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  • PROTECT YOUR KITCHEN AGAINST WASTED SPACE
    cabinets 100 percent more efficient When choosing an organizer keep in mind that you want to divide the space A free standing stacking shelf placed on the current shelf gives you two complete shelves where before you had only one A much more efficient use of your space When organizing cabinets you ll find that you ll save yourself a great deal of time and even money if everything is easily accessible You don t have to spend hours searching for that box of cornstarch you know you had somewhere and you won t have to go out to buy a new box A good idea is to group like items together in small bins and label the contents or even select bins that you can see through for quick identification Look for products that are specifically designed to tackle the hard to organize items in a kitchen pantry Choose racks to keep the lids to your pots and pans and even plastic food storage containers under control Your lids will be easily accessible and won t spill out each time you open the cabinet Canned goods can pose problems in your cabinets Because of the depth of the shelves stacking the cans one in front of the other is just not practical You will forget what you ve got stored in the back because you can t see it Choose a tiered shelf organizer that provides you with a full view of your canned goods Many customers complain that spice storage is the biggest problem in their kitchen cabinets Spices used most frequently can be stored on a countertop spice rack To preserve the freshness of spices used less frequently store them in a cool dark place preferably away from the stovetop Many times there is wasted space because cabinets are built so deep A quick and easy solution to cavernous cabinets is to add sliding drawers Made in a variety of sizes and styles sliding drawers are mounted to the manufactured shelf and rest on gliders so that they can be easily accessed These allow you to bring the back of the cabinet up front and center If you have a door in your pantry or kitchen area don t neglect that often wasted space Our elfa Door Wall Rack is designed to fit onto the back of a door The system s flexible baskets provide you with extra storage space for canned goods and other dry foods cleaning supplies and even bottles of soda The rack will ease the overcrowding in your cabinets and make it possible to have everything at your fingertips After reading these tips to fix wasted space in your kitchen there s no reason you can t get into your kitchen and be the next Rachael Ray especially since you can find your EVOO easily now Now that you ve tackled the wasted space in your kitchen cleaning the rest of your house can be next on your agenda If the rest of

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  • Blog
    clean and tidy for visitors and for your family Every entryway shares the same organizational challenges the elements of Read More Improve Indoor Air Quality at Home Written by The Maids Monday 27 June 2011 Modern homes are very well insulated so indoor air temperatures can be maintained But air tight homes can mean that chemicals get trapped indoors leading to poor indoor air quality So what can you do to improve the indoor air quality of your home You have options Make sure your home is well ventilated if your home doesn t have a built in ventilation system install vents in your home or open up the windows more often to improve indoor air quality Bring the outdoors inside with indoor plants There are many common varieties of houseplants have been proven to remove harmful chemicals Read More Why You Should Hire a Professional Maid Cleaning Service Written by The Maids Monday 27 June 2011 Sometimes you just don t have the energy or motivation to clean your home after a long day at work or just a long Hiring a maid cleaning service provider like The Maids will give you more time to enjoy life day in general Cleaning is considered a chore by many but there are options if you re not that fond of cleaning Hiring a professional cleaning company gives you the benefit of being able to relax in your own home one that you didn t have to clean But there are many other reasons why hiring a professional cleaning service company Read More How to Clean Outdoor Patio Furniture Cushions Written by The Maids Monday 27 June 2011 Patio furniture cushions may be waterproof but that doesn t mean that they don t get dirty Your outdoor patio and the furniture cushions especially are exposed to all the elements of the outdoors and therefore can collect dirt and dust that indoor furniture cushions are Keep your outdoor patio furniture cushions clean and vibrant like the day you bought them not exposed to It s never a pretty sight when you re planning an outdoor party with family and friends and you uncover your patio only to discover dirty patio furniture By properly cleaning and maintaining your outdoor patio furniture Read More Cleaning Essentials for a Very Clean Home Written by The Maids Monday 27 June 2011 No matter what type of cleaner you are there are a few bare essentials to have before you start Cleaning your home is part of being a homeowner and while cleaning might not be the most fun task to many people it is a necessity With countless products on the market it is easy to get lost and lose sight of what cleaning essentials are must haves to begin your cleaning Whether you are taking on the large task of a spring cleaning or the smaller cleaning touch up it is a good idea to gather the essential cleaning supplies before Read More House Party Cleanup

