Cleaning Tips

Automated Window Cleaner

What are the important points to consider when buying an automatic window cleaner? To answer that question, you must first understand the basics. For one, a robotic window cleaner combines window cleaning technology with auto movements to clean. With the use of magnets and motor suction technology, the cleaner sticks to the windows. From there it will automatically clean your windows – from all edges. Below are some features in your home to consider before using an automated window cleaner.

The Type Of Glass

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First, you should consider the kind of glass surface your windows are made of. On one hand, there are models for cleaning uneven surfaces and rough glass surfaces. On the other hand, other models only clean those glossy and smooth surfaces. Is the window surface textured, frosted, filmed or patterned? Whichever the case, you must choose an auto window cleaner that can clean that specific glass surface.

Window Thickness

Besides the glass surface, you should also consider how thick your windows are. Every robot has a certain thickness it can clean. Hence, ensure you accurately measure the thickness of your window. Once you do, select a robotic cleaner that matches that thickness.

Window Shape

An auto window cleaner can only clean large windows that are square shaped. So if the shape of your window is circular or small, then do not buy a robotic cleaner.

Suctions or Magnetic Connectivity

Another point to consider is how the robotic cleaner connects – either magnetic or through suctions. If you go for a cleaner with a motor-powered suction, then you just need to place it on one side. Alternatively, for magnetic connectivity, you must strategically place another magnetic item on the opposite side of the window being cleaned. Each of these options has its benefits and drawbacks. For a motor-powered suction auto cleaner, often times it loses its connection and falls. Hence, you should get a security cord to make sure the auto cleaner stays put.

The Process Of Cleaning

Different robots use different processes of cleaning but most of them use brushes or pads. To make sure the glass surface is streak free and spotless; the robots feature a drying item like a squeegee. How many brushes or pads an auto cleaner has depends on its model. But in most cases, a robotic cleaner features a 2-step process. The first one is to wipe the dirt off and the other is to polish the window. Automated window cleaners have sensors that will tell them when they have reached an edge of the window. The automated technology makes sure the window is being cleaned edge-to-edge, and lets you know when it has finished cleaning.

Conclusion

Though an automatic window cleaner is very convenient, you should consider all these points before you buy one. This is to make sure that you get the right product for your needs. Automatic window cleaners utilize technology to make sure your window is entirely cleaned when it finishes. They are ideal not only for cleaning those hard-to-reach edges but for doing so effectively.

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Clean House Tips

Are you looking for some efficient clean house tips? There are numerous methods you can apply to keep your house spotless and neat throughout. No one wishes to spend the entire weekend scrubbing floors, mopping, dusting, cleaning washrooms, vacuuming and doing laundry. In essence, this is the perfect time to relax after the long work week. Just before you get caught in the middle of a messy home, here are a few helpful house cleaning tips that you can employ to save yourself some time.

1. Make Your Bed When You Wake Up

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Making your bed should be the first thing to do in the morning. The sight of an unmade bed in your bedroom is not so pleasant to look at, especially late in the day. This is just a simple task that involves tucking in sheets, spreading bed covers and sometimes replacing the bedding with clean ones. Making your bed can bring a positive change to your room by making it look clean and organized.

2. Make a Habit of Emptying Your Dishwasher Each Morning

It may sound like a challenging task, but it will only consume about five minutes to accomplish it. You should never overlook carrying out the daily emptying of your dishwasher in order to keep your kitchen clean throughout the day. On the other hand, emptying the dishwasher every morning will keep your dirty dishes from piling up in your sink. Having a pile of dishes in the sink will make the kitchen look messy, and be a breeding ground for bacteria.

3. Do Some Laundry Daily

You can spare some time to have fun across the weekend by devoting some time every day washing your clothes. In fact, you may start by washing a few smaller loads throughout the week to prevent the clothing from piling up. If you are not sure of what to clean, sort your laundry loads to make your work easier.

4. Skip your Traditional Mop

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Instead of using a tradition mop, you should turn to a microfiber duster. This way, you will be able to make your home look amazingly clean and less contaminated within the shortest time possible. Research shows that using wet mops leads to bacteria growth in the mop head if not properly sanitized after cleaning. Using a microfiber mop with single-use pads can keep your home clean and free of contaminants. You can also alternate reusable pads as they can be washed in the washer after each use.

5. Use your Vacuum to Clean the Blinds

Cleaning blinds is a complex task because it requires more time than what you can expect. However, you can make it easier by using an upholstery attachment on the vacuum cleaner and within no time that dust will be out of your sight. Alternatively, you may wipe them using a dryer sheet placed in a pair of tongs to give them a fresh scent.

