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Benefits Of Cleaning With Essential Oils

When you want to clean your home in a natural way you should start by learning about essential oils. There are benefits to using these oils for cleaning that go beyond them making your house smell great, and you should read the tips below to learn how to best use various essential oils. They provide great scents and a good way to clean naturally, and you will love getting your house cleaned up when you use them.

Start By Using Lemon Essential Oil To Remove Stains

Got stains? Lemon essential oil can help with them. Add a bit of it to the water you are using to scrub your floors and you will get the stains and dirt out of them quickly. Also, use lemon oil to shine your faucets and sink. It works well to get all of the grime and dirt and stains off of surfaces, and you will enjoy the Pine-Sol like scent that it gives off as you are using it to clean. 

Peppermint Essential Oil Will Keep Pests Away

If you are worried about pests in the home and that is one of the reasons that you are cleaning, then you need to use peppermint essential oil. It is a natural pest deterrent, and you can use it in the bathroom, in your kitchen, and more.

Get Rid Of Stickiness With Grapefruit And Lemon Combined

If you have a sticky spot that you have been meaning to clean up on any surface, then you should try a natural way of getting it gone. Combine grapefruit and lemon essential oils together, along with a bit of baking soda and vegetable oil. They will work well to get the stickiness gone, and you will now have a way to remove the stickiness if it ever happens anywhere else in the home.

Pine Is Great For Deodorizing

If you want to deodorize your home, then you should use pine essential oil. It will help to get the bad scents out, and the scent of pine will make your home feel fresh and bright and warm. You can use it in all kinds of cleaning products, and you will have a natural way to get the bad smells out of your home when you do.

Rosemary Essential Oil Works As An Antiseptic

You can clean with rosemary essential oil because it is naturally an antiseptic. Many people use it for their cleaning needs because of that, and your home will be nice and clean and germ free once you start using it.

Deodorize Cloth With Orange And Lemon

When orange and lemon essential oils are combined they make a great cloth deodorizer, and you can use them for your dishcloth or more. You can combine them whenever you need to give cloth a fresh scent, and you will enjoy the citrus scent that they give off.

Tea Tree Is A Must Have For General Cleaning

You can mix tea tree oil with other oils to make an all-purpose cleaning solution. Make sure to add a good amount of water, and you can put it in a spray bottle and have it on hand for any time that you get in the cleaning mood. It is one of the essential oils that it is good to start off using, and you should keep it in your home at all times so that you can clean anything without worrying about using chemicals to get the job done.

Use Lemongrass Or Another Oil For Cleaning Carpets

If you want to deodorize your carpets, then you can use a bit of essential oil to help out with that. Just make a solution that you find directions for, add a bit of essential oil to it, and your carpets will smell great and seem much cleaner soon.
 
Don't be afraid of any of the essential oils that are out there, but know that they are the best thing you can use to get your cleaning needs met. With all of the great essential oils that are available, you will have your home fresh and clean and smelling great in a short amount of time. You can keep them on hand and know that they will help with the cleaning anytime you need it done, and you can make up solutions for different purposes and rooms in the house, so that you will always be ready to get your cleaning needs met.

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Deep Cleaning Bathrooms

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One of our customer’s greatest concerns is bathrooms.  While a living room or bedroom usually just needs a good dusting and vacuuming and an occasional deep cleaning, bathrooms need thorough deep cleaning every time.  That’s because bathrooms (and kitchens) harbor some of the worst germs our homes contain.  As professional cleaners, we’ve got this bathroom deep cleaning thing down to a science and we’re using this space to share some of our most important tips.  Of course, cleaning bathrooms is also one of everyone's least favorite things to do.  So if the list below feels you with dread or overwhelm, simply give us a call!

Dusting and Vacuuming:

This is a good first step before the deeper cleaning of sinks, showers, and toilets.  While bathrooms can quickly and easily collect hair, thorough dusting and vacuuming eradicates it. Start from the top and move down, remembering light fixtures and crevices.  Nothing makes a bathroom feel dirty like a stray hair left on a surface.

