Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Top 10 Rules of Spring Cleaning

house cleaning OaktonThe House Cleaning Oakton experts love spring cleaning! It’s a chance to make a real difference to homes. A tidy home is a welcoming one. There is also plenty of research to show that de-cluttering makes us feel better too. Mess drags you down.

If you’re planning your own spring clean, here are some rules to follow:

Assemble your supplies and equipment. You might have run out of furniture polish, or you could need a duster specifically for blinds. If you have everything to hand at the start, your enthusiasm won’t be dampened by having to go out and buy something.

Get the big jobs finished first. Clean the oven and fridge. These are jobs most people don’t like so once they are out of the way, the rest of the housework is a breeze.

Declutter next. That messy spare room that you’ve meant to sort for ages? Get it done now. De-cluttering is often easier if you start small. Allocate ten minutes at a time and don’t do anymore after that.

Clean those windows. You want the sun to stream in, after all. Vinegar solutions make great, natural cleansing agents for windows.

Enlist help. Why not make it a chance to catch up with neighbors? A spring clean, followed by lunch to say thanks?

Invest in new soft furnishings. Why not reward yourself with new bed linen, cushions or throws? It’s an effortless way to change the look of a room.

Clean the carpet. In the winter months, we spend longer inside, and we tramp all kinds of dirt into carpets and rugs. House cleaning Oakton at Budget-Maids offers professional carpet cleaning services.

Choose green cleaning products. You have plenty to choose from these days. They are good for the environment and good for your home.

Think of spring cleaning as exercise. If you put plenty of effort into it – stretching up to clean windows, mopping floors vigorously and going up and down stairs often as you tidy things away – you’ll get a great work-out. Who needs the gym?

Sort out repairs. Leaky faucets, creaky hinges, holes in the plaster – take this opportunity to fix them.

Here at Budget-Maids, we provide cleaning services in Arlington, house cleaning Oakton or maid services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you to spring clean your home?

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Maid Service Olney: The Servants of Old

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Acland servants in 1897.

As Maid Service Olney’s focus turns to spring cleaning, spare a thought for the maids of old.

Downton Abbey fans got a glimpse of below-stairs life, but what was it really like to clean a stately home in the days before vacuum cleaners, washing machines and modern-day cleaning chemicals?

The Complete Servant, by Samuel and Sarah Adams, was first published in 1825. It’s a fascinating source of social history, and a guide to what is was like to work in a large or modest house in late Georgian times.

Samuel and Sarah Adams were in service for 50 years, ending up as butler and housekeeper respectively. For many years, this book was the bible for how a house should be run.

Maid Service Olney: A Housemaid’s Work is Never Done

The housemaid’s day was a long one. She began by opening the shutters in the family’s living rooms, raking out and re-laying fires, and cleaning up any mess. Then, she would move on to the bedrooms. She would empty out slops from the chamber pots, light the fires and clean and dust the rooms, being careful not to wake the master or mistress.

After breakfast, there were more fires to be laid, beds to make, rooms to clean, food to serve, tables to be waited and cleared. Servants had to be discreet too. They had to carry out their work in a quiet, unnoticeable way.

Jobs included polishing furniture and the silver, beating carpets and rugs and endless dusting, thanks to all the fireplaces in large houses. The master and mistress would need their clothes washed and ironed, their shoes polished and their hair seen to. Most well-off women had a lady’s maid, whose main function was to attend to her mistress’s appearance.

Servants usually had to wait until their master or mistress went to bed too. It would be their job to help them undress, and ensure the bed was warm.

The highest placed servant was the butler, then the housekeeper – usually known by the title of Mrs, whether she was married or not.

In the 19th Century, stately homes had huge numbers of staff. At Welbeck Abbey, the home of the Duke of Portland, for example, there were more than 60 servants in the house, and a further 200 people working in the stables, gardens and farm.

It’s hard to imagine now – the modern-day equivalent would be a hotel – but remember your vacuum cleaner, your dishwasher and all, and be thankful!

Here at Budget-Maids, we offer a maid service Olney, a cleaning service in Potomac or house cleaning in Columbia and surrounds (i.e., VA and most of Maryland). Why not give us a call today and let us help you make your home stately house clean?