How to Remove Sticker Residue

The struggle to remove sticker residue is one that nearly everybody is familiar with. Whether you’ve tried to remove a price tag label from a hard surface or have dealt with the aftermath of children placing stickers where they don’t belong—the truth is that completely removing sticker residue can be a real pain even for a professional home cleaning service.

The good news is that there are plenty of simple and effective methods for getting rid of even the most stubborn sticker residue from just about every surface you can imagine. With these tips and tricks, you can remove that annoying residue and move on with your life.

Removing Fresh Sticker Residue

Let’s be honest. Sticker residue is the easiest to get rid of when it’s “fresh” and hasn’t been sitting for a long time. That’s because the adhesive is still rather soft, pliable, and thus easy to remove. If you’re dealing with fresh sticker residue on a solid surface in your home, there are a few methods worth trying.

Try Wiping It Away

In some cases, you may be able to actually rub the remaining sticker residue away using your finger. This method will work best on leftover label/sticker adhesive that is still quite sticky and soft. For the best results, use your finger to rub away a small amount of residue; it will roll into a ball. That ball of residue can then be used to help pick up the remaining residue as you continue to rub the surface with your finger. In some cases, this method may be sufficient to remove all sticker residue completely.

Scrape It Off

If there’s still leftover residue after you’ve tried the first method, you may be able to scrape the rest of the residue off using an object such as a credit card or even a razor blade. If you decide to go this route, be careful about what you choose to scrape the remaining residue, as some sharp objects could scratch or even break certain surfaces.

To play it safe, try using a non-sharp object, such as a credit card, to remove excess residue. If that doesn’t seem to do the trick, you may wish to try something sharper, such as a pair of scissors. Just be sure to avoid using anything sharp on glass, ceramic, or other delicate surfaces that could easily become scratched or broken.

Use Adhesive Tape

One last thing to try when removing fresh sticker residue from solid surfaces in your home is to use another adhesive, such as masking or painter’s tape. By simply balling up some of this tape so that the sticky side is facing out (or even wrapping some around your index finger), you can use the power of another adhesive to remove the leftover sticker or label residue. Simply press the sticky side of the tape against the area with adhesive residue and then lift up.

This method is best for residue that is already loose, and you may still need to wipe the area with a damp cloth or disinfecting wipes when you’re done to completely remove everything.

Removing Old Sticker Residue

The longer sticker residue is left on a surface, the more difficult it will become to remove. This is because as adhesive residue sits, it will gradually harden and solidify over time. For this more stubborn residue, you’ll need a little more elbow grease and patience—but you should still be able to remove it with these tips and tricks.

For Smaller Items

If you’re trying to remove sticker residue from a small item, such as a mug or dish, your best bet will be to actually submerge the entire item in a homemade cleaning solution. Start by locating a container that will be large enough to hold the item. Then, create a cleaning mixture using hot water and your favorite dish detergent. Once it’s mixed up well, insert the item and allow it to soak for at least an hour. This will give the cleaning mixture time to work and weaken the remaining adhesive.

After the item has soaked for at least an hour, remove it from the water and use a dish rage to wipe away any remaining residue. If there’s any residue left, you can add a small amount of vinegar to your cleaning solution and allow the item to soak for another 20 minutes. This should take care of the remainder.

For Larger Surfaces

If you’re trying to remove sticker residue from a larger surface that cannot be easily submerged (such as a mirror), then you’ll need to spot-treat with a different cleaner. The good news is that in most cases, a bit of rubbing alcohol is enough to remove even the most stubborn and dried-out sticker residue. This will work best on non-porous surfaces, such as glass and mirrors. Simply wet a small section of a microfiber cloth with rubbing alcohol and then rub the affected area in a circular motion for about 30 seconds or until the residue is gone.

For Extra-Stubborn Residue

For extremely stubborn sticker residue on non-porous surfaces, you can also create a paste out of equal parts cooking oil (such as vegetable oil) and baking soda. Once mixed, simply apply the paste to the affected area and let it sit for about 15 minutes. From there, you should be able to wipe away the cleaning mixture and the excess residue with a cloth.

And of course, if all else fails, you can always purchase a product specifically designed for removing sticker residue. You can find these products at your local hardware store or even some grocery stores (in the cleaning aisle). Whenever possible, however, it’s best to stick to ingredients you already have at home!

Time to Call a Professional?

Spending your valuable time getting rid of sticker and label residue isn’t most people’s idea of a good time. If your household cleaning tasks are beginning to eat up too much of your time, maybe you should hire a professional cleaning company to step up and take on some of these jobs for you. This can free up time so you can do more of the things you enjoy while still coming home to a clean living space.

At Maid Sailors, we offer an extensive selection of household cleaning services. From one-time deep-cleaning services to routine cleanings and everything in between, our professionals do it all. Our goal is to help you achieve a clean home from top to bottom while freeing up your time and energy. Contact us today to find out more about our services or to schedule an appointment!

How to Clean an Air Conditioner Filter

You count on your air conditioning to keep your living space comfortable during the warmer months of the year. And if you’ve ever spent a summer in a city or the surrounding suburbs, you know first-hand just how warm it can get! Depending on where you live, you may have a landlord or property management company that’s responsible for maintaining your HVAC system. If so, then you shouldn’t have to worry about cleaning your air conditioning filter, as this and other maintenance should be covered in your rental agreement.

On the other hand, if you’re in a lease that requires you to provide or maintain your own air conditioning equipment, then you may need to put a little more time, energy and money into keeping your space cool and comfortable during the sweltering summer months. Specifically, you may need to start setting aside time to clean your air conditioning filter.

The Importance of a Clean Air Conditioning Filter

No matter what type of air conditioning system you have (forced central air, window unit, ductless air conditioning, etc.), the equipment has a filter that is responsible for removing impurities and debris (such as dust and even mold spores) from the air. This results in cleaner indoor air—and also cuts down on the number of stray particles and debris that end up in your air conditioning unit.

Having a clean air filter is a must because a dirty filter cannot effectively trap dirt and debris. As a result, your indoor air quality will suffer and the air conditioning unit itself may end up with premature wear and tear (which could lead to costly repairs or the need for total replacement down the road). Dirt and debris getting into your air conditioning’s system could also reduce efficiency, which could run up your electricity bills.

