Mac & Cheese Cleaning Crew
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NOTE: at this time, our roster of recurring clients is full and we are only accepting one-time clients.
Meshing our love of order, serene environments, and using our superpowers to bring joy to others with our desire to flourish our business through physical work, Mac & Cheese Productions℠ offers residential cleaning services.
“Saya - it is so amazing to come home after you’ve been here. Over the course of the day I had already forgotten that you were here and coming home to my place so clean feels amazing. I honestly never knew my place could be this clean (especially with all the stuff I have). I’m not usually one for dramatics but it’s changed my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
"After weeks of travel and facing down a three-week stint of rotating house guests, I decided to pull the trigger and hire Mac & Cheese to come in for a cleaning. My place is small and I was constantly talking myself out of hiring someone to help me with it (like, 'I'm one person, why can't I keep this place clean' guilt) but I I knew for my sanity it was the best route to go. And knowing Saya personally made the process so much easier. Last night I got off yet another plane and was so excited to come home knowing my place would be sparkling. The joy I felt walking into a spotless and fresh apartment -- well, you can't put a price on it. I walked around like a dork running my hands along the clean counters and dusted shelves. Even the level of vacuuming was superior to anything I normally do. And the clean oven ahead of holiday cooking...bliss! Thank you Saya!"
"I bill myself as a clean freak but the reality is that I hate gross things. My roommate and I treated ourselves to a cleaning and it felt like a vacation. I trust Saya when she says she'll do a bang-up job, and she did. After Saya left, my roommate and I walked from room to room and marveled at the cleanliness. Clean fans! No more dust around the vent on the bathroom floor! Clean garbage cans! CLEAN MICROWAVE! I would pay for Saya to clean my house every day if I could."
"As an out-of-state homeowner who was preparing for a change in tenants, I wanted to provide a sparkling clean condo to the new tenants. From the moment I requested a quote through booking the service, the entire process was seamless and easy. I was able to meet the assigned cleaner in advance of the service date and she did an outstanding job cleaning my place. I don't think my condo has ever been this squeaky clean and I have Mac & Cheese to thank. I wholeheartedly recommend Mac & Cheese Cleaning and only wish they were also available in my home state. Best cleaning service hands down!"
“I just got home to my house that we decided is officially cleaner than it was when we moved in. We just marveled at the bath tub for no less than 5 minutes. It is a completely different color. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We will definitely not only be recommending your service to all the people in our life but will also be back! Thank you for the detail and attention that just made my apartment blissfully stress free. You are bringing a whole lot of goodness into the lives of others! Whatever you did to the tub was straight magic.”
"If you are looking for someone that will give your home extra TLC and attention to detail, Saya is your woman. I like to think of myself as a fairly clean person but the truth is that I am more "surface clean.” Besides the cleaning basics, you know those icky, grungy spots in your house that you ignore for a long time, hoping they will go away? I'm talking about the area under the stove, the ring around the faucet and drains, the corners of the bathtub, the area behind the toilet seat, the dust build-up on fans... Saya will find and get rid of that grossness so you can stop feeling guilty about it. I was very happy with Saya's cleaning and it felt so good to enjoy my home afterwards."
"I have never hired anyone to clean my home before, but I broke my ankle and was reminded of a life lesson that took a long time for me to learn: it's ok to ask for help! I immediately booked Saya. Saya is careful, thorough, and enthusiastic about making everything nice and shiny. She is friendly to cats, while also tough on grease. Having a restored home and a friendly presence have been helpful mentally as I recover physically!"
"We had Saya come in to clean while we were at the hospital delivering our new baby--and while I don't like to pat myself on the back too often, it was an AWESOME idea. Coming home to a sparkling clean home made the big transition that is adding a baby to the family a bit smoother, and an ordered home made me feel more capable of taking on parenting a whole new person. This would be a really phenomenal gift for a family experiencing birth/adoption/bringing home a new foster kiddo. Saya was great to work with and our home was as clean or cleaner than it has ever been."
"When my now husband moved in with me just after we got engaged, we both quickly realized that neither one of us enjoyed or looked forward to cleaning. It was something that we would put off and then spend hours cleaning when we would much rather be doing anything else. When I saw Saya's post about the Mac & Cheese Cleaning Crew, I jumped at the chance to give us both an amazing wedding gift. Mac & Cheese came in while we were on our honeymoon so we were able to come home to a sparkling and shiny house. We have now signed up for the monthly cleaning package to continue to enjoy this treat. Thank You Mac & Cheese Cleaning Crew for the best wedding gift ever!"
