How To Use Your Oven Cleaner For Effective Results

While scrubbing your oven can be an overwhelming task, there are many reasons to keep your oven clean. A clean oven can make baking more efficient because small pieces of burnt food in an oven can absorb the heat, which makes your oven less efficient. Even if you have a self-cleaning oven, it is still necessary to give it a good scrub every now and then. In fact, the self-cleaning feature with these ovens can cause carbon monoxide buildup and even respiratory problems.

How Often Should You Clean Your Oven?

This depends on how often it is used. Individuals who use their ovens more will need to clean it more often than those who don’t. For those who are avid cooks, it is generally recommended to clean their ovens once every three months. Those who rarely use their ovens can get by with cleaning it once or twice per year. There are signs to look out for that can let you know it’s time to give your oven a scrub, which includes crust or residue build-up inside the oven or an oven door that is coated with grease.

If you are still looking for the motivation to get down and dirty to get your oven clean, know that the grease coating and burnt remnants can affect the taste of anything cooked in your oven. Think of that next time you have to cook for guests!  

How to Use Oven Cleaner

With any household product, such as oven cleaners or carpet cleaners, it is important to read and follow the instructions carefully. It is never recommended to mix oven cleaner with other products, which include bleach. Follow these steps to use your oven cleaner the right way:

  1. First, take everything out of the oven, which includes racks, thermometer, oven stone, etc.
  2. Place paper towels beneath the floor of your oven to absorb any dripping.
  3. After you put your gloves and safety glasses on, you can spray the oven cleaner throughout the inside of the oven. Be sure to cover the door, top, floor, sides, back, and corners. However, avoid spraying the heating elements if you are cleaning an electric oven. You can lift them and spray underneath. Avoid spraying oven cleaner where the gas comes through if you have a gas oven.
  4. Most oven cleaning products will need to sit about 20 to 30 minutes. During this time, you can spray your oven racks with a cleaner and put them in a large trash bag. This step should be done outside. Check your cleaning label to see if there are any recommendations for efficiently cleaning your oven racks.
  5. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the inside of the oven. There may be areas that are sticky. Remaining spots can be cleaned with an abrasive tool. These may include microfiber sponges or wet scouring pumices. It is important to check every corner to make certain the cleaner is completely removed.
  6. After the inside of the oven has been wiped down, you can remove the racks from the bags and wash them with soap and warm water. You can also use an abrasive tool to remove crusted food on the racks. When the racks are dry, you can place them back in the oven.

How to Keep Your Oven Clean

There is an old saying that emphasizes the importance of having a fence at the top of a cliff rather than an ambulance at the bottom. The same principle applies to most home maintenance. Instead of asking how to remove the stains your dog is leaving on the carpet, ask how to stop your dog from peeing on the carpet in the first place. Rather than making your oven cleaning an intense pain that you have to do once every blue moon, you can take steps to prevent it from becoming a filthy mess in the first place.

For instance, after you clean your oven, use an easy-clean oven sheet. These are non-stick sheets that come in a variety of sizes. Another option would be to place a baking sheet on the bottom rack to catch food. Using roasting bags for meat and vegetables can help you avoid splatters and spills.

It will also help if you remove the tray when you are checking the food as opposed to poking food that is cooking inside the oven. Each time you finish cooking, try putting an oven-safe bowl of water inside the oven, Heat the oven to a high temperature for about 20 minutes. This will effectively loosen grease and dirt. When the oven is cool, simply wipe it down to remove dirt and grime. A little effort given more frequently is better than a half-day of labor to clean a massive mess that has been left unattended for a long time.

How To Clean Wallpaper

In recent years, wallpaper has really made a comeback when it comes to interior design and decor. Long gone are the outdated wallpaper designs of the past. Today, designers use modern wallpaper to make a statement without the use of paint. Most commonly, patterned wallpaper is now used to create eye-catching accent walls in living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, and other living spaces.

If you have wallpaper in your home, it’s important to understand how to properly clean and maintain it. After all, it will require some special care when compared to a “traditional” painted wall. By knowing how to clean wallpaper, you can keep it looking its best for years to come and avoid the need for stripping and re-papering.

Take Time To Dust Regularly

Many wallpapers have a textured surface, which makes them more prone to gathering dust over time than regular drywall. If your wallpaper has a textured surface of any kind, you’ll need to dust your walls regularly to prevent build-up and cobwebs. This can be easily accomplished with a micro-fiber dust wand.

Take the time to dust the walls at least once a week; if you have higher ceilings, you may want to invest in a dusting wand with a telescoping handle that will help you reach all the way up to the ceilings. Otherwise, you’ll need to get up on a ladder to dust those hard-to-reach places, such as corners where walls and ceilings intersect. These areas tend to gather the most build-up of cobwebs.

Another alternative to dusting your wallpaper is to actually use a vacuum with a hose attachment to get the job done. This can be quicker than manual dusting and just as thorough.

Dusting your wallpaper may not seem like a necessity, but it’s important because dust and other debris can not only dull your wallpaper over time but can also cause problems for people in your home with allergies or asthma. You might be surprised at how much debris can be “trapped” on a wallpaper surface, especially if it’s textured in any way. Dusting your walls only takes a few minutes and can make a huge difference in your indoor air quality.

Remove Scuffs and Stains With A Magic Eraser

Scuff marks and minor stains can most likely be removed with a magic eraser sponge, which is made out of melamine foam. This foam acts as a gentle abrasive, which is great for removing stains and scuffs from just about any surface. To use a magic eraser, all you need to do is get it damp and wring it out. From there, you can scrub away stains from your wallpaper using small, circular motions.

