7 Products You Should Have In Your Laundry Room

Someday, when you own a house in the country, you’ll have a running river to wash your clothes in, and acres of land to fling your clotheslines for drying in air.

Until then, you’ve got to contend with the cramped, dusty quarters where your washer is shoved up against the dryer.

That’s right, we’re talking about the laundry room. You know, the overlooked area you avoid visiting for your most dreaded of weekly chores. It might not be a river, but it does work hard to keep your clothes clean. Shouldn’t you return the favor?

We know, we know. When it comes to laundry, you want to do it and get out. So we’ll make it easy for you: These eight products are easy to install and will trick out even (some might say especially) the tiniest of spaces. One product actually goes so far as to prevent missing socks. 

1. A Closeline 

If you want the environmental benefits of air drying your clothes but don’t have room for a bulky rack, here’s some good news: You don’t have to toss your wet trousers over the closet door anymore. You can fling them on this pull-out clothesline instead.

The device fits virtually anywhere, and offers over eight retractable feet of sturdy, drying goodness. Plus, the device’s stainless steel body makes for a sleek, rust-free polish to your soon-to-be-snazzy space. None of which is as good as not being clotheslined in the face.

2. A Drying Rack

Another option for drying your delicates? This delicate multi-functional rack. Unlike its traditional, space-consuming counterpart, this puppy stays up on the wall – and out of the way. Pull it out on laundry day, and push it back once your undergarments are nice and dry.

Plus it’s got an additional shelf above, just for laundry goodies. Talk about top shelf.

3. A Smart Sorter

You put the white clothes in, you take the white clothes out, you put the white clothes in and … you’ve stained them all around.

Avoid the laundry hokey pokey with the Neatfreak Sorter. True to its name, the built-in sorting system allows your dirty garments to rest in a glorious trifecta of compartments – perfect for separating whites, darks, and colors.

It gets better: The sorter is outfitted with probiotic microbes, which freshen it from odors that might transfer off dirty clothes.

Even better, the top part is a built-in ironing surface! So once your pre-sorted and -freshened pieces are ready to get de-wrinkled, there’s no need to pull out a giant board. Now that’s what it’s all about.

4. A Lint Brush

Lint: not only is it annoying, but it’s also the leading cause of dryer fires. This innocuous-looking brush goes to battle with the lurking lint deep inside your vent in ways that your normal pull-out filter simply can’t. Adios, tiny specks of wardrobe nuisance. Available online only.

5. A Laundry Guard

This slim and strong fence is perfect for those of us who have lost one sock too many to the dark, scary place behind the dryer. RIP left pink-and-green-polka-dotted sock.

Genius in its simplicity, the Laundry Guard uses magnets to convert the top of front-loading units into a haven for towels, clothes, and more. It’s easily adjustable for one or two units, so you can fold your clothes in peace knowing any missing socks are either the machine monster or your own misperception.

6. A Roll-Up Ironing Pad

  So you’ve got clothes that need ironing, but no space for a bulky board. Or maybe you need some advice on how to handle knits, or even on which direction to move the hot plate (never in a circular motion). Don’t worry, it’s real simple – literally, this Real Simple iron pad can help you out.

It fits right on top of your washer or dryer, and has “how to iron” instructions for common ironing situations printed on its pad! When you’re finished, the whole thing rolls up, making it ideal for storage (maybe above your new, wall-mounted rack?) or traveling. Available online and in select BB&B stores.

7. A Pull-Out Cart

No space in your laundry “room” for a shelf? Look down, not up, to solve your space-saving sorrows. This slim cart has sprung from the eternal fount of storage genius that is The Container Store, and slides easily in and out of most nooks between the washer and dryer.

It has four sturdy tiers, which means you can load each shelf up with detergent, dryer sheets, towels, all-purpose spray, your brand new lint brush, and anything else that’s been mindlessly eating the space on top of your washing machine. (Which, thanks to #5, has now been converted to your folding sanctuary.)

Don’t worry about assembly – the pieces click together, making it a literal snap.   

Bonus:

If you live in an apartment with a shared laundry space, forced to lug your clothes up and down in an endless cycle, then your life is about to get a teeny bit better.

Meet the Must Be Neat: a cotton-twill bag with built-in dividers that are perfect for separating big pieces from smaller ones. Kind of like a toddler’s plate, but for laundry.

Toss the roomy vessel over your shoulders when you’re on the go, or strap it onto a laundry basket to separate and secure different types of clothing.

These eight brilliant products won’t clean your laundry room for you, but they will get you going in the right direction. With or without a matching pair of socks.

We collaborated with MakeSpace, a full-service storage company that picks up, stores, and delivers your stuff so you never have to visit a self-storage unit, to create this post.

How to Clean Wicker Baskets

Wicker baskets can serve a lot of practical purposes in any home. Not only can wicker baskets add a warm touch to your existing decor, but they can also be used to store just about anything in a decorative way. From living rooms and bathrooms to kitchens and bedrooms, you’d be hard-pressed to find a space where wicker baskets can’t come in handy. And because they’re made of relatively inexpensive yet durable materials, you can stock up on wicker baskets of various sizes at your local home goods store without breaking the bank.

