can live outside of the body for long periods of time.

Doing the Job Right
According to Erin, most Heavenly Touch clients are people who value family time. They don’t want to spend their weekends cleaning. “It can be really, really frustrating when your house is never clean and you always seem to be playing catch-up,” Erin says.

The Heavenly Touch Maids staff has long-term tenure and gets rave reviews. “Our clients are very happy with us,” Erin smiles. “As a result, we get a lot of customer referrals and word-of-mouth is our biggest source of new clients.”

When you call Heavenly Touch Maids, Erin will likely ask you questions like this: Are you a pet owner? What kind of floors do you have? How many people live in your home? Do you have window blinds? Do you want your windows washed? In addition, you’ll receive an email featuring certification of the company’s insurance policies plus a complete list of services performed on a first-time cleaning.

So, let’s get the holidays behind and take control of our lives. For an extra $25 savings, see the sidebar on this page.

Heavenly Touch Maids serves all of Greater Akron. For more information or to receive a free, no-obligation quote, call 330-929-3410. The company maintains an A+ rating with the BBB. For more information, visit