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7 Essential Cleaning Supplies In Your Household

November 10, 2022 by memphismaids

7 Must-Have cleaning supplies in your household - Memphis Maids

Hello! It’s good to be back after a while, and this time we have a new article: 7 must-have cleaning supplies in your household. This guide is especially useful if you are just moving to a new home in Memphis, or if you want to improve your cleaning game.

Having the proper supplies and techniques will improve your work so much before you even start cleaning! 

After our last article, where we shared some recipes for cleaning products made with everyday ingredients, it’s time to talk about cleaning supplies.

In this article, we gathered 7 cleaning supplies we consider essential for everyday house cleaning. As a professional cleaning service in Memphis, we understand you might not need industrial-grade cleaning equipment, so we are sticking to affordable, easy-to-handle items.

If you want to be more efficient at house cleaning, you need to come up with a plan. That includes choosing items that are versatile, effective, and durable.

You have so many different surfaces and materials in your home: floors, countertops, tile surfaces, mirrors, and windows… And it can be quite challenging to find the right supplies to tackle your entire home without making it too complicated.

Here are 7 cleaning supplies (plus a bonus item!) for you to get better at cleaning!


Microfiber Cloths


Having good cloths or towels for cleaning is a must. The most common materials are microfiber and cotton.

Cotton spreads lint all over the surfaces, and it is not as efficient at absorbing moisture and bacteria. Microfiber is the preferred material for wiping cloths as well as mops.

Ideally, you would have microfiber cloths that are large enough to be folded in 4 parts. It is important that you use the 4 parts, and then turn it down and you will have 4 more parts. This way you will have a total of 8 parts available without having to wash your cloth.

For glass, screens, and mirrors, make sure you use specialized microfiber glass cleaning cloths, as they live no lint or streaks as you go through your surface.  

Cleaning with a cloth and a spray bottle - Memphis Maids

Drill Brush Attachment


You are going to need a powerful tool from time to time to dig deep onto grease and dirt.

If you have a drill, you can use a brush attachment to have a cleaning tool that is perfect for deep cleaning your surfaces, especially tile. As always, make sure you apply your cleaning agent first. It should be either a degreaser or a mold remover. Mild dish soap and vinegar is usually a good combination for these type of areas (kitchen tiles, bathroom).

They usually come in a set with multiple attachments depending on the size of the surface, if it is a corner, and so on. And they are usually very affordable!


A Good Squeegee


This tool is perfect for windows, glass doors, mirrors, and any other glass surface in your home. The best part is that, compared to paper towels or newspaper, you can reuse it over and over again, without leaving streaks or any residues on your surfaces.

A good squeegee will have a rubber handle which makes it easier for you to grab it.  

As for the blades, you often find them in rubber or silicone. Silicone is better for textured tiles or uneven surfaces, while rubber is firmer and it’s perfect for flat, smooth surfaces (glass, mirrors).

Having an extension pole is important if you have large, tall windows or if they are hard to reach (e.g., windows in double-height living rooms, or skylights).

Pro tip: use your squeegee to apply soap or rinse or use a sponge first if your surface is extremely dirty, and then use the squeegee to rinse. Always apply an “S” pattern, moving from top to bottom. This way, you will avoid running the squeegee twice and leaving a streak.


Get a Good Sponge


The bad news is that sponges don’t last nearly as long as other supplies. They are extremely porous (meaning they absorb whatever comes into contact with them) and they are the perfect scenario for bacteria to grow, as they absorb organics (food) and water.

You have different options available! The trick is to find a sponge that is versatile and safe to use on many surfaces.

You have silicone sponges, for example, which do not absorb anything, but this means that they won’t absorb soap either, so you will be spending much more soap and it will be harder to wash your dishes, countertops, etc.

Non-scratch sponges are safe for sensitive surfaces such as steel and aluminum.

You can take a slightly different route and use a soap-cleaning brush. They are usually made out of plastic or bamboo. However, they share a similar problem with silicone sponges: the soap will not be absorbed and therefore you might have to waste more. They are ideal for keeping your hands safe from scrubbing and contact with food and soap, though.

Using a Sponge for Cleaning Dishes - Memphis Maids

A Good Cleaning Brush


Talking about brushes, it’s important to have a scrub brush! They are always handy and needed for adding extra pressure onto stubborn stains, grease spots, or spills.

Remember that a scrub brush needs to be comfortable (even after using repeatedly), and powerful yet soft enough to be harmless against surfaces.

Here are some tips for choosing the perfect cleaning brush(es):

  1. Soft-bristled brushes are perfect for delicate surfaces or materials, or for surfaces where you don’t want to remove or damage a layer of paint, wax, coating, etc. They are perfect if you want to avoid scratching.
  2. Hard-bristled brushes are perfect for decks, natural stone tiles, and concrete and brick surfaces.

Bonus tip: remember to let sit your cleaning agents for at least 10 to 15 minutes before scrubbing. If you are using water, make sure it is lukewarm or hot (depending on the material). The goal is to scrub softly if you need to remove food scraps, grease, soap scum, and so on. Otherwise, you might be damaging the surface.


A Resistant Spray Bottle


Glass spray bottles are better at preserving some cleaning agents, such as essential oils. Opaque bottles are more effective than transparent bottles because sunlight often harms cleaning products.

If you are into home décor, an excellent strategy would be to buy a 3-pack or 6-pack of glass spray bottles. You can set them apart by a small name and/or color tag.

As for the size, make sure it is small enough to handle with one hand. Because glass is quite heavy, this means the bottle will (probably) have to be ¼ gal. or less.

If you purchase high-quality glass bottles, they will be highly durable and last many years.

Glass Cleaning Spray Bottle - Memphis Maids

A Vacuum Cleaner


If you want to make the smartest move money-wise, consider investing a little bit more in a versatile vacuum cleaner instead of buying 2 or 3 different cleaners.

For example, a vacuum that you can detach from its main body to use as a handheld vacuum. This is super helpful for areas that are hard to reach or that are on the upper side, like cabinets or bookshelves.

Or a wet/dry vacuum that is capable of deep washing and extracting dirt from fabric, furniture, rugs, carpet, etc. this is a great tool because it does the job both as a regular vacuum cleaner and it also removes dirt, bacteria, and stains from your bed or your sofa.

If you have guests coming soon, you know that vacuuming your floors won’t take that long and will make your home look clean and tidy.

You get multiple benefits from a multi-purpose vacuum cleaner (or any other tool): they take less space, they work for many types of surfaces, are easier to operate, and they will be more affordable in the long run than buying 2 or 3 separate items.

Vacuum cleaners are always more effective than just swiping with a broom or even mopping. Make sure it comes with a HEPA filter, which will absorb the microbes floating in the air.


Bonus For Your Cleaning Supplies List: A Cleaning Caddy


Last but not least, you need a caddy to keep all your supplies together! They are super helpful because they will a) keep your cleaning supplies organized and b) will be easier to transport them as you go through each room.

A good cleaning caddy should be sturdy, compact, and resistant to chemicals that might spill from time to time. Make sure it is not a closed container, or that at least part of it is perforated or hollow. Remember: keeping different cleaning products in a closed area can be dangerous.

Finding the perfect size can be a challenge. You want it to be large enough to fit all your cleaning supplies, yet small and compact enough to keep your items steady and easy to handle.

If you plan on buying other supplies, buy those first, and then try finding a caddy with the proper size to fit your supplies. Also, keep in mind that it needs to fit inside your cleaning pantry or under your kitchen sink. Grab a measuring tape to know the measurements you are looking for.

Cleaning Caddy to Carry Cleaning Supplies- Memphis Maids

Conclusion


There you have it! Our top 7 (plus one!) essential cleaning items to get your home looking clean and beautiful again.

If you are closer to moving soon, or if you are looking to upgrade your cleaning supplies, these 7 items will help you with pretty much all areas in your home.

As long as everything stays within budget, always look for materials and brands that are versatile, sturdy, and high quality. You will save money in the long run as you won’t have to replace these items for years.

Keep in mind that you can add or change this list depending on your particular needs or the areas in your home.

And last but not least, make sure you check our professional cleaning service in Memphis to get rid of all the hassle of having to clean your entire home.

We will be back very soon with more cleaning tips!

7 DIY Cleaners with Everyday Ingredients

August 29, 2022 by memphismaids

7 DIY Cleaners with Everyday Ingredients - Memphis Maids

Hello! We hope you guys are starting the week on the right foot! Today we wanted to give you tips for creating DIY cleaners with everyday ingredients.

Nowadays, there are more and more cleaning solutions and guides on the internet, where you can create your own homemade cleaners with products that are already in your home. You can mix and match them depending on the cleaning properties that you need for every room in your home.

The best part is that you know exactly what you’re adding to your cleaning solution, and you will avoid harmful chemicals from manufactured commercial cleaning products.