The good news is that air conditioning filters can often be cleaned—and even when they cannot be cleaned, you can typically find a replacement filter that’s inexpensive and takes just a few seconds of your time to install.

Can Your Air Conditioning Filter Be Cleaned?

Before you commit your time to removing and cleaning your air conditioning filter, it’s important to determine whether or not you actually have one that’s able to be cleaned. Some filters are designed to be used for a couple of months and then replaced, whereas others are designed to be cleaned and re-used several times before needing replacement.

The best way to find out what kind of filter you have is to check the manual that came with your air conditioning unit (if you still have it). If not, research your manufacturer and model number online to pull up a digital copy of the manual; from there, you should be able to find out what kind of filter the unit takes and whether it’s able to be cleaned or needs complete replacement. Typically, electrostatic air filters can be washed/cleaned, but other types will need to simply be replaced. The manual should also give you a better idea of how often the filter needs repaired or replaced.

How to Clean an Air Conditioning Filter

Unplug Electric Connection

Before you clean any type of air conditioning filter, it’s important to turn the air conditioner off. If you have a central air conditioning unit, the best way to do this is to shut off the breaker that controls the unit itself. If you have a ductless or window unit, you should simply be able to unplug it from the wall and/or flip the power switch. Having the AC shut off is important not just for your safety, but to prevent additional debris from making its way into the system as you clean.

Remove Air Filter

Next, remove the air filter. The process for removing a filter can vary depending on the style of air conditioner you have. Some filters slide out of a storage compartment with ease, whereas others may be held in by screws or bolts. Check your air conditioning manual to find out how to properly remove your filter for cleaning.

Cleaning Your Air Filter

Generally, the best way to begin cleaning an air conditioning filter is to take a vacuum with a hose extension and use it remove any loose debris from the filter itself. This won’t clean the filter completely, but it should help to make the next steps easier.

Most filters will need to be washed in order to remove the bulk of the debris. There are many ways to wash an air conditioning filter, but one of the most effective and easiest ways is to create your own cleaning mixture out of one part white vinegar and one part warm water. Fill a large bucket with this mixture and then place your AC filter inside the bucket to soak for at least one hour. It’s important that you have a container/bucket that is large enough to fit the entire filter so that it is completely submerged.

Once the filter has soaked and the cleaning solution has worked its magic, rinse the filter clean with water to remove any leftover debris. You can do this in your kitchen sink using a spray-nozzle faucet extension for best results. If you don’t have a spray option on your faucet or if the water pressure isn’t enough to really remove that debris film, you can also take your filter outside and use a garden hose on it if possible.

Wrapping Up

Before you place your air filter back in the AC unit, be sure that it has had a chance to dry completely. You may choose to expedite the drying process using a blow dryer or set your filter out in the sun for a couple of hours. Air filters usually don’t have long to dry, so you should be back in business (and cool air) relatively quickly.

Cut Down on Time Spent Cleaning

Cleaning your air conditioning filter (or replacing it at the recommended intervals) is one of the best ways to keep your air conditioning running properly and efficiently. And while cleaning an AC air filter may not be the most exciting of tasks, it shouldn’t take you long to check it off your “to-do” list.

Feeling overwhelmed by your household chore list? Let the professional cleaners at Maid Sailors tackle some of those jobs for you. From dusting and mopping to vacuuming and sanitizing hard surfaces, we can do it all at reasonable rates. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed! Reach out to the Maid Sailors team today to explore our service options or to schedule your first cleaning appointment; we proudly serve New York City and the surrounding areas.

How to Clean a Dishwasher

You rely on your dishwasher to clean and even sanitize your dishes, but when was the last time you deep-cleaned your dishwasher? If it’s been a while, or if you can say you’ve never cleaned your dishwasher, this is something you may want to add to your list of household chores.

While deep-cleaning an appliance may not be the most exciting thing in the world, making time for this task can prolong the life of your dishwasher and may also cut down on musty smells in your kitchen.

The Importance of Cleaning Your Dishwasher

You would think that your dishwasher would more-or-less be a “self-cleaning” appliance. After all, you use detergent each time you run it; how dirty could it get? What you may not realize, however, is that mineral deposits can build up along the inside walls of your dishwasher. Furthermore, food particles and other debris can accumulate at the bottom of your dishwasher and inside its filter.

Over time, your dishwasher may become dirty enough that it doesn’t clean your dishes as effectively. In a worst-case scenario, you may even end up facing premature repairs or replacement of your dishwasher due to neglect of basic care and maintenance.

How Often Should You Clean Your Dishwasher?

The frequency with which you should deep-clean your dishwasher will depend on a few factors. For starters, the more often you run your dishwasher, the more often it will need to be deep-cleaned (although this may seem counterintuitive). Also, the more soiled your dishes are when you put them into your dishwasher, the more likely it is that your filter and other components will need to be cleaned. If you tend to do a thorough job of rinsing debris from your dishes before you load them into the dishwasher, you may be able to go longer in between deep cleanings.

To be safe, plan on deep-cleaning your dishwasher at least once every few months. If your dishwasher is emitting a foul odor when the door is opened or if you’ve noticed that your dishes aren’t getting as clean as they used to, you may need to make time for this chore even more often than that.

Deep-Cleaning Your Dishwasher: Step-By-Step

When it comes to deep-cleaning your dishwasher, you have a couple of options. You can either purchase a product specifically designed to clean your dishwasher, or you can make your own cleaning mixture. You can find dishwasher cleaning products at your local grocery store; these usually come in the form of a small packet that you can place directly in your dishwasher. From there, you run a cycle (without detergent) as you normally would, and the inside of your dishwasher will be thoroughly cleaned.

DIY Your Deep-Clean

If you prefer to use your own ingredients, you can make your own cleaning mixture by simply filling a measuring cup with two cups of white vinegar. Place the measuring cup on the top rack of your dishwasher (and make sure the rest of the dishwasher is empty) before running a regular cycle with no detergent. This should achieve the same results. If there is any leftover residue or build-up along the inside of your dishwasher when the cycle is complete, you can wipe it clean with a damp washcloth and your favorite dish detergent.

