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    regularly Rubbing your hands together with soap and water multiple times a day can severely minimize your chances of getting yourself and those in your home Read More Quick Tips For Your Home Organization Written by The Maids Friday 11 May 2012 With a few easy organization tips you can get your home looking great Organization is the easiest way to keep your home clean and healthy in between visits from The Maids Staying organized will also eliminate clutter and minimize stress Follow these easy home organization tips to start your way towards a more clean healthy and productive life Kitchen Junk drawer No more Only 20 of all items in your kitchen are used 80 of the time Fortunately this means you can get rid of most of the stuff in your kitchen and not even miss it Clean out the Read More Five Tips to Get Rid of Your Home s Clutter Written by The Maids Wednesday 02 May 2012 Getting Started Clear the clutter in your home with five easy cleaning tips from The Maids Is your stuff taking over your home For many people their houses are messy not because they are messy but simply because they have too much stuff and not enough storage Clutter can take up space in your house that could be better used for other things and cutting down on your unnecessary or unused possessions can really make your home cleaner and more comfortable However deciding what to get rid of and finding the time to sort through it all can seem daunting An Read More Easy Tips to Organize Your Closet Written by The Maids Friday 27 April 2012 Having to organize your closet might not seem like an important part of cleaning your house after all if you shut the doors no one can see the mess But if you are using your closet everyday think of the time and frustration you could save yourself by making it easy to find what you are looking for Closets are a primary space for clutter and sometimes it is a good idea to go through all it in order to get rid of the some of the more interesting items you have accumulated over the years If your closet is organized Read More Simple Bathroom Cleaning Tips Written by The Maids Thursday 19 April 2012 Your bathroom is one of the hardest places in clean in your entire home It is also the one that needs it the most Proper bathroom cleaning will help keep you and your family live healthier You do not need dangerous chemicals to get your bathroom clean and free of germs you just need to to know the right products to get the job done While bathroom cleaning might not be a fun thing to do but if you do it every week it will not be too time consuming Here are some simple cleaning tips from Housekeepingchannel com by Linda Cobb that Read More How

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    cover the item if possible or at least half of the item if not so you Read More Easy Eco Friendly Dishwashing Written by The Maids Saturday 23 March 2013 Doing the dishes is one of those unfortunate housekeeping tasks that needs to be done every day If you ve ever missed a day of dishes you know how quickly they stack up It takes a lot of soap and hot water to wash dishes so if you re trying to conserve water and energy you might be stumped on how to minimize its impact There s actually a bonus to washing dishes the green way it s easier and faster by a large margin If you re not sure where to start here are a few ideas The Dishwasher Believe it or not the Read More Getting a Handle on Clutter Written by The Maids Tuesday 05 March 2013 As soon as you see the word clutter there s probably an area of your house that springs to mind Maybe it s the closet where you shove everything out of sight or the one corner that stacked high and deep with things Whatever that area is there s a way to jump in with both feet and get that clutter under control We ll get you started and when you re done call maid services to make your freshly decluttered home clean and healthy Before you start tackling your mess set a timer for 20 30 minutes then take a 10 or 15 minute break This Read More How Many Uses of Baking Soda Can There Possibly Be Written by The Maids Thursday 07 February 2013 Baking soda It s one of those items that has been around as long as anyone can remember and has multiple uses In fact the uses of baking soda can fill a pretty long list While baking soda is primarily used in the kitchen as a leavening agent to cause dough to rise the uses of baking soda have expanded to include a number of cleaning purposes A natural whitener deodorizer and all purpose scrub baking soda is a must have in your cleaning supply closet as well as your kitchen cabinet The uses of baking soda are listed in numerous home magazines Read More How to Clean Dog Hair in Your Home Written by The Maids Tuesday 22 January 2013 If you own a dog that sheds you have probably experienced the woes of attempting to clean dog hair in your home Not only is it difficult to clean dog hair off of rugs and sofas but it often seems like every time you clean dog hair off of a surface it returns within moments While it may be difficult to prevent fur from clinging to areas in your home there are ways to quickly clean dog hair from even the toughest spots When dog hair is trapped all over your home it can stick to your clothes and the Read More