Just be careful to test the magic eraser on a small and inconspicuous area of your walls before moving forward with the entire wall. Some types of wallpaper may be more delicate and may not hold up well to the abrasiveness of a magic eraser sponge. It is recommended that you test a small area and wait for 24 hours to make sure there is no discoloration or other damage before moving forward.

If you’re not comfortable using a magic eraser on your wallpaper because you’re worried the colors will run or other damage will occur, look into purchasing a cleaning dough specifically made for use on wallpaper. This “wallpaper dough” can literally be dabbed across a stain to remove it. You can find this at your local home improvement store  or  you can use artist’s dough from a local craft store. It will work just as well, even if it’s not specifically designed for use on wallpaper.

Washing Walls With Wallpaper

Even with regular dusting and occasional spot-treating of stains, walls may need to be thoroughly washed from time to time. If you need to wash your wallpaper, you can use a mixture of warm water and a gentle dish soap to do the trick. Just make sure that if you go this route, that your wallpaper is of the washable variety (most are, but it’s good to check with the manufacturer before moving forward).

Once you have your soap and water mixture, all you need to do is dip a sponge in it and thoroughly wring it out so that it’s not soaked. Then, using back and forth motions, gently scrub your walls to remove stains and discoloration. The key here is to make sure that the wallpaper doesn’t get too wet; you don’t want water dripping down your walls as you wash. Be especially careful when washing around wallpaper seams that there isn’t too much water on your sponge. If you use too much moisture (even on a washable wallpaper), the water could get behind the seams in the paper and wear away at the adhesive over time. This will lead to bubbling and warping of the paper, which you most definitely do not want!

After you’re done washing your walls, be sure to follow up with a towel to dry them thoroughly. And never use a chemical or abrasive cleaner on your wallpaper unless you first take the time to spot-test an area. Even if the cleaner is advertised as being made specifically for use on wallpaper, you’ll want to play it safe.

If you know the manufacturer that made your wallpaper, check online to see what their recommended guidelines for cleaning are. You may even be able to purchase a special cleaner through the manufacturer itself that will do the best job without causing any damage. Wallpapers can vary greatly in their coatings, textures, and care instructions, so it’s always best to refer to the manufacturer whenever possible.

How A Professional Cleaner Can Help

Washing walls with wallpaper can require a bit more delicate care than washing a traditional wall that’s been painted. However, with a bit of research and some extra precautions, you can keep your papered walls looking their best without having a home smell like new paint odor. With regular dusting, spot-cleaning for stain/scuff removal, and the occasional washing, you can keep the walls of your home clean.

Hiring a professional house cleaner can also take some of the stress out of keeping your walls (and the rest of your home) clean! At Maid Sailors, our certified professional cleaners know what it takes to clean the surfaces of your home’s walls, including those with wallpaper. From dusting and removing stains to washing walls as needed, you can enjoy all the benefits of clean walls without having to lift a finger. Meanwhile, our team provides all the cleaning products needed to complete your service so you don’t have to worry about it.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our professional cleaning services or would like to book your appointment, don’t hesitate to reach out today by calling (212) 299-5170. You can also book your appointment online in 60 seconds or less!

Magic Erasers: How Do They Work and How Can You Use Them?

If you’ve ever used a “magic eraser” around your home, then you know just how effective they can be in removing stains, dirt, and grime from all kinds of surfaces. But have you ever taken the time to really consider how these amazing little sponges work? By having a better understanding of how magic erasers work and the best ways to use them, you can make the most of your purchase.

How Does A Magic Eraser Work?

Magic eraser sponges are made of melamine foam. Interestingly enough, this foam was first used as a sound-proofing material and insulation. It wasn’t until decades after its application here that it was discovered just how effective it was at removing scuffs and stains.

Specifically, melamine foam particles have an extremely strong microstructure. The foam is also abrasive, so when you scrub it along a surface, it’s like using an extremely fine piece of sandpaper to remove grime, stains, dirt, and more. Even better, once the stain is removed from the surface, the melamine foam absorbs the debris.

Awhile back, there were some unfounded health concerns regarding the use of magic erasers because it was falsely reported that they contained formaldehyde. In reality, the ingredient found in magic erasers is “formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite.” Even though this contains the word “formaldehyde,” it is important to understand that this is not an ingredient and there are therefore no associated health risks with using a magic eraser. In fact, magic eraser products are completely non-toxic.

How To Use A Magic Eraser

Magic erasers are extremely easy to use. All you need to do is slightly wet the sponge itself to activate the melamine foam for maximum effectiveness. From there, scrub away at the surface that you want to clean. It can be useful to scrub in small, circular motions for the best results.

Once you’re done using the eraser, wring it dry if it’s still wet. You may also want to leave it out somewhere to air dry. Most magic erasers can be used dozens of times before needing to be replaced. You’ll generally know when your eraser needs to replaced because it will begin to crumble and fall apart.

Another thing to keep in mind when using a magic eraser is that the material is abrasive, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re not using it on anything that could be damaged by an abrasive cleaner. If you’re in doubt, it’s always a good idea to do a spot-test in an inconspicuous area.

Best Uses For Magic Erasers

It’s a good idea to keep plenty of magic erasers around the house, especially when you consider how many different uses they have. While most people use magic erasers to get rid of scuffs on walls, there are so many other potential uses that can come in handy.

When was the last time you were frustrated by trying to remove a sticker or label from a glass or plastic bottle? You probably didn’t realize that you can use a magic eraser to easily remove that annoying residue from stickers and labels.

