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Cleaning Tips, Tricks, and Tools

When it comes to cleaning, having a few tricks up your sleeve is the way to go. And if you want to know how to quickly get rid of dust bunnies, grime, dirt, and allergens, count on The Maids to provide the best cleaning tricks for your home. With over 30 years of experience under our belts, we have more than a few house cleaning tips to share. After all, we don’t go anywhere without a vacuum and cloth in hand! Read on to learn more about cleaning tools and housekeeping strategies you can use to get your home shiny and bright.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in the House

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Have you noticed tiny flies buzzing around your home? The dreaded fruit flies have arrived and they won’t go away, despite your efforts to keep things tidy. Let’s make one thing clear: Fruit flies are not a cleanliness issue. They can invade your home no matter how

How To Read Laundry Symbols: The Ultimate Laundry Symbols Guide

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The symbols printed on the tags of your garments may seem like they are in a foreign language, but they serve an essential purpose: to keep your clothes looking newer longer. These laundry symbols tell you all you need to know about how to do the washing and drying,

How to Clean Laminate Floors

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Wondering how to clean laminate wood floors without causing damage or losing that brilliant shine? While your laminate floors may look as good as hardwood floors, there are some important differences in how you maintain and clean them. Laminate floors need special

Natural Solutions for Removing Stains from Carpet

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For those of us who find joy in perfectly plush, line-vacuumed carpet, stains are the bane of our existence. However troublesome and tedious, it’s also inevitable that a substance other than water will find its way onto your floors. There are plenty of commercial

How to Clean House Fast While Learning & Working From Home

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If you work from home or are learning online, finding a healthy balance between your home job and housework can be a challenge. But what if you could get more done in less time? When you learn how to clean your house fast, you’ll save time and energy better spent on

How to Balance Household Chores While Working From Home

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When work and home are in the same place, it’s challenging to keep your roles separate. Eying piles of dirty dishes while you try to concentrate on work is distracting and frustrating. Sometimes it can be hard to get anything done at all! You may feel

How to Get Cat Urine Smell Out of Carpet, Wood, and Upholstery

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When your cat urinates outside the litter box, the odor can be difficult to get rid of and nearly impossible to cover up. Whether your cat pees on the carpet, a piece of furniture, bed linens, or clothing, it’s crucial to promptly neutralize the odor and remove the

Three Steps for Managing Fall Allergens in Your Home

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The beginning of fall means festive morning drinks, spooky décor, and, if you’re lucky, a whine-free family pic at the pumpkin patch. But for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, the start of fall is accompanied by an onslaught of uncomfortable and unpleasant

How to Get Stains Out of Carpet

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Keeping your carpet clean not only makes your home more appealing, it also extends the life of the carpet. When you vacuum or use a carpet cleaner, you’re reviving your carpet’s luster and getting rid of dust and allergens. But even with regular healthy

Six Benefits of Hiring a Cleaning Service

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This summer may feel different than in those in years past, but the busyness remains. Maybe you’re entertaining your kids, working from home, attending to errands, or taking on some extra projects. Hiring a cleaning service is a terrific time-saver, but there are

The Ultimate Germ-Eliminating House Cleaning Guide

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We have all made changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing required that we stay at home; safety precautions determined that we would wear masks in public; and, finding that disinfecting wipes were in stock genuinely made our day. We’re living in

How To Clean and Disinfect Toys To Keep Your Kids Healthy

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One of your most critical roles as a parent is keeping your children healthy—a challenging task that can seem like a full-time job! Kids love to explore, get dirty, and play with friends, but they rarely wash off the dirt they can accumulate, much less germs and

Tips and Tricks for Eliminating Dog Hair in the Home

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The dog days of summer have us handling a multitude of messes. With all of this togetherness, the housekeeping to-do list is longer than ever. And, while our kids are to thank for some of the jumble, our furry family members create their fair share too. From wet nose

20 Uses for Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

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There’s a reason they’re called “magic”. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are incredibly effective and even more versatile. This handy tool is also affordable, making it a wise choice for a cleaning staple. Our teams at The Maids are huge fans of this multipurpose device: so

How to Get Rid of Ants in the House

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Everyone has, at some point, dealt with house ants. These uninvited, unwelcome guests will invade even the cleanest, healthiest homes. They get in through spaces in windows, doorways and floors in search of provisions to replenish their colony’s food and water supply.

