7 Tips To “Green-ify” Your House

Summer is coming to a close and it’s time to tidy up. However, don’t rush to Duane Reade or CVS and start squandering money (although, let’s be honest, you’ve might’ve already done this throughout the summer) on products for your windows, carpets, and floors. Not only are many of these cleaners excessive, more importantly, they’re unhealthy. Tap into your inner Hulk (in a non-violent way) and go green! There are a variety of ways to do some quality house cleaning without adding all the chemicals in your home. Plus, you won’t contribute to the pollution of the environment (which may cause you to sleep soundly at night).

Here are 7 solid tips to help you have a greener home:

1. Use Things You Already Have In Your Home 

You would be amazed at how many things you have in your kitchen that can do the job just as well (if not better) as widely marketed products. Baking soda, salt, and vinegar will do wonders for the cleanliness of your home. Add some lemon juice as well and it will freshen up the place with some nice fragrance. Kitchen cleaning and carpet cleaning have never been easier.

2. Ventilate Often – Especially While Cleaning

A lot of toxins are probably already stored in your house and you are breathing them as you read this (we are implicitly assuming that you’re home. If you’re outside, then there’s a 100% you’re definitely breathing toxins). Open windows as often as you can to keep the air currents running and avoid having stale rooms.

3. Recycle Your Plastics

Remove plastic from your home. Instead of holding onto one-time plastic containers (“Chinese” food anyone?), buy reusable glass containers (you’ll save money in the long run).

4. Use Bar Soap For Cleaning Table-Tops

Yes, cheap standard soap bars are often as effective as expensive cleaners. There are also many home-made soap recipes which you can use to save yourself the money for soap in the long run.

5. Re-Use The Unusable

This might be confusing, but once you understand, you’ll smack yourself for not doing this earlier. Instead of wasting money on disposable washcloths, use old t-shirts or towels to wipe windows and dirty surfaces. Save money, save time.

6. Watch Your Water Usage

Water conservation is an effective way to have a positive impact on the environment while simultaneously saving money. Don’t leave the water running when you brush your teeth. Don’t flush the toilet five or six times “just to make sure”. These behaviors will prevent you from flushing dollars down the drain.

7. Book Maid Sailors

Who are you gonna call If you’re too busy to do the dirty work? Maid Sailors. Our cleaners are equipped with eco-friendly cleaners and understand that these services have to be provided with environmental thoughtfulness.

Once you go green, you won’t go back. You’ll save money, feel refreshed and who knows, maybe elongate the lifespan of our planet.

You can read more basic cleaning tips on this site

Graduation Season: Phi Beta Clean

There are more than just allergies saturating the air. A simple survey of any social media platform reveals the time of year we’ve found ourselves in, yet again: graduation season. Students nationwide are earning high school diplomas, college and graduate level degrees; these busy bees have many reasons to celebrate, and may even have a hundred thousand reasons to report immediately to work (if you know what we mean).

For now, if you have (or are) a graduate, embrace the season of hope and heard-earned accomplishment by throwing some sort of a graduation soiree. While graduates in highly congested urban areas (known colloquially as “Manhattan”) may have to settle for indoor celebrations, suburban residents are probably considering (weather permitted) outdoor extravaganzas. Here are some Maid Sailors-approved tips on how to throw a graduation party with high honors.

 

Green Grass is Kryptonite to Shoes.

If you’re an attendee, remember to dress properly for the occasion. In addition to wearing presentable, professional attire (leave the graphic tee at home), be sure to choose a sensible pair of shoes for the occasion. White shoes, sneakers and expensive loafers may be risky if most of the action is occurring outdoors with soil and grass. Avoid white shoes altogether unless you’re comfortable with the cleaning responsibilities that will undoubtedly ensue; check the weather forecast before you don leather (no rain, no pain).

