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Tips from Eagle Eyes Cleaning Company in Pahrump, Nevada
An ongoing series of informational entries to help make your home life easier.
12 Steps to Maintain a Clean Bathroom
January 15, 2019
Never Fear....cleaning your bathroom.....yes! we go there to eliminate body waste. yes we go there to shave off our unwanted hair.....yes! we go there to wash off dirt and sweat....yep! we also go there to get the grit off our teeth....oh! the mold sometimes takes hold too.....in essence....it's a germ fest.
That is why people don't like to spend any more time there than is necessary. But wait!!! If you have this mindset then your bathroom will only fester with the dirt, the sweat, the hair and sometimes toothpaste drips.
The game plan is to clean while you are already in there doing your business. Then it will stay fairly clean. You may need to do a detail "deep" clean once a month, but it will be an easy task if you just follow the steps I am about to share with you. Excited? LoL
1.) buy a bathroom cleaner and a good scrub brush. The best kind of scrub brush should have a good handle and a large bristled area, which covers more area quicker than using a small scrub brush. You can use a scrubby pad if you prefer. The general idea is that you want to leave them in the tub area, easily accessible.
When you are finished with bathing, turn off the water, spray the shower stall and tub with your preferred cleaner and let it set on the surface for a couple of min. Then take your scrub brush/scrubby pad and apply pressure, and scrub the entire area. Rinse and if you want too dry it off. That is not totally necessary but will enable you to pick up the stray hairs that you missed. Oh! and wipe UNDER all the bottles and chunks of soap.
2.) pick up the bath mat that helps keep you from slipping. Hang it up in your tub or on the side of your tub so mold won't grow under it. The grab bar works perfect, if you have one.
3.) Check your shower curtain. Be sure it is left open and there are no parts folded over other parts. This prevents mold growth. When you do your once a month detail clean, spray it with a mold type remover spray (ZEP brand from Home Depot is a great brand but do this LAST as you won't want to breath it in).
4.) Use your bathroom fan to help remove the moisture in the air to help prevent mold growth.
5.) Keep BABY WIPES handy. Don't flush them down the toilet. But after you use the toilet and sink. Take a couple of wipes and swipe your toilet and sink. Don't use the toilet wipe on the sink!! That's not what I am saying. That would be gross. Have your fave toilet bowl cleaner and a toilet bowl brush near the toilet base and at least 2 x week, after you take a dump, swab the inside of the toilet bowl, flush and splash a little in after the flush to help eliminate those ugly water lines that form after awhile. I like the black lysol brand OR the bleach brand. Choose the black label Lysol if you have hard water. Choose the bleach Lysol brand if you have alkaline water. Never mix those two, please!
6.) Use a liner like a shopping bag, in your trash can and always keep several stashed in the bottom of the can so you can easily replace it on trash day. Which of course would be at least one time per week.
7.) Each time you steam that bathroom mirror up. Use the hand towel and wipe down the mirror.
8.) You can use those baby wipes to wipe the bathroom floor. Clean behind the toilet and the base of the toilet on your detail cleaning days.
9.) Kids toys: Keep them contained in a small laundry basket. As soon as they understand English, train your child/ren to pick up after themselves
10.) Get a makeup mirror and do your face in your room. It's so much better that way. And helps keep your counter tops from being cluttered.
11.) Clutter: Don't have it. Don't keep 2 of everything. Meaning bathroom essentials. You don't need a lot of fancy decor in the bathroom and counter top clutter. If it's not useful then it doesn't need to be there. O.K. A candle can be useful if you want to take a relaxing bath. Or help make things smell better if company is coming.
12.) There are all kinds of nifty storage gadgets out there to help you make the most advantage out of small spaces, use them.
This is your 12 step bathroom cleaning program. You will thank me!
Cleaning Tips Everybody Can Use
Yay! You are interested in cleaning. I love to talk about cleaning but most people look for the exit signs when I do. So instead, I can write about cleaning and those who are interested can read about cleaning. No exit sign needed. WELCOME TO MY BLOG :-)
When it comes to cleaning, most people feel frustrated and don't know where to start. Most people let their cleaning tasks build up, along with dirt, dust, grease, grime and clutter, until they just want to keep their home under lock and key.
Well I want to help you do better and feel better. Read on.
My number #1CleaningTip is this:
Always find a place for everything and everything in its place.
I know it sounds easy to do but unless you are committed to this practice, you will tend to drop things where they land, when you are finished with them. Don't do that! Because you want to make clean up easier. Right?!
Train those who live with you to do the same. Your mantra will now be this: Please put things back the way you found them. Thank you!
I don't think I need to carry on about the rhyme or reason for this. As once you start doing it, your life will be easier. I applaud you for taking the 1st step in home improvement.
Tips to Help Sort Your Laundry
Laundry accumulates each and every day making it difficult to keep up with. However, there are ways to keep it under control.
1. Make it as easy as you can by buying the little pods. Use one for a small - medium size load. Use 2 for a large or xl load.
2. Use dryer sheets instead of liquid.
3. Do not over fill the washer tub. This is crucial to enable your laundry to get clean as well as lower the time it takes to dry your clothes.
4. Wash similar types of articles rather than bunching them into one load. This will help you when it's time to put them away.
5. Don't let it pile up....you can toss the laundry into the washer when you go to bed and into the dryer when you wake up (1st thing). Or toss into the wash as soon as you come home from work or wherever. Then be sure to dry it and deal with it before going to bed.
6. It's important to wash each time you accumulate 1 load. Don't wait until you have several or you will feel overwhelmed.
