All I Want for Christmas is Cleaning!

Maid Service PotomacMaid Service Potomac asks – what is your most fervent Christmas wish? A clean house that you walk into with a feeling of relief and calm?

There are lots of reasons why hiring a Maid Service Potomac will bring many benefits to your life. Let’s take a look at some of them…

Not having to do your own cleaning will save you precious time.

Did you know that in the US, your average worker puts in more than 1,770 hours a year? Your job probably takes up a lot of your time. Having to return home and then work your way through tons of chores isn’t pleasant. Wouldn’t you rather your free time was spent with your kids, in the gym, visiting family and friends or relaxing in front of the latest box set on Netflix?

Professional cleaning will do the job better than you can.

No offence darlings, but we have years of cleaning experience behind us, and we use professional equipment and industrial, environmentally friendly cleaners to tidy up your home. We will clean it from top to bottom, and you will see a clear difference after our team has been in.

Maid Service Potomac will do the jobs you hate.

Ask anyone and there are lots of cleaning jobs that come up as the least favorite things to do. Cleaning the oven is one of them and many people baulk at cleaning toilets too. What about skirting boards? Do you regularly get down on your hands and knees to clean these?

Professional cleaning can cover carpets.

Carpets quickly build up dirt and bacteria – sometimes even mold and/or infestations of insects, especially if you have pets. Our revolutionary dry-cleaning system can freshen up your carpets and remove odors. It’s minimally disruptive too, because there is less drying time than steam cleaning and you don’t need hoses or a water source. You don’t need to worry about water damage to wooden furniture and there’ll be no reappearance of water marks or strains, such as you get with traditional shampooing.

There you have it – your perfect Christmas gift to yourself or a friend! Professional cleaning services that will save you time, and do all the jobs you hate.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Olney, a Maid Service Potomac or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds (i.e. VA and most of Maryland). Why not give us a call today and let us help you with all that cleaning you need to do before Christmas?

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Tips for Post-Thanksgiving – cleaning services Falls Church

cleaning services Falls ChurchHere at cleaning services Falls Church, we hope all our readers and regular customers enjoyed Thanksgiving. But what might be a bit of an issue now is the cleaning up.

Yes, Thanksgiving often comes with a hefty side order of mess. Never fear. The experts at cleaning services Falls Church can help. We’ve got some tricks and tips for even the trickiest of cleaning jobs…

Burnt on food

Sweet potatoes and marshmallows are a Thanksgiving favorite, but boy are they messy! The sugar in the candy and the potatoes will weld itself onto a casserole dish and stick there fast. You can use two different methods to remove it. Fill the dish with cold water and a couple of tablespoons of either washing powder or liquid and heat slowly on the hob. This will lift the mess off.

Otherwise, you can use the same slow heating method but use vinegar instead (one part vinegar to four parts water). Another idea is to place the dish in the freezer for three hours, and this makes the burnt payers much easier to remove too.

Red wine stains

Maybe one of your guests got a bit too enthusiastic with the toasts? Red wine stains on linen and carpets can be a pest, but it’s a salvageable situation. Even if you don’t do it immediately, there are tricks to remove old stains.

You’ll need a non-bleach dish detergent, 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, a towel, cloth or paper towels, cream of tartar and water. Working from the outside of the stain, blot with one part detergent and two parts hydrogen peroxide. If this doesn’t work, you can make a paste from the cream of tartar and water. Allow it to set for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water and blot with a clean, dampened towel. Always remember to blot, rather than scrub, as scrubbing will spread the stain further.

Removing food smells

It’s lovely to walk into a house that smells of Thanksgiving food – roasting turkey, home-made gravy, vegetables and pumpkin pie all smell delicious. Three days later, not so much. And if you burned anything, it’ll be even worse. Open the windows for a few hours, and clean the surface areas as food smells linger on carpets and even walls. Put a pan of water with half a lemon it in to boil for 20 minutes, as this will work too.

Here at Budget Maids, we provide cleaning services in Arlington, a maid service in Vienna or cleaning services Falls Church and surrounds, cleaning services in Olney and Oakton and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you get your house back to normal post-Thanksgiving?

