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Preparing for the Holidays

In less than a week, extended family will be parking on your sofas and recliners, utilizing your facilities, and bringing dishes and platters from infinity and beyond.  Here are a few pointers to help you prepare for your families’ arrival and feast.
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1. Forget the space that Tupperware takes up in the fridge. After your festive holiday meals, grab gallon sized and quart sized zip lock baggies instead. This saves space in the fridge and eliminates additional clean up once all the scrumptious left overs are gone.

2. Ahead of time, set out the pretty platters you want to use to display your gourmet cuisines on. Use clear saran wrap to cover the dish to make for an easy clean up.

3. Prepare the guest bathroom.  First, gather all personal items from the bathroom. In place leave fluffy clean towels, wash cloths, and hand towels. Stock up on toilet paper, a new tube of tooth paste and even some new spare tooth brushes. A new bottle of body wash goes further than a bar of soap and 2 in 1 shampoo saves your out of town guests from having to run to the local drug store last minute.

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4. Kid proof your home.  Put all valuables up for safe keeping and designate a room or area in your home as a play area for kids and all of their toys.

5. The Sniff Test. Did you know you can’t discern the true scent of your own home because you are used to it? That makes it tricky to know how your house really smells. But here are our best tips for making sure your house smells GOOD:

*Wash everyone’s bedding. Give animals a bath. Take out the trash and clean litter boxes and animal cages. Again, those things stink even if YOU cannot smell them. Grab your favorite room deodorizer and light a candle!  Of course the aroma of your favorite desserts will also be filling the air. Clean your kitchen and bathrooms thoroughly, using great smelling cleaning supplies. Vacuum carpets and dust furniture — dirt stinks! Of course you can always just call Maids and Moore and we can help create some time in your busy schedule. Call us today to reserve your spot at 1-844-GOT-DUST.

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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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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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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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How to Clean Stainless Steel

Home remedy, all natural non-toxic, for cleaning stainless:

maid-service-austinStainless steel appliances add a wonderful spice to any kitchen. Unfortunately, we feel as if it’s attracted to finger smudges and other dull looking blemishes. We’ve all been complaining about our nasty, spotty stainless steel appliances for a while now, yet, we still keep on purchasing these stainless steel appliances and adding them to our kitchen. It’s a never ending cycle for us. Luckily, our awesome residential house cleaning maids in the Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, and other surrounding areas have found this great tip in polishing stainless steel appliances by just using olive oil. Here is a quick overview on how to clean stainless steel appliances and make them look as if they’ve just been bought.

Stainless steel is very porous, and needs moisture, BUT NO WATER or Windex. If water gets into the pores of stainless then the stainless can rust. It Needs oil. We like to compare it to a person who has dry skin. They have to moisturize it so the lotion or oil can soak into their pores and BAM their skin is soft and appears very healthy. Stainless steel is the same way.

How-To-Clean-SteelThere are many natural oils you can use on Stainless appliances for when you decide to do some housecleaning, but our Maids and Moore maids like to use Olive Oil because it is a very common pantry item. Take a microfiber 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 and shiny. You May need to reapply olive oil to the rag several times.

Although; I am not discouraging the use of “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.

This tip is an easy and simple way to clean because you won’t run into random chemicals that are almost always found in regular house cleaning products that leave stray marks on your appliances. Also, since olive oil is used by many to cook and you already have some in your pantry, then it most likely helps with money spending.

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