Tubs and Showers:

We learned this insider tip from hotel cleaners - heating tiles and basins up just ten degrees can double the effectiveness of bathroom cleansers.  We accomplish this by leaving hot water sitting in the tub for a few minutes, then splashing it onto the tile and emptying the tub just before cleaning, we get better results a lot faster. (Get this started just before you begin vacuuming and the tub will be ready when you are)  When cleaning showers and tubs, always start at the top so the water running down the walls will not dirty areas you’ve already cleaned. Don’t forget to use antibacterial spray to make sure you’re getting things really clean.  Let the cleaner sit for 5 to 10 minutes before cleaning off the areas you’ve sprayed.  Disinfectants take time to do their (dirty) work. Use a good scrubber to scrub dirt and rings off the tubs and showers. And don’t forget to give a very thorough rinse.  Many cleaners feel this is the most important step of cleaning the tub since residual shower cleaner can attract new dirt.

If you’re cleaning a long-neglected shower, consider soaking the showerhead nozzle in vinegar to disinfect it.  Turning on a dirty shower head can spray bacteria and mildew everywhere.

Toilets:

Again, with toilets, leaving plenty of time for cleaning materials to do their disinfecting work is of primary importance.  Spray things down and add toilet bowl cleaner, then let the whole mess sit for five or more minutes.  While a toilet brush (remember, not too old and well-shaped to get all the crevices) will do most of your hard work, sometimes it just isn’t strong to handle the built upscale and stains.  If you are left with a stubborn toilet ring, use a pumice stone to scrape away the residue causing the stain.  The toilet will look just like new! Don’t forget to clean carefully around the base of the toilet (we like to use disinfectant wipes for this) to remove any dirty drips - yuk!

Sinks:

Use disposable cleaning cloths.  This is not an area where reuse and recycle is a good strategy. Bathroom germs need to be cleaned away not spread around.  Studies show that a number of bacteria in and around a bathroom sinks rivals the toilet!  Spray down the sink and counters with disinfectant spray and wipe everything down carefully starting from the farthest mostly dusty counters and moving towards the germier inner sink.  Throw away wipes as often as needed to ensure you’re cleaning thoroughly and not moving dirt around.  Finish by making sure to wipe down the chrome fixtures with a dry cloth to buff them to a perfect shine.

Mirrors and Glass:

A quick spray and wipe down of mirrors and sinks is one of the simplest steps but makes the bathroom feel happy, bright and shiny.  Don’t forget to be thorough about corners and edges!

Mopping:

Last, but very important. Be sure to finish your bathroom cleaning with a careful mopping.  Do not spread germs around by inadvertently using your mop to carry dirty water from the edges of the toilet towards the door where they are more likely to contaminate bare feet or socks.  Be sure to disinfect and wipe carefully in the toilet area before beginning mopping.  Once you begin mopping the rest of the room, use disinfectant cleaner and rinse your mop often to ensure you remove bacteria before cleaning new areas.

Now we’ve given you the skills you need to get your bathrooms cleaner, shinier and less germy than ever before.   If you’re feeling up to the challenge - go get started!  If not, feel free to give our professional cleaners a call.  We can have your bathrooms feeling fresh and squeaky clean without you even lifting a finger!

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Cleaning Away Pet Fur

Pets can be one of life’s greatest joys. They also bring one of house cleaning’s greatest challenges: fur!  The problems of pet fur are magnified when you own more than one pet, or acquire a long-haired or heavily shedding breed.  But even pet owners with a single, low-shed animal will find that pet hair becomes one of their main cleaning issues.

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Since we clean many homes with pets, we’ve had to become experts on this topic.  Nothing ruins the feeling of a good clean like furry upholstery, cabinets, or air vents.   And the soft thick stuff has a way of sticking to everything - even the areas that might not normally be looked at during routine cleaning. What many people don’t know is that its static electricity combined with low humidity that create the ultimate conditions for pet fur to stick around.  The tips below will help you combat the static problem and become a master cleaner.

First, though, the number one solution to excess pet hair is to start with your pet itself.  Brush often.  Many pet owners find the Furminator does an exceptional job of removing fur.  The goal should be at least two days a week, or better yet, every day.  But let’s be real, some pets hate brushing.  And many pet owners can’t find the time to spend methodically removing fur from their cat or dog multiple times a week.

That’s where cleaning comes in. Here are some tips for how you can conquer the pet fur in your life.  Or, if even the thought makes you tired, call us instead!

