Monthly Archives: December 2013

3 quick refrigerator management tips

Spending the festive season with family and friends means plenty of celebration dinners and generous lunches.  These can take time preparing of course and the last thing you want is for something to go wrong with your refrigerator. So, make sure you give it plenty of TLC over the festive period by taking the following tips into account:

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  • Best before dates – they serve a purpose
  • The easiest way to manage your fridge and to ensure that sufficient storage space is available, is to get rid of all that food lying at the back of your refrigerator which is well past its ‘best before date.’ Another good idea is to give away all that food you just know you’re not going to get round to eating to a local homeless shelter or some other kind of organization in need.  Bad food gives off a smell which actually affects the taste of other food stored in your refrigerator so it really is a ‘must’ to get rid of it as quickly as you can.
  • Use the freezer
  • No-one wants to be slaving away in the kitchen during the holiday season – so save yourself some time by quickly prioritizing all that left over food rather than just stacking it all in the refrigerator. For instance, if there’s food there that isn’t going to be used within the next two or three days then put it in the freezer rather than the refrigerator. That way you’ll still have it in three days time and your refrigerator won’t resemble a food mountain.
  • Dealing with the odor
  • Feel that your refrigerator could do with a clean to get rid of that odor of stale food but you’ve no time? Then don’t worry. What you can do is soak three balls of cotton wool (each around the size of a large walnut) in vanilla essence and place them in your fridge to help neutralize the smells.

Don’t waste family time on house cleaning chores during the festive period. Instead, call on us here at Budget Maids instead. We offer a whole range of services such as house cleaning in Olney, cleaning services in Oakton and maid services for Columbia and other areas of VA and Maryland.

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Dealing with the mess in home remodeling

Construction work or extensive home remodeling – can both be exciting as you contemplate the outcome but they can also turn out to be energy-intensive processes. And not just in term of the work or shifting stuff around. There’s all that cleaning up to do too.

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If you’ve begun some home remodeling and currently finding yourself at breakingpoint then this is pretty much the post for you. Read our advice here on how to deal with ongoing and post-renovation clean-ups:

Airborne grit or dust

Once grit or dust becomes airborne, it means more cleaning work for later on unfortunately. Try to keep grit and dust from becoming airborne by gathering as of this as you can and trap in a sealed container until it can be removed.

Construction dust

Never-ending construction dust is a huge headache and will prove much more difficult to clean up than ordinary household dust. Check that your air filters are functioning optimally and replace them once the first layers of construction dust are out of the way. Once all the obvious dust has been removed, water is a brilliant way to trap and remove the finer construction dust. Then, wash all hard surfaces such as floors, walls, cupboards and tiles with warm soapy water.

Vacuum power

Prepare yourself for some extensive vacuuming. Before getting started, go over your vacuum machine to ensure it is working to the best of its ability – it will need to give its all in ridding your home of renovation dust after all. Vacuum only after the worst of the construction dust has been removed by the air filter or washing. Vacuum your furniture (even if it has been protected by dust-proof material) as well as carpets, floors, furniture, cushions, mattresses – everything in the room in fact.

Washing blinds, curtains and carpets

Construction dust has a way of creeping into every possible corner. Washing blinds, curtains and carpets are an absolute must. It may sound like a lot of effort, but it really is a guaranteed way to rid your newly renovated home of the last of the construction mess.

Cleaning up a home after either construction or remodeling is not an easy task (as you can see from the above) so, if you need professional help to deal with the dust then do call on us here at Budget Maids. We offer excellent cleaning services in Columbia, house cleaning in Vienna and maid services in Rockville, as well as other areas of VA and Maryland.

