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Keep on top of clutter with our house cleaning services

Just because you work from home, it doesn’t mean you’re going to use the time you would have spent on commuting into an office on cleaning the house.

No, you probably want to spend those two hours every day with the kids, walking or just relaxing and reading a book. And that’s why a Maids Service in Rockville or house cleaning in Reston could be just what you’re looking for.

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Your maid won’t just clean your home from top to bottom, she’ll also organize and clear out the clutter if that’s what you need too. Clutter can be quite a hazard for those of us who work from home – due to the fact we’re there to mess it up every day. But we can try and keep on top of it by heeding the following advice:

Ways to take care of clutter

  • Setting up clutter zones. Let’s face-it our homes will never be clutter-free but they can be clutter-organized ie designate particular areas where clutter is allowed to live (ie in a closet, a drawer in the kitchen,  the chair in the corner of your bedroom for clothes etc).
  • Rent stuff instead of buying. Hire a garden hedge trimmer twice a year instead of buying one and having to find somewhere to store it. Do the same with books, CDs and movies – get them from the library then return them when done.
  • Adopt tidy habits. For instance when you get home put your key in the same spot and your coat in the hall closet straight away rather than throw them both onto the nearest chair. Your day bag should always go in the same spot too. That way you’ll always know where these things are – which, come to think of it, is extremely handy should you need to rush out the door in future.

How about you? What cunning ways do you deploy to ensure clutter never builds up? We’d love to hear from you. Meanwhile if you need a Maid Service in Olney, cleaning service Rockville or a house cleaning in Oakton then you can always contact us for a free estimate at budget-maids

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Can your kids cope with cleaning up?

Having a Maid Service in VA means you don’t have to worry about weekly cleaning routines. At Budget Maids we’ll take care of that side of things. But of course, in between our visits there’ll be some regular tidying up to do.

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And that’s why parents should take a look at this study from the University of Minnesota which showed that getting your kids involved in cleaning and tidying from a young age can actually improve their life chances. The study is a decade old but we’ve no reason to believe things are any different nowadays.

Cleaning from a young age encourages good character traits

What the researchers found was that getting kids to put away their toys and take out the trash from as young as four, taught them responsibility, empathy and self-reliance – all of which are necessary adult skills.

So how should you introduce your little darlings to some full-on cleaning action? Well, follow these tips and you won’t go too far wrong:

·         Relax. Let them do it their way, provided they get there in the end. And if it’s not 100 per cent perfect well, does it really matter? The point is they’ve attempted and completed their task.

·         Praise. Even mid-task. Everyone likes to be appreciated and rewarded.

·         Start today. Adults learn better by doing (we certainly do here at Budget Maids so let them just jump in and get started).

·         Chart it. Make a chart outlining their chores for the week which they can tick off once completed. That’ll give them a sense of satisfaction.

·         Be specific. Kids need to be told what tidying a particular room means ie dirty clothes in wash basket, books lined up etc.

Parenting experts also advise not giving kids pocket money for doing chores – mainly because younger ones won’t be motivated by this and also because it takes away from the fact that cleaning up is just part and parcel of family life.

What sort of your chores do you get your little ones doing? And how did you manage it?

Meanwhile, for regular expert house cleaning in Potomac, a maid service Vienna or a cleaning service in Columbia then don’t hesitate to get in touch here at Budget Maids.

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House Cleaning Columbia – Don’t Get All Heated Up

They seem to accumulate dust just by sitting there and they’re awkward when it comes to cleaning – but here at Budget Maids we agree, we just couldn’t do without our sturdy radiators come the fall and winter.

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So how do we keep them clean throughout the year so that it’s not such a big job come September when we’re doing a cleaning service Falls Church or Maid Service in Olney? Well, now that they’re going to be switched off for several months the start of summer is the perfect time to give your radiators a wipe down and clean.