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  • Speed Cleaning in a Pinch
    to replace any products or supplies you ve used up Many cleaning professionals believe it s wisest to move in a top to bottom path whether you live in a multi level home or you re speed cleaning rooms in an apartment or smaller house Clean then dust then vacuum Carry a basket or storage tub with you to gather clutter that can be put away later or better yet tossed in the trash Set a time limit for each room and stick to it spending too much time in any one room will sidetrack your speed cleaning strategy If there s a major cleaning project that needs to get done make a note to do it at another time If an area in one of the rooms is already clean don t waste time making it cleaner If there s just one dirty place on a large surface a refrigerator door for example clean just the spot not the entire space When you ve finished each room move on and don t go back you don t want to sabotage your speed cleaning by bringing dirt back into a room you ve already cleaned Speed Cleaning Company s Coming Whether you know in advance or you get a last minute call from friends or family unexpectedly in town it s happened to everyone company s coming and you ve got little or no time to straighten up Speed cleaning can do the trick in under an hour Gather up all those magazines and other papers and clutter and put it all in a cupboard or closet or big basket you can squirrel away in another room Look around the living room for obvious dust bunnies and give just that area a quick wipe Sweep or vacuum just the floor in the room you ll be visiting with your guests Wash any dirty dishes in the kitchen or load them into the dishwasher You can even stash some loose items in the dishwasher while you re speed cleaning but remember to take them out before you turn it on later Wipe off all kitchen surfaces to give your kitchen a fresh clean look Do the same in the bathroom paying special attention to the mirror and toilet Consolidate and take out the trash Close the doors to rooms your impromptu guests won t be going into Spray some air freshener or light scented candles in the entry way for a welcoming touch One thing you can do in advance is keep a set of storage tubs on hand and label them with the names of each family member As you zoom through the house or apartment doing your speed cleaning toss loose articles into their respective tubs If you don t have individual tubs handy toss everything into one big container while you re speed cleaning and worry about putting it all away later It is important follow the methodology of a professional housecleaner in the instance of speed cleaning

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  • Getting Rid of Stubborn Household Odors
    odor absorbing clay cat litter and several boxes of baking soda Fill each pan with approximately 3 pounds of litter and one box of baking soda Thoroughly combine the baking soda and the litter and place the pans around the basement After about 2 weeks replace the litter and baking soda with a new batch Recycle the old litter and baking soda and save it for oil leaks or spills in the garage or for wintertime emergencies when you need a little extra traction in the driveway Cinnamon Nutmeg Stovetop Air Freshener Are unpleasant household odors taking over your home Get rid of them Make your home smell absolutely heavenly with a mixture of nutmeg cinnamon and ordinary tap water Simply measure a tablespoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of nutmeg into a saucepan of hot water and let it simmer on the stove Keep an eye on the water level and add more as necessary to prevent the pan from becoming dry during evaporation Your household will smell as if you ve been baking cinnamon bread or another aromatic treat Cooking Odors Celery leaves are usually discarded but if you plan on cooking cabbage fish broccoli cauliflower or other typically pungent foods save the leaves from your stalks of celery and put them to good use Place fresh clean celery leaves over strong smelling foods as they cook and household odors won t be nearly as unpleasant Smoky Carpet Odors Household members who smoke indoors or those who have visitors who smoke can easily get rid of bad household odors in carpeting without getting out the carpet machine For really strong or unpleasant household odors caused by smoke allow the baking soda to set on the carpets undisturbed overnight Otherwise allow the baking soda to remain on the carpets for about an hour before vacuuming The carpets will smell much fresher cleaner and free from bad odors If you like the scent of freshly dried linen flowers pine or other scents available in store bought carpet fresheners make them go a lot further by combining them with baking soda If possible pop the top off of carpet freshener to add baking soda or create your own can by poking holes in the lid of an empty potato chip canister This is an easy way to get rid of household odors caused by smoke Charcoal For miscellaneous household odors get rid of them with ordinary charcoal This is by far the easiest way to get rid of household odors Place open bowls of ordinary charcoal briquettes behind furniture in smelly cabinets under beds and other inconspicuous locations that could use a little freshening You will greatly lessen or even eliminate bad household odors with very little effort or expense Whether your household odor problem appears only when you cook pungent foods or your carpets are infused with the smell of cigarette smoke you are now armed with the knowledge of how to get rid of these household odors Soon your

