10 Cleaning Tips You Will LOVE
We’ve been in the cleaning industry for many years, and throughout time we’ve learned various cleaning tips and tricks to help make the cleaning process a little simpler, quicker, and more efficient for all kinds of spaces.
1. Restore Your Showerhead
Mix equal parts white vinegar and water by pouring it all into a big plastic bag. Tie the bag around the showerhead with a rubber band. Make sure that the holes are completely covered in the solution. Let this soak for a few hours. When it’s done soaking, remove the bag, wipe clean, and run water through the shower for a couple minutes.
2. Clear A Slow Drain
When you notice a drain is starting to clog, pour half a cup of baking soda down it, then half a cup of vinegar. Wait for 5 minutes, then wash down the drain with hot water.
3. Degrease Cabinets
Just like your cooking utensils, your cabinets can also get grimy over time from your cooking. Put a little bit of dish soap mixed with warm water in a spray bottle. Spray to mist away the grease, and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
4. Remove Stains
Spills happen, and when they do time is of the essence. Start blotting up the spot as soon as possible with a dry clean cloth. Pour club soda on it, blot again, and keep repeating until the stain is gone.
5. Deep Clean Your Fridge
Wash the interior of your fridge with a simple cleaning solution of a quart of warm water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Remove any shelves or drawers first, be sure to let glass shelves come to room temperature first so they don't crack in warm water. Clean these in the same solution.
6. Clean Finished Wood
Dust the wood surface with a dry microfiber cloth for any easy daily clean. For a more intense clean, submerge the cloth in a solution of warm water and a mild dish detergent. Wring the cloth well, you just want it to be damp, and then wipe the wood surface clean.
7. De-Gunk Stove Burners
Instead of cleaning burners directly on the stove itself, remove them and submerge them completely in a tub or sink of hot water and a few squirts of dish detergent. Let the burners soak for at least 30 minutes, then scrub off leftover residue.
8. Clean Shower Doors
Create a cleaning solution in a spray bottle with 2 parts vinegar and 1 part dish soap, shake well then thoroughly spray shower door with mixture. Let sit for 30 minutes, then scrub the door down using a sponge or microfiber cloth. To add some extra shine, use a glass cleaner afterwards and wipe down the door with it.
9. Utilize Your Broom
You can’t go wrong with using an old fashioned broom to clean your floors. Vacuums just don't clean hard floors like a broom can. Take the time to sweep your floors to get every nook and cranny, under furniture, and in the grooves of tile grout.
10. Freshen Your Microwave
Clean hardened food and grime out of your microwave by heating up a cup of water with several tablespoons of vinegar, and a couple slices of lemon. Microwave on high until you see steam, let sit for 5 minutes. Then clean the inside of your microwave with ease.
Holiday Cleaning Tips
Whether you host a big celebration every year, or it's just you and your family relaxing at home, you will enjoy the holiday season so much more when your space is clean and organized.
1. Stock up on supplies and keep them in reach
Stock up on all your must have cleaning supplies - microfiber cloths, scrubbing sponges, all purpose cleaner, etc. and keep them within easy reach like under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. This will help make it easier to clean up messes as they happen.
2. Clean as you cook
Kitchen clean up becomes a lot easier when you do the dishes as you go. Unload your dishwasher first thing in the morning so that dishes wont pile up in your sink throughout the day. If you need to hand wash your dishes, do them as you cook. With all the extra cooking and baking it’s easy to make a huge mess of the kitchen.
3. Involve the whole family
Remember you are not the only one in your home who is capable of cleaning up. Have the entire family, especially children, helping with chores that will spare you the unnecessary stress. Delegate tasks to everyone and agree on the best time to do it.
4. Have a “Put Away Basket”
This is a great tip for when you're strapped for time and your house isn't looking as tidy as you'd like. Use a large basket or bin and go around the house gathering things that need to be put away. You might not get everything put away before your guests arrive, but at least it is out of the way and can be put out of sight for the time being.
5. Focus on main traffic areas
Keeping high traffic areas of our home clean is a great way to eliminate dust and dirt from spreading to other parts of the house. Make sure that entryways are clean and that there is a designated place for guests' shoes. Having a rug at the door also significantly decreases dirt from tracking inside.
The weather is starting to get colder and the winter months are coming. You may have already had to turn on your heat, and the cost of heating a home in Ohio winters can be quite high. You may also be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from winter allergies, and poor indoor air quality wont do you any favors. Although you can have your ducts cleaned any time of year, we recommend having it done before winter because it can be beneficial to your home and your health.
Improve Efficiency & Reduce Costs
Your furnace relies on a clean set of ducts in order to operate efficiently. Our team of skilled technicians use state of the art equipment to remove the dust, dirt, and debris from the ducts that circulate air throughout your home. When there is build up in your ducts it prevents proper air flow and reduces the efficiency of your HVAC system. It will require more energy to heat and distribute air, the result being a higher energy bill. Scheduling duct cleaning before winter hits can possibly help lower your heating cost.
