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5 Reasons to Hire a Home Cleaning Service

Everyone’s reason to hire a home cleaning service is different. It may be your busy professional life, or your extensive traveling schedule that keeps you from maintaining your home. Or your reasons may be very small, and all under the age of 5. Your reason may be your entertaining schedule, or the constant inflow of guests you expect at the cabin this summer. Our former colleague’s reason was very big, and sometimes grew as tall as her: her laundry pile from her family of 5 that never shrunk because of her busy professional schedule. Whatever your personal reason, we’ve compiled 5 of the most common general reasons our clients hire a home cleaning service, and keep coming back:

  • An organized and clean house is a more efficient 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.
  • Allows you the time to devote to your top priorities. Whether your priorities have names, or are hobbies, you don’t always want to spend all your spare time cleaning your home. Hiring a home 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.
  • You’re not around that much. If you’re thinking of hiring a cleaning service for your up north cabin, your reason may be that you are half a state away. That’s when a cleaning service makes sense so your cabin is ready for your guests, or renters that come up to your cabin all summer.

One of the best reasons to hire a home cleaning service is that they only do what you want. A professional cleaner can fold your laundry, clean your floors, or take on the spring deep clean that didn’t happen. Contact a home cleaning service. Give your cleaner specific instructions on what you do or don’t want done in your home, and discuss a schedule for cleaning. You can hire a home cleaning service to come every week, every month or whenever you have company coming over or a renter coming to your cabin. Whatever the reason, the results are the same: a clean, organized home without sacrificing all your spare time.

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Cabin

Spring in Wisconsin means warmer temperatures (though we know that comes later at your cabin in northern Wisconsin), flowers blooming and a countdown to fun family weekends on the lake at your cabin. The season also means spring cleaning your cabin (and boat!) that has sat vacant since Labor Day. Cleaning your cabin and readying it for guests and fun family weekends is a task that needs to be done quickly and efficiently—which can be done as long as you use our spring cleaning checklist for your cabin:

  • Airing out cabin.
  • Washing comforters, sheets and quilts.
  • Making beds.
  • Cleaning your appliances (including the dishwasher, fridge, washer or stove).
  • Spider web removal.
  • Window cleaning.
  • Dusting ceiling fans and washing light fixture coverings.
  • Blind and curtain cleaning.
  • Clean the top of cabinets.
  • Cleaning bathroom counter(s).
  • Carpet and floor cleaning.
  • Power washing your cabin.
  • Vent cover cleaning.
  • Fireplace stone/tile and mantle clean up.
  • Cleaning sliding door tracks.
  • Scrub down showers.
  • Dust inside of cabinets.
  • Putting pier in lake.
  • Cleaning boat or jet skis.
  • Checking water toys for holes.
  • Washing outside chairs and table.
  • Inventorying and adding wood to your wood pile (if needed).

If you don’t have a spare weekend to prep for your family weekend at the cabin, or if your guests are planning to arrive at your cabin earlier than planned, contact us about scheduling a spring cleaning for your cabin. One simple call can take your spring cleaning checklist and boil it down to one box. That means one box to check off your spring cleaning checklist for your cabin so you can have fun during your family weekends at the lake.

5 Valentine’s Day Gifts Your Sweetheart Will Love

All right all you Valentine’s-Day-gift-procrastinators: time is getting short, and it’s time to decide on a gift for your sweetheart. If you’re racking your mind for a gift idea, we have some traditional and unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas your sweetheart is guaranteed to love:

  1. Flowers & chocolates. You can’t get more traditional than this. Stop on your way home or have the flowers and chocolates delivered as a surprise.
  2. Tickets to her favorite activity. Does she like the theatre? A day at the spa? A sporting event? Is her favorite band coming to town? Surprise her with tickets (perhaps hidden in a box or flowers).
  3. No housecleaning! Give her the gift of not doing a weekly cleaning, or doing laundry, or mopping the floor. Call ZBM Cleaning and pre-pay for weekly or monthly cleanings, and let your sweetheart set up the cleaning schedule. She can even choose what cleaning chores she wants to the cleaner to do.
  4. Jewelry. Again, you can’t more traditional than a beautiful necklace, ring or bracelet for your favorite Valentine.
  5. A vacation to your cabin without the spring cleaning. Is your sweetheart stressed about finding the time to spring clean your cabin before your summer trips up north, or before your renters arrive? Contact a local cleaning company about setting up a cabin cleaning without your or your sweetheart having to travel.

