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Dealing with the messiness of mold

Mold – it’s a bugbear and one of the most common household problems out there according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. It’s not only unsightly but also unhealthy of course, and leads to a whole host of physical illnesses from allergies to lethargy and even breathing problems. So if you find any in your home – get rid of it. And fast!

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Trace the water

Mold only grows where it can feed off moisture or water.  As a result, the key to getting rid of mold is to control the moisture in your home. Mold spores unfortunately are everywhere – drifting around in dust and various other particles but you can starve them by making sure there’s no wet surfaces on which they can survive and grow.

How to solve moisture problems

If you’re aware of any leaking taps or pipes then have them fixed without delay. Make sure you regularly ventilate rooms where there’s moisture, such as the kitchen and bathroom.  If mold is a chronic problem in your home, consider installing an exhaust fan or even a ventilator system. 

Mold-free means scrubbing

You’ve guessed it: regularly scrubbing and cleaning is the way to get rid of mold. Simply painting over it will get you nowhere. Detergent, water and a good bit of elbow grease will get rid of mild mold problems. For more severe cases of mold you’ll have to use disinfectant.  Dry all visible spots of moisture or water. Carpets and ceilings can be tricky but if you don’t get rid of the mold you’re going to end up having to replace your carpet and re-do your ceiling – so far better to get at the root of the problem from the start.

What to wear when cleaning mold

It’s well know that mold can cause health problems, so take precautions by wearing a paper dust mask and gloves in order to limit your exposure. In more severe cases, you might want to wear goggles to prevent mold spores from irritating your eyes. 

Professional help

Sometimes it ‘s necessary to call in professional help to solve your mold problem and here at Budget Maids we’ve had plenty of experience of dealing with mold and other difficult cleaning issues. As a company we supply cleaning services in Olney, house cleaning in Oakton and a maid’s service in Falls Church and surrounding VA. Feel free to get in touch with any cleaning concerns or needs.

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Stay house happy AND pet friendly

We’re betting here at Budget Maids that your furry or feathered friend is treated as part of the family. That means he or she is indoors a good 90 per cent of the time – and which naturally brings its own trials in the form of shedding pet hairs and mucky paws or the occasional bird dropping.

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Keeping your home clean with a pet insitu needn’t be a hassle though once you establish some smart cleaning techniques and a reliable routine.

  • Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum Of course vacuuming is important but you don’t have to go overboard and do the whole house every time. Just concentrate on your pet’s favorite areas: the sunny lounge, bedroom or feeding and grooming areas. Remember too, to clean out the vacuum on a regular basis as the amount of hair flying around during shedding time in particular can be a bit overwhelming. You can actually invest in a vacuum that’s specifically designed for pet hairs. It’s as well to remember that vacuuming is one of your best defenses against fleas – which, of course, is all part and parcel of the furry friend package.
  • Have an emergency cleaning kit ready No pet owner will escape the occasion stain, marking or accident. But, with the help of an emergency cleaning kit nearby and some speedy action it really needn’t be issue. Store the following in a plastic container: rubber gloves, a wash cloth, scrubber, bicarbonate of soda and enzyme cleaners. The latter are great for dealing with stains while bicarbonate of soda will get rid of any odors.
  • Make use of good weather Use warm days for doing all that pet laundry that’s been piling up, and to air any pet bedding. Getting your pet outside for long stretches will also give the house a chance to er, ‘ventilate.’
  • Only feed on tiled or other hard surfaced areas Getting your pet to feed in a hard sufaced area such as tiles or linoleum will be much easier for you to clean up than carpeting.  

If you need some professional help when it comes to house cleaning in Reston with pets, or cleaning services in Arlington or if you’re looking for a maids service in Vienna or other areas of VA and Maryland then don’t hesitate to give us a call here at Budget Maids’. We’ve lots of tips for cleaning up after those furry or feathered friends of yours.

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Budget Maids’ 10 minute cleaning tips to get on top of trash

Having a busy lifestyle fulfills a lot of our needs – socialization, achievement and self-satisfaction. Only trouble is, it’s our homes that suffer. But we can’t do everything, of course – much as we hanker after a clean and tidy home to retire to at the end of a busy day it often simply isn’t possible. But never fear, that’s where a service like Budget Maids comes in. 

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Having said that there are a few foolproof cleaning tips you can always carry out yourself to make sure you stay on top on things; regardless of that crammed schedule of yours. These include:

·         Quick tidy ups. Sometimes just putting away stuff where it belongs, such as dirty laundry, freshly-ironed clothes, toys and even cups in the dishwasher, can make a difference at the end of a busy day.

