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Who does the cleaning in your household?

It’s still a bit of a sensitive question in the average household today to ask who does the cleaning in the home. Most women like to believe that after decades of protest, some pleading and even a little demanding, the traditional roles would have shifted a bit.

But, it seems that’s not the case according to a recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Their findings showed that globally, women still act as the main housekeepers, overseeing laundry, cooking, cleaning and generally taking care of household chores for the entire family.

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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said…

After studying 28 countries across the world, the OECD found that women clocked up more ‘working’ hours in 22 of these 28 countries than men. The reason for this is that women ended up doing endless hours of housework in addition to putting in the necessary hours for their own career. Slaving away at the office and doing double shifts at home can, of course, take its toll…

What to do?

According to the survey, American households churn out 400 loads of laundry and 215 dishwasher loads every year. In addition, American women dedicate more than 15 hours a week to household cleaning.

Some households have come a long way in dividing chores amongst women, men and even children. Others take short cuts. Here at Budget Maids we believe the best way is to draw up a schedule of cleaning, cooking, and laundry that can be divided amongst household members on a weekly basis.

Another interesting statistics from the OECD study – certainly from our own point of view here at Budget Maids – is that there was a definite increase in outsourcing household chores. 

And of course that’s an easy, effective and no-worry way of getting household chores done without have to nag the other half or the kids.

Have you tried it yet? If not, why not give us a call here at Budget Maids and we’ll talk you through the type of services we offer. This includes house cleaning in Potomac, maid services in Arlington and cleaning services in Olney and surrounds. 

Keep a Lid on Your Laundry

Ever find yourself wondering at the speed at which the laundry pile seems to grow? No matter whether you check in regularly on a Monday, Thursday or at Saturday that fabric pile seems to multiply almost overnight. Here are a few Budget Maids tips though that might just help you cut it down to size:

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  • Best days for doing laundry. Ever wondered when you should be doing your laundry?  Er, we hate to tell you this but really; every day should be a laundry day.  Yep, scary as it sounds, try to schedule a little bit of laundry time every morning or afternoon – even if it’s as little as half an hour.  Do a little every day and you’ll prevent that out of control mass at the end of the week. 
  • Separating system. Unfortunately, none of us can get away from having to separating our dark and light clothing.  So it makes sense to have a proper dividing system right from the start. Have separate laundry baskets in different rooms in your home, such as the children’s’ room, bathroom and laundry closet.  That way, when it’s time to do the laundry, you simply collect the already-sorted batches. Simple!
  • Tackle laundry heaps according to available time. If your time is limited start tackling small laundry loads instead of big heavy loads such as linen and towels etc.  By getting smaller bundles sorted quickly you’ll have more time later to tackle the tougher batches.
  • Save time on ironing. Never delay hanging out your laundry if you can help it. That’s because the sooner you get the laundry onto the drying rack, the less time you’ll spend ironing it. Let your wet laundry idle in the washing machine and you’ll end up slaving away with the iron later that day or week.
  • Ask family members to help. Don’t feel guilty about getting the rest of the family to help with the washing. Draw up a simple schedule which includes loading the machine, hanging the washing, ironing and sorting it. Get the laundry done fast, and you might even get to spend more time with the family.

Don’t let your laundry get out of hand – not when there’s simple ways, like those above, that can prevent it from doing so. If you find yourself in a never ending laundry struggle, call on for a helping hand at Budget Maids – we’re right here whether you need a maid service in Vienna, house cleaning in Reston or a cleaning service in Falls Church and the rest of VA and Maryland.

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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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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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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.

Beeswax

 

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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America’s Cleaning Industry Growing In Demand

Interestingly, a recent 2013 report from the website FranchiseHelp.com on the cleaning industry showed it is set to become one of the fastest growing sectors in the United States by the end of the current decade. In fact they actually predict a five per cent growth between 2008 and 2018.

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This increase, says the report, is due to the rise in the number of elderly people living alone or in residential homes that will need additional help with cleaning chores. The report also takes into account laundering and clothing repair and this too is expected to increase with people living longer. In fact, in 2010 there were actually 824,394 workers employed in America’s cleaning industry.

‘Green’ Cleaning

Another trend is, of course, the increase in eco-friendly or ‘green’ products – thanks to new government legislation and just a general awareness all round by consumers (at Budget-Maids we always use environmentally-friendly products for our house cleaning in Columbia, Potomac, Vienna or Olney etc).

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

Another growing trend in cleaning is carpet and upholstery cleaning – and which we also offer here at Budget-Maids as a ‘dry’ clean service. By ‘dry’ clean we mean there’s no water used in the cleaning process. This in turn means no re-appearance of stains or water marks (such as those you would find in traditional carpet shampooing), as well as a faster service – so it’s ideal if you have a party or get-together coming up and suddenly realize your carpet or rugs (we also clean Persian and other Oriental versions) could do with a bit of a freshen-up.

And why stop there? Having your furniture steam cleaned or expertly polished at the same time will serve to enhance that ‘gleaming’ new look in your home. Incidentally, even if you have hardwood floors, you can still get them in tip-top shiny shape by having them carefully and expertly washed and buffed.

To find out more about how our cleaning service in Oakton, Reston and Falls Church can add that extra sparkle to your home call us for a friendly chat or visit http://www.budget-maids.com/ today.

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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?

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  • 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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How to Shop For a House Cleaning Service

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Having a house cleaner or maid service is a dream come true for many people. Unfortunately for some, hiring a good house cleaning service becomes a nightmare. Use this valuable information to avoid the pitfalls and find a quality house cleaning service that will keep your home sparkling clean and give you peace of mind. Continue reading