Americans on average move up to 6 times before their thirties. Certainly Lafayette, IN residents at the median age of 32.4 like to move around a lot. However, nothing comes close to the thousands of Purdue University students who move out each May. The entire process of moving can quickly turn into a nightmare as move out day looms. Each year, we see dumpsters overflow, and students failing to return their dorm and apartment keys on time; often due to fully booked(overbooked) storage units, UHAUL trucks and cleaning companies.
To ensure a painless moving experience, make sure to take note of the following seven items before you move out from your apartment:
1. Start selling/donating items you don’t plan to keep way before your move out day. Post these items to Facebook groups for Tippecanoe County or relevant ones just for Purdue students. Get rid of as much as you can so move out this time round isn’t the headache it was last year.
2. Gather the keys you were given for your home or apartment, including any access cards or mailbox keys. You may be asked to pay up to $50 for replacing each key/card.
3. Read the lease! Some landlords include a long list of conditions. Be aware to avoid unnecessary penalties. E.g. Cover holes with spackling paste, replace blinds, repainting or cleaning carpet stains.
4. We’re in a college town with plenty of options but things can get crazy right after finals. Reserve Lafayette cleaning companies, moving services, trucks, carpetcleaners and storage units in advance. It’s always smart to moveout your belongings first, clean the home after and clean carpets last.
5. Pack everything but leave out items you use on a daily basis (e.g. toilet paper, kitchen towels, Keurig, Water Pitcher, Hairdryer, chargers). Make sure items you still need isn’t packed and sealed in a box. You definitely won’t want to unpack and go through each box looking for an electric toothbrush charger then repack everything again.
6. Hire a professional housecleaner if possible. Returning anything less than a “broom clean” apartment or house may cost you a huge chunk of your security deposit and some property managers are very picky when they inspect the place. It’s to your benefit to hire a professional housecleaning service as you would ensure the return of your full deposit. Unless your landlord is being unreasonable, there’s no argument to the spotless cleaning job we do. Contact us at CleanMyTribe if you are looking for a move out cleaning. Do not forget to schedule a walkthrough inspection and take good photos as evidence until you receive your deposit.
7. If you’re going the DIY move out cleaning route, schedule your moving and cleaning to take place on separate days and seek help from friends or family. It’s not impossible but both are physically (and mentally) exhausting. Move your belongings first, then come back the next day to clean out the empty apartment (or have a housecleaning service come in and do it for you).
8. Write a list of all the institutions and subscription companies that will need your new home address. This includes Amazon Prime, your bank, credit union, Purdue, your resume and more. Once you’ve updated your address with everyone, make sure you head to the USPS website and set up mail forwarding so you don’t miss out on important mail, bills or packages.
Again? Yes, it’s always a good idea to clean one more time before you move in. After years of occupancy a home can be covered with contaminants and germs left behind by previous tenants and their pets. Landlords and property managers require a minimum “broom clean” when a renter leaves which isn’t much. Even if it looks pretty clean, thoroughly wipe down all surfaces yourself or hire somebody to ensure a clean and beautiful home awaits you on move-in day.
It may seem daunting at first but you won’t take long disinfecting an empty home especially if it’s already “broom clean”. An empty move in home cleaning will be a breeze compared to a move out clean. If the home comes furnished, it’s still easy since there’s no clutter getting in your way. Let’s start with this guide to cleaning before you move in:
Work your way down from the top
When cleaning a rental home yourself, wipe from high to low so any residual dirt or dirt falls onto lower surfaces and eventually on the floor. Sweep it up at the end.
Must clean areas: Kitchen and Bathroom
Although your new kitchen is likely to have been cleaned prior to your move-in, wipe it down once more for your own peace of mind. Spray the kitchen cabinets, shelves both interiors & exteriors with disinfectant and let it sit for a few minutes. Wipe off with a clean microfiber cloth. Next, do the same for your kitchen appliances such as the microwave, stove top, oven, range hood and refrigerator. Clean the countertops and walls before finishing up with the kitchen sink. Hint: throw citrus peels down the garbage disposal to get rid of bad smells. Mop the floors last. Remember to leave the kitchen appliances and cabinet open to dry. Your kitchen cleaning is complete!
The bathroom is another area you must sterilize. We recommend to replace your toilet seat for hygiene purposes. Systematically spray and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing off wall tiles, cabinets, shower, bathtub, grout, sinks, toilet and the floor. Scrub the bathrooms again if you want to but it isn’t necessary.