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  • How to Clean Your Glass Stovetop
    STEP 2 DAILY CLEANING Make sure that the stovetop has completely cooled down before you begin to clean the exterior Use a soapy water mixture on a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down the surface repeat the process if required Rinse thoroughly and use a paper towel or a soft cloth to buff it A daily cleaning ensures that a glass stovetop looks spotless at all times STEP 3 GREASE AND GRIME To clean a build up of grease and grime apply dish soap with a sponge to wipe the glass stovetop You may need to repeat the process if it is really grimy Rinse the stovetop with a clean damp cloth and use a paper towel to completely dry the surface Water stains that might leave a mineral deposit can be removed by using full strength vinegar You could also buy a special cleaner for removing grease from a glass stovetop STEP 4 BURNED ON RESIDUE Sugary spillovers need to be cleaned immediately Turn off the stove and remove hot pots Do not use abrasive cleaners scouring pads steel wool or a brush as they may scratch the surface of the glass or leave a residue Wear an oven mitt and use a single edged razor blade scraping at a 45 degree angle The scraper can be purchased at a hardware store just make sure that it is for a glass stovetop Delicately scrape the spill using a bit of pressure Any remaining residue should be cleaned once the stove has totally cooled down Do not use the stove until the entire burned on residue has been removed STEP 5 CLEANING THE STOVETOP SEAL To clean the seal around the edges of the glass lay a wet cloth over the top wait for a few minutes then wipe it clean Dry it with a paper towel Before you begin to clean your glass stovetop it is also a good idea to read the owner s manual that it came with The manual will provide you with safety information to prevent damaging the glass surface or yourself Some models may require specific store bought cleaning creams and polish The most important thing to remember when cleaning your glass stovetop is that the surface must be completely cooled before you come in contact with it as the water may damage the stove not to mention the glass stovetop could burn you Also be sure not to place anything on the glass stovetop before it has cooled completely as it may damage your cookware or the cookware may scratch the glass If you can incorporate a daily wipe down into your cleaning schedule the glass stovetop will retain its like new gleam and you will soon realize the beauty of owning a glass stovetop If you need assistance maintaining a clean home please contact The Maids We would be more than happy to help back to top Sign up below and receive a 50 VOUCHER Please enter your name Invalid email

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  • Cleaning Tips for Busy People
    schedule are things that I don t really think about but just do These also help to cut down on clutter and allow you to spend only 20 minutes a day cleaning As I mentioned already wash the dishes as you use them Wash laundry on the go either throughout the day over the week or all at once at a laundromat Pick up your stuff whenever you leave the room Sort the mail as soon as you get it These are all a part of my daily routine As for weekends sometimes I do them sometimes I don t I enjoy sleeping in on the weekends and generally have found my home cleaning schedule to get in the way Home cleaning can be enjoyable and even a bit Zen like but there are so many fun things to do Who wants to clean all the time Weekly Monthly Okay here come the biggies my Weekly and Monthly home cleaning schedules For the week I have my days divided like this Monday Home Sprint Tuesday Special Room s Day Wednesday Bills Thursday Home Sprint Friday Declutter As you can see Saturday and Sunday are not here Why Because I don t like cleaning on the weekends Monday thru Friday I organized my home cleaning so that I only need to spend 20 minutes to keep my home sparkling You can too Let me explain what each day means Home Sprint Monday and Thursday are my Home Sprint days On each day for 20 minutes I focus on completing ALL of the following Cleaning the Fish Tank Dusting Wiping all mirrors with a windex wipe Wiping all door handles and light switches with a GreenWorks wipe Wet Swiffering the kitchen floor Emptying the trash Watering the plants Vacuuming In only 40 minutes a week I can race through all of these I bet you can too Special Room s Day Every Tuesday is Special Room s Day This is actually my entire monthly schedule right here Each Tuesday of each week I focus on a different section of my home for a total of four sections Week 1 Porch Kitchen Week 2 Bathroom Study Week 3 Living Room Week 4 Bedroom For 20 minutes I ll focus some particular parts that need a deep cleaning like the inside of the kitchen trash can or polishing the silver in the living room For busy people who have more rooms you don t have to just limit yourself to 4 Weeks take a few extra if you need The idea here is to only clean for 20 minutes and then STOP You ll be surprised at how much of a focused home cleaning you can do in just 20 minutes If you need a more in depth list on how to clean these areas check out Flylady net She talks about something called Zone Cleaning which is similar to this idea and she has detailed cleaning lists and cleaning tips that are great