If you’re hosting the party, makes sure to prep your backyard beforehand. Mow your lawn, pluck any weeds and check the weather report to determine whether or not the celebration can wait for a sunnier day. Make sure to invest in a few doormats if you expect attendees to run in and out of your kitchen. Lastly, if you really want to go the extra mile (or two), invest in a “portable deck” – these can be used to cover especially grassy areas and add a luxurious aura to your backyard (if only for a few hours).

 

Guess What? Bugs Will Be At Your Party Too.

The best move you can make to manage overall cleanliness and minimize any garbage within your home is to keep food, drinks and cake outdoors (duh). But, keep in mind, this strategy will come at a cost: bugs. Mosquitos, flies and other insects that seem to lead meaningless existences (we hope there aren’t any entomologists reading this) will definitely be attending. To effectively repel pests and minimize misery, focus on using lamps and plug-in repellants and avoid scented sprays. CLD Brands Mosquito Sticks are a safe, non-toxic way to repel mosquitos and flies – the fumes from these incense sticks are unobtrusive and highly effective. If you’re looking for something with more punch that actually kills bugs, try the “Stinger”. This cordless, light lamp-like bug terminator seems very effective (according to Amazon reviews) and may even become the life of the party. It’ll require some charging before use and may be a little challenging to clean-up depending on how many bugs you’ve managed to wipe out. Lastly, for a more casual, spray-based approach, try this. Avoid spraying this on plastic surfaces and use sparingly (it is very effective and generally recommended for those traveling to areas with rainforests).

 

The Supplies You Need for the Party You Want.

You’re probably aware of the basic, disposable supplies you’ll need for an occasion of this caliber. Certain brand names should be scrolling across your mind in “New York Stock Exchange” ticker tape fashion: Dixie, Solo, Bounty and Kirkland (btw, is there anything these guys don’t make?).

Which brings to the more salient point – there’s going to be a significant amount of recyclable trash. Paper plates, plastic cups, aluminum cans of Diet Coke, glass bottles of Corona; later in the night, there may even be empty 1.75L glass bottles of Absolut Vodka (we can only hope, right?). Keep your recycling organized while avoiding the risk of “bag breakage” with these amazing works of scientific art. Glad’s “ForceFlex Extra Strong” black bags hold up to 50 gallons of trash and are made specifically for outdoor use; they have “diamond texture stretches” specifically engineered to avoid tears, rips and drips. The bags even have three-layer drawstrings so you can forget about getting “creative” with tying them shut after capacity hits. Surprisingly, all of this engineering comes at a cheap price – a 50-count costs less than $15 on Amazon (our second favorite website).

 

Concluding Remarks.

Graduation is a beautiful time – both seasonally and metaphorically. This occasion is the culmination of years and years of hard work, determination and procrastination. Acknowledge your graduate’s meaningful accomplishment in a clean-smart way by following our suggestions. For those throwing indoor parties, feel free to call Maid Sailors for the clean-up; we have PhD’s in cleaning.

6 Easy Steps To Manage Your Small Apartment

One of life’s greatest mysteries is how even tiny apartments can end up horrendously dirty. Small spaces make little messes into gargantuan tasks. Fear not, Maid Sailors has drafted a shortlist of effective methods to organize your tiny living space so your friends don’t make negative assumptions about your ability to handle even the tiniest responsibilities.

Declutter

This simple tenet, while easier said than done, should be followed religiously (which is why we’ve written about it before): get rid of the things you don’t need. Face the facts: you will never read those old issues of Vogue and Cosmopolitan. You don’t need last year’s copy of the Wall Street Journal greeting guests as they maneuver to your bathroom. Lastly, do you even have a way to actually play those DVDs? Think of it this way. The less stuff you have, the less cleaning you do.

Vertical Storage

To maximize your space, think like an NYC skyscraper. By elevating structures within your apartment (e.g. bed frame), you can subsequently unlock a mini-universe of storage options that don’t impede your living space. There are a lot of vertical storage options that you should consider. Additionally, shoe racks and wall hooks are key assets for small apartments. Vertical storage can also make tasks like organizing and packing bags easier. Lastly, use shelves. If it’s winter, you don’t need your bathing suits, tank tops and flip flops at hand; they can go on the top shelf.

