How To Shrink Clothes

There are many reasons you may find yourself needing to shrink your clothes. Perhaps you’ve recently lost some weight and your clothes are beginning to fit a little baggy. If this applies to you, congratulations! You should be proud of your weight loss success, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with treating yourself to some new clothes. Of course, budgets don’t always allow for the shopping spree you’d like to take—so learning how to shrink your existing clothes in the meantime may make more sense.

You may also need to shrink individual garments if you ordered them online and they fit larger than you expected when they arrived at your home. In some cases, you may be able to simply exchange the garment for a smaller size—but some online retailers don’t offer free returns, so you may actually be better off shrinking your clothes than exchanging them or buying a new size.

Regardless of your reasoning for needing to shrink clothes, the good news is that there are some tried and true methods for making it happen. All you need is a washing machine, a dryer, and an afternoon of your time!

Benefits of Shrinking Your Clothes

Regardless of your reasoning for needing to shrink some clothes in your wardrobe, there are a number of benefits you can enjoy when you learn how to shrink your own clothes.

Save Money on Buying New Clothes

It’s no secret that buying new clothes can be expensive. If you enjoy the look and style of your current clothes but have simply lost some weight, then learning to shrink your existing clothes can save you a lot of money. Even if you plan on treating yourself to some new clothes the next time you find a good sale or have some extra money to spend, shrinking your clothes can save you some money in the meantime and keep you looking your best.

Shrinking your clothes can also save you money on professional tailoring services that you may otherwise need to use to achieve your ideal fit.

Save Time By Keeping Your Current Clothes

Even if you have the extra cash laying around to buy a few new outfits, shopping for new clothes can be a huge time sink. Traveling to the mall, picking out pieces to try on, and deciding on what to keep versus what to put back on the rack is time-consuming. If you already have a busy enough life and don’t love shopping, the last thing you may feel like doing is looking for new clothes.

Cut Down on Your Environmental Impact

Getting the most use out of your clothes can help you reduce your environmental impact if this is something you’re conscious about. Extend the life of your wardrobe and avoid contributing to unnecessary waste by shrinking your own clothes rather than buying brand-new ones.

Methods For Shrinking Your Clothes

Keep in mind that not all fabrics can be easily or successfully shrunk, but many commonly used clothing fabrics (such as cotton) can!

Shrinking Cotton

Cotton is one of the most commonly used fabrics in clothing today—which is good news if you’re trying to shrink your clothes because it’s also the easiest to shrink. To shrink something that is made of 100% cotton, all you need to do is run the garment through your clothes washer in a hot-water setting. From there, toss the item into the dryer and put it on high heat.

Keep a close eye on the garment as it dries, and be sure to remove it as soon as it has achieved your ideal size. From there, you can let it air-dry the rest of the way.

Shrinking Polyester and Other Materials

Other clothing materials, such as polyesters and blends, may require a little more time and care to shrink to your liking. That’s because these fabrics are usually blended with other fibers to help them retain their original shape and size.

Generally, the best way to shrink polyester clothing and other blends is to wash them in cold water before placing them in the dryer on high heat. You’ll want to avoid using hot water to wash these fabrics because doing so can cause damage to the fibers. While drying, keep an eye on the garment and either switch your dryer to a low-heat setting or remove the garment and allow it to air dry the rest of the way when it has reached the size you want.

When to See a Tailor

If you’ve followed the above steps with your clothing and are still not seeing the results you desire, then it may be time to see a professional tailor. There’s a chance that the material you’re working with cannot be easily shrunk in the wash. Keep in mind also that some garments are “pre-shrunk,” which means they won’t shrink anymore no matter how you wash them. Pre-shrunk garments are becoming relatively common, as they are meant to help protect consumers against accidental shrinkage in the wash.

You may also need to see a professional tailor if you’re attempting to shrink an older garment, as it is possible that it has already gone through the shrinking process and cannot be altered any further without a tailor’s help.

If you’ve never taken your clothing to get tailored before, it’s actually a lot easier and cheaper than you may think. A tailor can help you achieve the perfect fit on nearly any article of clothing, giving it new life. Many tailors offer reasonable pricing and have a quick turn-around time so you can begin wearing your new-to-you clothing with confidence as soon as possible.

Speaking of Laundry…

With all this talk about clothes and laundry, when was the last time you checked all your household chores off your “to-do” list? If you still have cleaning items looming on your list even after you’ve tackled your laundry and shrinking your clothes, then maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a professional cleaning service.

Maid Sailors provides quality cleaning services and laundry service at competitive prices—and your satisfaction is always guaranteed. Whether you need regularly scheduled cleanings or something a little more in-depth, our team of insured and certified professionals is here to serve you.

Find out more about our specific cleaning services offered by giving us a call at (212) 299-5170 or feel free to book your appointment online. We look forward to helping you tackle those items on your cleaning list so you can free up more of your own precious time!

What to Include in a Roommate Agreement

Living with roommates may not always be ideal, but for many living in New York City and the surrounding areas, roommates are a must. Having roommates can make it much easier to afford an apartment or condo in your ideal location while splitting rent, utilities, and other bills.

If you’re in the process of seeking out roommates for your next rental, one thing you may want to do is to draw up a roommate agreement. Having such a document in place can not only allow you to narrow down potential roommates to those who suit your lifestyle but may also help you avoid common headaches and conflicts associated with sharing a living space.

What is a Roommate Agreement, Anyway?

Specifically, a roommate agreement is a written document that outlines some basic “rules” for living in your shared space. All roommates who enter into the agreement are expected to follow the agreed-upon rules at all times in order to promote a happy, healthy, and conflict-free environment.

It’s important to understand that a roommate agreement is different than a lease agreement. While a lease agreement is a legally binding document that ties you to your rental unit and sets out specific requirements related to the property (rent, decorating, etc.)—a roommate agreement is drawn up between you and the people you live with, and focuses more on how you’ll co-exist with each other and maintain the property together.

There are many reasons to draw up a roommate agreement, regardless of whether you’ll be living with a few of your best friends or total strangers. A roommate agreement can be legally enforceable if it is signed by all parties; it can protect you in terms of finances and can also help you avoid conflict and disagreements with your roommates.

Key Components of a Roommate Agreement

Before you sit down to draft your roommate agreement, there are a few specific components you’ll want to make sure you include. Of course, each living situation is different, so there may be some components here that don’t apply to you, as well as some that are not listed here that you may want to include in your own agreement.

Names and Assigned Spaces

Any roommate agreement should have some basic details, including the address of the rental and the names of the roommates entering into the agreement. From there, the document should outline which roommates are assigned to which rooms and which rooms are considered to be shared living spaces.

For assigned spaces, proper etiquette should also be detailed. For example, are you expected to knock before entering another person’s room? Is anybody allowed to enter another person’s space when they aren’t home?

