In 2014, Chiara Robinette of Channahon was diagnosed with breast cancer. She beat the cancer, but in 2017, her breast cancer returned and she currently has chemotherapy treatments and will have radiation after the first of the year.
Robinette stays home with her 2-year-old son, Richard Louis Robinette III, and takes care of the household with her husband, Richard Louis Robinette II, which can prove trying when she feels ill and tired for a few days after her treatment.
In 2014, Robinette heard of a company called Clean Tech Maid Service and that they were a partner of the nationwide foundation called Cleaning for a Reason, which offers two free house cleanings to women with cancer during treatments. She signed up for cleanings, and when she was diagnosed again this year, she called Clean Tech Maid Service owner Michelle Moore to come on a regular basis to help her.
“I have used them for the past few months, because I’m busy with a 2-year-old,” Robinette said. “Michelle said to go online again and apply for my two free cleanings when I start my treatments, so I got online and filled out the form, it’s worked out well.”
Moore has owned Clean Tech Maid Service for the past two years after buying it from the previous owner. That previous owner already had established the partnership with Cleaning for a Reason. Moore said she did not see any reason to discontinue the service.
“It’s wasn’t even a question, I lost both of my parents to cancer; cancer touches the lives of everyone, plus the girls (employees) love the feeling of the work we are doing,” Moore said.
Robinette said the cleaning may seem like a simple task, but it gives her peace of mind after her treatments, which knock her out for three days or so.
“After my surgery, I couldn’t push a vacuum or do anything to strain or impede my healing ... that included no pushing or pulling. Then, the next part was my treatment and I would have them on Wednesday, be fine Thursday, but the Friday, Saturday and Sunday after I would be dead to the world,” Robinette said. “These cleanings took cleaning off of my plate; it’s been a major anxiety-reducer.”
Moore said applicants can go onto the Cleaning for a Reason website to apply and the organization will pair the client with a local service within a day or two.
Clean Tech Maid Service pays to be a member of the organization and then donates two free cleanings, one a month with four hours of labor, which comes to a total of $280.
Cindy Love has worked for the Clean Tech Maid Service for 16 years and she said these cleanings were her favorite to do.
“It feels good to give back to the women who are fighting for their lives. I want to help. I see such relief from the customer because they know they don’t have to worry about the house, it’s taken care of and the clients are so appreciative,” Love said. “It’s a labor of love.”
Another Clean Tech Maid Service employee, Sharon Kelly, has worked for the company for six years and she said when she was hired, one of the first things the owners spoke to her about was Cleaning for a Reason.
“This makes me feel like what I do has a purpose and it becomes emotionally investing because what we do affects someone’s life in a different way. This is always my favorite part of the job,” Kelly said.
Moore said her company does not use harsh chemicals, unless specified, and she tries to use products that do not have a strong odor in order to be sensitive to the client, because sometimes smells can be a factor when going through treatments.
“Our products are safe around people and pets and offer a clean smell, but nothing overbearing,” Moore said.
Clean Tech Maid Service performs one to three cleanings a month through Cleaning for a Reason, usually in the Minooka, Channahon, Morris, Shorewood and Plainfield areas, and will continue to do so to give back to the communities.
“Minooka has grown by leaps and bounds, but still has that small-town feel. This is a great way to feel a part of the community and give something back,” Moore said.
Robinette urges women going through cancer treatments to try Clean Tech Maid Service and Cleaning for a Reason. She said she trusts the company and Moore 100 percent and even leaves her home during the cleaning to let the ladies do their work and not be in the way.
“It’s a relief to know I have a clean house either leading up to, or after my chemotherapy treatments. They do a good, thorough job and are completely trustworthy. I would tell other women to do it, because they have enough to worry about, cleaning their house shouldn’t be one of the worries,” Robinette said.
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