How to Wash Pillows for a Better Night’s Sleep

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Can You Wash Pillows? For the most part, yes you can! Is pillow washing part of your house cleaning checklist? Probably not. Many people wash sheets, pillowcases and even throw blankets once a week or more, but they rarely think about their pillows. That leads to our

Get an Insta-Worthy Playroom with these Fun and Functional Ideas

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For parents everywhere, having a playroom is an extravagance. It’s a spot for kids to imagine and create; and it’s home to all of the brightly colored plastic possessions that would otherwise take over the living room. Although it serves as a designated location for

Simple Home Staging Tips: Three Things Buyers Look For

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Staging a house is the art of making a home appear stylish, comfortable, and livable; it’s also about making the property feel as if no one actually lives there. Part of showcasing a home in its best light is providing the buyers with a glimpse into their own

How to Clean Your Instant Pot Step By Step

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If you have an Instant Pot, you know what a workhorse this kitchen appliance can be. From delicious desserts to marvelous main courses and other Instant Pot recipes, this is one go-to cooking essential that makes cooking and cleanup quick and easy. While there’s

Are You Cleaning Your Coffee Maker Often Enough?

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How often do you clean your coffee maker? If you had to stop and think, the answer is probably “not enough.” According to research, 50% of coffee makers contain yeast and mold. That’s not healthy at all, and begs the question: How often should you clean your coffee

How to Wash Your Throw Blankets

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A lot of us love cuddling up with a plush throw blanket in our favorite chair, on the sofa and in bed. When it’s cold out, a throw is that “just right” layer of warmth to knock off the chill and keep us toasty. Most of us probably even have a

How to Keep Dog Beds Fresh and Clean

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That unpleasant odor from your dog’s bed means it’s time for a good cleaning. From rolling in who-knows-what outdoors to shedding fur and bodily fluids, dogs can get pretty stinky. Those foul odors make themselves at home in your dog’s bed and can

Keep or Toss: What to Do With Your Kids’ Papers

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It is estimated that each month, kids bring home approximately one large tree’s worth of paper. Okay, that’s not exactly true, but it sure feels like it, right? Regardless of age, kids tend to accumulate a huge amount of paperwork. From projects to coloring pages,

Tips for Keeping the Bathroom Continuously Clean

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Bathroom cleanliness is usually a pretty precise barometer for the overall state of the house. Inversely, sparkling bathrooms make the other spaces feel instantly better. It’s obvious that keeping your bathrooms free of ~unpleasantries~ like fungus and bacteria is

Natural Tips for Removing Blood Stains

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From scraped knees to dry noses, bloody messes are an expected and regular occurrence in most households. Accidents happen; and, unfortunately, sometimes those accidents happen on our cream-colored carpet or beautifully upholstered chair. When a blood stain strikes,

Keep Your Home Insect-Free with these Natural Remedies

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Nothing inspires a cleaning frenzy quite like an indoor insect sighting. When the hot days of summer begin, the creepy-crawlies tend to seek shelter in our temperature-controlled and well decorated-homes. And, as much as we’ve missed entertaining, these “guests” are

Tips for a Consistently Clean Home During COVID-19

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Right now, we’re all spending more time at home than ever before. Children are completing schoolwork at home, kitchens are being used for 3+ meals each day, and leisure and entertainment activities are concentrated indoors. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by household

That’s A Wrap on #TheMaidsCleaningChallenge

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We launched our #14DayCleaningChallenge with the hopes of motivating our social media followers to achieve a happier and more hygienic home. This year, the tradition of Spring Cleaning went from yearly ritual to necessary precaution. With this in mind, the campaign

Tips for Preparing Winter Items for Summer Storage 

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Those silver white winters have finally melted into spring, and now is the time for us to deal with all the things we have accrued from the chilly season. Unless you’re gifted with gloriously unlimited closet space, storing winter items during the warmer months is a

Pet Owner Cleaning Woes (& Solutions!) 

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Research shows pets are major stress-reducers in their humans’ lives. In fact, having a pet comes with numerous emotional and physical benefits. They bring joy, energy, and love to our families. It’s because of those positive advantages (and downright cuteness) we’re

How and Why to Clean Your Grill Before Summer Arrives

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Summer is on its way and that means splashing in the pool, working on outdoor home improvement projects, and firing up the grill for a tasty summer dinner.  Is your grill not quite ready for all that? Here are some simple steps for cleaning, and why it’s important to

Simple Steps for Safely Cleaning a Gas Stove

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Gas stoves provide lots of advantages. In addition to being considered trendy by hipsters, they’re both cost–effective and durable. Because they allow for a quick change in heat, gas stoves are precise for chefs and novice cooks alike.  Like most things in our

How to Clean Up Common Kid Messes

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Macaroni and cheese. Bert and Ernie. Kids and messes. Some combinations just make sense. Little ones learn through doing, so it’s impossible to avoid occasional kid-created chaos. Luckily, there are fixes for most of these mishaps; below are solutions to some of the

