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Cleaning Up After Pets – house cleaning Potomac

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They’re cute – but messy too!

If you have pets, you might worry that a cleaning company such as house cleaning Potomac can cope.

Never fear! We have years of experience of cleaning homes, and we know people’s beloved pets are family members. We use environmentally-friendly cleaning products and methods to ensure your precious pooch or marvellous moggie is unharmed by anything we do. We’re used to cleaning up after pets too, so if your animal is home when we visit – that’s no problem either.

We have some advice to help you if you want to keep your home clean when you have pets:

  1. Groom your dog or cat regularly. This will minimise the shedding they do – so less dog or cat hair to vacuum up. It’s also an excellent way to bond with your pet, and it lets you keep an eye on any potential flea situations…
  2. If your animal does get fleas, remember you will need to treat the house as well as your pet. Wash any bedding he or she uses, as well as any cushions the animal uses. You might want to consider professional carpet cleaning such as the service we at house cleaning Potomac offer, as this is great for getting rid of critters.
  3. Carpet cleaning is also useful if your pet has had an accident… Bear in mind with cats that if they wee somewhere inside, they are likely to return to the same place as they’ll be able to smell the urine even when you can’t. A specialist cleaning product will be necessary to eliminate the odor completely.
  4. Keep a supply of sticky tape or special pet sponges in the home as this will help remove excess quantities of pet hair.
  5. If your pet has stomach trouble, this can be tricky to clear up because vomit is so acidic. If possible, clean it up as soon as you can. Use kitchen towels to pick up as much as you can, then treat the area with a professional carpet detergent. Rinse the area thoroughly with clean, hot water. Hopefully, this will bring the carpet back to a neutral pH.

Bear in mind that it can take up to two years to eradicate a home of pet hair… If you are moving on and selling your home, you might want to consider specialists services such as house cleaning Potomac to leave the place spick and span.

 

House Cleaning Rockville: End of Rental Service

Did you know that one of the services House CleaniHouse Cleaning Rockvilleng Rockville offers is a cleaning service for when your renters move out? It’s perfect for anyone renting out properties.

As a property owner, you want your house or apartment to look neat and tidy so that you can get it back on the market as soon as possible. Here are some of the jobs we will do as part of our end of lease cleaning service…

KITCHEN

As this is often the ‘workhorse’ of the home, we pay particular attention to the kitchen!

House Cleaning Rockville:

  • Washes all the kitchen surfaces
  • Clean inside all the cupboards and drawers
  • Get rid of the trash and any old food, carrier bags, etc
  • Clean the sink and taps, and remove any limescale and/or mold
  • De-grease, wash and polish the wall tiles
  • Clean the oven, removing all built up grease and cleaning any of the external chrome
  • Clean and defrost the fridge
  • Clean the exterior of all appliances and the microwave (inside and out)
  • Clean the trash cans.

BATHROOM

Next up is the bathroom. Bathrooms will be the next thing potential tenants will look closely at so it’s crucial yours is spick and span.

We will

  • De-scale the shower screen, and clean and polish it
  • The bath, basin, taps, shower and fittings will be cleaned de-scaled and polished
  • Ensure the toilet is perfectly clean
  • Clean and polish the mirrors
  • Remove all traces of soap scum
  • Wash and sanitize the floors.

The general cleaning is necessary too. House Cleaning Rockville will dust throughout your property – and that includes light fittings, shades, light switches, the skirting boards, coving, banisters, curtain rails, mirrors, blinds radiators and more.

We will vacuum clean, and we can offer you our revolutionary dry carpet cleaning system which can freshen up carpets and remove any lingering odors.

Other services:

  • Internal window cleaning
  • Wooden furniture polished
  • Floors washed using the right kind of cleaning material
  • Upholstery vacuumed.

BEDROOMS

Your prospective tenants want to sleep in a clean bedroom. As part of our service, we:

  • Clean all bedroom furniture and storage units
  • Ensure the floor is spotless
  • Polish any wooden furniture.

Here at Budget Maids we provide House Cleaning Rockville, a maid service in Potomac or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds (i.e. VA and most of Maryland). Why not give us a call today and let us help you clean up when your tenants move out?

