Fall Cleanup – Make Your Home Feel Fresh

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As the world continues to shine a spotlight on the ways we can improve the sanitation in our lives, our homes have come under scrutiny. With the fall coming up, we tend to be even more antsy as children are going back to school (or doing hybrid schooling) and want to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our homes feeling fresh and clean. On top of the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be overwhelming trying to keep up with a strict cleaning regimen and we often feel exhausted after working anyway. Using a Boise maid service is a great way to keep your cleaning schedule in tip-top shape without feeling like you never have time to relax!

For the fall, there are quite a few ways to give a fresh perspective on your home as we start to spend more time indoors during the colder months. Before your home starts to feel stale and static, give these ideas a try (or let our expert cleaners at Happy Homes do it for you!).

 

Take your normal cleaning routine up a notch.

Start with your typical checklist: Doing the dishes, washing bedding in all rooms of the house, scrubbing the bathrooms, etc. Instead of doing the minimum of these, take it up a notch! Wipe out the dishes in your china cabinet your rarely touch (that you will most likely use with the holidays coming up anyway!), analyze if it’s time to buy new bedding, and take an extra look at the bathrooms. Get behind the toilet, pour the proper cleaners down the plumbing to clear it out (and get rid of lingering smells), and even wipe out the dust hanging from the bathroom fan in the ceiling! Clean the TV, the washer and dryers, wipe down the doorknobs and switches throughout the house. Find the filters inside your house and replace them if needed, along with the batteries in all the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Because cleaning chimneys and fireplaces should typically be left up to a professional, schedule an appointment with a trusted local company at a time that works for you. While you are at it, get your furnace inspected as well to ensure it is working properly.

Wipe down the light fixtures in every room along with the corners of windowsills and shelves. Move the refrigerator and oven to clean behind and underneath. Clean the curtains and blinds that haven’t been touched since you put them up. Not only are these things that will make a world of a difference in the overall sanitation of your home, but they typically don’t take longer than a few extra minutes per task to your normal routine.

Don’t forget about the outside of your home!

The outside of your home is just as important as the inside. By keeping it well cleaned and maintained, you can further its life (not to mention, you’ll be able to notice a beautiful difference from before to after). Once all the leaves have dropped, clean out the gutters so that snow doesn’t get backed up on your roof and weigh it down. Complete your fall yard maintenance by picking up all the debris and leaves from trimming. Wipe down any outdoor lights and replace them if they have burned out already. One of the largest projects outdoors will be to pressure wash the home which will remove any growing mold and dirt clinging to the siding of your home.

Take the time to deep clean your BBQ from the frequent use over the summer. Wash the outside of your windows and doors. Drain the water hoses and wash off your outdoor furniture to ensure their longevity. Once they’re clean, go ahead and store them in a shed or in your garage or basement for when the weather gets warmer in the spring. While you are cleaning the outside of your home, take your time going through all the steps – you never know what you might find! With this close attention to detail, you might find that you need repairs on your steps or siding that you were not aware of before. Getting those repairs done before winter is crucial in keeping rain and snow from penetrating to the inside of your home.

It’s time to purge.

Spring isn’t the only time to get rid of things you don’t use anymore! Before you get cooped up inside too much, set aside a day to go through all your closets to pick the clothes you can donate. While you are there, go ahead and swap out your summer clothes for winter clothes to free up some even more space. Go through each room in your home to throw out (or give away or sell) any extra clutter or decorations that don’t fit your style anymore. This is also a great time to go through your basement, where you are most likely harboring many boxes of things you haven’t used in years.

Head to the kitchen for your next purge. Systematically check your pantry for old, expired food (or food that your family just doesn’t eat). If the food is still good that you want to get rid of, donate it to someone in need. While you are going through shelf by shelf, take a cleaner to the pantry shelves and close up any open containers to reduce the chances of gaining mice or food-loving insects during the winter months. Once the pantry is done, move on to the refrigerator for another purge. Many of us are guilty of pushing older containers to the back of the fridge, which eventually gets lost as we buy more and more groceries every week. Sort through everything and rearrange the shelves while cleaning for an organized feel. Now, you won’t have to worry about using mustard that’s three months old!

Unfortunately for many of us, having the time to deep clean our houses in the fall can be hard to do. If you start to feel overwhelmed by your chore list, call a Boise maid service you can trust – Happy Homes!

7 Tips to Keep Your House Clean

Best Practices to Keep Your House Clean Between Maid Services

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Everyone loves the feeling of coming home to a freshly cleaned house – especially when you didn’t have to do the cleaning yourself! When using a Boise house cleaner like Happy Homes Maids, your house gets its routine cleaning without the hassle of doing it on your own. However, your home can only stay clean for so long when you don’t have a live-in maid (like most of us!). Based off of our expert team members, we have gathered the best tips on how to keep your home sparkly clean between the times that we come out to help.

