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Cleaning Service Reston: Big Bathroom Ewws…

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What germs lurk here?!

You know what we at cleaning service Reston mean by ewws… these are the bathroom no-no’s everyone is guilty of from time to time.

Our business is cleaning, and there is not much we don’t know about how to make a place spick and span. But some jobs and items in our homes can be overlooked. We’re all busy people and remembering when and what we have cleaned isn’t always easy.

There are some of the top bathroom issues that can be neglected…

The Bathmat

What do you do with your bathmat? You step on it when it’s wet, as do the other people in the household. Do you think it gets dried in between? Bathmats can quickly build up mold and mildew because of this, so they need to be washed regularly – at least once a fortnight. Make sure the mat is dried properly afterwards too. It’s helpful if you can hang up your mat to dry off thoroughly in between uses.

Cleaning Service Reston – the Dreaded Toilet Brush

The Toilet Brush

Ah, the toilet brush – a hardworking implement in most bathrooms. As you might guess, toilet brushes store lots of eww-type things: bacteria, dirt and fecal matter. Most people tend to use them and then put them straight back in the holder. If possible, after every use place the brush in a bucket filled with hot water and a strong cleaning solution such as bleach. Leave to soak for an hour or so and then remove and rinse well. Remember to clean the brush holder at the same time, as we cleaning service Reston experts always do. There is no point shoving it back in a dirty container.

The Toilet Flush

No doubt you clean your toilet well, but the flush handle is often neglected. And how is the flusher used? Well, everyone touches this with their unwashed hands after going to the toilet, don’t they? It’s easy to see why it needs to be cleaned regularly. Use antibacterial wipes to clean thoroughly every time you give the toilet bowl a rinse.

The Hairbrush

It’s not only hairs that stick to a hairbrush – it’s dust, dirt, oils, hair products, skin cells and dust mites. You should pull excess hair out of your brush every time you use it and shampoo your brush at least once a month. Wash it in warm water with a small amount of shampoo in it and use a clean toothbrush to scrub at the bottom of the bristles to get rid of trapped hair and dirt. Dry bristle-side down on a clean towel overnight.

Here at Budget Maids, we provide a cleaning service in 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 ensure you could eat your dinner off your bathroom floor?!

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Maid Service Reston: Cleaning Hacks

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Lemon juice: the cleaner’s friend.

People are always asking us: “Maid Service Reston—what are the top tips you can share to make our lives easier?”

We’ve been cleaning people’s homes for a long time, so you better believe we know all the best cleaning hacks. From using natural products to cleaning in a certain way. Here are our favourite tips for a sparkling clean home…

 

  • Lemon juice or cider vinegar mixed with water in a spray bottle is a great cleaner for bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Toothbrushes make good grout cleaners. Just don’t put them in your mouth afterwards…
  • Baby wipes are great for cleaning leather sofas—though check the manufacturers’ recommendations first.
  • Hairdryers will get rid of water marks from wooden furniture. Afterwards, wipe the area with a little olive oil.
  • Blast the kitchen or washing sponge in the microwave for a minute at the end of every day to keep it clean and bacteria-free. We always do this at Maid Service Reston.
  • Cut a lemon in half and microwave it for a minute to help remove dirt and smells from your oven.
  • Clean from top to bottom whenever you are tidying up. It makes sense, right? Dust and dirt are going to fall from above so don’t give yourself twice the work.
  • Wet rubber gloves are perfect for removing pet hair from clothes.
  • Sprinkle your rugs and carpets with a small amount of baking soda. Leave it for fifteen minutes and then vacuum your floors. Voila! Fresh and clean smelling.
  • A little cleaning up every day is more manageable than a lot of cleaning up one a week.
  • Put the no-shoes rule in place. Our shoes bring in lots of dirt and bacteria so removing them at the front door or porch stops this. Besides, it’s good for your feet to go shoe-less as much as possible.
  • A small amount of shaving foam spread onto the mirror in your bathroom will stop it steaming up.
  • Always line your grill pan with aluminium. You won’t need to clean it as often.
  • Run your dishwasher on its highest temperature with a cup of vinegar sitting on the stop shelf.
  • Use crumpled-up sheets of newspapers to deodorize shoes and sneakers. Stuff them in and leave overnight.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Arlington, a maid service Reston or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure that all of the cleaning hacks we have are applied to your home?

