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Tips for Green Cleaning in Your Home & Office

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Many cleaning products can be found just about everywhere in our homes and offices: on furniture, clothing, floors, windows, doors, and basically every single surface we come into contact with. Waging a war on dirt and germs may actually be making things worse instead of better!

Most conventional cleaning products we use every day contain petroleum-based substances that can be harmful to both our health and our environment. Cleaning products are meant to kill germs, but they don’t necessarily have to be made from strong and toxic ingredients. There are many good options for using natural products and cleaning methods available to us.

Four Tips for Green Cleaning:

  • Begin using green cleaning products
    As we are starting to realize the impact conventional cleaning products have on our health and the environment, more and more brands are now offering healthy and effective green cleaning products. It’s also easy to make your own: vinegar and baking soda mixed with water can also be used to clean almost anything.
  • Improve your indoor air quality
    Keeping the windows open and airing out your rooms is one way to freshen up the air to remove any indoor toxins present, leaving the air you breathe healthier and fresher. This is especially important while you are cleaning your home or office.
  • Be careful not to overuse antibacterial cleaners
    Antibacterial cleaners and overuse of them don’t necessarily make things any cleaner but do run the risk of breeding “super germs”, which are bacteria that can survive most cleaners. It has been proven that antibacterial soaps do not work any better than plain soap and water.

Employ a green cleaning service today. Hire a cleaning service that uses only green cleaning products and practices green cleaning methods to keep your home naturally clean and healthy.

Hire a Cleaning Service for More Free Time

Do you often spend your Saturdays trying to catch up on housework, and not having the freedom to spend quality time with your family or get together with your friends? Whether you work full-time or part-time, have a large family or a small one, keeping a house clean and tidy is never an easy job for anyone. Most people tackle the biggest areas of concern in the house first, and may not have time to clean other areas, leaving much of the house messy all of the time. If you have been considering hiring a cleaning service, there are some factors to take into consideration which may help your decision.

FOUR POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN HIRING A CLEANING SERVICE

Benefits of a Cleaning Service
Once you hire a regular cleaning service, you no longer have to worry about doing it yourself. You can finally relax in your home and enjoy your life. This will leave more free time for relaxing, exercising, and spending quality time with family and friends. 

Cost of a Cleaning Service
A regular cleaning service can be as flexible as you need to fit into your family’s budget. Whether you get a monthly or weekly cleaning, you can decide how much you want your house maintained and schedule cleanings accordingly. 

Productivity
Getting a regular cleaning service allows you to be more productive in your home. You will be more organized, and know where everything is. You won’t have to stop what you are doing to clean up or move things around every time you want to begin a task or project. This is especially true for people who are self-employed and work from home.

Inspiration
When your home is consistently clean it inspires you to keep it that way. A clean and tidy house gives you a feeling of order in your life and your environment.

Living in an untidy house can actually cause health problems including anxiety over lost items, as well as a buildup of dirt and dust which causes allergies, among other things. Having a clean and organized home eliminates stress in your life and contributes to a healthier household. To schedule a cleaning, give us a call today.

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A Checklist to Get Ready for Summer Travel

Getting your home ready for summer travel always tends to be a hectic time of year. We all look forward to getting away and relaxing at our favorite resorts and getaways with family and friends. But… preparing to leave town usually requires some organization and planning on your part. There are many details to be taken care of, including arrangements to be made for pets, plants, or any other living thing that requires attention while you are away.

SIX HELPFUL TIPS FOR PREPARING TO LEAVE FOR VACATION

Give the illusion that someone is home: Using timers for lighting outside and inside to turn on and off at different times during the day makes it appear as if someone is living there. Stop the newspaper and mail or have someone pick them up for you, so it is not piling up in the mailbox outside.

Turn off the water: It’s always a good idea to shut off the main water valve to your home and the washer/dryer water valve to be safe.

Unplug appliances & adjust the thermostat: Unplug computers, stereos, toaster oven, and the TV. Fires can start easily and summer is a time of thunderstorms and power outages. Don’t forget to adjust the thermostat to save on energy.

Set an alarm: If you have an alarm company, be sure to call them with the dates you will be away. Also, inform a neighbor that you are away. In the event that your alarm goes off, they can contact your alarm company.