In addition to running a deep-cleaning cycle on your dishwasher, it’s also a good idea to remove and clean out the filter. Specific filter removal instructions can vary from one dishwasher brand to the next. In most cases, however, this is done by twisting the filter counter-clockwise and pulling it out.

Remove and Clean Your Filter

As you remove the filter, you’ll likely notice a build-up of food particles and grease. The best way to clean a filter is to gently scrub it with an old tooth brush that you no longer use while running it under warm water. If needed, you can use dish detergent or soap to break down grease or other stubborn residue as well. It is important to clean your filter regularly; otherwise, you’ll probably end up with dirty dishes even if the rest of your dishwasher is clean.

Cleaning Your Dishwasher Exterior

It’s common for debris to end up on the door handle of your dishwasher, as well as other parts of its exterior. Make sure you’re also taking time to wipe this down regularly not only as part of your deep-cleaning process but at least once every few days to keep your kitchen looking pristine. This is especially important for stainless steel dishwashers, which will show smudges and other imperfections more obviously than other finishes.

Usually, a damp sponge is enough to wipe away residue from the surface of the dishwasher’s exterior. For grease or other difficult grime, however, use a couple of drops of gentle dish detergent. Be sure to wipe down the handle, door, and any controls/buttons thoroughly.

If you have a stainless steel dishwasher, you may also want to consider following this up with a stainless steel polishing wipe. This will give your dishwasher (and other stainless steel appliances) extra sheen and protection against future smudges and fingerprints. You can find these wipes at most hardware stores and in the cleaning aisle of many grocery stores as well.

Maintaining a Clean Dishwasher

After you’ve deep-cleaned your dishwasher, there are some steps you can take to keep it cleaner for longer. The best thing you can do is to simply rinse away food particles from your dishes before you load them into the dishwasher itself. This will help to cut down on the amount of debris that ends up in your dishwasher filter, which will in-turn help your dishwasher perform its best and also cut down on unwanted odors.

Get More Help With Your Household Cleaning

If the thought of having to add yet another cleaning task to your weekly list is stressing you out, consider hiring a professional cleaning service to tackle this and other tasks around your home. A house-cleaning service can perform all your essential cleaning tasks while freeing up your own personal time. From there, you can spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying life.

Looking for a cleaning service? Maid Sailors is here to help. We offer everything from regular cleanings and deep-cleanings to move-in and move-out cleanings—and your satisfaction is always guaranteed. Explore our many cleaning services today or contact us to find out more about all we have to offer. We look forward to helping you achieve a clean and pristine home so you don’t have to lift a finger.

How to Clean an Iron

A few passes with a hot clothes iron can breathe new life into wrinkled or creased clothing. Clothes irons can especially come in handy while traveling or for pressing fabrics that are especially prone to wrinkles. No matter how often you may use your iron, however, it’s important to give it a deep-clean from time to time. Unfortunately, this is something many people don’t realize. Taking the time to clean your iron can help extend its usable life while also protecting your clothing from possible damage.

Not sure where to begin when it comes to cleaning your clothes iron? We’ve got some helpful information, as well as a step-by-step guide to make your life easier!

Reasons to Clean Your Iron

Why does cleaning your iron matter, anyway? For starters, unless you’re using distilled water in your iron’s reservoir every time you use it, there will be some minerals and other debris in the water. Over time, this can build up along the inside of the iron’s reservoir and even inside the internal components of the iron. If your iron has a steam function, minerals may eventually clog the steam nozzle and render this function unusable.

In addition to water stains and deposits, your iron’s heating plate (also known as the soleplate) can become dirty over time. This is problematic because as you run a dirty soleplate over your clean clothes, you could end up leaving stains and residue behind. Taking the time to clean your iron will protect your clothing from unwanted damage while possibly prolonging the life of your iron as well.

How Often Should You Clean Your Iron?

There is no universal answer to the question of how often your iron needs to be cleaned. Generally, the more frequently you use it, the more often you should clean it. However, it’s a good idea to clean it at least once per every five uses. If you wait too long to clean your iron, you may be left with mineral deposits and other caked-on debris that will be much harder to remove.

How to Clean a Clothes Iron

The good news is that cleaning your clothes iron doesn’t have to be a long or laborious task. By following these practical steps, you can likely complete the job in 20 minutes or less! From there, you can immediately begin using your iron once again.

Check Your Owner’s Manual First

Before you get started, it’s always best to check the instruction manual that came with your iron. This manual should contain basic care and cleaning instructions that are specific to your iron model. Always defer to the instructions provided here, as specific cleaning needs may vary from one brand or model to the next.

If you don’t have your instruction manual, try researching your iron brand and model number online. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to find a digital version of the manual for reference.

Cleaning the Iron Plate

There are many ways to clean an iron’s soleplate, but why not start with the easiest? For mild grime, you can use a clean sponge, a bit of warm water, and a small amount of your favorite gentle dish soap to clean an iron’s soleplate. Most dish soap is effective enough at removing grease that this should work on basic grime. Just be sure to use a regular sponge (not the kind with a rough scrubber side); you don’t want to use anything abrasive, as this could cause damage to the iron’s plate.

If you have more stubborn build-up on your iron’s soleplate, there are other cleaning options to consider. One of the best homemade cleaning solutions you can use on your iron consists of equal parts baking soda and white vinegar. Mixing these together will create a watery paste, which you can soak on a towel and rest on the iron’s plate. Just be sure that the iron is turned off; allow the paste to sit on the iron for a few minutes before wiping it away.

For any leftover residue, try this hack: set your iron to its lowest heat setting and then run the iron over a few fresh dryer sheets. These are very effective at cleaning and even polishing iron plates!

Cleaning the Iron Reservoir

The next step is to remove any hard water or mineral deposits from the iron’s reservoir itself. An effective, easy way to do this is to dump any leftover water that is currently inside the reservoir. Then, fill it with about 3/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of white vinegar. From there, turn the iron onto its highest heat setting and run the iron continuously over a towel or other fabric surface for several minutes. If your iron has a steam setting, press the button occasionally to release steam and speed up the process. Once you’re done, dump any remaining water/vinegar from the reservoir.

