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5 Cleaning “Secrets” Just for You

Good Monday morning, Moppers. We hope you had a fantastic weekend and got to do all the things you wanted to do. We had lots of fun indoors with friends, doing some crafts, and of course drinking wine. All-in-all, we’d call that a win.

During our time spent laughing and talking with friends, the subject of cleaning came up since it’s what we do, and we were asked to share some of our “secrets,” if you will, that make us the quick, efficient cleaners that we are.

But the truth is there are no secrets. We just have years of experience cleaning, and along the way we’ve picked up a lot of tricks that make our job easy and fun.

With that in mind we thought it would be nice to share some of those “secrets” with you all, so that maybe you can get a better handle on cleaning your house this holiday season.

1. Get Rid of the Clutter

The first step in cleaning anything is making sure you remove all the clutter in the room. If things are on the tables, the counters, scattered about everywhere…either put them back in their place, or toss them out if you don’t need them. If you don’t, the dirt and dust will just continue sitting underneath all that clutter, so why even bother cleaning in the first place, right? Removing the clutter first will make your job a whole lot easier, and get things much, much cleaner.

2. One at a Time

Many people try and clean multiple rooms at the same time. They switch back and forth between the bathroom and kitchen, or the bedrooms and living room. This is a no-no, because it’s splits your focus, and tires you out quicker. Stick to cleaning one room at a time, and then move on to the next one, and the next one. This will ensure a proper, focused cleaning, so that you don’t miss anything the first time and have to go back.

3. Cleaning Caddy

We can’t tell you how much easier our job is with a cleaning caddy, and it can make your cleaning routine a whole lot easier, too! Instead of having all your supplies scattered around in different rooms, it allows you to keep everything with you so you don’t have to keep constantly going back and forth for that roll of paper towels, or that all-purpose cleaner you left in the bathroom. A cleaning caddy keeps the essentials by your side, which will speed up the cleaning process and give you more time to do the things you love.

4. Top to Bottom

This is perhaps our all-time favorite “secret.” When cleaning a room, start from the top, and work your way down, otherwise you’ll be cleaning things twice. For example, you’ve just washed the dining room floors, and now have to clean the ceiling fan and table. Chances are that some of that dirt and dust from the ceiling fan is going to get on your nice clean floors, which means you’ll have to spot clean them again, when you should’ve started with the ceiling fan in the first place so that you could clean up the debris that fell on the floor while you were washing the floors. Makes sense, right? Top to bottom, folks. Hashtag Neverforget

5. Clean a Little Everyday

Perhaps one of the greatest “secrets” to keeping a clean home is doing a little bit every single day. This will prevent things from building up and getting out of hand, giving you more to clean when the time comes. Wipe down those kitchen counters after every meal. Make your bed in the morning. Put the dirty clothes in the hamper rather than on the floor. It’s little things like that you can do in seconds that will make your job so much easier when it comes time to clean the house, meaning less work for you, and more time to spend with your loved ones.

As mentioned, there are no real secrets to keeping a clean home, there’s just cleaning smart. By doing a few simple things like the ones listed above, you can clean your house quickly, and efficiently, getting it all right the first time so you don’t have to go back and do it again.

Now you know some of our “secrets,” Moppers, and we hope you put them to good use! Until next time, stay safe, and stay clean!

The Best Areas to Clean This Holiday Season

Good Friday morning, Moppers! We hope you all had a glorious week and are ready for an even better weekend. It’s supposed to be wet in our neck of the woods, but that’s okay, we’ve got company to look forward to so we’ll be inside staying nice and dry, playing games and doing lots, and lots of crafts.

Speaking of company, it is definitely that time of year when more and more people start to show up, right? South of the border our American friends are getting ready for Thanksgiving, and up here us Canadians are getting into the holiday spirit by looking forward to Christmas in just a little over a month. All of that means that soon your house—and ours—will be abuzz with guests, and we can’t wait!

Of course more guests means that it’s time to start getting your home in tip top shape, especially those areas where visitors tend to frequent. With that in mind, we thought we’d share with you today the best places to clean when you’re expecting company.

Bathroom

This one is a no-brainer, right? When people come over it’s to be expected that they’re going to use the bathroom, so there’s no better time to clean it than right now. Your sink, your tub/shower, and most definitely the toilet. You want that porcelain and chrome to shine, so make sure you eliminate all that soap scum and streak marks on the mirror, and we’d even go so far as to tell you to clean out your combs of any hair that might’ve been building up since the last time you cleaned them. Give your guests the best possible experience by making your bathroom sparkle!

Kitchen

We don’t know about you, but when we have guests over everybody tends to congregate in the kitchen. It’s a warm, welcoming place, right? Food, fun, good conversations…in many ways the kitchen is the heart of every home, and that’s why it’s important to make sure it’s nice and clean when people come over. From the fridge and stove, to the sink and countertops, having a clean kitchen says you care about the people that come into your home. So mop those floors, clean out your refrigerator, and put on some music while you make that kitchen immaculate for the ones you care about.

