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Best House Cleaner in the Bay Area (Maybe the World)

Best House Cleaner
The World's Best House Cleaner

Have you ever had your house cleaned by someone so expert and passionate about cleaning that when you came home afterward it was like moving into a new house? I have! I know some people have their homes cleaned regularly, and it’s probably no big deal to them. But for me, it’s a special treat.

I was first given the wonderful gift of a complete house cleaning a few years ago for my birthday. Since then I’ve carried on the tradition myself, as a gift I give myself for the new year and for my birthday, conveniently 6 months apart.

What’s made this even more special is the person who does the cleaning for me now, my wonderful neighbor and friend Maria Reyes. She is professionally trained in the art of home cleaning, but also has a talent and passion for it, and takes great pride in her work.

I think she’s also part magician. She makes things look new that I thought were impossible to get clean (like the grout on my tile kitchen counters) and she gets everything done in 1/4 the time it would take me. And the cleaning seems to last for a long time, as if she casts a spell: “Good and clean! Now stay that way!”

I was so thrilled with my clean house this time,  that I filled a couple of pages in my sketchbook with little drawings of shiny things around my house — the pics above are a few of them.

If you’re in the Bay Area and are interested in having your home cleaned, I’d be happy to share her contact info with you. Just email me. She offers free estimates and does both regular scheduled cleaning and one-time jobs. Everyone whom I know that she’s cleaned for have raved about her work. She’s not the cheapest (or the most expensive), but she’s without any doubt, the best!

11 replies on “Best House Cleaner in the Bay Area (Maybe the World)”

They are delightful drawings – and what a great advertisement for Maria’s cleaning skills!

I had a cleaner for a very short period. I dream of having one again!


What a wonderful tribute to your friend and cleaner, Jana. It always does amaze me how much more efficient a cleaner is than doing it myself. I get distracted and lose time all over the place.

Sadly house cleaning, unlike a piece of art, is never finished – it had a nasty habit of wanting to be repeated all the time!


What a great tribute to those that serve and prosper in so many ways! I wish I had Maria close to home. My best wishes to both.


Hi Jana,
Nice pics and story. I really like to take off my spectacles, open the front door, open the back doors and hey, the wind does it! Okay, I just hate housework so much I am very neglectful. A reaction against my very clean Mum and her tidy spaces. I use a sasa (coconut spine) broom mostly which just raises dust!


Jana…oh, you have reminded me how much I need to find such a person as Maria! If she ever trips over to the East coast (NJ to be precise), she is more than welcome to try her luck in our house. I hear that people like her who love to clean get a real joy and satisfaction out of the job well done. She would be deleiously joyful here! Rita


Last year I was lucky enough to have someone come and clean my house once a week and to do the ironing (I hate ironing!) and it was such bliss to come home to that perfect house – all the carpets were vacuumed and had no footprints in them so it looked like no-one had been there!

These little sketches are fabulous – so full of character.


Hi, can you please send me her contact info? I need a new housecleaner here in SF and I know a lot of people who would love to hire a great cleaner.


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