Homemade cleaners are versatile and safe to apply on a variety of surfaces. In your pantry or medicine cabinet, you will find everything that you need to create homemade cleaners, and your homemade cleaner will have cleaning, degreasing, or sanitizing properties.

We will be using ingredients such as vinegar, rubbing alcohol, essential oils, dish soap, and baking soda.

And remember you can always contact us if you need a professional cleaning service in Memphis, but if you want, you can try these cleaning products on your own as part of your regular cleaning.


All-Purpose Cleaner


First things first, we all need an all-purpose cleaner for everyday use.

If you mix water and vinegar, this can be a go-to cleaning solution as it is easy to prepare, and you don’t even have to wipe it out after applying. For example, one cup of white vinegar and two cups of distilled water is a good start.

If you don’t have distilled water, you can use tap water, but this is not ideal. In some areas, such as Memphis, your water tends to be hard (meaning it contains a lot of microscopic minerals such as calcium and magnesium). This can cause micro scratches on the surfaces with time.

Another variation of this mix involves the same amount of vinegar and distilled water, but this time adding one teaspoon of concentrated dish soap, and a few drops of essential oil.

If you want to take the ultimate natural route you can create a concentrated, stronger all-purpose cleaner with vinegar and natural herbs.

Grab dried herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, and lavender and place them in a large glass jar (at least 1L in capacity). Fill the bottle with white vinegar or apple cider vinegar until you reach ¾ of the bottle. If the lid is metallic, place baking paper in between the lid and the jar to prevent corrosion.

Close the lid and let it sit for at least 1 week, although 2 weeks is the ideal time frame. Remember to shake the jar softly every other day. Strain your mix through a nut milk bag and place the vinegar mix onto a glass spray bottle.

Remember that natural stone (marble, granite) and wooden surfaces are sensitive to compounds that are too acidic (vinegar, lemon juice) and alkaline (bleach, ammonia).

We recommend you skip these surfaces, but pretty much every other surface is safe enough to interact with vinegar. As always, test first on a small area.

Everyday ingredients for a DIY cleaner

Bathroom Sanitizer


The bathroom is one of the most dreaded areas in your home when it comes to cleaning. In this case, you’d want to sanitize the surfaces, which means that you will reduce the presence of microbes to a safe level for human contact.

Even though bleach is an effective, abrasive disinfectant, it can be too strong and contaminating. In this case, a more sustainable choice would be to use rubbing alcohol and white vinegar.

Rubbing alcohol can damage latex paint so, if you have any walls in your bathroom painted with latex paint, skip this ingredient.

An alternative would be to use hydrogen peroxide. This is capable of killing common household germs as well, and it also has bleaching properties without being as abrasive as traditional chlorine-based bleach.

If you do want to use hydrogen peroxide, use an opaque glass bottle, as sunlight can reduce effectiveness. And you shouldn’t mix it with any other chemicals.

For treating your shower, you can mix three tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of liquid dish soap. Scrub all along your shower walls and floor and, after 10 minutes, spray with a 1:1 white vinegar and water solution. While the solution reacts, scrub with a large brush.

Cleaning a bathroom

Floor Deodorizer and Cleaner


This might be a bit tricky because there are many different types of floors. Each one needs a different technique, and some of them react negatively, causing permanent stains or marks.

In this case, make sure you create a list of all the types of floors you have at home, and then check the dos and don’ts for each type.

As we mentioned earlier, not every surface reacts positively with every material. Even water can be harmful if you use too much of it, or if you don’t dry surfaces properly afterward.

If you want to create a floor deodorizer and cleaner, it has to be as neutral as possible, meaning that it shouldn’t have too many acidic or alkaline components.

For example, ½ cup of white vinegar in a gallon of warm water is an effective floor cleaner. It is just slightly acidic yet safe for most (if not all) types of floors.

However, a neutral floor cleaner can be created with two tablespoons of mild dish soap in a gallon of warm water.

You can even mix both of them and incorporate vinegar and dish soap into a gallon of warm water.


Grease Remover


This is ideal for the kitchen because it’s where the grease will be building up for some time.

Grease removers are one of the most common cleaning products. That’s because grease is one of the hardest challenges in your household.

To create a grease remover, you will need a product that acts on the surface, such as baking soda. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of water. Then, add one teaspoon of dish soap and mix again. Spread on the surface using a soft-bristled brush.

This solution is capable of degreasing, absorbing odors, and leaving your surfaces free of grime and dirt.

Another choice is to use castile soap mixed with distilled water. Castile soap is a biodegradable cleaner that works as a surfactant, just like any other type of soap. This means that it attracts and “lifts” dirt and oils away.

If you want to try it, mix one cup of distilled water and one tablespoon of castile soap. Add a few drops of lemon or tea tree essential oil if you want to add a nice fragrance.

Essential oils preserve the natural properties of plants or fruits (disinfecting, degreasing, besides reducing stress). If you need more information, our friends from Emily’s Maids created a guide for cleaning with different essential oils.


Glass and Mirror Cleaner


Glass and mirrors require a different approach, because they show streaks and water marks right away, and it looks messy.

You are going to need something that is capable of sanitizing, but something that doesn’t create foam or that leaves soap scum. In this case, using vinegar is the most cost-effective route.

For example, you can use apple cider or white vinegar, some rubbing alcohol, and water, of course.

Mix ½ cup of rubbing alcohol, 1/3 cup of white or apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of distilled water, and just a few drops of essential oil (optional). Combine these elements in a spray bottle and apply them to the surface.

Besides the cleaning solution, the technique is important as well. Use an antistatic microfiber glass cloth, which leaves no streaks. This is the type of cloth you would normally use for glasses or TV screens, for example.

In the past, there was a well-known trick where you used old newspapers, but given that they are hard to find nowadays, microfiber cloths are a smart alternative (and you can reuse them many times).

Cleaning a mirror with DIY cleaners

DIY Heavy-Duty Scrub


It’s time to bring out the big guns. If you are in the middle of deep cleaning, you will need a cleaning solution that acts on grease and dirt quickly. 

In this case, you will need half a lemon and ½ cup of borax powder. Dip the lemon in borax and scrub the surface.

Again, remember this is not safe for sensitive surfaces (wood, marble, granite).

If you want to try another alternative, try creating a castile soap solution, but this time using rubbing alcohol instead of water.

Just mix ½ cup of rubbing alcohol with 1 teaspoon of liquid castile soap, and add to a glass spray bottle. If you want to tone it down a bit, water it down using 3/4 cup of distilled water.

Cleaning a kitchen sink

DIY Fabric Softener for your Laundry


Last but not least, we have your laundry. We’ve talked in the past about how important it is to wash your bedding and clothes frequently.

Although there are ways to create a homemade laundry detergent, the process is a bit difficult and long. Besides, there are many commercial, eco-friendly alternatives already on the market.

On the other hand, you can create a fabric softener which will be a much easier and quick process! In fact, you don’t even need to combine anything. You just need to add a cup of white vinegar during the final rinse cycle. Just add them to the fabric softener reservoir.

This should be enough to soften your fibers, but if you want to add an extra fragrance you can use around 15 – 20 drops of essential oils combined with your cup of vinegar.

You can use your preferred essential oils, either a single one or two or more combined. For example, tea tree + lavender is a well-known combination. This leaves a slight, pleasant scent on your clothes.

However, if you are allergic or sensitive to essential oils or smells you might want to skip the essential oil and just stick to the vinegar.

Another strategy is to use Epsom salt combined with baking soda (and essential oils). Epsom salts will “transport” the essential oils, but they will harden water.

This can be a problem because, in some areas, water will be hard already as it is.

This is why you add baking soda to balance out the Epsom salts, and it works as a deodorizer and brightener as well.

An effective combination would be 1 cup of Epsom salts, ½ cup of baking soda, and 15 – 20 drops of essential oils. Again, use this solution for the last rinse cycle.  


Conclusion


That’s all! With these tips, you will have the perfect homemade cleaner for each area of your home. They will be super cheap and easy to create. Plus, you won’t need to run to the supermarket each time you need to clean a different area. Besides, you can prepare a concentrated mix for deep cleaning, or a light one for everyday jobs.

Remember to test first on a small, inconspicuous area, and don’t mix cleaning agents without checking on the internet or with a cleaning professional first if it’s safe to do so.

Remember to check our booking page if you need extra help with a cleaning service in Memphis.

And check our blog for more free cleaning tips! We’ll be back soon with more.

The 20-Minute Daily Cleaning Checklist

August 12, 2022 by memphismaids

The 20 Minute Daily Cleaning Checklist - Memphis Maids

Hello! We’re back with another cleaning article, where we will give you a 20-minute daily cleaning checklist to ensure your home is always looking nice and clean.

As a cleaning company with over 10 years in Memphis, we understand how hard it is to keep your home decently clean and tidy. Many of our clients prefer letting this in the hands of professionals, but it is nice to know what to do when you have a bit of time for tidying up your home, especially if you have unexpected visits.

