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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 Holiday Cleaning List To Prepare For Guests

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The key to entertaining for the holidays is preparation. Certainly, you can’t predict what will happen once your friends and family walk through the door, but you can welcome them into a cleaned and organized home. Use this holiday cleaning list from The Maids to make

Speed Cleaning Checklist: Holiday Edition

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Holiday home cleaning, particularly when guests are en route, doesn’t have to be stressful. It does, however, have to get done. Here’s how to get your speed cleaning done in no time flat. 1. Clean the bathroom. If you have guests coming, your first priority

How long does it take for a cleaning service to clean a home?

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We get it; you’re inviting us into your home, your personal domain, and you want to know, “How long does it take to clean a house?” The time it takes a professional home cleaning service to scrub a house varies, depending on the number of staff who are cleaning in the

11 Easy Ways to Prep Your Pad for an Open House

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An open house, when you think about it, is a lot like a first date. It’s your chance to make a killer first impression on potential buyers – get them thinking about what it would be like to make breakfast in your kitchen, have friends over for game nights in the

How to Organize Your Pantry

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You’re in the middle of cooking your signature dish. The pan is hot, the smells are exquisite and all you need to do is add your favorite spice before the food gets too crispy. You turn to your pantry and…can’t find the spice. Instead of a quick fix, you’re shifting

Do You Tip Your House Cleaner?

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You tip your barista, your waiter and your hairdresser, but what about house cleaning services? It’s indeed the million dollar question. “Do you tip for cleaning services? And if you do tip, how much is appropriate?” We’re happy to shed some light on this tipping

Quick 5-minute Guide to Organizing Your Garage

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If you have a garage, you’re most likely familiar with it being the drop-off point for everything you don’t want to look at or deal with. Unfortunately, you have to face the mess some time; it’s not going to take care of itself. This can be a daunting and intimidating

Slow and Easy: Fall Slow Cooker Recipes for Fast-Paced People

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                      We’re all about fall slow cooker recipes that don’t involve a lot of prep, pans or fuss. (Unless you want to leave the cleaning to us, then by all means go for it). With tight schedules,

5 Quick Decoration Tricks for Halloween Parties

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Halloween is nearly upon us! With tots dressing up as cute pumpkins and princesses, teens enjoying nostalgic scary movies and adults getting together for festival dinner parties, it’s a holiday that everyone can enjoy. If you’re hosting the party this year, don’t

How much does a house cleaning cost?

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Here at The Maids, we understand a commitment to regular house cleaning services can be intimidating. “How much does maid service cost?” “How often should I have The Maids visit my house?” “What can I expect to get with my cleaning?” These are questions we’re asked

DIY Easy Home Fixes You Can Do

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Your home-sweet-home is yours to shape into a place that reflects your personality, but making your domicile livable isn’t all about decorating and design. Home improvement projects that add functionality to your abode, or that resolve pesky problems, are just

Quick Ways to Keep Your Garage Clean Year-round

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You put “clean the house” on your to-do list, but did you overlook the garage? It’s one of the most used rooms in the home, but is often neglected and over-packed. Monkey Bar Storage knows that keeping the garage clean doesn’t have to be a huge project. That’s why

What does the inside of your car say about you? You may be surprised.

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Whether you are a polisher or a procrastinator, this fun online quiz helps you sort out your car-care personality and gives you customized car cleaning tips to bring out the best in your vehicle and the time you spend in it. No matter what your results are, we can all

Tackle Your Junk Drawer

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The appeal of the kitchen junk drawer is undeniable. It’s one of the few places in your home where you can safely stash all of those small items that might otherwise get lost. From frequently used things like scissors, magnets and bag clips, to money-saving

How to Keep Your Home Clean While Selling It

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                      When you put a home on the market, especially in today’s climate, the pressure is on to make every showing count. And while it’s hard to believe that someone could reject a home’s potential

Quick Tips to Freshen Up Your Home

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Whether you live in a comfy cottage or a grand estate, your home is your personal domain. It’s that private place where you can escape from the demands of the outside world. Keeping it clean and fresh makes your home all the more welcoming at the end of a hectic

How You Clean Says A Lot About You. Find Out What.

