Monthly Archives: March 2016

Spring Cleaning Tips – House Cleaning Oakton Experts

house cleaning OaktonWill you be spring cleaning this year – if so, Budget Maids is on hand to provide spring cleaning tips from house cleaning Oakton experts.

A spring clean is different from a usual clean. It tends to be more thorough and can often involve jobs that have not been done for a while. With changes in the temperature and amount of sunlight, the streaming sun can often expose neglect or the extent of dust and dirt in our homes.

Wash your door mats. They wil have built up a lot of dirt from winter – rain and mud etc, so shake them down, batter them against a wall and place in the washing machine if possible.

Carpets and rug cleaning. These fabrics will have absorbed a whole lot of dirt, body oil, germs, pet hairs and more over the last few months so consider a deep cleaning to get them ready for another year of wear with shampooing or steam cleaning. (The house cleaning Oakton experts at Budget Maids can help you with professional carpet cleaning.)

Test the fabric’s compatibility first by cleaning a small, unobtrusive area with the product or cleaning implement to ensure it won’t discolor the fabric. Open the windows once you have finished to speed up the drying process.

Dust before vacuuming or cleaning floors. Use feather or lambswool dusters, if at all possible and invest in some extendable ones that will reach above window and door casings and into the corners of rooms.

Get rid of some clutter at the same time. If you have old tee shirts or other clothing, rip them up to use as household rags. Natural fibers work best and you can use these dampened for any dusting jobs that require a bit of cleaning first.

Use mops with a squeeze mechanism as these are great for vinyl, linoleum or ceramic tile floors and a decent-size heavy-duty pail.

Wash your walls – over the winter enough dust and soot will have clung to these surfaces to merit a clean. A sponge, a bucket and some diluted soapy solution should do the job for most wall surfaces (again, test out a small area to check compatibility) and consider using a sponge mop to reach the higher surfaces. If you decide to do all of your walls, this method of cleaning is also a great work-out!

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Oakton, a maid service in Arlington, house cleaning in Olney or cleaning services in Potomac and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us, the house cleaning Oakton experts, help you put our spring cleaning tips into practice?

 

House Cleaning Arlington – Your Hospitality Check List

house cleaning ArlingtonBudget-Maids often helps people prepare for guests when we carry out house cleaning Arlington and other places. Are you planning hospitality for the Easter weekend? If so, you might find this hospitality check list useful when preparing your home for guests.

  • You don’t need to clean every single room, but you should clean those your guests will be using.
  • Ensure your bathrooms have plenty of soap and fresh, clean towels. It’s nice if you can provide a brand new bar of soap or bottle of liquid soap. Of course, toilets should be cleaned and flushed.
  • Change the bed linen in the rooms your guests will be using and leave a stack of clean towels out.
  • Fresh flowers in guest bedrooms are another nice touch.
  • Leave windows open for a few hours in bedrooms to air the room – and something we like to do when we are house cleaning Arlington and other places.
  • Ensure there is a waste bin in the guest bedroom – this is always useful.
  • Empty out all of your trash cans and bins.
  • Stock up your fridge and freezer. The easiest solution for guests is to do batch cooking so you have plenty of stews, casseroles, pies and cakes in the freezer or fridge ready to be used.
  • Stock up on alcohol and/or soft drinks. It is especially nice to be able to offer guests a variety of soft drinks – juices, cordials, sodas, smoothies and more.
  • Stock up on appetizers. If you are very keen, you can make your own canapes, but nuts or chips decanted into pretty bowls will provide welcome snacks before dinner.
  • Make sure your guests have parking spaces nearby.
  • Provide soft lighting – lamps and candles provide friendlier lighting than overhead lighting. Another nice touch is to set out tea lights on the path to your door for guests walking in.
  • Make sure your rooms are clutter-free – store everything that doesn’t have a natural ‘home’ in baskets and make a resolution to either find them a permanent place or throw them out when your guests have gone.

Here at Budget Maids we provide house cleaning 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 ensure that your home is perfectly prepped for any guests you have coming to stay this Easter?

 

 

 

Budget-Maids Spring Cleaning Tips – Part 1

spring cleaning tipsNow that it’s March, we want to take a look at spring cleaning. A change in the weather and the temperature means our homes can look a little in need of loving care. Budget-Maids spring cleaning tips offers you some quick and dirty (pun intended) ways to spruce your home!

Clean as you go. Fill your sink with hot soapy water just you start dinner. You can place your dirty dishes, pans and cutlery in this as you go so that they soak as you eat. It will make washing up much easier. If you use a sponge for the dishes, microwave it on high for 60 seconds afterwards to keep it hygienic.

Change to microfiber cloths. You can use them wet to clean floors, counters, glass and tiles – and they are washable and reusable. Invest in a few and save yourself a fortune in paper towels.

Keep your sink clean. Sinks and especially kitchen sinks can be pretty filthy – food remnants and frequent use contribute to a fast build-up of germs. Ensure you disinfect yours on a regular basis. Clean it with soap and water and then some white spirit vinegar diluted in water. If you have a stainless steel sink, you can use a little mineral oil on a soft cloth to buff your sink. This will also help prevent water build up and mold.

Clear out clutter. Do you have drawers full of clothes you don’t wear? If there are any items of clothing you haven’t worn in a year, donate them to charity shops or throw them out. This frees up space and makes sure you don’t have items cluttering up your surfaces.

Choose the right broom. For indoors, you need one with finer bristles which will pick up dust. For outside, stronger, stiffer bristles work best. You should sweep from the outside in and move the dust and dirt to the centre of the room so that it’s easier to pick up.

To dry floors quickly, use an old towel and place it underneath your feet. Move the towel around the floor surface and “walk” the floor. Remember to wash it well afterwards.

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 to put our Budget-Maids spring cleaning tips to good use?