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The Top 10 Rules of Spring Cleaning

house cleaning OaktonThe House Cleaning Oakton experts love spring cleaning! It’s a chance to make a real difference to homes. A tidy home is a welcoming one. There is also plenty of research to show that de-cluttering makes us feel better too. Mess drags you down.

If you’re planning your own spring clean, here are some rules to follow:

Assemble your supplies and equipment. You might have run out of furniture polish, or you could need a duster specifically for blinds. If you have everything to hand at the start, your enthusiasm won’t be dampened by having to go out and buy something.

Get the big jobs finished first. Clean the oven and fridge. These are jobs most people don’t like so once they are out of the way, the rest of the housework is a breeze.

Declutter next. That messy spare room that you’ve meant to sort for ages? Get it done now. De-cluttering is often easier if you start small. Allocate ten minutes at a time and don’t do anymore after that.

Clean those windows. You want the sun to stream in, after all. Vinegar solutions make great, natural cleansing agents for windows.

Enlist help. Why not make it a chance to catch up with neighbors? A spring clean, followed by lunch to say thanks?

Invest in new soft furnishings. Why not reward yourself with new bed linen, cushions or throws? It’s an effortless way to change the look of a room.

Clean the carpet. In the winter months, we spend longer inside, and we tramp all kinds of dirt into carpets and rugs. House cleaning Oakton at Budget-Maids offers professional carpet cleaning services.

Choose green cleaning products. You have plenty to choose from these days. They are good for the environment and good for your home.

Think of spring cleaning as exercise. If you put plenty of effort into it – stretching up to clean windows, mopping floors vigorously and going up and down stairs often as you tidy things away – you’ll get a great work-out. Who needs the gym?

Sort out repairs. Leaky faucets, creaky hinges, holes in the plaster – take this opportunity to fix them.

Here at Budget-Maids, we provide cleaning services in Arlington, house cleaning Oakton or maid services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you to spring clean your home?

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House Cleaning Oakton: Further Cleaning Resolutions

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Keep those drains clean in 2017!

How are you getting on with your cleaning resolutions? We made some house cleaning Oakton suggestions at the start of the year, but we’ve taken the liberty of adding to them!

Here are our additional tips – some of the things you might overlook regularly.

The toaster. If you want to avoid fire risk, the toaster crumb tray must be cleaned out regularly. Make this easier by lining the tray with aluminium foil.

Plug holes. It isn’t a pleasant job, but trapped hair and debris must be removed from the shower or bath drains regularly to stop build up that will lead to blockages. Once or twice a month use an old skewer to remove trapped hair and then clean the plug hole with a solution of cider vinegar and hot water.

Laptop. Are you guilty of eating in front of your laptop? If so, you’ll need to clean the keyboard regularly. Every two weeks, unplug is and turn it upside down to get rid of any crumbs lodged between the keys. Wipe with a clean cloth to get rid of sticky marks and use an air duster to blow everything out.

Make the swap to green cleaning products. Here at Budget Maids house cleaning Oakton we use green cleaning products because we care about the environment. Most green products work very well these days.

Invest in large tubs of cider vinegar. Cider vinegar makes and excellent cleaning solution for bathrooms, kitchens, fridges and more.

Wipe out your kitchen cupboards once a month. This also helps you keep on top of what foods have gone out of date, particularly dry goods such as flour, rice and couscous.

Wipe down and clean kitchen surfaces as soon as you have prepared food. It makes life easier in the long run, we promise.

Spray bathroom cleaner after every shower. Again, this makes life easier in the long run because it stops the build-up of nasty soap scum and dirt. Choose a green cleaning product or one that is specifically for daily use.

Think of cleaning as activity. Regular activity is important in our daily lives as it helps keep us fit and healthy. If you think of house cleaning as exercise, you’ll do it better and more efficiently!

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services Reston, house cleaning Oakton, a maid service Olney or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure that we help you keep your house clean and tidy in 2017?

 

House Cleaning Oakton: Guest Prep

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Read our tips for making your home more welcoming to guests!

Are you entertaining this Christmas? Will you be having guests to stay? It’s lovely to be able to entertain family and friends at this time of year, but it can be a stressful experience for the host.

Read on to find house cleaning Oakton experts advice about preparing for guests…

 

 

Stock up your bathroom

Make sure you have plenty of clean towels and extra toiletries – liquid soap shampoo, shower gel, hand lotion and toothpaste. People notice bathrooms and their levels of cleanliness, so ensure your bathroom/bathrooms are spic and span before guests arrive. House cleaning Oakton experts recommend attention to detail here. After cleaning your bath and sink, dry them with a cloth as this makes the room look cleaner overall.

Make sure there is plenty of toilet roll in the bathroom too. There’s nothing more awkward than being a guest in someone’s home and running out…

Sort out the bedroom

Clean sheets are a must. Each bed should have two pillows per person, one firm and one soft so that guests can choose what they prefer. Provide an overthrow blanket too, in case it gets cold.