We can’t help with the flowers and chocolates or gifts 2 & 4, but we can assist with gifts 3 & 5. Call ZBM Clean to set up your sweetheart’s gift (without her finding out!), and make her Valentine’s Day a special, clean-free day.

Is your cabin ready for the holidays?

Are you and your family heading north to your cabin for the holidays? Is the cabin ready? With the large to-do list that comes with the holidays, heading up to your cabin in northern Wisconsin to clean and get it ready is probably last on your list.


You rented your cabin out to snowmobilers or snowboarders looking to take advantage of the recent snow fall. However, with all you have to do before Christmas, cleaning up the cabin and getting it ready for your renters is not going to happen.

What’s the answer to your dilemma? Hire a professional local cleaner in northern Wisconsin to do a deep clean.

Fortunately, that solution is not as complex as it seems. You don’t have to worry about interviewing local cleaners, or making the several hour drive up to the cabin for a short orientation. All you have to do is contact a local southeastern Wisconsin cleaning company based out of Watertown with a proven track record.

In addition to providing commercial and residential cleaning services throughout Watertown and surrounding communities, ZBM Cleaning also offers cleaning services for homeowners around Minocqua. Their professional cleaners can do whatever you need done:

  • vacuuming,
  • cleaning bathrooms,
  • sweeping,
  • making beds,
  • laundry,
  • window and blind cleaning,
  • dusting,
  • cleaning your kitchen.

The cleaners can have all the work done by your deadline when you specify or on a regular schedule that you set. It only takes one call to get the result: a white-glove cleaning job that allows you to enjoy the cabin with your family, a cabin ready for your renters and an enjoyable, worry-free Christmas and New Years.

6 Time-Saving Holiday Hosting Preparation Tips

Aunt Bonnie is coming over. And Uncle Joe. And Uncle Joe’s girlfriend and son. And, and, and…whether you are hosting 5 or 50 for the holidays, you’re feeling the pinch of preparing for the holidays and for the holiday family get together. The good news: there are services you can use during the holidays to keep up with the ever-growing list of to do’s (and that’s in addition to your busy professional schedule and kids’ commitments). So what can you do to tackle your holiday to-do list?

  1. Hire a cleaning service for the month or day. You have a million other things to do…gifts to buy, a menu to prepare, cookies to make with the kids (along with work and school)…why spend your time cleaning? Hire a local cleaning service for the month of December or for a day right before your family gathering. Have the cleaners give your home that deep clean from top to bottom, so you can focus on the important holiday prep details.
  2. Have your gifts wrapped at the store. When you have tons of presents to buy and organize, be efficient. Have the professionals at the store or online store wrap your gifts. If you are buying presents online for family and friends that live out-of-state, have the gifts wrapped and shipped directly to them—saving you a trip to the post office.
  3. Leave snow removal to the professionals. Save your back and time. Hire a snow removal service to clean your driveway for winter. Make sure you ask them to come and clean an area for parking right before your family arrives.
  4. Make a list (and check it twice). Now is not the time to be inefficient. Make a to-do list, and check it twice to make sure you are staying ahead of the work. If you can’t keep up, look for services (decorating, cleaning, etc.) to help check items off the list.
  5. Use a party planning app. There are several party planning apps that help break down the list of what needs to be done and when. Download your preferred app on your phone so you can stay on top of your holiday party details no matter where you are.
  6. Prepare as many dishes as you can ahead of time. Find recipes that allow you to prepare your dishes a few days or even week in advance. Avoid the last minute rush. Use slow cookers and roasters to help you prepare appetizers and side dishes.

The first step: take a deep breath. Then, get organized. Make a list of services you trust, such as a local cleaning service and snow removal company. If you are planning on heading up north with your family for the holidays, contact a cleaning service to clean your cabin and have it ready before you head to northern Wisconsin. Don’t forget to make the biggest preparation: for the celebration after it’s all done and everyone has gone home.