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Maid Services Olney’s Laundry Tips

Maid Service OlneyMaid Service Olney knows that for most of us laundry is a recurring job. Depending on the size of your family you might be using the washing machine twice a week, or perhaps every day.

Maid Service Olney has laundry tips to ensure your clothes emerge as super-clean as they can be.

Preparing your dirty laundry. To ensure thorough cleaning and protect the drum of your washing machine, preparation is essential. Secure Velcro, remove pins and brooches, unfurl socks and unroll cuffs. You should also tie strings and sashes, and put lingerie into mesh bags.

IMPORTANT TIP – check pockets for tissues. If you leave tissue paper in the washing machine, it will disintegrate, coating everything in miniscule pieces that are almost impossible to pick off.

Go easy on the fabric softener, especially when you are washing towels. Fabric softener affects the absorbency of towels. For every four washes of a towel, make one of them softener-free to preserve.

Use the exact amount of washing powder or liquid. It’s tempting to throw a lot in there, but modern formulations are super strong. Too much powder or liquid will clog up the internal workings of your machine and lead to a build-up of bacteria.

Wash whites separately, as this will keep them whiter. They should also be washed at a warmer temperature than colours. You can make your own whitening formulation using half a cup of white or cider vinegar mixed in with a gallon of water during the washing machine cycle. Hang your whites out to dry in sunshine, if possible, as this acts as a natural bleach. It’s the environmentally-friendly approach too, says Maid Service Olney.

Ditch the dry cleaning. Something labelled dry cleaning doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be cleaned that way, especially if it’s made from natural fibers such as wool, silk and linen. Do hand wash them, though, in a mild solution of warm water and a gentle detergent. Rinse until the water runs clear and gently squeeze out the excess water. You should reshape items flat on a towel and leave to dry flat too.

Do regular service washes. A service wash is where you run the machine at a high temperature with nothing in it. This helps maintain your washing machine and should be done about every 40 washes. Most modern machines will have a setting especially for this. Maintain the machine by also wiping it out after every wash, removing anything trapped in the rubber seal and leaving the door open if possible.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Potomac, a Maid Service Olney 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 get into an efficient laundry routine?

 

Tips for Post-Thanksgiving – cleaning services Falls Church

cleaning services Falls ChurchHere at cleaning services Falls Church, we hope all our readers and regular customers enjoyed Thanksgiving. But what might be a bit of an issue now is the cleaning up.

Yes, Thanksgiving often comes with a hefty side order of mess. Never fear. The experts at cleaning services Falls Church can help. We’ve got some tricks and tips for even the trickiest of cleaning jobs…

Burnt on food

Sweet potatoes and marshmallows are a Thanksgiving favorite, but boy are they messy! The sugar in the candy and the potatoes will weld itself onto a casserole dish and stick there fast. You can use two different methods to remove it. Fill the dish with cold water and a couple of tablespoons of either washing powder or liquid and heat slowly on the hob. This will lift the mess off.

Otherwise, you can use the same slow heating method but use vinegar instead (one part vinegar to four parts water). Another idea is to place the dish in the freezer for three hours, and this makes the burnt payers much easier to remove too.

Red wine stains

Maybe one of your guests got a bit too enthusiastic with the toasts? Red wine stains on linen and carpets can be a pest, but it’s a salvageable situation. Even if you don’t do it immediately, there are tricks to remove old stains.

You’ll need a non-bleach dish detergent, 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, a towel, cloth or paper towels, cream of tartar and water. Working from the outside of the stain, blot with one part detergent and two parts hydrogen peroxide. If this doesn’t work, you can make a paste from the cream of tartar and water. Allow it to set for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water and blot with a clean, dampened towel. Always remember to blot, rather than scrub, as scrubbing will spread the stain further.

Removing food smells

It’s lovely to walk into a house that smells of Thanksgiving food – roasting turkey, home-made gravy, vegetables and pumpkin pie all smell delicious. Three days later, not so much. And if you burned anything, it’ll be even worse. Open the windows for a few hours, and clean the surface areas as food smells linger on carpets and even walls. Put a pan of water with half a lemon it in to boil for 20 minutes, as this will work too.

Here at Budget Maids, we provide cleaning services in Arlington, a maid service in Vienna or cleaning services 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 your house back to normal post-Thanksgiving?

 

Maid Service Vienna – Household Tips and Tricks

Now, if ever there was someone we at Maid Service Vienna Maid Service Viennalooks up to, it’s a distinguished and experienced housekeeper. We worship at their feet!

Margaret McMullin is a housekeeping tutor, ensuring people have the skills they need to clean to the best of their abilities. In an interview with the Guardian, she revealed her tips and tricks for keeping places spic and span…

It’s a nice feeling to get into a freshly-laundered bed. To make the experience even better, iron your sheets. Hospital corners will stop the sheets moving while you sleep. This YouTube tutorial shows you how to create the perfect hospital corner.

