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How to Quickly Clean a Child’s Room

Do your kids make a mess in their room in just a matter of seconds? Toys, clothes, and books seem to be lying around everywhere. And once you want to tidy up there, you don’t know where to start.

Well, to spruce up your children’s room efficiently, you simply need a clever strategy. But if you’re too preoccupied with other obligations to think of any, Montebello, CA, based professionals who provide cleaning services in the area are here to share a few tips with you! Keep reading to learn more.

How should I clean my kids’ room?

Tidying up your kids’ room doesn’t seem so much fun since there’s so much to do. You should pick up the toys, rearrange books, dust surfaces, change sheeting, and more. You sometimes step on a building block or trip over a monster truck, and you have the impression that you’re not making any progress.

Well, to be as efficient as possible and save yourself from unnecessary stress, you should follow these well-thought-out steps.

1. Prepare all supplies first.

Before you begin your housekeeping project, gather all of the supplies you’re going to use. This will make you more productive, as you won’t have to stop cleaning to fetch something. For this mission, you’ll need a hamper, a toy box, trash bags, a few microfiber cloths, a mop, a bucket, a vacuum cleaner, dish soap, warm water, and an EPA-registered disinfectant.

2. Declutter the room.

The mess in the room can be somewhat distracting and limit access to surfaces you need to deal with. That’s why you need to clear away all clutter. This usually means returning toys, books, notebooks, and clean clothes to their places, throwing trash into a trash bag, and tossing dirty socks in a hamper. Once you’ve done with that, you’re ready to get down to business.

3. Apply the top-to-bottom approach.

Start from the highest corners of the room and gradually move toward the floor. Don’t forget to wipe the tops of closets, light fixtures, and picture frames with a damp microfiber cloth. Also, if many objects and ornaments are on shelves and desks, set them aside to wipe the surfaces thoroughly.

Dish soap is the best cleaning agent you can use in your children’s room. It’s not toxic and combats dirt well. You just need to add a few drops of dish soap into warm water and dampen your microfiber cloth, making sure it’s not dripping wet.

You also need to change the dish soap-water solution once it gets cloudy, and you might need to use more than one microfiber cloth as you don’t want to transfer microbes. Finally, disinfect all surfaces with EPA-approved disinfectants.

4. Change the sheeting.

Clean sheets are essential for your children’s healthy sleep, so you must change them regularly. You can also refreshen the mattress with baking soda from time to time.

5. Vacuum and mop the floor.

Floors come last. Vacuum the floor first with a HEPA-filter vacuum cleaner. Pay special attention to invisible areas (under and behind the bed, desk, etc.). Lastly, mop the floor thoroughly.

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Top 2 Hacks for Cleaning Kitchen Drawers

Drawers are a vital part of your kitchen as they’re one of your primary storage units. If you neglect them and keep them messy, you can easily damage them. On top of that, sticky stains attract more dirt and germs, creating a microbe hotbed.

If you lack time, you can book house cleaning services from Montebello, CA, to deal with this and many other household challenges. But it’s always good to know some grease-free kitchen drawer hacks yourself because you never know when you’ll need them. Read on for more information about kitchen drawer maintenance!

How do you get grease out of drawers?

How often do you and your family members open your kitchen drawers on a daily basis? You can’t even count, right? It’s no wonder they can quickly lose their initial splendor and look grimy! These stains can really tarnish the entire look of your cooking area. Luckily, with the appropriate method, your drawers can look brand new again. Here is how:

Method No. 1: dish soap and warm water.

A few drops of dish soap and some warm water are excellent at combating greasy stains. You just need to ensure you don’t over-soak your microfiber cloth, as drawers are usually made of porous materials.

Then, rub the surface gently, not pressing too hard as you don’t want to make any scratches. Finally, rinse with a clean damp cloth and dry thoroughly. If you close a wet drawer, you risk developing mold over time.

Method No. 2: white vinegar solution.

If the first method doesn’t bear fruit and the drawers are still greasy, you need white vinegar. Simply mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Then spray the solution onto the surface and let it sit for a minute or two.

Wipe with a clean cloth, making sure no residue is left. Prolonged exposure to liquids can damage your drawers, causing them to swell.

What to use to clean inside kitchen drawers?

The two most powerful cleaning agents are probably already there in your house. They are dish soap and white vinegar. You can use them to deal with various dirt-ridden surfaces, including the inside of your kitchen drawers.