Still, wicker baskets (just like any other storage container in your home) will need to be cleaned from time to time. By knowing how (and how often) to clean your wicker baskets, you can keep them looking great for years to come.

Reasons to Clean Your Wicker Baskets

Unlike a “traditional” plastic storage bin, a wicker basket naturally has a lot of grooves, nooks, and crannies. As beautiful as the woven design of a wicker basket can be, these small nooks can easily harbor dust, allergens, and other debris that you don’t want lying around your home. And because there are so many small crevices in the average wicker basket, a feather duster or other usual means of dusting may be ineffective.

Not only can this build-up on your wicker baskets be unsightly, but it can detract from the look and feel of your space as well. Over time, wicker baskets that aren’t cleaned will become dingy looking, which may mean you feel obligated to spend your hard-earned money on new storage solutions for your home.

Time to Clean Your Wicker Baskets?

The good news is that with proper care and cleaning, your wicker baskets can last for many more years before needing to be replaced. The key is knowing how to care for your wicker baskets with routine cleaning and when to spend the time on a deep clean.

Routine Care and Cleaning

The best way to keep your wicker baskets looking great in between deep cleanings is to simply dust and/or vacuum them often. While it won’t get rid of all debris, a quick dusting can help to remove dust from the surface. You can also use a vacuum with a hose attachment to draw out some more stubborn dust and debris. This should be done as part of your regular cleaning routine once every week or two for the best results.

Deep Cleaning Your Wicker Baskets

How often you need to deep clean your wicker baskets will depend on how dusty and grimy they get, as well as what you store in them and where they’re located within the home. Baskets used for storage of toilet paper rolls in a bathroom, for example, will likely accumulate dust/debris from the bath tissue rolls that will need to be cleaned more frequently than other baskets in your home. As a general rule, it’s good to aim for an annual deep cleaning of the wicker baskets throughout your home.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Wicker Baskets

Depending on how many wicker baskets you have to clean and how dirty they are, you can expect to spend about 30 minutes to an hour on this project.

Empty Them Out and Dust Them

Begin by completely emptying out the wicker baskets you plan on cleaning. This will make it easier to get rid of all dust and other debris. If you’re cleaning multiple baskets at once, make sure you have a way of organizing the contents of each basket so you remember where they go.

Once they’re emptied out, dust and/or vacuum them as you normally would. For smaller baskets, you may also wish to turn them upside down over a trash can to shake additional dust and debris loose from small crevices.

Create a Cleaning Mixture

Next, create a cleaning mixture for your wicker baskets by adding a couple of drops of your favorite dish-washing liquid to a bucket of warm water. From there, use a clean rag lightly dipped into the cleaning mixture to begun wiping down each basket inside and out. For the smallest crevices, you can use a toothbrush or even a bottle cleaning brush to achieve the best results.

The key here is to remember not to saturate the wicker with water, as this could cause permanent warping and other damage. Use just enough of the cleaning product to achieve the results you want.

Dry With a Microfiber Cloth

When you’re happy with the cleanliness of the basket, take some time to wipe it dry inside and out with a clean microfiber cloth. Thoroughly cleaning the basket will help protect it from moisture damage and potential mildew or mold growth. You may even want to set the baskets outside to air dry, or place them in front of a box fan to expedite the drying process before you put the contents of each basket back in place.

Keeping Your Wicker Baskets Clean

As you can see, cleaning your wicker baskets is a pretty simple job—and it doesn’t have to take much of your time. To keep the bottoms of your wicker baskets cleaner, you may also consider lining them with shelf liner that can be replaced as needed. Some people may also lay a hand towel down on the bottom of the basket that they can swap out with a fresh one every so often.

You can also cut down on the amount of dust and debris that ends up on your wicker baskets by making sure your home’s air filter is swapped out or cleaned at least once every 90 days. This can also help to improve indoor air quality and reduce the number of airborne particles in the air you breathe. As a result, you may find that you need to dust and clean your wicker baskets less often.

For More Help With Your Cleaning Tasks…

While cleaning out your wicker baskets isn’t a very difficult or time-consuming task, your household cleaning chores can quickly add up. More than likely, you have enough going on in your life to keep you busy, so now may be a good time to schedule a maid service so you can spend less time cleaning and more time doing the things you love.

Maid Sailors offers cleaning services to hard-working people. We take pride in our competitive pricing and 100% satisfaction guarantee. Give us a call today at (212) 299-5170 to schedule your cleaning appointment or find out more about our team. You can also book your appointment right now using our online booking form.

14 Common Myths About Cleaning

When it comes to cleaning, there are several misconceptions about it. There may be practices that are performed that are not as effective as the real ones. These myths about cleaning may be about the method or the cleaning product. Learning more about the myths behind cleaning methods and cleaners can definitely help you make your home shine and germfree.

