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House Cleaning Potomac: Thanksgiving Time-Saving Tips

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Thanksgiving is almost upon us. How will you be celebrating?

Hopefully, you’ll be able to enjoy this special time of year surrounded by friends and family.

And we hope too that you have plenty of time for Thanksgiving; time to spend with the ones you love and a break from work.

Everyone has their family favorites when it comes to the Thanksgiving meal. Maybe you’re the family who loves sweet potatoes and marshmallows. Perhaps Grandma’s pumpkin pie recipe is used every year.

Here, the house cleaning Potomac experts have put their heads together and come up with some time-saving tips for the Thanksgiving meal.

Make a list

Plan your meal. Why to make it a family occasion of it and ask everyone to suggest their choices? Even better, get them to promise to make that dish! Make a shopping list too and give yourself a budget. Don’t add stress by deciding on expensive foods when cheap ones can make great dishes.

Stock up on non-perishables

Buy your beers, wines, store cupboard goods and frozen fruit, vegetables and snack goods well in advance.

Make ahead and re-heat

So many dishes can be made ahead and re-heated or frozen. You can freeze gravy, for example, and if you’re planning butternut squash soup that freezes beautifully too. Pumpkin pie filling will freeze, so does stuffing and cranberry sauce will last a week or so in the fridge.

Assign jobs – or courses

You are not Martha Stewart or the Barefoot Contessa. There’s no need to make everything yourself. If a member of your family expressed a preference for green bean casserole, tell them to make it and bring it along. Ask people to clear up. Put someone in charge of the drinks and get two people washing and drying dishes.

House Cleaning Potomac – bring in cleaning experts

Want your house to look spic and span for your guests? Why not try our expert house cleaning Potomac team? We’ll ensure your home is clean and tidy, leaving you with plenty of time to kick back and relax with your family.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here at Budget Maids we provide house cleaning Potomac, 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 house is in tip-top shape for the holiday season?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning Service Reston: Allergy Advice

cleaning service RestonDo you find yourself sniffing and sneezing, but you know don’t have a cold?

An allergy to dust mites might be the reason. The allergy produces the same kind of symptoms as hay fever. Symptoms might include:

  • Red, itchy and watery eyes
  • A runny nose
  • Feeling “stuffy”
  • Sneezing

Some 20 million Americans are thought to be allergic to dust mites. What are they? Dust mites are tiny creatures, about a quarter of a millimetre long. They feed on flakes of shed human skin and they live in bedding, carpets, sot furnishings and clothing. They thrive in humid conditions.

People who suffer from the allergy are reacting not to the mite itself, but the protein in its droppings. Mites can produce 20 droppings a day.

Cleaning Service Reston – Tips for a Mite-Free House

You can’t get rid of dust mites completely, but there are measures you can take to minimize their effects.

  • Use allergen covers on mattresses, duvets and pillows. Dust mites love bedding – there’s plenty of human skin cells there.
  • Wash bedding at a high temperature and change the linen frequently (at least once a week)
  • If possible, remove carpets from bedrooms.
  • Vacuum carpets frequently – and arrange for regular carpet cleaning, which will help keep the numbers down. Budget Maids provides a carpet cleaning service in Reston.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. The filter removes airborne particles and can help with dust mite allergies. Use the vacuum cleaner on soft furnishings too.
  • For children, stuffed, soft toys should be washed regularly. If the toy can’t be washed, place it in a bag in the freezer for 12 hours.
  • Damp wipe surfaces once a week – window sills tops of cupboards, skirting boards etc.
  • Check out products aimed at killing dust mites. Some of these might not be suitable for people who suffer from respiratory problems and they should not be used in areas where children play.
  • Allergen barrier creams can help too. These are applied to the nostrils and they trap or block pollens and allergens, minimizing the chance of a reaction.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning service 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 minimize the impact of dust mites on your home?