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    chemicals are harmful to the human body so why use them when cleaning a place you cook your food Natural Read More Homemade Soap How To Make Homemade Soap Written by The Maids Friday 14 October 2011 Homemade soap this may have never crossed your mind before Maybe you want to make homemade soap to avoid the harsh chemicals that are found in store bought soap or to save money Maybe you want to make homemade soap so you can mix your own scents and mold the bars into your own design whatever the reason homemade soap is a fun hobby to get into Homemade soap is a perfect gift for the upcomming holidays Before making homemade soap just be aware of the dangers in the process of making your own homemade soap and how to avoid Read More Fall Decorating Fall Decorating Ideas Written by The Maids Thursday 13 October 2011 Fall is known for two things the beautiful fall scenery and beautiful fall decorating Colorful fall decorating can add to any house during this time of season While fall decorating keep in mind these five tips in order to keep your fall decorating ideas more sophisticated opposed to just placing common fall items all over the house Fall decorating can add color to any house Curb appeal how your fall decorations look far away as well as close up Accessories that reflect your house style fall decorations that don t go with your house style are better left out Symmetry fall Read More Halloween Decorating Ideas Written by The Maids Wednesday 12 October 2011 There s no denying that Halloween is right around the corner now that the leaves are falling so why not do some Halloween decorating to get in the spirit of the season By doing some Halloween decorating you can help get your children excited about this candy filled holiday while getting yourself in a candy giving mood A little bit of Halloween decorating can go a long way Not all Halloween decorations have to be store bought In fact some of the best Halloween decorations are the ones that you and your children make at home together There are some classic elements that no Read More Fall Cleaning Get Your House Ready for Winter Written by The Maids Tuesday 27 September 2011 When it starts to cool off after a Summer of sun we would all love to curl up inside the house and maybe even do a little complaining about the weather but you can make that time spent inside productive by doing some Fall cleaning Fall Cleaning can get you saving money and time come Winter By doing simple Fall cleaning chores like changing your furnace filter you can save energy and money Get your house Winter ready by doing some Fall cleaning inside and outside of the house You can also make time spent indoors this Winter more pleasurable by getting Read More Simplify the Holiday Season with a Fall Cleaning

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  • How to Treat Stains in Your Home
    eliminating this yellow residue To remove grease spots from nonwashable fabrics sponge the stain from center to edge with a stain removal product Removal may take several applications and the spot should be allowed to dry completely before each sponging Greasy stains may also be removed from nonwashable fabrics by using an absorbent substance such as cornstarch corn meal French chalk or fuller s earth Absorbents are dusted on greasy spots to pick up the grease When the absorbent material begins to look caked it should be shaken or brushed off Repeat this procedure until most of the stain is gone Absorbents are easy to use and will not harm fabrics However the other stain removal agents detergent dry cleaning solvent and bleach can damage fibers before using them you should carefully read the care label on the stained item and the label on the product container Nongreasy Stains Nongreasy stains are produced by materials such as tea coffee fruit juice food coloring and ink If you have such a stain on a washable fabric the best treatment is to sponge the stain with cool water as soon as possible If this doesn t work try soaking the fabric in cool water The stain may soak out within half an hour or you may need to leave the item in the water overnight If some stain still remains gently rub liquid detergent into it and rinse with cool water The last resort is to use bleach but read the fabric care label first If the stain is old or has been ironed it may be impossible to remove it completely A nongreasy stain on a nonwashable fabric can also be sponged with cool water Or you can place a disposable diaper or other absorbent pad beneath the stained area and slowly and carefully flush the stain by pouring water onto it using a mister or eyedropper You must control the amount of water and the rate at which it is poured to avoid spreading the stain This may be sufficient to remove some stains especially if treatment is started promptly If not work liquid detergent into the stain as described above and rinse by flushing or sponging with cool water Sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol after rinsing to remove detergent residue and to speed drying Caution If treating acetate acrylic modacrylic rayon triacetate or vinyl dilute 1 part alcohol with 2 parts water Combination Stains Coffee with cream Thousand Island salad dressing and lipstick are items that cause combination stains that is they combine greasy and nongreasy elements Such stains may require double treatment first the nongreasy elements of the stain should be treated then the greasy residue should be removed The first step in treating such stains is to sponge with cool water as described above then work liquid detergent into the stain and rinse thoroughly After the fabric has dried apply dry cleaning fluid to any remaining greasy portion of the stain with a sponge Allow the

