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How to Clean Your Humidifier and Prevent Bacteria Build-up

Cleaning your humidifier doesn’t have to be difficult, but if you don’t do it often enough, the build-up of bacteria can cause issues. Follow these tips on how to clean your humidifier in order to avoid any problems!

Unplug Your Air Humidifier Before Cleaning

Unplug your humidifier before you clean it. This ensures the water stays inside of the reservoir so you don’t make a mess. Clean my humidifier every few weeks or when it starts to feel icky. Turn on your hot water tap, which will help melt any scale that might have built up, then put about half a cup of white vinegar into your reservoir. Run cold water for about three minutes at a high pressure until the vinegar is mixed in with the water. Next, start up your humidifier and let it run for another three minutes so that the new cleaner mixes throughly with all of the remaining cool air inside of your humidifier’s system.

Remove The Filter And Wash It With Soap And Water

It is important that you clean your humidifier at least once a week. Remove the filter from the unit and wash it with soap and water. Rinse it with clean water, then place it back inside the humidifier. If your humidifier doesn’t have a filter, you should replace it every two weeks to prevent bacteria build up in the unit. Clean out any mineral deposits by running vinegar or bleach through the system for 20 minutes or until clear.

Clean The Interior Of The Humidifier With A Vinegar Solution

A dirty humidifier can cause bacteria buildup that will release harmful particles into the air you breathe. To clean your humidifier, remove the water tank (if applicable), soak a towel in vinegar and wring it out so it doesn’t drip, then place the wet towel inside of your humidifier. Let it sit overnight with the lid open so all of the moisture evaporates. Remove the towel in the morning and clean up any spilled vinegar solution. Rinse out any remaining vinegar solution with cold water before filling your humidifier with cool tap water again. Run some cold tap water through your humidifier for at least two minutes, then refill it once more before replacing all parts – including water tank if applicable – back into their rightful place.

Rinse The Humidifier With Clean Water

It is important to clean your humidifier regularly. Cleaning your humidifier prevents bacteria buildup that can lead to a moldy smell. To clean your humidifier, first, rinse it with clean water from the tap. Next, use a clean cloth or paper towel and wipe down any remaining debris from the inside of the unit. Once you are finished cleaning it, fill your tank with fresh water.

Allow The Humidifier To Air Dry Before Putting It Back Together

To clean your humidifier, unplug it from the outlet, wipe it down with a damp cloth, then allow it to air dry before putting it back together. Make sure you do this on a regular basis! If your humidifier has a filter, change the filter every month or more often depending on how many hours per day the humidifier is running.

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7 Tips to Prevent Mold in Your Front Load Washer

Does the idea of mold growing in your front load washer make you cringe? If so, you’re not alone. Front load washers are often overlooked when it comes to cleaning maintenance, which can cause issues like mold to develop over time. The good news is that you can prevent this mold from developing by following these seven tips to prevent mold in your front load washer.

Air Circulation

The most important thing you can do to prevent mold from growing in your washer is making sure it is getting enough air circulation. This means opening the door after every use and ensuring there are no physical obstructions blocking the venting.
Also, be mindful of how much laundry detergent you are using, as detergent will build up on the rubber seal and cause mold growth if not washed away.

Water Temperature

An important factor of preventing mold from growing in the washer is water temperature. If you are experiencing a problem with mold, try lowering your wash cycle’s water temperature. This can be done by pressing and holding the power button for 3 seconds to enter the Settings menu. From there, select Options, then Wash Cycles and finally Water Temperature. The ideal water temperature for cleaning clothes is about 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

Adding Bleach

One way to prevent mold from growing in your front load washer is by adding bleach. I would recommend adding a cup of bleach every time you do a load of laundry and rinse it out with water before you put the next load of laundry into the machine.

Don’t Use Fabric Softener

The best way to prevent mold from growing in your washer is by not using fabric softener. Fabric softener coats your clothing with a coating of detergent and oil, which will cause the soap scum to grow and cling onto the fabric. It also makes it harder for the water to get deep inside the fibers of the clothes. Instead, opt for cold-water wash cycles and use half as much detergent as usual.

Avoid Piling Your Clothes

1. Sort your laundry into colors and only wash one color at a time.
2. Check the pockets of your clothes for anything wet or sticky before putting them in the machine.
3. Add an extra rinse cycle if you notice any residue on your clothes after washing or drying them.
4. Use less detergent and make sure it is a detergent made for HE washers.

Vacuuming, Again and Again

Many people don’t think about vacuuming their washing machine, but it’s an important part of preventing mold. If the lint filter is dirty, then water and soap can easily run down into the washer drum and create a perfect environment for mold to grow. The more often you vacuum your washing machine, the less likely it will be that mold will develop.

