Monthly Archives: October 2015

How to Have a Halloween Party for Kids

halloweenThis year, Halloween falls on a Saturday – which is excellent news for anyone who loves Halloween parties as much as we do here at Budget Maids!

If you are planning a Halloween party for the children (and young-at-heart adults), here are a few ideas for a perfect Halloween party (and remember Budget Maids will be on hand to help out afterwards if you need house cleaning Arlington…)

The setting – if you switch off the main lights, and install lamps behind book shelves and on different levels you’ll easily be able to create a shadowy and spooky atmosphere. For a spooky soundtrack, you can download free Halloween music and sounds here.

For a Jack O’Lantern, you can find hundreds of templates to download here that will give you an outline for carving your perfect pumpkin face.

The costumes – why not offer a prize for the best home-made costume? Of course, the shops are full of ready-made Disney and Marvel characters, but the best costumes are hand-made with love, right?

The food – Halloween cookies of course! But if you want to create some scary-themed foods, there are some great ideas here at Taste of Home, and also Food Network.

The games – opt for the traditional Halloween games, such as ducking for apples. Do this one outside if you can. You’ll need a large, clean washing up bowl filled with water which you then float apples in. The object of the game is for children to kneel down and grab hold of apples with their mouths.

Another idea is to hang donuts from strings on a tree branch and again, children try to eat the donuts with their hands behind their back.

You can also do the Mummy Wrap game – divide your children into two teams, and give them plenty of white toilet paper. The object of the game is to wrap one team member completely in the tissue paper and the ‘mummy’ then has to race to the end of the garden or room to win.

Buy some cheap witches’ hats and attach them to a board. Buy some rings too and make the object of the game to get the rings to land on the hats. For younger children, you can allow them to stand nearer the board.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Arlington, a maid service in Oakton or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you clean up after your Halloween party?

 

Cleaning Nightmares – Cleaning Services in Columbia Can Help!

Yikes!

Yikes!

No doubt that cleaning can be a tough gig from time to time, but when we carry out house cleaning in Columbia or maid services in Potomac – it’s unlikely we’ll face the same kind of challenge unlucky Terry Wilkins faced recently.

The pet shop owner had been cleaning a reptile’s cage in his shop when the reptile in question – a 20ft python – attacked him, biting him, wrapping itself around his neck and starting to crush his neck. Luckily for Mr Wilkins, two nearby police officers were able to step in and save his life.

The attack got us thinking – what other unfortunate cleaning incidents have there been? We might think ourselves unlucky if we turn up at a house and find that the owners have had a raucous party (though of course, we’ll clear it up quickly and efficiently and your house will be as good as new), but attacks by killer snakes would be pretty unfortunate.

Here’s some other cleaning nightmares and how to deal with them easily:

Cleaning the cooker. Ideally, you do this after every roast dinner, right? No, you leave it till black, evil-smelling fumes flood out and then do it! Read our easy tips for making cleaning your cooker a breeze.

Emptying the vacuum bag. Urgh – what a job. But your vacuum cleaner works better if you empty is regularly, the motor won’t have to work as hard and your cleaner will last longer. To do it easily, turn the vacuum on and let it run for 30 seconds so any dirt and fluff gets pushed into the bag.

Take the cleaner outside if you can to empty the dust bag and empty thoroughly. If possible, rinse it in hot water or put in the washing machine and dry before re-installing.

Cleaning dead beasties from overhead light fixtures. Do you ever look up at your light fixtures and shudder? Mmm, the sight of all those dead bugs ain’t a nice one. Turn off the light and arm yourself with a stepladder and unscrew the bulbs and fixture so you can give it a proper clean.

Scouring the kitchen bin. No matter how waterproof your garbage bags are and how regularly you clean out the bin, some kind of liquid is always going to escape and sit at the bottom of the bin getting moldy and really smelly. Take the bin outside and hose it down if possible, using an old towel or kitchen paper to pat it dry. Pet mess cleaners sprayed inside and outside the bin can help neutralise nasty odors.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Reston, a maid service in Olney or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you with your cleaning nightmares?