Upholstery:

Nothing substitutes for a great vacuum when dealing with fur on upholstery.  As professional cleaners, we own the ultimate in cleaning tools and accessories for sticky cleaning items, like fur.  But if you don’t have the right vacuum for dealing with fur on fabric, there are a few other things you can try.

A damp rubber glove.  Simply running your hand, clothed in a slightly damp rubber glove, over the offending furniture item, will reduce the static levels, allowing the fur to move from the furniture to your glove.  As fur collects you can rinse the glove off and begin again.  The amount of fur you can collect is truly amazing!

Hard Furniture Surfaces:

A soft cloth combined with a good anti-static cleaning spray or old fashioned furniture polish, will be effective at removing fur from hard surfaces.  Your biggest challenge with fur on hard furniture surfaces is, again, static.  The use of anti-static spray or cleaning polish helps break that static bond.  This will allow you to do more than merely move the fur around. In order to create a cleaner environment, you have to fully remove the fur, not just displace it.  This method allows you to do so with a few simple wipes.

Carpets:

Carpets with a lot of fur require serious vacuuming.  This is where great tools come in.  The ultimate in fur vacuuming requires a vacuum that beats deeply into the carpet while using a strong suction to pull the hair into the machine.  Vacuuming is most effective when it is repeated several times and the machine is used in two different directions across the carpets.

For excess fur you can also use a pumice stone.  Pulled across a carpet, a pumice stone will collect large amounts of excess fur. This tip is probably best for areas of carpet that are hard to reach with a vacuum.

Hard Floors:

On the other hand, when cleaning hard floors, many vacuums can become the problem rather than the solution.  Vacuums have a tendency to blow furballs around the room and spread clouds of fur back up onto furniture surfaces.  If the amount of debris on the floor is excessive, a vacuum may be needed to do first level cleaning.  If, however, you are dealing with normal dirt and fur issues, try using a microfiber dry mop instead of a vacuum. The fur will stick to the microfiber mop, creating a better level of cleanliness.

These tips will help you to reduce the fur in your home and maintain a cleaner and healthier environment.  And whatever you do, don’t forget to use lint rollers to manage the stubborn fur that is inevitably attracted to you each time you pet or hug your animal.  Keeping your clothing clean will help keep your furniture clean too!

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How To Pick A Commercial Cleaner

While picking the commercial cleaning company for your professional space hardly seems like one of your most important business decisions, you’d be surprised to realize what a big impact the right cleaning company can have on your office space.

As a long-term commercial cleaning client, you will benefit greatly from a consistent, thorough, knowledgeable and friendly cleaning team. Here’s a brief list of what to look for in your commercial cleaners.

  1. First of all, make sure you’re working with a friendly team. Your commercial cleaning team should be respectful, interactive, and helpful.  Although cleaning teams rarely interact with your staff or clientele due to the after-hours nature of the work, this doesn’t mean their customer service skills are unimportant.  On the contrary, cleaning staff represent the companies they work for and should present professional, helpful and courteous attitudes at all times.

  2. The team that cleans your commercial business should also be trained carefully on security and confidentiality.  As your staff leaves the business for the day and the commercial cleaners enter your workplace, it’s quite common for personal or professional items of value to be left lying around.  Oftentimes secure documents may be left unattended in the workplace overnight as well.   A great commercial cleaning company will meticulously train their employees on respect for personal possessions and careful attention to confidentiality.  Information gained while cleaning commercial businesses should never leave the workplace.

  3. The team you hire for your commercial cleaning should be able to provide a variety of commercial cleaning services.  Beyond the usual dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and surface cleaning, great commercial cleaners offer a number of specialty services.  Look for a company that can add-on special jobs such as electronics cleaning, plant cleaning, pictures, indoor glass and sills, and window coverings.  Many of these could also be accomplished on a rotating schedule to keep your costs down while keeping your workplace clean.

  4. Your commercial cleaning company should also be environmentally conscious.  Indoor air quality is a huge factor in health.  For staff members with allergies or asthma, the products used to clean can have a huge effect on their quality of life and morale while at work.  A great commercial cleaning company should use cleaning supplies that are safe for the environment and safe for people, but that are also proven to kill germs.

