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When moving out of your home there are many things to consider - just arranging the logistics of moving trucks can be a difficult task. There will be a lot of dirt and dust to clean after packing up clothes, moving furniture and taking down pictures and mirrors. In order to make your home look its best for showings, you will want to clean it thoroughly.

Here are our guidelines for giving your house or condo an entire clean sweep before you move out:

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Clean Fridge

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What do tablets, laptops and smartphones have in common? Besides the major role they play in our lives, they are all prone to fingerprints, smudges and smears.

Touchscreens on both phones and tablets have made it easy to play games and browse, but oil and dirt found on hands can build up on the screen. Laptop keyboards might get filled with crumbs or food bits if used at home or in the office.

If you get a lot of use out of your electronics, you might want to consider proper ways to clean the items frequently without harming them. Here are our tips on how to properly and thoroughly clean your devices and computers.

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Cooking and day-to-day activities can cause odours to build up in your home overtime, particularly over the winter when not much fresh air gets circulated. Sprays, candles and other chemicals have artificial odours that might irritate some noses and be too harsh for kids and pets.

Restore freshness by trying these natural and simple solutions that will nix bad smells all around your home.

Boiling Fragrant SpicesCook up a Sweet-Smelling Concoction

This quick DIY tip will not just freshen your kitchen, but your entire home! Take a small saucepan and add fruits, extracts and herbs of your choice, then fill it three quarters of the way with water. Bring this mixture to a boil on the stove and then reduce heat to simmer. The scent of this combination will waft through your home and make it pleasant smelling. This is perfect if you’ve cooked with pungent ingredients or you’re expecting company and want your guests to enter a pleasant-smelling home. Citrus fruits work best as they’ll withstand boiling better and opt for herbs that are twiggy and wood, such as rosemary. Sweet-smelling spices, like cinnamon, cardamom and anise are optimal, as well.

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Awaiting the arrival of a newborn is an immensely exciting period. Along with an expanding belly, moms-to-be undergo other significant changes, including experiencing intense cravings, getting nauseous at the mere smell of certain foods and becoming less mobile as the pregnancy goes on.

For the latter reason, it is necessary that expectant mothers change up their usual routines that involve a lot of physical activity - including their home cleaning regimen.

Here are some savvy cleaning tips for moms-to-be:

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As a parent, it can get tough to always be on top of household cleaning due to a hectic schedule - and a million other responsibilities. It can seem daunting, but motivating kids to join in tackling household dirt and dust can be extremely rewarding and beneficial for the entire family. Here are some ideas to motivate children of all ages to help with chores around the house.

Calendar

Outline and stick to a schedule:

Get regimented and stick to it! Establish ground rules for cleaning and chores - for example, round up the kids everyday after school to put away bags, jackets and shoes. Designate a day of the weekend to take on extensive cleaning of the entire house. This will also provide you with the opportunity to bond with your kids.

 

Incentivize and reward

On cleaning days, put household duties before fun. Once kids complete all their chores, reward them with TV time or another activity they enjoy. Have teens make their own household chore to-do list; once they check off all tasks they can hang out with friends. Setting goals will build discipline and aid kids with managing priorities in the future.

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You may think you have ample time to clean your own home and as a result you may be quick to dismiss the idea of hiring a house cleaning service. There’s no question that hiring a professional service can be very advantageous. Let’s be honest, house cleaning is a very tedious job, one which most people don’t often have the time for with busy schedules. However, efforts can be made to ensure that your house and its overall cleanliness doesn’t suffer. In what follows, we elaborate on three great reasons to hire a professional house cleaning service:

Cleaning up1. You've got a busy schedule:

Between your work and family commitments, it’s possible that you may have little time to attend to housekeeping chores. While you may tidy up on a daily basis, other tasks may fall through the cracks such as dusting, cleaning out your fridge, vacuuming or cleaning your blinds. A housekeeping service can take care of these tasks to ensure a consistently clean environment.

Family2. You’re tired after the work day:

Perhaps you may have the time to clean, but lack the energy to do so. A swamped schedule can zap your energy and make you feel fatigued by the end of the work day. While weekends often provide us with the time we need to clean, weekends are also a time for relaxation and rejuvenation. In order to be at our best, it is important to recharge our batteries for the upcoming week. Consider hiring a cleaning service in order to avoid stress and spend your time doing what you love.

