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House Cleaning! Listening and Practicing What You Learn!

Posted by Liane Christianson on Sep 22, 2014 2:12:00 PM

Time Management for life and most important house cleaning is not easy for all people.  We get lists and lists of things we can do but how do we really put it into action.

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Honestly....is Spring House Cleaning Really Necessary?

Posted by Liane Christianson on Mar 27, 2014 2:14:00 PM

Honestly NO, Spring House Cleaning is NOT necessary, BUT.....you will enjoy your home much more if you clean it well every spring.  Here are a list of the items you might want to think about cleaning or hiring someone to clean for you.  These items are over and above your regular maintenance cleaning you do yourself or pay to have it done.

    1. Windows (in and out) and window sills - You will be amazed how much more light will stream through clean windows to light up your home when your windows are clean.  We need all the light we can get here in the NW.
    2. Clean out the inside of the refrigerator- pull out and clean under if movable and vacuum coils if reachable
    3. Clean light fixtures, chandeliers etc.
    4. Clean or change filters (e.g. furnace, air filters, water filters)
    5. Polish silver, brass and other metals
    6. Clean and treat leather furniture
    7. Vacuum/dust mini blinds or if they are too greasy to dust, hire a blind cleaning company
    8. Clean reorganize drawers/cabinets/chests and donate items no longer needed
    9. Wash doors, knobs and light switches
    10. Launder or send curtains to the dry cleaners
    11. Clean or replace mats located at entries
    12. Reseal grout lines in tubs/showers if necessary
    13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
    14. Clean and organize the pantry - check labels for expiry date
    15. Clean oven inside and pull out and clean underneath if movable
    16. Vacuum furniture removing cushions to vacuum underneath

There are many cleaning tasks that can be added to this list, but they normally get done on a regular basis either by you the homeowner or by a paid service like Maid in the Northwest.  If you would like help with getting these spring cleaning items scheduled, give us a call at 1-877-MAIDS911, and we can help you.   

It is pretty obvious that all these cleaning items will not get done in one day.  So make a schedule for yourself of the cleaning tasks you want to accomplish yourself, and which cleaning task you will schedule a service to do.  And then when all are accomplished sit back and enjoy your clean home.

For a list of the items Maid in the Northwest can clean for you go here.

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Did your Mother sweep dirt under the rug? House Cleaning Strategy?

Posted by Liane Christianson on Feb 4, 2014 1:02:00 PM

Many times during the day, my Mother would sweep the dirt on the kitchen floor under her handmade braided rug. She did't leave it there but always swept it all up at the end of the day. Some people thought this cleaning strategy was a deception and not okay. I think it was a very creative cleaning strategy.  With six children living on a farm in Oregon, it was quick, simple, put dirt out of sight, and kept the dirt from getting into other parts of the house. Whether new or old stradegies, we can learn from creative cleaning strategies like this one my Mother used.

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Hire a House Cleaning Service? Or I Can Do it Myself!

Posted by Liane Christianson on Mar 23, 2013 4:42:00 PM

As the owner of my own house cleaning service for the past 25 years, I have not always scheduled having my home cleaned.  Why?  My thinking was that I used to clean other peoples homes, so, I can clean it myself!  I have always been an "I can do it myself" kind of person. Maybe that is why I have a very successful house cleaning company that services Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue and Everett areas. 

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What is Green House Cleaning....Really?

Posted by Maid Maddie on Sep 29, 2012 10:57:00 AM

The term "green cleaning" refers to the use of vegetable-based materials to clean surfaces rather than chemical-laden detergents and solvents. Don't assume natural products are safer as there are a few things to know about successful green housekeeping.

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When Cleaning House, Know How To Clean Your TV Screen Safely

Posted by Liane Christianson on Jul 21, 2012 12:18:00 PM

You May Need More Than A Dust Rag When Cleaning Your TV Screen!

WARNING – These new LCD and plasma screens are NOT glass – they are a soft plastic.  You can dust the screen SOFTLY with a micro fiber cloth when you clean house, but if your screen has more “smudges” than dust, here is how to clean that part of your house safely.  

What You Will Need

  • Soft cloth preferably micro fiber (leaves no lint)

  • Deionized (purified) water. May used distilled water for cleaning instead. Put in spray bottle and label it. Or use a cleaning solution purchased specifically for cleaning your type of screen.

Instructions

  • Turn off the TV or Monitor. This is safer and you will be better able to see the smudges, grime and dust. First, let it cool down for 15 minutes or so.

  • Dampen or spray (NOT wet) the micro fiber cloth with deionized water or a purchased cleaning solution specifically for your type of screen. Be VERY gentle. Aggressive cleaning can damage the screen.

  • Excessive dust and grime can damage electronic devices. Dust or clean your TV and monitor screens on a regular basis when you clean your house.

Tips & Warnings

  • DO NOT spray the cleaner on the screen. Spray onto the cloth, NEVER directly onto the screen as it can leak into and damage the inside. (This is true for framed pictures in your home also).

  • DO NOT use any chemical cleaners like alcohol, ammonia based cleaners, or window cleaners like Windex, etc. They are NOT safe for usage on a flat screen TV or monitor.