Tidy A Little Bit Every day

Snowflakes make snowballs (which in turn, can make snowmen). The reason for this odd analogy is this: if you fix little things here and there every day, you may never actually have to spend a lot of time cleaning. Tasks, like making the bed, putting dirty laundry in a hamper, and wiping off the coffee table, are really simple and effective. Do little 5-minute chores on a daily basis so you don’t ultimately waste a Sunday scrubbing floors and doing laundry. Plus, your apartment will look presentable throughout the week, allowing you to actually invite friends back to your place (subject to occupancy). Lastly, always tidy before you leave town for an extended trip. The harrowing, depressing feeling of departing paradise and coming home to dirty dishes is incurable.

Deep Clean One Thing A Week

Once a week pick something to clean. Things like Microwaves, refrigerators, and your closet can get messy really easily. Pick one thing to deep clean each week and you will get into a cycle so that everything stays clean and neat. This really helps if you hate cleaning appliances because you only have to do one at a time, and it only takes about ten minutes to do.

“Clean” the Air

Your apartment can’t be clean if it’s not fresh. Small spaces can easily become stuffy and dusty, so investing in an air filtration system or fans will be worthwhile. Even after de-cluttering, make sure to purify the air so your cozy abode will become a welcoming, bright environment for your guests.

Be Furniture-Smart

Furniture is a double-edged sword; it can either help open up space or consume it entirely. Making smart furniture choices can allow you to keep your apartment clean and manageable. For instance, buying furniture that can also double as a storage mechanism is an ideal way you to optimize apartment space. This also prevents you from defaulting to the floor as your go-to shelf; blankets and extra pillows can sit on the ottoman instead. If you can’t seem to get an open feeling in your apartment then it might be worthwhile to get rid of extra furniture (like the lamp you never need because your apartment has one room and you have central lighting). Any space you can get will make your apartment feel cleaner and more open.

And Finally…

Call Maid Sailors. We understand Labor Day is around the corner, and afterward, it’ll be full steam ahead until 2016. If you still can’t find time to clean your oversized-closet of an apartment, book a Maid Sailor and we’ll be done before you finish brunch

Upholding Your Leather Upholstery

Memorial Day Weekend is here. After the summer unofficially kicks off, many New Yorkers will immediately head out of town to commemorate the occasion. There are four basic non-vacation scenarios (and subsequent combinations) that will occur over the next four months: 1) people will go to their summer homes, 2) people will invite other people over to their summer homes, 3) people without summer homes will stay at home and 4) people without summer homes will invite other people over to their regular homes. Regardless of which scenarios apply to you, do yourself a favor and clean your upholstery; there’s nothing worse than a dirty leather couch during (what was supposed to be) a comforting get-together.

Your “upholstery” is the soft, padded textile covering that is fixed to armchairs and sofas. While there are many different types of upholstery, the most common, sought-after and valuable is (most likely) leather. Here’s a quick guide to cleaning and drying leather upholstery for the summer. If you’re planning on throwing an exorbitant amount of “summer bashes” this year, feel free to call Maid Sailors for a special rate.

Upholding Your Leather

“Pre-treat” dirty spots with a clean and wet soft towel; you can also gently pre-vacuum with a suction-reduction nozzle. If you don’t have a “super official” vacuum cleaner, you should invest in one; this one comes with all the necessary accessories for less than $100.

Next, make a homemade detergent comprised simply of shampoo, hot water and a sprinkle of salt. Dab the potion onto any stains and let it soak for 5–10 minutes. Continue to wipe and repeat until dirty spots disappear. Unless you’re actively trying to damage your couch, avoid applying too much pressure towards delicate leather surfaces. Regular cleanings (once every two weeks) will prevent your leather upholstery from developing cracks, experiencing dryness and losing texture.