Rent, Utilities, and Other Expenses

Next, it’s time to get into the details of who will be responsible for paying what. In most cases, rent, utilities, and the costs of other shared services (such as cable or Internet) will be divided up equally. However, there are some possible exceptions. For example, in an apartment where one bedroom is a large master with its own en-suite, it is reasonable to expect the person who gets the en-suite to pay a little more in rent than those without their own bathrooms.

Groceries are another important expense to address here. Will you share grocery costs equally or will each roommate purchase their own groceries?

Guests, Quiet Hours, and Gatherings

You’ll also want to decide how to handle guests, parties, and other gatherings. More than likely, you and your roommates will probably want to have friends over from time to time. Are there specific hours of the day when you wish to permit visitors? Will any hours or days be off-limits? For example, you and your roommates may agree that no overnight visitors are permitted unless unanimously agreed upon in advance.

If a larger gathering will be taking place that will require the use of common areas (such as the kitchen and living room), how much advance notice should be given to other roommates? What other rules will be in place for gatherings?

As you draw up this section of the roommate agreement, be sure to refer also to your lease agreement. Your landlord or property management company may already have some specific rules in place regarding guests, parties, and the like.

Shared Items vs. Personal Items

In most roommate configurations, it makes sense to have some “common” items that everybody can use. Toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and dishes/silverware are just a few examples of communal items that you may want to outline in your agreement. Who will be responsible for providing each item, or how will the costs of these items be shared?

For personal items, will there be any system in place to ensure that one roommate’s personal items aren’t used by somebody else? If you purchase your own snacks, for example, how are you expected to label or separate them so they aren’t mistaken for a communal item and eaten by other roommates? These are some of the most common complaints people have when living with roommates, so having a system in place for avoiding this problem can save you a lot of hassle and annoyance.

The Process of Writing and Implementing a Roommate Agreement

Now that you have a better idea of what to cover in your roommate agreement, it’s time to get writing.

Drafting and Writing the Agreement

Whenever possible, have your roommates present for the drafting of the document itself. This may not be possible if you haven’t found your roommates yet, and that’s okay. You can absolutely use the rules set forth in your roommate agreement to more-or-less “filter” roommates.

Signing and Making Copies

Once the agreement is written and all roommates agree, everybody should sign and date a printed copy of the document. This is what will make it legally binding. Every roommate should be provided a copy of the signed document for their reference. You may even want to consider posting a copy in a common area for easy access.

Decide on a Process for Making Changes

No roommate agreement will be perfect, and changes may need to be made from time to time. Make sure to have some sort of plan in place for revising the agreement as needed.

What About Divvying Up Cleaning Tasks?

Don’t forget to also figure out a system for sharing household chores, such as cleaning if you don’t have a maid service near you. If you’d prefer to avoid this headache altogether, consider hiring a professional cleaning service! Maid Sailors offers dedicated and thorough cleaning services at competitive pricing.

How Much Does a Maid Service Cost to Hire?

If you’ve ever assumed that a maid service is too expensive for you to justify, think again. Today, more busy and hard-working people than ever are turning to professional maids to have their homes cleaned from top to bottom. Hiring a cleaning service allows you the satisfaction of coming home to a clean space while also freeing up more of your valuable time.

So, how much does it cost to hire a maid, anyway? Costs can fluctuate based on a number of factors, including the region where you live. In general, however, Maid Sailors estimates that most homeowners spend between $100 and $300 for a professional cleaning service.

Factors Affecting the Cost of a Maid Service

Aside from your location, there are a few other factors that come into play when determining the cost of hiring a maid. BY having a better understanding of what these factors are, you can make an informed decision regarding whether hiring a cleaning service is right for you—and how you can possibly save some money in the process.

Number of Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Bedrooms and bathrooms tend to be some of the more time-consuming areas when it comes to house cleaning. Bathrooms often have nooks and crannies, such as showers and areas behind toilets, that take extra time and care to clean. Scrubbing toilets, disinfecting bathroom countertops, emptying trash cans, and cleaning baths and/or showers can also take a bit more time. This is why when you book a house-cleaning service, there’s a good chance the company will want to know how many bathrooms you have in your home.

The number of bedrooms typically isn’t as important, but it’s still something your cleaning company may ask about. This is especially true if you’re booking a cleaning service that includes making up beds and dusting.

Total Square Footage of Your Home

The overall square footage of your house may also come into play when it comes to quoting you a fair price on cleaning services. The more square footage your maid needs to clean, the longer the job will take. This is especially true when it comes to mopping, vacuuming, and sweeping floor space.

If you own a home and have an unfinished basement that doesn’t need to be cleaned as part of your services, be sure to let the company know so that this square footage isn’t taken into account when calculating your price.

Special Needs and Requests

If you have special requests for your cleaner that are not covered by the “typical” scope of service, you may be charged extra for these as well. For example, if you want your ceiling fans dusted but you have 12-foot ceilings in your home, you should expect to pay more because the maid will need to obtain, set up, and climb a ladder to dust your ceiling fans. Keep in mind that there are some requests your cleaner may not be able to fulfill, such as cleaning exterior windows on the second-floor to handling antiques.

Some cleaning services may also charge a little extra for homes that have pets. This is most common for homes with dogs, as dogs can be a safety concern for maids. Even a dog that is normally friendly can pose a threat and become territorial when an unfamiliar maid comes in to clean the home. Keep in mind that cleaning companies reserve the right to request that you keep pets (such as dogs and cats) crated or otherwise contained inside a room that does not need to be cleaned during service.

Cleaning Products Provided

The cost of your cleaning service may also depend on whether you’ll be providing your own cleaning products or requesting your cleaning company to provide them for you. Some companies may provide their own products at no additional cost to you, whereas others may charge you a flat fee. If you prefer your maid to use “green” cleaning products, you may need to provide these yourself or be prepared to pay more (though some companies will supply eco-friendly products at no additional fee).

In general, you should not expect to provide your own cleaning tools (such as vacuums and brooms). However, it’s always a good idea to check your service agreement before you sign it to be sure that your maid will be bringing these items.

Independent Maid vs. Cleaning Company

Another key factor that will influence the cost of your cleaning services is whether you’re hiring an independent contractor or booking through a reputable and established cleaning company. Generally, you’ll save money by hiring an independent contractor because these workers are usually more open to negotiating their fees. Independent maids can also be more flexible when it comes to their scheduling and their ability to accommodate special requests.

On the other hand, while you may spend more money to book through a cleaning company, you may be able to enjoy more peace of mind by doing so. That’s because cleaning companies will be licensed, bonded, and insured. They will also have multiple maids on their staff, so if the maid who was scheduled to clean your home falls ill or otherwise cannot make it, there should be no issues finding somebody to fill on their behalf.

Specific Services Included

Cleaning companies typically offer a selection of services to suit your needs, and pricing can vary depending on what you want to be done. For example, if you only need lighting cleaning and dusting done, you’ll certainly pay less than you would for a whole-house deep cleaning.