Winter allergies can worsen when the air quality in your home is poor. You'll likely experience a sore throat, congestion, and other cold like symptoms. Cold weather lowers our immunity so our bodies are working harder in the wintertime to fight off illnesses. There are many remedies for poor indoor air quality, and duct cleaning is one of them. Our technicians remove pollen, dust, dirt, pet dander, and other harmful pollutants from your HVAC system. The air moving through your ducts will be noticeably cleaner and better to breathe after this service is done.
Extend The Life of Your HVAC
Your HVAC system is one of the most valuable and expensive components of your home, and can be costly to repair or replace. When you allow dirt and debris to build up over years and years, it becomes more likely that your HVAC will need repairs or replacement because of your system undergoing excessive wear and tear. Your HVAC will have to work harder to produce warm air during the winter. Just like how our cars need oil changes, our HVAC systems need regular maintenance as well.
Experts recommend that air ducts are cleaned a minimum of every 3-5 years. If you or someone in your home suffers from asthma or allergies, you may want to increase the frequency. If you are looking for a reliable and professional air duct cleaning service in Northeast Ohio, give us a call today!
Our Fall 2022 Cleaning Checklist
Fall is the perfect time to deep clean your home. It’s been a long summer. and chances are your home could use some sprucing up. We are officially entering a new season, which means a new slate. We’ve put together our cleaning checklist specifically for fall. Use it as a guide to freshen the rooms in your house and prepare for the cold weather!
Sweep and mop floors
Put away summer accessories
Hang up fall jackets
Hang up fall hats or scarves
Clean refrigerator and freezer
Discard old or expired food in pantry, fridge and freezer
Degrease cabinet doors and backsplash
Dust top of high surfaces including fridge, microwave/range hood, cabinets
Sweep and mop floors
Wash kitchen rugs
Clean garbage disposal
Dust and polish furniture
Vacuum and spot clean chair cushions
Clean or vacuum curtains
Mop or vacuum floor
Shampoo rugs or carpet
Polish any silver dinnerware
Discard expired personal care products and makeup
Clean makeup brushes
Wipe down vanity
Clean tub and shower
Wash shower curtain and replace liner
Scrub tile grout
Sweep and mop floors
Stock up on extra toiletries for holiday guests
Clean washing machine
Clean dryer vent
Organize laundry supplies
Sweep and mop floors
Store or donate outgrown clothes
Wipe down shelves
Bring cool weather clothes out of storage
Put summer clothes away
Dust and polish furniture
Wash bedding including sheets, pillows, duvets and bed skirts
Put away light summer bedding and bring warmer linens out of storage
Mop or vacuum floors
Shampoo rugs or carpets
Dust and polish furniture
Wash blankets and pillow covers
Vacuum upholstered furniture
Clean or vacuum curtains
Dust and clean lamp shades
Dust and clean decorations
Switch out seasonal decor, if needed
Sanitize remote controls
Mop or vacuum floors (don’t forget under the furniture!)
Shampoo rugs or carpets
Sweep out the fireplace
Recycle or shred unneeded paperwork
File important paperwork
Dust and polish furniture
Sanitize keyboard and mouse
Throughout the House
Dust ceiling fans
Wipe down baseboards
Wipe down doors and walls
Have air ducts cleaned
Change furnace filter
Sanitize door handles and light switches
Dust curtain rods
Turn off all outdoor faucets and coil garden hoses
Clean off patio furniture
Put patio furniture in storage
Stack and cover firewood
Check bulbs in outdoor light fixtures
Wash outside of windows
Clean gutters and downspouts
Pressure wash patio, driveway and walkways
Water Damage Restoration
You can't control bad weather or other outside forces that may cause water damage in your home or business. A flooded basement, sewage backup, or a busted pipe will often happen when you are least expecting it, and usually, you aren't prepared for it. This is why we offer 24-hour service for water damage restoration. It's important to address flood damage as soon as possible or more damage may incur. In Ohio, we see a lot of precipitation throughout the year, which has led to floor damage in many homes and businesses. If your property has flood damage call us immediately. Our team of experienced technicians are quick to respond and will help remove all wet contents fast and efficiently. We use state of the art technology to extract the water and then safely dry the affected area.
Over the years we have restored and dried thousands of damaged homes and businesses across NE Ohio . Water damage is something no one wants to deal with, but having a plan and a reliable team you can call to help, will minimize your losses and save you more trouble in the long run. Next time you have a water damage emergency give us a call. If you want to learn more about our step by step process visit our Water Damage Restoration page.
Keep Your Family Safe This Flu Season
Flu season is here, and while we cant control what others will do, it’s important that we look within our homes to see what can be done to prevent the flu. It’s no surprise that during the fall and winter months we are more prone to illnesses because we are spending more time indoors. The flu virus spreads very quickly, so without taking proper precautions, you are putting you and your family at risk. Shared close living spaces are a hotbed for germs, so we’re sharing a few steps you can take to make your home as germ free as possible.
This is the easiest and most important step you can take to prevent the spread of germs. We go to work, school, the store, we touch so many things throughout the day. So when you first enter your home, immediately go wash your hands. This will help prevent the virus from even entering your home in the first place.