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 Reston: We Love Cleaning!

maid service RestonIf you use maid service Reston, you’ll know we LOVE cleaning. Our fondness for cleanliness isn’t limited to Valentine’s Day, but if you’ve ever wondered why we’re so fond of cleaning, here are the reasons why…

We derive satisfaction from cleaning. When you clean someone’s home from them, you get clear, tangible results. There is nothing more satisfying than taking a place from messy to spick and span.

We like performing a useful service. Everyone lives busy lives in the modern world. If you work and you have a family, you don’t want to spend huge amounts of time cleaning your home. That’s where we come in. We will tidy up for you, leaving you free to do the things that really matter.

We love the environment. That’s why we use environmentally-friendly cleaning products. We want our world to be here for a long time once we’re gone!

Maid Service Reston – Minimizing Dust and Allergic Reactions

We like improving our customers’ health. With allergies on the increase, one way we can help is by keeping your house clean and tidy. If you minimize the dust and steam-clean carpets, this can help reduce allergic reactions to dust mites.

We love pets. Budget-Maids are animal lovers. This is one of the other reasons why we use environmentally-friendly cleaning products. We’re also used to working around animals so your beloved pooch or moggie will be safe with us.

We love the jobs you hate. There are plenty of cleaning jobs everyone loathes, right? Cleaning the cooker, for example, is one job most people avoid. Clearing the drain hole is another. Are you ensuring you give your fridge a thorough clean on a regular basis? Budget-Maids expert teams will do these jobs with joy.

We like being trustworthy. Many of our clients are happy to let us have keys to their homes so we can let ourselves in and out with minimal interruption to our clients’ routine. When you’re trustworthy, more people are likely to employ you. It’s a win-win situation!

There you go – all the reasons for our adoration of the duster, mop, vacuum cleaner et al!

Here at Budget-Maids, we provide maid service Reston, cleaning services 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 sure your house is lovingly cleaned for Valentine’s Day?

 

Maid Service Rockville: De-Cluttering

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Ooh… it’s exhausting to look at, isn’t it?

One of the topics we maid service Rockville people return to time and again is de-cluttering…

The secret of a peaceful, welcoming home is one that isn’t cluttered. But clutter builds up so easily. Why is that?

For a start, we live in an era where we face marketing messages all the time. Experts reckon we are bombarded with about 5,000 of them a day. Everywhere we look, we are encouraged to buy.

So, you buy something whether you need it or not. Do you throw out something in your house to make room? Probably not. Are you holding onto stuff like unwanted birthday presents, clothes that no longer fit? Books you’ve never read? The children’s toys, even though they grew up and left home years ago?

Mmm. Us too.

If you made a mistake buying something in the first place, then it hurts your brain to come to terms with that. That’s why we hold onto stuff.

Maid Service Rockville – Clear Outs

If you’ve ever had a big clear out, you’ll know how great it feels. Scientists at Princeton University looked at how people performed tasks in an organized versus a disorganized environment. Guess what? The results showed that physical clutter competes for your attention and that decreases performance and increases stress.

Other researchers looked at families and found that the mothers’ stress hormones spiked during the time they were dealing with belongings. (The less belongings, the better hmm?)

So, what do the maid service Rockville experts advise? Try these tips:

One in one out policy. When you buy books, clothes, toys and other goods that aren’t necessary for daily life make sure you get rid of one equivalent.

Employ a friend. A friend will have no emotional attachment to any of your stuff. He or she will help you be ruthless.

Scan paperwork and photos. This is the best trick for de-cluttering. Scan in old pictures, drawings your kids did years ago, tickets from a great gig, your wedding menu and all that kind of stuff.

Don’t do it all at once. De-cluttering is tiring because you’re making so many decisions. Keep, scan, chuck etc. Do it in 15 minute or half hour blocks and it’s manageable.

Hold a yard sale. Why not make some money out of your spare stuff? Or you could donate the money to your favorite good cause. If you know you’re going to hold a sale, it’s easier to de-clutter as you want to have a decent amount of stuff to sell.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Oakton, a maid service Rockville or cleaning services in Potomac and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you with your 2017 de-cluttering goals?

 

 

House Cleaning Oakton: Guest Prep

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Read our tips for making your home more welcoming to guests!

