Quick Tips to Sanitize the Kitchen & Bathroom

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October is National Kitchen and Bath Month. And with the holiday season fast approaching in the Rockville area, there’s never been a better time to get a head start on the two rooms that get the most wear and tear in our homes. The kitchen is the “heart” of every home; the gathering place where family eats, connects, and catches up with each other. The bathroom may not be the heart of the home, but there’s no denying its importance… it’s the place where we freshen up, groom ourselves, and get ready for the day!

 Some quick tips to sanitize the kitchen:

  • Wipe down all countertops and appliances
  • Clear and wipe out all drawers and cabinets
  • Defrost and wipe out the freezer
  • Pull the refrigerator out and clean behind it
  • Clean the stove and under the range
  • Run the dishwasher with vinegar
  • Run the garbage disposal with baking soda and some frozen diced lemon cubes
  • Throw out any old food in the pantry, fridge, or freezer

 Some sanitizing tips for the bathroom:

  • Clear out all drawers and replace any liners
  • Wipe down all countertops and the sink
  • Clean all tile and inspect seals, caulk, and grout
  • Clean the tub and the toilet
  • Wipe down the shower doors and clean shower
  • Replace the shower curtain
  • Disinfect and update any First-Aid Kits
  • Throw out old and expired hygiene and beauty products

These quick tips will sanitize and freshen up your home in no time. If you simply do not have the time in your schedule to sanitize your home, Home Services Enterprise can whisk in and freshen things up for you.  You and your family will be ready to entertain holiday guests in no time!

Back to School? Time to Clean and Organize!

Home Organization

Now that the kids have gone back to school in the Rockville area and summer vacations have come and gone, the house is empty and (hopefully) quiet. This is the perfect time of year to clean and purge your home of unwanted items. Why not go through all the things you and your family members have accumulated all year long and decide what you’d like to keep, donate, or throw out?

With everyone is out of the house for most of the day, it’s much easier to go through and clean, organize, and donate things that are no longer wanted. Once that is accomplished and your home is more spacious and less cluttered, it’s time to clean and organize!

Home Services Enterprise offers a wide variety of Standard Cleaning Services and Special Services.

Standard Cleaning Services:

  • Dust all surfaces and under all furniture
  • Clean windows, ledges, and frames
  • Clean fans, vents, and doors
  • Dust and polish all baseboards, light switches, and doorknobs
  • Hand wash all floors
  • Clean bathrooms including sinks, tub and shower, toilet, and treat mildew
  • Vacuum all carpets and under furniture
  • Change bed linens
  • Scrub kitchen counters and sink
  • Clean interior and exterior of refrigerator, oven, and microwave
  • Load and unload dishwasher
  • Collect and take out trash

Special Cleaning Services:

  • Windows – cleaning interior and exterior
  • Walls – cleaning and washing
  • Plants – watering, dusting, and trimming
  • Decluttering and organizing – closets, kitchen, garage, children’s rooms, storage areas, paperwork,  and offices
  • Exterior – cleaning garage, sweeping deck, cleaning and polishing outside light fixtures, cleaning and polishing outdoor furniture
  • Laundry – washing, folding, ironing
  • Polishing – silver flatware, serving and decorative pieces

With all the cleaning services that are offered, you can enjoy that same old-fashioned cleaning that your mother and grandmother were proud of in their day. Your home will feel refreshed both inside and out!

Go Green & Clean! – Kitchens & Bath

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These days, most people are at least somewhat concerned about all of the chemicals that can be found in our food, cleaning products, clothing, and just about everything else. The good news is that it’s getting easier and easier to find natural products. The bad news is that these products are typically quite expensive.

The great news is that making your own cleaning products with the supplies most of us already have at home will be less costly and much healthier for both you and our planet. You may even have memories from childhood of our mothers and grandmothers using these methods. There are three natural ingredients found in most homes – vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda – that are used not only for cooking and baking, but also for cleaning your home.

How Vinegar Works as a Cleaning Agent: Vinegar’s active ingredient, acetic acid, is a strong cleaning agent that dissolves dirt, grease, and grime build-up. It also kills germs, mold, and bacteria. Use white vinegar because it’s less harsh and will not stain light surfaces.

Using Vinegar in the Kitchen: Mix equal parts vinegar and water, then pour it into a spray bottle. Spray this on your stove top, appliances, and countertops, then wipe them down. Using vinegar and water to clean tile floors in kitchens will leave them shiny and clean.   

