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  • HOW TO REMOVE CAT URINE FROM YOUR CARPET
    diagram to understand why When a cat pees on the carpet it s actually peeing on 4 different surfaces the carpet its self the carpet backing the carpet pad and the sub floor The longer the pee saturates in the carpet the more layers it will effect and the more layers it effects the harder it will be to remove Regardless of what approach you re using to get rid of the smell it s important to remember that to be effective the solution needs to reach any part of the carpet that that the urine may have touched One of the biggest mistakes people often make is only focusing on the upper layers of the carpet This is partly a result of the packaging that is common with cat urine odor removal products i e the spray gun bottling Nine times out of ten you ll need to take the top off of the solution and pour it on the spot This type of saturation allows the cleanser to reach all instances of urine and or uric crystals greatly increasing the likelihood of success First Response Wet and Dry Stains While it s sometimes impossible to find stains soon after they occur if you do happen to find a wet stain treating it immediately will give the best results Absorb as much of the liquid as possible by blotting with an old towel If you have a wet dry vacuum or spot cleaning machine use this to remove as much fluid as you can Dry stains can be treated with full strength product as soon as they re discovered There are a variety of home made and commercial products that are designed to remove urine stains and odor Before using any of these test them for safety Some chemicals and home remedies can stain bleach or damage carpeting To prevent ruining your carpet try the product in a closet or hidden area first Natural Treatment Methods Vinegar and Water Dilute white vinegar with equal parts water and saturate the carpet stain with this solution After 30 minutes remove as much of the liquid as possible Several treatments may be required The strong vinegar smell will dissipate once it s dry Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda This may be used alone or after vinegar treatment Sprinkle dry baking soda over the stain and work it into the fibers Mix one quarter cup peroxide with a teaspoon of dish detergent Use only three percent hydrogen peroxide Pour or spray this over the baking soda and work into the carpet with a toothbrush Once it s dry vacuum away the residue using an upholstery brush attachment Club Soda Pour club soda directly onto the stain When it stops effervescing blot the liquid away with a towel Repeat if needed This remedy is more likely to work on recent stains that aren t very strong It s a good alternative for when you don t want to smell vinegar or have a powdery

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  • How to Clean and Organize Your Garage
    Tip Be sure you have a plan for directing your helpers through the process from start to finish 3 Categorize the items in your garage Typical categories include recycling sports and recreational equipment camping gear automotive seasonal decor garden gear and tools Evaluate things like luggage and paint and see whether you can store them elsewhere Tip It s much easier to tackle a garage after you ve organized the rest of the house Once you determine the purpose of your interior storage many garage items can be relocated 4 Group the garage s contents Once you know the categories of the items that will live in your garage begin grouping them into the categories in the driveway or the center of the garage A few cardboard boxes will help you to group because everything from huge paint cans to nuts and bolts will eventually need to be contained Be sure to label the boxes Tip Don t buy containers bins baskets and boxes to organize your items just yet A big mistake is buying containers now and later discovering you don t have the correct sizes or sturdiness 5 Trash or donate items that don t fit the categories Sometimes random parts or items are discovered in the garage and you don t know what to do with them If you want to keep them assign them to the most similar category or put them in a visible place so you remember that you have them Otherwise start your donation and trash piles now 6 Determine the best garage layout Decide where you want each type of item to live considering its frequency of use and the available space For instance recycling should live near the entrance to the home and tools should live near the workbench Tip Think about valuable real estate when considering available space Parking space and shelves at eye level or within reach are valuable real estate Less valuable real estate would be very high or low shelves and should be reserved for less frequently used items 7 Install built in cabinets or modular storage if needed Now that you know what you re keeping and how much space you have determine what containers to use Make the most of vertical space with wall mounted pegboards and wire grids that hold everything from sports equipment to garden tools Also take advantage of overhead space with sturdy shelves that mount to the ceiling 8 Relocate items to their new homes within the garage 9 Set an organizing schedule Get your quarterly or biannual garage maintenance on your calendar If it doesn t make it onto your calendar it s less likely to happen And remember to put things away promptly after using them Remember that when cleaning a room or garage must get dirtier before it is clean This is why setting aside a couple of days in a row to work on your garage project will prevent large piles of items from sitting around in