A cleaner home means a positive impact on your mental wellbeing, hygiene, and comfort. But, understandably, you might not have the time to clean one or two hours each day to keep your home spotless.

This is why we’ve come up with a 20-minute guide. 20 minutes a day is a more than reasonable period, it’s less than 1/70th of the entire day! The key here is to sort out tasks wisely. This will make it realistic and not overwhelming.

Let’s talk about the benefits of cleaning daily and how to incorporate that into your household. Enjoy!


Why Is Cleaning Each Day Important?


By now you might be asking yourself: What if I don’t have 20-minutes every day and I’m not able to make it?

Don’t worry! This is just a guide, although consistency is important to create habits. Every day is different and it’s ok if you miss a day or two.

However, the ideal scenario would be that you “catch up” the next day with the areas that you missed plus the areas that should be cleaned that day.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, people that make their beds every morning are 19% more likely to say they get a good night’s sleep regularly.

Another research from 2016 showed that U.S. and Canadian adults consider that clutter causes a negative impact on their well-being.

By creating a schedule where you clean a small part of your home, you will feel accomplished and motivated to clean the next one tomorrow and so on. Also, there’s no need to clean your entire home in a single day. In fact, this is not the best idea.

We often underestimate the time it takes to clean and, by cleaning your entire home, you will feel overwhelmed and frustrated when you don’t accomplish your goals.

Creating a Cleaning Checklist

When Should I Clean my Home?


This is a great question!

There’s not a perfect time that applies like a magic recipe to everyone. However, there are certain times of the day that could potentially work to your advantage, in a way.

For example, we mentioned above that making your bed every morning increases the chances of a good night’s sleep. What if you take the 3 – 5 minutes it takes to make your bed and make it into a 20-minute routine?

If you’re having trouble following a healthy morning routine, try going to bed and waking up 30 minutes earlier. You can take this time to start your day off on the right foot.

Another example is to clean right before going to bed. This is a good opportunity to let your eyes rest from any electronic devices right before you go to sleep, and switch to more menial work. Besides, you will invest a bit of physical effort into it, which will make you a bit tired and sleepy, and you will be able to sleep as soon as you close your eyes.

However, remember these are just suggestions and if you feel like doing this at any other hour will fit right within your schedule, then try it out!

Now, let’s discuss the potential areas that will be included in this 20-minute daily cleaning.


Monday: Bedroom Organizing and Tidying


It’s Monday! The week is just getting started and we want to take this slow at the beginning. Your bedrooms are a good choice for cleaning on Monday.

First, it’s so important to make your bed every morning, not just on Mondays. You want to start your day -and your week- on the right foot. Making your bed is the perfect opportunity to change your bedsheets.

Next, grab all your clothes and collect clean clothes to refold or rehang them. Place dirty clothes in the basket or laundry room.

Declutter and organize your surfaces: nightstands, vanities, and TV stands collect dust like crazy! Besides, uncluttered and clear surfaces make the space look bigger and clean.

It’s going to take you around 7 – 10 minutes per room if you have all your cleaning supplies at hand.

Cleaning and Organizing Bedroom - Memphis Maids

Tuesday: Kitchen Speed Cleaning


Your kitchen is one of the busiest areas, and it is certainly difficult to clean one in just 20 minutes!

But don’t worry! There’s a lot you can do to at least make your kitchen look more presentable. For example, decluttering and cleaning countertops, washing the dishes (either by hand or by loading the dishwasher), taking out the trash, and wiping the stovetop are all realistic goals for a 20-minute frame.

Similar to your bedroom and living room, cleared-out countertops will create the biggest impact. Make sure you declutter and wipe any breakfast table or dining table you have as well. Relocate appliances next to a corner or a side and grab all your dirty plates, cookware, and other items to the sink or dishwasher.

Even if you don’t have time to wash your dishes, by at least putting them in the sink you will be able to clear out your kitchen.

If you have to wash by hand, make sure to leave your cookware and any other items with stuck-up food soaking in hot soapy water the day before. This way, you will have to apply minimal effort and time to clean your dishes.

Doing the dishes in the kitchen

Wednesday: Bathroom Maintenance


The dreaded bathrooms are always a challenge for cleaners, even professional ones. Wednesday is the perfect day of the week to do this.

You’re just in the middle of your weekly routine which means that you will probably have a high level of energy to perform this task.

Now, what should you do?

The trick to cleaning bathrooms is to let cleaning agents act on their own, and then wipe or scrub them away. This way you will be a) saving time and energy and b) protecting your surfaces by not overdoing them.

First, start by applying an all-purpose cleaning solution. It could be a commercial cleaner of your preference or a DIY cleaning solution.

For example, a ¼ cup dishwashing soap and 1 cup hot white vinegar solution will do the job and it’s fairly cheap and simple to create. We’ve talked in our previous article about vinegar and its amazing cleaning properties, and by combining them with soap you will be able to clean your bathroom quickly.

Keep in mind that vinegar does not get along with natural stone surfaces such as granite and marble.

While you let cleaning agents act on the surface for 5 – 10 minutes, you can go to the next bathroom, apply this to the surfaces and go back to your first bathroom. Use a clean, large brush for your floors and a smaller one for your sink, and rinse everything with plenty of water.

If you have the chance, sprinkle baking soda on the inside of your toilet, and the next morning add a cup of vinegar and scrub all around the rim. This will work great if you clean first thing in the morning.

Scrubbing bathroom sink

Thursday: Living Room


The living room is the heart of your home, and it should be cleaned frequently. If you hang out here often, your couch, your coffee tables, rugs, and any other furniture can get dirty and cluttered fast.

To clean your living room, start by decluttering and organizing everything that’s not in place. For example, it’s common to find empty cups and plates after having coffee or breakfast.

Next, it’s time to do some cleaning. Take care of your couch, armchairs, and other upholstery pieces of furniture you have.

Clean your furniture according to the instructions found in the care tag for each piece. If you have a wet/dry vacuum cleaner, you can use one for deep cleaning (again, as long as the care tag allows it). If you have leather furniture, make sure you check our guide here.

Don’t forget to wipe frequently used surfaces such as your coffee table and your side tables. If you have time, wipe your TV stand and any bookshelves as well.

In this guide, you will find a more detailed list of how to tidy up your living area.

Cleaning a Coffee Table in a Living Room

Friday: Floors and General Maintenance


We’ve decided to leave this one for last because, on a Friday, the last thing you want to do is heavy work.

This day is all about taking care of your floors and cleaning every corner and area that you didn’t have time for during the week, or that got messy again.

As you know, your floors are flat, ample surfaces that are present in every area of your home. This means that, when they’re dirty, people will notice. They also gather hundreds of bacteria, and it is important to sanitize them regularly.

Floors that are meant to be vacuumed, especially carpet floors, should be cleaned twice a week or every other day if you have pets or kids. However, keeping it once a week is good enough to keep your home put together.

One of the most efficient practices is to vacuum in a zig-zag pattern. Just start in the furthest place from the door. Then vacuum advancing forward in a straight line. Go backward, following an almost-straight line while displacing yourself to the left or right half the width of your vacuum cleaner.

Then, run forward again and repeat the process. This way, you will go through the entire surface twice with your vacuum cleaner. You can use this strategy for mopping your floors, too.

Now that your floors are sparkly clean, you can take care of everything else that feels out of place or dirty and that you weren’t able to clean during this week. Maybe your workspace needs cleaning or your kid’s playground.

And if you didn’t have enough time, you can dedicate 20 minutes from your Saturday to tidy up any areas that were missing.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors with a mop

Conclusion


With these tips, you will be able to keep your home under control by just dedicating 20 minutes (or half an hour) a day. Consistency is the key here. By having a set checklist and cleaning for the same hour every day, you will require less mental effort to get some cleaning done, and your routine will get easier with time.

Remember to get the help of our professional cleaning service in Memphis, if you prefer to dedicate your free time to your professional growth, leisure time, or spending time with your family.

We’ll be back soon with more cleaning tips!

How to Clean Your Home Using Vinegar

July 26, 2022 by memphismaids

How to Clean Your Home Using Vinegar

Hi all! We hope you’re having a nice week so far! Today, we wanted to give you some tips on how to clean your home using vinegar.

But first, we hope you had a fantastic fourth of July! This is a special date to share with friends and family. In case you missed it, we created a guide for cleaning before Fourth of July, but we’re sure you will be able to use it for other events as well, so make sure you check it out. 

In this article, we wanted to talk about white vinegar. This ingredient is super popular in the cleaning field, both in professional environments and in regular households.

Is it truly as effective as people make it to be? What does it exactly do? How can I clean my home with it? Today we’re giving you all the details!

This is just a guide for cleaning your home. Remember you can check our cleaning services in Memphis. And if you’re still unsure about it, here are 5 reasons why you should hire one.


