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How to Keep Your House Clean Between Cleanings

Once you’ve made your mind up to hire a cleaning service, a new challenge arises: how to keep your house somewhat clean until your house cleaner comes again. Or if your house cleaner is you, how do you make your job easier until you can give your house a deep clean?

Do daily maintenance

If you wipe down your counters after every meal, or clean the toothpaste after you brush your teeth, you’ll have an adequately clean house ready for a periodic deep clean. Though it seems impossible, try to train yourself, and other members of your household, to clean up as they go about their daily routine. The result: a home that is picked up, bathrooms that aren’t gross, and a house ready for a regular professional once-over.

De-clutter

Give yourself less to keep clean in between professional cleanings. Be strategic about the amount of things collecting dust, and the amount of things to be picked up. To be clear, you don’t have to get rid of all your valuables or your knickknacks; just make sure you’re only keeping what you want to keep. Tour your home and rid your home of any items or furniture that has sat around for years without any use. You’ll have less to keep clean at the end of the day. In the same way, purge your closets, garage and basement so you don’t have to worry about excess items to clean and store.

Prevent the mess before it comes in

An ounce of prevention saves you time and effort. Place rugs by all the doors. Ask guests to take off their shoes at the door. Make sure your kids rinse off sand and mud before they come in. If possible, use a mudroom as a staging area for your kids, pets and visitors to shed the dirt and snow before they track it into your home.

If you feel you need more help with keeping your house clean, contact us about increasing your cleanings, or ask for a free quote. One of the benefits of a house cleaning service is they can do whatever you need them to do; assess what you need, and make a specific list of housekeeping tasks. The result is a clean house, a house with regular deep cleanings—and the feeling that you’re staying on top of the house cleaning, and not visa versa.

How to Clean Your Home Better & Faster

cleaning your home better and fasterWe’re all looking for ways to do things better; especially when you have 30 minutes until company is coming over and your home looks like a disaster area (you know what we’re talking about!). Why shouldn’t you want to clean your house better and faster? Life is busy enough as it is, without having to spend all your time cleaning. (And if you don’t want to spend any time cleaning, give us a call!) Here’s a few tips to get your home cleaner, faster:

Rid your house of the “stuff” collecting dust. Be strategic about what you need to dust, and the amount of things collecting dust. To be clear, you don’t have to get rid of all your valuables or your knickknacks; just make sure you’re only dusting what you want. Tour your home and rid your home of any items or furniture that has sat around for years without any use. You’ll have less to clean at the end of the day, giving you more time for fun. In the same way, purge your closets, garage and basement so you don’t have to worry about excess items to clean and store.

Keep up with the daily cleaning. No doubt about it. If you wipe down your counters after every meal, or clean the toothpaste after you brush your teeth, you’ll have less to do when it’s time for a deep clean. Your cleaning job is also easier; it’s a lot harder to clean that hardened food spill off the counters later, or to scrub that toothpaste out of the sink. Daily maintenance is the key; try to train yourself, and other members of your household to clean up as they go.

Carry your cleaning tools around for fewer interruptions. When you start cleaning your home, gather all your supplies before the cleaning begins. If you do so, you won’t have to stop your cleaning to go after another bottle of cleaner. You can just keep moving from room to room, cleaning as you go—and getting done sooner.

Recognize and stop those unnecessary cleaning tasks. Are you still rinsing your dishes? Are you pre-soaking every load of laundry? Unless you absolutely have to (like if you have a nasty stain), STOP. You’ll be a more efficient cleaner, and a quicker cleaner, by eliminating unnecessary cleaning.

Stop the dirt at the door. An ounce of prevention saves you time and effort. Place rugs by all the doors. Ask guests to take off their shoes at the door. Make sure your kids rinse off sand and mud before they come in. If possible, use a mudroom as a staging area for your kids, pets and visitors to shed the dirt and snow before they track it into your home.

Call a cleaning service. When you’re traveling for work, ferrying the kids to school and after school activities or working extra hours to keep up with a demanding job, something’s got to give. Usually the casualty of a busy life is our home—specifically, the cleanliness of our home. That’s when it makes sense to contact a cleaning service to clean your home, or parts of your home. We have a friend who hired a cleaning service to only clean her bathrooms, another who hired a cleaner just to fold laundry. Likewise, if you need a cleaning service only before you entertain, set it up. Or if you only want a certain room clean, give your cleaning service specific instruction. They work for you when you need it, and being home cleaning experts, can get your home cleaner faster.

