Meet Your Merchant: A+ Cleaning scores high marks with cleaning and band
August 27, 2012
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Looking to get your house cleaned for the end of the summer and contribute to a good cause? Then A+ Cleaning is the perfect place for you to go.
Just eight months ago, Simone Grandmain founded A+ Cleaning, a residential and commercial cleaning company based out of Truckee. Grandmain and her crew of four clean homes, businesses and second homes. Unlike other cleaning companies, A+ Cleaning has a special tie to the community: The business donates $1 to the Truckee High School Band for every hour the crew works.
and#8220;If a job takes 8 hours, they get $8,and#8221; founder and owner Grandmain explained.
Originally from Hawaii, Grandmain has lived in Truckee for the past five years, and has been visiting the area since the late 1980s. Grandmain explained that she wanted a business that would keep her tied to the community, as her previous job involved lots of traveling. This past fall, she decided to start a cleaning business, and concentrate full time on it.
Grandmain had experience in the cleaning business, working with friends who had their own cleaning services. Once she saw there was a need for a cleaning service in Truckee, she perused it full time.
and#8220;We knew there was a need. There are a lot of busy people in the community who donand#8217;t have time to take care of homes,and#8221; Grandmain added.
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The Truckee High School Band caught Grandmainand#8217;s eye when she wrote a press release for their concerts. She noticed that the band puts a lot of time and effort into fundraising to support its busy schedule. The band travels to the Bay Area, tours Northern California and plays free concerts, and the fundraising for these trips is done primarily by members of the band, as well as parents.
and#8220;Itand#8217;s an amazing thing (that the band does),and#8221; Grandmain said. and#8220;And itand#8217;s all privately funded by their efforts.and#8221;
When Grandmain started the business, she met with band directors, including Director Dave Green, and pitched to them the idea of her business donating to the band to help with expenses.
and#8220;It makes it all worthwhile,and#8221; Grandmain said. and#8220;(Weand#8217;re) a much more community driven business. Itand#8217;s much more than just a regular cleaning business. It makes me feel like more of a part of the town.and#8221;
Grandmain added that the positives of playing music also drew her to help the band.
and#8220;Itand#8217;s a healthy and productive way for kids to be spending their time. Itand#8217;s great for the kids in terms of leaning responsibilities,and#8221; she said. and#8220;The kids are incredible and very committed. A lot of good life lessons are learned (through the band.and#8221;
The high school band performs at football and basketball games, three to four concerts a year and music festivals. Students are required to attend all performances, as well as completely practice records from home. Needless to say, being a member of the band requires a high level of commitment.
Grandmain added that she admires both members of the band and their parents for their commitment.
A+ Cleaning has had an extremely busy summer, cleaning permanent homes, vacation homes and commercial properties. Grandmain usually sends two people out on the job, allowing the job to get done quickly and efficiently. A+ Cleaning charges an hourly rate of $30 and uses cleaning products from Truckee Cleaning Supplies.
and#8220;Itand#8217;s a perfect fit,and#8221; Grandmain said of her connection to the band. and#8220;(The band) is where Iand#8217;d like to make my contribution (to the community). I was just really impressed … with the whole effort.
and#8220;The parental involvement and support is really neat,and#8221; she added.
A+ Cleaning is open seven days a week, by appointment, servicing Truckee and North Tahoe. The crew also does late night cleaning for businesses, Grandmain added.