Happy 4th of July

July 4th celebration with fireworks and flags

 

How to Disinfect the Dirtiest Items in Your Kitchen

The kitchen items that often become contaminated with bacteria and fungi include dish sponges, cutting boards, coffee makers, kitchen sinks and countertops, and refrigerators. In this blog we will show you how to disinfect these items.

Dish Sponges

To disinfect your kitchen sponges you can use your microwave oven. First, damp your sponges. Then, heat your dish sponges in the microwave oven for 1 minute.

Refrigerator

The surfaces of your refrigerator that often become contaminated are those that are in contact with uncooked food. To disinfect these surfaces, you can use disinfectant wipes.

Countertops

To disinfect your countertops, start by washing them with soap and water. Next, wipe your countertops with disinfectant wipes. Certain countertop materials should be cleaned with specific chemicals. Therefore, consult the manufacturer first.

Coffee Makers

Fill the coffee maker’s water reservoir with a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Allow to brew until half the reservoir is empty. Next, turn the coffee maker off and then let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse the coffee maker by brewing a pot of clean water.

Cutting Boards

It is important to rinse your cutting boards immediately after use. To disinfect wood cutting boards, start by washing them with soap and water. Then, apply 3% hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide will kill bacteria, fungi, and spores. To disinfect plastic cutting boards, you can wash them in your dishwasher.

Summer Cleaning Tips

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With the fun of summer comes the “fun” of summer cleaning. I’m talking outdoor tidying up for guests, scrubbing the mud off the kiddos’ clothes and all the mess that comes with being outside. The start of summer brings with it so many wonderful outdoor activities. You get to dust off all that patio furniture and shake out those umbrellas. You get to pull out the old grill. You get to break out the bikes and give them a wipe down. You get to unpack all the summer clothes. Set a summer cleaning goal of having a clutter-free home. Having lots of stuff around leaves plenty of places for dust and allergens to collect.

Here are 5 Tips & Tricks for Cleaning Your Home This Summer Season

  1. Clean out the gutters – Get ready for any summer storms by cleaning out your gutters and making sure all drainage spouts are pointing away from the foundation of the house. If your area is prone to severe storms or flooding, this is also a great time to check and restock your emergency kit.
  2. Clean off the driveway and patio – Winter and spring often leave driveways, sidewalks, and other outdoor surfaces covered in dirt and debris. Depending on the material the surface in question is made of, a pressure washer could be your best bet, or soapy water and a coarse bristled broom. For wooden patios and decks, always check for manufacturer’s recommendations.
  3. Get your outdoor living space ready for guests – Summertime is when outdoor living spaces see the most use, and neighborhood get-togethers can be a community-building highlight over the summer months. Months have passed since last summer, and chances are it’s not just the ground that’s been collecting dust and dirt. Wipe down patio furniture and outdoor cushions, gently scrubbing with warm water with a small amount of dish soap or laundry detergent if necessary.
  4. Cut down on the clutter – If you have school-aged children that are now going to be spending a lot more time at home, use the start of summer as an opportunity to clear out old clothes and toys – you’ll be glad when there’s less for you to trip over! Summer is prime yard sale time, so put the kids in charge of the whole event, or else donate gently used items to a local charity.


Wash the windows – inside and out – With the curtains drawn to let in the sunlight, you don’t want to be staring through layers of dust and ugly streaks all summer. Using a squeegee with some mildly soapy water is the best method for cleaning window exteriors, while a spray-on glass cleaner and a clean, damp rag should do the trick for the insides. And don’t forget the screens! Remove them and scrub thoroughly with a soapy sponge until clean and bright.

Spring Cleaning

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Here’s to spring cleaning!! With the warm weather quickly making itself known and the leafless trees finally finding their bloom again, it’s time to start your spring cleaning. Some researchers trace the origin of spring cleaning to the Iranian Nowruz, the Persian new year, which falls on the first day of spring. Iranians continue the practice of khaneh tekani (Persian: خانه‌تکانی; literally “shaking the house”) just before the Persian new year. Everything in the house is thoroughly cleaned, from the drapes to the furniture.

