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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?

 

Top Tips for Tidying your Home Office

Tidying up your office will save you time in the long run.

Tidying up your office will save you time in the long run.

Do you have a home office – if the answer is yes, then it might be the case that everything in your office is immediately locatable and whenever you need to find an essential piece of paper you can put your hand on it straight away…

That’s not the case? A neat and tidy home office saves a lot of time in the long run. It might be a little tedious to tidy it up in the first place but here at Budget Maids we reckon you’ll reap the benefits long term.

Here are our tops tips for tidying your home office.

  1. If you keep all your important papers in one drawer or file, then they are impossible to find quickly. Take the time to sort out papers into relevant classes – say, tax info, receipts, utility bills, health insurance, banking etc – then give them a drawer or box file all of their own and label it clearly.
  2. A fireproof, four-drawer filing cabinet is a good investment. This will make life easier for when you are looking for those essential documents.
  3. Can you reduce paperwork? Some services (such as utilities) provide bonuses or discounts for going online. Do this wherever possible.
  4. Set up an inbox which will keep all your “to do” items – but remember that once you have dealt with that item, then it must be filed.
  5. We recommend a clean desk policy for the end of each day. When you finish working in your office, clear the desk and any other office surfaces. Coming into a clean office is more uplifting than entering chaos!
  6. Take time regularly to throw out what you don’t need or use – old pens, stray paper clips, and any unnecessary paperwork, old magazines and broken equipment. Remember, a lot of this stuff can be recycled).
  7. How long should you keep papers? Here’s a quick guide: tax returns and supporting paperwork (seven years, or forever if you have the space); pay stubs (one year); investment statements (one year, or until you get your year-end statements; bank statements (one year); medical bills (one year); and credit card statements (one month – check them for accuracy).

 

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Arlington, a maid service in Oakton or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure that home office is perfectly neat and tidy?

 

 

 

Back to school household cleaning

No matter how much we try to deny it, summer’s definitely over. How do we know? Because the kids have been back at school for more than a week or two now and the house is starting to get messy again with their gym kit, school books and general detritus.

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As a result, it’s time to gather them together for some household cleaning pointers, such as:

Get rid of the holiday gear and gadgets

Whether your kids were out and about this summer swimming, fishing gear, or doing their annual summer camping stuff, all items related to those activities need to go back into storage NOW (goodbye summer). Have each member in the family take care of their own summer holiday belongings.

The bathroom speedway

You know the drill; getting in and out of the bathroom on weekday mornings can prove a rough start to your day, to say the least. So why not simplify the morning bathroom schedule by organizing everyone beforehand. And we don’t just mean in terms of allocated times. No, allocate space in the bathroom too. Your teenage daughter’s numerous shampoo bottles dotted around the side of the bath, the seven-year-old twins’ bath toys scattered across the floor and hubby’s magazines lying in a wet puddle – here at Budget Maids this is what we’d term clutter and mess. Don’t put up with it!

The mini-office work space

Getting schoolwork done with all the distractions of media and entertainment is a huge challenge these days. That’s why often a dedicated ‘kids-work space’ really works. But not only should this be a media and entertainment free zone, it should also have a cleaning routine attached. After all no-one can work in mess, really. A clear surface tends to equal a clear and ordered mind and is far more inspiring than a pile of paper and crayons scattered everywhere.

How’s your home coping with the whole back-to-school routine? You can always call on our services at Budget Maids for professional assistance with house cleaning in Falls Church, maid service in Rockville or if the kids just can’t do their bit, for a cleaning service in Arlington.

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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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