  • DO NOT use paper towels, newspaper, bath towels, Kleenex, napkins, newspaper, or any fabric besides soft cotton or micro fiber on your screen, as they scratch.

  • Let the screen dry before turning it back on.

  • CAUTION – the oils and chemicals on your fingers may damage the screen – keep yours and your children’s fingers/hands off the screen if possible.

That's it. Your TV manufacturer may have additional care instructions, so check your manual for more details.

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Are You The "I Can Do The House Cleaning Myself" Kind Of Person?

Posted by Maid Maddie on Jun 11, 2012 1:15:00 PM

As the owner of my own house cleaning service for the past 25 years, I have not always scheduled having my home cleaned by one of my fabulously talented house cleaners.  Why?  My thinking was that I used to clean other peoples homes, so if I can clean it myself, why have someone else clean?

I have always been an "I can do it myself" kind of person. It has helped me grow a very successful house cleaning company that serves the Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett and surrounding areas. 

Can you relate to the "I Can Do It Myself" way of thinking?  Here are the reasons why I now do not do my own house cleaning:

  • I am a very busy woman and my time is valuable

  • I have other things much more important to get done that I enjoy doing more than cleaning house

  • Cleaning house is very hard work and I am allergic to hard work (  ;

  • I am a perfectionist.  When cleaning my own house it takes much longer because I can’t stop myself from getting out the toothbrush and magnifier!!!  So.....I tend to put house cleaning off until I "have more time"!

  • I get things "organized" before the housecleaner(s) come so I tend to keep my house more orderly.

  • Saving the best for last:  It MAKES ME VERY HAPPY to come home to a clean house from a long day of work.

There really is not anything better than having a clean home.  It is relaxing, refreshing, reduces my stress and makes my week so much more enjoyable.  I can take a hot bath in my clean tub and crawl into my freshly washed sheets because the cleaner has made my bed.

How about coming home to a clean bathtub?  Fill it up, light a few candles, and enjoy!  An evening at your home spa!

 

You can schedule house cleaning occasionally or regularly.  We have a two-hour minimum (one cleaner) for weekly or bi-weekly cleaning so if you only want a bathroom and/or kitchen done – that can be scheduled.  Just know that on larger houses, a full cleaning cannot get done in a two-hour cleaning. Two-hour cleanings work really well for very small houses (one bath), apartments and partial cleaning of a larger home.

Give us a call or hit the pink button on our website for a FREE online estimate.  We can custom clean so that if you want to eliminate parts of your home to reduce the time, we can do that!  Or if you want to add special cleaning projects, we can do that too.

Coming home to a clean home will put a BIG SMILE on your face!

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Can YOU Control the Cost of Your House Cleaning Services?

Posted by Maid Maddie on Apr 29, 2012 5:44:00 PM

Yes, you can.
First, you must book with the right house cleaning company and be clear about your house cleaning priorities.
The house cleaning company you choose should:1-877-MAIDS 911
1)    be willing to clean only the parts of your home you request to be cleaned.
2)    send in the same cleaner or team of cleaners each time.
3)    send you a house cleaning checklist so you can indicate your priorities.
4)    be okay with you scheduling house cleaning only monthly or bi-weekly if this fits your budget.
5)    have a 2 hour minimum for regular weekly or bi-weekly cleaning in case you don’t want your whole house cleaned.
Maid in the Northwest can do this for you!  Most housecleaning companies cannot.
As a local woman owned company that has been cleaning in the Greater Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma and Everett Areas for over 25 years, we have the lowest minimums of most cleaning companies in the area.  The minimum charge for regular weekly or every other week cleaning is $78.00 for two hours and monthly is $117 for three hours.
So I ask you, "what is less stress and peace of mind worth to you?"  Is house cleaning really as expensive as you thought? Why not give us a call today to discuss your options?
Staff is available to answer your phone call M-F 8-4. If possible, we prefer a call so we can talk to you directly and give you a more accurate estimate. Or go to our estimate page, and send us an email.  We will get back to you the next business day.

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(1-877-624-3791)

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House Cleaning in the Rain!

Posted by Maid Maddie on Apr 3, 2012 7:59:00 AM

Maybe one reason why rain is so depressing, at least here in the Seattle area, is because we can become house bound.  So then, we feel obligated to clean house in order to enjoy our surroundings.  Here are a few suggestions for helping keep up with the house cleaning instead of procrastinating, making cleaning house an all day job.

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A Wise House Cleaner Once Told Me....

Posted by Liane Christianson on Mar 15, 2012 5:14:00 PM

Are House Cleaners Born With House Cleaning Common Sense?

Yes, I do believe so.  I have a short "test" that my cleaning applicants take as part of their interview. It is very simple.  I ask them to prioritize 10 cleaning tasks according to what is most important to cleaning clients with number 1 being most important.  An applicant that has cleaning experience and common sense, will answer bathrooms and kitchen being number 1 and 2 as those rooms are generally most important to the majority of house cleaning clients.  

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House Cleaning Service Blog. What is Maid Maddie Saying Now?