As much as we appreciate the concept of spring cleaning, you’d be well advised to regularly tidy up year-round to prevent the deepest of deep cleans come March. Not sure where to start your spring cleaning project?  Not to worry, we are here to give a helping hand. Give us call and well get you started in no time. 

 

A few good tips when tiding up year-round:

GET THE FAMILY INVOVLEDThis is a great time of year to get the entire family to work together. Try throwing on some music or establishing a family reward as an incentive to get the work done.

CLEAN ROOM TO ROOMClean top to bottom, left to right. Use room checklists as a springboard for deep cleaning the areas of your home that need extra attention.

ORGANIZE AND CLEAR THE CLUTTER Sorting your belongings into four categories—trash, give-away, store, or put-way—can also be effective as you begin the spring-cleaning process.

TACLE THE SEASONAL CHORSE We ignore them for most of the fall and winter, but now it is time to bite the bullet and get these things clean. Even though these chores only need to be done once or twice a year, they will help your home run look better and run smoothly.

ESTABLISH NEW CLEANING HABITSA good, thorough spring cleaning that includes the whole house is a great time to establish new on-going cleaning habits, and it can also make the next spring cleaning a good deal easier.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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February is the shortest month of the year, but this month has some fun events. Everyone loves to talk about Ground Hog Day, Valentine’s Day, and the Super Bowl in February. Valentine’s day is one of the Favorite Holiday that this month have to offer, who doesn’t like chocolates, flowers, movie dates, dinner dates and specially to spend time with your loved ones. Here at Tri Maids we know how important it is to spend time with family and loved ones, if you don’t know what to give your special someone surprise them with a clean home.

 

Cleaning Tips

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If the grille on your bathroom exhaust fan is clogged with dust, try a trick that’s faster and more effective than vacuuming. Here’s how to clean a bathroom fan: Turn on the fan and blast out the dust with “canned air.” The fan will blow the dust outside. This works on the return air grilles of your central heating/cooling system too. Run the system so that the return airflow will carry the dust to the filter. You’ll find canned air at home centers and hardware stores, usually in the electrical supplies aisle.

New Yeas Blog

 

TWENTY-TWENTY has a landmark ring to it. The start of a new decade prompts bigger-than-usual thoughts about the future, many predictions have been made throughout the years, some make some sense like by 2020 we will have full synthetic human brain, robotic moon bases, chips implanted in our brains to control devices via microchips, others that are more hilarious like all roads will become tubes, mail will be sent via rocket, and that we will all have a robot to do everything for us. We all know that we are close to some predictions, but for now let’s see about getting ready to start the new year with a great plan.
How is your new year’s resolutions list?
Have you thought of all the great things you can do while someone else cleans your home?
Don’t wait until spring to start cleaning, get ahead of the game and give us a call for a free estimate. We offer multiple cleaning packages. Move In/ Move Out Cleaning, Recurring House Cleaning (Weekly / Bi-Weekly / Monthly) Organizational Services and Custom cleanings. We take care of; Cleaning up baseboards, Cleaning the blinds, Ceiling Fans and Cleaning light fixtures, so you don’t have to worry about it.

Cleaning tip to safely clean your computer:
There are certain chemicals you should never use on or anywhere near your computer, including:
Acetone, Ethyl alcohol, Toluene, Ethyl acid, Ammonia, Methyl chloride.
As a general rule of thumb when cleaning your computer, avoid using paper products, don’t use harsh chemicals and never spray product directly on the screen.
Here’s a safe and easy way to clean your computer:
To clean your keyboard, pour some white vinegar on a microfiber cloth and scrub the keyboard thoroughly.
Use a cotton swab soaked in vinegar to clean areas that need more attention.
To clean your screen, take a microfiber cloth and wipe gently in a circular motion.
Apply a mixture of light water and vinegar if necessary.

We wish you a New Year
full of optimism, joy,
happiness and luck.
Let it be in the coming year 2020
all your dreams will come true!

