Carpets and Tiles: cleaning your home flooring

The task of renovating or upgrading your home flooring shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s important to take time to carefully think about your lifestyle before jumping into flooring choices, for instance.  Ask yourself questions such as whether you have time to clean and polish your flooring on a regular basis. And do you actually like doing that anyhow? What about the pets and the kids? If you are planning on renovating your flooring anytime soon, take a look at our tips:

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Carpets v tiles: which to choose?

Carpets add warmth to your home and are super comfortable and luxurious.  But they do require a lot more cleaning and TLC than tile flooring.  They need to be vacuumed, washed and dried and even deep cleaned whereas tiles can do with some basic sweeping and mopping.  If anyone in your home is suffering from allergies, then carpets are out, really. Having said that, tiles really can’t beat the luxurious feel of a thick, white carpet in the bedroom. So why not restrict carpets to bedrooms and areas where there isn’t a lot of traffic?

Ceramic tiles – the easy cleaning flooring

When it comes to a tile floor, there are no tiles as easily forgiving, durable and great looking as ceramic.  Tile flooring is low maintenance, easy to clean and looks smart once it’s been given a quick wipe-over with the mop. Therefore, just think about all that extra time you’ll have on your hands you would normally have spent cleaning.

The best of both worlds

You could actually have the best of both worlds – a tile floor’s quick and easy cleaning and the warmth of carpeting but investing in a loose rug for your tiled floor. It would be easier to clean than a carpet and, if you only use it during the winter months, won’t even need that much cleaning anyway.

Whether you opt for tile or carpet flooring, here at Budget Maids we offer cleaning services for all surfaces. We specialise in house cleaning in Potomac, cleaning services in Falls Church and maid services in Rockville and surrounding areas of Maryland and VA.

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Home cleaning advice for asthma sufferers

Many of us are staying indoors these days due to the cold weather that’s hit the east coast. Which is fine for the majority of us. The asthma sufferers, however, are having a really hard time right now because it’s not always easy to keep your home allergy free.

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According to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 12 US citizens suffer from asthma, and a high percentage of asthma attacks are caused by our homes and other indoor environments.   

It’s always best to consult a doctor of course, when it comes to helping with asthma attacks but here at Budget Maids we can share some basic home cleaning advice that can help alleviate a sufferer’s situation:

Allergens are everywhere

Allergens play a huge role in causing asthma attacks, and the bad news is that they’re everywhere. But knowing where to clean and following through on a regular basis will certainly help reduce your home’s allergen load.  You’ll find allergens on surfaces such as carpets, pets, upholstered furniture, scatter cushions and the likes.  Dusting the furniture and cushions will actually do very little to help and in fact will only worsen the situation. Wash or dry-clean these items instead.

Vacuuming for dust mites

‘Fraid to say it folks but we all have dust mites in our home. And this is particularly bad news for asthma sufferers. One way to reduce the number of dust mites is to vacuum thoroughly, and regularly (up to three times a week). Cleaners with double filter bags are best. 

Wet wipes

Dust can escape even the best cleaner, but it can never escape a wipe with a wet cloth. Gently wash or wipe surfaces in your home which you’re aware collect dust (rather than use a duster which simply sends dust clouds into the air, creating a bigger nightmare for asthma sufferers).

Regular household cleaning is a must to help keep asthma under control and we can help out here at Budget Maids. We offer home cleaning in Columbia, house cleaning in Arlington, and if you just need a helping hand to get around to everything, maid services in Vienna and surrounding areas. 

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A foolproof way to keep your home clean

Almost everyone struggles with home cleaning at one time or another… schedules change, holidays happen and well let’s face it – it’s not difficult to lose motivation.  Before you know it, household cleaning has gotten behind schedule and catching up seems like a mammoth task.  There is however one foolproof way of keeping your house clean, all the time. And here it is:

A little goes a long way

No matter how big or small your living space, doing a little every day means no more cleaning marathons on a Monday or even worse, the weekend.  It’s easy to get discouraged by huge cleaning tasks, or trying to clean your home from top to bottom in one single day.  That’s why doing a little every day, is such a manageable way of cleaning your home on-the-go, bringing you peace of mind when the all-important weekend comes round.

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A routine that rocks

It’s easy to say you’re going to do a little bit of cleaning every day, but not so easy to keep to that promise. Falling back on old habits, or worse – doing no cleaning during the week at all – happens.  The answer is to create a routine that works specifically for you.  Find a time of day you can set aside for cleaning – it needn’t be more than 15 to 30 minutes.  A particularly good time is when everyone else is either sleeping or out.  

