Airbnb – Hire a Cleaner or DIY?

The ultimate question for Airbnb rental host around the globe. Should you hire a cleaning service or clean your Airbnb yourself? Forget about managing bookings, connecting with guests, and marketing caring for an Airbnb rental is a full-time job all on its own.

When it comes to caring for your rental, you have one of two options. You can clean the vacation rental yourself or you can hire someone to do it for you. Of course, there are some obvious differences so today we are going to talk about them.

Do The Cleaning Yourself

Cleaning your Airbnb by yourself is a way for you to ensure that everything is done perfectly to your liking. As perfect as perfect can get anyways. It’s a way for you to take control of the situation which also helps you take control over your overall guest experience.

It also helps you save money. By cleaning your rental by yourself you don’t have to dip into your earrings in order to provide a good customer experience. The more you clean, the more you save. Now, that’s a motto to live by. But just because you clean your rental doesn’t mean you should skip out on occasional deep cleanings from a cleaning company.

So although you may clean on a regular basis it’s crucial that you allow a cleaning service to come in monthly or bi-monthly to do a deep cleaning on your rental space.  

Hire a Cleaning Service

Hiring a cleaning service allows you to devote more time to focus on your rental business. With this option you are able to automate your cleanings weekly, daily, monthly, or after each guest departs. Automated cleaning services provide you with an easy to use online platform so that you can schedule cleanings, read and leave notes for your cleaner, check inventory, and more.

Aside from automated services, hiring a cleaning company provides you with the freedom to focus on other priorities. While they’re taking care of your rental, you can be running errands, paying bills, or enjoying that free time you never get. This option is best for people looking to delegate some of their daily and weekly chores. It’s also super convenient for those who simply don’t have the time.

You can also save money by hiring a cleaning service. Now you’re probably thinking, you said I could save money by not hiring a cleaning service. And you would be right, I did say that. You can save money both ways. If you run a busy rental service on Airbnb hiring a company that has all the cleaning supplies and inventory will save you from having to stock up on those things a la carte.

Overview

So as you can see caring for your rental has options. The question is, what’s the best option for you? Would you prefer to clean it yourself or hire a professional?

What You Can Expect When You Get A Cleaning With Maid Sailors

Finding a professional cleaning service can sometimes be a long and painful process. Some companies tend to make it harder than it needs to be. And some companies just lack basic customer service skills that steer you away from their services. Cleaning with Maid Sailors makes your life more simple and less stressful. We’re not in this for the money, we’re in this for you, our customers.

Here’s what you can expect when you get a cleaning with Maid Sailors:

1. Professionalism

All of our cleaners are trained to provide excellent customer service to all of our clients. We make sure that our cleaners go through background checks, reference checks, and training before entering your home on their own. If you’re ever not happy with one of our cleaners, be sure to let us know so we can handle the situation accordingly. We are here to make the cleaning process as smoothly as possible for you. It’s our goal to provide you with more than what you expected from the time you book your cleaning till the time your cleaner leaves your house.

2. Easy Booking

It’s easy to book your cleaning with Maid Sailors. You just simply click on this link, enter your information, and click book now! How much simpler does it get? Plus, customers who sign up for recurring service will receive discounts. For weekly services, you will receive a 15% discount. For services every 2 weeks, you will receive a 10% discount.

PLEASE NOTE: Discounts are not applicable until your 2nd cleaning.

3. Green Cleaning Supplies

Here at Maid Sailors, our cleaners come fully equipped with all the necessary cleaning supplies. Green cleaning supplies are our favorite but If you require a specific product, please provide it for us. We do not know that you only clean your house with scrubbing bubbles, so we ask that you have it out and ready for us to use.

Also, we do not carry a step stool, toilet bowl brush, or mop. This is for sanitary reasons. We do, however, carry a swifter and a light-weight portable vacuum. If you have another tool you would like us to use such as a mop or a vacuum we would be happy to use them while cleaning. Just leave them out and let you cleaner know, it’s that easy!