Some cleaning companies will have a few different packages that they offer, whereas others may essentially allow you to build your own cleaning package by hand-selecting the services you want to be done. Either way, you should expect to pay more as the number of services you request increases. Keep in mind that there are some cleaning services a maid may not be able to perform, such as washing your dishes or doing your laundry. This will all vary from one cleaning company to the next.

One-Time or Recurring Service?

In some cases, you may have the option to select your cleaning as a one-time service or a recurring one. Usually, if you enroll in a regular cleaning schedule/program, you’ll enjoy a modest discount on the company’s fees. If you do choose to enroll in a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly cleaning service, keep in mind that you may be required to schedule a deep cleaning for your first appointment. This may cost you more money up-front but will make for quicker and cheaper cleaning appointments moving forward.

Hourly or Flat-Rate Fee?

Cleaning companies and maids may also vary with regards to how they charge for their services. Some cleaning companies may charge an hourly rate, whereas others may propose a flat fee for the specific cleaning tasks you want done. It is more common that independent contractor maids will charge by-the-hour and larger companies will offer flat fees.

Flat-fee pricing is generally preferred by those who want to know exactly how much they’re going to spend before they hire their maid, but you should do whatever you’re most comfortable with.

How to Save Money on Your Cleaning Services

These are just some of the most influential factors to the cost of a basic home cleaning service. If you’re thinking about trying out a cleaning service for the first time, of course you want to get the best value for your money. One thing to keep in mind is that many cleaning companies offer special discounts and other promotions for first-time customers. You may be able to save a percentage off your service or a flat dollar amount when you redeem a promotional code or discount offer. This is most commonly offered with a larger cleaning company than with an independent maid who charges by the hour.

Another way to potentially save money on your cleaning service is to enroll in a recurring plan. You can usually save a pretty penny on your cleaning services by committing to a few months’ worth at a time as opposed to only booking once. This may be a practical option if you’ll need your place professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Most cleaning companies offer weekly, bi-weekly, and even monthly plans to suit your needs and budget.

Last but not least, picking up a little before your maid arrives could also save you money. It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s true! Maids, especially those who are paid-by-the-hour, may need to spend a lot of time picking up clothes and other items off your floors and surfaces in order to vacuum, mop, dust, and clean. By simply taking a couple of minutes of your time to pick up before your maid arrives, you can help him or her optimize the job. Keep in mind that maid services charging a flat-rate fee may not pick up items that are impeding them from doing their job.

The Bottom Line on Cleaning Services

Yes, it will always be cheaper to handle your own household cleaning. However, when you factor in the actual value of your precious time, it’s easy to see why so many people turn to professional cleaning services instead. The small amount you’ll pay to have a maid take care of those tedious cleaning tasks can quickly pay off, allowing you to spend more time with loved ones and doing the things you truly enjoy.

Looking for a competitively priced maid service? Check out Maid Sailors! Contact us today at (212) 299-5170 to learn more or to schedule your first service with us.

How to Build a Temporary Wall in an Apartment

It’s not an uncommon practice, especially in urban apartment rentals, for tenants to add temporary walls to their living spaces. A temporary wall is most often used to “split” one bedroom into two smaller bedrooms, but there are many other potential uses for a temporary wall as well.

If you’re interested in adding a temporary wall in your living space, you may be wondering whether this is a project you can take on yourself. Depending on your level of skill with carpentry and the availability of tools/supplies, you may be able to build your own wall. In other cases, it may make more sense to hire a professional.

Benefits of Temporary Walls

There are many advantages to adding a temporary wall to your living space. If you’re like most people living in a big city, you’re a renter. This means you cannot make permanent structural changes to your living space. A temporary wall allows you the freedom to change up the layout of your apartment without making permanent structural changes in the process. In most cases, a temporary wall can be easily dismantled without damage when you move out.

If you have roommates, adding a temporary wall can provide you and others with more privacy. For example, you could add a temporary wall between your shared bathroom shower and the sink/vanity, which would allow one person to shower privately while another person uses the remainder of the bathroom to get ready.

In some cases, a temporary wall could even add an extra bedroom to your living space. This can be done by sectioning off a part of the existing common area or even dividing a large bedroom into two smaller ones. The end result here is that more people are able to comfortably live inside the apartment and have their own space. And when you consider high rental prices in big city markets, the ability to create your own two-bedroom apartment with the rent of a one-bedroom can save you (and your roommates) a lot of money.

Before You Build…

Excited to add a temporary wall to your rental? Before you do, there are a couple things you need to prioritize.

Check Your Lease Agreement

Start by checking your rental agreement to see if there are any rules against adding temporary walls to your dwelling. You may need to get explicit permission from your landlord or property manager to add even temporary walls; if this is the case, be sure to get that permission in writing (either in the form of an e-mail you can save and print or a physical letter). The last thing you want is to violate the terms of your lease by adding a wall that is not permitted, which could result in the termination of your lease or inability to recoup your security deposit.

Decide on What You Need

As you explore possibilities for adding a temporary wall in your apartment, you’ll need to make some decisions regarding not only the placement of the wall, but other components as well. For example, if your temporary wall will be used to create an additional bedroom, then you’ll probably need to factor in space for a separate door/entrance.

What about creating a multi-purpose wall? Some temporary walls can be built with shelving so that you can enjoy added storage space in addition to creating a separate room in your rental. Take some time to consider just how extravagant you want to get with your wall design before moving forward.

Temporary Wall Options

When it comes to adding a temporary wall to your existing living space, you can either build the wall yourself or hire a professional for help.

Build One Yourself

This option is only recommended if you have some experience with carpentry and working with power tools. This method is also best if you’re only looking to add a wall and don’t need additional accessories, such as doors or shelving. It’s also important, again, that you get written permission from your landlord before completing this project because it does involve some drilling into joists.

To build your own wall, you’ll need:

  • a power drill and circular saw
  • a stud finder
  • wood screws
  • two-by-fours and corkboard sheets
  • a tape measure

Begin by measuring the distance from the floor of your apartment to the ceiling; this will tell you how long you’ll need your two-by-fours to be cut. Subtract a couple of inches from this measurement to account for the horizontal support you will install on the ceiling. You can cut these yourself or have them cut to size at your local home improvement store for added convenience.

Next, cut and drill the horizontal supports into the ceiling; these are where you will drill your vertical two-by-fours into place using wood screws every two feet. When installing horizontal supports, make sure you’re drilling into the joists and not directly into the ceiling drywall.

Once the framing of the wall is complete, drill individual pieces of corkboard into the studs to complete your wall. You can use drywall if you’d prefer, but this will be more costly and difficult to remove. You can spruce up the appearance of a corkboard wall by hanging stylish wallpaper, artwork, or even using inexpensive contact paper to create a unique design.

