How To Clean A Coffee Maker

If you can’t start your day without caffeine, then your coffee maker is probably the most over-worked appliance in your kitchen or office. You may rely on it each morning to provide you with the energy you need to power through your day. Like most small kitchen appliances, however, your coffee maker needs a little TLC to keep it running smoothly.

When was the last time you cleaned your coffee maker? We’re talking a full cleaning of all its parts—not just emptying out and washing the carafe. If it’s been awhile or if you can say you’ve never cleaned your coffee maker, now is the time to make it happen. Deep-cleaning your coffee maker is a lot easier than you might think, and it doesn’t take long.

The Importance of Cleaning Your Coffee Maker

There are so many reasons to clean your coffee maker regularly. For starters, traditional coffee makers that rely on a water basin can develop mold over time. Even once your coffee is brewed, excess moisture and water droplets remain in the basin of your coffee maker. Over time, this can become a breeding ground for bacteria, mildew, and mold. And of course, all of that ends up in your coffee the next time it’s brewed. Yuck.

Cleaning your coffee maker can also help prolong the life expectancy of this important appliance. When your coffee maker isn’t cleaned often, it can develop scale and other build-ups over time that can cause premature wear-and-tear. As a result, you may need to replace your coffee maker prematurely. And unless you’re buying a very basic coffee maker, you’ll probably be spending a pretty penny on a new one! In this sense, taking the time to clean your coffee maker can save you money.

Last but certainly not least, a clean coffee maker can result in better tasting coffee. If you’ve noticed that your coffee tastes a little “off,” there’s a good chance it’s in need of a cleaning. Contaminants from the unwashed water basin or other parts of the appliance could be making their way into your coffee and affecting its flavor.

How Often Should You Clean Your Coffee Maker?

In addition to basic cleaning after each brew cycle (emptying and washing the carafe, as well as cleaning out the filter), you should be deep cleaning your coffee maker fairly regularly. The frequency with which your coffee maker needs to be cleaned can vary depending on how often you use it. If you use your coffee maker daily, then a monthly deep clean is recommended. If you use it less frequently, then you may be able to get away with a deep cleaning every few months or every time you get an office cleaning service. Ultimately, you should use your best judgment here and remember that there’s no such thing as keeping your coffee maker too clean.

Signs Your Coffee Maker Needs To be Cleaned

There are also some specific signs you can be on the lookout for that may indicate your coffee maker is in need of a deep cleaning.

For starters, check the water basin for signs of mold or mildew. Is there a musty smell coming from the basin itself? Are there water droplets present even after your coffee maker is done brewing? If so, then there could also be mold or mildew in your coffee maker that will require a deep cleaning to get rid of. As you can probably imagine, ingesting mold spores along with your morning brew isn’t good for your health.

Another sign that your coffee maker needs to be cleaned is a build-up of scale or mineral deposits. Over time, these can affect the performance of your coffee maker if not removed. Scale and mineral deposits are most common if your home has hard water. You may be able to avoid future build-up by using distilled or purified water when making your coffee.

Finally, if you’ve noticed that your coffee tastes “off” lately, this is another sign that your coffee maker could benefit from a deep cleaning. This is especially true if you haven’t changed anything else about your coffee-making routine, such as the brand of coffee grounds you buy. Taking the time to clean your coffee maker can help remove impurities that could be affecting the taste and quality of your brew.

Cleaning a Coffee Maker: Step-by-Step

Ready to give your hard-working coffee maker the deep cleaning it deserves? You’ll need just a few supplies to get started. The good news is that you probably already have most (if not all) of these supplies on-hand:

  • white vinegar
  • a sponge
  • a damp cloth or dish towel
  • a dry cloth or dish towel
  • a gentle dish soap

1. Empty and Clean Removable Parts

Start by emptying your coffee maker’s carafe and throwing out any used filters from the last brew cycle. Take some time to wash any removable parts, such as the filter holder and the carafe itself. If your coffee maker has a removable water basin, you will also want to take this out and wash it thoroughly.

If there is any heavy scale build-up, you may also want to use a clean toothbrush or other small scrub brush to remove it. Scrubbing gently in small, circular motions tends to get the best results.

2. Mix Up a Cleaning Solution

Next, it’s time to make your cleaning solution. All you have to do is mix one party warm water to one part white vinegar. The nice thing about this cleaning solution is that it’s completely safe and chemical-free, yet it is effective enough to completely clean out your coffee maker.

3. Fill the Water Chamber

Now that you have your cleaning solution, the next step is to fill up your coffee maker’s water chamber. Fill it completely, just as you would if you were brewing a full pot of coffee. The best way to ensure the right measurement here is to use your carafe as a measuring device. Fill it halfway with vinegar and halfway with water, then mix thoroughly before pouring into the water basic.

4. Start (And Stop, and Start) the Brew Cycle

Now that the water basin is full, it’s time to let your coffee maker take over and do a lot of the work for you. Start running a brew cycle, but shut it off halfway through. This will allow the vinegar cleaning solution to sit and work its magic, thoroughly cleaning all the internal parts of your coffee maker that you’d never be able to reach otherwise.

After about an hour, run the remainder of the brew cycle.

5. Run a Complete Water Brew Cycle

After the brew cycle with the vinegar solution is complete, your coffee maker will be cleaner than ever. However, you’ll still want to run a freshwater brew cycle before you make any coffee. This will remove any remaining vinegar that, while harmless, could affect the flavor of your coffee. You’ll also want to take the time to rinse and wash your carafe again.

If there is any lingering vinegar smell after you’ve run a water cycle, feel free to run a couple more cycles of just water through your coffee maker.

6. Enjoy Your Fresh Coffee!

You may also want to wipe down the exterior of your coffee maker once all the internal parts are cleaned. From there, your coffee maker should be good as new, and your coffee will likely be tasting better than ever. From here, just be sure to keep up with daily cleaning of your carafe and other removable parts. As needed, you can complete additional deep-cleanings to keep your coffee tasting its best and to prevent unnecessary wear-and-tear on this precious appliance.

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DoorDash Tipping Guide: What You Need To Know Before You Order

These days, you don’t need to leave the comfort of your home to enjoy your favorite restaurant foods. Meal-delivery services such as GrubHub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash make it possible to order meals directly to your door from fast-food joints, sit-down restaurants, food trucks, and every option in between.

These services rely on drivers who work as independent contractors to pick-up food orders and make deliveries to customers’ doors—all while using their own personal vehicles and gas. Each service has its own unique policies and systems for paying its drivers, though all food-delivery platforms offer an option for customers to tip their drivers.

DoorDash has one of the more confusing driver pay platforms, which can make it difficult for customers to know whether they should be tipping their drivers (known as “Dashers”) and, if so, how much of the tip actually ends up in the drivers’ pockets. If you order on DoorDash regularly or are thinking about trying this service in the near future, having a better understanding of how their payment platform works can help you make an informed decision regarding how much to tip your delivery driver.

