Some people clean when they're stressed, but not everyone has the fortitude to turn that habit into a thriving business. But that's exactly what Green Maidworks' owners Paul and Sheri Kaplan did after Paul followed a teaching job offer from California to Virginia, only to have it retracted upon arrival due to the recession. Faced with the opportunity to embark on something new, the Kaplans took stock of their greatest assets??which included their children and the idealism that drove their initial desire to teach public school??and decided to develop a business that would help others lead healthier lives.
More than a quarter-century later, Green Maidworks remains committed to easing the psychological and physical stress of cleaning, and gives busy professionals more time to spend with their families. An equal dedication to the environment compels them to use only nontoxic cleaners that have been approved by Green Seal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainability. Vacuums bear CRI Green Label certification that ensures they adhere to stringent requirements for picking up and holding onto dirt, and the team's microfiber towels have been patented for their ability to remove 99.98% of all germs from hard surfaces. Each Green Maidworks employee is vetted with a similar thoroughness to earn the trust of clients, some of whom feel comfortable enough to give the company their keys and the secret to their award-winning mincemeat recipe.