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Dirty Blinds?! Piece of Cake!

Dirty Blinds?! Piece of Cake!  Like most of us we dread cleaning all of those slats and strings.  Not to mention a whole backside to address.  No one wants to keep their blinds closed all year around with fear of this dust flying everywhere.  Here are a few tips to show you how to make this a piece of cake.

Simply purchase a few microfiber clothes and lightly mist your clothe with an all purpose cleaner.  You do not want your clothe to be saturated as this just smears and reapplies the dust and dirt back onto the blinds.  That is why you want a few clean ones to do your blinds.  Starting from the top with your hand slid into the rag you will swipe left to right on each slat until you get to the bottom.  Then turn your blinds onto the backside and do them the same way. Now take a dry clothe and dry the slats top from bottom on both sides.  Removing any excess dust and dirt. Tada! Your all done!

To avoid this from getting out of hand again, repeat this step once a week. It will become second nature and more of a preventative verses a full on deep blind cleaning each month.

Whatever you do, do not spray your all purpose directly on the blinds.  This will make a streaky, muddy mess, not to mention dirty your windows.  Also, make sure to not use dusters.  Those nifty dusters will just knock the dust in the air now causing all of the blind dust to land on your furniture where as the microfiber rag will pull it away.  Last but not least to save you some dusting time always start with the blinds first and work top to bottom in all you do bringing the dust down and not back in the air.

Now you are good to go!  You will be enjoying high tea with natural light in no time!  Enjoy!!022D6F52-369B-4E45-8EE1-8330EF35C348

 

 

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Dirty Shower! Clean it up with Maids and Moore Techniques

Dirty Shower with hard water stains giving you heartache?! Clean it up with Maids and Moore techniques.  While commercial cleaners seem to be the ticket nothing beats the non-toxic way that Maids and Moore cleans their showers.  Simply spray vinegar and allow it to sit up to 30 minutes and follow up with scrubbing down the shower with a Dawn and water mixture.  Rinse and Dry until it Shines.  No harsh chemicals.  Family safe and friendly. Can not beat this quality!!  Call us today for your free quote at 1-844-468-3878 or get a free instant quote at www.maidsandmoore.com

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Properly Vacuuming and Edging Carpets

A common mistake when vacuuming floors is the floor is vacuumed so quickly that the dirt and bugs along the walls never get cleaned up. By utilizing your vacuum attachments in just a quick step you can removed all dirt and bugs from the carpet. Maids and Moore recommends doing this each vacuum or for those of us that vacuum our homes everyday at least once a week.

 

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Properly Dusting with a Microfiber Rag

Here are a few tips from Maids and Moore on how to properly dust your furniture.
1. Make sure to use a cleaner that will not damage the furniture – first try testing a small area that is not visible
2. NEVER spray directly onto furniture-this will cause staining, fading, and damage to your furniture. It may also cause a hard to remove film that will either take a while to remove, if it can be removed at all. Some pieces of furniture have sentimental value and you want to make sure they are always taken care of and cleaned properly
3. We recommend that the cleaner is sprayed directly onto a microfiber cloth and then wiped following the grain of the furniture. This will prevent a very visible film across the furniture which is caused by your rag being saturated with cleaner it will only pack and press the dust onto the furniture verses removed the dust from the furniture.
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Dusters vs. Microfiber Dusting

While consumers lead us to believe the fastest and quickest technique for dusting is to use some form of duster, that is not the most effective way to remove dust.  When using a traditional duster you are lifting dust and allergens into the air that take up to one hour to settle back down to the surface areas. This method does not actually grab the dust and pull it out of the home. Where as by lightly misting a microfiber clothe with a PH balanced all purpose cleaner, that is safe on most surfaces, will actually remove all dust and allergens from the surfaces of your home and keep them from lifting into the air.

Here is a demonstration of just how effective a microfiber rag is verses the traditional dusters.

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​Tips for Child-Safe Cleaning

child safe cleaningThere are lots of good ways to practice child-safe cleaning. Keeping your child in good health and your home clean doesn’t mean you need to go crazy scrubbing every doorknob, says Neeta Ogden. Here are a few tips.