You’re probably wondering, “…but guys if I’m wiping down my entire leather couch, won’t it take forever to dry?” You’re correct – but instead of forgoing the appetizer portion of the evening, you can save time with the following drying tips.

Place the upholstery surface outdoors. As long as it isn’t raining, the heat from the sun will provide an efficient, cheap and natural solution to your drying conundrum. Remember, too much of a good thing is a bad thing; avoid placing objects outside during the “peak heating” times (e.g. lunchtime).

Leave the windows open. Not excited about moving furniture outside? No worries – weather permitting, open your windows and let the sunlight and the breeze do the work while you prepare cocktails. Just make sure to close the minutes after (about) a half-hour; also, be cognizant about any unwanted intruders.

Lastly…

Your upholstery cannot be replaced – the only way to “repair” cracks, faded textures, and other damages are to, unfortunately, purchase a brand new couch or chair. In order to avoid such a disaster, make sure to uphold your upholstery on a semi-monthly basis with these cheap, easy and effective tips. Your guests will be glad you did and you’ll have another “spectacular summer.”

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Four Ways to Stay Safe While Cleaning

Cleaning jobs require physical strength and stamina. Whether it is in private homes or organizations such as schools, hospitals or hotels, you’ll be stretching, lifting and/or bending – activities that can all potentially lead to health problems and injuries. However, there are ways of staying healthy while working as a cleaner.

Don’t be slippin’ out here in these streets. Not surprisingly, slips and falls are the most common accidents that cleaners experience. While cleaning, wear appropriate footwear that will be comfortable and safe. Athletic footwear such as trainers are the best option since they provide stable support for the feet and have soles that will keep you safely grounded. Open-toe shoes and sandals are for the beach, not for cleaning.

Exhibit proper form by channeling your inner ballerina. Cleaning requires a lot of lifting and stretching, so performing these activities in a way that does not injure the body is important. Learning the right way to lift, for example, by bending the knees rather than the waist, will lessen the risk of injury. Also, try to ensure that any equipment you use has been ergonomically designed to prevent injuries due to repetitive movements. If you are required to use specialized cleaning equipment such as buffers, your employer should ensure that you have been adequately trained in its use ( if you’re a professional cleaner). If you have to clean the top of wardrobes or other high places, make sure that you use a proper ladder or stepping stool – do not try to channel your inner Shaquille O’Neil.

You are what you breathe. When dusting, do not use a feather duster, as this will increase the risk of inhalation. Instead, use damp dusting methods. When sweeping, you should also reduce the risk of dust inhalation by using a damp mop or vacuuming. Cleaning agents are commonly used in cleaning, but it is better to use pump sprayers rather than aerosols. Spray a small amount on to a cloth for cleaning rather than smothering the surface. This will reduce the number of fumes that you inhale. If you have to use caustic cleaning agents, always wear gloves to protect your skin.

Don’t repeat if you sense defeat. Repetitive strain injuries occur when the body is asked to perform a physical task over and over again (like singing that Tim McGraw song featuring Nelly over and over again). Even repetitive “non-demanding” tasks can lead to long-term health complications, like typing at a computer, which can lead to RMI injuries. Common RMIs include tendonitis, bursitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Once developed, these can be very painful and will significantly impact on productivity. If you have suffered a muscle injury, compression clothing may help. Copper is known to have anti-bacterial properties, so a copper brace may be beneficial not only for support but also for preventing infection. A back brace for women may be worn to provide support and to provide relief from aches and pains. As the brace improves circulation, it can help to reduce muscle fatigue.

Cleaning can seem like a safe task, but without taking the proper precautions, you’ll put yourself in grave danger. Follow these four guidelines and you’ll be well on your way to a safe and responsible cleaning lifestyle. In all honesty however, the safest thing you can possibly do is call Maid Sailors.

Deep Cleaning Your Bathroom

Be honest – after reading the title, you cringed. Maid Sailors believes your bathroom deserves a special amount of attention – allow us to get a little deep ( philosophically) to explain why.

