Family Safe Cleaning

Cleaning Supplies Too Dirty to be Clean?!

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Nobody likes the smell of a sour sponge.  How about that mop that looks like a dirty Komondor dog. Yikes! Well if you enjoy your pristine home and take pride in your outstanding housekeeping skills, you probably know that the trick is to have clean cleaning supplies.  You do not want to clean your home with something dirty.  The best slate is a clean slate.  Now, if this is something you have never thought about, let’s think about it: As
we clean our counters with that infamous sponge. The same sponge we use to clean the dishes, the cutting board full of chicken juice (yuck), and the spilt chocolate milk that the dog had started to lick off the floor. To then clean the kitchen table with right after dinner.  Yummy! Right?  Makes sense that we’d be spreading germs and dirt.

Okay don’t freak out let’s just apply some basic cleaning habits to stop anymore germ spread and dirt smears.

img_1252Let’s start with our mop.  Mops can be one of the nastiest things in your home, besides your sponge.  If you are using the old bucket to mop system, just like the sponge, this is a place that is damp that bacteria loves to grow on.  By simply soaking your mop in a tub of bleach and water after each use, ring it out till dry and make sure to hang it up in a cool dry place, to completely dry before the next use. Here at Maids and Moore we use the dry mop method.  By using a microfiber mop with washable mop heads we avoid the risk of germ spread and bacteria growth allowing us to change heads from house to house. We also use washable terry clothes to place under the microfiber mop head, to clean four foot sections at a time, with a light mist of all purpose cleaner. This ensures that we are not just smearing dirty mop water and germs from one part of the house to the next.

Back to that kitchen sponge, as we already determined earlier our kitchen sponge gets used more than anything in our cleaning supplies for more than one thing.  It has been proven that a majority of sponges test positive for numerous forms of bacteria that can make us sick as well as be deadly to us.  To get rid of anything that might be lingering on it simply place your sponge in the microwave for 1 minute after using each day.  You can also run it thru the dishwasher by placing it on the top rack just be sure to ring it out immediately after the cycle is finished.  Your sponge should be evicted after 2 weeks in your home.  While this may seem wasteful, it’s better safe than sorry.  Also, be sure to never let you sponge sit in a pool of water. Make sure it is sitting out to completely dry, the sponge should never stay wet.

I know what some of you are thinking.  Forget the sponge I use dish rags.  While this is also a great alternative these too can hold many germs as well. Your dish rag should not sit out after two days for the same reasons, not to mention the smell they get after some time.  If you are washing your dish rags and towels and they smell sour simply wash them with half a cup of baking soda and nothing else and run it through the cycle. Tada! The stink is gone!!

IMG_0900Last but not least, our vacuum.  It gets around from pet hair clean up on the baseboards and couches, dust bunnies all thru the house, dust mites from under the bed, to vacuuming our headrest on our recliners. If you are using a vacuum with bags, be sure to replace them before it gets full.  If the bag is full it loses its power to suction and just pushes the dirt out that won’t fit in the bag throughout different places in your home.  For bag less vacuums, be sure to empty the canister after each use. There is always a chance it could leak and if you have sucked up any live bugs and their families you will just be moving them to a new location in your home you would probably rather them not be. Don’t forget your attachments and rollers these too could use a good whipping down regularly.

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Mold got a Hold on Your Life

 

It is wet, dark, and humid. Conditions for IMG_1958one of the most common issues that all moms fear. MOLD. While living in Texas has its perks the humidity is enough for that mold in our homes to grow at the speed of light. Like most of us we clean our homes come back in a few days and BAM! the mold is back. No worries we can help.

One of the first tips is to learn how to control the humidity levels in your home in areas such as the showers and bathroom areas. By simply keeping the shower doors and curtains open or drawn back you can make sure that there is enough ventilation to keep the moisture from being trapped.

Once the mold is spotted it should be cleaned up immediately. Mold can cause many health issues and some are a lot more sensitive to it than others. Especially our kids and fur babies.

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To remove mold from hard surfaces, while using soap and water or even some commercial products helps, the best and most effective way is to use household laundry bleach. By simply spraying the affected areas with a solution of 1 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water you can remove the harmful mold as well as the yucky black stains it leaves behind. Caution in doing so make sure windows and doors are open to provide fresh air as well as to wear non-porous gloves and protective eye ware.

 

 

 

In occasions the mold will get under the sealant and unfortunately once it has it gets into the pours of that sealant and the sealant will have to be removed to get rid of all the mold. So be sure to check all of your sealants in the bathroom area or even kitchen areas for weak spots that need to be replaced. By doing so you could save yourself a lot of trouble and keep your family from getting sick.

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If there is one thing we know its family first. Keeping our family healthy and clean is apart of our family owned and operated mission here at Maids and Moore. We hope this tip helps you to tackle those moldy issues. Of course, if you need help we would love to help.

