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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.

A Guide to Home Health During a Pandemic 

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A Guide to Home Health During a Pandemic  Many months after the initial lockdown, COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world. A glance at the news or some time spent looking at your county’s verified infection counts reinforces the reality that (for the time

How Often Should You Wash Your Sheets?

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We spend a lot of time in our beds, and after 49+ hours of sleeping each week, our sheets, pillowcases, and other bedding can start looking dingy or even downright dirty. As we sleep, dirt, sweat, dead skin cells, and other yucky stuff accumulate on and in our sheets

How to Remove Sticker Residue From Almost Any Surface

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From brand-new toys, electronics, and dishes to great finds at the thrift store, it seems like everything has a sticker. Whether it’s a price tag or a manufacturer’s label, most of us are quick to remove them—but dealing with the sticker residue can be a

Refreshing Your Home for New Year

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Refreshing Your Home for New Year Approaching a new year sparks both reflections and hope for change. It gives us an opportunity to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and, hopefully, forget about the monthly donation we’ve been making to the local gym.

Our Top Blogs of 2020

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Our Top Blogs of 2020 2020 was certainly a year to remember. We’ve all grappled with various challenges and have spent an unprecedented amount of time at home. Because of social distancing, the supervision of virtual learning, and working remotely, our homes have

Six Tips for Christmas Cleanup

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Six Tips for Christmas Cleanup 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 taking down the decorations. Decking the halls was

13 New Year’s Cleaning Superstitions From Around the World

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No matter where you’re from, New Year’s superstitions and traditions fill our holiday celebrations with an abundance of wonderful food, Zoom parties, excitement, and most of all, hope. New Year’s Eve is a time for leaving the old behind and creating a

How to Clean and Disinfect A Humidifier

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Humidifiers are a proven solution for combating the kind of cold, dry air that contributes to dry skin, chapped lips, and scratchy throats. They can definitely make your home a more pleasant place to live, especially as winter sets in. If you’re thinking about

Donate, Toss, or Keep: How to Deal with Toy Clutter Before the Holidays

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Donate, Toss, or Keep: How to Deal with Toy Clutter Before the Holidays One day, you’re an expectant parent who swears you won’t allow kid things in the living room, and a few years later, you’re swimming in colorful, plastic stuff. The impending holiday season makes

How to Clean an Artificial Christmas Tree

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Holidays mean get-togethers, plenty of great food, and decking the halls with festive decorations and trimmings. Depending on your vibe, you can go with traditional holiday decor, or attempt at something a bit more contemporary for your trimmings. You also have

How to Properly Clean the Oven

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Lights are strung, stockings are hung, and you’re ready and excited to begin the fun part- holiday traditions. But before you get to baking those peppermint twist cookies, consider how long it’s been since you properly cleaned your oven. If it’s been several months,

How to Get Butter Stains Out of Clothes, Carpet, and Upholstery

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Let’s face it: creamy butter is the ultimate topping for many of us. From freshly popped popcorn to toast hot out of the toaster, butter just adds that something special. But where there’s butter, there’s a grease stain just waiting to happen. It

A Guide to Eliminating Mold and Mildew from the Bathroom

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Because of the humidity and proximity to water, mold and mildew are relatively common, albeit gross, bathroom problems. It’s off-putting to discover that one of these fungal invaders has moved in, but their residence doesn’t need to become permanent. Here’s how to get

How to Clean Granite Countertops

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Many of us dream of living in a contemporary home where granite countertops span the kitchen and bathrooms. Granite makes a beautiful statement, but it can be a nightmare to clean. Although it’s heat and scratch-resistant, granite is a sensitive material and

Tips for Preparing Your Home for Overnight Guests

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A central component of holiday celebrating is quality time spent with family and friends. Because of physical distance and the hustle and bustle of everyday life, these times together are perfect for slowing down and savoring it all. But if your home is the

How to Remove Candle Wax From Any Surface

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We all enjoy a little aromatherapy and the festive glow of candles, especially during the holidays. From scented varieties to elegant, tapered pieces adorning our dinner tables, candles are perfect for decorating and creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere. But where

How to Remove Rust Stains From Clothes and Carpet

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Learning how to remove rust stains takes patience, the right stain remover, and some know-how. You could use a commercial stain remover, but there are safer, natural remedies that can get the job done just as well. How to Get Rust Stains Out of Clothes Your washing

Benefits of a Commercial Cleaning Service & Why Every Business Needs One

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Unless you’re a cleaning company, your employees didn’t take the job to dust, scrub, and mop. They’re here to help you run your business, so let them do the job you hired them to do and let the pros keep your facilities clean. If you want your business to

How to Get Grease Stains Out of Clothes

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From serving up bacon and sausage for breakfast to feasting on hot wings during the big game, keeping grease off your clothes can be tough—especially during the holidays. All those napkins can only soak up so much grease, so if you’re gobbling down your favorite

How To Get Silly Putty Out Of Clothes and Fabric

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You may have the skills for cleaning up most of your kids’ spills and messes, but getting Silly Putty out of clothes and fabric could be a challenge. Because it’s oily and gooey, a Silly Putty stain needs special treatment. So what is Silly Putty made

Keep The Messes at a Minimum with These Halloween Activities 

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Glitter, glue, and pumpkin guts… oh my! Halloween season sure is spooky, but the scariness should come from costumes and tricks, not from messes.   Here are ten ideas for minimally messy, maximum fun seasonal activities.   Pumpkin checkers: Use those adorable, mini

Four Simple Tips for Removing Stains from Upholstery

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Even with the best precautions (short of your great grandmother’s plastic couch covers), accidents happen, and sometimes those accidental spills result in stains. If only we could direct stains to singularly occur on our spouse’s ugly pair of pants that are already

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


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