Arrange for a pet sitter: Arranging for a pet sitter to stay at your home while you are away will be an added security. If this is not necessary, arrange for a neighbor to come in once a day to care for your pet, water the plants, and keep an eye on your residence.

Arrange for a cleaning service: Arranging for a cleaning service to come in to clean and tidy up your home and water your plants while you are gone so that your home will be fresh and tidy upon your return will make a perfect ending to a perfect vacation.

The key is to prepare ahead of time and your household will be running smoothly while you are enjoying your time away – and so you can enjoy your return. To schedule a cleaning, give us a call any time. 301-674-9564

Tips for Combating Spring Allergies

Tips for Combating Spring Allergies

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Springtime is the season of renewal… with flowers blooming and spring rains here to help things grow. Of course, that also means that the trees, flowers, weeds, and grass that are blossoming spread pollen throughout the air – which makes springtime the height of allergy season for many people who suffer from seasonal allergies. Often times, along with the rains making everything green outside, we are also renewing our homes inside with spring cleaning. This has the potential to bring out dust mites, and may cause some allergies to worsen.

With all of these factors in mind, here are some tips to help reduce allergens in your home:

Clean Air in Your Home
Keeping your indoor air clean is important so that you don’t allow more pollen to seep in through doors and windows. Keeping windows and doors closed as much as possible will help reduce the pollen inside, and the air you are breathing will be cleaner air. Be sure to change filters in air conditioning units and vents frequently.

Cleaning Rugs and Carpets
Area rugs can be washed once a week, and this will help remove any pollen brought in from outside. For the wall to wall carpeting, professional steam cleaning is best to have done mid-season. This will help to remove pollen tracked in from outside. It’s also a good idea to wash bedding once a week in hot water to remove any allergens.

Clean Surfaces in Your Home 
Hiring a professional cleaning service to come in and clean, dust, and vacuum all the surfaces in your home will not only create an inviting space, it will also greatly reduce allergens. This will help keep all your surfaces that you touch on a daily basis free from dust, allergens, and pollen build-up.

Remember to follow these simple tips during spring and summer seasons to help reduce your pollen levels and any other type of allergens that are present during these months. You will be breathing a little easier! To schedule a cleaning with us, please visit our website: www.homeservicesenterprise.com

Storage Solutions to Organize your Rooms

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Whether for home or office, the possibilities seem endless for storage solutions for getting rooms organized. By now, your spring cleaning is well underway and you have cleared out some unwanted items in your rooms.

The best way to determine how to store the items you are keeping is to focus on the room and its specific function. Will the room be a private retreat room, like a bedroom, or will it be used for family and friends, like the kitchen or family room? In an existing home, getting creative with the space you already have is the best solution.  Shopping for storage items can be daunting because you will encounter endless aisles of containers, both large and small. All sorts of containers and storage ideas are available and can solve most storage problems.

Choose the right furnishings – When deciding on furniture for a room, take into consideration the unused space in the room so that it does not become overcrowded with too much furniture. Not only will the room feel closed in and cramped but can also become a safety hazard for children with too many things scattered about. You might settle on foot rests, stools, and coffee tables with built-in drawers that pull out for extra storage. Cabinets and tables with lots of drawer space also work well for storing items.   

Use all areas wisely – Bedrooms tend to accumulate most of our possessions, and therefore have the biggest shortages in space. Tap into the space underneath the bed by using long storage containers for clothing and other items, especially if your closet space is limited. Using storage bins in your closet will help keep shoes, handbags, belts, and any other accessories organized so they are not cluttering the floors of the closet.

Multi-functional pieces – In the kitchen area, using storage bins underneath the kitchen island will keep cooking items organized. Using kitchen drawers for all kinds of items, such as cookbooks, platters, cookie sheets, and more can help conceal some of the larger cookware items.

Getting creative with existing space and making the best use of what space you do have will give you functionality and tidiness in your home.

Freshen Up Your Environment – Spring is in the Air!

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As the spring season comes, it invites changes to your home with fresh spring decorating – changing up your decorating will brighten up your environment and lift your spirits. Spring often calls for delicate colors, fresh florals and soft fabrics. Of course, everyone’s taste is different, so always do what works for you.

