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The Essential History of Home Cleaning Services

What is the history of housekeepingWhat do you think about house cleaning? What a tedious task, isn’t it? You’d rather hire a Studio City-based maid service to spruce up your house than grab a microfiber cloth and wipe greasy surfaces yourself. But do you know when this practice of hiring others to tidy up your home started?

Housekeeping is a thriving industry with a long and dynamic history. It’s as old as civilization itself. Would you like to learn more about it? Check out the article below!  

What is the history of housekeeping?

The history of housekeeping began with the origin of the first civilizations, when people became wealthy enough to hire others to take care of their homes. Remember the movies showing numerous servants working in the place of an Egyptian pharaoh or a Roman emperor? 

They showed historically accurate details of their lives. However, these servants were mainly enslaved people without any rights. If we take a look at recent history, the term maid pops up. Since the Middle Ages, maids have served as pillars of hygiene for most middle- and upper-class households.

This term means a female servant employed in luxurious palaces, castles, and estates. It comes from the word maiden, which signifies a young and single woman whose main life preoccupation was to serve her employer. 

Typically, a maid wasn’t permitted to get married and lived within her employer’s property, where she was provided with clothing and food. She would usually spend her entire life working for her employer and following rigid work etiquette.

Maids were in charge of the household maintenance and performed many chores to ensure everything ran smoothly. They were expected to follow strict rules and each maid knew her scope of duties.

But then came the Industrial Revolution, the First World War, and women’s suffrage. Women started turning their backs on the housekeeping profession as they learned they could have equal rights as men. Many decided to continue their education and wanted to find other jobs and pursue different careers, so the house cleaning industry was on the decline.

However, the housekeeping industry has recently undergone a significant change. It’s gaining popularity again with more and more cleaning companies emerging. These companies either employ their own cleaners or match their clients with reliable professionals.

The growth is pretty impressive. Over the last decade, the cleaning industry in the U.S. has grown an average of 6.6% per year. Some estimates even forecast that the sector will increase by 10% by 2026.

But this comeback introduced many modifications into the industry. Professional cleaners aren’t only women anymore and are definitely not confined to their employers’ households.

This boom is attributed to modern people’s lifestyles. Today, men and women want to focus on their careers and don’t want to waste their free time scrubbing their floors.

That’s why they choose to outsource their upkeep chores to experts who are highly qualified to carry out the tasks safely and efficiently. And many cleaning companies or referral agencies can provide true professionals in the field.

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Hire the best Studio City maid service for your home todayYou learned a lot of exciting facts about housekeeping today, didn’t you? Well, we want to share one more fact: if you need a trustworthy cleaner for your home in Studio City, MaidThis will be delighted to offer you a helping hand.

We cooperate with top cleaning superstars in the area who will go the extra mile to make your home spick and span and pet dander-free while you enjoy your free time at Studio City Recreation Center. Call us today!

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A Short Glossary of House Cleaning Terms

Where in Studio City can I find reliable house cleaning services for my homeDid you know that cleaning and sanitizing aren’t the same thing? And what about deep cleaning? How is it different from standard cleaning? Well, Studio City professionals who offer house cleaning services use various terms when referring to different services and maintenance methods. 

To save you the trouble of browsing numerous websites to find what each term actually means, here we provide a short glossary of the most common home cleaning terms. Read on!

What are the different terms used in cleaning?

House cleaning has a long history. Throughout the years, many terms have been clearly defined and standardized. Here is a list of most frequently used house cleaning terms and their definitions:

  • Cleaning means removing dust, dirt, and other impurities using water and a cleaning product. It doesn’t necessarily kill viruses and bacteria.
  • Deep cleaning refers to a service that covers every inch of your house. It entails reaching into inconspicuous areas where grime accumulates over time and requires a lot more time than regular tidy-ups. Professionals will tend to your carpets, furniture, high wall corners, kitchen appliances, and much more.
  • Disinfecting is aimed at removing as many germs as possible. It’s a mandatory step in the house maintenance routine that follows the cleaning.
  • Disinfectant is a powerful chemical used to deactivate pathogens. It must be handled cautiously, following the manufacturer’s instructions and wearing personal protective equipment. A disinfectant must be stored carefully and kept out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Eco-friendly cleaning means cleaning practices that don’t use dangerous products that can leave toxic residue and endanger your family’s health.
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products don’t contain any life-threatening substances and aren’t harmful to your health. People with weakened immune systems or medical conditions can safely use them. As they don’t contain chemicals that pollute air and water and often come in recyclable packaging, they are also less hazardous to the environment.
  • Move-In/Out cleaning is a specially designed service for people who are moving in or moving out and need a detailed clean-up of the property. 
  • Post-construction cleaning consists of several carefully performed practices to clean up construction debris. The task is carried out by a team of experts who use special equipment and must wear personal protection equipment as construction dust is hazardous.
  • Referral companies don’t employ cleaners directly but maintain a list of local cleaners they work with on a contractual basis. Their clients are subsequently paired with these cleaning experts as needed.
  • Sanitizing is aimed at removing germs in food-related areas. It goes after cleaning as it doesn’t get rid of grease and other dirt.
  • Standard cleaning is typically done weekly, biweekly, or monthly and includes everyday maintenance tasks.
  • Vacation rental cleaning is a specially designed service offered to people who rent their properties through Airbnb and other similar websites. These people need to have their properties ready for their guests 24/7, so this service is usually envisioned to resemble a hotel-like maid service and provide spotlessly clean rental spaces.

Where in Studio City can I find reliable house cleaning services for my home?

What are the different terms used in cleaningDid you have fun learning all these cleaning terms? Now you want to know where you can find a trustworthy referral company for your Studio City home? We have the answer to this question, too: contact MaidThis.

We cooperate with rigorously screened local professionals ready to liberate your home from pet dander, dust, and other impurities while you ride the waves at Will Rogers State Beach. Book today!

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Summertime Activities for the Whole Family

While some parts of the country are already back to school, there are still a couple precious weeks in summer that need enjoying!  We put together a few ideas which work for every size of family.

Volunteer at a Nonprofit

A great lesson that kids can learn (and that adults can always be reminded of) is the importance of giving to those who are less fortunate.  Nonprofits offer many different ways that families can donate their time and energy.  This could mean delivering or serving meals for a local soup kitchen, or running fundraisers for building projects at Habitat for Humanity.  The experience will bond you more closely as a family and lead to useful and helpful discussions.

Run a Lemonade Stand

Lemonade stands have always been popular, but they’ve recently gotten attention both in the for-profit space (Jack’s Lemonade Stands appearing on Shark Tank) and nonprofit (Alex’s Lemonade Stands which donate their profits to fighting childhood cancer).  You don’t have to choose either of these more well-known versions of lemonade stands.  You can simply buy the ingredients for lemonade, put up a stand of your own, and have fun serving people a delicious beverage on a hot day.  As a family you can decide what you’d like to do with the proceeds.

Make Jam or Pickles

While there’s nothing quite as easy to make as lemonade, something that’s also not hard to do is to make some homemade jam and pickles.  You could also give these as gifts to friends and family or just enjoy all the fruits of your labor at home.  Everyone can have a task in the process and everyone can enjoy what’s been made afterwards.

Declutter

Now everyone associates decluttering with Springtime, but there’s nothing to stop you from doing so in the summer.  You could have a garage sale, but you could also just donate items you aren’t using or don’t want anymore.  To incentivize kids (and maybe fellow adults!) to get onboard, set some kind of milestones as rewards, e.g. a trip to the ice cream shop for each box or bag filled with things to donate or get rid of.

Campout

National Parks and other campgrounds are great destinations, but can often be crowded during the summertime.  If you’re looking for a quieter experience that involves no travel time, you can always camp in your backyard.  Getting out of your “normal” environment can be fun for everyone, even if it’s not at a faraway location.

Visit the Library

With the disappearance of many bookstores in the US, there are really few places where adults and kids can wander around stacks of books, choose ones they are interested in, and sit down to look over their choices.  Libraries often have great programs, including lectures and talks, and they often offer wi-fi and air conditioning.  Some libraries also have fun summer reading programs which allow kids to win prizes.

All of the choices we’ve mentioned above are either free, low cost, or offer the chance to make some money.  That’s one more lesson to share with the family this summer, or rather, two lessons: the best things in life are free, and, the best things in life aren’t things.

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

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Why a Welcome Message (and Gift) Matters

We all know that cleanliness and good reviews are strong drivers of revenue for vacation rentals.  But one of the ways good reviews start is with a welcome note, and when it makes sense, a welcome gift.  Let’s talk about why both matter.

Why a Welcome Note?

We have watched vacation rentals commodify over the last decade.  Listings are becoming more standardized as platforms strive to create a recognizable baseline for all potential customers to experience.  The good side of that?  All listings have towels and toilet paper.  The bad side of that?  Feeling like you’re basically in a variation of a hotel room, lacking the same character and warmth.