Family time

Household cleaning can also double as family time.  Apart from your weekday cleaning routine, have a set time for weekend cleaning when the rest of the family can help out.  It means you can choose one day in the week when you do no cleaning at all.

Write a cleaning rota to help keep everyone accountable and remind them of what they have to do (very few people of us genuinely have no time for household cleaning).  Admitted, cleaning isn’t the most exciting part of the day… but think of the rewards.

Remember too, when you need expert cleaning help, to call us here at Budget Maids.  We offer professional household cleaning in Arlington, maid services in Potomac and cleaning services in Rockville and other parts of VA and Maryland.

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Organize your home cleaning in 2014

As you waved goodbye to 2013, admit it – there was a little voice there reminding you what you hadn’t achieved last year. And which is why you, me and half the world sat down and made another set of New Year’s resolutions for 2014.

Alongside losing weight, vowing to save more and quit smoking, organizing our lives better is often one of those resolutions that keeps popping up. One way to achieve this domestic organizational heaven is to get on top of home cleaning. And here’s exactly how to do it:

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Nothing like a schedule

Ever been truly impressed at how some people just manage to always keep to a routine?  Well, routine means a schedule and – most importantly – keeping to it (no point in having a schedule if you pick and choose the tasks you like rather than stick rigidly to it).Stick to that schedule long enough, in fact, and it’ll become so routine that you don’t even notice you’re doing it half the time. So, identify specific days for particular home cleaning tasks. For example, it could be you do laundry on Fridays, bathroom and kitchen cleaning Saturdays, tidy up the backyard Sunday etc. 

Always organize

Organizing your home and belongings is your first step to a clean and well-maintained home.  Let’s face it, it’s impossible to clean a floor that can hardly be seen below the layers and heaps of family stuff.  Draw up a foolproof plan for your home to ensure that things are kept where they should be – whether this means having to create extra storage space and shelves. Alternatively just get rid of stuff you no longer need or use. 

Clean as you go

‘Clean as you go’ – it’s the single most powerful resolution for a clean and neat home all year round. Spilled some coffee?  Clean it up, now.  Spot a dirty kitchen floor while cooking?  Instantly give it a swipe with a cloth. Try to create a culture of cleaning, clearing and putting away without delay in 2014.

Keeping on top of a home while juggling a career, coping with family demands, caring for aging parents and trying to do your bit at the church social are a huge challenge. But you can make it easier by being organized in your home cleaning routine at least.

If you find you don’t have time to clean and tidy your home though, why not call on us here at Budget Maids?  We’re famed for our attention to detail and delivery on time-intensive cleaning tasks. We offer home cleaning in Olney, cleaning services in Reston, and maid services in Falls Church as well as throughout the VA and Maryland areas.

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3 quick refrigerator management tips

Spending the festive season with family and friends means plenty of celebration dinners and generous lunches.  These can take time preparing of course and the last thing you want is for something to go wrong with your refrigerator. So, make sure you give it plenty of TLC over the festive period by taking the following tips into account:

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  • Best before dates – they serve a purpose
  • The easiest way to manage your fridge and to ensure that sufficient storage space is available, is to get rid of all that food lying at the back of your refrigerator which is well past its ‘best before date.’ Another good idea is to give away all that food you just know you’re not going to get round to eating to a local homeless shelter or some other kind of organization in need.  Bad food gives off a smell which actually affects the taste of other food stored in your refrigerator so it really is a ‘must’ to get rid of it as quickly as you can.
  • Use the freezer
  • No-one wants to be slaving away in the kitchen during the holiday season – so save yourself some time by quickly prioritizing all that left over food rather than just stacking it all in the refrigerator. For instance, if there’s food there that isn’t going to be used within the next two or three days then put it in the freezer rather than the refrigerator. That way you’ll still have it in three days time and your refrigerator won’t resemble a food mountain.
  • Dealing with the odor
  • Feel that your refrigerator could do with a clean to get rid of that odor of stale food but you’ve no time? Then don’t worry. What you can do is soak three balls of cotton wool (each around the size of a large walnut) in vanilla essence and place them in your fridge to help neutralize the smells.

Don’t waste family time on house cleaning chores during the festive period. Instead, call on us here at Budget Maids instead. We offer a whole range of services such as house cleaning in Olney, cleaning services in Oakton and maid services for Columbia and other areas of VA and Maryland.

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Dealing with the mess in home remodeling

Construction work or extensive home remodeling – can both be exciting as you contemplate the outcome but they can also turn out to be energy-intensive processes. And not just in term of the work or shifting stuff around. There’s all that cleaning up to do too.

