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Keep your bathroom clean at all times

It’s so easy to keep your bathroom looking gleaming and new at all times if you follow these easy to implement tips from Budget Maids below:

  • Get rid of clutter. The more ‘stuff’ you have lying around your bathroom the more surfaces there are for dust and dirt to cling to. Only have out on display what you really need – put the rest of it inside a cosmetic/toilet bag or in the mirrored cupboard.
  • Make sure there’s always something to clean the bathroom with to hand. You probably already have a toilet brush. Keep facecloths in a basket for cleaning with as you go along (make sure they’re pretty so they look like part of the décor). You can use these to clean surfaces and mirrors as well as the shower every now and again (just squirt a little shower cleaner on them).

Why is it so important to keep your bathroom clean? Well, as you’ve probably guessed, there’s more chance of picking up some sort of infection from here than in any other room in your home (apart from the kitchen, perhaps). And it’s not just because the surfaces haven’t been wiped in a while either.

A study at Leeds General Infirmary in England for instance, discovered that C difficile bacteria was 12 times more likely to be in the air if the toilet was flushed without the lid being closed. Think of that landing on a nearby toothbrush.

 

And here’s another awful statistic for you – a study, this time at the University of Arizona, discovered that a toilet paper dispenser was likely to be have up to 150 times more bacteria on it that a toilet seat. The paper towel dispenser had 50 times as much.

Do you have any great time-saving bathroom cleaning tips you’d like to share with us?  We’re a cleaning service in VA and Maryland. This typically involves services such as house cleaning in Columbia, cleaning service in Vienna or a maid service in Potomac. Find out more about what we offer right here.

 

 

Perfect that patio of yours with our Budget Maids cleaning tips

At this time of year most of us are spending just about all our time outdoors so our patios are getting a lot of traffic. As a result it’s important to keep them clean and looking in great shape. At Budget Maids we’ll give you some tips here on exactly how to do that.

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·         Declutter

One way to make sure you actually want to go out there and enjoy your outdoor lounge is to make sure there are no bikes, broken plant pots and tools lying around so forbid the kids (and the husband) to leave anything lying around. If there is anything there right now just gather it up and hide it away out of sight in the shed.

·         Weeds

Get rid of weeds between paving by scraping them out with a kitchen knife or a specially designed patio weeder. You could always cut the weeds down with a strimmer but they’ll be sure to surface again pretty soon afterwards. Weed killer can be an effective route – providing there are no pets or wildlife around (and you don’t have a garden pond it can run downstream in to). 

·         Scrub

Hot soapy water is the best bet for cleaning slabs that aren’t too dirty. If there’s moss though a patio cleaner usually works wonders and you’ll only need to brush the dirt off (although this does involve a lot of back bending).  A water hose can get rid of dirt that’s been there a while and if the area is really bad then a pressure hose on a low setting should do the job (but look out for the paving as this can damage the surface. Keep away from grouted areas too as it could take it out).

For more cleaning tips on making the best of your home take a look at our website today. We provide house cleaning services in Potomac, house cleaning Reston and a maid service in Arlington – as well as other areas in VA and Maryland.

Make sure your July 4 party goes with a bang

Tomorrow is July 4 and most of us – including the team here at Budget Maids – will be celebrating American Independence Day party style. But of course, before we do that, it usually means a big clean – both outdoors and in.

We’ve a few tips for you right here to ensure you make the best use of your time prior to your July 4 party. After all, who wants to spend all their pre-party time cleaning, right?

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·         Only clean the rooms you know people will go into

That usually means the bedroom where you plan to leave your guests’ jackets, the kitchen area, toilet and the porch. It might be an idea to clean the sitting room too though – just in case it rains and the party has to move indoors.

·         Get the other family members to help

Why should you end up having to do all the cleaning on your own? If everyone in your household mucks in it means the house and garden will be finished much quicker and you’ll be able to spend more time planning the food and going to the store to buy it.

·         Clean the grill

We’re guessing that if you’re like us you’ll be hosting a barbecue. It’s often easy to overlook cleaning the grill as you’re so busy organizing everything else. Depending on what type of grill you have this mostly just involves scraping down the grill tray and soaking it with lots of hot soapy water. Remember to do it though otherwise your food will have a greasy taste from last time round.