If your bathroom has a fiberglass shower or tub, you have probably also struggled to find a product that was effective in removing dirt and grime from the floors. A magic eraser can do a great job at removing stains from these types of surfaces. They’re also great for cleaning glass and fiberglass shower doors.

Accidentally used a permanent marker instead of a dry-erase one on a whiteboard? Yep, you guessed it; a magic eraser can get rid of those stains as well.

A magic eraser can also be used to clean everything from tile grout and stovetops to some countertop surfaces, white shoes, and even the interior of your car.

Saving Money On Magic Erasers

If you buy the “brand name” magic erasers, you’ve probably noticed just how expensive they can be. The good news is that you can save a lot of money by buying generic magic erasers instead. These are just as effective because they’re made of the exact same melamine foam. You can find these for a lot cheaper at your local dollar store or even buy them in bulk online.

There are also steps you can take to prolong the life of your magic erasers, allowing you to get more use out of them and save money. For starters, consider cutting up your magic erasers into smaller portions rather than using the entire sponge at once. This will help you make each sponge go a lot further.

Being sure to wring out and dry your magic eraser after each use will also help to prolong its life and prevent it from crumbling prematurely.

Time To Hire A Professional House Cleaner?

Magic erasers are a great item to keep on-hand with your cleaning supplies. Not only are they inexpensive, but they’re also extremely versatile and have a number of uses beyond removing scuffs from your walls. Magic erasers are also extremely easy to use and are non-toxic, so you can feel good about using them to keep your home looking its best.

Speaking of keeping your home looking its best, perhaps now would also be a good time to consider hiring a professional house cleaning service. At Maid Sailors, we specialize in providing New York City and the surrounding areas with the house cleaning services they need to keep a sparkling clean living space. When you hire one of our certified professional cleaners, you can enjoy coming home to a spotless home without having to lift a finger.

And when it comes to cleaning supplies ( such as magic erasers) , you can enjoy the convenience and peace of mind in knowing that our cleaners provide all their own supplies. At the same time, if there are any specific cleaning products you wish to be used, we invite you to leave them out and let our cleaner know. We would be happy to accommodate. We also offer green/eco-friendly cleaning supplies at no additional charge to you!

Ready to book your cleaning or find out more about our many cleaning services offered? Contact the Maid Sailors team today; we look forward to helping you enjoy a clean home without the time and hassle of doing it yourself.

The History Of The Vacuum Cleaner

Vacuums are a household cleaning appliance that we tend to take for granted. More than likely, you have at least one vacuum cleaner in your home for removing dirt/debris from your rugs and carpeting. You might even have a smaller and portable hand vacuum or a wet/dry vacuum (such as a ShopVac) for added convenience.

Have you ever taken the time to think about how much easier owning a vacuum has made your life? Consider how you would ever be able to get all that everyday dirt and debris out of your home’s carpeting and rugs without one. Believe it or not, there was a time when vacuum cleaners didn’t exist! By having a better understanding of the history and evolution of the vacuum cleaner, perhaps you’ll have a new-found appreciation for these amazing little machines.

The Vacuum’s Humble Beginnings

Prior to the invention of vacuums, the only way to remove debris from rugs was to take them outdoors and shake them out—a task that could be time-consuming and arduous. In an effort to solve this everyday problem, an inventor by the name of Daniel Hess first introduced a machine that utilized bellows to stir up and collect debris from rugs and carpeting in 1860. In 1968, another inventor named Ives McGaffey created a device known as a Whirlwind, which had a similar design but operated using a belt system.

While both of these devices were rather effective in removing debris, they were quite cumbersome to operate. In fact, the Whirlwind model required two people to use, which wasn’t practical for many consumers. Over time, more inventors worked to make vacuum cleaners easier to operate, with the first gas-powered vacuum being made available in 1898.

Towards a Modern Vacuum Cleaner

Finally, in 1901, Herbert Booth released the first motorized vacuum cleaner. Many would agree that this marked the birth of the modern vacuum cleaner as we know it today. This vacuum was still quite heavy and awkward to operate, but it was a marked improvement over previous models. 1905 saw the introduction of the first truly portable vacuum cleaner, which used a unique water filtration system.

It wasn’t until 1908 when William Henry Hoover purchased a patent for a vacuum design that would not only kick up dirt and remove it from a rug, but effectively pull it into a canister as well. This was the beginning of the Hoover vacuum brand that is still popular today.

Throughout the 20th century and well into the 21st century, we continue to see improvements to the vacuum’s design. With the availability of lighter materials (such as plastic), vacuum cleaners gradually became lighter and easier to operate. Suction and filtration technology have also improved greatly over the years—and today, we even have battery-operated vacuums and self-propelled vacuums that will do the work for you!

How Do Today’s Vacuums Work?

Since the first vacuum cleaner was introduced in the 1800s, these machines have operated in a similar manner. Specifically, a vacuum cleaner works using bristles to kick and pull up dust and other debris from the fibers of a rug or carpet. From there, the debris is pulled into a bag or canister.

The use of filters has also made vacuum cleaners much more efficient over the years. Prior to the introduction of filtration systems in vacuum cleaners, smaller debris particles would fail to be contained and would thus be released back into the air. Today’s vacuums combat this problem by using filters to trap these fine particles and prevent them from being re-circulated. Both High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) and Ultra Low Penetration Air (ULPA) filters are used in vacuums to accomplish this task.

Most of the vacuums sold in today’s market also use canisters rather than disposable bags to collect dust and debris. These canisters are more effective at containing particles and save you the hassle of replacing and disposing of bags. Instead, you can simply empty out the canister when it becomes full. Keeping vacuum canisters from getting too full is important because a clogged or over-full canister can block airflow and prevent a vacuum from properly suctioning.