Use Detergent Suited to Front-Loading Machines

Front load washers are a great option for eco-conscious consumers looking for a way to minimize their carbon footprint. However, they require special detergent that is suited to the machine’s design. You can find front load washer detergent at most big box stores and local cleaners. Be sure not to use liquid detergent, as it will clog the machine and cause mold buildup.

Book A Cleaning Service in NYC

Cleaning companies in NYC tend to offer laundry services when you book them for a cleaning. Interested in getting your home cleaned (and reducing effort to keep your washer clean)? Book a cleaning with Maid Sailors Cleaning Service!

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6 Easy Steps To Manage Your Small Apartment

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

Declutter

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

Vertical Storage

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

Tidy A Little Bit Every day

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

Deep Clean One Thing A Week

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

“Clean” the Air

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

Be Furniture-Smart

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

And Finally…

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

How To Clean A Toilet Plunger

We’ve all had moments like this in life. You’re tossing and turning in bed all night, unable to sleep. You have a big dinner party coming up this weekend. Your home or apartment will be filled with guests — everyone from your mother-in-law to that co-worker whose name you can never remember. And you just cannot get a wink of sleep… because your toilet plunger is not clean you don’t know how to clean it.

Fortunately, you don’t have to throw your toilet plunger away and buy a new one. We want you to be able to sleep at night, and we’re experts at cleaning, so we’re here to help. Keep reading to learn why you need a clean toilet plunger in your home, the benefits of having a clean plunger, and several tried and true methods for keeping this useful but nasty tool clean.

Why You Need A Clean Toilet Plunger

Scientists in the UK did a study examining everyday items that people handle all the time figure out whether they’re dirty or clean. As it turns out, one in six smartphones is contaminated with fecal matter because so many people now take their smartphone into the bathroom (people, clean your iphones!). Computer keyboards that they checked have about 7,500 bacteria per swab, compared to only 5,400 on the average toilet seat. That’s not as nasty as the handle on the subway train or the bus that you take to work every day, but it’s still pretty gross.

In this study, scientists found that tablets, smartphones and computer keyboards tend to have really awful bacteria on them. The findings included E. coli, antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and straight-up feces. If your smartphone is just one swipe away from giving you dangerous food poisoning, imagine what’s lurking on your toilet plunger in the bathroom. You can almost hear the plunger right now, can’t you? It’s in the bathroom, whispering to you, “Please… clean me… immediately!”

Benefits Of A Clean Toilet Plunger

Knowing how to clean your toilet plunger is a big confidence booster. It also helps you to sleep at night if you’re having guests over soon — you don’t have to worry about anyone glimpsing a dirty plunger. One more item in your home will no longer be a festering nest of disease-causing awfulness. Once you learn how to clean your toilet plunger, it will be a big boost to your self-esteem. This is a gateway DIY project. Once you learn how to clean your toilet plunger, you’ll have the confidence that you’re ready for bigger and more complex DIY projects, like changing the oil on your car or building a treehouse.

With those benefits in mind, here are several great methods for cleaning your toilet plunger.

Clean Your Plunger: The Efficient Method

The efficient method requires the use of bleach. The fumes from bleach can be toxic, so try not to inhale them. Also, run the fan in the bathroom as you’re using this method, for improved ventilation.

Tools needed:

Steps required:

  1. Pour several capfuls of bleach directly into the toilet.
  2. Swirl the plunger around in the water to let the germ-killing bleach do its work.
  3. Flush the toilet several times to allow the running water to rinse off the plunger.
  4. Let the plunger dry and then store it away.

Clean Your Plunger: The Green Method

If you don’t want to use any harsh chemicals in your household, or if you don’t like burning all your nose hairs out with bleach, this green method might be for you. Apple cider vinegar has a nifty acidic quality that functions just as well as bleach when it comes to killing antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus and other things on your toilet plunger. You just have to use more of the vinegar to do the trick.

Tools needed:

  • 5% Apple Cider Vinegar

Steps required:

  1. Pour a lot of apple cider vinegar in the toilet. It should be approximately an equal mixture of water and apple cider vinegar.
  2. Drop the rubber end of the plunger in the toilet bowl and let is soak in the vinegar-water mixture for a few minutes. Then, swirl the plunger around in the water.
  3. Flush several times to let running water rinse the plunger.
  4. Let the plunger dry and then store it away.

Clean Your Plunger: The Bachelor’s Method

If you’re not expecting guests and you don’t want to devote the amount of time necessary in the above steps to this project, here is a much less labor-intensive method of cleaning the toilet plunger. This is a great tip for any man with a bachelor pad!

