Monthly Archives: May 2016

House Cleaning Rockville – Travelling Light

This isn't the way to travel light.

This isn’t the way to travel light.

Many of our house cleaning Rockville clients are frequent fliers. If your job takes you out of state and out of country on a regular basis, read on for our top tips for flying light.

Make a list – this will help you pack exactly what you need and no extras. When space counts, you don’t want too many pairs of socks.

Wear bulky items and layers – if you are traveling somewhere cold, make sure you wear your thick sweaters and coats so they don’t take up bulk in your luggage. Even if you are going somewhere warm, it’s worth considering layering your clothing so you are wearing cardigans and wraps intended for the evenings, say.

Consider hand washing. House cleaning Rockville experts are big fans of portable hand washing! You can pack sample sizes of detergent and use this to clean underwear and socks so you do not need to pack as many items.

Mix and match. Take items that will match with each other and can be used for a variety of situations – casual, more formal and more. Black and neutral colour schemes are the most versatile.

Shoes are very bulky so choose wisely. Wear your heaviest shoes on the flight. A pair of sneakers and a pair of smarter shoes are probably the best idea. If you are going somewhere warm, you might be able to buy a pair of cheap flip-flops while you are there.

Roll, rather than fold. Rolled up items take up less room. For formal clothing, you can pack it in suit carriers and fold it. Remember to stuff underwear into your shoes too as this is another space-saving technique.

Use dual-purpose toiletries. Do you need shampoo AND conditioner? Can you find a good, all-purpose moisturizer than can be used on body and face? Can your shower gel double up as a shampoo? Travel size toothpastes, lotions and gels are also useful. And you can always buy cheaper toiletries while you are there.

Don’t pack anything you don’t normally use. There’s a rule with travelling – take double the money you think you need and half the clothes.

Once you get into travelling light, you’ll never look back. It’s a great skill to have!

Here at Budget Maids we provide house cleaning Rockville, a maid service in Potomac or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds (ie VA and most of Maryland). Why not give us a call today and let us help you get ready for your vacation?


House Cleaning Oakton – Bed Bugs!

bedbugsBed bugs – a fact of life, but not a very nice one to think about. Here’s our house cleaning Oakton expert advice on dealing with them.

What are bed bugs?

They are small, blood-sucking insects that live in the cracks and crevices in your bed. They are attracted to body heat and carbon monoxide, and will come out at night to bite exposed skin and feed on your blood.

What happens next depends on how your body reacts to the bites. Not everyone reacts to them, but some people will develop itchy, red bumps as a result. They look like mosquito bites, but mosquito bites often appear in random places, whereas bites from bed bugs tend to appear in straight lines.

On your bedding, you might also notice tiny, black dots (their droppings) or tiny, brown blood stains.

House Cleaning Oakton Advice

Having bed bugs doesn’t mean that you live in a very dirty household. When people travel a lot, they can bring bed bugs back – stuck to clothing and suitcases. They love carpets so if you have a lot of carpets in your home, bed bugs are a risk.

Here’s some ideas for what you can do:

  • Vacuum your carpets regularly – and consider carpet cleaning options. When you vacuum the carpets, make sure you dispose of the vacuum bag or contents every time.
  • Invest in hypo-allergenic bedding and bed linen. Also invest in a bed bug proof mattress cover, which will trap the insects inside and cause them to starve to death. You will need to keep this in place for up to 400 days.
  • Wash your bed linen at a temperature of at least 140 degrees F, or place your bed linen in a dryer on a hot setting for 30 minutes to kill off bugs.
  • Check the woodwork next to your bed and any upholstered furniture as bed bugs can be present there.
  • Use an insecticide spray especially designed for bed bugs. Always read the label and do not spray directly on clothing, bed linen or the mattress.
  • You might need to replace the mattress if it appears to be heavily infested.
  • Metal bed frames and headboards are a better idea than fabric ones.
  • Make a tea-tree oil spray (18oz of water mixed with 18 drops of tea-tree oil) and spray this on furniture, your carpets and your bedding. Check compatibility with furniture first.
  • Consider professional pest control firms if you think you have an infestation problem.

Here at Budget Maids we provide house cleaning Oakton, a maid service in Arlington or carpet cleaning services in Potomac and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure bed bugs don’t cause you any problems?