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How to Clean Your Home Like A Princess

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My daughter is obsessed with Disney Princesses as I’m sure many four-year-old little girls are. Oftentimes the only way I can convince her to get dressed, brush her hair, or clean up her toys is to relate it to how a princess would do it, which really got me thinking

Must Have Checklist for Cleaning Senior’s Homes

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If you are a caregiver, you know cleaning your aging parent’s home is quite the task. You find old books and newspapers, musty linens and clothes – all while navigating through stacks of clutter. That doesn’t even include the stockpile of aging food in the

10 Tips for Tackling Football Party Carpet Stains

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First and foremost, our thoughts are with all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Maids family includes over 150 franchise owners and their staff, many of which are located on the East Coast. We also want to send a huge thank you to the first responders and

How to Get Rid of Cobwebs

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Cobwebs can be a great accessory for creating that spooky atmosphere that gets you in the mood for costumes and jack-o-lanterns…if they’re fake, but when the real cobwebs set up shop around your home, it’s time to scare them away with a few little tricks of the trade.

Take the Pain Out of Cleaning and Avoid Migraine Triggers

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Let’s face it, cleaning your home is a chore. But, does it have to be a headache? For those of us who are headache/migraine sufferers, cleaning odors are a major trigger. Many cleaning products contain strong scents and can cause someone who has frequent migraines to

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

Undercover Kitchen: 5 Things You Might’ve Forgotten About

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We spend many hours of our lives cleaning our kitchen, but even the most spotless kitchens may be growing an abundance of bacteria and germs without us even knowing it. Harmful bacteria are the most common cause of foodborne illness. About 48 million people get sick

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.

3 Areas for Back to School Preparation

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Yes, there are school supplies and family calendars, and a whole lot of coordinating that goes into getting ready for school to start. But I find that my preparation begins in my very own home. In my experience, back-to-school  involves kids waking up and getting

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

The Commitment Behind The Clean

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Colin Bishop, President and CEO of The Maids, has been involved with The Maids since its inception in 1979. “My father, Dan Bishop, started the company at a time when there were no other organized cleaning services. I was out cleaning houses for the first year and a

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

A Simple Guide to Cleaning Your Fountain

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Maybe it’s the relaxing sounds of the water flowing, or perhaps it’s the aesthetic beauty it adds to your garden; whatever it is, having a fountain creates a magical ambiance for any outdoor space. But, if you don’t take the time to maintain your fountain, it can soon

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

Meet our Featured Fan

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The Maids is more than just a service, we like to think of ourselves as the experts in the home cleaning industry, and we want to share our knowledge with you with tips and tricks of the trade. This is why we try to be as accessible as possible for you through our

Keeping Bugs at Bay the Natural Way

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It was the middle of summer (hot and humid as usual) and our family was hanging out on our neighbors porch. As we sat in our lawnchairs, there was a small gust of wind; I took a deep breath and caught a wonderful lemony aroma in the air.  “What is that smell?” I

Prepping the Grill for Summer

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It’s getting warmer outside and little by little you’re pulling out the patio furniture, flower pots & lawn equipment, but nothing says, “bring it on, summer,” like prepping your grill. It is true that, like a cast iron skillet, your grill does season with use,



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