Other Tips and Tricks

When cleaning your iron, keep in mind that sediment and grime may be released from the appliance itself. For this reason, it’s a good idea to clean your iron on top of an old towel or other fabric that you don’t mind getting stained or dirty.

To clean iron steam holes, use a Q-tip and rub a small amount of white vinegar or rubbing alcohol over the nozzle for best results.

By following these tips, you can remove mineral build-up and other unwanted gunk from your iron in a matter of minutes. From there, you can avoid accidental stains on your favorite clothing items and possibly add years to your iron’s usable life.

Free Up Time With a Professional Clean

If you’re feeling bogged down with tedious household cleaning tasks, you’re not alone. Cut down on the amount of time you spend cleaning by hiring a professional to tackle your day-to-day cleaning chores, such as vacuuming, dusting, washing dishes, and mopping. While a cleaning service will cost you some money up-front, it’s important to realize the value of your time.

What would you do with a few extra hours a week? Perhaps you’d spend more time with loved ones, or maybe you’d explore a new hobby. Or, maybe you’d just enjoy a little well deserved rest and relaxation. Regardless, hiring a professional cleaning service can free up your time without sacrificing your home’s tidiness in the process.

Maid Sailors offers a wide range of cleaning services to meet your needs, and satisfaction is guaranteed! Contact our friendly and knowledgeable team today to learn more about our services or to schedule your first cleaning appointment with us!

How to Get Coffee Stains Out of Carpet

Coffee may be your best bet for getting energized first thing in the morning, but it’s also notorious for its staining powers. That cup of java may not only stain your teeth, but practically any porous surface it comes into contact with. Accidentally spilling coffee on your carpet may send you into a panic, especially if you have light-colored carpet or if the stain is in a very noticeable area.

Fortunately, it is possible to completely remove most coffee stains from carpeting—and you may not even need to use a store-bought chemical cleaner to get the job done. Before you panic over spilled coffee, then, follow these tips and tricks for lifting that stain in no time.

Removing Black Coffee Stains From Carpet

If you spilled black coffee on your carpet, you’ll actually have a slightly easier time removing the stain than you would if the coffee had creamer or another dairy product mixed in. So, pat yourself on the back for drinking your coffee black! If you did spill coffee with creamer or milk, you’ll still want to complete these steps. However, you’ll also want to follow the steps in the next section to complete the cleaning process.

Blot Away as Much as Possible

This goes for just about any liquid stain; always blot away as much of the excess liquid as possible before moving forward with any steps. When blotting away spilled coffee, it is important to use a clean towel or paper towel and to avoid scrubbing as much as possible. Scrubbing will only further spread the stain. When blotting, simply press a clean towel into the stain and allow it to absorb as much liquid as possible. Swap out your towel or paper towel with a fresh one as needed to ensure that you’re not pressing liquid back into the carpet as you blot.

Create a DIY Cleaning Solution

Once you’ve removed as much of the coffee as possible from the carpet, it’s time to create your homemade cleaning solution. There’s a good chance you already have most or all of the ingredients on-hand. If not, you should be able to find any remaining ingredients at your local grocery store or convenience store.

To create a carpet-cleaning solution, simply add a tablespoon of your favorite dish soap and a tablespoon of white vinegar to a cup of warm water. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are incorporated. You can mix this into a spray bottle for easy application or simply apply the mixture directly to the affected area. The nice thing about using a spray bottle or other container is that you can save the remaining cleaner to use again later on if needed.

Test the Cleaning Solution

This homemade cleaning solution is pretty forgiving on most types and styles of carpeting. However, it’s always a good idea to test any new cleaner in a small, inconspicuous area before you use it on a larger section of carpet. To do this, apply a very small amount of the cleaning solution to a hidden area of carpet (such as a portion of carpet that is covered by furniture). Wait 30 minutes to make sure there is no discoloration or damage to the carpet before continuing.

Apply the Cleaner and Blot

When it comes time to put your homemade cleaner to the true test, you can either spray the mixture directly onto the affected area of your carpet or use a cloth dipped in the cleaner to apply it directly. Either way, once the cleaning solution is applied, use a clean cloth or towel to blot it into the stain as thoroughly as possible. Allow the cleaning solution to work its magic against the coffee stain for a few minutes before moving onto the next step.

Rinse and Dry Your Carpet

The final step is to rinse the remaining cleaner and stain from your carpet, as well as to let it dry out. To do this, pour a small amount of water over the area. Use another clean towel or cloth to blot the water (as any remaining stain) from the fibers of the carpet, removing as much excess liquid as possible.

From there, you should see that the coffee stain is effectively removed from your carpet. If there is any staining or discoloration left, try repeating this entire process one more time and allow the cleaning solution to sit for a few extra minutes. Once you’re happy with the results, you may want to set a box fan up in front of the damp area to promote air circulation and speed up the drying process.

What if the Coffee Contained Milk or Creamer?

If your coffee contained milk, creamer, or any other dairy product, you’ll want to take one additional step to prevent your carpet from smelling like spoiled milk! The best course of action here is to add a small amount (about a cap-full) of laundry detergent with enzymes to a cup of water. After you’ve gone through the cleaning steps described in the previous section, add that mixture to your carpet, blot it into the fibers, and rinse with water. Blot dry as much as possible and again, consider setting up a fan to promote faster drying of your carpets.

When to Call a Professional

If you’ve followed all of these steps and still aren’t successful in removing the coffee stain or odors such as pet odors from your carpeting, it may be time to call a carpet-cleaning professional to tackle the job. In some cases, carpet fibers may absorb coffee to the point of not being easily removed with homemade or even store-bought cleaning solutions. This is most common with high-piled carpet or with older, set-in coffee stains.

Either way, a professional carpet cleaner will have the tools and experience needed to remove the coffee stain, along with any lingering odors from creamer or milk. Often times, a steam-cleaning will be the best course of action—but your carpet cleaning company will be able to advise further.

Need More Help With Your Household Cleaning?

With all that goes into keeping your house up to your standard of clean, it’s easy for household cleaning tasks to begin taking up too much of your precious time. If this is the case for you, then it may be time to hire a professional maid service to handle things like vacuuming, mopping, dusting, and laundry. Maid Sailors is happy to offer the day-to-day cleaning services you need, in addition to more involved deep-cleaning services. Reach out today to schedule your appointment or find out more about us!

