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Messes Be Gone!

July 11, 2013 by admin

kids messes

Just face it, it’s going to happen. Some days it won’t be as bad as others, and well those other days it will look like a tornado hit. Having children is having messes. Your windows have become a canvas to their love of finger painting, and their fascination with shoving all the toilet paper down the toilet is all things as parents we deal with daily. As mothers we have be given the task to clean up. Cleaning up all day, the same mess over and over can be frustrating. I have made a step by step guide that will help with your frustration.

Room to Room, Mess to Mess.
1. The entire house needs to be picked up. Don’t freak! Take a deep breath and start with one room, focusing only on that mess. Take one room at a time. Once that room is tidied up move on to the next. I get more satisfaction out completing a job then having started something but never finishing. Go throughout the entire house applying this method and voila! Your home will be spic and span before you know it.

Stop, Drop, and Clean!
2. Once lunch is done or finger painting time is up, clean up right then and there. You may need to make a quick trip to the store or run an errand and the last thing you want is to come home to a mess. Leaving the finger paint out will only provoke your little Picasso to take his artistic abilities through the house. In other words, he’s going to finger paint the sofa. So my best advice is to tackle the mess once it’s made, preventing other messes in the very near future.

Designate Areas
3. Kids are notorious for ripping everything out of draws and never putting them back in their right place. Try assigning certain areas for craft projects, making sure that paint brushes and crayons stay in that area. Try enforcing that snack and meal times are to be eaten in the kitchen. This will help keep any food messes in one spot rather than tracked from room to room.

Kids will be kids and with that said there will be messes. Trying to be organized and staying ahead of your little ones will make a big difference in your home. Keep these 3 steps in mind and your home and mental state will be mess free!

House Cleaning in Collierville – Are you getting the Service you deserve?

July 11, 2013 by admin

Collierville, TN

 

House cleaning competition is growing rapidly throughout Collierville. There are numerous companies offering services, but not all are equal. Once you have finished reading this you will know just what to look for and what to avoid when choosing the right services for your home.

 

Reputation and Documentation


When setting out to find the right cleaning service you should always remember to ask for references. Asking for references is one the best ways to get a good feel for a company. It’s one of the easiest and best ways also to find out what others think. A company that can’t or won’t provide references is also a company that won’t provide quality service. You can also look up the company’s site on line and review any comments customers have made.
Also, you will want to know if the company is insured for your own safety and protection. You want to make sure in the case of any property damage, stolen items, or any injury claims that you will be covered if this may occur. This is a very important question to remember to ask any company when in search of cleaning services.

 

Communication and Convenience
A reliable company is there to meet the needs of their customers. They are there to answer all phone calls and any questions or concerns that a client may have. The company should operate during normal business hours to ensure steady communication with the customer. All customers should be top priority.
A company should be well informed of their services and what they have to offer. Most of all they should be confident with the quality of services they provide. A good cleaning company should also offer flexible scheduling and be able to explain their rates and what they are based upon.
From your first call to your first scheduling you want to be sure you that you are getting the most diligent and professional house cleaners available. Memphis Maids doesn’t have to be your first call but we do want to be your last!
At Memphis Maids we enjoy being in contact with our customers. We can also be found on Facebook and Twitter!

 

Integrity and Performance


Of course no one can ever be for sure how well a company will perform their services until they have actually done so. Every housekeeper should be able to follow directions and the requests of customers; if they don’t then they are not the cleaning company for you.

Every company should have pride in their services and their ability to perform. They should be committed to providing the best quality service possible. At Memphis Maids we do just that.

Putting it All Together

When in search of the house cleaning in Collierville, these are just a few tips to remember. You want a company that you can trust and rely on and that values customers and holds them as first priority. Keeping these insightful ideas in my mind you are guaranteed to find the best service that fits all your needs.

Memphis Maids likes to play it safe. All housekeepers go through an extensive background check and even more extensive training. At Memphis Maids we want the customers to have the very best. We feel it’s important that our customers feel at ease with their housekeeper, that’s why we think paying a small fee to have background checks done before we hire is a no-brainer.
If you still are left searching for house cleaning in Collierville, then we invite you to give Memphis Maids a call today for a fast free and easy quote. We feel so confident in our services that we can guarantee 100% satisfaction. All you have to do is give us call and we will be happy to schedule you today. Then sit back, relax and let us work our magic!