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  • HOW TO CREATE A HOUSEHOLD TOOL KIT
    to remove or use two to twist sticky things apart They provide a slip free hold when you need it Assortment of Nails and Screws You might find prepackaged sets of basic sizes at a home center or get a small divided box and put together a custom assortment that will come in handy when you hang pictures or make minor repairs Wire Cutters Save your scissors with this essential tool A wire cutter makes it easy to snip wire for crafts electrical repairs and other household projects Pencils You ll probably need to mark a drill hole or record a measurement Have pencils handy and write on post it notes or bits of blue painter s tape if you don t want to write on the wall Blue Painter s Tape Even professional painters use this tape to mask off areas they don t want to paint It s available in several widths and looks like plain masking tape But this special tape is blue and can be removed from most surfaces without damage You can use it for other household jobs besides painting Mark stud locations with a small square when hanging a picture or installing molding Tape off the edges of a door frame when painting a wall or tape down runners of heavy kraft paper to protect floors from dirt and scratches when moving Here are more basic items to put in a household tool kit Cordless Drill You may feel this is a luxury but there are nearly endless uses for this handy tool The obvious use is drilling pilot holes for nails and screws but you can also insert screwdriver bits to help insert or remove screws Utility Blades and Holder There are several varities to choose from in knives A fast easy one has breakaway blades which is especially useful when doing a wallpaper or a delicate craft project They are also handy when opening sealed boxes Metal Straightedge Choose a heavy ruler long level or angle It can be used to measure or mark and serves as a cutting guide for heavy materials when using a utility knife Felt Plastic and Carpet Dots Keep an assortment of these sticky backed furniture protectors on hand Felt dots can be applied to the bottoms of vases candleholders boxes or any accessory that might scratch a table surface Plastic or rubber dots applied to the bottom back corners of a picture can help keep framed pictures level Carpet dots are heavier and thicker and used under chair and table legs to avoid scrape marks on hardwood floors Spackle You ll need spackle for filling nail holes in sheetrock before painting or to repair small scratches holes or dents in walls Unless you do lots of repair jobs we d recommend buying a small tub Spackle dries out even if you seal the container well and then it will not go on smoothly Putty Knife To apply spackle you ll need a putty knife Other uses

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  • Garbage Disposal Do's and Don'ts
    out Don t grind glass plastic metal or even paper Don t grind anything combustible Don t grind cigarette butts Don t pour grease oil or fat into your garbage disposal or drain Grease will slowly accumulate and impede your garbage disposal s grinding ability as well as clog drains Don t use hot water when grinding food waste Hot water will cause grease to liquefy and accumulate causing drains to clog Don t grind extremely fibrous material like corn husks celery stalks onion skins and artichokes Fibers from these can tangle and jam the garbage disposal motor and block drains Don t turn off the motor or water until grinding is completed When grinding is complete turn off the the garbage disposal first Let water continue to run for at least 15 seconds flushing out any remaining particles Then turn off water Don t put too many potato peels down the garbage disposal The starches in the potatoes will turn into a thick paste and may cause blades to stick Don t put large amounts of food down the garbage disposal Feed food into the garbage disposal a little at a time with the cold water running this will help the food scraps flow down freely through the drain pipes and plumbing Don t put expandable foods into your garbage disposal Foods like pasta and rice expand when you add water in a pot they do the same thing once inside your pipes or garbage disposal and are the cause of many jams and clogs Don t grind large animal bones beef pork etc Avoid putting coffee grounds down the garbage disposal They won t harm the garbage disposal and they ll actually help eliminate odors However they can accumulate in drains and pipes causing clogs Best to avoid Don t use harsh chemicals like bleach or drain cleaners They can damage blades and pipes Borax is a natural sink cleaner and sanitizer that effectively works on odor causing mold and mildew that accumulates in garbage disposals See more below Keeping Your Garbage Disposal Running Problem Free Ice is an extremely effective and inexpensive method for cleaning your garbage disposal sharpening the blades and breaking up any grease build up which has accumulated Just toss a few ice cubes into the garbage disposal and run it As the garbage disposal chops into the ice cubes the ice chips will effectively scour all the hard to reach areas of the unit and melt down the drain Try this once or twice a month to keep your garbage disposal in fine working order To Remove or Prevent Nasty Garbage Disposal Smells Here are some natural methods to clean your garbage disposal that are good for the environment and very inexpensive Periodically take a lemon or orange and toss it into the disposal The oils and juice from the fruits and peels naturally clean the walls inside the garbage disposal and create a fresh long lasting scent Freeze vinegar in ice cube