 

Image thanks to Nick Youngson through Creative Commons 3 – CC BY-SA 3.0

 

 

House Cleaning Potomac – Window Cleaning Tips

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Hopefully, your house doesn’t have windows like these…

Cleaning windows – here at House Cleaning Potomac, we know this job can be a pain in the a**!

But there are ways to make the job easier. Read on to find out how the cleaning pros tackle windows with a will!

First off, you will need a bucket of cleaning solution, a scrubber or sponge and a squeegee. You might need a ladder too for windows on the second floor.

Outside windows often get stubborn marks or stains such as bird droppings and concentrated dirt and grime. Clean these first. One way of dealing them is to spray the area with pure vinegar. Leave it to sit for five minutes. Use a cloth of sponge to rub it off and then continue to clean the entire window.

Crusty stains or deposits can be removed with a razor.

The outside of the window gets much dirtier than the inside. Tackle this by spraying the windows with the garden hose before cleaning. This will help get rid of the worst of it.

House Cleaning Potomac – Home-made Window Cleaner

To make your own window cleaner, you can use equal parts of water and distilled white vinegar. This will help prevent streaks. You can also use dishwashing liquid but use this sparingly, as most modern formulations are highly concentrated. All you need is one teaspoon per two gallons of water.

A sponge is the best way to apply cleaning solution. Dip it into the mix, squeeze it out and apply over the whole window. If you are cleaning from the inside, put down towels or sheets to absorb water spills.

Use the squeegee to wipe the windows dry. For small-paned windows, move horizontally from side to side. Larger windows can be done top to bottom. A sharp blade on the squeegee prevents streaks. Replace yours when the blade gets dull.

Wipe the window with a lint-free cloth. Use a different cloth to dry the window frame thoroughly.

Don’t forget your blinds. These should be cleaned regularly too, as they pick up grime and ust easily.

Here at Budget Maids we provide House Cleaning Potomac, 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 ensure your windows are sparkling clean all the time?

 

 

 

 

Budget Maids Time-Saving Cleaning

Budget MaidsWhy book regular cleaning services through companies such as Budget Maids?

Well, the main thing is you get your life back! The average American working week is about 49 hours. Who wants to come home and spend the time cleaning?

We know you don’t need much help thinking up ideas of what to do with the extra time you get from not cleaning, but just in case you do, here are some ideas…

Sleep! Seven to eight hours of sleep is ideal. You’ll wake up (in your gorgeously clean bedroom, thanks to Budget Maids) feeling refreshed and energetic.

Barbecue. The summer’s here, so of course, you want to invite friends and family for a barbecue. Continuing on the outsourcing theme, tell them it’s a potluck barbecue. They can bring the sides, the salads and the ice-cream and you’ll do the cooking. (Budget Maids can clean it up for you afterwards.)

Take up a new hobby. We bet there’s some hobby or craft you’ve wanted to take up for a while, but what with work and cleaning, you haven’t found the time. Now, thanks to Budget Maids, you have it in abundance.

Spend quality time with friends. This is something else that tends to fall by the wayside when we’re working hard. Go bowling, arrange a group picnic. Better still, invite friends around to your newly-tidy home, eat cakes and drink wine.

Do some outdoor stuff. What’s your fancy? Hiking? Running? Quad biking? Whatever it is, treat yourself to plenty of fresh air, safe in the knowledge that you will be returning to a super-clean home.

Take your dog an extra long walk. Heat permitting, your dog will love a long walk with you now that you have time to spare. Regular walks contribute to the health of both of you.

Cook a special meal. Weekdays, we tend to grab and go when it comes to food. Now that you don’t need to spend your weekends cleaning, why not pick a recipe that takes a little longer. Pulled pork done in the crock pot is super easy. Serve with brioche buns, homemade slaw and crackling on the side.

We know our customers work really hard, and the thought of additional work when they return home isn’t welcome at all which is why we at Budget Maids provide fantastic cleaning services at cost-effective prices. Contact us today at info@budgetmaids.com to find out more.

