Monthly Archives: October 2014

Cleaning Tips to make Halloween Less Scarey

Halloween is great fun – at least the trick or tricks candy part is, particularly if you’re a kid (or a parent who pinches their kid’s candy). Usually for mom or dad though the annual scarey-fest can be a truly horrible experience – especially when they wake to wax-smeared carpets, make-up on the new fabric sofa and pieces of toilet paper wrapped round every plant in the front lawn.

In such circumstances there is nothing else for it but to get stuck in – but it’s best to plan how to go about it beforehand. Here’s some of our Halloween clean up tips here at Budget Maids:

Getting rid of wax. If it’s dry enough wax can often be scraped off a table top using a knife. If it’s on a carpet then it can be shifted by heating it with an iron (with a dish towel in between the wax and the iron). The idea is the heat melts the wax and it sticks to the towel instead.

Cleaning off make-up. This is annoying but not impossible, especially since there is such an excellent range of commercial cleaners around today – just make sure you get the correct type of cleaner for whatever item you’re trying to clean up ie you’ll need a different solution for leather than you would fabric. You can check how it’ll affect the item by doing a patch test first ie on a piece of carpet which is hidden under the sofa or a the inside bottom of a curtain.
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Tidying up the trees. There’s nothing worse than trying to get wet toilet paper off plant and tree branches in your yard. If you get your hands on one a leaf blower is great for this task. Alternatively try and poke it down using a rake (expect tired arms though).

Shooing away the shaving cream. Well, we don’t mean shooing away, but rather blasting the goddam stuff. Many a motorist has woken the morning after Halloween to find their beloved four wheeled possession covered in the white sticky stuff. Best way to deal with it (after you’ve had your tantrum) is to wash the motor with a hose and wash using a microfiber towel.

Meanwhile if a Halloween clean-up just seems too overwhelming the morning after then give the team a call here at Budget Maids and let us take care of it for you. We offer a maids service in Arlington,

More DIY Cleaning Tips from Budget Maids

Here at Budget Maids we were so impressed at the response we received to last week’s blog post on DIY cleaning tips that we’ve decided to post up more on this article here too. We hope you enjoy using them – we certainly do.

That’s because not only are many of these tips eco-friendly, but they also cost less in most cases, than conventional cleaning methods, many of which involve having to buy expensive cleaning fluids and sprays. Anyhow, read on for some excellent inspiration:

How’s your pans? If they happen to be burnt right now and you want an easy way of cleaning them then – if you don’t already have some – it’s time to invest in some vinegar and baking soda. What you need to do is pour a cup of water into the pan in question then add one cup of vinegar. Once the water and vinegar mixture is boiling add two tablespoons of baking soda. Next empty the pan and scour with an abrasive cloth.

Keeping carpets clean naturally can be easier than you think. All you need is a little salt, white vinegar and borax. Equipment-wise a vacuum cleaner and carpet steam cleaner are also necessary. First vacuum the carpet well, next mix the above three substances into a paste and apply it to the part of the carpet you want to clean. Once it dries (this should take around three hours) vacuum again.

Next, apply the steam cleaner. Add some white vinegar to the hot water for some super-duper cleaning power. Later use the steam cleaner a second time. Don’t walk on the carpet until completely dry.

If you’re looking for more DIY and green cleaning tips then you can find them on the Budget Maids website under our blog postings. Meanwhile if you find you’re pushed for time or would simply enjoy more leisure than cleaning time then do get in touch with the Budget Maids team here. We offer a maid’s service in Oakton, house cleaning in Fall’s Church and a cleaning service in Reston. However, we service all areas of VA and Maryland. Contact us today for our very competitive prices.


Best DIY Cleaning Tips

Sometimes to get household items really clean and sparkling you have to go down the non-conventional route and apply some DIY cleaning tips. From zapping a dishcloth in the microwave to dunking knifes in lemon juice – it can pay to think outside the box.