Of course there’s another way to get all the household cleaning done prior to your July 4 event. At Budget Maids we regularly get called for one-off event clean-ups – both pre and post event. If that’s the kind of service you believe you’d benefit from then please give us a call or see our website here.

We undertake house cleaning in Columbia, provide a cleaning service in Olney and a maid’s service in Vienna – as well as other areas of Virginia and Maryland.

Clean up everyday germs and ‘nasties’

Whether you get in one of our Budget Maids cleaners or house maids every week or every fortnight there are still areas of your home that are going to need vigilance – simply because they tend to be areas where germs can congregate.

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The type of areas we’re talking about are more often in the kitchen than other areas of your home and as such are used more often, usually for preparing food. These ‘germ hotspots’ include:

·         Chopping boards

Germs which can remain from raw meat and the soil in which fresh vegetables are grown means it’s crucial to keep these scrupulously clean on a regular basis. Always disinfect between using. Plastic boards are easier to clean than wooden versions but the latter are fine provided you do give them a good clean with soap and water every time they come into contact with the above foods. If your chopping board has quite a few cuts and scratches in it then discard and purchase a new ones as these can be havens for bacteria to flourish.

·         Dishcloths

Bacteria love warm, moist places and that’s exactly what dishcloths tend to be unless you apply antibacterial liquid after every use or even soak them in a mixture of hot water and bleach. A hot dishwasher can also work wonders. 

·         Laundry

Because of the low temperatures we’re advised to wash clothes at these days (30 degrees) we don’t always get rid of the bacteria in our clothes. A good airing helps though as does a thorough drying. It’s an idea to wash them at a hotter temperature every now and again just to be on the safe side. 

·         Door handles

We’re thinking of the bathroom in particular here – and not just the handles but the taps too. Wipe both items with an antibacterial substance on a regular basis to get rid of germs.

·         Remote control devices

Everyone in the home is going to reach for these every now and again so always wipe the TV and stereo remote at least once a week to prevent any nasty germ build-ups.

For more tips on germ removal or to book a cleaning audit at your home contact our team at Budget Maids. We’ll always be happy to assist. Our service includes house cleaning in Reston, a Maid Service in Olney and a Cleaning Service in Potomac or elsewhere in VA.

Cleaning up America’s worst odors

As a professional cleaning company, here at Budget Maids, we’re used to dealing with unpleasant odors so we were intrigued this week to read the results of a British survey listing the 10 worst smells – household and otherwise.

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Number one on the list was, understandably, baby poo. Second place went to sewers. Wet dog came in at number four and rotten food at number seven (we’ll publish the whole list at the end of this blog post).The poll, sponsored by a refuse management firm, interviewed 1000 Brits.

So, we wondered, how does it compare with America’s worst smells? The largest survey we could find for the states was nationwide and conducted a couple of years ago. Number one on that particular list? Garbage can odor. Next was pet odor then mold, body sweat and tobacco odor.

Here’s the British list (in order):

  1. Baby Poo
  2. Sewers on a hot day
  3. Bad breath
  4. Wet Dog
  5. Fart
  6. Human Sweat
  7. Rotten food
  8. Smoking
  9. Smelly feet
  10. The “juice” at the bottom of your bin

The good news is, of course, that wiping and vacuuming can take away a number of those odors. The latter will pick up the likes of pet hair, mold spores and dust easily – since many of them happily lurk in our carpets.

But baring in mind the fact that the human nose is actually capable of picking up something like 10,000 scents, it’s a good idea to invoke other remedies too. These include

·         Sprinkling baking soda in garbage cans and litter boxes

·         Spraying the room with a mix of two teaspoons baking soda and two cups water (mix it together in a trigger top bottle)

·         Putting lemon and orange rinds in the garbage disposer every now and again

What’s your remedies and cleaning tips for eliminating nasty odors in your home? If you need help to get rid of nasty odors then don’t hesitate to contact us here at Budget Maids where we provide services such as House Cleaning in Potomac, a Maid Service in Arlington and a Cleaning Service in Reston as well as other areas of VA.

