VANCOUVER, BC — The large number of visitors drawn to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics has resulted in increased business for area cleaning companies, according to The Province.
According to the story, Olympic renters and visiting family members have created a high demand for residential cleaning services — and area businesses can barely keep up.
Susan Bewsey, author and cleaning industry expert, said: "It''s super-busy. There is a shortage of people to do the cleaning, with the increased demand from the Olympics."
Meg Roberts, co-owner of a Vancouver-based Molly Maid
franchise, said: "We''ve had many, many people phoning in a panic because company they hadn''t expected suddenly shows up and they need their place cleaned and they need it cleaned now."
There is also high demand from customers who rented a room or home for the duration of the Olympics and arrived in Vancouver
to find less-than-sanitary conditions, like one condo that Roberts was hired to clean, the story stated.
Roberts said of the rental: "I called our team and told them to do what they could. It was just horrible. Obviously, the guy had just picked up a suitcase and walked out the door."
Some cleaning companies are even getting in the spirit by offering customers levels of cleaning service in the style of Olympic medals — bronze, silver and gold, the story added.