“I wish there was a specific name for the feeling I have when I arrive home after one of Saya’s ‘Sparkle & Shine’ sessions. It’s a combination of lightness, giddiness, contentment and “ready-to-take-on-the-world-i-ness.” Yes, all that. Saya does a complete reset on your home - cleaning things you had no idea needed cleaning and restoring your space to a place you want to be and setting the stage for possibility! A clean space is so much more than a clean space, it’s energy and inspiration. Clean office = bills paid on time or starting up that side hustle. Clean refrigerator = finally doing that Sunday meal prep you’ve been threatening. Clean living room = hosting that little gathering.”
- Garbage — take out (large debris excluded) and clean receptacles
- Accessible and clear surfaces — M&C will not move excessive amounts of items in order to clean surfaces; the coffee pot and toaster, ok. A vase or two, ok. But not piles of papers, heaps of clothes, gaggles of XYZ.
- Accessible and clear floors — M&C will not move any large/heavy items nor excessive amounts of items in order to clean floors. A trash can, laundry basket, shoe mat, dining room table chair, ok. But not boxes, heaps of clothes, the couch, gaggles of XYZ.
- Mirrors and glass fixtures
- Rugs — shake out and/or vacuum (if you provide a vacuum)
- Dishwasher — load and run
- Microwave exterior and interior
- Appliance exteriors
- Toilet, tub/shower, and sink
- Oven interior
- Fridge interior
- Cabinets interior (kitchen and/or bathroom)
- Interior windows
- Ceiling fans
- Organizing or moving a high level of “stuff” — if you have a lot of items cluttering surfaces, areas, & floors, you will want to prep for us to come in by clearing those places (if you need professional organizing support help, Mac & Cheese recommends For the Love of Tidy and it’s suggested you have her come in pre-cleaning)
- Bedding (making the bed, changing bedding, washing bedding)
- Exterior windows
- Dishes (beyond loading and running dishwasher)
- Rugs/carpets (beyond vacuuming if vacuum is provided)
- Window treatments (blinds, curtains, etc.)
- Occupied closets (closets that aren’t empty)
- Ducts and vents
- Moving appliances/heavy furniture
- Pest infestation
- Pet waste/litter
- Wax spills
- Deep stain removal
Before & After
Inquire About Mac & Cheese Cleaning
We are not a last minute cleaning service, usually booking up a month in advance; if you have a last minute request, you’re welcome to make it but chances are we won’t be able to say yes.
Interested in purchasing a gift card for someone to use for cleaning services?
Fill out the Inquiry Form above, noting that you’d like to purchase a gift card. We’ll get back to you about if we’re able to take the gig and what the cost would be, and then you can send your giftee their surprise!
Why use Mac & Cheese (M&C)?
- We love cleaning
- We’re good at cleaning
- We’re personal and professional
- Look at how we comfort ourselves when stressed — notice a theme?!
Why can’t you book M&C automatically?
Do you work outside of the city of Chicago?
Do you need to be home?
How does M&C access your space?
What’s the first-timer’s visit?
What’s the tipping policy?
Why can’t you tip M&C?
Do you need to provide anything for a cleaning?
A step-stool/ladder if you chose the ceiling fans and/or interior windows add-on. A vacuum if you have vacuum needs. If you have particular products you want used. Otherwise, we bring everything.
Is commercial space cleaning available?
How many people will clean your home?
Will you always have the same cleaner?
How do you pay for your cleaning?
When is payment due?
Why shouldn’t you book a less expensive service?
Can you pay less because you don’t want _______ cleaned? (e.g. you have a 2 bedroom but only want 1 bedroom cleaned OR you only want the kitchen and bathroom cleaned OR …)
No. Our rates are our rates. They’re set at a price that makes our administrative time, travel time, and cleaning time worth it.
Additionally, “common area” size (hallways, living room, dining room, etc.) is usually different based on number of bedrooms. We don’t spend a lot of time in bedrooms anyway, it’s usually the other rooms where most of the time and focus goes; many clients have us ignore them.
When we’re told to ignore an area or if an area doesn’t need much, we’re able to spend more time in other areas and get to stuff we otherwise wouldn’t. If there’s a specific area you want us to hone in, let us know when applicable and we’ll do that; otherwise, we’ll use our discretion.
How much time will it take?
What’s the cancellation policy?
What’s the refund policy?
“What if I need to reschedule?”
“What happens if I forget to leave the key? Forget to reschedule? Give you the wrong address? Some other thing happens that makes it impossible for the Crew Member to clean?”
If a Crew Member comes out and they’re not able to clean due to an oops! on your part, a $50 fee will be required before we come back out.
What if your scheduled cleaning falls on a holiday?