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  • Tips for Fall Cleaning
    filter increases efficiently and prevents dirt and allergens from circulating around your home And while you re at it sweep or vacuum in and around heat registers to get rid of accumulated dust and dander Finally inspect caulk around windows and doors to ensure that any leaks are nipped in the bud before winter hits Fall is also a good time to venture up to the attic and check on the condition of the insulation For inexpensive DIY heat in cold out tasks that can be performed in fall check out my Weatherize this series where I discuss everything from foam outlet gaskets to attic stair covers to water heater blankets The air in there Since fall cleaning involves efficiently buttoning up your home for the winter you ll want to make sure that the air inside your home is as clean as possible obviously as fall turns to winter you re going to be doing a whole lot less window opening to let fresh air in As described above ensuring that your primary heat sources are clean is one step but you should also clean or replace the filters of any air purifiers or humidifiers It wouldn t hurt to introduce a few new air purifying houseplants to your home too And while you clean take a good look at your arsenal of cleaning products Many conventional cleaning remedies contain caustic chemicals that can compromise the indoor air quality of your home oven cleaners toilet bowl cleaners and drain openers are top offenders so consider replacing them with plant based alternatives or inexpensive DIY concoctions more on this below Yesterday s pit stained t shirt today s handmade draftstopper Need to make room for all those bulky winter sweaters that you re bringing out of storage Fall is an excellent time to root through your wardrobe for sartorial castaways and free up closet space Since some of your summer clothes and linens may not have survived the season I m talking about frayed beach towels and white shirts bearing the stubborn summer stain trifecta of underarm sweat ketchup BBQ sauce and grass you may not want to donate them or haul them off to a consignment store For items that don t make the donation resale cut keep them around as cleaning rags or incorporate them into craft projects for when you re stuck inside in January in two feet of snow Nontoxic DIY cleaners Now is the thyme Fall s the time to start prepping the pantry for the holiday baking season and for have the munchies but too cold to leave the house kind of days While you re fiddling around with foodstuffs and taking kitchen cabinet inventory why not experiment with staples like baking soda vinegar and lemon juice and make your own natural cleaning and laundering solutions If you ve never done it before you ll be surprised at their effectiveness not to mention their money saving appeal If DIY cleaners aren t your proverbial

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  • Sofa Cleaning Tips
    as if it was just yesterday Besides your sofa is still in good condition but only needs a proper deep clean You might be pleasantly surprised at how astonishing it may look You can decide to clean your sofa by yourself or hire a professional sofa cleaning London company to help you If you want your favorite sofa back then these sofa cleaning tips will definitely help you Besides you can freshen up your sofa just following several easy to implement home cleaning methods These tips will help you to remove dirt dust and stubborn stains However have in mind that you have to be extremely careful when cleaning your sofa without professional help If you think that it is beyond your knowledge and abilities to perform this task you should hire a professional sofa cleaning London company The Importance of Cleaning Codes Before even thinking about any kind of sofa cleaning it is better to first check the cleaning code of your sofa Most of the time manufacturers put tags with cleaning codes and sofa cleaning instructions under the sofa s frame Identifying the code is important so you can determine what cleaner to use There are four codes W stands for water based cleaners Usage of such cleaners is considered as safe S stands for water FREE solvent cleaners WS stands for water based and water free solvent cleaners are safe to be used X means that no cleaners should be used for sofa cleaning When you have determined what type of sofa cleaning agent you need you can rent or buy a steam cleaner that works both for carpets and sofas Hardware and home improvement stores are the best places to look for one Vacuum your sofa thoroughly before steam sofa cleaning Thus you will remove any loose particles and dust easing the process greatly Allow three to four hours for your sofa to dry You can speed up the process by opening the windows in the room You can also try to regularly clean your sofa Not allowing for dust and dirt to accumulate will protect your sofa and extend its lifespan It will save you both money and time shopping for a new sofa But if you do not feel capable enough remember that there are many sofa cleaning companies in London Why risk ruining your sofa beyond repair Now that you understand the language on sofa cleaning codes you can successfully clean your couch without fear of damaging the fabric Remember to vacuum before utilizing cleaners during your sofa cleaning to prevent the trapping of dirt If you still feel unsure about performing a sofa cleaning without the help of professionals consider contact your local Maids franchise We possess all of the cleaning know how to make your home look like new back to top Sign up below and receive a 50 VOUCHER Please enter your name Invalid email address Invalid Input Our Services The Maids Medway offers a variety of services Please see

