Time Saving House Cleaning Tricks

With all the activities we have on our plates these days, it is hard to find time to tidy up the home. Rather than piling up all the cleaning for one day, try house cleaning as you go. House cleaning one room every day is an easy way to tackle the mess, while still leaving you time to get your everyday tasks done. Here are a few of our favorite time saving house cleaning tricks!

  • Use a laundry basket to go around the bottom floor of your house collecting things that belong upstairs. Save time and bring them all to their respective rooms in one trip.
  • As you cook, rinse off dirty utensils and clean pots and pans. This will allow faster clean-up time after dinner.
  • While your talking on the phone, or waiting on hold, pick a pantry of refrigerator shelf to go through. Throw out anything that is past due date. Talk about multi-tasking.
  • Once you have picked up the mail, pick out the important stuff and put it aside. Anything that is considered junk can be tossed immediately.
  • Cut laundry time in half by having labeled laundry baskets specifically for darks, whites, and permanent press.
  • Place a couple of dryer sheets at the bottom of the trashcan. Dryer sheets can absorb spills and mask unwanted odor.
  • Hire your local house cleaning service to come around bi-monthly to tackle those hard to reach and nitty gritty places.
  • Create an all-purpose house-cleaning tote that you can carry from room-to-room with all the supplies you need. Don’t waste time tracking down all your house cleaning supplies and making multiple trips.
  • Clean rooms from top to bottom so you won’t waste time cleaning something twice. Thanks to gravity, dirt falls downward, so mop up the floors last.

With your new list of house cleaning time saving tips, you have more time to spend doing things that matter to you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like help cleaning your home.

What is your favorite time saving house-cleaning tip?

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Allergy-Proof Your Home

Fall has just rolled in, which means there are a lot more seasonal allergens in the air. In fact, 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Whether it is you or your kids, someone in your home is bound to be getting sick during allergy season. You may not be aware that some of the most common allergens found in your homes include: dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and mold. In order to help you rid these allergens, we have compiled a list of our favorite ways to allergy proof your home.

Allergy-proof the bedroom

  • Once a month, use a damp rag to wipe down the bed frame and other metal.
  • Wash linens once a week, and mattress pads and blankets every 2-4 weeks.
  • Remove all the junk beneath your bed; this is what is attracting the dust mites.
  • Have your local house cleaning service come twice a month for a thorough cleaning.
  • Keep your pets out of your bedroom at all times, they are walking mops of dust.
  • If a child’s room, try getting rid of the stuffed animals, or opt for washable toys.
  • Keep bookcases away from your bed.

Allergy-proof the bathroom

  • Use paint instead of wallpaper, paint doesn’t grow mold.
  • Wash shower curtains once a month, or buy those with anti-fungal agents.
  • Don’t forget to wash the toothbrush holder.
  • Turn on exhaust fan and shut door when showering.
  • Wash bath towels and wash cloths regularly.

Allergy-proof the kitchen

  • Immediately wash off all dishes, cockroaches love these.
  • Keep your countertops free of clutter.
  • Wipe up spills immediately after they happen.
  • Avoid keeping houseplants in the kitchen, especially near the windows
  • Clean the drip pan underneath.
  • Wash out garbage can occasionally.
  • Deodorize garbage disposal with fresh lemons.

 

Now that you have allergy proofed a few rooms of your home, use these ideas to tackle the rest of the rooms in your house.

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5 Tips for Preventing Mold In Your Home

Preventing mold in your home is something you should take very seriously. Exposure to high levels of mold can lead to allergies and possibly more serious health problems. Mold grows best in warm, moist, temperatures, and is most often found growing on paper, leather, dirt, and soap scum.

Getting rid of the mold as soon as possible is essential to keeping it from spreading. Below we have compiled a list of out top 5 tips for preventing mold in the house.

