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House Cleaning Potomac: How to Clean a Washing Machine

house cleaning PotomacIt happens to the best of us, yes even the house cleaning Potomac experts! We open the washing machine door one day and… eww, the stench!

The washing machine is a hard-working piece of kit in most households so no wonder it starts to smell less than fragrant from time to time. What can you do to prevent it stinking out your utility room?

Run regular service washes

Nowadays, many of us wash clothing at low temperatures. It’s great for the environment, and it saves us money through reduced utility bills. But, there’s an issue, and that is cleanliness. Lower temperatures don’t wash away dirt, mold and bacteria in the machine as well as higher ones.

The machine’s service wash setting will be hot. Using this setting as often as the manufacturer recommends will keep your machine fresh and clean.

Turn off the machine and clean the seal, drawer and filter

Mold and bacteria can lurk in the rubber seal around the door hole. Soak a sponge in a cider vinegar/water mix and wipe around the area carefully, rinsing afterwards. If you can’t remove the mold because it’s been there too long, you may need to think about replacing the seal.

Do as the house cleaning Potomac experts do and regularly clean the detergent drawer and the filter to remove the build-up of dirt and washing powder.

Leave the door and drawer open

If possible, leave the washing machine’s door and drawer open as much as possible. This allows air to circulate and prevents the build-up of mold.

Smelliness might be caused by a blocked standpipe. If you think this is the case, try to unblock the pipe to get rid of any build-up.

Use the right amount of detergent

Most of us are guilty of using too much. Lots of washing powder means spotless clothes, right? Not so. Modern formulations are super effective. If you use too much, then the machine can’t rinse and clear residue away properly. The excess powder will build up, create blockages and contribute to bacterial growth.

Other tips for washing machine cleanliness include:

  • Take washing out of the machine as soon as the cycle has finished
  • Don’t use the machine as a substitute laundry basket. Clothes should go in there just before putting it on.

Here at Budget Maids, we provide cleaning services in Olney, house cleaning Potomac or maid services in Columbia and surrounds (i.e. VA and most of Maryland). Why not give us a call today and let us help you with all the very worst cleaning jobs?

 

Maid Service Olney: The Servants of Old

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Acland servants in 1897.

As Maid Service Olney’s focus turns to spring cleaning, spare a thought for the maids of old.

Downton Abbey fans got a glimpse of below-stairs life, but what was it really like to clean a stately home in the days before vacuum cleaners, washing machines and modern-day cleaning chemicals?

The Complete Servant, by Samuel and Sarah Adams, was first published in 1825. It’s a fascinating source of social history, and a guide to what is was like to work in a large or modest house in late Georgian times.

Samuel and Sarah Adams were in service for 50 years, ending up as butler and housekeeper respectively. For many years, this book was the bible for how a house should be run.

Maid Service Olney: A Housemaid’s Work is Never Done

The housemaid’s day was a long one. She began by opening the shutters in the family’s living rooms, raking out and re-laying fires, and cleaning up any mess. Then, she would move on to the bedrooms. She would empty out slops from the chamber pots, light the fires and clean and dust the rooms, being careful not to wake the master or mistress.

After breakfast, there were more fires to be laid, beds to make, rooms to clean, food to serve, tables to be waited and cleared. Servants had to be discreet too. They had to carry out their work in a quiet, unnoticeable way.

Jobs included polishing furniture and the silver, beating carpets and rugs and endless dusting, thanks to all the fireplaces in large houses. The master and mistress would need their clothes washed and ironed, their shoes polished and their hair seen to. Most well-off women had a lady’s maid, whose main function was to attend to her mistress’s appearance.

Servants usually had to wait until their master or mistress went to bed too. It would be their job to help them undress, and ensure the bed was warm.

The highest placed servant was the butler, then the housekeeper – usually known by the title of Mrs, whether she was married or not.

In the 19th Century, stately homes had huge numbers of staff. At Welbeck Abbey, the home of the Duke of Portland, for example, there were more than 60 servants in the house, and a further 200 people working in the stables, gardens and farm.

It’s hard to imagine now – the modern-day equivalent would be a hotel – but remember your vacuum cleaner, your dishwasher and all, and be thankful!

Here at Budget-Maids, we offer a maid service Olney, a cleaning service 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 your home stately house clean?

 

 

 

How Often Should You Clean Things?

house cleaning ViennaSome cleaning jobs are obvious. We at house cleaning Vienna hope that you wash dishes after you use them, for example! Others aren’t quite so straight-forward.

Here’s the house cleaning guide to what to clean and when.

Duvets. Your duvet should be laundered every six months. You might need to do this through a specialist service, depending on the size of the duvet.

Pillows. Naturally filled pillows should be aired outside regularly during the summer months – every few weeks. Wash them every three months, but remember they need two-three days to dry properly.

Foam-filled pillows. Sponge in warm, soapy water every six months.

