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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.

20 Songs to Pump You Up for Cleaning Your Home

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Listening to music while you’re working or exercising doesn’t just relieve boredom—it can help improve the quality of your work by increasing your stamina and putting you in a better mood. The lyrics or catchy rhythm of up-tempo music inspires you to work longer

How to Keep your Pet-Friendly Home Hair-Free

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It’s everywhere. On the couch, carpet, and your clothes. Pet hair is pervasive in the lives of families with fur babies. And as much as our precious, four-legged friends are loved, dealing with the constant shedding can get ruff. You

How to Safely Clean and Sanitize Your Electronics

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You won’t find “clean electronics” on most cleaning checklists and even the best maid services usually don’t include devices like laptops and smartphones. Electronics are magnets for dust, dirt and grimy fingerprints and they can be difficult

Commonly Missed Cleaning Spots and How to Clean Them

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Even the housekeeping pros can miss dirt and grime in out-of-the-way places, so don’t be surprised if you discover you’ve been missing some key areas in your cleaning routine. Read through our guide below and identify the spots you may be missing and add them to

How to Get Your Home Cleaned Up for the Holiday Season

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When the holidays roll around, the thought of entertaining family and friends can be both exciting and stressful. You want your home to feel warm and inviting, but most of all, you want it to be clean and tidy. Even with a great cleaning checklist, cleaning up your

Quick Cleaning Tips to Get Ready for Unexpected Guests

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Have you ever noticed that the afternoon your friends unexpectedly pop by happens to be when your house is at its dirtiest and most cluttered? Or how about that last-minute call from your in-laws who are passing through town and want to stop by for just a minute? If

How to Keep Your Pet Safe During the Holidays

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We love celebrating the holidays with our friends and families, including the furry members. From pet sweaters to stockings hung just for them, many of us consider our cats and dogs to be one of the family. But all those festivities bring a range of dangers for our

How To Make Your Guest Room Their Home Away From Home 

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The arrival of the holiday season means oftentimes, guests are coming to visit. But even when the weather outside is frightful, a great hostess can make inside delightful. Preparing an inviting guest room ensures your visitors will feel comfortable during their stay.

Three Reasons To Book The Maids For The Holidays 

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‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house, no one was helping mom clean, not the kids, nor her spouse. We’re pretty sure that’s how the classic line goes. Most mamas can relate to this familiar pickle. In the short time leading up to the holidays,

7 Simple Reasons To Hire A Cleaning Service

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Every big decision can be based on weighing the pros and cons. For example, should you buy a new car? The pros are you’ll have a reliable vehicle and the cons may be the added monthly expense. Hiring a cleaning service is no different. Even so, some people still

How to Clean an Oven Using Natural Ingredients

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With the invention of the self-cleaning oven in 1963 and later, safer and less toxic commercial oven cleaners, oven cleaning has gotten easier. But self-cleaning can’t take the place of a thorough manual cleaning. If you’re looking for the best way to clean an oven,

Support Breast Cancer Patients & Survivors 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, where millions of women living with breast cancer are supported, and even more, are encouraged to get annual detection tests. It is estimated that every year in the United States, 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast

Celebrating 1 Year of Cleaning with Mr. Clean

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Since 1979, we’ve provided our customers with professional cleaning services that leave homes fresh sparkling and spotless, but last year we added a little muscle to our team. In September 2018, The Maids became the only cleaning service to be an exclusive partner

How to Safely Clean with Bleach

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Rubber gloves? Check. Face mask? Check. Biohazard suit? Check. Wait, what? Cleaning with bleach isn’t scary or toxic. Bleach is actually one of the most effective and least expensive cleaning and disinfecting products you can use. Is It Safe to Use a Bleach Cleaning

How to Clean a Mattress

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You spend about a third of your life sleeping on your mattress, so keeping it clean is one housekeeping chore that should always be on your cleaning checklist. Knowing how to clean a mattress–and how often–helps keep allergens, mildew, odors, and dust

10 Surprising Uses for a Garment Steamer

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Garment steamers are a convenient way to keep your clothes fresh and wrinkle-free at home or on the road. They keep your clothes looking new longer and eliminate some of the wear and tear from ironing and frequent washing. But did you know there are a multitude of

How to Get Crayon Off Walls

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While getting crayon off walls isn’t as easy as cleaning up fingerprints and dirt on your walls, but it is possible. With a little know-how and elbow grease, you can get your walls looking good as new.  You love for your kids to be creative and express

How to Prep Your Summer Gear for Winter Storage

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After the lazy days and fun in the sun of the summer season, the changing seasons bring cooler weather, fall cleaning and swapping your summer gear for winter gear. Your seasonal changeover should include a thorough house cleaning, decluttering and a strategy for

Getting Your Family and Home Back-to-School Ready

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Fall brings cooler weather, falling leaves and the challenge of getting everyone back-to-school ready. With summer ending, it’s time to change gears and get back into a schedule of classes, homework and extracurricular activities. Planning ahead, getting

Does a Clean House and Mental Health Go Hand-in-Hand?

