House Cleaner Extraordinaire

By Laura Liera – Photos by Mark Nessia

She’s a superhero in disguise. Her powers: climbing on a ladder to clean every ceiling fan blade in your home or scrubbing that pesky calcium build up in your bathtub.

Jill Taylor, owner of Jill’s Maid To Order Housekeeping Service, took a chance four years ago to start her own business and she hasn’t turned back since.

Taylor, 41, started her cleaning business in Fresno in 2011 after cleaning a neighbor’s apartment. She did such a good job that he encouraged her to consider house cleaning as a profession.

That single cleaning job is where it all began.

An advertisement on Craigslist turned into more calls than she ever anticipated.

“After getting my business license, it was all still so surreal and scary that I only charged $25 an hour for my services,” said Taylor chuckling.

And then came the call from Bakersfield, a town Taylor had only passed by on Highway 99 on her way to Southern California.

A manager of a local oil field instrumentation office requested her services after reading good reviews on her website.

“Me and a friend cleaned his home and his office and he wrote me a check for more than $400 and that’s when I said, ‘I’m moving to Bakersfield,'” Taylor said.

She left her job as a manicurist and moved to Bakersfield in September 2013.

Although her friends and family told her she was crazy for making the move, she knew it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.

“My biggest fear is failure, but at the same time, that is the token that keeps me going. I don’t want to fail. I want to do my best,” she said.

Taylor does both residential and office cleaning.

Her cleaning service is customized to a client’s needs. She uses Simple Green products for those who have allergies or prefer to use environmentally friendly products.

Taylor said she cleans everything from top to bottom. That includes ceiling fans down to the baseboards.

On the first visit, Taylor cleans windows, blinds, ceiling fans, electrical outlet covers, light switches, stove-tops, counter-tops and cabinets, among other places around the home.

“I think what sets me apart from other cleaning services is that I like to condition the wood cabinets with a lemon scented oil,” she said. “I try to do the extra things that will keep my clients happy.”

Taylor has about 60 clients in Bakersfield and works solo.

She cleans two to three homes a day and dedicates two hours per home. She works six days a week and starts her mornings at 7 a.m.

“I don’t know how I do all of this myself,” Taylor said. “But I have this drive that I have to make it. I will not fail.”

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