 

 

Workout Gear Washing – Cleaning Service Falls Church

Cleaning Service Falls ChurchCleaning Service Falls Church – Washing Tips

Now that the summer is well and truly here, you’re probably sweating buckets every time you work out. No wonder. Soaring temperatures and hard work tend to do that to a body.

Washing your workout gear properly is a must-do, if you want the clothes to last and so that you don’t offend your fellow gym goers. Some brands of fitness gear boast antimicrobial properties. They will still need washing, though!

Here are the Cleaning Service Falls Church rules to washing your workout gear:

Follow the instructions. It sounds like common sense, we know, but a lot of people lump their gear in with their normal washing. Because workout clothing tends to be made from special hi-tech fabrics nowadays, it might have different requirements from the rest of your clothes. Go carefully.

Don’t use fabric softener. We know it smells nice, but the liquid tends to coat the hi-tech fibres in gym gear and prevents them from being able to absorb water properly.

Ca’ canny with the detergent (sorry, we couldn’t resist a little Scottish-ism). In other words, don’t use too much. It’s tempting to tip in lots of washing powder when something stinks to high heaven, but washing cycles work better when the recommended amount is used. There are such products as sport-specific detergents that are probably worth trying.

Wash quickly. The longer your gear sits in your sports bag, the more likely it is to build up mold and mildew. Eww…

Soak your gear if necessary. Very smelly clothing can be soaked in cold water and a mild detergent solution. This will help neutralise the aroma.

Dry naturally. Workout clothing dried on the line or on a clothes rack responds better than clothing dried near a heater or in the drier.

It’s tempting to throw your trainers or sneakers into the washing machine, but this will ruin the cushioning so they won’t protect your feet and joints in the same way. Use an odor spray, or clean by hand.

Here at Budget Maids we provide Cleaning Services Falls Church, a maid service Olney or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure that all your household washing is tackled quickly and efficiently?

 

How to Clean Your Silverware – House Cleaning Rockville

House Cleaning RockvilleThe House Cleaning Rockville experts run a regular ‘how to clean’ articles. This time, we’re looking at silverware.

Whether it’s plates, cups, jewellery or cutlery, silver can quickly develop a dull look. This happens when it is exposed to oxygen and certain chemicals. As oxygen is in the air, you can see why silver tarnishes so easily.

How Often do House Cleaning Rockville Experts Recommend Cleaning Silver?

The more often silver is used, the less likely it is to tarnish. Otherwise, it depends on how your silver is stored. Don’t store in plastic bags or wraps, and don’t use rubber bands. Petroleum-based products break down over time and stain silver. Make cleaning a job you do every two to three months.

Rubbing Alcohol

You can use rubbing alcohol to clean silver. You will need a bottle of this, a medium-sized bowl and a clean cloth. Combine one part rubbing alcohol with four parts water in the bowl. Dip the cloth in the mixture and use to clean the tarnished parts of silver. Wipe your silver dry with a clean, soft cloth.

Dishwashing Liquid and Silver Polish

Use dish-washing liquid and silver polish for cleaning lightly tarnished silverware. You’ll also need a polishing cloth. Fill a medium bowl with arm water and add three to five drops of dish-washing liquid. Place the silver items in the soapy mixture. Clean the items with a sponge and then rinse in warm water. Dry thoroughly with a towel. Place a small amount of silver polish on your polishing cloth. Rub the silverware, as per the instructions on the silver polish. Use another clean cloth to buff the polish off. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions. Most polishes don’t need to be rinsed off.

Here are some more do’s and don’t’s for silver and silver-plated items:

  • Don’t wash silver or silver plate in the dishwasher
  • Don’t use fine silver when serving foods containing eggs or mayonnaise. The ingredients will mark the silver.
  • When you wash silver, don’t use a lemon-based detergent
  • Do not use Brillo pads or wire wool on silver.
  • Remove salt and pepper thoroughly from silver shakers when not in use to prevent corrosion.

Here at Budget Maids we provide House Cleaning Rockville services, a maid service in Oakton or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure that your silverware is perfectly cleaned and stored?

 

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Cleaning Services Arlington – Barbecue Safety

cleaning services ArlingtonHey, it’s barbecue season and cleaning services Arlington is sure you’re getting ready for some fun summer parties.

