Maid Service Rockville: De-Cluttering

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

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

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

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

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

Mmm. Us too.

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

Maid Service Rockville – Clear Outs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

House Cleaning Oakton: 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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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?

 

 

House Cleaning Arlington – Fall Cleaning Tips

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

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

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

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

House Cleaning Arlington – Gutter Clearing

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

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

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

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

Kitchen Cleaning

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

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

 

 

 

What the Cleaner Saw – Maid Service Columbia

maid service ColumbiaHere at Budget Maids, we are the souls of discretion – choose the maid service Columbia and we’ll tidy up, no questions asked.

Cleaners, though, are often privy to all kinds of information Homes are private domains. They contain pictures, treasured objects, books and other items that reveals the bits and pieces of our personalities.

A Manhattan cleaner recently wrote a piece for The Guardian where she revealed what she had seen when she took a job as a cleaner in New York.

Supporting Job

Lizzie Feidelson took the job after hearing about it from a friend’s boyfriend who had cleaned for two years to support himself as a musician.

She worked for a boutique, environmentally friendly (a bit like our maid service Columbia) service that specialised in one-time detoxes, rather than regular cleaning. She was sent to a different apartment most of the time.

The company Ms Feidelson worked for specialised in vigorous scrubbing and minimal use of soap, also using essential oils and pre-approved cleaning liquids.

No Desire to Snoop

According to Ms Feidelson, people often left out important documents and items that were for things like receipts for an abortion or notices of academic probation on their fridge doors?

Her favorite client was a man whose bookshelves, she discovered as she dusted them, didn’t contain real books, but blocks that were hollowed out and whose wife she guessed had been one of the September 11 victims.

On one occasion, a client asked Ms Feidelson to give the bathroom special attention. Opening the door, she discovered inchoes of soiled cat litter all over the surfaces which took several hours to clean.

“Appalling Habits”

“People with appalling habits were interesting, at least,” Ms Feidelson wrote. Being around them made her feel observant and if they were readable – although of course they were not.

“[O]n the whole, of course, my clients were more complicated than that, and more ordinary.”

Ms Feidelson’s account of her two years’ cleaning job is fascinating – and reassuring. While some of the account is uncomfortable – she did snoop a little bit, reading a diary at one point – for the most part it demonstrates the professionalism of the cleaning industry.

Read the whole article here.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Arlington, a maid service Columbia or cleaning services in Falls Church and surrounds, cleaning services in Olney and Oakton and more. Why not give us a call today and discover the benefits of professional discreet house cleaning for yourself?

 

House Cleaning Rockville: Cleaning Dangers

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Certain cleaners can be a risk to your health.

Just what would you risk to clean your house? Well, one Glasgow grandmother recently demonstrated that she is willing to risk her life to keep her windows clean.

Seventy-six- year-old Mo Kam Tai steps out on the ledge of the window sill of her fifth floor apartment to clean her windows. Her work was spotted by a satellite worker putting up an aerial on the next block. He took a photo and the story went viral.

As house cleaning Rockville experts, we don’t condone risk-taking when it comes to keeping your house or apartment spick and span. But the article did make us think about cleaning and risks. Are there any other risks you need to be aware of?

House Cleaning Rockville: Dangerous Chemicals

One risk is corrosive cleaning product s such as oven cleaners and substances used to unblock drains. The corrosive chemicals used in such products can cause severe burns on eyes, skin and, if ingested, on the throat and esophagus. You also need to watch out for toilet cleaners, which often include chlorine bleach and ammonia. They can produce fumes that are highly irritating to your eyes, nose, throat and lungs.

At Budget Maids, we use cleaning products that are green-friendly and safe. We use a commercial line. You can find research data online about these products to check it out for yourself.

Other cleaning risks to watch out for are:

  • Spillages on floors, particularly lino, should be cleared up as soon as possible so that people do not slip.
  • Electrical equipment. Faulty electrical equipment used for cleaning, or being cleaned itself poses a serious danger. It can result in burns or worse. Electrical faults can also lead to fires.
  • Floor cleaners. Heavy floor cleaners, if not handled properly, can cause accidents and injuries. The equipment tends to be very heavy. It could bruise or even break a person’s foot is used carelessly.
  • Manual handling. Shifting heavy furniture to clean around it, or lifting waste bags that are full can be a risk if they are not handled properly.

Cleaning isn’t the most dangerous occupation or task you can do, but do it carefully and stay safe!

 

Here at Budget Maids we provide house cleaning Rockville, cleaning services in 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 with all your household cleaning tasks so you don’t need to take any risks?