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  • How to Make Homemade Candles
    1 dozen lemon Knife Melon baller Candy thermometer 1 2 teaspoon lemon oil Wicks Wick holder 1 pound beeswax Small paintbrush Lemon Candles How To 1 Cut the lemons lengthwise Squeeze out as much of the juice as possible without tearing the skin Hollow out the lemon halves with a melon baller 2 In a double boiler heat beeswax until melted about 180 degrees Check temperature with a candy thermometer Turn off the heat and add lemon oil 3 Cut 3 inches of wick tie a knot at one end Thread the loose end through a wick holder and pull so the knot is secure under the holder 4 Dip the wick and holder with wax until coated this will stiffen and straighten the wick Press the wick holder into the bottom of the lemon half to affix Let the wick dry 5 Pour the wax into the lemon half and fill to the edge Use a small paintbrush to coat the rim of the lemon with wax Let the candle dry for about 4 hours Follow these simple instructions and you will have homemade candles in no time These citrus homemade candles will certainly make your kitchen table look fabulous and unique If you don t want to keep all the homemade candles for yourself these citrus candles also make great party favors Re kindle those artistic flames and get started on this arts and crafts project of creating your own homemade candles Still have some stench that you can t seem to get rid of in your home The Maids would be happy to help Contact us today back to top Sign up below and receive a 50 VOUCHER Please enter your name Invalid email address Invalid Input Our Services The Maids Medway offers a variety of services

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  • Decorating with Nature
    jar Stagger jars according to shape and height then place a mirror behind the collection to reflect light Decorating with Diversity The beauty of decorating with nature is that the relics complement your keepsakes and flea market gems Embrace decorating diversity and pair serving trays with shells photographs and nature prints Conversation Piece Shelves filled with keepsakes become a cabinet of curiosities sure to spark conversation with any guests Cover books with white parchment paper to give them a uniform look Then pile shells coral and apothecary jars on top of and around them for a display with dimension Collection Makeover Give your sand collection a makeover with an elegant twist Portion out your sand into antique jars and label each one with the location and date Layer in coral and dried sea plants for an ocean inspired scene Contain Yourself For a garden fresh display assemble a collection of mismatched glassware along with interesting flowers greenery and moss from a garden or floral shop Arrange your natural finds inside the glassware and group together on a tabletop Aim for an eclectic collection of natural finds in different heights sizes and textures Savvy Salvage Finds For a subtle take on natural decorating pair primitives with organic forms such as branches rocks and wood Burnished metal pendants with rope covered cords set an industrial tone in this dining area A French hay fork hangs as sculpture on the far wall nodding to farmhouse rusticity Natural decorating adds balance to any given room and let s be honest you just can t beat the price Whether you are outside playing with the kids or strolling down the beach keep your eyes pealed for any natural home decorations Look for natural elements that you can use for natural decorating you d be surprised