Forget what you’ve been taught by your parents or your teachers about sharing. Flu season is not the time. Members of the same household should use their own bath towels and wash cloths. Make sure you have paper towels out to dry hands after washing instead of everyone using the same hand towel.
Use a Humidifier
Using a humidifier in your home will help slow the spread of those tiny particles of influenza that can spread in the air. The virus does not survive well in warm and humidified air, so it's a smart idea to invest in one this flu season.
Clean Hard Surfaces
Keep the cleaning in your house simple and focused on high touch points. Viruses can land on hard surfaces and stay for hours. Countertops, sink faucets, light switches, remote controls, fridge handles, toys, anything that is frequently touched should be disinfected daily. Use a microfiber cloth or a paper towel, and any cleaner that has bleach or antibacterial product will work.
It may sound like a lot right now, but following these steps and being consistent could keep you and your family safe from the flu this season. Getting a flu shot each year is the best way to prevent the flu and protect those around you. An annual flu vaccine is recommended for anyone 6 months or older.
Fall Cleaning Checklist
Have you been thinking about deep cleaning your home this fall? Many of us focus on deep cleaning during the spring , but fall is also a perfect time to give our home some TLC and get it clean and cozy for winter. We put together a fall cleaning checklist to help you get ready, so you can enjoy the season more and worry less about the messes and clutter.
Are you ready to have a clean home this winter? Call us today, our team is happy to assist you with any of your cleaning needs.
The Scary Truth About Your Air Ducts
The monsters you should be worried about aren't living under your bed, but are lurking in your ceiling and behind the walls. Your air ducts could be harboring dust mites, insects, rodent feces and even mold. These containments and critters are then recirculated into the air in your home anytime you are running your air conditioning or heat.
According to the National Air Duct Cleaner's Association (NADCA), a six-room home creates over 40 pound of dust annually just through everyday living. A typical family generates a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants such as dust and dander. These are then pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated into our homes.
Air duct cleaning is usually not a priority on people's to-do list. Out of sight, out of mind right? However, just because you cant see it, doesn't mean you aren't breathing it in. It's natural for dust and dirt to accumulate into our homes. We track dirt and allergens in everyday. But do you ever clean your home top-to-bottom, and then find a new layer of dust the very next day? That could be an indicator that your air ducts are due for a cleaning. Some other indicators that your air ducts may need professional cleaning is if your vent covers are dusty and dirty. Maybe there are variances in air flow in different parts of your home. If you just remodeled your home or it's a new build, lots of dust tends to settle even after construction is done. If you have pets or someone in your home smokes, this can also cause an excessive amount of allergens to buildup in your ducts.
Our customers have reported that they can physically feel the affects of cleaner air ducts. Clean air ducts means clean air to breathe. We always suggest to customers to have their air ducts serviced before winter kicks in. You will be spending a lot more time inside, and this is the time when indoor air quality really takes a beating. Call our office to schedule an air duct cleaning estimate and give yourself the confidence that the air you and family are breathing is fresh and clean.
Do you mop your tile floors, but afterwards they STILL look dirty? Of course, sweeping and mopping should be done on a regular basis. But if you want your tile and the grout to look clean, it has to be done properly. Surprisingly enough, one of the biggest mistakes is using too much floor cleaner and no rinse. Using to much floor detergent can actually cause build up that will make your floors look even dirtier. What many people don't know is that it is actually beneficial to "rinse" your floors. That just means every other time you clean your floors, to use only pure water.
So what about the dirty grout? Those thin little lines between your tile can be very difficult to clean, and cleaning them with simply a mop, is next to impossible. The grout lines dip down below the tile, which causes your mop to never even come in contact with the grout. If there is severe soil build up, using a brush could be required to clean the grout. However, using a tiny little brush to brush to clean each grout line can be incredibly time consuming.
If you want to keep your tile and grout looking clean, the best preventive measure is to have a professional grout sealer applied. This is something that should be done immediately after installation, however, most installers don't do it for you. The lack of grout sealer and improper grout sealer is a big reason to why your grout looks so dirty. It's important to have your tile and grout deep cleaned BEFORE the sealer is applied so the the dirt is not trapped under the sealer.
When we clean your tile we use a high-pressure hot water system that completely rinses and extract the soils into a holding tank in our van. We also use a professional solvent-based sealer that penetrates into the grout to prevent soiling. Ideally this sealer should be reapplied every two or three years for the best results.
If want to have sparkling clean tile floors again, give us a call at (330) 725-5702 to schedule a free estimate. One of our friendly and knowledgeable technicians will come to your home and determine the best method to meet your cleaning needs.
Get Your Home & Yard Cookout Ready
Memorial Day weekend is approaching us, and it's a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family, and celebrate our country. It's always been one of my favorite holidays because it marks the beginning of summer, and it's always been a tradition in my family to go to our towns parade and host a big cookout afterwards. Like 2020, many of us are celebrating Memorial Day a little differently this year. But it’s still possible to have an awesome cookout, while staying safe. We’re sharing a few tips on getting your home and yard ready!