What to Look for in a Vacuum Cleaner

Now that you have a better understanding of the history of the vacuum cleaner and how these wonderful little machines work, is it time to upgrade yours? If you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind as you shop. Begin by considering the motor power of the machine itself; for maximum suction, you’ll want to select a vacuum that has at least a 7-12 amp motor.

You’ll also want to consider the specific features of the vacuum itself; are you looking for something basic, such as a standalone vacuum that plugs into the wall? If you need to do a lot of vacuuming of furniture and other harder-to-reach areas, you may want to shop for a vacuum with a removable, battery-powered detachment. Many vacuums also come with hose extensions so you can reach areas such as stairs, drapery, and more.

Be sure to consider the filter that comes with your vacuum cleaner as well, as you’ll need to replace these from time to time for the best cleaning capability. Specifically, take some time to research replacement filter pricing so you don’t end up with sticker shock when it comes time to buy more filters. Some vacuum cleaners come with filters that can be washed and cleaned in order to be used more than once, which can save you money.

When shopping for a vacuum, it’s also a good idea to read reviews and find out what kind of warranty (if any) the vacuum cleaner comes with for your added peace of mind.

Have a Cleaning Company Take Care of Your Vacuuming

Even with the best vacuum cleaner on the market, vacuuming your home can be time-consuming. If you’d rather find other uses for your time, you may want to consider hiring a professional house cleaner to take care of your vacuuming and other basic cleaning tasks around your home.

At Maid Sailors, we offer a wide range of professional cleaning services in New York City and the surrounding areas, and we pride ourselves in our transparent pricing. All of our cleaners are certified professionals, and we include all the cleaning products needed to make your house shine. Ready to book your appointment? You can do so online in as little as 60 seconds, or give us a call to find out more about what we have to offer.

How to Clean Hair Brushes

So you love your hair, you take pride in your hair. You wash your hair daily, have regular appointments with your stylist to get it cut, colored, so on and on. It’s possible you spend far more than you even think you should on your hair. You love pampering your hair so much that you forget that your hair brush also needs pampering from time to time. Take some time to make sure you have clean hair brushes as they will have a clean office from a reputable office cleaning companies nyc

Imagine this, you just finished washing your hair. It’s all nice and clean such a great home cleaning. And then you take your brush or comb that you’ve used a million times before on your unwashed hair and use it on your freshly cleaned hair. Think about that for a moment. You’ve just taken your dirty hair that was left on the brush/comb and mixed it with your freshly clean hair. Now it’s not as clean as you may think it is.

How Do I Clean It?

Let’s face it, clean hair brushes and combs are a lot better than dirty brushes and combs. They collect debris of dirt and dead skin and its continuous build-up is not good for your lovely locks. The residue left behind by those lovely hair products, also your hair natural oils can leave your hairbrushes and comb look grungy.

Along with your own, hygiene it’s very important to keep tools of daily use like comb and hairbrushes clean. Your hair brush and combs are a tap of germs, conditioner, oil, dead skin and old hair. It may not seem like a very big deal but clean brushes and combs help the way you style your hair and keep them fluff-free.

Wait! There is no need to throw out that old brush or comb and get new ones just because it has accumulated so much lint over the gap of months or years. Here are some very valuable tips to keep your hairbrushes and comb clean and work like new.

1. Removing the Hair

It is recommended to do this in a bathroom rather than a kitchen as the kitchen is mainly used for cooking food and any loose hair can go into the food and make it unhygienic. First, remove all the hair with your fingers or a toothpick. Pick out as much hair as you can. You can also wet the hairbrush and comb under water this will soften the hair and it would be easy for you to remove them

2. Dampen the Brush

Place a small dab of shampoo onto the bristles of the comb or hairbrushes. Carefully rub the bristles together with your hands but make sure the points of the bristles do not hurt you.

3. Soak the Brush

For the remaining bits of hair and debris, soak the brush under warm water with a bit of baby shampoo or detergent. Generally speaking, baby shampoo is very good for cleaning makeup brushes. The warm water and detergent will soften the dirt and debris in the hair bristles. You can also use vinegar and baking soda for cleaning hair brushes and combs. Pour half cup of vinegar in half cup of warm water and soak all your brushes and comb into it for about half an hour. Wait till the dirt and hair get dampen and soft. Similarly, you can mix baking soda with warm water and soak in your hair brushes. But remember, an exception to the baking soda process is that, not to immerse certain types of hair brushes and comb into it.

The cushioned brush, the wooden-bodied brushes, rubber brushes and comb and natural boar bristled brushes. Permitting water to get through the vent hole on cushioned brushes will erode the cushioning of the brush faster and it will reduce its shelf life. A wooden bodied brush or comb may cause wood to absorb water and may cause damage to the finish and make the body swell and break. While natural boar bristle brushes contain natural hair that would take in moisture as would other types of natural hair so the bristles can twist or curl if dampened.

4. Use a Toothbrush

You can use a toothbrush for cleaning the debris and leftover in the bristles of the hair brushes and comb. This will indeed be helpful in cleaning the hair brushes and comb till the end of their root inside the bristles. It would be advisable to use a new toothbrush rather than an old one. You cannot use the one for your hair that you used for your teeth; could you? Rinse the combs and hair brushes well.

5. Dry the Brush

Take a clean cotton towel would be preferred, dry the combs and hair brushes with the help of the cotton towel and let the remaining water dry on its own. Keep them in some clean place so that further dirt, grime and dust particles do not stick on it as this can easily happen when the combs and hairbrushes are wet.

