Cleaning Aftermath: Post-Renovation Disaster Management

The Cleaning  Aftermath

If you’re having your apartment or house renovated then you really should start thinking about cleaning your place, post-renovation, which is when the real work begins! Builders and renovators are not professional cleaners. Thus, after they’re finished installing your new kitchen or fixing your bathroom, all that dust floats from room to room. It gets stuck on every surface, leaving no orifice behind! Unfortunately, for situations as heavy as this, a simple sweep or quick mop of the floor just won’t do.

The best solution is to invest in hiring seasoned, professional cleaners (like Maid Sailors), which will save you a lot of time, trouble, and potentially, injury. But, for those brave souls who choose to go it alone, we’ve drafted these tips on how to eradicate all of that dust and grime from your newly renovated living space!

Post-Renovation Disaster Management

  • Anticipate the storm. First off, there’s nothing like preparation and taking extra precautions to make sure dust doesn’t damage any of your electrical appliances or furniture. Do this by covering all your home items with plastic sheeting and/or bags and make sure they are well sealed with duct tape.

    Another very useful tip: keep windows open during renovations. This will allow a lot of dust and stray particles to venture out into the wild (versus settling in your living room). Most people don’t bother with preparation and begin the cleaning process after the builders have completed renovations. Don’t end up like most people. If you do a little preparation, you will avoid costly mistakes!

  • Dealing with floor dust. The last builder just walked out of your door and left you the delightful early Christmas present of a white, dusty floor. However, before you reach for that broom, think again! Sweeping dust usually means you’re just transporting it somewhere else, so why waste your precious time and energy? Sweeping is only a good idea if there are larger pieces of debris on the floor.

    First, in order to avoid suffocation, make sure the room is well ventilated. Next, use your vacuum cleaner to pick up the initial first-round of that stubborn dust. You’ll notice that after all of your cleaning and clearance efforts, there will still be some stubborn dust remnants. Finish the job by mopping your floor quickly, ultimately ridding your floors of that pesky dust. Extra credit goes to those who use a strong domestic cleaning product; while you’ll notice smudges on your floor at first, these will subside after a quick second coat.

  • Dealing with more dust. Now it’s important when cleaning to remember that builders’ dust doesn’t just limit itself to landing on your floor! It gets trapped on skirting boards, windowsills, shelves and just about any other surface in your living space. Ultimately, you can use a damp cloth. Pick it all up and really get into those tight corners.

Remember, if all of this sounds like too much work and you don’t have time to effectively prepare you can hire professional cleaners who will get the job done and leave your counters sparkling. In any case, remember that patience is paramount to a successful builder. If you rush it you won’t do a very good job. It’s important to be as thorough. After all, it is your home!

How to Have Fresh Footwear Forever

Ladies – let’s face it. As Generation Y continues to avoid home ownership and investing in the market, your shoes may realistically be your most important investments. You must maintain your investments by cleaning your footwear regularly. Louboutins (“Loubs”) are for looking, not smelling. Further, you need different strategies for different shoes. After all, we learn at a young age that one pair of shoes (heels or otherwise) cannot suffice for all occasions.

Maid Sailors understands that many women have a diversified portfolio of footwear. We’d like to educate our female (and male) readers on different methods for different materials. Cleaning your footwear can be daunting, especially since most shoes don’t come with washing instructions and one mistake can essentially send 500 dollars down the drain. Here’s a helpful overview of maintaining your footwear portfolio. Feel free to reach out to a Maid Sailors representative for detailed advice.

 

1. Trainers and Sneakers 

Sneakers that are made out of soft materials can be thrown in a washing machine with a mild cleaning detergent (hand washing also works). If you employ the washing machine strategy, you’ll want to avoid two possible pitfalls: shrinkage and damage. Set the machine to “cool wash” to avoid discovering a smaller, baby-sized pair post-wash and add softer items (towels, sheets) to reduce potential damage from continuous bouncing; lastly, spin them to shun excess water. After washing, allow your prized Pumas to dry naturally, versus using a tumble dryer – you’ll avoid melting certain components of the shoes.

Don’t have access to a washer? Hand washing is super simple. Mix up a solution of washing detergent and baking soda. Apply this magic juice within the shoe and let it soak. Use a small brush (e.g. spare toothbrush) to scrub the outside of the shoe and then rinse it clean. Let the shoes dry naturally and they’ll be ready for Barry’s Bootcamp the next morning.