Ready to schedule work with us? Book your cleaning today! For more information on us visit our FAQs Page.

Product Review: The Scrub Daisy Dish Wand

Are you using some ordinary dish wand that you found in the cleaning aisle but happens to keep breaking periodically forcing you to replace it? Have you easily spent $30 on dish wands throughout the year? Or an even better question is does your dish wand like to leak soak out of the sides while you’re washing your dishes causing it become sticky all while wasting your soap? We have all been there. That was until the scrub daisy came to market.

If you’re just now coming across this posts you’re probably thinking to yourself what is the scrub daisy? Glad you asked! The scrub daisy is one of, it not the only, best dish wand system on the market. Don’t believe me? It was even on shark tank when Lorie Greiner invested in it and made it a QVC hit among millions!

Here at Maid Sailors we too love the scrub daisy dish wand! It’s fully equipped to handle anything that goes in your sink. The dish wand comes with an interchangeable wand to ensure the perfect cleaning on any task. The scrub daisy dish wand has been economically designed to prevent leaky soap messes, unlike other wands that are in the same category. And the vase inspired holder keeps your counter clear, clean, and looking nice.  After all, it was designed to look like a beautiful daisy. I mean, who doesn’t love daisies?

What else can you tell me about the scrub daisy?

Do you remember how I said the scrub daisy dish wand was built with an interchangeable wand to help ensure the perfect cleaning? Unlike ordinary dish wands that tend to leak soap all over the wand and have the scrub pad slid off on you mid cleaning the scrub, daisy has multiple scrubbers. Today we’re going to take a look at each part of the scrub daisy and what makes it so unique.

The Vase 

The vase is a decorative storage piece that resembles a stem for the scrub daisy dish wand. It’s dishwasher safe, and it keeps your counter looking neat and organized. It also comes with a suction cup base and a rust proof stainless steel holder ( which is great since it’s going to be by your kitchen sink. Water can really enhance rust on surfaces over time).

The Daisy 

The daisy is the first multi-purpose scrubber that comes with this dish wand. It’s your basic topper for a dish wand. This interchangeable piece can be used to clean anything. Easily clean all your plates, bowls, utensils, cups, pots, and pans with the daisy scrubber.

The Sunflower

The sunflower is the second scrubber for the scrub daisy dish wand. The sunflower scrubber can be sold together or separately depending on which package you choose to buy. You can purchase all of the pieces separately or all at once. But the sunflower is your pot and pan scourer. The piece was designed for your pots, pans, casserole dishes, baking pans, and cookie sheets. Are you having trouble getting that leftover brownie out of your favorite baking dish? No worries, just pop on the sunflower scrubber and let it do the work for you.

The Hyancinth

The hyancinth is your bottle and glass scrubber. It’s similar to those baby bottle brushes that only last a little while, but better. This piece will clean your vases, mugs, thermos, and baby bottles. One of the best things about these scrubbers is that they won’t smell like formula when you’re done! FlexTexture™ labs tested and approved this wand to prevent odors for up to 2 months at a time. If it starts to smell you can place it in the dishwasher if need be.

Now can you understand why we love this dish wand so much? It’s the perfect dish wand for any household no matter how big or how small. It’s the perfect tool for washing your dishes. The scrub daisy will stand proud and tall on your kitchen counter in its beautifully crafted stem. Say goodbye to faulty dish wands that break on you. Say goodbye to leaky soap messes. And say goodbye to smelly bacteria harboring dish sponges. The scrub daisy is here to stay!

The scrub daisy and all of it’s accessorizing scrubbers can be purchased hereDon’t let the price scare you. What’s more expensive, buying multiple dish wands for $3 dollars at a time that break, or buying one dish wand for $30 that will last a lifetime? If you see the big picture we recommend getting the big package. It only makes sense.