Hire a Professional

If you’re not so comfortable with the idea of building your own wall, consider hiring a professional to do the work for you. There are a number of temporary wall installation companies that will not only build a temporary wall for you but remove it free-of-charge when your lease is up. These companies can often accommodate special requests, such as adding windows, doors, and even soundproofing as needed.

Some companies even offer temporary wall solutions that can be installed without nails or screws, which may be easier to get your landlord on-board with. These are known as non-pressurized walls and typically don’t run entirely from the floor to the ceiling, but can still be effective at separating space for an additional bedroom or another purpose.

Enjoying Your Refreshed Space

Adding a temporary wall to your apartment or office can be a great way to enhance privacy and even increase the potential to bring in more roommates (and cut down on your share of rent!). Just be sure to always get permission from your landlord or property manager before moving forward with a wall project.

Once your new wall is up, you can further enjoy your new space by hiring a professional cleaning service to handle everything from dusting and vacuuming to mopping and sanitizing. Contact Maid Sailors today to book your first apartment cleaning or office cleaning with our certified professionals!

Why You Need an End of Lease Cleaning

As you get ready to move out of your apartment, you’re likely faced with an intimidating “to-do” list. From making sure all your belongings get packed away to securing a moving truck and finalizing all the details at your new residence, there’s a lot to get done before moving day!

We hate to add to your list—but have you thought about how you’re going to take care of cleaning your current place after you move out? Check out your lease and you’ll likely find a clause that holds you responsible for leaving your rental in as good or better condition as it was in when you signed your lease.

This is where scheduling an end-of-lease cleaning (also commonly referred to as a move-out cleaning) can save the day. Many professional cleaning services, including our team here at Maid Sailors, provide specialized move-in/move-out cleanings so you can check one more item off that ever-growing “to-do” list!

What Does an End-of-Lease Cleaning Entail?

Specific services included with an end-of-lease cleaning can vary depending on who you hire for the job. At Maid Sailors, we offer:

  • an overall deep-cleaning and sanitizing
  • cleaning of inside cabinets and drawers
  • cleaning of inside of refrigerator
  • cleaning of inside of oven

In addition to these deep-cleaning services, we’ll also handle basic cleaning tasks, including:

  • cleaning and sanitizing of bathrooms
  • vacuuming/Swiffering of all flooring
  • wiping down of kitchen appliance exteriors
  • dusting and wiping of all reachable surfaces

Furthermore, if you need additional cleaning services as you move out of your lease, we offer the following services for an additional fee:

  • cleaning of interior walls and windows
  • cleaning of closets
  • cleaning of baseboards

With all of our cleaning services, we offer the option of using eco-friendly cleaning products at no additional charge to you. Please let our team know before your scheduled appointment if you would like to exercise this option.

And last but not least, there are a few things our team simply cannot clean as part of your move-in/move-out service:

  • high ceiling fans
  • mold and rust
  • animal waste
  • carpet cleaning/shampooing
  • any surfaces outside of arm’s reach

Benefits of Scheduling an End-of-Lease Cleaning

Now that you have a better understanding of what our end-of-lease cleaning services entail, how can you decide whether this service is right for you? The decision to spend your hard-earned money on something you could do on your own is not an easy one, especially for those on a tight moving budget. When you take the time to consider the potential benefits of having a professional end-of-lease cleaning done, however, the nominal cost becomes easier to justify!

Save Time and Energy

Moving is stressful and time-consuming enough as it is. Even if you’ve hired professional movers for getting your furniture and boxes moved from point A to point B, you still need to put a lot of time and energy into packing up all your belongings and getting them unpacked at your new place. And of course, there are all the logistical details (such as setting up utilities and changing your address) that will undoubtedly take up a lot of your precious time.

Once you’re moved into your new place, the last thing you’re going to want to do is haul an arsenal of cleaning supplies back to your old place and clean it from top to bottom. By hiring a professional for a move-out cleaning service, you can save your time and energy—which will be better spent getting settled into your new place and possibly even enjoying some much-needed rest and relaxation.

Depending on how far you’re moving from your current rental, a professional cleaning service could also save you money. This is especially true when you factor in the time and cost involved in a long commute back to clean your old place.

Cut Down on Moving Stress

It’s no secret that moving is both physically and emotionally stressful. Why add more stress to your life by tackling the task of cleaning your old place after you’ve already moved out? When you hire a professional cleaner, such as the certified professionals at Maid Sailors, you can enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that your place will be thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom using high-quality products and supplies. Our cleaners always provide their own products and supplies to save you money and hassle as well.

Ultimately, our goal is to take some of the stress out of your moving experience while providing the highest level of clean in the process!

Get Your Security Deposit Back

Did you pay a security deposit when you signed your lease? If so, then you should be getting that deposit back after you move out. However, if the rental is left in unsatisfactory condition after you move out, your landlord or property management company may be justified in withholding some or all of your security deposit, as well as coming after you for additional funds.

Be sure to check your lease for specific information on your security deposit terms. However, hiring a professional for a move-out cleaning is one of the best ways to improve your chances of getting your security deposit back. When your landlord or property manager steps into your rental and sees that the place has been left in excellent condition, he or she will see that you have taken care of the property and that there is no reason to withhold any of your security deposit.

For added peace of mind, we do recommend taking photos of your rental after the move-out cleaning is done so that you have documentation of what the property looked like upon your leaving. You’ll also need to be sure to leave your new/forwarding address with your property manager or landlord so that your security deposit can be returned to you promptly.

Book Your End-of-Lease Cleaning With Maid Sailors

An end-of-lease cleaning can really cut down on moving stress while saving you time and maximizing your chances of getting your security deposit back. And when you book with a trusted company like Maid Sailors, you can always enjoy the peace of mind and confidence in knowing your move-out cleaning will be done by experienced and certified professional cleaners who are bonded and insured.

We’re also proud to offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee! Contact us today to find out more about our cleaning services or to book your move-out cleaning today. We also offer move-in cleaning services so you can enjoy the same level of cleanliness at your new place and free up time in your busy schedule as you prepare to get settled in.

Hiring a Nude Maid Service

If you need a little help in keeping your home clean, you’re not alone. These days, it’s not difficult to find professional home cleaning services no matter where you live. However, one unique and relatively new business model that is beginning to emerge in the home cleaning industry is that of nude maid services.

While it may sound silly at first, nude maid services have really picked up in popularity across the country. Whether this is something you’re interested in yourself or you’re thinking about booking a nude cleaning service for a partner/spouse, there are some things you should know before moving forward.

What is a Nude Maid Service?

A nude maid service is more-or-less what the term implies! Rather than having a fully dressed maid come to your home and handle your cleaning tasks, a nude maid service offers topless and even fully nude cleaners for your viewing pleasure. Often times, these maids can handle all your “routine” cleaning services (such as sweeping, dusting, and vacuuming) in addition to other light household tasks, such as preparing meals or even bringing you a beverage. You can also, check out how to hire an ethnic maid service here.