6. Repeat

Now, after drying, again clean it with a dry towel so that the dust particles are removed if any are there in the hair brushes and comb. And VOILA, You are done! Your hairbrushes and combs are now clean and you can use them for keeping your lovely locks beautiful.  Washing the hair tools twice a month can be very helpful for your long tresses; it will not only keep your hair clean but also helps in keeping your hair healthy.

Bonus Tips

  • Throw away pieces of hair stuck in your brushes because that could build up oil in your scalp and this can damage your hair.
  • Remove your hair from your hair brushes and combs after each brushing
  • Always clean your hair brushes and comb gently so bristles do not break off.
  • Never use a finger to scrub a brush, it is very painful to get pinned in the finger by a bristle and even worse under a fingernail.

Hopefully, you’ve learned some awesome tips on how to keep your brushes and combs clean! If these worked for you, drop us a comment below. And if you have any other tips on house cleaning please leave us a comment below. We love to hear from our readers!

Five Ways To Get Your Money Back From Bad Contractors

Hundreds of thousands of homeowners tackle major projects in their home each year, with the majority using licensed contractors to get the job done. Construction contractors in both residential and commercial lines of work are required to meet certain licensing guidelines in order to operate their businesses legally in the state where they work. This means they may have to complete an exam covering construction practices and skill sets, hold certain bonds or insurance coverage, or have a specific number of years in the industry. While taking the time to vet a contractor in terms of his or her license status, bonding, and insurance, or experience, there are instances where things do not go as planned.

Homeowners who end up working with a bad contractor may face challenges in recouping their losses. However, there are a handful of steps homeowners can take to get their money back, either directly or indirectly, when a contractor did not fulfill his obligations. The best practice, though, is to pursue one or more of these remedies after having a conversation with the contractor. If that does not create a viable solution, determine which fix works best for your circumstances.

Go to Small Claims Court

Small claims court is a legal venue for homeowners who feel they are owed money back from a contractor. In small claims court, individuals bring small monetary claims against other individuals or companies, typically with damages of no more than $10,000. However, the amount you can claim depends on the limits of your state. During a small claims court case, you present your claim against the contractor for faulty work, a failure to meet contractual obligations or other issues that you feel left you with a loss.

If the contractor does not show up to the case, you will win your judgment by default. However, you will be responsible for collecting the amount you won which may be easier said than done.

Hire an Attorney

If you have a case worth more than your state’s small claims limit, or you feel as though a legal expert may help in the matter, hiring an attorney is an option as well. Attorneys with experience in the construction industry will know how to find weaknesses in a contract, as well as how the work performed or left incomplete violates a contract. The attorney can help you determine what you may be owed, and the best possible route for pursuing the contractor or business.

Hiring an attorney is the most costly remedy. You may pay a few to several thousands of dollars to get legal help, and the process to file a lawsuit takes more time than other options.

File a Complaint with the State

Depending on your state, contractors in the construction industry are required to have a license in order to operate a business legally. The licensing details are submitted to a state licensing board for verification and approval, and they are renewed every one or two years. If you are having trouble getting money back from a contractor, get in touch with your state’s licensing board and file a complaint. While the state board may not provide assistance directly with recouping your losses, a complaint against a contractor may mean the loss of his or her license. This could prompt the contractor to return what is owed to you.

Pursue a Bond Claim

Part of the licensing process for contractors is getting a surety bond. A contractor license bond provides some peace of mind to customers in the event something goes wrong. If a contract is not completed per the terms of the agreement, you may have the ability to file a claim against the bond. Surety agencies will work with you to determine the best solution to the issue, whether that is a payment for damages, hiring a new contractor or maid service, or prompting the initial contractor to complete the work they promised.

Post Reviews

One of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to get a contractor’s attention and potential reimbursement for losses due to bad work is using online review platforms. Any combination of social media, online review sites, or community boards can be used to provide detailed information about your experience with a contractor and the less-than-quality work completed. Contractors want to maintain their reputation in the community, so posting a negative review could prompt them to make the wrong right.

However, it is important to post reviews that are true and to have evidence of the shoddy work if possible. Contractors have the ability to sue you for false statements or libel if you post a review that isn’t honest.

One or more of these remedies can help you get your money back from a bad contractor, or prevent the contractor from performing low-quality work for another customer in the future. Be sure to first take time to speak with the contractor to see if a resolution can be made before pursuing any of these strategies.

7 Laminate Kitchen Cabinets That Are Totally Hassle-Free

Wood or cover. Is this a trap question?

In case you’re in the market for a kitchen rebuild, you most likely think you definitely realize the appropriate response about what material you ought to use for your new cabinetry. All things considered, isn’t wood the best alternative the whole distance around – increasingly stable, all the more tastefully satisfying, ready to be tweaked from numerous points of view, and ready to help up the estimation of your home?

Technological advancements have permitted overlay cupboards to progress into an item that rivals genuine wood, yet from various perspectives outperforms it as far as support, solidness, life span, and cost. Advances in the configuration have brought about the capacity to make outside facade that looks precisely like wood. Then the advancement of solid materials has brought about support free cabinet outsides that can be adequately cleaned off, without a particle of harm done or further upkeep required.

The fundamental drawback to wood is it can require a touch of consideration. Wood can twist, stain and split if it is not appropriately kept up. It needs regular washing with warm water and gentle cleanser and may likewise mean oiling or revamping every so often. But,  if you want to cherish the appearance of wood yet need all the more a “splash it-with anything-wipe-and-go” sort of kitchen, laminated kitchen cabinets pre-assembled is the best answer.

