Monthly Archives: March 2017

10 Tips for Cleaning Up After Your Pets

family with pet dog sitting on sofa after cleaning up after petThere is no doubt that pets leave their mark on our hearts.  Unfortunately, they also can leave their mark on our floors, furniture, and every other part of our home.  If you want to have the pets and a clean home, use these tips for cleaning up after your pets.

  • Clean regularly and use an odor neutralizing spray to rid your home of that “pet smell.”  To make sure the process won’t harm your pets, use all natural ingredients to keep your home smelling pet-free.
  • Wash your pet’s bowls on a regular basis to rid the bowls of any harmful small organisms that can make you and your pet ill.  (Most bowls can be cleaned in the dishwasher.)
  • Put a mat under and around your water and food bowl (especially if you have wood floors) to protect your floors. As an added bonus, it makes cleaning up all the water and food they drop around the bowl easier.
  • If house training isn’t going smoothly and your pet has left your carpet stained and smelling foul, hire a professional carpet cleaner that can give your carpet a deep clean.
  • Give your pet a regular grooming to cut down on all the hair on the furniture, floor, bed, and, well, everywhere.  Use a lint roller and vacuum cleaner to rid your furniture of all the fur.
  • Put a cover over their pet bed that you can wash every week.  Wash their pet bed at least once a month or every two months.
  • Place a mat in front of every door into your home.  Train your pets to stop on the mat so you can clean off their paws after they have been outside.
  • Don’t scrub hard on your carpets when cleaning up after your pet.  Scrubbing can damage the carpet fibers.
  • For small stains, test a small area of your carpet to see if your carpet cleaner is going to leave a stain.  Choose an area that is under a bed or dresser or is in a carpet so your guests don’t notice the discoloration (if any).
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the pros to tackle any deep cleaning tasks you don’t want to take on.  Make sure to ask your cleaning service if your pet needs to be crated or kept in a room while the cleaners are working.

4 Must-Do Deep Spring Cleaning Projects

cleaning supplies for spring cleaningThe first day of spring is officially here!  While it doesn’t always feel like spring outside, it’s the perfect time of year for some deep cleaning inside.  Even if life gets busy and you don’t have time for any other spring cleaning, make sure you mark these 5 must-do projects off your spring cleaning checklist (or contact the pros to get your spring cleaning done).

Floor Cleaning

Once the snow stops getting tracked in the house, give your floors a good deep clean that’ll get you through to next winter.  Have your carpets professionally deep cleaned, scrub the grout on your tile floors, and mop your wood and laminate floors.  If you have allergies, deep cleaning your floors can also rid your floors of allergens and ease your allergy symptoms.

Appliance Cleaning

Spring is the ideal time to clean out your refrigerator, clean behind your refrigerator, clean your ovens, wipe down your stove top, and clean behind your stove.  If you have a dishwasher, consider adding a good wipe down of the interior and exterior of your appliance to the list.  If you haven’t already, clean the inside and outside of your microwave so you’re not embarrassed by your dirty microwave come summer.

Bathroom Deep Clean

Spring is the time to get done all the projects you haven’t done in your weekly bathroom cleans.  Give your bathroom shower a deep clean, scrub down all the grout lines in the bathroom, wipe down shower doors, wash your tub out, and give your toilet a good once over.  Finish the job by deep cleaning your floor and dusting the trim and ceiling.

Dusting & cleaning your fans, duct covers and ceiling

This might be the shortest spring cleaning deep clean project you have—and one of the most noticeable.  Let’s put it this way: they won’t notice all the cobwebs and dust missing, but they would certainly notice if they were there.  Dust off the top of your fans, clean your light covers, wash your cold and hot air return covers, and remove all the cobwebs from your corners.  If just the thought of this task makes you sneeze, hire the professionals to get it marked off your spring cleaning checklist.

Your Complete Commercial Office Cleaning Checklist

yellow caution sign that says "Caution wet floor" part of a safe workplaceKeeping your office space clean is more than just a labor of love; it’s also a matter of practicality, employee health and productivity, and maintaining a professional work space.  To achieve all of those goals, your commercial cleaning service or in-house cleaning crew should be working off of this list to keep your work space clean and productive.  If either crew is not living up to you (or your visitors’) expectations, it’s time to use this complete commercial office cleaning checklist when you start the process of choosing a new cleaning crew—and contacting each cleaning service for a quote.