 

2. Leather Boots 

Leather footwear should never be put in the washing machine. Water is like Ebola to leather. Instead, apply a special polish to your leather boots and shoes that can be purchased cheaply at most department stores. Before applying, brush off any excess dirt remaining on your shoe. Afterwards, place a healthy amount of polish on a cloth and apply the product in a circular fashion (you can choose whether you want to go clockwise or counter-clockwise). After thoroughly buffing your shoes, use a clean cloth to remove any excess polish. If there’s an odor, you can apply a disinfectant, de-odorizing spray (commonly found in Foot Locker, or any department store).

If you’re nervous about handling leather, feel free to take the shoes to a local cobbler or shoe-repair shop (for those in NYC, Eddie’s Shoe Repair is super cheap) and ask for a shoe shine. They’ll revitalize your shoes; the only drawback is you might have to wait a little while (ugh).

 

3. High Heels 

High heels are the high-maintenance Disney princesses of the footwear universe. Not only are they difficult to walk in, but they’re difficult to clean. A washing machine may remove dirt and mud, but will often create holes in the fabric or cause breakages in brittle heels. Long story short – swerve when you see the washing machine.

Hand-cleaning is your best strategy for these assets. First, use a dry cloth to brush off any visible dirt or mud. Next, use a dampened, cool cloth to rub embedded stains. For stubborn blemishes, make a mild detergent cleaning solution (like we discussed for leather footwear) and start blotting. Rinse any soap from the cloth and lift any detergent from the shoe’s material. Lastly, use a clean dry cloth to absorb any excess water in the fabric to avoid watermarks. Now you’re ready for ladies’ night.

4. Suede

Suede shoes are unique and require a one-of-a-kind cleaning approach. If you really care about your shoes, buy a suede cleaning kit for $20 (or less) on Amazon.  You’ll have a special brush (looks like an oversized toothbrush a Sumo Wrestler may use), which you can use to remove dry dirt that has accumulated over time. This process should also eliminate any scuff marks or imperfections in the suede. For particularly stubborn marks, you can use a pencil eraser to get rid of them (yes, pencils are still useful in 2015). To finish, apply the material-protector spray and de-odorize the inside. Your friends in the Hamptons will be #VeryJelly.

This helpful article received contributions from London Carpet Cleaning.

Why You Should Have A Daily Cleaning Schedule

Keeping up a clean house with kids around can be a challenge for any parent. There are some days where the messes are so overwhelming that you just want to wave the white flag. The key is to create a cleaning schedule that will allow you to tidy up on a daily basis. When you regularly tackle those daily tasks, it makes doing a deep cleaning much easier, and you’ll feel less stressed in your home.

Daily Quick Fixes by Room:

Kitchen

With cooking, eating, and snack and meal prep, the kitchen is bound to get messy several times a day.

  • Hand wash dishes after each meal/snack, or rinse and load in the dishwasher
  • Wipe down counters
  • Sweep up floors
  • Clean the stovetop with spray and paper towels or a cleaning cloth
  • Disinfect the sink by spraying/wiping it down

Bedrooms

Depending on how old the children are, they may be making messes in their bedrooms throughout the day. Save the major cleanup for the evenings, preferably before bath time and the bedtime routine.

  • Make Beds
  • Pick up dirty laundry and get it into the hamper
  • Put away clutter in the master bedroom and tidy up

Bathrooms

You want your bathroom to be neat and clean on a daily basis because it just looks and feels fresh that way. Do a deep cleaning at least once a week.

  • Pick up any dirty clothes and towels and put in the hamper
  • Wipe down countertops and sink
  • Empty trash bins
  • Tidy up the tub by putting bath toys back in their storage area

Entryway/Hallway

High traffic areas like the entryway and hallways should always be picked up and neat, not only so that they look good, but also for safety.

  • Get shoes put away neatly
  • Hang up book bags and coats
  • Pick up any clutter from the floor

Living Room/Family Room

The family room or living room is an area that usually gets a lot of use during the day if you have young children at home.

  • Pick up clutter and tidy up
  • Run the vacuum, or sweep if you have tile or hardwood floors
  • Straighten up tabletops, put away toys

Get The Kids Involved

No matter how old your kids are, they should be helping out with the daily cleaning of the home. You may opt to assign them specific chores, or you may just make it clear that you have certain expectations for what will be done on a daily basis. For example, with older children, it is absolutely reasonable to have them make their beds and tidy up their rooms, clean up their dishes in the kitchen, and make sure that their dirty laundry makes it into the hamper.