Are you entertaining this Christmas? Will you be having guests to stay? It’s lovely to be able to entertain family and friends at this time of year, but it can be a stressful experience for the host.

Read on to find house cleaning Oakton experts advice about preparing for guests…

 

 

Stock up your bathroom

Make sure you have plenty of clean towels and extra toiletries – liquid soap shampoo, shower gel, hand lotion and toothpaste. People notice bathrooms and their levels of cleanliness, so ensure your bathroom/bathrooms are spic and span before guests arrive. House cleaning Oakton experts recommend attention to detail here. After cleaning your bath and sink, dry them with a cloth as this makes the room look cleaner overall.

Make sure there is plenty of toilet roll in the bathroom too. There’s nothing more awkward than being a guest in someone’s home and running out…

Sort out the bedroom

Clean sheets are a must. Each bed should have two pillows per person, one firm and one soft so that guests can choose what they prefer. Provide an overthrow blanket too, in case it gets cold.

Leave out some books and magazines too. This is a nice touch as a lot of people like to read before going to sleep.

House Cleaning Oakton – Allergy Checks

Check for allergies/food issues

Ask your guests beforehand if any of them have allergies that you should be aware of. Find out about food preferences too. You might be entertaining vegetarians or vegans. If anyone has a peanut allergy, it’s very important to keep peanuts out of the house as the reaction to this can be severe.

Stock up on teas and coffees

Most people have a preference for what they like to drink first thing. Good ground coffee, breakfast tea, Earl Grey and a herbal option are good. Stock up on some soft drinks too and fresh fruit juice.

Ask guests to help

If any guest offers help, accept it! Many hosts feel that their guests shouldn’t have to do anything, but that makes people uncomfortable. They are aware that you have put a huge amount of work into preparation and entertainment, why not let people help by washing up, clearing the table and more?

Here at Budget Maids we provide house cleaning Oakton, a maid service in Arlington, house cleaning in Olney or cleaning services in Potomac and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you to make sure that your home is perfectly clean and ready for the arrival of guests?

 

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?

 

 

House Cleaning Arlington – Fall Cleaning Tips

house cleaning ArlingtonHouse cleaning Arlington services likes to offer seasonal cleaning tips. In the Fall, one of the jobs you might need to do is clean leaves and leave stains from your drive way.

To make the job fun and inclusive, why not get the whole family involved? One of the simplest joys at this time of year is jumping into a pile of leaves or kicking them through. You’ll be tidying them up of course, but allow extra time for this simple pleasure.

The first step is to rake the leaves into piles, or sweep them up using a hard outdoor brush. Move the piles to the side of the area you intend to clean. Leaves can usually be disposed of in compost bins or the green waste trash can.

A high pressure water hose will get rid of the surface dirt. Then sprinkle the area with a little powder laundry detergent to break down the stains. Leave for a few minutes and then scrub thoroughly to clean.

House Cleaning Arlington – Gutter Clearing

Another Fall cleaning tip is cleaning out your roof gutters, required at this time of year thanks to those leaves. Blocked gutters can cause a lot of problems. Water can pool on your roof and then leak into your home. Blocked gutters are also attractive termites. Sliding, windows, doors and foundations are all affected, so regular gutter cleaning is a must.

You’ll need ladders, so do make sure they are safe! You will also need a trowel, garbage bags, a stiff brush, safety specs, work gloves and a pressure hose. If you do the job after light rain, that may make it easier to lift out the damp leaves and dirt. If you do use a leaf blower everything needs to be dried out completely beforehand.

Start with the drain outlets, as most of the gunk will have gathered here. Use your trowel to scoop everything out. When you have cleared the gutter, section by section, use the hose to remove anything you might have missed.

It’s best to do this job will a willing partner who can feed you the hose when you need it and make sure you don’t miss any of the gutter sections. Use the hose too to check how the water is draining away. Your gutters might need adjustment.

Kitchen Cleaning

Fall cleaning should also involve giving the kitchen a good going over. The refrigerator and the oven definitely need regular cleaning anyway. Take all the shelves out of the fridge to wash, and ensure you clean the area around and under your fridge. Food builds up everywhere! For the oven, place a ceramic dish of ammonia in your oven overnight to help loosen the worst of the burnt-on food. That should make the overall oven cleaning job easier.