It’s important to understand what a nude maid service is not, however. These are not escort services, and any reputable nude maid business will have a strict terms of service agreement that you will be required to sign before your appointment. This agreement will outline the terms of the work to be completed and may explicitly prohibit any lewd acts, propositions, or even picture-taking of your maid during the appointment.

Ultimately, a nude maid service is designed to serve two purposes. One is to take care of your basic house cleaning tasks so you don’t have to handle them yourself. The other is to provide you with an enjoyable view while these cleaning tasks are tended to. Nothing more, nothing less!

Why Hire a Nude Maid Service?

There are a few reasons some people choose to hire a nude maid service over a traditional house cleaning service.

Enjoy a Clean House…With a View

Having somebody else come in and clean your home for you is nice, but what if you could enjoy the added benefit of watching an attractive maid your home as well? A nude maid service provides you the opportunity to sit back, relax, and take in the view all while your home is cleaned thoroughly.

Be the Envy of Your Friends

Whether you end up purchasing a nude maid service as a one-time treat for yourself or on a recurring basis, having a nude maid come in and clean your home will make you the envy of all your friends. Who wouldn’t be jealous of a person who not only hires someone else to clean their house, but to do so in the nude?

Treat Your Partner or Spouse

Many nude house cleaning services offer special promotions around Valentine’s Day and other holidays, which can provide a fun opportunity for you to treat your partner or spouse to a nude cleaning service for the first time. Many couples have found that these services can help renew the “spark” in their relationship. Of course, this is something you’ll want to talk over with your partner (it’s not something you should surprise him or her with!)—but many partners and spouses are appreciative of such a fun and unique gift idea.

Potential Drawbacks to Hiring a Nude Maid Service

As you can probably imagine, there are some inherent drawbacks to hiring a nude maid service as well.

May Not Be Spouse-Approved

If you have a partner or spouse, you’ll need to run the idea of hiring a nude maid service past him or her before booking your appointment. While some partners are supportive of bringing in a nude maid service (and may even enjoy the view themselves!), others may not be as open to the idea. You don’t want to create any permanent rifts in your relationship by hiring a nude cleaning service without your partner’s approval—so be sure to keep this in mind and find a way to approach the subject tactfully, keeping in mind that not all partners may be thrilled with the idea of bringing a nude worker into your shared home.

Not Appropriate for Households With Kids

If you have children, you’ll also need to make sure they’re removed from the home during your nude maid appointment. This can create scheduling conflicts with those who already lead busy lives, which could negate part of the convenience of hiring a house cleaning service in the first place.

Might Get the Neighbors Talking

Not all nude cleaning companies are discrete with their services. If your maid shows up in a vehicle that clearly advertises nude cleaning services, you can pretty much guarantee that your neighbors will notice—and they will start gossiping. People will make a lot of unfair assumptions about people who hire nude cleaning services, so be sure to consider how your reputation may be affected by something like this.

If gossiping neighbors are something you’re worried about, consider looking for a nude maid service that will show up in an unmarked or otherwise discrete vehicle. This could give you some added peace of mind and help you avoid the judgment of your neighborhood.

May Be Seen as Objectifying

When you’re paying somebody to perform a service nude in your home, it’s easy to see how this can be viewed as objectifying to the worker. Consider whether this is something you’ll be able to live with, or if your conscience will make you feel guilty about it.

More Costly Than Traditional Maid Services

Not surprisingly, nude maid services often cost significantly more than traditional house cleaning services or office cleaning services. Most companies charge by the hour for nude cleaning, and many companies also have a minimum number of hours that you need to book as well. If you’re on a tight budget for house cleaning, this may not be a practical option for you unless you can find a discount or other special promotion.

Keep in mind that some nude cleaning businesses do offer discounts for first-time customers, so this could help you get a better idea of whether the extra cost would be worth it down the road.

Things to Consider When Hiring a Nude Maid Service

If you’re leaning towards trying out a nude maid service for yourself, there are some things you’ll want to consider before you book.

Level of Nudity

First of all, find out what level of nudity is offered by the company if this is important to you. Some companies advertise themselves as offering “nude” maids, but what they actually offer are maids dressed in lingerie. If actual nudity is what you’re looking for, take time to find a fully nude maid or topless maid service in your area.

Pricing and Services Offered

Cost is another important factor for most people booking a nude house cleaning service. Find out what kind of pricing is available; most companies charge per-hour and may require a two-hour (or more) minimum for your appointment. Others may have package options available for a flat fee. Either way, be sure to find out what you’ll be paying (don’t forget to add a tip!) and what type of deposit is required, if any.

And of course, know what you’re paying for. While part of the cost of a nude cleaning service is the view, you’re still paying for your house to be cleaned. Find out exactly what cleaning services will be included with your fee. Some companies only offer light cleaning and dusting, whereas others may include deep cleaning and even cooking services.

Terms of Service and Policies

Nude cleaning businesses tend to have strict policies and terms of service to protect their employees. Be sure to read through the terms of service before booking your appointment so you understand what’s allowed versus what’s not allowed during your service. For example, many companies have very strict terms against physical contact with maids at any time. Most companies prohibit you from taking photos or videos of your maid as well.

Confidentiality Agreement

When providing your contact information to any new company, there’s always a concern about privacy and how your information will be used. Find out whether your nude cleaning company offers any type of confidentiality agreement. This will give you added peace of mind in knowing that your information won’t be shared with any third parties. Some companies will even have a generic company name appear on your credit card statement for added privacy.

Are Photos Available?

Many nude cleaning companies have a handful of maids from which to choose. Check the company’s website to see if they have photos available of their individual maids, and if you can request a specific maid for your appointment. Otherwise, you’ll likely be assigned the first available maid who is free during your requested appointment time.

Keep in mind that even if you are able to request a specific maid based on photos, there is no guarantee that the maid will be available during your appointment slot. If this is the case, the company may contact you to provide you with the maid’s schedule so you can change your appointment time as desired. Otherwise, you will be offered the opportunity to choose a different maid.

Cancelation and Rescheduling Policies

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment for any reason, make sure you’re aware of the company’s policies for this. Many Airbnb cleaning services and nude cleaning businesses understand that schedules can change and things can come up at the last minute. In most cases, you should be able to receive your deposit back or avoid further cancellation fees as long as you cancel within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment.

All companies can vary in this regard, however, so it’s best to read the terms of service carefully so you’ll know what to expect if you need to cancel or schedule for any reason.

The Bottom Line on Nude Maid Services

With plenty of pros, cons, and things to consider when it comes to nude maid services, you may still be wondering whether this is truly right for you. Ultimately, only you (and perhaps your spouse) can reach that decision. Should you decide to move forward with hiring a nude cleaning service, be sure to keep these key considerations in mind to find the service that’s right for your needs.

And of course, if you decide to stick with a traditional cleaning service in NYC, our professional team at Maid Sailors is always here for you.