Call us today for your professional maid needs at

1-844-GOT-DUST.

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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

 

 

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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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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Vinegar as your All-Purpose House Cleaner?

Vinegar is commonly used for culinary purposes but we barely used vinegar on our foods. This maybe the case, but many people are not aware that vinegar can be also a powerful cleaning agent.  Nevertheless, there’s only one type of vinegar that you can use to make your house spotless and that is, distilled vinegar. I needed to point this out, as they are several types of vinegar that you can find at your local grocery store.

It has been tested and proven that distilled vinegar can be a better replacement to chemically-based cleaning products that we normally use. Other than that, there are also eco-friendly benefits to using vinegar when it comes to cleaning your house. Before we jump in to the benefits, I will discuss further how you can use distilled vinegar as your all-purpose house cleaner.

There are many ways to clean your house with vinegar. You can start cleaning your house with vinegar by buying yourself a spray bottle that will hold your vinegar. Once you have stored your cleaning vinegar to the appropriate container, then you can start the cleaning process.  You can use vinegar to deodorise a room that has a foul odour that never goes away, no matter how much you spent on air-fresheners and room sprays.

Other proven use of vinegar is, you can dilute vinegar with cleaning detergent to get rid of really tough stains on your carpet, walls, windows, bathroom tiles and even your own clothes. Vinegar possesses acetic acid that has the ability to break down stains. However, the stains doesn’t go away in a snap. You will need to soak the stained object with vinegar and detergent for a couple of minutes and simply wipe the stain away. By doing this, you will be able to save time scrubbing off stains that will likely to test your patience or temper and save money on expensive stain removers that does not actually work immediately as they were advertised.

As you can tell, vinegar is not only for cooking. You can obviously save a lot of money from buying cleaning products that contain harmful chemicals and get better results if you choose to switch to cleaning with vinegar. If you are being unsuccessful cleaning with chemicals, then I highly suggest for you clean the organic and effective way with the use of vinegar.

 

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Stainless Steel Home Remedy

Home remedy, all natural non-toxic, for cleaning stainless:
Before/After Olive Oil cleaning pictures[/caption]Stainless steel is very pores, and needs moisture, BUT NO WATER or Windex. If water gets into the pours of stainless then the stainless can rust. It needs oil. I like to compare it to a person how has dry skin, they have to moisturize it so the lotion or oils can soak into their pores and BAM their skin is soft and appears very healthy. Stainless is the same way. There are many natural oils you can use on Stainless, but I like to use Olive Oil because it is a common pantry item. Take a micro-fiber cloth, or soft cloth, and saturate a “quarter size” with olive oil. Wipe with the grain of the stainless, and repeat until stainless is nice a shiny. You may need to reapply olive oil to rag several times.

I am not discouraging the use “stainless steel market products”, because a lot of them are very good products. Just make sure that you choose one that has an oily base. The stainless steel wipes do not have enough moisture and tend to leave streaks. Olive Oil can be pricey and it may be more cost effective to use a “market product”, but if you are in a pinch, don’t forget about the Olive oil in the pantry.

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Cheap and Safe way to get rid of Mildew

To clean mildew, you’ll need some distilled white vinegar, an empty spray bottle, baking soda, gloves, and an aggressively abrasive sponge.

Fill the empty spray bottle with the white vinegar and don’t dilute. Liberally spray all the affected areas.

When the vinegar has had time to set, dampen your scrubbing sponge with hot water and load it with baking soda. I give the mildew one last taste of vinegar, and then scrub away. The most important mildew-cleaning ingredient here is of course elbow grease.

While you’re at it, you may as well clean the area of dirt and soap scum ring. Vinegar and baking soda is the way to go even if you’re not trying to clean mildew, but just every day, ordinary filth.

Step back and enjoy it!!

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Cleaning Tips for New or Expecting Mothers

Let’s face it — babies like to stick germy, dirty things in their mouths. That means keeping your home as clean as possible in order to help reduce the surface germs that may make your baby sick.  Here are three tips to maintain a cleaner, healthier home.

1. Clean As You Go
With a new little one around, time is a luxury few mothers have.  Make the most of every minute by disinfecting and spot cleaning throughout the day.  Disinfecting wipes should be kept on hand so you can clean and disinfect areas where babies crawl.

2. Was Hands Frequently
Germs are one of your babies biggest threats. Since you will be entering the outside world and bringing these germs back with you, make sure you shield your new baby by washing your hands more than usual.

3. Disinfect and Sanitize Daily
Clean the toys your baby handles on a daily basis. By using disinfecting wipes you can eliminate 99.9% of germs found on toys and other things such as the remote control that your baby might be fascinated with.

If you aren’t finding the time to keep your house as clean as normal, call up Maids and Moore to start routine cleaning.  It is our mission to create time for busy people, and new mothers could sure use that time!

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