Cornwall LivingIssue #88
We speak to Ilona Ziarko, who tells us all about her Cornish housekeeping business, Spotless Cleaning.
On what inspired Ilona to take the leap and start her own business, she explains how it was driven strictly by potluck. Studying Journalism and PR at Falmouth University, having moved here from Poland, “I had no intention to stay. My tutors convinced me to stay another year to obtain a full English degree; I wasn’t sure about this decision, as my daughter, Alex, was only nine years old at that time and waiting for me at home in Poland with my parents.” But, when Ilona called her to broach the subject, Alex told her mother: “Mum, I would love to go there. Harry Potter and Hermione live in England.” So that was that!
“We can offer invaluable help here, leaving owners enough freedom to adopt their own vision of their perfect holiday let, with specialist advice and professional support.”
A few years later, when things weren’t quite panning out as Ilona had expected, she decided it was time for a change. “I remember that I read this sentence somewhere: ‘If you want to achieve something that you have not achieved before, you must be prepared to do things that you have not done before.’”
Spotless Cleaning Cornwall currently has a core team of five, with a further 12 working as subcontractors. Ilona aims to grow but, as she puts it, “I am taking baby steps here as I do not want to promise things too quickly.”
The company has a very clear vision: to be a modern, well-equipped cleaning and laundry firm in Cornwall, with an extremely professional and highly trained team. Indeed, through their experience and the demand in the market, Ilona and co. have become very successful as specialists in holiday lets and second homes; clients who care about their properties, who need to feel that they’re in good hands. As well as a five star changeover clean – which includes safety, damage, light and heating checks – the team can provide quality Cornish hampers for your guests on arrival, as well as taking care of all your laundry needs via Spotless Linen – their own laundry unit which utilises brand new, modern Electrolux equipment.
Ilona can also advise on how to turn your house into the perfect holiday let, from must have equipment and safety requirements, to interior design tips. This fully professional service – Spotless Design – fulfils the need for sound advice on interior design and equipment, an area that sees many holiday home owners falling short of the mark. “We can offer invaluable help here, leaving owners enough freedom to adopt their own vision of their perfect holiday let, with specialist advice and professional support.”
So, if you’re a second home or holiday let owner looking to make the most of your property, it’s fair to say that Ilona and her team are well-qualified to help you do
Top interior tips
Ilona’s timeless advice is that less is more, so be sure to declutter. She also points out the importance of sustainability in the products you choose, which is a top trend this summer.
To achieve a sustainable interior, Ilona suggests choosing items made from natural and sustainable materials, such as wood, rattan, seagrass, and sustainable cotton.
"We can offer invaluable help here, leaving owners enough freedom to adopt their own vision of their perfect holiday let, with specialist advice and professional support."