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Cleaning Service Companies in Oklahoma Find Green Market Niche

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cleaning Service Companies in Oklahoma Find Green Market Niche

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Frustrated with her inability to find a cleaning service that didn't use harsh chemicals, local mother of three Candace Lockett founded the company Well Maid in January 2010.

Using cleaning products ranging from olive oil to baking soda, the company offers housekeeping services for the environmentally conscious, as well as people with allergies and sensitivities to strong odors.

"I think people want to be green, but they want it to be easy; they don't want to be inconvenienced," Lockett said.

One of a growing number of companies in the metro area offering green cleaning services, Well Maid is in the process of expanding. The company has become a full-time job for Lockett and her husband, Bill Lockett. They also have seven employees and are looking to hire up to four more workers to keep up with demand.

"I would say about half of our clients are green, and the other half just want somebody to clean their house really well," Lockett said.

A lot of green cleaning techniques involve using less products and more elbow grease, Lockett said. Her workers use tools like a razor-blade scraper to clean sticky or burnt-on messes in the kitchen and bathrooms, as well as common household products like vinegar as an all-purpose cleaner. The company also uses microfiber cloths and vacuum cleaners with high-efficiency particulate arresting, or HEPA, filters to trap more dust than traditional cleaning methods.

Lockett said her services do cost a little more than hiring a housekeeper from Craigslist, but said the rates are competitive with other residential cleaning companies. Well Maid also offers commercial cleaning services. Rates vary, but the company can clean a 2,000-square-foot office for about $75 a week, Lockett said.

Several green cleaning services in the Oklahoma City metro area have sprung up over the past few years. Norman-based company 2 Green Chicks offers housecleaning services using natural and nontoxic cleaning supplies. …

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