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Your Daily Household Cleaning Checklist

The idea of daily household cleaning can seem like a real drag to some of us. But it needn’t be that depressing – not when you’re armed with a quick cleaning checklist. The good news is you can do it quickly and easily then just get on with the rest of your day. And it means no big monthly household clean either. 

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  • Today’s dishes. Deal with today’s dishes today.  It can be tempting to let your dishes pile up while you attend to what you consider to be more important matters. But letting your dishes pile up is depressing – a clean kitchen is so much more welcoming. Also, it’s even more difficult to clean dishes if food has stuck hard to plates.
  • Countertop & stove. Most of us use our stoves and kitchen countertops daily.  And that’s why it makes sense to wipe them daily too.  It only take a few minutes but it’ll spare you the far lengthier effort of coping with congealed food and grease stains at the end of the week.
  • Bathroom blitz. At the end of every day grab a cloth and quickly scoot through your bathroom with it. Wipe down the sink, bath, mirror and toilet.  It’ll only take a couple of minutes and it’ll prevent harder scrubbing at a later date.
  • Keep clothes where they belong. Don’t delay in folding ironing, hanging up clothes in closets and packing away seasonal clothes for storing. After all, you want to have fun on your weekends, not spend them immersed in a pile of jans and jumpers.  Always get the rest of the family involved in this one. It’s their clothes after all!
  • Five minute de-clutter. At the end of the day make sure everyone has removed their own clutter, toys, books, clothes and any other unwelcome items lying around making the place look untidy. Dedicate a storage container for items you’re not sure what to do with and  make sure you empty it at the end of the week.

As you can see from the above bullet points a small daily household cleaning routine can go a long way to keeping your home always ship shape and means no embarrassing moments when a neighbour or friend pop by unexpectedly. If, however, you feel even the above makes your heart sink, then do give us a call here at Budget Maids. We’re experts in tidying and cleaning with maid services in Columbia, housecleaning in Rock Falls and cleaning services in Arlington and surrounds.  So don’t delay – call us today!

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Understanding the ABC of cleaning agents

Do the hundreds of cleaning agents out there, with their complex-sounding chemical ingredients leave you feeling mighty confused?  Well, join the club! You’re certainly not the only one struggling to make sense of all those cleaning agents currently lining our supermarket shelves.

At Budget Maids we’re here to try and help with supplying a quick and easy guide to finding the right cleaning agent for your particular household cleaning job:

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All-purpose cleaning agent

All-purpose cleaning agents are effective provided you stick to the instructions. They’re usually good for cleaning a variety of surfaces and textures, from carpets and glass to wood and tile flooring.  And that’s why they actually make a good cleaning staple for your home.  A single all-purpose cleaning agent can, in fact, replace an entire bucket full of detergents, cleaning scrubs and sanitizers.  So – good for de-cluttering too!

Dealing with germs

For some household cleaning tasks such as bathroom cleaning, kitchen countertop cleaning and kitchen basin cleaning, you really want to clean deep. It’s about more than just cleaning the surfaces of dirt and grime.  No, it’s more about eliminating common household germs.  In which case, it’s time to bring out the disinfectant or sanitizer. Again, use these cleaners strictly according to their instructions for them to be really effective.

Deodorizer – the luxury item

Sometimes, after a hard day in the office or a few days away nothing is more welcoming than a clean and pleasant smelling home.  And, indeed, why would we slave away at cleaning our home, only to leave it smelling clinically clean and full of funny chemical smells? Choose a deodorizer that matches your home and which all the family love: there’s a huge choice of them out there.

When to apply caution

Using different cleaning agents for different tasks is good household cleaning practice, but do apply caution when mixing different ones together. That’s because many cleaning agent instructions warn against mixing due to potentially severe allergic reactions.