You’ll be glad to know that no special equipment is necessary. Instead, if you want to remove all that dirt and dust from behind your radiator then simply hang a damp cloth or even a sheet of damp newspaper behind the radiator in question then blow the front of the radiator with a hairdryer. What this does is force the dust onto the cloth or sheet of newspaper at the back of the radiator. Couldn’t be easier…

Next get a bucket of warm water with a cupful of detergent and once the suds start to form, use it to wipe the radiator down with a cloth. Remember to dry the radiator too though in order to prevent any rust forming. It might also be worth giving the wall above the radiator a quick wipe too as the heat can cause it to discolor over the months.

Further cleaning tips for your radiator

·         If you want to get right in between the grates in your radiator then it’s often easier to use a long circular brush. If those grates are too tightly packed together then it’s time to get out the hairdryer again.

·         Never dismantle and move a radiator to clean it (even if you can). It’s far simpler – and much less hassle – to get the job done exactly where it is

For further cleaning tips or to book a cleaning service in Rockville, house cleaning in Potomac or cleaning service Reston then check out our Budget Maids website today.

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Get the kids to clean up too

We like them to be clean but they’ve gotta be one of the messiest and most cluttered rooms in the whole house, if not THE worst. Yep, you’re average kid’s bedroom is somewhere most parents tend to avoid if possible. In fact, the only worse place we can think of here at Budget Maids in VA, is a TEENAGER’S bedroom. Now there’s somewhere you really don’t want to venture inside…

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But anyway, kids bedroom’s, once you have managed to grit your teeth and fight your way in, here’s a couple of cleaning tips for you:

Cleaning soft toys:  freshen these up by popping a couple of tablespoons of baking soda into a paper bag then putting the toy inside. Scrunching up the top and shake for five minutes or so. If you feel that’s not enough, wash the toy by putting it in a pillow case, tie it, then pop it in the machine at a medium wash.

Removing stickers and transfers from walls: there’s a few substances that can do this but the ones we’ve found most helpful include nail polish remover and WD40.

Cleaning is easier if the room’s organized so make sure there’s a place for everything and which, if it’s not a drawer or wardrobe is clearly labelled (so that you remember too!).

A good way to start to get your kid to clean his or her room is to help them clean it the first few times until they get used to the idea then allow them to go it alone.

Set a few ground rules ie insist they always put dirty clothes in the laundry basket and tell them they’re banned from taking and eating food in their room (unless it’s crisps or sweets). No-one wants to find a two month old half-eaten cheese sandwich under the bed!

Whether you’re looking for a house cleaning in Falls Church, a Maids Service in Olney or a cleaning service in Vienna then here at Budget Maids in VA, we’d be happy to help.

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How To Shift Those Stubborn Stains

Here at Budget Maids we’ve seen our fair share of stubborn stains over the years while doing a spot of house cleaning in Arlington or engaged in our maids service in Vienna and other areas around the state.

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As a result we’ve developed lots of fool-proof ways to get rid of a whole number of unwelcome substances that can cling to chairs, cushion covers, carpets etc. And we’re going to share a few of those stain removing solutions with you right here:

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First off, scape any lumpy pieces of chocolate still clinging to the fabric with a knife (but make sure you don’t spread it). Rinse the underside of the stain with cold water ie if it’s a cushion then turn it inside out. Next rub some liquid detergent into the actual stained side. Once you’ve left it for five minutes for the detergent to do its work, plunge the fabric into cold water and leave for around 15 minutes, every now and again rubbing the stain then rinse thoroughly. If there’s still an oily mark on the stain rub it with soap before washing (if not dry clean).

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Candle light may be pretty at the time but dripping wax can be a nightmare to remove. The best way to do so is by first hardening the wax with an ice cube. Next, get a blunt knife and try to scrape off as much of the wax as possible. There’ll still be some remaining so at this point cover the wax on the fabric with a piece of kitchen paper and iron over it using a cool iron while trying to prevent the iron touching the carpet/cushion etc.

