Two weekends ago, junior Casey Gilligan and her roommates in Forest Hills Manor woke up to empty Solo cups and spilled beer throughout their living room and kitchen.
But instead of cleaning up themselves, they called After-Party Cleaners.
"It was a good deal for not having to deal with the after-smells of a party and throwing everything out," said Gilligan, a health sciences major.
After-Party Cleaners is the brainchild of juniors Matt McGowan and Erjon Kozeli, who have been roommates since last year.
Since beginning their services three weeks ago the pair has cleaned four apartments, each for the price of $30.
"We both want to be entrepreneurs after college so we thought, ‘Why not just start now?' " said McGowan, an international affairs major.
McGowan and Kozeli, an international affairs and political science double major, decided to specialize in cleaning because they knew they could serve a large market of students who don't want to deal with the weekend morning mess.
McGowan says he and Kozeli were well rehearsed with after-party cleanup.
"We got a lot of practice from cleaning up after our own parties," McGowan said.
In addition to cleaning kitchens and common areas, McGowan and Kozeli also clean bathrooms and take out the trash for customers.
Soon after coming up with the idea, they created a Facebook page with all of their services.
After-Party Cleaners' first customer was Rodney Hearns, a Blue Ridge Community College student and close friend of McGowan and Kozeli.
Hearns thinks the business is a great idea because it gives students the chance to spend money on a useful service.
"People spend $30 on the dumbest things, so why not spend $30 and get your house cleaned?" Hearns said.
According to Kozeli, it takes him and McGowan about an hour and 30 minutes to clean one apartment with their household cleaning products and Dirt Devil vacuum.
In the upcoming weeks, the business partners will pass fliers around campus.
The fliers will have the same eye-catching picture that's on the business' Facebook page - a photo of McGowan's and Kozeli's faces on top of female models dressed in French maid outfits.
Students will also be offered a $5 off coupon for their first cleaning service, and students who provide five referrals receive a free cleaning.
Next semester, McGowan and Kozeli plan to hire more employees and replace their Dirt Devil with a steam cleaner vacuum.
McGowan says that as the business grows, they will in turn have to raise prices to compensate for supply and employee costs. But the price should never become an issue for students, they say.
"It's never going to be too expensive," McGowan said. "We have to stay affordable."
In addition to earning some spending cash, Kozeli says he's had a good time meeting customers while out on the job - the main perk of owning an after-party cleaning business.
"You're in it for the fun, not the money," Kozeli said.
Contact Malissa Watterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.