With so many cleaning products and agents around, it really isn’t a big surprise to learn that many householders dread having to choose products for household cleaning tasks. If this is the case for you then why not consider calling on the expertise of the Budget Maids team? We offer professional  household cleaning in Olney, maid services in Reston and cleaning services in Potomac as well as other areas of VA and Maryland.

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3 essential bathroom cleaning secrets

The bathroom.  It’s always in the cross-fire: morning rush, evening rush, weekend guests – how do you keep up cleaning-wise?  With white being the popular bathroom color, keeping everything pristine isn’t easy.  Or so you thought!  Here’s three clever ideas which will make your bathroom less of a warzone and more a peaceful retreat.  Doesn’t that sound nice? See our following Budget Maids tips to make sure you come out victorious:

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Dirty shower curtains? Off to the washing machine

Most people will admit to trying to clean shower curtains by hand.  But soap scum is a nightmare and not a good use of time. But, did you know it’s possible to clean your shower curtains in the washing machine? Just pop in a few towels to stabilise the load.  Select a cold wash, and use detergent as usual.  Drip dry and we guarantee, you’ll be impressed with the result.

Mildew?  Bleach to the rescue

Mildew is a huge complaint when it comes to bathrooms.  It’s nasty to clean and time-intensive. But there’s an easier way: prepare a bleach solution (the concentration of which depends on how much mildew there is), grab a pair of rubber gloves then wash the tiles, ceiling, floor and anywhere else you spot mildew. Repeat a few times until it’s gone. 

Everything else: wax it

There’s nothing more disheartening than having to scrub away watermarks, soap scum and the likes. But there’s an easy way: simply wax it. Apply a waterproof wax to the tiles, glass shower door, mirror and even steel or chrome taps and showerheads.  It makes a huge difference and, happily, no more water and soap streaks means you can easily clean up the bathroom without wasting time on those darned stains.

The above three cleaning secrets will really help keep your bathroom looking clean and refreshed.  But should you need a helping hand with this – or anything else in your home for that matter, then do give us a call here at Budget Maids.  We offer home cleaning services in Olney, house cleaning in Reston and maid services in Arlington. We can see to every home cleaning related task out there – so you don’t have to!

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Buff up your brass better

There is no denying that copper and brass ornaments consist of beautiful artefacts which can often tell stories of yesteryear and traditional living.  But what a nightmare they are to keep clean! But, listen up because we have some brilliant tips for keeping your copper and silverware shining, right here at Budget Maids:

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Rely on a friend

There are special ‘household friends’ that come in handy for just about any cleaning job.  Our reliable household cleaning friends include: white vinegar and baking soda.  Mix white vinegar and baking soda in a 30/70 ratio, adding more baking soda than white vinegar to create a paste which is not only convenient to use, but will get into every imaginable small crease and corner of your copper and brassware.

A little bit of elbow grease goes a long way

Copper and brassware rarely require intensive scrubbing.  It’s a more of rubbing and buffing action (think Alladin’s lamp). Using your baking soda paste,  gently rub your artefacts until they are evenly covered with the cleaning paste.  Watch you don’t put on too much paste though. A thin coating is best  to start with.  Next, using a clean, soft cloth start buffing your copper or brass item. Buff down It’s best to prevent the paste from drying because it’ll take more effort and longer to buff down completely.

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Do each item completely before moving on to the next – because its horrible to spend hours trying to remove caked baking soda paste.

Add a bit of polish

To save yourself time add a bit of polish after the rubbing, cleaning and buffing steps.  But make sure it’s a metal polish suitable for copper and brassware.  It’s good to know too that with a coating of polish all your copper and brassware will be less likely to gather dust or turn dull – meaning you won’t hat to clean them so soon next time.

Many of us tend to collect too many knick knacks for our homes, resulting in what feels like a colossal cleaning task after a time. If you have one too many glass vases, copper kettles or other oddities in your home and never have the time to clean and polish, why not call on Budget Maids for help?  We offer cleaning services throughout Maryland and VA, including house cleaning in Rockville and maid services in Falls Church. 

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