  5. Paired with the right cleaning supplies, thorough cleaning is imperative to the good health of your staff and clients.  Many commercial cleaners simply move the dirt around by mixing inadequate amounts of cleaners into water, mopping in an effective manner and dusting with the wrong tools.  Nothing makes a workplace look less competent and professional than a lack of cleanliness. Be sure to use a thorough and well trained commercial cleaning team.

  6. Finally, use a cleaning company that has a reputation for being dependable and reliable.  Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations and follow them up.  Talk to other long-term clients and be sure your commercial cleaning company has a plan in place for dealing with employee absences or changes in scheduling. The work of your business must go on, and a clean environment is the foundation of a healthy and happy workplace.

The right commercial cleaning company will positively impact the morale of your employees, improve the atmosphere of your businesses, and help keep your workplace running smoothly and efficiently.  Make sure you choose your commercial cleaner well!

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Choosing Between Professional Home Carpet Cleaning

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Vacuuming your home is the easiest and most convenient way to keep your carpet clean, but simple vacuuming will not be enough to keep a carpet in good repair.  At least once every year or two, our carpets will show enough wear and tear, stains, scuffs or blots, that we consider giving them a better, deeper cleaning.  It is then that we are faced with the choice between a home cleaning using a rented steam cleaner or small purchased model, or choosing a professional carpet cleaning.

Dirty carpets impact your indoor air quality, which is often 8-10 times worse than outdoor quality and which has a profound effect on those with asthma or allergies.  Regular carpet cleaning is a must for these individuals.   Many experts recommend frequent carpet cleaning for everyone, at least every six months, to help keep dirt, allergies, and germs at bay.  You should probably clean your carpets even more often if you have pets.

So how to clean those dirty carpets?  Steam cleaning is the only real way to loosen dirt and dust trapped deep within carpet fiber.  These tiny particles, moving within the deep carpet fibers, can effectively shred our carpet from within.  Getting them out is of utmost importance to protect your long-term carpet investment.   In fact, many carpet warranties require professional cleaning every 12-24 months in order to honor the warranty, for this very reason.

Steam cleaning works by spraying detergent mixed with hot water into the carpets. A steam cleaner then acts as a wet vacuum to pull the dirt, detergent, and water back out of the carpets.  This can be done by professionals or at home, with a rented or purchased machine.  Steam cleaning works well because it moves past the surface of the carpet into the deeper layers where dirt and dust particles like to hide.  The spraying and lifting actions of the machine help to pull those particles out of the cracks and crevices they have hidden in.

While you can certainly buy or rent a steam cleaner and do the work yourself, professional expertise helps with making sure all the steam comes back out of the carpets after cleaning.  Leaving the carpets wet is sure to lead to mold and a greater health hazard than the dirt you started with. Steam cleaning is both an art and a science.  Important factors to get the carpets really clean while avoiding moisture and resulting mold growth include: using the right amount of water (not too much or too little), don’t let the water sit too long on the carpets, and use the steam cleaner properly to vacuum the water and detergent back out.  Professional steam cleaners can use more water than home cleaners can because they have much stronger suction to pull the water back out - this gives a cleaner result.  Professional steam cleaners also have the advantage of hot water pumped from the truck into the machines, while, at home, you can only heat water and pour it into the steam machine, hoping it doesn’t cool off too much as you go.  Another factor is the condition of the machine you use at home.  If it’s a rental machine and perhaps not in good repair, it could create more problems than it solves by releasing too much water or detergent or failing to vacuum it back out well.

Steam cleaning is highly effective but it takes time to dry. A faster, though somewhat less effective, alternative to steam cleaning is dry cleaning.   Dry cleaning is not a completely dry process, but it uses far less water than steam cleaning.  Chemicals, in powder form, are sprinkled onto the carpets.  These chemicals sift down into the carpet, disrupting dirt, breaking it up and bonding with it.  A small amount of water is used over top of the chemicals to increase their effectiveness. Vacuuming is then used to pull the chemicals and dirt back up.  You can walk on the carpets almost immediately after this treatment, leading to less disruption for the carpet owner.   While these chemicals are very effective without much time or effort, they are also somewhat toxic and may affect those in your home who have allergies or asthma.  Home owners can dry clean carpets with a simple baking soda sprinkle, but the more effective and harsher chemicals are usually best left to professionals.