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With the popularity of tidying room by room, decluttering and other housekeeping trends to create a more peaceful environment, and a calmer mind, it’s time to take a look at the connection between a clean house and mental health. Leading psychological research

Clean for Your Health this Fall

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A deep fall cleaning is a great way to prepare your home for a long winter. Just like a spring cleaning opens up your home following the cold, frigid temperatures, a fall cleaning is really your last opportunity to clear your home’s air before being shut tight again.

Our Most Popular Housecleaning Services

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Before we attempt to do something new, most of us ask a friend who’s been there, done that. We get advice on vacations, vehicles and home services, like housecleaning services. When you’re curious about trying a new service, you want to see how others are using it.

19 Amazing Uses for Mr. Clean’s Magic Erasers

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Do you want a visibly clean home without using potentially harmful cleaning products—and without all the work? Stop packing cleaning solutions under your sinks and make your tidying up easier with Mr. Clean’s Magic Erasers. Thanks to our partnership with

How to Make Late Summer Cleaning Less Stressful 

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Those sunny days and lazy afternoons of summer are winding down and it’s time to get ready for fall and winter once again. From the mounting stress of back to school prep to making sure your home is ready for cold weather, the change in seasons brings plenty of

How to Avoid Post-Vacation Clutter With Unpacking Tips

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Summertime brings long, sunny days and that summer vacation you’ve looked forward to all year long. As exciting and relaxing as vacations can be, inevitably, the day comes when it’s time to head back home. The last day of vacation is full of packing and

How to Clean Outdoor Furniture

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Isn’t outdoor furniture designed to withstand the elements? Why should I worry about learning how to clean outdoor furniture? Good questions! Yes, outdoor furniture is designed and constructed differently than indoor furniture so it can last season after season in

Make Housekeeping Fun With These Handy Tips

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Can you really make housekeeping fun? Absolutely! Housework doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore if you start with the right mindset and change your housekeeping strategy. Sure, your house may be way overdue for a deep-down cleaning, but don’t let that

5 Reasons Why You Should Hire The Maids to Clean Your Rental

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Today, turning a home into a vacation rental is big business and for good reason. By renting, homeowners get the ability to earn extra income on an otherwise empty space and guests receive a more comfortable living experience while on vacation or traveling for

Why Last-Minute Cleaning Services Are a Lifesaver!

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Surprises are great – receiving a bouquet of flowers at work or being treated to lunch but there are some surprises that come with unwanted stress and anxiety. Take this example, your best friend from out of state calls to let you know she’s in town for the

Backyard Party Preparation for Easy Cleanup

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We’ve all seen plenty of tips and hacks for backyard party preparation, from organizing to hosting and menus. But there are lots of things you can do to make backyard barbeque cleanup quicker and easier, too. Whether you’re throwing a small cookout or a

Protect Your Patio and Driveway From 4th of July Fireworks 

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Independence Day and Canada Day festivities mean backyard barbeques, community celebrations, fun in the sun and fireworks. Most of us know the precautions we should take with fireworks, from keeping them away from the kids to keeping a safe distance. But how many of

Top Stories From The Maids That WOW! 

