How to Create a Welcoming Home for your Guests

With the holidays around the corner, more than likely you will be hosting family and friends in your home. While it is not a 5 star hotel, you will want them to feel like they are treated like royalty. In order to do this, it is important to remember the little things. Below we have covered a list of our favorite special touches that will wow your guests.

  • Stock the bathroom – Making sure the bathroom is stocked with appropriate items makes a guest feel comfortable. Before the guests arrive, stock the bathroom with the essentials; extra towels, wash cloths, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, and conditioner.
  • Have a clean house – Nothing will make your guests feel more at home then a freshly cleaned house. A cleaning service can come in for a one time visit and make sure your house is spotless for your guests. We are positive your guests will enjoy their perfectly made bed with fresh, clean sheets, as well.
  • Create a snack basket – A snack basket in every room is a nice way to tell your guests you care. Snacks also are great for hungry guests who feel uncomfortable raiding your pantry.
  • Drawer or closet space – There is nothing worse than coming to a house and having no where to put your things. Make sure you have a few drawers and possibly some closet space available for your guests.

Hopefully these ideas will help prepare you for your holiday guests. For any pre- or post-holiday house guest cleaning needs, please contact us.

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Surprising Cleaning Uses For Household Supplies

Did you know that some of the household items that you have in the house today could be used as amazing cleaning products? Why would you want to pay for a bunch of different products when you can be innovative and use the ones you already have? Below we have covered a list of some of our favorite tips and tricks to get your house looking squeaky clean in no time.

 Coffee filter as screen/mirror cleaner- Clean all your mirrors and T.V. screens in the house using a coffee filter for lent free, streak free viewing.

 Mayonnaise as a rust preventer- Tired of rust being left on the ledge of the tub? Coat the bottom of your shaving cream with mayonnaise to prevent rust.

 Pillowcase as ceiling fan duster- Slide an old pillow case over each fan blade and pull the fabric back. The dust will accumulate inside the pillowcase rather than all over your floor.

 White bread as a painting cleaner- Gently clean an oil painting using white bread to remove any dust.

 Aluminum foil as glassware scrubber- A balled up piece of used aluminum foil doubles as a steel-wool soap pad to remove the toughest food stains.

 Broom as long-distance duster- Have a bunch of dust in hard to reach spots? Apply a micro fiber rag to the top of the broom and secure with a rubber band.

 Car wax as sink polish- Prematurely, protect you sink and shower using car wax. The wax will create a protective barrier against future stains.

Dryer sheet as iron cleanerAfter turning the iron on low, rub a dryer sheet over the hot metal surface to get rid of any gunk that has accumulated on the iron.

Fork as carpet fluffer – Do you have flattened down carpet? Use a fork to fluff carpet fibers back to the original height.

 Citrus peel as garbage disposal deodorizer- Throw an orange or lemon peel down the disposal to rid any foul smells that may have accumulated.

For any other house cleaning needs, please contact us.

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10 Cleaning Uses For Baking Soda

When it comes to cleaning, sometimes it is better to work smarter than harder. Thanks to a wonderful product called baking soda, we to are able to work smarter. Having cleaned houses for many years, I have found that baking soda has unlimited uses. I have compiled a list of my favorite ways to use baking soda when cleaning.

  • Unclog drains: If you have a tough drain that needs unclogged pour a few cups of baking soda down the drain,  followed by a few cups of boiling water. If the drain still remains clogged, add a cup of vinegar, followed by a few  cups of boiling water.
  •  Carpet refresher: Does your carpet smell? Sprinkle baking soda over carpet and allow it to sit for 20  minutes. When the time is up, vacuum up all of the baking soda. Your carpet will be clean and smell nice too!
  •  Clean the toilet and tub: Use baking soda as safe and effective way to scrub your toilet and the tub.
  •  Pet Urine stains: Get rid of the pesky pet urine stains with a sprinkle of baking soda. Let the baking soda sit on the  area for about 30 minutes and sweep or vacuum it away.
  •  Garbage refresher: Does your garbage can stink? Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the can and let sit  overnight. Baking soda can sit in the can permanently under the trash bag and absorb odors right away.
  •  Add to laundry: Add a scoop of baking soda to your load of laundry to get the clothes extra clean. This is a great  way to wash clothes for kids with sensitive skin too.
  •  Clean the fridge: Add a large handful of baking soda to a bucket of water for a great refrigerator cleaner. This  cleaner is more effective than other cleaners, and is cheaper too!
  •  Rid water stains on hardwoods: Don’t worry about those water stains that soaked into the hardwoods.  Sprinkle baking soda generously over the problem area and let it sit overnight. Sweep up the baking soda in the  morning and see the stains vanished.
  •  Clean tea and coffee stains: Do you have tea pitchers or coffee cups with stains on them that won’t come up? Baking soda scrubbed into those stains will remove them right away.
  • Oven cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your oven and spray with water to slightly dampen. Let the  mixture sit overnight and wipe clean in the morning.

Hopefully these baking soda cleaning ideas have inspired you to get cleaning. For any of your other cleaning needs, please contact us about a full house cleaning!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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