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  • Blog
    as your New Year s Resolution The Maids are happy to help you stick to your home cleaning plan Healthy home cleaning is a New Year s resolution you can follow through on Sometimes New Year s Resolutions like this one Read More Christmas Decorating Ideas for 2011 Written by The Maids Saturday 10 December 2011 Taking your holiday decorating outdoors can create a welcoming atmosphere for all visitors Tis the season for holiday decorating The holiday season is the perfect time for homeowners to spruce up their indoor and outdoor decorating themes and really create a warm environment for all who enter and live there Whether you re decorating for Christmas or another holiday this season there are a plethora of holiday decorating ideas that you can find online in magazines or by looking at other homes And it doesn t matter where you gather your inspiration for holiday decorating as long as you can enjoy your Christmas Read More Winter Cleaning Your Winter Cleaning Checklist Written by The Maids Tuesday 06 December 2011 Winter is coming quick and that means winter cleaning is almost here as well This is the time of year when many people spend the most time in their homes it s colder and you re enjoying indoor gatherings with family and friends While winter cleaning becomes a thought mostly due to colder weather or holiday specifics there are a few extras to take into consideration while you re stuck at home on a snow day During winter cleaning change your floor mat to a sturdy one Winter cleaning doesn t only consist of clearing snow once it comes there are plenty of things around the house you need Read More Prepare for the Holidays by Organizing Your Kitchen Written by The Maids Tuesday 06 December 2011 You may still be recovering from your Thanksgiving entertaining duties but that doesn t mean that you should wait until the last minute to prepare for your December holiday entertaining A great way to prepare ahead of time for the upcoming holidays is to organize your kitchen so that cooking and entertaining goes without a hitch You likely have most of the tools necessary for organizing your kitchen already in place so organizing your kitchen may just be a matter of decluttering and relocating By organizing your kitchen you can get it to look like this one not to mention simplify your Read More How to Treat Stains In Your Home Written by The Maids Tuesday 06 December 2011 Stains have many sources anyone or anything can cause a stain but the question is how do you go about getting rid of each kind of stain One thing that is important when we treat stains is timing As soon as you know a stain has been made on clothing curtains furniture or the carpet be sure to act immediately The longer you wait to treat stains the longer the stain gets to set into the fabric We can

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  • Blog
    you retain a cleaner home So many different cleaning tips already exist that it can be difficult to sort through the clutter of various cleaning tips in order Read More Holiday Cleaning Tips Written by The Maids Thursday 29 November 2012 Most people don t enjoy cleaning least of all during the holidays Why stress about holiday cleaning when the important things lie within spending time with family and friends This holiday season it s time to stress less about the mess and get down and dirty with some helpful holiday cleaning tips Hopefully by the end of this article you will have these holiday cleaning tips down to a science and you will never fret over hosting again The following article from Breeze Concierge has some great holiday cleaning tips that will leave you beyond thankful If holiday cleaning has you down these tips Read More How to Clean Memory Foam Written by The Maids Wednesday 21 November 2012 Memory foam mattresses and pillows are a modern comfort that has improved the backs and bedtimes of many people throughout the country However an owner of this miracle material may forget to clean memory foam You may wonder how do you clean memory foam anyway Surprisingly you do not need to hire a professional to clean memory foam It is easy to clean memory foam at home There are two ways to clean memory foam The first way to clean memory foam involves using dishwashing liquid to get rid of stains or a vacuum it to erase hair and crumbs Read More Tips for Fall Cleaning Written by The Maids Tuesday 20 November 2012 Everyone knows about the importance of spring cleaning but what about fall cleaning Though fall cleaning is not a common household term it is an excellent way to get your home ready for the holiday season and the cold weather You may wonder what should be included in fall cleaning Surely fall cleaning need not be as in depth with spring cleaning is already in place This is true however fall cleaning can be a great opportunity to clean the spots that you often miss during the springtime Fall cleaning also works to prepare your home for the colder months Consider Read More Sofa Cleaning Tips Written by The Maids Wednesday 14 November 2012 The sofa in your home most likely receives heavy traffic from your family and your guests However most people never clean their sofa This may be partly due to the difficulty associated with sofa cleaning If you are one of those people that never cleans your sofa but would like to learn how these sofa cleaning tips are for you Sofa cleaning does not have to be a strenuous task Rather than trashing an old worn couch consider conducting your own restorative sofa cleaning The following guide from Cleanmind explains the best sofa cleaning techniques and helps the consumer understand the importance Read More How to Make Homemade Candles Written by The

