Cleaning Tips

Deep Clean Your Home For a Tidier New Year With These 11 Tips

January 11, 2021 by Julia Weaver

Let’s face it, most of us are ready to put 2020 behind us and start fresh in 2021. It’s tradition for many people to create new year’s resolutions and set goals for the upcoming year. Chances are, however, a couple of weeks into the new year, keeping up with your resolutions may seem harder than you imagined. 

If one of your goals this year is to keep a clean house, you’re in luck. In the spirit of new beginnings, we’ve asked the experts, from Portland, OR to Philadelphia, PA, to share their best cleaning tips and tricks so you can stay true to your goals this year.

Say goodbye to window streaks

Many times people get frustrated by streaks on the mirrors and glass. There is a simple and effective method to avoid them. Use Dawn or another dishwashing soap and sponge first (that’s what creates the streaks!) to remove any oily residue from the surface. Follow this step by rinsing with clean water and cloth in a downward zig-zag pattern – to push down the soap. The final step would be to dry up the surface with a paper towel and you can use Windex or window cleaning solution here for shine. – Superb Maids

Follow instructions on cleaning labels

The most important factor to deep cleaning and disinfecting your home is following the instructions provided on the labels. A lot of times people will spray the product and wipe it off right away. What they don’t realize is that many products require a dwell time of 10-15 minutes, which allows the products to activate and provide a deeper clean.  – Tucson Maids

Decontaminate using electrostatic cleaners

2020 taught us how important having a clean space is to care for our health and the health of our loved ones. Most times, superficial cleaning is not enough to kill all the bacteria and viruses that live on the surfaces of our spaces that can be life-threatening such as the COVID-19 virus. We recommend cleaning and disinfecting your home with electrostatic cleaners that coat entire surfaces and decontaminates them which helps protect yourself and your family. – Queen Bee Cleaning Services

Hire a professional house cleaner

Consider incorporating a professional top-to-bottom cleaning service. Most services can be used as a first-time clean or as a thorough Spring/Fall clean. It will keep your home in the most maintained fashion throughout the year. – Misty Clean

Declutter for a fresh start

The ideal time to declutter is at the start of a new year or before a move. Don’t allow the things you don’t use to clutter up your new home. Imagine being surrounded only by the things that inspire and serve you and nothing more. There also is no better time to get organized than when you have moved to a new home. Old habits are shed and your new home signifies a fresh start. – Clean & Clutter Free

Vacuum in every direction

Vacuuming your carpets regularly is essential for a healthy home. For best results, please slow down and vacuum from multiple directions. If you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, I recommend a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to maintain healthy indoor air quality. – My Pro Cleaner

Create a routine you can stick to

Keeping your home clean all year long is done best by having a rotational deep clean item schedule. By starting with a deep cleaning of these items they can be maintained routinely and save money and time “Creating time for what matters most”. This is exactly what you will get by hiring a professional family-owned, bonded and insured company. – Maids and Moore Cleaning Service

Don’t overlook air ducts and air filters

When thinking of deep cleaning and maintaining the cleanliness of your home, air ducts and air filters are generally overlooked. Air ducts can be a major contributor to dust and dirt in the carpet. When the soil from the air duct system gets in the carpet, it can be abrasive and cause damage to the carpet fiber. Getting the air ducts cleaned and changing the furnace filter regularly will help with maintaining the cleanliness of your carpet. – Teasdale Fenton

Take care of your carpet and rugs

Winter 2021 is a great time to tackle your carpet and rug cleaning so your home is ready for the new year. By taking care of your carpets and rugs, you also eliminate one of the major indoor air quality problems in your home this winter. Not only does carpet cleaning and area rug cleaning make your home feel clean and inviting for guests, but it also prepares you for the season when you’ll be spending quite a bit of time indoors. Don’t stop there- it’s recommended that you get your carpets cleaned at least twice a year. – Clean Choice Cleaning & Restoration

Keep baseboards clean

A simple dusting with a long-handled Swiffer is an easy approach that allows cleaning behind furniture. If the visible baseboards are still dirty, a bucket of warm water and 409 spray is an easy fix, just spray and wipe. Nothing like clean baseboards. – Fresh and Clean

Always clean up before bed

Wipe your bathroom and kitchen counters daily, and make sure that everything is put away in its place by the end of the night. Make sure the stove and oven are cleaned after each use to avoid grease build-up, and that the floors get vacuumed. I want to wake up with a clear mindset so I can focus on my goals for that day, not stress about cleaning last night’s mess. Consider hiring a cleaning technician to come in every couple of weeks and clean the toilet, tubs/showers, mirrors, sinks, blinds/shutters, and mop. – Jay’s One Stop Cleaning Services

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Should you clean before disinfecting?

CDC & EPA guidelines state it is best to clean your home prior to disinfecting:

*Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
*Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.
*Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
*Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
-More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.
*High touch surfaces include:
Tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

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*Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product.
*Many products recommend:
-Keeping surface wet for a period of time (see product label).
-making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

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Are you properly disinfecting your home?

With COVID-19 spreading it is more important now than ever to ensure you are properly disinfecting your home. Not properly disinfecting is a waste of product, time, and effectiveness.

CDC & EPA guidelines state:

*Use of EPA-registered disinfectant:

*Read the directions: Follow the instructions on the label to ensure the safe and effective use of the product.

*Pre-clean the surface. For a disinfectant product to be effective is advised that the surface be clean before the application of the disinfectant.

*Follow the contact time: Many Products recommend:*Wear gloves and wash your hands: Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during the use of the product

*Wear gloves and wash your hands: Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during the use of the product

*Lock up the product-tighten lids and store out of reach of children

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Trained and Certified Professionals for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)

During such a time as this, it is now ever so important to not only follow the CDC guidelines and procedures but also hire certified and trained professionals to assist in the disinfecting and cleaning of your home and business.