Tools needed:

  • Plastic bag
  • Disinfectant spray

Steps required:

  1. Wrap the plunger head up in a plastic bag. Any plastic grocery bag will do the trick. Keep the plunger wrapped up this way until it is completely dry.
  2. Take the plunger out of the bag and totally douse it in a disinfectant spray. Voila!
  3. Store the plunger away.

Clean Your Plunger: The “I Look Like A Professional On TV” Method

Perhaps none of the above methods have really sparked your fancy. Sure, you can clean and disinfect your plunger using those methods, but how do the pros do it? How do you clean your plunger so efficiently that nothing can survive on its surface? If you want your toilet plunger to look just as clean, shiny and robust as it did on the first day when you brought it home from the store, this method is for you.

Tools needed:

  • Dish soap
  • Bleach
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Tea kettle and boiling water
  • A bucket
  • A ninja assistant (Optional)

Steps required:

  1. Hold the plunger head in the toilet and flush two to three times to give it a good rinse.
  2. Mix two to three caps of bleach and a healthy dollop of dish soap in the toilet bowl. Swirl the plunger in bowl until you have it nice and foamy. Do a rinse and flush cycle.
  3. Spray the plunger with the disinfectant spray. Do another rinse and flush cycle.
  4. Hold the plunger over the toilet bowl. Using the tea kettle, pour boiling water over the plunger as a final rinse. You’ve just attacked your plunger with a bleach-and-soap, disinfectant spray and boiling water trifecta. Nothing can survive that!
  5. Set the plunger in the bucket to allow it to dry off, before storing it away.

Whether you used one of the quick and easy methods or cleaned your plunger like a pro, that’s one more dirty job that you can cross off the list. If cleaning is just “not your thing,” you can always leave the job to the experts at Maid Sailors. Contact us at 212-299-5170 in New York City for a pricing quote or to set up an appointment for your next home or apartment cleaning!

How To Use Your Oven Cleaner For Effective Results

While scrubbing your oven can be an overwhelming task, there are many reasons to keep your oven clean. A clean oven can make baking more efficient because small pieces of burnt food in an oven can absorb the heat, which makes your oven less efficient. Even if you have a self-cleaning oven, it is still necessary to give it a good scrub every now and then. In fact, the self-cleaning feature with these ovens can cause carbon monoxide buildup and even respiratory problems.

How Often Should You Clean Your Oven?

This depends on how often it is used. Individuals who use their ovens more will need to clean it more often than those who don’t. For those who are avid cooks, it is generally recommended to clean their ovens once every three months. Those who rarely use their ovens can get by with cleaning it once or twice per year. There are signs to look out for that can let you know it’s time to give your oven a scrub, which includes crust or residue build-up inside the oven or an oven door that is coated with grease.

If you are still looking for the motivation to get down and dirty to get your oven clean, know that the grease coating and burnt remnants can affect the taste of anything cooked in your oven. Think of that next time you have to cook for guests!  

How to Use Oven Cleaner

With any household product, such as oven cleaners or carpet cleaners, it is important to read and follow the instructions carefully. It is never recommended to mix oven cleaner with other products, which include bleach. Follow these steps to use your oven cleaner the right way:

  1. First, take everything out of the oven, which includes racks, thermometer, oven stone, etc.
  2. Place paper towels beneath the floor of your oven to absorb any dripping.
  3. After you put your gloves and safety glasses on, you can spray the oven cleaner throughout the inside of the oven. Be sure to cover the door, top, floor, sides, back, and corners. However, avoid spraying the heating elements if you are cleaning an electric oven. You can lift them and spray underneath. Avoid spraying oven cleaner where the gas comes through if you have a gas oven.
  4. Most oven cleaning products will need to sit about 20 to 30 minutes. During this time, you can spray your oven racks with a cleaner and put them in a large trash bag. This step should be done outside. Check your cleaning label to see if there are any recommendations for efficiently cleaning your oven racks.
  5. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the inside of the oven. There may be areas that are sticky. Remaining spots can be cleaned with an abrasive tool. These may include microfiber sponges or wet scouring pumices. It is important to check every corner to make certain the cleaner is completely removed.
  6. After the inside of the oven has been wiped down, you can remove the racks from the bags and wash them with soap and warm water. You can also use an abrasive tool to remove crusted food on the racks. When the racks are dry, you can place them back in the oven.

How to Keep Your Oven Clean

There is an old saying that emphasizes the importance of having a fence at the top of a cliff rather than an ambulance at the bottom. The same principle applies to most home maintenance. Instead of asking how to remove the stains your dog is leaving on the carpet, ask how to stop your dog from peeing on the carpet in the first place. Rather than making your oven cleaning an intense pain that you have to do once every blue moon, you can take steps to prevent it from becoming a filthy mess in the first place.