Want soft, fluffy towels? Easy when you know how… Towels harden thanks to washing powder and fabric softeners leaving behind mineral deposits that are then ‘baked-in’ as the towels dry. Wash your towels in laundry liquid, not powder, and take them out of the dryer or off the washing line before they are bone dry.

Every home should keep white vinegar at hand for cleaning jobs. It will take watermarks off shower screams and de-crust taps. Soak a cotton cloth in the vinegar to use.

If you want to check if a feather pillow needs replacing, you should balance it on your hand. If it droops too much, it is time to replace it. The best replacements are goose feather versions.

Think of cleaning as a work-out. It’s far cheaper than a gym membership, and it produces results that benefit you instantly!

Regularly clearing up clutter will make you feel much better.

One piece of advice Margaret offers that definitely chimes with us at Maid Service Vienna is that cleaning is time-consuming, so everyone in the household should be responsible for different jobs, or their own space. Babies and tiny children are off the hook, but teach your kids responsibility by getting them to tidy up their rooms or area from a young age.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Arlington, a Maid Service 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 discover how beautiful a professionally cleaned house is?

 

Picture thanks to Petr Kratochvil on PublicPicturesNet.

 

How to Clean a Chandelier

Maid Service RockvilleWe know cleaning a chandelier sounds like a tip many of you will not need, writes Maid Service Rockville, but bear with me…

If you do own one, you will know how beautiful this home ornamentation truly is. It is also one gigantic pain in the b**t to clean. And if you don’t have one, but aspire to the crystal-dusted light illuminating your home at some point, you’ll find these tips useful!

Nowadays, chandeliers come in all shapes and sizes. They can be made from authentic crystal or glass—their price eye-wateringly expensive or more towards the budget end of the market. No matter, grime or grease build-up will spoil the look of your beautiful light, or damage it.

Maid Service Rockville says, ‘We don’t want that! No, no, no!’

Your crystal chandelier will need cleaning every six to nine months. If flies don’t hover underneath as soon as it is switched on, clean it NOW. (Flies like the light. If the thing is too dirty, they aren’t attracted… Swings and roundabouts, hmm?)

Switch off your power supply before you start. Sounds obvious, I know, but I’ve seen some nasty accidents happen to those who don’t. Remove the bulbs too.

Keep a torch or other light at hand. You will probably need it to clean your chandelier properly. Place an old sheet on the ground to stop dust spreading far and wide.

Keep hold of your manufacturer’s instructions. You might need to take the chandelier apart, and all those glittery little pieces can look exactly the same when they are lying on the floor. Want to be able to put them back together? Then you need the instructions! Alternatively, take a photo of your chandelier before you pull it to pieces.

Mount your ladder (which, of course, is a safe one!) and up you go, wearing soft gloves and armed with soft cloths. Use a dilute solution of washing-up liquid or white vinegar. Gently does it when it comes to the chandelier!

Apply small amounts of the cleaning product to the cloth (not the light directly) and off you go. Softly, now! Wipe as thoroughly as you can and then polish with another, dry cloth.

Wipe the bulbs with a dry cloth and then replace them.

There we go—bright light once more, and a fixture in your room everyone can stare at and admire!

Here at Budget Maids, we provide cleaning services in Reston, Maid Service Rockville or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us clean your crystal chandeliers for you. They will be sparkling in no time.

 

Outdoor Furniture Cleaning Tips

maid service RockvilleOutdoor furniture needs cleaning too – as our maid service Rockville will tell you.

But is there an easy way to do this? After all, you don’t want to add yet more things to your to do list. (Although, of course, our maid service Rockville could also do it for you!) Here are our tips for making outdoor furniture cleaning as easy as possible…

For white plastic, you need a gallon of warm water and 3tbsp of dishwashing powder, as this contains chemicals that will whiten the plastic. Use a sponge or soft brush to apply and leave the solution on the furniture for fifteen minutes. Rinse and dry. Use this on white plastic ONLY.

For coloured plastic, use an all-purpose cleaner and water, and rinse well.

Aluminium that has a baked-on enamel finish is easy to scratch, so use a sponge soaked in detergent and water or a non-abrasive specialist cleaner. Scrub, rinse and dry.

If you want to keep the shine on plastics, resins and metal furniture, wax it. remove the cushions first, as wax can stain. Apply with a soft cloth, allow to dry and buff well.

For outdoor cushions, mix a teaspoon of dishwasher detergent with one quart warm water and one tablespoon of Borax. Soak a sponge in the mix and wash the cushions. Or you can put the mixture in a spray bottle and saturate the back and front of the cushions. Let the soaked cushions sit for fifteen minutes and then spray with plenty of water. Stand them on their side to try. Once dry, spray with a fabric protector. You can also vacuum the cushions between washes to keep the dust off.

