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Create a Calming And Clean Bedroom

Do you dream of a bedroom that is neat and tidy and wonderfully calming to enter? If your bedroom is the opposite scenario then worry not.  We’ll give you a quick run down here on how to get it ship shape again:

Stock up on cleaning fluids

Bedroom cleaning requires no hard-to-get supplies, but your tools and clothes, brushes etc need to be ready for action when it’s time to embark on that carefully drawn-up cleaning schedule. And it means there is no excuse for postponing the cleaning! What you’ll need at the ready is a good general cleaning agent clean and soft rags for cleaning and a vacuum to help cope with various surfaces.

Small task, big reward

Never leave your bed unmade. This is the simplest way to achieve a ‘calming’ bedroom environment. Just quickly tug the linen here and there, pull out a fresh pillow case and smooth the bed cover down. Around once a week clean the sheets and air the blankets.

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Tackling the rest of the debris

Do you have clothes from yesterday lying around? Or maybe even last night’s bedtime hot chocolate mug? Grab these and any other items that can be stored away without losing too much time before leaving for work. At night get rid of the daily debris in your bedroom such as clothes, shoes and tights etc. Leave the rest for the weekend.

Weekend clean-up

Flooring takes a lot of abuse. Make your bedroom flooring your cleaning priority over the weekend or when time allows. Carpets look all new with a good vacuuming effort and wooden or tile floors are even easier to clean. For extra dust cleaning, vacuum any loose carpets and the window sill. And once you’ve cleaned the flooring, do away with items that are leaving your floor cluttered and unwelcoming (last week’s papers or old magazines etc). No trash is allowed either.

Even a teenager can keep to the above easy bedroom cleaning tips, but if you have ideals of spending your time relaxing elsewhere rather than cleaning the bedroom, why not call on us here at Budget Maids? We offer specialised and professional household cleaning in Falls Church, cleaning services in Rockville and maid services throughout Maryland and VA. We’ll deal with your dirty rooms in no time at all.

 

Wiping Down Those Walls

Walls are a key feature in any home. Whether you prefer clean lines, wallpaper or even plenty of artwork – those self-same walls still need to be cleaned every now and again. Stains of all sorts are common although those produced by grease or oil tend to be the biggest nuisance and most stubborn.

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Big dust problem

Do you suffer from a big dust problem in your home? If so, then you’re certainly not alone. Wiping down the walls with a wet cloth or even vacuuming using a soft brush attachment is the best way to tackle dust. Wiping with a duster is the worst thing you could do since all that does is shit the dust and it’ll stay up there on the walls for longer.

Basic clean first

Before you even think about tackling the stains on the wall, get rid of the cobwebs and adjacent ceiling or floor dust first. Next, clean stains with warm water and a good general cleaning agent. If that doesn’t work go onto harsher cleaning fluids.

Targeting the tough stains

It’s not uncommon to find stains that are so tough, even a fresh layer of paint on top doesn’t help. What we’re talking about here is oil-borne stains. And  really, the only way to get rid of these, is to use a cleaning agent containing TSP cleaner.

This is an effective degreaser and a component in typical stain removal agents. In powder form TSP is easily applied to walls – although it does take a bit of scrubbing with a scourer. It’s important too to wear gloves to protect your skin.

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With young children you can always count on pen or crayon marks. Don’t despair though, an alcohol solution should do the trick here.

Clean walls will leave your home looking fresh and well cared for. If this is what you dream of but don’t have the time to make it a reality then don’t despair – simply pick up the phone and give the team here at Budget Maids a call. We provide home cleaning in Falls Church, maid services in Columbia and house cleaning in Olney as well as other parts of VA and Maryland.

In Praise of the Potato

It could be the current lack of finances or just the thought of driving through rush-hour traffic to get to the supermarket, but whatever makes you seek out household cleaning alternatives, it can’t be a bad thing financially. Take raw potatoes for instance….

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No more rust

Unfortunately rust can be fairly common in old buildings and in our kitchens as a whole. It could be via your stove or a cast iron pan – whatever, it’s not something you want in sight. Enter therefore the raw potato. Cut it in half, dip the raw edge in either soap or baking soda then use the potato as a scourer and scrub away to your heart’s content. The effectiveness of this solution is all down to the potato’s oxalic acid content.