If you are planning a barbecue, it’s important to keep hygiene and food safety rules in mind. You don’t want people to remember your party for all the wrong reasons the next day when they’re confined to the bathroom.

Here are our cleaning tips for your barbecue safety…

Cook on a clean barbecue. Want to know how to clean your barbecue? Check out our cleaning services Arlington post here. As well as promoting hygiene, a clean barbecue works better, and you’ll enjoy evenly-cooked food fast.

Keep raw and cooked meats apart. Raw meat should be stored in the fridge until you cook it. Allow ten minutes out of the fridge for the food to come to room temperature. Use different plates, tools and chopping boards for raw and cooked meat. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meat, using warm water and soap.

Charred doesn’t mean cooked. Sausages and burgers can be burnt on the outside, but still raw inside. Turn the meat regularly to stop it burning, and cut it open to check.

Don’t Wash

Do NOT wash raw chicken or other raw meat. This spreads germs. Cooking for the appropriate time will kill the bacteria present in raw meat while washing it spreads germs and bacteria such as campylobacter.

Wash salad leaves. Give them a clean with cold water and dry in a salad spinner. Add mayo-based dressings at the last minute so that your salad doesn’t sit around in the heat with a raw egg based dressing.

Keep anti-bacteria wipes handy. Most of us will be eating barbecue foods with our hands. That’s part of the pleasure, right? If you’ve got kids present, their little hands might not be as clean as they should be. Keep wipes handy, so everyone can get stuck into their food, germ-free.

Barbecue safety also means avoiding burns and fires.

  • Make sure your barbecue is stable, secure and sturdy.
  • Check it is in good condition before you start.
  • Locate it away from fences, sheds and overhanging trees.
  • Don’t light in an enclosed space.
  • Never pour petrol or fire-lighting accelerant onto your barbecue.
  • Don’t leave children unsupervised near a barbecue, and check your equipment is fully extinguished before you leave it alone.

Here at Budget Maids, we provide cleaning services 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 your home ready for a great summer barbecue party?

 

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?!

*Photo thanks to MaxPixel – GreatFreePicture

 

Cleaning Service Falls Church: Spring Clean Bedrooms

cleaning service Falls ChurchHere at Cleaning Service Falls Church, Spring makes us joyful. The weather brightens, we can all get out and about again, and we start to feel more energetic.

Cleaning services Falls Church doesn’t need too much of an excuse to want to do some spring cleaning, but let’s have a look at one room in particular: the bedroom. Why not start small with your spring cleaning, one room at a time? Going to bed at night in a fresh, clean room will help you relax, and getting that room tip-top is hugely satisfying.

Windows

Start with the windows. Get outside and clean them externally, as well as internally. It’s best to do this on a cloudy day, so the sun doesn’t dry out the cleaning agent before you’ve wiped it off. Vinegar and newspapers is an old housewife’s tale for sparkling clean windows, and it works.

Closet, Wardrobe and Drawers

Okay, if ever there was an incentive to de-clutter it is Spring. Why not use your bedroom spring clean as an opportunity to get rid of clothing, shoes and accessories you don’t want? Sort them into charity and chuck piles, the latter for anything that actually is falling apart. Or why not try a Swish party? That’s where you invite your girlfriends to the house, everyone brings their unwanted clothes and you swap. It’s like shopping, but guilt-free.

Clean Curtains and Blinds

You can use your vacuum cleaner to clean the curtains, using the nozzle attachment. You might also be able to put curtains in the washing machine. Buy specialist dusters for blinds as they can be fiddly.

Professionally Clean Carpets and Rugs

Professional carpet cleaning services just like the ones we provide at Cleaning Service Falls Church will make your carpets look brand new. They also help if you have pets as they can get rid of the build-up of fur and the nasty little critters that like to pounce on your pooch and hide in your home…

Dust and Polish

Dust builds up quickly in bedrooms, thanks to skin cells, hairs and make-up (if you do your face in your boudoir). Why not do the dusting and polishing job properly, by removing everything from wooden surfaces? It’ll be worth it.

Here at Budget Maids, we offer cleaning service Falls Church, 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 share our love of cleaning with you?

 

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?