Your bathroom represents the most sacred, “real” place in your home. It is only in the bathroom where you can conduct necessary human actions (won’t get into details) while simultaneously cleansing and refreshing yourself. It is in the bathroom where you muster the confidence to head to a first date (after looking in the mirror for an hour), experiment with new dance moves and console yourself after a rough day at work while closing your eyes in the shower. A bathroom is a magical place where the physical and emotional aspects of fundamental necessity collide beautifully – don’t you want to keep it in tip-top shape?

A Clean Bathroom 

Left ignored, the bathroom can ultimately become a significant health hazard for your entire household. If you don’t want bacteria to start complaining about overpopulation in your bathroom, follow these standard practices to ensure safety and cleanliness.

The toilet

Wiping the seat and tiles once-in-a-while isn’t enough. Remember, left ignored, your bathroom will probably begin harboring dangerous organisms. The toilet (unsurprisingly) is the riskiest; thus, you should keep at least one “toilet bowl antimicrobial special cleaning product” at hand ( use 3-4x per month).

Simply pouring some cleaning agent down the toilet won’t eliminate all of the harmful bacteria. Especially if this is your first cleaning in a long time, you’ll need an anti-bacterial gel that can form a layer of protection within the bowl. When pouring the gel into the bowl, monitor whether the gel covers the entire surface of the bowl or not. Ideally, the product will form an uninterrupted layer from the top corners of the bowl to the water.

Afterwards, wash the bowl vigorously with a brush and don’t stop until the layer has dissipated completely. Don’t stop until the layer is completely gone and pay special attention to the top corners of the bowl. Lastly, to keep things super-duper safe, you can pour baking soda down the gutter (kills microbes very efficiently).

The Shower

To avoid the ironic reality that the space you use to cleanse yourself is actually infested with dangerous bacteria, drench your shower with antimicrobial solution periodically. You can create this at home: take dishwashing liquid and add water ( you can also use vinegar). Additionally, submerge the entire nozzle of your showerhead overnight to ensure 100% cleanliness.

Tiles

Your tiles provide the equivalent of a multi-floor residence for bacteria and mold. Use antimicrobial cleaning agents to eliminate pathogens and mop your floor every two weeks. Remember, simply using water isn’t enough. You need to kill the bacteria, or it will continue to replicate and make a happy home within your home.

 

Remember, if you don’t want to put yourself in harm’s way and enjoy the 80+ degree weather we’re having in NYC, call Maid Sailors. We might even eradicate a few ghosts while we’re at it.

Mini Ice Age Infographic

Recent research indicates that in fifteen years time the UK could be in the grips of a ‘mini ice age’. If this prediction becomes reality it means that winters could be much harsher and summers colder. This infographic offers guidance on ways you can ‘mini ice age’ proof yourself and your home.

The infographic begins by showing ways to generate your own electricity, so that you are not dependent on the National Grid. Solar panels, wind turbines and ground source heat pumps are possible alternatives that will provide your home with renewable energy.

Insulating your home is an effective way of conserving precious heat inside your home. Loft, floor, pipes and wall insulation, along with draught proofing are all proactive methods that will help to retain heat inside your home now and in the future.

The infographic highlights the positive advantages and ways of growing and storing your own food, during a ‘mini ice age’. It also offers ideas for keeping yourself and family healthy when it is bitterly cold outside.

Informative suggestions on ways you can accomplish these changes in lifestyle are given in the infographic so that you can be prepared, and make the necessary adaptations, before the ‘mini ice age’ prediction comes to bear.

Preparing For The Mini Ice Age by Cast Iron Radiators 4u
Preparing For The Mini Ice Age by Cast Iron Radiators 4u.

Grilling Those Steaks and Cleaning Those Grills

This weekend (and every weekend until Labor Day), you’ll have the opportunity (or urge) to grill outdoors. Let’s review how to “hook up a steak” while keeping the grill “so fresh and so clean, clean”.