Pace yourself and move on to bedrooms, living room and dining room
This section covers the majority of the square footage in your home. Fret not, you do not have to redo this part. You will be doing some touch up now and once more after moving in your stuff. For now, focus on disinfecting door handles, door knobs, switches and furniture that came with the apartment. Quickly dust corners, baseboards, vents, lights and ceiling fans. Vacuum the floors and you should be good. If there are carpets, do check if they have been professionally cleaned. Carpets trap dust and dirt from past tenants thus it is absolutely necessary to have them cleaned.
Pat yourself on the back. Bet you feel much better now about your freshly cleaned rental home.
It’s true, carpets are one of the last things on our mind when we’re busy. We neglect to clean up messes immediately or even forget about them altogether. You may be hiring an apartment cleaning service to vacuum the carpets from time to time or do it yourself in the weekends. However, to keep your home looking and smelling great, both regular home cleanings and periodic carpet maintenance are needed.
What’s hiding in your carpets?
It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about carpets in an apartment or office, carpets are home to an UNIMAGINABLE amount of nasty things. E.g. dust, dirt, soil, dead-skin, pet dander, pet hair, crumbs, allergens and bacteria. Keep your carpets hygiene levels in check with carpet cleaning on a regular basis. In addition, carpet cleaning removes dust mites and other nasty bugs that can often be found lurking underneath your feet.
It depends. A carpet in a high-traffic office would need cleaning on more often than one found in a bedroom. In a residential environment, you may have to clean your carpets more than once a year if you have children or pets. Many clients put off carpet cleaning until it’s necessary, sometimes for years.
Homeowners typically call when they are about to list their home for sale. Renters also call only when their close to the end of their lease. Sometimes, we find houses where carpets have turned a darker shade of the original color. Rarely do we get calls immediately after someone soils the carpets.
Regular carpet cleaning is the answer
Regular carpet cleaning can prolong the lifespan of your carpets and the sooner we treat a stain, the easier and likelier we can remove it completely. Frequent vacuuming and yearly professional carpet cleaning is not something we (carpet cleaning companies) came up with, this is recommended by all major carpet manufacturers. We are simply there to remove accumulated dirt within the carpets, and keep potential harmful micro-organisms at bay. Giving you a healthier fresher-smelling home.
These areas have more bacteria than your average toilet seat, and you’ve likely already touched more than half of them today.
Your kitchen sponge is the perfect environment for bacteria to breed… it’s always moist and there’s always some food residue. A 2017 study suggests that sponge sanitation methods (e.g. zapping sponge in microwave,etc) are not effective in the longer term to eliminate bacteria from your kitchen sponges. Since kitchen sponges are inexpensive (21 Scotchbrite for $14@ Costco), the safer option is to have them replaced regularly.
Raw meat, vegetables and fruits can contaminate your chopping board. Once cracks appear or the surface has turned rough, it’s time to replace your boards as bacteria can hide in even the tiniest of scratches.
Faucet and sink
The faucet and sink are often wet, creating the perfect environment for bacteria to grow on most surfaces. Soaking your dirty dishes for days in the sink can create a pool for bacteria to breed. Sanitize your sink and faucet occasionally.
Are your shower curtains a little pink? That’s pink mold! It’s a type of water-borne bacteria, Serratia marcescens. Remove pink mold by washing your shower curtain in the washer (check care instructions). To prevent pink mold from coming back, keep your bathrooms well-ventilated and curtains spread open to dry.
Most remotes have numerous nooks and crannies that can’t be cleaned easily. Your remote gets sat on, spilled on, touched by dirty fingers, and accompanies you all-day when you need to stay home due to sickness. Spray disinfectant and let sit for 5 minutes before wiping clean.
Vacuuming your carpets weekly is a great way to remove surface dust but to address bacteria and allergens, we recommend hiring a professional carpet cleaning service every 6-months to a year depending on your household. Why you should have a no-shoe policy in your home too.
Your phone is a breeding ground for germs. Whatever you hand touches in a day gets transferred over to your phone. We remember to wash our hands at the end of the day… but do we wash our phones at all…. keep your phone clean!
Don’t wait till someone gets sick. Clean all 7 areas today!
