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House Cleaning Rockville: End of Rental Service

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

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

KITCHEN

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

House Cleaning Rockville:

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

BATHROOM

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

We will

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

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

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

Other services:

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

BEDROOMS

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

Budget-Maids Spring Cleaning Tips – Part 1

spring cleaning tipsNow that it’s March, we want to take a look at spring cleaning. A change in the weather and the temperature means our homes can look a little in need of loving care. Budget-Maids spring cleaning tips offers you some quick and dirty (pun intended) ways to spruce your home!

Clean as you go. Fill your sink with hot soapy water just you start dinner. You can place your dirty dishes, pans and cutlery in this as you go so that they soak as you eat. It will make washing up much easier. If you use a sponge for the dishes, microwave it on high for 60 seconds afterwards to keep it hygienic.

Change to microfiber cloths. You can use them wet to clean floors, counters, glass and tiles – and they are washable and reusable. Invest in a few and save yourself a fortune in paper towels.

Keep your sink clean. Sinks and especially kitchen sinks can be pretty filthy – food remnants and frequent use contribute to a fast build-up of germs. Ensure you disinfect yours on a regular basis. Clean it with soap and water and then some white spirit vinegar diluted in water. If you have a stainless steel sink, you can use a little mineral oil on a soft cloth to buff your sink. This will also help prevent water build up and mold.

Clear out clutter. Do you have drawers full of clothes you don’t wear? If there are any items of clothing you haven’t worn in a year, donate them to charity shops or throw them out. This frees up space and makes sure you don’t have items cluttering up your surfaces.

Choose the right broom. For indoors, you need one with finer bristles which will pick up dust. For outside, stronger, stiffer bristles work best. You should sweep from the outside in and move the dust and dirt to the centre of the room so that it’s easier to pick up.

To dry floors quickly, use an old towel and place it underneath your feet. Move the towel around the floor surface and “walk” the floor. Remember to wash it well afterwards.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Reston, a maid service in Olney or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you to put our Budget-Maids spring cleaning tips to good use?

 

Top Tips for Kitchen Cleaning

Sponges can be a magnet for bacteria.

Sponges can be a magnet for bacteria.

Your kitchen is likely to be one of the most frequented rooms in your home – from working, to socializing to dining – everything gets done in the kitchen so it’s important to keep it clean.

Here we share our top tips for kitchen cleaning with you…

 

 

  1. Kitchen cleaning should end with what is likely to be the dirtiest part of the kitchen – your stove, to stop you spreading dirt and grease around the rest of your kitchen. Begin though, by soaking pans and racks in hot soapy water to make them easier to clean when you have finished.
  2. Kitchen sinks can have more bacteria in them than your toilet seat! You can create your own disinfectant for the sink by cleaning with soap and water first, then applying a spray of vinegar, followed by a spray of hydrogen peroxide and leaving it to air dry. For safety, don’t mix the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together.
  3. A few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth can be used to keep stainless steel sinks shiny and help prevent water build-up and mold.
  4. To get rid of smells in the disposal unit, drop in a cut-up lemon, some salt and some ice cubes.
  5. Do service washes for dish-washers and washing machines. You should do a service wash on both on a regular basis to keep the machines clean and efficient. For washing machines, this involves running an empty cycle on the highest setting, and for dishwashers you should run an empty cycle with a specialist cleaning product.
  6. If you use a sponge for cleaning, these should be disinfected every evening as they can quickly develop a build-up of bacteria. Rinse and squeeze it out, and then place in the microwave for a minute to disinfect it.
  7. Microfiber towels provide a more cost-effective cleaning solution than paper towels. Machine wash and then hang out to dry.
  8. To make life easier in general, clean up as you go. Fill your sink full of hot, soapy water when preparing dinner and fill with the cooking utensils, pans and your plates as you go.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Oakton, a maid service in Arlington or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure that your kitchen is sparkling clean?

Picture thanks to Horia Varlan.

Removing Red Wine Stains and More…

red-wine-spillAccidents happen – and red wine stains certainly fall into this category. Whilst reality TV stars may make the scenario of spilt wine non-accidental (see The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 5 for example), for most of us the wine stain is a little accident – albeit perhaps more likely when our co-ordination skills are compromised!

But red wine spillage needn’t be a disaster for you or your flawless white linen. Here are easy ways to remove it and other nasty offenders:

Removing red wine with club soda. Apply club soda to the stain, covering the whole mark with the soda. Keep applying the soda until the stain has started to disappear. If the stain is on clothing, you should leave it for half an hour and then put it through a cool wash.

Removing red wine with salt and club soda. Again, apply the soda and then a spoonful of salt, covering the stain completely. Allow to soak in – you should be able to see the stain colouring the salt pink. Leave for half an hour, scrape the salt away and wash the garment on a cool wash.

Removing red wine with milk. Pour milk onto the stain, covering it and leave for an hour. Blot away the excess milk and put the garment on a cool wash.