Go Green: 3 Reasons Why You Should!

July 11, 2013 by admin

green cleaning

Have you ever stopped to think what exactly you are spraying when doing your daily cleaning? If not then you should. You are spraying toxic chemicals into the air in which not just you but your family and pets breathe in. These chemicals have been known to cause allergic reactions, breathing problems, and it can even go as far as cancer. Here I’m going to share just 3 reasons why you should go green!

1. Money
With prices jumping up all around us going green will save you green. By purchasing eco-friendly products that tackle multiple jobs, there’s no need to purchase anything else. This allows you to handle more cleaning and less cleaners, leaving less to buy.

2. Your Environment
Since you have chosen to go green you have also chosen to take a stand for your environment as well! Most of all green cleaners have safe and toxic free ingredients that won’t harm the air or the environment. It’s just a small part that we can all take in helping!

3. Health
Many of those cleaners that you spray contain very harsh and extremely harmful chemicals. Those chemicals can linger in the air for months. Some ingredients in your regular cleaners have been known to cause cancer, allergic reactions, and respiratory issues. The faster you go green the faster your family will be protected.

Have you been convinced to green? I sure hope so. Remembering these 3 tips will not only protect your health, the environment, and your wallet but will also leave you with a safe and clean home!

Cleaning your Leather Furniture

July 11, 2013 by admin

leather furniture

Leather furniture although beautiful, can be tough to maintain and care for. Your leather can be ruined if not cleaned properly. Have no worries! I have here a simple way that will help you keep up with cleaning your leather furniture.

1. You will need a soft cloth or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush. Gentle wipe off any dust or you can use your vacuum to get rid off any thing that may need to be cleaned.

2. Use a few drops of mild liquid soap and distilled water. Make sure it’s distilled. Regular tap water can cause damage to the leather.

3. With a clean rag soak up some your soapy water, making sure you ring out the rag, and then gently wipe your furniture down.

4. Grab another rag, this one you will only use water. You will want to wipe it down again making sure there is no soap residue left behind.

5. With another rag, this one you will leave dry. Dry your leather very good. Be sure not to leave any water remaining, this too can ruin and stain your furniture.

6. Finally, condition the leather with a leather protector.
To prevent your leather furniture from drying out or cracking, move it away from heat and direct sunlight. This will prevent fading or any other damage.

These tips will help when it comes to cleaning your leather furniture and will keep it looking beautiful and like new!

Clean Home Fast: 3 Fast Ways to a Cleaner Home

July 11, 2013 by admin

You just got off the phone with your favorite mother in law and she has just informed you she is going to be stopping in and the house hasn’t even been touched! No need to panic. I’ve got 3 great tricks that will help you have a clean home fast!

First! Tidy up the Bathroom!


Grab the bleach and toss in just a cup full of bleach and give it a good scrub. Let that sit for a few minutes. Now tackle the countertops and sinks. Spray some basic vinegar and water and wipe clean. You should see all those tooth paste spots vanish. Next get a hold of the bathroom rug and give it a good shake. Finally, flush all that bleach that has been sitting in the toilet.

Second! Living/Family Room


Give all the pillows and cushions a good fluff! Then gather up all newspapers, magazines and remotes in put them away in one spot. Next grab any soft cloth or microfiber cloth and do a light dusting over the coffee table, television, or any surface that may need a little attention.

Third! Brighten up the Kitchen

clean faster
Gather up all mail, sippy cups, and cereal boxes and put them up. Give your countertops a quick wipe down. Move over to the sink and rinse it out with a little vinegar and water. Finally give your floors a quick sweep and mop.

There you have it! 3 very simple and very quick ways to help get you a clean home fast!

