With its new owner, the Adelaide house cleaning service will no longer operate as a one-man operation.
Announced in December, it was billed as the best house cleaning business in Adelaide.
But after its initial success, it is now facing a challenge that may spell the end of a promising career.
Melissa Mokgala and her husband have been cleaning up after their children’s homes for two years.
Melissas husband is an architect, and she was concerned about the quality of the work when she began.
“I started out cleaning houses because it was a hobby,” she said.
“When I started cleaning houses, I knew the house was very old, so I thought it was very nice, and I had a feeling that it was going to be good.”
The family eventually ended up cleaning thousands of homes in the Adelaide Hills and the outer suburbs.
The cleaning business grew from three homes to a sprawling operation with a fleet of 30 cars.
“We have a lot of work to do, but we have been very lucky to have a team that are so supportive,” she says.
“The people that are here, the support and the commitment that they have given us have been a real blessing for us.”
The business began in 2010 when a group of local architects decided to create a new cleaning business.
Mel and Annika Mokginas have been using the business for about a year now, but their success has been short-lived.
Mel’s husband is also an architect.
“He said it’s just the right timing,” she recalls.
“It’s about the people, and they’re doing what they feel is right for the family.”
After the two-year trial period, the business went into receivership.
In the past two years, the couple has hired a new cleaner to assist in cleaning the houses.
But their current cleaning services are still a part of the business.
“With the cleaning business, we don’t have to do anything special, we just get to work, because there’s not a lot to do,” she explained.
“You can clean the house for about 15 minutes a day, and that’s about it.
There’s no special equipment.”
The couple has been able to hire another cleaner from outside the Adelaide community, and say they are looking to expand their business in the future.
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