Leave out some books and magazines too. This is a nice touch as a lot of people like to read before going to sleep.

House Cleaning Oakton – Allergy Checks

Check for allergies/food issues

Ask your guests beforehand if any of them have allergies that you should be aware of. Find out about food preferences too. You might be entertaining vegetarians or vegans. If anyone has a peanut allergy, it’s very important to keep peanuts out of the house as the reaction to this can be severe.

Stock up on teas and coffees

Most people have a preference for what they like to drink first thing. Good ground coffee, breakfast tea, Earl Grey and a herbal option are good. Stock up on some soft drinks too and fresh fruit juice.

Ask guests to help

If any guest offers help, accept it! Many hosts feel that their guests shouldn’t have to do anything, but that makes people uncomfortable. They are aware that you have put a huge amount of work into preparation and entertainment, why not let people help by washing up, clearing the table and more?

Here at Budget Maids we provide house cleaning Oakton, a maid service in Arlington, house cleaning in Olney or cleaning services in Potomac and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you to make sure that your home is perfectly clean and ready for the arrival of guests?

 

House Cleaning Oakton – Holiday Hygiene

house cleaning Oakton holiday adviceHave you got a vacation coming up – or even a staycation, but one where you travel out of state? The House Cleaning Oakton experts here at Budget Maids have some advice for you. The last thing you want to come back with from your vacation is an upset stomach or worse.

Read on for our tips on how to keep your holidays healthy, hygienic and happy!

Room Safety

Check out your emergency exits at your accommodation as soon as you arrive.

If you have young children, make sure that they can’t get onto the balcony unless you are with them. And check that the balcony is safe to use – is it high enough? Is it wobbly? If you’re in any doubt, ask for another room, preferably on the ground floor.

Bed bugs

Unfortunately, bed bugs are on the rise. What with so many of us travelling nowadays, the little critters have decided to travel with us. Eww… and double eww…

Here’s what the House Cleaning Oakton experts recommend you do to avoid bringing the beasties home.

  1. Don’t put your luggage or clothing on the bed.
  2. Check the bedding. Look at the mattress, headboard and pillows. You’re looking for blood stains or small black dots. The critters themselves might be hidden along mattress seams. If you see any at all, alert the staff and ask for a new room.
  3. Wrap your clothing in plastic bags – and your suitcase too.

Swimming Pool

If it’s murky – don’t go in.

If you want to use the Jacuzzi, make sure you use one in a spotless hotel. And see if there’s a board up telling you times of hygiene/cleaning checks.

Watch out for trip and slip hazards round the pool.

The Buffet

An all-you-can-eat buffet can be the highlight of many people’s holidays, but be careful. You might not mind putting on a few pounds. You probably don’t want to end up with an upset stomach because of poorly prepared food.

  1. Hot food should be hot, and cold food cold.
  2. If there are flies or birds landing on the food, don’t touch it.
  3. Watch out for recycled food. Did you see sausages or chicken last night and now here it is again chopped into salads? Avoid.

We’re sure wherever you’re going, you’ll have a great time. Happy Vacation!

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Arlington, house cleaning Oakton or maid 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 neat and tidy before you take your vacation?

 

House Cleaning Oakton – Bed Bugs!

bedbugsBed bugs – a fact of life, but not a very nice one to think about. Here’s our house cleaning Oakton expert advice on dealing with them.

What are bed bugs?

They are small, blood-sucking insects that live in the cracks and crevices in your bed. They are attracted to body heat and carbon monoxide, and will come out at night to bite exposed skin and feed on your blood.

What happens next depends on how your body reacts to the bites. Not everyone reacts to them, but some people will develop itchy, red bumps as a result. They look like mosquito bites, but mosquito bites often appear in random places, whereas bites from bed bugs tend to appear in straight lines.

On your bedding, you might also notice tiny, black dots (their droppings) or tiny, brown blood stains.

House Cleaning Oakton Advice

Having bed bugs doesn’t mean that you live in a very dirty household. When people travel a lot, they can bring bed bugs back – stuck to clothing and suitcases. They love carpets so if you have a lot of carpets in your home, bed bugs are a risk.

Here’s some ideas for what you can do:

  • Vacuum your carpets regularly – and consider carpet cleaning options. When you vacuum the carpets, make sure you dispose of the vacuum bag or contents every time.
  • Invest in hypo-allergenic bedding and bed linen. Also invest in a bed bug proof mattress cover, which will trap the insects inside and cause them to starve to death. You will need to keep this in place for up to 400 days.
  • Wash your bed linen at a temperature of at least 140 degrees F, or place your bed linen in a dryer on a hot setting for 30 minutes to kill off bugs.
  • Check the woodwork next to your bed and any upholstered furniture as bed bugs can be present there.
  • Use an insecticide spray especially designed for bed bugs. Always read the label and do not spray directly on clothing, bed linen or the mattress.
  • You might need to replace the mattress if it appears to be heavily infested.
  • Metal bed frames and headboards are a better idea than fabric ones.
  • Make a tea-tree oil spray (18oz of water mixed with 18 drops of tea-tree oil) and spray this on furniture, your carpets and your bedding. Check compatibility with furniture first.
  • Consider professional pest control firms if you think you have an infestation problem.