A welcome note changes that narrative.  It says, right there in pen and ink, that a fellow human being is welcoming another human being.  Such notes can’t be scaled or automated.  Even if they are very short they can touch an incoming guest as proof that someone still cares.

What’s in a Welcome Note?

An easy way to personalize the note is simply to look up your guest’s profile.  You can see where they are from, perhaps what they do, and most importantly, where they have visited, and the sorts of reviews they have received from other hosts.  This is all easy fodder for you to pull from in writing a personal note:

  • You could mention a personal connection or something you like about where they live
  • You could share a love for a place they have already visited, and/or suggest another place they should visit
  • You can take an interest they have shown on previous visits and tie it into your property, e.g. “I see you like hiking and here are a couple good trails to try around here…”

If you’re not finding much inspiration from their profile or reviews, you can always mention what might be happening locally, whether that’s a special event or something that’s always worth going to.

If you live in a quieter area where people specifically go to avoid crowds (and people in general) recommend something that makes sense for the time of year, e.g. “The creek bed is dry this time of year so it’s a very quiet place to walk…”  It’s okay if this is something you already mention in a guide to the property.  You can never repeat good tips often enough?

What About a Welcome Gift?

While the classic example is a bottle of wine, we shy away from that because it can get expensive and not everyone drinks.  Easier (and less expensive) options include:

  • Fruit
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate

Locally-sourced versions of all these are even better.  If you want to reach out to local merchants and let them know you have a vacation rental, you might even be able to get coupons for their services, e.g. massage, photography, tours.

Don’t Forget the Guest Book

One of the advantages of a welcome message is priming: by offering a warm welcome, you’re preparing the guest to have a great time.  The same is true of leaving a guest book with your welcome message and/or gift: you’re showing the guest how many other people have had a good time here before, so of course they are going to have a good time too!

It’s vacation rental listings that know how to make guests feel special and welcomed that get great reviews, and those great reviews translate into higher demand and more revenue.  So often in vacation rentals, as in life, it’s the details that matter.

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

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How to Keep a Tidy Home When You Have Pets

Pets introduce joy into your life with their playfulness and positive energy. But, they also introduce something else: hair, dander, and unpleasant odors. If you happen to neglect your house for a few days, it can smell like a pet store.

And, did you know this fact: pet dander can stay in a home for 4-7 months after a pet is gone? So how can you keep your living place tidy and nice-smelling when pets are around? Professionals who offer maid service in Studio City and the area provide valuable advice. Keep reading to learn more!

How do you keep your house smelling fresh when you have pets?

 

How do you keep your house smelling fresh when you have pets

Pet owners know how their houses can get smelly quickly, especially if pets spend a lot of time indoors. But there is a way out. With a few eco-friendly tricks, you can get rid of unpleasant smells and make your home odor-free.

  1. Take care of your pet’s hygiene. Groom your dog every day and wash it once a week with plain water and use a pet shampoo from time to time (as recommended by your vet). Also, keep your pet’s paws and ears clean. This way, you’ll reduce odor and keep your pets less susceptible to infections.
  2. Ensure proper air ventilation. Pet dander is a biological pollutant, and it can lower indoor air quality. So, replace HVAC filters regularly and open windows as much as possible. 
  3. Dust, vacuum, sweep, and mop as often as possible. Unfortunately, there’s no magic trick to make all pet-related dirt disappear. Some elbow grease is required.
  4. Sprinkle baking soda on rugs, carpets, pillows, upholstery, and other bad-smelling fabrics. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then vacuum, and all the odors will be gone. If you still notice some pet smell, repeat the procedure as many times as necessary.
  5. Wash pet toys, baskets, and cushions regularly. You can also rotate your dog’s toys to have time to clean them periodically and prolong their life.
  6. Wash your bedding more often if your pets like to sleep with you.
  7. Protect your furniture with waterproof, washable covers and wash them once a week. This way, you’ll eliminate the prevailing pet odor and protect your furniture from wear and tear. 
  8. Deal with pet stains immediately. White vinegar is ideal for this purpose. Simply apply it to the stained area. If the vinegar smell bothers you, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.  
  9. If you need to neutralize the pet odor on your clothing, grab some vinegar and baking soda. Pour white vinegar on the clothes, add baking soda, and put everything in the washing machine. Set it on cold or lukewarm water, and don’t use any detergents. 

How often should you clean your house with pets?

