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Maid Service Reston: Household Chores We Hate!

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Toilet cleaning. Most people hate it.

Everyone has their pet peeve, Maid Service Reston writes, the one household chore they despise, and the one they bribe other members of their household to do.

This can vary wildly. There are some people, for example who love ironing. They use it as an excuse to catch up on their favorite TV program. It’s a reward, right? I’ll work my way through all the ironing and in exchange, I’ll Keep up with the Kardashians at the same time. Insert your program/Box set of choice.

Others can find cleaning toilets hugely rewarding. We know. It doesn’t sound appealing to most of us. Unless you are someone who derives immense satisfaction from seeing something dirty and unhygienic transformed into gleaming white ceramic, clean smelling, and a seat every member of your household can safely sit their bottom on…

In all our years of providing Maid Service Reston, we do know there are certain jobs that do come in the top five for almost everyone. Here they are…

Cleaning the oven. The trouble is, as time goes on this job becomes harder and harder as burnt on grease builds up. When its hurts your eyes to open the door when the oven’s on, it’s well past the time you need to do it.

Emptying the garbage. Nope, no-one likes this either. And plenty of people are guilty of stuffing the trash down to get out of needing to empty the can. Another thing that doesn’t get done regularly is actually cleaning the garbage can. It handles all your rubbish. It needs it.

Cleaning the fridge. Wait, you say. That’s a thing?! We’re kidding, we know most people won’t let a refrigerator sit filthy or with spills in it. But proper cleaning of the fridge as it needs is a rarity in most households. On a weekly basis, Maid Service Reston recommends you remove all the shelves and wash in warm soapy weather, get rid of anything that’s out of date and clean up those gunky, sticky stains that always seem to happen.

Changing the beds. This one doesn’t appeal to many people as it’s an effort. First, you must strip them, then you’ve got to put duvet covers on. And that’s hard work. The pro’s tip is to turn the duvet cover inside out, stick your arms in and hold a corner in each hand, place over the duvet and tip so that the cover goes over easily.

All household chores. Ha! We added this as a joke. There are some people who genuinely love housework, but we’re willing to bet they are few and far between. Why not employ the pros? We’ll do a brilliant and budget-friendly job for you.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Olney, Maid Service Reston or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us do all the jobs you hate and don’t have time for?

 

Budget Maids Time-Saving Cleaning

Budget MaidsWhy book regular cleaning services through companies such as Budget Maids?

Well, the main thing is you get your life back! The average American working week is about 49 hours. Who wants to come home and spend the time cleaning?

We know you don’t need much help thinking up ideas of what to do with the extra time you get from not cleaning, but just in case you do, here are some ideas…

Sleep! Seven to eight hours of sleep is ideal. You’ll wake up (in your gorgeously clean bedroom, thanks to Budget Maids) feeling refreshed and energetic.

Barbecue. The summer’s here, so of course, you want to invite friends and family for a barbecue. Continuing on the outsourcing theme, tell them it’s a potluck barbecue. They can bring the sides, the salads and the ice-cream and you’ll do the cooking. (Budget Maids can clean it up for you afterwards.)

Take up a new hobby. We bet there’s some hobby or craft you’ve wanted to take up for a while, but what with work and cleaning, you haven’t found the time. Now, thanks to Budget Maids, you have it in abundance.

Spend quality time with friends. This is something else that tends to fall by the wayside when we’re working hard. Go bowling, arrange a group picnic. Better still, invite friends around to your newly-tidy home, eat cakes and drink wine.

Do some outdoor stuff. What’s your fancy? Hiking? Running? Quad biking? Whatever it is, treat yourself to plenty of fresh air, safe in the knowledge that you will be returning to a super-clean home.

Take your dog an extra long walk. Heat permitting, your dog will love a long walk with you now that you have time to spare. Regular walks contribute to the health of both of you.

Cook a special meal. Weekdays, we tend to grab and go when it comes to food. Now that you don’t need to spend your weekends cleaning, why not pick a recipe that takes a little longer. Pulled pork done in the crock pot is super easy. Serve with brioche buns, homemade slaw and crackling on the side.

We know our customers work really hard, and the thought of additional work when they return home isn’t welcome at all which is why we at Budget Maids provide fantastic cleaning services at cost-effective prices. Contact us today at info@budgetmaids.com to find out more.

 

 

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?!

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Cleaning Service Falls Church: Spring Clean Bedrooms

cleaning service Falls ChurchHere at Cleaning Service Falls Church, Spring makes us joyful. The weather brightens, we can all get out and about again, and we start to feel more energetic.

Cleaning services Falls Church doesn’t need too much of an excuse to want to do some spring cleaning, but let’s have a look at one room in particular: the bedroom. Why not start small with your spring cleaning, one room at a time? Going to bed at night in a fresh, clean room will help you relax, and getting that room tip-top is hugely satisfying.

Windows

Start with the windows. Get outside and clean them externally, as well as internally. It’s best to do this on a cloudy day, so the sun doesn’t dry out the cleaning agent before you’ve wiped it off. Vinegar and newspapers is an old housewife’s tale for sparkling clean windows, and it works.

Closet, Wardrobe and Drawers

Okay, if ever there was an incentive to de-clutter it is Spring. Why not use your bedroom spring clean as an opportunity to get rid of clothing, shoes and accessories you don’t want? Sort them into charity and chuck piles, the latter for anything that actually is falling apart. Or why not try a Swish party? That’s where you invite your girlfriends to the house, everyone brings their unwanted clothes and you swap. It’s like shopping, but guilt-free.