Cleaning & Organization Tips To Keep Up With the Summer Rush

Our beautiful summer is in full swing, and so are all the activities that come with it. The positive side of this is the fun, and the memories made as we enjoy our beautiful Wisconsin weather. The negative side (yes, there is a downside!) is that with the fast pace of summer comes a disorganized and messy household. Yes, we’re all trying to ignore it but its there: dirty dishes, piles of laundry, and neglected bathrooms. So how can you keep your home in order and enjoy your summer?

Use door mats and rugs to your advantage. Keep dirt at bay by keeping mats and rugs at every doorway to keep the sand and mud out of your home. If you have pets, check them over at the door for muddy paws and dirt.

Organize your laundry room and prepare for the worst. Summer is a time for fun, and dirty shirts and shorts. Ready yourself for those unexpected surprises, and organize your laundry room so you can spot shot as soon as possible.

Don’t be afraid to live out of bags. Whether you travel or play all summer long, don’t be afraid to stay organized with packed bags for each activity or to keep your items pre-packed in luggage for a quick getaway.

Train other members of your household to maintain a clean shower. A bit of daily maintenance can go a long way toward saving you from hours of shower and tile scrubbing. Make sure everyone remembers to crack open a window or turn on the fan to prevent mildew and mold from growing. If your shower door requires regular spraying or a daily squeegee, let everyone know.

Keep the grill and patio clean. Use outside dining to your advantage, which means easy clean up after meals. Use a bucket of water and soap to wash down your patio and furniture. Use a brush to keep your grill ready for another day of grilling.

Seize the day to put winter away. If you haven’t done your spring cleaning tasks like washing the windows and laundering your winter quilts, set a few hours aside to get those chores done. Don’t have a few hours? Hire a cleaner to tackle your spring cleaning, so you can mark it off the list.

Put a reminder on the calendar to maintain your air quality. Don’t forget to change your air filter during the summer because filters trap dust and other disgusting particles from your air.

Don’t be afraid to hire cleaning help. Hiring a home cleaning service does not have to mean that you give up cleaning your house. We have a friend who hired a cleaner to only clean her bathrooms. Likewise, if you need a cleaning service on days before you entertain, set it up. Or if you only want a certain room clean, give your cleaning service specific instruction. If you need someone to clean your whole house from top to bottom, there’s nothing wrong with that. So make the call to get some cleaning help. Summer is meant to be enjoyed—not spent trying to keep up with a messy house.

What cleaning jobs can a cleaner do in your home?

The question “what cleaning jobs can a cleaner do in my home?” is a question we hear often from busy home owners who need help with cleaning their home, or vacation home up north. The short answer is: whatever you want. The long answer is a list of cleaning jobs that a cleaner can do around your home, and you can choose the cleaning jobs you need done in your home:

  • Folding laundry
  • Cleaning floors
  • Bathroom clean-up
  • Kitchen cleaning
  • Cleaning and waxing floors,
  • Carpet cleaning,
  • Window cleaning,
  • Pressuring washing your house,
  • Changing the beds,
  • Mopping the floor,
  • Deep spring cleaning jobs,
  • Anything you need done!

If you have another cleaning task that’s not on the list, ask us. Chances are, one of our professional cleaners can help you out with your cleaning task at a scheduled time or times you specify, so you have a clean home—and a shorter list of cleaning jobs to do.

Get a Jump on Home Spring Cleaning

No matter what the ground hog predicted, spring fever is in the air.  Wisconsin residents are ready for the warm spring temperatures, even though winter is in full force. While we can’t bring you spring, we can bring you spring cleaning tasks you can tackle even in the middle of our cold Wisconsin winter—spring cleaning tasks that are sure to bring hope for spring:

  1. Winter is an ideal time to sort, organize and clear out unwanted clutter. A few minutes of organizing and cleaning a day, or a few hours on one day, can keep your home neat, tidy and free of clutter.
  2. Remove cob webs. It’s amazing how even if you don’t see a spider, webs seem to magically appear throughout your home. Take a good broom to those pesky cob webs, and a towel to clean the walls around the web if needed.
  3. Clean tile grout. For tile in your bathroom or kitchen, give your tile a good washing and your grout a good scrubbing. Tile can be wiped down with a soft, non-abrasive cloth; grout should be cleaned with a brush specially produced for the project. Use water for mild dirt, or a vinegar-water mixture to lift the stains.
  4. Wash the inside of your windows. No one wants to be outside in the biting winds getting frostbite from our cold Wisconsin winter. Go after the problem from the inside; use a soft non-abrasive cloth for wiping the glass. Use a second rag to wipe down the window frame (do this before cleaning the glass).
  5. Blind and curtain cleaning. As long as you’re cleaning the window, you might as well clean the blinds and curtains too, right? Use a long narrow duster for plastic blinds, or spray and wipe down with a cloth. Throw washable curtains in the wash machine to give them a much-needed clean.