Professional Help vs DYI When Replacing A Railing

Railings are all over our homes – the stairs, balconies, and even patios, and we usually don’t pay much attention to them. While they have the side benefit of stopping us from falling, railings today are used for their aesthetic values and traditional charm (railings were all the rage during the Victorian and Gothic eras). The only time we probably think about the railings in our homes is when we need to fix or replace them. The question is whether you should replace the railings yourself or let professionals handle it. There are significant impediments to doing it yourself, but also some undeniable advantages – this article will shed light on both sides, so you can make an informed choice. 

What are the Impediments of DYI Railing Replacement?

Practical Knowledge on How to Do It 

Reading up on how to replace the railings or watching a YouTube video on it is very different from actually knowing how to replace railings. Especially since it requires a certain degree of muscle strength and accuracy, practical experience is extremely important if you want the replacement to be successful. That’s why if you don’t see yourself successfully doing it, you shouldn’t push your luck and call the professionals. 

The Tools You Need 

Replacing railings is a long and arduous process that requires a lot of different tools to perform successfully. Depending on what type of railing you need to replace, the list of tools you need is potentially limitless, but at the very least you need the following tools: 

  • A saw to properly cut off the railing – preferably well-maintained and sharp to minimize the effort required.
  • A drill to fix the new railing in place – You need one with a variety of screws to give you the flexibility to do the job well. 
  • Clamps – although, you might not think you need this, clamps are necessary to hold the joints together as you work on the railing. While you can do without it, it is quite unsafe and not recommended. 
  • Hammers and Screws – the primary way to fix the railing is with hammers and screws. The screws should be top quality, and the hammer should be powerful enough to properly fix the railing in place but not heavy enough you hurt yourself with it. 

The Help You’ll Require 

Railings are heavy, large, unwieldy, and it’s almost impossible to replace a railing alone – aside, maybe, from very small railings installed in your balcony. You usually need a helping hand or two to ensure everything goes smoothly. And not just any helping hand – you need someone who has a decent bit of muscle strength and knows how to help. 

The problem is that most people don’t have a person or two around offering to help them. You can always rely on your friends or family, but is replacing the railing worth asking for favors?  

The Risks Involved 

Working with a heavy piece of metal or wood while using hammers, screws, and saws is, surprisingly, not safe. There is a lot of potential for accidents, even some severe ones. While taking some safety measures like wearing chainsaw safety gloves will help to an extent, you might still face a hazardous situation, especially if you’re new at replacing railings. 

If you’re sure of yourself and understand the risks and still want to do it yourself, then you probably should. If, however, you’re someone who is starting to become uncomfortable with the idea that you might possibly get hurt while doing it, maybe you should leave it to the professionals. 

What are the Advantages of Replacing a Railing on Your Own

Of course, there are some advantages to undertaking the task yourself that you shouldn’t overlook. Still, whether they are worth it or not is up to you to determine.  

Greater Flexibility 

When you replace the railing yourself, you’ll be in total control, and this gives you greater flexibility: 

  • You are free to choose how to fix the railing, which screws to use, and where to drill – while a specialist will listen to you in some cases, you still won’t have as many choices as you otherwise would. 
  • You’ll be able to work on it in your own time and whenever you feel like it. You might not be free or feel comfortable with someone working inside your house for a certain duration. Doing it yourself means you can even start working on it at 3 am (not recommended, very unsafe).

Potentially Less Expensive 

The obvious advantage is that you won’t need to pay someone, and it’ll be less expensive if you do it yourself. This is generally true, and if you are really tight on money, maybe you should consider replacing the railing yourself. 

There’s an important caveat, however. You’re not exactly saving all the money you’d otherwise have to pay to a specialist, but you have to take into account all the extra implicit and explicit costs. The implicit cost of spending your own time replacing the railing, while you might be doing something more valuable. Not to mention the cost of all the tools you need to successfully replace the railing. If you think that, even with these costs, it is still worth it to replace it yourself, then go for it. 

Ultimate Tips For Moving Heavy Furniture

Moving to a new place is exciting yet stressful, especially when you decide to move by yourself. Packing clothes, electronic appliances, and bathroom items can be easy, but what about those heavy furniture items lying in your home?

When you think about this, many questions come into your mind such as-

  • How do I move heavy furniture, and what plan I should follow?

Well, you need not worry about moving your heavy furniture items as with some professional tips, you can easily perform the job hassle-free. Let’s discuss how to make it possible.

Top Tips for Moving Heavy Furniture

Make a plan

Create a list of items that you want to move, and figure out what you require for loading them on the truck. This will make the moving job simpler and easier. Additionally, you should consider how can you utilize the space inside the truck properly, and decide which item to be loaded first. Usually, the heavy items such as beds and dressers are kept towards the vehicle bed and around the sides for balancing the weight. Measure the space under the furniture items and try to fill the gaps properly.

Get help

In addition to protecting your home and furniture, ensure your personal safety. One of the most dangerous situations of doing things on your own is when you move tall or heavy items. They might fall on you or on the floor.

Contact your neighbors and friends and ask for their help for moving the furniture items you can’t move by yourself. Having an extra pair of hands is always helpful, and makes your job easier and quicker. 

Use furniture sliders

Visit a local home goods store and buy the furniture sliders. Place the sliders under each leg of the furniture. This will help in reducing the friction between the floor and furniture, thus making the move easier. You can simply move the furniture by pushing it from one end.

Carry big, heavy pieces high and low

There’re certain items at home that are always awkward to handle, such as filing cabinet, tall dresser, etc. Well, heavy pieces can be moved by two persons easily—with one person holds the top and another carries the bottom. This prevents the swinging problem and also helps in transporting the pieces up or downstairs.

Use a shoulder dolly

To make your moving job easier, you can buy lifting straps. A shoulder dolly is a popular strap, which is designed to help people use large muscle groups while taking the weight off the back. However, you need to be very careful when using it on the stairs as the weight shifts to one person rapidly.

Wrap the furniture in blankets

Moving blankets are useful when it comes to protecting your furniture items as well as home. You can buy or rent these blankets for covering fragile edges and finishes of tables, dressers, etc. This will help you carry and transport the items easily. You can also use a stretching film after wrapping the blankets.

Remove the parts of the furniture you can

Remove feet of sofas, back of a recliner, and parts of other furniture items you can. You can assemble all the pieces after moving to a new home. However, you should make sure that you don’t detach the parts forcefully as this can lead to severe damage to the items.

Conclusion

Relocation can be hassle-free if you create an effective plan. Heavy furniture items are always difficult to carry—you can take the help of a friend for moving them. Additionally, moving straps make the moving job a lot easier and quicker. For tall and heavy items, you can use high and low lifting method. To ensure minimum damage, wrap your furniture items in moving blankets properly.