Dish soap

Dish soap is an unaggressive substance that can do wonders for your drawers. Simply pour a few drops of dish soap into warm water. Mix until suds form. Then, submerge a cloth into suds. 

A correct soap-to-water ratio is already present in the suds, so it’s unnecessary to soak the cloth in the solution entirely. Wipe the surface with the sud cloth and follow up with another clean damp cloth. Finally, use a new cloth to buff the area dry.

White vinegar

White vinegar is one of the most effective natural cleaning agents. In addition to removing grease, it works well as a sanitizer and doesn’t leave any residue. For pristine-looking drawers, you just need to combine warm water and vinegar (1:1) in a spray bottle and apply the solution to a microfiber cloth or directly onto the surface.

Avoid soaking the cloth and the surface, as it can harm the sealant. You may also need a few microfiber cloths, depending on how many drawers you have and how neglected they are. Finally, dry well.

Caution: 

White vinegar is mildly acidic. Using it undiluted repeatedly can ruin your wood/plywood furniture, so make sure to mix it with water.

Who offers reliable house cleaning services in Montebello, CA?What to use to clean inside kitchen drawers

Keeping your home dirt-free takes time and effort. Especially if you need to tidy up your children’s bedrooms every day or have no one to help you. But, fortunately, MaidThis is there for you.

We’re a locally-owned referral agency that recruits top industry professionals. Just tell us what you need, and we’ll send experienced maids to make your home shine while you enjoy your free time at Acuna Park. Book today!

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Key Things to Know about STR Insurance

Some folks have learned the hard way that their vacation rentals are NOT covered by homeowners insurance. This is often because renting out your property constitutes a business activity, which either needs a separate policy or a rider to your standard one. But why do you need STR insurance anyway? Let’s talk about it.

What Does STR Insurance Protect Against?

Obviously vacation rental insurance is there to protect your property in case of bad behavior from a guest, or to protect a guest in case they suffer some kind of injury, or even to protect your income should something unforeseen happen. Examples include:

  • Excessive use of utilities
  • Insect or pest infestation
  • breakage/theft by guests

How is the Premium Determined?

STR Insurance is underwritten using a lot of the same fundamentals as homeowners’ insurance. Things like:

  • Location
  • Condition of the home
  • Proximity to fire stations
  • Crime rate
  • Types of materials used to build the home

A lot of your big carriers have STR insurance policies, like Allstate, Farmers, and Progressive. But you’ll also find carriers who have a real focus on this space, like Proper, Safely, and RentalGuardian.

Doesn’t Airbnb Have Coverage for Hosts?

Yes, they do, but they are at specific pains to claim that it is NOT insurance. This is for a couple reasons, including:

  1. Insurance is a highly-regulated industry and it’s not one that Airbnb currently wants to get involved in
  2. Airbnb has a policy in which it is the named beneficiary but that policy has a cap on total claims in a calendar year, allowing Airbnb to make strategic choices about what and how much it will pay out.

AirCover for Hosts does offer $1M liability coverage for bodily injury or property damage, as well as damage by guests to common areas, like lobbies. But you shouldn’t think about it as a primary insurance policy, not just because Airbnb specifically states that it isn’t one (“it is not a substitute for personal homeowner’s or liability insurance that may cover you all the time.”), but because it can’t offer the protections a regular policy might, like loss of income.

Questions to Ask

Speaking of loss of income, when getting a quote for your vacation rental(s) you need to ask how you will be compensated, specifically regarding confirmed reservations or forced vacant nights.

As with all insurance policies, you’ll also want to consider what kind of deductible you want on your policy.

Final Thoughts

You carry insurance for lots of other things that you value just for you and your loved ones. You need to extend that same level of care to your guests to protect yourself and your investment. Even if nothing ever happens, a lot of times insurance is just paying for peace of mind, and that’s worth a whole lot.

This content originally appeared in our twice-monthly Guest Book newsletter.

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9 Delicious Budget Meals

With so many things competing for our time and attention it can be easy (and understandable) to call for takeout/delivery or to grab something frozen out of the fridge to warm up come dinnertime. But doing that frequently can add up, cost-wise, and more importantly, isn’t the healthiest option.

