Now that Thanksgiving has passed, homeowners are starting to prepare their home for the upcoming winter. One of the areas they will be focusing on is cleaning the entire house to get the area ready for any holiday parties. While some will hire a maid service in Philadelphia to do the cleaning, others want to take on the arduous task themselves. If you choose to take on the chore of cleaning your house this winter, here are a few tips from our cleaners to help get your house looking its best.
Dusting: One of the most notable signs your house needs a good cleaning, is the accumulation of dust. It is more likely to accumulate during the winter months thanks to the warm, dry air. Dusting all of your home’s surfaces should be the first thing you clean. You should work from top to bottom, so the falling dust does not cover areas that you have already wiped down. Removing the debris from your home will not only make your home look cleaner, but it will also improve the overall air quality in each room.
Windows: If you have a fireplace or you frequently light candles, you should regularly clean your windows. While it may not be noticeable from a distance, the windows are likely covered with a thin layer of soot.
Carpets/Hardwood: Once there is a mention of snow or ice, towns will be pouring pounds of salt, which will end up being dragged into your house. The salt is highly corrosive and can eat away at the finish on wood floors, as well as stain the carpets. To prevent any potential damage, you should steam clean your carpets and scrub the floors when you notice salt beginning to build up.
Using these tips, your house will maintain its unblemished appearance during the harsh winter months. Montgomery County, PA residents in need of maid service can hand these duties over to our cleaners at Executive Maids. If you find that you cannot keep up with the cleaning your house requires, visit our website today to learn about our services.
Moist heat works to loosen dirt and ease cleaning. Using this principle, let your microwave do the work for you. Place a cup of water – half water/half vinegar in a glass container. Set the microwave for one minute on high. Some microwaves take longer. Let it sit for a few minutes after the microwave time is up. The steam will loosen the baked-on food and make cleaning much easier.
How to Remove Water Stains from Wood Furniture
Inexpensive Commercial Solution
Water stains look terrible on wood. Not to worry. Executive Maids suggests a few DIY easy solutions. These articles are all good suggestions that anyone can do to remove water stains. Old English Furniture Oil – the dark one has always worked for me. I had a beautiful wood table that someone left a damp rag on. It took two treatments (both in the same day) I was very pleased with the results. Just follow the directions on the bottle. You just need one or two dry cotton cloths and the Old English.
We know it sounds a little crazy, but it works! Use just a bit of white toothpaste (no gels) atop the line of the water ring and let sit for a couple of minutes. Use a clean rag or cloth to lightly scrub away the toothpaste and you’ll notice a huge difference!
A Couple of Sources
About.com has suggestions for removing water stains. It may seem a bit odd. But, I’ve tried it and it works.
Chicklettes Home and Garden suggests using an iron and a dry towel to remove fresh water stains and ones that have been there for 10 years.
If you have a house cleaning question, feel free contact me and I will do my best to help you remedy your cleaning issue.
Dawn Hibbs, Executive Maids
Baking soda is an excellent choice for helping drains stay clear because while it is alkaline—a pH of 11—it isn’t as caustic and damaging as the commonly used lye-based commercial products.
Window screens help you enjoy the nice weather by circulating fresh air while eliminating any worry about insects. When screens get dirty, they make a mess of your windows. Every time it rains, the grime from those screens will spot the glass.