To better understand the right cleaning methods and products, here are 14 common myths about cleaning:

Myth: Bleach is an ideal cleaner for all surfaces in your home

This is a common misconception when it comes to cleaning. While it is true that it can kill germs quickly, this is not a great product to use when it comes to breaking down the build-up of surfaces. Moreover, this may be unsafe to use at home, especially if you have children or pets. Bleach can be harmful to your family and pets, especially if these are used in strong concentrations.

Myth: Any cleaner will do when it comes to cleaning

Many people simply get a bottle of their preferred cleaning product and start spraying everything in sight. While there may be some cleaners that are great for one task, they may actually be terrible at others. Thus, it is important to read the label of the cleaner before using it. It is important to determine the things or surfaces that you will be cleaning first. This way, you can choose the right cleaning products that would suit the things that you will be cleaning.

Myth: All cleaners need to be sprayed, then wiped off right away

This is another misconception when it comes to cleaning. There are products that work right away and will not require soaking. On the other hand, some cleaning solutions or products need to sit as well as soak a surface for it to properly sanitize or clean a surface. Thus, it is important to read the cleaning instructions of the cleaner that you are using.

Myth: Bleach works best with hot water

Another common cleaning myth is about bleach and hot water. Many people actually believe that bleach and hot water make a perfect pair. However, this is not true, as hot water mixed with bleach can actually turn white into a yellowish tint. To avoid the yellowish stain on white surfaces, you should not use bleach and hot water together.

Myth: Vinegar is the ideal disinfectant and this can get rid of germs better than the other cleaners can

This is a common cleaning misconception. While this can remove guck as well as junk off surfaces, this does not kill all germs. Vinegar may be useful for some situations, but useless in others. Thus, it is important to choose the cleaning product wisely. You can base your choice on the things that you will be cleaning.

Myth: Using more detergent means everything is cleaner. This is a common misconception when it comes to cleaning clothes or doing laundry

It is true that adding extra detergent can help when it comes to heavy soiled clothing. However, this is not true when you use too much detergent when washing regular amounts of clothes. Extra detergent or not, the clothes that you are washing would still come out clean after doing laundry. When an excessive amount of detergent is used, this can leave soap residue on the clothes that need to be washed off.

Myth: Frequent carpet vacuuming can wear your carpet out

Many believe that if you frequently vacuum your carpet, it can wear out easily. However, the best thing that you can do to keep your carpet clean is to vacuum it frequently. This way, your carpet will remain clean all the time.

Dust that may have accumulated in the carpet can be removed so that it will not destroy the carpet material. In fact, professional carpet cleaners can attest that vacuuming carpets frequently can help in cleaning the carpet, restoring its beauty, and prolonging its life.

Myth: All green cleaning products are safe to use

A green label does not necessarily mean that the cleaner is safe to use on all surfaces. Moreover, not all greens are safe to use for your home as well as around your children. Thus, it is still best to read the label of the cleaner before using it. Not all products on the ‘green’ corner of the local retail store are safe. Thus, it is still best to make it habit to read the label of the cleaning products you buy. Even though not all ingredients are indicated on the product label, you will still get a good idea on what the product is made of and you can judge whether the product is safe to use or not.

Myth: If it smells clean, then it must be clean

Just because the area smells flowery and fresh, it already means that the area is clean. The smell may deodorizer and not on the actual cleanliness of the area. The safest clean is actually odorless. Therefore, you should not be fooled about areas smelling clean, but are actually full of germs. This is one of the more common myths about cleaning.

Myth: Steam cleaning your carpet can cause it to stink and grow mold

Most people worry about the carpets smelling stale right after having them cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner. However, steam cleaning your carpet is the best way to keep your carpets clean. Professional carpet cleaners use steam cleaning to effectively clean carpets. While at first, the carpet smells moldy at first, this can go away and you are left with a clean carpet.

Myth: Homemade cleaning products do not work as well as the commercial cleaners

This is another common myth about cleaning. Homemade products are generally safer to use in cleaning. In addition, they work well too. In fact, there are homemade cleaning product recipes that are useful for a wide array of uses and they are effective in cleaning.

Myth: Hairspray is the ideal product that you can use to remove ink stains

This is only effective because this contains alcohol. Instead of using this, you can go straight to the source. Instead of using hairspray, you can make use of alcohol to blot out ink stains.

Myth: For washing windows, newspaper is the perfect alternative to paper towels

Yes, the newspaper can be an alternative to paper towels. However, this cleaning alternative is not an ideal option. It may take the lint out of the glass windows. However, this can also leave smeared ink from the newsprint on the frames as well as the glass of the windows. Therefore, if you are cleaning glass windows, using paper towels and the right cleaning solution is still the best option.

Myth: You should make use of furniture polish while cleaning wood

When cleaning wood surfaces, it is best to dust the wood regularly using a lint-free microfiber cloth. You should not use furniture polish all the time. Using furniture polish is not a bad thing as you can use this occasionally. However, you should not use this all the time and excessively as this can harbor dust.

