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?

 

House Cleaning Reston: Rental Homes

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Arm yourself with a mop and get on with the job!

 

House Cleaning Reston: Are you moving out of your rental home? Moving house is always a bit stressful, but it’s wise to ensure that your rental home is as clean as possible before you leave. You want to get your deposit back!

It’s best to go through the house or apartment room by room. Here’s what house cleaning Reston experts recommend:

Kitchen

The kitchen is likely to need the most cleaning – cooking and storing food is messy work, after all. Here is what we recommend:

  • Remove all food, crumbs and debris from the kitchen surfaces and the fridge
  • Thoroughly clean the fridge shelves, and the inside and outside door
  • Wipe the front of the cabinets and thoroughly clean the insides
  • Spray the countertops with antibacterial spray
  • Clean the oven. You may need a specialist oven cleaner to do so, but ensure you get rid of as much burnt-on food as you can
  • Clean all of the kitchen appliances, such as the dishwasher and microwave
  • Scrub and shine the sink and faucet.

Bathroom

The bathroom is another area that needs to be thoroughly cleaned before you leave your rental accommodation.

  • Get rid of the soap scum from bathroom tiles, the bathtub and/or the shower
  • Bleach the grout
  • Remove hair and debris from the plugholes and use drain cleaner
  • Clean out the products, debris and hair from the bathroom drawers and shelves
  • Scrub the toilet and the sink
  • Wash and polish the mirror
  • Sweep and clean the floors.

Bedroom/Living Room

These rooms usually do n to require the same amount of cleaning. Dust, vacuum and mop these areas.

General Jobs

  • You should vacuum every room where there are carpets and remove any stains
  • Clean the door knobs, the light switches and outlets
  • Check the walls to see if they need wiped down
  • Wash floors and clean the windows
  • Polish and dust wooden furniture

You might want to use the opportunity to declutter – house cleaning Reston experts recommend you use your move to get rid of the excesses. Tatty furniture, clothes you never wear, books that could be donated to your local retirement home – lighten your load.

Here at Budget Maids we provide house cleaning Reston, a maid service in Olney or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and we can help you make sure your rental accommodation is as clean and sparkling as the day you first moved in?

 

Maid Service Falls Church – Tips for Towels

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Cute, we know, but maybe you shouldn’t let your cat sleep on your guests’ towels.

What makes your hotel guest experience special – the towels? Yes, according to a recent consumer survey.

Xeros, laundry industry specialists, asked more than 1,100 US and UK consumers what was most important to them when visiting hotels. Travelers like cleanliness, and then softness when they judge towel quality. The standard of towels in a hotel has an impact on guest satisfaction, brand perception and customer loyalty according to Xeros.

Overall customer satisfaction is affected by the quality of towels – and incredibly, 73 percent of people surveyed said the quality of towels would influence their decision to go back to a particular hotel brand in future.

Maid Service Falls Church – Expert Advice

If towels are so important to people, this must mean that they matter in the home too. How can you ensure your towels are hotel standard for when guests visit? We asked our maid service Falls Church for their expert advice…

As a general rule, towels should be washed every three uses. You need to change towels frequently because of the rate we humans shed skin cells. Imagine the build-up. Ewww… Of course, you’ll be giving your guests clean towels when they arrive. If they are staying for a while, ask them how often they would like fresh towels.

Wash hand and face towels more often. They will be getting more use. At the minimum, they should be replaced every other day.

Wash them at a high temperature (140 degrees), using a biological powder that contains bleach. You can use fabric softener but don’t use it every time as this will reduce the absorbency of towels.

Dry them in a tumble drier for softest, fluffiest results. If you can put them outside to dry, they will be nice and fresh. That’s the more environmentally friendly option too.

Wash the same colours together. You want your white towels to remain pristine!

Add one cup of distilled white vinegar to your towel laundry once a month as this will improve absorbency and get rid of any mustiness.

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 towels and bathrooms are wonderfully clean and impressing your guests?