Meating and Greeting

Good cuts of steak are expensive and it only makes sense to eat good cuts this summer. If you’re buying expensive steaks, you must prepare them correctly. First, regarding your grill (not the Paul Wall kind), you have to use either a propane or charcoal one.

Focus on buying one of the following cuts: rib-eye, strip, tenderloin or t-bone/porterhouse. These are higher-end cuts that will justify the grilling expedition.

To prepare the cuts, you must salt your steaks properly. First, make sure to buy kosher salt; table salt won’t be helpful here (believe it or not, all salt is not created equally). Second, salt your steak a few days in advance. This window of time is optimal because the salt will have enough time to work its way into the meat. If you’re pressed for time, you can salt your steak 40 minutes before it hits the hot steel.

For higher-end cuts, we’d recommend skipping any marinating or steak-rubbing. A well-salted steak will taste fine after you’ve grilled it properly.

Grilling

Pre-grilling, bring your meat up to room temperature to ensure it will cook evenly. Charcoal grills, unsurprisingly, will give your meat a “smoky” taste that propane grills will not.

While grilling, make sure to start your process by throwing the steak onto the cooler side of the grill and closing the lid. We recommend flipping your steak multiple times to ensure even-heating. Allowing the steak to cook “up to” the proper temperature before flipping onto the “hot side” of the grill will retain maximum moisture and flavor. Use an instant-grill thermometer to gauge whether your steak has cooked to your desired level.

Cleaning the Grill Afterwards

Staring down at your blackened grill, you’ll start wondering if cleaning is harder than grilling. Cleaning your grill (especially if it’s charcoal-based) is necessary because if you don’t, disgusting flavors will blend into your meat during your outdoor bonanza. You can make this process much easier for yourself by splitting the work. First, perform some brushing while the girl still relatively hot; this will allow you to tackle large deposits of residue that have not yet hardened or crystalized.

After your festivities, empty all of the ash out of the bowl. The good news here is that if you’re not willing to buy any grill-specific cleaning products, you don’t need to. Use a healthy mix of dish soap and water to clean the bottom of your grill – aim to remove any residue and ash remnants.

Last but not least, turn the lid upside down and “clean if it’s brown”. Use the same solution (dish soap + water) to thoroughly clean any residue; if you don’t, you’ll be tasting it later.

Concluding Remarks

Grilling is only fun if you’re doing it properly. Buy a high-quality cut of meat, use kosher salt to season it properly and grill it thoroughly. Afterward, spend a considerable amount of time removing any residue or ash from your charcoal grill in order to ensure you won’t be tasting the crisp flavors of combustion next time.

Are There Benefits to Having A Clean Home?

There are many benefits to having a clean home. Aside from being imperative for your overall health and wellness, there are a few other benefits to keeping your home clean. We know it can be hard to keep your house clean sometimes, that’s why you hire Maid Sailors. But when your cleaning lady can’t be there, we want to make sure you know the benefits of keeping your home nice and clean.

Benefits of Having A Clean Home

Reduce Allergies

Regular cleaning is the best way to reduce dust and other irritating allergens from the home. Chores like sweeping, dusting and vacuuming dispose of dust, dust mites, pet dander, and a dozen of other allergens that cause cold and flu-like symptoms. People with allergies asthma and respiratory problems can relieve their symptoms and breathe easier by keeping their house clean.

Sanitation

Every time you clean the house with disinfectants, you are killing bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that can compromise your health. Powerful cleaners target germs and bacteria like E. coli, staph, and salmonella. These are responsible for many foodborne illnesses and infections. Sanitizing surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, and other areas of the house will help protect you from these potentially dangerous bacteria.

Reduces Mold

Keeping your house clean provides more opportunities to detect mold growth and fix the problem in a timely manner. Mold can wreak havoc on people’s health. It causes allergic reactions, cold and flu-like symptoms, asthma attacks, and other severe health problems. Regular cleaning and inspections help control and prevent mold growth.

