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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.

Prevent Hard Water Stains On Granite and Stone Surfaces the Easy Way

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Since its first introduction in the late 1980s, granite countertops have caused quite the sensation. Initially offered in only two colors, granite is now mined globally in a myriad of sizes, shapes, colors, and depths owing to lower shipping costs and increased

Talking To Your Maid Service About Getting a Better Clean

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Whether it’s the first time you are hiring a maid service or the first time with a new housekeeping team, getting the clean you want doesn’t always happen the first time around. Establishing a great working relationship takes time and commitment. And, more often than

How To Avoid the Hot Mess(es) Of Summer

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Wet swimsuits, schmeary sunscreen, muddy thunderstorms, color run clouds—summers don’t come clean very easily. What should be a more relaxed season ends up being a much more messy one, which brings its own layer of stress, chaos, and grime. The only way true way avoid

5 Summer Recipes Your College Kids Will Love

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Remember your first summer back from college? You arrived at the front door of your house with all of your stuff, probably feeling a bit more like a visitor than you expected. Most likely you were still riding the high of your newfound independence, which didn’t

Mother’s Day Gifts That Warm Her Heart (But Don’t Clutter Her House)

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It goes without saying that mothers are superheroes (but we’ll say it anyway because it bears repeating). They basically do the impossible; they schedule, they taxi, they feed, they clothe, they clean, they follow up, and they follow through. What they can’t always

5 Chores Your Kids Will Love To Do

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You may not realize this, but one of the best things about having kids is that they can be taught to help out around the house. And if you teach them right, they’ll actually love to pitch in. Well, most of the time. The truth is, participating in running the family

The Fine Art of Cleaning Fine Art

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Great care should be taken when cleaning anything of value, whether it is a priceless heirloom from a relative or a recently purchased oil painting from a local artist. Use the tips below, or leave it to the pros. Cleaning Original Oil Paintings Oil paintings can be

Find Your Pop of Gold: Home Edition

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Where will you find your pop of gold? Allows us to offer some suggestions. The Gold Standard for Living Rooms Open-concept, free flowing and non-conformist, this living room abuts the kitchen in a way that somehow both entertains and relaxes. Brushed finishes pair

Toss These 20 Things From Your Home Right Now

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When clutter takes over and stresses you out, it’s best to attack it in one fell swoop. Here are twenty items you have your house right now that you don’t need. Grab a laundry basket or a large box and get ready to feel a lot better about life. It’s easier than you

These 5 Home Remedies Have Stood the Test of Time. And Grandma.

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If you could bottle common sense and put elbow grease in a jar, you’d get a clean house just like Grandma used to do it. Here are five “home remedies” that will take your home back to a simpler, cleaner time. Do it on the daily. Grandma believed in leaving the house

Keeping It Clean in 2017: Bathroom Edition

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I’ll open with the obvious: No one likes to clean bathrooms. (Well, no one except for these people, who make it their job). Aside from the kitchen, bathrooms are one of the most difficult rooms to keep clean, and also one of the most important. It’s not that the task

Keeping It Clean in 2017: Kitchen Edition

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When we remodeled this kitchen five years ago, I seem to remember ordering a huge slab of beautiful granite to go right on to of our center island. It had lovely golden flecks. There was a gorgeous vein of white that accented one side. It really tied the whole kitchen

Keeping It Clean in 2017: 5 Packs of Organizing Hacks

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This is the year you are going to do it. You are going to use these tricks to get tidy and stay that way. (Repeating the above is helpful). (So is reading what we have below). Straight to the source. If you want your house to stay cleaner, longer, you have to tackle

Pitching Out and Pitching In: Kind Ways for Kids to Give

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A memorable, if oddly appropriate, quote from The House Bunny is one of my favorite do-good sentences of all time: “Kindness is just love with its work boots on.” There’s never been a better time to teach, learn, and explore exactly what those words mean, and, if you

Your Perfect Holiday…And Then What Really Happened

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Every holiday season my plan starts out with the same vision. Smiling, happy holiday card printed the week after Thanksgiving. Freshly baked goodies for all of my lovely friends and neighbors. Gorgeous meals. Perfectly shaped tree with all of my favorite ornaments,

5 Handmade Gifts They Will Actually Want

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Think you don’t have the time or talent to create handmade gifts your friends and family would be proud to display? These five gifts come together faster than the checkout line at your local department store, and they are not only more personal, they come with

13 Uses For Essential Oils That Will Blow Your Mind

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It seems like everyone is talking about essential oils these days. And while you may have heard of their use when it comes to skin care or nutrition, did you know that they can also been used for cleaning? Essential oils, like lavender and tea tree oil, are the