 

House Cleaning Reston Tips for Bathrooms

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Splurge on a special item to make your bathroom beautiful.

Many people use the summer as the time for major projects – such as bathroom renovation. If you’d like tips from the house cleaning Reston experts read on.

It might seem like an upheaval, but there are many benefits to the bathroom make-over. Here are just some ways you can make your bathroom better and what you’ll get from it.

 

 

Update the technology in your bathroom. Why not invest in some energy-saving tech for your bathroom, such as water-saving products that limit how much water you use in the shower or faucets? Other tech includes heated towel rails that allow you to vary the amount of heat and when it is used.

Added value. The main reason to renovate a bathroom is the value it can add to your property. House buyers want plenty of bathrooms and they want them to be clean, functional and stylish. Adding an extra bathroom can increase the value of your property by almost 7 percent.

House Cleaning Reston – Energy Efficiency

Improved energy efficiency. By installing water and other energy-saving gadgets or tech, you can save considerable money on your energy bills. At the most basic level, why not ask household members to time how long they shower for? Three minutes is a good time to aim for. Why not make it a competition among your family?

Make it more luxurious. Why not make your bathroom truly luxurious? We house cleaning Reston experts love spending time in our bathrooms, so we want to make sure the room is warm, welcoming and looks amazing. Check out ranges of water-proof wallpapers, install an old-fashioned dressing table with lights, put in a TV and get yourself a free-standing huge bath for Cleopatra-style bathing.

Or splurge on one stand-out item. You can actually renovate your bathroom on a budget. Get rid of clutter – tidying away the toiletries for example immediately makes a bathroom look better. Buying a set of matching towels will also improve the overall look, and old wooden crates can be varnished and used to store toilet rolls or rolled up towels. The, that leaves you free to concentrate on one stand-out item – that free-standing bath, for example, or a special order vanity top.

Here at Budget Maids we provide house cleaning 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 make sure your bathroom is beautifully clean?

 

 

Maid Service Arlington: Teenagers and Clean Homes

maid service ArlingtonWe bet you just read our headline and did a double take – woah, Maid Service Arlington, what are you talking about?! Teenagers and clean homes? No such thing, right?

Those of you who share a home with a teenager (or more than one) may well be familiar with the challenges of peaceful co-existence. Add cleanliness into the mix and it’s a recipe for rows, the stamping of feet and lots of screaming. And that’s just you…

But it doesn’t need to be so. There are ways you can involve and persuade your teenager to be part of your household cleanliness routine. Read on to find out more.

Maid Service Arlington – Tips for Teenagers and Clean Homes

Be realistic. If you give your teenager too many chores, chances are he or she won’t do them all. Decide what must be done and what isn’t essential, and then chase them up when they don’t do the “must” jobs.

Make cleaning a bargaining tool. If your teen wants to have friends over, then you make him or her responsible for clearing up afterwards. It can also be a condition for other privileges such as going out and staying out later at the weekend.

Negotiate the cleaning. Everyone has different standards. Yours might be higher (or even lower) than your teen’s. Talk to your teenagers and negotiate the cleaning standards. Your teen might think a clean bedroom is one with no clothes lying on the floor, while you might think polishing is necessary too. Talk, negotiate.

Set consequences and follow through. If your teenager knows there is a consequence for not doing as you ask and that it WILL happen, then you are more likely to get results. Consequences should be reasonable. If reasonable requests for you teenager to tidy his room aren’t met, you could tell him that you will be hiring local cleaners – such as the maid service Arlington – to do the job instead, and paying for them using his pocket money.

Be specific. Again, if you ask a teenager to tidy up, be clear what you expect. Clean the kitchen, for example, isn’t as clear as “Please wash the dishes, put them away and wipe down the surfaces”.

Set a good example. If your own bedroom is a chaotic mess, it’s not reasonable to expect teenagers to be clean and tidy themselves.

 

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Oakton, a maid service Arlington or cleaning services in Potomac and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure your house spick and span, whether you have teenagers or not?