Before we go any further on this, let’s just get something out in the open right away. If you happen to own something called a ‘self-cleaning’ oven, take a really, really good look at the type of clean you are getting from that supposedly special feature. Trust us, your oven will be in need of a good old-fashioned scrubbing sooner or later – even if it is a self-cleaning style.
Oven cleaning is not fun. Regardless of how you plan or execute the plan. But at Executive Maids, we’re experts at cleaning ovens. It’s true and here are a few tips on how to give your oven the best cleaning it has ever experienced.
Step 1 – Materials
You can’t clean anything if you don’t have the proper gear to get the job done. Your list of materials required to clean your oven is not extensive. There’s really just six items on it. They include water, a spray bottle, baking soda, vinegar, a rag and a small bowl. Intrigued, yet?
Step 2 – Prep The Work Site
You can’t get anything done if your oven looks like a disaster zone. So, with this in mind, remove the oven racks and soak ’em in a large trash bag with hot water and vinegar. Tie it closed and let sit in your bath tub overnight. Clear a space around the oven so you can easily move around and not bump into anything or anyone.
Step 3 – Mix Your Solution
All you will need is a couple of spoonfuls of baking soda with some water. Mix into a paste in the bowl as pastes are fun and they are also easy to spread on surfaces.
Step 4 – Spread ‘Em!
Cover the inside of the oven with the paste you just finished making and snapping a selfie with. It is going to turn brown on you and that will tell you it is working. Let the goop-covered oven sit overnight, or at least twelve hours.
Step 5 – The Oven Cleaning Part
After at least twelve hours have passed and you’ve come to realize that your kitchen functions far better when the oven operational, get a firm grip on a wet rag. Use it to carefully remove as much of the brown goop as possible from the inside of the oven.
Step 6 – The Final Touches
With your spray bottle, add some vinegar and spritz the spots inside the oven where the goop still appears. Give those areas a wipe with the wet rag.
Step 7 – The End
Put the racks back inside the oven and turn it on to a very low temperature for about 15-minutes. This will speed up the drying process.
By The Way, We Do Oven Cleaning, Too At Executive Maids
If during any part of this article you went, ‘Yuk!” then you know you need a professional team of cleaners to take on your cleaning chores. There’s nothing wrong with that whatsoever as our Executive Maids can handle pretty much any cleaning job – including oven cleaning. For more information on this and our other cleaning services, contact us today at Executive Maids!
Winter Clothing Care Guide
Before you know it, spring will be upon us. Although it may not feel like it right now, pretty soon it will be time to put those winter boots and coats away until next year. If you want to make sure they survive another year, there are things you need to do in order to store them properly so that when you reach for them next winter, they will be good as new and ready to go. The Executive Maids team has some tips to share with you on getting your winter clothing ready for their long spring nap. We are your maids in Philadelphia with a lot of tricks up our sleeves!
The first step is to clean everything before you get started. Oils that linger from deodorants and perfumes can discolor the fabric over time. Food stains will attract moths. Don’t anticipate storing things in dry-cleaning bags if you decide to have things dry cleaned. Those bags will yellow fabric and trap moisture so be sure to remove those bags if dry cleaning is the route you are taking.
Button your buttons, zip your zippers and empty out pockets. Hang structured or down coats on thick wooden hangers inside breathable canvas garment bags. Coats stuffed with polyfill can go in vacuum-sealed bags and compressed halfway for space. This will actually allow them to keep their shape.
Fold into thirds and then in half and stick in a plastic bin. Be sure to put the heaviest knits at the bottom. Place white tissue paper between layers. This will keep color from transferring.
Boots and shoes
Remove dirt from rubber soles with a wire brush and then clean the rest with a shoe brush. Stuff the legs of high boots with tissue paper so they retain their shape and store upright.
Place gloves and scarves (rolled up) loosely together in a plastic bin. Stuff hats with tissue paper so they don’t bend or lose shape and then place in a hat box or other breathable container.
Deciding where to store your winter garments can be a pain. Do not store in the garage or attic as these become the hottest places in the house in the winter months and can do severe damage to your winter clothes and accessories. Try storing in a spare closet or if you have room, in the back of your own closet. Make them easy to get to should one of those odd northern days pop up before summer but enough out of the way so that you don’t have to think about them until next winter.
At Executive Maids we are the maids in Philadelphia to help with all of your spring cleaning. Now that we see something that resembles spring in the air, it is time to air out our homes and chase the winter blues away. Let us show you how we can help with your cleaning in time for spring.
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Ways to use vinegar to clean that will surprise you!
Keeping a clean household is hard work. Whether you have a family or are single, you still need to keep a clean home. These days, who has time? While you are running around with the kids’ extracurricular activities or trying to maintain that huge career (or both), cleaning is always the last thing to get done. Your Philadelphia maids can help with the cleaning. At Executive Maids, we have been helping people stay on top of their cleaning by keeping a clean house for them.