·         Staying one step ahead.  Don’t wait until the rooms are cluttered beyond belief and the dust piling up to the extent it’s getting embarrassing. Try and create a set routine for yourself – even if that means taking 10 minutes out every alternate day to keep ahead of the chaos. A good tip is to buy cleaning solutions and cloths before you’re about to run out.

·         Tackle the high traffic areas first. The spare room is always neat and tidy, right?  That’s because it’s hardly used. Obviously enough, high traffic areas – such as the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom – should always be your number one priority.

·         Ban piles! Newspapers, magazines, clothing, groceries and trash –they do have a tendency to mount up without your even noticing. And what does it create? A mess! Banish them whenever you spot they’re even hinting at getting out of control.

·         Stay calm about the corners. Dirt will always congregate in corners. But what, do you think you’re Superwoman? You’ve enough on your plate right now with keeping down a job and looking after the family.  Leave the less visible areas for seasonal cleaning.

The above tips aren’t time intensive. In fact, with a little bit of planning, organizing and adherence to routine, they’re perfectly manageable. If, on the other hand, they seem a bit beyond you time-wise right now, then by all means please do get in touch with us here at Budget Maids and we’ll be more than happy to lend a hand. We operate a professional maids service in Potomac, house cleaning in Arlington and cleaning service in Oakton – as well as other areas of VA and Maryland.

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Budget Maids Tips for Keeping Your Flooring Clean

These days most of us have wooden flooring in our homes although you probably also have the odd rug and carpeted room as well. They tend to be the areas in our home which get the grubbiest and attract the most spills and stains. As a result, here at Budget Maids we’ve listed our tried and tested tips for cleaning all types of flooring from laminate to linoleum to tiles and carpet.

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Laminate floors

These look great but they really need to be swept on a daily basis (whether using a broom or a vacuum). To get rid of marks and to generally brighten up they can also be wiped with warm water (although using as little water as possible). Special cleaning fluid for laminate is also available but can prove quite costly.

 

Linoleum

A favourite flooring material because it’s so versatile and inexpensive, you can add life to linoleum by stripping and reapplying its wax coating. But if it’s stains or marks you want rid off then it’s a fine nylon pad and some elbow grease you’re going to need (although do massage gently).

 

Tiles (ceramic flooring)

The best way to keep tiles clean is to sweep them and give them a quick once over with a wet mop in a little detergent every few days.The grout between the tiles can be kept clean by scouring it with a soft brush dipped in a little bleach and water.

 

Carpets

If something’s just been spilled on your carpet then get a tissue or absorbent cloth and try to blot it out. Next, wipe it inwards (ie from the edge of the stain in towards the centre so you don’t spread it around more). In the worst case when there’s still a mark left try cleaning it with hot water and a little mild detergent (do a patch test first though).

 

You can always find a host of cleaning tips and advice at our website Budgetmaids.com. We provide house cleaning in Vienna, a maids service in Potomac and a cleaning service in Arlington as well as other areas of VA and Maryland.

 

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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.

House cleaning isn’t just about tidiness. Keep your home smelling good too

Part of having a clean house is having it smelling nice. Food smells, pet stains, mould and poor air circulation can all leave unpleasant odors in that sanctuary you call home. So how can you make sure it smells nice at all times?

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Well, there are a few tips we recommend here at Budget Maids. These include:

  • Sprinkling a little of your favorite essential oil onto a light bulb or two (when they’re cool!). Once the light bulb is switched on the heat will allow the scent to flow around your room.
  • Steam cleaning your carpets to get rid of the smell of pet hairs. You could also try sprinkling a little baby powder on the carpets then vacuuming.
  • Neutralizers in the kitchen can take away most food odors and squirting a little fresh lemon juice or slices down the plug hole or garbage disposal can keep the sink smelling nice. Another good tip for the kitchen is to simmer a pot of water, cinnamon and cloves on the cooker.
  •   If poor air circulation is the problem then it’s possible to put scented inserts into your air vents. These will flow through the whole house giving a nicer scent to the air. Alternatively you could always dab cotton wool balls with vanilla and lay them inside the vents.
  •   Like the smell of coffee? Then place a bowl of coffee beans in a room. These will not only fill the room with a lovely coffee scent, they’ll also help neutralize smells by absorbing them.
  •  Use free perfume samples in magazines. Open, dab with water, and place on a windowsill for a couple of days.

Just one thing we’d warn about odors in your home – it’s actually difficult, after a period of time, to identify them because you become so accustomed to them. It’s often only when you have a visitor to your home that you can identify what’s wrong. So maybe ask a good friend what they think?

For more cleaning and household tips see Budget Maids who provide House Cleaning in Olney, a Cleaning Service in Rockville, Maid Service in Falls Church and other areas throughout VA.

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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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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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