What is Vinegar?


Vinegar is created by fermenting alcoholic liquids. Many types of vinegar come from fruits or cereals, and they’re used mostly for cooking and preparing salads, such as apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, or balsamic vinegar.

The most common type of vinegar is distilled white vinegar, created from alcohol. The exact scientific name is acetic acid.

There are many other different concentrations for distilled vinegar, going as high as 75% which is meant for industrial work. However, around 6% is the top allowed concentration for human consumption, after that it becomes a cleaning-only product, and it is also more dangerous to handle and move around.

The type of distilled white vinegar that is safe as an ingredient is called cooking vinegar. This product has 5% concentration, which means that it’s highly diluted. It needs to be in order to be safe enough to use as a kitchen ingredient!

We’ve talked about it in the past, but we haven’t gone into depth about its properties.

For example, it’s extremely affordable and you can buy it in bulk, for just around $3 a gallon. It lasts forever so you won’t need to worry about the expiry date.

Besides, it can be mixed safely with many other cleaning agents, such as baking soda and dish soap.

Disinfecting Desktop with Vinegar

Clean Your Kitchen with Vinegar


You won’t be using vinegar in your kitchen just for preparing salads anymore!

White vinegar is perfect to use as a cleaning agent in the kitchen because you can use it safely on your countertops without worrying about leaving residues of harmful chemicals near your food or other ingredients.

You can clean laminate countertops and cabinets with a 1:1 vinegar and warm water mix with 1 tbsp. lemon juice.

Remember to apply cleaning products to a microfiber cloth and then use it to wipe surfaces. Don’t apply directly to the surface because you can add too much and damage the cabinet or surface.

Vinegar works for cleaning stainless steel appliances as well. Just apply with a microfiber rag and then wipe with a dry cloth. If you want to give them a nice extra shine, use a tiny bit of olive oil, following the same steps.

You can use it to clean your kitchen sink drain as well. There’s a very well-known vinegar and baking soda trick to unclog drains, but the trick here is to use hot water before and after. This is because heat will be able to soften up grease and food residues.

For example, you can pour a pot of boiling water (around ½ gallon) and then try mixing ¼ cup of salt and ¼ cup of borax. Then, pour ½ cup of white vinegar down and another ½ gallon of boiling water.

Cleaning Your kitchen sink with vinegar

Clean Your Bathroom with Vinegar


Your bathroom is another popular place to use vinegar as a cleaning ingredient. Vinegar is not only good at killing bacteria, but also mold and mildew! This is because alcohol is a good mold killer.

The best part is that it works for pretty much every component: floor and wall tiles, fixtures, and even your showerhead and mirror.

For tile surfaces, mix ¼ cup of dishwashing soap with one cup of hot, white vinegar. This formula is heavily concentrated, so you won’t need that much. Apply using a spray bottle and rinse with plenty of water after 15 minutes.

If your tiles a dirty and/or if you haven’t cleaned in a while, use a large brush or a clean, small broom to scrub the surface before rinsing. Keep in mind this will take some time, especially to remove all residues of soap.

If you want to clean your toilet, pour a cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl and let sit overnight. The next morning, sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, scrub and flush clean. You can use the same steps to clean your sink, as long as they’re not granite or marble.

Last but not least, you need to clean your showerhead occasionally. This is because, with time, it slowly builds up limescale, especially if you live in an area with hard water such as Memphis.

What happens is that microscopic minerals in water (calcium, magnesium) get “stuck” in the showerhead and can clog the nozzle.

If you want to clean it, heat two cups of vinegar in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds. Place this inside a spray bottle and apply it to your showerhead. Scrub with a scrubber sponge or an old toothbrush, in a soft, circular motion. Doing this once a month should be enough.

Cleaning Surfaces with Vinegar Solution

Clean Your Bedroom Using Vinegar


Many items in your bedroom can be cleaned with vinegar. For example, your mattress. This is a place that shows high concentrations of bacteria, according to research. Mostly, dust mites and different types of mold and bacteria, including E. coli and staphylococcus. 

In order to disinfect your mattress, you can try a cleaning solution with 3 cups of distilled water, 1 cup of vinegar, and 7 – 10 drops of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is very good for disinfecting and vinegar will kill different types of bacteria and mold and deodorize your mattress.

Make sure to do this only if you don’t have pets, as they are extremely allergic to tea tree oil.

Vinegar is really good at neutralizing odors so it’s perfect to remove any lingering smells in your closet, too. For example, if you smoke, your closet cabinets and shelves will absorb the smell eventually.

Mix ½ cup of white vinegar in ½ gallon of warm water and wipe the shelves and walls with a slightly damp microfiber cloth. Just make sure to let it air dry afterward, and allow it to receive sunlight, if possible.

Disinfecting Mattress With Vinegar

How NOT to Use Vinegar


Even though vinegar is quite versatile and efficient on a variety of surfaces, you still need to be a bit careful. Some materials, mostly those that come from plants or minerals, are sensitive to acidic components. This can cause issues such as staining and decoloring.

This is why vinegar is not recommended on natural stone surfaces such as granite and marble. Vinegar should not be used on wooden surfaces either, such as hardwood floors or wooden furniture. This is because wooden, as a plant-based material, need to maintain certain conditions of humidity and temperature in order to stay “healthy”.

If you live in Memphis, you might have noticed that if temperature or humidity changes drastically during the day or the seasons, wood starts to look “dull” and just not great.

Besides this, although vinegar is mixable with many other cleaning agents, you shouldn’t mix it with ammonia or bleach. If you do, the chemical mix will release dangerous, toxic fumes.

Cleaning electronic or plasma surfaces such as monitors, phone, and computer screens are also a bad idea.


Other Uses for Vinegar


There are dozens -if not hundreds- of cleaning ideas with vinegar. We’ll mention two more: vinegar as a drain cleaner and as a laundry softener.

These are really good strategies because they both replace two specific cleaning products: drain cleaners and laundry softeners. Both are toxic to the environment and contain harmful chemicals as well (unless they come from an eco-friendly brand).

Let’s talk about drain cleaning first. Normally you would use sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda. However, you can try the very well-known baking soda and vinegar combination, especially if this is for your kitchen sink.

This is because kitchen sinks are usually clogged with obstacles that are easy to remove: mostly food and grease residues.

If you want to try this DIY solution, start by boiling water, around ½ gallon should be enough. Pour it down your kitchen drain and then create a mix with one cup of vinegar and ½ cup of borax. Wait 5 minutes and then pour ½ gallon of hot water a second time, this time with a bit of dish soap in it.

This will create different results: hot water and dish soap will remove grease, while borax and vinegar will create a chemical reaction that cleans up the drain and removes odors.

You can use it as a fabric softener too. Just add a cup of vinegar during the final rinse cycle. This is very helpful if you want your clothes nice and fluffy but without any scents or chemicals. Don’t worry! Your clothes won’t smell like vinegar afterward.

Cleaning Drain With Vinegar

Conclusion


Vinegar is super versatile, and we could go on forever about its properties. In fact, we might even prepare a Part II for this article! Just stay tuned and if you want us to continue with this series, let us know on our Facebook.

Remember to check our booking page if you need a professional cleaning service in Memphis. Stay tuned for our next article!

Post Fourth of July Party Cleaning Tips

July 8, 2022 by memphismaids

Memphis Maids Post Fourth of July Party Cleaning Tips


Hello! We’re back with another article right after Fourth of July to give you some after-party cleaning tips. We hope you had an amazing Fourth of July surrounded by your friends and family. But, after a nice reunion and backyard party, there’s a lot to clean in your home.

After hosting this event, you’re probably exhausted and busy with the rest of your week. Of course, you can contact our cleaning service in Memphis, but if you prefer doing this on your own, then it’s time for you to grab your cleaning supplies and get some cleaning done!

You probably have a lot of areas to cover, and in this article, we will run through each one and give you tips and tricks to work smarter and not harder.

Without further ado, let’s get your home ready before the end of the week!


Start By Grabbing Your Cleaning Supplies


Of course, you can’t clean unless you have all your cleaning products and tools ready!

This will depend on the task and activities that you did during Fourth of July. If you had a nice outdoor barbecue, then it probably means that your backyard and your grill need some cleaning.

Or, if you decided on a quiet dinner with your family, then your kitchen and dining area should be your first priority.

No matter the case, you will probably have a lot of mess to get rid of. First, get rid of the large items that will go to the trash. Make sure you have enough garbage bags and that they are big enough to fit your items.

If possible, get a trash can that is large enough for your bags and that has wheels or is otherwise easy to transport and move around each room.

As always, always keep DIY cleaning agents as well, such as white vinegar (which we’ve talked about before), some baking soda, and mild dish soap. According to research, vinegar is effective for killing common household germs such as E. Coli and Salmonella.

Besides, you will need all your essential tools such as non-scratch sponges, microfiber towels, and cleaning brushes. Don’t forget about your broom and dustpan for your floors.