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Keep your christmas cleaning routine up to date

It’s that time of the year again folks – festivities, celebrations and family get-togethers.  Sure, it’s a merry time, but it’s also the busiest time of the year for most households.  Whether you’re opening your home this holiday season for family members from far away, friends or just the next-door neighbors, chances are you’ll need to step up your household cleaning and organizing routine. Fear not though, here at Budget Maids we have four helpful holiday cleaning tips to keep you on track over the holiday period, such as:

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  • Get rid of the garbage 
  • It’s the one thing that can really turn a household upside down. And with friends and family spending time at your home eating and drinking,  your average garbage pile is set to grow. Be strict though – have a removal rule and stick to it. Perhaps even place extra bins throughout your home.  Depending on how many guests you’re expecting, try and remove the garbage every day or at least every other. After all, no-one wants nasty smells permeating their home over the holidays.
  • No food fussing
  • Let’s face it: food at the best of times can be downright messy but at Christmas it can be chaos. Leave plenty of wipes lying around and never procrastinate when it comes to cleaning up any spills. Cleaning up dropped and spilled food is easier to do on hard surfaces, of course, such as tiles. Just pray the carpets don’t fall victim, otherwise you’ll have to put in some elbow grease. Do yourself a favor and try to organise meals around hard surfaced floors such as the kitchen or dining room rather than the sitting room, if possible.
  • Stock up on supplies
  • Holiday grocery shopping is a big deal; but you still have to remember to stock up on the basic items too. It will be plain disheartening to gear up into cleaning mode just to realize there’s nothing to clean up with in the cabinets. And you don’t really need us to point out to you how there’s never a spare moment to pop to the shops over the holidays…
  • 10-minute bathroom beautifier
  • You don’t like a dirty bathroom, so why should your guests? You can keep on top of this room though by doing a quick 10 minutes every day. Through away any trash or empty shampoo and soap dispensers, get rid of any dirty laundry lying around and put out fresh towels.  Wipe down the mirror, basin, bath, toilet boil and sweep the floor.  Then you’ll feel better about being the hostess at home.

Few of us have home cleaning on our priority list this holiday, quite rightly we’d rather spend time with our nearest and dearest.  And that’s where here at Budget Maids we can really help out. In the run up to the holiday season and throughout, we’ll be offering maid services in Arlington, cleaning services in Church Falls and house cleaning in Rockville and surrounds – making sure you can rightly relax and really enjoy the festivities this year.

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TLC for your dishwasher

In many a busy household where breakfast, dinner and lunch are just some of the kitchen doings on a household’s busy day, the dishwasher is an absolute lifesaver. But have you given a thought to the machine’s optimal functioning i.e.  cleaning your dishwashing machine from time to time?

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Cleaning a dishwashing machine is surprisingly easy and, thankfully, you’ll need only a few basic items to get started, For scrubbing, use a soft toothbrush (or other small brush) and a soft cloth. Go about cleaning your dishwashing machine carefully, and never scrub viciously. For some soap bubbles, use a mild detergent that won’t harm your dishwashing machine. A natural scouring agent, we’ve found, is baking soda.

Inside out

Start by removing all the racks, utensil holder and any other parts of the washer that can easily be removed for cleaning. Start from the drain area and work your way up – firstly removing any obvious caked filth or food scraps (which tend to build up over time). Gently scrub away any caked grime but do go about your scrubbing carefully. Continuously wipe away dirt with warm water and mild detergent. Food scraps and grime are rather stubborn, and can take a while to clean. The racks, utensil holder and other removable parts can be given a good clean separately – soak in the sink and scrub.

Let it run

Once all the scrubbing is done and over with, let your dishwasher run with the usual soap dose (without any utensils or tableware). This will allow your machine to rinse out any leftover soap or smaller pieces of dirt.

Dishwashers are true champions in the today’s homes. Following these easy steps should ensue your dishwashing machine will be on top of its game. Meanwhile, if any other cleaning tasks are hassling your household, do call on us here at Budget Maids for a professional and friendly cleaning services in Potomac, maid services in Vienna or any other household cleaning in Columbia. We’ll be happy to get your home sparkling clean after a joyous festive period.