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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.

Start the New Year with Less

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Our homes are crammed with stuff. Our cars are crammed with stuff. Our offices are crammed with stuff. As Americans, we love to buy stuff, and now that the holidays are over, we’ve most likely amassed a lot more of it. A new year is a perfect time to purge your home

How to Create a Cleaning Chart for Kids That Really Works

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Getting the kids involved with routine cleaning chores is the perfect way to teach valuable life skills and get more done around the house. A cleaning chart for kids is a great way to keep track of the chores you delegate and create fun along the way. You’ll

Your Monthly Deep Clean Schedule for 2019

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We love a clean house, in fact, the cleaner the better. But we recognize while some things need to be cleaned daily and weekly, other chores only need to be cleaned once or twice a year. The problem is, these are BIG chores, i.e., the ones you don’t want to do (who

The Top Blogs of 2018

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You are doing more with less, like cleaning more things in less time and with less effort. For today’s sparkling home, it’s all about working smarter, not harder. And while that may mean having a little muscle in your corner (hint, hint) or doing it all yourself, the

Bathroom Cleaning Hacks: Tips and Tricks From a Professional Maid Service

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When you go out of town or on vacation and stay at a hotel, what is one of the first areas you check out? If it’s the bathroom, then you are in good company. For many of us, the cleanliness of a hotel bathroom seems to often determine how we perceive the overall

Quick House Cleaning and Preparation Time-Savers for the Holidays

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If you think wiping down countertops, spraying some air freshener in the bathroom and a quick vacuum makes your home ready for holiday guests, you’d better think again. No one is saying you have to pull a full-on seasonal cleaning, but by focusing on critical areas

Cross Cleaning Off Your Holiday To-Do List

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Here’s a holiday story you might be familiar with: It’s the night before Thanksgiving, and you’ve just made your third stop of the day for extra cranberry sauce (because grandpa will only eat the jellied kind) and a new tablecloth (because someone put away your old

When’s The Last Time You Cleaned These Things?

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How To Get Your Home As Clean As It Can Be Even the most novice cleaner knows a good cleaning job always should include wiping down surfaces and cleaning the floors. In the bathroom, sinks, showers and toilets should never be skipped. In the kitchen countertops and

Everyday Essentials For Organizing Your Kid’s Clutter

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From Chaos to Organized October is the time of year when things go “bump in the night.” And while there is an element of fun to be spooked, there are few things as truly frightening as a child’s cluttered room. Picture it, mounds of clothes cascade out of the closet,

5 Steps For Throwing The Ultimate Halloween Party

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Planning the perfect Halloween party shouldn’t be a horrifying experience. It actually can be easier than you think! So don’t run away screaming from the task, instead follow these five steps to throw you next Halloween bash.  1. Create Freaky-Fantastic Decorations 

Don’t Fall Back Into Bad Cleaning Habits

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Get Your Home Healthy & Clean This Fall   It always feels like summer will last forever, especially when you’re off having fun, but then – poof – it’s over, and before you know it kids are back in school and the holidays are fast approaching. This leaves little

Grab Your Cleaning Podcasts On The Go

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The Top 5 Cleaning Podcasts Between our busy careers and shuttling kids to and from school and activities, it seems like we live in our cars these days. Why not use some of this on-the-road time for yourself by listening to a podcast? What’s a podcast you ask? It is a

Refresh Your Living Space For Fall With An Insta-Worthy Look

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There’s nothing better than loving your personal living space. But, if you’re not really “feeling” certain rooms of your home, it may be time to refresh a tired design.  One of the best places to get inspired is Instagram. There are a ton of great profiles by interior

Mold No More. How to safely store your summer stuff.

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Mold No More Mold. Just the name can send shivers down a homeowners spine. That’s because mold causes considerable damage to our favorite things, like a favorite dress or beloved leather jacket. Mold grows on anything, including cotton, linen, rayon, silk, wool and

Your Lazy Day Guide To Cleaning

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Life is busy, and sometimes we just don’t have the energy, time or desire to give our homes the attention they deserve. That’s why lazy day cleaning tips can really provide a lifeline. By cleaning a little every day, or just doing the bare minimum, life’s messes tend

22 Steps To Truly Clean

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Healthy. Hygienic. Sanitary. Immaculate. Spic-and-span. Clean. There are a lot of words that describe how The Maids housekeeping services leave your home. But while many cleaning services promise clean, The Maids delivers. We use a patented 22-Step Healthy Touch® Deep