The great thing about these updates is that decorating your home can coincide with your spring cleaning. This is the perfect time of year to decorate because you are probably already in the process of spring cleaning your home, reorganizing it, and hopefully getting rid of some of the clutter. Starting with a fresh clean living area, you can begin to imagine the possibilities!

HERE ARE SOME GOOD DECORATING IDEAS

  • Paint Walls & Trim
    Freshen up your rooms with a new coat of paint. Introduce colors from the outdoors such as blues, greens, and neutral colors – bringing “mother nature” indoors.
  • Add Color & Patterns
    An easy, inexpensive way to give a room a new look is to add a splash of color with some colorful, patterned pillows and throws. Also, adding some sheer draperies or blinds to the windows will make the rooms appear light and airy.
  • Have the Floors & Carpets Cleaned
    A clean floor is a good base for a well decorated room. Schedule a professional cleaning for your hardwood and tile floors, and have your carpets professionally steam cleaned. This will freshen up the room, while adding some new area rugs with spring colors will give the rooms an updated look.
  • New Comforters, Duvet Covers & Pillows for the Bedroom
    A quick and easy way to decorate and freshen up your bedroom is to add a new comforter or duvet cover in a nice, neutral color. Include some complimenting pillows for a nice touch.

Don’t forget to schedule your spring cleaning first with your professional cleaning company. They will come in, reorganize, and de-clutter your rooms for you. Starting with a clean and spacious living area will allow you to add to your existing décor or start over with new and exciting ideas.

How to Begin De-Cluttering your Life

Spring is just starting to come in with the breezing March winds to refresh and renew us. Refreshing our lives can be as simple as spring cleaning our homes and throwing out some unwanted things that add clutter to our environment.

Why is de-cluttering your life so important? When we are bogged down with too many “things”, we may start to feel like we are losing control of our environment. A good session of de-cluttering will make you feel accomplished and give you breathing room because it will open up your living space. One of the easiest ways to get rid of clutter, of course, is to simply give it away!  For most people, starting in either the bedroom or the kitchen is a good starting point. After you’ve accomplished that, you can move on to different areas in your home:

  • Bedroom – Changing seasons comes with changing clothes. Go through your closets, try on any clothes you haven’t worn lately and give away anything that no longer fits or that doesn’t feel good on you. This includes clothing, handbags, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. A clearer space will make it easier to begin to organize your closets.
  • Kitchen – Start with your refrigerator, clearing and throwing out any old or expired food items. Wash shelving and drawers with warm soapy water to clean.
  • Pantry – Clear out the pantry and go through all food items for expiration dates, throwing out any that have stayed beyond their welcome. Any other food items that you will not use but that have not expired can be donated to a soup kitchen or local shelter.
  • Basement – Basements tend to accumulate the most clutter. If you don’t know what to do with a particular item, usually it gets stored in the basement! Go through these items and hold an estate sale or give away anything you won’t be using.
  • Garage – Garages can also accumulate a whole lot of things. Sort through these items and either throw them out or donate anything you will not be using in the near future.

Starting with a couple rooms will make a big difference and open up your living space. Your house will feel more airy and the breezes of spring will sweep through and freshen up your home.

Cleaning Tips for the Professional

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If you are one of the many professionals in the Rockville area juggling a career while maintaining a home, you know how difficult it can be to get things done around the house. All too often our weekends are filled to the brim with errands, kid’s activities, and playing catch-up on various things.

One trick is to do a little each day, or set aside half a day just for some spring cleaning to help get your home back in order. Whether it’s tackling the dust that has settled over the winter months, freshening up the rugs, or getting rid of clutter, you will see a big difference and feel much better with these cleaning tips:

Organize Your Closets:
Organize closets and get them decluttered by getting rid of any clothing, shoes, or accessories that you won’t be using anymore. Fill up bags with any unused items and donate to shelters or charities. This will make room for anything new you will be purchasing for the next season and will help keep your closets looking neat and organized.

Give Bathrooms a Deep Clean:
Giving the bathrooms a deep clean and a thorough disinfecting makes a huge difference. Scrubbing tubs and tiles will keep the bathrooms fresher and cleaner for longer periods of time. Once this is done, you can do maintenance with cleaning cloths during your quick clean-ups.

