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Allergy suffers know all too well the effects that seasonal allergies can have on their everyday lives. That’s why it’s important to understand how to clean the home to improve the severity of allergies effectively. This starts by knowing some tips and tricks to keep the pollen and dust count low. If you or someone in your home has allergies, read on to learn more about cleaning for allergies, and turn your house into an allergy friendly home!
Cleaning by Rooms
Starting in the kitchen, wipe down surfaces like cabinets, countertops, fridge shelves, tops of cabinets, sink, etc. at least once a week. Also, clean out the fridge as often as possible, keeping leftovers in check and not letting them get too old. To keep mold and other potential allergens at bay, use a garbage can that seals shut and takes out the trash at least every other day. Lastly, using the oven exhaust fan when cooking is a great way to keep the air free of pollutants and allergens.
Because the living room is where your family spends most of their time together, these areas should be comfortable and clean. When cleaning the living area for allergies, be sure to vacuum the carpets and rugs with a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner. This will serve to keep the carpet clean and prevent the air from becoming contaminated. If possible, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter for added allergy protection. Of course, if you have pets, you might need to vacuum more often depending on how much they shed. Additionally, dust the bookshelves, entertainment centers, or any other areas that commonly gather dust. Have curtains or other upholstery items cleaned professionally or with a heavy duty steamer every few months.
Make sure that you are washing bedding and linens once a week. Comforters can be cleaned once a month, and every three to four months you should give your mattress and pillows a good cleaning by vacuuming and switching out pillows if needed. Washing your linens at a high temperature or in a sanitize setting will ensure that you kill all the dust mites and other harmful substances that trigger allergies.
Additional Cleaning Tips
Keeping pet dander under control throughout the house can help alleviate allergy stress.
Don’t use scented cleaners or detergents as fragrances can trigger allergy symptoms.
Wear a mask when you clean to limit your exposure to allergens kicked up into the air.
Add some air-purifying plants to your home to improve the overall air quality.
Finally, don’t forget about your HVAC system! The HVAC system is the hub of the home and plays a significant role in the air purity of your home. Keep the air filters clean, and change them every couple of months. You can also purchase allergy related air filters for extra filtration and improved air quality. Have your HVAC system maintained and cleaned every so often to check for any issues in the air duct system.
Keep these tips in mind when cleaning for allergies in your home. You can easily make them part of your cleaning routine each season. For more information on cleaning for allergies in other areas of the home, click here. Or, Spouses Cleaning Houses can help you achieve an allergy-safe home. Contact us today to schedule a cleaning appointment.
Come springtime, most of us are eager to open the windows and soak in the sunshine. It’s also the time to clean out anything that remotely resembles winter with a little Spring cleaning. Since we’ve all been cooped up for months, many of us are more than ready to prep the house for better-weather days. But, there always seem to be a few items that we forget to clean, organize, or repair around the house. Luckily, we’ve made things easy with a few spring cleaning tips to remember this season.
Pinterest-worth pantries all start with containers and labels. Containers also help to keep food fresh for longer.
What to Clean
Start by cleaning out the contents of the fridge, and storing everything in a cooler. After that, turn off the fridge and wipe down the inside with a mixture of 2 tablespoons baking soda and a quart of hot water. Finally, go over the door seals with warm water and mild dishwashing liquid. Also, check the expiration dates on the food and start pitching those old condiments out.
Windows and Blinds
Use a damp cloth to clean the window sills and blinds in each room. Then, use Windex to sharpen and shine glass windows. You can also remove the window screen and spray them down with a hose.
Blades of Ceiling Fans
We recommend getting an extendable duster that bends to a 90-degree angle for cleaning your ceiling fans. That way you don’t have to grab a ladder to clean high ceiling fans. Another great idea is to use an old pillowcase to avoid getting dust everywhere.
Use a microfiber or electrostatic cloth to clean underneath speakers, stereos, computers, DVD players, and TVs. And, be sure to wipe away from ventilation areas, so you don’t push the dust back in.
What to Organize
Closets can be overwhelming. Storage and organizers can help make it feel less cluttered.