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If you’ve begun some home remodeling and currently finding yourself at breakingpoint then this is pretty much the post for you. Read our advice here on how to deal with ongoing and post-renovation clean-ups:

Airborne grit or dust

Once grit or dust becomes airborne, it means more cleaning work for later on unfortunately. Try to keep grit and dust from becoming airborne by gathering as of this as you can and trap in a sealed container until it can be removed.

Construction dust

Never-ending construction dust is a huge headache and will prove much more difficult to clean up than ordinary household dust. Check that your air filters are functioning optimally and replace them once the first layers of construction dust are out of the way. Once all the obvious dust has been removed, water is a brilliant way to trap and remove the finer construction dust. Then, wash all hard surfaces such as floors, walls, cupboards and tiles with warm soapy water.

Vacuum power

Prepare yourself for some extensive vacuuming. Before getting started, go over your vacuum machine to ensure it is working to the best of its ability – it will need to give its all in ridding your home of renovation dust after all. Vacuum only after the worst of the construction dust has been removed by the air filter or washing. Vacuum your furniture (even if it has been protected by dust-proof material) as well as carpets, floors, furniture, cushions, mattresses – everything in the room in fact.

Washing blinds, curtains and carpets

Construction dust has a way of creeping into every possible corner. Washing blinds, curtains and carpets are an absolute must. It may sound like a lot of effort, but it really is a guaranteed way to rid your newly renovated home of the last of the construction mess.

Cleaning up a home after either construction or remodeling is not an easy task (as you can see from the above) so, if you need professional help to deal with the dust then do call on us here at Budget Maids. We offer excellent cleaning services in Columbia, house cleaning in Vienna and maid services in Rockville, as well as other areas of VA and Maryland.

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Keep your christmas cleaning routine up to date

It’s that time of the year again folks – festivities, celebrations and family get-togethers.  Sure, it’s a merry time, but it’s also the busiest time of the year for most households.  Whether you’re opening your home this holiday season for family members from far away, friends or just the next-door neighbors, chances are you’ll need to step up your household cleaning and organizing routine. Fear not though, here at Budget Maids we have four helpful holiday cleaning tips to keep you on track over the holiday period, such as:

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  • Get rid of the garbage 
  • It’s the one thing that can really turn a household upside down. And with friends and family spending time at your home eating and drinking,  your average garbage pile is set to grow. Be strict though – have a removal rule and stick to it. Perhaps even place extra bins throughout your home.  Depending on how many guests you’re expecting, try and remove the garbage every day or at least every other. After all, no-one wants nasty smells permeating their home over the holidays.
  • No food fussing
  • Let’s face it: food at the best of times can be downright messy but at Christmas it can be chaos. Leave plenty of wipes lying around and never procrastinate when it comes to cleaning up any spills. Cleaning up dropped and spilled food is easier to do on hard surfaces, of course, such as tiles. Just pray the carpets don’t fall victim, otherwise you’ll have to put in some elbow grease. Do yourself a favor and try to organise meals around hard surfaced floors such as the kitchen or dining room rather than the sitting room, if possible.
  • Stock up on supplies
  • Holiday grocery shopping is a big deal; but you still have to remember to stock up on the basic items too. It will be plain disheartening to gear up into cleaning mode just to realize there’s nothing to clean up with in the cabinets. And you don’t really need us to point out to you how there’s never a spare moment to pop to the shops over the holidays…
  • 10-minute bathroom beautifier
  • You don’t like a dirty bathroom, so why should your guests? You can keep on top of this room though by doing a quick 10 minutes every day. Through away any trash or empty shampoo and soap dispensers, get rid of any dirty laundry lying around and put out fresh towels.  Wipe down the mirror, basin, bath, toilet boil and sweep the floor.  Then you’ll feel better about being the hostess at home.

Few of us have home cleaning on our priority list this holiday, quite rightly we’d rather spend time with our nearest and dearest.  And that’s where here at Budget Maids we can really help out. In the run up to the holiday season and throughout, we’ll be offering maid services in Arlington, cleaning services in Church Falls and house cleaning in Rockville and surrounds – making sure you can rightly relax and really enjoy the festivities this year.

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TLC for your dishwasher

In many a busy household where breakfast, dinner and lunch are just some of the kitchen doings on a household’s busy day, the dishwasher is an absolute lifesaver. But have you given a thought to the machine’s optimal functioning i.e.  cleaning your dishwashing machine from time to time?