Nonetheless, as you consider it, know that not all cover is made an equivalent. You will at present discover variants like the molecule boards. The best quality laminate kitchen cabinets pre-assembled are produced using what’s known as “MDF”— Medium-Density Fiberboard. In case you settle on the decision to run with cover cupboards for your kitchen, you’ll need to watch out for those three letters. The distinction in esteem is night and day between molecule board and MDF.

Laminate Kitchen Cabinets Pre-Assembled

Laminate kitchen cabinets pre-assembled have betrayed numerous individuals into trusting they were taking a gander at genuine wood. Trust us, and your visitors will be unaware! Below are seven kitchens with laminate cupboards that were not genuine wood.

1. White Cabinet Exteriors

Laminate kitchen cabinets are the perfect external pair for white cupboards. White is the most well-known shading. However, it additionally takes the prize for destined to demonstrate fingerprints. In this way, a maintenance-free surface will be your closest companion. With wood cupboards that are painted white, you are restricted by the way you can clean them, and the wood is as yet powerless to twisting and so forth.

2. Laminate Cherry Cupboards

There are cherry-conditioned cupboards that are laminated, however, you may be tricked first and thought they are wood. The mind-boggling subtleties of the raised-board entryway help to pull off the ploy. In any case, the warm shading and practical grain are only a fantastic finish.

3. Profound, Dull Wood-tones Overlay

An interesting cookroom kitchen includes a warm Tropical Mahogany complete that would trap even the most loving fashioner. For instance, if every single wood grain inside the external facade copies genuine mahogany wood, making profundity and staggeringly persuading visual intrigue. The outcome is a show-stopping kitchen that the property holder paid a small amount of what they would have paid for natural wood cabinetry.

4. Cover Cupboards and Gray Shades

For similar reasons we clarified for white cupboards, a laminate is ideal for dark cabinets. Dim is a level shading, so soil and fingerprints that amass in any kitchen will be more unmistakable than they would be on a fluctuated wood-grain surface. It is another circumstance, similar to white, where the wood partner will be painted dim. Indeed, even expertly painted cupboards will require more upkeep, and they won’t be as tough or durable, as astounding as laminate kitchen cabinets pre-assembled. If you don’t want to clean the cupboards, you can always hire a maid service.

5. Recovered Wood Cover Cupboards

It is genuinely energizing, supposing that you like that reclaimed wood look, at that point you might be acquainted with the expense related. It’s super-expensive. In any case, prepare to be blown away. Laminates that resemble recovered wood will in general cost equivalent to overlays that resemble customary wood. In this way, you can get the rustic look you’ve been longing for without hurting your financial plan.

6. Overlays Impeccably Mirror Light To Medium Wood Shades

There are current kitchen’s cover cupboards that include Hazelnut finish.  It has an extremely decent iridescence that verbalizes the natural sheen that genuine wood can display with specific completions. There is genuinely nothing a wood overlay that can’t effectively imitate.

7. Coated Laminate Cupboards

Even if a cupboard is adequately secured in white covers, you can still show off the craftsmanship of the doorframes by giving it a rich dark coating. Coated laminate cupboards is a beautiful method to include visual intrigue, and make your cover cupboards look significantly increasingly like genuine wood.

5 Kitchen Improvement Ideas

When it comes to the homes of people, usually they’ll be perfectly satisfied with what they’ve originally gone with—especially if they had a hand at designing it all. That being said, nothing is perfect, and you’ll always have room for improvement.

One of the most probable space in your home to receive such improvements in your kitchen. Most of the time, these are usually simple with a few kitchen appliances. In the Philippines, kitchens are seldom given love to. Yes, you’ll see one that’s designed to the T from time to time, however, most, if not all of them are usually just plain and convenient and functional—just as how all kitchens should be.

That being said, you can always turn a simple, and functional kitchen into something way more appealing to the eyes. There are many ways for you to turn your kitchen to something extraordinary. The form simply adding things, to fully renovating the whole space. Check out the list below!

Change Up the Color Scheme

Sometimes kitchens are only held back by how they look. It’s already complete with the finest kitchen appliances, and the space is relatively big. The only thing that makes it somewhat bland and unappealing is the color of the cupboards, the walls, and even the tables.

When this is what you’re dealing with, then you should focus on swapping out the colors for something different. Try painting the walls with something brighter or darker. And make it pop out. Make sure to open the windows if you are painting, if not it will be very difficult to get rid of paint smell later. 

A common tactic is to keep with a grey scale fits well with many kitchens, no matter what their physical designs and decorations may be, and they’re very much very appealing to look at, especially if you play with the color scheme correctly.

Install the Latest Kitchen Appliances

Now there are also times wherein the kitchen is spacious and incredibly functional. However, there’s just not enough tech to help you with the dishes that you want to make. Or worse, the stoves, the refrigerators, and the sinks are all broken, or at least malfunctioning.

You should never reach this level of disastrous kitchen space. And the best way to prevent it is to make sure that you have the best and the latest kitchen appliances in the Philippines at all times.

Remember, you can create amazing dishes even with just a simple stove, but with a fully equipped kitchen, your options are endless.

Change the Lighting

There’s not much that’s worse than a kitchen that has dim lighting. Not only will it be hard for you to see, but it will also be very dangerous especially when you’re preparing and cutting some of your ingredients. You don’t need to fully illuminate the whole area, just the countertop and the stove will be enough—but of course the better light the area, the better your sight, the easier for you to work!