20 Ways to Use Vinegar

July 11, 2013 by admin

vinegar

It’s not just for sunburns or dying Easter eggs anymore. Vinegar is rapidly becoming popular to tackle just about any job imaginable. After my own personal use and tips from friends, I have gathered a list of just 20 ways to use vinegar. Its uses don’t stop here. This stuff can be used for skin care, insect bites and repellent, cooking, the list goes on and on.
Here are my top 20 uses of vinegar that can be useful in your home:

1. Clean and disinfects toys
2. Cleans counter tops
3. Cleans away dust off computers with a q tip
4. Takes stickers off surfaces
5. Vanishes stains from pots and pans
6. Dissolves mineral deposits in shower heads
7. Eliminates carpet stains
8. Cleans grout
9. Disinfects and deodorizes refrigerators
10. Cleans coffee pots and its stains
11. Kills germs and bacteria on cutting boards
12. Water marks on wooden furniture
13. Removes stains from toilets
14. Takes crayon marks from clothing
15. Cleans mildew
16. Make your own all-purpose cleaner
17. Unclogs pipes and cleans drains with a little baking soda
18. Spray on wallpaper and peel away
19. Removes stains from Tupperware
20. Gets rid of residue in showers and bathtubs

Like I have mentioned vinegar can be used for just about anything in and outside your home. This is a one product wonder, no need for anything else! Best thing about it is that it’s cheap! So if you can stand the smell briefly you will love the results!

5 Things you’re forgetting to Clean

July 11, 2013 by admin

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We all have busy lives these days. It’s understandable that we miss a thing or two when it’s comes to cleaning. Here I have a list of just a 5  things that you’re forgetting to clean. But don’t sweat it; these are very simple little tasks that will only take a few minutes to clean.

1. Cleaning Tools
We get so busy sweeping up hair and wiping up dirt that we forget that the very tool you are using needs a little attention itself. We need to remember to show our beloved mops, brooms, and vacuums the same care.

2. Garbage Cans
Just because you have removed all the garbage doesn’t mean you have removed all the bacteria and germs. Giving your trash cans at least once a week will help cut out those nasty germs that are lingering around in your trash can. Just a little water and bleach will do the job!

3. Shower Curtains
Next time you step out of the shower grab a disinfecting spray and give that shower curtain a good spray. This will prevent and mildew or germs from growing in or around the shower.

4. Light Fixtures/Ceiling Fans
I’m especially forgetful when it comes to tacking ceiling fans. You would be amazed and maybe a bit embarrassed as to how much dust that can be found if not dusted on a regular basis. Once a week give all ceiling fans and light fixtures around your home a friendly dusting.

5. Light Switch Plates
This is hot spot for germs and bacteria. Everyone’s hands have been on these things. Using a disinfectant wipe or rag dipped in a little bleach water solution will help cut down on the dirt and grime found on these.

Ok so there you have it. A quick little check list next time you think you have conquered the entire house, come back to this list and give yourself a clean friendly reminder.

Disinfecting your home: 5 Easy Ways

July 5, 2013 by admin

disinfect home

Has the flu and cold taken over your home? I have here a few ways that will help gain back what is rightfully yours! These 5 simple disinfectants will not only rid your home from bacteria but it will make your home spic and span! The best part is that they are easy on your pocket but hard on germs!

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

We have all used hydrogen peroxide on cuts and scrapes to clean them of germs; you can use this same method in your home! This can also act as a great stain remover for carpets and clothes. It works wonders in the bath tub to remove all that built up scum. To make cleaning a little easier, you can use your hydrogen peroxide straight from the bottle! Just add a sprayer that fits and have at it.

SOAP AND WATER

This method is a very simple to disinfect your home. As long as you’re not trying to tackle an outbreak of germs soap and water is an easy and quick way to get things cleaned. So grab your bucket, fill it with steamy hot water and then just add your soap. Soap and water is a sure way to get rid of germs and any surface clean.

BAKING SODA

Baking soda when used by it is not a disinfectant but add some vinegar and you have yourself one great way to disinfect your home! When used with just a little water and a scouring pad you have a great method to tackle those stuck on food dishes. Want to shine or polish up all your brass? Add a little lemon juice to your baking soda and polish away. Baking soda is wonderful when wanting to get rid of odors that are lingering around.