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  • Blog
    maid services but you can t expect the healthiest and most thorough cleaning from all of them you ve Read More How Much Should You Tip Your Cleaner Written by The Maids Monday 27 June 2011 Should you tip your professional cleaning service and if you do how much should you tip About once a week I am asked How much should I tip my cleaning team The question is no different in Massachusetts than in other parts of the country The answer is really not that different either First our belief is that we treat our employees fairly That means that they get paid holidays paid time off paid training and are paid hourly rather than by the house As business owners we take our responsibilities to our employees seriously One of our key measures Read More Which Environmentally Friendly Products Should You Use Written by The Maids Monday 27 June 2011 We regularly encounter a broad range of product preferences when it comes to our housekeeping customers On one side are those that want everything disinfected and strong smell of bleach left behind On the other are those who want their homes cleaned with the minimum trace of chemicals Market research shows that nearly everyone except those with strong sensitivities identifies with some sort of smell of cleanliness This smell can be Chlorox Murphy s Oil Pine Oil or simply a fragrance coming home to a clean smelling house relaxes the senses Our company s challenge lies in how to deliver the Read More Why Should I Hire a Maid Service Written by The Maids Monday 27 June 2011 Hiring a professional maid cleaning service may or may not be for you Many of the requests for estimates I received this week were very specific some callers required their products be used a few required that we use their vacuum and one or two even stated the exact process to be followed I couldn t help but question why they d want to hire a professional cleaning service instead of contracting an individual to work at their direction They may have been putting process ahead of the results desired Our regular housekeeping customers choose a maid service for a few Read More How Does the Healthy Touch Cleaning System Protect Your Children Against Sickness Written by The Maids Monday 27 June 2011 The Healthy Touch Cleaning System was designed for healthy cleaning of the whole home Kids love getting into every nook and cranny every niche and corner of your home Unfortunately that s also where dust dirt and allergens collect Thank goodness you use The Maids Home Services the most thorough and healthiest cleaner in town Our patented Back Pack Vacs extend to clean deep under beds and other furniture They ll lift the dust and dirt off your baseboards out of your registers and vents and up out of your carpets In fact our Vacs can actually capture up to 99 Read More The Dirtiest Places

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  • Blog
    draperies trash Read More The Right Way to Care for Your Curtains Written by The Maids Tuesday 07 August 2012 Curtains may be one of the most neglected aspects of your home when it comes to cleaning After you hang them it is easy to forget that they require upkeep as well It is important to vacuum and wash your curtains to prevent a gathering of dirt and dust Especially in the summer months curtains are also subjected to harsh UV rays that can fade and damage the curtains You can choose from a few different options when it comes to protecting your curtains from the sunlight This guide from Overstock com http www overstock com guides how to care for curtains outlines the basic steps to follow when thinking about Read More How to Clean a Toilet with Eco Friendly Homemade Products Written by The Maids Tuesday 07 August 2012 Do you need to clean a toilet before guests arrive but don t have any cleaner on hand Do not fret we have just the recipe to clean a toilet in a safe eco friendly and quick manner Families with younger kids are especially wary about using popular household cleaning products around their children due to the toxic chemicals in the cleaners Many companies are pushing for more green products but often these eco friendly cleaners cost more We have found a solution to this problem homemade cleaner Homemade cleaner utilizes ingredients that you probably already have on hand and are safe to Read More HOW TO REMOVE CAT URINE FROM YOUR CARPET Written by The Maids Tuesday 07 August 2012 Anyone who has owned a cat knows that cat urine is an especially strong odor that is difficult to remove from carpets Even well trained cats have been known to leave cat urine on the carpet sometimes out of anger due to a health problem or disgust at a dirty litter box After you have identified the reason for your cat s naughty behavior and done what you can to prevent a reoccurrence it is important to learn about the best methods of removing cat urine from your carpet The following article from caturineodor com http caturineodor com removing cat urine odor carpets Removing Cat Urine Odor From Carpets Our Read More How to Clean and Organize Your Garage Written by The Maids Tuesday 07 August 2012 It is easy to allow your garage to gather all of the clutter that you don t want in your house Sometimes garages can get so filled that there is no longer any room for your car If you are beginning to reach that point or already have cleaning the garage may seem like too daunting a task to tackle But with these nine tips from HGTV http www hgtv com homekeeping to do list organizing the garage index html your cluttered garage can turn into a clean space in no time If you begin with a plan for organizing your