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Cleaning a dishwashing machine is surprisingly easy and, thankfully, you’ll need only a few basic items to get started, For scrubbing, use a soft toothbrush (or other small brush) and a soft cloth. Go about cleaning your dishwashing machine carefully, and never scrub viciously. For some soap bubbles, use a mild detergent that won’t harm your dishwashing machine. A natural scouring agent, we’ve found, is baking soda.

Inside out

Start by removing all the racks, utensil holder and any other parts of the washer that can easily be removed for cleaning. Start from the drain area and work your way up – firstly removing any obvious caked filth or food scraps (which tend to build up over time). Gently scrub away any caked grime but do go about your scrubbing carefully. Continuously wipe away dirt with warm water and mild detergent. Food scraps and grime are rather stubborn, and can take a while to clean. The racks, utensil holder and other removable parts can be given a good clean separately – soak in the sink and scrub.

Let it run

Once all the scrubbing is done and over with, let your dishwasher run with the usual soap dose (without any utensils or tableware). This will allow your machine to rinse out any leftover soap or smaller pieces of dirt.

Dishwashers are true champions in the today’s homes. Following these easy steps should ensue your dishwashing machine will be on top of its game. Meanwhile, if any other cleaning tasks are hassling your household, do call on us here at Budget Maids for a professional and friendly cleaning services in Potomac, maid services in Vienna or any other household cleaning in Columbia. We’ll be happy to get your home sparkling clean after a joyous festive period.

Robotic or real cleaning: which would you rather have?

We must admit some of us have always been fascinated by the idea of a robot doing all the cleaning for us, especially if it’s programmed to conquer the really tedious tasks such as vacuuming and tidying up the kids rooms.

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However, don’t get too keen on the idea. For, by the sound of the latest robotic cleaning inventions we’ve a long way to go yet before we can sit back with our feet up and supervise via remote control.

Control and direction

The latest robotic cleaners in the technology aisle look and sound great but the reality is somewhat different. For instance, who is going to clean the robotic cleaner itself? Why you of course! You’re going to have to empty it out and give it a wipe from time to time. Then there’s the fact that it has to be kept up in battery juice – which means physically going out and getting some (a bit of a time drain there).

Then there was the time when a robot household cleaner in Austria ended up as a pile of ashes after parking itself on a hotplate while the homeowners were out at work. The house was not only still a mess when they returned from their day jobs, but they now had an additional task to take care off (ie getting rid of the ashes). Not to mention realizing they’d had a lucky escape from their house burning down.

Navigating awkward angles

Getting up and down stairs can prove a nuisance to human cleaners so imagine what it’s like for a robotic one. Another negative is that robot cleaners tend to work best on flat, smooth surfaces – which is not exactly your typical property.

In conclusion then, the technology and thinking behind robot cleaners are impressive but as for the actual reality – not so much. At the moment, if you’re looking for someone else to do your house cleaning we’d recommend a maids service like our own. We’re always reliable after all and we never break down.

For more information on our Budget Maids cleaning service in Rockville, house cleaning in Falls Church and maid services in Oakton and surrounds please feel free to contact us for an initial chat.

Who does the cleaning in your household?

It’s still a bit of a sensitive question in the average household today to ask who does the cleaning in the home. Most women like to believe that after decades of protest, some pleading and even a little demanding, the traditional roles would have shifted a bit.

But, it seems that’s not the case according to a recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Their findings showed that globally, women still act as the main housekeepers, overseeing laundry, cooking, cleaning and generally taking care of household chores for the entire family.

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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said…

After studying 28 countries across the world, the OECD found that women clocked up more ‘working’ hours in 22 of these 28 countries than men. The reason for this is that women ended up doing endless hours of housework in addition to putting in the necessary hours for their own career. Slaving away at the office and doing double shifts at home can, of course, take its toll…

What to do?

According to the survey, American households churn out 400 loads of laundry and 215 dishwasher loads every year. In addition, American women dedicate more than 15 hours a week to household cleaning.

Some households have come a long way in dividing chores amongst women, men and even children. Others take short cuts. Here at Budget Maids we believe the best way is to draw up a schedule of cleaning, cooking, and laundry that can be divided amongst household members on a weekly basis.

Another interesting statistics from the OECD study – certainly from our own point of view here at Budget Maids – is that there was a definite increase in outsourcing household chores. 

And of course that’s an easy, effective and no-worry way of getting household chores done without have to nag the other half or the kids.

Have you tried it yet? If not, why not give us a call here at Budget Maids and we’ll talk you through the type of services we offer. This includes house cleaning in Potomac, maid services in Arlington and cleaning services in Olney and surrounds.