Holiday is Here!

 

‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice, crowded malls. But did you know that December is packed full of holidays and occasions, like Hanukkah, National Roof over Your Head Day, Poinsettia Day, Winter Boxing Day, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. With all these Holidays who has time for cleaning.
Whether you like to clean or not, you must admit that there’s something magical about making your home sparkle this time of year. Maybe it’s all the wine?
But how about the guests? I say! Its not like you are cleaning for no reason you know aside from having a clean home. You’re organizing because your coworkers are coming over. Your vacuuming because your baby nephew will be scooting around your floor. Your scrubbing your counter tops because you are about to prepare a major feast in the kitchen, those impending plans just make it all worth it. You know you will have fun and people might even shower you with complements when they see how clean your home is.

That is why you should give us a call to schedule your home cleaning. We have custom cleanings and we also have organizing services available and if you are thinking on getting on a regular schedule, we have special promotion just for you. Give us a call to book a custom clean or to get you on a on ongoing schedule.

 

Dish Washer Cleaning Tip:
Every four weeks fill a dishwasher- safe mug or bowl two-thirds full of white vinegar and place it on the top rack of your dishwasher. Run the dish washer on a normal cycle with hot water for extra sterilization. The vinegar will help with loosen scum, food particles, and grease from the dishwasher walls and racks. After that it all washed down the drain. That’s all you need to do.

Thanksgiving Season

 

Thanksgiving is the season for sharing what you’re grateful for with your loved ones. Also not only does Thanksgiving require hours of cooking, you have to clean the house for guests too! You’ll be too busy to clean every corner, closet, and bedroom.  Plan ahead and tackle big projects first, then focus on cleaning the rooms that your guests are going to see and spend time in. Here is our thanksgiving cleaning checklist:

Two Weeks Ahead: Tackle any organizational tasks or things that will stay relatively clean for 2 weeks

Clean the refrigerator to make room for Thanksgiving food.  Be ruthless!  You’ll need the space.

Clean out a coat closet if you plan on hanging guest’s coats there

Do any outdoor chores: raking leaves, etc.

Wash any serving dishes or utensils that haven’t don’t get used regularly

If you are using special china or glassware, wash and polish

If you have any cluttered areas you don’t want guests to see, organize them now

One-Week Ahead: This is the time to do a really deep cleaning so that the house will be just need a quick touchup the day before

Thoroughly dust, paying extra attention to window sills and other places guests might lean and talk

Vacuum, and sweep: See our Floor Cleaning Guide for help

Use a brush attachment on the sofa and other upholstered furniture.  Have a microfiber couch?  Clean it up.

Clean windows in dinning room, kitchen, living room and any glass in the front door

Wash and iron any tablecloths and napkins that have been stored for a while

Deep clean bathrooms guests will be using- sink, toilet, shower, tub, mirrors, and floors.  Don’t forget to dust!

Thoroughly clean the oven and stovetop and exhaust fan- you’ll want to have a clean range for all the cooking you’ll be doing

The Day Before Thanksgiving: Touchup Time

Touch up the bathrooms- wipe mirrors, the top of the toilet, an the faucet

Touch up dusting, vacuuming and sweeping- it shouldn’t be too bad since you did it a week ago

Run and empty the dishwasher

Set the table- if you don’t need to use the dinner table for cooking preparation, set it the day before so it will look nice for arriving guests and you’ll have one less thing to do

Put out any candles or decorations

Thanksgiving Day:

Put out fresh towels in bathrooms

Take out the trash before guests arrive- it will be full after all the cooking

Wipe down the stove

Clear away countertops- guests congregate in the kitchen

While Thanksgiving is a lot of work, it is also very rewarding to spend time with friends and family in a festive atmosphere.  Taking the time to clean ahead of time will help you enjoy the cooking and socializing without being stressed or embarrassed about your housekeeping.

 

Here are some great cleaning tips for green cleaning lovers.