You may be thinking how it’s a pain to remove your shoes at the door or how you dislike walking barefoot at home. These reasons may change your mind:
Keep dirt outside
Previous research at the University of Arizona, discovered the average shoe exterior contains 421,000 units of bacteria. Wearing your outdoor shoes indoors exposes your home to everything your sole comes into contact with outside – the researcher estimate about “90-99% of bacteria transfers from shoes to uncontaminated tiles”. You do not want to bring the bacteria on public restroom floors into your house. Now your babies can crawl on a cleaner floor and probably fall ill less often.
After vacuuming, mopping your floors and having the carpets professional cleaned, do you really want to walk around with shoes on? Walking around at home without shoes keeps things looking cleaner and newer for longer. The floors do not need to be vacuumed or mopped as much and you avoid having to call a professional carpet cleaning service every 3-6 months.
Protect your floors & Carpets
Wet or dirty shoes can cause wood floors to wrap and damage your carpet fibers. Softer wood floors are also easily scratched by sand and tiny rocks embedded under your shoe – like sandpaper. Shoes = more wear and tear on your carpets and hardwood floors.
Protect your feet
Walking barefoot is great for foot health. Without shoes, you can wriggle those toes, let them breathe and stretch unhindered, as you feel the transition from the outside to the safe haven of your home. Your feet will thank you.
Walking around in boots or heels sound like stomping to your downstairs neighbor. Keep a quieter home, even on carpets, with padded slippers or go barefoot.
In many cultures, removing shoes is a sign of respect for a person’s home or holy. As a guest you never want to bring in soil, mud and bacteria from the outside. It’s good manners to take off your shoes or just ask if you aren’t sure. Get your household into the habit of removing your shoes before walking inside.
Convinced yet? Your house will be so much healthier and cleaner without shoes. If you have kids, they can safely play or roll around on the floor and you need not worry about them. If you ever have people over, tell them they can kick off their shoes and walk all over barefoot – because their feet are clean and your floors are too! And do not underestimate the importance of a well-placed doormat.
Can you remember the last time you left home without your phone? Since your phone is always in your hand or on your person, it gets exposed to all kinds of germs. While doing push ups at the gym you might have left your phone on the floor. Then when you take a shower afterwards you might leave it on the changing room bench. And as you take the bus/train home, you might switch hands as you maintained your balance while scrolling through Facebook. We wash our hands and body before we go to bed but do we “wash” our phones? Imagine rubbing your face against the gym’s floor or the changing room bench or the handrails for days. Please clean that thing up!
Time to clean all the sticky gunk, goop, fuzz and fur off of your devices.
To make the screen on your phone sparkle like the day you bought it, clean it with a slightly damp microfiber or lens cloth. These are the same ones we pros use for home cleaning. Avoid abrasive cloths.
Do not use alcohol wipes or household cleaners because these products might scratch up your screen over time. Water alone works wonders. * Remember to always keep liquids away from the product, just wet a tiny corner of your microfiber towel.
Cleaning up your Phone Case
If you have a case for your phone, there’s probably a ton of gunk hiding there too. Remove your case and look around the edges. A simple microfiber cloth will do the trick.
If you think the charger might be broken, it could just be a dirty port. It’s important to keep the ports clean so that the phone charges correctly. Use an ordinary toothpick to fish out fuzz and lint. This trick will also help keep the speakers on your phone squeaky clean.
With your earbuds facing down, take an old toothbrush or any small brush, and brush the earbuds lightly. Once you’re done, you can clean the outside with a little bit of soapy water on a microfiber cloth. Just don’t get water into the actual openings!
Microfiber cloths, toothpicks and a toothbrush can help with cleaning all your electronics! Start your summer off with clean gadgets! However, the best way to prevent your phone from becoming so filthy is simply by WASHING YOUR HANDS.
Next: Home Cleaning
Once your gadgets are all nice and clean, it’s time to work on cleaning your home. If you need a Purdue home cleaning service, give us a call, we’ll take care of it for you
I’m not talking about just one-man cleaning companies you see on classified ads. Even large nationwide maids and cleaning franchises (merry maids, molly maids, the maids….) badly need an upgrade. The maid service industry has been old-school, fragmented, offline, inefficient, and dominated by franchisees for too long. Over here in West Lafayette & Lafayette, IN, many apartment cleaning services:
Require clients to call or setup an in-home visit for a quote. then give quotes they don’t stick to
Lack transparency/accountability. Few, if any, list their prices online
Provide no guarantees
Require customers to have their own supplies and/or equipment
Sounds familiar? Scheduling an apartment cleaning is harder than it needs to be.
