Buchner, 34, who was raised and still lives in Saratoga Springs, runs her own cleaning company, appropriately called K’s Cleaning Co. It’s a one-woman operation, but Buchner can handle it.
Whether it’s dusting, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning kitchens or bathrooms, changing linens, or restocking toiletries, Buchner can do it all—including washing clothes, sheets, and whatever else is requested.
“Sometimes (clients) just want me to do laundry, or sometimes I’ll do the laundry and the cleaning,” she said. “A lot of times, people have their own washer and dryer; they have their own laundry area.” If not, Buchner will get the job done at a laundromat.
“I’ll do whatever people want me to focus on,” she said in a recent phone interview from her home in the Spa City. “I try to work with whatever people want. I want to cater to their needs. I want people to be happy with the service.”
Unlike other businesses, Buchner does not operate out of a store or even a home. She literally takes her “show” on the road because she drives to all her jobs in her Jeep.
Buchner brings her own cleaning supplies to each job, and “I use more natural-type cleaners if (clients) request that,” she said.
She usually works on a weekly or monthly basis cleaning homes, apartments, and—through the TurnoverBnB app—AirBnB rental units. Rates are based on the size of the house or unit cleaned. A one-room cleaning, for example, will be about $40-$50.
“A one-bedroom apartment takes maybe an hour or so; larger homes can be three or four hours, depending on the size,” Buchner said.
Buchner worked with a partner offering cleaning services three years ago before deciding to go solo in 2021. “I like the flexibility of making your own schedule,” she said.
Buchner works with all age groups, ranging from the elderly to younger people. “I really enjoy helping older people or people with a lot of kids. I like meeting new people and the families. ”
In addition to new clients, “I get to meet the pets; I love the dogs,” said Buchner, who owns a Pomeranian named Leo that she laughingly calls “her child.”
Though her job is hard, Buchner can see a bright side to it: “You get a good workout at the end of the day.”