In order for you to have your own dream house, we’ve developed 3 articles, here are one and two.
Keep reading for the last article of this series and learn how to clan and maintain that cleanliness as long as possible.
Always do the baseboards first, (with a rag mop) and make sure that the mop is wet enough to actually clean the baseboards.
The most used parts of a kitchen are the tools that contain food—the fridge and ovens—so, those are the utensils that need most of your attention.
For the fridge, wipe the door panel, handle and the top of the fridge.
In a previous article, we’ve covered how to clean your oven and your oven racks. However, a good and easy way to clean your oven is to spray its interior ahead of time (remove the lower drawer, place about 4 or 5 sheets of newspaper on the floor to catch any drips) and then, when grease and food crums are easy to remove, remove them.
For small appliances, after cleaning, remember to polish.
The mopping part
Use your cleaning product of preference, having in mind your floor type: wood, tile, etc.
A great option to clean your floor and avoid using commercial products is using vinegar and water a couple of times.
Mop your way out of a room, and it helps to keep the mop head going in the same direction of the grain of the hardwood floor – this reduces the chance of streaks forming.
Stainless steel appliances: take a micro fiber cloth and wet half of it, clean the door, and then dry with the other half of the cloth. If you want to use Stainless Cleaner, wipe in the direction of the grain of the stainless.
If you want to get your refrigerator looking really clean you’re going to want to pull it out. There are two things to remember. Do you have an icemaker? If so there’s a direct water feed and you don’t want to pull this line away from the wall. A refrigerator is heavy and may scratch your floors, so have help and keep an eye on the floor.
Sit on the toilet, what do you see? Be sure that the sight line is clean.
If you are able to complete all the tasks described in this 3-part series, your house should look cleaner than it ever has before!
As we want you to have your own dream house, we’ve developed 3 articles that will not only tell you how to clean your house like a professional, but also how to maintain that cleanliness as long as possible. This is part 2.
Bathrooms are like a mirror of your overall cleanliness: if the bathroom is clean and fresh, the entire house seems to reflect that. It’s not only because you use them regularly, but also every guest you have over.
Mirrors: a streak-free mirror is a must. It has to look clean from all angles. You can use a commercial foam glass cleaner for this purpose, or mix vinegar and water and use it to remove any build up dirt and grime.
Toilets: Make sure to clean the bowl, lids, fronts, bases, tops, and especially in and around the seat fasteners where dirt tends to collect. Also wipe the base by hand. Use any commercial product you prefer or the vinegar plus water mix.
Fixtures: clean all (cool) light bulbs and other light sources. Clean the racks, the top of the shower curtain rod.
Taps have an underside that is mostly forgotten. Clean it with hot water and a simple scrub.
Shower door: take the time to clean the track of grime or hand-stains.
Towels: Try and fold all towels.
Walls: bathroom walls have splash marks sometimes. Check all your walls and get rid of the stains.
At the end of the day, every job depends of the size of your home. Vacuuming a big house can take a significant timeframe, while a small place will be finished in no time.
Vacuuming is important to avoid allergies and diseases. Actually, it is best if you mop afterwards to make sure there’s no dust left behind.
Furniture: if it’s possible, try and move couches, chairs, and other items like bedside tables. Then vacuum. Every two or three months move your beds and vacuum underneath.
Area Rugs: For large area rugs, vacuum under fold it back and vacuum. If small rugs, pick them up and vacuum underneath.
Closets: closets can be a hiding place for a lot of dost. Open their doors and vacuum. If possible, empty them out (especially the front hall closet). Kitchens: open the bread drawer or where you store the toaster, and vacuum up the crumbs. Your cutlery drawer will also need a dedicated vacuuming.
Next week we’ll cover the last part of this series. Stay tuned!
Cleaning your house is more a task of patience and perseverance than strength and swiftness.
We all know that cleaning is not the most exciting activity in the world, but the results are worth all the effort: a clean, great-looking space, where all items are where they belong, where the light reflects the perfect harmony of all the elements and the air has a nice, fresh smell.
Yes, that’s what we think a dream house looks (and smells) like. And we want you to have your own dream house. That’s why we’ve developed 3 articles that will not only tell you how to clean your house like a professional, but also how to maintain that cleanliness as long as possible.