Cooking/vegetable oil
Try and remove as much of the oil as you can using a spoon before rubbing the stain with liquid detergent and leaving the fabric for five minutes to allow the detergent time to permeate and break down the oil. Wash the fabric if possible, in the hottest temperature it’ll stand and repeat until the stain is no longer visible.

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This is a particularly messy stain to clean off. Like the other methods, try and get as much of the sauce off the fabric as you can, using a spoon or blunt knife, before you start cleaning. Turn the fabric inside out if possible and soak the back of the stain with cold water. Next go to the front of the stain and rub liquid detergent into it. If the colors won’t run you can apply a little bleach or white vinegar with a sponge. Rub with detergent again then use a stain remover. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before washing.

If you’ve any other great stain removing suggestions we’d love to hear them right here on the Budget Maids blog. Meanwhile if you’re ever in need of any house cleaning in Columbia or a cleaning service in Reston or elsewhere in VA then here at Budget Maids we’d be happy to lend a hand.

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Clean Your Home the Natural Way

Here at Budget Maids, when providing our house cleaning services in Columbia, Vienna and other cities and towns in VA, we’re conscious that most clients these days like the idea of eco-friendly house cleaning. As a result, none of our cleaning agents contain harsh chemicals which could prove detrimental to the environment when discharged.

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Meanwhile, we thought you might appreciate our guide to cleaning your home in a 100 per cent non-toxic fashion, using items we bet you have either in your cupboards or lying around at home right this minute:

Distilled vinegar

Most of you are probably already familiar with the window and glass-gleaming effects of wiping these materials with vinegar and newspaper, but did you know it could also be diluted and applied to kitchen counter tops, ceramic tiles and enamel sinks and baths? Add a little salt to provide a scouring texture.

Baking soda

Great at getting rid of unwanted smells, baking soda can clean a sink drain if you pour a mixture of baking soda and vinegar (half a cup each) down the plug hole and rinse with hot water. To get rid of stubborn carpet smells, sprinkle a little baking powder and leave for an hour or so before bringing out the vacuum cleaner. Even just plonk a box in a smelly closet to freshen up the air in there.

Lemons

This natural bleach and disinfectant is brilliant at cleaning the oven hob when mixed into a paste with a little baking soda and hot water.

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Excellent at providing a shine to wooden coffee tables, dressing tables etc.

 

Cornstarch

 

Stains on fabric such as curtain material can be removed by covering the area with cornstarch and leaving for 30 minutes then rinsing with fizzy club soda.

Essential Oils

Many of these have particular qualities (ie tea tree is antiseptic and grapefruit extract anti-fungal). As a result the latter, when mixed with warm water, can fight mold stains and mildew.

The great thing about the above cleaners is they can be made in advance and stored in an attractive container. You can even put a few drops of essential oils in them to make them smell nice.

For more cleaning tips or to find out more about our maid service in Vienna, house cleaning in Potomac or cleaning service in Olney then visit our site here.

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Our Strategy to Give You a Clean and Shiny Home

Here at Budget Maids we’re regarded as the leading house cleaning and maid service in Virginia and beyond.

That’s not just because we’ve been in the business for more years than we care to remember right now. But also because when we enter your home to do our job – whether that’s house cleaning in Arlington, Vienna, Oakton or elsewhere — we always go in with a fixed plan in mind so that we can make the most efficient use of our time. Well, it makes sense – both from our point of view and yours.

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You don’t want us to be hanging around when you get home from work and we’re always conscious of the fact there’s another client looking to have her or his home fixed too. So what’s our plan?

