Monthly Archives: July 2014

Household cleaning: it’s not a hardship

Do you hate household cleaning?  If so you’re not the only one if some recent research is anything to go by. The study showed that two-thirds of those who took part in the study admitted they’d do just about anything to get out of it.

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The hard realities of balancing modern lifestyles

Balancing work, family, social commitments as well as a household has become one of the biggest challenges in our modern lives. For instance, think about it, how many times have you told yourself to forget the pile of laundy in the closet because there was too much you needed to do in order to catch up at work? And then there’s the school run to attend to before making the dinner etc etc etc.

Most hated chores

Which cleaning tasks do we hate the most? Well how about sorting out cupboards, cleaning the bathroom, washing windows, ironing, and cleaning the oven? Still, we need to do them if we want to go on enjoying a nice bath, being able to see out the window and wear clothes which aren’t crushed to bits.

Where to find time and inspiration?

Finding inspiration to clena the house can be difficult and because of that you should never  attempt household cleaning chores if you’re feeling a bit down or in a negative state of mind.  Chances are you will end up associating household cleaning with these negative feelings – and avoid the chores even more feverishly next time round! No, instead seek out for a few minutes in your week where you are feeling fairly relaxed and energetic then get down to those household cleaning tasks. Not only will you actually achieve more this way but you’ll also perhaps inspire yourself for next time round.

Here at Budget Maids we understand perfectly the difficulty of balancing a busy and demanding lifestyle with trying to manage a household. If you are finding yourself in desperate need of  cleaning help then do call. In order to lessen your load, we offer household cleaning in Oakton, cleaning services in Olney and maid services in Reston and surrounding areas.

Ridding rust stains for good

No matter how hard you scrub, clean, scour and wash, sometimes you just can’t get those annoying rust stains off your washbasin or sink. And they look even worse on white sinks. But before you give up the ghost, why not give our Budget Maids trust cleaning tips a try?

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What’s going on underneath the basin?

Your basin, toilet or tub may very well be white, but underneath the porcelain there may well be old, rusty water pipes and metal components which are in constant contact with water containing rust or other minerals. This is what is causing the tough to remove stains. if regular stains are affecting your bathroom, kitchen or washing room then it may very well be a good idea to get to the source of the problem and replace the old rusty pipes in the first place.

Pumice scrubbing

If you’ve tried every cleaning agent, bleach and stain removal around and still your stubborn stains remain then what about some pumice stone scrubbing? These nifty little stain removers are especially successful on porcelain tubs and toilets. Look closely at the various pumice scrubbers available on the market – the ones which create a paste as you scrub are particularly good. Simply rinse with warm water afterwards.

For stubborn stains

With stubborn stains you may need some extra help. Use a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide and fill your tub, basin or toilet bowl with it for around two hours. You should begin to see the stains start to lighten. When this happens, scrub them with warm water and rinse in disinfectant.

Prevention is better than cure

Keeping stains under control is easier than having to cope with them once they’re visible. To do this clean washbasins or toilets with a special stain-resistant paste every now and again. Make it from baking soda and warm water then scrub the basin or tub. Repeat this every six weeks – or more for particularly aggressive stains.

Rust stains need not be a dilemma – but you do need to know how to treat them. With these tips and advice your rust stains should be given the boot for good. if the rest of your home is in need of a good scrub and clean-up though then do call us here at Budget Maids. We offer home cleaning in Oakton, maid services in Olney and house cleaning services throughout Maryland and VA.

 

Four health benefits of a clean home

Wonder why you keep cleaning your home on such a regular basis when really, you’d so much rather be lying by the side of the pool with a good magazine and a margarita? Well, here’s 4 good health reasons to keep you dusting and vacuuming away:

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Avoiding allergies and asthma

Regular vacuuming with a high-efficiency particulate air-filtered model really does  keep those with allergies breathing easily. By getting rid of unwanted dust you can also cut back on annoying skin rashes.

Managing mold

More common illnesses than you think can be caused, and aggravated by the presence of  mold in your home. Here we’re talking sinus problems, asthma and even a weakened immune system and which can lead to colds and other infections. The danger with mold is that it easily transmutes into ever more powerful fungal strains – the type you definitely don’t want in your home! Keep an eye on the fridge and left-over food since mold can really flourish in here if not kept an eye on.

Massacring dust mites

Dust mites are just plain nasty. They somehow find their way into our carpets, furniture and even – gads – our bedding. Although not noticeable to the eye, they can result in health irritations and allergies. The best way to eradicate their presence is by steam cleaning carpets, cushions, upholstery, bedding and curtains. Do this twice a year at least.

Lowering stress levels

Cleaning our homes can have a really positive effect on our mental health. Not only do you feel better by looking round and seeing a clean home, but there’s all that exercise such as bending, stretching etc involved in cleaning. And exercise, of course, is a great stress reliever.

Let’s face it, having a clean home results in numerous health benefits – and not just the ones we’ve listed above. We’re sure you can think of some of your own reasons. Meanwhile, if you appreciate it’s important to have a clean home but simply don’t have the time to do all that work yourself then why not call on our professional services here at Budget Maids?

We offer professional home cleaning services in Columbia, cleaning services in Olney and maid services in Vienna – as well as a host of other areas in VA and Maryland.

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Washing windows wisely

Have you tried every single window cleaning agent known to man? Are you always searching for the latest fancy new cleaning equipment for washing windows? Has cleaning them  become something of a daunting task? Well, welcome to the world of most homeowners these days. Fear not though, with these Budget Maids tips you’ll never have to struggle with dirty windows again. We promise!

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Get the right cloth
Swap all your window cleaning rags, newspapers and pads for one stainless steel squeegee. Rags fray and newspaper leaves ink streaks on the glass. With a squeegee however, one single strike will clean away all dust and dirt. Follow your squeegee washing with a drying microfiber cloth and you’re done.

No expensive soap solution needed
There may be lots of fancy, expensive glass cleaning agents on the market right now but when it comes down to it, all you really need is some ordinary dish washing liquid. Yes, really! However, it is important to dilute this solution properly. If it’s too strong for instance you’ll be left with soap streaks on the glass. A winning solution is one tablespoon of liquid detergent per one quart of water.

Water temperature and make-up
Believe it or not, your water is as important as your detergent when it comes to keeping your windows clean. You should regularly change the water, for instance, as dirty water will be counterproductive. The temperature of the water is also important. It should be hot enough to allow it to dissolve dirt and grime instantly. Meanwhile, if your tap water is hard then the magnesium and calcium it contains can result in slight deposits and spots. The only way to avoid this really is to use distilled water.

Windows are important. They allow light into our homes and even our souls, so it’s important we give them a little TLC now and again. If you have a lot of windows in your home and just don’t have the time or inclination to attend to them, then why not let us here at Budget Maids take that particular burden from your shoulders? We offer professional home cleaning services in Vienna, maid services in Arlington and house cleaning services in Potomac and throughout Maryland and VA – no cleaning task is too small or big for our team!