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                      Our homes often tell our stories before we do, and so does how we clean them. In fact, your cleaning methods and mess-tolerance can actually give some good insight on what is important to

How to Make a Cleaning Schedule

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Few of life’s simple pleasures compare to the contentment you feel when you know your home is cleaned to perfection. Getting to that place of satisfaction is another thing altogether. With work, family and outside activities all competing for your attention,

10 Quiet Ways to Clean While Your Baby Sleeps

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                        The sage advice of “sleep while your baby sleeps” often goes unheeded by new parents, especially parents of new babies and older children. We all know that nap times prove to be some

5 Ideas for Romantic Bedroom Decor

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Your bedroom might not seem like the soul of your home anymore—that’s probably the kitchen these days—but it’s still a very important place. It’s the area of the house that’s exclusively yours, where you and your sweetheart can unwind after a long day. But if your

I Use a Cleaning Service: Confessions of a Pet Owner

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                      Before I get started, I want you to know that I’m a dog person. I love the look they get on their faces when you come home, the energy they inject into a room, and the way they just seem to

4 Ways to Occupy Your Kids While You Clean

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There’s no way around it—you really need to clean. But the kids are home, and that means they’re demanding your attention each time you even glance toward that dusty bookcase. How are you supposed to complete your house cleaning routine with one child hanging off your

Maintain Your Clean Streak: How to Keep Up Your Home Between Cleanings

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                      That feeling. You know the one. The one when you first walk into your home after your cleaning team is done, and all is right with the world. The one with gleaming floors and vacuum lines and

Easy Summer Clean-Up Tips

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Summer means sunny days, gorgeous nights and the occasional humid or dry heat. Depending on where you are in the country, it might be your favorite (or most hated) season. One thing we can all agree on is that committing yourself to a deep cleaning when it’s over 100

Leave Your Kitchen Out of It: Three Easy Grilling Recipes That Keep Your Kitchen Clean

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Grilling and eating outside has so many great benefits: Vitamin D, fresh air, a change of scenery and, most importantly, it allows us to take advantage of our recently cleaned home—by keeping it that way. Without those long and lovely days luring our families outside,

Easy Tips to Keep Your Home Cool During Summer

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The summer heat is here, and for many, that means hanging out in the air conditioning and pretending you can’t fry an egg on the pavement outside. But what about those of us who don’t have the luxury of AC? Don’t worry, all hope is not lost—you can still enjoy the hot

7 Things You Learned In Kindergarten That Can Keep You Healthy Now

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                      With the first day of school right around the corner, we thought we’d reflect back (in some cases way, way back) about our first days in kindergarten and the lessons we learned there. It’s

5 Ways to Organize a Small Bathroom

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Despite what you see in magazines and on Pinterest, not every bathroom is a sprawling ode to marble and gilded fittings. In fact, some are downright small. This doesn’t mean you need to give up all hope of having a nice space for a quiet sit-down—far from it. To help

How to Make Your Short Term Rental Feel Like Home

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Whether you’re in a short term rental for work, vacation or a major relocation with your whole family, it’s important you make the space feel like home. We partnered with HomeSuite, experts at finding luxurious and homey short term spaces, to show you some great ideas

I Use a Cleaning Service: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom

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                        I was in your shoes once. I waited until my family was asleep, snuck down the toy-strewn stairs, around piles of laundry with ninja-like agility, and snuck onto the computer to ask the

DIY: How to Clean and Preserve Your Wedding Dress

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Your wedding day is one of the most important and memorable events in your life, and your dress is probably a large part of what made it so special. Let’s be frank, you probably shelled out quite a bit of money for your gorgeous gown, so you’re going to want to keep

It’s “Simplify Your Life Week.” Here’s What You Can Do About It.