For instance, after you clean your oven, use an easy-clean oven sheet. These are non-stick sheets that come in a variety of sizes. Another option would be to place a baking sheet on the bottom rack to catch food. Using roasting bags for meat and vegetables can help you avoid splatters and spills.

It will also help if you remove the tray when you are checking the food as opposed to poking food that is cooking inside the oven. Each time you finish cooking, try putting an oven-safe bowl of water inside the oven, Heat the oven to a high temperature for about 20 minutes. This will effectively loosen grease and dirt. When the oven is cool, simply wipe it down to remove dirt and grime. A little effort given more frequently is better than a half-day of labor to clean a massive mess that has been left unattended for a long time.

How to Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless steel is often a huge challenge for homeowners to keep clean. It easily shows fingerprints and can sometimes look streaky. If you’re a new homeowner or you’ve never had stainless steel appliances, your experience with them may be quite limited. But if you already have stainless steel appliances then you may know that there are tons of products on the market for cleaning them and most of them don’t work.

So how do you clean your stainless steel appliances?

It’s important to know that there are several types of stainless steel in order to know how to clean your appliances. You might have to do some experimenting before you actually find the trick of the trade. Each appliance might require a slightly different method for cleaning. But nonetheless, there are a few things that remain the same when it comes to cleaning stainless steel.

Do…

Use a microfiber rag.

Wipe the surface with the grain versus against.

Shine the surface when you’re done.

Don’t

Use anything abrasive on your stainless steel. Wool pads are not an option.

Wipe with chlorine-based cleaners.

Apply oven cleaner.

Use tap water.

DIY Solutions

Remember how we talked about experimenting with your stainless steel? Well, we have found the top three DIY solutions to make for cleaning your stainless steel. One, if not all, of these methods, are bound to work for your appliances.

Tea Tree Oil 

Taking an empty spray bottle filled with water and about 8 to 10 drop of tea tree oil makes the perfect stainless steel appliance cleaner. Not only does this DIY cleaner make your appliances shine, the tea tree oil helps disinfect the surface with its antibacterial properties. Spray the solution on your appliance and wipe (with the grain) using your microfiber cleaning cloth.

Vinegar & Olive Oil

Similar to the tea tree oil solution, another option is to use vinegar. Fill your spray bottle with 1 part water and 1 part apple cider vinegar. Spray the solution on your appliance and wipe (with the grain) using your microfiber rag. Once you’re done apply a small amount of baby oil to your rag and slowly wipe (again with the grain) your appliance. The olive oil will help it shine and remove any streaks from the vinegar.

Dish Soap & Baby oil

Using Dawn dish soap and a microfiber cloth wipe down your appliance (against the grain). No need to water down your soap. But you can get your rag slightly damp if you’d like. When you’re done take some baby oil and wipe over your surface to remove any streaks from the soap and to make it shine.

In-Store Solutions

As we no know, most products on the market don’t work like they claim for cleaning your stainless steel. There are, however, a couple products that work on certain stainless steel surfaces.

Simple Green Stainless Steel Cleaner

For best results use this cleaner with a microfiber cleaning cloth. Microfiber cleaning cloths were made for cleaning. Unlike paper towel, they don’t absorb solutions or leave a paper trail. This makes them more viable cleaning tool.

Weiman Stainless Steel Wipes

Weiman actually has several products for cleaning stainless steel. But I’ve found their wipes to be most efficient in the kitchen. They’re handy and they don’t require a microfiber rag. Although microfiber rags are still the best for cleaning. These wipes are just simple. And they get the job done.

5 Cheap DIY Home Improvement Projects You Can Do Right Now

For the weekend warrior, one of the greatest joys in the world is the one of being a homeowner. It seems that no matter what projects get checked off the old to-do list, there is always something more to do. If you’re in the mood for some excellent, easy and affordable DIY home improvement ideas, definitely consider the following. If you need to prep your place beforehand or relieve it afterwards, call Maid Sailors and we’ll show up immediately.

First of all, take a look at the one room in every home that always needs a little sprucing up: the kitchen. Surprisingly, this is the area where the smallest changes can actually make the biggest, most aesthetically pleasing impacts. For example, have you ever considered how drab the wall area over your sinkmay be? It won’t appear to make much of a difference to you now because you’ve probably grown accustomed to it. Consider adding a backsplash to that little alcove; the effect will be mesmerizing. Subway-tiled backsplashes are an easy and affordable way to give that common area a real robust pop. Lucky for you, given you’re so busy, it’s also a project that can be completed in short order. It’s becoming such a popular DIY project that several home improvement shopping centers have even incorporated step-by-step instructions to aid you in this homestead endeavor. We recommend picking subway tile, for a classic (yet never understated) look. Use a neutral color, so the contrast with the white grout between the tile will really stand out.

