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Make sure your July 4 party goes with a bang

Tomorrow is July 4 and most of us – including the team here at Budget Maids – will be celebrating American Independence Day party style. But of course, before we do that, it usually means a big clean – both outdoors and in.

We’ve a few tips for you right here to ensure you make the best use of your time prior to your July 4 party. After all, who wants to spend all their pre-party time cleaning, right?

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·         Only clean the rooms you know people will go into

That usually means the bedroom where you plan to leave your guests’ jackets, the kitchen area, toilet and the porch. It might be an idea to clean the sitting room too though – just in case it rains and the party has to move indoors.

·         Get the other family members to help

Why should you end up having to do all the cleaning on your own? If everyone in your household mucks in it means the house and garden will be finished much quicker and you’ll be able to spend more time planning the food and going to the store to buy it.

·         Clean the grill

We’re guessing that if you’re like us you’ll be hosting a barbecue. It’s often easy to overlook cleaning the grill as you’re so busy organizing everything else. Depending on what type of grill you have this mostly just involves scraping down the grill tray and soaking it with lots of hot soapy water. Remember to do it though otherwise your food will have a greasy taste from last time round.

Of course there’s another way to get all the household cleaning done prior to your July 4 event. At Budget Maids we regularly get called for one-off event clean-ups – both pre and post event. If that’s the kind of service you believe you’d benefit from then please give us a call or see our website here.

We undertake house cleaning in Columbia, provide a cleaning service in Olney and a maid’s service in Vienna – as well as other areas of Virginia and Maryland.

Bathroom Blitzing when it Comes to House Cleaning Tips in VA

Cleaning the smallest room in the house (ie the bathroom) can be much easier when we adhere to a regular maintenance program with proven house cleaning tips we’ve found here at Budget Maids in VA.

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For instance, preventing bigger build ups of soap and dirt makes a thorough clean-up of the area much easier and quicker to achieve. So, what kind of tips are referring to? Well, take the following for example:

Keeping a shower head spraying

Get rid of calcium and lime build up from water which can block up your shower head meaning it won’t spray as effectively. You can do this by every now and again by hanging a small plastic bag full of white vinegar over the shower head while you sleep. Next morning scrub the area with a brush and rinse it several times to get rid of the strong smell of vinegar. Do this every few months or whenever you sense there’s becoming a build-up and the shower is clogging.

Pamper your pipes by a thorough cleaning in VA

Another piece of regular bathroom maintenance (every couple of months) should involve cleaning out your bathroom pipes. Long hair is a big offender here as it tends to clog the bath hole. The best way to clear them out is to pour down ½ cup of baking soda then follow this with the same amount of white vinegar. Leave for five minutes then pour down some boiling water. You’ll be amazed at the quick results!

Prevent soap build-up on your shower door

Not only does soap smeared on your shower door look bad, it’s also dangerous as it’ll cause the door to be slippery when you grab hold of it. One tip to make sure the soap doesn’t build up in the first place is to actually wipe the door with car wax. This makes it almost impossible for soap to cling to it.

Eliminate bathtub rings

Ok, it might not be quite as much fun when having a bath, but if you want to prevent scum marks then cut out those oily fragranced bath soak lotions you’re using in the bath which is causing the scum to float to the surface and stay there. If you do insist on using them then make sure the minute you’re out the bath and dressed that you clean the rings with warm water and maybe even a gentle scrub.

If you have any cleaning questions then please feel free to contact Budget Maids. We’re well-known for our professional house cleaning in Arlington, maid service in Vienna and cleaning service in Reston – as well as other areas throughout VA. Contact us now.

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Cutting back on chemicals in US house cleaning services

Following on from one of our previous blog posts on house cleaning services with natural ingredients, we were interested to note here at Budget Maids that there has been a big rise in the number of natural ingredients (or ‘bio-based’ sources) introduced into commercial cleaning products in recent years. And the trend looks set to continue as the race goes on to find more and more powerful natural-based commercial cleaners for household and public use.

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The reason for the introduction of ingredients such as corn, lemon, orange, soy and herbs into commercial cleaners is for the companies who produce them to gain more of an environmental foothold in the cleaning industry.

Citrus – especially orange – is one of the more popular of the ‘new’ ingredients thanks to its excellent degreasing qualities. It’s especially good for cleaning stainless steel worktops and sinks.

Interestingly in our opinion, many public sector and large-scale private firms are now increasing their use of environmentally-friendly based cleaners in a bid to protect front-line staff from long exposure to harsher chemicals (let’s face it – no-one wants a law suit!).

How green is your cleaner in percentage terms?

Today you’ll find a run-down of ingredients on every cleaning product and those ‘green and environmentally-friendly’ elements will be highlighted to the extent many manufacturers insist on putting what percentage of ingredients are environmentally-friendly on the packaging.

Hydrogen Peroxide for house cleaning services

Oxygen is increasingly being introduced as an ingredient in our cleaning products. Hydrogen peroxide cleaner in particular have grown in popularity. They work by releasing oxygen when the product comes into contact with stains. This is said to both boost the power of the cleaning product and at the same time ensure there’s no residue left over. It’s so powerful that it’s now being introduced as an alternative to chlorine bleach which can prove damaging to skin in concentrated forms.

Respect the warnings on all cleaners

Just because a cleaning fluid has a high concentration of environmentally-friendly ingredients in it doesn’t mean you can use it in any concentration you like. For despite being far safer than their chemical counterparts, even biobased solutions can prove dangerous at super concentrated levels.

At Budget Maids we always use the greenest and most environmentally-friendly effective products we can find. For more information on house cleaning in Oakton, house cleaning in Vienna or a Maids Service in Potomac, then please give us a call. We’d be happy to hear from you.

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Clever Cleaning Tips for Your Kitchen

It’s great having your house cleaned by a professional company every week. It means all that scrubbing, thorough wiping and disinfecting is a thing of the past for you. Or is it?

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Unfortunately our homes don’t always stay nice and shiny until the next time the nice lady turns up to clean it. That’s because we’re busy living in them. And sometimes that means we have to do a little ‘in-between times’ cleaning. So here’s a quick guide to help when your kitchen (which tends to be the messiest room in our home) gets that little bit too yeuchy to cope with:

  • Clean as you cook
  • This is one we religiously adhere to ourselves. Often recipes provide the odd five or ten minutes breathing space while some of the ingredients are being cooked. Instead of nipping through and watching 10 minutes of TV it’s a better idea to clean that bowl that we’ve just mixed stuff in. And while you’re at it, throw in that knife, spoon and the measuring cups too. In other words, wash as you go. Doing this not only feels satisfying but also means you don’t have to face a huge pile of dishes before heading to bed.
  • Clear up clutter
  • That’s continual clutter such as plates, utensils and bowls that you never use but are lying around in drawers and cupboards anyway just taking up space and getting dusty and dirty. If you haven’t used them in some time pack them in a box and store them in a cupboard somewhere. Just don’t refill the space with more kitchen gear you won’t use! In fact, see all that stuff lying around on the worktops such as the liquidizer, smoothie maker and steamer? Put THAT in the newly cleared cupboards.
  • Gear up for the grill
  • One of the messiest of all cooking implements, this doesn’t have to be a nightmare to clean every time you cook. Not if you lightly wipe it with oil prior to putting any food down. That way the food won’t get too dry and stick to the bars of the grill tray – and you won’t have to spend your precious leisure time scrubbing away at it.

For more cleaning tips from the Budget Maids team who undertake house cleaning in Columbia, maid services in Potomac and a general cleaning service in Vienna as well as other areas in VA, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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