Update Your Electricity Connections

A safe kitchen is a great kitchen. You’d probably be worried about just how sometimes preparing food can be dangerous. And sometimes, cooking can be a relatively stressful process, especially for those who are new to it.

That being said, if you already have your mind on what you’re cooking, it’s way better if you’re sure that no matter how messy you become, you won’t have to think about getting a surprising electrical shock from one of your appliances.

One of the best ways to ensure this is to replace any normal outlet that you have in your kitchen with GFCI receptacles. These special outlets are designed to automatically cut off power when even the tiniest of splashes of water gets in proximity.

They’re great for preventing electrical shocks from places which are normally wet and moist—the kitchen! So if you really want your kitchen to be as safe as possible, then this will be a great investment.

Increase your Storage

Even with your current number of cupboards, cabinets, and drawers, the time always comes where you begin to fill up all of your storage compartments with things. This is especially problematic for people who like to stock up on canned goods—in case of emergencies.

If that’s the case, then simply add a bit more storage into your kitchen! Maximize the space if it’s too spacious. Organize your cupboards and cabinets. You can even make use of a mobile table for storing and delivering some food!

Key Takeaway

Your kitchen is one of the most frequented places in your home. That’s basically where all the cooking will be—that includes food preparations and storage as well. The kitchen will almost always be full of life and that means it should look the part.

If you’re not satisfied with your kitchen, then don’t worry because there are a lot of options for how you can make it better. Check out the points above. Try them out for yourself!

Is Mattress Cleaning Is So Important For Your Home And Health

Even if you are cleaning your house well, you could be missing one crucial area that affects your indoor air quality: your mattress. Nightly, our bodies make about half a liter of sweat and discard almost a gram of skin. Your mattress can quickly become home to fungal spores, bacteria, and dust mites that feed in your own shed skin.

The regular mattress is home to about 2 million dust mites. It’s not surprising that without regular mattress cleaning, your bed may be the dirtiest thing in your whole house.

Reasons To Clean A Mattress

Even in case you’ve got a mattress pad in your mattress, the mattress still needs cleaning because body oils, dead skin, dust mites, sweat, and other residues from pets and kids get through to the mattress through the mat. The cloth used on mattresses is not always designed to be stain-resistant as a mattress is still covered, unlike rugs, rugs or carpeting. Any stains on bedding could be tricky to eliminate, but the primary causes of cleaning a bed would be to extract dirt and disinfect the substance. If the bed has a guarantee, the warranty provider may require expert mattress cleaning.

1. Healthier indoor air quality

The adult needs a minimum of eight hours of sleep per day, which equals 1/3 of your life and provides an excellent reason to keep healthy indoor air quality in your bedroom. When you lay down on your bed at night, it excites little dust particles in the mattress which you can breathe in. Those dust particles may result in poor indoor air quality which causes health issues like eye and throat irritation, coughing, upper respiratory congestion, watery eyes, and exhaustion.

2. Allergy management

House dust mites live mainly in mattresses, and they are a prevalent cause for allergies issues including asthma, eczema, and rhinitis. Eliminating house mites and dust out of mattresses reduces their existence, and doctors suggest proper mattress cleaning for their allergy sufferers because they frequently have terrible allergy attacks while sleeping because their bodies respond to the dust mites in the bedding. Minimizing contact with the allergens can decrease allergy triggers that could cause a more serious health condition.

3. Peace of mind

Using a clean, hygienic mattress to sleep can help you rest easier with better peace of mind. You know you are not sleeping on a mattress full of kilograms of dust particles, dead skin flakes and millions of dust mites. An excellent night’s sleep helps enhance emotional wellbeing and physical health, so a clean mattress is right for your health.

4. Better Sleep

Did you know that your mattress cleanliness directly affects your sleeping? Your mattress affects your health beyond just comfort and support. Your mattress affects the area’s air quality, affecting the oxygen your cells intake in as they rest and recover.

5. Saving Costs

Mattresses are costly. The average price of a bed is between $800 and $2500. If you don’t look after your mattress, then they have an average of 5-7 year life. Cleaning (and rotating) your mattress with natural methods can boost this life expectancy to 8-12 decades.

How Frequently Should You Clean Your Mattress?

The majority of us turn a blind eye to anything is residing in our mattress or don’t give it any thought at all after we eliminate our sheets and set them in the washing machine.

The bedding itself needs to be washed at least once per week to minimize the quantity of sweat, oil, skin, and fluids that enter your mattress, although your cushions should be cleaned at least twice annually if you don’t want to throw out your mattress.

In regards to the mattress, aim for a minimum of twice annually or once every season

Antibacterial Soap vs. Regular Soap

When you shop for soap, you’ve probably noticed that some hand soap is labeled as “antibacterial,” whereas some are not. Have you ever wondered about the differences between regular soap and antibacterial soap? Both can be used to effectively wash and disinfect your hands (as well as other surfaces), but there are actually some notable differences between these two types of soap in terms of the ingredients they contain and how they work.

By having a better understanding of the differences between antibacterial soap and regular soap, as well as some of the potential advantages and disadvantages of using each, you can ultimately decide which is best for you and your home.

Antibacterial vs. Regular Soap: What’s The Difference?

Let’s begin with a comparison of antibacterial soap and regular soap, including its ingredients.

Antibacterial Soap

When you shop for soap or foaming soap at your local grocery store, you’ll probably find that the majority of the bottles you’ll see are labeled as being “antibacterial.” Specifically, what this means is that they contain an antibacterial ingredient—usually triclosan, but sometimes other ingredients such as alcohol or benzalkonium chloride.

These ingredients, along with warm water and proper hand-washing techniques, are effective at killing off bacteria and other germs. It is worth noting that hand sanitizers are also made with these same antibacterial ingredients.