1.) Baking Soda

This is the work horse of your home, buy in bulk for extra savings

Shower- spray walls and floor with vinegar, sprinkle with baking soda, make a paste and scrub

Toilet- Use instead of toilet specific cleaner- just pour 1 cup in bowl and start cleaning

Clean drains and unclog pipes:  To keep drains running clear, simple pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down drain and follow with hot water. to Clear a clog: use a cup and bucket to bail any existing water out of your sink.  Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into drain, use a spatula to force it in there if you need to.  Pour 1cup vinegar down the drain and quickly cover the drain with a drain cover to force the vinegar and baking side to the clog.  Hold it in place until the fizzing stops.  Uncover and flush drain with boiling water.

Soak pots and pans with burned on food in baking soda in water to make scrubbing easier

2.) Vinegar

Dishwasher- Add 1/2 cup to the dishwasher and run it empty to keep it fresh and clean

Showerheads- Grungy shower head? Pour vinegar into a plastic bag, secure it to the neck of the shower head and leave it overnight. Rinse clean in the morning.

Windows- Mix equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth.

 

Fall Cleaning Tips

Some housecleaning and home maintenance chores need to be done once a week, biweekly or monthly. Others seasonally. And still others just once a year.

The problem is, we often don’t get to them, or else we add them all to our spring-cleaning list. And that doesn’t happen, either.

A better way: spread all the housecleaning and home maintenance tasks out over 12 months. 

Here’s the October house cleaning checklist that works best for fall cleaning.

  1.    Fall cleaning seasonal view:

Clean the windows in your home now, before winter weather sets in.

Clean your windows before winter sets in.

  1.    Cold cure:

Caulk around windows to keep the warm air in and the cold air out. 

Not only will you be more comfortable, but you’ll save on energy bills, too. 

  1.    Second line of fall cleaning defense:

Put up storm windows and doors.

  1.    And finally…

Get started preparing your home for the chilly winter season ahead. 

Fall is the perfect time to begin thinking about  winterizing your house.

  1.    Help with the hose:

Get the kids to help you drain and Store the garden hose

  1.    Fall cleaning closet case:

Tidy up closets and store summer clothes.

 

  1.    Holiday prep 101:

Launder and iron holiday linens. Now is the time to begin preparing for holiday entertaining.

  1.    Holiday prep 102:

Clean crystal, china, and silver.

  1.    If it’s time to set the clocks back…

It’s time to change smoke alarm batteries. 

  1.    Top brass: Shining up is your final October house cleaning checklistchore.

Shine up brass doorknobs and other metallic objects.

 

Tri Maids Offers Many Different Cleaning Packages, Including Organizational Cleaning. We Can Help With Whatever You Need Or Want Done! Let Us Help You Get Your Home Ready For FALL.

 

3 HOME MADE WINDOW CLEANING TIP:

3 Home-Mixed Solutions 

  1. Home Mix Solution for Lightly Soiled Windows

This homemade lemon-cleaner recipe works wonders on lightly soiled windows: Mix 4 tablespoons of lemon juice in a gallon of water. 

  1. Home Mix for Moderately-Soiled Windows

Try this vinegar window cleaning solution for moderately soiled windows: 1/4 cup vinegar in 3 cups warm water. It’s terrific for quick and thorough cleaning of medium soils.

  1. Cleaning Mix for Seriously Grimy Windows

For serious window grime, try an extra-strength ammonia formula: 1/2 cup ammonia, 1 pint rubbing alcohol and one teaspoon dishwashing liquid. Add enough warm water to make a gallon.

LABOR DAY

Labor Day weekend is like summer’s last hurrah, so make it fun!

Have a Potluck Barbecue, have a Burger Cook-Off, picnic in the Park, Play Disc Golf, take a Trip to Six Flags, Make the most of your three-day weekend this Labor Day. But first give us a call to schedule your home cleaning, who has time for that when you plan such a fun weekend. We have custom cleanings available and if you are thinking on getting on a regular schedule, we have special promotion just for you. Give us a call to book a custom clean or to get you on a on ongoing schedule.