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Need a Maid Service? Hire a Locally Owned House Cleaning Company

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We make important decisions with every dollar we spend. Whether we are buying groceries, clothing, or hiring someone to clean our homes, we have the choice to spend our money locally or with national, or even international, companies. While some items are nearly impossible to buy locally, the same is not necessarily true when hiring services. There are many local service providers in your area that are locally owned and operated. There are many advantages to keeping your investment closer to home. Here are just a few reasons to hire a local Boise maid service when you need help keeping your home tidy or want to reclaim some of your hard earned time!

Environmentally Safe Green House Cleaning

Cleaning Houses with Environmentally Safe Products

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Most of us living in the Boise area want nothing more than to protect our environment. We also want clean homes waiting for us once we return from work after a long day. Can we have both? Can we have a clean home while protecting our environment? Yes, we can. If we use environmentally safe products or hire house cleaning companies in Boise that do the same.  Here are a few ways to keep a clean house and protect our planet at the same time!

Everything is Better When Someone Else Cleans Your Home

Everything is Better When Someone Else Cleans Your Home

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We work too hard. We do not play enough. We know these things, yet we do not do anything to change it. We come home from a long day at work only to work some more! What options do we have? We have plenty of options, especially when it comes to cleaning your home. Treat your house cleaning like any other project you would ordinarily task out. You probably do not do your own taxes. It is doubtful you change your own oil. Why clean your own home?

Professional House Cleaning: More Important than Ever

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Many of us are looking at spending an extended period in our homes. Far more than we are used to. The more we are home, the dirtier our house will get. The dirtier your house gets, the less you want to be there. It’s a never-ending cycle that could make you crazy if you let it. One simple solution is to have your home cleaned by a Boise house cleaner on a regular basis. The benefits are too numerous to share in one article. Here are the top three!

Fight Coronavirus by Disinfecting Your Home

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Across the nation, it is being reported that the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak is bringing more demand for cleaning services. Experts advise taking extra steps to keep your home free of germs, not only to prevent illness but also to keep it from spreading if someone is already sick.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person; between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

How Happy Homes Maids Protects Your Home and Family

We are professionally trained to keep environments clean and healthy. We sanitize surfaces, and we’ve taken disinfecting to a higher level. We use commercial-grade vacuums with HEPA filtration that capture up to 99 percent of dust, allergens and other contaminants. We use disinfectant that is made to kill viruses and bacteria. We use certain cloths in certain rooms to avoid spreading germs. Our cleaning teams use hospital-grade disinfectants to sanitize their hands and vacuums from one house to the next. They wear disposable gloves to keep outside germs away. We will continue to enforce our policy of requiring team members who exhibit or are showing signs of illness to stay home.

You don’t have to fight the coronavirus alone!

Here’s How You Can Protect Your Home and Family

CDC Recommendations

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water aren’t readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow and immediately wash your hands
  • Wear a face mask if you are sick and around other people (such as in the case of a visit to the doctor’s office – they should have a face mask available for you to put on when you enter their office)

Our Cleaning Recommendations

  • Keep getting your house professionally cleaned and disinfected by Happy Homes Maids.
  • We recommend that you clean commonly touched surfaces with disinfectant regularly during this time, between Happy Homes cleanings.
  • Let’s take good care of each other: Please call us to postpone your clean if your family is sick. Our employees are being asked to stay home if they are sick.

Why You Should Hire a Professional Maid Service For Your Office

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If you are managing an office, you might need to have it cleaned from time to time. Many managers will task their employees with cleaning their offices, thinking that it will save them money. That’s not actually the case, though. In most cases, you will end up spending more money by having your employees clean up the office beyond just quick maintenance. When you task your employees with cleaning your office, you are paying them to clean. You’ll then have to pay them to do the work that they would have done in that time. So, in a sense, you’ll be paying them twice. 

Since they’re not professionals, they’ll likely do a less effective job than professionals would. So, that means you’ve paid them like professional cleaners to do a job below the standard of professionals. That’s a poor financial decision. It’s a better option to hire professionals, but make sure they are ones who specialize in cleaning offices. 

Office Cleaners

Some maids explicitly specialize in cleaning offices. That’s particularly important because offices have some particulars that can make cleaning them difficult. For example, many offices are full of dozens of computers. Computers need to be cleaned with specific cleaners and specific practices. Computer fans tend to collect dust that needs to be cleaned out. It can be vacuumed out and/or it can be blasted out with compressed air. Cans of compressed air duster or air compressors aren’t necessarily standard tools for a maid. They are pretty standard for office maids, though. 

Furthermore, offices tend to have more paper and staples around the floor. If a maid runs a normal vacuum over dozens of staples, they might damage the vacuum. Oftentimes, maids who work in offices will bring vacuums that have magnets across the front. The magnets will pick up the staples before they can get sucked up in the vacuum. 