This can be a big task. If you have kids, this can be an even bigger task. That is why you need to stick to these simple rules:
Declutter: Get rid of what you don’t wear, and what doesn’t fit.
Store: Keep seasonal items in a bin, pull and rotate out when necessary.
Organize: Group similar things. Shoes, scarves, sweaters, etc.
Pro Tip: Ditch the wire hangers as they can damage your clothes and leave them misshapen over time.
If you dream of that perfect Pinterest-worthy pantry, start by throwing out old or unused items. Then organize your pantry so most used items are at eye level, least used items are down below and barely used at all are up top. Also, consider using containers and labels to help give the look of ultimate organization.
Bathroom / Linen Closet
Start by disposing of old and expired sunscreens, toothbrushes, makeup, nail polish, hair-care products, and medicine. With what is left, delegate where items will go. For example, put towels on two shelves about eye level, put linens up top, and put bathroom supplies in label baskets that are easy to reach.
What to Repair/ Maintain
There are some things you only need to do or inspect a few times a year. These are items that can either cost more or just aren’t high maintenance. Here is a list of items to consider cleaning. If you aren’t sure how to clean or don’t have the proper equipment, make sure to contact cleaning professionals.
Change smoke alarm batteries
Clean air vents
Replace light bulbs
Reseal grout lines
Wash window screens
These are just some items to consider taking care of this Spring. There are a lot of dirty places in every home, so this time of year it’s good to have a clean start. If you are looking for help cleaning your home, contact us today or learn more about our services.
This Valentine’s Day is all about unpredictability and romance. A dozen roses and a box of chocolates are a lovely sentiment, but it never hurt to spice things up a bit with some unexpected Valentine’s Day gifts. After all, a gift from the heart speaks volumes and shows how much you care. So, whether you’re giving your sweetheart a tangible gift or taking them out for a new experience, make sure you keep them on their toes. Because when it comes to love, an act of affection goes a long way.
A couples massage is nothing short of a relaxing, bonding experience.
1. Plan a Day at the Spa for Two
Surprise your valentine and reserve a get-away spa day for the two of you! With this in mind, ask them to take the day off of work or, if possible, get away for the whole weekend. Most importantly, you can spend the entire day together getting massages and facials and lounging around in one those fancy bathrobes. Ahhhh, relaxation.
2. Acts of Kindness
Skip the DIY coupons and really just focus on the small things. Coupons make it seem like a chore, and loving someone should be about putting them first. Consider taking the day or even over the entire month to show they mean the world by paying attention to the details. Sometimes the most “unromantic” things are really very romantic. Here are some ideas:
Get a hot bath started with candles, and relaxing music. Then leave the room and let them enjoy.
Help plan meals or meal prep for your partner. This is epecially helpful if they are working out and working toward fitness goals.
Wash their car. Sometimes we forget to do the things we need to do, so it’s extra special when someone does it for us.
Dancing while you’re cooking? Why not. It’s romantic.
3. Take a Class Together
If they like cooking, schedule a cooking class. Enjoy a hands-on cooking experience with one-on-one instruction from professional chef instructors. Or you can try dancing class together. It is a great way to stay active and have fun. Whatever it is, learning now things can be more fun with your partner by your side. So, get in the kitchen or on your feet and learn some thing new together.
Couples who raise their heart rate together, stay together.
4. Go on an Adventure
Do something that you wouldn’t ordinarily do on any other day of the year. To illustrate, take a ride up in a hot air balloon or sign up for a couples ballroom dance class. And, if you and your partner are adrenaline junkies, try rock climbing or indoor skydiving. If you rather keep your heart rate down, think about other adventures, like traveling to a city neither of you has been before. It could be across the seas or just out-of-town, either way it is a great way to spend time together.
5. Give Them a Spouse to Clean Their House
Not you! Us. Give them a Spouses Cleaning Houses gift card this Valentine’s Day. The most unexpected Valentine’s gift of all may be the gift of a clean home. A house cleaning offers your loved one time to relax and spend more time with friends and family. Consequently, less time cleaning means more time spent doing some of the things above.
Knock it out of the park this year with an unexpected Valentine’s Day gift. Everyone deserves to feel special.