Things to Do In Williamsburg, Brooklyn

On the north end of Brooklyn, the Williamsburg neighborhood lies along the East River, just west of Queens. This unique neighborhood is known for its diverse culture and local artists. If you’ll be visiting Brooklyn in the near future, be sure to set aside a day or two to immerse yourself in this little gem. From live performance venues to vintage shopping and clever mixology, Williamsburg has a little something for just about everyone. Want to check out things across the city? Check out our guide on things to do in Weehawken.

Top 7 Things to Do in Williamsburg

Not sure where to begin? Check out these top attractions to get a sampling of what Williamsburg has to offer.

1. See a Movie at The Nitehawk Cinema

Located at 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Nitehawk Cinema was established in 2011 and offers three big screens that show everything from the latest Hollywood flicks to cinema classics and independent films. Nitehawk Cinema also sets itself apart by being a dine-in theater; each film receives a specialized menu made with fresh, local ingredients—and meals are delivered right to your seat! Occasionally, this theater has even been known to bring in producers and other filmmakers for special guest Q&As.

While you enjoy your film, you’re also free to imbibe your favorite alcoholic beverage; according to the theater’s website, “Nitehawk Cinema is single-handedly responsible for the groundbreaking overturn of the prohibition-era New York State liquor law that made serving alcohol in motion picture theaters illegal.”

If you’ll be visiting Nitehawk Cinema with little ones, keep in mind that the theater is generally 18+, with the exception of some showings before 7 PM. Each week, the theater does host “Hawks with Babies” show times that are welcoming to those with children under the age of two years.

Overall, Nitehawk Cinema is a unique venue that offers an innovative viewing and dining experience. Be sure to check it out while you’re in Williamsburg!

2. Explore Food and Beverage Options

There are so many incredible places to eat and drink in Williamsburg that you’d likely need to spend an entire week (or more) here to get a sample of what this neighborhood has to offer. If you’re a beer-drinker, one place you won’t want to miss is the Brooklyn Brewery. This N. 11th Street brewery is known for revolutionizing the area’s beer industry when it first opened in 1988. Today, it’s a great place to enjoy a refreshing beer (though cider, soda, and water is also served up) in a fun environment.

The brewery also offers tours throughout the week, including Small Batch Tours on weekdays and free brewhouse tours every half hour on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-6PM. This is an excellent opportunity to see “behind the scenes” and learn a bit about the beer-making process.

If beer isn’t your thing but you’d still like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage during your visit to Williamsburg, check out the Skinny Dennis dive bar or Ba’sik, a popular bar among locals.

No matter what kind of food you’re in the mood for, chances are that you can find it without having to leave the Williamsburg neighborhood. From BBQ and pizza to Mexican, German, and diner-style fare, you’ll find it all here. Some of the more popular Williamsburg restaurants worth checking out include:

  • Acapulco Deli and Restaurant
  • Roberta’s
  • Mable’s Smokehouse and Banquet Hall
  • Fette Sau

3. Check Out The Brooklyn Bowl

Have you really visited Williamsburg, NYC if you haven’t been to The Brooklyn Bowl? Located at 61 Wythe Avenue, this mash-up of a venue offers (as you might have guessed from the name) bowling by-day, but unexpectedly morphs into one of the area’s hottest live music halls at night. Here, you’ll find musical acts ranging from up-and-coming local artists to world-famous names. The music venue itself holds just 600 people, so be sure to purchase tickets for shows in advance, as they often sell out.

When live music isn’t rocking The Brooklyn Bowl, people of all ages can enjoy a game of bowling during regular business hours. Family Bowl events are held every Saturday, and a DJ is on-site to spin some tunes throughout the day. Of-age adults can also enjoy a fully stocked bar with plenty of unique and classic concoctions. Parents should be aware, however, that all night shows at The Brooklyn Bowl are strictly 21+.

Whether you’re interested in seeing a live show or just want to enjoy a game or two of bowling in a fun environment, The Brooklyn Bowl is the place to be.

4. Spend the Day at McCarren Park

Williamsburg, despite its location in New York City, offers a surprising amount of parks and green space.  McCarren Park is perhaps the most popular gathering space for those looking to enjoy a day outdoors. This park is located at the intersections of Lorimer Street and Manhattan Avenue, between Bayard Street and Berry Street. Here, you can enjoy any number of activities, including:

  • soccer
  • kickball
  • basketball
  • football
  • tennis

This 35-acre park also boasts a beautiful playground that the younger kids will enjoy, as well as a pool that opened in 2012. Admission to the park (and pool) are completely free, so this is a great option if you’re looking for a way to beat the heat without spending a dime. There’s truly something for everyone at McCarren Park, including a number of barbecuing areas and eateries, as well as dog-friendly areas and even Wi-Fi hot spots!

From April through October, McCarren Park also becomes the site of the Smorgasburg Market, which runs every weekend and offers an excellent opportunity to try out some delicious food from local vendors. Other events, such as free movie screenings in the park, also take place frequently throughout the year—so be sure to check the park’s calendar frequently.

5. Enjoy a Live Performance

Whether you want to see your favorite artist perform or are more interested in attending a poetry reading, there is no shortage of performance venues across Williamsburg. In addition to the aforementioned Brooklyn Bowl, some other popular performance venues include The Music Hall, Glasslands Gallery, and Public Assembly. The Brick, located on Metropolitan Avenue, is another popular (and not-for-profit) theater where you can find everything from seasonal festivals to live plays from emerging and local artists.

6. Go Shopping on Grand Street

Grand Street is shopping central in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Here, you can find any number of boutique shops that specialize in everything from vintage clothing, artisanal cheeses and Williamsburg cleaning services. Some of the more popular shops along Grand Street include Beacon’s Closet, which is a huge shop where you can buy, trade, and sell both vintage and modern clothing. AuH20 is another must-see shop that’s much smaller in size but still has a decent offering of vintage clothing. As a thrift store, it’s also a great place to find unique apparel and accessories at bargain prices.

7. Take a Stroll Along the Williamsburg Bridge

Avoid the crowds of the Brooklyn Bridge by taking a stroll (or bike ride) along Williamsburg Bridge instead. Often overshadowed by the famous Brooklyn Bridge, the Williamsburg Bridge actually played a vital role in New York’s history by being the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened in 1903. From that point on, the bridge has been relied on heavily for linking Brooklyn and Manhattan to the rest of the city.

Today, the bridge offers vehicle lanes, two subway lines, pedestrian lanes, and biking lanes. This is a fun area to explore; just be careful if you’ll be visiting the bridge during rush hour or other times of heavy traffic. While you’re on the bridge, be sure to take in the views of Williamsburg and other nearby neighborhoods.

Other Things to Do in Williamsburg

You’ve checked out our picks for the top seven things to see and do in Williamsburg. Now, how about some honorable mentions?

If you’re craving more time outdoors after a day in McCarren Park, try checking out some of the other great parks that Williamsburg has to offer. East River State Park is a waterfront park that offers some stunning views of the city, whereas Domino Park is better suited for families with its brand new playground and other activities.