These are just some of the common myths about cleaning. If you follow these cleaning myths, the methods and cleaning product that you use may not become as effective as the right cleaning methods and products. Thus, it is best to learn more about these misconceptions and make it a habit to do your research first before trying new cleaning methods and cleaners. When you know the proper way to do the cleaning in different areas in your home, the task becomes easier and safer for you, your family, and your pets.

Do you know any other home myths about cleaning? Drop us a comment and share your insights with us! We love hearing from you.

How To Winterize Your Home

I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my knowledge with your readers. Today, I think we should focus on one aspect of home maintenance and safety that many homeowners tend to ignore – winterizing your homes. There are many reasons why you should winterize your home. One of the best benefits is that it helps in reducing your repair and maintenance costs.

In fact, winterizing your home can help you save thousands of dollars in repairs and costly replacements in the long term. If you don’t winterize your home, you risk roof damages, higher heating costs, carbon monoxide leaks, higher insurance premiums and much more. It is because most homeowners take it as a hassle that they don’t winterize their homes. But if you want to have a safe and comfortable winter, you shouldn’t ignore this crucial aspect of your home’s maintenance.

Utilize the following tips to winterize your home:

1. Protect Roof Against Ice Dams

Ice dams have extremely damaging effects on the roof. It could cause damages to the attic and walls by preventing drainage. You should take the following steps to prevent this from happening.

  • The attic should be adequately ventilated. A cooler attic means lesser chances of formation of ice dams.
  • The attic floor should be insulated and re-insulated appropriately and regularly. This will help in minimizing the amount of heat being transferred from within your living space to the attic.
  • It is recommended to avoid lighting in the roof, which can generate heat and melt the snow on top of the roof.

2. Properly Insulate The Attic

Properly insulating the attic and crawl spaces mean a reduced need for heating. In fact, it can help reduce your heating requirements by 20% to 30%. An easy way to determine the need for more insulation is to check its thickness in different places across the coverage area. The cellulose should be at least 15 cm, and the fiberglass should be 20 cm thick. If it is anything less than this, add more insulation.

This is an important part of your home’s winterization and one that shouldn’t be ignored at all. Amid other benefits, it will also help create a more comfortable environment.

3. Check/Clean Heating Ducts

Ask your HVAC service to check and clean the heating ducts. This can be done when the professional comes to inspect your furnace. Do you know that ducts could lose almost 50% of the heated air? This will translate into a significant amount of loss in terms of heating costs every year. Get the professional to check and detect any heat loss and get it fixed.

4. Block Air Leaks

According to government figures, you could be losing up to 30% of energy to drafts. They can be found near windows and doors. Although there are some temporary fixes to address this issue, you must fix all the leaks permanently. All leaks near the doors and windows should be fixed using weather-resistant caulk. Another good option includes weather stripping.

The points where the wires and pipes exit the basement are also critical points for checking leaks. Besides, there are many places in the attic that will need to be insulated to prevent drafts.

Use these tips to winterize your home. They will not only help save unwanted expenses, but they will also help create a safe and comfortable living space.

Thinking About A Career In Cleaning?

Can Cleaning Be A Viable Long-Term Career Option?

Yes! But you didn’t venture over here for the short answer, did you? Let’s face it, when you consider careers, cleaning probably isn’t at the top of your list. After all, is more like a chore than a career, isn’t it? That’s not always the case. Having a career in cleaning can be a viable long-term career opportunity. Let me tell you why…

What Does It Involve?

Cleaning jobs are stereotypically viewed as an activity performed by financially struggling students or mothers determined to generate a reliable source of income in order to raise their children. While the supply of dirty homes is high, the payment for cleaning them might not be – or so the story goes. Logically, this makes sense. While cleaning comes with an undying stamina and a willingness to work hard, it does not require any formal education. Most of the time on the job training will be provided to you.

Each cleaning job varies by a number of factors including location and whether it’s residential or commercial. Some cleaning jobs don’t involve actual cleaning, you just organize things. I’ve cleaned Doctor’s offices, pet clinics, homes, oil changing places, cars, and even closets alone. There are so many things you can do when it comes to cleaning that most people don’t realize. People tend to put cleaners in this category of ‘not being good enough.’ When in all actuality we are the ones that make the world go around.

So part of the job, unfortunately, will involve unnecessary hatefulness from certain clients and/or accounts who feel they are entitled to have you polish their shoes so to speak. But that shouldn’t shy you away from having a career in cleaning. A lot of people acknowledge your hard work and tip you very good money. There’s good and there’s bad. But doesn’t every job have that? Every job I’ve ever had has.

What Makes A Good Cleaner?

There is no doubt about it, cleaning is a tough business. A lot of people think it’s easy to be a cleaner. I mean all you have to do is scrub toilets, right? Wrong. In order to be a good cleaner, you’ll need an eye for detail, strong organizational skills, and a willingness to fix your mistakes.