Rearrange Your Furniture:
Give floors a good cleaning by moving furniture to one side of the room to clean underneath. This will keep the floors looking shiny and dust free. These areas are usually overlooked during routine cleaning and doing this once a season is usually all that’s necessary.

Have Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned:
Having your carpets, draperies, and upholstery professionally steam cleaned after the winter season will keep your rooms looking and feeling fresh. Hiring a professional will ensure that the accumulated dirt and dust will be removed thoroughly.

Giving these essential cleaning tips a try will help keep your house looking clean and tidy for longer periods of time, which is just what you need while you are juggling your work schedule too. As always, we are happy to come and do any cleaning that you’re too busy to do yourself. Call us today to schedule a service: 301-674-9564

Easy Steps for Winterizing Your Home

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Sometimes the chill of winter can sneak up on us, particularly with unpredictable weather patterns. You may first notice it when you are sitting next to a window or door and you can feel a cold draft coming through. Or perhaps with the first heavy snowfall, your roof may spring a leak. Whether you have experienced any of these things or not, some quick and easy steps will help you winterize your home to prevent future problems from occurring during the cold winter months.

Inspect All Openings  For the typical homeowner, addressing the drafts coming in through doors and windows will be a major improvement in energy bills. Weather strip and caulk all openings to prevent drafts.

Check Your Heating System – It is very important to change air filters at least annually and check the ductwork in your basement or attic for any gaps. You can use metal-foil tape to seal any gaps so that heat does not escape.

Caulk Trim and Baseboards – Check to see if any caulk on your trim and baseboards is old or worn away. This can cause drafts to seep through the walls and floors of your home.

Ready the Roof – Hiring a roofer to caulk the roof or doing it yourself will prevent ice damming which can form on your roof after snow melts and there is insufficient drainage. This can cause serious damage to your roof and possibly leaks inside your home.

Check the Fireplace  You might be amazed to know that most people forget to close the flue in their fireplace. It will be cold in the house and people won’t know why until they go to build a fire and discover an open flue. Checking to see if the fireplace doors are energy-efficient will also help with heating the house and energy costs.

These few steps will help with heating your home more efficiently and preventing costly repairs later on down the road. For more winterizing tips or to schedule a cleaning please call us today. 301-674-9564

How Ready Are You for the Holidays?

The answer to this question just might be, “We are as ready as we will ever be.” In other words, whatever doesn’t get done, hopefully no one but you will notice. And the truth is, that’s perfect! Who will notice if we didn’t get the garland up by the staircase, the second tree in the living room, or even the extra gift for Uncle Joe? Chances are, nobody will ever notice these things… so why stress about them?

The truth is, not stressing about every little thing is sometimes easier said than done. Many of us tend to fall into the “perfectionist” category. This is the main reason we become so overwhelmed and frazzled by the holidays. We are too busy trying to decorate the perfect tree, buy the perfect present, or cook the best turkey with stuffing that we forget to enjoy the process. Go out shopping with your friends to buy presents, have your children help decorate the tree while sipping hot cocoa, and throw the turkey in the oven. It will all turn out fine, regardless of how much time we spent on everything.

SOME QUICK HOUSEHOLD TIPS TO MAKE THE HOLIDAYS GO SMOOTHLY:

Clean Out the Fridge: Go through your refrigerator and throw out anything over a week old to make room for desserts, trays your guests may bring, and of course… the leftovers!

Clear the countertops: Make some room for platters of cookies, festive floral arrangements, and to display your holiday cards.

Freshen up the Powder Room: Spruce things up with decorative soaps and scented candles for holiday aroma and ambiance.

Stock up the pantry: Have your favorite holiday spices, candied yams, and cranberry sauce on hand. It’s also a good idea to set aside a pile to donate to a food drive or local soup kitchen.

Clean the Chimney: Have a chimney cleaning service professionally clean the chimney so you can enjoy warm fires around the fireplace with your family and friends.

Shine the Silverware: Shine and polish your silver and wash the good china so your holiday table will sparkle!

Remember, don’t worry about making it all perfect; do what you can and then surrender to the flow of the holidays. Chances are, you will have much more fun in the process!  For more household tips or to schedule a cleaning, please visit our website at: www.homeservicesenterprise.com.