 

Have you tried the scrub daisy? What did you think of it? Do you love it as much as we do? Let us know by dropping a comment below!

Product Review: Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Laundry Detergent

Here at Maid Sailors we are devoted to our use of green cleaning products. Green cleaning products are perfect because they don’t discriminate like certain household cleaning products on the market today. They can be used in any household and they won’t bring in any harmful toxins or allergens. What’s not to love about that?

Today we want to talk to you a little bit about Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day laundry detergent. This laundry detergent a naturally plant-derived detergent. It’s Earth-friendly, HE compatible, and it comes in several different aromatherapy scents.

So what’s in Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Laundry Detergent?

• Anionic Surfactants from plant-derived sources
• Cotton Extract • Borax
• Dirt and stain-fighting enzymes
• Natural essential oils for fragrance

What’s all the hype about?

This is one of the hardest working laundry detergents on the market. It cleans and freshens fabrics without the use of phosphates. You can use Clean Day detergent as a duo pre-treat and washing detergent. So you get the best of both worlds.

One of the great things about this laundry detergent is that it’s notorious for cleaning, hard-to-clean fabrics. Garments like polyester or silk with fabrics that tend to hold on tightly to stains are no match for Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Laundry Detergent. Aside from its natural plant-derived surfactants, and the stain-fighting enzymes, the essential oils add an extra boost of cleaning power to the detergent.

But what’s really great about this detergent is that compared to other laundry detergents on the market is that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. A lot of naturally-derived products are priced higher than other products in its category. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Mrs. Meyer’s. All of their products priced affordably to help you achieve the cleanliness your house desires. So Instead of paying $15-$20 for a box or gallon of laundry detergent, Clean Day only cost around $10-$11.99.

What’s your favorite laundry detergent? Do you already use Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Laundry Detergent? If so, what’s your favorite scent? Let us know below!

The Four Best Dish Sponges

A dish sponge is one essential item that should be on all cleaning supply lists. It offers the best of both worlds in terms of being a reusable and disposable cleaning supplies. Dish sponges are easy to wash and inexpensive to replace. It’s best to get them in bulk on Amazon.
Although they are a necessity, they should be chosen wisely. You shouldn’t just get any old dish sponge. That’s why we went ahead and researched sponges to find a dish sponge with the most scrubbing power and versatility to help with all of your household cleaning tasks.

Types Of Sponges

Natural 
Natural sea sponges grow on the ocean’s floors and are 100% natural and earth-friendly. We recommend these sponges for tasks like removing caked-on food from dishes. They are soft and highly absorbent.
Microfiber
Microfiber sponges are soft texture sponges that can be used on any surface without concern. We highly recommend using this type of sponge for cleaning your car or windows. These sponges only work well for removing surface oil and dirt. They are not a scrubbing sponge.
Dry
Dry sponges are typically made of rubber. We recommend using this type of sponge for surfaces that can’t tolerate water like lampshades and certain fabric upholstery. They are commonly used to clean soot after a fire. When the dry sponge gets covered with dirt or dust, just slice that part of the sponge off for a fresh sponge to clean with.

What To Look For In A Dish Sponge

what’s the main purpose of a dish sponge? To efficiently remove food and debris from surfaces right? That’s right. Most of the time dish sponges are used to remove caked-on food from dishes, pans, and utensils. Occasionally we use them for other household tasks such as cleaning shower walls. So we thought it would be helpful to determine what makes the best sponge. We found that a dish sponge needs to be useful in a wide variety of functions in order to be labeled the best. In other words, a sponge that is useful for more than just washing the dishes.
But that isn’t the only thing you should look for when searching for the perfect dish sponge. You also want a sponge that holds great absorbency and blocks out odor at the same time. Another important factor in deciding whether or not sponge is the best is if it has a scrub pad attached to it. Some sponges are just that, sponges. And some of them come equipped with a scrub bad on the back for multi-usage.
Keeping in mind the number of ways you can use a sponge, and the many different types of cleaning sponges that exist, there is a lot of information to consider when deciding which sponge will make your cleaning task easiest. That’s why we took the time to research this information for you. We’ve come up with a list of the four best dish sponges on the market to help you clean easily and effectively.  

