Cleaning Tips

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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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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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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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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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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Cleaning Out The Clutter

1.) Take an assessment of what you have. To keep the job manageable, do a few hours of work each weekend or go one room at a time. Recruit a friend or a residential maid service. Listen to music or sip some wine while you sort. Make it fun. If you haven’t used it or needed it with in the last year, chances are you will never. Throw stuff away and Let it go!!!

2.) When sorting, categorize all your stuff in your house. For example, in your closet, hang all the skirts together, all the blouses, etc. I find sometimes the best thing is to take all stuff out of room, as you bring stuff back in sort then. Also remember you can also donate to the Goodwill or other charities. At least then someone could benefit from it. Giving is caring and tax deductible!!!!!

3.) Give everything a home. Store you’re must have’s at easy access. Stuff you need once a year, think basement or attic. All toys go in a toy box, all books go on book shelf, all paid bills and unpaid bills go in its own file. Following these rules, you can take away years’ worth of clutter in just hours. It’s very energizing and feels awesome!! Your mind will feel so clear and the kids are great to help to…..that way they will learn how to do their own rooms.

4.) Call a Maid service to do a deep clean on your residence or if your organizing your off call a commercial cleaning service. They can clean baseboards, light fixtures and blinds. This is also a great time to re-arrange the furniture in the room you’re organizing as well. Your arrangement needs to be easy on the eye but MUST BE practical.

5.) Let’s remember people, it’s just stuff; real memories are carried in your heart!!!! Don’t live in the past enjoy today!! Pick a room, line up maid service or a friend and start living your life without Clutter!

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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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How to get Wax Out of Carpet

Candle wax makes a right mess on carpets, and is a devil to remove. But with this quick tip you can easily get the candle wax out and make your carpet as good as new.

Step 1: Scrape off the excess
Plug your iron in somewhere within reach of the waxy patch. While you’re waiting for it to warm up use a blunt knife to scrap off as much excess wax as possible.

Step 2: Iron
Now lay a paper towel or brown paper over the remaining wax and iron over the top. Keep it moving slowly, just as you would when ironing clothes, and make sure you don’t burn anything. The heat will cause the wax to melt and absorb into the paper. Keep ironing over a clean piece of paper or cloth until all the wax has been absorbed.

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