7. Toss them onto your bed as you have to fold them before you tuck yourself in at night.
8. Divide into piles of similar articles. A pile for socks. A pile for shirts. A pile for pants (etc).
8. It is a bad idea to wash a load of towels all at once. Instead toss a dirty towel in with your regular laundry. Towels take the longest times to dry but not long if you portion them out with regular loads. So this is one of the exceptions to washing similar types of loads. But by all means you will want to wash a blanket with some sheets mixed in. Notice I said "A" blanket. Too many will cause your dryer and you to wait longer for drying.
9. It is perfectly O.K. to adjust your washing time to "Quick Wash" because most people toss after a single (or twice) use! So they don't get very dirty at all. You shouldn't need to use the lengthy cycles such as "sanitize," Most detergents are super great these days! You should not need to use extra "OYY" powder but for the blood stained sheets and panties.
10. Gather your hangers and hang what you like to hang then put all clothing on the hanger before running back and forth to the closet. Take an armload of all pants. Then all shirts. It's easier to fold your clothes if you want to do that and put them on a bookcase or shelf than in drawers.
11. News flash! You do not need to fold underwear of P.J.s Anything that is out of site when you wear them. Make a dedicated bra and panty and sock drawer. And P.J. drawer while you are at it.
12. Try to buy the same kinds of socks. That way they are easy to match. You don't need a trillion styles and sock colors. They are mostly hidden anyway.
13. I hope this helps. Laundry doesn't need to be a huge chore. Break it down into a load at a time. It will be done and over with within 1.5 hours max. Including all the steps.
Getting Kids to Help Clean
March 15, 2019
Motherhood is the oldest profession in the world. Raising and training kids is the most important job in the world.
Granted...it's a thankless job (except 1 day a year, on Mom's Day)
How can you get your kids to pitch in to help with the cleaning? Let's face it, there is a saying that is true. We are either born "pigs" or we are born to love being clean. If you have more than one kid it's likely they will turn out to be opposites. The so-called child that likes to live in squalor will be the most difficult to train. But of course it falls on us to train our children in the way they need to go.
Point the way by being a great example. Use a "chore" chart and place smiley faces and stars and give incentives such as a trip to the zoo/park/carnival/movies/a new game/cake - (etc). once they gain a months worth of positive marks beside their pic and name.
How to Prepare for Your Cleaning Appointment
The big day has arrived and you are experiencing the anxiety of your cleaner's arrival. Your head tells you to clean before they get there to relieve any haunting feelings that they will judge you harshly. Kind of like that nagging feeling of wanting chocolate or ice cream when you've decided to diet.
Your head is reeling with a hundred and one thoughts about where to start. After all, you did hire a cleaner for help. And they do need to keep busy for at least a few hours.
Professional cleaners would L O V E to arrive to a place where they can clean. Meaning pick up clutter. Pick up objects that may damage their equipment. Clear the counters and surfaces to be cleaned and dusted. Get the dishes washed and cleared out of the way. They need to be able to find the outlets. It adds a lot of extra time on your tab when the cleaners to have to work around so much stuff.
Be very clear on what you expect. It is common that cleaners often do what they know to do. Which is start at one end and work their way out the door. But if you don't tell them, you could feel disappointed as maybe you expected the couch to be moved. Most cleaning companies don't move heavy furniture due to insurance liability issues. You may expect them to remove cob webs and they didn't realize that you expected them to do so.
The cleaning service wants happy customers. Cleaners who choose this occupation typically love to help. But they are human and also need to know what you expect and they can certainly do their job much faster and easier if the surfaces are cleared of clutter.
Also, don't ask for extra cleaning during the appointment that wasn't agreed to before hand. As most cleaners work on a tight schedule. For example, cleaning the inside of a refrigerator. And when you do request said service, do it prior to going grocery shopping. It will be so much easier on the cleaner and your pocket.
Ways To Protect Your Floors
March 15, 2019
As a professional cleaner I am often advising my customers to buy ENTRYWAY RUGS for the high traffic areas of their home.
• place entryway mats/rugs outside your entry doors
• place entryway mats/rugs inside all your entry/exit doors
• Vacuum your floors (turn off the beater bar first by switching to "bare floor setting") - dust mop - sweep at least every few days if there are pets and/or kids gracing your home. Do so at least 1 x week if you have a lot of foot traffic. Do so at least bi-weekly (every 2 weeks) if you or visitors are only going in and outside minimally. One time a month may be fine if you are home-bound and don't have many visitors. This is a huge one! Because dirt and tiny particles that are brought inside via your footwear gets ground into the floors causing them to loose their luster and shine. You will never need to wax as long as you keep you or your hired help maintains them.
• You don't need to use heavy cleaning products on your floors. Every type of floor manufacturer will have cleaning instructions. Since flooring ranges from hardwood, granite, ceramic tile, linoleum, carpeting with various fibers and colors, vinyl, plank and so many others....a blog isn't a good place to go into the details. A pro cleaner will carry the right products to help you. One important note: Don't use ACID BASED cleaners on your floors. Over time it will cause damage.
• I love using a FLAT MOP but there are many other mops available and use what you are most comfortable with. HOWEVER, never soak your wood or linoleum floors with WATER. Always either use a spray like Murphy's Oil in a spray bottle or squeeze as much water out of your mop as you can. Only use a DAMP mop. Either change out the mop head or rinse and squeeze often to insure your getting them clean.
• Clean your carpets every 6 months. It is mind boggling to realize how much dirt gets ground into your carpets.
• If your floors are scratched there are special markers and DARK English Oil which may hide them.
• If you can get people to remove their shoes at your door and slip on some clean slippers, flip flops or clogs before entering your home...This great habit will greatly reduce the wear and tear of your flooring.