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With the warm weather fast approaching, it will soon be time for spring cleaning! This is a great opportunity to thoroughly clean your house and get it in order for the season. Today we provide you with tips to ensure your spring cleaning is a success.

Cleaning SuppliesGet Proper Supplies:

Be sure to stock up on cleaning supplies in advance. A duster, cloths and cleaning solution are some of the many items you’ll want to pick up. If you want to save a few bucks, have a look at flyers beforehand to get items at a discounted price. Once you have purchased what you need, we advise that you organize them in a bin that will be easy to take from room to room.

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It may still be frigid outside but spring is right around the corner! What better time to begin home improvement projects than right now? You don’t have to do a complete overhaul to get a new look. Small-scale projects will dramatically improve your home environment all year long. Read on for our project ideas:

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Even the worst hoarder started out by collecting or saving only a few items. A cluttered house can have a snowball effect and before you know it, what once was a few stacked up magazines in the corner becomes what represents an archived tribute to the history of print media! A cluttered and disorganized home can have a major suffocating emotional effect. Thus we suggest you take these tips to remove any disarray from your living quarters.

Hire a Cleaning Service

A great way to keep your home clean and organized is through a reputable maid service like Mary-am Maids. Whether you don’t have the time or you are simply too tired at the end of the work day to keep your house organized, hiring a cleaning service proves to be a worthy expense. Imagine arriving home from a long work day to a spotless home or apartment, with the only worry of the night being how fast you can change into sweats. Mary-am Maids truly enables you to live the life of clean luxury.

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3 Tips to Keep Your House Clean

We have all heard the saying, ‘cleanliness is next to Godliness.’ When it comes to a dirty house, that phrase could be changed to ‘cleanliness is next to ‘never going to happen.’ The truth is, it’s very healthy to keep a clean home for both your physical well-being and to improve peace of mind. We advise that you follow the below three tips to help keep your house spotless and make it enjoyable to live in.


Mary-am Maids: A cleaning service you can rely on!

Hire a Cleaning Service

A maid service is an excellent way to guarantee that your house is clean, whether you are there or not. People who have busy schedules or simply don’t like handling a vacuum and disinfectant will benefit immensely from having a professional visit their house once a week or less. Mary-am Maids housekeepers work to leave your place clean and spotless with each visit, leaving you with ample time to spend with your family or doing the things you love.

 

 

 

Integrate Chores

Teaching children responsibility helps with keeping the house clean!

Having a clean home is the responsibility of everybody who lives in it and proper steps should be taken so that everyone living there chips in to help out. For instance, if you have children, assign one of them garbage duty and another one dishes duty and switch these tasks on offsetting weeks. You can make Mondays and Fridays vacuum days or set aside Saturday mornings where the entire family cleans as a team and gets tasks done as quickly as possible.

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Super Bowl Sunday Made Easy With Savoury Food

The Super Bowl is just around the corner and you are likely busy getting prepared for guests coming over. In addition to getting your place organized, you may also be giving thought to food dishes you’d like to prepare. To help with this, we have scavenged the Internet for easy-to-make dishes for Super Bowl Sunday. Now, get ready for our irresistible food finds:

Get the party started with the perfect cocktail

You’ll want some flavorful cocktails to kick start the evening! Cranberry sparklers offer that colorful and refreshing drink you’re searching for and will get everyone’s taste buds flowing. Also, feel free to spruce up the drink with alcohol if you aren't celebrating with kids! Here’s what you’ll need:

Servings: 4

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Housecleaning for the Holidays; Tips to Prepare Your Home for Christmas

Christmas is coming and so are hordes of friends and relatives, keen to fill your home with festive cheer, gravy stains and a million tiny shreds of gift wrap. Prepping your home for holiday parties or overnight guests can be hectic. We all look forward to the Christmas holidays, to spending quality time with our nearest and dearest, to sharing traditional meals, and to reveling in the festive community spirit. But where there’s a celebration, there’ll also be cleaning up afterwards.  Whether you’re hosting a family meal, receiving guests, or visiting relatives and neighbors, here are a few suggestions for how to stay in control of your housework. Follow our simple guide to have it done in no time.