So, let’s start!
We understand that dusting can be everything but enjoyable, however, maintaining a dust-free space will not only look great, but also help to prevent respiratory diseases.
When dusting, you’ll be able to pick up off the floor, fold throw blankets, fluff pillows and cushions, and perform basic tidying.
Be thorough, because if you miss an area the dust on it will be more evident than in the other places where you cleaned.
You can use the dusting commercial product of your preference.
Steps to the professional dusting:
Move Items: Even before starting to dust, move items and leave the space free. This is more effective that moving each item one by one and dusting under it.
Ceiling Fans: Let’s start dusting from top to bottom, so ceiling fans go first. Dust them thorough fully once, and next time you’re left to dust with less effort. A chair or a small ladder can help you to reach up and clean.
Window Ledges: Raise all blinds or curtains to access all ledges.
Door Jams & Light Switch Plates: Take a damp cloth and apply a little cleaning product on it. Use it to clean these areas.
Patio Doors: Use a damp cloth with a little cleaning product on it, too. Clean them and, if any moisture is left, dry it with a paper towel. If you have a pet, take special care of nose marks.
Baseboards: Clean them with a damp mop and/or vacuum them.
If you happen to have limited time and you just want to tidy up a bit, remember to dust bed frames, the side of cabinets and armoires, door panels, banisters and spindles, chair legs and bases, curtain rods, pictures and their frames, stairwell ledges, dining room table legs and bases. Every debris and dust that is not perfectly taken out with your cleaning rag can be thrown to the floor. Then, vacuum everything. This will save time.
Next week we’ll be addressing bathrooms and more cleaning tips, stay tuned!
If you’re facing the challenge of cleaning grout, you’d know that this is not an easy task. However, it’s not impossible if you know what to do and have the best tools at hand.
Grout is prone to staining because of its light color and porous composition. It definitely depends where’s the grout located, if it’s in a tiled entry or mudroom, dirt and grime are your enemies. If it’s in the kitchen, grease and food spills are your culprits. If it’s in the bathroom, mold, soap and mildew will make it difficult to maintain clean.
As there are a lot of options when choosing a cleaning solution, it is best to start off with the mildest one. Test it in a hidden space of your entry, kitchen or bathroom and see how it reacts.
Water is the universal solvent, and there’s a good reason for it. Use plain water and a stiff-bristled brush. Spray warm water on the grout lines and scrub in a circular motion, then let dry. You can even use an old electric brush for this purpose.
Hydrogen peroxide is also an option, but please be careful with the fumes. Buy it at any drug store and apply it over the dirty parts, scrub, rinse, and let it dry. You can also apply it mixed with baking soda (in the form of a paste).
Have you considered using a steam cleaner? It’s an effective and environmentally-friendly method.
For heavier dirt and mild stains, vinegar comes to the rescue. Fill a spray bottle with 50% warm water and 50% vinegar, spray it on the grout, let it sit for 5 minutes and scrub with a brush.
Baking soda is also a savior, in fact. Make a paste of it mixed with water, put in on the grout lines and spray some of the 50/50 vinegar-water solution. There’s chemistry! – literally. When the mixture stops creating foam, scrub the lines, then rinse.
If all of the above cannot beat tougher stains and really hard grout, use oxygen bleach. Read and follow the manufacturer’s directions—and open your windows! The place has to be well-ventilated. Apply the oxygen bleach solution and let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes, then rinse with clean water.
Extreme cases require extreme solutions. Chlorine bleach and commercial cleansers can be used when there’s not any other option that can clean a really stubborn grout. Remember that long-term use of caustic cleaners erodes grout, so be careful!
As always, the best way to keep your grout clean is to clean it frequently with the soft techniques. Do you have any comment or suggestion for us? Let us know in the section below!
We, the team of BA House Cleaning, know that our job marks a difference: we transform a messy house in a clean, optimal living space. We’re always excited when we see our client’s satisfaction in their face.
However, we also understand that there are more difficulties in life than only a messy house. Cancer is one of those difficulties: a strong and treacherous enemy that a person (and his/her family has to defeat).