When you have a limited amount of space in a room, you want to keep it cozy while avoiding the dreaded cluttered look. That being said, there is a fine line between cozy and cluttered. And, having a few tips in your arsenal will help you to find a happy medium. Whether you’re decorating your small living room, bedroom or another area of the home, these tips can prevent you from entering into the cluttered and uncomfortable look.
When you’re walking the line between cozy and cluttered, it’s important to keep it simple. Clunky furniture with skirts that obscure the view of the floor can make the room appear closed off and cluttered. Instead, choose taller pieces that are open on the bottom with thin legs to give the room an airier feel. You can also add beautiful photos or artwork, but remember not to overdo it. Just a few pictures scattered about can make a world of difference.
The majority of the items in a room do not need to be out in the open. That being the case, storage space is a must for any small room. Choose a decorative basket to store your items while adding a touch of décor. Also, consider items such as a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf or an entertainment center cabinet that keeps everything tidy and hidden.
Lighting is a Must
Another way to add coziness and comfort to a room is through good lighting. You can use both natural and artificial lighting to help open up a small space. Light allows a room to become brighter and less closed in. If you want to add more natural lighting to a room, try using sheer or partially sheer drapes or curtains over the windows. It will reduce the amount of sunlight while still letting in the perfect amount.
Color Changes Everything
You may love dark colors, but your small room does not. One way to make a room appear larger is by adding a mixture of light colors. You can consider adding darker colors in a certain area to add more coziness without closing up the entire room. Remember, lighter colors such as muted tones of white, beige, blue, or brown will open up the room. Also, you can add accent colors with throw pillows and décor.
Don’t Let Clutter Hang Around
As you’re treading that fine line between cozy and cluttered, remember to get rid of unused items in the area on a regular basis. Take time every day to walk through the room and remove anything that doesn’t belong or that you do not need. Throw items away that you’re finished with and find a good place for the items you wish to keep. Just 15 minutes of cleaning a day can make a dramatic difference. Learn how to make cleaning less stressful with our 10 Smart Cleaning Tricks.
Be sure to utilize some of these tips to keep your small space from crossing that dangerous line between cozy and cluttered. That way your smaller living area can maintain an air of beauty, comfort, and style.
Having a holiday party is a fun way to spend time with family, friends, and neighbors, but it’s not so fun when it comes to the holiday party clean up. When in charge of the yearly holiday party, you may be wondering how you are going to handle the clean up once the party is over. Instead of fretting about cleaning up, have fun and use the holiday party cleaning tips below for a quick and easy clean up once everyone has gone home.
1. Start With a Clean Slate
To make sure you have as little to clean as possible, start off with a clean party space. You may want to bring in a professional cleaning team to give the space a once-over. This will ensure that the house is lovely and tidy before the party begins. Or clean the area yourself to save money, prepping the space for décor, food, and refreshments.
2. Set Out Garbage/Recycling Areas
One way to ensure the night doesn’t end with a complete mess is to set out garbage and recycling cans. Alert the guests to these areas so they can throw away their trash and recyclables instead of leaving plates, cups, and napkins spread throughout. Have a few people assisting you by having them point out where the garbage areas are when people are done with food or drink.
3. Double Lining Those Garbage Bins
A quick trick for your garbage cleanup is to double line or even triple line the garbage bins. Add extra garbage bags so once you empty the can, another empty bag is waiting and ready to go. This will eliminate any additional messes and make it easy for you to clean up any trash.
4. Keep Cleaners on Hand
Spills are going to happen. Keep a few all-purpose wipes, a broom, and dustpan handy so that you can clean up any spills. This way, you can take care of little messes throughout the night without having to clean further into the night once the party is over.
5. Focus Your Cleaning
Once the party is over, focus your cleaning efforts. Go for big messes first like picking up food plates and drink cups. You can then place leftovers in the fridge or have the guests take some home with them.
6. Cleaning Dishes
For some parties, real silverware, glasses, and plates will be used. Have an area set up near the food table where guests can place their dirty dishes once they’re finished with them. You can then go ahead and take groupings of dirty dishes to the kitchen once the plates start piling up. This will help to eliminate long hours of cleaning dishes later on in the evening.
