Preferred Capitol Cleaning, LLC

What is the biggest misconception about the industry?

That it's easy and anyone can start a cleaning company.

What is your biggest current challenge at work?

Hiring new employees.

What keeps you up at night?

Keeping our employees busy.

What project is your company most proud of?

All of them. However, winning the Marriott International HQ project with Hensel Phelps was extremely rewarding for us.

How does your ABC membership help your company?

Our membership will help us build new relationships to maintain with people in the industry. Meeting new people and learning what projects they are working on that might create opportunities for us.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

We both wanted to become lawyers.

Tell us something no one in the industry knows about you.

Ana is a crazy cat lady and foster kitties. Illissa is only child and does not want a kitty or puppy for company.

What do you look forward to each day?

Getting the opportunity to make our own schedule and also spend time with our families.

What are you like to work for?

We think great. We have an open-door policy and no matter what the situation is, we treat our staff with respect.

What is your favorite Metro Washington hangout/restaurant?

Illissa and I love to drink wine and explore new wineries.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?

Ana likes to watch murder mysteries and horror films. Illissa likes to watch documentaries and action movies.

What do you do for fun?

Illissa and I love to try new cooking and baking recipes while drinking a bottle of wine.

What business/career advice do you wish you had when you began?

Don't let people take advantage of your hard work.

What book are you currently reading?

Green Light by Mathew McConaughey.

What was your first job?

Ana worked as a Cat Sitter at The Rockville Pet Hotel. Illissa worked as a Customer Representative for Verizon Wireless.

Preferred Capitol Cleaning, LLC is a small, women owned, minority business that focuses on post construction, multi-family, janitorial, and residential cleaning. Illissa and I have worked at previous cleaning companies in the DMV area for a combined 17 years. We both saw that we shared the same passion and drive for post construction cleaning and decided to go into business together. Our hope is to create a work environment for our employees where they are happy to be working with us and in return take pride in what they do. We believe that people work better and provide better service when they are happy. Building and maintaining client relationships along with taking great care of our clients’ needs is key. Acquiring work due to our client relationships is only half the battle, however our field personnel’s execution is just as important for us to continue to obtain repeat clients. We pride ourselves in our ability to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations.


Ana Chicas McNamara and Illissa Figueroa


Preferred Capitol Cleaning, LLC