When you’re fighting against cancer, there’s little to no time to take care of your living space. That’s why Cleaning for A Reason was created: a nonprofit that partners with maid services to offer professional house cleanings to help women undergoing treatment for cancer, any type of cancer.
We’re proudly a Cleaning for A Reason partner. We believe in their purpose and are motivated to pursue it with our best job. We believe that we can change these female fighters—they that are fighting cancer—one life, one space at a time.
Cleaning for a Reason was the brainchild of President and Founder, Debbie Sardone, owner of Buckets & Bows Maid Service, Lewisville, TX. Several years ago, Debbie received a quote request from a lady on the phone, when the price was given, the lady told her “I won’t be able to afford that now; I’m undergoing cancer treatment” and hung up. Debbie wasn’t able to call her back (she didn’t have her number) and from that tiem on, she decided that no woman going under cancer treatment should pay for a clean house. This movement started in her own maid service company and quickly spread to other companies that also wanted to pursue this great objective.
Since 2005, Cleaning for A Reason is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation and has provided more than 17,000 cleanings for women with cancer with a value of more than $4.5 million in donated cleanings, and partnered with over 1,100 maid services. Brands as Wallmart, Mr. Clean and Swiffer are their current corporate sponsors and their cause has spread to mass media, as seen on Oprah.
Why did we partner?
Well, why not? We’re certain that Cleaning for A Reason has a worth-to-pursue cause: to offer free professional house cleanings to improve the lives of women undergoing cancer treatment.
And this is a cause that not only complies with our Corporate Social Responsibility, it definitely goes beyond that: we also have family, friends and acquaintances, and more than once have heard about a woman fighting against cancer. We are, as a company and as humans, excited to be part of this wonderful cause, excited to help others not only to take out the dust, but to create a clean, optimal space that facilitates a soon recovery.
Furniture, watch straps, any place or utensil can become a victim of dirt and grime. Grime masks the true beauty of everything you own, and, even when frequent cleaning can avoid the “Cleaner vs. Grime” battle, sometimes you need fiercer actions to eliminate it.
A simple process works in almost every surface: apply a small quantity of regular white toothpaste to the area you want to clean, take a soft brush a rub. Keep in mind the surface you want to clean, will it scratch? If so, rub only with your fingers.
Wipe the toothpaste with a dampen cloth.
If the grime remains, mix baking soda with a small amount of water to create a paste. Apply it as before: rubbing it in the surface you want to clean. Rinse thoroughly and allow it to dry completely.
Even when the mentioned process works very well, sometimes we have especial places we need to clean with especial care.
Let’s start in the kitchen. Everything in it, especially the walls, get a layer of cooking grease plus steam plus dust. That’s an awful combination and trying to get rid of it with regular water and soap can be unnecessarily difficult. Instead, wash the surface with white vinegar. Use a sponge to apply the vinegar and another wet sponge to rinse. Let it dry.
Still in the kitchen, we’ve already covered how to do a deep clean in your microwave, however, here’s a fast tip: take a glass bowl, fill it up to the half with equal parts of vinegar and water and put it inside the microwave. Set the time for the water to boil. Then, remove the hot bowl. All the grime inside will be softened; all you’ve to do is to clean with a paper towel.
The kitchen garbage bin is one of the most overlooked utensils, and, because of its purpose, one of the filthiest occupants of your kitchen. Use some gloves and wash it in your bathtub. Scrub the surface with dish detergent and a nylon-bristle brush. Rinse and dry with paper towels.
Now that we-re in the bathroom, you might want to know how to eliminate soap residue and hard water spots in showers and on shower doors. White vinegar is you battle partner: apply it onto your shower walls and door with a sponge, rinse with clear water, and let it dry or dry it with paper towels.
Vinegar is also your ally against a dirty toilet, it will also deodorize it. Pour one cup of vinegar into the bowl and let sit overnight. Then, scrub the surface with a brush, and there you have! All cleanliness.
Next week we’ll address new cleaning tips. Let us know what you think of the current ones in the comments section!
Porcelain is a ceramic material that not only looks great as tiles, but also is extremely strong and durable because of its virtually non-porous properties—it won’t absorb liquids, at least not as easily as marble, a material we addressed in a previous article.