 

Maid Service Reston: Household Chores We Hate!

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Toilet cleaning. Most people hate it.

Everyone has their pet peeve, Maid Service Reston writes, the one household chore they despise, and the one they bribe other members of their household to do.

This can vary wildly. There are some people, for example who love ironing. They use it as an excuse to catch up on their favorite TV program. It’s a reward, right? I’ll work my way through all the ironing and in exchange, I’ll Keep up with the Kardashians at the same time. Insert your program/Box set of choice.

Others can find cleaning toilets hugely rewarding. We know. It doesn’t sound appealing to most of us. Unless you are someone who derives immense satisfaction from seeing something dirty and unhygienic transformed into gleaming white ceramic, clean smelling, and a seat every member of your household can safely sit their bottom on…

In all our years of providing Maid Service Reston, we do know there are certain jobs that do come in the top five for almost everyone. Here they are…

Cleaning the oven. The trouble is, as time goes on this job becomes harder and harder as burnt on grease builds up. When its hurts your eyes to open the door when the oven’s on, it’s well past the time you need to do it.

Emptying the garbage. Nope, no-one likes this either. And plenty of people are guilty of stuffing the trash down to get out of needing to empty the can. Another thing that doesn’t get done regularly is actually cleaning the garbage can. It handles all your rubbish. It needs it.

Cleaning the fridge. Wait, you say. That’s a thing?! We’re kidding, we know most people won’t let a refrigerator sit filthy or with spills in it. But proper cleaning of the fridge as it needs is a rarity in most households. On a weekly basis, Maid Service Reston recommends you remove all the shelves and wash in warm soapy weather, get rid of anything that’s out of date and clean up those gunky, sticky stains that always seem to happen.

Changing the beds. This one doesn’t appeal to many people as it’s an effort. First, you must strip them, then you’ve got to put duvet covers on. And that’s hard work. The pro’s tip is to turn the duvet cover inside out, stick your arms in and hold a corner in each hand, place over the duvet and tip so that the cover goes over easily.

All household chores. Ha! We added this as a joke. There are some people who genuinely love housework, but we’re willing to bet they are few and far between. Why not employ the pros? We’ll do a brilliant and budget-friendly job for you.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Olney, Maid Service Reston or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us do all the jobs you hate and don’t have time for?

 

Maid Service Vienna – Household Tips and Tricks

Now, if ever there was someone we at Maid Service Vienna Maid Service Viennalooks up to, it’s a distinguished and experienced housekeeper. We worship at their feet!

Margaret McMullin is a housekeeping tutor, ensuring people have the skills they need to clean to the best of their abilities. In an interview with the Guardian, she revealed her tips and tricks for keeping places spic and span…

It’s a nice feeling to get into a freshly-laundered bed. To make the experience even better, iron your sheets. Hospital corners will stop the sheets moving while you sleep. This YouTube tutorial shows you how to create the perfect hospital corner.

Want soft, fluffy towels? Easy when you know how… Towels harden thanks to washing powder and fabric softeners leaving behind mineral deposits that are then ‘baked-in’ as the towels dry. Wash your towels in laundry liquid, not powder, and take them out of the dryer or off the washing line before they are bone dry.

Every home should keep white vinegar at hand for cleaning jobs. It will take watermarks off shower screams and de-crust taps. Soak a cotton cloth in the vinegar to use.

If you want to check if a feather pillow needs replacing, you should balance it on your hand. If it droops too much, it is time to replace it. The best replacements are goose feather versions.

Think of cleaning as a work-out. It’s far cheaper than a gym membership, and it produces results that benefit you instantly!

Regularly clearing up clutter will make you feel much better.

One piece of advice Margaret offers that definitely chimes with us at Maid Service Vienna is that cleaning is time-consuming, so everyone in the household should be responsible for different jobs, or their own space. Babies and tiny children are off the hook, but teach your kids responsibility by getting them to tidy up their rooms or area from a young age.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Arlington, a Maid Service Vienna or cleaning services in Falls Church and surrounds, cleaning services in Olney and Oakton and more. Why not give us a call today and discover how beautiful a professionally cleaned house is?

