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How To Shift Those Stubborn Stains

Here at Budget Maids we’ve seen our fair share of stubborn stains over the years while doing a spot of house cleaning in Arlington or engaged in our maids service in Vienna and other areas around the state.

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As a result we’ve developed lots of fool-proof ways to get rid of a whole number of unwelcome substances that can cling to chairs, cushion covers, carpets etc. And we’re going to share a few of those stain removing solutions with you right here:

Chocolate
First off, scape any lumpy pieces of chocolate still clinging to the fabric with a knife (but make sure you don’t spread it). Rinse the underside of the stain with cold water ie if it’s a cushion then turn it inside out. Next rub some liquid detergent into the actual stained side. Once you’ve left it for five minutes for the detergent to do its work, plunge the fabric into cold water and leave for around 15 minutes, every now and again rubbing the stain then rinse thoroughly. If there’s still an oily mark on the stain rub it with soap before washing (if not dry clean).

Candlewax
Candle light may be pretty at the time but dripping wax can be a nightmare to remove. The best way to do so is by first hardening the wax with an ice cube. Next, get a blunt knife and try to scrape off as much of the wax as possible. There’ll still be some remaining so at this point cover the wax on the fabric with a piece of kitchen paper and iron over it using a cool iron while trying to prevent the iron touching the carpet/cushion etc.

Cooking/vegetable oil
Try and remove as much of the oil as you can using a spoon before rubbing the stain with liquid detergent and leaving the fabric for five minutes to allow the detergent time to permeate and break down the oil. Wash the fabric if possible, in the hottest temperature it’ll stand and repeat until the stain is no longer visible.

Tomato sauce
This is a particularly messy stain to clean off. Like the other methods, try and get as much of the sauce off the fabric as you can, using a spoon or blunt knife, before you start cleaning. Turn the fabric inside out if possible and soak the back of the stain with cold water. Next go to the front of the stain and rub liquid detergent into it. If the colors won’t run you can apply a little bleach or white vinegar with a sponge. Rub with detergent again then use a stain remover. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before washing.

If you’ve any other great stain removing suggestions we’d love to hear them right here on the Budget Maids blog. Meanwhile if you’re ever in need of any house cleaning in Columbia or a cleaning service in Reston or elsewhere in VA then here at Budget Maids we’d be happy to lend a hand.

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Get Your Home Shiny with our Spring Cleaning Tips

With spring on its way it’s still traditional at this time of year to give your home a complete clean from top to bottom. Here at Budget Maids we will happily provide you with that service but in the meantime if you’re itching to do a little yourself here’s some cleaning tips to get started:

·         Perk up your painted walls

If they’re not too dirty it’s easy enough to get rid of fingerprints and dirty marks using just a sponge and water. Tougher stains though may require you to add a little dishwater liquid into the water (make sure the liquid is as mild as possible). Failing that, some soap on the sponge can often do the trick. If you have to resort to using a chemical-based cleaner always wipe the wall with water afterwards to dilute the chemicals.

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·         Stop the stains and smells

     To get rid of marks on sofas and other upholstery, wedge a garbage bag between the cushion and the fabric then try blotting the stain. Wash with cold water and repeat. A tablespoon in a little water can help remove odors.

·         Clean those counter tops

Always wipe up stains on counter tops such as granite as soon as they appear. It’s a good idea too to have them sealed if you believe the original seal isn’t as effective as it should be. A sprinkling of ammonia with some hydrogen peroxide in water can be very effective for getting rid of coffee or juice stains while soap and mildrew can be removed using a little ammonia in a lot of water.

·         Rejuvenate your rugs

A rug in everyday use should really be given a good clean every five years or so. Club soda can be very effective for removing stains such as red wine, soda and even pet stains. Just pour it onto the area affected and leave it there to do its work for a while. Salt added to the soda can help neutralize acid stains. Again, the trick here is to blot rather than wipe. If the stain has grease in it use a soap detergent with a lot of water. Milk is good for removing blood stains.

·         Get your stainless steel shiny

The best way to do this is to attend to them regularly by spraying the surfaces twice a week with a wax-based aerosol and wiping clean with a lint-free cloth. It may be tempting to use oil to get a shine but it’s counter-productive as substances can stick to the oil.

For more tips on cleaning or to book a cleaning audit at your home contact our team at Budget Maids and we’ll be happy to assist. We provide house cleaning in Rockville, a cleaning service in Potomac and a maid service in Vienna – as well as lots of other cities in towns in VA.

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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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Caring For Your Wood Furniture

Wood furnishings can add a touch of class to a home and are stunning when they are properly cleaned and cared for. However, wood is more fickle then its synthetic counterparts and needs special care to make it last and stay beautiful. If you have wood furnishings or cabinets in your Elkridge home, here are some tips to keep it protected and clean while retaining its beauty.  Continue reading

Recapturing the Space in Your Home

Over time, it is common to end up with more “stuff” than space in your Howard County home. Years and sometimes even decades of accumulating various items can lead to cluttered closets, attics and garages. Often even spare rooms end up full of extra furniture, storage tubs and boxes, making the room useless. If this has happened in your home, it may be time to recapture the space in your home!  Continue reading

Reducing Dust In Your Howard County Home

Dust is not just unsightly; it can also cause health issues for people with allergies. Unfortunately, since humans, pets and fabrics create dust, it is impossible to prevent it all together. However, there are some ways to reduce the amount of dust in your home, making it not only look cleaner longer, but also to keep it healthier for your family.  Continue reading