How to Clean a Lazy Susan

The Lazy Susan cabinet has been a kitchen staple for many decades; this type of corner cabinet typically opens to reveal a series of turntables, which can be used to store food and small kitchen appliances. The tables can then be spun to retrieve food and other items as needed. When properly organized, a Lazy Susan cabinet can really come in handy—providing clever storage space in even the smallest of kitchens.

Over time, however, a Lazy Susan can easily become disorganized and even downright dirty. Crumbs from food stored inside a Lazy Susan can build up, as can grease from food, utensils, and small kitchen appliances. This can not only be unsightly for you (and your house guests) to look at but could pose a health risk as well. Furthermore, a disorganized Lazy Susan can add unwanted clutter to your home—and if you haven’t cleaned out this cabinet recently, there’s a good chance your Lazy Susan is harboring expired food or other items you no longer use.

By taking the time to properly clean and organize your Lazy Susan on occasion, you can keep it clean and potentially free up some storage space in the process.

How to Clean a Lazy Susan

Not sure where to begin when it comes to how to clean a Lazy Susan? We’ve got some practical tips and step-by-step guidance. One of the biggest challenges people tend to face when cleaning out this cabinet is its somewhat awkward set-up. The back of the cabinet can be somewhat difficult to reach, as can areas of the cabinet’s base. Still, with the right tools and a little elbow grease, you can have your Lazy Susan clean and organized in about 30 minutes.

Remove Items From Shelves

The first step is to take everything out of your Lazy Susan. This will allow you better access to the shelves so you can properly clean them. It will also give you an opportunity to take inventory of what you’ve been keeping on the shelves so you can decide what you want to keep and what you need to get rid of.

Don a Pair of Cleaning Gloves

This is also a good time to put on a pair of quality cleaning gloves. This will protect your hands from exposure to any cleaning chemicals you may be using. A thick pair of reusable cleaning gloves is recommended here (like the type you would wear when cleaning a bathroom), but even a disposable pair of latex gloves would work here.

You’ll also want to make sure you’re working in a properly ventilated area if you’ll be using any harsh kitchen cleaners or degreasers. If your kitchen has a window, you may want to crack it open; otherwise, a properly placed box fan should do the trick.

Vacuum Up Loose Debris

Using the hose attachment on a vacuum, begin by vacuuming up any loose debris from inside the Lazy Susan. The smaller the hose attachment you have to work with here, the better. Pay special attention to the corners/dividers of Lazy Susan shelves, as these tend to accumulate lots of crumbs and other debris. If you’re able to access any of the cabinet’s base, use your vacuum hose to remove any loose debris from here as well.

Create a Cleaning Solution

Next, it’s time to work on cleaning the shelves more thoroughly. Over time, grime and grease can build up in layers on these shelves. This is especially likely if you use your Lazy Susan to store small kitchen appliances or cookware, such as pots and pans.

In most cases, you can create your own cleaning solution to cut through everyday grease and grime. To do this, simply mix a few drops of your favorite dish soap into a bucket of warm water. From there, you can use a sponge or rag to scrub away grime from the shelves. For the best results, wipe in circular motions. Follow up with a dry cloth or paper towel to dry.

Use a Degreaser For Heavy Buildup

If you’re happy with the results from using your own cleaning solution, there’s no need to complete this step. However, if you’re still noticing lots of grease and grime buildup, then you may need to follow up with a heavy kitchen degreaser to get rid of it all. You can find these products at your local grocery store; always do a spot test in an inconspicuous area before using on your shelves, though (especially if you have wooden shelves).

When sprayed and left on for a short period of time before wiping clean, a kitchen degreaser can break down even the toughest of grime so you can restore your Lazy Susan cabinets to their original cleanliness.

Wipe the Shelves Clean and Dry

If you used a kitchen degreaser or any other harsh chemicals, be sure to wipe the shelves down one last time to remove any chemical residue. From there, you can use a clean cloth or fresh paper towel to dry your cabinets out completely.

Organize Your Clean Cabinet

Now, all that’s left to do is to replace the items you removed from your Lazy Susan. This is a great chance to properly organize everything and toss out items you no longer need or use. You may even wish to add some organization to your Lazy Susan in the form of small storage bins or other accessories. From there, you’ll be able to easily locate everything you need in your freshly cleaned Lazy Susan cabinet!

Let the Professionals Handle It

In most cases, you should be able to get your Lazy Susan cabinet cleaned within about 30 minutes of your time. Of course, your time is valuable—and there are other things you’d rather be doing. That’s where our team of cleaning professionals can help. Contact Maid Sailors today to set up your cleaning appointment. Our deep cleaning services include cleaning the inside of cabinets and drawers (like your Lazy Susan and more!).

How to Clean Grout

Is the tile in your home looking a little worse for wear? If so, then a thorough grout-cleaning could do the trick. Over time, it’s common for lighter grout to become stained and dirty—especially in areas of high foot traffic, such as entryways, kitchens, and hallways. By taking the time to clean your grout, you can restore a like-new appearance to your tile and really brighten up your home.

Grout-cleaning doesn’t have to be back-breaking work. By knowing the right methods to try based on the type of tile and grout you’re working with, you can most likely get this project done over the course of an afternoon.

Reasons to Clean Grout

Tile grout that has become discolored from dirt and grime can really detract from the look and feel of your home. However, you should clean your grout regularly not just for aesthetic reasons, but for health reasons as well. Grout is a porous substance, so it can absorb liquids and become a breeding ground for bacteria if not cleaned and disinfected.

If you notice that your grout looks dirty even after you’ve mopped your floors, it’s probably time to take on a grout-cleaning project at your home. Depending on the amount of foot traffic the area receives, you may want to plan on cleaning your grout at least once every few months to keep it looking its best and preventing the build-up of unwanted bacteria.

How to Clean Grout

There are a few methods to consider when it comes to cleaning your grout. The specific method that’s right for you may vary depending on the type of tile you’re working with and whether your grout is sealed or unsealed.