You can obtain polished porcelain tiles—made entirely from porcelain—that have a layer of glass added to the surface. This is used for protection, but it’s not entirely necessary. You can have tiles that are not “glazed” and polish your tile to any level of shininess.
However, sometimes this tiles get stained, and, definitely, they get dirty when the home inhabitants walk over them.
First Things First: Identify Your Porcelain Tile
Is it glazed or not? To know this for sure is a little bit complex. It’s said that glazed porcelain tends to have a complex design. In the other hand, unglazed porcelain tiles will all look basically the same—their design and shade are monotonous.
A good test is to drip water on the tiles and let it sit for five minutes. Wipe the weater off and see the tiles color: it remains the same as before? It’s glazed. Does it darken? It’s definitely unglazed.
How to Clean Your Porcelain Tiles
Common dirtiness is easy to clean, use your vacuum and remove any loose dirt and debris.
If your tiles are unglazed, vacuuming should be enough. If you have an awful stain on them, use warm water with a small amount of disinfectant added and remove it with clear water. Let it dry.
If your tiles are glazed, remove heavy stains with poultice, water, and a white nylon scouring pad. Instead of poultice, you can use a mix of vinegar and hot water. Don’t rush! Doing the cleaning by small sections is best. Rinse with clear water, let the tiles dry and seal with Pro-Solve 10.
Always test any cleaning product you intend to use in a small—almost hidden—area. If there are adverse effects, you can refrain yourself from ruining all your tiles.
Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with 2 tablespoons of Borax (laundry whitener) with 1 gallon of water (adjust the amounts depending on the amount of water used). Wash the floor with a chamois mop – not a sponge mop. Rinse the mop under running water in the sink—not in the ammonia/Borax/water mix. This next step is important—while the floor is still wet/damp wipe dry with a chamois cloth. Your floors will turn out absolutely gorgeous and shiny.
Let us know your comments and tips in the comment section!
Have you ever thought about your refrigerator as a cold box where you keep your food? Technically, that’s what it is. As we tend to get things in and out constantly, the accumulation of grit, grime and crumbs is inevitable. Sometimes we even have food that has expired—and let not start with the smell.
So, how can you clean the fridge?
Define the level of cleaning you need. Let’s say, a partially dirty fridge won’t need the thoroughness that a seriously dirty and smelly fridge would need.
Step by Step!
Unplug your fridge. This is optional, but if you let it plugged while cleaning (which means that you’ll have the door open for a good while) you’ll be spending more energy than usual.
Empty the fridge: you can do it all at once or in sections. If your fridge is especially dirty you might want to do it by sections, starting by the top to avoid having all food outside at the same time.
Set aside two areas for setting items down: one of them is for things that need to be cleaned out (Tupperwares with expired food, dirty plates, almost empty bottles, etc.) and other area for items that need to be put back into the fridge. Discard anything that’s outdated.
Check your milk carton, olive jar and other containers that are going to go back into the fridge. With a clean, damp rag, clean their bottoms and sides. In this way, they’ll be clean inhabitants of a clean fridge.
Can you remove shelves and drawers? Do it. Clean them out or, if possible, wash them with a mix of soft soap and warm water. Be careful of not doing any scratches in the surface of them. You can also use some Windex on the glass shelves to get them extra clean and streak-free. Let them dry.
If you’re not able to remove shelves and drawers, include them in in this step: spray the interior of the fridge with a solution of vinegar and water (equal parts), let it concentrate on soiled areas and let it soak in.
With a damp sponge or towel, wipe and rub down all the spaces, you can also clean the shelf seams or rubber seals with detail using an old toothbrush.
Wipe everything down with a dry cloth.
If you removed them, return the clean shelves and drawers where they belong. Now return all the food and containers in an organized manner (you can have your fridge sections labeled to help keep items where they belong, if you prefer).
Clean the exterior! When everything inside the fridge looks fine, take care of the outside. Tidy your magnets, discard what’s not useful, and give the exterior a quick wipe down with your product of choice.
What do you think of this way of cleaning? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.
You’ve chosen marble for your countertops or floor. Brave decision. Marble is one of the most delicate surfaces to have in your home, even if it’s, well, stone.
According to the Marble Institute of America, “the first step in proper stone care and maintenance is to understand your stone’s geological classification and composition.”