 

Picture thanks to Petr Kratochvil on PublicPicturesNet.

 

How to Clean a Chandelier

Maid Service RockvilleWe know cleaning a chandelier sounds like a tip many of you will not need, writes Maid Service Rockville, but bear with me…

If you do own one, you will know how beautiful this home ornamentation truly is. It is also one gigantic pain in the b**t to clean. And if you don’t have one, but aspire to the crystal-dusted light illuminating your home at some point, you’ll find these tips useful!

Nowadays, chandeliers come in all shapes and sizes. They can be made from authentic crystal or glass—their price eye-wateringly expensive or more towards the budget end of the market. No matter, grime or grease build-up will spoil the look of your beautiful light, or damage it.

Maid Service Rockville says, ‘We don’t want that! No, no, no!’

Your crystal chandelier will need cleaning every six to nine months. If flies don’t hover underneath as soon as it is switched on, clean it NOW. (Flies like the light. If the thing is too dirty, they aren’t attracted… Swings and roundabouts, hmm?)

Switch off your power supply before you start. Sounds obvious, I know, but I’ve seen some nasty accidents happen to those who don’t. Remove the bulbs too.

Keep a torch or other light at hand. You will probably need it to clean your chandelier properly. Place an old sheet on the ground to stop dust spreading far and wide.

Keep hold of your manufacturer’s instructions. You might need to take the chandelier apart, and all those glittery little pieces can look exactly the same when they are lying on the floor. Want to be able to put them back together? Then you need the instructions! Alternatively, take a photo of your chandelier before you pull it to pieces.

Mount your ladder (which, of course, is a safe one!) and up you go, wearing soft gloves and armed with soft cloths. Use a dilute solution of washing-up liquid or white vinegar. Gently does it when it comes to the chandelier!

Apply small amounts of the cleaning product to the cloth (not the light directly) and off you go. Softly, now! Wipe as thoroughly as you can and then polish with another, dry cloth.

Wipe the bulbs with a dry cloth and then replace them.

There we go—bright light once more, and a fixture in your room everyone can stare at and admire!

Here at Budget Maids, we provide cleaning services in Reston, Maid Service Rockville or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us clean your crystal chandeliers for you. They will be sparkling in no time.

 

Maid Service Olney – Bed Cleaning

A comedian on Twitter recently ran a poll asking how often people cleaned their duvets. Most people chose the ‘Wait, that’s a thingMaid Service Olney?!” reply…

Yes, it is a THING, people. We know it’s one of those cleaning jobs that seems a little pointless. You put a cover on it when you sleep under it, right? But Maid Service Olney wants to tell you your duvet should be cleaned regularly – every six months or so. If you live in a warm climate or your pets regularly join you on the bed (hmm!), then washing the duvet more frequently is advised.

There are rules for duvet washing. Don’t wash it with the cover on. You might need to use a laundromat, as domestic washing machines are limited in size and fitting in a king-size duvet won’t work. Gentle detergents work best, and you can use baking soda or borax to keep the duvet a nice white color.

What about the other things that make up your bed, such as the mattress and the pillows?

The pillows have the eww factor for sure, Maid Service Olney assures you. Doctors have discovered that almost a third of the pillow’s weight can be made up of dead skin, bugs, mites and their feces… Your average unwashed pillow can have as many as 16 species of fungi on it. Washing them every three months or so, checking the instructions so you use the right temperature setting.

Then, there’s your mattress. Again, like the duvet your mattress spends most of its working life covered. But keeping it clean is essential, as this will preserve its life. Mattresses usually contain traces of sweat, blood, urine, other bodily fluids as well as mold and dust mites.

Vacuuming or steaming the mattress every six months will help clear up dust mite feces that can cause allergic reactions, as well as get rid of the fungi and mold spores. Once you have vacuumed your mattress, deodorize it by sprinkling it with baking soda. Using a soft brush, work the soda into the mattress and then vacuum once more. You should then flip the mattress and do the other side.

If you want to make mattress cleaning as simple as possible, buy a machine-washable mattress topper. It won’t need cleaning as often as you change your sheets, which should be every week for best effect.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Reston, a Maid Service Olney or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure your bedroom is as clean as your bed?

