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
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
We’ve all heard the horror stories about dirty hotel rooms. Many of us have experienced some of these offenses firsthand. Whether you’re a germaphobe or just go with the flow, a dirty hotel room can mean more than general ickiness, it can be hazardous.
Have you ever wondered why the most famous seasonal cleaning is spring cleaning? We get it. You’ve been cooped up all winter and your house has gotten stuffy and dusty. You need a dose of fresh air. But who says giving your house a winter, summer and fall
If you have a child who enjoys athletics, you know how quickly their sports uniforms can get dirty, stain-ridden and smelly. It only takes one slide into second during practice or one tackle at the goal line to ruin the looks of their new uniform. As a parent, I know
Workout clothes can really stink! If you thought your gym clothes smelled bad because you work out hard, you’d only be partly right. Sure, that offensive odor is a good indicator that you’ve done your job at the gym, but it’s not only that
As straightforward as it may seem to vacuum your home, you’d be surprised how many opportunities most of us have to improve our vacuuming technique. No matter the brand or design of your vacuum, review these tips and tricks to help make the most of it every time!
‘Tis the season for the sniffles. With cooler weather comes a variety of illnesses that may make their way into your home. Whether a common cold or the nasty flu, you may find yourself wondering if you’re doing all you can do to stop germs from spreading through your
It is said that a dog is man’s best friend, and it’s clearly true. Our pets are obviously loved and cherished. What other friend- best or otherwise- would you allow to stink up your house and track dirt everywhere? While our critters truly become members of the
Christmas. At the best of times, it can get very stressful. There’s so much to do and not enough time to do it. It doesn’t have to be such a struggle though, with some handy tips you can eliminate the high blood pressure from the holiday season and focus on more
Festive holiday decorations certainly have a part in making spirits bright. Throughout the season, the colorful lights, glistening ornaments, and treasured heirlooms bring cheerfulness into the home. But all of the extra embellishments can also bring (and leave) quite
If you find yourself walking by your child’s room for the umpteenth time and shaking your head, it’s probably because you can’t stand the thought of such a mess. Dirty clothes on the floor and bed, toys scattered everywhere, empty bags of chips and
Listening to music while you’re working or exercising doesn’t just relieve boredom—it can help improve the quality of your work by increasing your stamina and putting you in a better mood. The lyrics or catchy rhythm of up-tempo music inspires you to work longer
It’s everywhere. On the couch, carpet, and your clothes. Pet hair is pervasive in the lives of families with fur babies. And as much as our precious, four-legged friends are loved, dealing with the constant shedding can get ruff. You
You won’t find “clean electronics” on most cleaning checklists and even the best maid services usually don’t include devices like laptops and smartphones. Electronics are magnets for dust, dirt and grimy fingerprints and they can be difficult
Even the housekeeping pros can miss dirt and grime in out-of-the-way places, so don’t be surprised if you discover you’ve been missing some key areas in your cleaning routine. Read through our guide below and identify the spots you may be missing and add them to
When the holidays roll around, the thought of entertaining family and friends can be both exciting and stressful. You want your home to feel warm and inviting, but most of all, you want it to be clean and tidy. Even with a great cleaning checklist, cleaning up your
Have you ever noticed that the afternoon your friends unexpectedly pop by happens to be when your house is at its dirtiest and most cluttered? Or how about that last-minute call from your in-laws who are passing through town and want to stop by for just a minute? If
We love celebrating the holidays with our friends and families, including the furry members. From pet sweaters to stockings hung just for them, many of us consider our cats and dogs to be one of the family. But all those festivities bring a range of dangers for our
Area rugs certainly do a lot to visually unite a space. But they also take on a lot of wear and tear. Being at the center of common living spaces means an increase in foot traffic, not to mention some paw prints and muddy football cleats. With all of this activity,
The arrival of the holiday season means oftentimes, guests are coming to visit. But even when the weather outside is frightful, a great hostess can make inside delightful. Preparing an inviting guest room ensures your visitors will feel comfortable during their stay.
‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house, no one was helping mom clean, not the kids, nor her spouse. We’re pretty sure that’s how the classic line goes. Most mamas can relate to this familiar pickle. In the short time leading up to the holidays,
Every big decision can be based on weighing the pros and cons. For example, should you buy a new car? The pros are you’ll have a reliable vehicle and the cons may be the added monthly expense. Hiring a cleaning service is no different. Even so, some people still
As long as we’ve been cooking indoors, cleaning the oven has been one of the least-liked household chores and for good reason. Cleaning the oven was no easy task. It used to take strong scrubbing with caustic cleaners to rid the oven of burnt-on, sticky
Baby clothes with their tiny stripes and ruffles are the cutest! But nothing ruins a romper faster than a stain you can’t lift off. Throwing away a favorite bib or sleeper is heart-wrenching. Plus, if you’re planning on having more than one child, reusing clothes that
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, where millions of women living with breast cancer are supported, and even more, are encouraged to get annual detection tests. It is estimated that every year in the United States, 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast
Fall is probably the best season to focus on home maintenance. The weather is bearable after a hot, humid summer and the kids are back in school, giving you more time to get projects done. On the flip side, it’s easy to forget about fall maintenance with the
Since 1979, we’ve provided our customers with professional cleaning services that leave homes fresh sparkling and spotless, but last year we added a little muscle to our team. In September 2018, The Maids became the only cleaning service to be an exclusive partner
Rubber gloves? Check. Face mask? Check. Biohazard suit? Check. Wait, what? Cleaning with bleach isn’t scary or toxic. Bleach is actually one of the best and least expensive cleaning products you can use, next to vinegar. Is Bleach Safe? Household chlorine bleach is
You spend about a third of your life on your mattress, so keeping it clean is one housekeeping chore that should always be on your cleaning checklist. Regular mattress cleaning can help reduce allergens, decrease dust mites and give you a clean, fresh place to sleep.