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  • Holiday Cleaning Tips
    pine needles with a vacuum or broom try looping a large piece of duct tape or masking tape over your hand You can either wear light gloves to protect your hands from the needles or cover your entire hand with looped tape Dab the needles from your floors and carpet with the tape and discard directly in the trash You may need to wipe up any remaining residue with a little olive oil to remove any sticky spots 2 How to Get Rid of Refrigerator Odors All those Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner foods and leftovers can leave your fridge a little less than fresh To prevent smelly odors in advance try lining your crisper drawers with newspaper and place a new box of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda open in fridge and freezer Make sure all foods are sealed or covered and put a washcloth under the turkey while it defrosts in the fridge to make clean up easier and prevent smells 3 How to Freshen Linens Without Rewashing If unexpected overnight company has you scrambling for fresh smelling linens you don t have to rewash them and distract your guests until the laundry cycle is done to ensure a fresh smelling guest room Try placing a dryer sheet between rarely used linens and use an open box of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda to absorb stale odors In a pinch you can toss clean but stale linens in the dryer for five minutes with a washcloth moistened with your favorite fabric softener The heat allows the fabric softener to penetrate the fibers of the linens faster and gives a short term boost in freshness 4 How to Clean Toilets Without Scrubbing In a hurry to get ready for guests and your toilets are less than sparkling Try dropping a denture cleaning tablet into the bowl and one in the water tank to remove stains and give the bowl a hands off cleaning 5 How to Clean Up Quickly After Holiday Decorating If you re making holiday crafts or simply stringing garland and glitter bulbs you may find you re left with a horrendous mess after the decorating frenzy is over Attempting to vacuum glitter usual ends up in dispersing it throughout the room and those little flecks of garland can be dangerous for pets who like to nibble things left on the floor To quickly and easily clean up after decorating try running a lint roller over your carpets furniture and floors to pick up stray glitter and garland Peel off the used roller sheets often and keep a small trash bag handy to keep particles from dropping off on your way to the trashcan Whether you are preparing for holiday cleaning to get your house ready for guests or thinking about holiday cleaning for after your celebrating is over these holiday cleaning tips are sure to come in handy Also don t forget to share these holiday cleaning techniques with friends and family Don t allow holiday cleaning

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  • How to Clean Memory Foam
    s safe for non professional cleaning follow this guide to a fresh clean piece of memory foam Cleaning Memory Foam Freshen it up Lightly sprinkle some borax or baking powder on your topper or pillow Let it sit for at least 30 45 minutes This will give the product a bright and fresh smell Vacuum Remove the borax or baking powder with a handheld vacuum cleaner This will also clean other items off of your memory foam topper or mattress such as dust or pet hair Wet the stains If you have a stain wet a wash cloth with warm water and a little bit of dishwashing liquid Rub the stain in a circular motion Use a fresh damp wash cloth to press against the area to help dry and blot the liquid out of the foam Soak up moisture Next place and press a dry towel over the dampened area and let it sit for 15 20 minutes Dry it As for drying your memory foam you can air dry it outside use an electric fan or place it in a well ventilated area Deep Cleaning Memory Foam Place in a well ventilated area Place the memory foam item in a well ventilated area This will help dry the foam and also keep moisture from getting trapped and creating mold and allergens Steam clean it Use a steam cleaner to extract deep stains Depending on the size of the memory foam you can use a handheld steamer or a full size steaming machine Neutralize odors For a boost in freshness add a tablespoon of vinegar and lemon to neutralize any odors Steam the memory foam item from top to bottom in long slow strokes Dry it Prop the item in a well ventilated area for 30 60 minutes to ensure it dries completely While many people are under the impression that it is difficult to clean memory foam all you really need to clean memory foam is a few regular household cleaning solutions As stated in the article above it is not challenging to clean memory foam If you continually keep a sheet or pillowcase over your memory foam this will help prevent dirt and stains from infiltrating your memory foam However some stains cannot be avoided and this is when you can utilize your newfound knowledge in order to clean memory foam Consider adding clean memory foam to your seasonal cleaning list to ensure that you clean your memory foam every few months or so As with regular mattresses bugs can become attracted to the dirt that accumulates on memory foam so keeping a clean memory foam will help be sure that your bedroom is pest free As always be sure to check the product s cleaning instructions before you clean memory foam using the above methods A professional can help deep clean memory foam if you don t have the time or the means to do it yourself Please contact The Maids for all of your home

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