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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.

What Not To Do When Getting Rid Of Insects From Your Home

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Last week my toddler came up to me, super excited to tell me something new. “Mom look,” he said, pointing to our living room carpet, “I found a tiny baby ant. Isn’t it so cute?!” Since ants aren’t my ideal version of a household pet, I didn’t want to let

How To Clean Your Outdoor Umbrella

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Rihanna may have told you to stand under her umbrella (ella ella eh eh), but she didn’t give any hints on how to keep it clean over the summer. Now that it’s getting warmer, your family is starting to spend more time outdoors entertaining guests and lounging around in

Top 4 Cleaning Tips from The Maids Blog

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Today, we’re digging through The Maids Blog archive to find the most motivating and helpful posts. We’ve talked about cleaning, organizing, decorating, and even doing things yourself. The Maids Blog is loaded with great ideas with these leading the pack. 1. How To Get

How to Get Your Kids WANT To Clean

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What is it about cleaning that kids don’t enjoy? Okay, maybe that isn’t a fair question. Getting your kids to pitch in when it comes to cleaning the house may seem like an impossible feat, but with these revolutionary ideas, your kids will be helping out and having

The Ultimate Cleaning Task: Mission Space

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The Maids officially declare war on space! Okay, not space itself, and not even really a war, but nevertheless, cleaning ‘space junk’ is the most epic cleaning mission of all time. Luckily, plenty of scientists have taken pressure off The Maids and have come up with

6 DIY Tips You Need to Know For Cleaning After Your Pet

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If your family has a pet, you understand the special kind of love between your entire family and your pet. When Spring rolls around it’s time to get your family and your furry friends outside for some fresh air. With summer comes shedding season. We love our furry

3 Fresh Ideas to Get Your Home Ready for Summer

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  As you get ready for sunny days – think light and cool. When the temperature rises, we get ready to shed the layers inside and out. Summer is the perfect time to look at your home with new eyes and roll winter right out the door. Just use these simple tips to help

Preparing Your Grill For Summer

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Summer is made for grilling. That sizzling sound and backyard barbecue scent is your universal sign to the neighborhood that summer is here. There’s no better way to ring in the season than by preparing your grill for a summer full of succulent barbecue. Just follow

Keep Your Home In Year-Round Order With Kathy Van Mullekom

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Kathy Van Mullekom has gardened all her life. Today, she and husband Ken care for about an acre in York County, Va., where most of her plants are native species meant to attract bees, butterflies and birds. She picks plants for their multi-season interest. Kathy has

FREE Happy Mother’s Day Coupon Book

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Most kids – even grown ones – find it hard to express just how much their mothers mean to them. But me… I’m worse. There’s no way I’ll ever be able to tell my mom how incredibly important she is to me, how encouraging she’s been and how much I (despite some immature

The Maids Top Picks for Spring Cleaning Apps

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It’s officially Spring and that means one thing, Spring Cleaning! It seems there are apps for everything these days, but what about cleaning and organizing your home. We’ve surfed the web and scoured the internet and wanted to share with you our picks for apps that

Cleaning the Titanic: An Enormous Task

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Since this week marks the 101st anniversary of the Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage, let’s take a look at what it really entailed to keep a boat that large (and that glamorous) clean. When the great Titanic sunk, nearly 685 crew members vanished. These crewmembers

How To Clean Up Broken Glass

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How To Clean Up Broken Glass was last modified: April 3rd, 2013 by The Maids

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,

The Do’s & Don’ts for Cleaning Stainless Steel

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Stainless steel adds an image of elegance and sophistication to any kitchen. However, if you don’t clean it often enough, you could be left with a room full of dull, grey appliances. Luckily, stainless steel is easy to maintain. All you need to remember is a few

The Do’s & Don’ts of Cleaning the Fireplace

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As the winter dwindles away, I find myself using the fireplace less and less.  So, now seems like a great time to share some do’s and don’t’s when it comes to preparing your fireplace for the remainder of the year.  And, some of these I’ve learned the hard way. When

How To Organize Small Spaces

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Homes come in all shapes and sizes, but that doesn’t mean organization has to suffer. If you are lacking horizontal space in your home, then capitalize on the vertical space and use every nook in a smart, functional way. Let’s explore some practical ways that you can

