Unless I want to lose a friend, I have to start by thanking Tyler Coates for clapping me on the shoulder at a holiday party and ordering me to write about cleaning. He was onto something, I think! Thank you, also, to the wonderful editors who have supported my column, “Ask a Clean Person”: Edith Zimmerman, Choire Sicha, Tommy Craggs, and Jessica Coen.
This book would not be here if not for the tireless guidance and cheerleading of my wonderful editor Allison Lorentzen and my incredible agent Rachael Dillon Fried.
Mostly, though, I owe the biggest debt of gratitude to all the people who have trusted me with their often gross, often touching, always surprising questions about cleaning and the stories behind the messes.