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

Asthma & Allergy cleaning tips

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!

Tips for Staying Organized During the Holidays

Holiday Cleaning

It’s that time of year again. December, filled with holidays, family gatherings, parties, and more as we head toward the New Year. Our calendars can get so full this time of year that keeping the house clean and organized can sometimes feel impossible.

Here are some tips to help you stay sane during this busy time of year:

  • Clean Out the Paperwork: Those piles of bills and junk mail may not take up much room on the counter, but they can certainly add stress every time you see them. Dedicating just one hour to go through it all and at least get it organized can take a weight off of your shoulders.
  • Get Ready for Guests: If you’ll be having guests stay with you at some point, it’s never too early to prepare a basket of fresh linens and bath towels. This way you won’t be rushing to get everything ready on the day they arrive.
  • Double the Recipe: As you prepare meals and do your grocery shopping, you may want to go ahead and double your recipes. It takes about the same amount of time and work, but you end up with a freezer full of leftovers. These will come in very handy on those days when you get home late after school plays, get-togethers, and more.
  • Tame the Tupperware: Speaking of leftovers, this is a great time to go through your Tupperware and match lids to containers. We inevitably end up with lids with no matching containers and vice versa. But until we identify which ones have no match, think of how many minutes are wasted looking for the lid that doesn’t exist! These minutes add up quickly, but it doesn’t take very long to go through and get rid of mismatched pieces.

Everyone here at Home Services Enterprise wishes you a joyful and stress-free holiday season. If there is anything we can do to help make things easier for you, from house cleaning and laundry to watering your plants while you’re away, don’t hesitate to give us a call at: 301.674.9564

Give Your Kitchen Some TLC

Residential Kitchen Cleaning

No matter how clean you keep your house or how hard you try to stay on top of keeping things neat and organized, there are always those little things that build up and need some special attention every once in a while – especially in the kitchen.

Here’s a rundown of some simple steps you can take, whenever needed, to give your kitchen a little TLC:

Toaster Oven
The toaster oven is one of the most versatile appliances in the kitchen. To give your toaster oven a thorough cleaning, start with the crumbs. Remove the crumb tray, and dump any crumbs out of the toaster oven and into the trash. Next remove any cooking racks and clean either by soaking in soapy water until baked-on food is easy to remove. Finally, clean the oven itself with your preferred all-purpose cleaner, paying special attention to the glass.

Kitchen Sink
The kitchen sink is something that may need special attention more often than anything else. You can clean any spots or grime in your sink with an all-purpose cleanser. To sanitize your sink, fill it with warm water, and add a tablespoon of bleach. Let that sit for about ten minutes, and then rinse it all out.

Garbage Disposal
If you have a garbage disposal, there is an easy way to both keep it running smoothly and smelling nice. Cut a few lemons into thin wedges, place them in a Ziploc bag, and then freeze the wedges. Any time your disposal needs a little freshening, simply put a few frozen lemon wedges down the drain and turn on the disposal for about ten seconds. Then turn on the water with the disposal still running for another few seconds, and viola – you have a clean and fresh garbage disposal. Save the rest of the wedges in the freezer for next time.

Refrigerator
The most important thing you can do for your refrigerator is to go through its contents regularly, throwing out any old or expired food. Aside from that, give the trays and drawers a quick wipe-down or scrubbing as needed.

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s a good time to make sure your kitchen is ready for anything. Even if you’re not cooking any big meals at your home, cleaning out your fridge will ensure that you’re ready to receive leftovers and sweets at any moment!

6 Tips for Fall Cleaning and Maintenance

 As we get ready for the leaves to change color and the weather to get colder, a little preparation can go a long way toward getting your home ready for winter. Just like we do regular oil changes and tune ups on our vehicles to make sure they are running safely, a few quick preventative measures in your home can go a long way toward preventing costly and time consuming repairs once winter hits.