Lowers Risks of Injury

Keeping your house clean and organized can reduce the chance of injury keeping things out of harm’s way. Leaving loose items around like toys may increase the risk of trips and falls. If there are stacks of boxes and other large piles can easily fall on top of someone and injure them. Organizing can make a huge difference in the overall safety of your home.

Reduces Stress

A clean house can help relieve and prevent unnecessary stress. A clean house makes maneuvering and finding things much easier. Easy cleaning like sweeping, doing the dishes, and making your bed will make your house look clean and ready for guests if the opportunity arises.

Wards Off Pests

Bugs and other household pests like warm, damp environments and they have a tendency to disguise themselves in dusty, untidy areas. Regular cleaning helps occupants discover pest problems and treat them accordingly. In addition to having regular exterminations, simple chores can help tremendously. Taking out the garbage, sweeping, and vacuuming help keep bugs and other pests from nesting in your home.

Health benefits of a clean home

 

10 Easy Home Cleaning Methods

Here’s a riddle: If a clean summer is a fun summer, but a summer spent cleaning is a miserable summer, then what should you do? Minimize the time you spend cleaning by using these helpful, cheap and resourceful tips. Keep in mind, if you can’t waste a second wiping a stain, Maid Sailors is happy to come by and tidy your place all summer long (we have nothing else to do).

  1. Clean Rugs, Carpets, and Upholstery 

    Long, rough fibers become more stubborn when wet. Use the Sun to your advantage and clean tough surfaces during hotter days. After cleaning, you’ll be able to place the wet items outside towards direct sunlight and facilitate the drying process by a couple of hours.

  1. Pre-treat Tough Stains 

    Create a solution of detergent and water and apply it to stains for a few minutes. Wait for 3 to 5 minutes before scrubbing and cleaning for optimal results.

  1. Make It At Home 

    You can create effective detergents with ingredients that you already have at home. Shampoo, soap and dishwashing detergent will serve as effective de-greasers. They are perfect for spot cleaning and will dissolve soiled spots. Awaken your inner chemist and mix a variety of ingredients to produce homemade solutions for basic cleaning tasks.

  1. Don’t Wear White and Use Paper Towels

    Wearing white while cleaning is a major faux pas. Windows, for instance, are especially dusty and it makes more sense to contain the dust with disposable paper towels versus threaded rags. If you’re using a water bowl, make sure to change the water often to prevent it from remaining muddy.

  1. Don’t Throw Away Old Toothbrushes

    Believe it or not, they are the perfect for spot-cleaning. Whether you’re carpet cleaning, oven cleaning or kitchen cleaning, an old toothbrush will always be useful. If you plan on brushing delicate fibers or brittle surfaces, make sure to use a soft brush.

  1. Clean Windows Strategically

    This tricky task should be the last one you complete. Begin with the outer side of the window; this will (hopefully) be the dirtiest side since it’s exposed to the outside. As you finish, don’t forget to wipe the window frames and handles.

  1. Invest In A Professional Cleaning Company For Leather Upholstery 

    They’re optimized for cleaning leather surfaces. Apply with a soft towel to decrease and restore shine, texture, and pigmentation to your expensive leather. If you don’t spend the money now, you’ll end up spending multitudes more on new furniture.

  1. Grooming Brush For Grout Lines 

    Tiles have very persistent stains; however, in order to clean them effectively, you need to be mindful of the grout lines as well. Use a grooming brush or a towel with long fibers to properly clean tiles and grout lines.

  1. Dab stains

    After applying detergent to spot-clean a stain, avoid excessive rubbing, which will cause the stain to spread further (and subsequently, make you cry).

  2. Once You’re Done, You’re Not Really Done 

    Until you spray a sanitizing agent onto the newly cleaned areas. Even a cheap sanitizing agent will eliminate pollen, germs, allergens, and elongate the period of the area’s cleanliness.