What Is DoorDash?

DoorDash is a food-delivery platform that began in Palo Alto, California in 2013 and has since expanded to more than 600 cities across North America. Users who wish to order food through DoorDash can create a free account and enter their delivery address to see a list of participating restaurants in their area. From there, users can order their food directly through the DoorDash app (or on the DoorDash website).

Once an order is placed, users can also track their order to see when it has been picked up by the Dasher and when it is estimated to arrive at their delivery address. Like many similar services, users can rate their experience with their Dasher after their order is delivered and provide other feedback. The app and website also give users an opportunity to leave a driver gratuity when an order is placed.

DoorDash delivery fees can vary depending on the restaurant from which the customer is ordering, as well as other factors. However, delivery fees are sometimes waived for special promotions and new customers.

Understanding The DoorDash Pay Structure

DoorDash revised its Dasher payment terms in recent years—and while these changes have resulted in overall greater retention and higher Dasher satisfaction, the new payment structure can be a bit confusing. Specifically, DoorDash uses a special algorithm that calculates a “guaranteed minimum” amount of money that a Dasher will make from completing a given delivery. This minimum is calculated based on a number of factors, including the complexity of the delivery, traffic, and more.

In addition to guaranteed minimums, DoorDash always guarantees that they will kick in an additional dollar for each completed delivery, as well as $100 of any tips provided. In any instance where the tip plus $1 from DoorDash doesn’t meet the guaranteed minimum, DoorDash will also kick in a “pay boost” to ensure that the driver receives the guaranteed minimum amount.

Should You Tip Your Dasher?

As you may be able to gather from the pay model, DoorDash seems to rely heavily on the assumption that customers will tip their drivers in order to meet their “guaranteed minimum” pay amounts. Some have argued that this is problematic because it appears as though DoorDash is using customer gratuities to supplement driver pay.

Regardless of how you feel about the DoorDash payment structure, the fact remains that you should generally tip your delivery driver. Not only do drivers rely on tips to make a decent living, but you must also take into consideration that these drivers use their own personal vehicles and gas to pick up and deliver your food.

At the end of the day, the decision to tip is entirely yours—but be sure to keep in mind how the DoorDash pay structure works and the fact that drivers are providing a valuable service to you. At the time you place your order, the DoorDash app will automatically calculate and prompt you to leave a 15% tip. However, you can adjust this as you see fit.

Recommended Tipping Amounts For DoorDash

If you’re going to tip your DoorDash driver, it is recommended that you follow general service-industry tipping guidelines. In other words, think about tipping the same amount you would tip your server at a restaurant or your pizza delivery driver. In most areas, this equates about 15%-20% of your total bill.

Of course, it’s not always this cut-and-dry. For example, DoorDash frequently runs special promotions that will give you a certain dollar amount off your order or waive your delivery fee. When you’re taking advantage of these kinds of discounts, you should still tip your driver based on the full amount before any promotions or discounts. For example, if you have a $20 order but use a promotional code to drop your total down to $15, you should still leave your tip based on the $20 total. If you’re tipping 20%, this will equate to a $4 tip. This is similar to Postmates tipping etiquette.

You may want to take other factors into consideration when tipping your Dasher as well. For example, if you know that your driver had to drive through heavy rush hour traffic to make your delivery, you might consider throwing an extra dollar or two his or her way to make up for the additional time, gas, and vehicle wear-and-tear. The same applies if your driver went above and beyond, such as by returning to the restaurant to retrieve an item that an employee forgot to put in your bag.

And of course, if you have an especially poor experience with your Dasher, you are justified in lowering your tip amount if desired. Just be sure that you aren’t “punishing” your driver for things that were beyond his or her control. For example, it’s not your driver’s fault if there was an accident on the freeway that caused your delivery to be a few minutes late.

When To Tip Your Dasher

Another common question people have when it comes to using the DoorDash platform is when they should leave their driver a tip. The DoorDash app prompts users to tip their drivers at the same time they place their order. However, some users may be uncomfortable with tipping before they know what kind of service they’re going to receive. For example, a user may not want to leave a 20% tip on an order and then regret it when they have a bad experience.

The good news is that DoorDash allows users to change their tip amount after-the-fact by visiting the Delivery Help page; here, tips can be adjusted as needed. This includes adding a tip when you did not leave one at the time you placed your order. If you did leave a tip but want to adjust it, you can increase or decrease as you see fit. Your delivery driver will be notified of any changes in your gratuity.

Benefits Of Tipping In Cash

For those who are uncomfortable with the idea of tipping through the DoorDash app or leaving a tip before they know what kind of service they’re going to receive, there is always the option of tipping Dashers in cash at the time of delivery. There is no requirement that drivers receive tips directly through the DoorDash app, and a cash tip can actually work out in the Dasher’s favor by increasing the total amount they make off your delivery.

Here’s how.

When you tip your Dasher in cash, DoorDash has no record of it. Instead, they see that the driver has not made the minimum guaranteed amount for the order, so they kick in the amount required to meet that minimum. On top of that, the driver receives the cash tip that you provided. This increases the driver’s total pay for the delivery without costing you an extra penny. In addition, paying cash makes the Dasher a happier person as they can readily use the money and not have to wait until payday. Tipping cash is common for the maid service industry. If you want to read about maid tipping etiquette, read our maid tipping etiquette guide.

Many drivers also appreciate cash tips because they’re able to pocket the money right away, rather than waiting for DoorDash to pay-out. And when you consider some of the controversy about DoorDash using tips to pay their drivers, tipping in cash can help to avoid this issue altogether.

If you do decide not to tip in cash but to use the app instead, feel free to let your driver know once he or she arrives with your order. This way, there won’t be any misunderstanding and your driver will know that you are leaving a tip. Just be sure that if you didn’t leave your tip in the app at the time you ordered, that you don’t forget to go back and add it. Unfortunately, this is something that happens all too often and can really ruin a driver’s day.

The Bottom Line On DoorDash and Tipping

As you can see, DoorDash has one of the more complicated payment structures for its drivers. As a DoorDash user, however, the most important thing to remember is that drivers rely heavily on tips to make a living. Not only are they putting wear and tear on their personal vehicles to make your deliveries, but they’re also paying for their own gas and often going above and beyond to ensure you get the food you want in a timely manner.

When it comes to tipping your Dasher, feel free to tip through the app if that will be most convenient to you. The tip amount will simply be charged to your credit card along with the rest of your order total (and remember, you can always adjust your tip amount after your delivery if you desire). If you can, however, most Dashers will prefer to be tipped in cash. A cash tip will increase the total payout the driver receives for your order while also putting some money in your driver’s pocket right away.