What to do? Delicious budget meals to the rescue that can be done in a reasonable amount of time and can please everyone in the family. We’ve picked a range of dishes (with links to recipes) for you to try. Remember that any dish that’s not explicitly vegetarian can always be made so with some creative substitution, and for some of the dishes we’ll offer some ideas along those lines!

One Pot/One Pan

There’s a reason one pot and one pan recipes are so popular: they minimize mess and cleanup, and allow whoever’s cooking to concentrate their efforts all in one place.

Cheesy Sausage Pasta

Flavors: smoky sausage, spicy tomatoes, green chiles, Monterey Jack cheese

Prep and cook time: 30 minutes

Cost per serving: under $2

Notes: make sure to use short pasta shapes; vegetarian substitutes could include marinated tofu or jackfruit

Recipe

Honey Chipotle Chicken

Flavors: sweet, smoky, spicy chicken with a caramelized finish

Prep and cook time: 50 minutes (but you should marinate the chicken overnight for best results, bringing your cook time down to 20 minutes day of with 30 minutes of prep the day before)

Cost per serving: under $2

Notes: use chicken thighs instead of breasts for best results

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Creamy Chicken & Gnocchi

Flavors: rich and creamy mushrooms and onions paired with pasta

Prep and cook time: 60 minutes

Cost per serving: $3

Notes: you can cook the gnocchi separately to get a crispy texture if you want before simply folding them in with the finished sauce

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Instant Pot/Slow Cooker

Why are instant pots and air fryers all the rage? They are more tools in a home cooks arsenal to make cooking easier and more varied.

Chicken Pozole

Flavors: hearty warmth against fresh vegetables with spritzes of lime

Prep and cook time: 7 hours

Cost per serving: under $2

Notes: lots of opportunity to try different ingredients and garnishes to suit you and your family’s tastes

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Enchilada Casserole

Flavors: the Southwest is calling

Prep and cook time: 40 mins

Cost per serving: $2

Notes: this is going to get gobbled up pretty quickly

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Kids Will Love

There’s nothing like getting the young ones involved in helping to make the food. It gets them excited about eating it and gives them an appreciation for what it takes to bring a dish to life.

Breakfast Tostadas

Flavors: beans + spice + yolk

Prep and cook time: 50 minutes

Cost per serving: under $2

Notes: top with the egg cooked the way you like and have fun with the toppings, like crispy or pickled onions

Recipe

Cheeseburger Cups

Flavors: mmm, cheeseburger

Prep and cook time: 30 minutes

Cost per serving: $2

Notes: leftovers can be frozen to be baked another day!

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Twists on Old Faves

Creamy Steak Fettucine

Flavors: butter and steak, can’t lose

Prep and cook time: 45 minutes

Cost per serving: $4 (varies on your preferred quality of steak)

Notes: if you marinate some tofu in something delicious overnight, that might be a solid vegetarian substitute

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Kimchi and Squash Mac and Cheese

Flavors: spicy + savory + sweet

Prep and cook time: 45 minutes

Cost per serving: $2

Notes: consider sweet potato as a swap for squash or garnish with spinach or kale leaves to add a balance of color and texture (and greens for that rich dish)

Bonus: this is also a one-pot recipe!

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This content originally appeared in our monthly Open Calendar Club newsletter.

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Keyless Entry Options for Your Vacation Rental

Chances are that even if you don’t have keyless entry installed for your vacation rental (yet), you’ve used one of those systems when you’ve gone on vacation. You enjoyed using that keyless entry, but haven’t decided to implement one for yourself yet. We’ll offer a few recommendations for you, but first, let’s start with why you might go keyless.

Pros of Going Keyless

There are actually a lot of reasons to go keyless, not least of which it now becomes actually impossible to lose keys! Here are a few more:

  • Scale — As you add properties to your portfolio you won’t have to maintain an ever-expanding group of keys. In fact, you can manage all of them from a website or an app.
  • Self Check-in — Guests love the idea of being able to check in when it makes the most sense for them without having to coordinate a meeting with the host. Keyless entry makes this possible for them.
  • Safety — no more “key under the mat.” You can assign unique codes for each guest so that no one is ever in possession of a working code when their rental ends.
  • Connectivity — all good smart locks have wifi connectivity, but the really great ones also have connectivity to your property management and/or calendar management software, helping you track when guests are coming and going.

