Winning the War on Pet Hair
Can’t keep up with your pet’s shedding…Executive Maids can help you with this.
It is fur-shedding season, which is nature’s attempt to get rid of our dogs and cats’ thick winter fur. Add to that allergies that come with the season as well. Hiring a maid service can help control the dust and dander but there are a lot of ways that you can keep things under control as well.
The best way to fight the war on pet hair is through regular grooming of your pet and regular cleaning around the home. Dogs with healthy skin shed their skin cells every 22 days. Dead pet skin is called dander and what can create a lot of allergens in the home. To keep the dander at bay, bathe your dog once a month using shampoos that are designed to be sensitive. Since most cats don’t like water, use grooming wipes to help remove loose hair and stop it from settling on your furniture and carpet.
Brushing your pets regularly is essential to the war on pet hair. Talk to your groomer about the right tools to use because not all pet brushes are created equally. Dogs are usually happy to be groomed. Try brushing them outside so that the loose air doesn’t fly around the house. Cats are trickier. They may want to be brushed on your lap or on a counter. Let them choose where and then put a towel under them so you can easily dispose of the fallen hair.
Now that you have tackled the actual fur on your pet’s back, think about what you can do in the home to keep it fur-free. Consider purchasing a powerful vacuum cleaner. There are some models that are actually labeled for pet hair to get the job done. Make sure you purchase one that comes with a variety of tools that allow you to extract hair from the stairs, crevices, and cushions. Keeping a lint roller (or ten) around the house really helps to pick up hair also. Also make sure that blankets, pillows, pet beds and any linens that your pet like to sleep on get washed regularly.
Tackling pet dander can be an easy process if you do it on a regular basis and you have a plan of attack that works. Some pets are more agreeable than others when it comes to grooming but make sure you find a system that works for you and your furry friend. Keeping your house dander free is key especially if you have any allergy sufferers in your household.
Consider hiring a maid service to clean and maintain your home for weekly, bi-weekly or monthly cleanings. Having Executive Maids professional house cleaners come in and help keep the dander at bay will take some relief off of you. Winning the war on pet hair is definitely doable. You just need to have the right tools and mindset to do it.
Executive Maids can keep your pet hair at bay. Contact us today.
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What to look for in the best maid company for your home
The constant demands of life make you busier than you could want. Career demands, family obligations, social activities, exercise and even downtime fill up your schedule in the blink of an eye. Taking care of your home’s cleaning needs is often one of the things that falls to the bottom of your calendar and that means having professional help is a good solution to this problem.
When you decide you want someone to clean your home, there are things to keep in mind when you seek out the best Philadelphia maid services:
It is an unfortunate reality that maid services are not always trusted when it comes to having access to your home. Unless you watch them every minute they work, you can’t be sure everyone is trustworthy. Good maid service companies have employees in place that have been through background checks and are okay with you running your own background checks on them. They will be bonded and insured so that that in the event of losses, you are both covered. Bonded workers are typically trustworthy as the company’s business and livelihood depend on it.
ID’d and uniformed
A good maid service will have their employees show up in uniforms as well as be able to provide ID in the form of a name badge with a photo. They may even go as far as to text or email you photos of they employees so that you know who is coming to your home before they even show up.
They come in teams
A reputable maid service will send more than one or two people to your home to clean. Typically, they send a team of three or four cleaners with a supervisor among them. They are given specific areas to clean and when the cleaning is done, the supervisor inspects the work so that if something isn’t done right, they make it right before they even leave.
Respond to negative feedback
Great maid services are going to have very high ratings on customer review sites. However, any business that does a lot of work will inevitably have some negativity from disgruntled customers. The best maid services will be apologetic and professional and will always attempt to make things right with customers.
Quality customer service
This is probably the most important feature in any company but one that is often put on the back burner. You want a cleaning company that not only provides the best cleaning for your home but provides the best customer service as well. Are they easy to contact? Are they courteous? Can they answer your questions honestly and accurately? If there is a problem or you have questions they should be able to rectify situations in a kind and courteous manner. They want the best for them but they want the best for you too. They understand how important your home is to you and they need to be able to respect them.
When looking for Philadelphia maid services, consider Executive Maids. We are a fully licensed and bonded company with years of experience.
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Executive Maids, Philadelphia’s best cleaning company, was selected by Philadelphia Magazine to clean the 2016 Design Home!
2016 marks the 14th year of Philadelphia magazine’s Design Home. Over the years, each Design Home has exhibited the latest trends in the market. Our readers and visitors have been repeatedly awed by these remarkable, state-of-the-art houses. Thus, in keeping up with tradition, Philadelphia magazine’s Design Home 2016 will certainly not disappoint.
Design Home 2016 is a symbiosis of old and new. For the first time in 13 years, Design Home returns to the City of Brotherly Love. Located in an uber-luxurious townhouse development in Philadelphia’s historic Society Hill, Adagio is a modern interpretation of the classic townhouse and the epitome of contemporary living in a world class city with arts, culture, and five-star restaurants at its doorstep.