You children often love to help their parents clean and straighten up, especially if it is made into a game. Turn tidying up into an activity to get the little ones into the habit of picking up their toys and putting them away. This is a great thing to do either before or after dinner time since that’s before the bedtime routine.

Deep Cleaning Schedule For The Week:

Since you’ll be keeping up with the basic daily tasks, a weekly deep cleaning should not be as stressful or time-consuming. Each day can have certain deep cleaning tasks assigned, so that this way, you will not have to dedicate an entire afternoon to do the dirty work.

Monday

  • Dust bedrooms and main living area
  • Vacuum bedrooms
  • Go through mail and paperwork that has been building up
  • Empty trash bins

Tuesday

  • Do a deep cleaning in the kitchen- scrub appliances, the sink, clean up the outside and inside of the trash can, wipe down cabinets
  • Clean out the refrigerator and toss any old or expired foods
  • Wipe down the inside of the refrigerator
  • Sweep and mop kitchen floor
  • Dust the dining room and kitchen

Wednesday

  • Dust the living room
  • Tackle laundry by washing and putting away clean clothes

Thursday

  • Empty trash bins
  • Vacuum the living room and bedrooms

Friday

  • Start preparing for the upcoming week by taking care of any small jobs that may have been overlooked
  • Gather papers for the recycle bin
  • Go through mail and clutter that’s been tossed aside throughout the week
  • Create a meal plan for the upcoming week

Saturday

  • Tackle any big cleanup projects, such as cleaning and organizing the garage, basement, or attic
  • Do any organizing projects, such as going through cabinets, changing out seasonal clothing, and cleaning out closets

Sunday

  • Change bed linens and make all beds with clean sheets
  • Deep clean the bathroom- Scrub down toilets, bathtubs/showers, and floors
  • Empty bathroom trash and wipe down the wastebasket
  • Clean up any clutter in the bathroom
  • Dust shelves and fixtures in bathroom

Extra: Helpful Tips to Get Kids Helping Around the House

Obviously, age is a factor when it comes to getting the kids in on the daily and weekly cleaning schedule. For school-age kids, they should be helping out by keeping their bedrooms neat. If the children have their own bathroom and are old enough to use cleaning supplies, show them how to properly clean the tub, toilet, and sink. There are plenty of safe and natural cleaning products that you can use today, and they will do a great job of cleaning and disinfecting.

Children are able to help keep some areas of the home tidy. Make sure that they put away their footwear, backpacks, and coats when they come home from school. For younger children, set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes and do a quick cleanup race with them.

Once you get into the habit of tackling your daily tasks, you won’t have to stress about cleaning or give it much thought. By doing daily cleanup chores, your home will stay fresh and be inviting throughout the week. Save yourself from the stress of a messy home and the overwhelming prospect of spending a whole day doing a deep cleaning. With this helpful and handy guide, the whole family can help keep your living space pleasant.

How to Maintain & Clean Your Leather Couch

Have you been wondering how you can maintain your leather couch? After all, it is an investment, and you will want it to last a long time. Below are some tips to maintain your leather couch.

Maintenance

  • You need to keep your leather couch away from sunlight if not, it will lose its color. It will also get dry and start cracking.
  • It is not only sunlight that makes your leather couch lose its moisture. Other sources of heat such as your fireplace, air conditioner, and the heating ventilator will dry your leather couch. You will want to keep your leather at least 10 inches away from any of these sources of heat. This will help you preserve the moisture content of your couch and its surface properties.
  • Some cosmetics and hair chemicals affect the top layer of your couch. The same goes for the oil secreted by the neck and the arms. That is why you see the arms of leather couches look lighter than other parts.
  • Remember your leather couch is not resistant to a pet’s claw scratch. Your pets’ saliva is acidic and can also get your couch damaged. While you may not stop your pet from sitting on the couch, you might want to get a protective covering for them to sit on.
  • Do not let stains set. The best practice is to remove stains as soon as they are made. Letting them set poses more difficulties in their removal. So when you have any spill whatsoever, what you should do is dab it off immediately. Do not wipe for any reason; wiping spreads the spill and if it is a penetrating spill, the area affected just gets larger.
  • Whatever you do, take a conscious effort to protect the top layer, also referred to as top color, of your couch. This top color is particularly vulnerable to soil and wear, and when destroyed, your couch deteriorates very fast and you will begin to notice cracks.
  • Clean and condition regularly.