With so many different food-delivery platforms available these days, all customers should be aware of and follow general tipping etiquette. Tipping your driver can help to ensure excellent ongoing service while keeping these time-saving delivery apps in business. And remember, when you need a little help cleaning up after ordering all that restaurant take-out, Maid Sailors is here to help. Book your professional cleaning service today!

Raising A Family In Hoboken: What You Need To Know

Whether you’ve recently moved to Hoboken or are considering a move here, you probably have a lot of questions. These questions may be multiplied if you have children or plan on starting a family in the near future. Hoboken is a wonderful town and can be a great place to raise kids, but there are some things you’ll want to know.

You Might Be in the Minority With Kids

For starters, consider the fact that the average citizen in Hoboken is just 30 years of age, is not married, and doesn’t have children. In fact, children make up a very small percentage of the town’s 50,000 people. And while Hoboken can be a great place to start or raise a family due to its low crime and great schools, it is important to understand that you may be in the minority as a parent.

The good news is that there are plenty of online parenting groups that make it easy to connect with and meet other local parents not just in Hoboken, but in the nearby Jersey City and NYC-metropolitan area as well.

Finding Housing for Families in Hoboken

Another potential challenge to consider when it comes to raising a family in Hoboken is simply finding a residence that’s large enough to accommodate a growing family within your budget. The cost of living in Hoboken is already significantly higher than the national average—and housing prices are no exception. Whether you’re looking to buy or rent, you should be prepared to shell out top-dollar for a space that has enough bedrooms, bathrooms, and overall square footage for a family.

Median prices per-square-foot in Hoboken are well over $700, so if you’re looking for a place that has at least two bedrooms and two bathrooms with plenty of living space, you should be prepared to spend a pretty penny. Furthermore, because single-family homes can be difficult to come by in Hoboken, you may have a harder time finding a property in your budget that has yard space for kids.

The good news? There are plenty of parks and area activities to keep your kids entertained without necessarily having yard space of your own. Many condominium buildings have a common yard space that may even include playgrounds or parks. And as an added bonus, you won’t have to worry about doing any yard work or lawn maintenance, as this will likely be built into your monthly HOA cost already.

Hoboken Has Excellent Schools

There are more that 30 different schools across Hoboken, which is pretty impressive when you consider that the entire town of Hoboken consists of less than two square miles. This includes some colleges as well as elementary, middle, and high schools. Private schools can also be found across Hoboken, though the public schooling system here is excellent. Whether they choose to enroll their children in public or private school, parents can feel great about their children’s quality of education in Hoboken.

Family-Friendly Activities in Hoboken

While Hoboken is largely known for its nightlife in the form of bars, taverns, and breweries, there are plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy in Hoboken as well. Because the town is situated right along the Hudson River, many families enjoy regular trips to the waterfront for activities such as fishing and walking. The riverfront also has some great parks that have activities for children of all ages. And of course, setting up a picnic along the water can always make for a great afternoon activity. You can also view our Hoboken activity guide.

Hoboken also has a movie theater, which is a popular spot for families. Here, you can catch the latest movies without having to go far from home.

Still, because of the nightlife in Hoboken, parents should be aware that noise levels (especially at night) can be higher than what you would find in other cities. The high population density, combined with the proximity of bars and clubs, means that the streets of Hoboken can get quite loud at night. Some parents with smaller children may have a harder time adjusting to this, but setting up a white noise machine in your child’s room can help to drown out any street noise. And if you have the ability to choose, you might opt for a unit on an upper floor of your condo or apartment building.

Tips for Busy Parents in Hoboken

Many parents who choose to raise families in Hoboken do so for a number of reasons. For starters, they may work in New York City but prefer to raise their children away from the hustle and bustle of a large city. Many parents are also drawn to the low crime rates in Hoboken, which have always been pretty low but have fallen even more in the past couple of years. All of this, combined with the smaller-town feel of Hoboken’s streets, can make it a great place to start or raise a family.

Still, there are some tips worth keeping in mind if you’re thinking about moving here with children of any age. For starters, understand that the majority of Hoboken residents don’t own cars and that parking can be a challenge. If you have a mini-van or other larger vehicle to accommodate your family, you will probably have a hard time finding a place to park it. Some condominiums or apartments will offer parking lots or parking garages for this purpose, but they will come at a premium.

With the availability of public transportation and the easy walkability of the town, many people get around just fine without a car all year-round. Even if you’ll be working in nearby Manhattan, you should have an easy time getting in and out of the city each day without a car. Meanwhile, you and your children will enjoy getting more exercise by getting around without a vehicle.

Another tip worth keeping in mind for busy Hoboken parents is to consider budgeting for a professional cleaning service. Doing so will allow you to maximize your time with your family while still keeping your home in order. Maid Sailors offers a wide range of professional cleaning services to suit your needs, including move-in/move-out cleanings, routine cleanings, green cleanings, and even deep-cleanings at affordable prices. We also serve NYC and the surrounding areas, including Hoboken.

Find out more about our wide range of professional cleaning services by contacting us today, or schedule your first cleaning using our online form. Either way, having a cleaning service at your Hoboken home is a great way to free up more time to spend with your family—and it’s more affordable than you might think!

8 Tips To Transform Your Living Room Space

Your living room is the room that you often find yourself spending a lot of time in. It’s where you watch TV with your family, sit down and visit when you have company. Your living room is also probably one of the first areas that your guests will see when they enter your home.

You want it to be comfortable and visually appealing while making the most of the space you have. There are many different ways that you can transform your living room with spending little to low money.

Layout

Sometimes, simply rearranging your furniture can help you make the space look and feel more pleasant. This can help you make the most of your living room and give it that fresh, new, look.

When you arrange your furniture in different areas, you also want to rearrange the pictures and any decorations you have on your wall too.

If you have any decor or furniture that you can bring from another room into your living room you can add a unique flare that you didn’t have before. Sometimes, using what you already have to make something new is all it takes to make it feel truly transformed.

Change the Color

If you are looking for a louder statement than simply hanging around your furniture, you can go with a whole new look by changing up the color. This can be done by painting the room or even adding wallpaper, which has made a comeback recently.

If you aren’t sure that you want to go as drastic as painting the whole room a completely different color, you can paint an accent wall and tie everything together with the new wall decor.

Decorating Your Floor

If you have hardwood floors, you can add a little flare by getting an area rug or a type of carpet that can fit underneath your coffee table or end tables.

If you have carpeting, you can also do this which is fun because you can find area rugs that tie in color from the carpeting and your furniture to bring everything together.

Furniture Covers

If you aren’t ready to throw out your perfectly good furniture and start from scratch, you can buy covers that can change up the color scheme of your living room that is tailored to fit your chairs and couch. This is a great way to make something old look new while saving a little bit of money in the process.

Lighting

Lighting can make or break your living room space. You want a light that isn’t harsh but gives you enough light to entertain or spend time reading. Certain lighting techniques can also make a small space look larger and warmer.