But Don’t Forget

As with any new technology, keyless entry isn’t foolproof, so make sure you keep the following two things in mind:

  1. Have a local locksmith who knows how to service your lock. If you don’t have this resource, you’re putting yourself (and your guests) into a risky situation.
  2. Have a backup. Even if you have a local locksmith sometimes a solution may not be readily available for a given problem, so it’s good to have a lockbox and traditional keys in place just in case the keyless entry malfunctions or a guest somehow loses access to the code or to the device they were using to open the door.

Our Recommendations

We defer to locksmiths, people who work at Home Depot and Lowe’s, and other subject matter experts when it comes to locks, but we also hear anecdotes from our clients and from web research and the names and brands that keep coming up are (unsurprisingly) brands that have been in the traditional lock space for a very long time. It’s a good “fit” (that was too easy) for them to get into this developing space.

Uses Bluetooth

August smart locks are award-winning and are priced in the $149-$249 range. They use bluetooth technology, allowing your guests to transform their phones into keys.

Kwikset uses the same technology though their devices start at about half the price of the base August model, around $79. But they do have some models that feature keypads as well.

Uses an App or a Keypad

Schlage locks are priced from $159-$249 and also coordinate with smart home systems. You can use the Schlage app or enter an access code on the touchscreen. If you want to get really fancy, you can use the voice-activated feature to unlock the door.

Uses a Keypad

Yale locks feature a backlit keypad as well as seamless integration with the Google Nest home automation system. Prices range from $129-$279.

Uses Fingerprint Scanners

If you really want to get Mission-Impossible-level, you can opt for models from Ultraloq ($139-$499) or Lockly ($199-$749). Both offer fingerprint identification access apart from access code or smartphone access. Lockly also features integration with Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing voice control and syncing with your home automation setup.

Final Thoughts

Remember that keyless entry isn’t a cure-all. Always be prepared for things to go wrong. But keyless entry is one of those rare upgrades you can make in vacation rental that makes things easier for all stakeholders, you, cleaners, property managers, and most importantly, guests.

This content originally appeared in our twice-monthly Guest Book Newsletter.

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The Essential Dos & Don’ts of Home Cleaning

What house cleaning rules do you know? When you notice grime around your home, you just buy and use products from the store, right? Well, housekeeping is much more than that. If you don’t use the right approach, you can make a huge mess. Not to mention what could happen if you applied the wrong chemical.

Fortunately, some golden house-cleaning rules can make a real difference in your house maintenance and protect your safety at home. Professionals from Manhattan Beach, CA, who offer maid services in the area, reveal 14 crucial housekeeping dos and don’ts to you today. Read on!

What are the do and don’ts of cleaning?What are the do and don'ts of cleaning?

Household maintenance is more complex than most people think. Stain removal sometimes proves challenging, and the number of germs, dust mites, and allergens isn’t easy to control. That’s why we compiled 14 essential house cleaning dos and don’ts that can take your home hygiene to the next level, making you more efficient and safe.

House cleaning dos:

  1. Purchase exclusively EPA-approved cleaning products. This way, you’ll be sure no hazardous substances enter your home.
  2. Read the labels carefully to learn how store-bought products are used safely and properly.
  3. Double-check the manufacturer’s recommendations whenever you have doubts about handling some surfaces around your home. Some can be rather delicate, and the wrong cleaning approach can ruin them.
  4. Wear appropriate protective gear, including gloves, facemasks, and safety gloves. This will secure your safety while cleaning, especially if you’re handling harsh chemicals or tackling dusty areas, such as your attic
  5. Make sure to wipe surfaces with soap and warm water before spraying a disinfectant. This two-step procedure is essential because soap doesn’t kill germs, and disinfectants don’t remove stains. Also, grimy surfaces may reduce the efficacy of disinfectants.
  6. Deal with high-touch areas daily. These include switches, handles, door knobs, remote controls, etc. This will prevent germs from multiplying.
  7. Deep clean your kitchen appliances more frequently than you think. For instance, your coffee machine reservoir is a real hotbed of microbes, so you need to tend to it at least every two weeks adhering to the manufacturer’s instructions. Also, your dishwasher and washing machine deserve a baking soda and white vinegar treatment once a month.

