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It’s hard to make spring cleaning an enjoyable experience. Between setting aside valuable time, scrubbing floors, and decluttering the home, the process takes a considerable amount of time and effort. This is especially true of Portland, whose winters are often long and cloudy. Here’s the good news: The process can be circumvented by hiring a professional cleaner to do the work for you. To investigate spring cleaning habits in the Portland area, we spoke with Lora Ladd of Ergo Errands about her experience in the field.


What’s Different about Portland?

Ladd explained that spring cleaning is a bit different in Portland. “Since it’s rainy and cloudy for a good portion of the winter in Portland”, she began, “it can be easy for dust to go unseen and untouched. Floors experience mud build-up from animal and human foot traffic. Then, all of the sudden, the sun comes out and shines in through windows in the spring, literally shining light on dirty surfaces.”

Ladd also clarified that homes are also part of what makes the city different: “There are many beautiful, old craftsman homes in Portland that were built in the early 1900s, many of which have not been fully deep-cleaned for years—maybe even decades. Removing this buildup can take time, elbow grease, persistence, and patience!” To illustrate the problem, she used a helpful analogy: “A good comparison would be: if you leave a dirty dish out with food and you forget to wash it for a few days, it can take much more time and effort to remove that buildup. The same goes for a home that has dust buildup in its nooks and crannies that may not have been cleaned for a long time.”

Many Portland spring cleaning requests are for deep and move-out/move-in cleanings. Ladd explained that it tends to be a busy time of year for most people. “Our clients don’t have time for cleaning, or they are simply overwhelmed by the amount of work and call in the professionals to take care of it. We service a large base of recurring clientele that we work for on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis.” If you’re moving, remodeling, or decluttering, you may have storage needs that go along with your spring cleaning project. Check out our full-service Portland storage at a price that competes with self-storage.


What to Expect from Your Professional Cleaner

Ergo Errands provides a personalized cleaning experience for every client. Ladd explained: “Every time we take on a new client, we require that we do a deep cleaning of their home if necessary. Every new job is a spring cleaning! This helps us create a clean palette, so to speak. When we do come back on a regular basis, it’s easier to maintain the home. We find success in sticking to this level of detail—our clients tend to be the happiest with a job well-done.”

Though most of Ergo Errand’s regular clients don’t need a spring cleaning, they often request extra add-on services during this time of year. According to Ladd, “This includes but is not limited to the inside of the refrigerator, the oven and cupboards, re-organization of cupboards, closets, utility/laundry rooms, garages, etc.”


Looking for a Portland Professional Cleaner? Consider Ergo Errands

Ladd attributed Ergo Errands’ success to the company’s staff and personalized dedication: “We have insanely low turnover with our staff, so the success of this company is in their hands. I find that the longer my staff stick with their jobs, they become happier, and the clients are happier. Everyone knows their jobs well here and has a sense of ownership in what they do and a loyalty to their clients that they work for.”

If you choose to hire Ergo Errands, you’ll receive unmatched personalized service. Ladd explained, “We keep a customer profile on file for each client where we map out their home and list all of the rooms in their home, information on pets, entry, preferences, &c. We start building this profile from the moment they book. IT makes it easy for our clients because if we do ever experience turnover or if their regular team is out sick or on vacation, we are able to communicate their needs company-wide with all staff.” Additionally, Ladd articulated that many clients stick with Ergo Errands because they provide more than just cleaning services—they also provide personal assistance and office assistance. In Ladd’s words, “It’s easier to have your information in one place with one service rather than hiring multiple companies.”