If you want to add smart lighting or any new type of lighting to your living room, you can hire an electrician who can rewire and get you set up with the perfect system that can create a nice mood for your living space. If you are an electrician who specializes in lighting systems for the home there are options for you to manage these projects.

Natural Lighting

Make use of the windows you may have in your living room by letting in some natural light. If you have heavy curtains up, you can switch to sheer curtains that cover your windows but make the natural light come in softly.

There are also fun window decals that you can put over your windows that allow privacy while giving a neat prism effect as the light catches through them.

Add Plants

Having indoor plants has great health benefits and also makes the room look fresh and comfortable. Some indoor plants act as filters against allergens and other respiratory irritants in the air. On top of purifying your air, they provide a great aesthetic environment to the area.

Decor

Sometimes, the simplest things can make a big difference. You can opt to change out all of your pictures. You can stick with a theme when it comes to your wall decor and little knick-knacks that you set out on your table space.

Portraits on canvas add a great pop of color and make family portraits look more colorful and lively. Tapestries are also a fun way to decorate a wall and add a little color.

There are also things you can add to any flat surface such as a coffee table or end table. Lamps with decorative lamp shades, figurines or plaques that have inspiring messages on them can all help to tie into your space and make it look new.

Transforming your living room can be fun and can add a sense of newness to something that may have felt old and tired to you. If you are uncertain of where to start, you can always start with something small. Anyone of the choices above can work. Or you can do all of them and enjoy your new space.

Marie Erhart is a Success Manager at FieldPulse, creators of field service software that lets you run your entire contracting business from a single app. She works with contractors to help them grow their business using best practices.

Living In Hoboken NJ: What You Need To Know

Hoboken, New Jersey is a relatively small town located on the Hudson River waterfront. Its proximity to Manhattan—along with its more affordable cost of living, has made it a popular place to live and work for decades. In recent years, however, more people have been flocking to Hoboken to escape the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple without being too far away from the action.

If you’re considering a move to Hoboken, New Jersey, there are some things you need to know in order to make your decision. From having a better understanding of Hoboken’s housing availability, Hoboken cleaning services, and cost of living to learning more about things to see and do in the area, a little information can go a long way in deciding whether a move to Hoboken is right for you.

General Information About Hoboken

Compared to Manhattan and other major NYC neighborhoods, Hoboken is a relatively small town, consisting of just a little over 53,000 residents according to the 2010 United States Census. Many people who live in Hoboken work in New York City but prefer to live somewhere a little quieter and less densely populated. Despite its small population, however, it is important to realize that the entire town is just 1.25 square miles large. It is also worth noting that the median age of a Hoboken resident is just 30, making it a relatively “young” town.

From a safety standpoint, Hoboken is about as safe as any other urban area that you may be considering a move to. Of course, there is going to be some level of crime no matter where you live, but statistically, instances of violent crime in Hoboken are relatively slim. In fact, overall crime dropped between 2017 and 2018. Violent crime specifically is down 8.4% and non-violent crime is down 19.1%, according to a statement from Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante.

The climate in Hoboken is typical of the northeast United States. Many residents enjoy being able to experience all four seasons throughout the year, and it is worth noting that Hoboken is absolutely beautiful during the fall. During the winter, temperatures can drop quite a bit and snowfall can be significant, though many residents enjoy the beauty of the town during the holiday season. No matter which season is your favorite, you’ll be able to experience it in Hoboken. Unfortunately, that also comes with having to experience your least-favorite season(s)!

Hoboken has some interesting history as well. Did you know, for example, that the first American baseball game was first played in Hoboken back in 1846? Today, Hoboken’s claim-to-fame is that it’s considered the Hipster Capital of America.

Housing Availability and Pricing In Hoboken

From a cost-of-living standpoint, Hoboken is a lot more affordable than nearby Manhattan and other parts of NYC—which is what draws many people to the town in the first place. Still, the cost of living in Hoboken is quite high compared to national averages, earning it an “F” cost-of-living grade from AreaVibes.com. When you live in Hoboken, you will pay more for everything from basic groceries and goods to housing, so you’ll want to be prepared.

Speaking of housing, there is a high demand for housing in Hoboken due to the large influx of people who have been moving to the area in the past several years. Currently, the demand for housing outweighs the supply, which can make finding housing within your budget a bit challenging. The good news is that there is new residential housing development happening all across town, so there should be greater availability as these begin opening up.

The majority of the housing in Hoboken comes in the form of apartments or condominiums. Single-family homes are few and far between—and as you can probably imagine, the costs of single-family homes in Hoboken are astronomical. Even smaller condominiums can easily start around $250,000 for those interested in buying, as the median cost-per-square-foot hovers around $738. Meanwhile, the median rental price is $2,725 per month. Still, this is significantly less than the median rental rate for Manhattan, which is a whopping $3,400 per month.

Because of Hoboken’s small size, there’s a good chance that wherever you live will be relatively close to nearby nightlife and other entertainment. For this reason, Hoboken is generally not the place to move if you’re wanting to avoid noise or you are raising a family in Hoboken. Unless you can secure a high-rise rental, you’re probably going to experience some street noise. Hoboken is not a quiet town, especially when you take into consideration its relatively young residents and the colleges in the area.

Job Availability and Hot Industries In Hoboken

If you’ll be seeking employment when you move to Hoboken, it’s worth noting that the top employers in the town are in the following industries:

  • Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Educational Services
  • Maid Services

There are more than 30 schools in Hoboken, including the Stevens Institute of Technology, so these educational institutions are major employers. Many people who live in Hoboken also work in New York City, particularly in nearby Manhattan.

What About Parking and Getting Around?

Wondering if you need a car to live in Hoboken? This will depend largely on where you’ll be working. For most, there is no need to own a car because the entire town is so small that it’s easily walkable. You’ll never be more than a few minutes’ walk from local bars, grocery stores, and other essentials.

In fact, if you own a car, you may actually want to consider selling it before you move to Hoboken, as parking can be difficult (and costly) to come by. Street parking is available with a monthly permit, but actually finding street parking can be a challenge. Meanwhile, some apartment buildings may have their own parking garages or parking lots available, but these will certainly come at a premium.

Getting rid of your car before moving to Hoboken will also help you avoid the notoriously high auto insurance rates that exist within the town. And if you ever need to head into the Big Apple, there are plenty of options to help you get around. There’s a bike-share program for getting around within the city and nearby suburbs, as well as a free shuttle service and inexpensive cab rides.

Is Hoboken Pet-Friendly?

If you have a dog or have been thinking about getting one after you move, you’ll be thrilled to learn that Hoboken is an incredibly dog-friendly town. Most businesses are happy to allow dogs inside and out, with the exception being restaurants and bars that serve food. This means you can more-or-less bring your dog wherever you go. There are also plenty of dog-friendly paths throughout town that are wide enough to comfortably walk with your dog.