With Vinegar and Baking Soda

Plain white vinegar has incredible home cleaning properties, but it’s important to avoid this method if you have natural stone tile; that’s because vinegar can cause etching on natural stones, such as travertine and limestone. If you’re working with ceramic, vinyl, or pretty much any other type of tile, you should be able to use vinegar as a cleaning agent without worrying about damage.

To create the cleaning paste, you’ll need to mix three parts baking soda to one part water. Apply this paste to the grout lines on your tile. Then, combine one part white vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle. Spray this mixture over the baking soda paste that you have already applied to the grout lines; you’ll notice that the cleaning solution begins to bubble.

Once it has stopped bubbling, you’ll know that it has done its job. Using a scrub brush, start scrubbing along the grout lines to remove dirt and grime. When you’re done, mop with plain water to remove the cleaning mixture and admire your fresh, clean grout.

With Bleach and Water

Another option for cleaning tile grout is to use a combination of water and oxygenated bleach. Because bleach can sometimes cause discoloration, it’s a good idea to test a small area of your homemade cleaner on an inconspicuous area of your flooring/tile before you proceed with cleaning all of your grout. This will help you determine whether the bleach will discolor your tile in any way; if it does, you’ll want to use another method.

To create your cleaning mixture, combine two tablespoons of oxygenated bleach for every two cups of warm water. Keep in mind that if you have a large area of grout/tile to clean, you may need to double or triple this amount.

The nice thing about this method is that you can simply pour the mixture over your tile so that the grout lines are covered, rather than having to apply it directly to the grout lines as a paste. From there, allow the cleaner to sit on your floors for a few minutes before going through with a scrub brush and scrubbing away at the grout lines. As you work, you can also dip your scrub brush into a tub of the cleaning mixture to spot-clean especially soiled or stained areas of grout.

Once you’re happy with your results, all that’s left to do is to mop your floor with water to wash away the remaining bleach mixture.

With a Steam Cleaner

If you want to avoid any scrubbing on your hands and knees, using a steam cleaner can be the easiest and most effective means of cleaning your grout. If you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a steam cleaner, consider renting one from your local home improvement store. This can be a cost-effective way to achieve clean floors quickly and easily. Steam-cleaning is also safe on most floor types, but if your grout has been sealed, you won’t want to use a steam cleaner because the heat may remove the protective sealant.

When you buy or rent a steam cleaner, make sure it has a small hose attachment that can be used specifically for cleaning grout.

Always follow the instructions that come with your steam cleaner. In most cases, all you have to do is fill the steam cleaner’s reservoir with water and then turn it on. Once it’s heated up, simply move the cleaning brush over your grout using the provided attachment. The steam will be extremely effective not only at removing stains but at cleaning and sanitizing your tile as well. When you’re done, consider wiping up any remaining moisture using a clean towel. You can also let it air-dry if you’d prefer.

When to Hire a Pro

If you’ve tried these methods and still aren’t seeing the results you’d like with your grout, it may be time to call a professional. Many carpet-cleaning companies offer grout- and tile-cleaning as part of their services. Hiring a professional will also save you the hassle of having to get down on your hands and knees to scrub the grout, so it may be more than worth the cost.

Burdened By Cleaning?

If you’re tired of household-cleaning tasks taking up so much of your free time, this may also be a good opportunity to look into hiring a professional cleaning service. At Maid Sailors, we offer many of the cleaning services you need to be done on a daily basis, including vacuuming, dusting, and even laundry. Our cleaners are all professionally certified, and your satisfaction is always 100% guaranteed.

Free up some of your valuable time by treating yourself to a house-cleaning service with Maid Sailors. Contact our team today to explore our offerings, or book your first appointment with us in 60 seconds or less by using our convenient online form.

How to Remove (And Prevent) Refrigerator Odors

Are you noticing a foul odor emitting from your refrigerator every time you open the door? If so, then you probably have some spoiled food somewhere in your fridge that’s causing the stench. If the perpetrator isn’t obvious, then you may need to set aside some time to deep-clean your fridge. Even if you don’t notice any bad smells coming from your refrigerator, cleaning this appliance once a month can help to prevent future odors and ensure that you’re serving up fresh food.

What Causes Fridge Odors?

Typically, refrigerator odors are caused by food that has spoiled or expired. Meats are a common culprit for unpleasant smells, but fruits and vegetables can rot as well. Even once you remove the offending foods from your fridge, though, you could still experience some lingering odors. This is because fridge interiors are made out of plastic, which can easily absorb smells for a long time.

Best Ways to Prevent Fridge Odors

The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to prevent fridge odors in the first place. A little time and effort can go a long way here.

Throw Out Old Food Regularly

Each time you take your kitchen trash out, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of going through your fridge and also throwing out anything that’s expired or beginning to spoil. This way, you’ll never make the terrible realization that you left a bag of raw chicken sitting at the back of your fridge for weeks!

Keep Fresh Food in a Visible Location

When you buy fresh food that needs to be used quickly in order to prevent spoiling, it’s best to keep it in an easily visible location near the front of your fridge. This will reduce the chances that you’ll forget about the food. If space allows, you may even want to designate a specific shelf for fresh foods, such as packaged meats, fruits, and vegetables.

Keep a Box of Baking Soda in Your Fridge

Baking soda is known for its odor-absorption powers. Leaving an open box of baking soda in your fridge is a great way to keep your fridge smelling fresh, and it is relatively inexpensive as well. For best results, swap it out with a new box about once a month.

Getting Rid of Refrigerator Odors

If it’s too late to prevent fridge odors, follow this step-by-step guide to deep-cleaning your refrigerator. The entire process will likely take around an hour of your time, but if your fridge hasn’t been cleaned in a while, it may take a bit longer.

Set Up Temporary Storage For Food

You’ll want to unplug your refrigerator while you’re cleaning it, as warmer temperatures will make it easier to remove caked-on food bits. Because perishable foods can begin to spoil after being left out for an extended period of time, it’s a good idea to store this food in a large cooler with ice until the cleaning job is complete.

Toss Out Rotten or Expired Food Items

As you’re removing all your food items from your fridge, check expiration dates and toss out anything that’s near-expiration or that has already gone bad. Be sure to check the dates on condiments as well, as it’s not uncommon to find several bottles of expired condiments in any given fridge.