Final Thought

There are many useful clean house tips you can try to shorten how much time it takes to clean. It is better to perform small amounts of cleaning throughout the week to avoid a large buildup of chores to complete during the weekend. Whether you are focusing on routine cleaning, or need to deep clean your home, our team of professionals here at Maids and Moore will ensure your home is spotless.

Amazing Household Tips

Managing home errands is not a walk in the park. There are many tips that you can follow to help keep your home clean and organized. In this article we dive into five amazing household tips to make your day-to-day life a little bit easier.

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1. Lemon Juice Cures All

Lemons are readily available and you should always have one or more in your kitchen. In addition to boosting Vitamin C in your body, lemon juice can do wonders to make your Amazing Household Tipssink smell better. If you love seafood but you don’t like their smell, you can rub lemon juice over your hands and the smell will be no more. Interestingly, a splash of lemon juice on your vegetables adds flavor and freshness.

2. Always Keep White Vinegar On Hand

A solution of white vinegar and water is one of the best natural cleaning products you can ever have in your home. Vinegar is cheap and can do wonders. For instance from cleaning the garbage disposal, to washing your produce, and you can as well splash a cupful of vinegar in your washing machine to soften scratchy fabrics such as towels, the usefulness of vinegar is extensive.

3. You Should Have as Many Toothbrushes as Possible

It goes without saying that your home has toothbrushes for cleaning your teeth. But did you know that a toothbrush can do more than just keeping your teeth clean? Well, soak a toothbrush in a solution of white vinegar and hot water and use it to scrub the hard-to-reach places all over your home, such as the kitchen sink, the kitchen back-splash tiles, the bathroom faucet, and also the dreadful corners of your shower.

4. Baking Soda is Excellent in Removing Stains

Stains in your home are undeniably inevitable and if you want to live in a clean place, baking soda paste can aid in cleaning stains. From blood to ink, baking soda is your answer to remove the pesky stains; all you need is to mix baking soda with warm water. However, if you want to get rid of stubborn blood stains on your clothes or carpet, use cold water instead of warm. A mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can also be used to whiten your teeth.

5. Multi-purpose Use For Cooking Oil

Cooking oil in your kitchen can do more than aid in your cooking. Rub little oil over your Amazing Household Tipshands when chopping hot peppers and it will do wonders in preventing chemical irritant from sticking to your hands. If you love using a box grater, rubbing oil on it would prevent food from sticking to it and also enhances the performance of the grater.

Bottom Line

Running a house is not as easy as it seems. At times, we find ourselves spending a lot of time and money trying to find the right products to clean our home. Instead of breaking your bank, follow the amazing household tips above to ensure your home is cleaned correctly. Maids and Moore has a seasoned staff with the best cleaning techniques to help any homeowner.

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Dirty Shower Door? Clean it up with Maids and Moore

There is nothing tougher than cleaning those glass shower doors. It seems no matter how much you scrub them they just do not seem to get clean.  The secret to our success in cleaning these soap scum covered glass doors is vinegar.  Yup! You heard right.  We spray our non-diluted vinegar on the glass surface and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.  The acid in the vinegar breaks down the soap scum and we revisit after time has passed and are able to wipe the soap scummed surface clean. 

 

By spraying your shower after each use with non-diluted vinegar it will help to prevent the buildup of soap scum in the future.

Maids and Moore have specialized in cleaning for 11 years and with many years of experience becomes the success in our techniques for cleaning and providing 100% quality and receiving 100% satisfaction from our loyal customers.

Call us today we will be happy to make your shower sparkle.  1-844 GOT DUST

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Preparing for a Festive Memorial Day Weekend

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If you’re like us the clean up for guests is just as important as the clean up for when they leave.  We wanted to offer a few tips to make your Memorial Day Weekend the best, without all of the hassles.

Put away all towels:  To save you from having to keep putting out clean hand towels thru out the house as it is used to clean up messes and dry multiple sets of hands.  Simply stock up on a bulk order of paper towels and leave rolls everywhere convenient.  This way you are not washing every towel and rag in your whole house come Tuesday.  Nothing like getting ready for getting out of the shower to the surprise of no towels clean.

No need to wash dishes: To save you from having to wash mountains of dishes.  Purchase disposable containers and utensils to serve in.

~To take that one step further instead of preparing all the food. Ask friends and family to bring their favorite dish in a disposable container this way you don’t have to prepare it and when the yummy dish is gone you can throw it away instead of having to be the sweet host that cleans everyone’s favorite one of a kind casserole dish.

*TIP from the editor: One of my personal favorite hacks, is instead of having chip bags toppled over everywhere and countless bowls for every flavor sitting out that will then need to be poured back in the bag or thrown out.  I simply fold in the bottom of the chip bag and make a bowl.  See an example from Pinterest here

Trash Gone Wild!: Trash will be everywhere. Unless you plan ahead.  Place a container for trash in every imaginable place possible to encourage party guest to throw away their trash.  By placing the cans around the tables, coolers, and food it will encourage them to throw away as they grab another.