Foyer

They say that you only get one chance to make a first impression, and your foyer is your homes first impression. It is the first thing people see when they are welcomed in, so it’s important to make sure it’s nice and tidy. If you have a table in there, make sure to clean it off and dust around the legs where those little pieces of ugly like to hide. Clean out the closet in your foyer so folks have a place to store their coats, and always, always, wash those windows in there if you have any. Having a clean foyer speaks volumes to your visitors, so don’t skimp on the details lest you want them to think you don’t care about your home.

Bedding/Towels

The holidays are about friends and family, and a lot of the time those friends and family are going to want to spend the night. Therefore it’s imperative that you give them clean sheets to sleep in, and clean towels to use in the bathroom. Whether it’s a guest bedroom, or a bedroom you’re sacrificing so they can sleep in comfort, make sure there’s fresh, clean bedding on those beds, and when it comes to the bathroom always have a fresh set of clean towels on hand to provide them. You’re not a hotel, but you still want the people you love to have the best experience in your home, and having clean bedding and towels says you care about them, and their well-being.

Having people over this holiday season can be a little stressful, what with all the food and drinks you have to worry about preparing. Take some of the pressure off now by getting a head start on your cleaning, and tidying up all those places you know everyone is going to visit in your home. That way you only have to do some little touch ups here and there when everyone shows up.

We hope you all have a fabulous weekend, Moppers. We’ll talk to you again next week, but until then stay safe, and stay clean!

Why Hiring a Cleaning Service is Good for Your Health

Happy hump day, Moppers! We hope this chilly week has been treating you well so far. Though the weather’s been cold, we’ve been keeping ourselves warm by staying busy, busy, busy, and with a little help from some peppermint mocha lattes along the way.

We got a call from a woman yesterday who was interested in hiring a cleaning service because she’s been so stressed out lately thanks to work and the holidays, that she hasn’t been able to focus on all the things she needs to do at home, so her house had fallen into a bit of disarray. Of course we said no problem, we’ll take care of it, but that got us thinking about something we could talk about here on the ol’ blog.

We’ve touched on the benefits of hiring a cleaning service before when it comes to doing all the things you’re not able to do yourself, but we’ve never really talked about how it can benefit your health. So with that in mind here are just a few ways hiring someone to clean for you can go a long way toward keeping you and your loved ones happy and healthy.

Less Stress

Like the woman we mentioned, when you’re not able to focus on normal, everyday chores such as vacuuming and mopping because you’re so stressed out about everything else, it can be detrimental to your health. Stress can lead to high blood pressure, anxiety, panic attacks, and a whole host of other health problems that aren’t good. By taking away the stress of having to clean your house by hiring someone to come in and do it for you, you’re already working toward lowering those stress levels and improving your health for the better, which will allow you to feel much more at ease with things when you’re at home.

Allergies

If you’re one of the 50 million+ people who suffer from allergies, having a cleaning service come in to your home to clean for you can greatly improve your health. Cleaning services work to get every nook and cranny of dust, dirt, and mold, which are contributing factors to allergies that can lead to itchy, watery eyes, runny noses, headaches, and more. After just one visit you should already notice an improvement, and from there a regular cleaning will start to do wonders for your allergies and help keep them at bay.

Children’s Health

Kids like to get into all sorts of things, right? From cupboards and closets, to carpets and bathtubs, children like to explore every area of the home, including those that you forgot to clean. That’s why hiring a cleaning service to do the work for you is important to not only a child’s health, but an infant’s as well. They’ll hit all those spots you tend to miss, because that’s what they’re trained to do, and you can rest easy knowing your little ones aren’t playing in a layer of dust that could potentially lead to some big health problems.

Bathroom Bacteria

It’s no secret that the bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home, which makes it a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi that can cause all sorts of health problems if left untreated. A lot of people tend to treat the bathroom like any other area of the home, but the truth is if you want to keep all those nasties away you need to pay your bathroom some extra special attention, and that’s where hiring a cleaning service to come in and do it for you can work wonders for your health. We pay attention to the little things like mold that might be festering on your caulking, or that area behind the toilet where water tends to sit and lay stagnant. Having a clean bathroom can greatly improve your health, so it’s a good idea to leave it to the experts if you’re worried that you’re not doing a good enough job.

Those are just a few ways hiring a cleaning service can help with your health concerns. From eliminating mold and bacteria, to reducing your stress levels, having someone else do all the heavy lifting can start to ease your burdens about having to do it all yourself, while at the same time making sure your home is as clean as can be so that you can live a healthier life.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your week, Moppers, and we’ll talk to you again on Friday. Until then, stay safe, and stay clean!

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