One of the main challenges to consider when it comes to owning a dog as a Hoboken resident is the availability of housing with yard space. Unless you have a larger budget, there’s a good chance the place where you end up living won’t have much of a yard (if it has any at all). Instead, you may need to share common space with other residents or find a local park to take your dog to on a regular basis.

For this reason, many dog owners in Hoboken have dogs that are smaller breeds. These smaller breed dogs don’t require quite as much space (which is ideal in Hoboken’s smaller residences) nor do they necessarily require outdoor space to use the bathroom. Some smaller breeds, for example, can be trained to use indoor potty pads. Of course, this isn’t to say that you cannot have a large-breed dog when you live in Hoboken; plenty of residents have larger dogs. You’ll just need to be more diligent about taking them out on walks and to local dog parks so they can get plenty of exercise.

Things to See and Do in Hoboken

Hoboken is located right along the Hudson River, so you’ll never need to go far to enjoy a beautiful waterfront view of the New York City skyline similar to what you would see if you were living in Jersey City. There are also plenty of parks where you can enjoy such activities as fishing, walking, and picnicking without having to go far from home.

Where Hoboken really shines, however, is in its nightlife offerings. Everywhere you turn, it seems there are taverns, clubs, and bars to choose from. This makes sense, given that Hoboken is considered to be the “Birthplace of American Brewing.” And of course, if you ever want to venture into Manhattan or other parts of New York City, you’re not far from all the nightlife and entertainment that the Big Apple has to offer as well.

Tips For a Move to Hoboken, NJ

If you’re serious about relocating to Hoboken, you may be wondering where to begin. Because of the high demand for housing in Hoboken, finding a place that fits your needs and budget can be a challenge. The good news is that there are some tips you can follow to make your move to Hoboken a smoother one.

Consider a Broker

One option to consider to help your search for a new home, especially if you’re planning on renting, is to hire a broker. Specifically, a broker works in a similar capacity to a real estate agent by helping clients find and secure the right rental properties for their needs and budgets. In return, you end up paying your broker a percentage of your rent or a flat fee, depending on the agreed-upon set-up.

In a town like Hoboken where real estate is already difficult to come by, having a broker can be worth the added cost. Often times, brokers will have access to new listing information before it even hits the market, which may help you snag that perfect rental before someone else does. On the flip side, it may be worth contacting some rental properties directly (especially newer ones) to inquire about availability before you shell out money for a broker. You never know what you might find.

Read the Fine Print

When renting in Hoboken or Weehawken, make sure to read your lease agreement thoroughly before you sign. Ideally, you should receive a copy of your lease agreement to review prior to the day of your scheduled lease signing. This will give you the time needed to read everything and request clarification on key points as needed. Specifically, make sure to look for clauses regarding parking availability if you plan on bringing a car with you. If you plan on bringing a pet or adopting one once you move in, you’ll also want to find out what your landlord’s restrictions or rules are regarding breeds, pet fees, and additional deposits.

Don’t Skimp on Movers

Whether you’re relocating from nearby Manhattan or from somewhere across the country, hiring professional movers to assist you is almost always worth the cost. A moving company can take a lot of the stress out of relocating and getting settled into your new place. And with many residences in Hoboken being located within multiple-story buildings, the last thing you want is to have to haul your heavy furniture up a set of stairs. Leave it to the professionals instead. Hiring movers will be some of the best money you spend on your upcoming move.

Hire a Move-In/Move-Out Cleaner

Before you move into your new place in Hoboken, you may also want to consider hiring a professional cleaning service. Specifically, look for a company that offers move-in cleanings, which will ensure that your new place is spotless and ready for you to move your belongings in. Hiring a cleaner to take care of this can save you the time, stress, and hassle of trying to clean the space yourself before your big move.

If you’re moving out of another apartment in the NYC area, you may also want to hire the same company to complete a move-out cleaning service. Again, this will save you time and may help you more easily obtain your security deposit from your landlord.

At Maid Sailors, we offer move-in and move-out cleaning services for NYC and the surrounding areas, including Hoboken! We also offer routine cleaning, green/eco-friendly cleaning, laundry service, deep cleaning, organization services, and much more. Ultimately, our goal is to take the stress and hassle of cleaning off your hands so you can better enjoy your time in Hoboken. Find out more about our professional cleaning services by contacting us today at (212) 299-5170. You can also set up your service with us by using our convenient online form, allowing you to schedule your move-in/move-out cleaning in as little as 60 seconds! We look forward to helping you with your upcoming move.

The Most Common 5 Appliances You Need To Secure

A considerable amount of reliable home products has changed to be progressively efficient with better features. However, these improvements have influenced the reliability, quality, especially in home appliances.

They likewise have turned out to be more labor intensive and costly to fix.  

With increasingly expensive, and progressively temperamental products, you might need to think about security and the protection of your appliances as an investment against repair rates later on.

There are 5 common appliances that need to be secured in terms of its cleaning perspective and the warranty period.  

1) Refrigerator

The important appliance at your home is a refrigerator. The space behind your refrigerator is apparently the dirtiest couple of square feet in your home. It is a place for residues, dust, gunk and other kinds of stuff that is fallen behind this big appliance.

To clean the appliance, pull out the refrigerator and mop up whatever you find beneath. At that point, vacuum refrigerator coils behind or underneath your refrigerator, which will put less weight on the motor and thus prolong its life.

Replace the loose door gaskets or check out your appliance manual for a new part and find new gaskets at home improvement centers or search it online. You’ll get the additional advantage of saving energy with a tight seal. You can also cover your appliance parts in the manufacturer warranty. In case if the default warranty is expired, you can opt for the online third-party refrigerator protection plans.

To clean the refrigerator, use a little foamy water. Also, a solution of water and white vinegar will clean and sparkle within and outside of your refrigerator. Wipe down racks and crispers on weekly basis, or at whenever you detect a spill. Evacuate fingerprints on stainless steel exteriors with a damp cloth.

2) Dishwasher

You would think that you will not have to clean your dishwasher since it cleans itself each time you use it. But, you should check the drain channel in the base of the dishwasher machine for debris, and wipe the gaskets around the doorway to ensure a tight seal.

Once in every week, aerate it by setting a bowl of white vinegar on the top rack and running it, unfilled and for a full cycle.

About 55% of American homes have a dishwasher. In the event that your dishwasher breaks, you can generally hand-wash the dishes, however, utilizing a dishwasher really costs less. Thus, at the time it faces damage, getting it fixed is important. Hence, with cleaning, securing it also can be a good move.

3) Oven & Stovetop

Talking about the oven, most ovens have self-cleaning options. It is suggested giving the oven a chance to do the work for you.  But there are a couple of spots where self-clean option that doesn’t reach, for example, the gunk around the door hinges and frames and the crumb scratching area between double ovens.  You can wipe them up with vinegar or foamy water.