House cleaning don’ts:

  1. You shouldn’t use feather dusters or brooms because they stimulate the circulation of dust mites and other allergens. Use damp microfiber cloths and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter instead. However, if you need to remove larger debris from your garage, sweep with a broom before using the vacuum cleaner to avoid clogging.
  2. Never mix chemicals, as this can release toxic fumes.
  3. Don’t forget to keep the area well-ventilated, primarily if you use bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or other dangerous chemicals.
  4. Don’t use white vinegar for every cleaning challenge. White vinegar is a fantastic cleaning agent, but it’s acidic. It can damage some delicate surfaces, such as marble.
  5. Never use baking soda for hardwood floors, as it can mar the outer protective layer. 
  6. Don’t start wiping randomly, as you can spread dirt from grimy areas to already cleaned ones. Apply the top-to-bottom approach, which boosts your efficiency as you won’t need to re-address any surfaces.
  7. Don’t wipe cleaning products or disinfectants immediately. Each of them needs time to cut through the dirt or kill germs. So be patient.

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8 Crucial Cleaning Safety Tips

Whenever you tidy up your home, your primary concern is to get the job done as quickly as possible. Nothing is more precious to you than your free time. But do you ever think about your family’s or your safety? What kind of cleaning supplies do you use? Are they really appropriate, or are they just random products bought at a store?

Hiring maid services from Manhattan Beach, CA, can put your mind at ease, as these professionals are trained to handle cleaning tasks safely and efficiently. But if you want to learn more about how to stay safe while making your household hygienic, we provide eight crucial tips for you today. Read on!

How do you stay safe while cleaning?

Cleaning is a very serious task not just because it’s connected to your household’s hygiene but also because it’s closely related to your family’s safety. Just imagine the consequences of inhaling toxic fumes while cleaning. Or even worse, what if your kids play with hazardous substances?

Luckily, there is something you can do to prevent these home accidents. Here are eight crucial cleaning safety tips to help you out.

1. Store harmful chemicals away from your kids and pets. Little ones are usually curious and like to investigate around the house. That’s why you need to keep chemicals in their original child-proof packages on the top shelf or in a locked bathroom cabinet. This way, you’ll be absolutely sure your beloved ones can’t reach, swallow or inhale them.

2. Always keep the area well-ventilated while cleaning, as some products release fumes that can cause headaches, nausea, and allergic reactions. 

3. Wear appropriate shoes. Make sure your shoes are stable and traction-enhancing. This will reduce the chances of tripping and falling.

4. Protect yourself by wearing appropriate PPE (gloves, mask, safety glasses). For example, if you’re sprucing up your attic or dealing with your dusty garage, wear gloves, a facemask, and safety glasses, as dust concentration is probably very high there. Also, you might use bleach or hydrogen peroxide while dealing with your bathroom. These chemicals can endanger your health when inhaled or if they get in touch with your eyes or skin, so wearing adequate protective gear is essential.

5. Read the labels carefully to get a better insight into the product you’re about to use and how to apply it properly and safely.

6. Avoid mixing different cleaning agents, as this can cause unpredictable, sometimes lethal, chemical reactions.

7. Don’t use a feather duster, as it increases the risk of dust inhalation. Brooms aren’t a good idea either for the same reason. But if you need to remove large pieces of debris, a broom is unavoidable, as you don’t want to damage your vacuum cleaner. In this case, PPE is a must.

8. Food and cookware should never get in contact with cleaners. Remove these items from your counters before you apply any solution to them. Also, before you put everything back, double-check if any chemical residue is left. It’s always a good idea to rinse everything thoroughly to ensure no traces of harsh substances remain.

Where can I find trustworthy maid services for my household in Manhattan Beach, CA?How do you stay safe while cleaning?

Keeping your household pristine can sometimes be really challenging. But don’t worry. You have a dependable cleaning partner at your service. MaidThis is waiting for your call.

We select professionals based on a rigorous screening process. They also go through comprehensive training to meet strict hygiene standards. So, relax at Polliwog Park, and let the experts we send in give your home a thorough scrub. Schedule an appointment now!

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6 Side Hustle Ideas

More than ever the term “side hustle” is in the mainstream. Everyone has someone in their network that is doing something on the side that makes some money. This might have been on your radar for some time but perhaps you haven’t had a chance to brainstorm about what might make sense for you. So, we’ve taken the time to collect a few of the many ideas floating out there into six possible side hustles for you.