Maids and Moore are trained and prepared to give you, your family and coworkers peace of mind during the pandemic of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2).

Certified through GBAC (Global Biorisk Advisory Council) as GBAC-Trained Technicians for Cleaning & Disinfection.

GBAC-Trained Technicians are cleaning professionals with the planning, knowledge and processes needed to respond to a biohazard crisis in the workplace and homes.

  • Preventative, response, infection control, and contamination control measures to known or potential infectious disease outbreak situations. 
  • Importance of proper cleaning and disinfection for health
  • Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), tools, and equipment
  • Cleaners and disinfectants based on the EPA’s Emerging Viral Pathogens Guidance in the United States

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It’s that time of year again…

It’s that time of year again: allergy season. With oak pollen, cedar, and ragweed rampant here in Texas, symptoms can range from stuffy noses and itchy eyes to more serious respiratory symptoms that require medical attention.

Many families are often surprised to learn that allergens are just as common indoors as they are outside. In order to keep your family healthy, be strategic about where you focus your cleaning efforts. Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces that are prone to mold, pet dander and dust mite buildup will help reduce allergy symptoms. 

If you think you’re going to have a hard time getting your family involved in keeping your home clean, think again. These printable allergy-proofing games make cleanup time anything but a chore.

Call us today to learn more about how we can help clean your home—and keep it that way!

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Maids and Moore Helping Cancer Patients During COVID-19

By Lucy Lee, Cleaning For A Reason



Austin and Conroe, Texas – May 6, 2020 Since opening in 2008, Maids and Moore Cleaning Services has been teamed up with Cleaning for a Reason, a nonprofit serving cancer patients. For over 12 years, Maids and Moore has donated house cleanings to a total of 195 cancer patients with a donated value of $66,315 in cleanings. Maids and Moore was recognized by Cleaning for a Reason as the 2018 Top Maid Service Partner for most cancer patients served.

“Cleaning for cancer patients is a meaningful part of our business,” said owner Holly Moore. “We all know someone who has battled cancer and understand the value of what it means to be supported at this difficult time. We’re honored to focus on their homes, while these patients focus on their recovery and time with family.”

Moore emphasized, “During this coronavirus pandemic, our homes and offices need to not only be cleaned—which means removing visible dirt, dust, and debris—but also to be sanitized and disinfected. While sanitizing reduces the occurrence and growth of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, disinfecting actually kills the pathogens of viruses and such organisms—making it more effective to rid the surface of such viruses.”

Maids and Moore is helping cancer patients by cleaning and disinfecting at least 15 homes per month for two consecutive months at no charge. This service will include their EPA-approved disinfecting misting service. The only requirement is that the homes be within the company’s existing territories of Travis and Montgomery counties and surrounding areas.

“Deemed an essential business, Maids and Moore is proud to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Moore. “Now more than ever, our clients, and especially the cancer patients, need our support to help ensure clean, safe, and healthy environments. We are prepared to both clean and provide our EPA-approved disinfecting misting service that kills pathogens for viruses, including COVID-19. We are now ‘cleaning for health’ as we slow the spread of infectious elements. Our staff has been trained to follow all CDC guidelines, including use of masks, gloves, and booties when entering a home or office.”

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sing a misting machine is a way of quickly and evenly coating a surface with a disinfecting solution. The mist will reach hard to clean areas, such as air ducts, cabinets, drawers, etc. Applying an EPA-approved disinfectant to surfaces with the appropriate droplet size ensures a dwell time of solution on the surface for a one-minute kill time of pathogen.   Watch how misting service is performed at

Moore grew up in the small Texas towns of Ireland, Gatesville, and Troy—populations of 60, 15,591, and 1,409, respectively. Her upbringing instilled a well-developed sense of independence, a very practical nature, and a strong desire to make a difference in people’s lives. These traits are evident in how she manages Maids and Moore and serves her community. For more information about this company, see

About Cleaning for a Reason
Cleaning for a Reason partners with more than 1,200 residential cleaners throughout the United States and Canada to offer free house cleaning to any household battling cancer. Since 2006, the nonprofit and its partners have donated more than $13 million in services, helping more than 39,000 cancer patients. In 2017, Cleaning for a Reason was adopted by ISSA Charities, the charitable arm of ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. To learn more about Cleaning for a Reason and to apply for free house cleaning, see

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The Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

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During a time, such as this it is important to not only clean our homes which removes visible dirt, dust and debris but also disinfect them.  A misconception is that sanitization is the same as disinfecting. This is not true.  Sanitization is meant to reduce, not kill, the occurrence and growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Disinfecting a surface will “kill” the pathogens of viruses and such organisms. Making it more effective to rid the surface of said viruses. All EPA approved disinfectants have specific instructions and dwell times required to effectively kill pathogens. If not done as directed this would not be disinfecting rather sanitizing. Maids and Moore is trained and prepared to clean our customers’ homes and businesses and provide disinfecting services.

With COVID-19 now in our daily life we have all been compelled to take a closer look at our household cleaning. Visibly clean is just not good enough anymore. Now, more than ever before we are seeking a level of clean that compares to that of healthcare facilities.  Hospitals are required by regulation to use EPA approved disinfectants to eliminate 100% of the organisms (virus, bacteria, fungi) present on a cleaned surface. Although not required by regulation, we want our customers to have the same safety and security that comes with this level disinfection. Maids and Moore is always looking for ways to improve our service and by adding EPA approved disinfectant and offering our new Disinfecting Misting Service, we are meeting the level of disinfection our customers need. We should all feel safe in our home environment and Maids and Moore wants to help achieve that.

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