What She Really Wants For Valentine’s Day

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Love is in the air… so bust out the heart-shaped boxes of chocolate and long-stemmed roses, right? WRONG! If your woman is anything like me, she rarely takes time to do anything for herself. When she’s not working, she’s cooking dinner or cleaning the toy room, taking

The Maids Shop Talk

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Whether you call The Maids regularly, or have never experienced a professional cleaning service, sometimes it’s nice to see behind the curtain to find out what it’s all about.  As a customer myself, I thought I’d talk a little shop with The Maids and share with you

Secrets to Cleaning Your Gadgets

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If you’re like me, you constantly have your gadgets within reach. Whether it’s a computer, mobile phone, laptop, portable music player or e-reader, they’re a constant part of our daily lives. But how often do we clean them? During the flu season, it’s important to

THE ULTIMATE STAIN REMOVAL GUIDE: House Cleaning & Tackling Life’s Toughest Stains

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It never fails – you’re in a rush to get to work and you spill coffee down your favorite shirt. Or maybe your kids have gone strangely silent in the other room, which can only mean a juice stain all over your rug or favorite piece of furniture. Then there’s that

Top 5 DIY Cleaning Tips

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Thanks to the power of Pinterest to our Pinterest page, we have found several blogs in the last year that have sparked our interest when it comes to nifty, do-it-yourself methods for cleaning. Here are my top five tips from The Maids Pinterest page. 5. Dryer Sheets

Furnace Prep Checklist

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It never fails. On the first day of frigid temperatures, the furnace decides it doesn’t want to work. It’s one of those things we forget about until we really need it. Today is the day that all changes…this is our day to check and prep the furnace, so when Old Man

5 Tips For Winterizing The Entryway

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For many of us, the winter months come with freezing temperatures and oftentimes snow, which means thicker coats, wet boots and collections of hats, gloves and scarves. Back in August I wrote a blog about preparing your home for back-to-school with a “get ready”

Happy You Year from The Maids!

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  If you’re like me your New Year’s Resolution probably has something to do with time. More time to work out, more time with the family, more time for ME! This year is going to be different, for you and me both. We don’t have to wait for the ball to drop to start

Tips for Cleaning Your Houseplants (Living & Artificial)

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Houseplants are one of the most important accessories for your home. Bringing in a little bit of the outdoors 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 corner, but just like any

Our Best Tips for Keeping a Clean Car

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Last week, my coworker needed a ride home. After I cheerfully offered to drop her off, she opened the door to my car, and panic immediately hit. “Sorry my car is a mess, it’s not always liked this,” I murmured softly as I looked around at the French fries on the floor

Safe & Easy Tips for Cleaning While You’re Pregnant

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It wasn’t long ago when I myself was a pregnant mother, eagerly sterilizing my home for my daughter’s expected arrival. Whether it’s the nesting instinct, or just the overwhelming need to clean, cleaning while you’re pregnant can be a challenging task. Growing bellies

The Blocks, Boxes & Bins Method For Eliminating Clutter

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  Clutter. It’s the stacks of mail you’ll open tomorrow, the piles of toys you’ll put away this weekend, and the clothes you’ll wear again someday. It’s the junk in your drawers, the rubble on your shelves, and the stuff you’ve carried with you since high school.

Top 10 Cleaning Secrets for Everyday

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Vinegar, Citrus, Baking Soda. We all know that many everyday items can double as cleaning products. We’ve assembled a list of quick and easy tips that you can read now, or save for later. All of these tips work great if you’re sensitive to cleaning chemicals or

Keeping On Top of Your Daily Cleaning Game

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A Game Plan for Daily Cleaning (Part 2) Last week we talked about how taking little steps to cleaning your home can lead to big pay offs in keeping  your living space in order.  In addition to cleaning as you go and having your family help out, we have some more ideas

A Game Plan for Daily Cleaning

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The Maids asked you what topic you wanted covered in an upcoming blog post and we received great feedback. One topic you wanted to learn more about was daily cleaning tips for each room. Let’s be real. The main reason we spend so many hours cleaning is because we

Refrigerator vs. Bed…Battle of the Ick.