Delivery

It’s one of the most popular ideas out there because many people already have the “infrastructure” necessary: a vehicle. There are numerous delivery options:

  • “Human” delivery for platforms like Uber or Lyft
  • Food delivery for platforms like Uber Eats or Door Dash
  • Package delivery for companies like Amazon

Something many of those involved in this side hustle is the ability to be “on” or “off” when it suits them.

Photographer or Event Planner

Something that requires more specialized “infrastructure” is photography, but it’s something that can be niched with something you might really love.

For example, drone photography is taking off in a really big way, for lots of different use cases that people may not have imagined before, including tours of real estate.

Photographers are also in demand by event planners, a side hustle that may require no additional infrastructure than a solid list of contacts or a willingness to develop one.

As with photography, niches in event planning are the way to go. Rather than trying to be all things to all people, maybe you only take care of planning events for primary schools or churches.

Teaching

Platforms like VIPKid apply the on-demand model, but to teaching. Want to help teach some people English, during a specific time window? Sign up!

If you prefer working in real-life, platforms like Craigslist can let you advertise your availability and rates for local customers: teaching a language or a skill or perhaps even a seminar on specific subjects. There’s no limitation on the possibilities, as long as it’s something you know well and would love to share with others.

Reselling

Instead of using an online platform to connect with those in real life, you can also go the other way, collect real-life items to sell online.

People often go to garage sales and thrift shops armed with smartphones to find out what items they buy can then be flipped online for a markup.

Those who enjoy finding a bargain often also enjoy the “bargain” of buying something for $10 and selling it for $100.

Baked Goods

People love baked goods and as we mentioned before, there’s the ability to niche, especially in a particular type of baked good that isn’t so available in your area. You can become the new spot for peanut butter cup brownies or kouign amanns (trust us on these!).

Freelance 

Fiverr is an example of a platform that allows people to pitch any skill they want to a market that wants to employ them. Things you might not realize people would pay for:

  • Proofreading a resume or term paper
  • Drawing cartoons (for anything you need)
  • Creating memes for social media (seriously!)

As we’ve said with other examples of side hustles…brainstorm! There’s so many possibilities to consider. Everyone has something neat to share with the world.

This content originally appeared in our monthly Open Calendar Club newsletter.

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Basic Amenities for Your Vacation Rental

Vacation rentals come in all shapes and sizes and so what might be considered a “basic” amenity for a mountain lodge (jacuzzi) would be an amazing luxury in a city loft or tiny home. But no matter the type of vacation rental guests are looking for, there are some basics that all hosts should have in place to help ensure strong reviews. Let’s talk about them!

Strong Wifi

Face it, nobody says, “that place I stayed at had Internet that was WAY too fast.” As consumers we expect to get onto the Internet without too much friction and for it to have very high speeds all the time.

While it might be tempting to realize some savings by opting for an Internet plan for your vacation rental that’s “good enough” you’re opening yourself up to complaints that may make their way into reviews.

Have strong Internet speeds coming into your router and make sure that signal throughout the property is acceptable.

Power Strips

Just as we have more and more expectations of great Internet speed, we also need plug-in spots for our devices when we decide to camp out in a spot. Those might be near a kitchen table or bar, or next to the couch or bed, or even outside a deck. Have a power strip handy so that people can plug in multiple devices and not have to decide which device will have to wait it’s turn to get charged.

Bathroom Basics

You don’t need to have a full layout of spa amenities, but do have shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and a basic moisturizing lotion on hand. A hair dryer is also key.

Kitchen Basics

You should have enough plates and bowls and utensils for the number of guests who can stay. That is, you can’t only have two bowls and plates if up to four guests can stay at your place. Have enough dishes and flatware for your guests, and then some.

You should also have great pots and pans and knives. They don’t need to be Top Chef ready, but they shouldn’t look like something you bought at a garage sale yesterday. Periodically check to make sure your knives are sharp and these pots and pans still look ready to use.

Also make sure you have things like corkscrews, bottle openers, pizza slicers, and can openers on hand, with backups!

Finally, don’t forget salt and pepper!

Hot and Cold

Some locations necessitate air conditioning and heating, while other listings are in climates where a fan or space heater would do. If your listing is in a milder climate make sure you have those fans or space heaters on hand for guests to use if they want.