But don’t worry, we’ve already done it for you. Just read on with our post right here:

Cleaning a dishcloth with the microwave. Yep, this really is an effective – and easy – way of getting rid of kitchen germs. For the incredible heat a microwave reaches won’t just clean your cloths – happily, it will also sterilize them. Simple rinse the sponge in fresh tap water, place in the microwave and ‘cook’ for around two minutes. Next, remove the cloth with tongs and allow to cool. Voila!

Shining up knives using store-bought lemon juice. This is easy-peasy yet so effective. Simply pour some lemon juice into a tumbler then sit rust-ridden knives in there for around five minutes. Afterwards scrub the knives with an abrasive pad and just watch those rust stains fade into nothingness. It’s like magic!

Employ your dishwasher to get rid off dirt. We don’t just mean dirt from dishes here but from all manner of household items such as children’s toys, pet bowls and even toothbrushes. With regards to the first items mentioned ie children’s toys just make sure they contain no batteries, fabric or LED parts – otherwise you may be facing a tiny tantrum once the toys are returned! Anyhow, back to washing- simply lay the items neatly in the dishwasher, it on a gentle cycle and add some natural cleaner. That’s it – you’re done!

Make your own personalized fabric conditioner. Some of the laundry conditioners on sale in stores these days can really stink. And that’s why we thought we’d give you some tips here at Budget Maids on how to make your own. One of our favorite ways is to simply spritz some lavender water into the machine prior to switching on. Lavender is so strong that you don’t need a lot and your clothes will definitely come out smelling of this lovely fresh scent. And the best bit about this idea? You can use any type of essential oil you like. Just put some into a spritzer and dilute with oil. It’s fab!

Get more DIY cleaning tips from our website here at Budget Maids. Alternatively hire us to carry out some of our cleaning magic at your home. We offer a maids service in Vienna, house cleaning in Potomac and a cleaning service in Reston and surrounds ie all areas of Maryland and VA. Do give us a call anytime.




5 Bright Bathroom Cleaning Tips

We wouldn’t exactly describe bathroom cleaning as one of the highlights of our weekend but, let’s face it, it’s something that has to be done and the quicker the better.
In order to get it over with quickly – and not in a rushed way – there’s some tips from the very experienced team here at Budget Maids:

5 Bathroom cleaning tips

  1. Keep it simple. Don’t bother investing in different types of cleaners for the toilet bowl, sink and bath – just get the one all-purpose disinfectant for all porcelain items. Mirrors need a special cleaner (or just a vinegar solution and wallpaper if you want to clean them the eco way).
  2. Don’t forget the small stuff. What are we talking about here? It’s the soap dish (if you still have one), the toothbrush holder and that little glass shelf just abover the sink. Do these quickly on a weekly basis and they’ll never get to that yeuchy state we all know too well. Actually a great tip or the soap dish is to dab a little olive oil on it to prevent the soap from sticking!
  3. Use the fan. There’s a reason you have a ventilator fan – to prevent mold from building up in your shower. And if you don’t switch it on often enough then that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Mildew and mold doesn’ just look awful and is bad for your health when inhaled – it’s also a pain to clean. So avoid it by not even going there in the first place.
  4. Totally clean the toilet. That means not just inside the bowl by putting bleach down, but also under the lid, the rim, the push button or handle and even the toilet brush too. Do make sure the brush is completely dry though beore sticking it back in the holder so at to prevent a build up of bacteria.
  5. Add a little fragrance. It’s not strictly a cleaning tip but adding a sheet of febreeze in the laundry basket or dabbing some essential oil onto the light bulb/s in your bathroom can give the room a lovely aroma and provide a little pick me up for anyone who happens to go in there.

Here at Budget Maids we have a whole book full of cleaning tips. But if you don’t have time to read them then let us come and do the cleaning for you. We provide house cleaning in Potomac, maid services in Vienna and home cleaning services in Arlington and other parts of VA and Maryland. Why not give us a call today?