Sparkling silverware

No time to go and buy silverware buffing products? Then turn to those raw potatoes again. The vegetable is as good as any expensive silverware cleaning product. Cut a potato in exactly the size or shape needed to get to small crevices or twirls in your precious silverware to make it even more effective.

Magic stain removal

Stains in the kitchen or living room are common in virtually every household – but all can be overcome with the help of the simple potato. Simply place a raw potato over the stain and allow the potato slice to absorb the grease or fatty stain.

Potatoes are entirely safe and non-toxic to use as household cleaners. Not only that but there’s also far less expensive than forking out for a bottle of trendy chemicals.

If you live in the Maryland or VA area and simply don’t have the time or inclination to get down to some household cleaning then do call on us here at Budget Maids for professional cleaning help. We offer house cleaning in Potomac, cleaning services in Arlington and maid services in Columbia and other towns in the area. Why not call ur team today and make an appointment to have your home sparkling clean some day soon.

 

 

 

Safely Disposing of Household Cleaners

Household cleaners are so effective these days – but at what cost? Disposing of harsh chemicals is causing our rivers and soil to become polluted in many instances. Because of this – and for your own peace of mind – it’s good to know which chemicals you can throw away with gusto and the others that you want to treat with extra special care to prevent harming the environment. Do read on…

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Meanwhile, all cleaning products have an expiry date. The reason for this is that the chemicals contained in them tend to lose potency over time.

Water-soluble products

Water-soluble products are very easy to dispose of and can even be flushed down your garden drain. Gels and powder cleaners also come under this category and can be dealt with likewise. So to can bleaches and detergents.

Take to the trash

The type of cleaning products that shouldn’t be put down the drain are those which are solid to begin with eg in disc, pad or crystal form. The reason these should be disposed of in the trash rather than poured down the drain is because the longer they take to dissolve, the higher the risk of the chemicals they contain doing damage.

When to ask for advice

All cleaners – particularly those for use on ovens or drains – will usually contain instructions on the best way to dispose of them. If you are at all unsure about how to dispose of the cleaners then it is usually possible to call the cleaning company (the manufacturer’s for which will probably have a toll-free number on the bottle).

If you find that your cleaning products are getting out of date or have already expired then perhaps it’s time for you to call on our services here at Budget Maids. Our team of professionals offer household cleaning in Columbia, home cleaning services in Vienna and maid services in Falls Church and other areas of VA and Maryland. So don’t delay – give us a call today!

Re-purposing Everyday Household Items

Have you ever re-purposed a household item after running out of conventional cleaning equipment or fluids? If your clever switch gave you a sense of satisfaction – as well as a cleaner home – then read on for we’re sure you’re going to be very interested in the following:

No steel-wool? Use foil

A small amount of aluminium foil rolled into a ball can work just as well as steel wool when it comes to scrubbing dishes and glasses. And if recycling is important to you and your family, you can even consider scrunching up used foil (provided it’s not too greasy). Apply dishwashing soap to the foil ball and scrub as you usually would.

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Old toothbrush? New scrubber!

Old toothbrushes are the handiest of items for getting in to hard-to-reach corners (such as crevices behind bathroom taps) or scrubbing down grout between tiles. Just pour some general purpose cleaning agent into a bucket of hot water and you’re good to go.

Old pillowcases or towels for dust cloths

You’ve used them for years, and want to chuck them out. But think twice. Worn pillowcases or towels make great cloths for dusting, wiping or drying surfaces. The fact they’re not new makes them even better for dust absorption.

Multi purposes for the dishwasher

Dishwashers are a saving grace in most households. And you can use yours for a whole lot more than just washing crockery. Vases, many ornaments and even plastic water bottles or refrigerator and fridge drawers or shelves can all be given a spruce up in the dishwasher.

We live at a time where re-using, recycling and re-purposing aren’t just trends, but expected of us. And here at Budget-Maids we try to be as eco-friendly as possible. If you’re finding that your home or office cleaning jobs are becoming too much to handle then no do give us a call here at Budget Maids. Our friendly and reasonably-priced service includes house cleaning in Columbia, cleaning services in Olney and maid services Vienna as well as other areas in VA and Maryland.