First Aid

You never want guests to hurt themselves, but you do want them to have supplies should they need to put a small bandaid on a cut or put some lotion on a mosquito bite. 

Have a first aid kit clearly marked in your home guide so guests know where to find it. Consider having it near a fire extinguisher as well.

Office Supplies

More and more people are taking “workcations” as remote work has become more and more common. So apart from having a flat area someone could use as a working surface, consider having basics like a stapler, scotch tape, pens, and paper handy.

Coffee

We’re all familiar with the “but first, coffee” t-shirts, so why are we putting this last in our list? Because most vacation rentals have a coffee solution in place, but we would encourage you to consider having more than one option available.

If you have a traditional drip coffee maker, make sure that you have a solid supply of filters.

Consider a single-use machine like a Nespresso, but also the more “manual” single-use alternatives, like a French press or a traditional Italian Moka pot. If you want to get really fancy with your coffee you could have a Chemex on hand for those who want to do their own pour-overs.

So there you have it. These basic amenities will not just put a smile on your guests’ faces, but those smiles will end up in reviews of your property, which will translate to more revenue in your pockets.

This content originally appeared in our twice-monthly Guest Book Newsletter.

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The 101s of Garage Cleaning

How often should you clean your garage You probably enter your garage every day, but how often do you tend to it? Probably only when you get too frustrated because you can’t find what you’ve been looking for. Well, you’re not the only one. Most people just ignore the mess in their garages and focus on other maintenance challenges.

But it’s your garage, isn’t it? Your belongings are stored there, and it’d make your life easier if you didn’t have to kick a box on the floor to open your car door or spend hours looking for your inline skates. That being said, professionals from Manhattan Beach, CA, who offer cleaning services in the area, share some tips and tricks on tidying up and sanitizing your garage. Read on!

How often should you clean your garage?

Ideally, you should tackle your garage every few months. This might sound too often, indeed. But, if you scrub your garage regularly, dust mites, mold, and other allergens won’t be able to multiply and spread throughout your entire house.

Additionally, you’ll keep your garage well-organized and be able to locate your items without turning the whole room upside down.

How do I clean and sanitize my garage?

As is the case with tidying up your attic, restoring order in a neglected garage is a time-consuming process that needs to be carried out carefully. There are specific steps you should follow. Check them out.

  1. Prepare your supplies. These include a broom, a dustpan, a mop, a bucket, a vacuum cleaner, microfiber cloths, warm water, dish soap, EPA-approved disinfectants, trash bags, and PPE (gloves, mask, and safety glasses).
  2. Empty your garage. Everything that gets in your way should be taken out of the garage. This way, you’ll be able to wipe and sanitize all surfaces and scrutinize your belongings to decide what you actually need and what you can donate or throw away.
  3. Applying the top-to-bottom approach addresses every inch of the garage. This means you need to wash and sanitize the highest corners of the room first and gradually move towards the floor that should be tended to last. Pay special attention to cabinets and make sure to cover their interior too. 
  4. If you have any curtains and entryway rugs, wash them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  5. Sweep, vacuum, and mop the floor. Gather any large pieces of debris with your broom, and don’t forget to go under any articles of furniture. Then vacuum the floor, mop it and disinfect it with a disinfectant of your choice. 
  6. Sort your belongings and put them back where they belong. You might need to invest in additional shelves, hooks, or cabinets to keep everything neat in the longer run. Also, pack things so that they’re readily available. For instance, don’t put your kids’ toys on the top shelf as they won’t be able to reach them.

Pro tips

  1. Don’t use feather dusters as they spread contaminants everywhere. Damp microfiber cloths trap dirt efficiently.
  2. Make sure to wear your PPE and handle the cleaning chemicals with care.
  3. If you use bleach to disinfect your garage, keep the area well-ventilated to protect your health and safety. If inhaled, bleach can cause nausea and headaches. 

Where in Manhattan Beach, CA, can I find reliable cleaning services for my household?

How do I clean and sanitize my garageFinding trustworthy maintenance experts for your property in Manhattan Beach has never been easier with MaidThis at your side. We’re a locally-owned referral company that cooperates with top industry professionals in the field.

Tell us what you need, and we’ll match you with experienced cleaners that will go the extra mile to make your home fresh and tidy. Go jogging at Sand Dune Park and forget about your messy living space. You can trust the best industry professionals with it. Book now!

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