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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 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

How to Clean a Popcorn Ceiling

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Homes can come with many types of ceiling finishes, from smooth to textured. Each finish has its advantages and disadvantages, like acoustics, looks, and even how they reflect interior lighting. But all ceiling finishes have one thing in common—they get dirty and

How to Clean Burnt Pots and Pans

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Whether it’s from heating up leftover spaghetti too long or forgetting to turn off a burner, most of us have managed to burn our pots and pans. But scorched cookware isn’t as catastrophic as it may seem at first—as long as you know how to clean a burnt pot

How to Wash a Backpack (It’s Easier Than You Think)

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How to Wash a Backpack (It’s Easier Than You Think) What are the three words that kids hate to hear but parents love? Back to school. Prepping for getting kids back in class usually requires purchasing a laundry list of school supplies, the costs of which can quickly

How to Remove Sunscreen Stains

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Sunscreen is a summer essential that protects you from the sun, but also has a tendency to get on more than just your skin. The oily formula absorbs into your skin slowly, so if you’re not careful, the chances of getting it on clothes, upholstery, and even

How To Keep a Kiddie Pool Clean

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How To Keep a Kiddie Pool Clean Having a kiddie pool as a child is one of those timeless traditions that just about every kid gets to do. As adults, we likely have photos we can look back on of us as toddlers, splashing around in the summertime. Kiddie pools are great

Cleaning Your “Home Away from Home”

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Cleaning Your “Home Away from Home” Purchasing or renting a vacation home is one thing many of us have on our bucket list; one of those things that we create goals and save money for. Some people purchase homes closer to their main home so they can travel there

Get Ahead on Your Late Summer Cleaning

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Get Ahead on Your Late Summer Cleaning We’re all enjoying sunny days and the lazy evenings of the summertime. Soon though, the long days of summer will start winding down and we’ll have to get ready for fall and winter once again. The start of school is right around

Age Appropriate Chores While Kids Are Home For the Summer

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Age Appropriate Chores While Kids Are Home For the Summer You know what they say: it takes a village to raise kids. Likewise, it takes a village to keep your house clean! Some parents wait to get the kids involved with chores until they are older, and others choose to

You Missed a Spot: The 5 Most Overlooked Places to Clean in Your House

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You Missed a Spot: The 5 Most Overlooked Places to Clean in Your House We all have our own definition of the word clean. To some people, clean is the smell of their favorite disinfectant. To others, it’s fresh linen and a nicely made bed. And to yet others, it’s the

How to Clean Ceiling Fans

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Nothing invites the blessing of warm weather into your home like opening the windows and turning on the ceiling fans. Unless, of course, that invitation launches a cascade of dancing dust bunnies from fan blades that love to accumulate dust. Knowing how to clean

5 “Oh C#@$!” Moments that Require Same Day Cleaning Service

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5 “Oh C#@$!” Moments that Require Same Day Cleaning Service We know. Normally, you have things in order. Work is done, kids are behaving, and the house is clean. But sometimes things just happen…you drop the ball. Don’t worry, we’re not judging.  When you’re in

How to Clean White Shoes

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It’s a wonderful feeling to unbox a brand new pair of white shoes—and the first time you wear them, you feel awesome. But just like white T-shirts, white dresses, and white pants, the crisp, clean look of white shoes has an Achilles heel: stains and dirt.

How to Remove Ink Stains From Clothes

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Ink pens and markers are tricky things. Often you can’t find them when you need them, but they certainly make their presence known when they leave a stain. Whether the pen in your shirt pocket leaked all over your new dress shirt or your child got permanent marker on

How to Remove Glue From Most Surfaces

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From super glue to wood glue, most households have tubes and bottles of glue for crafts, home maintenance, and repairs. We have glue in cabinets, drawers, and toolboxes—and sometimes we have glue and sticky residue on surfaces where it shouldn’t be! Whether

Spring Cleaning Tips You Can Use This Summer

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Spring Cleaning Tips You Can Use This Summer When you think of spring cleaning, you probably think of getting rid of all the dust and dirt, opening the windows to air out the house, and deep cleaning stuff like curtains, upholstery and carpets. But who says spring

Don’t Get “Tide” Down: 5 Unexpected Laundry Detergent Uses

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Don’t Get “Tide” Down: 5 Unexpected Laundry Detergent Uses You finally found the time to clean the house. You’re on a roll, and just have a few things left to do. But no! You’re out of most of your cleaning solutions because you didn’t think to check your supplies

How to Clean and Disinfect with Hydrogen Peroxide

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In case you weren’t listening in science class, hydrogen peroxide is water (H2O) with an added oxygen atom that creates H2O2. At recommended strengths, that makes hydrogen peroxide very safe to use. But that extra atom of oxygen gives the resulting formula some

YouTube Channels You Need to Be Following

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YouTube Channels You Need to Be Following In the age of online inspiration, Pinterest usually takes the cake. It does provide for awesome scrolling visuals, but what if you’re looking for more in-depth content? Look no further than YouTube. It’s not just for kids

Our Five Favorite TikTok Cleaning Hacks

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Our Five Favorite TikTok Cleaning Hacks If you’re like the rest of us, you may have found yourself scrolling happily through TikTok in this last year. The popular video-sharing social media app exploded during quarantine times- and not just for GenZ’s dance moves.