Baked on muck falls off with a touch of baking soda on a sponge or a spritz of commercial oven cleaners. Make a habit for cleaning spills rapidly in the wake of utilizing the oven, and you may never need to scrub it again.

Clean your stovetop:

  • Fill your sink with hot, soapy water; splash burners, knobs, and hood vents; if they fit, for a few hours; then scrub it. Repeat this step is necessary.
  • Replace stained metal plates on the off chance that they are beyond the help of steel wool.
  • Vacuum crumbs that have fallen in splits between the stovetop and counter.  

Well, in case of any defects or break downs, you can replace your oven or stovetop if your appliance is under warranty.

4) Coffee Machine

To evacuate mineral deposits that can clog your coffee machine, pour a solution of two cups of water and one part of white vinegar into the water chamber, insert the espresso filter and run the solution through the machine. At that point run the clean water twice to expel the taste of vinegar.

One of the oldest ways to remove stains from your glass coffee pot is to cover the bottom with table salt, include ice cubes and when they begin to melt, wash around for two-three minutes and then rinse it off.

5) Microwave

The great technique to vanish the baked-on food is to fill a microwave-safe container with the water and keep it until the water boils. Let it settle for a few minutes until the steam loosens any dirt. Wipe and clean it!

Well, cleaning off your microwave is one of those tiresome activities that no one like to do. But, ignoring it can cause your microwave a look dirty and unhygienic. Therefore, it is quite necessary to clean the microwave on a regular basis to help to maintain the appliance thus ensuring that your food tastes as it should.

If you use a commercial cleanser, try a fume-free cleanser and keep the microwave door open for some hours after you end with cleaning. Use caution while utilizing any commercial cleaning product within the microwave. Avoid using a pre-soaked scrubbing pad inside the appliance as the loose particles can catch fire and ultimately explode.

Final Note…

Well, along with cleaning your appliances, protecting and securing your home appliance is an essential step. Thus, it is suggested to get an extended warranty for your products in case of any damage or break downs. Appliances come with manufacturer warranty along with them and it lasts for one year or a two. Once the warranty terminates you need to extend it by opting for extended warranties. The starting 5 appliances warranty and protection plan is the coverage plan where you can pick any five appliances and secure it with extra coverage. And it is truly worth!

Author Bio-

Stephen Jones is a full-time blogger living in Texas and currently working for EverythingBreaks.com i.e. Consumer Electronic Warranty Provider Company, which also offers total home protection plan. He is very passionate about his work, a big fan of technology, and likes to write on various business niches.

How To Have The Cleanest House On The Block!

Everyone wants a clean house – the one you see in the movies and on television that is spotless. You too can have it, with some planning and some continuous efforts. Read below as we share more about how to have the cleanest house on the block.

Get Rid of Stuff

Stuff tends to pile up in corners and on tabletops. You can start creating a rule for yourself and your home: if you bring in one item, then you must get rid of one item. You can throw this item away, but you could also donate the item to a charity. You’re creating space for the new item.

You can even capitalize on that item by selling it. Check out eBay or CraigsList. There are plenty of apps for your area that will alert people near you that the item is for sale.

Smooth Surfaces

Do not allow what could be in the drawers and cabinets to spill over on to the countertops. Those empty spaces seem to be begging for you to place something there, but refuse and fight the feeling. If you do place an item on the countertop, tackle the problem immediately.

When you do not have items cluttered on the counter, this makes it easier to wipe down.

Create a System

The house will not clean itself. Create a system and stick to it in order to keep your home clean. Do you have a cleaning schedule? Dirty dishes, laundry, and dirt will not have time to pile up if you are on schedule.

Start at the Door

If you start thinking clean thoughts before you enter your home, you will begin the cleaning process. Some people ask that you take your shoes off at the door. This keeps the dirt outdoors and not tacked on to the floor. Additionally, it is thought that if you keep whatever happened that day outdoors, that you are not polluting your home space with negative thoughts.

Once you walk in, freshen yourself up by changing clothes and placing them in the laundry bin. The debris from the day is on those clothes too! Before you sit on your bed, make certain you are wearing cleaner clothing.

A Place For Everything

If you have items that do not have a place to go, then it is going to be impossible to keep your home clean. One great way to keep up with small items is with pegs. Pegs are great for placing your keys on them.

Mail should also have its own place. Perhaps there is a shelf conveniently placed where you can place all mail.

Don’t Wait!

This goes to sticking to your schedule, but there are things that you can do along the way that will help you maintain a clean home. You can also clean as you go.

Instead of waiting to fluff the pillows and fold the blankets after watching a movie, do that as soon as you are done in that area. Instead of waiting until the children have played, start to pick up toys immediately after they are done playing. You can even instill some responsibility to small children by having them pick up some of their toys too.

Be Smart

Use tools that will help you to stay organized. There are complete home goods sections that are dedicated to staying organized. Having an over-the-door organizer can keep all of your jewelry and makeup. This type of organizer is also good for pencils, brushes, and many other small items. The same can be done for office and desk supplies.

Hire A Professional

Not every budget has room for a professional cleaning service, but if you do have room in your budget this is a good motivator for putting things away. No one wants someone to come to their home and it is dirty, so you will be forced to keep things tidier. Additionally, your home won’t get as clean if the hired help has to focus on the menial things. You will want your money to go a long way and allow the professional to deeply clean everything else. A deep clean ensures that you really get rid of any remaining, unwanted house guests like centipedes or little rolly pollies your kids may track in.

Delegate Tasks

If you do not live alone, then the challenge of cleanliness is not yours alone. Clutter is a group effort. Cleaning should be a group effort. There should be chores done weekly or daily that everyone has to adhere to.

Make Cleaning Fun

Yes, cleaning can be fun! Distract your mind with some music. Have all of your tools ready such as broom, mop, and cleaning supplies, then press Play. You will be complete with your task in no time.

Use wireless earbuds or have some good speakers so that you can hear the music while you clean. You may even use your Fitbit in order to count this as a workout.

Why You Should Get Renter’s Insurance

If you pay rent on your residence, you should have a renter’s insurance policy for your protection and peace of mind. Even if your landlord or property management company doesn’t require tenants to carry renter’s insurance, there are so many reasons to have one. By having a better understanding of what renter’s insurance is and what it covers, as well as what to look for when shopping for a renter’s insurance policy, you can make sure you’re protected as a tenant.

What is Renter’s Insurance?

Specifically, a renter’s insurance policy is designed to provide property damage and personal injury liability coverage to those who rent their homes. A renter’s insurance policy can apply to any residential rental, whether it be a single-family home, apartment, duplex, or any structure in between.