While professional carpet cleaners are far more effective at getting a clean result with both steam and dry cleaning, the costs will be higher.  Renting a steam cleaner for a day may only cost $20, while the professional may run $120 or more.   Ultimately the decision requires a cost vs benefits analysis by each homeowner where results are weighed against cost and the time of the homeowner is factored in.

Whatever you do about carpet cleaning, between cleanings, be sure to vacuum regularly.   With low wear, carpets can be vacuumed once weekly, with greater use, several times a week may be needed. Vacuuming slowly, thoroughly and in multiple directions will help keep your carpet far cleaner and reduce the number of times it needs a full cleaning.

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How to Really Get Wine out of Your Carpets

Red wine is among the most infamous of carpet cleaning challenges.  Short of calling in the professionals, what’s a homeowner to do?  We’re happy to save you time and put your mind at ease as we treat your carpets.  But if you’d like to try a little TLC of your own, we have the tips you need below. Here’s how to really get red wine out of those light carpets, if it can be done.

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If your stain is fresh and still wet, the first step is heavy blotting.  Do not wipe your carpet!  Try to use a clean fresh cloth with plenty of absorbency rather than a paper towel or napkin which could shred into the carpet as it absorbs moisture.  Blot up as much as you can of the stain, pressing fresh sides of the clean cloth against the stain again and again until no more wine is coming up on the cloth.

Next, start with plain water or even better, club soda if you have it.  Take another fresh clean cloth and dip it into the water, then begin blotting again.  Getting moisture into the area helps to dilute the wine and keep it from settling down into the carpet fibers and drying in place.   After you have removed as much as you can this week, prepare a solution of two cups of warm water plus one tablespoon of dish detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Use this solution to blot the carpet again. Continue blotting as long as wine comes up. Make sure to follow the vinegar solution with another blot of plain water to help remove the vinegar smell from the rug.  

If you have no time to do anything about your red wine stain while it’s wet, simply dump salt on it!  This is an age-old method but even experts swear by it.  It works by absorbing the red wine.  While it doesn’t work perfectly, it can be a great partial solution if time constraints don’t allow you to thoroughly treat your red wine stain when it’s fresh.   This solution is said to work best when used on top of the club soda treatment mentioned above.   Some experts say this is the only solution you need to use . . . but see what works for you.

If all these techniques fail you can always mix one part dish detergent with two parts hydrogen peroxide and blot the area.  This may bleach your carpet, especially if it is not light colored, so use this method with care and spot check an inconspicuous part of the carpet first.  If it is not too strong for the carpet, this method works without any scrubbing.  Simply pour some solution on, wait for it to do its work and if more is needed, add an additional solution to the stain.  Eventually, it will appear to “melt” away!

Even if you’re dealing with a dry wine stain, do not despair.  Although these are much harder to clean, there is always hope!  Try pouring hot water onto the stain to saturate the area then sprinkle granules of some kind of oxi product onto the now-wet spill and let it sit for up to ten hours to work on the tough stain.  In many cases, this will remove the tough dried wine stains.

While red wine is among the toughest challenge a carpet can face (see about carpet cleaning), there are many solutions known to work!  Try the tips above and if all else fails, call in the professionals! We’d be happy to help you save face, and save your carpet!  Whatever you do, don’t put off dealing with a red wine stain. The sooner you call for help, the more likely we are to have success in dealing with your stubborn stain.

 

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Getting rid of mildew

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Mildew is one of the harder problems to deal with because many times it creeps up on you unexpectedly. Greasy kitchen walls, the basement, and closets are just some of the places that tend to go unnoticed but are some of the places where the environment is ideal for mildew to grow. The two main ingredients, humidity, and higher temperatures, that need to be present for mildew to form are often more present in the summer than the winter but can also be created during the cooler months. When it is found, it is essential to deal with the problem as soon as possible.
 
Here are the main places where you can find mildew:

  • Carpets
  • Clothing
  • Showers
  • Plants
  • Walls

There are two basic approaches to removing mildew: the chemical methods, and the natural and organic methods. The chemical methods are found in the form of sprays and liquids that you apply directly to the affected areas. There are a number of products you can buy, many found on the same label as mold removers. This is because both mold and mildew are both types of fungi, but mildew is far less dangerous to humans. That said, when using chemical sprays to clean mildew you need to be sure to wear a face mask for two reasons. The first is to avoid inhaling the spray, which may contain chemicals that can irritate your throat and respiratory system. The second reason is to avoid inhaling any of the mildew spores, which can also negatively impact your respiratory system.
 
