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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.

Winter Cleaning Checklist for a Clean and Healthy Home

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Winter Cleaning Checklist for a Clean and Healthy Home The holidays have come and gone and have left in their wake… a large mess. From dried pine needles scattering the floor, to rogue glitter, and unseen dust, there is a lot to attend to. While we typically associate

Your Microwave Guide: How to Clean Greasy Vents

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Your Microwave Guide: How to Clean Greasy Vents Microwaves have a way of simplifying life; their quick-heating abilities are responsible for moms everywhere getting to enjoy a sip or two of actual, hot coffee. Between the mug reheating and quick meal prep help,

Fight the Flu with a Clean Home

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Fight the Flu with a Clean Home Flu season is no joke. It’s that time of year when we are reminded of all the germs we encounter every day. Over the last couple of years, we have all become more aware of the potential dangers that can live on even the smallest of

How to Follow Through on Your New Year Cleaning Resolution

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How to Follow Through on Your New Year Cleaning Resolution It’s a long-running tradition that at each new year, we make resolutions. Though we always have good intentions, we don’t always stick to what we planned. It’s never a bad time to make a decision to get your

Cleaning Up After Christmas

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Cleaning Up After Christmas The completion of the holiday season can bring about lots of emotions: relief, sadness, or satisfaction. But most everyone feels one major feeling in common: the overwhelming dread of cleaning up after family leaves and taking down the

How to Unshrink Clothes Made With Cotton, Synthetics, and Wool

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When you don’t follow the laundry label on your clothes, colors will fade, whites will dull, and clothes will shrink. Unfortunately, few of us take the time to wash clothes by hand when the label calls for it, and sometimes we forget to use cold water or the

How to Clean Suede Shoes The Easy Way

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Suede is soft to the touch, breathable, and warm, so it’s no wonder it’s such a popular choice for boots and shoes. But unlike finished leather, suede can be more susceptible to becoming dirty and stained, especially in wet conditions. Suede shoes are made

The Complete Guide To Keeping Your Dorm Room Clean and Tidy

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Let’s face it—dorm rooms aren’t known for their cleanliness or sanitary living conditions, and what’s worse, they can be tiny spaces. The average college dorm room is only about 228 square feet, so if you have a roommate, you each have approximately 114

How to Get Melted Plastic Off Your Oven and Stovetop

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Hot burners, ceramic cooktops, and ovens are dangerous areas for plastic. And when the two meet, we can end up with an unhealthy melted mess. Plastic bread bags, cutting boards, and utensils quickly melt when they come in contact with a hot surface and leave behind a

How to Clean Outdoor Christmas Decorations

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Christmas means family get-togethers, lots of food and drink, and plenty of decorations. While many of us enjoy decorating for the holidays inside our homes, some of us relish the idea of making a statement with outdoor Christmas decorations. But to keep up with the

How to Take Down Your Christmas Tree Without the Mess

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If you use a real tree and want to know how to take down your Christmas tree without making a mess, you’ve come to the right place. For those of us who venture out into the forest (or simply the local tree lot!) to pick out our Christmas tree each season, we

Essential Pet Cleaning Products for Pet Owners

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Like other family members, our pets bring us joy and companionship while making their share of messes. But unlike some of the other family members, pets can’t clean up their messes, which leaves pet owners on the hook. From tracked in mud to dirty litter boxes,

Hacks for Making Your Home Smell Like the Holidays

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Hacks for Making Your Home Smell Like the Holidays Whether it’s chestnuts roasting on an open fire, freshly cut pine, or warm sugar cookies, it’s easy to confirm that Christmas scents are the very best. They ignite the nostalgia and magic of the season, and make

How to Remove Nail Polish From Carpet, Clothes, and Fabric

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If you’ve been painting your nails for a while, you’ve likely had an accident or two that left you wondering just how to remove nail polish from anything other than your nails. When you’re not quite sure how to get nail polish out of clothes and

How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell in Carpet, Wood, Upholstery, and More

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When your cat urinates outside the litter box, the odor can be challenging 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

How to Get Rid of Flies Safely and Naturally

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Figuring out how to get rid of house flies can be challenging. These pesky insects can carry viruses and bacteria, lay eggs, and defecate on surfaces — and that’s just the beginning. Flies can also spread food poisoning, E. coli, dysentery, cholera, typhoid fever,