If you don’t have time for spring cleaning now or even in the spring, hire a professional cleaner to give your home a deep clean. We can’t give you spring, but we can give you a spring cleaning that makes you feel like it’s spring—even with a foot of snow outside.

Why Cleaning is the Perfect Gift for the Person That Has Everything

Do you have someone on your gift list that has everything they could ever want?  Are you racking your brain to find a gift to give them that they don’t already have? It could be a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, cousin…someone who doesn’t need anything more. What they do need is time, or a helping hand. So what do you give them? Give them something practical and essential. Give them the gift of cleaning this holiday. It’s the gift that keeps giving all year long, and is a good gift for other reasons as well:

  1. They have EVERYTHING. They don’t need another sweater, suit or coat. They have everything they could need. Cleaning is a necessity all year long.
  2. Your parent or grandparent can’t do it anymore. If your mom, dad, grandma or grandpa can’t physically clean, call in the professionals. They can take care of their home all year long, so your parents or grandparents don’t have to worry, and you don’t have to worry about them.
  3. You can’t do it anymore. Have you been working and trying to keep up with the cleaning at your parents’ or grandparents’ home? Give them professional cleaning so you can gain back your time, or your health. If you can’t physically clean their house because of back or other health issues, buy them the gift of cleaning so you are both healthy and happy.
  4. Somebody needs to take care of their house while they are away. If a busy professional is on your list, and they work long hours or take business trips, give them the freedom to just be at home when they are home—instead of cleaning.
  5. It’s an affordable gift. While a cleaning service is typically regarded as a luxury, cleaning services are surprisingly affordable with different prices dependent upon what your gift recipient needs done.
  6. Your gift recipient can set the schedule. Whether it’s a regular weekly routine clean, a monthly or quarterly deep clean, or an as-needed basis, your gift recipient can make sure that this gift fits their schedule while enjoying all the benefits.

The best part of this gift?  You don’t have to look far—or go far—to find professional cleaners with a good reputation, affordable pricing and excellent service. Contact ZBM. They offer professional home cleaning for homeowners—and gift recipients—from Watertown to Fort Atkinson to Cambridge, Wisconsin and everywhere in between. A quick call to ZBM can make your holiday shopping easier, and your gift recipient’s holiday and year merrier.

When to Throw in the Towel (on cleaning, that is!)

shutterstock_82187521Something’s got to give. When you’re traveling for work, ferrying the kids to school and afterschool activities or working extra hours to keep up with a demanding job, something’s got to give. Usually the casualty of a busy life is our home—specifically, the cleanliness of our home.

That’s when it’s invaluable to step back and evaluate your priorities and time. It’s time to hire a cleaning service. Why?

  • An organized and clean house is an easier house to function in. Even if it’s just psychological, most families can function better in a clean house. Part of that is the fact that it’s easier to find what you need (such as that shirt for your kid’s concert) and stay organized when you don’t have to wade through the piles of dust and stuff. Not worrying about cleaning your house also frees you up to worry about more important things, like taking care of your kids or managing your demanding schedule.
  • Allows you the time to devote to your top priorities. Whether your priorities have names, or are hobbies, you don’t want to spend all your spare time cleaning your home. Hiring a cleaning service gives you the freedom to spend you off-time off. If you travel for work, having outside cleaning help means a clean home, and someone to check in on your home (to make sure the pipes haven’t burst!), when you are away.
  • A cleaning service gives you more time to work—and make money. This is your classic profit versus cost evaluation. Will you make money cleaning or working on your next project?
  • You don’t have to stress about entertaining—specifically about preparing for company. Entertaining should be a pleasant experience, not an “I-didn’t-clean-my-house-and-I’m-stressed-about-what-they’ll-think” kind of event where you are paranoid about every speck of dust that you didn’t have time to clean.

Hiring a cleaning service does not have to mean that you give up cleaning your house. We have a friend who hired a cleaning service to only clean her bathrooms. Likewise, if you need a cleaning service only before you entertain, schedule as such. Or if you only want a certain room clean, give your cleaning service specific instruction. They work for you when you need it, giving you freedom and time so nothing’s got to give.