You will likely need to use a scrub brush and a moderate amount of elbow grease to completely clean the infestation. Dense infestations of mildew on walls, tiles, or shower areas may require multiple treatments. In especially severe cases a professional cleaning company may be required to completely rid your home of mildew.
 
The alternative is to use natural or organic methods to clean the mildew. These methods are preferred by some people because since mildew is a living organism, it only makes sense to deal with the problem naturally. Before reading on it is important to know that different people have had different results using some of these methods, so you may need to experiment to find the best solution for your particular problem.
 
One of the bigger concerns of using chemicals is that the chemical that kills the mildew can also have a toxic effect on you, requiring you to wear rubber gloves to prevent it from being absorbed into your skin. In contrast, the first two natural methods are liquids you may either cook with or drink.
 
Vinegar is naturally antimicrobial, meaning its kills molds naturally. There is no need to dilute the bottle of plain white vinegar, just spray it directly on to the surface needed to be treated, let it stand for a period of time, then wipe the mildew from the surface. There are two potential limitations to using vinegar. The first is that you may have to wait a while before wiping the surface clean, so if you have a time compressed schedule that would not be the best choice. A second potential drawback is that you may have to repeat the procedure several times to completely rid the surface of mildew.
 
You may like the second choice much more – vodka. It is not for drinking but, like vinegar, to spray directly on to the affected areas. It is not recommended to use your best bottle of vodka for this purpose; any undiluted brand will work equally as well. (In fact, for some reason, the cheaper quality vodkas work better.) Like the vinegar, you will need to let it sit for a while before wiping it off the surface, and repeated treatments may be necessary.
 
At the beginning of the article there were two major factors for mildew growth – high temperatures and moisture. The most natural way to rid your home of mildew is attack the affected areas with sunlight and fresh air. Unfortunately, darkened areas such as bathrooms and closets my not be able to get the needed sunlight for this method to be effective, but clothing and carpets may be able to be treated without costing you one cent.
 
The final natural method we will mention is using hydrogen peroxide. This is especially useful on bathroom floor tiles where intricate patterns are difficult to clean. Simply pouring full strength hydrogen peroxide on the tiles and letting it set for at least 10 minutes will do the job without the scrubbing necessary when using chemical cleaners or other organic solutions. Keep in mind peroxide will lose its potency quickly if exposed to sunlight, so be sure to use it on areas where sunlight is scarce.
 
Between mildew and mold infestations, mildew is the lesser of the two problems. But because getting rid of mildew has many simple and easy solutions, you do not see it being presented as a health risk. But always remember it is a living organism and will spread throughout the house if not properly treated.

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One time house cleaning

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I came to realize a simple truth: when it comes to house cleaning there are many people out there like me.
 
I keep my home as in order as I can. A friend of mine was amazed that I only filled up one 13-gallon garbage bag of trash every 10 days. I keep my house relatively clean because in part I don’t let relatives come over very often. Things are kept in order because as a self-employed person I need to find things when I need them. Perhaps most importantly, I am not a messy person.
 
But the reality is that there are times when my home needs a good cleaning from top to bottom. I don’t need nor want a maid service because there really isn’t enough for them to clean up even on a weekly basis, so while having them come in seems necessary – it’s not. What I discovered is necessary is for a quality, professional cleaning service to come in and give the place a thorough cleaning.
 
The first time you realize the one time cleaning is necessary is the traditional spring cleaning ritual. Friends and neighbors, especially those with children, are talking about how to spend the next few weekends cleaning out garages and basements of artifacts accumulated during the winter. But even if you are a neatnik, you will see why seasonal cleaning is a must. Spring is that time of the year when birds and bees find time to mate, and they don’t care where they find the place to do it. So a one-time cleaning to eliminate any potential resting or nesting places is common sense.
 