Marble is classified as a calcareous stone. It’s composed mainly of calcium carbonate (just like shells and pearls). However, as Calcium Carbonate is sensitive to acidic solutions, any splash of lemon juice or other acidic spill will leave a subtle mark.
That’s why we need to warn you: do not, by any means, use vinegar on marble.
So, how can you clean your marble countertops?
Take a bowl and mix warm water and gentle dish soap (make sure that it doesn’t contain any kind of acid). Fill a spray bottle with it, and spray the counter lightly. Wipe thoroughly with a wet dish cloth. Dry off with a clean cloth.
Even the glasses and cups that contain an acidic solution can permeate its content to your marble and damage it. So, use coasters all the time.
If your marble is not on the kitchen countertops, but on your floors, you might want mop as frequently as possible. Remember to use a clean rag. If you use a solution, go for one that is mostly alkaline.
If you prefer to vacuum, make sure that every part of your vacuum is in good condition in order to avoid scratching the surface of the floor.
You can also use mats and rugs to minimize the quantity of dust and dirt in your floors, as they may scratch the stone.
You can say: yes, well, my marble is sealed. This is a great thing to have! But having a sealed marble doesn’t mean that it’s incorruptible, it just makes it more resistant.
So, when an accident occurs and you have an ugly stain in your stone, identifying the type of stain is the key to removing it.
Oil-based stains: Clean gently with a soft, liquid cleanser with one of the following: household detergent, mineral spirits, or acetone.
Organic: A coffee, tea, wine and similar kind of stains may cause a pinkish-brown stain. If your marble is in outdoors, time, sun and rain will remove it, if the case is inside your house, clean with 12% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia.
Ink/paint: Use hydrogen peroxide for clear colored stones. For dark colored ones, clean with lacquer thinner or acetone.
Water Spots and Rings: Hard water can accumulate and stain your marble. Buff with dry 0000 steel wool and your floor or countertop will be as good as new!
I have no stains, but scratches!
If your problem is scratches and nicks, you can follow the same steps as for the water stain: buff with dry 0000 steel wool. For deeper scratches and nicks ask for professional help.
Let us know your techniques to clean your marble stone at home!
We have addressed the importance of maintaining a clean kitchen, as it is one of the most used spaces in our homes. In our kitchen, apart from the stove, refrigerator, the sink and other utensils, we tend to have a lot of space dedicated to the kitchen cabinets.
As the cabinets are used for storing things and food, they also have to be as clean as possible. In the following lines we give you some tips to achieve that feat.
First Things First: The Exterior
Sometimes, the exterior surface of your cabinets accumulates a layer of grime, especially near the handles.
In order to clean them quickly, mix a part of vegetable oil and two parts of baking soda. Dip a cloth or a sponge in it and scrub the surface. You can also use an old toothbrush for some detailed cleaning.
When interior is more important than what the eye sees
When cleaning your cabinet’s interior, you have to empty out its contents. It’s like preparing the field.
If your cabinets are not painted, you can mix some mild soap and water in a bucket. Wash the insides of the cabinet, scrubbing a little where needed, with a cloth or a sponge.
Sometimes we keep food in our cabinets, and accidents happen. If you have oil spills within them, scrub the surface with the scouring side of your sponge. The same works for stubborn grime.
Remember that dirt can’t clean dirt, so please rinse your sponge or clothe frequently.
After cleaning them, dry them with a towel and then use a lint-free cloth in order to give them a finishing touch.
If your cabinets are indeed painted, dust them out and try in an almost hidden part of it if your mix of water and soap will remove the paint. If not, do as we previously suggested; if it actually does, use only water.
If your cabinets are made of metal or vinyl, it’s time to use a spray cleaner instead of the water mix. Spray the cabinets and then wipe the residues with a sponge or a cloth.
Of course, return your cabinets’ contents to where they belong!
You can take advantage of your cabinet’s emptiness: replace any ripped contact paper, cork or other cabinet liner. Then put the contents in it.
You can even re-wax your cabinets. Usually, a deep cleaning takes off the old wax. Use simple, non-silicon-based waxes and polishes. By doing this you’ll be certain that no layer of dust will accumulate in your cabinets.
Want to share with us some of your experience while cleaning? Let us know in our comments section!