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  • 10 Tips On How You Can Conserve Water
    take daily small steps that make a big difference or go all the way by purchasing water efficient appliances Either way you ll gain a healthy appreciation for a precious commodity Here are a few ideas 1 Let the pros wash your car Retail car washes use about 1 3 the water needed to wash with a hose in the driveway and many recycle their water Another environmental benefit is that wastewater from dirty cars is sent to a treatment plant instead of polluting the streets 2 Throw those dishes in the dishwasher unless you ve got a really old water hungry model Newer models typically use ten gallons compared to twenty to wash by hand But if you ve got an old model or have just a few dishes to wash fill a basin in the sink and scrub the dishes without running the tap Then turn the water on hot and low to rinse 3 Don t run a load with only a few pieces of clothing Spend a few extra minutes rooting around the bedroom to find items that need washing Be sure the washer is set to the correct water level 4 No earth respecting person brushes their teeth with the water running But when you do turn on the tap to rinse out your mouth a small flow of water does the trick there s only so much water your palm can hold And while we re on grooming habits shortening your shower by a minute or two can save hundreds of gallons a month By all means get clean but do it quickly 5 No need to wait for the water to get warm when running a bath Put the stopper in and then turn on the water It ll get hot enough to cover up for those first few cool moments 6 Grab a wrench and check for leaks and water wasters both indoors and out That includes a faulty toilet flapper that constantly needs a hand at closing properly bite the bullet and replace it it s not too hard Also consider placing a Ziploc bag of pebbles and water in your tank to use less water each time you flush 7 Keep a small pail on the counter for compost instead of throwing peels egg shells and coffee grounds in the disposal which requires running the tap As an added water saving benefit compost rich soil needs less watering 8 Toss the murky water from your fish tank in your garden Although it s a nasty looking environment for your fish it s a nutrient rich drink for your plants 9 Taller grass holds moisture better than short grass so keep it at a higher setting when mowing 10 Leftover ice cubes should be tossed onto a houseplant or in the garden And keep a pitcher of water in the fridge for cold drinks instead of running the tap until it gets nice and cold Implementing these water saving tips will

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  • How to Get Kids to Clean Up After Themselves
    Clean up Clean up Everybody Clean up over and over again Often we parents help definitely if we ve been playing with the children as well When is it clean up time If the kids have one set of toys out then they must put them away before using other toys When they stop playing in a room the have to clean it up Before bed they have to tidy up their clothes After they finish their food they have to put dishes in the sink and wipe their place When guests are coming over we do an extra good job of tidying up Ad hoc Give Everyone Specific Clean up Tasks When we re all tackling a room sometimes a child get distracted and then the others notice that he s not doing his fair share The way we get around that is to delegate which types of mess each child is responsible for It s even good to let the children choose Example Ok kids we have to put away the lego and the cars Who is doing which one Then each child knows exactly their share of the work and when they are done If one finishes more quickly because the other doddles then everyone knows why and nobody argues It s important to make the tasks about equal so they don t argue about who got the larger task We also remind the distracted child that they should clean so we can do something else Reduce Chances for Mess Toy Boxes A parent s dear friend Kids can haul out little storage boxes about the size for filing play with the toys from the box then put them all back in the box We have a box for Lego and box for train sets a box for cars and other vehicles etc The boxes go against the wall or stacked or on shelves To clean up all we do is throw everything into the right box Fewer Toys One great way to reduce the mess is to reduce the number of toys the kids have After a certain point we decided not to get them any more toys You know they don t play with half of them Any broken toys get tossed If they want a new toy then they have to select an old toy to give away to a friend or the salvation army This goes for books too We love books almost religiously but I see that most books are about the same Now we buy no more books but go to the library every week to pick out three books for each child for the week of course you have to return the old books Partition the Toys A friend of ours gave us the great tip to partition and cycle the toys So if there are four boxes worth of toys then store two boxes and leave two boxes for the kids Every couple of weeks swap boxes The toys

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