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Maid Services Olney’s Laundry Tips

Maid Service OlneyMaid Service Olney knows that for most of us laundry is a recurring job. Depending on the size of your family you might be using the washing machine twice a week, or perhaps every day.

Maid Service Olney has laundry tips to ensure your clothes emerge as super-clean as they can be.

Preparing your dirty laundry. To ensure thorough cleaning and protect the drum of your washing machine, preparation is essential. Secure Velcro, remove pins and brooches, unfurl socks and unroll cuffs. You should also tie strings and sashes, and put lingerie into mesh bags.

IMPORTANT TIP – check pockets for tissues. If you leave tissue paper in the washing machine, it will disintegrate, coating everything in miniscule pieces that are almost impossible to pick off.

Go easy on the fabric softener, especially when you are washing towels. Fabric softener affects the absorbency of towels. For every four washes of a towel, make one of them softener-free to preserve.

Use the exact amount of washing powder or liquid. It’s tempting to throw a lot in there, but modern formulations are super strong. Too much powder or liquid will clog up the internal workings of your machine and lead to a build-up of bacteria.

Wash whites separately, as this will keep them whiter. They should also be washed at a warmer temperature than colours. You can make your own whitening formulation using half a cup of white or cider vinegar mixed in with a gallon of water during the washing machine cycle. Hang your whites out to dry in sunshine, if possible, as this acts as a natural bleach. It’s the environmentally-friendly approach too, says Maid Service Olney.

Ditch the dry cleaning. Something labelled dry cleaning doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be cleaned that way, especially if it’s made from natural fibers such as wool, silk and linen. Do hand wash them, though, in a mild solution of warm water and a gentle detergent. Rinse until the water runs clear and gently squeeze out the excess water. You should reshape items flat on a towel and leave to dry flat too.

Do regular service washes. A service wash is where you run the machine at a high temperature with nothing in it. This helps maintain your washing machine and should be done about every 40 washes. Most modern machines will have a setting especially for this. Maintain the machine by also wiping it out after every wash, removing anything trapped in the rubber seal and leaving the door open if possible.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Potomac, a Maid Service Olney or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds (i.e. VA and most of Maryland). Why not give us a call today and let us help you get into an efficient laundry routine?

 

DIY dry cleaning: get your winter woolies ready for wear

With the cooler weather coming in we all find ourselves reaching for those big winter woolies – cuddly mohair jumpers, elegant fine woolen coats and lovely, soft cashmere scarves.  This means having to consider the extra expense of a dry cleaning bill of course – but, winter fashion doesn’t have to be that expensive, really. There are plenty of dry cleaning that can be done at home with very little assault on our savings and no lengthy trips to the dry cleaners to navigate. How so? we hear you ask. Well, consider the following:

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Do your own dry cleaning

Yes, heading for the dry cleaners can be convenient but, in actual fact, it’s not necessary. Most fabric can be dealt with by an ordinary washing machine program on a gentle wash, at home. With the exception of suede and fur it’s possible to wash everything else independently. Yes, really! And here’s how:

Read those labels

Dry cleaning is a bit of a manufacturer’s opt-out (ie insurance clause). It basically means the garment has to be treated with care in that it shouldn’t get soaking wet. However, in the majority of cases it’s fine to spot clean by hand. Gentle hand washing and spot cleaning (ie rubbing the stained area with a mild detergent) can be just as effective, believe it or not, as dry cleaning – and far less expensive.

Dry with care

Never wring the delicate garment you’ve just spot cleaned. That’s the last thing you should do. Instead, loosely – and gently – wrap it in a towel to absorb all the excess water.  Now, provided there’s some winter sunshine, set it out to dry flat on a sunny spot on your porch or an area of your garden where the cat or dog can’t get at it to play with (we’ve been there!).

Fresh air beats all

Nothing comes close to what fresh air can do for your jumper, coat or scarf (and we really do mean fresh air: not winter sunshine). Hang your favorite and prized garments out on a winter’s day with plenty of fresh air and we promise you will love the scent your clothing retains (which is a million times nicer than those nasty chemical odors from the dry cleaners, incidentally!).

Getting your home and family ready for the winter season can be quite challenging when you’ve so much else to think about. But, if you find yourself in need of some domestic help, whether house cleaning in Olney, maid services in Reston or cleaning services in Rockville, VA, Maryland and the surrounding area then do get in touch. You will always be guaranteed nothing less than a first rate service here at Budget Maids.

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Budget Maids Best Ways to Tackle Tough Cleaning Tasks

When it comes to cleaning, it’s always one of the most dreaded cleaning tasks in most households, we’ve found at Budget Maids here in VA. Yes, scrubbing out the oven usually gets left ‘til last, either that or allotted a whole half day on its own. That’s because this is hard work – especially if you adopt the natural ingredients method ie covering it overnight with a paste of bicarbonate of soda then scrubbing hard with a scratchy pad next day.

The alternative is to use lots of chemicals, remembering to put on a face mask and rubber gloves. Remove the oven shelves and spray them with your chosen formula (ammonia and water usually). Put in a place where no-one is likely to go near them, then spray the inside of the oven. Wait a few hours before rinsing with plenty of water then wash both the shelves and the inside of the oven with warm soapy water.

One of the other least liked kitchen cleaning task is sponging down the fridge. This is best carried out weekly where the shelves and plastic compartments are given a wash in warm soapy water. You can wash the inside of the fridge with a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and warm water. An old toothbrush is great for cleaning up the rubber seal on the door.

If there’s any stubborn stains they can usually be cleaned by rubbing toothpaste on the mark and leaving it for some time before washing off. Meanwhile, it may seem strange, but twice a year it’s worth pulling the fridge out from the wall and running a vacuum over the cooling elements. Believe it or not this will actually make them run more efficiently.

Do you have any cleaning tips for nasty household chores that you’d like to share with us here at Budget Maids? We’re a company that provides services such as house cleaning in Columbia, maid service in Vienna and a cleaning service Arlington

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