Cleaning

In cleaning your leather couch, the rule is little-is-much. You need to be extremely gentle with it; no wet clothes, no harsh cleaning reagents, no ammonia based reagents and definitely no bleach. While you don’t want to spoil your couch with excessive cleaning, it will benefit from a quarterly cleaning. That means you get to clean it every 3 months or at least twice in a year. However, a weekly dusting with a soft cloth or feather duster is appropriate. You need to regularly turn and fluff the cushion too.

If the couch was used heavily over the week, you can vacuum. But remember to use the soft brush attachment. You don’t want to spoil your couch with the plastic attachment. So, for the quarterly or twice a year cleaning, you can follow the procedure below:

  • Vacuum to remove dust before cleaning, because dust can be abrasive, especially when it becomes wet with the cleaning solution.
  • Prepare the cleaning solution by mixing equal parts of vinegar and water or commercial leather cleaner and water. You may as well use moisturizing soaps.
  • Soak the cleaning cloth (preferably a soft microfiber) in the cleaning solution and wring out such that it is damp and not wet.
  • Wipe the couch from top to bottom with the soft cleaning cloth and rinse the cloth in the cleaning solution when necessary.
  • When you are done with that, you need to dry the couch with a towel. Do not use a blow dryer; it might just dehydrate the leather.
  • Condition after cleaning.

Conditioning

Conditioning leather makes it shine at its best. Your leather couch will benefit so much from conditioning. Of course, you don’t want it looking dry and rough; you want it conditioned. So, to condition your couch you can do the following:

  • Prepare the conditioning solution by mixing one part vinegar to two parts linseed oil or flaxseed oil.
  • Apply the conditioning solution to your couch with a soft cloth in broad and circular motions.
  • Leave overnight and buff with a clean cloth the next day to restore the shine of your couch.

Removing Stains

The methods to remove stains depend on the type of stain. You will benefit from the information below:

  • Mold and Mildew Stains: Clean with a soft cloth that is damp from a cleaning solution made from equal parts of rubbing alcohol and water.
  • Marker and Ink Stains: You can clean stains from permanent markers with aerosol hairspray and ink stains with eucalyptus oil or rubbing alcohol.
  • Dark Colored Stains: To remove dark colored stains from a light colored couch, you need to make a paste from equal parts of lemon juice and cream of tartar. Rub the paste on stains, leave for ten minutes and then rub a small quantity of the paste on the stain again. Afterwards, wipe off with a damp sponge.
  • Grease Stains: To remove grease stains, you just need to put some baking powder on the grease, leave for a while and then dust off the powder. The powder should lift the stains along with it.
  • Stubborn Stains: You may need the service of a professional to remove some very stubborn stains, in order not to get your couch damaged.

Now you can enjoy your investment in your leather couch maximally. Keep it clean and you will love it for a very long time.

P.S: Don’t forget to spot test your cleaning solutions, or any reagent you are using, on an inconspicuous part of the couch to avoid damaging your couch with unsuitable solvents.

3 Tips for Cleaning Grout

What is Grout?

Grout is the mixture of cement, water, and sand that is used to keep the tiles in place.That’s all it is. But you may notice that the tiles in your bathroom shower, and dining room and kitchen floors, can get pretty dirty. Sometimes cleaning grout in tiles with a mop just isn’t enough. If the grout is in your shower, well then it’s nearly impossible to mop your shower wall. Unless you’re trying to pull your back out. In that case, it might work for you.

Cleaning your tiles regularly will prevent heavy buildup and make deep cleaning grout much easier. Below are the deep cleaning methods I want to share with you. So just keep in mind, that you should still be cleaning regularly, whether that means mopping the floor or wiping down your shower walls.

Cleaning Methods

For centuries, homeowners were searching for an easy technique to help them clean their tiles properly. So they began to create their own. And low and behold, they work! People started to use cheap yet effective materials to avoid putting a dent in their budget, and in their back. Aside from the ingredients listed below, one of the main things you should have when attempting these methods is a toothbrush. I promise you, it’s a lifesaver.