The process of building and design of the home will be chronicled through several special advertising sections in Philadelphia magazine and through this website. Design Home 2016, Adagio, will open its doors to the public for 3 weeks of house tours (October 15 – November 6, 2016) – with all ticket proceeds benefiting MANNA.
No stranger to being selected as Philly’s Best Cleaning Service, Dawn Zapt, Founder and CEO of Executive Maids, states, “It’s a huge honor and one that we take quite seriously. Our maids always put forth their best effort and it shows. The even more incredible part of this project is MANNA‘s involvement and all the good they do for our city.”
Who is the maid that actually cleans your house? We talk about the best maid service in Philadelphia but why is it the best? Who are these little cleaning fairies that come into your home? It’s important to research any company that you allow into your home for any reason, but it’s also important to research the actual people working for that company. This is especially true of a maid service because most likely, the employees that are assigned to your home will be the same people who come in every time to clean for you, and most likely when you aren’t home. So you need to know who they are.
Inadequate cleaning, unreliability and theft are all factors to consider when hiring a cleaning service. If you don’t do your homework before hiring a cleaning service, you could end up with a disaster on your hands and in your home. You should be asking your cleaning service who they hire, what background checks are done and if there have been any instances. You should check references and reviews. You should have full names of the professionals that are actually coming into your home and do your own research. Sounds a bit much? Not really. In fact, professional cleaning companies welcome you do to your own due diligence.
Executive Maids is one such company who advise you to check up on them. You can request documentation that their workers are reliable and trustworthy. They will offer references and show you where to find reviews on their company and their maids. Executive Maids understands your concerns. This is your home, your sanctuary and the place you feel the most safe. You don’t want someone coming in to disrupt that peace. Executive Maids understands this and strives to make you feel comfortable prior to doing any cleaning in your home.
Executive Maids pride themselves on their trustworthiness. Founder and owner Dawn Zapf understands this better than anyone. She will not allow anyone to work for her company that is less than stellar. She expects the best in order to give the best. Her screening process is thorough. Every person she hires to clean homes goes through an extensive background check and is monitored through the beginning of their career by a supervisor who will make sure there is nothing to be concerned over.
One of the best aspects of Executive Maids is that every cleaning job is done with a 3-4-person team. That means that every time the Executive Maids team comes to your house to clean, they are not alone. This not only ensures that every inch of your home is cleaned thoroughly and effectively, but no one is left alone in your home. A team effort will give you peace of mind about security and confidence knowing that your house is being cleaned in the best manner possible.
If you are looking for the best maid service in Philadelphia, in all aspects of the meaning, contact the Executive Maids team today.
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Hiring the Help – Why finding the right maid service for you shouldn’t be so hard
So you’ve decided to hire a maid service to help with the heavy, necessary cleaning that you just don’t have time for. You’ve pondered about it for a good while and decided, you just need the help. Life gets in the way and cleaning takes a back seat. But cleaning is necessary. It’s important to have a clean home for obvious reasons but it also keeps us healthy and less stressed when things are clean and organized. It is just a fact of life for anyone. Cleaning is a necessary evil that everyone must tackle.
Now that you’ve let the guilt walk out the door, the idea that you actually need the help has subsided, you need to figure out WHO you are going to hire. And that is no easy feat. There are thousands of maid services and cleaning companies in every city across this country. If you Google “maid service” or “cleaning company” just for your town, you are guaranteed to see tons of them pop up. So how can you choose? It seems so daunting but there are some tips to help you find the right cleaning service to fit your needs. It may take some time and numerous phone calls and website visits, but you will find the perfect help for your cleaning needs.
You’ve done some searching on the Internet and came up with a few contenders (you may have liked their website or if you called, the person on the other end had a pleasant voice). Next, you need to narrow it down. You do this by interviewing your potential cleaning service. Interview, you say? Why yes. You are hiring a person or company to enter your home and clean your private space, why wouldn’t you interview them?
Here are some tips during your interview process (this can be in person or on the phone but it is still an interview):
Do you have proof of insurance?
Asking a cleaning service for proof of insurance and is a no brainer. If they are insured and honest, they will have no problem supplying this information to you. If they don’t have insurance, run. That is a risk that you just shouldn’t be willing to take.
How long have you been in business?
It’s important to know how long the service has been in business so that you can gauge the level of professionalism they can supply. The longer someone knows a business, the more apt they are to do the job right. They’ve done their trial and error, you don’t want it to start with you.
How many people do you have on each assignment?
It’s important to know how many people will enter your home, especially if they will be cleaning when you aren’t home. Usually a team of 2 or 3 is sufficient. They will get the job done quicker, keep an eye on each other and be out the door a lot faster.
Do you do background checks on your employees?
This one is pretty important. You want to know that the type of people entering your home are honest, hard working people. That isn’t asking for too much.
What is your cleaning process like?
It’s important to HOW they clean your home. What equipment and supplies, what they clean and what they don’t, how they clean something. These are important questions you want to ask because remember, you are doing the hiring and they are entering your home to clean.
At Executive Maids, we can answer all of these questions and more. We are open and honest about our company and our reputation proves this. See how well we can clean your home.
Contact us today!
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