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Guest have left what is next?:  Now that your guest are gone. What messes do you have left?  Dirty floors, sticky little kid finger prints on ‘EVERYTHING’, and urine on everything but the toilet.  Who has time for that ?…. Don’t worry we have you covered.  Call us today to get things back in order.  We specialize in “Creating time for busy people”.  By hiring professionals you will be able to get back to your routine and workflow without the hassle.  After all, school is about to be out for Summer ;D. Who knows maybe routine services are just what you need to get back in that routine!  Call us at 1-844 GOT DUST we would love to help you with your house cleaning needs.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Kid proof for summer break

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With the final school bell rung, end of year class parties over, and summer arrangements final that is right School is Out for Summer.  If you are like us the dread and overwhelming anticipation has set in.  No worries here are a few tips to kid proof for the summer.

Step ONE

Plan all meals.  Create a drawer or shelf in your pantry for snacks only.  If children are old enough to make their own meals, brainstorm with them a few meals they can prepare for themselves during the week without burning the house down.

Step TWO

To avoid the dreaded sentence, “I am bored…”  sit down with your kids and ask them some things they would like to do this summer.  Without dismissing any of their ideas, write them down then brainstorm and sort our your list with your significant other what things you can do for the summer.  Another avenue would be to implement activities they can do on their own each day. Our personal favorite would be The Bored Jar. Write down the activities mentioned above that they like to do or would like to do and add a few.  Anytime the kids are bored send them to The Bored Jar.  The internet offers many options or you can always follow us on Pinterest to see some of our favorites: https://www.pinterest.com/maidsandmoore/maids-and-moore/

Another avenue would be to implement activities they can do on their own each day. Our personal favorite would be The Bored Jar. Write down the activities mentioned above that they like to do or would like to do and add a few ideas of your own.  Anytime the kids are bored send them to The Bored Jar.

The internet offers many options or you can always follow us on Pinterest to see some of our favorites: https://www.pinterest.com/maidsandmoore/maids-and-moore/

Step THREE

Chores.  Yes, while controversial with some, chores are a wonderful part of a routine. Like going to school, it keeps the children accountable and on schedule.  Chores build character, teaching them to be responsible and certainly rule out boredom. Not to mention it take some of the mommy do list items away.  Make a list of chores to do for each child and as incentive offer allowances or getting to do their choice of something fun.  If you have multiple children accomplishing chores each week find an activity that will make all of them happy.

Step FOUR

Overwhelmed still….? Consider hiring professional services to help you with things such as babysitting, lawn care, and house cleaning.  Maids and Moore will be happy to help you take a load off with all of your house, carpet, and window cleaning needs.  The benefit of hiring a professional to do what ‘you do not have the time to do’ is the guarantee.  With so much up in the air during summer break, it is nice to have quality service to help you “create time” for the things that matter most to you.

Call us today for your house cleaning needs at 1-844 GOT DUST we would love to help you.

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Natural and Fresh Cleaning

Are you looking for an all natural, heavy duty cleaner for your home that will not fill the air with mystery chemicals?  Look no further…. are you ready for this?  It is Vinegar
Here at Maids and Moore, we have found vinegar to be the safest, natural cleaner for most surfaces.  It works great on glass, mirrors, toilets, tubs, and many more non-porous surfaces.
To make this even better we dare you to take it one step further… I know most of us typically do not like the smell of the vinegar so there is a way to kill that smell and make the vinegar even better for cleaning your home.  Simply infuse it with other natural elements that God blessed this earth with.
That’s right, today we are doing to tell you how to infuse and stay green while cleaning.
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First thing is first lets get our supplies together.  You will need the following:
*Large glass jars (mason jars, pickle jars, etc.) we like to use quart canning jars but any jar will work
*White Vinegar
*herbs, citrus peels (sage, basil, orange, mint, lemon, etc.)
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Wash your jars and fill them with your herbs and citrus.  Experiment here mix and mingle what you think would work best.   Now combine about 2 cups of heated (nearly boiling) vinegar to your jar.  Let sit for about 24 hours and it should be ready to use.  If you want the good new scent to be stronger let it sit longer before use.   When ready to use, strain the peels and herbs out of the mixture and discard, only leaving the new scented vinegar.  To keep it from going bad store it in a cool dark place.
You can use this infused vinegar to clean in several ways such as cleaning the window, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, garbage disposal or even as a pet odor remover, fabric softner, pest control and much much more.  A few of our favorites are below.  Enjoy!
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How to use your infused Vinegar for cleaning your home
*Toilet Cleaner
~  Spray the toilet inside and out and let sit for 30 minutes allowing the vinegar to do its magic.  Then simply wipe off the vinegar and tada clean, fresh, and deodorized.
*Shower and Tubs
~Spray the shower/tub with the infused vinegar and allow it to sit for 30 minutes or longer.  Come back with a cup of water and sponge and all of the soap scum and sludge will wipe right off.
*Garbage Disposal
~Freeze your infused vinegar in an ice tray and drop a few of these in the garbage disposal and grind them up it will remove all of the yuck off the walls and blades of your dishwasher removing unwanted smells and yuck.  Repeat weekly for best results.
*Floors ( DO NOT use on porous floors such as wood, stone, marble, and granite surfaces. Vinegar will dry out and damage these floor types and surfaces)
~This infused vinegar is best used on non-porous floors such as tile.  It just does wonders.  Mix 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water to a spray bottle.  Using a dry micro mop lightly spray a 4-foot space with your infused vinegar and mop moving thru the floor surface cleaning away and deodorizing those floors with the amazing aroma the new infused vinegar is putting off.
DISCLOSURE       DO NOT use vinegar on any porous floors or surfaces such as wood, stone, marble, and granite surfaces. Vinegar will dry out and damage these floor types and surface
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Neglect because we forget..!