Reception Area

  • Dust common areas
  • Clean cobwebs
  • Vacuum rugs
  • Vacuum or mop floors
  • Wipe down and sanitize phone
  • Clean top of desk
  • Clean computer screen

Conference Room

  • Dust common areas
  • Clean cobwebs
  • Wipe down tables
  • Vacuum or mop floors
  • Sanitize door knobs

Offices

  • Dust common areas
  • Clean cobwebs
  • Vacuum floors
  • Vacuum rugs
  • Wipe down and sanitize phones
  • Clean tops of desks
  • Clean computer screens
  • Sanitize handles (periodically)
  • Clean off top of cubicle walls (periodically)
  • Sanitize door knobs (periodically)

Kitchen

  • Wash dishes
  • Wipe down and sanitize countertops
  • “Elbow grease clean” your sink
  • Sanitize the faucet
  • Maintain your garbage disposal
  • Clean out refrigerator (periodically-let everyone know when so they can remove their items from the fridge!)
    • Wipe down every shelf
    • Pull out any drawers and scrub them out
    • Vacuum behind the refrigerator
    • Dust down the top of the refrigerator
    • Sanitize the door handle
    • Wipe down the front of the refrigerator
  • Mop the floor
  • Vacuum rugs
  • Clean down tables
  • Remove cobwebs & dust tops of cabinets (periodically)
  • Sanitize door knobs
  • Wash windows (periodically)
  • Clean the stove (periodically-if applicable)
    • Clean the oven
    • Wipe down the stove top
    • Sanitize all surfaces and handles
  • Clean out crumbs from the toaster and wipe down (periodically-don’t forget to unplug it first)
  • Make any repairs (tables, cabinets, chairs, etc.) to kitchen furniture and items (periodically)

Restrooms

  • Empty trash (main trash can and restroom stalls)
  • Putt new bags in trash cans
  • Wash down counters and mirrors
  • Refill soap, paper towels, toilet paper, and toilet seat liners/covers)
  • Clean toilets and urinals (bowl, seat, handle, and tank)
  • Disinfect handles (toilet and paper towel dispenser), door knobs, and faucets
  • Sweep and mop floor

11 Areas of Your Home You Never Clean (But Should!)

cleaning supplies for your fall deep cleanEven if you hold the phrase, “cleanliness is next to godliness” near and dear to your heart you’re probably missing some key areas of your home when you clean.  You have two solutions: 1) hire the pros to deep clean your home (we’ve got lots of experience cleaning every part of your home) or 2) use this list to make sure you get these commonly overlooked areas that need cleaning.

Above your cabinets

When some friends of ours moved into their new house, they found a layer of grease above their kitchen cabinets at least an inch thick.  It’s not a surprise, really; most homeowners miss this area when cleaning because it’s not easily accessible or in plain sight (how often do you look up?).  Next time you clean, use a damp cloth to wipe down the tops of your cabinets.  If there is a layer of grease or dust, you can use a cleaner but be careful to avoid discoloration or staining from the wrong cleaner.  Test a small area with your cleaner first before you use it for surface cleaning.

Around the refrigerator

Cleaning the refrigerator out is a typical part of spring and fall cleaning, but under and over this commonly-used appliance is usually a neglected pile of gross.  Pull your refrigerator out from time to time, and vacuum the back of the refrigerator (it’s good for the life of your refrigerator too!) and underneath.  Finish with a good mopping of the floor, and wipe down the top of the refrigerator for a thoroughly clean appliance.

Under (and over) the wash machine & dryer

The wash machine and dryer in your home may get a lot of use, but the floor underneath and over the machines does not always get a lot of cleaning.  Instead, pull your machines out (carefully, you don’t want to scrape the floors) and give the floor a good sweeping.  Mop down the floor, and wipe down the top of both machines.  Periodically, wipe out your wash machine for an all-around clean.

Behind the toilet

It’s normal to clean the bowl of your toilet.  Unfortunately, under and behind the toilet doesn’t always get the same attention.  Make sure you sweep and wipe down both areas so your bathroom is clean from top to bottom.

Baseboards

The trim in your home catches everything in the air, and is often overlooked during a good cleaning.  Wipe it down from time to time, and use knee pads if you are worried about your knees.

Trash cans

Why would you clean a trash can when it’s going to get dirty again?  A periodic cleaning of the inside and outside can go a long way toward keeping your trash can free from mold and other gross stuff from growing on the interior and exterior.

Light fixtures

Just like we don’t often look up at the top of our cabinets, we assume that our light fixtures and ceiling fans are going to light up and stay clean.  Fact is, our light fixtures tend to accumulate dust—and even an occasional bug (ew)!—-and get pretty nasty over time.  From time to time, disassemble your light fixtures and clean the covers.  For ceiling fans, dust the top of each blade and above the fixture itself.

Above windows & curtain rods

The trim above your windows and curtain rods need a good dusting.  You don’t have to get out the duster daily, but a montly (or bi-monthly) wipe down goes a long way.  As an added bonus, dusting the trim above windows and on curtain rods can decrease the amount of allergens (you may want to wear a mask while dusting if you have allergies).

Over doors

It’s another common oversight: cleaning the trim above your doors.  As long as you are dusting above your windows, take a few minutes to clean off the trim above your doors as well.

Kitchen cabinet doors

We don’t know how—all they do is open and close—but your kitchen cabinet doors attract a lot of dust and grime.    Wipe down and give your kitchen doors a good cleaning; they need it!

Remote control

Your favorite channel surfing device doesn’t attract a lot of attention, but it does get covered in dirt and grease.  Take a few moments to wipe down the remote control, and use a disinfectant to keep germs away (especially when you and your family is sick).