  1. Dry any wet materials:  Wet materials should not be left lying around your home. If you must hang dry your clothes, try keeping them in an area with a fan, or even dry them outside your home. Dirty shower towels should be hung up after use and washed every few uses.
  1. Clean, disinfect and dry surfaces: All surfaces of the house should be disinfected and dried every so often. It is not a bad idea to call your local house cleaning service every so often for a thorough cleaning. You would be surprised how unsanitary your kitchen can get.
  1. Reduce moisture levels: Make sure that you are turning on the exhaust fan every time you are taking a shower. If it is not circulated, the warm air from the shower can cause mold build up in your bathroom.
  1. Increase air flow in your home: Moving furniture away from air vents and keeping closet doors open is essential to keep air circulated. Of course, fresh air is always the preferred choice for circulating air through your home.

5. Keep up with your plants: Did you know that plants in your home are  source of mold? Although they make a                    beautiful centerpiece, mold loves to grow in soil and on the leaves of your house plants.

Hopefully these tips helped you become better aware of the pre-cautions you need take to keep your house safe and mold free.

Where have you found mold in your home? Leave us a comment; we would love to hear from you!

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Easy, Inexpensive Ways To Revamp Your Home

It can get annoying to look around your house and see the same thing day after day. Whether it is the clutter, or the color that you are annoyed with, we have a few simple, inexpensive tricks to get your house looking brand new.

 

  1. De- cluttering a house can be a tedious task, yet a refreshing experience after all is said and done. Go to your local Target or Wal Mart, and find storage containers where you can keep shoes, mail, magazines, to be filed items…etc. By organizing your clutter, you will have a better way to store, and find everyday items.
  2. Add new color to your rooms. A fresh coat of paint in a room could make all the difference in the world, for only $40. If you don’t feel like getting out the paintbrush, try a new area rug or adding some accent pillows. A little color goes a long way, and it could be just the thing you need to liven up the room.
  3. Hire a cleaning service to do a full cleaning in your house. There are many cleaning services that do one time cleanings for reasonable prices. Every home could use a good deep cleaning every now and then.
  4. Invest in a new shower curtain. Changing your shower curtain is an inexpensive way to re-do a whole room. Pick out a new shower curtain and some hand towels and wah-lah; you have yourself a whole new room.
  5. Clean up the garage. If you walk through your garage every day, chances are you are tired of looking at the same junk lying around all the time. It’s time to start hanging things on the walls, or investing in a big storage bin for toys and lawn necessities. By cleaning up your garage, you have opened up to the idea of a cleaner home, prior to walking in the front door.

Hopefully you can use some of these tips to revamp your home in no time. What is your favorite way to renovate your home? Leave us a comment; we would love to hear from you!

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Do I Need To Hire A Cleaning Service?

Do you have kids? Do you have pets? Do you have a busy schedule? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, chances are you need to hire a cleaning service. With the help of a cleaning service, you will be surprised to know how much extra time you will have to enjoy life.

 

Its up to you to decide how often you will want your house cleaned. For the messiest of families we can clean as often as one time a week. If it were just a spring-cleaning you are looking for, we would love to clean your house upon request. One time cleanings or deep cleanings are also nice before parties. The time we spend to clean all the nooks and crannies of your house, you can spend getting other tasks done.

If it is a bi-weekly cleaning you are looking for, we will come to your house the same day every other week. By having your home cleaned more frequently, we are able to not spend as long, thus costing you less money in the long haul. Finding the right balance may take some time but here at Rejoice Maids we would love to discuss with you your many options.

The average room in a house takes over an hour to clean, not to mention the toll it takes on your joints. Let us take care of all the dirty work for you; it is our passion you know.  Let us know how we can better serve you and create a happier cleaner home!

 

 

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5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Home Cleaning Service

Home Cleaning ServicesWe realize that deciding to hire a home cleaning service can be a tough decision.  One of the many reasons that you are searching for a home cleaning service is that you are busy and do not have time for cleaning all of the time.  Even though you are already pressed for time, rushing through the decision process for finding a maids service is not a wise choice.  It’s important to know which questions to ask before deciding which cleaning service is the right fit for you.