How to Use Baking Soda for Cleaning Your Entire Home

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The last time you cleaned out your refrigerator, did you spy that little half-open box in the back and wonder to yourself, “What is baking soda used for besides trapping odors and baking?” Well, we can answer that. We’ve rounded up the best ways you can use baking

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in Your 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. These tiny nuisances breed quickly, which is why you might notice a single fruit fly one day and then a swarm

How to Wash and Care for Ugly Christmas Sweaters

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From office Christmas parties to family get-togethers, the holidays just wouldn’t be the same without ugly Christmas sweaters. So where did the ugly Christmas sweater tradition begin? Ugly Christmas sweaters started way back in the 50s and were known as “Jingle

A DIY Guide to Get Your Garage Winter Ready

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A DIY Guide to Get Your Garage Winter Ready The cold weather is just around the corner, but don’t let it get you down. Before it gets too chilly, tackle the garage. A neat and warm garage will make it easier to find what you need when you need it without

How to Clean and Care for Your Holiday Tablecloth

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The holidays mean fun get-togethers with plenty of food and drink, and most of us like to break out our very best dishes, glasses, and table linens to celebrate. We love to decorate our dinner tables for the holidays with colorful candles, crystal wine glasses, and

Cleaning Used Toys for Donation

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Cleaning Used Toys for Donation Ah, it’s that time of year. With the holidays coming quickly, you’re doing all you can do to get the house in order for the family that’s soon to arrive. You already did your fall cleaning, but it seems like there is still so much

How to Remove Cranberry Stains From Clothes, Carpet, and Upholstery

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Cranberries are most often associated with the holidays in the form of cranberry sauce and they’re also popular as a juice. Because of the high antioxidant content in cranberries, this festive fruit is also a healthy choice that can help prevent certain

How to Get Paint Out of Clothes

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Learning how to get paint out of clothes starts with understanding some things about paint and fabric. Whether you’re cleaning a grass stain or a paint stain, most experts agree—for most stains, it’s critical to clean the stain as soon as possible before

How to Clean Quartz Countertops

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Homeowners can’t seem to get enough of natural stone surfaces, and many choose quartz for countertops because it’s durable, beautiful, and requires very little maintenance. Because most quartz countertops contain resin, there are no air pockets so the

Holiday Cleaners Create More Time to Enjoy the Holidays

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Holidays are a time for reuniting with family, entertaining friends and neighbors, and festive celebrations—but they can also mean it’s time for stress overload! While the holidays are a wonderful time to host get-togethers and have overnight guests, those

The Ultimate Holiday House Cleaning Checklist

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Before, during, and after the holidays, housekeeping can be quite a challenge. Cooking, celebrating, and entertaining take center stage, and all that fun can put housekeeping on the back burner. Instead of choosing between having fun, holiday house cleaning, or guilty

Our Best Tips for Mess-Free Potty Training

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Our Best Tips for Mess-Free Potty Training In the company of other difficult parenting duties is the dreaded task that is potty training. While it’s a relief to think of life without diapers (both the expense and the yuck), potty training can be complicated and

How to Clean Linoleum Floors

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Linoleum floors have been around for more than a century and still present a practical and economical flooring choice. While the main selling point of linoleum flooring is its durability, the material also features other desirable qualities. Linoleum is eco-friendly,

How to Get Rid of Pink Mold in the Shower

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That pink or orange tint on your shower grout or other areas of your bathroom could be residue from your soap and shampoo, but it may be pink mold. Pink mold in a shower isn’t technically a mold; instead, it is a water-borne bacteria that grows in similar

How to Get Gum Out of Anything

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Chewing gum can be one of the toughest things to get out of fabric, hair, and other places it doesn’t belong. Because gum is so sticky, you can’t just scrape it away or pick it out of fibers or hair like some other messes. The easiest way to get gum out of

How To Clean Vinyl Floors

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Vinyl floors are an attractive and cost-effective choice for new construction, remodels, and room makeovers. From luxury planks in a den to waterproof flooring in a bathroom, the easy care and durability of vinyl make it one of the most popular flooring choices

How to Clean Your Houseplants

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How to Clean Your Houseplants Houseplants are important accessories for your home. Bringing a little bit of the outdoors into your home can breathe new life into a room and add layers of texture to the overall design. Plants work to divide spaces or fill a voided

How to Get Rid of Ants in the House

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Almost everyone has dealt with house ants. These uninvited and unwelcome guests will invade even the cleanest, healthiest homes. They get in through even the smallest openings in windows, doorways, and floors in search of provisions to replenish their colony’s food