*Choose safer household cleaners. Experts say that you should look for household cleaners that are less caustic and friendlier to both the environment and the body. Look for “green” and “nontoxic” cleaners, or products that say, “petroleum-free,” “biodegradable,” “phosphate-free,” “VOC-free,” or “solvent-free.”

*Less is more. Many household cleaners can be diluted with water and clean quite effectively, says Ogden. Diluting a cleaner is an easy way of making it less harsh and better for child-safe cleaning.

*People often assume that better household cleaners will cost more. Here’s where diluting a cleaner has another benefit. “If you’re diluting a cleaning product and using less of it each time, you could really save money,” Lunder tells WebMD.

*Skip the antibacterial soap. Despite the popularity of antibacterial soaps, plain old soap and water will get the germs off just as well. Antibacterial soap not only contains chemicals you don’t need, but in the long term it may increase the risk of creating tougher, resistant bacteria.
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Vacuum Maintenance

As Maids and Moore Cleaning Service as you could already conclude, we utilize our Vacuum almost for everything that our job entails. From cleaning your hardwood and carpet floors to vacuuming those hairy overhead wood beams or even cleaning for our furry friends.

Our vacuums are our best friends they ensure that we get our job done right. Without our vacuums we would not be able to clean the dust bunnies deep under the beds and the forever rolling tumble weed of hair (animal/human) that just rolls from one place to the next. You see although brooms are great they do however just push the dirt and hair around and into the air. As where our vacuums suck up and pick up the hair and dirt so we can as Maids and Moore says, “take the dirt with us”. We would not want to leave all of the dirt from your kitchen just swept in the air and settled back under, on, or around your house. So you see our vacuums are the key to our maids success.

With the usage of our machines comes alto of dust, dirt, and grime. So to better serve quality in your homes and business’ we have to have good and clean running machines. To ensure this our maids perform routine vacuum maintenance’s. When doing so we find anything from hair on the rollers to dust balls in the tubes, not to mention the grey dusty filters. So by being on a routine schedule of cleaning and maintaining our vacuums, as well as cleaning them as needed from clean to clean, we are able to provide quality services.

Vacuum maintenance doesn’t just help us with our quality but it also prolongs the life of our vacuum. You see it requires the filters, bags, and belts to be replaced frequently. Not to mention how dirty the outside of machines get. One could take a look at our hard working girls and quickly tell just how dirty we can get. From the tires to the hoses, even the inside compartments all must be cleaned and sanitized regularly.

As I said before our vacuum is our best friend it makes our job easier and better and when it feels good we feel good. All vacuums should be respected with care and just like humans it needs attention daily. After all it does the dirty work for us. So don’t forget to pop the wheels, clean the undercarriage, and refill its service parts.

by Rebecca Rose , GM for Bell/Coryell County Maids and Moore

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How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Getting tired of not being able to do your house cleaning as much as you’d like? What about walking on your hardwood floor and noticing all the dirt, sand, dust, and grit that will harm your hardwood floor over time. If your floors are looking iffy, why not give Maids and Moore a call and let us make your day ‘shine’ because Maids and Moore always has the solution for you!

Hardwood floors are classic and beautiful, but if you don’t take care of them, you’ll be left with dull, marked floors that don’t do anything but add value to your home. Therefore, to extend the life of your home, you must learn how to clean hardwood floors, which is why we made this video on this very subject for you.

Here’s a great, quick tip on the best ways to clean your hardwood floors and make them shine like new:

Grab yourself a spray bottle filled with 1/8 vinegar, 7/8 water, and a drop of dawn. Spray a portion of your hardwood floor, then grab your Microfiber Dry Mop and mop the floor wherever you sprayed it. It is very important to mop WITH the grain instead of against the grain because smearing may occur on the floors. Then you can sit back and enjoy your good as new hardwood floor.

Oh, what’s that I hear, you don’t have enough time to mop your hardwood floors properly, then this is when you pick up the phone and call Maids and Moore at 512-731-2145 or just visit our website www.maidsandmoore.com for awesome residential maid cleaning services around the Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, and surrounding areas. Maids and Moore will not let you down!

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