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  • SIX THINGS YOU SHOULD CLEAN – BUT PROBABLY DON’T
    to chlorine the best way to clean a showerhead is to soak it in a diluted vinegar solution and then scrub the deposits away with an old toothbrush Plastic showerheads are more prone to bacterial buildup than metal ones so people with compromised immune systems are advised to consider switching if necessary Computer Keyboards A 2008 experiment by a researcher in England found that some computer keyboards harbor five times as many bacteria than the average toilet seat bacteria including methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA E coli and staph The Centers for Disease Control blamed computer equipment contamination for a 2007 norovirus outbreak that affected more than 100 people at a Washington D C elementary school Even private computers used at home aren t immune to infection considering that people are more likely to clean take out trash prepare food handle pets or use the bathroom without washing their hands when they re at home A good scrub after typing is the best way to avoid getting sick but cleaning the keyboard is another good idea First eliminate dirt and crumbs using a vacuum cleaner or compressed air canister and then use a solution of diluted dishwashing detergent or isopropyl alcohol to swab down the keys with cotton balls or cotton swabs Make sure you disconnect the keyboard first While you re at it you might as well give the same treatment to your mouse as well as your TV s remote control Draperies They may hang motionless but drapes and curtains are a magnet for dust mites pet hair mold dander and debris of all kinds If someone in your house suffers from indoor allergies cleaning the curtains regularly can help reduce allergen buildup Simple panel curtains can usually be washed and dried at home and then steamed to release wrinkles There are certain types of draperies you should take to a dry cleaner or other cleaning professional including lace curtains designs with embroidery or appliqué those with pleats or complicated fabric construction and draperies that are too big to fit into your washing machine In between washings experts recommend vacuuming curtains with a hose and brush attachment at least once a month to prevent debris from building up Trash Cans Considering that the kitchen is usually the dirtiest spot in any house even dirtier than the bathroom it s no surprise that trash cans can become laden with germs Even if you take out the trash regularly which I sincerely hope you do the can itself is still coming into contact with dirt dust old food raw meat decomposing vegetables moldy leftovers kitty litter and whatever else we deem to be too old too gross or too disgusting to keep in the house Clean the trash cans at least twice a month to prevent the spread of germs like E coli salmonella trichinosis and simple cold and flu bugs Small pails can go into the dishwasher wash large cans with hot water and a mild bleach solution or