Second, cabinets are not only a blessing for a convenient storage area but also offer a plethora of ideas. For a truly modern style, replace the standard solid doors with glass doors and brushed metallic knobs. The difference is anything but insignificant, as eyes will be immediately drawn to your new cabinet appearance (“where’d you get those cabinets, bro?”). Plus, from a practical perspective, you now have a convenient window into what you have stored and where you’ve placed it.

Third, keep surveying your home like a young Thomas Jefferson (a master surveyor, amongst other things). Do you have a door opening that could use a little attention? If so, sliding door hardware is readily available; further, this will easily fit into your home improvement build and budget. Why not look into barndoor hardware? By repurposing an old door with sliding rollers and a track above the door frame, you’ve instantly added a rustic touch to your living space.

Fourth, you can work on your curb appeal. The front doors on your home’s entrance are a blank canvas for ideas, so why not give it a little improving as well? A door is more than just some wood and a handle (it’s so much more!). Install an old-fashioned knocker, front and center and replace the locks and hinges to match. Choose a brushed finish — chrome, silver or brass will do nicely. It adds noticeable charm and is incredibly easy to install, and won’t leave a dent in your wallet.

Lastly, are you feeling particularly motivated? Do you have hardwood floors that could use some attention? If so, you should undoubtedly, you should consider refinishing the wood’s surface. This may seem intimidating at first, but it’s actually a process that is absolutely doable, and without a doubt will get you compliments. Begin by taking a belt sander to the floor’s surface, to remove imperfections and help level the wood out again. Make sure to follow the wood’s grain, for effective results. For corners, take an edge sander, minding the wood’s grain and keeping your work consistent. If the boards are aged, there are probably holes present, or possibly some gaps, so make sure that you tend to the imperfections with a wood filler (which is a similar color to the natural wood, of course). Finally, the real payoff happens. Pick a stain that really sticks out to you, something that matches your furniture or cabinets. Once you apply a few coats of stain, and follow up with some layers of finish, you’ll be amazed at how much of a difference you’ve made. Plus, you’ve just increased your home’s value as well.

Ultimately, home improvement projects are best when done with your own two hands. You get a real, honest sense of accomplishment, and you make your home new and refreshing once more. It’s easy to see why these home projects have becoming so popular, and addicting. Tour your home, and pick a new DIY adventure today. After you’re done, call Maid Sailors for that quicker-picker-upper.

How Do You Get Wine Out of a Carpet?

How Do You Get Wine Out of a Carpet?

Pre-Treatment

One of the best things you can do is pre-treat as soon as possible. The longer red wine remains on your carpet, couch, or clothing, the harder it will be to remove. After a spill, dip a sponge into cold water and squeeze gently over spilled wine until liquid has been absorbed, or blot excess liquid with paper towels or an absorbent rag. This helps prevent any further staining. But keep in mind that vinegar is less effective when used alone; so when dealing with red wine stains, make sure you use an absorbent sponge to soak up as much liquid as possible before adding vinegar—or else it will just sit there soaking up moisture from your carpet and cause even more problems down the road!

Use White Absorbent Materials.

If you’re looking for a way to clean up that one big spill, place some white absorbent material on top of it and allow it time to soak up all of that spilled wine. Some good options include paper towels, coffee filters or even old rags. Don’t forget—these materials may take a while to soak up all of those pesky wine stains, so be patient. If you have some extra time before you need your carpet back in pristine condition, consider placing an absorbent sheet on top and then covering it with a towel. This will prevent spillage from spreading while allowing your materials plenty of time to work their magic.

Use a Few Drops of Dishwashing Liquid on the Wet Spot.

Wait 30 minutes, and then blot with a clean, absorbent cloth. If that doesn’t work, make a paste out of baking soda and water and spread it over the wet area with a brush or your fingers. Let dry before you wipe up. Then try using club soda or rubbing alcohol—it might take several applications—before moving on to more powerful carpet cleaners.

Wait for it to Dry.

If you spill wine on your carpet, don’t try to get it out until it’s thoroughly dry. The liquid that results when alcohol mixes with water (ethanol and water) creates a cloudy stain that looks like red wine but is more difficult to clean. When your carpet is dry, use rubbing alcohol or club soda and blot up as much liquid as possible. Then mix one part white vinegar with two parts water in a bowl; using an eyedropper, apply a few drops and blot with paper towels or rags.