Cleaning: remember your home’s exterior

We all appreciate the joys of coming home to a clean home – and that means your home’s exterior as well as its interior. Here’s some basics you can carry out on a warm day when you’ve not much else to do:

Managing mould

There’s nothing that can make your home look more rundown than a mould-covered roof. But it’s not that difficult to get rid of, really. You can get rid of it with a power washer (get a handyman if you can’t face going up on the roof yourself). Thankfully you’re only looking at needing to do this every three to five years.

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Getting the gutters clean

Gutters require more regular attention than roofs – especially after autumn or a rainy season. That’s because they get clogged with leaves, debris and other organic matter. It causes the dirty rainwater inside them to fall onto your walls, windows and paving. Again, if height is a problem when it comes to cleaning them then get in professional help. It’s definitely worth paying for clean gutters.

Fight the infestations

Certain building surfaces lend themselves more to attracting insects and spiders than others. But most homes will show signs of resident insects and spiders – especially those with a garden.

This needn’t prevent your home’s exterior looking smart though. The way to get rid of insects is to wash your wall down with a hosepipe every now and then. At the same time keep an eye out for more serious infestations. If you do find an infestation then contact a pest control service company right away. A good place to inspect for signs of infestation is foundation walls – a termite’s ideal spot.

If you want to take a month or even a season to intensively clean and rejuvenate your home’s exterior, why not call Budget Maids to look after the interior during this time? We offer house cleaning in Reston, maid services in Rockville and cleaning services in Arlington as well as other areas in VA and Maryland.

Why a cleaning obsession is bad news

No doubt you will have heard about those parents who do everything in their power to keep their beloved offspring from coming into contact with potential contaminants or germs ie the mums and dads with the cleaning obsession. Using disinfectant soaps, they scrub, wipe and dust every surface, dish and household object in their home so that it’s sparkling. Unfortunately in doing so they – ironically enough – actually risk their family contracting more germs. Are here are the reasons why:

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Are germs really our enemy?
Sales of disinfectants, germ-killing products, and anti-bacterial soaps are reaching new heights according to consumer sites. A lot of people, it seems, are keen to live in squeaky clean homes. But are germs really our enemies? Science has shown that we actually need a fair degree of exposure to the likes of bacteria in order to allow us to build up a resistance. A healthy immune system means our family will stay healthier for longer, with less chance of developing allergies or other nasties.

Using disinfectants and anti-bacterial soaps
Cleaning with strong disinfectants is all about balance. For instance, rather than cleaning your countertops and floors with disinfectants and anti-bacterial cleaning agents on a weekly basis, switch to a much healthier once-a-month use of strong cleaning agents. For everyday use stick to general purpose cleaners or natural cleaning aids such as citrus (lemons or limes), bicarbonate of soda, vinegar etc.

Too much cleaning?
A sticky floor and dirty workspace left for a day or two won’t do any harm whereas over-cleaning will (as we mentioned above). Keep to a regular schedule which doesn’t go over the top.

If you don’t have time (or, let’s face it, the inclination) to clean, then do get in touch with the team here at Budget Maids. We can offer you expert cleaning services to make sure your home and family remains healthy. Our services include house cleaning in Reston, maid services in Falls Church and cleaning services in Rockville and surrounds in VA and Maryland. Do get in touch to see what we an offer in your area.

Household cleaning: it’s not a hardship

Do you hate household cleaning?  If so you’re not the only one if some recent research is anything to go by. The study showed that two-thirds of those who took part in the study admitted they’d do just about anything to get out of it.

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The hard realities of balancing modern lifestyles

Balancing work, family, social commitments as well as a household has become one of the biggest challenges in our modern lives. For instance, think about it, how many times have you told yourself to forget the pile of laundy in the closet because there was too much you needed to do in order to catch up at work? And then there’s the school run to attend to before making the dinner etc etc etc.

Most hated chores

Which cleaning tasks do we hate the most? Well how about sorting out cupboards, cleaning the bathroom, washing windows, ironing, and cleaning the oven? Still, we need to do them if we want to go on enjoying a nice bath, being able to see out the window and wear clothes which aren’t crushed to bits.

Where to find time and inspiration?