Clean Curtains and Blinds

You can use your vacuum cleaner to clean the curtains, using the nozzle attachment. You might also be able to put curtains in the washing machine. Buy specialist dusters for blinds as they can be fiddly.

Professionally Clean Carpets and Rugs

Professional carpet cleaning services just like the ones we provide at Cleaning Service Falls Church will make your carpets look brand new. They also help if you have pets as they can get rid of the build-up of fur and the nasty little critters that like to pounce on your pooch and hide in your home…

Dust and Polish

Dust builds up quickly in bedrooms, thanks to skin cells, hairs and make-up (if you do your face in your boudoir). Why not do the dusting and polishing job properly, by removing everything from wooden surfaces? It’ll be worth it.

Here at Budget Maids, we offer cleaning service Falls Church, 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 share our love of cleaning with you?

 

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 Olney: The Servants of Old

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Acland servants in 1897.

As Maid Service Olney’s focus turns to spring cleaning, spare a thought for the maids of old.

Downton Abbey fans got a glimpse of below-stairs life, but what was it really like to clean a stately home in the days before vacuum cleaners, washing machines and modern-day cleaning chemicals?

The Complete Servant, by Samuel and Sarah Adams, was first published in 1825. It’s a fascinating source of social history, and a guide to what is was like to work in a large or modest house in late Georgian times.

Samuel and Sarah Adams were in service for 50 years, ending up as butler and housekeeper respectively. For many years, this book was the bible for how a house should be run.

Maid Service Olney: A Housemaid’s Work is Never Done

The housemaid’s day was a long one. She began by opening the shutters in the family’s living rooms, raking out and re-laying fires, and cleaning up any mess. Then, she would move on to the bedrooms. She would empty out slops from the chamber pots, light the fires and clean and dust the rooms, being careful not to wake the master or mistress.

After breakfast, there were more fires to be laid, beds to make, rooms to clean, food to serve, tables to be waited and cleared. Servants had to be discreet too. They had to carry out their work in a quiet, unnoticeable way.

Jobs included polishing furniture and the silver, beating carpets and rugs and endless dusting, thanks to all the fireplaces in large houses. The master and mistress would need their clothes washed and ironed, their shoes polished and their hair seen to. Most well-off women had a lady’s maid, whose main function was to attend to her mistress’s appearance.

Servants usually had to wait until their master or mistress went to bed too. It would be their job to help them undress, and ensure the bed was warm.

The highest placed servant was the butler, then the housekeeper – usually known by the title of Mrs, whether she was married or not.

In the 19th Century, stately homes had huge numbers of staff. At Welbeck Abbey, the home of the Duke of Portland, for example, there were more than 60 servants in the house, and a further 200 people working in the stables, gardens and farm.

It’s hard to imagine now – the modern-day equivalent would be a hotel – but remember your vacuum cleaner, your dishwasher and all, and be thankful!

Here at Budget-Maids, we offer a maid service Olney, a cleaning service in Potomac or house cleaning in Columbia and surrounds (i.e., VA and most of Maryland). Why not give us a call today and let us help you make your home stately house clean?

 

 

 

Maid Service Reston: We Love Cleaning!

maid service RestonIf you use maid service Reston, you’ll know we LOVE cleaning. Our fondness for cleanliness isn’t limited to Valentine’s Day, but if you’ve ever wondered why we’re so fond of cleaning, here are the reasons why…

We derive satisfaction from cleaning. When you clean someone’s home from them, you get clear, tangible results. There is nothing more satisfying than taking a place from messy to spick and span.

We like performing a useful service. Everyone lives busy lives in the modern world. If you work and you have a family, you don’t want to spend huge amounts of time cleaning your home. That’s where we come in. We will tidy up for you, leaving you free to do the things that really matter.

We love the environment. That’s why we use environmentally-friendly cleaning products. We want our world to be here for a long time once we’re gone!

Maid Service Reston – Minimizing Dust and Allergic Reactions

We like improving our customers’ health. With allergies on the increase, one way we can help is by keeping your house clean and tidy. If you minimize the dust and steam-clean carpets, this can help reduce allergic reactions to dust mites.

We love pets. Budget-Maids are animal lovers. This is one of the other reasons why we use environmentally-friendly cleaning products. We’re also used to working around animals so your beloved pooch or moggie will be safe with us.

We love the jobs you hate. There are plenty of cleaning jobs everyone loathes, right? Cleaning the cooker, for example, is one job most people avoid. Clearing the drain hole is another. Are you ensuring you give your fridge a thorough clean on a regular basis? Budget-Maids expert teams will do these jobs with joy.

We like being trustworthy. Many of our clients are happy to let us have keys to their homes so we can let ourselves in and out with minimal interruption to our clients’ routine. When you’re trustworthy, more people are likely to employ you. It’s a win-win situation!

There you go – all the reasons for our adoration of the duster, mop, vacuum cleaner et al!

Here at Budget-Maids, we provide maid service Reston, cleaning services in Potomac or house cleaning in Columbia and surrounds (i.e., VA and most of Maryland). Why not give us a call today and let us help you make sure your house is lovingly cleaned for Valentine’s Day?

 

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 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?