Blot the Area with Paper Towels Until You No Longer See Any Liquid.

Once you’ve emptied your glass and pulled out your cleaning supplies, it’s time to start mopping up. But, before you dive in, blot up as much liquid as possible with paper towels. This will prevent your cleaning solution from spreading throughout your carpet. And don’t rub: You’ll just push wine into a fine stain! If there are any visible stains left after blotting, use a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part distilled white vinegar (with no fragrances) and apply it with a sponge or cloth; let sit for 5 minutes. Blot dry with a clean towel.

Wipe with a Clean Damp Cloth.

Once wine is spilled, it’s important to act quickly before it has a chance to soak in. Dampen a cloth with water and gently wipe up any excess liquid. The faster you clean up spills, the easier they will be to remove from your carpet or rug. You might even consider buying several white cloths specifically for use on spots and stains on your carpets and rugs; be sure that they are laundered frequently to stay clean.

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Hiring a TV Mounting Service

You’ve just treated yourself to a nice, new flat-screen television with a crystal-clear picture and incredible sound. But before you can really sit down and enjoy it, you need to get it mounted to your wall. Mounting a television to your wall rather than placing it on an entertainment stand can free up square footage in your home; it can also create a cleaner and more streamlined look in any space.

Still, mounting a TV can be a time-consuming task—and if it’s something you’ve never done before, you may want to hire a professional for the job. The good news is that whether you decide to hire a pro or attempt to mount your own TV, there are some practical yet effective steps you can take to get the job done as quickly as possible. From there, you can get to binge-watching your favorite shows on your new television.

Hire a Professional or DIY?

The first thing you’ll need to do is to decide whether you’re going to mount the TV yourself or turn to a professional to have the job done. Each option has its inherent benefits and potential drawbacks, so consider them carefully as you make your decision.

Benefits of DIY TV Mounting

The biggest advantage of mounting your own TV is that it saves you money; aside from having to purchase the TV-mounting hardware, the only thing this DIY project needs to cost you is your time. And of course, when you mount your own television, you don’t have to worry about working around a professional’s schedule. As soon as you get your TV mount, you can tackle this project.

Still, DIYing this project is something you should only do if you have the right tools and experience. Common tools you’ll need include a power drill, stud finder, level, and wrenches. If you’re looking to mount an especially large and heavy TV, keep in mind that you’ll also need the strength to lift the TV up in order to mount it to the wall.

Advantages of Hiring a Professional

If you don’t have the right tools or aren’t totally confident with mounting your own TV for any reason, there’s nothing wrong with hiring a professional to get this job done. Doing so can free up your own valuable time while also saving you the money you would spend on acquiring the tools/hardware you need to do the job yourself.

When you hire a professional to mount your TV, you can also enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that it’s being done by an experienced worker who has likely mounted dozens or even hundreds of televisions in the past. You may need a home cleaning service if you do not want to clean up after.

Choosing the Right TV Mounting Hardware

Whether you end up hiring a pro or tackling your own TV-mounting project, you’ll need the right mounting hardware to get started. As you shop for a TV mount, there are a few tips that’ll help you make the right choice.

Consider Your Wall Material

If you’re mounting your TV to a traditional drywall, you shouldn’t have any issues finding a mount that comes with the necessary drywall anchors and other small hardware to get the job done. However, if you’ll be mounting your TV to another type of surface, such as plaster or brick, keep in mind that other hardware may be needed. Special drills and drill bits, for example, will be required to mount to a brick or cement wall. This hardware may or may not be included with your TV mount, so be sure to check and buy accordingly.

Choose the Right Weight Limit

The weight and size limit on your TV mount is vital; if your TV weighs more than your mount is rated to hold, the mount itself could end up failing—resulting in your TV crashing to the ground and potentially causing a serious injury. With this in mind, be sure to carefully research the size and weight limits on potential TV mounts and purchase one that is rated to hold at least the weight of your television.

Look for Other Features

You can find all kinds of clever features in today’s TV mounts. For example, some may come with the ability to tilt or pivot your television screen, which can make for easier viewing at different angles or even in other rooms of your home. Some TV mounts may also come with additional shelving for things like cable boxes, video game consoles, and Blu-ray players. Take some time to consider which features are most important to you when choosing a TV mount so you can more easily narrow down your options.

Tips for Mounting Your Own TV

So, you’ve decided to take the DIY approach and mount your own TV. Great! Before you get started, take some time to review these practical tips.