Garment steamers are a convenient way to keep your clothes fresh and wrinkle-free at home or on the road. They keep your clothes looking new longer and eliminate some of the wear and tear from ironing and frequent washing. But did you know there are a multitude of
While getting crayon off walls isn’t as easy as cleaning up fingerprints and dirt on your walls, but it is possible. With a little know-how and elbow grease, you can get your walls looking good as new. You love for your kids to be creative and express
Mudrooms are an essential transition area in many homes. It’s the place where your family pulls things together as they head out the door each day—and where they dump everything as they walk back in. It’s easy to let a mudroom get cluttered and dirty, but when
After the lazy days and fun in the sun of the summer season, the changing seasons bring cooler weather, fall cleaning and swapping your summer gear for winter gear. Your seasonal changeover should include a thorough house cleaning, decluttering and a strategy for
When you think about your summer vacation rental, you’re probably thinking of marketing your property, decorating your summer rental and other ways to keep your place booked all summer long. Whether it’s good old word of mouth or a digital review, how
Fall brings cooler weather, falling leaves and the challenge of getting everyone back-to-school ready. With summer ending, it’s time to change gears and get back into a schedule of classes, homework and extracurricular activities. Planning ahead, getting
With the popularity of tidying room by room, decluttering and other housekeeping trends to create a more peaceful environment, and a calmer mind, it’s time to take a look at the connection between a clean house and mental health. Leading psychological research
Hiring a cleaning service comes with a lot of perks like having a spotless home you didn’t have to lift a finger to get. But even though everyone loves to come home to freshly vacuumed floors, clean, wiped countertops and disinfected, sweet-smelling bathrooms, some
A deep fall cleaning is a great way to prepare your home for a long winter. Just like a spring cleaning opens up your home following the cold, frigid temperatures, a fall cleaning is really your last opportunity to clear your home’s air before being shut tight again.
Self-care is taking care of your physical and mental health; making you a priority. And while you may ask yourself, “Don’t I already do that?” You probably don’t. We’re so consumed by daily stress that most of us probably don’t recognize just how little care we give
Before we attempt to do something new, most of us ask a friend who’s been there, done that. We get advice on vacations, vehicles and home services, like housecleaning services. When you’re curious about trying a new service, you want to see how others are using it.
The amazing clean you get when you use Mr. Clean’s Magic Erasers isn’t smoke and mirrors. These little sponges remove the toughest, most stubborn dirt and grime with no extra cleaners. Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser is made with Durafoam, a melamine polymer. Originally used
Those sunny days and lazy afternoons of summer are winding down and it’s time to get ready for fall and winter once again. From the mounting stress of back to school prep to making sure your home is ready for cold weather, the change in seasons brings plenty of
Summertime brings long, sunny days and that summer vacation you’ve looked forward to all year long. As exciting and relaxing as vacations can be, inevitably, the day comes when it’s time to head back home. The last day of vacation is full of packing and
Isn’t outdoor furniture designed to withstand the elements? Why should I worry about cleaning and protecting it? Good questions! Yes, outdoor furniture is designed and constructed differently than indoor furniture so it can last season after season in outdoor
Can you really make housekeeping fun? Absolutely! Housework doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore if you start with the right mindset and change your housekeeping strategy. Sure, your house may be way overdue for a deep-down cleaning, but don’t let that
Most of us tend to think of summer as the busy time. We take vacations, attend ball games, host barbecues and generally try to squeeze in as much fun as possible. But in actuality, back-to-school time is far busier than summer. Not only are ball games still in full
Today, turning a home into a vacation rental is big business and for good reason. By renting, homeowners get the ability to earn extra income on an otherwise empty space and guests receive a more comfortable living experience while on vacation or traveling for
Few things are more satisfying than successfully scrubbing up a stubborn stain. Some cleaning know-how and a little elbow grease and what once was thought to be a permanent mark is now a thing of the past! Hey, we’re right with you; we love removing stains, it’s
Making and playing with slime is an uber-popular pastime for both kids and tweens. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of recipes online for making slime each with different properties and textures. But what they may not tell you is this stuff is murder to remove.