Here at Budget Maids we provide house cleaning Oakton, a maid service in Arlington or carpet cleaning services in Potomac and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure bed bugs don’t cause you any problems?

 

Calories Burned Doing Housework

Burn some calories doing housework.

Burn some calories doing housework.

Want a work-out that does two things at once? House cleaning Oakton experts advise you to carry out a thorough clean of your home and burn calories at the same time…

Bear with us – we know the suggestion of housework might not seem as effective as that Insanity DVD you have seen advertised on QVC, or pulling on your sneakers and going for a long run in the hills.

But as house cleaning Oakton experts, we know that cleaning is actually quite taxing. If you really put your back into it, you can burn some serious calories.

And it certainly isn’t as expensive as a gym membership!

For the best calorie burners, look for the kind of housework that uses a lot of your body. Cleaning windows is one example, or washing walls. Polishing and cleaning leather sofas is another good way of working up a sweat, and you can also add extra movement to your day by being inefficient. Instead of taking a whole lot of clean washing upstairs in one go, why not take up the items one by one running up and down the stairs each time?

Gardening and yard cleaning are other good ways to work out. Gardening often involves a lot of getting up and down, while yard sweeping and moving heavy objects all contribute to workload.

House Cleaning Oakton – the Calorie Burn

Anyway, here’s an idea of some of the calories you can burn* doing common household chores:

  • Carrying shopping bags for 30 minutes burns about 190 calories. So leave the car at home where you can and carry that shopping back to the house.
  • Making beds burns 130 calories in half-an-hour – more if you are changing beds. Your kids probably won’t mind at all if you tell them not to make their beds in the morning so
  • Cleaning windows burns about 125 calories in 30 minutes. Make yourself very popular in your neighborhood by offering to clean all the windows.
  • Vacuuming the house can burn about 90 calories in half an hour, so maximize this by vacuuming your whole home from top to bottom.
  • Dusting can burn up to 173 calories per hour. Make it a once-a-week chore and dust every room in the house to make the most of this work-out.
  • Chopping wood is the mother of all outdoor exercises – it’ll get your heart pumping and your arms, shoulders and core muscles will certainly feel the benefits. Wood chopping is thought to use up to 415 calories per hour so stack up a whole lot of wood to chop.

Here at Budget Maids we provide house cleaning Oakton, a maid service in Arlington or cleaning services in Potomac and surrounds, and more. If you’re fit enough, why not give us a call today and we’ll do all the hard work of housework?!

 

* Calories burned will depend on your age, gender and size – the bigger and heavier you are, the more calories you will burn.

 

Spring Cleaning Tips – House Cleaning Oakton Experts

house cleaning OaktonWill you be spring cleaning this year – if so, Budget Maids is on hand to provide spring cleaning tips from house cleaning Oakton experts.

A spring clean is different from a usual clean. It tends to be more thorough and can often involve jobs that have not been done for a while. With changes in the temperature and amount of sunlight, the streaming sun can often expose neglect or the extent of dust and dirt in our homes.

Wash your door mats. They wil have built up a lot of dirt from winter – rain and mud etc, so shake them down, batter them against a wall and place in the washing machine if possible.

Carpets and rug cleaning. These fabrics will have absorbed a whole lot of dirt, body oil, germs, pet hairs and more over the last few months so consider a deep cleaning to get them ready for another year of wear with shampooing or steam cleaning. (The house cleaning Oakton experts at Budget Maids can help you with professional carpet cleaning.)

Test the fabric’s compatibility first by cleaning a small, unobtrusive area with the product or cleaning implement to ensure it won’t discolor the fabric. Open the windows once you have finished to speed up the drying process.

Dust before vacuuming or cleaning floors. Use feather or lambswool dusters, if at all possible and invest in some extendable ones that will reach above window and door casings and into the corners of rooms.

Get rid of some clutter at the same time. If you have old tee shirts or other clothing, rip them up to use as household rags. Natural fibers work best and you can use these dampened for any dusting jobs that require a bit of cleaning first.

Use mops with a squeeze mechanism as these are great for vinyl, linoleum or ceramic tile floors and a decent-size heavy-duty pail.

Wash your walls – over the winter enough dust and soot will have clung to these surfaces to merit a clean. A sponge, a bucket and some diluted soapy solution should do the job for most wall surfaces (again, test out a small area to check compatibility) and consider using a sponge mop to reach the higher surfaces. If you decide to do all of your walls, this method of cleaning is also a great work-out!

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Oakton, a maid service in Arlington, house cleaning in Olney or cleaning services in Potomac and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us, the house cleaning Oakton experts, help you put our spring cleaning tips into practice?