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Housework Needn’t Be Dull…

Ask most people what they think about housework and routine cleaning chores and they’ll most likely tell you it bored them rigid. But you know, here at Budget Maids, we’re not so negative. In fact, there are times when we really love our jobs. Why? Well read on to find out how to make housework fun.

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Crack up the sound system

Get the sounds going and the volume pumping. There’s nothing that adds vigour to your step and general movements than some rhythm – and the louder the better (provided it stays within your neighbors tolerance levels!

Embrace the great outdoors

On a sunny Fall day head out for some yard work or hand wash laundry in the garden. Now is also the time to give the windows a good wash. That’s because it’s the perfect opportunity to let dream and enjoy some Fall sunshine at the same time.

Make cleaning time family time

Few moms have the luxury these days to spend hours on end cleaning the home. But by making household cleaning a family affair, you’ll find extra time to spend with the kids. Gather the kids around a bowl of snacks and all start sorting and folding laundry. Think of fun and creative games to play which will result in the whole family helping out with household chores – without them even realizing it!

Make it social

Ever thought about getting your neighbors to help clean your home? Something as simple as a yard or boot sale can mean just that! Just arrange neatly on a table in your front yard all those goods you never use and which clutter up your spare room. Better still, gets the kids to sell them for you! They’ll love playing shopkeepers.

What the above tips show is that altering your mindset you can actually make household cleaning more of a pleasure than a chore – and even something you can enjoy with the whole family.

For those days though when you need a helping hand, the eager Budget Maids team will always be around to call on. We provide house cleaning in Reston, maid services in Arlington and home cleaning services in Falls Church and other areas of VA and Baltimore.

 

 

 

 

 

Keep Your Computer Monitor Dust-free

With the average American adult now spending up to eleven hours in front an electronic screen of some sort – and many of these hours in front of a computer whether for surfing the Internet, working from home, or playing games – there has to be a lot of dirty screens out there. And one of them is probably yours. Here’s how to make sure you get the clearest picture possible from your computer monitor:

See the dust

We hardly pick up on dust (and how dirty a monitor is) if it’s switched on. So, when cleaning your computer monitor switch it off first. How dusty is it? How are the little crevices round the back and down the sides of the monitor?

Easy cleaning

A computer or laptop monitor is like any other electronic device in terms of being sensitive to both moisture and water. Also, don’t use a cleaning agent which typically contains ammonium or alcohol. A monitor should firstly be wiped clean with a moist cloth, and if your monitor is particularly sticky or gluey (for touch screens in particular!) apply a cleaning agent which has been specially created for electronic devices.

Mind the cloth

Besides getting the monitor too wet, the other major danger is the cloth you will be using. Don’t use a cloth that can disintegrate such as paper towels. Instead use a microfiber cloth. This can be bought at any good household or electronic store.

How often?

How often you clean your monitor all depends on your environment. Do you have pets around, does your home desk get dusty quite often, and is your monitor standing close to an open window? All of these factors influence how quickly your monitor will collect dust and other dirt.

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If cleaning the monitor of your computer or laptop with specialised cleaning agents and cloths sound like the only cleaning task you may get around to in your home – then you had better call on Budget Maids to take care of the rest. We offer professional maid services in Columbia, household cleaning in Falls Church and home cleaning in Vienna and other parts of VA and Maryland.

 

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.

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.

Washing windows wisely

Have you tried every single window cleaning agent known to man? Are you always searching for the latest fancy new cleaning equipment for washing windows? Has cleaning them  become something of a daunting task? Well, welcome to the world of most homeowners these days. Fear not though, with these Budget Maids tips you’ll never have to struggle with dirty windows again. We promise!

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Get the right cloth
Swap all your window cleaning rags, newspapers and pads for one stainless steel squeegee. Rags fray and newspaper leaves ink streaks on the glass. With a squeegee however, one single strike will clean away all dust and dirt. Follow your squeegee washing with a drying microfiber cloth and you’re done.

No expensive soap solution needed
There may be lots of fancy, expensive glass cleaning agents on the market right now but when it comes down to it, all you really need is some ordinary dish washing liquid. Yes, really! However, it is important to dilute this solution properly. If it’s too strong for instance you’ll be left with soap streaks on the glass. A winning solution is one tablespoon of liquid detergent per one quart of water.

Water temperature and make-up
Believe it or not, your water is as important as your detergent when it comes to keeping your windows clean. You should regularly change the water, for instance, as dirty water will be counterproductive. The temperature of the water is also important. It should be hot enough to allow it to dissolve dirt and grime instantly. Meanwhile, if your tap water is hard then the magnesium and calcium it contains can result in slight deposits and spots. The only way to avoid this really is to use distilled water.

Windows are important. They allow light into our homes and even our souls, so it’s important we give them a little TLC now and again. If you have a lot of windows in your home and just don’t have the time or inclination to attend to them, then why not let us here at Budget Maids take that particular burden from your shoulders? We offer professional home cleaning services in Vienna, maid services in Arlington and house cleaning services in Potomac and throughout Maryland and VA – no cleaning task is too small or big for our team!