Back to the Office: Office Cleaning Checklist

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It’s no secret that employees can be more productive in a comfortable and clean workspace, and that’s part of the reason most offices have an office cleaning checklist. But unless employees feel their office environment is healthy as well, no amount of

How to Spruce Up Your Favorite Fall Leather Items

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How to Spruce Up Your Favorite Fall Leather Items Supple leather boots, a good leather handbag and a hand-stitched leather wallet are all great fashion investments. But they are just that – investments. Quality leather is expensive so it’s imperative that it is well

How to Clean-Up Your Yard for Fall

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Fall is one of the greatest seasons of the year. There are football games to watch, pumpkin patches to visit, and Halloween candy to hand out. But it is also the last opportunity for you to prepare your yard for a long winter’s rest. Fall yard clean-up shouldn’t be

How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets

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You take a lot of pride in keeping your kitchen clean and probably focus on your sink, floors, counters, and appliances. But how often do you give your kitchen cabinets a good cleaning? Your kitchen cabinets endure grease, dirt, dust, and food stains regularly and can

7 Unexpected Uses for Dryer Sheets Around the House

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Softer clothes, less static, and that freshly washed laundry smell we all love are what makes dryer sheets so popular—and using them couldn’t be easier. But these multi-purpose sheets can do more than make your laundry feel and smell better. There are plenty of

What Is A Microfiber Cloth & How to Use It For Cleaning

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Let’s start with the basics and go over what microfiber is made of before jumping into how to use them for cleaning. Microfiber cleaning cloths are made with a synthetic fabric that is usually 50 percent polyester and 50 percent nylon. The two plastics are

How to Clean and Disinfect a Freezer

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If you use a whole-house cleaning checklist to keep your home clean and fresh, then you know how handy a cleaning list can be. But is your kitchen cleaning checklist as comprehensive as you think it is? Sure, you probably have the fridge, stove, dishwasher, and maybe

How To Remove Chocolate Stains From Clothes and Upholstery

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Believe it or not, not everyone loves chocolate, but it’s surely one of the most popular ingredients in everything from cakes to fondue across the world. From cooking up delicious brownies to snacking on our favorite candy bars, all of us chocolate lovers just

Store Your Summer Clothes the Right Way

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Store Your Summer Clothes the Right Way People love home organization videos. There is just something so satisfying about seeing everything put away neatly in its own place. In fact, organization videos are some of the hottest on TikTok. It’s likely these videos

Tips for Eliminating Dog Hair at Home

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Tips for Eliminating Dog Hair at Home There’s nothing more frightening than figuring out how to get rid of dog hair. Think about it – you vacuum and sweep, only to end up with dog hair-covered dark socks and pants. And, if you’re a pooch parent that allows your best

How to Get Stains Out of a Mattress

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We know all about the unique cleaning challenges our customers face, and that’s one of the reasons we created our special cleaning service. And there’s one cleaning challenge we hear about repeatedly—how to get stains out of a mattress. What The Maids has

What Is The Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting?

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Whether you use a professional maid service or clean your own home, does it really matter whether you sanitize or disinfect when you’re cleaning, as long as it gets clean? Many residential cleaning companies indicate that while these terms are often used

Bugged by Indoor Insects? Here are 6 Tips to Naturally Keep Your Home Insect Free

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People dislike bugs. It’s true. Google is littered with questions asking how to get rid of bugs in the house. But here’s a fun fact: no matter how clean you keep your home, bugs can still get in. Creepy crawlies love being inside your home for the same reasons you do

Get Organized! Make Your Home Workspace More Productive

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Get Organized! Make Your Home Workspace More Productive Is your productivity dropping while working from home? You probably need some desk organization ideas. Disorganization is the biggest productivity killer. It has been reported full-time office employees waste 76

5 Things You Should be Cleaning this Summer

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5 Things You Should be Cleaning this Summer Everyone has heard of spring cleaning but what about summer cleaning? There are cleaning jobs that just make sense to tackle in the hot summer months when you don’t want to be outside much during the day. Some of these tasks

How to Clean Baking Sheets

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When you learn how to clean baking sheets and cookie sheets correctly, you can make your bakeware last longer, and your baked goods taste delicious. Before we get started, it’s important to set realistic expectations. No matter how good you get at cleaning


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