In order to be a good cleaner, you need to clean. It’s not enough to just do the obvious, or what’s right in front of your face. You need to be able to do more than what’s expected of you. Grab that cobweb in the corner that your client may not see. Be able to go the extra mile. That’s what makes a good cleaner.

Is There Room For Growth?

Depending on the company you choose to work for when starting your career in cleaning there may be room for growth. Some companies don’t need to promote their cleaners on behalf of their business needs. Let’s say you start cleaning at a hotel or residential house cleaning company as a housekeeper. As you learn and grow with that company you may have an opportunity to be promoted to housekeeping manager or scheduler. But if you were to start cleaning houses, let’s say on care.com, potential growth is probably not something that’s going to happen for you there.

On the flip side, if you choose to go into freelance cleaning ( cleaning houses on your own) , there is room for you to grow and build your business by gaining positive reviews and spreading the word. Who knows, maybe you’ll even have your own cleaning business one day.

Maid Sailors

Here at Maid Sailors, we are always looking for good reliable cleaners. If you would like to join our team please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You must have a valid driver’s license, be able to pass a background check. And aside from that you must be 100% reliable , dependable , have a good work ethic , have a strong work history, and be able to obtain your own cleaning products ( products from the Honest Company or Method are strongly preferred.)

Does this sound like something that interests you? Contact us today!

The Incredible History of Cleaning

Boys and girls learn the value of cleanliness as early as they learn how to talk—perhaps earlier. People everywhere have always carried the concept of being clean and staying clean that it is already part of their system. Even if some lifestyles are not up to the standards of your average neat freak folk, the need to bathe, to free oneself from dirt does not die.

Even you must have grown accustomed to having a regular house cleaning session with your feather dusters and vacuum cleaners at least once a week, especially if your house is too beautiful to be covered in dust. You might be so caught up in the everyday cleaning rituals that you do not pause, think about the history of cleaning and wonder, “Hey. I wonder how my ancestors do it.”

Of course, your ancestors might have done it the same way you do it now. However, they would seriously be at a definite disadvantage since they did not have the cleaning technology you enjoy now. It is interesting to wonder and to take a peek at the lifestyle of your predecessors. It just so happens that when people look back, they tend to gaze past the mundane subjects like the history of cleaning. They always want to focus on wars, royalty, and, heck, even fashion.

If you are the curious type though, you can’t help but be interested even in the most ordinary lesson like this one you are checking out right now, the history of cleaning. Actually, when you care to look deeper, to immerse yourself in the facts and imagine the actual history as it happened years or centuries before, you will find that the subject is not at all that ordinary. It is as incredible as any piece of history man has discovered over the years.

Cleaning—Old Testament Style (Egyptian edition)

Ancient Egyptians are popular for their pyramids, hieroglyphics, and mummified royalties. The families who can afford them have slaves to do the cleaning for them. Aside from that, their slaves would also help them with their primping and other kinds of vanity they had at that time. They value cleanliness both with their environment and with their personal grooming. You can even see that almost obsessive-compulsive quality with the way they treat their dead. They would free the body of its organs and go on with their mummification. They would go with all that trouble. Some cultures just lay their dead underground or in caves.

Cleaning—Old Testament Style (Babylonian edition)

Now, rack your brains and think of a thing Babylonians were famous for. Yes, the hanging garden would be one. It must have been a magnificent sight. However, this is not about the history of gardening but the history of cleaning. They might be one of the earliest people to discover the dangers of contaminated water. They found out that it could bring disease, and so, they made it a point to bring in freshwater every day for their household activities. This is more on the subject of sanitation. However, sanitation is still the reason why you clean, right? So this account is still very much welcome in the history of cleaning.

The Rumored Origin of Spring Cleaning

Ah, spring—the season of new beginnings. It is the time when everything is sweet and fresh. It is also a perfect time to get rid of those cobwebs and the gathering soot on the fireplace. You can check our fireplace cleaning guide if you need help. Some say that one of the ceremonies in Ancient Persia called “shaking the house” inspired the concept spring-cleaning, a New Year’s celebration of some kind. However, there are no clear connections found in the history of cleaning. Although, it is interesting to consider the idea of spring-cleaning came from a country that does not even have the spring season to begin with!

For the Greeks!

The Greeks were praised as a very enlightened civilization. Even though their city-states were always at war, each one contributed much in the knowledge of the modern world, be it in literature, warfare, or politics. Like the other civilizations of olden times, the Greeks also had slaves who were in charge of the cleaning. Water was already known as an effective cleaning agent at this time. Well off families had more grand possessions like statues and murals that need a more precise cleaning. Once again, it was the slaves’ duty to keep them as good as new.

When in Rome, Do As The Romans Do

This is a popular saying usually used by tourists. However, it seems that the saying fits for everyone everywhere when it comes to sanitation. The ancient Romans found a way to bring in freshwater in the form of aqueducts and dispose of used or unclean water in the form of sewer systems. They even went out of their way to promote good personal hygiene by building public baths.