Pricing

Professional cleaners who work in offices are going to be better than other cleaners at estimating how long or how difficult the job might be. That means that they’ll be able to give you a more accurate estimate of the time involved in the job. A better estimate will allow you to budget your time more effectively; it will also make it easier to schedule. Some cleaners like to work in an empty office; if you need to empty out your office, you don’t want to do that for longer than is absolutely necessary.

Use a Professional Office Cleaning Company in Boise

If your office is a mess and you’re tired of paying your employees to only get it halfway cleaned, you need to get in touch with us over at Happy Homes Maids. We have over 20 years of experience cleaning in all types of spaces both big and small. Give us a call today to see how we can help you!

Should You Clean Your House Before The Maids Arrive?

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It might sound counterintuitive to clean your house before your house cleaners arrive, but it’s a fairly common practice. There are several reasons that people do this. Some people do it simply because they don’t want a stranger to see how dirty their house has become. Maids typically aren’t judgemental, so that’s not a huge concern. However, if it’s a concern of yours, then cleaning up a little bit beforehand can help. Some people clean up around their houses so that they can more readily identify areas that they don’t want to clean. For example, if you clean up the kitchen but you have some stubborn stains on the refrigerator door, you might be able to identify them to the maid for additional attention. Lastly, cleaning up around the house can save you money. 

Saving Money

Many house cleaners will charge by the hour, or they’ll charge extra for particularly difficult areas to clean. So, if your kitchen is very dirty, it might take an hour to clean the kitchen alone. That will add an entire hour’s worth of expense to your cleaning bill. If you clean up around the kitchen yourself before the maid arrives, it might only take 30 minutes for the maid to finish up. That’s a considerable amount of money saved. 

Also, cleaning up before the maid arrives can save you money by reducing the difficulty of the cleaning job. Cleaning an oven, for example, is a very time-consuming task. If it’s already mostly cleaned, then maybe the maid won’t even charge you extra. 

Identify What You Don’t Want Cleaned

Cleaning up around your house before the maid arrives will allow you to assess what you have around the house and what you would like the maid to clean. For example, if you are cleaning around your living room, you might notice some fragile items that you’d forgotten you had. If you’re worried about those things getting broken, then you won’t want the maid to clean them. House Cleaners are typically bonded and insured against damages to your property, and they try to be as careful as they can be, but accidents do happen. You can avoid those accidents by just cleaning your fragile items and then putting a sticky note on them. 

Identify Tough Jobs

If you typically do your own cleaning, you’ll be able to identify some places that you have a hard time cleaning. You’ll be able to ask the maid to put a little bit of special attention on those areas. You won’t know that unless you clean up beforehand, though.

Will Your Housekeeper Clean The Oven?

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It’s not always clear which parts of your house your housekeeper will clean when you first hire them. The best practice is to have them come to your home before your first cleaning job. Walk them through different parts of the house, and tell them what you would like cleaned. They’ll tell you if they normally clean that part of the house or if they charge extra to clean it. You’ll also be able to tell them things you don’t want cleaned. For example, if you have fragile items that you can’t replace, it might be best to just clean them yourself. Along the way, they’ll tell you if they clean ovens. Typically, housekeepers clean the outsides of ovens but they don’t clean the inside. Cleaning the inside is a pretty difficult task. If they do clean it, or if they clean it for a fee, you can save some money by doing a pre-clean yourself.

How to Pre-Clean Your Oven

 Cleaning your oven can make it much easier for your housecleaner when he or she arrives. In some cases, house cleaners actually won’t clean an oven that’s too dirty. So, a good pre-clean might be essential. The easiest way to accomplish this is to run the self-cleaning cycle on your oven. When you read about self-cleaning ovens, some will swear by them and others will suggest that you should never use the cycle. If you follow the instructions on your oven, it will likely work out fine.

Take out the racks and any type of oven liner. Also, take any pots or pans off the range on top of the oven. Don’t use any type of chemical oven cleaner before the cleaning cycle, and make sure that any pets or children are out of the area. When you turn on the cycle, it will heat up the oven to an excess of 900 degrees Fahrenheit. The process can take between an hour and six hours. As it burns off anything stuck on the oven, it will likely create smoke. So you’ll need to stick around to open windows, direct fans, and otherwise ventilate the area. After the process is finished, you’ll likely have ashes on the bottom of the oven. You’ll need to wait an hour or more for the oven to cool down. Sweep the ashes into a dustpan, and the oven is ready to be cleaned by the house cleaner.

Cleaning It Yourself

If you don’t have a self-cleaning cycle or if it worries you, you can also use a pan of water. Put a pan of water on the center rack of the oven. Turn the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and allow it to run for at least an hour. That will create steam inside the oven to loosen grease and grime. After that, allow the oven to cool. Scrub it with a damp brush and allow it to dry.

Lastly, you can use a commercial oven cleaner. If you use an oven cleaner, you’ll need to follow the instructions on the cleaner. Use a face mask and gloves because they can be very caustic. Typically, you will heat the oven to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and then turn it off. Spray the oven cleaner, allow it to sit, and then wipe it clean.

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