Monthly Archives: April 2015

Six Top Tips for Student Cleaning

Setting a microwave on fire can be an occasional hazard of student living!

Setting a microwave on fire can be an occasional hazard of student living!

Are you a student living in shared accommodation? You might be happy to live in squalor (well, there are essays to write and parties to go to) but if you do want to live in a clean house, we have some great, cheap student cleaning tips to help you…

  1. Reheating all those pizzas and late-night kebabs can take its toll on your microwave, which will build up food stains and smells. One way to prevent it is to use vinegar or lemon juice. Fill a bowl with water, add a couple of tablespoons of vinegar (or lemon juice) and heat the water on the high setting for four or five minutes. Leave for half an hour and all stains and smells will be easy enough to wipe away.
  2. If you’re writing out your essays, or jotting on notepads you will need to watch out for ink stains on clothing. A can of cheap hairspray sprayed on the stain can help to remove ink stains.
  3. Plugholes can get blocked easily – with hairs, food and… er, worse. But a halved tennis ball can substitute as a sink plunger and it will be free-flowing in no time. Vinegar and baking soda mixed in a solution and left in the hole for 15 minutes before clearing with boiled water will clean lingering smells.
  4. Want to make your bathroom and kitchen faucets sparkle? Here’s a neat trick for you… Take an old toothbrush and lad it up with toothpaste (especially those baking soda toothpastes) and use this to scrub them. They will gleam!
  5. Another weird trick is to use the freezer for cleaning your jeans. If you can’t stick them in the washing machine (and naturally, this is the best option), then placing the jeans in a plastic bag and putting them in the freezer overnight will make them clean and fresh.
  6. If you are hitting the midnight oil or revising for exams, you might be knocking back the Joe to help you cope. But coffee stains can be a side effect. Baby wipes will mop up the coffee and clear the stain so keep a packet handy.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Olney, a maid service in Potomac or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds (ie VA and most of Maryland). So if you and your fellow students want to club together for cleaning services so you can get on with your studying and social activities, why not give us a call today?

 

Removing Red Wine Stains and More…

red-wine-spillAccidents happen – and red wine stains certainly fall into this category. Whilst reality TV stars may make the scenario of spilt wine non-accidental (see The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 5 for example), for most of us the wine stain is a little accident – albeit perhaps more likely when our co-ordination skills are compromised!

But red wine spillage needn’t be a disaster for you or your flawless white linen. Here are easy ways to remove it and other nasty offenders:

Removing red wine with club soda. Apply club soda to the stain, covering the whole mark with the soda. Keep applying the soda until the stain has started to disappear. If the stain is on clothing, you should leave it for half an hour and then put it through a cool wash.

Removing red wine with salt and club soda. Again, apply the soda and then a spoonful of salt, covering the stain completely. Allow to soak in – you should be able to see the stain colouring the salt pink. Leave for half an hour, scrape the salt away and wash the garment on a cool wash.

Removing red wine with milk. Pour milk onto the stain, covering it and leave for an hour. Blot away the excess milk and put the garment on a cool wash.

Tomato sauce stains. Many of our favourite dishes contain tomato sauce, but it can leave nasty orange stains behind. If you spill tomato sauce on a garment, sponge the stain with cold water as soon as possible and then rub with a lemon slice or sponge on lemon juice. Rinse well and allow to dry. Alternatively, pre-soak your garment in a solution of warm water, dishwashing liquid and white wine vinegar (one quart water, 1/2 teaspoon and 1tbsp) for 15 minutes. Rinse then launder.

Curry sauce stains. Curry sauces often feature the bright yellow spice turmeric, which will stain anything and everything! If you spill sauce on your clothing, dab on a little biological laundry detergent and leave for 15 minutes before washing. You can also try lemon juice on the stain. If you spill it on surfaces, apply anti-bacterial spray and leave for a few minutes before wiping off. A mix of bicarbonate of soda and water can also work.

 

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Oakton, a maid service in Arlington or cleaning services in Potomac and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure your house is stain-free?

 

Top 10 Shower Cleaning Tips

ShowerheadOne of the treats of staying in a hotel is the scrupulously clean shower and bathroom (well, unless you have a predilection for dodgy hotels…), so why not extend this treat to your own home with a sparkling clean shower cubicle?

Here are Budget Maid’s top 10 tips for shower cleaning, ensuring that your shower is a pleasure to use:

  1. First of all, invest in a cheap squeegee. This can be used every day to remove excess water from glass screens and it will prevent hard water stains. This only takes a minute or so, but it makes a real difference to the look of your screen.
  2. Another option is micro-fibre towel. Wipe down the screen after every shower, squeezing out the excess water as you go.
  3. Shower mats prevent the transfer of dirt from feet to shower (which can be an issue if you spend a lot of time barefoot in the house) or you can ask everyone who uses the shower to stand on a wash cloth. This will help to keep the surface clean.
  4. Soap scum builds up quickly if you use bars of soap rather than liquid soap in the shower. If you do use bars of soap, then use a wash cloth to wipe the ledge under the soap every time you shower.
  5. If you use a detachable shower head, detach it from the ceiling and insert it in a plastic bag filled with a mix of cider vinegar and water and secure it with a rubber band. Leave overnight and this will leave you with a clean shower head in the morning.
  6. If you have shower curtains you can wash these in the washing machine, along with a couple of old towels (which will act as scrubbers on the curtains) with normal detergent.
  7. The door or window to the bathroom/shower room should be left open for at least an hour a day to prevent the build-up of humidity and development of mold.
  8. Dip a grout brush in bleach or specialist anti-mold cleaner and use this to clean discoloured grout. Grout should be re-sealed or replaced every six months.
  9. You can use an old toothbrush to clean tiles.
  10. A large crochet hook can be very useful for fishing out hairs from the shower plug hole, and it is a good idea to do this job regularly to prevent drain blockage.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Arlington, a maid service in Vienna or cleaning services in Falls Church and surrounds, cleaning services in Olney and Oakton and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you get hotel-clean showers throughout your house?