As professions go, dancing and cleaning are about as different as you can get.
But these professionals from very contrasting walks of life have one big thing in common – maintaining high standards means having to keep on your toes at all times.
Taking a break from rehearsals, a group of Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers from a recent production of Romeo and Juliet were only too happy to meet the cleaners who ensure their dressing rooms are spic and span.
And like the ballet company’s leading lights, CrestClean business owners Swapnil and Jyoti Raut, have also won praise for being shining stars and doing a really professional job.
Nigel Boyes, Office Administrator at Royal New Zealand Ballet, said the husband and wife cleaning team provide a truly “excellent” service and are always cheerful in their work.
Swapnil and Jyoti are responsible for looking after the changing areas and cleaning the offices and bathrooms at the ballet company’s Wellington base.
“We are really pleased with the cleaning,” said Nigel. “It’s always a struggle trying to get good cleaners. We’ve had experience of really bad ones that start off great but then they don’t deliver and it deteriorates rapidly.”
The cleaning work could at times be demanding, added Nigel. “Dancers can have up to four showers a day each. That’s a fair bit of pressure on the changing areas.
“Sometimes the dancers are not great and they leave things lying on the floors, so it’s pretty tough for the cleaning team to get around and clean things properly.”
Nigel said Swapnil and Jyoti take pride in what they do and are professional in every way. And he was particularly impressed by their smart appearance.
“The fact that they wear the CrestClean T-shirts is wonderful. They are really friendly and chatty and they will always say hello to anybody.”
Swapnil and Jyoti being present at a performance rehearsal session was a great opportunity for the dancers to meet the cleaning team, added Nigel.
“It was wonderful for them to actually see the people who are looking after them and keeping their areas clean. It gives them a greater appreciation of what actually goes on after hours.”
For Jyoti and her husband, the opportunity to meet some of the dancers was a highlight of their day.
“It was really fun. They appreciated what we do for them. They told us ‘you guys are doing a really good job’,” she said.
“It was so nice to hear that as it’s satisfying for us to know we’re doing a good job for our customers.”
Swapnil and Jyoti have been with CrestClean almost two years. Before buying their cleaning business they owned a cafe in Wellington.
Richard Brodie, CrestClean’s Wellington Regional Manager, says Swapnil and Jyoti do a fantastic job.
“They are always accommodating and friendly and have big smiles. They work really hard to make sure their customers are happy.”