One of the most common misconceptions renters have is that it’s their landlord’s responsibility if something happens to their rental unit. And while this may be partially true, the fact remains that the average landlord’s insurance coverage does not include protection for tenants’ personal property, nor does it include liability protection for tenants and any dependents living under their roof.

What Does Renter’s Insurance Cover?

A renter’s insurance policy, then, can provide you with added protection when you’re renting out a home, apartment, or other dwellings. If somebody breaks into your apartment, for example, your renter’s insurance policy can kick in and pay to replace items that were stolen. And with bodily injury liability coverage, your renter’s insurance policy can also protect you if a visitor is injured inside your rental.

Renter’s Insurance May Not Cover…

Of course, a renter’s insurance policy doesn’t cover everything—and it’s important to be aware of the limitations of a renter’s insurance policy before you buy. For example, if you have roommates, understand that their belongings will not be included as part of your protection. Theft or damage protection only applies to your personal items and the belongings of any dependents living with you. If you have a rental with roommates, they’ll need to purchase their own individual renter’s insurance policies.

It is also worth noting that a renter’s insurance policy will not cover pest-related damage to your property. For example, if a mouse gets into your apartment and chews through one of your television cables, this won’t be covered. However, your landlord may be responsible for covering property damage caused by pest problems in such a situation.

Reasons to Carry Renter’s Insurance

Now that you have a better understanding of what renter’s insurance is (and what it’s not), hopefully, it’s a little more clear as to why you need this type of coverage. Still not convinced? Consider these key benefits to carrying renter’s insurance.

Your Landlord Might Require It

These days, many landlords and property management companies are actually requiring that tenants carry a minimum amount of renter’s insurance coverage before moving in. This is a stipulation often included in the lease agreement, so if you’re planning on renting out a place in the near future, be sure to check the terms of your lease. If this is a requirement, you will need to provide proof of renter’s insurance at the time of your move-in.

Protects Against Theft of Property

No matter how safe or secure your rental may be, it’s never a bad idea to have extra protection in place in the form of personal property protection and theft coverage. Unfortunately, a theft can happen to anybody at any time—and it’s not always in the form of somebody breaking into your home. A renter’s insurance policy will protect you even in a situation where somebody you allowed into your home (such as a friend or relative) ends up stealing some of your belongings.

The main thing to remember when it comes to seeking reimbursement for property theft is that you need to be able to prove not only that the property stolen was yours, but that it had a certain value as well. This is where keeping records of the amount paid for big-ticket items (such as flat-screen televisions and other electronics) as well as their serial numbers can come in handy if you ever need to make a claim.

Includes Bodily Injury Liability Coverage

Another reason to have renter’s insurance that many tenants don’t even think about is that it provides bodily injury liability protection; this means that if somebody is injured inside your rental, you can be protected against legal action. Consider, for example, that you’re throwing a party at your rental home and somebody trips on a rug in your living room, resulting in injuries. Without bodily injury coverage through your renter’s insurance policy, you could be held legally and financially responsible for that person’s medical bills and other costs related to the accident. You will also need cleaners for your post-party cleaning!

With a renter’s insurance policy in place, you can enjoy added protection and peace of mind if an injury ever does occur on your rental property.

It’s More Affordable Than You Might Think

All too often, tenants are initially hesitant to purchase renter’s insurance because they assume it will be too costly. In reality, renter’s insurance is extremely affordable—especially when you consider all that it covers. Prices for renter’s insurance can vary based on the amount of coverage you need and where you live, but it is not uncommon to pay less than $15 per month for coverage.

Your Policy Can Be Tailored to Suit Your Needs

Renter’s insurance policies, like many other types insurance, can be tailored and customized to suit your lifestyle so that you aren’t paying for more coverage than you need. With most renter’s insurance policies, you can decide how much protection you want against theft/damage, personal injury, property damage, and more. You can also customize your deductible and other key aspects of your policy to make sure it works for you.

Shopping Around for Renter’s Insurance

Ready to start shopping for renter’s insurance? There are a few tips to keep in mind that will help you find the right policy for the right price.

Don’t Overlook the Deductible

Start by making sure you’re comfortable with the deductible you choose. After all, the deductible is the amount that you’ll be required to pay out-of-pocket before your coverage will really kick in. A higher deductible will mean lower monthly payments, whereas a lower deductible will increase your monthly payments slightly.

Know What’s Covered vs. What’s Not

Since renter’s insurance policies are totally customizable, you’ll want to make sure you have a solid understanding of what will be covered versus what may not be covered by your specific policy. For example, theft of your flat-screen TV may be covered, but the theft of your roommate’s video game console won’t be unless he or she has purchased their own separate policy.

Calculate the Amount of Coverage You Need

Deciding on how much coverage you need can be difficult, as this will require you to roughly estimate the total value of your belongings. The good news is that there are some free tools available to help you decide on the right coverage amount for your needs, the size of your rental property, and other factors. The main thing to keep in mind when deciding on how much coverage you need is the replacement value of your most precious/valuable items. This may include anything from electronics to clothing and jewelry.

Consider Additional Policies

Not all items may be covered by a renter’s insurance policy and may thus require their own “rider” policy or additional coverage purchased. Wedding and engagement rings are common examples of types of jewelry that often fall outside the scope of a traditional renter’s insurance policy. Check with your insurance company to see if you can add a rider policy for these items so you can enjoy added protection and peace of mind.

Understand the Claims Process

Before choosing a policy with a specific insurance company, make sure you understand exactly how their claims process works and that you’re comfortable with it. Claims processes can vary from one company to the next, as can the total amount of time needed to process and complete a claim.

Compare Identical Quotes Between Companies

As you’re comparing quotes to find the best value for your money, make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. Check to be sure, for example, that the deductibles and coverage amounts are the same on each quote—and that they include the same type of coverage as well. Above all else, you’ll want to choose the policy that offers the best value—not necessarily the policy that’s the cheapest. Remember that you generally get what you pay for when it comes to renter’s insurance coverage.

The Bottom Line on Renter’s Insurance

If you don’t already have a renter’s insurance policy in place, now is the time to start shopping around. For a relatively small monthly cost, the right renter’s insurance policy can provide you with additional protection and peace of mind that your landlord’s insurance most likely does not.

Why Household Leakage Is A Serious Issue

A leaking roof or other fixtures and fittings are a serious issue. Any other issue in the household can be procrastinated but not this one. In the list of home maintenance, a leakage repair must be on top priority. Proper maintenance of your home will prevent your household from a lot of accidents and damages. Leakage in the house can be because of the bountiful of issues like leakage in the roof, leaky shower, poor maintenance, and storm or wind damage. Many people avoid leakage issues thinking that it is just a minor leakage without knowing the problem it could bring to your day-to-day life. The leaking water can go to the foundation from the attic causing costly damages to your building. Some leaks are readily visible like a leaking shower, faucet or tap but a few leaks go undetected for months or years. When leaks are undetected, water escapes are hidden which causes tremendous wastage of water. People should be aware of the seriousness of this issue. Have a look at the below-mentioned problems that a normal leakage in your house can cause:

Ceiling and attic damage

The ceiling is the shelter of the house, it should not be problematic and weak. The primary danger of a leaking roof is to its attic area. In case there is no attic, then water can damage the inside ceiling of the house. The leaking water can damage the plaster and paint of the ceiling and other connected walls by forming bubbles of the paint. If unnoticed, they may also damage ceiling-mounted fans and lights.