Creative Ideas For Keeping Your Kids Entertained Indoors

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With COVID-19 sweeping the globe, it’s likely your child’s school is on an extended break. It’s advised to practice social distancing during this time and to stay home as much as possible. This abundance of caution is absolutely necessary, but it leaves parents with

Hire The Maids To Help Halt The Spread Of Viruses In Your Home

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock (in which case – stay there for as long as possible), you’ve been bombarded with constant news updates about the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus. As the numbers of confirmed cases rise on a daily basis, it’s absolutely

Tips for Reclaiming Your Teen’s Bedroom

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You’ve packed the last box, shed the last tear and watched your teenager drive off to start his or her post-grad life. Congrats, you are now officially an empty nester (fingers crossed). So now that it’s just you and your partner, it’s time to decide what to do with

How to Prevent the Coronavirus by Disinfecting Your Home

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The coronavirus known as COVID-19, along with germs that cause colds and flu, is becoming more and more of a concern. Experts advise taking extra steps to keep your home free of germs, not only to prevent illness but also to keep it from spreading if someone is

Is Your Cleaning Service Worth It? Here’s How To Find Out.

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A great maid service can transform your home from fine to flawless. Besides the obvious benefits (sparkling sinks and impeccably vacuumed carpet), a stellar service also affords its occupants less stress and more free time.  This is the expectation for a maid service

How to Clean a Shower 

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The shower is a daily refuge: a place where we relax, have kid-free quiet time, and win pretend arguments. But its intended purpose and regular use means that it’s also a place where dirt, grime, hair, and soap scum tend to accumulate. For these reasons, cleaning the

6 Expert Tips for Washing Delicates

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Most laundry experts agree that silk, synthetics with polyester, lace, fine knits, chiffon, velvet and other lightweight fabrics should be categorized as delicates. From silk ties to lacy bras, these special fabrics require a different approach than you use to clean

Can Making Your Bed Every Day Change Your Life?

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Making your bed is a normal part of tidying up and keeping your home in order. But do you make your bed every day? If you’re like most of us, either you think making the bed every morning is frivolous or, like me, you were forced to make your bed as a child and

How to Load Your Dishwasher For Cleaner Dishes

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You can count on The Maids to keep your home clean week after week, but you have to count on your dishwasher every day. Your dishwasher saves you time and gets your dishes sparkling clean—if you maintain it, use the right cleaning products and load your dishwasher the

How to Keep Stainless Steel Shiny and Clean 

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Stainless steel appliances are both sleek and stylish. The timeless color is neutral, making it a great choice for varying designs and décor. While perfectly shiny upon installation, stainless steel appliances can quickly accrue fingerprints and smudges after just a

Our Best Blogs of 2019

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Although 2020 is currently in full swing, we’re taking a moment to remember the highlights of the previous year. The Maids’ blog serves as a way for customers and those who choose to clean the DIY way to interact with our brand, and we have enjoyed your feedback,

How to Organize Under Your Bathroom and Kitchen Sink

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Chances are your under-the-sink spaces are some of the most overlooked storage opportunities in your home. From keeping your kitchen more organized to decluttering your bathroom, making the most of the space under your sink gives you more storage and greater

How to Get Your Shower Doors Squeaky Clean

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Glass shower doors with visible soap scum, hard water stains or mildew can make your bathroom look dingy and dull—and promote the growth of mold. Even in the largest bathrooms, shower doors account for a good chunk of your “wall space” and can enhance or

How to Get Offensive Odors Out of Your Home

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No matter how often you clean and deodorize, you’re bound to run into unpleasant odors from time to time – even if you have a regular housekeeping service that keeps your home always guest-ready. As long as you cook, eat, sleep and use the bathroom, odors will creep

Age Appropriate Chore Charts for Kids

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According to parenting experts, kids who contribute to their households by doing chores are confident, capable, and equipped with more life skills than their peers. According to actual parents: that’s great…. how about you try getting my kids to do anything around

Common Hiding Spots for Cobwebs and How to Eliminate Them

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Those itsy bitsy spiders have crawled all over your home this winter. And, due to a lack of indoor rain, nothing can wash the cobwebs out but you. Those sticky messes are the masterpieces of the interior-decorating arachnids of the Theridiidae family. Once the webs

Quick Tips to Remove Tricky Stains from Clothing

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We have all felt the frustration of discovering a stain on a favorite piece of clothing, especially hard-to-remove stains like deodorant or lipstick. You may be tempted to discard the item altogether, but don’t give up just yet. Try the following tips for fighting


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