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                      “Simplify Your Life Week” is the first week of August, and just in time for the new school year. We’re taking the first step and giving you all of our home organization blogs in one

Clever Cleaning Tips for Kids Sports Equipment

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Kids are messy. That’s something all parents learn at one point or another. Wherever your child is, at some point the order you’ve surrounded them with will become chaos. That’s especially true, and even amplified, for kids in sports. Just about every athletic pursuit

Retire From Work and Housework at the Same Time. Here’s Why (and How)

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                        If you find yourself retiring from the conventional workforce, you aren’t alone. In fact, this year could see as many as 4 million people retiring, to the tune of 11,000 a day. The

4 Undeniable Reasons People Love Traveling With Their Pets

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                      The American Pet Product Association (APPA) found in a survey that American pet lovers share their homes with 78.2 million dogs and 86.4 million cats. (Need a reference point? In that same

3 Eco-Friendly Kitchen Cleaning Hacks

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The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, and for good reason–after all, this is where the food happens! But the amount of foot traffic through this room means it gets cleaned a lot more frequently than other parts of your house. Think of all the

Ultimate Tips for Moving Cross-Country

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How to Stay Organized during the Transition Moving cross-country just may be your personal Everest. It could be the most complicated logistical endeavor you ever undertake. Here at The Maids, we know that it’s all in the details. That’s why we’ve teamed up with

What Your Pinterest Boards Are Missing!

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                      If you’ve been following the blog a while, you know we love to clean. We love everything about the cleaning process: the before’s, the after’s, the clean slates, and the fresh starts. Whether

Clean Up Work: Office Cleaning Checklist

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If you do any sort of work from home, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “You’re so lucky!” And you are. Working from home is a privilege not everyone gets to partake in, so if it’s something you’ve been able to do, well, we’re envious! However, working from home has

How to Keep the Bathroom Stocked During a Party

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Party time! You’ve lined up the adult beverages, warmed the appetizers, and are ready to throw a smashing good time for your guests. There’s just one lingering issue: the bathroom. It’s clean, of course; you saw to that. But there’s a ton of people coming over

10 Cleaning Memes That Prove You Aren’t Alone

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If you are like us, every once in a while you need a cleaning meme or a few cleaning jokes to tell it like it is. We’ve collected a few of our favorites for you. Stay tuned! We find new favorite jokes about cleaning all the time! Clean Serenity      

How Not to Ruin Your New Carpet

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So you just moved into a swanky pad, and dang…that new carpet is looking fine. In order to keep things bright and fresh, we’ve gathered some carpet cleaning tips and tricks to tell you how not to ruin this blossoming relationship. Getting to Know Each Other First

Warning: You are losing money from a cluttered home office

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If you work from home, a cluttered office can not only cost you time and productivity, it can also cost you a chunk of your paycheck, whether in the form of late fees on bills or billable hours. We’ll show you the biggest offenders and the best ways to banish them for

Top 5 Ways to Clean with Baking Soda

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The last time you cleaned out your refrigerator, did you spy that little half open box in the back and wonder to yourself, “What is baking soda used for besides trapping odor?” Well, we can answer that. We’ve rounded up the top five tricks and tips of the trade to

How to Prevent Dents and Scratches When Moving

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There’s no two ways about it: Moving is stressful. For all the rewards that come from setting up a new home and decorating to your heart’s content, getting all your furniture and belongings into a new house, whether it’s across the street or across the country, is

Professional Kitchen Storage Ideas

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At some point in your life, there comes a time when you’re not sure what to do with all your stuff. No matter how clean you keep your surroundings, life requires a certain amount of objects to get through the day—and those things can pile up.  The kitchen in

Quick House Cleaning Checklist

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Quick, hide the magazine stash! Guests are coming over, and your house is looking less than its best. We know things can get crazy sometimes, and daily tidying can fall by the wayside. Meanwhile, occasionally you need to blast through some cleaning in a hurry. Here

3 Reasons Why Hiring an Uninsured Cleaning Service Could Cost You Millions

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We know that hiring the best maid service can feel like a luxury, especially when you know someone who cleans houses on his or her own for a fraction of the cost. However, any money saved at the forefront could cost you much more than pain, stress, and heartache; they

Don’t Lose Your Lid: Five Tips for Keeping Plastic Containers Organized

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  You can’t beat the convenience of plastic food storage containers, except when you go to dig them out of the drawer or cabinet only to find that you have twice as many containers as lids, or vice versa, and none of what you have fits each other. It might not be

Refrigerator Organization: Zone Defense is a Good Offense

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Before we burst into refrigerator organization, make sure you read about how to clean a refrigerator properly. After all, what good is an organized fridge if it’s full of expired items on sticky shelves? Once you’ve tossed the expired items (check your salad dressings



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