 

 

Cleaning Up After Pets – house cleaning Potomac

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They’re cute – but messy too!

If you have pets, you might worry that a cleaning company such as house cleaning Potomac can cope.

Never fear! We have years of experience of cleaning homes, and we know people’s beloved pets are family members. We use environmentally-friendly cleaning products and methods to ensure your precious pooch or marvellous moggie is unharmed by anything we do. We’re used to cleaning up after pets too, so if your animal is home when we visit – that’s no problem either.

We have some advice to help you if you want to keep your home clean when you have pets:

  1. Groom your dog or cat regularly. This will minimise the shedding they do – so less dog or cat hair to vacuum up. It’s also an excellent way to bond with your pet, and it lets you keep an eye on any potential flea situations…
  2. If your animal does get fleas, remember you will need to treat the house as well as your pet. Wash any bedding he or she uses, as well as any cushions the animal uses. You might want to consider professional carpet cleaning such as the service we at house cleaning Potomac offer, as this is great for getting rid of critters.
  3. Carpet cleaning is also useful if your pet has had an accident… Bear in mind with cats that if they wee somewhere inside, they are likely to return to the same place as they’ll be able to smell the urine even when you can’t. A specialist cleaning product will be necessary to eliminate the odor completely.
  4. Keep a supply of sticky tape or special pet sponges in the home as this will help remove excess quantities of pet hair.
  5. If your pet has stomach trouble, this can be tricky to clear up because vomit is so acidic. If possible, clean it up as soon as you can. Use kitchen towels to pick up as much as you can, then treat the area with a professional carpet detergent. Rinse the area thoroughly with clean, hot water. Hopefully, this will bring the carpet back to a neutral pH.

Bear in mind that it can take up to two years to eradicate a home of pet hair… If you are moving on and selling your home, you might want to consider specialists services such as house cleaning Potomac to leave the place spick and span.

 

Outdoor Furniture Cleaning Tips

maid service RockvilleOutdoor furniture needs cleaning too – as our maid service Rockville will tell you.

But is there an easy way to do this? After all, you don’t want to add yet more things to your to do list. (Although, of course, our maid service Rockville could also do it for you!) Here are our tips for making outdoor furniture cleaning as easy as possible…

For white plastic, you need a gallon of warm water and 3tbsp of dishwashing powder, as this contains chemicals that will whiten the plastic. Use a sponge or soft brush to apply and leave the solution on the furniture for fifteen minutes. Rinse and dry. Use this on white plastic ONLY.

For coloured plastic, use an all-purpose cleaner and water, and rinse well.

Aluminium that has a baked-on enamel finish is easy to scratch, so use a sponge soaked in detergent and water or a non-abrasive specialist cleaner. Scrub, rinse and dry.

If you want to keep the shine on plastics, resins and metal furniture, wax it. remove the cushions first, as wax can stain. Apply with a soft cloth, allow to dry and buff well.

For outdoor cushions, mix a teaspoon of dishwasher detergent with one quart warm water and one tablespoon of Borax. Soak a sponge in the mix and wash the cushions. Or you can put the mixture in a spray bottle and saturate the back and front of the cushions. Let the soaked cushions sit for fifteen minutes and then spray with plenty of water. Stand them on their side to try. Once dry, spray with a fabric protector. You can also vacuum the cushions between washes to keep the dust off.

If you have canvas seats, most of the time the canvas is removeable, so you can take it off and place it in the washing machine. It is easier to put the canvas back on while it is damp, as this will help it keep its shape.

If you can’t take it off, use a scrubbing brush and laundry soap. Load the brush with the soap and scrub the canvas. Rinse well. This should get rid of all stains and dirt.

If you clean your outdoor furniture regularly, it will last much longer – giving you plenty of years of sitting outside to enjoy the sunshine.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Oakton, a maid service Rockville or cleaning services in Potomac and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you keep your garden furniture clean and tidy, ready for you to entertain guests?

 

House Cleaning Rockville: End of Rental Service

Did you know that one of the services House CleaniHouse Cleaning Rockvilleng Rockville offers is a cleaning service for when your renters move out? It’s perfect for anyone renting out properties.

