Monthly Archives: April 2014

Protecting your family from household cleaners

Did you know that many household cleaners, in fact most cleaning agents, are potentially harmful?  This is despite the fact that modern day household cleaners tend to have pleasant smells and are easy to handle.

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The accidental poisoning statistics however, are rather concerning – especially if we consider that it’s the bleaches, detergents and cleaning agents are mostly to blame.  It’s best then to get to know your cleaning agents and what to do in case of accidental ingestion or intoxication:

Acutely dangerous

The household cleaning chemicals bearing the greatest risks for your family are the acute chemicals such as corrosive drain flushers and acidic cleaners.Corrosive chemicals can lead to external and internal chemical burns and an emergency room should be consulted immediately.

Highly toxic

On the highly toxic list of household cleaners are all bleaches and chemical agents containing chlorine or ammonia.  These substances can cause high levels of irritation to skin, eyes, mouth and other sensitive areas.  Another highly toxic chemical is found in glass cleaners and stain removals – known as 2-BE.  Luckily, regulations are in place and in the case of 2-BE, a concentration of merely 6% is permitted by law.

Child and pet safety

We adults will hardly expose ourselves unnecessarily to cleaning agents, but our children and pets often aren’t aware.  The best advice to keep your home chemical safe is to ensure that all cleaning agents and other chemical substances are, of course, stored out of the reach of young children or pets.Find a cupboard well above your child’s height and be sure to stack away all chemicals and cleaning agents immediately after use.

Intoxication is surely a scary thought, but if you’re vigilant about the type of cleaning agents you buy, and where you store these, your family should stay safe.You can also remain rest assured that all cleaning agents in the United States are under strict environmental and health safety control.

If you’re looking for professional help with household cleaning then why not call on us here at Budget Maids? We offer home cleaning services in Reston, maid services in Rockville and cleaning services in Potomac and other areas of VA and Maryland.     

E-devices: have you cleaned yours recently?

In this electronic age we all love using our computers, e-readers, smartphones, electronic notebooks, tablets and all those e-devices that make our lives a whole lot easier and comfortable.  We use them all day long, wherever we go and, let’s face it, most of couldn’t live without them these days.But because of our frequent use of them our electronic devices can get incredibly grubby and dirty.  They pick up all sorts of germs and actually need cleaned pretty regularly. Here’s how to do it:

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How to clean e-devices

Although the urge may arise to grab a cloth and a general cleaning agent – never, ever do this. We are dealing with electronics here, and they are super sensitive to chemicals and moisture so require proper care.  Dry cleaning, dusting, and a quick wipe with the correct e-device cleaning agent are the way to go.

Dusting

Believe it or not, dust is an electronic device’s worst enemy.  For this reason, many electronic experts believe that if you can regularly dust down your device in the correct way you can bet on it lasting a long time. Regularly dust down your computer and keyboard with a fine duster and check your tablet and smartphone while you’re at it.

Sanitizing spray

Much has been said about the germ levels of our mobile phones and tablets.  After all, we take these devices just about everywhere we go – they are nothing short of germ magnets!  The good news is that there are dedicated sanitizing sprays on the market.  These sprays are your safest solution for cleaning your electronic devices.

You can be sure that the products developed specifically for electronic devices are safe for use and will not damage your electronics.  E-device experts recommend lightly spraying a microfiber cloth with a sanitizing spray, followed by a quick wipe down of your device.  Do not overdo it and never soak your device in sanitizer or other cleaning agent.

E-devices need a little bit of extra care when it comes to keeping them clean.  However, once you have the right cleaning agents and dusters, keeping them clean should be quick and easy.But, if the rest of your home is in a state of desperate cleaning care and which is certainly going to take a little more than just a quick wipe down with a santizing agent, then remember that at Budget Maids we’re always here to help out.We offer cleaning services in Reston, maid services in Olney and professional housecleaning services in Rockville and other areas of VA and Maryland. Give us a call!

 

 

5 tips for a perfect ironing pile

Whether you hit that ironing pile of yours on a Sunday evening, or you’re the type who scrambles for a hot iron prior to rushing out the door for work,  ironing is a task that unfortunately we all have to face some time during our week. And here’s 5 Budget Maids tips to get it done quickly and efficiently:

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  1. Keep your iron clean. Now, when was the last time you cleaned your iron? It’s a good idea to give it a wipe immediately after you’ve used it – that way that unfortunate burning incident with your latest polyester garment won’t get a chance to ruin your next pile. Most irons suffer a bit of abuse through wear and tear and we really can’t expect them to perform optimally unless we’re prepared to take care of them. Clean out any trapped residue by setting the iron to steam and pouring in a mild vinegar solution.
  2. Dampen your dresses. Or any other item of clothing, for that matter. That’s because not only will you need less effort to iron, but the steam action will work better. Place a damp cloth over your garment or spray it lighting with clean water to dampen it.
  3. Iron clothes inside out. The reason for this is to ensure that the fabric will remain looking its best. You’ll be less likely to burn your clothes and at the same time you’ll avoid that awful ‘ironing sheen.’
  4. Spray stubborn wrinkles. Spray wrinkles with plenty of water, even dampen the garment pretty well from the start if necessary before hitting it with a warm iron.
  5. Read the label. Most garments, from silk blouses to woolen jackets, can be ironed but it’s always worth casting a quick eve over the label’s instructions. Even the most delicate of garments can be iron-ready if you follow the instructions by the letter.

Ironing is one of the most hated household chores. If it’s one of your big bugbears then why not call on the Budget Maids team here for help? We provide professional cleaning and maid help in all areas of VA and Maryland. For instance, we offer household cleaning in Columbia, maid services in Falls Church and cleaning services in Vienna and thereabouts.

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Say goodbye to soap scum – forever!

Soap scum build-up is one sign of a home in need of some cleaning TLC.  No bath tub, basin, shower or kitchen basin escapes those annoying waxy rings and spots familiar to us all as soap scum. And it’s even worse if you live in a State which supplies hard water.  But, as usual, don’t fear for here at Budget Maids we know how you can say farewell to them forever.

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Soap scum explained

Soap scum is a build up of the minerals such calcium and sodium. These are usually present in water with the content even higher in hard water.  When soap is mixed with water, and particularly hard water, a residue is formed (soap scum). Unfortunately this also tends to incorporate surface bacteria, dirt and grime. 

Avoid the build-up 

With every bath, shower or wash, soap scum inevitably builds up, creating a tough long-lasting residue if it’s not dealt with quickly.  The nasty thing about soap scum is that it  builds up and so becomes harder to remove completely the longer you leave it.

Cleaning remedies

When it comes to cleaning away soap scum, there are a whole handful of cleaning remedies. The best of them are actually already in your kitchen cupboards: general purpose cleaning agents, vinegar, and baking soda.  Use baking soda and white vinegar to make a paste for effective soap scrum scrubbing.

Alternatively, a strong general purpose cleaning agent should do the job just as well.  Be careful of scouring agents though – these can easily leave behind scratches on your bathtub or basin.  The key is to always use hot water when cleaning soap scum.  That’s because hot water will help dissolve the scum and, at the same time, leave your basins and tubs sparkling clean.

As with most cleaning jobs in and around the home, prevention is key.  Get in the habit of cleaning areas prone to soap scum at least every other day to prevent it building up.Remember, no cleaning or scrubbing task is too big or small for the Budget Maids team.We offer home cleaning in Arlington, house cleaning in Rockville and maid services in Falls Church and surrounds.

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5 clever cleaning tips for price tags

Have you bought a new household item, or just never managed to get rid of the stain left by price tags on certain ornaments or home goods? We know just how annoying these adhesive stickers can be, and that is why we are sharing five clever tips for get rid off them on our goods. Here is what you’ll need:

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Cooking oil spray. Spray a little cooking oil onto the household item and leave it to stand for a while. Next, spray some more cooking oil onto a cloth and simply rub away at the adhesive. It should come off easily.

Adhesives on wood or glass.  A safe option for protecting both your wooden and glass homeware is to rub adhesives away with a clean cloth dunked in vinegar. Vinegar won’t harm the item and, more importantly, there’s no health risks for you if it’s inhaled.

Furniture polish. Just bought new plastic patio furniture and the ugly price label is as stubborn as a mule? Then simply use your ordinary household furniture polish to get rid of it. This really works with plastic.

Soak ‘em. An old-school way to clean sticky adhesives from plastic, glass and other homeware items is to soak the item in warm soapy water for a couple of hours. However, depending on the glue used, you may still need to scrub a bit to get rid of all sticky material, even after soaking.

Pure alcohol. Cotton wool soaked in alcohol can do wonders when it comes to beating any old sticky adhesive into submission. Just make sure it’s pure alcohol, which you’ll be able to buy from your local pharmacist.

No doubt you have already discovered that adhesives can be extremely annoying – some price stickers can even leave residues for years. But employing the above five devices, the Budget Maids team here are sure you’ll be able to beat just about any sticky adhesive in your home.

And on that note, at Budget Maids we’re always ready to help with any type of domestic cleaning service. We offer home cleaning in Arlington, house cleaning in Oakton, and if you need more than just cleaning of sticky messes in your home, maid services in Potomac and other areas of VA and Maryland.