Tips For Cleaning Your Hardwood Floors

Those who have hardwood floors in their home know that it is hard to keep them looking clean. It seems like a grueling task, but with a few helpful tips, you should easily be able to keep your hardwood floors looking brand new for years to come.

  • Clean up spills immediately. Once something hits the floor, even an ice cube, pick it up immediately and wipe off the area in which it touched.
  • Invest in a rug to put near your entryways where guests can wipe their feet whenever they come through the door. Rugs are also great near areas that attract water such as the sink.
  • Sweep up dirt using a terrycloth mop every few days to keep the floors from getting scratched.
  • After sweeping, use a Swiffer to go over floors every few days.
  • Make sure you don’t use  excessive water to clean your floor. Excess water on the floor can crack and splinter the wood.
  • Invest in using protective window treatment for windows that shine onto your hardwood floors. Too much sun shining onto the floors can cause permanent damage.
  • Trim your pets’ nails regularly to keep them from scratching the floors.
  • If you are using a floor cleaner for the first time, do some research before purchasing.
  • Pass over your recently mopped floor with a swiffer to prevent streaking.
  • Hire a cleaning service to come bi-monthly to care for your hardwood floors, and the rest of your dirty house.

I hope these tips have motivated you to get a jump-start on caring for your hardwood floors. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

How to you care for your hardwood floors? Leave us a comment; we would love to hear from you!

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Inexpensive Ways To Organize Your Home

No matter how clean you home is, unorganized living spaces make your home come across as dirty. If this describes your house, you may have some home organizing work to do.  Don’t worry; we are not talking about the kind of organizing that is going to empty you wallet. This is inexpensive organizing. You would be surprised to know how many everyday items that are lying around your house, which can be multi-purposed. Below are our favorite inexpensive ways to organize the home.

  • Cardboard boxes – Once your old cardboard boxes have been covered with fabric, they are ready to go. Label the boxes and use them an easy way to store each kids toys/schoolwork that need a home before having the child place in its appropriate spot.
  • Trash cans – What a great way to store all the kids’ toys out in the garage without all the clutter. Trashcans are also great for storing shoes outside the door, to prevent tracking dirt in the house.
  • Labels – With just a computer and some paper, you can print out some neat labels to put on your everyday items in the kitchen. Labels help avoid confusion, and are a great way to help kids remember where things go.
  • Cereal boxes – Every family has an abundance of cereal boxes around the house so why not put them to good use. Cereal boxes are a great way to store your kids papers and artwork.
  • Trays – Who doesn’t have an extra tray lying around the house? What a neat way to take something lying around your house you don’t need and turn it into something practical. A tray can be easily painted and turned into a way to coralle things on a coffee table.
  • Shoeboxes – Clear shoeboxes cost around a dollar and are wonderful for storing things so that you can find them easily later. Place one next to your shower for your toiletries, or use them to store cleaning supplies under your sink. Kids can always use shoeboxes in their rooms as an easy way to store toys under the bed and out of the way.
  • Shoe organizer – An empty shoe organizer can be a fun way to store and organize small items in the kitchen, bathroom, or the playroom. With clear compartments, your items will be easy to find while still being out of the way.

I hope these easy, inexpensive organizing ideas inspire you to get started creating a new look to your once clean home. Once everything is organized and put away, your home will be looking like new in no time.

What is your favorite inexpensive way to organize your home?

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Fall into Fall House Cleaning

Fall is officially in the air, which means winter, unfortunately, is right around the corner. It is time that you take the proper house cleaning precautions this fall to keep your house from getting out of control this winter. As if winter isn’t bad enough, you don’t want to have to deal with unpleasant weather and an unpleasant home. In order to keep your house looking and smelling nice for winter, you will need to take the following cleaning steps now.

  • Clean all the windows from inside and out. Yes, it will be a pain in the rear, but wouldn’t you rather brave the cool temperatures now before they get freezing.
  • Clean all the upholstery, window treatments, and carpets now so that come winter they haven’t left a foul smell in your house. You will be surprised how things start to smell when there is no fresh air circulating.
  • Put coffee beans in vases or bowls strategically around your house to remove any current or future unwanted smells. The kitchen is a great place to put coffee beans to remove food smells.
  • Airwick oil plug-ins are great to have around the house too. You want to have the house smelling nice and cozy, but refrain from going overboard.
  • Head on into the bedrooms and change all of the linens and wash everything that you can. As you may know, fall is a popular time for allergens to spread throughout the home.
  • For a really thorough cleaning, it never hurts to hire a maids service to come do a final cleaning before winter. Most cleaning services have 1 time visits and for very reasonable prices.


I hope this list of fall cleaning ideas has inspired you, to get to work on tackling that fall cleaning list.

Please leave us a comment if you have any questions for us regarding fall cleaning.

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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.

What is your favorite way to allergy- proof your home?

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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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