  • Circle the house, and make a master list of needed cleaning chores. Focus on public areas, rooms used by house-guests, and kitchen and food storage areas. Include special holiday tasks such as polishing silver and ironing table linens.
  • Clear Out & Donate; Especially if you have children, you will no doubt soon have an influx of items with nowhere to put them. Go through existing toys and clothes and figure out which need to go into storage and which should be donated.
  • A thorough clean before Christmas to make sure everything is spotless and tidy before your guests arrive will go a long way towards maintaining your housekeeping routine. This will also minimize the how much time you will have to spend cleaning up when everyone else has gone home.
  • In the main living areas, you might want to put away some of the stuff that normally is on display or generally lying around – that stack of magazines won’t get looked at over Christmas and will get in the way.
  • Call early to schedule carpet cleaning, window washing or other professional cleaning services. Add visits to the holiday calendar.
  • Two weeks before Christmas, do a whole-house clean to prepare for the coming season. Resume minimum maintenance until the New Year.

Pre-Christmas Cleaning Checklist

  • Clean or rinse out any special dishes, glassware, and cutlery.
  • Source extra chairs, crockery and cutlery.
  • Consider using paper plates (ideally, recyclable ones) and napkins at buffet meals for ease.
  • Shake out or iron any table linens.
  • Beat out carpets and upholstery.
  • Make sure empty rubbish bins are placed and accessible in all communal spaces.
  • Distribute tissue boxes in communal areas.
  • Empty the washing hamper.
  • Stock up on washing detergent, dishwasher powder, rubbish bags, and toilet and kitchen paper.
  • Stock up on stain removers and other cleaning products.
  • Launder or dry clean any special outfits.

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According to recent research, the average desk may contain around 10 million different types of germs and bacteria. Whether it's a small desk where for taking care of household expenses or a full home office, no matter what is placed in this area is bound to attract clutter and dust. Here are some ideas for managing:

Computer, Monitors, Fax, Printers and Televisions

Nothing seems to attract dust like electronics do — static is a powerful draw. But because computer screens and discs can be easily damaged, cleaning them is delicate work. Reach for a microfiber cloth or electronics wipe, as these won't scratch surfaces or leave lint behind. (Also, you shouldn't use glass cleaner — screens have antiglare coatings that can be stripped by solvents.) Lightly go over the turned-off screen with your cloth. Then, dampen the cloth, and buff away grime on the rest of the monitor or laptop. Handle the mouse and printer the same way. With a clean spot on the cloth, wipe any CDs and DVDs from the center out to the edge — not in a circular motion — in case there's grit that could leave scratches. Computers, telephones, monitors, televisions, printers, fax machines and audio equipment all collect dust and dirt. These items should be cleaned periodically so that dust doesn't get trapped inside and create problems with connections.

  • Do not vacuum any of the chips or other electronic components in a computer or other electronic equipment
  • Do not use any kind of liquid cleaner inside the computer. Compressed air will thoroughly clean interior areas
  • As you clean, touch the power supply or any metal part of the computer with your finger periodically to dispel any static-electric buildup. Static electricity can destroy the tiny circuits inside computer chips
  • Wires and cords

Even if the only items on a desk are a telephone, lamp and an adding machine, the cords always seem to get tangled. If at all possible, run cords behind or under the desk. A wide variety of clips and guides are available at office supply stores to manage the jumble that various cables can become while also protecting children and pets from playing with them.

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Whether your office is in a building you commute to on a daily basis or tucked within the confines of your very own home, one fact remains true: It must be cleaned, and you are most likely the one viable candidate for the job. By utilizing a few simple office cleaning tips, your office will be sparkling clean and fresh in no time at all, leaving you with more time for office business.

Good office cleaning can boost productivity and keep workers in the office more often. The best option for the cleanest office is to hire a professional cleaning service to thoroughly clean. Having a professional office cleaning service come every day is optimal, but if they come on a weekly basis, here are a few tips to help keep the office clean until their next visit. Following these simple steps once a week will help keep the office clean until it’s time for the professional cleaning service to come in.

