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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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  • 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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