If you have plenty of time, grab your handheld or regular vacuum cleaner so you can vacuum your floors and furniture and get rid of dust and small crumbs. The same goes for your mop if you do have floors that need to be mopped.

These are al the essential tools, but keep in mind that you might need to include other tools for specific items or surfaces. For example, if you’re going to clean your grill, you might need a wire brush or a grill brick.

That’s pretty much all you need so get ready for some post-fourth of July deep cleaning!

Grabbing Cleaning Supplies - Memphis Maids


Take the Trash Out


It’s always a good idea to declutter as much as possible after you’ve had a party or reunion. Large pieces of trash won’t let you do your job comfortably.

With your trash can and garbage bags, start to grab your disposable cups, dirty napkins, used fireworks, and empty soda cans from your backyard. Don’t forget about your bathroom and your kitchen too.

If possible, make sure to sort your items into recyclable bags and disposable bags.


Cleaning Outdoors


It’s likely that your backyard or patio is not looking great after Fourth of July. Here’s what you can do.

If you didn’t mow your lawn last week, it’s probably a good time to take care of your grass now. If you have flagstones or cobblestones on your patio, they might be needing a nice wash with a pressure washer. The same goes for your deck if you have one.

If you are going to use a pressure washer, remember to apply using a slight angle, instead of pointing straight to the surface. This way, you won’t hurt the surface directly.

As for your outdoor furniture, make sure you reorganize your items back to place.

A very important step is to take care of your grill. After a nice barbecue, it’s probably a bit messy.

A really easy and quick solution is using grill bricks. They are made of pumice stone which makes them free of any harmful chemicals. Just rub them against your grate or griddle until you notice the area is clean. Rinse and wipe the surface with a paper towel and you’ll be good to go.

If you have grates, take your time to soak them in a bucket with hot, soapy water. Leave them for at least an hour, although two or three would be better. Then, use a wire brush to carefully remove any crumbs or grease that has been building up.

Cleaning barbecue with a wire brush


Treat Stains Quickly


If you just had a Fourth of July party at home, (or even if you didn’t) it’s more than likely that any of your guests spilled drinks or food inside. Depending on the area, this can bring you a big headache when you think about removing that stain.

For example, stains on fabrics, upholstery, or carpet floors can be challenging to remove. If this is the case, the priority is to treat stains quickly. However, this can be hard to achieve if you noticed the stain later in the week.

Don’t worry. It’s better later than never! Make sure you treat the stain slowly and use harmless cleaning agents. A great combination that works for most surfaces is to mix white vinegar, mild dish soap, and warm water. This combines degreasing and surfactant properties, while still being gentle enough to apply to many different materials without making the situation worse.

The trick is to blot with a white absorbent cloth or towel. Don’t scrub because you will only spread the stain even further. If this stain comes from a particularly dark or “strong” color, such as coffee or wine stains, you might need a different approach.

If the white vinegar and soap mix didn’t work, you can try mixing three parts of hydrogen peroxide and one part of dishwashing liquid. Hydrogen peroxide is a well-known, oxygen-based bleach, which means that it will be helpful to remove stains without decoloring materials.

If you have mud stains or dropped food, use a butter knife to slowly scrape as much as you can.

 


Vacuum and Deep Clean Your Floors


Following that same train of thought, your floors are probably a bit messy after Fourth of July.

It’s highly likely that they have food crumbs, someone might have spilled their drinks or just regular dirt and dust that slowly builds up in your home.

Pretty much all floors are safe to be vacuumed, and they should be in order to remove bacteria, dandruff, dust, and any other allergens or dirt particles.

Depending on the type, you should mop your floors as well. A nice trick is to add a few drops of essential oil to give it a nice fragrance. Citrus and floral touches are always good choices for essential oils, and you will associate that room with cleanliness right away.

As for the actual cleaning agent, either vinegar or castile soap work great, but not together. Make sure you do some research or try in a small, inconspicuous area and wait 30 minutes after applying. This way, if you see any stains, you’ll be able to act quickly.

If you are using the vacuum cleaner, take this opportunity to use your handheld vacuum cleaner or upholstery cleaner. If you notice any pieces of furniture that are dirty or stained, take the time to run your vacuum cleaner on them.


Take Care of Your Kitchen


Your kitchen is right now probably filled with dirty dishes and cookware, as well as crowded countertops and messy-looking appliances.

As always, start by decluttering and removing garbage first. Place your dirty dishes and cookware in the sink or the dishwasher, depending on where they belong.

If you have food that is stuck on, add some hot soapy water until you cover the bottom of your pot or plate, and leave it for an hour or two. This way, you will only need to scrub softly with a non-scratch sponge until your item is squeaky clean.


Make Your Countertops Look Shiny Again


As for countertops, it really depends on the material. If it’s a natural stone (granite, quartz, marble) it’s best to use a specialized cleaning product or just warm water with mild dish soap. Avoid anything too acidic or capable of causing stains, such as vinegar, bleach or lemon juice.

For laminate countertops, you can try a DIY solution that is a bit more abrasive, because the material is resistant enough. Usually, mixing equal parts of white vinegar and warm water is more than enough. If you have the chance, add one or two tbsp of lemon juice to add even more degreasing action to your cleaning.

If you notice any particularly stubborn stains, you can try mixing baking soda and dish soap until you form a paste. Apply on the stained area and let sit for 15 minutes. Then, scrub with an old toothbrush.

Wiping Dirty Kitchen - Memphis Maids


Deep Cleaning Your Oven


It’s not uncommon to hear that you’ve cooked something delicious in your oven for Fourth of July. In this case, you might need to deep clean it.

If you need to clean your oven, start by removing any trays and leaving them soaked in hot, soapy water. Then, fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil, or skip this step if you have a steam cleaner.

Create a DIY oven cleaning solution in the meantime. Just mix ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup dish soap, and ½ cup of baking soda. Apply the solution inside your oven, let sit for an hour and then wipe everything out with a steam cleaner.

If you don’t have one, place an oven-safe pot or casserole in your oven. Run your oven for 1 hour to let the steam work by itself, and then wipe with a microfiber cloth.


Final Tips


By now, your home should be looking put together. The last areas that are now waiting for being cleaned are probably your bathroom and your guest bedroom (if you had any guests staying over).

A really good way of tackling both areas is to start with your bathroom and let cleaning agents act for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, while they are acting, work on your guest bedroom. Or even your regular bedrooms if you need to clean them.

The most essential tasks would be to replace your bedding, and wipe and declutter surfaces (TV stand, nightstand, libraries, or shelves). And, of course, vacuum and/or mop your floors if you haven’t done so already.

Wiping Surfaces Final Touches


Conclusion


Here you have all the cleaning tips you needed after Fourth of July! As always, make sure to adapt this to your current needs and your household.

And if you’re busy this week and you still weren’t able to clean up your home after Fourth of July, remember to check our cleaning services in Memphis.

Good luck with this cleaning guide and we’ll be back soon with another article!

What to Clean In Every Room Before Guests Arrive

June 24, 2022 by memphismaids

What to Clean in Every Room Before Guests Arrive - Article Cover - Memphis Maids


It’s not uncommon to find yourself in a situation where guests are arriving soon, and you still need to clean your home. Everyone wants to impress guests and make them feel at home. So, how do you go about it?

Thankfully, nowadays it’s more and more frequent to invite guests or have them over unexpectedly.

If you are running your household without the help of a professional cleaning service, it’s completely normal to have a relatively untidy home sometimes. Between work, family, and leisure time sometimes take over our lives and the last thing we want to do is mop our floors or clean our bathroom.

We usually have very little time to tidy before our guests arrive. Sometimes less than an hour!

Cleaning schedules are very popular for taking care of your home regularly. If you don’t know how to create one, you can follow many different ones on the internet. For example, you have this one from Dallas Maids to know what to clean during the week.

But if we are talking about guests coming over, the situation is different. You have a very little time schedule, and different priorities for the areas that you will need to clean. Guests might probably hang out in your living area, and they might stay or not in the guest room, depending on the nature of the visit.

Here’s a little guide to keep track of your priorities in each room to clean before your guests arrive!


First Things First: Plan Things Out


Even if you have 30 seconds to plan your cleaning, it will be worth it. By jumping straight to cleaning, you will create the opposite effect, because you won’t have a clear plan of where to start, and you might waste time jumping here and there instead of taking a methodic approach.

Depending on the time you have left, you will act accordingly. It can be overwhelming to decide what or where are you going to clean.

Instead, it might help you to think: what are my guests going to do when they visit? Are we going to hang out in the kitchen? Are they just going to sit in my living area? Or are they staying overnight in your guest bedroom? (and if you don’t have one, they will probably stay in the living area). They will most likely use your guest bathroom as well. Based on that, you will have a quicker way of deciding where you will focus.