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Budget Maids Best Ways to Tackle Tough Cleaning Tasks

When it comes to cleaning, it’s always one of the most dreaded cleaning tasks in most households, we’ve found at Budget Maids here in VA. Yes, scrubbing out the oven usually gets left ‘til last, either that or allotted a whole half day on its own. That’s because this is hard work – especially if you adopt the natural ingredients method ie covering it overnight with a paste of bicarbonate of soda then scrubbing hard with a scratchy pad next day.

The alternative is to use lots of chemicals, remembering to put on a face mask and rubber gloves. Remove the oven shelves and spray them with your chosen formula (ammonia and water usually). Put in a place where no-one is likely to go near them, then spray the inside of the oven. Wait a few hours before rinsing with plenty of water then wash both the shelves and the inside of the oven with warm soapy water.

One of the other least liked kitchen cleaning task is sponging down the fridge. This is best carried out weekly where the shelves and plastic compartments are given a wash in warm soapy water. You can wash the inside of the fridge with a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and warm water. An old toothbrush is great for cleaning up the rubber seal on the door.

If there’s any stubborn stains they can usually be cleaned by rubbing toothpaste on the mark and leaving it for some time before washing off. Meanwhile, it may seem strange, but twice a year it’s worth pulling the fridge out from the wall and running a vacuum over the cooling elements. Believe it or not this will actually make them run more efficiently.

Do you have any cleaning tips for nasty household chores that you’d like to share with us here at Budget Maids? We’re a company that provides services such as house cleaning in Columbia, maid service in Vienna and a cleaning service Arlington

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House cleaning isn’t just about tidiness. Keep your home smelling good too

Part of having a clean house is having it smelling nice. Food smells, pet stains, mould and poor air circulation can all leave unpleasant odors in that sanctuary you call home. So how can you make sure it smells nice at all times?

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Well, there are a few tips we recommend here at Budget Maids. These include:

  • Sprinkling a little of your favorite essential oil onto a light bulb or two (when they’re cool!). Once the light bulb is switched on the heat will allow the scent to flow around your room.
  • Steam cleaning your carpets to get rid of the smell of pet hairs. You could also try sprinkling a little baby powder on the carpets then vacuuming.
  • Neutralizers in the kitchen can take away most food odors and squirting a little fresh lemon juice or slices down the plug hole or garbage disposal can keep the sink smelling nice. Another good tip for the kitchen is to simmer a pot of water, cinnamon and cloves on the cooker.
  •   If poor air circulation is the problem then it’s possible to put scented inserts into your air vents. These will flow through the whole house giving a nicer scent to the air. Alternatively you could always dab cotton wool balls with vanilla and lay them inside the vents.
  •   Like the smell of coffee? Then place a bowl of coffee beans in a room. These will not only fill the room with a lovely coffee scent, they’ll also help neutralize smells by absorbing them.
  •  Use free perfume samples in magazines. Open, dab with water, and place on a windowsill for a couple of days.

Just one thing we’d warn about odors in your home – it’s actually difficult, after a period of time, to identify them because you become so accustomed to them. It’s often only when you have a visitor to your home that you can identify what’s wrong. So maybe ask a good friend what they think?

For more cleaning and household tips see Budget Maids who provide House Cleaning in Olney, a Cleaning Service in Rockville, Maid Service in Falls Church and other areas throughout VA.

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Budget Maids proves a lifeline for new moms

New moms could be forgiven for letting the tidiness quota of their home fall away as they get the little one acquainted with their new surroundings.  But after a while that untidiness can become a little overwhelming and even a touch depressing.

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And that’s just where a house cleaning service such as Budget Maids can help give new mom’s a lift. We don’t just undertake intensive cleaning programs or insist on scrubbing your home from top-to-bottom for an annual spring and seasonal clean. Not at all.

We’re also happy to come and do a little tidying up and decluttering. Just give us a shout (or a call) and we’ll come and give some advice on how you could acquire a bit more space in your home or make your cleaning routine a lot less stressful.

Tips to help new moms fight the cleaning battle

·         Learn to delegate the housework. Yes, even if your other half is out working all day. What does he think you’re doing – sitting around watching TV?! For instance, if you make the meal at night, get him to clear up afterwards.

