Our journey began with one question, how will we ever pay for school? The origin of this question roots from a miscommunication with our mother. About four years ago, my brother and I attended Global Scholars. Global Scholars is a “Two-week international affairs and social change training for high school students. Based at American University in DC.” While attending, we fell madly in love with the campus’s beauty, it’s location and academics.
Immediately we shared our excitement with our mom. In no time, it had been decided; American University had become our family’s dream school. However, there was a miss communication. We told our mom the school was $30,000 a year including tuition, housing, and a meal plan. But that was per semester. Growing up home schooled, the lines between semester and school year seemed to blur together. Turns out, the cost of tuition, housing, and meal plan for the year is $60,000. . .Ooops.
We certainly didn’t want to place such a heavy burden on our mom. It was time for the two of us to step up and help out. “But how?” we asked ourselves. We came to the conclusion that we needed jobs. So that’s what we got: jobs.
Mind you, both of us were still full-time students at the local college. Unbeknownst to us, working and studying full-time, while still maintaining our thriving social lives, is quite the challenge! Over the course of the semester, we quickly learned that lesson. Work hours grew long; time grew scarce, and our previously good study habits faded into the background. It became increasingly difficult to work and remain studious. But we were determined to keep our spots on the Dean’s List, so we persevered.
By this time, we’d been working retail for months, and even with both of our jobs and savings, we still hadn’t made any noteworthy progress. After doing the math, we realized, at our current rate, we’d never be able to afford American University. Our combined annual fees for tuition alone would amass roughly $170,000! But of course, being the optimists we are, we accounted for likely scholarships. And even after deducting $20,000 each semester for potential Phi Theta Kappa scholarships, we’d still be left with a whopping $90,000 tab. Talk about college debt! If there’s one thing we don’t want, it’s much college debt — none actually.
At this point, we realized two key things: we needed more time, and we needed more money. Clearly, our paychecks from Hollister and Yogurt Mountain weren’t cutting it, so we whipped Robert Kiyosaki’s CashFlow Game,and got into the business mindset. As luck would have it, it wasn’t long before mom reminded us to do our chores. In moments, we had our answer. We were going into the cleaning business!
It only made sense. We had been cleaning our whole lives, and with a lifetime of experience, what would make a better first-business-venture? We immediately got to work: seeking mentors in the business and becoming cleaning experts. We wanted to learn all we could.
We wanted to provide the best cleaning, the best customer service. We wanted to be the best maid service—EVER!
So what exactly is Maid to Scrub? Let us tell you. We are a residential cleaning company, owned and operated by enterprising college students, with customer satisfaction, transparency, and happy employees at the heart of our focus. The goal being to develop a trusted community of honest cleaning technicians, and to establish mutually loyal relationships with our customers.
To ensure that we never stray from our beliefs and the purpose that we serve, we are guided by ten core philosophies: honesty, accountability, outstanding customer service, community involvement, the golden rule: treat others as you would like to be treated, growth, authenticity, humility, cultivating a family, and going the extra mile.
To read more about our guiding principles, check out our Core Values page!