Know Your Limits

First of all, understand that mounting a TV can be quite the upper-body workout; this will be especially true if you’re mounting a large TV. Even though televisions have come a long way in the past several years and are more lightweight than ever, they can still be heavy and cumbersome to lift. With this in mind, don’t be afraid to ask a trusted friend for help in lifting the TV when the time comes to attach it to the mount. The last thing you need is to accidentally drop/damage your new TV—or to injure yourself!

Invest in a Quality Stud Finder

If you’re mounting your TV to drywall, you’ll need to drill into the studs. These can be difficult to find without a quality stud finder, so pick one up at your local hardware store or order one online. You can also locate studs in your home by looking for electrical outlets or light switches. Typically, these are installed directly on a stud, and studs are located anywhere from 16-22 inches apart from there.

Use Tools to Hide Wires

A mounted TV with wires hanging all over the place isn’t a great look. If you’re taking the time to mount your TV, do it correctly by hiding the wires. You can do this by either hiding them in the wall or even bundling and running them through a wire-hiding strip that can adhere to the wall. Most of these strips are designed to be painted to match your walls as well.

Don’t Forget the Level

Once the mount is installed, be sure to check and be sure that it is completely level before attaching your TV. If things aren’t looking perfectly level after your TV is attached, check the instructions that came with your mounting kit. Usually, these mounts are able to be slightly adjusted in either direction to achieve a level appearance even if your installation wasn’t 100% perfect or precise.

How to Find the Right TV-Mounting Professional

There’s no shame in saving your own time and hassle by hiring a professional to mount your TV for you. Just make sure you choose the right person (or company) for the job by following these steps.

Make Sure They’ll Use Your Mount

If you’ve already purchased a mount, start by making sure that the company you’re considering will use the hardware you provide. Most will, but some may insist that you use their hardware or purchase the hardware from them directly.

Ask About Hiding Wires

You’ll also want to make sure that the company you hire will take the time to carefully conceal any wires so they are out of sight after the TV is mounted. Find out exactly what the “game plan” is for hiding your wires, whether it be running them through the wall or using a concealing strip.

Request Proof of Insurance

You’re more-or-less hiring a stranger to handle your new (and likely expensive) TV, so it’s in your best interest to make sure the person/company you hire carries liability insurance. This way, in the event that your TV (or any of your other property) is accidentally damaged, you won’t be left to pay for it. The same applies if the person who is mounting your TV is injured on-the-job.

Inquire About Pricing and Timelines

Price is always a concern when hiring a professional for this type of work, so make sure your TV-mounting services are being fairly priced. Find out whether the company you’re looking to hire charges by the hour or charges a flat fee for the entire project. You may also want to find out how many people will be sent out to complete the job. For example, if you’re having an especially large TV mounted, you’ll probably want to make sure there are at least two people being sent out to get the job done safely and efficiently.

Don’t forget to ask about the timeline for the project, either. While most TV-mounting projects can be completed in the matter of just a few hours, it is possible that a busy company may not be able to come out to your home for a week or two. If you’re having your TV mounted for an upcoming event that you’re hosting at your home, you’ll need to make sure that you have plenty of time to have the project done before your scheduled event.

Read Third-Party Reviews

Before you hire anybody to mount a TV in your home, take some time to read third-party reviews from real customers who have hired them in the past. This will help you get a better idea of how other clients have enjoyed (or not enjoyed) their experience with the company or professional. If you can’t find reviews for a company you’re considering, don’t hesitate to ask them for a list of references or testimonials.

Keeping Your TV (And More!) Dust-Free

Once your TV is mounted, you can sit back, relax, and begin watching your favorite movies and television shows! From there, it’s simply a matter of keeping your TV clean and dust-free so you can enjoy crystal-clear picture each time you turn it on. Of course, this can be easier said than done. If you’re looking for help in keeping your TV screens (and the rest of your home) dust-free, it may be time to do yourself a favor and hire a maid service.

At Maid Sailors, we offer thorough house-cleaning services and office cleaning services to suit your needs and budget. From light cleaning and dusting to deep-cleaning and everything in between, our experienced professionals are here to serve you. Give us a call at (212) 299-5170 and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have or schedule your first service today. You can also use our convenient online form to book your cleaning appointment now!

How to Clean Your Hardwood Floors Effectively

Neat and clean hardwood floors make a room more attractive and comfortable. Hardwood floors make a beautiful touch about a room. Every owner wants that hardwood floors of his/her room must be neat and clean to make the room beautiful and attractive.

And hardwood floors also a great investment, so you must be careful about it. Most of the people think it is difficult to clean hardwood floors. As most of the hardwood floors are finished with polyurethane, it is easy to keep it clean. Here are some smart cleaning methods for you that will keep your hardwood floors neat and clean.