Wash Shelves and Removable Parts

Your refrigerator will most likely have removable shelves and storage bins. Take these out so you can give them a thorough washing in your kitchen sink. If you’re not sure how to properly remove them, check the instruction manual that came with your refrigerator (you can probably find it online if you don’t know where your physical copy is).

The best way to wash these removable parts is typically to fill your kitchen sink with warm/hot water and dish soap. You can then soak these parts in your sink as needed before scrubbing clean with a sponge, rinsing with water, and setting out to dry. Once the rest of your fridge is cleaned, you can replace the shelves and bins.

Create a Cleaning Mixture For Your Fridge

Next, it’s time to whip up a cleaning mixture that will not only make it easier to scrub your fridge interior clean, but will absorb odors in the process. To create this mixture, combine a cup of baking soda with a gallon of warm water in a large bucket. You can then use a sponge to soak up the mixture and scrub out the interior of your fridge. If there are any areas of very caked-on food or splatter, you may want to let some of the baking soda mixture sit for a few minutes to work its magic before scrubbing away.

Once you’re satisfied with the cleanliness of your fridge interior, wipe it down one more time with a damp dishtowel or paper towel to remove any leftover residue from the cleaning mixture.

Clean Your Fridge Exterior

Don’t forget the outside of your fridge while you’re doing your deep cleaning! In most cases, wiping your fridge down with a disinfecting wipe will do the trick. Just be careful when wiping around ice and/or water dispensers, as you don’t want to get any chemical residue on the dispenser themselves. If you have a stainless steel fridge, however, you may also want to follow up with a polishing wipe for added sheen.

Save Time With a Cleaning Service

Once your fridge is nice and clean, you can keep it that way by regularly throwing out old food and keeping an open box of baking soda on one of the shelves. From there, you can avoid dealing with unpleasant odors down the road.

Looking for a way to spend less time on household chores without sacrificing cleanliness in the process? If so, then it may be time to look into hiring a cleaning service. A maid service is more affordable than you may think and cuts down on the amount of time you have to spend cleaning your home. The end result? More time and freedom to do the things you love.

Maid Sailors is a professional cleaning company serving NYC and the surrounding areas with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and fully certified, bonded, and insured cleaners. We provide all our own supplies and can work around your busy schedule! Check out our wide range of cleaning services offered and contact us with any questions you may have. You can also book your first cleaning service with us in 60 seconds or less using our convenient online form!

How to Get Rid of Paint Smell

A fresh coat of paint can transform any space in your home on a relatively small budget. Whether you’re painting a nursery to prepare for a new baby or are simply looking to refresh one of your living spaces, you may be planning for a long day ( or the weekend!) of taping, priming, and painting.

But what about the fumes? If you’ve ever painted a room before, you probably know that paint smells can linger for days or even weeks after your paint job is complete. This can be irritating to those with sensitivities to paint fumes—and it may be off-putting to potential buyers if you’re looking to sell your home.

The good news is that you can take some proactive steps, such as making potpourri, to not only protect yourself from paint fumes but to get rid of that smell as soon as possible once your paint job is complete.

Are Lingering Paint Fumes Dangerous?

In general, limited exposure to paint fumes is not a huge health risk—especially if you’re generally a healthy person with no respiratory illnesses. However, it is important to understand that most paints do contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause some short-term side effects when inhaled. Some of these side effects include:

  • difficulty breathing
  • light-headedness
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • eye, nose, and/or throat irritation

With these potential side effects in mind, it’s a good idea to minimize your exposure to paint fumes whenever possible. This includes taking measures to reduce your exposure while painting and doing your best to rid the space of fumes after the work is done.

Minimizing Exposure to Paint Fumes

There are a few simple yet effective steps you can take to reduce exposure to paint fumes during any indoor paint project and possibly avoid side effects of coming into contact with VOCs.

Always Paint in a Ventilated Area

Never paint in an enclosed space or closed office; be sure to open windows and turn on fans while painting whenever possible. Fresh air can make all the difference in avoiding exposure to VOCs and will also reduce the amount of time it takes for paint fumes to dissipate once you’re done painting.

Choose the Right Paint

Double-check to make sure you’re buying an indoor paint, as there are differences in chemical content between interior and exterior paints. Using exterior paint indoors can be more dangerous to your health and will result in a stronger chemical odor that is more difficult to get rid of.

Use a Respirator While Painting

Protect yourself while painting by not only donning gloves and eyewear but wearing a respirator mask as well. This will reduce the amount of VOCs that you inhale.

Getting Rid of Paint Fumes: Methods to Try

After your paint job is complete and you’re happy with your newly painted space, you may still notice some lingering paint smells that may be off-putting. While there is no “magic” trick for getting rid of these smells instantly, there are some methods you can try that will help absorb those odors and have your home smelling normal again as quickly as possible.

Baking Soda

It’s no secret that baking soda is effective at absorbing odors; why not put this to use to get rid of lingering paint smells?

The best way to do this is to grab a few shallow bowls and fill them with about a half cup of baking soda each. Then, add water to fill the bowls and leave them in each corner of the room. After about 24 hours, you should notice a significant decrease in paint smell. For the best results, keep windows open and fans running in the affected room as well.

Onions

Believe it or not, onions can also be effective in getting rid of lingering paint fumes. And no, it won’t leave your room smelling like onions!

Start by peeling a couple of medium-sized onions and cutting them in half, just as you would if you were getting ready to dice them up for a recipe. Once they’re sliced in half, place each half in its own shallow bowl, being sure to keep the cut side of the onion facing up. Then, place the bowls around different areas of the room and let them get to work.

After a few hours, swap out the onions with fresh ones until the smell is gone. Be sure not to consume or otherwise reuse the onions, as they will have absorbed chemical fumes.

Lemons

If you have a little more time to set aside for getting rid of excess paint fumes, you can use the lemon-water method, which is best done overnight. For this method, all you need to do is fill some shallow bowls with water and add some slices of fresh lemon. Then, place the bowls around the room. Water, on its own, is effective at absorbing VOCs over a period of about 12 hours. The lemon will simply leave behind a fresh citrus scent that can overpower any remaining paint smells in your home.