Using Vinegar in the Bath: Using straight vinegar, wipe down the bathtub, toilet, sink, and countertops. Use equal parts vinegar and water to mop the bathroom floor.

Lemon Juice and its Uses: Lemon juice is a natural ingredient that can be used to clean certain items in your home. Lemon juice can dissolve mineral deposits and soap scum. It’s also a good for cleaning and shining stainless steel, copper, and brass fixtures throughout your home. Lemon juice has the added benefit of keeping your home smelling fresh and clean.

Baking Soda: Baking soda is a great deodorizer for your home. Place an opened box in your refrigerator to absorb odors from food.  Baking soda also acts as a mildly abrasive cleanser that can be used to scrub surfaces throughout your home.  It will keep odors away and your home smelling clean.

Want to clean your home with eco-friendly natural products but don’t have the time in your busy schedule? You can count on Home Services Enterprise to use ecologically responsible cleaning products throughout your home. Give us a call today. 301-674-9564

Prepare for a Happy Homecoming After Vacation

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Are you and your family getting ready to head out of the Rockville area for a vacation or road trip? Sometimes we get so focused on where we’re going, we forget to prepare for our inevitable return home.

Tidying up the house before you leave will create one less thing to take care of upon your return. Here are just a few things you can do to prepare for a happy homecoming:

  • It’s always a good idea to pick up any clutter throughout your home and straighten up each room.
  • Freshen up the bathrooms and wash any clothes sitting in the hampers.
  • Clean out your cabinets and fridge of any leftover food and throw out any produce that will not keep.
  • Check on your bills’ due dates and pay any that are scheduled to be paid while you are away.
  • Don’t forget to arrange for stop and start on any newspapers and mail that you have delivered during your time away.
  • And perhaps most importantly, empty all trash cans throughout the house to avoid lingering odors.

Hiring a house sitter can also provide peace of mind. Knowing that someone will be there to keep an eye on your vacant house is one less worry. They can bring in the mail, set out the trash, and turn on any lights inside at various times while you are away. House sitters can also take care of any pets that you are not able to bring with you on vacation. Either way, it’s always a good idea to have your veterinarian’s contact information nearby in case of an emergency.

Home Service Enterprises can come in and spiffy up your home while you are away so that things will be fresh and clean when you return. With a little planning and organization you can rest assured that your home is well taken care of in your absence. Relax, smile and have a great trip!

Allergies and Air Ducts – Keeping Your Vents Clean

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Allergy season can be tough, and people try all kinds of things to keep their allergies to a minimum, from taking medicine to staying inside. Unfortunately, staying inside your home during allergy season will not necessarily limit your exposure to allergens.

All types of allergens, such as dust, mold, mildew, and pet dander can be a bothersome issue inside your home year-round. Whether you or your family members have indoor allergies, outdoor allergies, or no allergies, everyone will benefit from having all of the indoor vents and air ducts cleaned. There are air vents and ducts in every room in our households, but we sometimes forget about them and often overlook cleaning them. They tend to attract all kinds of household debris that is neatly hidden behind a cover, including allergens such as dust, mold, and mildew – and even pet dander.

Here is a checklist on what to look for when considering having your air vents and ducts cleaned:

  1. If the components of the heating and cooling system have any visible mold, or if surfaces of ducts have visible mold and mildew on them
  2. If the inside of the ducts are clogged with debris, dust, and/or mold
  3. If debris and/or dust is released through the heating and a/c system registers

If you do see any sort of visible mold, mildew, or dust on any of your air vents, ducts, or even overhead fans throughout your home, it is strongly recommended that you remove all mildew and dust to prevent allergens from entering the air you breathe. Alternatively, you can have Home Services Enterprise come in and professionally clean for you. Having your air ducts cleaned may also require an air conditioning and heating service technician to come into your home and professionally clean out the air ducts for you.

Keeping the all of the vents in your home clean is crucial for reducing allergens in the air that you breathe each and every day. If you or any of your family members suffer from any type of allergies, keeping your home dust-free is an important step in maintaining a healthy, symptom-free lifestyle.

Time to Move Out? Dorm Cleaning 101

Residential CleaningNow that the semester is nearly over, college students everywhere – from the Rockville area and across the country – will be cleaning and moving out of their dorm rooms.  This can be an arduous task for students. Even though the dorm rooms are usually on the smaller side, they tend to accumulate a lot of things during the school year. Of course, after the end of each spring semester, college students have to clean all of their belongings out of their dorm rooms.