TEA TREE OIL

You will be amazed at how just a couple of drops of tea tree oil and a little water will disinfect your home. Tea tree oil is completely natural. Use it anywhere you might think germs have come in contact with. It works wonders on disinfecting countertops, sinks, and even tile. This great little remedy also works great on disinfecting areas where your beloved pet may have had an accident.

VINEGAR

You can never go wrong with vinegar when it comes to disinfecting your home. Vinegar is a pure natural disinfectant and the uses of it can go on and on! Due to its antimicrobial properties it will work miracles on mold. We all want streak windows, right? Vinegar, vinegar, and more vinegar! Don’t worry the smell will vanish within minutes. It will rid your sinks of unseen germs and toilets of mold. When picking out which vinegar to use, white distilled is the way to go!

Wood Care: 5 Simple Tips when Caring for your Wood

July 5, 2013 by admin

wood furniture

Wood furniture can be a hassle to care for. I can sympathize with your frustration in keeping your favorite antique night stand becoming dull. You probably never gave it much thought that your wood furniture would turn into a lifelong commitment…well it has!

Here I have are some useful tips when it comes to taking care of all your wood furnishings.

CLEAN IT!

1. A little soap and water never hurt anybody nor will it hurt your wood! Just a little soap and water will do just fine when it comes to getting that wood clean. Make sure to wipe up any residual moisture with a soft cloth. Any wet spots left behind could stain or cause harm to the surface.

KEEP AWAY FROM HEAT!

2. Keep your wood furniture away from heating units or vents! The heat can and will cause it to dry and possibly shrink. Imagine your grandmother’s rocking chair just shrinking away! The heat will also cause cracking. During the drier months you can always use a humidifier to replace some of that moisture in the air which will help with the wood from drying out.

AVOID THE SUN!

3. If your wooden table is near a window be careful! The sun beaming thru can cause great damage. The sun can fade or even ruin your finish. This tip kind of goes along with the same as tip number two. In conclusion the sun and heat will destroy your furniture!

PROTECT! PROTECT!

4. When caring for your wood furniture you will need to protect the finish with a good wax. Just spread an even thin layer, wait a few minutes and the buff away with a soft cloth. Shoe cloths work best. Keep in mind the longer you leave it the better the results!

WAXING!

5. This is my favorite tip of all for wood care: Beeswax! Pledge will handle the job too, but the beeswax not only lasts longer but it’s very friendly for the environment. Make sure to give your furniture a little dusting before applying the wax.

Here’s a great recipe for homemade polish:

2 tbsp. beeswax beads or finely grated beeswax
7-8 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Place 2-3 inches of water in a pot and heat it till it starts to steam. Next place a jar or container in the water. Add your beeswax and let it melt. Then pour your oil in, stirring until you have made a paste and there you have it! Your own polish! This will do great when it comes to caring for any of your beautiful wood furniture.

With these 5 helpful tips your wood furniture is for sure to stay looking great!

Homemade Cleaners -What to Use in a Pinch

July 5, 2013 by admin

alternative cleaning products

 

Do you need your floor cleaned, windows shined, and you’ve just realized you are out of your favorite cleaner? No need to make a trip to the store! Here are some great and quick recipes for homemade cleaners that will work in a pinch!

For your Windows or glass try this simple recipe:

¼ c. White vinegar
1 tbsp. Cornstarch
2 c. warm water

Throw all those ingredients into a spray bottle and shake. Spray your home made cleaner on to your surface and wipe! I know you are questioning the cornstarch but trust me, it works great! Not only does this work it’s great for the environment; there’s no harsh chemicals to breathe!

forget the toilet!

This next quick tip is a favorite of mine! Grab one or two cokes from the fridge and head towards the restroom! With a toilet bowl brush in hand as well! All you do is pour the sodas in the toilet, let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub away! Coke has been known to be pretty harsh on your stomach and to eat coins right up…..well all that junk found in soda will cause all those stains to vanish!

What about the floors?

I have here a great and easy homemade floor remedy that you’ll love!

You will need the following:

1 c. water
1 c. vinegar
1 c. rubbing alcohol
1 tbs. Dish soap

Mix all these ingredients together with your favorite mop and tackle those dirty grimy floors! You will be amazed at the results. This is not only easy on the environment but your pocket as well!

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