Odor-Eliminating Candles

Lighting a scented candle won’t eliminate the paint odors, but may help to mask them in the meantime. If you really want to get rid of paint smells with a candle, purchase an odor-eliminating candle and burn it in the affected room for several hours. You can find odor-eliminating candles at your local grocery store or most home-goods stores.

Keeping Your Home Clean and Fresh

Lingering paint fumes can be a real headache—figuratively and literally. However, by taking these steps and trying out a few methods, you can protect yourself from the effects of paint fumes and get rid of leftover paint smells as quickly as possible following your paint project. From there, you can sit back and enjoy your freshly painted space without worrying about VOCs and other potential health hazards.

If you could use some additional help in keeping your home looking and smelling its best, a professional house cleaner may be your best bet! Maid Sailors is happy to serve clients in NYC and the surrounding areas with all their house-cleaning needs. From vacuuming and dusting to disinfecting surfaces and everything in between, our certified and insured cleaners are here to make your life easier.

We offer a number of cleaning services to suit your needs and budget, including move-in/move-out cleaning and deep cleaning. You can even book an appointment with us from the convenience of your computer or mobile device using our quick and easy online form. Contact Maid Sailors today at (212) 299-5170 to find out more about what we can do for you!

How to Clean Linoleum Floors

Linoleum has come a long way when it was first introduced as a flooring option in the mid-1800s. Today, it is available in a wide range of colors and styles—and it remains a popular flooring choice due to its low cost and high durability. Specifically, linoleum flooring is made up of oxidized linseed oil, which is then mixed with other ingredients (like cork or wood flour) and made into sheets or tiles for easy installation.

Homeowners enjoy that linoleum sheets can be cut with scissors, making it simple to custom-fit around fixtures, such as built-in cabinets and vanities. As with any type of flooring, however, linoleum does require some basic care and maintenance. One of the best things you can do to keep your home’s linoleum flooring looking its best is to clean it regularly.

The Importance of Cleaning Your Linoleum Floors

Cleaning your linoleum floors is important not just for aesthetic reasons, but for sanitary reasons as well. Linoleum tends to be used most in areas of the home that receive high foot traffic, such as in entryways. When you think about all the dirt and other debris brought in on your shoes when you enter your home, it’s easy to see why keeping your linoleum clean is so important.

Due to its water-resistant properties, linoleum is also used regularly in kitchens and bathrooms. These are also a couple of areas of the home where spills and other messes are most likely to occur. With regular cleaning, you can keep your floors sanitary and reduce your likelihood of coming into contact with bacteria.

Cleaning your linoleum floors regularly can also help them last longer without needing to be repaired or replaced. Without proper cleaning, dirt and other debris can cause your flooring to peel or bubble up over time; this is especially common around baseboards and cabinets, where debris or moisture can seep underneath the edges and weaken the adhesive that was used during installation.

How Often Should You Clean Linoleum Floors?

Ideally, you should be sweeping your linoleum floors daily to remove debris and dust. However, the true frequency with which you should sweep your floors will vary depending on how much foot traffic they see. Deep cleaning of your linoleum floors should also be done occasionally ( again, frequency varying based on foot traffic). In general, aiming to deep-clean your linoleum floors about once every few months is a good idea.

You can also watch out for signs that your floors are in need of cleaning, such as discoloration/staining and build-up of debris or dust.

How to Clean Your Linoleum Floors

For daily cleaning, a quick sweep of your linoleum floors with a broom will get the job done. Some prefer to use a microfiber broom to protect their flooring from scratches or other damage. If you have a vacuum with an attachment for hard floors, this can also be a great way to remove debris from your linoleum floors on a daily basis.

On a weekly basis, you may also wish to mop your floors with a solution of warm water, vinegar, and gentle dish soap; this is a great way to disinfect your floors, especially in high-traffic areas. Just be sure to always allow your floors to dry completely before using them.

When it comes time to deep-clean your linoleum flooring, however, you’ll need to set aside a bit more time. You’ll also need to have some basic supplies on-hand, such as:

Start With a Thorough Vacuuming

Begin by vacuuming any loose debris off your linoleum floors. This will make it easier to mop and disinfect them without spreading around debris that could leave scratches. A hand vacuum with a nozzle attachment can be especially useful here, especially when removing debris from around baseboards/trim and other fixtures.

Create Your Deep-Cleaning Solution

Next, it’s time to get ready to mop your floors with a deep-cleaning solution that will not only sanitize them, but remove stubborn stains and debris. To create this solution, you’ll need to combine a gallon of warm water with a cup of vinegar and a few drops of your favorite dish soap. Before you move onto the next step, sprinkle some baking soda across your floors for an added cleaning boost.

Mop and Scrub Away Stubborn Stains

Using a microfiber mop to protect your floors from scratches, mop your floors using the cleaning solution you just created. As you mop, make note of areas that have caked-on debris or stains. You can go back with a brush and scrub away these stains manually as needed.

Give it Another Once Over

After you’ve mopped and scrubbed your linoleum floors using your cleaning solution, it’s a good idea to go back over with just warm water to rinse it away. This will help to avoid residue or film that could otherwise dull the appearance of your floors after it dries.

Dry Your Floors With a Towel

If you’re mopping an area of your home with low foot traffic (such as a guest bathroom), you may be able to get away with simply letting your floors air dry. However, if you need to use your floors soon after cleaning them, it’s best to dry them yourself using a few clean towels. Above all else, you’ll want to make sure you don’t leave any standing water on your linoleum floors; while this material is resistant to water, large amounts of water could cause seepage underneath the floor tiles that could break down the adhesive and result in bubbling or peeling.

Time to Hire a Professional?

Cleaning your linoleum floors isn’t difficult, but it can be a hefty time commitment—especially if you have a lot of square footage to work with. This is where it may be sensible to hire a professional cleaning service, which can handle not just cleaning your floors, but other surfaces in your home as well.

At Maid Sailors, floor cleaning is just one of the many, many professional cleaning services we have to offer. We can also handle everything from deep-cleaning and eco-friendly cleaning to move-in/move-out cleaning services. Ultimately, our goal is to help you come home to the clean house you deserve without having to lift a finger. Meanwhile, hiring a professional to handle your cleaning frees up valuable time that you can spend doing things you enjoy.