The Dark Ages

The title totally fits the period, especially when it comes to cleanliness. When you ask around, perhaps only a very few people will want to go back and live in the Dark Ages. According to accounts, the towns everywhere were filthy and so were the people. The diseases that plagued those times attest to this unclean lifestyle. Cholera, smallpox, and yellow fever were just a few of the diseases that caused the death of countless lives. It was an era that even the harmless subject of the history of cleaning can’t give a single pleasing account.

When Bacteria Was First Discovered

Perhaps the first germophobes first existed when Antony Van Leeuwenhoek first discovered bacteria and protozoa. However, it is amazing to think that, throughout the history of cleaning, people looked after themselves, keeping their bodies and their environment clean, even when they were still clueless about bacteria and its dangers. Perhaps this discovery just made some people more paranoid than the others. What is more, is that it led to other significant discoveries related to cleaning and sanitation. This brings you to the next thing of interest in this particular history of cleaning.

Say Hello to The First Antiseptic

Yep, the antiseptic is next. If the existence of bacteria and protozoa were not discovered, then Joseph Lister would not have thought of using the carbolic acid chemical solution as a form of antisepsis. With Lister’s pioneering development, people were more aware that dirty stuff could bring in diseases and that cleaning after tools (especially medical instruments) is a necessity. Since this pioneering act, scientists have been improving on the strength of antiseptics to destroy germs and bacteria. You have to admit, they are getting more and more successful.

Modern-Day Cleaning

Finally, this is the discussion on the history of cleaning that you are most familiar with. As with other aspects of present-day society, technology also influences modern-day cleaning. In fact, people are completely dependent on technology (from vacuum cleaners to washing machines and dishwashers) when it comes to cleaning. There are also environmental influences in today’s cleaning methods. Threats of global warming and the thinning of the ozone layer are some of the reasons that trigger this movement. Various green cleaning movements encourage households and offices to be mindful of the environment when cleaning. They also encourage people to embrace green practices such as tree planting and waste segregation.

Fast Forward To The Future

Now, this is probably the most exciting prospect in the history of cleaning. This is not only a matter of vacuum cleaners anymore. Ponder on this one word—robotics. With today’s fast running technology, robot house cleaners in every household are a great possibility. In fact, Japan has been filling the news with innovations in robotics for years! You do not even have to break a sweat in order to keep your house clean. And, unlike your ancient ancestors that use slaves for such purposes, you will not abuse human rights.

Fight Night: The Ultimate Viewing Party Plan

It’s almost fight night! The Mayans were indeed early in their prediction of the apocalypse – exactly three years too early. The world will end tomorrow night as it witnesses the most important battle of all time. On Saturday, May 2nd, at 10:30 pm (EST), the undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (47-0) will take on the not-so-undefeated Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (57-5).

If you’re not a boxing fan (don’t worry, very few people actually are), it’s still worth knowing the finer details because the fight will be broadly syndicated to millions of viewers (including your co-workers). This will is, after all, one of the most anticipated boxing matches of all time: despite the $100 price tag for pay-per-view ordering (yes, pay-per-view still exists), the fight is still expected to generate over $300 million in proceeds. This will also be the first time a fighter is paid over $100 million to take a beat-down; said differently, Mayweather and Pacquiao will split the total purse 60% and 40% (respectively). Do you really want to miss the chance to see a cocky, filthy rich, undefeated fighter finally lose?

Make this a memorable experience for you and your friends. Organizing a viewing party won’t be expensive if you split the cost of the PPV bill. Especially when compared to the alternative of buying a ticket for $30+ to view the fight at a crowded, “bro-infested” bar. We’ll show you how to prepare your place properly. And afterward, you can call Maid Sailors to knock out any remaining cleaning challenges.

Select Snacks Strategically

If you’re hosting your party on the east coast, chances are many attendees will show up after they’ve eaten dinner. Thus, no need to emulate a Super Bowl set-up; focus on lighter snacks that minimize crumbs and potential garbage. Vegetables with dip (e.g. hummus, blue cheese), cheese plates, and Tostito’s “Scoop” Tortilla chips are solid options that will minimize mini-messes across your home (you’ll also decrease napkin usage).

Pro Tip: Don’t place the snacks in front of the television.

Label Your Trash Bags

Read this before you snicker. If the only trash-receiving-entity in your home will be the trashcan in your kitchen, you’re asking for a Round 6 disaster. Make things easy for yourself (and your guests) by placing 2-3 evenly spaced trash throughout your living room (e.g. corners). Further, feel free to label the bags with “recycling”, “cans only”, “food/other”, etc. In order to provide your guests with some direction and ultimately lessen the cleaning burden on Sunday morning.

There’s nothing more satisfying than resting your eyes on an unnaturally organized pile of garbage bags. The alternative? Get ready for a mosaic of food trays, aluminum cans of Bud Light, Solo Cups and half-eaten Pizza (let’s be real, you’ll order Dominos at some point against our recommendations).