7. Friends & Family
Best party of holidays is friends and family. Use this to your advance during holiday party cleaning time. More hands-on-deck means less time spent cleaning up overall. After all, they helped make the mess, it would be just as great if they helped cleaning it up!
8. Keep It Simple
To keep the clean up to a minimum, try to keep the menu simple. Avoid messy foods and drinks. Instead, have appetizers that are easy to eat and easy to clean up.
9. Cleaning Service for Holiday Party Cleaning
If the holiday party clean up is just too big for you to handle, hire Spouses Cleaning Houses. Allowing a small crew of cleaners to come in and clean up after the party can save you time and a headache!
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (And Why It’s Important to Us)
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For over 30 years, the cause has been dedicated to spreading awareness. It also promotes early detection, increased screening, and improved treatment options. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide (after lung cancer). Unfortunately, there are about 1.38 million new cases and 458,000 deaths from breast cancer each year. Although, thanks to earlier detection and increased awareness, a woman’s risk of dying of breast cancer dropped 38 percent between the late 1980s and 2014.
But, there is still more work to do as tens of thousands of new cases are diagnosed each year. Whether personally or through the experience of a friend or family member, nearly everyone has a connection to breast cancer. That is why we help make fighting breast cancer a national priority by celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October.
Cleaning for a Reason
Cleaning for a Reason is a non-profit organization whose mission is to give the gift of free house cleaning to women undergoing treatment for any cancer. The goal is to ensure that these women focus on their health and let us worry about cleaning their home. Debbie Sardone, President / Founder, believes it’s the women undergoing the rigors of cancer treatment who need housecleaning services the most. Since 2006, partner maid services have volunteered their time to clean for over 26,000 women- valued at over $6,900,000. That being the case, Spouses Cleaning Houses is a proud partner with Cleaning for a Reason.
You Can Do Your Part
If you or someone you love is undergoing treatment, you can do your part by filling out a patient application for house cleanings. Additionally, if you own a maid service and would like to join us in our efforts, you can send us an inquiry and become a maid service partner. You can also donate money in honor of or in memory of a loved one. Your donations will allow us to continue helping the strong women in our Cleaning for a Reason program. Join us in making a difference.
Spouses Cleaning Houses is happy to partner and support a great cause. If you are interested or know someone who would like to schedule their first cleaning, contact us today.
Everyone touches them so it only makes sense they are one of the dirtiest places in your home. Make sure to clean frequently and especially if anyone in the house is sick.
Every homeowner has a routine cleaning schedule. You know what areas of your home get messy and what to do to clean them. You pick up clothes off the floor, wipe down kitchen counters, and sweep and mop the floors. But are you truly cleaning your home? You may be surprised that the dirtiest places in your home are being overlooked. Read on to find the top ten dirtiest areas and what to do to achieve a sparkling clean. (Hint: it isn’t always the kids’ room.)
1. Sink Faucets
One area of the home that gets dirty is sink faucets. Because water comes out of the faucet, you most likely will have a build-up of mildew gunk. So, every few months you can take the aerator out of the faucet in your bathroom and kitchen and soak it in vinegar. You want to keep this piece clean as it is where your water comes from and when dirty, it can affect your overall health.
2. Handles/Light Switches
The handles of appliances, like the refrigerator, toilet, and light switches, can be germ breeders and honestly win the blue ribbon for dirtiest places in your home. These are areas that people in your home touch daily. Use a cloth with a cleaning product to wipe down handles and light switches on a regular basis to remove germs.
3. Top of Furniture/Kitchen Cabinets
Areas that are often neglected in the home are those that are too high to see. Kitchen cabinets that do not reach the ceiling are often covered in dust, mice nests and more. Even the top of furniture, such as bookshelves, can have a build-up of dust. Use a hose attachment of a vacuum to clean these hard to reach places.
This is another item that tops the list of dirtiest places in your home because of the frequency of use and how many people touch it.
4. The Bathtub/Shower
In the shower and bathtubs of your home, you can easily find a ring of dirt or grime. Not to mention, bacteria, mold, and fungus can grow in the tub and shower. Be sure to dry off the surface after each use to prevent bacteria growth. Disinfecting should take place at least once if not three times a week.