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At The Maids, we’re committed to providing residential cleaning services for busy families and we strive to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations. Our residential cleaning services deliver amazing value through quality service and premium products because we’re

10 Air-Purifying Plants for Your Home 

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For most of us, when the heat kicks off, the air conditioning kicks on. We work in climate-controlled buildings and live in temperature-steady homes. We want to be at a comfortable 70 degrees at all times, and that’s ok. The problem lies in that we’re breathing the

How To Clean A Grill 

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While some call all that buildup and grease “seasoning,” let’s call it like it is—dirty grills are nasty and they can make steaks, burgers, and dogs less tasty. But lack of flavor isn’t the only concern with dirty bbq grills—they can also harbor bacteria

Win The Battle Against Summertime Sand 

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Memories are made at the beach. Days spent splashing in the surf and building sand castles in the summer sun are treasured times. That is until it is time to leave and the sand comes with you – in your clothes, shoes, bags, coolers and eventually every square inch of

Don’t Let Cleaning Summer’s Stickiest Messes Ruin Your Summer Fun

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When the weather turns hot, it’s time for summer treats like popsicles, lemonade and ice cream. Throw in those year-round kids’ favorites like candy and gum, and you could spend a good part of your summer cleaning up sticky messes. Kids are great at making

The Ultimate House Cleaning Checklist

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There is no better time-saver than a field-tested house cleaning list. These handy lists help keep us on track for when, where and how to clean in the most efficient way possible. Using a house cleaning checklist also helps break down big projects into more manageable

You Clean Your Bathroom Until It Sparkles. But is It Really Clean?

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Even if you clean your bathroom like the pros and everything looks squeaky clean, some areas get missed. From those out-of-the-way spots to things you may not think to clean, even the shiniest bathroom has hidden dirt and germs. To make sure your bathroom is

How to Get Rid of Sand After a Beach Day

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Sand is one of those tricky messes that are a part of a fun day at the beach. Those tiny grains stick to wet and suntan-lotioned bodies, find their way into bathing suit pockets, beach totes, shoes and just about anything else you take on your day trip. Getting rid of

Prepare Your Home for Summer Break Vacation

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Summer is here! You’re ready for vacation time — but is your house? Before you pack up and head out, be sure to prepare your home for summer break. Those hot summer days can cause all sorts of problems around the home, especially if you’re going to be gone

Spring Shedding: Keeping a Pet Home Clean

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Spring brings spring cleaning, blooming flowers and, for dog owners, pet shedding. As winter comes to an end, your dog begins shedding their thicker winter coat to prepare for the hot days of summer. Seemingly overnight, you start seeing wisps of fur floating around.

How to Prevent Summer Break Messes

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Summer is a fun time for kids and families with cookouts, beach trips, outdoor games and plenty of opportunities for messes! All those summer goodies like popsicles, ice cream, frozen drinks and candy almost seemed to be designed to cause messes just about anywhere.

How to Prepare Your Home for Warm Weather

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You’ve come through another winter, and you’re getting geared up for warm weather, spring cleaning and summer fun. Those cold mornings, the runny noses and winter doldrums are now just distant memories. But winter can take a toll on your home just like it does you and

10 Ways to Get Your Teen to Clean Without a Civil War!

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As a parent, you’ll inevitably encounter the age-old battle to get your teen to clean up and take on responsibilities around the house. You may think you’re ready for this battle, but teens present a unique challenge. You have a child who’s at the

Who Can Benefit From A Maid Service? You!

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There are a couple of questions you probably ask yourself before making a purchase, “Is this worth the money?” and “Will this benefit my life?” It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a new pair of walking shoes, an instapot or even a housecleaning service, the answer

Tips to Keep Your Car Clean

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Why is it that thoroughly cleaning the interiors of our vehicles gives us such immense satisfaction? Taking the time to get into the nooks and crannies, vacuuming up the dirt and crumbs and wiping down the interior feels like a huge accomplishment. But of course, what

How to Get Dishes Cleaner by Hand and in the Dishwasher

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No one likes to eat off of “questionably clean” dinnerware or drink out of dingy glassware. For shinier plates and crystal clear glasses, most of us are always looking for ways to get dishes cleaner, whether it’s by hand-washing or in the dishwasher.

Mother’s Day Gift Certificates Are Perfect For Every Mom

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Flowers, candy, jewelry, bath products, a fluffy robe – these are all great (but predictable) Mother’s Day gift ideas. They are so common, the mothers in your life have probably already received them numerous times. And, let’s ask ourselves, is this what mom really

Top 5 House Cleaning Hacks Room by Room

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There’s no shortage of house cleaning hacks, from “ultimate” lists to videos and tutorials, and we’re sure you’ve found your share of hacks that are less than inspiring. That’s why we picked five of the best cleaning hacks for your

It’s Never Too Early to Prepare for Spring Cleaning

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You’re probably familiar with ‘spring cleaning,’ but do you know that ‘pre-spring cleaning’ can make this often dreaded seasonal cleaning more bearable? There are plenty of areas around your home you can tackle well before the first sign


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