Bulk Up on Toilet Paper and Paper Towels

You need these anyway, so why not use the party as an opportunity to stock-up? Place excess rolls of toilet paper in the bathroom and paper towels in the kitchen. Keep them visible and unleash your inner Chief Executive Officer – people will most-likely take it upon themselves to clean a mess or wipe a spill they’ve made if the tools are in the open. Don’t miss a knock-out because someone couldn’t find the Bounty Paper Towels you stowed away.

Your Sink is a Cooler Version of a Regular Cooler

Unless you have an industrial-sized cooler that you’ve consistently used, you should empty a couple bags of ice into your sink and throw a couple of cans on it. This avoids any potential spills that could arise from a standalone cooler and eliminates the imminent task of dumping excess water. This also disqualifies the sink as a de-facto storage area for solo cups, empty cans, and other trash (trust us, even the most familiar guests are often unpredictable creatures).

Lastly…

The finer details of your fiesta are up to you. If you’re planning on having a beer, avoid glass bottles and opt for aluminum cans. These are safer and easier to clean (also no stray bottle caps will be hiding inside your couch). Generally speaking, solo cups, paper plates, napkins and paper towels should be considered “must-haves”.

If you’re having food delivered or catered, opt for disposable forks and knives as well. The next morning, despite how the fight goes, feel free to call Maid Sailors if you decided to disregard all of this advice ( a cleaning might even be cheaper than ordering the fight itself) .

Time Saving Tips for Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 10th, 2015 is Mother’s Day. Said differently, the very minute that Sunday begins is also the very minute your Mother (and/or legal Guardian) must feel robustly appreciated. If you consistently appreciate your Mother (don’t lie, we can all do a better job of this), you must now appreciate her even more than you normally do. If you haven’t already purchased the big three (a card, flowers and a reasonable gift), please stop reading this article and proceed to salvage your relationship with your Guardian(s).

In addition to the traditional fanfare, we’d like to propose you really go the extra mile and use this day to actually make your Mother’s life easier. These following gestures will pay dividends forever (or at least for as long as you pay for) and decrease any remaining stress that the flowers/card/gift will not. Maid Sailors suggests 3 avenues that you (and your family) can pursue in order to make this Mother’s Day both special and meaningful. Keep in mind, ordering a surprise home cleaning from Maid Sailors (while you are all at Sunday brunch) will be an insurmountable gesture and can be pursued in lieu of the following suggestions.

Food

Maybe going out to dinner isn’t your thing. Even if it is, let’s be honest – this isn’t an original idea and your Mother probably values originality. Do something truly creative and conspire with your family members to “bulk cook” an easy set of meals that you can eat for the next few days. If your family traditionally cooks, this will decrease the culinary responsibilities for all involved parties and free up time for other delightful activities (like Netflix). Some more caveats and justifications: 1) If your family traditionally eats out or orders takeout, this solution is a money saver. 2) If you don’t live with your family, you can still use the powerful engine of e-commerce to save everyone both time and money (contrary to most hedge funds, we believe these are separate and distinct elements).

Cookers should utilize tablespoon to find easy, diet-friendly recipes. Tablespoon does a great job of organizing its recipes into distinct categories; for instance, there are 8 separate “diet and health” categories, including Vegan and Gluten Free. If there’s a certain ingredient you’d like to emphasize (like eggs or beans), you’re in luck – tablespoon also categorizes recipes by ingredient and has 10+ to choose from. Find a recipe that works for your family and get to work!

Out-of-towners and the cooking-averse should utilize Blue Apron. The Company eliminates the hassle of both shopping for ingredients and finding recipes by delivering both farm-fresh ingredients and recipes right to your door on a weekly basis. The service allows you to choose the “size” of your plan in order to get the portions just right. In reality, you won’t have time to set this up by tomorrow. Consider trying this out for the next few weeks in order to save your family time.

Laundry

If this is an issue at all, it’s worth addressing. Regardless of who usually does the laundry, take it upon yourself to do your family’s laundry this week. If you’re unsure as to what gets treated in what way (“is this dry clean only?” “should I hang dry this?”), go the extra mile and actually read the labels within the flaps. For some laundry-education, head over to Laundry Goddess, especially if you don’t know how to fold a shirt (properly).

If you’re lazy and also in New York City, consider yourself lucky. There are a few services that are able to pick up your dirty laundry and dry cleaning. There are small pricing differences between the services (generally around $1.15 – $1.50 per pound for wash & fold); check them out for yourself.

Gifts

This is our favorite suggestion. Is your Mother a good listener? Does she give good advice? Give her the opportunity to seamlessly strengthen her skills with audiobooks from Audible. Amazon has given us this amazing gift of narration; the best part about it? The first “book” is free! There are over 180,000 titles and many of the top sellers are actually read by the author. This means Tina Fey will actually read her book (Bossypants) to your mother while she either relaxes on a hammock, heads to work or exercises. The first 30 days are free and the service costs $14.95 per month thereafter. Audible transforms mundane tasks and commutes into learning opportunities; just promise your Mother that you’ll at least try not to hijack her subscription.