  • Vinegar and Ammonia

To make this solution, you’ll need white vinegar (1/4 cup), baking soda (1/2), ammonia (1/3 cup) and warm water (7 cups). Mix them together slowly until the baking soda has dissolved. Take an empty spray bottle and fill it up with the solution. Cover the tiles in small areas, about 1-2 square feet each. Spray on the grout and allow the solution to sleep in for roughly 5 minutes. When the grout is damp enough, use your toothbrush (see why I said it’s a lifesaver?) to scrub the area. You may have to put in a little elbow grease until the dirt comes off.

  • Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide

Create a paste in a small bowl, using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Make sure that the thickness is consistent. You don’t want it too watery so try to balance the ingredients with a 1:1 ratio. Have your toothbrush ready and begin to spread the mixture over the area. Cover small areas until you have covered the grout. Let the paste set for 10 minutes so it can better coat the grout. After the allotted time, scrub the grout firmly with the toothbrush. When you have covered every tile, do a regular cleanup again with vinegar and water.

  • Oxygen Bleach

In a small bowl, prepare a mixture of oxygen bleach. Bear in mind that the oxygen bleach is not a toxic material. It is considered a safe bleaching compound which can whiten grout while dissolving grime and bacteria. Pour warm water into the bowl and pour a considerable amount of oxygen bleach. Mix it until the powder has dissolved. Transfer the liquid into a spray bottle covering the area you will be working on. Let the solution sit on the grout for 20 minutes, and scrub with your toothbrush.

Important Note: Do not your solutions remain the grout. After each deep clean and scrub, get a damp cloth with vinegar and wipe the tiles clean.

Cleaning Rugs and Carpets

Rugs and carpets make a playful addition to any living space. They bring in color and finish off the interior. However, their maintenance requires specific care since the fibers collect and conserve dust and dirt more than anything in your house. This can lead to unpleasant side effects for your health like asthma or allergies. Here are some actions you can undertake when cleaning rugs and carpets.

Regular Cleanings

Prevention is the best strategy. First, impose a “no shoes in the house” rule. This is one of the major sources of stains, so try to avoid it when possible. Another useful trick is to place sturdy doormats at the entries.

Vacuuming is never enough when it comes to cleaning rugs and carpets. Be particularly diligent in the high – traffic areas or in the places where the carpet was not thoroughly cleaned for a long time. It’s recommendable to vacuum it frequently. When discussing the deep cleaning solutions, you have several options. You can take your rugs and carpets to a professional cleaner or you can clean them by yourself. The latter is appropriate when you have wall to wall carpeting. You can rent a steam carpet cleaner. The only thing you have to keep in mind when using this machine is to leave the carpet as dry as possible.

Act Fast

If you accidentally spill something on your carpet or rug, react immediately. When doing so, it is important to avoid rubbing. Otherwise, the stain will spread and penetrate deeper into the fibres of the textile. Bolting is a far better way to manage the situation. Absorb the liquid with clean dry towel. If the stain is more persistent use a mixture of hand-dishwashing soap and water. Clean the soapy water with a wet towel. Then proceed with the step described at the beginning.

Cleaning Methods

When it comes to cleaning rugs and carpets you can take two approaches. The first one is “steam cleaning”, also known as water extraction. Although in terms of carpet cleaning the two concepts fall into the same category, the process actually doesn’t use steam. Unlike the actual steam cleaning, water extraction uses heated water that is spread over the carpet or the rug. On the other hand, using steam holds higher risks of damaging the fabric. A considerable advantage of the water extraction is the minimal usage of detergent and other chemicals.

Dry carpet cleaning is another method to fight the stains. You can choose between dry compound, encapsulation, bonnet, shampoo and dry foam. Here is a quick walkthrough.

Dry extractions such as absorbent powder contain biodegradable ingredients. Use it as you spread the dry compound over the stained area, brush it into the fibers and then vacuum the carpet. It will instantly refresh the textile.

Encapsulation is a relatively new cleaning method. It incorporates a cleaning detergent and a crystallized (polymer) agent. The principle is simple – the polymer is encapsulating the soil particles in contact with the dirt. The detergent complements the cleaning process. After that, use the vacuum cleaner to collect the “crystals.” What makes this method so attractive is that the effect lasts for a longer time and the carpet can be used immediately. The downside is that it’s neither green nor healthy due to the presence of a detergent.

The bonnet method includes spraying a cleaning solution all over the treated fabric. Then with the help of a floor machine and absorbing pads (bonnets), the carpet is wiped out. This is a quick and easy way to clean wide area.