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We’ve looked high and low for the dirtiest places in the home, and have discovered there are plenty of spaces that get overlooked from time to time.  If you had to decide which was dirtier, would you say the top of the fridge or under the bed?   Of all the places

Fireworks: Safety First, Cleanup Second

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In the next week, we’ll be celebrating America’s Independence Day and Canada Day – which means, parades, barbeques, and for some of us, fireworks. People are always preaching about safety when “lighting off” fireworks (which of course is 1st priority), but we must not

When to Toss & When to Save, Reduce Bathroom Clutter

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I wouldn’t exactly classify myself as a hoarder, but when I decided to tackle organizing the bathroom last weekend….I was shocked by what I found.   First I pulled out a bin filled with lotions, and I do mean filled. Fancy lotions, extra moisturizing

Can You Make the Dash?

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The team at The Maids is excited to bring you a fun and entertaining game called The Dash.  Now is your chance to try your luck at making a mad dash from home to home “cleaning” your way from level to level. The objective of the game is simple. Players drive the

3 Economical Ways to Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh

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There’s nothing like the smell of a freshly cleaned house. But, the key to making your home feel all comfy and cozy inside lies in creating an atmosphere with aromas. Atmospheric Scents Sitting on your front porch on a rainy day or taking a walk on the beach, there’s

How to Get Your Pets Comfortable With In-home Service Workers

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The Maids offer tips to help pets prepare for company Pets are just about as common as ordinary appliances, and as sweet and docile as they may be around their owners, there’s no telling what can happen when strangers walk in. The Maids Home Services offers the

The Maids: Tips To Maintain Tidy Home Offices

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Keep bills and business organized, create a clean, productive workspace Today’s job market has encouraged many professionals to start their own small businesses or work as freelancers from home. And while working home has its perks, you likely don’t have that

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

Give the Gift of The Maids for Valentine’s Day

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Give your loved one what they really want this Valentine’s Day: a day of cleaning from The Maids Valentine’s Day can be a little overwhelming. How do you find the perfect way of saying you truly care for someone? If you got them a bracelet last year, your valentine

The Maids: Tips to Revamp Attic and Flea Market Finds

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Stay busy this winter, remix and brighten home décor Let’s be honest – it’s cold outside. And with winter in full swing, now is the perfect time for home decorating junkies to use extra indoor time to polish and mend those flea market finds or attic treasures.

The Maids Offer Tips to Fight Bathroom Bacteria

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Follow these steps to stop the spread of bathroom bacteria Leave your toothbrush out at night? You might want to second guess that harmful habit. Research shows that flushing the toilet causes an aerosol effect – misting the bathroom with contaminated invisible

The Maids Finds New, Inventive Uses for Everyday Items

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Start the new year off with these resourceful, economical cleaning tips With the new year comes a surge of energy and fresh perspective to those needing a little boost. Keep that burst of creativity alive this January by finding new, easier ways to keep up with your

Tips To Help Prep For The Arrival Of The Grandchildren

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Hide the breakables and break out the stain remover. Grandparents have a tall order in prepping their home for family holiday visits that include young children.  Typically child-free during most days of the year, grandparents don’t have to worry like parents do about

Top 10 Weekend Warrior Cleaning Tips

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The Maids has tips to quickly, efficiently clean the house Does the end of a workweek signify the start of housecleaning? Don’t vacuum, scrub and dust away all your free time. At The Maids, we’ve spent years developing efficient methods to clean every room and every

Cleaning Tools – Tips for Using What’s on Hand

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Don’t get us wrong – vinegar and lemon juice are amazing, safe household cleaners, but we at The Maids even tire of talking about them once in awhile. We do, however, always like sharing new ways to use household items not often associated with cleaning that

Work It Out!

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Cleaning tips from The Maids to relieve stress Feeling frazzled? Cleaning up your living space may be a productive, easy way to relieve stress. According to The American Cleaning Institute a clean house makes people feel happy, satisfied, comfortable and healthy. Why

Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners

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Four-legged family members don’t have to rule the home As summer ends, pets will spend more time indoors which means more of everything – hair, dander, dumped water bowls and the occasional “accident.” Even the best-behaved dog or cat will create some extra work which

Put Fun in Family Cleaning

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Make cleaning a group family project School is back in session, and with extra activities like dance and soccer, the cleanliness of the house may suffer. A few fun tips will get the whole family involved in keeping the house clean. Buy a large basket for each member


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