Lastly…

First thing’s first: get your flowers, card, and reasonable gift. This Mother’s Day, don’t follow the pack or resume familiar practices. Your family will benefit greatly from developing time-saving habits and your Mother will certainly thank you for it. Use tomorrow as an opportunity to actually change her life for the better on an ongoing basis by eliminating tasks off of her plate or satisfying her curiosity. You’ll thank yourself next Christmas.

Upholding Your Leather Upholstery

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

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

Upholding Your Leather

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

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

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

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

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

Lastly…

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

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Roommates You Don’t Know You Have (Until Now)

Whether you’ve been living in your studio / 2-bedroom apartment / multi-bedroom house for a while or the movers just pulled away from your street, here’s some bad news: you have roommates you don’t know about.

They are shamelessly snickering and hooting while you’re rolling out of bed (after hitting that snooze button twice), struggling to cook “Quaker Quick Oats” (saving money on breakfast means you can hit up Chipotle for lunch AND get guacamole, nah mean?) and/or pleading helplessly with your children to get in the car.

Moreover, these roommates are not helpful; they will not shine the counter-tops, rinse the dishes or disinfect the bathroom while you’re out. Instead, they will (continue to) party very, very hard, engage in unspeakable acts all over your sacred living space and sadly, won’t be showing any signs of slowing down upon your return.

Amongst amateurs, these infidels will remain dominant. They will effectively conduct guerrilla warfare by hiding in the hills and crevices of your bedroom(s), bathroom(s) and kitchen(s), striking opportunistically. While you may venture into a Duane Reade once a month, purchase some “Wet Wipes” and cause your tenacious tenants some slight distress, they will ultimately overcome your anemic assaults and continue to fester within your homeland (read: near your kids/pets / you).

The Good News

With proper, professional assistance, you can win this war in nuclear fashion. An experienced and well-equipped service (Maid Sailors) will arrive at war with an arsenal appropriate for fully sanitizing every major chamber of your home. Thereby eradicating your unwelcome guests. You don’t need to buy supplies beforehand and you certainly won’t need to store anything afterward. Maid Sailors come equipped with what amounts to a mini-Rite Aid in their duffel bags, allowing them to effectively and efficiently sterilize every square inch of your habitat.

So, exactly who are these roommates? The researchers at Maid Sailors have profiled two prominent squatters that are probably reading this article alongside you right now. (Pro-tip: if you book your cleaning now, you can probably finish reading this at a Starbuck’s while your home is secured in the meantime.)

1. Donnie the Dust Mite

Last check-in: Your bed (jumping), sheets (lounging) and pillows (napping real quick).

Hobbies: Donnie doesn’t bite but you might be allergic to him. If so, he’ll be busy posting statuses on your laptop (while you’re away) about how he made you sneeze, gave you a stuffy nose and made you cry (that itchiness of the eyes, tho).

Relationship status: Donnie isn’t a player, but he interacts a lot (if you know what I mean). Normally, Donnie might only be around for 20 days. But if he links up with his main chick (Diane the Dust Mite), she can live up to 70 days and lay 60–100 eggs during the last month of her life.

Fun-fact: Donnie is a real “sneakerhead.” He has eight legs, which means he has to buy 4 pairs of Jordans in order to remain the envy of his other microscopic friends.

Eviction solution: A professional can evict Donnie by thoroughly washing and drying your bedding (sheets, pillowcases, comforters, etc.) and exhaustively vacuuming your floors and carpets; additionally, these vacuums should have “high-efficiency particle air filters (HEPA)”, which will collect Donnie’s waste and his girl’s eggs.

2. Elizabeth Coli (Elizabeth often goes by “E. coli”)

Last check-in: As the Notorious B.I.G. line goes, “…she be sittin’ in your kitchen, waiting to start hittin’.” Your sink (her personal pool), food-ridden dishes (her beach chairs), cutting board (doing pilates) and countertop (tanning, obvi).

Hobbies: This chick can be a femme fatale as they come. If you’re not careful, she’ll make you anxious, have you sitting on a toilet seat for hours. And literally make you sick to your stomach.

Relationship status: Like Kanye West, Liz loves herself more than she can ever love another being. She will clone herself multiple times and her appetite (for herself) is sadly insatiable; within a 12 hour period, there can potentially be up to 17 million versions of Liz. Maybe having an all-out lovefest in your kitchen.

Fun-fact: This single-celled Cinderella is quite the social butterfly. In addition to her common hangouts, she’ll also be attending happy hours in your blender. And rubbing shoulders with other microbial bad girls in a litany of additional kitchen appliances.

Eviction solution: Having a professional conduct a thorough sanitary-onslaught on both your bathroom and kitchen will do the trick. A Maid Sailor will have the time and tools to disinfect your cutting boards, countertops, dishes, utensils and table surfaces. In the bathroom, anti-bacterial soaps and wipes will be used to cleanse your toilet, floors, tubs and even the handles.