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  • The Right Way to Care for Your Curtains
    suggestions will help you preserve your favorite window treatments Read on for tips on caring for curtains Caring for Curtains 1 Protect your curtains from sunlight damage If your windows receive a lot of direct sunlight the drapes and curtains you hang will fade over time Prevent this by hanging light colored curtains in these windows which won t fade as quickly as dark curtains will Lined curtains are also a great option as the lining will protect the outer fabric of your curtains from damage 2 Vacuum your curtains once a month To prevent dust from accumulating in the folds of your curtains you ll want to use a hand held vacuum and a brush attachment monthly to remove up dust and dirt Make sure that you also clean the edges of your curtains especially living room curtains because these are frequently touched and may also accumulate dust from the window sills Before vacuuming living room curtains or any heavy curtains however make sure that there are no embellishments or loose trims that could be damaged 3 Wash curtains when they re especially dirty You may occasionally need to wash the curtains in your home especially kitchen curtains that absorb cooking odors and splattered grease over time To do this read the care instructions carefully Bedroom and kitchen curtains made of cotton and linen can usually be machine washed but silk curtains should almost always be washed by hand Before washing any type of curtains test a small patch with water to see how the fabric reacts Some silk curtains or other delicate draperies may bleed their color when first washed Whether you machine wash or hand wash your curtains always use cool water and a mild detergent so that they don t shrink or become misshapen 4 Press your curtains when necessary You ll need to press your curtains when you wash them of course but you may also need to iron your living room or bedroom curtains occasionally to refresh the fabric and keep pleats looking crisp To iron your curtains without damaging the fabric always turn them inside out put your iron on a low setting and gently glide the iron over the material Check the care label on sheer curtains before ironing them you may be able to dip them in a starch mixture and hang them again without ironing so that you don t ruin the material Living room or bedroom curtains with embellishments must be pressed carefully so that the fabric doesn t pucker and the embellishments aren t damaged Aside from choosing UV protected curtains or hanging a curtain liner it is important to note that a third option exists Window treatments that deflect the sunlight are also a good way to prevent curtains from fading Making sure that your curtains are dust free is helpful in managing indoor allergies and asthma Always be sure to make note of the washing instructions for the type of fabric used in your curtains so

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  • How to Clean a Toilet with Eco-Friendly Homemade Products
    you can clean a toilet with just two common ingredients vinegar and baking soda The chemical reaction that you probably used to make volcanoes as a kid proves useful when you need to clean a toilet You won t even have to scrub just allow the mixture to work its magic What a way to clean a toilet How to Use Vinegar and Baking Soda to Clean a Toilet Naturally Commercial cleaners do not always sufficiently clean a toilet Sometimes a natural method of cleaning is easier and produces cleaner results It s easy to use vinegar and baking soda to clean a toilet naturally Instructions 1 Add about a half cup of vinegar to the toilet bowl to begin to use vinegar and baking soda to clean a toilet naturally Let the vinegar sit for a few minutes before adding baking soda Do not flush the toilet 2 Add about a half cup of baking soda to the toilet bowl The vinegar and baking soda will fizz because the reaction of vinegar and baking soda results in oxygen being released from the baking soda and vinegar combination Let the mixture fizz for about ten minutes This will alleviate the work you need to do later on to clean a toilet naturally 3 Add another quarter cup baking soda and another half cup vinegar to the toilet bowl in order to produce more fizzing in the toilet bowl 4 Use the toilet brush to swish the water in the toilet bowl along with the vinegar and baking soda mixture Rub the toilet brush along the sides and bottom of the toilet bowl to clean the toilet You don t need to rub too hard and you only need to use the toilet brush for about two minutes in the toilet bowl 5 Flush the toilet The vinegar and baking soda mixture will clean the tank and plumbing pipes without causing any damage After the toilet flushes rinse the toilet brush in the clean toilet water and flush the toilet again Tips Warnings Depending on the severity of the dirtiness of the toilet bowl you may be able to skip step 3 Gone are the days when people buy expensive cleaners and have to use elbow grease to clean a toilet You no longer have to worry about exposure harmful chemicals when you clean a toilet With this simple mixture of vinegar and baking soda the toilet practically cleans itself You can also rest easy knowing that you are not flushing toxic ingredients into your septic tank If the idea of having to clean a toilet is not pleasant for you The Maids would be happy to clean a toilet or three for our customers 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 a

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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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