Most of us are as busy as all get out, running from one event to the next. Trying to care for every part of our home can be a task. I mean if the trash needs to go out we take it out. Dishes stacking up we wash them. Scrub the toilet and pick up dirty clothes and wash them. Have you thought though about the trash can your trash goes in? The dishwasher storing your clean dishes? Just imagine how easily these things get neglected. So to help we have included a few tips as to why you should clean these and when.

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Dishwasher:
Should be cleaned quarterly if not monthly. By doing so you lessen your chances of food poisoning and build up of germs and bacteria. Dirt, food, and grease all build up in dishwasher over time and if water that drips does not drain it sours and spoils your clean dishes and your stomach.

How: Weekly remove the filter, soak, and clean it.  Run a heavy cycle with vinegar in the soap dispenser and baking soda sprinkled inside of the machine. Good as new!

Indoor Trash Can:
Clean every 2 months if not monthly. Trash tends to spill over and leak out causing your trash can to get sticky, smelly, and grow bacteria.

How: Take your trash can to the bath/shower and rinse it with warm soapy water. You can also spray it down well with a good antibacterial cleaner and be sure to wipe the inside, outside, and bottom.

Washing Machine:
This guy does so much for your household so monthly we clean it. Just like parents if we don’t reboot and charge we will burn out so do a courtesy to your faithful friend the washing machine. This inside of the washing machine will start to develop buildup which keeps the water from filtering and draining properly.

How: With the machine running hot water add a quart of bleach to the detergent dispenser. Let this run full cycle. Be sure to clean all compartments seals and hinges by hand these areas must be clean to prevent mold and bacteria growth from the moisture. Doing this monthly will keep you from the laundry mat.

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Refrigerator:
Should be cleaned quarterly if not monthly. By doing so you lessen your chances of food poisoning and build up of germs and bacteria. Not to mention from keep dust from building up on the coils and under the fridge causing moisture to damage the floors and the machine.

How: Pull out all drawers and soak them in warm soapy water. Clean the inside of the fridge with a rag or sponge using baking soda and vinegar on hard stains and yucky dried on food. Now, pull out the fridge vacuum and wipe down the wall behind the fridge, the back and side of the fridge, and the floor where it sits. Tada! Fresh and Clean and damage free.

Garbage Disposal:

Pew!! What is that smell..? It is your garbage disposal. The plastic rings and the disposal itself collect old food and bacteria. Using ice knocks off the buildup off the walls and blades of the disposal.

How: Freeze lemon juice and drop a few cubes down the drain weekly and turn her on. You may also like to use frozen vinegar either or.

We hope a few of these tips will help

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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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Tip or No Tip

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Should I leave a tip for the maids? A question we are often asked. It is customary to tip your waiter/waitress, valet service, and hair stylist. What about your maids? And if so, how much is appropriate?  
 
While Maids Moore does not expect tips, as we ensure to provide quality service always, we do appreciate the gesture when you do leave a tip as a professional courtesy towards the maids services provided to you. 
 
We do not solicit or expect a tip but it is at your discretion, as a customer of ours, to determine the amount and if it is appropriate or not. Some of our regular customers do tip during the holidays to show their appreciation to the maids who have provided quality service to them all year long. Some even offer it randomly, as they feel it is appropriate, but it is never expected, simply appreciated.  
 
This small act of kindness gives our girls the peace in knowing the quality they provide makes a difference. By being able to Create time for Busy People that alone is enough for our maids as they strive to serve and help to make peoples lives a little bit smoother.
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