5. Clean Out the Refrigerator
We are all guilty of leaving old food in the refrigerator. However, the fridge should be cleaned out on a regular basis to avoid stinky leftovers and to make room for new foods. Be sure to clean it out at least once a week to prevent the need for a regular deep clean.
6. Kitchen Sink
While we mentioned the faucet aerator earlier, the kitchen sink should also be cleaned well each day. The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) found you are most likely to think your bathroom is the dirtiest places in your home, but really it is the kitchen. Food particles and beverages are placed in the sink daily. Use soap and water to disinfect the sink once or twice a week on top of regular rinsing.
7. Remote Controls
We touch our TV remotes every single day but do not think about how dirty they might be. Use a Clorox wipe or other cleaning tool to wipe the remotes down on a regular basis to avoid the spread of germs.
8. Toilet Walls
While everyone thinks a toilet is a dirty place in the home, it is actually the walls that surround the toilet that should be of concern. Splashes from using the bathroom occur, which results in less than appealing messes on the walls. A cleaner with enzymes should be utilized in this area, sprayed and then left to work for a little while. Use a wet towel to remove the cleaner and allow the area to air dry.
9. Around the Stove
The oven is the main cooking appliance of the home. Because of the usage, behind the oven, above and beside the appliance can become quite dirty. The stove should be pulled out from time to time, and the area cleaned accordingly.
10. Toothbrush Holder
If you use a toothbrush holder in the home, you have most likely seen the white grime left behind from brushing your teeth regularly. Be sure to clean the holder on a weekly basis to keep the holder nice and clean.
Of course, it’s a completely different story if you have pets. If you find that it’s too overwhelming to keep the whole house clean all the time, have a cleaning service come in once or twice a month. Spouses Cleaning Houses can help you get the dirtiest places in your home clean and shiny. Contact us today to schedule a cleaning appointment. We feel everyone should be able to enjoy a clean home.
Kids, furry or not, make a mess! It does help to have designated places for pets to eat, their toys, and their bed. Organization does help keep a clean home with pets!
Everyone loves having a pet around the house to play with and look after. Having pets is a blessing and they truly become a part of the family. However, they can be messy at times and it can be difficult to keep a clean home with pets. If you are finding it difficult to keep your home clean, try some of these tips to help.
All the Hair!!
Perhaps the most challenging factor of keeping a clean home with pets is dealing with the hair they leave behind. Many pets shed on furniture and floors, and it can seem difficult to manage and keep clean. The first step in tackling this problem is to brush your pets regularly. Removing excess hair with a brush does help minimize hair. You can also place an old blanket or protective cover on the spots where they frequently lay down.
As far as floors are concerned, there are different methods for cleaning pet hair depending on the type of floor you have. For carpets, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter for best results. If you have tile or hardwood floors, use a mop or Swiffer. To get the hair off of your furniture you can use the vacuum as well. And of course, you can’t forget about your clothes! Keep lint rollers handy to remove the hair from your clothes before you leave your home or get into your bed at night.
Keep ’em Clean
Bath time for pets is often difficult and messy. However, regular baths are an important step in keeping your pets clean, thus keeping a clean home with pets. Indoor pets that are not bathed regularly can begin to stink and anything they lay on can reflect that smell as well, including furniture.
Wiping your pet’s paws before they enter the house after being outside can remove most of the dirt and mud off of them. That way you can prevent them from tracking it through your house too. Also, be sure to trim your pet’s nails on a regular basis to reduce the chances of them scratching your floors or furniture. Most scratches are accidental and shorter nails can help with that.
However, some pets will try to scratch at the door or furniture to let you know that they want to play or go outside. If this is the case with your pet, choose a method for them to learn for when they want something from you. Then, you can train them to use that method rather than scratching.
At the end of the day, it is impossible to keep up with all the messes our kids make, furry or not. So, try to keep their food and water bowls in an area that you don’t mind getting a little messy. You can also place a plastic mat underneath the bowls for easy cleaning if they spill any food or water. And if you just feel like you can’t keep us, contact us, we will take care of it!