Besides the areas, you also have to think about the tasks you will achieve in this short time. Some tasks will need extra time, even if it’s just to let them “act” on their own while you do something else. For example, cleaning dishes by hand or disinfecting your toilet or your shower.

Some cleaning tasks will have a more significant effect than others, and make you take the biggest leap from “messy” to decently tidy.

Don’t worry, your list won’t have to be too detailed, but it will give you a clear understanding of where to start. If you’re in a hurry, you can use keywords such as “vacuum” and “dishes”.

Now, let’s go through each room and find the best tasks.

Planning a quick cleaning schedule


Time to Begin Cleaning: Start with Your Entryway


The entryway, no matter how big or small, is the first impression your guests will have as soon as they walk home. If you have little time and your guests are coming in less than 10 minutes, don’t think twice! If possible, take your time to quickly sweep your floor, and wipe any surfaces you have such as a console table, a coat rack and/or a mirror.

Talking about coat racks, don’t forget to leave some empty space for your guests to hang their coats and scarves.

Here’s a pro tip: Don’t forget to add something that smells nice. Let’s say you will mop quickly: add a few drops of deodorizer or essential oil. Your guests will immediately associate the nice fragrance with your home being clean.

If you have a welcome rug, make sure you use your vacuum cleaner or just even a cleaning brush.

Clean entryway


Second: Your Living Area


Your living area is probably the next immediate area your guests will be hanging out. This is important because if other areas are still messy you can just ask them to wait for a few minutes while you finish tidying the rest of your home.

Make sure your throw pillows and blankets look nice and balanced among the sofa and seats. Strike the top of your cushions hard and fast to make the middle section look plump and full. Place your throw blankets so they fall nicely on a side of your couch or just fold them.

If you have a handheld vacuum or an upholstery cleaner or even a lint roller, quickly run that through your sofa. If you have an end table or coffee table, make sure it looks uncluttered and with free space.

Clean living room with pillows and throw blankets


Next: Clean Your Guest Bathroom


Now we have your guest bathroom. At this point, you might be thinking about your guest bedroom as well (if they are staying overnight), but we will leave that for the fourth step, in a way.

If they are staying overnight and you haven’t prepared your guest bedroom, the most effective use of time is to take care of the bathroom for a second, let your cleaning agents act and, in the meantime, quickly freshen up your guest bedroom and then go back to your bathroom.

This is because bathroom cleaning products will pretty much do the job for you while you are busy doing another cleaning task. The order will end up being: bathroom (only to let products act), then bedroom, then back to the bathroom to finish scrubbing and wiping.

A good strategy is to pour white vinegar into a spray bottle and apply that to the sink. Add some toilet cleaner to your toilet as well.

If you have time to clean your shower as well, sprinkle some baking soda and then spray hot soapy water on your shower floor. Let it all sit for 15 minutes and then scrub quickly with a clean broom. Then, let water run for around 2 minutes until it’s nice and clean. Keep in mind you might not have time to clean your shower so it’s best to skip this step unless it is absolutely necessary.

Get back to your sink and toilet and scrub your surfaces using a cleaning brush and toilet brush. You might also need a small old toothbrush for your sink faucet.

Because you want your guests to feel at home, it’s best to replace toilet paper and other toiletries, a toothbrush, and even maybe a small candle or décor piece. Replace your towels as well.

If you have very frequent guests, you might want to find a 50-pack of hotel-sized soap bars. They are very affordable and such a nice detail.

Simple, clean guest bathroom with decor


Your Guest Bedroom Is Next


Of course, in the bedroom, the priority is to have clean bedding. Make sure you check our Wash Bedding Guide to count clean sheets all the time.

The reason why your guest bath and bedroom are not the first priority is that, unlike your entryway, you can ask them to give you 5 minutes to freshen up the guest bedroom and bathroom before they come in.

Just like you did with your living area, make sure your pillows look nice and fluffy, lay a throw blanket and, if you have time, prepare quickly a breakfast table or a small tray with some flowers in a small vase, perhaps some sweets, souvenirs, and/or a candle.

Don’t worry, this won’t take you more than 2 minutes! Just keep all items nearby (perhaps on a nightstand) and lay them on the breakfast table right before they come.

This will impress your guests. Talk about hospitality!

Breakfast tray a clean guest bedroom


Next Step: Cleaning Your Floors


Choosing the priority of this cleaning task is not easy. On one hand, your floors will create a big impact once they are clean, but they might take significant time.

Think carefully about the areas and the cleaning tasks that you will carry on regarding your floors.

A cleaning device such as a vacuum cleaner or an electric mop will make a huge difference. If you don’t have the device or the time, just sweeping you will have a positive impact, especially if you have pets.

As for the areas, follow the same train of thought as you did for cleaning. Floors in your entryway and your living area are the top priority, and if you have time, you can clean the floors in your bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen.

Just like you did with your entryway, if you have time to mop quickly, add a few drops of essential oil or apply a deodorizer with a spray bottle to give it that extra fresh fragrance to your areas.

If you have carpet floors, you can check our Carpet Stains Removal Guide to get rid of them fast and easily.


Kitchen and Dining Area


This is the last step because, unless you have a specific cooking plan with your guests, they may not even enter or see the kitchen (unless your house has an open concept). It’s just easier to avoid our guests from entering our kitchen.

In your kitchen and dining area your biggest priority will be flat surfaces: countertops, your dining table, and kitchen islands. Start by organizing and “clearing out” surfaces. If you have any small appliances or ingredients that are out of place, get them back where they belong or at least place them back in a corner.

If you have wooden, laminate, or aluminum countertops, you can use a 1:1 white vinegar and water mix and a microfiber cloth to wipe all surfaces. This will quickly remove any stains and small food crumbs.

For natural stone surfaces such as granite and marble, you need to use a specialized cleaner or just warm, soapy water. However, you might need to wipe 2 or 3 times with a clean cloth to remove any soap residues.


Last But Not Least: Let Some Fresh Air


Unless it’s a really cold winter, it’s really important to let some air flow into every room.

Our nose gets used to the air we breathe in our homes, so it can be difficult to detect if the air is not nice and fresh. Some areas such as Memphis have really high humidity during certain times of the year, and this can give your home the typical “moisture” smell in the air.

Make sure you open up a window, preferably two windows on opposite sides to let new air come in.

On a similar note, if possible, add a nice fragrance. Perhaps a nice, soft incense stick or an essential oil diffuser. Even an air purifier will improve your air quality, reduce allergies and neutralize any unpleasant smells, especially those related to moisture.

Now that your home looks tidy and clean, don’t forget to hide your cleaning tools! The last thing you want is to have your broom, your cleaning brushes, and your vacuum scattered around your home.

Essential Oil Diffuser for a nice fragrance - Memphis Maids


Conclusion


We hope these tips improve your home quickly! We know that having unexpected guests will have you running around and trying to fix your home.

And if you need a helping hand, don’t hesitate to contact our cleaning service in Memphis. Don’t forget to contact us if you have any questions!

Unconventional Hiring Tactics for House Cleaning Services

June 9, 2022 by memphismaids

Unconventional hiring tactics for house cleaning services
Hey guys!
Since we are all feeling the crunch of trying to bring on new teams right now, I wanted to repost an older thread I started here in the hopes it can bring you some new ideas on where to find your next great team.
I work with dozens of local businesses in all different niches and so we get a really good read on what is working for hiring around the nation. Below are a selection of our favorite ways we help our own clients hire more help:

1. Use Thumbtack to Find Amazing Teams*

Instead of using Thumbtack to only find customers flip it around and use it to find great teams too. Go onto thumbtack.com and put in a bid for the industry you are in. It doesn’t matter if it’s painting, tutoring, cleaning or even resume designing Thumbtack has it all locally.
If you can, try contacting them off-platform once you find them there. Otherwise, be honest and tell them you are looking for extra help in the quote. Don’t pretend to be a customer. Obviously, only choose people with awesome ratings to contact. Read their reviews and see if they are consistent, on-time, polite etc. The advantage here is you are getting to pre-vet all candidates before you even contact them, and better yet the ones interested will reach out to you!
*If they are not interested we always offer to send them the fee charged for a quote. Since they are on Thumbtack themselves to find new business we have typically found this to be a win-win.

2. Get In Touch With Your Spanish-Speaking Community

They have been a kind, loyal and immensely valuable resource that I have been able to tap into over the years, and I have rarely been disappointed. You’ll see that becoming friendly with your Spanish speaking community will yield benefits in every way you can think of. You are able to provide genuinely good jobs to hard workers and they will reward you with consistent work.
And later on when you’ve grown and need even more teams they often know someone else in their community they can vouch for.
This can be a powerful one because you are tapping into a local community who can do the job but that often is restricted by a language barrier, and so you often get your A teams here.