As a property owner, you want your house or apartment to look neat and tidy so that you can get it back on the market as soon as possible. Here are some of the jobs we will do as part of our end of lease cleaning service…

KITCHEN

As this is often the ‘workhorse’ of the home, we pay particular attention to the kitchen!

House Cleaning Rockville:

  • Washes all the kitchen surfaces
  • Clean inside all the cupboards and drawers
  • Get rid of the trash and any old food, carrier bags, etc
  • Clean the sink and taps, and remove any limescale and/or mold
  • De-grease, wash and polish the wall tiles
  • Clean the oven, removing all built up grease and cleaning any of the external chrome
  • Clean and defrost the fridge
  • Clean the exterior of all appliances and the microwave (inside and out)
  • Clean the trash cans.

BATHROOM

Next up is the bathroom. Bathrooms will be the next thing potential tenants will look closely at so it’s crucial yours is spick and span.

We will

  • De-scale the shower screen, and clean and polish it
  • The bath, basin, taps, shower and fittings will be cleaned de-scaled and polished
  • Ensure the toilet is perfectly clean
  • Clean and polish the mirrors
  • Remove all traces of soap scum
  • Wash and sanitize the floors.

The general cleaning is necessary too. House Cleaning Rockville will dust throughout your property – and that includes light fittings, shades, light switches, the skirting boards, coving, banisters, curtain rails, mirrors, blinds radiators and more.

We will vacuum clean, and we can offer you our revolutionary dry carpet cleaning system which can freshen up carpets and remove any lingering odors.

Other services:

  • Internal window cleaning
  • Wooden furniture polished
  • Floors washed using the right kind of cleaning material
  • Upholstery vacuumed.

BEDROOMS

Your prospective tenants want to sleep in a clean bedroom. As part of our service, we:

  • Clean all bedroom furniture and storage units
  • Ensure the floor is spotless
  • Polish any wooden furniture.

Here at Budget Maids we provide House Cleaning Rockville, a maid service in Potomac or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds (i.e. VA and most of Maryland). Why not give us a call today and let us help you clean up when your tenants move out?

 

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House Cleaning Potomac – Window Cleaning Tips

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Hopefully, your house doesn’t have windows like these…

Cleaning windows – here at House Cleaning Potomac, we know this job can be a pain in the a**!

But there are ways to make the job easier. Read on to find out how the cleaning pros tackle windows with a will!

First off, you will need a bucket of cleaning solution, a scrubber or sponge and a squeegee. You might need a ladder too for windows on the second floor.

Outside windows often get stubborn marks or stains such as bird droppings and concentrated dirt and grime. Clean these first. One way of dealing them is to spray the area with pure vinegar. Leave it to sit for five minutes. Use a cloth of sponge to rub it off and then continue to clean the entire window.

Crusty stains or deposits can be removed with a razor.

The outside of the window gets much dirtier than the inside. Tackle this by spraying the windows with the garden hose before cleaning. This will help get rid of the worst of it.

House Cleaning Potomac – Home-made Window Cleaner

To make your own window cleaner, you can use equal parts of water and distilled white vinegar. This will help prevent streaks. You can also use dishwashing liquid but use this sparingly, as most modern formulations are highly concentrated. All you need is one teaspoon per two gallons of water.

A sponge is the best way to apply cleaning solution. Dip it into the mix, squeeze it out and apply over the whole window. If you are cleaning from the inside, put down towels or sheets to absorb water spills.

Use the squeegee to wipe the windows dry. For small-paned windows, move horizontally from side to side. Larger windows can be done top to bottom. A sharp blade on the squeegee prevents streaks. Replace yours when the blade gets dull.

Wipe the window with a lint-free cloth. Use a different cloth to dry the window frame thoroughly.

Don’t forget your blinds. These should be cleaned regularly too, as they pick up grime and ust easily.

Here at Budget Maids we provide House Cleaning Potomac, a maid service in Vienna or cleaning services in Falls Church and surrounds, cleaning services in Olney and Oakton and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure your windows are sparkling clean all the time?