The Four Best Dish Sponges

  1. Scrub Daddy Original
The Scrub Daddy is number one on our list for a reason. You may be familiar with it already if you watch the NBC hit show Shark Tank. Lori Greiner thought it was good enough to invest in and we think so too.
This sponge has it all. In fact, the Scrub Daddy was doing so well the company actually expanded the brand and now has several sponges including number three on our list, The Scrub Daisy.
  1. Lysol Multi-Purpose Scrub Sponge
These durable antimicrobial sponges have been treated with a solution that inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria and mold which makes them one of the best sponges on the market. They also come equipped with a scrub pad for multi-use. You can use them in the kitchen, the bathroom, or in the basement.
  1. The Scrub Daisy
The Scrub Daisy as mentioned earlier is one of the offsprings of the Scrub Daddy, the original best dish sponge’. This sponge, aside from its beauty, comes with an interchangeable stem that fits three different head sponges. Each sponge that fits the Scrub Daisy severs a different purpose which makes it one of the best versatile dish sponges on the market.
  1. Dobie Cleaning Pad 
The Dobie cleaning pad is a Scotch-Brite product. Next, to the Lysol multi-purpose sponges, Dobie cleaning pads are the next best thing you’ll find at the grocery store. These sponges are absorbent, non-scratching, odor-retaining, soft, and flexible. 

OxiClean Product Review

What is OxiClean?

OxiClean is the ultimate stain-fighting solution for every household. It works to fight tough stains by breaking down the stains using an enzymatic formula, Emulsifying the oils to help lift off the surface, and it prevents soils in the wash from redepositing on your laundry. I mean, what else do you really need? This product does it all.

Key Ingredients:  Sodium percarbonate, sodium carbonate, surfactants, and polymer

What can I use it for?

With OxiClean, you can remove the toughest stains from laundry, carpet, upholstery, makeup, athletic uniforms, grout, blood, wine, and even trash cans. Don’t believe me? Check out their how-to page here.

If that doesn’t convince you enough, check out their Dear OxiClean page. Here real people share their real stories about how OxiClean helped save their child’s favorite stuffed animal, or how they got that stain out of their favorite shirt. It’s pretty amazing if you ask me.

What kind of products do they have?

What OxiClean products do you recommend?

Well, that all depends on the kind of stain you need to remove. We love all of their products. And as you can see they pretty much have one for every type of stain imaginable. But there is one more thing we love more than OxiClean, and that is our cleaners. If you have a stain on your carpet that you want to take care of leave a bottle of your OxiClean carpet cleaner out and we’ll take care of it for you. That’s one of the beautiful things about Maid Sailors. We’re here to serve you, not the other way around.

Product Review: Microfiber Rags

What are microfiber rags?

Microfiber rags are the ultimate cleaning tool these days. Most people who use them have one in every room in their home. They are reusable cloths that can be made of 100% polyester or a blend of polyester and polyamide.

What are they used for?

Well, they are not used for drying your hands I can tell you that. I have had so many people say they tried to dry their hands with these rags and they couldn’t. Then they ended up hating them. As I said above these are cleaning rags. They should be used for cleaning and only for cleaning.

 

Once you get the hang of them (it’s not that hard) it’s smooth sailing from there on out. You can use them to dust, wipe down the counter after you spray it, clean the toilets, and even dust the inside of your car. You can do anything with them. And when you’re finished just pop them in the dryer with a load of towels and they’re ready to be used again.

 

The fun doesn’t stop there! There are also microfiber mop heads that you can attach to your microfiber mop stick. These pads are also reusable. And they clean 10x better than a regular mop. Wouldn’t it feel good to know you’re cutting out paper waste and saving the world one tree at a time? 