Follow these easy tips to put your mind at ease this autumn:

  • Inspect Your Doors and Windows. Check for any weather stripping or caulking that may be worn and need replacing. Making sure that all windows and doors are making a good seal will go a long way toward not only making your home comfortable and warm, but also saving money on heating your home.
  • Give Your Carpets and Floors a Good Cleaning. Just like a good spring cleaning gets rid of the dust of winter, start the colder seasons with a professional carpet cleaning to remove all of the dirt from summer. This will also remove any allergens that may have collected in the carpets during the warmer seasons.
  • Clean Your Upholstery and Drapes. Like your carpets, your furniture and curtains may harbor all sort of summer dust and allergens. Different types of materials and fabric will need different care, so be sure to call a professional for cleaning.
  • Have Your Fireplace and Chimney Cleaned. Not only do you want to be sure that your flue is functioning properly and keeping cold air out when your fireplace isn’t in use, you also want to make sure your chimney is in good shape and free of creosote, ready to provide a safe environment for cozy fires all winter long.
  • Check Your Heating System. It’s no fun when your furnace shuts down on a Friday night during a snowstorm. Get your heating system serviced and be sure to change your filters regularly. Checking for any gaps or leaks in your ductwork will also help save on heating costs.
  • Check Your Roof. Make sure your roof is in good shape, with good sealing. Replace any caulk and have any needed repairs done before snow might encourage leaks.

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s certainly true when it comes to a making sure you have a safe and cozy place to call home this winter.

Improving Air Quality: How To Avoid Allergies

Little is more gorgeous than a Maryland spring. Our zone supports lovely foliage and plant life, beautiful sunlight streams in regularly, and all of our favorite nature companions come out to play. Unfortunately, not all of spring can be roses and buttercups. You know the thorn we’re talking about, right?

The itchy, sneezy nuisance called allergies also makes an appearance in our favorite season, as well. Fortunately for you, Home Services Enterprises knows a thing or two about keeping the worst of mother nature at bay!

Reducing Allergens In Your Home: A Brief Manual

The air quality of your home is dependent of a number of factors; most of which can easily be controlled by taking the right steps:

  • Adequate humidity levels.When you hear the word humidity, it conjures up an unpleasant, sticky and hot feeling, right? Well, that’s not entirely the case, actually. Humidity in the home (specifically, relative humidity) plays a vital role in keeping both you and your home healthy. Experts state that you want to keep your home at between 30 and 50 percent relative humidity to reduce allergies, improve air quality, and preserve furniture. To do this, look into adding a whole home humidifier. You might look into a dehumidifier for balance, but usually air conditioners and furnaces serve this function just fine.
  • Order in for a duct cleaning.The ductwork in your home is a hotbed for nasty dust, debris, pollen and pet dander. Have it professionally cleaned annually or biannually, and you’ll soon be breathing much, much easier.
  • Dust and vacuum regularly.Particularly in the spring (and fall) months, be sure to go about these chores weekly to reduce buildup and keep your symptoms at a minimum.
  • Avoid harmful chemicals.Many commercial cleaners do just fine at killing bacteria, but they can be killer on your sinuses as well. Pursue the use of organic cleaners or other alternatives to keep this particular culprit to a minimum.
  • Order a carpet cleaning.Much like your ducts, carpets and rugs are a breeding ground for all of our worst allergens. Dander, dust and even mites can practically add a second layer to your fabrics. Have them professionally cleaned!

Superior Cleaning Services In Maryland With Home Services Enterprise

Need some assistance getting your home ready for the spring months? Our Rockville experts can bring you the professional touch your home craves!

 

Start the New Year off Right – Getting Organized!

Now that the New Year is upon us it’s time to get organized. Start by picking a room – any room! Decide which room in your home you would like to start in and get to work. Once you have settled on the room you want to organize, it’s time to clear out all your stuff.

Most of us are guilty of acquiring too much stuff. We are a society of stuff. We all have an excess of too much whether it’s clothing, gadgets, furniture, toys etc. Sometimes we may not even realize how much we have until we start to go through it and organize it. How many times have you come across an article of clothing, a book or movie and forgot you had this?

Allow yourself small increments of time to work on a room so you don’t get overwhelmed, bored or walk away. Giving yourself an hour at a time will break up the task and help with the monotony. You would be surprised how much you can accomplish an hour a day once you set your mind to it.

Start by sorting through all the things in each room picking one item at a time, and start dumping. If you come across any items you would like to donate, now is the time to do it. Designate a bag to give away and whatever you decide to keep, just put aside to another part of the room.

Once you have managed to go through and dump what you want gone, you can now start organizing and putting things back where you want them. You will have less clutter to deal with and more room to keep things clean and organized. Be careful not to put anything else in this room you do not want because this is how we accumulate unwanted stuff in the first place!

Home Services Enterprise can help with all your cleaning and organizing needs. Call today to schedule a cleaning: 301-674-9564.