If you have canvas seats, most of the time the canvas is removeable, so you can take it off and place it in the washing machine. It is easier to put the canvas back on while it is damp, as this will help it keep its shape.

If you can’t take it off, use a scrubbing brush and laundry soap. Load the brush with the soap and scrub the canvas. Rinse well. This should get rid of all stains and dirt.

If you clean your outdoor furniture regularly, it will last much longer – giving you plenty of years of sitting outside to enjoy the sunshine.

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 keep your garden furniture clean and tidy, ready for you to entertain guests?

 

House Cleaning Potomac – Window Cleaning Tips

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Hopefully, your house doesn’t have windows like these…

Cleaning windows – here at House Cleaning Potomac, we know this job can be a pain in the a**!

But there are ways to make the job easier. Read on to find out how the cleaning pros tackle windows with a will!

First off, you will need a bucket of cleaning solution, a scrubber or sponge and a squeegee. You might need a ladder too for windows on the second floor.

Outside windows often get stubborn marks or stains such as bird droppings and concentrated dirt and grime. Clean these first. One way of dealing them is to spray the area with pure vinegar. Leave it to sit for five minutes. Use a cloth of sponge to rub it off and then continue to clean the entire window.

Crusty stains or deposits can be removed with a razor.

The outside of the window gets much dirtier than the inside. Tackle this by spraying the windows with the garden hose before cleaning. This will help get rid of the worst of it.

House Cleaning Potomac – Home-made Window Cleaner

To make your own window cleaner, you can use equal parts of water and distilled white vinegar. This will help prevent streaks. You can also use dishwashing liquid but use this sparingly, as most modern formulations are highly concentrated. All you need is one teaspoon per two gallons of water.

A sponge is the best way to apply cleaning solution. Dip it into the mix, squeeze it out and apply over the whole window. If you are cleaning from the inside, put down towels or sheets to absorb water spills.

Use the squeegee to wipe the windows dry. For small-paned windows, move horizontally from side to side. Larger windows can be done top to bottom. A sharp blade on the squeegee prevents streaks. Replace yours when the blade gets dull.

Wipe the window with a lint-free cloth. Use a different cloth to dry the window frame thoroughly.

Don’t forget your blinds. These should be cleaned regularly too, as they pick up grime and ust easily.

Here at Budget Maids we provide House Cleaning Potomac, 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 ensure your windows are sparkling clean all the time?

 

 

 

 

Cleaning Service Reston: Big Bathroom Ewws…

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What germs lurk here?!

You know what we at cleaning service Reston mean by ewws… these are the bathroom no-no’s everyone is guilty of from time to time.

Our business is cleaning, and there is not much we don’t know about how to make a place spick and span. But some jobs and items in our homes can be overlooked. We’re all busy people and remembering when and what we have cleaned isn’t always easy.

There are some of the top bathroom issues that can be neglected…

The Bathmat

What do you do with your bathmat? You step on it when it’s wet, as do the other people in the household. Do you think it gets dried in between? Bathmats can quickly build up mold and mildew because of this, so they need to be washed regularly – at least once a fortnight. Make sure the mat is dried properly afterwards too. It’s helpful if you can hang up your mat to dry off thoroughly in between uses.

Cleaning Service Reston – the Dreaded Toilet Brush

The Toilet Brush

Ah, the toilet brush – a hardworking implement in most bathrooms. As you might guess, toilet brushes store lots of eww-type things: bacteria, dirt and fecal matter. Most people tend to use them and then put them straight back in the holder. If possible, after every use place the brush in a bucket filled with hot water and a strong cleaning solution such as bleach. Leave to soak for an hour or so and then remove and rinse well. Remember to clean the brush holder at the same time, as we cleaning service Reston experts always do. There is no point shoving it back in a dirty container.

The Toilet Flush

No doubt you clean your toilet well, but the flush handle is often neglected. And how is the flusher used? Well, everyone touches this with their unwashed hands after going to the toilet, don’t they? It’s easy to see why it needs to be cleaned regularly. Use antibacterial wipes to clean thoroughly every time you give the toilet bowl a rinse.

The Hairbrush

It’s not only hairs that stick to a hairbrush – it’s dust, dirt, oils, hair products, skin cells and dust mites. You should pull excess hair out of your brush every time you use it and shampoo your brush at least once a month. Wash it in warm water with a small amount of shampoo in it and use a clean toothbrush to scrub at the bottom of the bristles to get rid of trapped hair and dirt. Dry bristle-side down on a clean towel overnight.

Here at Budget Maids, we provide a cleaning service 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 ensure you could eat your dinner off your bathroom floor?!

*Photo thanks to MaxPixel – GreatFreePicture

 

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 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?

 

 

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?