When you have children, the play area can seemingly take over a large part of the home. Even if you try to contain the mess in one room, it can leak out into other rooms if you’re not organized. Luckily, there are several tips and tricks to help you keep the kids’ playroom in order. Hopefully, these tips will allow the kids to play with and find their toys with ease while keeping the area clean.
Label the Storage
Labeling the storage areas for your child/children’s items is a simple yet effective tip. But, what if your children can’t read yet? How will they understand what goes where? Consider using pictures of items on the outside of the storage container. This will help the kids understand where to put the items once they’re done playing with them.
Use Your Child’s View
Their idea of fun usually means a mess for you!
Get down on your child’s eye level when you’re organizing the playroom. This will allow you to see what your child sees and how the organization looks to them. Put their favorite toys in their eye line so they are easily found and put away at the end of the day.
Be Honest About Space Issues
When you’re organizing the playroom be honest, and realistic about how much space you really have. Take a look at the toys and throw out the ones that are broken or rarely used. This will help you to maximize the space and make room for the toys your children love.
Consider this: the more your children have to play with, the less they play with. If you have a surplus of toys, you can pretty much guarantee that your child will play with maybe half of them, or even less. Keep it simple and try to reduce the load you have. And, if your toy room is not organized, that cuts down on what they play with as well. For the most part, if they’re not playing with a toy, consider donating or getting rid of it.
Keep It Simple
If the messy playroom stresses you out when you walk in, it’s likely to have the same affect on your child. So, be sure to organize the playroom each season by decluttering and getting rid of old, broken, or unused toys. Simplicity is best when it comes to a place your child can laugh, play, and let their imaginations run wild.
At the end of the day, kids will be kids and mess just comes with the territory. Hopefully, with these simple tips, you can help minimize the clutter in their playroom or area. Also, keep in mind a monthly cleaning to help you gain some of your precious time back. Get a free estimate on your home here.
College is an exciting time but they won’t have you any more to clean up after them. Here are some essential dorm room cleaning items that will help them.
Every college student knows that living in a dorm room is a learning experience; learning how to share a bathroom, how to live in a small space, and how to take care of yourself. Your dorm room is also the place where you will do practically every activity. From cramming for that biology final to socializing with friends and everything in between. Therefore, it’s no surprise that you can make a huge mess in a short amount of time. Especially, if you’re sharing the room with another person, as most college students do. That means double the dirt, mess, and even stress.
As for the incoming freshmen that are now entering the college world, you may want to come prepared with a solid collection of cleaning items in your moving boxes. But, don’t worry, none of these items will break the bank by any means. So, grab your packing list and a pen and jot down this essential dorm room cleaning items list.
1. Swiffer Sweeper
Swiffers are not only inexpensive but handy too. They are small, easy to store and get in those hard to reach places. The wet and dry wipes clean up hair, dirt, and dust with ease. Plus, the fresh scent of Febreze leaves your room smelling wonderful.
2. Disinfecting Wipes
It’s a good idea to have a container of disinfecting wipes nearby. Use them to wipe away dust from your nightstands, desk, and dresser. Or, if you have an en-suite bathroom in your room you can use them to wipe down the sink and remove bacteria, soap scum, and grime. You’ll also be glad you had these around when the dreaded flu inevitably hits campus.
3. Mini Vacuum
You don’t have to invest in an expensive vacuum to get the benefits of a good clean. Try the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Bagless Vacuum. It weighs less than 4 pounds and includes an easy off detachable hand vacuum for smaller messes. They work well on hardwood floors, and the best part is that it will only set you back $16.
4. Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Realistically, you probably won’t be deep scrubbing your toilet bowl on a regular basis. So, try the Lysol Click Gel Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner. It stamps to the interior of the toilet bowl and keeps your toilet fresh and clean for up to one week.
5. Detergent Pods
Forget about lugging around that heavy bottle of laundry detergent each time you need to get your laundry done. Bring a large bag of Tide Pods to the dorms for a simple and effective laundry experience. No more measuring out or wasting detergent!
These are just simple things to help you or your student make living in tight quarters a bit easier. If you have any suggestions on other dorm room cleaning items, let us know! Also, if your college student is doing a lease in an apartment, we do move-in and move-out cleanings to help get that deposit back. Get a free estimate here.