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  • FLEA PREVENTION: NATURAL WAYS TO KEEP FLEAS OUT OF YOUR HOME
    cat or dog s coat on a daily basis Also bathe your pet consistently using herbal shampoos While grooming your pet keep your eyes open for black specks This may be a sign of fleas It is also important to remember that fleas will infest an entire household not only your pet Whether you want to take a proactive approach or you want to terminate the already laid flea eggs make sure you wash your animal s living space Clean the cage bed etc and be sure to replace the vacuum bag right away Take a look at these natural flea control tips we found on Holistic Health News How to fight fleas the natural way Vacuum your home frequently and seal vacuum bags before disposing Wash the bedding of your dog weekly in warm soapy water This is where fleas usually breed Bathing your pet weekly with a mild dog shampoo prevents flea invasion Use cedar shampoo for your dog and put cedar oil in their sleeping mats Cedar will repel fleas and other insects Fleas are attracted to dry skin so to avoid it give your dog Linatone oil mixed with its food Excessive shampooing should be avoided A mixture of brewer s yeast and garlic available in powder or tablet form can be given in small doses to your pet This creates a certain odor in pets and fleas are surely to avoid them Fresh or dried pennyroyal leaves is a natural flea repellent Use this in carpets to avoid the abundance of fleas in the home Do not use it if you have small children around as this could be toxic A mixture of 60 ml of lavender oil with 2 8 liters of rock salt can also be placed in areas where dogs usually come in contact with and this solution could also be used to wash your dog Planting marigolds in the yard is helpful too it repels certain types of bugs as well as fleas Boiled lemon or orange peel in water can be used as a dip for dogs and can be used too to soak in dog bedding for a few hours then washed with warm soapy water Lukewarm water with little shampoo and detergent is a good way to prevent fleas A dog s body may be dipped into the solution for fifteen minutes and then rinsed This only works if flea infestation is light So before you resort to potent chemicals take the natural path to flea prevention and control Natural methods are healthier and better for your family and your pets Although fleas are tiny they are huge pests If you follow these tips you can keep them from occupying your living space back to top Sign up below and receive a 50 VOUCHER Please enter your name Invalid email address Invalid Input Our Services The Maids Medway offers a variety of services Please see below for the one that fits your needs Maid Services House Cleaning Hiring

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  • GETTING RID OF ALLERGENS IN YOUR HOME
    and environmentally responsible businesses listed in the resource box on this page Avoid down pillows and comforters if possible as they attract dust mites If you choose to use them encase them in allergen proof covers Wash sheets and pillow cases weekly in hot water to kill dust mites the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases NIAID says temperatures lower than 130 F will not kill mites You can still save energy by rinsing in cold water and by washing your other items in cold water Vacuum weekly with a HEPA vacuum cleaner Dust weekly with a damp or electro static cloth to pick up dust rather than dispel it Wear a dust mask while cleaning to minimize symptoms To combat pet dander If your pet allergies are significantly reducing your quality of life or have become life threatening the only way to truly get rid of dander is to find your pet another loving home with someone who is not allergic to it The AAAAI says that even keeping your pet outdoors exclusively isn t a complete solution since homes with an outdoor pet have been found to have a higher concentration of pet dander inside than homes without a pet If you choose to keep your beloved pet the best way to minimize allergens is to keep your pet outside in an environment that meets its health and social needs If your pet isn t the outdoor sort at least keep it out of your bedroom at all times Replace bedding and carpeting that has animal dander on it It can take weeks or months for fabrics to come clean of allergens and animal allergens may persist for a year or more says the AAAAI Bathe your pet weekly studies have shown that weekly baths can minimize dander Vacuuming does little to reduce pet dander since vacuums don t clean the very bottom levels of the carpet where dander collects A HEPA vacuum may help somewhat As with dust mites the best solution is to install hard flooring if possible To minimize mold To keep mold out of your home keep dampness out Repair and seal any leaks and keep humidity levels below 50 percent see the next section For All Allergens for more information If you discover mold clean it promptly with a solution of water and a non ammonia soap or detergent Remove any carpeting or wallpaper contaminated with mold If the soap or detergent doesn t eliminate the mold and you can t remove the contaminated materials some green companies such as Sneeze com offer nontoxic mold removers As a last resort a solution of water and five percent chlorine bleach may kill stubborn mold Keep in mind however that chlorine bleach may react with organic compounds in drinking water to produce carcinogens and other toxins according to the Children s Health Environmental Coalition Keep houseplants out of your bedroom If you don t have pollen allergies open doors and windows periodically and

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