Most colleges use these dorm rooms to house students for summer classes, and therefore require that all belongings be removed – and a thorough cleaning done – by a certain deadline.

There are 3 main pieces of dorm furniture to tackle and clean, and it’s best to start in this order:

  • Clean off your desk and pack up books, supplies, and laptops.
  • Clean out your trunk or dresser and place folded clothing on your bed.
  • Clean out your closet and remove clothing; fold and place the clothing on your bed.
  • Pack all of your clothes in duffel bags and/or suitcases.
  • Remove all bedding, blankets, and pillows from the bed and pack in a large bag.

Now that all the pieces of dorm furniture are cleared off, they are ready for a thorough cleaning. Wipe down the desk and the trunk with cleaning wipes and clean the inside of the closet, wiping it down as necessary. The bed can be sprayed with a disinfectant spray for freshness.

Always have large trash bags on hand to throw away unwanted clutter. If you have a refrigerator and/or microwave, clean them out, wipe them down, and throw away any remaining food you no longer want. Clean out the bathroom if there is one inside your dorm room. Pack away all toiletries and clean the bathroom thoroughly.

As a college student living on your own now, you are learning how to become independent. You are responsible for your own living quarters – clearing them out and cleaning them per school regulations. If there is no time in your schedule to clean the dorm room thoroughly or you need any additional help, you can call on a professional cleaning service to professionally clean for you. Keeping small places clean is not easy, and good cleaning habits will keep your roommates happy and your parents impressed!

A Breath of Fresh Air – Allergy & Asthma Cleaning Tips

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It’s time for spring cleaning! This may bring memories of watching our mothers or grandmothers taking all of the rugs outside, throwing them over a clothesline, and beating them with a broom. There was a very good reason for this annual ritual. It was time to clean and literally beat out all of the dust, allergens, and dirt that got trapped in the carpets throughout our homes during the winter. They would tie rags to brooms and wash down the walls. Screens would be removed, hosed down with water, and put back on newly scrubbed window panes.

The good news is that today, it’s much easier to remove dust, dirt, and allergens from our homes. We have disposable wipes, vacuum cleaners, and even professional cleaning services to clean and freshen up our homes for spring!

For anyone who suffers from allergies or asthma, a thorough spring cleaning is essential for keeping the air in your living environment as healthy as possible. Regular cleaning is necessary to reduce allergens and asthma triggers in any household. Of course, we also need to be careful to use cleaning products that won’t trigger a wheezing or coughing fit. Anyone prone to allergies and asthma must always choose their cleaning products carefully.

Here are some good spring cleaning tips to follow:

  1. Carpets: Always vacuum thoroughly and often. If not daily, then at least once a week.
  2. Curtains: Remove and wash if possible, or vacuum. Curtains are dust traps and often overlooked when cleaning. If soiled, remove them and take to professional cleaners.
  3. Walls: Use a dampened dust mop and wipe walls down, from top to bottom.
  4. Ceilings: Vacuum with vacuum extensions or clean with a dampened mop.
  5. Throw Rugs: Vacuum or take them outside to shake out the dust daily or weekly.
  6. Windows: Clean inside and out. Be sure to remove the screens and clean them, as well.
  7. Linens: Include all bedding and pillows in your spring cleaning. Dust mites love to hide here. Try using dust-mite-proof covers for pillows and mattresses, and wash your linens weekly.
  8. Picture Frames: These can be big dust collectors. Wipe them down with a damp cloth all around the edges, and clean the glass with vinegar or your favorite glass cleaner.
  9. Nooks and Crannies: Clean out all of those hard to reach spots that collect hidden dust and dirt.
  10. Knick-Knacks: Go through the house and wipe them all down.

Always give a thorough cleaning in each of these areas of your home to help prevent any members of your household from suffering the effects of springtime allergies and asthma.  A clean, fresh, and dust-free environment will go a long way towards keep everyone happy and healthy.

Decluttering and Organizing Your Home and Office

Organizing and DeCluttering

Everyone can always benefit from a clean, efficient, and organized work space – whether you’re a student trying to study for a test, or a work-at-home mom trying to run a business from home. As we head into spring, you may find that the clutter from the winter has begun to take over. From back-to-school shopping last September to the Holidays and beyond, now is a great time to clear out what’s no longer needed.