It helps to know what kinds of services a reputable cleaning service offers so you can find out which services best suit your needs, and which companies have the best reputation to deliver on their promises. Here is where you actually need to speak to the company personally because there are so many cleaning needs that can be easily overlooked. Consider this short list of possible oversights that many cleaning services will clean for you:
 

  • Your gas or electric oven – We are talking about pizzas, but only you know what you put in there.
  • Your microwave – It is easy to miss what grows on top of the inside
  • The laundry room – One would think that the place where there is mostly soap and water would not require much cleaning, but only the cleaning service knows for sure
  • The refrigerator – Do we really have to put this one on the list? Yes!

If you have a home or apartment that has hardwood floors, the reason is because the look so great and are much easier to keep clean than carpeted floors. But regardless of the quality or material of the hardwood floor, it needs to be kept clean to prevent scratches and to get the maximum service life from it. A seasonal cleaning is just what the floor doctor ordered and let you focus on your work and leisure time.
 
Tile floors, whether they are in the bathroom or the kitchen can be a source of built up dirt, especially those with intricate tile designs. Whether the tile color is light or dark, some of the dirt cannot be seen and requires more than just a mop and a bucket. When you consider that much of your personal hygiene is done in the bathroom, it makes good sense to have the tile thoroughly cleaned several times during the year.
 
Whether you have leather or fabric covers for your furniture, they need to be cleaned professionally to get the maximum use from them. Many people wait until they become unsightly or a major spill occurs that requires a call to a cleaning services company. But like your personal clothing, having it cleaned periodically helps it last longer and adds to the appearance of your home.
 
You may only need to have your house thoroughly cleaned once a year. The question you have to ask is whether you have the skills, tools, and know how to do it all yourself. If you factor in the time it will take from your weekly routine, you will discover you are better off using a one-time cleaning service to do the job for you. If you are not convinced, take a few minutes to make a checklist of all the areas in your house, from top to bottom, that need to be cleaned. In order for your HVAC system to run at maximum efficiency, which will save you money, a clean air environment is necessary. That means eliminating as much dust in your living environment as possible.
 
Calling in a cleaning service for a one time cleaning of your home is an investment of both your time and your money. You will save on both because the cost of having a clean, well-maintained home is significantly less than paying for higher energy bills during the year or for an exterminator to rid your house of pesky insects. Calling a cleaning service for a one time cleaning is the only way you will know what services are available, and which ones meet your specific needs. And you are likely to find out there are many people just like you who are in need of a good, quality house cleaning.

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Five DIY cleaning solutions


“Living on a budget”: can mean different things to different people. For some, it means financial discipline, while for others it means finding a way to pay the bills and make ends meet. But whatever category you put yourself in, almost everyone agrees that having a clean house or apartment is essential for healthy and happy living. Finding the best and cheapest cleaning solutions is a point everyone can agree on. Price is also a consideration since everyone likes to have more money in their pocket. Here we will take a look at five of the best cleaning solutions for your home or apartment.
 
You don’t have to be an environmentalist to like the idea of all-natural cleaning solutions. This is not about products that advertise themselves as “all-natural” or “eco-friendly” but products that are commonly found in your home and in many cases are very low priced. Some of the solutions have been tried and tested for years, so you can be sure of their effectiveness and safety. Also, there are many different surfaces you have to deal with, everything from kitchen counters to shower walls. It generally is not a good idea to take a one-size-fits-all approach to cleaning.

The Bathroom

The bathroom should always be the cleanest room in the house. This is the place that the majority of your personal hygiene takes place and the place where germs and bacteria can accumulate quickly. If someone asks why there is a fungus among us, the answer is usually in the bathroom. To treat the inside of the toilet bowl, put about one-half cup of baking soda into the bowl, followed by a one-quarter cup of vinegar. Once the fizzing starts you can scrub away the dirt. Vinegar is the best solution for tubs and showers. Simply create a 50-50 solution of water and vinegar, then wipe or gently scrub as needed.

The Kitchen

Cleaning cooking surfaces and countertops is not always the same as disinfecting them. Once again, the 50-50 solution of vinegar and water is the simple, easy way to get the job done. But a word of caution needs to be made here. If you have a kitchen countertop made of stone or marble, the acid level of vinegar is high enough to potentially damage the surface. The first step you need to take is to read the care instructions for your countertop or call the manufacturer for cleaning instructions. Sometimes the surfaces are coated, allowing you to use the cheapest cleaning solution. For cooking surfaces such as wooden cutting boards, lemon juice or an actual lemon will do the job. For microwave ovens, vinegar once again saves the day. Pour a small amount into a cup, turn on the microwave for 2 – 3 minutes, then wipe the interior walls with a soft cloth.