Hollowfibre/polyester pillows. These can be washed in the washing machine. Do this every six months. Pillowcases should be washed at least every two weeks.

Your fridge. Ideally, the fridge should be cleaned every month. Take everything out, get rid of any out-of-date or spoiled foods. Wipe over the surfaces with a dilute solution of washing liquid, wash the shelves and containers. Dry everything carefully.

House Cleaning Vienna – Professional Services

Upholstered furniture. Furniture should be cleaned every six to 12 months. Choose the right products and carry out a test before use to check. You can also choose to have the furniture cleaned professionally.

Carpets. Have your carpets cleaned every six months, more often if you have pets or children with a sense of adventure! Budget Maids offers professional carpet cleaning services using a dry cleaning service that minimizes down time.

Washing machines. Yes, even washing machines get dirty. Clean yours every six months. If it’s a front-loading machine, the rubber seal picks up lint, hair and dirt. Spray it with white cleaning vinegar, and wipe with a microfiber cloth. Set the washer to its hottest setting. Add two cups of white vinegar to the detergent dispenser. Run the washing machine through a complete cycle.

Mattress. Clean the mattress every six months to keep bed bugs at bay. It’s not a hard job, we promise! Vacuum the surface, then remove stains using a light solution of upholstery cleaner, a sponge and water. Don’t soak the mattress as this will cause mildew. Leave the mattress to dry out thoroughly before sleeping on it. We recommend turning the mattress every six months too.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Arlington, a maid service in Vienna or house cleaning Vienna and surrounds, cleaning services in Olney and Oakton and more. Why not give us a call today and let us do all those nuisance cleaning jobs for you?

 

 

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?

 

House Cleaning Oakton: Further Cleaning Resolutions

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Keep those drains clean in 2017!

How are you getting on with your cleaning resolutions? We made some house cleaning Oakton suggestions at the start of the year, but we’ve taken the liberty of adding to them!

Here are our additional tips – some of the things you might overlook regularly.

The toaster. If you want to avoid fire risk, the toaster crumb tray must be cleaned out regularly. Make this easier by lining the tray with aluminium foil.

Plug holes. It isn’t a pleasant job, but trapped hair and debris must be removed from the shower or bath drains regularly to stop build up that will lead to blockages. Once or twice a month use an old skewer to remove trapped hair and then clean the plug hole with a solution of cider vinegar and hot water.

Laptop. Are you guilty of eating in front of your laptop? If so, you’ll need to clean the keyboard regularly. Every two weeks, unplug is and turn it upside down to get rid of any crumbs lodged between the keys. Wipe with a clean cloth to get rid of sticky marks and use an air duster to blow everything out.

Make the swap to green cleaning products. Here at Budget Maids house cleaning Oakton we use green cleaning products because we care about the environment. Most green products work very well these days.

Invest in large tubs of cider vinegar. Cider vinegar makes and excellent cleaning solution for bathrooms, kitchens, fridges and more.

Wipe out your kitchen cupboards once a month. This also helps you keep on top of what foods have gone out of date, particularly dry goods such as flour, rice and couscous.

Wipe down and clean kitchen surfaces as soon as you have prepared food. It makes life easier in the long run, we promise.

Spray bathroom cleaner after every shower. Again, this makes life easier in the long run because it stops the build-up of nasty soap scum and dirt. Choose a green cleaning product or one that is specifically for daily use.

Think of cleaning as activity. Regular activity is important in our daily lives as it helps keep us fit and healthy. If you think of house cleaning as exercise, you’ll do it better and more efficiently!

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services Reston, house cleaning Oakton, 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 we help you keep your house clean and tidy in 2017?

 

HOUSE CLEANING ARLINGTON: CLEANING RESOLUTIONS

house cleaning ArlingtonHouse Cleaning Arlington has some ideas for you if you are starting 2017 with cleaning resolutions. Naturally, we make them every year too. We vow to work harder than ever to provide the best cleaning service in the Arlington, Falls Church, Oakton, Columbia, Potomac, Olney, Oakton, Reston and Rockville areas!

Go Green. Make this the year you swap to eco-friendly cleaning products. These days, eco-friendly products are very good indeed. You won’t notice the difference and the environment will thank you.

Clean the fridge regularly. If there is one thing in your kitchen that gets used regularly, it’s the fridge. The germ potential is huge. Make it a resolution to store everything properly, throw out food past it’s use-by date or spoiled and CLEAN THAT FRIDGE WEEKLY!

Minimize clutter. Neat, tidy rooms are easier to relax in. De-cluttering can be intimidating. Make it easier by doing a little at a time. It’s easier if you ask a friend to help and promise to do the same in return. Your friend will be more ruthless.

Opt for more digital storage. Digital storage helps with de-cluttering and cleaning up in general. Scan in photos, opt for e-books, music and films and you find yourself with a lot more house room.