First things first – Do a “visitor” walk thru and just take notes of everything that you see that are out of place. This is a great time to give out these little tasks to any other people in the house if possible, to get a little bit of help with this hectic time. 

Depending on your time limit that you have, I recommend these are the things that you take care of 2-3 days beforehand. 

–Clean windows and vacuum window tracks. Damp mop baseboards. 

–Deep clean bathrooms and straighten bedrooms. 

–Clean all top kitchen surfaces. Wipe fridge and make room for extra food in there. 

–Dust all surfaces and sweep entryway.  

 

DAY BEFORE OR DAY OF VISITING (IF POSSIBLE)

–Hang fresh hand towels, and check hand soap.

–Wipe any dirty areas in the bathrooms using a wet rag.

–Put toilet bowl cleaner in the toilets and give them a quick brushing.

–Wipe mirrors, countertops, and bathroom floors with a damp towel.

–Take out the garbage, and line trash receptacles with clean liners.

–Straighten stacks of magazines and books.

–Straighten and fluff sofa pillows and cushions.

–Carry a laundry basket throughout the house, picking up clutter as you go. Once filled, put everything in its place or you can just hide the basket. 

–Vacuum high-traffic areas.

–Place fresh flowers and light scented candles.

Now your home should look and smell great. This will take off the extra stress that can be associated with having visitors and/or family over to your home.

 

CLEANING TIP:

Homemade odor eliminator ingredients

You are only going to need three ingredients:

  • 2 cups Hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap 

Fill you bottle with hydrogen peroxide. Add the baking soda and the dish soap, just swish the bottle around, don’t shake it.

This solution can be used on leather and fabric as well as carpets. Its always a good idea to test a small area before doing he entire area.

 

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Back to School

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Ahhh summer break, that magical time of year every teacher thinks about during the stressful moments of the school year. Summer is the time of year that both teachers and students alike, take some much needed time to relax, recharge, and get ready for the next school year.

Somehow, summer break always seems to fly by faster and faster as the years go on! By the time you get used to your summer schedule or routine with the family, it’s time to get back into work mode again. The beginning of every school year can be overwhelming and exciting at the same time. And if you don’t have extra time for cleaning give us a call.

 And when you come inside your home and fell tired of being outside with no energy or enthusiasm for cleaning, give Tri Maids a call, we have many packages that fill everyone’s needs.

First things first – Do a “visitor” walk thru and just take notes of everything that you see that are out of place. This is a great time to give out these little tasks to any other people in the house if possible to get a little bit of help with this hectic time. 

Depending on your time limit that you have, I recommend these are the things that you take care of 2-3 days beforehand. 

–Clean windows and vacuum window tracks. Damp mop baseboards. 

–Deep clean bathrooms and straighten bedrooms. 

–Clean all top kitchen surfaces. Wipe fridge and make room for extra food in there. 

–Dust all surfaces and sweep entryway.  

 

DAY BEFORE OR DAY OF VISITING (IF POSSIBLE)

–Hang fresh hand towels, and check hand soap.

–Wipe any dirty areas in the bathrooms using a wet rag.

–Put toilet bowl cleaner in the toilets and give them a quick brushing.

–Wipe mirrors, countertops, and bathroom floors with a damp towel.

–Take out the garbage, and line trash receptacles with clean liners.

–Straighten stacks of magazines and books.

–Straighten and fluff sofa pillows and cushions.

–Carry a laundry basket throughout the house, picking up clutter as you go. Once filled, put everything in its place or you can just hide the basket. 

–Vacuum high-traffic areas.

–Place fresh flowers and light scented candles.

Now your home should look and smell great. This will take off the extra stress that can be associated with having visitors and/or family over to your home.

 

CLEANING TIP:

Beat and Shake Area Rugs

Vacuum large area rugs at least once a week. But also take them outside three or four times a year for a more thorough cleaning and forhow to clean dust. Drape them over a fence or clothesline and beat them with a broom or tennis racket. A good beating removes much more dust than vacuuming. Take smaller rugs outside to for a vigorous shaking every week.