Getting Organized on a Budget

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  How To Get Organized on a Budget Finding clever and unique ways to organize your home is always at the top of every busy person’s wish list. Who doesn’t love gazing at all the chic and trendy storage ideas that clutter (pardon the pun) Pinterest? But while some

The Dirtiest Places In Your Bathroom That You Aren’t Cleaning

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8 Dirty Places In Your Bathroom You Probably Don’t Clean You’ve scrubbed the top of the vanity, scoured the sink and tub and cleaned the inside of the toilet bowl – your bathroom is spotless right? Wrong. There are a handful of dirty places you’re probably missing

Why You Should Hire Move Out Cleaners

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Moving In or Moving Out: Why You Need Professional Home Cleaning. Buying and selling a home is a stressful process. Not only do you physically have to move all your belongings, but your life doesn’t stop because you’re uprooting your dwelling. There are papers to

How To Take A Vacation From Housework

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Take A Vacation From Housework Summer is for trips to the pool, picnics and baseball games, not housework. But, unfortunately, messes don’t stop just because it’s summer. Plus, with kids off school on summer vacation, the messes are most likely even messier.

Different Types Of Maid Services

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What Type Of Maid Service Do I Need? Whether you’re hosting a big family event or you just can’t keep up with the weekly mess; you’ve finally come to the decision that you need a maid service. You’re in luck! The Maids has several different types of cleaning services

House Cleaning Schedules

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How To Keep A House Cleaning Schedule Like The Maids Keeping your home clean and clutter-free may seem like an insurmountable task – especially if the dishes and laundry are already piled up. House cleaning services, like The Maids, are professionals when it comes to

Residential Cleaning Services

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Who Uses Residential Cleaning Services? Hiring residential cleaning services can be a little intimidating because there’s a notion that only the super wealthy can afford a maids service. We’re here to tell you that is 100% wrong. So, Who Actually Hires A Residential

Kid-sized Cleaning: Can Pint-Sized Kiddos Be Taught To Clean?

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Can Pint-Sized Kiddos Be Taught To Clean? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our biggest mess-makers were also our best cleaners? Every parent knows the struggle of keeping a clean house with young children; all you do is follow the mess from room-to-room, picking up as you

The Best Way To Clean A Couch

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  Who remembers those cold, uncomfortable, noisy, plastic furniture covers that grandma used to protect her couch and chairs? While they’re not a bad idea to keep your furniture looking new, they aren’t really useful for the way we live today. We want our

Deep House Cleaning Services

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  Let’s face it, a quick wipe of the counters and vacuuming at light-speed doesn’t always cut it. There are a couple times a year when every home needs a really good deep house cleaning. This means wiping, vacuuming and scrubbing every nook and

Why Hire A Cleaning Service

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Lack of time, lack of knowledge or lack of desire. There are many reasons people choose to hire a cleaning service and professional cleaning services exist because they fill a need many of us have our daily lives, to leave in a clean, healthy home, but have a hard

What’s The Best Way To Clean Carpet?

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    There’s just something about carpet. It’s soft and comfortable, perfect for lounging on the floor with kids, it softens slips and falls and reduces noise. It’s also been shown to improve air quality. New carpets actually act as a passive air filter,

Popular Housekeeping Shortcuts

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It’s the rare person that pops open their eyes on a Saturday morning and jumps out of bed to gleefully get started on the housekeeping tasks. This person is not me, not by a long shot. Whenever I’m faced with an insurmountable task, like tackling multiple layers of

The Most Common Spring Cleaning Mistake (And How To Avoid It)

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Here’s the deal. People make loads of mistakes when they spring clean. They use the wrong products on the wrong surfaces. They sweep when they should vacuum. They wash what they should dry-clean. They forget to clean behind furniture and wipe down fan blades and

How to Get Fingernail Polish Out of Carpet, Clothes, and Fabric

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To some, the thought of spilling fingernail polish is like a bad dream. In fact, when I paint my fingernails, I put down layers and layers of protection for that very reason. Because fingernail polish tends to be so brightly colored, the thought of it lingering on my

How much is housecleaning?

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Dear The Maids Team, I think I’m getting to the point where I need help cleaning my home, but I have so many questions. How much is housecleaning these days? How often should I have my house cleaned? How do I know what to look for in a cleaning company? Dear Reader,

How Do I Find the Best Cleaning Service?