Your Windows

Having clean windows does more than just make your home more attractive. In the winter, clean windows can actually save you money by naturally heating your home through sunlight. The solution is a 4 – 1 water to vinegar mixture that you can use as much as you need. Some people recommend using a sponge or soft cloth, but old timers swear by an old fashioned newspaper (if you can find one). This cleaning solution is also great for mirrors around the house.

Varnished Wood

There are still carpenters among us who make their own furniture and prefer the varnished look. But care must be taken to preserve the look and protect the wood underneath. A simple and natural home cleaning solution is to mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of vinegar, and 1 quart of water in a large spray bottle. Shake, spray, and then wipe with a soft cloth.

Non-wood Floors

Floor made of tile, linoleum, and other non-wood materials can be washed using vinegar using a 2 – 1 mixture of vinegar and warm water. The biggest benefit for this cleaning solution is that no rinsing is required!
 
If it seems that you should have an ample supply of vinegar in your home for cleaning purposes, you are right. Vinegar has acidic qualities about it that make it very useful for almost anywhere in the house. Yet it mixes well with water and oils, making it a great foundation for all types of household cleaning. Some of these solutions require what many people call “essential oils” that should be in almost everyone’s home, mainly for cooking. A few mentioned in this article are olive and lemon. Both are relatively inexpensive, and combined with vinegar, give you a variety of natural cleaning solutions for every room in your home or apartment. We started you with five, now find the best of the rest!

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How To Clean Light Fixtures

light fixtures in a kitchen

When it comes to cleaning the light fixtures in your home, there are so many of us who will keep putting it off as long as we can before accomplishing this chore.  It is a very time-consuming task, and it isn't the easiest chore since most of the light fixtures in your home are out of reach.  However, even though it is a frustrating household chore, it is one that has to be done no matter what the excuse might be.  Once you have finally cleaned your light fixtures, you can notice an enormous difference with the lighting in the room.  The room is brighter since the light can shine through the light fixture, without any of the dirt and dust blocking its rays.  So, when it comes to cleaning your light fixtures, there are several different tips that you can use to be able to keep up with the cleanliness of them each week. 

Simple Cleaning 

It seems as if light fixtures have a built-in magnet to dust and dirt, and no matter how frustrating this is, there is no way to change it.  Therefore, if you take the time to do some light dusting once or twice a week, then you won't have to worry about a significant amount, of this dust and dirt build-up, from corroding and covering your light fixtures.  There are several different types of extendable dusters that you can find at the store, and this makes it easier to do this dusting every week.  Using a regular dry cloth works as well, and it helps to prevent any serious amount of dust and dirt building up on the fixtures, making your cleaning easier. 

Deeper Cleaning

Many individuals have glass covers that are covering the light within their home.  If this is the case for you, then removing the glass from the light itself is the best way to clean them.  Remove the glass as safely as you can, and once you have accomplished this, then you will want to be sure and dump out any dirt or dead bugs that are residing within the glass cover.  Soak the glass cover in some warm soapy water, and then you can simply wipe away the dirt and dust, and then rinse it off.  When you replace the cover back over the light, be sure that you do so safely and take your time putting it back correctly.  

Light Bulbs 

It is important to remember that when you are cleaning your light fixtures, it is beneficial for you to clean the light bulbs as well.  The dirt and dust will build up on the light bulb just like it does the fixture, and it is just as important to clean it off.  As you are waiting for the glass cover to soak, or if it doesn't have a glass cover, you can then gently wipe down the light bulb with a rag and then replace it back into the slot and cover it again.  
 
In conclusion, it is important to be sure that you keep your light fixtures properly cleaned each week, and this will prevent any serious build up of dirt or dust from forming on them.  If you are looking to avoid having to clean your light fixtures deeply, then it is prudent that you take the time each week to wipe them down.  This will keep the light fixtures free of so much dust and makes it easier to clean when you are looking to deep clean them (see our cleaning services). 

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