Here are 5 questions everyone should ask before hiring a home cleaning service:

  •  Are you a licensed business? Are you bonded and insured?
    Make sure that your cleaning service is a legitimate business.  Another thing to look for is whether the cleaning service is insured as well.  It’s important to make sure that their employees are insured for your protection from accidents that might happen during cleaning in your home.  Ask for proof of insurance.  If the cleaning service cannot provide proof, then walk away.
  • What if something breaks during a home cleaning service?
    Another reason why asking about insurance first is to make sure that your property is taken care of just in case.  We treat your home as if it was our own.
  • Who will have access to my home?
    If you choose to give access to your home to a cleaning service while you are not there, be sure to ask the service about their security measures for keeping your keys safe.  Some clients have home security systems.  Learn the policy of the home cleaning service for keeping your home security system code safe as well.
  • Does the home cleaning service perform a background check for employees?
    A home cleaning service that takes your home and your family’s security seriously will be a business who performs background checks for their employees.  Be sure to ask about the business’s policy before hiring the cleaning service to come into your home.
  • Do you need to provide the cleaning supplies?
    Professional cleaning services should provide their own supplies with the option to use your own chemicals and supplies that you provide.  It’s important to have this option of using your own provided cleaning supplies if you are concerned about using certain chemicals in your home.

Be sure to ask any home cleaning service that you might hire these questions before signing anything or handing your keys over.

Have any other questions?  Feel free to contact us or leave a comment!

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Cleaning Pet Stains and Preventing Odors

Cats and dogs are wonderful animals to have around the home however, the mess and smells they leave are less than desired. While you can’t prevent accidents, you can take some preventative measures so when they do happen they don’t stink up your house.

If the pet odor is really strong, try leaving a bowl of white vinegar around the smell and letting the vinegar absorbs some of the smell overnight.

For cats, make sure you are changing their liter box regularly. While changing the liter box add a cup up baking soda to the box to absorb foul odors.

For dogs, make sure you you are bathing them on a bi-weekly basis. Some of the smell may just be from something your dog stepped in or something they ate from the garbage. If you do not have time to wash them at the time of smell, sprinkle baking soda on their fur and it will help temporarily stop it.

Your pets fur is a huge cause of mysterious smells around the house. As the pet wanders through the house they bring the lingering smells with them, not to mention they roll around on your carpet and furniture. So those kids may not  always be the ones to blame for those new carpet stains.

Try getting a baby gate for your house if the pet accidents become frequent. It is much easier to get rid of a hardwood accident stain than a carpet stain. Also, it may be helpful to hire a maid service to clean every couple of weeks just to ensure you are getting up the stains and smells all together.

Hope these tips help with those pesky stains and smells! Let us know if you have any good tips as well!

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Organizing Tips for Better House Cleaning in Woodstock, GA

Cleaning Dirty DishesWhen our maids service comes over for a house cleaning in your Woodstock, GA home, we want you to feel relaxed and not have to worry about last minute “tidying up” first.  Of course, we all have a little prep work before a house cleaning service comes by, but it does not need to be another task that eats away at your day.  We feel that when it comes to cleaning your home, a good defense is a good offense.  What I mean is that it is very important to start where the mess usually begins; a lack of organization.

Good organizational habits will help you in the future when Rejoice Maids comes by for a house cleaning.  Here are a few tips to help you start.

  • Clean the Junk Mail Mess:  First it fills your mailbox, then the pile makes its way to your kitchen to rest, cover, and clutter your kitchen table or counter top.  This is where it all begins.  When we start cluttering up this area, our valuable counterspace is eliminated which causes more of an organization disaster.  Eliminate this stress by decluttering your mailbox.
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