Maintenances/Prerequisites

You should protect your hardwood floors from dirt and dust. If you concern about the protection of your hardwood floors, that will reduce both your struggles and cost. You may follow some instructions or maintenances some rules for your room. Such as:

  • Don’t allow shoes in the room. When you back to home from work, your shoes must get dirt. So you must avoid using shoes in the room.
  • Using floor protectors under furniture to prevent stains. It is a better way to avoid dark spots.
  • Maintain some regularity of cleaning/sweeping the floor.

Determining The Kind of Hardwood Finish

 It is also an important task to determine the hardwood finish. It is easy to spot in prefinished hardwood floors. If you find finished floors, it is easy to clean. Because new floors have polyurethane-based surface-seal and it easy to clean.

Since the prefinished surface-seal isn’t well surface-sealed, it is difficult to clean. Prefinished surface floors can be damaged easily with dirt and water. But, how do you find the finished floors?

There is an easy way to find it. You can place a few drops of water on the floors. If the water is soaked by the wood, your floors will be prefinished. 

Regular Sweeping

Regular sweeping is the best way to prevent the hardwood floors from being stained and damage. You may use a microfiber cleaning pad for regular sweeping. A microfiber cleaning pad is good enough to sweep the dirt and particles of your floor. Regular sweeping/dusting is the most important part that will prevent your hardwood floors from scratches and damages. Because regular sweeping removes all the dirt and particles that help to create the stain.

Vacuuming

One of the most important parts that you must do is vacuuming. Vacuuming is essential to remove dirt from trouble areas like the joint area of two pieces of hardwood and corners of the room. If you start to clean your hardwood floors without vacuuming, dirt will create scratches on the floors.

You must be careful about your vacuum cleaner. A good vacuum cleaner is the prerequisite of perfect vacuuming. You may use a canister vacuum cleaner. It is the best one with the attachment of long and oval floor brush. You must be careful about vacuuming because it is dangerous to clean your hardwood floors before proper vacuuming.

Burnish/Polish

Burnishing your floor in every few months is a great habit of cleaning hardwood floors. It helps to renew the finish and protect the hardwood floors. It is also helpful to fill the scratches. Although polishing is an easy task, it has some prerequisites.

Before polishing you have to ensure that there is no dirt on the floor. So you have to vacuum your hardwood floors very well for removing all the dirt. Because you already know that polishing your floor with dirt will create scratches on your hardwood floors. Since hardwood floors don’t have any storage to reserve dirt like carpet, Burnishing is an easy task for it.

Cleaning Process

You should know that hardwood floors are easy to clean. There is no way to trap dirt in hardwood floors like carpet. As you are sweeping and vacuuming your floors regularly, there is no need to clean it regularly. You should clean it when it really needs to clean. Because regular clean may harm your floors.

You know much water is very harmful to hardwood floors, so you must be careful about choosing hardwood floors cleaner. You should choose a pH neutral and water-based floor cleaner. You may use Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner spray. First, you spray with the cleaner and then mop your floor. For mopping, you may use a microfiber mop, as it is good enough to pick up the dirt. If you find a heavy stain, you may use baking soda to the stain to remove the spot.

Sometimes you may use another stain removal when you find dark spots. You can use vinegar for the dark spots and odorless mineral spirits for white spots. For oil-based stains, you should cover the area with a soft cloth and dishwashing water.

After a few minutes, you should rinse it with clean water. If you notice that after all your efforts your hardwood floors remain word down, you should call a professional to refinish it.

Other Considerations

You know that cleaning a hardwood floor easy an easy task. But you must be careful because careless cleaning can damage your floors. Here some extra tips for you and you must be considered on it. It can help you to be conscious when cleaning.  Here are some considerations for you:

  • Using proper tools: Using proper tools is essential for perfect cleaning. You should choose a proper hardwood floors cleaner. Bona Hard Wood Cleaner Spray can be useful. And you can use microfiber mop for dusting.
  • Avoiding things: It is better to avoid steam cleaning. You know that much water is harmful for your floors. If your floors are not well-finished, steam will be dangerous for the wood. And it may damage the floors. Vinegar and soap-based cleaners are also harmful. You must avoid using those.
  • Maintaining some rules: You may apply some rules and regulations that will help to keep the floors clean. You should make these rules on your own.
  • Area: Which area do you live is an important matter. If you live in a high traffic area, you need to sweep and mop your hardwood floors more often.

At the time of hardwood floors cleaning, you must be careful about these considerations. That will help you to clean your hardwood floors effectively. If you notice that the situation is beyond your control, you must inform to a professional.