Regular Soap

Regular soap, on the other hand, does not contain any antibacterial ingredients, such as triclosan or benzalkonium chloride. Instead, the ingredients found in regular soaps are meant to cleanse by decreasing the surface tension of water and lifting residual dirt/oils from the surface being cleaned. This allows dirt, grime, and bacteria/germs to be easily washed away.

Both antibacterial soap and regular soap is most effective when worked into a lather with warm water. When washing hands with either type of soap, you’ll have the best results if you scrub thoroughly and be careful to wash all areas of your hands (including the backs of hands and in between fingers) for at least 30 seconds before rinsing. Some people find it helpful to sing the “happy birthday” song or to recite their ABCs twice while washing so they know they’ve washed for long enough to most effectively wash away germs and bacteria.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Types of Soap

Now that you have a better understanding of the similarities and differences between antibacterial soap and regular soap, it’s also important to consider some of the potential pros and cons of using each.

Pros and Cons of Using Antibacterial Soap

Many people opt for antibacterial soap for the added peace of mind in knowing that the soap’s formula contains ingredients that are specifically meant to kill germs and bacteria. Because of this, you’ll find that it is very common to see antibacterial soap used in hospitals and other medical facilities.

If you shop for antibacterial soap, you’ll also have a wider range of products to choose from, as antibacterial soaps are much more common than regular soaps. This means it may be easier to find the brand you want at an affordable price or to find a specific scent/fragrance that appeals to you.

On the other hand, it is worth noting that the FDA has found no evidence that antibacterial soap is any more or less effective than regular soap at killing off bacteria and germs. In fact, some even believe that the ingredients found specifically in antibacterial soap may be harmful with long-term use or that they may even kill off “healthy” bacteria on the skin. This, in turn, could actually make it easier to get sick and could make antibiotics less effective in treating certain strains of bacteria.

Antibacterial soap also tends to be more expensive than regular soap or any other DIY cleaning solution, so you will pay a premium for those ingredients. In some cases, people may mistake antibacterial soap for being more effective or “stronger” against bacteria. As a result, they may not wash their hands as thoroughly or frequently as they should.

Pros and Cons of Using Regular Soap

From a cost perspective, regular soap without antibacterial ingredients added tends to be much less expensive, so it’s often a suitable option for those who are looking for cleaning products on a budget. Combine this with the fact that regular soap, when used properly, is thought to be just as effective at killing germs and bacteria as regular soap, and it’s pretty easy to see why regular soap can be a smart choice.

Because regular soap doesn’t contain triclosan or benzalkonium chloride, there are also no concerns over killing off good bacteria on the skin.

On the other hand, because the majority of soaps on the market are antibacterial, you may have less variety from which to choose if you opt for regular soap. Furthermore, using regular soap effectively does require a bit more time and care, especially when washing your hands. Those without well established hand-washing habits may not wash their hands thoroughly enough for regular soap to kill off germs and bacteria.

Which Type of Soap is Best For Your Needs?

Not sure whether antibacterial soap or regular soap is best for your needs? There are a few questions worth asking yourself that may help you figure out which type to buy during your next trip to the grocery store.

What Are You Using it For?

Start by considering your use for the soap; in most cases, general hand-washing will be the primary use for an antibacterial or regular soap. If this is the case, then either soap is a good choice so long as you know how to thoroughly wash your hands. If you’re using soap to disinfect other surfaces, an antibacterial soap may be the better choice.

How Do You Feel About Triclosan?

Antibacterial soap ingredients such as triclosan are surrounded by controversy, and the FDA has recently begun requiring that soap companies using this ingredient prove its safety. Some studies of this ingredient have found that it has been washing down drains and ending up in many streams and lakes—resulting in harm to wildlife. In fact, Minnesota even banned the use of this ingredient back in 2014.

More research certainly needs to be done on Triclosan and its potential effects, but in the meantime, you may want to do a bit of your own research and reading to determine how you feel about using this ingredient in an antibacterial soap inside your home. If you feel uncomfortable about it, then it may be better to start using regular soap instead.

Is Cost a Factor?

For those on a tight budget when shopping for cleaning products, regular soap is almost always going to be the cheaper option unless you can find an antibacterial soap on sale or clearance. And if your home has multiple bathrooms that need bottles of soap, it can really add up to spend extra on antibacterial soaps.

How Thoroughly Do You Wash?

Hand-washing habits may also influence the type of soap that’s best for your household’s needs. Those with well-established habits should be able to get their hands just as clean with regular soap as they would with antibacterial soap. However, for young children and others whose hand-washing habits may not be as established, an antibacterial soap may give you added peace of mind because this type of soap requires less “work” to kill off bacteria and germs.

Do House Cleaners Use Antibacterial or Regular Soap?

When you hire a professional house cleaning service, one important question you’ll want to ask if what types of cleaning products will be used in your home. For cleaners who use soap, this means you’ll want to find if they use antibacterial or regular soap. If you have a preference between the two, it’s also a good idea to communicate this to your house cleaner ahead of time; often times, professional house cleaners are happy to accommodate requests to use certain products.

Maid Sailors, for example, offers the use of green and eco-friendly cleaning products upon request—and there is no additional charge for this service.

If you’re like many people, you probably haven’t put much thought into the differences between antibacterial soap and regular soap. As you can see, however, the differences are notable and worth considering the next time you shop for soap and cleaning products for your household.

Interested in professional cleaning services for your home? Maid Sailors can make your home shine! Contact us today to find out more about our services offered, products used, and pricing.