3. Post on Next Door (if you are in the US).

Neighbors LOVE giving referrals on Next Door, so if you post asking them to refer you to whoever does the service for them, they are happy to send you their way. Oh, and sometimes others end up seeing you and hiring you there. Nice little bonus.
I have a template we use for this. You may use it, too: 
Subject: Reliable House Cleaner Wanted. Looking for a Reliable House Cleaner
Hi all,
As some of you may know, I run a local cleaning company here called [company name] in [neighborhood name] and we are growing fast. We have been serving the [service area name] for [X years] now, and have loved contributing to the community in such a positive way.
Right now, we are on the lookout for great cleaners that have a proven track-record of success and are consistently reliable. While we do service many of your homes in our neighborhood, I know many of us here are already very happy with their current cleaner. If you currently have or know an amazing house cleaner and they are looking for extra work we would love talk to them.
Could we post on Indeed or Craigslist to find a new team? Yes, we could. But there is nothing like that personal feedback from neighbors and we value that immensely. Ultimately it is everyone in our neighborhood here that we and our new teams will be serving.
I would be truly grateful if you can connect us with them. them. Please comment here or send me a message. You can also send them my phone number xxx-xxx-xxxx and email support@yourcompany.com.
Thank you so much!

4. Check Local Job Boards In Your Area

The old, physical ones that you have to put up with a pin and blue tack. Lots of old school techs and service providers who have been doing this forever still put up for-hire signs. This is a great way to find experienced teams who may be struggling to find work with the advent of technology, but are nonetheless just as deserving of a great job. We can give that to them if we take the time and patience to meet them where they are.

5. Ask Current Employees If They Know Anyone

It’s been my experience they often do. Sometimes that person doesn’t pan out but you should always ask.

6. Post In Local Facebook Groups

Post in mom groups. Post in for hire groups. Post in local business groups. Post in other local groups you are in for your area. Post in flea market groups. This works well.
And here are a few more advanced ones to consider:
  • Put up a targeted local Facebook ad. Spend a few bucks on it – it’s worth it if you can snag a team that will go on to generate $10,000s per year for you.
  • Put up a dedicated hiring landing page and drive traffic to it with Google Adwords. Worth a shot. Again, spend a few bucks on this because once you find a good team from it they will go on to earn WAY more than what it cost you to find them.
Notice none of these are your typical job sites like Indeed.com – that is because we are looking for people we can pre-vet or get on a personal recommendation. So you don’t have to sift through hundreds of people applying to your job application. 
The key to this whole approach is to be more proactive than just posting a job application form on one of the major job boards.
That’s it! If you have any questions about any of these just let me know 😁
Do you have your own unconventional hiring strategies you have been successfully using this year?
I hope this helps you find your next A team.
Article by Chris Schwab, founder of Think Maids.

Wash Your Sheets and Bedding: The Ultimate Guide

June 6, 2022 by memphismaids

Wash Your Sheets and Bedding The Ultimate Guide - Memphis Maids


Hello, we are back after some time! Today we have an article about washing your sheets and other bedding items. There are so many different bedding items: everything from sheets, pillows and pillowcases, comforters, and of course, it’s all sitting on top of your mattress.

Many people, especially young adults, do not know exactly when or how to clean their bedding. In fact, people tend to wash sheets and other bedding items less than they should.

In this guide, you will read the suggested frequency for cleaning your items, and why it is so important to keep them nice and clean.


Why Should You Wash Bedding Items?


We spend close to 8 hours a day sleeping in our beds. That’s a third of our entire day!

When we sleep, there’s a lot that happens without us realizing it.

First, we sweat, which of course is natural, especially on hot, humid days. For example, if you live in Dallas, you know there are times when humidity is extremely high (over 90%) as well as temperature, so there’s a big chance you will be sweating while you’re sleeping. As a natural response, body sweat evaporates and that cools down your body.

Second, we drool sometimes as well, particularly when we snore and/or when we have a good night’s sleep. And third, there are millions of dust mites and bacteria living in our beds, pretty much all the time. You will notice them fast if you have allergies. If you start sneezing as soon as you lay on your bed, it’s a good sign that you need to clean your bed.

Also, your skin will look and feel better as well. As we mentioned, you might find germs, dust mites, dirt, and residues of skin cells, sweat, and saliva. You can take good care of your skin with a daily routine, but it won’t work as nicely if your face and body are in contact with a dirty bed.

Your bedding items have different suggestions for frequency of washing because you are not in contact with them the same way, and the materials are also different. A down comforter won’t absorb moisture and sweat the same as a bed sheet or a pillowcase.

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How to Clean Bed Sheets


Bed sheets are the basic bedding item. Pretty much wherever you live, you need at least a pair of bed sheets.

These will be in contact with your entire body and are usually quite thin, which means they will absorb sweat quickly. You also find dead skin cells and just dirt that was present on your skin or your clothing.

Dust mites are present in bed sheets and can cause a slight skin rash or irritation. They reproduce at prolific rates and feed on dead skin cells.

Now, a good rule of thumb is to wash your sheets weekly. This will keep a nice balance between not overdoing it (and tearing your sheet’s fibers down too quickly) while still keeping it clean and free of bacteria.

This frequency can be increased to 2 or 3 times per week if you have pets or small children that hop up to your bed.

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Washing and Drying Bed Sheets


As for the actual washing, it’s quite simple. Your bed sheets (most likely) do not need too much detergent, because they are hardly ever stained or greasy. What they do need is a process that kills bacteria and removes moisture and other residues (skin cells, sweat, saliva).

This means that, besides detergent, hot water will be your main ally to wash your bed sheets. The right temperature can depend on the type of material.

Most bed sheets are made out of cotton or polyester. Cotton tolerates hot water, which is perfect because it can really get into the fibers and kill bacteria. That being said, you might want to alternate the temperature between hot and warm water to prevent your sheets from shrinking.

Polyester should be washed with warm water. If you are not sure about the material or if you don’t have the care tag of your sheets, it’s best to play safe and use warm water.

A good rule of thumb for all cleaning is to let products on the surface or material. In this case, letting your sheets soak in hot water for at least 30 minutes will help loosen up the dirt and sweat.

If you have stains, you need to treat them before washing them. If you don’t, hot water will help set the stain, and it will be even worse if you dry them using high heat in your dryer.

Your detergent should be gentle and there’s no need to use fabric softener. Fabric softener is extremely contaminating to the environment, especially to aquatic life. You can use a much simpler product: white vinegar. Just add ¼ cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle.


Washing Pillows and Pillowcases


These are one of the dirtiest bedding items you can find. It’s common for us to snore and even drool a little bit directly into our pillows. Besides, our hair has dead skin cells, even dandruff, and bacteria.

First, of all, we need to take care of pillowcases, because they are in direct contact with our bodies.

For cotton pillowcases (which are the most common) make sure you search for any yellowing or discoloration, especially around the area where your head will be.

Use liquid detergent and a stiff brush on that area until you notice the stain disappearing. By doing this, you will avoid setting stains when you wash and dry them.

If the stains won’t come out, you can mix soap with white vinegar, or baking soda (this will form a paste) and let it sit for 15 minutes before brushing. By now, you already know the benefits of baking soda. As always, test first in a small, inconspicuous area.

For the washing process, choose a long cycle and the highest heat setting (again, this is for cotton pillowcases).

For silk pillowcases, you will have to be more delicate. Make sure you use cold water and mild soap that is formulated for silk.

If you’re washing them by hand, start by turning them inside out. Soak your pillowcases in a bowl filled with cold, soapy water. Remember to use silk detergent. After 30 minutes, press gently without wringing or twisting. Remember silk is a delicate material.

After pressing softly to remove soapy water, place a towel on a table or flat surface and then spread your pillowcase on the towel. Start rolling your towel with your pillowcase inside and then squeeze the towel. It will further absorb water. By now, it should be slightly damp and you can let it air dry away from sunlight.

If you are washing them in the washing machine, you need to place them in a mesh laundry bag. This will protect the silk yet still allow detergent to do its job. Choose cold water and a delicate cycle.


How to Wash Pillows


Even after washing pillowcases, sweat and bacteria get through and reach your pillows. For some reason, people don’t wash pillows. In fact, you should wash your pillows at least three times a year.

If you can’t see the care labels, the safest route to go is to soak them in hot, soapy water for a while. This can be done in either a large bowl or directly in your washing machine. Add mild soap and bleach and let sit for 30 minutes. This is ideal for cotton pillows, but other materials such as wool and microbead are better with cold or warm water.

If you have memory foam pillows, you can only spot clean and air dry them. Use soapy water and spot clean your desired area, rubbing lightly. After you’ve covered the entire surface, with a clean, moist cloth, press firmly to absorb excessive soap. Repeat the process with a dry towel to absorb as much moisture as possible. Don’t forget to air dry! You won’t be able to use your dryer, so make sure you are cleaning your pillow on a sunny morning. You want it to absorb as much sunlight as possible, several days if necessary.