House cleaning strategy

  • Tackle the kitchen and bathroom first. Why? Because these rooms are more often than not where you’ll find the majority of germs in the home.
  • The downstairs level is next. This is because is when people enter your home they’re hardly likely to go straight for your bedroom. They’ll hang around the sitting room and kitchen and more than likely enter through the hallway. They may also use the downstairs powder room.
  • Use sprays that smell nice and are eco-friendly. That means no harsh chemicals, there’s no excuse for using synthetic smelling sprays these days as there’s so many pleasant ones on the market.
  • Always have enough new cloths for every home. Not to have suitable clothes for particular surfaces just doesn’t make sense. You’ll never find us running out and using paper towels as a replacement. Paper can be easily pierced resulting in scratched surfaces.
  • Use plenty of elbow grease. Sometimes the only way certain surfaces such as floors and tiles can get super-clean and shiny is to rub hard and fast. It’s worth it to see the end result and anyway – it’s good exercise!
  • Enjoy our time cleaning your home. Our team gets satisfaction from a good result – just as you yourself will be delighted to come back to a gleaming home. We may do a bit of singing at the same time (hopefully in tune if you’re around at the time) – but that’s because we enjoy and take pride in our work.

Don’t believe we love our work? Then try us out and we’ll prove it. At Budget-Maids we undertake professional house cleaning in Reston, Rockville and other towns throughout the State. Contact us here for an instant quote.

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Let Budget-Maids get you set for spring cleaning season

With the changeover from February to March on Friday, the idea of spring cleaning your home has probably already begun to formulate in that head of yours.

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This is the time of year when our team’s house cleaning in Columbia, Arlington, Potomac and other local areas, gets busier than ever. And it’s probably the season your house gets its biggest clean all year.

That, of course, makes spring a prime time for de-cluttering. But with more and more of us leading such busy lives these days it’s not always possible to do a really thorough spring clean.

And that’s why, here at Budget-Maids, we often find we’re called out to either start or finish a spring clean or, as is increasingly the case, to do the entire clean from top to bottom while everyone in the home is out at work. And that suits us just fine.

But anyhow, if you’re one of those customers who’d like to at least prepare for us coming in to do a thorough spring clean of your home from top to bottom then here’s a few tips on getting started:

  • Attics and Garages – Ok, we bet these are the places where you’re going to have the most clutter. Broken sports equipment, old toys, wedding presents you hated – they’re all there and really, it’s time to get rid of. We don’t necessarily mean bin them, you could take some of the items down to a charity shop or hand in to a homeless shelter. You know that old saying – one man’s junk is another man’s treasure? We bet donating would make you feel good too!
  • Home office – Yep, this is the second type of place in the home where mess tends to accumulate. That’s because it’s easy – and understandable – to store away old files, paper and magazines you think you may need again one day. Even though you haven’t looked at them for at least five years! Maybe it’s time to admit that past client really is going to remain in the past and use the space his file is taking up for a new client. Throwing out dead wood can also clear your head and give you added vigor.
  • Clothes and footwear – Most of us could do with throwing out old garments that we haven’t worn for months and in some cases, years. Fashion stylists recommend getting rid of an item you haven’t worn within the last 12 months. Maybe you prefer to hang on to things a bit longer? We reckon our cut off point is three years. If we realize that was the last time we wore something it’s headed for the charity shop next day – unless it’s our big cuddly woolly sweater that we’ve been dragging out every winter for the past decade!

Anyways, if you can clear out the clutter from the above, then here at Budget-Maids we’ll come in and do the rest – cleaning all that extra space you’ve just found in your home which is going to give not just your house, but your whole family a new lease of life. For all year round help we also provide a maid service in Arlington, Potomac and other local areas.

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Caring For Your Wood Furniture

Wood furnishings can add a touch of class to a home and are stunning when they are properly cleaned and cared for. However, wood is more fickle then its synthetic counterparts and needs special care to make it last and stay beautiful. If you have wood furnishings or cabinets in your Elkridge home, here are some tips to keep it protected and clean while retaining its beauty.  Continue reading

Organizing Your Cleaning Supplies

418px-Wall_Closet-150x150If your  Clarksville  home has a cleaning cabinet or closet that has fell into disarray, you are not alone. Ironically, cleaning supply cabinets are often one the messiest and most disorganized areas in many homes. Peek under the kitchen sink in even the most immaculate home and you can often find a jumble of bottles, scrubbing pads and boxes. This can make it hard to find the cleaner you need or keep track of what you have and what is running low.  Continue reading