Where can I get them?

You can usually find a pack of one cloth in the cleaning aisle at your regular grocery store. Which from what I have seen they cost around $3 and they aren’t that good. The best place you can get them is on Amazon in bulk.
 
Not only will this save you a ton of money, they’re assorted colors. Which means you can separate them from the kitchen, the bathroom, and the laundry room. Whatever works for you!
 
Now onto the goods…

Which microfiber brand do you recommend?

try to stay away from brands like…
Scotch-Brite
Mainstays
Viking
Instead, go for brands like…
These are the brands we recommend using when it comes to microfiber cloths. What’s your experience with them? Do you have a favorite brand? Let us know below.

How to Keep Your Small Bedroom Organized

I don’t know about you but it is easier for me to sleep knowing that I have a cleaned and organized room. And it’s easier to wake up and walk around without tripping over unnecessary clutter on the floor. Am I right? Now with a small bedroom, you just need to get a little more creative with space. It’s not that you can’t get it organized, it’s just that you don’t know how. So today we’re going to give you some tips on how you can get that small bedroom organized.

  1. Think Smaller

Now that you have a smaller room, you need to start thinking like you have a small room if you want to keep it clean and organized. Consider thinking like a minimalist. Start sorting through your things and eliminate the things you no longer use and the things that no longer serve you purpose. You can donate or sell old clothes and get rid of anything that’s broken.

 

If you have unnecessary bedroom furniture, now’s the time to get rid of that too. That ottoman at the end of your bed may look nice and go with your bed set but do you really need it now that you have a smaller room? Probably not. Once you let this stuff go, don’t fall back into your old habits. Staying mindful of your new minimal lifestyle will help you to stay organized in the future.
  1. Utilize The Space

If you have a bed that sits up high from the ground, use it to your advantage. Underneath your bed, or any bedroom furniture that’s off the ground serves as a great storage space for smaller spaces. But don’t just shove things under there. Place them neatly so they’re easily accessible in the future. And so there’s more room for other things.
  1. Search Pinterest

Looking for ideas on how to design and style your small bedroom? Turn to Pinterest. You can find anything on there. It’s important to know your own style prior to doing this. If you don’t know your own style and what you’re into you can easily get lost in the pages of Pinterest finding millions of things you’ll want to do to your room.  
  1. Look Beyond Your Room

Are there things that you don’t need to place in your bedroom but do? For example, your shoes. A lot of people keep their shoes in their rooms and or closets. But if you have a hallway or living room closet you can always put them in there. Look around your home for other places to store things that would normally go in your bedroom but can be placed in another space. This will give you room for more activities.
  1. Keep The Peaceful Environment 

Having a messy or cluttered room can make you feel out of control at times. Keeping your environment clean and free of clutter will help you keep the peace and calmness in it. It can also help improve your sleep and relaxation. You want your room to feel less like a cage and more like a sanctuary even if it is small. Your home is supposed to be your haven. A place where you can feel safe, relax, and enjoy yourself.

 

Have you recently moved into a smaller space? How is it working out for you? Have our tips helped you? Let us know by commenting below!

Using Tide Plus Febreze Sport Laundry Detergent

Are you an active person? Do you spend countless dollars on activewear each year? I mean you have to look good while you’re working out. Am I right? If this is you, you may have found that your traditional detergent just isn’t doing the job. It’s just not getting the sweat smell out of your clothes. 

If this is you, keep reading…

A lot of people use Tide liquid or powder laundry detergent. And that’s all fine and dandy. One of the good thing about the Tide brand is that they have several products on their line to help you wash different garments. Today we are going to be talking about one of those products, Tide Plus Febreze Sport.