·         Concentrate on one room at a time. For instance, Tuesday could be the kitchen, Wednesday the bathroom, Thursday for the hallway (which is also the day you go grocery shopping) etc to make you feel more organised and on top of things. It’s also dividing the house cleaning into more manageable chunks.

·         Do three chores at the end of every day. This could be recycling the newspapers and magazines, tidying up your desk and putting away the ironing. Tidying and cleaning as you go along becomes a habit and means there’s not  a huge overwhelming amount to tackle all at once when you finally crack at all the mess.

·         Hire a house cleaning service. Here at Budget Maids we offer different types of services and we can certainly come in and give you some breathing space – even if it’s just for baby’s first years.

If you live in VA and are interested in our services – whether it’s a Maid Service in Olney, House Cleaning in Olney or a Cleaning Service Falls Church, then pop on over to Budget Maids today.

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Keep on top of clutter with our house cleaning services

Just because you work from home, it doesn’t mean you’re going to use the time you would have spent on commuting into an office on cleaning the house.

No, you probably want to spend those two hours every day with the kids, walking or just relaxing and reading a book. And that’s why a Maids Service in Rockville or house cleaning in Reston could be just what you’re looking for.

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Your maid won’t just clean your home from top to bottom, she’ll also organize and clear out the clutter if that’s what you need too. Clutter can be quite a hazard for those of us who work from home – due to the fact we’re there to mess it up every day. But we can try and keep on top of it by heeding the following advice:

Ways to take care of clutter

  • Setting up clutter zones. Let’s face-it our homes will never be clutter-free but they can be clutter-organized ie designate particular areas where clutter is allowed to live (ie in a closet, a drawer in the kitchen,  the chair in the corner of your bedroom for clothes etc).
  • Rent stuff instead of buying. Hire a garden hedge trimmer twice a year instead of buying one and having to find somewhere to store it. Do the same with books, CDs and movies – get them from the library then return them when done.
  • Adopt tidy habits. For instance when you get home put your key in the same spot and your coat in the hall closet straight away rather than throw them both onto the nearest chair. Your day bag should always go in the same spot too. That way you’ll always know where these things are – which, come to think of it, is extremely handy should you need to rush out the door in future.

How about you? What cunning ways do you deploy to ensure clutter never builds up? We’d love to hear from you. Meanwhile if you need a Maid Service in Olney, cleaning service Rockville or a house cleaning in Oakton then you can always contact us for a free estimate at budget-maids

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Can your kids cope with cleaning up?

Having a Maid Service in VA means you don’t have to worry about weekly cleaning routines. At Budget Maids we’ll take care of that side of things. But of course, in between our visits there’ll be some regular tidying up to do.

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And that’s why parents should take a look at this study from the University of Minnesota which showed that getting your kids involved in cleaning and tidying from a young age can actually improve their life chances. The study is a decade old but we’ve no reason to believe things are any different nowadays.

Cleaning from a young age encourages good character traits

What the researchers found was that getting kids to put away their toys and take out the trash from as young as four, taught them responsibility, empathy and self-reliance – all of which are necessary adult skills.

So how should you introduce your little darlings to some full-on cleaning action? Well, follow these tips and you won’t go too far wrong:

·         Relax. Let them do it their way, provided they get there in the end. And if it’s not 100 per cent perfect well, does it really matter? The point is they’ve attempted and completed their task.

·         Praise. Even mid-task. Everyone likes to be appreciated and rewarded.

·         Start today. Adults learn better by doing (we certainly do here at Budget Maids so let them just jump in and get started).

·         Chart it. Make a chart outlining their chores for the week which they can tick off once completed. That’ll give them a sense of satisfaction.

·         Be specific. Kids need to be told what tidying a particular room means ie dirty clothes in wash basket, books lined up etc.

Parenting experts also advise not giving kids pocket money for doing chores – mainly because younger ones won’t be motivated by this and also because it takes away from the fact that cleaning up is just part and parcel of family life.

What sort of your chores do you get your little ones doing? And how did you manage it?

Meanwhile, for regular expert house cleaning in Potomac, a maid service Vienna or a cleaning service in Columbia then don’t hesitate to get in touch here at Budget Maids.

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