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            When you search for “professional cleaning services near me,” you’re going to find several options. From national companies to individual housekeepers, it’s not immediately apparent which one is the best cleaning service for

Check Yourself: The Best Cleaning Checklist For Every Room

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            I believe there are two types of people in the world: ones who make lists and ones who should. And I think most list-makers would agree with me. Of course, not everything needs a list. You don’t need to write down “Do Laundry”

Time-Sensitive Cleaning: Your Guide To What, When, and How Often

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The minds at Popular Science have found that the lifespan of germs can vary greatly – it just depends on the type of bacteria and the type of service. E.coli can live up to 24 hours. The calicivirus, the mastermind behind the stomach flu, can live for weeks. The

10 Unexpected Uses of Vinegar

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We all know that vinegar can be a great natural household deodorizer and antifungal, but this natural acid does more than keep surfaces clean. Here are ten ways to put that bottle of vinegar to work in your life right now. Softer skin. Apple cider vinegar, when added

The Top Blogs of 2017

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If the top blogs of 2017 are any indication, we all want to have less clutter, cleaner bathrooms, kids pitching in, and a professional team of house cleaners on their way–at least every once in awhile. Sound familiar? Here are some of the most popular blogs from

The Three Rules of Maid Service Etiquette

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Every service industry has a list of do’s and don’ts to make sure both the customer and the provider can benefit from the relationship. The goal of these rules is to create a happy–and repeatable–experience. The house cleaning industry is no

5 Whine-Free Ways To Get Kids To Clean

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Ahhh, cleaning with kids. Super fun, right? We know. The litany of whines that come after hearing the chores list is enough to make you want to throw up your hands and do it yourself. A word to the wise: don’t. Use these five tips to help set the tone for a clean

Keeping It Clean: Stay Ahead of Germs During Flu Season

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When it comes to staying healthy this fall and winter, there are two lines of defense: keep most germs from getting in and squash the germs that get through. The first part you probably have down: wash hands regularly, disinfect common surfaces, and cover your mouth

Your Bathtub’s Dirty Little Secret

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Your bathtub could be harboring a thriving colony of mold within plain sight, even if you hire a cleaning company to professionally scour its surfaces every other week and use these tips to keep it clean. The culprit? Bath toys. And they are likely teaming with it.

Move Over Pumpkin Spice: Savor These Fall Flavors Instead

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What is pumpkin spice exactly? Well, it turns out it’s a lot of things. It’s a lot of cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg and ginger and a pinch of allspice and cloves. It looks like autumn pixie dust, and it smells like warmth, and it tastes like fall. Also, it’s

How To Remove Pet Hair From Furniture: 5 Life-Changing Hacks

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While hiring a cleaning service can drastically cut down on the amount of pet hair throughout your home, there are plenty of other ways you can minimize the fur fury. These five are our favorite. 1. The Lint Roller This is a hack you’ve undoubtedly used before on your

10 Feelings Every Mom Has During Back To School Prep

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Whether you look at as the last day of summer vacation or the first day of the rest of your regularly-scheduled life, the day before the first day of school can be a mixed bag of emotions for moms. Here are a few I’ve had this week that you may relate to. #winning

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Fridge’s Humidity Drawers

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There are two things to remember when trying to extend the life of your fresh produce: temperature and humidity. Your refrigerator can control both, but only if you use your humidity drawers properly. And, chances are, you’re not. Humidity drawers are on the bottom of

No More Sandwiches: 5 School Lunches That Are Better Than Sliced Bread

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Ask any child in the 4th grade, and they’ll tell you: sandwiches were so last year. As in every day last year. This year, think outside the bread and pack lunches for your kids that are full of variety, nutrition, and most of all, FUN. Breakfast for lunch Who doesn’t

How to Blend Essential Oils

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It’s no coincidence that we humans closely tie scents with memories. In fact, we’re hard-wired for it; our olfactory lobe, the small part of the brain that analyzes smells, is closely connected to the amygdala and the hippocampus, the regions of the brain that handle

What To Expect When You’re Expecting…A Maid

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Congratulations! You’re expecting a cleaning service! This newest addition to your family will bring more light and life into your home, but before your bundle of joy arrives (and what a joy it will be!), you’ll need to do a little prep work to give them the best

Make Room For Summer Travel: 15 Packing Hacks

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Whether packing is a hurdle or one more exciting leap closer to your summer vacation, we have 15 packing hacks ready to help make the most of your trip and your luggage space. 1. Brown or black. Shoes take up the most space in a suitcase. Decide what color shoes you

Kids Come Clean: 5 Tips From Master Mess Makers

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Out of the mouths of babes…comes pretty great cleaning advice. Since kids are particularly skilled at creating messes, we asked eight kids between the ages of three and nine a few pressing questions about housework, chores, and cleaning tips. It turns out they have a



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