Looking for an afternoon pick-me-up after a busy morning of shopping on Grand Street? Williamsburg has no shortage of cafes and bakeries where you can find home-baked goods, sustainable coffees, cold brews, and more. Check out Partners Coffee, for example, which is known for its latte art and cold brew. Enjoy watching your coffee being roasted and consider taking a class at their very own brew school! They offer classes on everything from cupping and making your own latte art to home-brewing your own coffee.

Brooklyn Winery is another popular spot to check out in Williamsburg. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed wine snob or don’t know the difference between merlot and Moscato, there’s something for everyone’s tastes here. This winery specializes in small batch, artisanal wines—and the venue is so pretty that space is often rented out for weddings and other special events.

Getting Around Williamsburg and Beyond

The Williamsburg neighborhood is located on the northern end of Brooklyn, in between Queens and Manhattan across the East River. The neighborhood itself is relatively small and easy to get around by bike, on foot, or by hailing a cab. However, if you want to get to any other neighborhoods in Brooklyn or beyond, you may be better suited using some of NYC’s public transportation offerings.

Consider, for example, grabbing a subway pass to get around Brooklyn affordably. In fact, you can get just about anywhere in the city on the New York City Subway; just be prepared for crowded stations and subway cars, especially during rush hour. In general, the subway system in NYC is relatively reliable, but you can still expect occasional delays. Still, many would agree that taking the subway to get around Williamsburg/Brooklyn and the surrounding areas beat navigating through busy street traffic.

Another option for getting around different neighborhoods in Brooklyn and across NYC is the Long Island Rail Road, which has its own line with various stops around the city ( including one in downtown Brooklyn) . If you’re in Williamsburg, you may need to take a cab or bike/walk to the Brooklyn stop before hopping aboard, but this is yet another relatively quick and affordable way to get around once you’re in the area.

Brooklyn and Williamsburg specifically also have an extensive network of buses; some of them are better suited for sight-seeing, whereas others are ideal for getting around. The B62 bus, for example, goes through both downtown Brooklyn, south Williamsburg, and north Williamsburg where the majority of the “must-see” destinations are located.

For shorter jaunts around Williamsburg, hailing a cab or utilizing a ride-sharing service is another practical option. Just understand that you’ll be at the mercy of local traffic, so you may need to plan for delays. If you have a bike, you’ll definitely want to utilize the Brooklyn Greenway Bike Lane, which connects East RIver Park and Domino Park while offering beautiful views of the city along the waterfront.

Considering a Move to Williamsburg, Brooklyn?

With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that Williamsburg is seeing an influx of new residents and a higher demand for rentals. This is especially true in the north end of the neighborhood, where many of the best bars, restaurants, parks, and other attractions are located.

If you’re looking to relocate to a young and hip area of Brooklyn, Williamsburg is definitely worth a look. Take some of the stress out of your move by hiring a professional cleaning service; at Maid Sailors, we offer move-in/move-out cleaning services for your new place and your current one. This saves you the time and hassle of cleaning during your move and ensures that your new place in Williamsburg is ready for you.

5 Surefire Cleaning Solution To Get Rid Of All The Dust

Dust is everywhere in our environment. However, it seems like it collects in our homes and makes the breathing space more toxic than many other environments. Unless you are also allergic to pollen, indoor dust is probably the hardest miasma to deal with in your life. 

The fact is that dust is made up of numerous elements that can all trigger allergic reactions. In fact, most people are allergic to the mites that feed off this soup of dead skin cells, hair, fabric strands, cockroach particles, and the fine dirt particles that enter from the outside. 

Below, we offer the top 5 surefire cleaning methods to rid your home of dust.

1. Dust with a Damp Cloth

Whether you choose to use a dusting spray or just plain old tap water, there is no substitute for picking up the dust. You can’t just brush it away and let it float away into the air. 

This type of dust cleaning allows it to collect in your carpets, curtains, furniture, and electronics once again. Although many dusters are marketed for their magnetic attraction to dust, they do not work as effectively as a damp cloth even if they pick up a lot of the dust.

When it comes to dusting off electronic components, the best method is to use alcohol wipes that do not contain enough liquid to sink into the electronics and damage them. 

You can also try using a damp dryer sheet. But, whatever you do, don’t just blow the dust off with compressed air. Some items like computer keyboards can be cleaned with a small vacuum device.

2. Use a HEPA Filter

Dust-free your floor by using vacuum cleaner attachments specially made to dislodge and pick up dust. And in order to trap the dust mites and those fine particles, be sure to invest in a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.  

A HEPA filter must be lab-tested and certified to the maximum standard of particle filtration. Only filters that trap 99.97 percent of the particles that are .03 microns or greater qualify for HEPA status.

HEPA is an acronym that stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air filter. HEPA vacuums range in price from $200-$400 and are worth their weight in gold for allergy sufferers. 

Using a HEPA filter doesn’t just spread the dust back into your home like most vacuum cleaners. This takes dusting to an elite level.

3. Wash Your Bed Linens Once a Week

You should have fresh bed linens to put on your bed every week. Washing them in hot water and drying them at a high temperature is a surefire way to kill all the dust mites and bed bugs.

These critters like to nest in your bed because this is the spot where you are shedding millions of dead skin cells every night. As you could imagine, dead human skin cells are a lot tastier than nylon carpet fibers.

You can also invest in washable pillow covers that are specifically designed for allergy sufferers. Most of these covers protect your pillows with a water-resistant thick fabric that makes it hard for mites and bed bugs to colonize.

4. Keep Humidity Levels Low

You should also ensure that the humidity in your home, and especially your bedroom, is always below 50 percent. These bugs thrive in humidity

If you can invest in a hygrometer to measure the humidity in the air, you will be able to keep their populations low. Low humidity will also reduce the volume of mold growth, which may be a chief allergen in the dust mix.

A humidity level of 50 percent will also save your basement from water deterioration and alert you if any small leaks develop.

Keeping hygrometers in several key areas of your home like the basement, bedrooms, kitchen, and bathrooms will help you spot moisture problems and figure out ways to deal with them such as additional ventilation.

5. Replace HVAC Filters

Replacing an HVAC filter regularly has many benefits. It will reduce the restrictions on the system and will allow the system to operate more efficiently.

If you use quality filters such as HEPA filters, this will also reduce the volume of particles entering your home. You should also have your HVAC system regularly cleaned to ensure that the vents are properly joined and not harboring black mold spores, mildew, or dust.

Dust is the leading home allergen. Although some people may be more allergic to particular elements of it such as pet dander, dust mites, mold, or pollen, the entire soup of irritants is always present and accumulating.
If you consume a lot of dairy products, this will make your mucous membranes even more sensitive. Learning about filtration, humidity levels, and beds makes it possible to defeat the dust bunnies and breathe a lot easier at home.