There are, however, some things Executive Maids, and most maid services for that matter, won’t do. But, did you know that vinegar could help with some of those chores? Yes, folks, vinegar. White vinegar is a very efficient cleaning product for some of your household and personal tasks.
Discover ways to use vinegar right now:
Get rid of the pit stains!
Eliminate perspiration marks under the underarms of clothing by soaking them with vinegar before washing. It will also remove any lingering smells!
Soften your jeans
Vinegar is a great fabric softener. Turn those stiff jeans inside out and add 1 cup of vinegar to the wash. Jeans will come out nice and soft when they dry.
Add a ½ cup of vinegar to your wash when cleaning brightly colored towels and lines to prevent color fading. You will get crisp, bright linens every time!
Get rid of smoke smell
The lingering smell of stale cigarette smoke on your clothes and fabrics is disgusting. They need a vinegar bath. Pour a cup of vinegar to a large tub of hot water and hang clothes and fabrics above the steam. Leave it overnight with a window open and by morning your items should smell fresher.
Freshen up the fridge
Clean the shelves and walls with a solution of half water and half vinegar.
Pour white distilled vinegar on the weeds growing in the cracks of your walkway and driveway. Saturate the plant so the vinegar reaches the roots.
Dab a cotton ball soaked in white vinegar on mosquito bites and insect stings. It will stop them from itching and help disinfect the area so they heal faster.
If you have stray cats in your neighborhood that love to come into your yard to pee, spray vinegar around the perimeter of your house and in your yard. This eliminates existing pee odors and deters them from coming back. As a bonus, it’s also good for your grass.
Clean your dishwasher and coffee pot
Reduce soap buildup and food residue by pouring a cup of vinegar into your empty dishwasher or coffee pot once a month and letting it run a full cycle.
Restore showerhead pressure
If your showerhead gets clogged with mineral deposits, soak it for 15 minutes in a mixture of ½ cup vinegar and 1-quart water.
Contact us for all your house cleaning needs!
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HERE COME THE ALLERGIES!!!!
Just when it felt like spring was here in the Philadelphia area, winter started creeping back in. But in that brief period of time of warm spring-like weather, it was just enough time for mother nature to plant her seeds. The growth of weeds, spores, grass and tree pollens fell upon us. Everything started to bloom and it was just enough time to bring on the allergens. The cold weather in the Philadelphia area won’t last long and soon the warm and hot weather will be here. This also brings on allergy season and to many, the cold weather hasn’t slowed the allergies.
This means your allergy symptoms, the sniffling, sneezing, watery and itchy eyes, are in overdrive. What can you do to help lessen the allergies? Of course, visiting your doctor and making sure you are getting the correct treatment is a number one priority, but what else can you do?
Stay inside – the best way to treat your allergy symptoms is to stay away from the culprit as best you can. Pollen is flying everywhere. It is predicted to be so bad this year that even in the southern states where spring has already sprung, pollen is actually quite visible. The green coating is everywhere and for people who suffer from allergies, just looking at that thick layer on your car is enough to trigger the sneezes. Try to avoid the allergens as best you can. When pollen counts soar, stay indoors as much as possible. Pollen is usually at it’s peak mid-morning, early evening and when the wind is blowing.
Keep your windows closed! – Keep the windows shut, even if it’s the perfect spring day. That beautiful breeze that you want to feel on your face is exactly what’s pushing all that pollen around and right into your house. Keeping the windows closed is a sure fire way to keep the allergies at bay.
Clean your house – One of the best ways to keep the allergens out of your house is to keep your house clean. A light dusting everyday, over everything, will help keep you from having an attack. Keeping linens clean and fresh and carpets vacuumed will help get rid of any pollen or other allergens that can creep into your home. You carry that pollen in with you. You can transfer it from the outdoors just by stepping out of your car and going right into your home. Once inside, those allergens spread and settle all around your house. Dusting everyday will help keep it at bay.
Hire a maid service – Hiring a cleaning service can lower your allergen levels in your home drastically. They will clean surfaces and in places you don’t think to do yourself. Hidden spaces trap dust and allergens and if stirred, can set you on a sneezing attack. The professionals at Executive Maids have been keeping homes allergy free for years. They understand where the culprit lies within your home and they know how to attack and get rid of it.
Call Executive Maids today! We can offer you solutions for an allergy-free home.
If you are in the Philadelphia area, give Executive Maids a call today!
Smart cleaning starts before you pick up a scrub brush. Keep your shower walls and floor looking shinier longer by stocking the bath with glycerin- or vegetable oil-based soaps. These soaps rinse cleaner than traditional tallow-based soaps, which can leave white, gummy soap scum crusted on your shower walls. Tried and true classics include Pears, Neutrogena, or Dr. Bonner’s.