While still a Purdue student, my co-founder and I have noticed how hard it was to make an appointment with a cleaning provider. We were looking for an “uber-like” solution, and there were none. It was even more difficult to find a professional, consistent and reliable cleaning service provider in the area. A mutual friend found someone to clean their apartment for cheap, only for her cleaner to no-call no-show on the day she was to move out. Other stories we’ve heard include being charged a final price that was much higher than was agreed on during the in-home estimate, maids/cleaners rushing to complete a move-out cleaning service, customer service was abysmal…apartment cleaning was half-done…etc. The list just goes on. There were so many things we found appalling.
In 2017, we decided to start a cleaning company focused on creating a user-experience that demands as little of you as possible, while maintaining the consistent and quality apartment cleaning you deserve. Hence, CleanMyTribe was born.
CleanMyTribe doesn’t operate like typical local cleaning companies. Instead, we offer increased flexibility, meaning that you get to determine how often you’d like your home to be cleaned and when. We made it possible to schedule your service online and manage it through your personal account. Our clients absolutely love the convenience of booking, tracking, paying and giving feedback for their cleanings online.
Since May 2018, our team and a few clients have started beta testing the CleanMyTribe app. Stay tuned while we work on improving your Lafayette House & Apartment Cleaning Service experience. Scheduling your apartment cleaning service will be even easier, test the app here: Android or iOS
As a college town(Purdue) maid & house cleaning service, we encounter homes from the almost spotless to downright horrible; and clients with all manners of expectations and needs. Being a house cleaner/housemaid/housekeeper – can be rough at times. But … how much are they actually paid?
According to the BLS, maids & housekeepers in Indiana earn on average $10.51 an hour. This was surprising. For such grueling work day-in-day-out, companies are paying quite frankly, a low wage. Now in Lafayette, some local cleaning business are even advertising wages on Indeed as low as $8/hr. See more: Greater Lafayette, IN wage info.
LAFAYETTE INDIANA HOUSEKEEPERS & MAIDS … EARN A MEAN WAGE OF $10.51 AN HOUR
It’s a problem when your housekeeper, maid or cleaner can’t make enough money to put food on the table. The low wages and difficult work are main reasons why turnover is so higher in this industry. Our experienced ladies have worked in cleaning franchises for years – they said it was very common for new hires to switch jobs after a few months.
At CleanMyTribe, we make booking a house cleaning service incredibly easy – users can check availability, reserve their spot, add extras, leave instructions and pay all on our website. Although services such as ours charge a reasonable rate for the convenience, we tend to pay our teams A LOT better. Moreover, by choosing to conduct our business primarily online, we’ve eliminated many of the additional overheads (e.g. royalties, staff, large office) typically found at a franchise/local company. These savings get passed along to our staff & team, then to you in the form of higher quality cleaning and excellent customer service.
So how much are we paying our maids per hour?
Unlike other local cleaning companies around Purdue, we only pay by the job; hence an efficient team will earn a higher “hourly wage”. On average however, our team members earn a little over $20/hr. Paying above market has only been beneficial, it has helped attract and retain the best people beloved by our clients. Our customers are happy knowing that their team is paid a fair living wage, and are working harder to clean their home as a result. If you’re looking for a quality house cleaning service in the Tippecanoe county, Greater Lafayette area, give us a call!
Whether you’re moving out of state, to another country or just another neighborhood, there’s a lot to be done and you’re going to want to get ahead of things. On top of it all, you have to consider cleaning the place before you can think of placing the house on the market or returning the keys to the landlord before your lease ends. Yes, a move-in/move out cleaning can be an overwhelming process, to say the least, but it can also be a smooth sailing one if you’re well prepared and organized.
Where cleaning is concerned, having a simple checklist definitely helps to keep things organized; going in with a plan, however, is what separates a successful move out cleaning from a chaotic one! We’ve taken the liberty of making a list of useful tips to ensure that you go about move out cleaning the appropriate and easy(easier) way.
Pack ALL Your Stuff First
Don’t attempt to clean until you’ve finished packing all your stuff because you’ll end up having to clean the house again after the FINAL packing is done. More importantly, you’ll have much more space to clean efficiently without knickknacks lying all over the place and stalling you. This includes the insides of your cabinets and drawers.