  1. Computers and other electronics comprise a good portion of our office configurations, and since they are used so frequently, often become the dirtiest items in the room. Wipe computer screens gently with a soft microfiber cloth. Blow computer keyboards out with compressed air. Next, clean the entire keyboard by dipping cotton swabs into rubbing alcohol and detailing on and around all of the keys. This process will clean and disinfect the keyboard, and help to halt the spread of germs. Dust the tops of printers and computer towers, fax machines and telephones with microfiber cloths and detail any parts with the cotton swab and alcohol that don't come into direct contact with the electric components. Computers and electronics are a magnet for dirt, bacteria, and germs, because office workers spend a majority of their time using them. The dust is fairly easy to clean with a duster or a compressed air canister, but to really give keyboards an optimal clean, use cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol in between the keys. And be sure to clean the underside of the keyboard as well. Computer screens are the ultimate dust magnets. Use a microfiber cloth and screen cleaning spray to avoid causing any harm to the screen.
  2. Once a month remove everything from the tops of desks, shelves or table surfaces and clean with an all-purpose cleaner. Dust stacks of books and/or files as you return them to their proper places. By performing this duty monthly, it will save cleaning time weekly. Simply dust the work surfaces on a weekly basis and move only those things are are quick and easy to move. Wipe down the office chair with leather wipes (if made of leather or vinyl) and dust the legs and feet.
  3. To get a pristine clean, disinfect the work surface area with rubbing alcohol and microfiber cloths. This includes the phone, printer, computer tower, fax machines, and anything else that is frequently touched.
  4. Keep a few trash can liners in the bottom of your office trash can for quick emptying and replacement of the bags. Keep a handy dusting tool like the Swifter duster in a desk drawer for days when dust seems to be settling over your desk at a rapid rate. Stash a canister of disinfectant wipes in an office drawer or closet for quick cleanups of coffee spills and to frequently clean the mouthpiece of the phone, which is a haven for germs. Plug in an air freshener for a clean and fresh scent that lasts for several weeks.
  5. Take everything off of desks and shelves and wipe them down thoroughly.
There have been countless studies that state the cleanliness of an office space is directly related to the productivity of the employees. Office cleaning on a regular basis can have positive effects on the mindset and the productivity of all office employees. To make sure that you are helping out your commercial cleaning company and getting the best out of their scheduled cleaning, Mary-Am Maids has devised an office cleaning checklist to help guide office workers.
  • Keep your desk space free of clutter.

    • Use organizational items such as trays or filing boxes to hold loose papers, folders and important items.
  • Limit your personal items.

    • Of course it is fine to have pictures and a plant or two adorning your desk, but the more personal items you store on your desk, the less space you will have to get your work completed and the higher the possibility of your desk becoming cluttered.
  • Keep hand sanitize and wipes at your desk.

    • Your office cleaning company should be wiping down your desks during their scheduled visit, but when they aren’t around to wipe down your desk you should have something on hand to take care of anything that should arise.

As far as what your commercial cleaning company should be doing for general cleaning around the office, here is a quick checklist of what you should be expecting after a thorough clean:

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When you move into an apartment or house you will most likely want to do a bit of cleaning before you unpack all of your stuff. You won't have to go overboard because usually when people sell/rent out a place they clean it up first, still it is comforting knowing that you know something is clean because you cleaned it.

Change your toilet seat:

Replace your old throne with a new one and, while you're at it, give the bathroom a good scrubbing.

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You don’t have to take a huge chunk of time out of your day when you want a clean living room. While thoroughly cleaning the living room will give you better, lasting results, a quick sweep through the room will suffice when you’re pressed for time-or lack the energy it takes to deep clean. There are many ways to get a living room looking better. Choose the steps here that make the most sense to you, depending on how you use your living room and what you keep there. Then, get to it and get it over with. Most women usually end up cleaning on Saturday mornings, especially, if the younger kids are still asleep. This is a perfect time to clean up the living room. Use these cleaning tips to help you accomplish deep cleaning the living room fast and easy:

 

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Cleaning the bathroom is nobody's idea of fun, but the job has to be done. The bathroom takes the most amount of time and work to clean since it has so many different types of surfaces and because, by its nature, it is a place that needs to be cleaned pretty often.

Bathroom Tile

Rub ordinary car wax into your ceramic bathroom tiling to clean and refinish. Let it stand 10 minutes and buff or polish.

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Avoiding aerosols is as important as avoiding a typical room air-freshening sprayer. Y­ou can achieve the same effect; a clean, fresh-smelling house with your own non-toxic concoctions. As an added bonus, you can mix and match scents to suit your own fragrance tastes!

Keep reading to learn about keeping your house fresh naturally:

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