Tomato sauce stains. Many of our favourite dishes contain tomato sauce, but it can leave nasty orange stains behind. If you spill tomato sauce on a garment, sponge the stain with cold water as soon as possible and then rub with a lemon slice or sponge on lemon juice. Rinse well and allow to dry. Alternatively, pre-soak your garment in a solution of warm water, dishwashing liquid and white wine vinegar (one quart water, 1/2 teaspoon and 1tbsp) for 15 minutes. Rinse then launder.

Curry sauce stains. Curry sauces often feature the bright yellow spice turmeric, which will stain anything and everything! If you spill sauce on your clothing, dab on a little biological laundry detergent and leave for 15 minutes before washing. You can also try lemon juice on the stain. If you spill it on surfaces, apply anti-bacterial spray and leave for a few minutes before wiping off. A mix of bicarbonate of soda and water can also work.

 

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Oakton, a maid service in 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 is stain-free?

 

Top 10 Shower Cleaning Tips

ShowerheadOne of the treats of staying in a hotel is the scrupulously clean shower and bathroom (well, unless you have a predilection for dodgy hotels…), so why not extend this treat to your own home with a sparkling clean shower cubicle?

Here are Budget Maid’s top 10 tips for shower cleaning, ensuring that your shower is a pleasure to use:

  1. First of all, invest in a cheap squeegee. This can be used every day to remove excess water from glass screens and it will prevent hard water stains. This only takes a minute or so, but it makes a real difference to the look of your screen.
  2. Another option is micro-fibre towel. Wipe down the screen after every shower, squeezing out the excess water as you go.
  3. Shower mats prevent the transfer of dirt from feet to shower (which can be an issue if you spend a lot of time barefoot in the house) or you can ask everyone who uses the shower to stand on a wash cloth. This will help to keep the surface clean.
  4. Soap scum builds up quickly if you use bars of soap rather than liquid soap in the shower. If you do use bars of soap, then use a wash cloth to wipe the ledge under the soap every time you shower.
  5. If you use a detachable shower head, detach it from the ceiling and insert it in a plastic bag filled with a mix of cider vinegar and water and secure it with a rubber band. Leave overnight and this will leave you with a clean shower head in the morning.
  6. If you have shower curtains you can wash these in the washing machine, along with a couple of old towels (which will act as scrubbers on the curtains) with normal detergent.
  7. The door or window to the bathroom/shower room should be left open for at least an hour a day to prevent the build-up of humidity and development of mold.
  8. Dip a grout brush in bleach or specialist anti-mold cleaner and use this to clean discoloured grout. Grout should be re-sealed or replaced every six months.
  9. You can use an old toothbrush to clean tiles.
  10. A large crochet hook can be very useful for fishing out hairs from the shower plug hole, and it is a good idea to do this job regularly to prevent drain blockage.

Here at Budget Maids we provide 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 get hotel-clean showers throughout your house?

 

Pets and Home Hygiene

cat in kitchenMany of the clients we work with have pets – a welcome addition to the home, but they do bring their own challenges to household cleaning and hygiene.

Pets are very popular in the US. It is thought that 37-47 percent of households have a dog, and 30-37 percent of households have a cat (this translates as roughly 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats according to the American Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

The risks with animal ownership are issues such as ringworm which can be passed from animal to human; and the more serious toxoplasmosis, a parasite found in cat feces which is dangerous to pregnant women, and toxocariasis, an infection in dog feces caused by worms which can lead to blindness.

If you own a little or large bundle of fluff, here are some tips for how to juggle pets and home hygiene.

Simple hygiene is the first goal – washing hands and ensuring your children do after handling and feeding pets is good practice.

Cleaning out pet litter trays should be done by adults (unless a woman is pregnant). Feces should be scooped out on a daily basis, and the litter changed three or four times a week – daily, if there is more than one cat using it.

Keep cats off kitchen surfaces and dining tables if at all possible. It’s best to deter this behaviour from the beginning, but if you put foil on the tops of your surfaces this can discourage cats as they don’t like the feel and noise of it.

Never leave food out in the kitchen and on surfaces, as this will encourage your cat to jump up, looking for food he can steal!

Cat and dog hair is a real issue in homes so regular vacuuming is a must, but there are also other ways to pick up stubborn hairs. Running a balloon over a carpet or rub will help pick up hairs because of the static electricity, as can sprinkling the surface with a light coating of baking soda and then vacuuming. Grooming your pet regularly also helps reduce hair shedding.

If you cat or dog has a little accident in the house, make sure you clean it up as soon as possible. It is also important to use a product which contains ingredients that will get rid of the ammonia in urine because pets will return to the same place to pee if they can smell it. (Remember, their sense of smell is much more powerful than ours.)

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Olney, a maid service in Potomac or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds (ie VA and most of Maryland). Why not give us a call today and let us help you with all your house hygiene needs?