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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 Clean a Couch

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  Who remembers those cold, uncomfortable, noisy, plastic furniture covers grandma used to protect her couch and chairs? While they’re not a bad idea to keep your furniture looking new, they aren’t really useful for the way we live today. We want our furniture,

Deep House Cleaning Services

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  Let’s face it, a quick wipe of the counters and vacuuming at light-speed doesn’t always cut it. There are a couple times a year when every home needs a really good deep house cleaning. This means wiping, vacuuming and scrubbing every nook and

Why Hire A Cleaning Service

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Lack of time, lack of knowledge or lack of desire. There are many reasons people choose to hire a cleaning service and professional cleaning services exist because they fill a need many of us have our daily lives, to leave in a clean, healthy home, but have a hard

What’s The Best Way To Clean Carpet?

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    There’s just something about carpet. It’s soft and comfortable, perfect for lounging on the floor with kids, it softens slips and falls and reduces noise. It’s also been shown to improve air quality. New carpets actually act as a passive air filter,

Popular Housekeeping Shortcuts

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It’s the rare person that pops open their eyes on a Saturday morning and jumps out of bed to gleefully get started on the housekeeping tasks. This person is not me, not by a long shot. Whenever I’m faced with an insurmountable task, like tackling multiple layers of

The Most Common Spring Cleaning Mistake (And How To Avoid It)

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Here’s the deal. People make loads of mistakes when they spring clean. They use the wrong products on the wrong surfaces. They sweep when they should vacuum. They wash what they should dry-clean. They forget to clean behind furniture and wipe down fan blades and

How to Get Fingernail Polish Out of Carpet, Clothes, and Fabric

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To some, the thought of spilling fingernail polish is like a bad dream. In fact, when I paint my fingernails, I put down layers and layers of protection for that very reason. Because fingernail polish tends to be brightly colored and sticky, spilling nail polish on

How much is housecleaning?

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Dear The Maids Team, I think I’m getting to the point where I need help cleaning my home, but I have so many questions. How much is housecleaning these days? How often should I have my house cleaned? How do I know what to look for in a cleaning company? Dear Reader,

How Do I Find the Best Cleaning Service?

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            When you search for “professional cleaning services near me,” you’re going to find several options. From national companies to individual housekeepers, it’s not immediately apparent which one is the best cleaning service for

Check Yourself: The Best Cleaning Checklist For Every Room

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            I believe there are two types of people in the world: ones who make lists and ones who should. And I think most list-makers would agree with me. Of course, not everything needs a list. You don’t need to write down “Do Laundry”

Time-Sensitive Cleaning: Your Guide To What, When, and How Often

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                    The minds at Popular Science have found that the lifespan of germs can vary greatly – it just depends on the type of bacteria and the type of service. E.coli can live up to 24 hours. The

White Vinegar Uses Around the House

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We all know vinegar can be a great household deodorizer and antifungal, but this natural cleaner is also one of the safest and most versatile cleaning solutions you can find. From general cleaning to more bountiful gardens, you’ll find all sorts of vinegar uses around

The Top Blogs of 2017

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If the top blogs of 2017 are any indication, we all want to have less clutter, cleaner bathrooms, kids pitching in, and a professional team of house cleaners on their way–at least every once in awhile. Sound familiar? Here are some of the most popular blogs from

The Three Rules of Maid Service Etiquette

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Every service industry has a list of do’s and don’ts to make sure both the customer and the provider can benefit from the relationship. The goal of these rules is to create a happy–and repeatable–experience. The house cleaning industry is no

5 Whine-Free Ways To Get Kids To Clean

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Ahhh, cleaning with kids. Super fun, right? We know. The litany of whines that come after hearing the chores list is enough to make you want to throw up your hands and do it yourself. A word to the wise: don’t. Use these five tips to help set the tone for a clean

Keeping It Clean: Stay Ahead of Germs During Flu Season

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When it comes to staying healthy this fall and winter, there are two lines of defense: keep most germs from getting in and squash the germs that get through. The first part you probably have down: wash hands regularly, disinfect common surfaces, and cover your mouth

Your Bathtub’s Dirty Little Secret

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Your bathtub could be harboring a thriving colony of mold within plain sight, even if you hire a cleaning company to professionally scour its surfaces every other week and use these tips to keep it clean. The culprit? Bath toys. And they are likely teaming with it.

Move Over Pumpkin Spice: Savor These Fall Flavors Instead

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What is pumpkin spice exactly? Well, it turns out it’s a lot of things. It’s a lot of cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg and ginger and a pinch of allspice and cloves. It looks like autumn pixie dust, and it smells like warmth, and it tastes like fall. Also, it’s

How To Remove Pet Hair From Furniture: 5 Life-Changing Hacks

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While hiring a cleaning service can drastically cut down on the amount of pet hair throughout your home, there are plenty of other ways you can minimize the fur fury. These five are our favorite. 1. The Lint Roller This is a hack you’ve undoubtedly used before on your

10 Feelings Every Mom Has During Back To School Prep

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Whether you look at as the last day of summer vacation or the first day of the rest of your regularly-scheduled life, the day before the first day of school can be a mixed bag of emotions for moms. Here are a few I’ve had this week that you may relate to. #winning

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Fridge’s Humidity Drawers

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There are two things to remember when trying to extend the life of your fresh produce: temperature and humidity. Your refrigerator can control both, but only if you use your humidity drawers properly. And, chances are, you’re not. Humidity drawers are on the bottom of

No More Sandwiches: 5 School Lunches That Are Better Than Sliced Bread

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Ask any child in the 4th grade, and they’ll tell you: sandwiches were so last year. As in every day last year. This year, think outside the bread and pack lunches for your kids that are full of variety, nutrition, and most of all, FUN. Breakfast for lunch Who doesn’t

How to Blend Essential Oils

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It’s no coincidence that we humans closely tie scents with memories. In fact, we’re hard-wired for it; our olfactory lobe, the small part of the brain that analyzes smells, is closely connected to the amygdala and the hippocampus, the regions of the brain that handle

What To Expect When You’re Expecting…A Maid

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Congratulations! You’re expecting a cleaning service! This newest addition to your family will bring more light and life into your home, but before your bundle of joy arrives (and what a joy it will be!), you’ll need to do a little prep work to give them the best

Make Room For Summer Travel: 15 Packing Hacks

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Whether packing is a hurdle or one more exciting leap closer to your summer vacation, we have 15 packing hacks ready to help make the most of your trip and your luggage space. 1. Brown or black. Shoes take up the most space in a suitcase. Decide what color shoes you

Kids Come Clean: 5 Tips From Master Mess Makers

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Out of the mouths of babes…comes pretty great cleaning advice. Since kids are particularly skilled at creating messes, we asked eight kids between the ages of three and nine a few pressing questions about housework, chores, and cleaning tips. It turns out they have a

How To Keep Your Cool With Pool Organization

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If children and swimming are in your summer future, chances are you’re on the hunt for pool organization hacks that maximize the fun and minimize the trips to the lost and found (or the store). The mad rush out of doors and the bedraggled creep back in can make it

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,


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