Sophia’s Cleaning Service of La Grange, IL | Established October 1st, 1984
“The spirit of Sophia lives on through her business. We work tirelessly each day to grow a business centered around the same values she instilled in us growing up.”
Founded in 1984 by Sophia Borek
Sophia began her first cleaning company as a college student in communist-controlled Poland. Sophia soon realized that in order to reach her full potential, she needed to immigrate to America.
As she waited for her immigration approval, Sophia taught herself five different languages and worked as a translator for an underground anti-communist newspaper all while running her cleaning business.
An Integrity-Driven Legacy
Throughout the years, Sophia formed a special bond with many of her clients and workers alike. She once went out of her way to help the children of one of her longtime clients pay for and arrange funeral services after a tragic accident.
Sophia also helped teach English to many of the cleaners that worked for her and guided them and their families through their first years as American citizens.
In 2012, Sophia passed away from a year’s long fight with cancer at the age of 54. She will be greatly missed by both her family and the countless people she made an impact on while running Sophia’s Cleaning Service.
Honoring Sophia’s Memory
A few weeks before Sophia’s passing, her oldest son, Andre, made her a promise that he would keep her business alive long after her death.
He understood how much his mother cared for her company and believed the best way to honor her memory and keep Sophia’s spirit alive was through the business.
Soon after Sophia’s death, Andre sold his old company and moved back to Brookfield to run Sophia’s Cleaning and take care of his younger brother.
Luckily, Andre inherited his mother’s entrepreneurial spirit and tireless work ethic. As a result, he was able to pick up right where his mother left off, operated a business based on integrity and incredible customer service.
More Than A Chicago Cleaning Company
Today, Sophia’s Cleaning Service is one of the most recognized cleaning companies in Chicagoland. Our team of experts takes pride in providing the same level of service quality Sophia had established long ago.
Here at Sophia’s Cleaning, we are dedicated to establishing a new cause for our company.
Our “Cleaning for a Cause” initiative donates a portion of each cleaning visit to cancer research in Sophia’s name and provides free cleanings for local families who have loved ones fighting cancer.
“We only work with cleaners who are both experts at cleaning AND good people who we trust to treat you and your home like family.”
Cleaning For A Cause
Colorectal cancer is a relatively slow-growth form of cancer with a survival rate of 92% if detected early in stage I. Currently, doctors recommend starting screenings for colon cancer at age 50.
Sophia was only 53 years old when she was first diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer with no family history of the disease. Stage IV survival rates drop to under 11%.
Over the past few years, colon cancer diagnoses in people under the 50-year-old threshold have increased. No question, creating awareness to begin screening for colorectal cancer as early as possible is key. Especially for those with a family history or other increased risk factors.
Given these facts, Sophia’s Cleaning donates a portion of each visit to organizations like the Colon Cancer Alliance in honor of Sophia, our late founder. The CCA is a non-profit dedicated to increasing early cancer screening and detection awareness.
If you would like to make a direct donation or learn more about our cause, please email Sophia’s Cleaning for more information.