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Washing Down Comforter


A down comforter is not easy to wash at home, mainly due to its size. Make sure you do need to wash it to begin with, and that there’s no other choice. Try laying them out in the sun so they can get some fresh air.

Similarly to pillowcases, you want to use a mild detergent and a delicate cycle. Don’t use fabric softeners, because this will coat the feathers and it won’t be as “fluffy”.

If you notice stains, make sure you treat them before washing them.

If you do use a washing machine, it’s best to use a front-load one because the comforter will be able to bounce and spin inside. This will prevent clumping.

As for drying, you need to use low heat or just no heat at all if possible. Because it will take longer to dry, you can throw some wool balls or tennis balls which will help it dry faster.

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Vacuum and Maintain Your Mattress


Last but not least, we get to the foundation of your bed. The mattress!

Now that your pillows, sheets, and comforters are getting cleaned and dried, you need to make sure the mattress is nice and clean as well.

The first step is to remove your bedding items, of course. Now that your surface is clean, you can vacuum using an upholstery attachment. Ideally, you would use an upholstery cleaner if you have one.

Make sure you clean the sides as well, and, if possible, turn your mattress around because the back will have dust and bacteria as well that needs to be removed.

Once everything is vacuumed, it’s time to tackle other common issues such as stains and odor.

If you have biological stains, it’s best to use an enzyme cleaner. The rule of thumb for stains is to blot instead of scrub in a circular motion because you want the liquid to be absorbed, not spread further. Replace your cloths regularly with damp, clean ones until the stain is removed.

As you know, we recommend microfiber cloths because they are cost-efficient and reusable.

For other stains, you can try using cold water with just a squirt of dish soap. Additionally, you can add one or two tablespoons of white vinegar. Repeat the steps above (blotting with damp towels and then let dry).

Besides regular cleaning, you want your mattress to receive direct sunlight and fresh air. This will help to remove odor as well as mold or mildew.

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Conclusion


There you have it! By now you have all your bed sheets, your pillows and pillowcases, your comforter, and your mattress.

Remember to take care of your bed to ensure you are safe when going to bed, and you’ll even sleep better. Your allergies will drop a notch if you have a bed free of germs and mites.

And if you are busy with life, work and family, you can always contact Memphis Maids. Our professional cleaning service in Memphis will take care of your home, including your bedding items!

Reasons Why Pressure Washing is Worth It

December 20, 2021 by memphismaids

When was the last time you saw your home or business with that “new” look? Chances are, you can’t remember, it’s been too long. Cleaning the exterior is a critical part of maintaining the property’s curb appeal and healthy environment. And it’s not just pretty face value; there are plenty of practical reasons why washing is super important.

Pressure washing is the perfect method to get rid of years of built-up dirt and revive the look of your property. It’s eco-friendly, cost-effective, and time-efficient. If you’re still on the fence about pressure washing, here are five reasons why it’s absolutely worth it.

1. Best Technique to Clean the Exterior

Imagine trying to scrub a deck with a brush and soap. It would take forever, and you’d probably only manage to clean a small patch at a time. Pressure washing does the work for you and does it quickly. The high pressure stream of water gets into all the nooks and crannies of your home, scrubbing away stubborn stains and dirt.

Compare the water usage with garden hose-based methods, and you’ll see that pressure washing is an incredibly efficient and eco-friendly method. A typical garden hose use around 5-10 gallons of water a minute, while a pressure washer only uses 2-4 gallons a minute. There is no elbow grease and no fuss. In fact, it’s a pretty relaxing and oddly satisfying activity. It’s a great way to clean exteriors with minimal impact on the environment.

2. Restore and Maintain Curb Appeal

Your home exterior constantly takes a beating from rain, winds, chemical pollutants, and sun damage. Over time, the dirt accumulates, and then mold takes hold, leaving your home looking depressingly dull. A pressure wash will restore your home’s color and luster and help keep a nice crisp streak-free look. Not to mention the value and satisfaction a well-maintained exterior adds to your property.

Maintaining curb appeal is critical for both residential and business properties. Many sellers today choose to have their property deep cleaned before putting it on the market, and pressure washing is the best method to impress potential buyers.

3. Maintain a Healthy Environment

Not only do dirt and mold look bad, but they also harbor various allergens and pollutants. If anyone in your family is asthmatic or has allergies, you’ll understand the hard way about the importance of keeping these contaminants away. Triggers like pet hair, pollen, smoke, and dust forgotten in hidden crannies can set off a chain reaction that can result in days of misery.

Pressure wash with chemical treatment eliminates all such allergens. It will also kill any mold, mildew, or algae spores that might be lurking in the cracks of your exterior. So, your family can breathe easy and enjoy your home or business free from allergens.

4. Prevent Future Costly Repairs

It’s a sad fact that many expensive repairs are the direct result of not cleaning your property regularly. For example, water damage, roofing problems, and paint failure can all be traced back to a build-up of dirt and mold.

Your deck will lose luster, the siding will crack, and paint will chip if not maintained. Even fences and gutters can be damaged over time by neglect. Pressure washing is a cost-effective way to prevent all these problems from happening.

Roofs are also prone to damage from the accumulation of mold and algae. They cause the roof to age prematurely and lead to leaks. Generally, it is not recommended pressure wash roofs, there is a new technique called soft washing, that has been proven to be very effective for delicate materials. Soft washing combines low-pressure streams with special chemical cleaners to kill the mold, remove the build-up, and restore the roof to its original condition. It’s a quick method too. According to Chicago Racoons when utilizing soft washing, you can clean a roof twice as fast compared to utilizing pressure washing.

5. Saves Your Precious Time and Money

When you tally up all of the time you spent scrubbing, repairing, and maintaining your exterior to get it into a presentable state, you probably spent several hours and thousands of dollars per year. ​Pressure washing makes the job quick and easy, allowing you to get on with more important things.

If you have ever done exterior cleaning by yourself, you may come to the following conclusion. When you tally up all of the time and effort you put in cleaning and maintaining your exterior to achieve that proper clean look, most likely than not, you’ll find out it takes too much effort and time.

You can hire professional pressure washing services to do the job for you. They bring the tools, skills, and experience necessary to get the job done quickly and safely. You won’t even find one speck of mildew after they’re done.

All in all, a pressure wash session every year or two will keep your property looking great and reduce the chances of expensive repairs down the road. If you are not confident that you’ll get the job done, make sure to use a professional cleaning company with the experience and equipment to do the job right. Do your homework, get a few quotes, and you’re sure to find one that fits your needs and budget.

 

Why Should You Hire Cleaning Services for Your Home?

October 13, 2020 by memphismaids

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Cleaning can be a daunting task, especially if you are not trained for it. We understand if you want to save cost by DIY cleaning, but guess what, that is why we have professional cleaning agencies. Hence, to avoid the challenge of making out time to clean, you can always hire someone for it.

Five reasons why you should hire a cleaning service

They are trained for it

Cleaning services have the experience that is needed to achieve a sparkling result that you desire. Not just this, they have a trained workforce backed with years of on the job experience. Hence, they know how to clean and what to use to achieve the desired result. Not just this, cleaning services pay keen attention to details, even the smallest ones, and have the best equipment to handle the task. By implication, instead of making time to sort for cleaning supplies that you don’t know anything about, you can let someone else do it for you.

An effective way to say time

In an economy where the currency is time, you should do all you can to save time and spend it on something else. Undeniably, cleaning takes a lot of time. However, if you don’t do it yourself, it means you can invest your time at something much more productive. If you want, you can spend time away with your family and friends while you let a cleaning service do their thing. Apart from this, it reduces stress. You can cut back on stress and focus your attention on other essential activities.

No blind spots

It is tempting to leave blind spots when you attempt to clean by yourself. When you are lazy to get things done, chances are that you will miss spots. Instead, by hiring professionals, you know what you are paying for, and they do as well. Since you are paying for the services, you can ask questions and demand a perfect job. Look at it as shifting responsibility onto someone else. Instead of wasting time doing what you obviously suck at, you can let someone else do it.

Cleaners have a functional system

House cleaning is more than selecting an area to clean and wiping them clean. No, you can’t randomly make your way through your home. On the other hand, professionals have a system that includes a comprehensive checklist of what to do and how to do it. Thanks to these lists and systems, they will do a better job and take less time.

Professionals are known for quick project turnaround

Cleaning services are always on schedule and promise quick results. They also ensure that no harm comes to your valuables, and allows you to relax as you should. Apart from this, cleaning yourself increases the risk of exposing your family members to germs and bacteria. To avoid an ugly scenario like this, you can let a professional give you the perfect cleaning with less risk or doing a lousy job or spreading germs.

Conclusion

If you only need three reasons to hire a cleaning service, think about time, freedom, and quality results. You will have more time to do what you want, avoid the stressful part of doing something you don’t appreciate, and get value for your payment in the form of an excellent cleaning job.

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