Our work spaces should always be a high priority when it comes to staying organized. Studies have shown that keeping an organized desk helps to boost productivity. When you start with a clear work surface, your mind opens up to the project at hand more easily, without being distracted by any other unfinished projects that may be lying around your office.

Where should you begin? The biggest trick is to not bite off more than you can chew. Start with a small area; even as small as one desk drawer. If that goes well and you have time to move on, tackle the next drawer or perhaps a shelf. You can always take on more if you finish a small section. Sticking with small sections allows you to reach completion on small projects in a short period of time, whereas trying to do a whole room at once can feel overwhelming.

If you simply do not have the time to go through and clean out, organize, and de-clutter your home or office, you can always hire an expert to come in and take care of that for you. Cleaning services and organizing experts are available to come in and assist you or even take care of the whole job for you.

We all tend to accumulate things throughout the year, and especially during the winter. The key is, are you getting rid of what’s no longer needed, or just pushing it into a corner of your office? Accumulating too many things leads to disorganization and chaos, which can have a negative effect on productivity. Get off to a good start this spring with a fresh, clean, and organized work area. You will be happier and healthier – and so will your family!

A Cozy Nest for the Winter

Once February is upon us, the weather can get so cold that we may wish we could simply hibernate until spring. Assuming that’s not an option for you, we’ve got the next best thing: Suggestions to make your home as cozy as can be during this cold time. And best of all, you don’t need to leave the house to do any of them.

Your Bed
Sheets may get washed regularly, but the comforter doesn’t always get the same care. Freshen things up by washing all of your linens, including the bed skirt. While the washer is running, give your mattress a flip.

Filters, Filters, Filters
Replace any filters in your home. Check the furnace filter and the kitchen range hood. Water filters may be in the fridge, the basement, or under your kitchen sink.

Clouds of Dust
Dust collects everywhere, especially in spots up high where we may not clean on a regular basis. Grab your step ladder and wipe down ceiling fans, light fixtures, and door and window frames.

Pillow Time
Breathe new life into your pillows by putting them through a cycle in the dryer. Be sure to have the dryer heat turned off when you do this.

Clean Out the Fridge
While you’re in the fridge checking for the water filter, look for any expired or old leftovers that are ready to go to the trash or compost.

Disposal Time
Cut up a fresh lemon into ice-cube sized pieces. Put the pieces in the freezer. Once frozen, put them down your garbage disposal and run it with no water until the frozen lemon chunks are gone. Once they’re gone, turn the water on to rinse. The frozen lemon chunks not only grind food residue off of the disposal blades, they also leave your sink smelling fresh.

Once you’ve spent just a little time refreshing your home, the rest of winter can fly by while you’re comfy and cozy in the nest you’ve created for yourself. If you’d like help with of these steps or any other tasks to keep your home clean, organized and cozy, give us a call any time: 301-674-9564

5 Fun Ways to Clean House After the Holidays

Little girl wiping  dust off a kid chair

Now that the excitement of the holidays had settled, you may look around your home and find a bit of a disaster area. Whether you had holiday gatherings and house guests or traveled to see loved ones, the change in routine that the holidays bring can make it hard to keep things clean and organized.

Here are a few fun ways to get things back in order:

  • Have a party. Organize cleaning parties with a small group of friends where you all agree to help clean each other’s houses. Choose whose house will be first, and make the cleaning process fun by having races, singing along to loud music, and enjoying the support of community.
  • Take a vacation. If cleaning parties sound like the furthest thing from fun to you, hire a cleaning company (like us!) to come in while you’re on vacation and take care of everything for you, from laundry and dishes to organizing closets and paying your bills.
  • Barter the broom. Another creative way to get your house clean is to barter with a friend or neighbor. Find something you love to share with others (cooking, for example) and barter for cleaning services – trade a few homemade casseroles for a clean house.
  • Take it slow. If you’d rather clean things yourself but don’t have much time, remember that you don’t have to do it all at once. Try doing one room a day. Or start with dusting, and do the bathrooms another day and floors another. Taking small but consistent steps can get your house clean and keep you stress-free.
  • Get the kids involved. Make it a family event where everyone pitches in. And to celebrate the teamwork, take each other out to the movies or dinner when you’re done. The best part is that you’ll come home to a nice, clean house!

No matter how you choose to clean house, the results are always worth it. We encourage you to have fun with the process, and to call us if there is anything we can do to help. We wish you a Happy, Clean, and Healthy New Year!