Since you probably spend good money on your activewear,  you’ll want to take extra good care of them. Today’s sportswear is made from high-tech moisture-wicking fibers to make us feel more comfortable while being active. However, these fibers tend to hold on extra tight to odor-causing bacteria. If washed and dried the wrong way these fibers will lose their advantages and you’ll ultimately end up with a smelly resistant garment.

As you may have noticed an entire laundry detergent category has now been dedicated to sportswear on behalf of these high-tech fibers. But what you really need to know is which one works the best, right? That’s where we come in. Maid Sailors has done the research yet again. We’ve tested and lined up the right product we think you should be using in order to succeed in your cleaning tasks.

Tide Plus Febreze Sport laundry detergent comes fully equipped with the necessary enzymes to break down and remove surface odors and stains with an active fresh scent. It’s specifically designed to fight tough sports odors and stains, like sweat, grass, and even dirt. You can even switch out your regular laundry detergent for the sport defense as it is safe and recommended to use on regular clothing as well. If you are a person who sweats a lot, this is the laundry detergent you want to use in order to remove stains and odor from fabrics.  

Lastly…

Pro Tip: Refrain from using a fabric softener when washing activewear. Fabric softener will break down the high-tech moisture-wicking fibers causing them to stop doing their job and collecting odor-causing bacteria that can harbor in the fabric. You shouldn’t need a scent booster with Tide Plus Febreze Sport anyways. But you can, however, add in one of Tide’s bright and white rescue laundry pacs in-wash detergent boosters for an extra added scent.

Which sport brand laundry detergent do you use? How does it work for you? And what are your thoughts on Tide sport detergent? Tell us below!

5 Benefits of Having Building Maintenance Services

Do you work in an office building? Do you have a new company that just moved into one? Consider adopting BMS if you haven’t already. BMS or building maintenance services is a company provided service to help you get your building in shape.

In some ways, a BMS provider is similar to a commercial cleaning company. But in other ways, they’re so much more than that. They provide you with the best of both worlds. Here are five benefits of having a building maintenance service:

1.Cleaning

Cleaning is an obvious and essential part of running an office-based business with international health and safety laws continuously increasing the requirements for compliance. Before signing a contract for office cleaning it’s worth asking some questions to ensure that the company you are using complies with Federal Health and Safety legislation.

Every surface that can be touched or accessed by a human should be thoroughly cleaned with bactericidal cleansing agents. This means ALL surfaces including under keyboards, the underside of desks as well as light switches blind pulls and windowsills.

2. Garbage and Recycling Removal

A typical office can produce a lot of waste over the course of a week. So it’s essential that garbage removal and recyclables handling is one of the first tick boxes to be checked. A well organized and compliant company will have separate waste containers for different recyclables (as well as non-recyclables) to allow ease-of-removal by their contracted building maintenance services provider.

3. Paper Shredding Services

Paper shredding has been an integral part of daily operations for years and actually falls under the remits of several laws regarding information security and secure disposal of data. A good building maintenance services provider should be able to demonstrate clinical efficiency when it comes to disposal or processing of shredded documents regardless of their level of sensitivity.

4. Professional Window Cleaning

There are many gimmicks and fads in the world of window cleaning. So it’s worth knowing which ones are to be avoided. There’s no better way to clean glass than with good old traditional warm water, a cleaning agent, and elbow grease. Many building maintenance service providers will use words such as “pole fed” or “aqua system.” These systems are designed to hike up prices and actually have little effect on the finished window.

5. Litter Picking

The outside of your office is, let’s face it, part of your company’s marketing. it’s the very image of the company itself. A decent building services maintenance provider should be able to demonstrate expertise and efficiency in litter removal.

These are the very minimal standards required to become even a small BMS provider. Coupled with heavy licensing requirements, it’s becoming harder to operate as a cowboy trader, but it’s just as hard to operate legitimately. If your building maintenance provider can display credentials awards, and a good portfolio, you know you’re in safe hands. Don’t take the risk of hiring someone cheaper if they can’t be verified, it’s just not worth the risk.