Move Boxes to One Area
If you can’t transport the boxes to a storage facility or your new place just yet, gather them up and place them in one corner or a separate room altogether. This makes it much easier to clean the rest of the house thoroughly and efficiently without bumping into any of your packed stuff! Once you’re fully moved out, you can clean the room that housed your boxes and touch up the rest of the place if needed.
Clean from Top to Bottom Always
Begin your move out cleaning by removing cobwebs and dust from the ceilings and ceiling fans. We advise wearing a mask for this as the dust and dirt will become airborne as you start wiping the ceiling. You can get up on a ladder to do this or simply place a rag over your mop/broom and secure with a rubber band for a makeshift, long-handled duster! Next, start wiping the walls from top to bottom using clean rags to remove dust. For stains, take a damp cloth that has been wrung properly and gently rub over them so that you don’t damage the paint or wall while cleaning. Change water frequently.
Clean Windows and Doorframes
Free your window panes and frame of dust with a good wipe down. Use a window cleaner to remove stains or marks from the glass and brighten up the frames by wiping them with a slightly damp cloth. Do the same for your doors and doorframes around the house for a thorough cleaning of the place.
Wipe Wall Plates and Light Switch Covers
They are one of those household items that is often overlooked when it comes time for house cleaning. Over time, fingerprints, paint, grime accumulates to form a gummy layer. Spray the cleaner directly on the cloth (not on the plate) and wipe.
Scrub Kitchen Counters and Cabinets
Depending on the condition of your counters and cabinets, a deep cleanse may be in order. After all, the kitchen is a place that landlords will scrutinize prior to returning your deposit. Anyone moving in will expect their kitchen to be clean and sanitary which may require you to go the extra mile to achieve!
Sweep/Vacuum the Entire House
Instead of sweeping and mopping one room at a time, it’s best to sweep or vacuum the entire house at the same time. This is because dirt and dust from other rooms can easily be transferred into a room that has just been cleaned. Not only is this frustrating, but it also lengthens the entire process. So, sweep or vacuum each room thoroughly and mop the floors afterwards. Change water frequently.
Do Bathrooms Last
Why? Consider the fact that you (and other family members) will be going in and out of the bathrooms many times during your overall move out cleaning, it’s wise to clean them last. Of course, they will be dirty by now so it’s going to take a deep clean to get those surfaces spotless and gleaming again.
While we believe you are fully capable of a successful move-out clean, CleanMyTribe would be more than happy to assist you in your move out cleaning to ensure that your former house is left immaculate for the next owners!
A severe cold and flu season is upon us here in West Lafayette & Lafayette, IN! If you and your family are taking turns to be sick it may be time to disinfect your home. Even after a full recovery, there is a layer of hidden germs all over your home which needs to be wiped out and here’s how to keep the cold from coming back:
Pillowcases & Bed sheets
When you are ill, you tend to sweat a lot while sleeping. Your bed sheets and pillowcases absorb the extra sweat and even nasal discharge. When the sickness is gone, immediately strip the bed, wash the bedding and replace. If possible, do it in the mornings and leave the stripped mattress air out the entire day. If there is any vomit, discharge, blood or other yucky stuff on the linens, remember to pre-soak in a stain remover before washing. And when possible, use hot water to kill bacteria – if the sheets allow it.
If it’s not too cold for you (mid 50s here in Lafayette IN), throw open your windows and let in some fresh air. The fresh air will help clear out the stale, dry air that is lingering around the house.
Wipe counters, clean kitchen sinks, refrigerator handle, facets, and drawers. Scrub all mugs and water bottles you’ve used with hot soapy water. Afterwards, sanitize your sponges by simply getting it wet and nuking it for 2 minutes in the microwave. Also, give the garbage cans a good wipe down and replace the garage bag.
Your bathroom needs a disinfecting treatment because germs thrive in the warm and moist environment. Sanitize the counters, toilets and trash can. Towels need to be washed too.
Then, soak your toothbrushes in a hydrogen peroxide for 30 mins to kill any bacteria. Your toothbrush can be a hotbed for germs and harmful bacteria, so do not store your family’s right next to yours. Think about toothpaste, too. The bacteria on your fingers or brush can pass harmful microbes onto the rim of the tube.
High touchpoint areas
Think of how many things your hands touch every day. Probably hundreds. Your phone, keys, computer, the mouse, light switches, remote controls, and doorknobs. That’s a whole lot of germ potential! Wet wipe everything with a microfiber towel and disinfectant. Please, spray the solution on the cloth first before wiping.