Combine a shampoo and a rotary floor machine and you’ll have the oldest deep cleaning method. The major disadvantage is that the scrubbing can distort the pile. That is why it’s better to turn to a professional company. However, it is an effective and economical way to achieve the desired results.

Another version of the shampoo cleaning is the use of dry foam. In this case, you will need special equipment, because it utilizes a particular type of brush system. Unlike shampoo, the foam dries faster and it’s appropriate for cleaning large spaces like offices. However, it is not that successful in removing soil.

The most important step when choosing a cleaning method is to consider the type of fabric and treatment that your rugs and carpets need. If you feel unsure always consult with someone more experienced in this field.

4 Cardinal Maid Service Etiquette Homeowners Need to Observe

The home is one of a person’s greatest sources of comfort. However, its aura of comfort lessens every time its owners leave it cluttered, dusty, and disorganized. Although homeowners are responsible for keeping their houses clean, not everybody has the time to take up a broom and a feather duster and start tidying things up. This is where housecleaning services enter.

If you are planning to hire a house cleaning crew and this is your first time in doing so, it will not hurt you to observe the common maid service etiquette in dealing with the cleaning person you plan to hire. The following are few of the basic manners to apply.

Etiquette #1: Be professional when dealing with maid service personnel

Treat your cleaning crew the way you treat any professional. Applying that specific maid service etiquette will prove your maturity in handling issues. Avoid being rude and instead, be polite when giving them specific instructions on how you want your house to be cleaned. If you have an issue with their cleaning methods, tell them directly, but do not include abusive manner such as shouting or hitting. If they are still not taking your specific instructions seriously, it is a maid service etiquette to contact their agency directly. Their agency will be the one to give them a penalty. You do not have to exert effort in shouting at or scolding the house cleaning personnel.

Etiquette #2: Acknowledge the maid service staff for a job well done

This is probably the maid service etiquette that is mostly ignored by homeowners. After a hard day’s work, a simple thank you is enough to make your house cleaner feel acknowledged. What they do is hard labor, but most of them do not really mind the work. It is their own observance of maid service etiquette that prevents them to complain. However, letting them know that you are thankful for their presence.

Etiquette #3: Show respect

Next to trust, showing respect to cleaning persons is one of the best maid service etiquette you can show to them. Furthermore, showing respect not only to your superiors but to those who work for you as well reflects the kind of person you are. In the end, it is not about maid service etiquette anymore. You are respecting the status of the people you meet, and that is saying something about your character. This etiquette is especially important when hiring a nude maid service.

Etiquette #4: Develop and nurture mutual trust

When you have repeatedly hired the same house cleaning person for months, it is time to develop a trust. It is normal to be cautious at first because that cleaning person is still a stranger to you. However, as time passes and he or she has proven that he or she does the job well and is trustworthy, then you can loosen up your tension. This is another form of maid service etiquette. You can trust that your house cleaner can do and will do the job with satisfying results. Of course, your house cleaner most likely trusts you from the start, given that you deliver payments on time. By the way, that is also an important maid service etiquette that you have to observe—on-time payment for their rendered services.

Quick Bathroom Cleaning Tips

One of the busiest spots in your house, the bathroom is also the place almost every guest visits. Follow this routine to make your bathroom sparkle in minutes.

Grab A Bag

To start, hang a plastic bag on the doorknob as a quick way to gather trash. You can also use your bathroom garbage bin.

Tame The Toilet

Pour a cup of bleach into the bowl, and brush around the sides and under the rim. Let sit for five minutes, as you move on to the next task. If you do not want to deal with bleach you can also drop a teaspoon of Tang Drink Mix in the bowl. The citric acid acts as a scrubber…and it’s nontoxic.

Shine Doors 

Rubbing a teaspoon of lemon oil on glass shower doors twice a month causes water to bead up and roll off.

Dust

Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar. Spray the solution onto paper towels or a microfiber cloth, and wipe away soap drips and toothpaste spatters on faucets, mirrors, countertops, and in the sink.

Collect Dirt

Flip over one of the same vinegar wipes and run it across the back of your dusty toilet tank, then over, under, and around the seat. Flush the bleach or Tang Drink Mix that’s been sitting in the bowl, toss the wipe into your doorknob bag, and move on.