Here at Budget Maids we provide house cleaning Arlington, a maid service in Vienna or cleaning services in Falls Church and surrounds, cleaning services in Olney and Oakton and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you get all those cleaning jobs done this Fall?

 

 

 

House Cleaning Reston Tips for Bathrooms

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Splurge on a special item to make your bathroom beautiful.

Many people use the summer as the time for major projects – such as bathroom renovation. If you’d like tips from the house cleaning Reston experts read on.

It might seem like an upheaval, but there are many benefits to the bathroom make-over. Here are just some ways you can make your bathroom better and what you’ll get from it.

 

 

Update the technology in your bathroom. Why not invest in some energy-saving tech for your bathroom, such as water-saving products that limit how much water you use in the shower or faucets? Other tech includes heated towel rails that allow you to vary the amount of heat and when it is used.

Added value. The main reason to renovate a bathroom is the value it can add to your property. House buyers want plenty of bathrooms and they want them to be clean, functional and stylish. Adding an extra bathroom can increase the value of your property by almost 7 percent.

House Cleaning Reston – Energy Efficiency

Improved energy efficiency. By installing water and other energy-saving gadgets or tech, you can save considerable money on your energy bills. At the most basic level, why not ask household members to time how long they shower for? Three minutes is a good time to aim for. Why not make it a competition among your family?

Make it more luxurious. Why not make your bathroom truly luxurious? We house cleaning Reston experts love spending time in our bathrooms, so we want to make sure the room is warm, welcoming and looks amazing. Check out ranges of water-proof wallpapers, install an old-fashioned dressing table with lights, put in a TV and get yourself a free-standing huge bath for Cleopatra-style bathing.

Or splurge on one stand-out item. You can actually renovate your bathroom on a budget. Get rid of clutter – tidying away the toiletries for example immediately makes a bathroom look better. Buying a set of matching towels will also improve the overall look, and old wooden crates can be varnished and used to store toilet rolls or rolled up towels. The, that leaves you free to concentrate on one stand-out item – that free-standing bath, for example, or a special order vanity top.

Here at Budget Maids we provide house cleaning 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 make sure your bathroom is beautifully clean?

 

 

House Cleaning Oakton – Holiday Hygiene

house cleaning Oakton holiday adviceHave you got a vacation coming up – or even a staycation, but one where you travel out of state? The House Cleaning Oakton experts here at Budget Maids have some advice for you. The last thing you want to come back with from your vacation is an upset stomach or worse.

Read on for our tips on how to keep your holidays healthy, hygienic and happy!

Room Safety

Check out your emergency exits at your accommodation as soon as you arrive.

If you have young children, make sure that they can’t get onto the balcony unless you are with them. And check that the balcony is safe to use – is it high enough? Is it wobbly? If you’re in any doubt, ask for another room, preferably on the ground floor.

Bed bugs

Unfortunately, bed bugs are on the rise. What with so many of us travelling nowadays, the little critters have decided to travel with us. Eww… and double eww…

Here’s what the House Cleaning Oakton experts recommend you do to avoid bringing the beasties home.

  1. Don’t put your luggage or clothing on the bed.
  2. Check the bedding. Look at the mattress, headboard and pillows. You’re looking for blood stains or small black dots. The critters themselves might be hidden along mattress seams. If you see any at all, alert the staff and ask for a new room.
  3. Wrap your clothing in plastic bags – and your suitcase too.

Swimming Pool

If it’s murky – don’t go in.

If you want to use the Jacuzzi, make sure you use one in a spotless hotel. And see if there’s a board up telling you times of hygiene/cleaning checks.

Watch out for trip and slip hazards round the pool.

The Buffet

An all-you-can-eat buffet can be the highlight of many people’s holidays, but be careful. You might not mind putting on a few pounds. You probably don’t want to end up with an upset stomach because of poorly prepared food.

  1. Hot food should be hot, and cold food cold.
  2. If there are flies or birds landing on the food, don’t touch it.
  3. Watch out for recycled food. Did you see sausages or chicken last night and now here it is again chopped into salads? Avoid.

We’re sure wherever you’re going, you’ll have a great time. Happy Vacation!

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 ensure that your home is perfectly neat and tidy before you take your vacation?