Pet Owners and House Cleaners: A Match “Maid” in Heaven

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As anyone with an animal can attest, pets are often one of the happiest—and messiest—additions to any family. Aside from the satisfaction of giving a homeless animal a place to live, having pets also gives us plenty of reasons to open our hearts, our doors, and…our

Be On Your Merry Way: Charitable Gifts Pay It Forward This Holiday Season

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With so many dinners, houseguests, shopping lists, and packages, the holidays can feel so…full. It’s lovely, and I’m sure none of us would change it; however, it’s worth noting that some of our neighbors will spend the holidays hungry or homeless or lonely. Some will

5 Reasons To Let Your Garden Grow Messy This Fall

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The first frost has come and gone in many areas, leaving in its sparkling wake the next phase of gardening: the withering. As the plant leaves fade from green to brown, gardeners head out with their shearers and pruners to trim down, mulch, rake, and haul off what

The 10 Feelings Everyone Has When Hosting Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is officially right around the corner, and the emotions are starting to pile up. Here’s a quick and fun list of what to expect should Thanksgiving send you on an emotional roller coaster (before, during, and after you’ve finished the biggest meal of your

Pros and Cons of Washing Your Clothes in Hot Water

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Ah, the washing machine. Arguably one of the great inventions of our era, this device has freed up hours of time and energy. But even now, some questions remain. Namely, is washing clothes in hot water always the way to go? Or is all that heat doing your favorite

Closing Up Your Summer Home: 10 Tips To Protect Your Investment (And Next Year’s Vacation)

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Several parts of North America have had an unseasonably warm fall season, and you won’t hear the folks who own vacation homes complaining. The temps will eventually drop, however, which means the annual ritual of winterizing a seasonal property. It’s not complicated,

How to Clean Your Styling Tools & Hair Accessories

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  From cuts, dyes and styles to high-end products, most women tend to spend a lot of time and effort on their hair. But, what’s the use if you’re brushing with a gunky brush or using a hairspray-coated curling iron? We often pay so much attention to how our hair

The Secret to Making The Perfect Bed

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Your bed is the focal point of your bedroom, but often times it’s just a rectangle in the middle of the room with some blankets thrown on it. Have you ever wondered how to make your bed look as picture perfect as the ones you see in magazines? And furthermore, have

5 Steps for Cleaning Tile Showers

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  As  always, The Maids loves getting feedback from our fans and followers. Recently we got the question, “What’s the best way to scrub a tile shower?” What an excellent question! Given that most of us shower daily, it’s a part of the house that should give us a

10 Reasons Why It’s Perfectly OK to Hire a Cleaning Service

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We get it. For some people, hiring a cleaning service can feel like a luxury. Figuring out when and how to hire a maid service can be a big decision, and it’s been the right one for thousands of happy people. Here are ten reasons why. 1. Because you need to focus on

How To Make a Homework Station

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The trick to getting kids to do their homework isn’t (always) bribes of chocolate chips or threats of taking away their tablets. Sometimes the trick is creating a spot that helps them organize their papers along with their thoughts. Here are a few ideas, along with

How to Make the Best Summer Guacamole [Caution: These images are SWEET]

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The best thing about summer is the fresh produce. And, when the chips are down, the best thing you can make with summer produce is guacamole. And the best guacamole, in our opinion, has mangos. The Maids will show you just how it’s done. We know it can get a little

Your Flagship Style: How To Fly Your Colors at Home

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There are many ways to celebrate your home country these days, international competitions notwithstanding. That said, seeing so many bold colors waving on television and celebrated throughout the world’s city streets made us want to bring patriotic colors into every

How to Use Refrigerator Humidity Drawers The Right Way

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We’ve all seen the knobs, but how many of us simply leave the humidity controls of our refrigerator drawers to the middle dial? These settings actually have quite an impact on your fruits and vegetables if you know how to use them to your advantage. Groceries can get

The Day My Husband Was Right: A Clean Love Story

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My name is Kamille, and I’m having an affair with my cleaning company. Okay, not really. I mean, I do like them. And they really know what they are doing in the bedroom (can you say vacuum lines?). They also get me on levels I haven’t experienced in ages (you should

How to Clean Bath Toys & Prevent Mold

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Tell us if this sounds familiar: The first thing your kids do when you put them in the bathtub is grab their toys and put them directly in their mouths. Initially, you might not think that this is much of a problem—until you see your son squeezing his yellow duck and