Slip and fall accidents

Heavy water leakage can flood the home forming water puddles on the floor of the damaged room. This can be a huge risk of getting injured by slipping and falling on the floor. Especially if you have an active family with kids, it can cause severe injuries to the victim. You need to fix the water dripping to save your family from slip and fall accidents.

Fire hazard

Leakage in your home can be pretty dangerous for you and your family member’s life. If the water gets in contact with the home electrical wiring, it can cause a short circuit which can lead to a fire. Turn off the electricity supply in your home in case you experience heavy leakage in your house as a safety measure.

Wastage of water

Water scarcity is an extremely serious issue that the whole world is fighting against. Besides the annoying sound of dripping water, a leakage in faucet or shower can lead to wastage of hundreds of gallons of water every day. If you avoid water leakage for even a few days it will cause loss of gallons of water and there will be a scarcity of water in the upcoming years.

Health issues

Leaks can cause mold and mildew on the ceiling and the walls which can cause severe health problems. People who are extremely sensitive can get infected by these molds and cause asthma, nasal infections and other allergic reactions. Molds tend to produce frequently once they start, so you should solve this issue to avoid severe health problems to you and your family.

Interior molds issues

Molds and mildew are results of excessive and undetected leakage in your home. They can spread throughout the house even in the HVAC system causing costly damage to the system as well as healths of the people living there. Toxic molds and mildew are exceptionally rare, but even non-toxic ones can cause a lot of issues to the furniture and fittings, walls, ceiling, and infectious health issues.

Weakens structural integrity

From the ceiling to the foundation of the house the leaks can damage the whole house. It can cause huge damage to the structure of the home as leaks to weaken the foundation. You can also face excessive roof repair damage if you keep on avoiding this serious issue.

Conclusion

Don’t let leaks disrupt your daily life. With every single drop of water that leaks from your shower you will waste approximately more than 3000 gallons of water per year. The flexible membrane waterproofing system is also available to avoid the serious issues related to leakage at household.  

Simple And Easy Home Cleaning Tips

For people who do not have time off from their busy schedule and time to clean their home, then cleaning of the home and working on other tasks at home can be overwhelming. Most of the people coming home from a stressful day at work make them spend their time lazing around without any craving to do some cleaning work at home. After your busy weekdays when you come home makes you feel terrible to find a messy house. To make the task easy, you can schedule or divide chores over several days. So it is time to do home cleaning.

Here are some simple and easy cleaning tips and tricks that you need to know.

Schedule your work

Schedule the days you want to clean your house. The weekend is also the best time to do some cleaning as you are free from office work. Divide your work as per your convenience so that you will complete your chores making the home look clean and tidy without getting tired. Also, make sure that you have all the required janitorial supplies available at home. You can stock up janitorial supplies in wholesale quantity at your home so that it is always accessible whenever you need it. Remember that the more you allow chores to pile up then it will make your weekend worst as you have an enormous task at hand.

Try mini- cleaning techniques at your home, it can reduce the accumulated dirt and dust. Remove unnecessary items from your table, kitchen, sofa, room. This can be easily done while you are listening to music or having a relaxed time. Do instant cleaning when you see some dirt pilling up at the corners. Some essential, simple and quick method of wiping and dusting can help you to eliminate dust and make your room look clean and better.  

Bedroom cleaning

The dirty sheets in your bedroom can give you a musty smell. Dust also gets accumulated in your sheets. This can cause irritation and allergies to you. So clean your bed sheets once in a week with some liquid laundry detergent. This will eliminate dust and odors, making your bedroom smell fresher. Also buying liquid laundry detergent in wholesale will help you to manage your cleaning budget.

Clean the home ceiling fan without any dust with the use of a pillowcase

Cleaning a ceiling fan is really a messy task and it becomes difficult not to inhale dust particles whenever doing the task. So a great and simple way to clean the ceiling fan is by taking an old pillowcase and just slide it over the blade, then draw the fabric. This will help the dust to remain inside the pillowcase and to keep away from the nostrils. The dust will no longer spread everywhere in your room.

Use Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber cloths trap the dust and help you to discard the dust particles all at once. On the other hand, normal clothes do not trap the dust, they just move the dust from one place to another and also make the dust to fly on the air.  You can also use a microfiber cloth for stainless steel appliances to give them a clean and good shine.

Rubber gloves to get rid of hairs

You find a lot of hairs on your furniture, bed, carpets, sofa and also around your pets. Using a vacuum cleaner to remove the hairs may not completely work, so use a rubber glove and run it over the surface to trap the hairs completely.

Keep the place clean after each snack or meal

Dirty worktops make your kitchen look disgusting. After having your meal or snack immediately wash the plates and cups used and load the dishes in its place, then wipe down the worktops in the kitchen with the help of a cloth and all-purpose cleaner.

Wipe your sinks and taps

Soaps and toothpaste splatters, hairs, food residue, etc in the bathroom looks awful. So use some disinfecting wipes and spend some time to clean the sinks and taps. You can just wipe off the things on the sinks and faucets every day and also teach your kids to this thing daily.   

Use floor mats

You can place floor mats in the entry of each room in your house as well as in the interior and exterior door. This helps in keeping most of the dust outside the house. And also train yourself and your kids to avoid wearing shoes in the house. Every few days you can shake or vacuum the floor mats outside your home to remove dust trap in it.  

Clean air vents

The air vents at the home are probably very dusty and dirty. First, remove the dust accumulated with a soft brush tool. Then take some soft cloth that you no longer use and soak them with a cleaning agent and wrap it around a small stick and clean the air vents.

Clean your pans

To clean your pans, simply put the pan in your sink with a soap solution, warm water, fabric softener and leave the combo for an hour, and when you pour water on it, then the mess on the pans will get easily wiped away.

Clean your computer

You can use a combination of water and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle to clean your computer or use a screen cleaning spray. Spray the solution on the microfiber cloth and gently wipe it to remove the dust. Clean the keyboard and other things attached to the computer once a week. Use a paper shredder to arrange the paper works and other things properly which makes the room look clean and tidy, having some handy and small tools makes it easier to manage the tools. 

Authors Bio:

Gene Moore is a Marketer and passionate writer. He is a very adventurous and ambitious person having an interest in traveling, writing and reading blogs. His artistic background nurtures him in developing creative writing skill.