A metro Atlanta housekeeper says her services are more in demand now that coronavirus has hit.
Four years after launching her business, Teresa Goodman tells WSB that her housekeeping appointments are way up.
"Mine have doubled or tripled," says Goodman. "I have clients, I only go to them like once a month. But when the coronavirus came in, I go once a week."
She says homeowners, anxious over the bug, want to make sure their houses stay healthy.
"Everyone wants their home clean and sanitized, so really it picked up for me," Goodman says. She has begun carrying an additional DIY alcohol-based disinfectant that she begins using on the doorknob as soon as she steps up to a client's door. Frequently-grabbed places like closets, appliance handles, and drawer pulls get the spritz, too.
Homeowners like to see Goodman clean and disinfect the rooms where they hang out the most, and the items they touch the most.
"Telephones, TV remotes, the arm of the chairs, computers, faucets," she explains.
Goodman admits that she was a bit nervous at first to keep going into clients' homes amid the viral concerns, but says the job is essential to her family.
"I am, but it's a business. You got to do what you've got to do for your family. I just stay prayed up," says Goodman, who adds that the job is important to her clients.
"They trust me to do a good job," she says. Goodman changes gloves in between one room and the next, and noted that her attention to detail and even her products have led to smiles.
"A neighbor came over and said, 'You know that Lysol you've got is worth more than gold now!' We just laughed, laughed, laughed. I said, 'You're right.'"
She hopes the new handwashing and extra-cleanliness habits people are forming stick with us post- pandemic.
"Don't wait until after the coronavirus," says Goodman. "Say they say it leaves or whatever, you want to stop. Wrong thing. Keep doing what you're doing. Just keep your house sanitized--or call me. And I'll come do it for you."