5 Bedrooms That Won’t Keep You Up At Night

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We’re on a bit of a design kick lately and couldn’t help exploring bedrooms as of late (until about 1am). We’ve collected some of our favorite designs and ideas and can’t wait to hear what you think. Does the bedroom of your dreams resemble any of these? Soothe with a

How To Keep Your Grill Clean

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We’ve officially entered grilling season, and this means we’ve also officially entered the era of grill maintenance. To keep your grill fired up about firing up, use these tips, and use them in this order. Before You Grill, Clean. We’ve all been there, usually with a

Don’t Let The Bugs Bite: Pest-Free Gardening Tips

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Mother Nature may include bugs, but she also did a pretty great job giving us plenty of ways to keep them at bay. Here are five plants that offer protection against the summers most pesky pests, house flies and mosquitos, and how you can use them. Lavender Lavender

What Side Dish Are You? [QUIZ]

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It’s potluck season, and what you contribute to the meal says a lot about who you are. What do YOU bring to the party? Let’s find out: So, which side dish did you get? Let us know in the comments! What Side Dish Are You? [QUIZ] was last modified: July

Easy Recipes Your Grill Wants You To Try

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Summer is here and the grilling is easy, especially with these three recipes, which keep most of their full flavors to themselves, leaving a fresh grill behind. Here’s to a summer of clean eating! Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Garlic and Lemon If beef and pork take center

Prettify Your Patio in 5 Steps

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It’s patio season, and The Maids has several tips to get your patio into shape for the summer. Keep reading! Put down a magic carpet. Photo by Scot Meacham Wood Design – Discover traditional patio design inspiration   So it’s not a magic carpet, but who

How to Deep Clean Your Gas Stove Burners

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Dirty stove burner grates not only look messy, they can affect your cooking and present a fire hazard. If you are looking for advice on how to clean gas stove burners quickly and effectively, we have everything you need to know right here. Push up your sleeves and

How to Throw a Messy Party

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It may seem odd for a cleaning company to write a blog about how to throw a messy party, but hear us out. Sometimes making messes can be fun. Ready to roll up your sleeves? No? It doesn’t matter. You’re going to get dirty either way. Messy Party Requirements: •

7 Garage Organization Tips That Work Every Time

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  If walking into a clean house is glorious, pulling into a tidy, organized garage is akin to nirvana (or Nirvana, depending on your music proclivities). As the largest room in the home, the garage is also the largest dumping ground. The task of cleaning and

Stick a Fork in It: The Right Way To Load a Dishwasher

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Are you a willy-nilly washer or a dedicated dish sergeant? Chances are you do a decent job of this daily chore, but the tips below may help you make even better use of the most popular appliance in your kitchen. And, really, any way we can make washing the dishes

Organization Hacks for Your Kitchen

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Spice jars stacked haphazardly in the cabinets, pot and pan lids in chaos, and a mix of measuring cups and spoons in no right order—does this sound familiar? If this is you, we can help with some kitchen organization tips. This room should always feel welcoming, as

Spring Cleaning Hacks

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Dandelions and dust pans—spring cleaning is in the air! Now that the windows are open, birds are chirping, and family members are dropping by for visits, you’ll want your house in sparkling condition. Instead of working all day and night to get things in order, here

5 Smart Organizing and Quick-Cleaning Tips Inspired By Tiny Homes

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Tiny houses are popping up everywhere, not only as a solution to homelessness, but also for those seeking bigger living in exchange for a smaller carbon footprint (and income-to-debt ratio). While living in a home that is 400 square feet—or smaller—may not be for

Things to Do Before Moving into a New House

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You’ve got the keys in your hand, the address memorized, and it’s almost time to move into your new home. This is an exciting time! However, it can get chaotic without a plan of action—which is why we’re providing you with a checklist of everything you need to do

These 6 Cleaning Memes Will Brighten Your Day

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Housecleaning. If you can’t learn to love it like we do, then it’s best to laugh about it. And maybe hire a maid. We love finding and creating cleaning memes almost as much as we enjoy sharing them—so keep sharing them, and keep smiling! Sometimes it’s best to come

How to Let Mama Nature Spring Clean Your House

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When it comes to easy spring cleaning, The Maids has you covered. Not only is our blog filled with fast spring cleaning tips, we even have what not to clean, how to make the best spring cleaning task list ever and how to keep your sanity while tossing out the clutter.

The Maids Top Blogs of 2015

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Looking back at our top blogs is like looking through a photo album. Remember the time you guys went crazy over how to use a humidity drawer? Or those funny cleaning memes you can’t stop talking about? Or when you learned what that gross pink film was in your bathtub?



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