Exit

Now it’s time for the floor. Shake out your rug or bath mat to fluff it up so it looks recently vacuumed. Next, with a dampened paper towel, wipe the corners of the room, where most of the hair and dust collects. Don’t forget to take the plastic bag with you when you leave! You are all done!

6 Tips To Know Before You Move Out of Your Apartment

No matter where you live, moving out can be a huge pain. It’s really hard when you live on the third floor of your apartment building and you don’t have help. But I think what’s even worse than that is not getting your deposit back because you didn’t take the time clean. Am I right? You were counting on getting that money back to help you on your new adventure. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, we wanted to give you some quick tips that will help you clean your apartment ensuring you get your deposit back.

 

1. Clean The Kitchen Appliances

In an apartment, the kitchen is the first place an inspector will go to gauge the home’s cleanliness. You want to make sure it’s spic and span. Make sure to scrub the oven inside and out, clean the fridge making sure not to leave any food messes inside, make the microwave sparkle, and disinfect the countertops.

2. Clean The Windows

It’s easy to spot dirty windows from a mile away. Especially if you’re an inspector looking for things like this. Make sure you don’t forget these.

3. Clean The Walls

This is super important. You want to make sure there aren’t any holes or damage to the walls and that they are clean. If you need to grab a small can of white paint and touch them up, do so. If anything is on the walls that’s noticeable you will not be getting your deposit back.

4. Take A Final Meter Reading

Take a final reading of your meter the day you move out and inform your utility company. You don’t want to get stuck paying for utilities you didn’t use. Trust me, this happens a lot. And if it does, they won’t negotiate with you. You will have to pay it.5

5.  Know Your Contract

By now you may have forgotten what’s on your lease. You probably never really read it in the first place. But you should still have a copy, and you’ll want to read that copy for any fine proof that may prohibit you from getting your rental deposit back.

6. Take Pictures When Your Finished

When you leave, the apartment should be spotless. Take pictures of the clean, empty apartment before you leave for the very last time. This will protect you from any landlords and lawsuits.

 

If you need help cleaning, you can always hire a professional cleaner.

Be A Natural: Solutions for Safe Cleaning

You don’t need fancy products to have a completely sanitized home – surprisingly, you may already have everything you need sitting in your fridge. Further, as a millennial, it’s your sworn duty to only use natural solutions whenever possible – if a natural solution is not possible, delay solving the problem for as long as possible until a natural solution is developed (jk lol).

Sadly, many cleaning products on your Amazon or Duane Reade have many chemicals that can be considered harmful and/or relatively toxic. Left to their own devices, these agents will cause unwanted side effects, such as skin irritations and rashes; prolonged use may even contribute to respiratory diseases.

“Green cleaning” is much safer (no surprise there). But where should you start? Also, will “going green” eliminate the green inside your wallet? Don’t panic – we’ve written a cheat-sheet with natural solutions for healthy heavy-duty cleaning. Keep your apartment clean while minimizing damages to your health (and the environment) – it’s like killing three grass-fed birds with one stone!

Clean Cheat Sheet

  • When Life Gives You Lemon Juice, Make a Cleaning Aid
    We wonder if Theologians believe lemons were a sanitizing gift from our almighty creator (if you believe in that sort of thing)? Lemons have acids that can help remove stains and dirt from various surfaces. Use lemon juice in the bathroom or kitchen to eliminate soap scum and built-up hard-water deposits. Further, when mixed with salt, the resulting solution makes a perfect scouring paste.
  • Lastly, lemon juice is very effective with deodorizing and disinfecting countertops and can be used to clean dishes. To achieve lemon juice’s full cleaning potential, merge it with olive oil to form an excellent hardwood polishing solution.
  • You Catch Less Physical Ailments With Vinegar
    Vinegar ain’t no joke – it’s a very effective all-purpose cleaner. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and now you’re ready to clean the entire home. The solution works wonders for the bathtub, countertops, sink, and faucets. If you’re trying to impress your friends (who isn’t?), use it as a floor cleaner. Before you get too excited, beware: it can harm marble and wood.
  • Baking Soda
    Substitute baking soda for other non-abrasive cleaners. If you have a garage, you can use baking soda to clean its concrete floor. Inside the house, use it for nasty oil and grease spills.

Concluding Remarks

While cleaning may be dangerously boring, it shouldn’t be dangerous. Give our natural solutions a try – if you’re still having trouble, call Maid Sailors and we’ll fix up your home real quick.

This article received contributions from W2 Cleaning Services