Finding inspiration to clena the house can be difficult and because of that you should never  attempt household cleaning chores if you’re feeling a bit down or in a negative state of mind.  Chances are you will end up associating household cleaning with these negative feelings – and avoid the chores even more feverishly next time round! No, instead seek out for a few minutes in your week where you are feeling fairly relaxed and energetic then get down to those household cleaning tasks. Not only will you actually achieve more this way but you’ll also perhaps inspire yourself for next time round.

Here at Budget Maids we understand perfectly the difficulty of balancing a busy and demanding lifestyle with trying to manage a household. If you are finding yourself in desperate need of  cleaning help then do call. In order to lessen your load, we offer household cleaning in Oakton, cleaning services in Olney and maid services in Reston and surrounding areas.

Ridding rust stains for good

No matter how hard you scrub, clean, scour and wash, sometimes you just can’t get those annoying rust stains off your washbasin or sink. And they look even worse on white sinks. But before you give up the ghost, why not give our Budget Maids trust cleaning tips a try?

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What’s going on underneath the basin?

Your basin, toilet or tub may very well be white, but underneath the porcelain there may well be old, rusty water pipes and metal components which are in constant contact with water containing rust or other minerals. This is what is causing the tough to remove stains. if regular stains are affecting your bathroom, kitchen or washing room then it may very well be a good idea to get to the source of the problem and replace the old rusty pipes in the first place.

Pumice scrubbing

If you’ve tried every cleaning agent, bleach and stain removal around and still your stubborn stains remain then what about some pumice stone scrubbing? These nifty little stain removers are especially successful on porcelain tubs and toilets. Look closely at the various pumice scrubbers available on the market – the ones which create a paste as you scrub are particularly good. Simply rinse with warm water afterwards.

For stubborn stains

With stubborn stains you may need some extra help. Use a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide and fill your tub, basin or toilet bowl with it for around two hours. You should begin to see the stains start to lighten. When this happens, scrub them with warm water and rinse in disinfectant.

Prevention is better than cure

Keeping stains under control is easier than having to cope with them once they’re visible. To do this clean washbasins or toilets with a special stain-resistant paste every now and again. Make it from baking soda and warm water then scrub the basin or tub. Repeat this every six weeks – or more for particularly aggressive stains.

Rust stains need not be a dilemma – but you do need to know how to treat them. With these tips and advice your rust stains should be given the boot for good. if the rest of your home is in need of a good scrub and clean-up though then do call us here at Budget Maids. We offer home cleaning in Oakton, maid services in Olney and house cleaning services throughout Maryland and VA.

 

Four health benefits of a clean home

Wonder why you keep cleaning your home on such a regular basis when really, you’d so much rather be lying by the side of the pool with a good magazine and a margarita? Well, here’s 4 good health reasons to keep you dusting and vacuuming away:

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Avoiding allergies and asthma

Regular vacuuming with a high-efficiency particulate air-filtered model really does  keep those with allergies breathing easily. By getting rid of unwanted dust you can also cut back on annoying skin rashes.

Managing mold

More common illnesses than you think can be caused, and aggravated by the presence of  mold in your home. Here we’re talking sinus problems, asthma and even a weakened immune system and which can lead to colds and other infections. The danger with mold is that it easily transmutes into ever more powerful fungal strains – the type you definitely don’t want in your home! Keep an eye on the fridge and left-over food since mold can really flourish in here if not kept an eye on.

Massacring dust mites

Dust mites are just plain nasty. They somehow find their way into our carpets, furniture and even – gads – our bedding. Although not noticeable to the eye, they can result in health irritations and allergies. The best way to eradicate their presence is by steam cleaning carpets, cushions, upholstery, bedding and curtains. Do this twice a year at least.

Lowering stress levels

Cleaning our homes can have a really positive effect on our mental health. Not only do you feel better by looking round and seeing a clean home, but there’s all that exercise such as bending, stretching etc involved in cleaning. And exercise, of course, is a great stress reliever.

Let’s face it, having a clean home results in numerous health benefits – and not just the ones we’ve listed above. We’re sure you can think of some of your own reasons. Meanwhile, if you appreciate it’s important to have a clean home but simply don’t have the time to do all that work yourself then why not call on our professional services here at Budget Maids?

We offer professional home cleaning services in Columbia, cleaning services in Olney and maid services in Vienna – as well as a host of other areas in VA and Maryland.

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