Our Top Five Favorite Cleaning Fails

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Our Top Five Favorite Cleaning Fails We’ve all been there. It’s that immediate regret you feel when looking down at a project gone awry. From the ambitious baking endeavor to taking on a home improvement DIY, trying something new always carries the tiniest bit of

How to Get Rid Of Gnats in the House

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Gnats. Even the name sounds somewhat annoying, doesn’t it? These small flying insects get into our homes and bug us (pun intended) in the kitchen, the bathroom, and even the dining room. The good news is gnats and fruit flies don’t usually bite. The bad

Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Fill Her Heart (But Not Her Home)

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Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Fill Her Heart (But Not Her Home) We’ve learned a lot through the experiences of the last year, and one of those important lessons was about the resiliency and supernatural abilities of The Mom. Moms are the backbones of society; and,

Spring Cleaning Checklist: Everything You Need to Do to Get a Spotless Seasonal Clean

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Spring Cleaning Checklist: Everything You Need to Do to Get a Spotless Seasonal Clean The emergence of spring fills us all with hope. It’s the hope that a fresh season brings about new beginnings. It’s the hope that we’re able to witness new life and the blossoming of

How to Clean Your Jewelry at Home: Simple Solutions for Keeping Your Pieces Shining

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Jewelry accounts for some of our most prized possessions. Because of their worth- both sentimental and in terms of value- it’s important to take great care of these treasures. The wear and tear of everyday life does a number on our decorative pieces. Jewelry begins to

How to Remove Stains From Wood Furniture and Floors

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We love wood furniture and hardwood floors for their natural beauty and durability, and we take pride in keeping them clean and maintained. But even regular wood care and cleaning can’t stop accidents that leave behind ugly stains. Hardwood floors and furniture

How to Pack Clothes and Shoes for Moving

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It’s finally happening. You’ve got your new home waiting and all you have to do is pack, load, and hit the road. But like many things, that’s easier said than done. The Maids can get your old home clean and move-in ready, but the packing is up to you! We

How to Sanitize Laundry Without Bleach

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We often use bleach as a whitener and sanitizer for laundry and for disinfecting surfaces, but it can be harsh on fabrics and users. It can discolor many fabrics, it can harm your skin and eyes, and it’s highly toxic. Even though many clothing labels don’t

The Importance of Deep Cleaning Your Home: Why, When, and What to Do

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The Importance of Deep Cleaning Your Home: Why, When, and What to Do Cleaning is a habit that requires daily, weekly, and monthly routines. Most of the time, our housekeeping chores revolve around the obvious tasks: dishes, laundry, and tidying up. But let’s face it-

The Maids and Mr. Clean: a Match Made in Housekeeping Heaven

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The Maids and Mr. Clean: a Match Made in Housekeeping Heaven Due to our common commitment to quality cleanliness, The Maids and Mr.Clean have had a longstanding mutual admiration. In recent years, that relationship has grown into an official partnership. We knew our

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

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How to Clean Hardwood Floors We expect a lot of our floors; they take on the wear and tear of everyday life, literal foot traffic, and endure countless messes and spills. If you’re lucky enough to have durable, hardwood floors, you know how they elegantly unite the

How to Clean a Leather Couch, Chair, and Other Furniture

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Keeping your furniture clean makes your home beautiful and protects what could be a sizable investment. Learning how to clean a leather couch and other furniture the right way is an essential part of helping your furniture look newer longer. The good news is it

How To Clean and Polish Tarnished Silver

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Whether it’s that sterling silver tea set you inherited from your grandmother or silverware you use on special occasions, knowing how to clean silver properly will protect your treasures. Even if you store your silver safely, platters, jewelry, and utensils will

The Best Deep Cleaning Schedule for 2021

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The Best Deep Cleaning Schedule for 2021 When it comes to homes, we believe there is no such thing as too clean. Some home cleaning tasks must be accomplished weekly, or even daily, but there are also those (sometimes dreaded) deep cleaning chores that only need to be

Laundry Room Organization and Cleaning

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Laundry rooms are often the smallest room in the home, but they see more than their fair share of dirt, odors, and clutter. Whether it’s counters packed with cleaners, cabinets stuffed with who-knows-what, or the ever-present piles of dirty clothes, doing

How to Steam Almost Anything

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How to Steam Almost Anything What an inconvenience to select an item from your closet or dresser only to find that it’s wrinkled and un-wearable. Before you’re tempted to haphazardly run your hair straightener over the creases, consider your options. Ironing is


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