Make cleaning a family thing. Unfairly, the bulk of cleaning often falls on wives and moms. Start the year with a cleaning schedule. The way to make this succeed is not to do the job if it doesn’t get done in time or to your standards. If you tell teenagers they won’t get pocket money or their allowance if they don’t clean their room, stick to your guns.

Start vacuuming or sweeping up more if you have pets. We love our pets, but boy can they be messy. A build-up of pet hair can trigger allergic reactions and it can be a nuisance. Sitting on the sofa shouldn’t mean you end up with lots of cat hair clinging to your clothes. Ideally, sweep the floors and vacuum carpets every second day.

And there we have it – six cleaning resolutions to make and keep. If you want to make life much easier, remember that house cleaning Arlington can help. Book us in for a once-a-week service that will keep your house in mint condition. Happy New Year from all of us at Budget Maids!

 

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 stick to your cleaning resolutions in 2017?

 

 

Maid Service Falls Church: Party Prep

maid service Falls ChurchAre you planning a party this Christmas vacation? Maybe you want to pay back hospitality or invite all the neighbors for a knees-up?!

It can be hard getting ready without feeling like you’re already under too much pressure. Read our Maid Service Falls Church tips for Christmas cleaning prep made easy…

Outside In

A clean and tidy front door hung with a wreath makes a great first impression. If you have a pathway up to your door, another nice idea is washed out jars with lit tealights in them.

Many people use the front porch area to store boots, bicycles, umbrellas and more. Make sure everything is cleaned away before guests come.

Setting the Mood

Soft lighting is nice at this time of the year. Look for bulbs that give off a softer glow. Scented candles – particularly the Christmas themed ones – created an ambient atmosphere. Look for cinnamon-scented ones. Silver-sprayed pine cones scattered about add a nice feel.

Themed Decorations

Why not pick a theme for your décor this year? If you want to be Christmas kitsch, go over the top. Not feeling the Christmas love so much? Opt for a minimalist look with whites and silver. Want an opulent feel? Purple, reds and gold add a luxurious touch.

The Kitchen

…is often the heart of the party. Prepare ahead by cleaning it well. Wipe down all surfaces, clean the fridge and cooker, and empty the trash. You might need to plan ahead for the fridge. In the lead-up to the party and guests, empty it out so you have room for party food and drinks

Make Life Easier – Maid Service Falls Church Tips

  • Opt for paper plates that can be recycled and/or plastic beakers for drinks
  • Fill a bath with ice and cold water, and store drinks there
  • Only serve dishes that can be either frozen or prepared ahead. Cold canapes, big stews and casseroles, iced desserts are all examples
  • Ask your guests to bring food – canapes, first courses and puddings, for example
  • Stock up on toilet roll. Lots of guests will get through plenty of it
  • Employ Maid Service Falls Church to make sure your house is clean and tidy before guests arrive.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Arlington, a maid service Falls Church or cleaning 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 prepped for any guests or parties you have planned for Christmas?

 

 

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?

 

House Cleaning Potomac: Thanksgiving Time-Saving Tips

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Pic thanks to floodllama on flickr.

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. How will you be celebrating?

Hopefully, you’ll be able to enjoy this special time of year surrounded by friends and family.

And we hope too that you have plenty of time for Thanksgiving; time to spend with the ones you love and a break from work.

Everyone has their family favorites when it comes to the Thanksgiving meal. Maybe you’re the family who loves sweet potatoes and marshmallows. Perhaps Grandma’s pumpkin pie recipe is used every year.

Here, the house cleaning Potomac experts have put their heads together and come up with some time-saving tips for the Thanksgiving meal.

Make a list

Plan your meal. Why to make it a family occasion of it and ask everyone to suggest their choices? Even better, get them to promise to make that dish! Make a shopping list too and give yourself a budget. Don’t add stress by deciding on expensive foods when cheap ones can make great dishes.

Stock up on non-perishables

Buy your beers, wines, store cupboard goods and frozen fruit, vegetables and snack goods well in advance.

Make ahead and re-heat

So many dishes can be made ahead and re-heated or frozen. You can freeze gravy, for example, and if you’re planning butternut squash soup that freezes beautifully too. Pumpkin pie filling will freeze, so does stuffing and cranberry sauce will last a week or so in the fridge.

Assign jobs – or courses

You are not Martha Stewart or the Barefoot Contessa. There’s no need to make everything yourself. If a member of your family expressed a preference for green bean casserole, tell them to make it and bring it along. Ask people to clear up. Put someone in charge of the drinks and get two people washing and drying dishes.

House Cleaning Potomac – bring in cleaning experts

Want your house to look spic and span for your guests? Why not try our expert house cleaning Potomac team? We’ll ensure your home is clean and tidy, leaving you with plenty of time to kick back and relax with your family.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here at Budget Maids we provide house cleaning Potomac, 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 house is in tip-top shape for the holiday season?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?