There’s no universal answer if you wonder how often you should clean your home with pets. It all depends on the size and the number of your pets and how much mess they make daily. 

You’ll have to vacuum and dust every day, for sure. But if you’ve cleaned in the morning and then in the afternoon, but still notice some hair on your carpet, it’s better to vacuum again than to leave it for tomorrow. 

Also, treat pet stains as soon as you notice them, as they can really emanate a nasty smell.

Where can I find a reliable maid service in Studio City & the vicinity?

How often should you clean your house with pets

House cleaning has always been a part of people’s lives. These days, with all other obligations on your plate, keeping your house tidy is more challenging than ever. Luckily, MaidThis is there to save your day.

We offer various clearly defined services specially designed to match your lifestyle. Enjoy hiking at Fryman Canyon Park while the cleaning specialist we send in makes your home fresh and healthy. Book today!

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6 Unusual & Interesting Facts About Cleaning

Do you think that dusting, wiping, and mopping around your home are tedious and time-consuming? It’s why homeowners turn to professional house cleaning services from Studio City to keep their living space tidy.

But, no matter what you think about it, house maintenance is a crucial part of your life. Here are some fun facts about cleaning that can change your perspective. Read on!

Did you know these facts about cleaning?

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House cleaning is time-consuming and exhausting, and no one really likes it. However, did you know that Americans spend 87% of their time indoors? A tidy house isn’t only a matter of aesthetics; it influences our health too.

Here are some little-known cleaning facts that will inspire you to keep your house pristine all the time.

1. Cleaning is an excellent workout.

When you clean, you burn calories. A two-hour cleaning session can burn 200 calories. If you mop for an hour, you can burn up to 153 calories. 

Some tasks require more elbow grease, so you shed calories faster. For instance, if you scrub the tub for 15 minutes, you can burn 90 calories.

So, next time you need to spruce up your house, think of it as a gym session and turn some music on to give you an extra burst of energy.

2. Dead skin cells comprise approximately 70-80% of dust particles. 

This fact means that personal hygiene is connected to the tidiness of your house. Also, ensure to stop the circulation of these invisible threats by regularly changing your bedding and dusting the surfaces.

If you have pets, you’ll have to dust, vacuum, and mop more frequently, as pet dander can lower the air quality and cause allergic reactions. 

3. The bathroom isn’t the dirtiest room in your house. It’s the kitchen.

The kitchen is the busiest area in your household. Just imagine how much food and how many people circulate there. No wonder it can quickly become a hotbed of various bacteria and viruses.

Tending to its every corner is vital for your family’s well-being as you want to prevent cross-contamination. Make sure to wipe cutting boards, countertops, and inside the fridge, to name just a few tricky areas.

Also, wash your hands before and after preparing the food, and don’t let your trash can overflow with garbage. This is a magnet for rodents and insects.

4. Toilet seats contain fewer germs than kitchen sinks.

Just think of what you use your sink for, and it’ll be clear why it’s the most germ-ridden area in your household.  And the only way to get rid of dangerous microbes is to clean the kitchen sink regularly.

The safest way to do it is to use baking soda and white vinegar. First, spread baking soda over the sink and rub it with a soft sponge. Then, pour white vinegar over the entire sink and wait. There’s going to be a fizzing reaction. Once it stops, rinse thoroughly.

5. Doorknobs are one of the most contaminated surfaces in your home.

How many times do you and other people touch the doorknobs in your house? You can’t even count. This is what makes doorknobs a breeding ground for numerous pathogens. So disinfecting them is essential in establishing a healthy home environment.

6. House cleaning is a thriving industry.

House cleaning has a lengthy history, but recently it’s experienced a real boom.  According to some statistics, the cleaning industry has grown at an average rate of 6.6 percent annually over the last decade. Some estimates predict that the cleaning industry will increase by 10 percent by 2026.

All this has led to clearly defined standards and terms that refer to numerous cleaning techniques and services.

Hire one of the most reliable house cleaning services from Studio City today!

Did you know these facts about cleaning

You’d like to have a neat home, but you don’t have time. Call MaidThis, Studio City cleaning superstars. We are a trustworthy referral agency that screens each cleaning expert rigorously before sending them to your address.

Go to South Weddington Park and leave your household chores to top industry professionals in the area. Book an appointment now! 

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My wife and I are thrilled how easy everything is with MaidThis, and now I’m a customer for life! If you don’t want to go through the hassle of finding your own cleaner, definitely try MaidThis
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I work a full-time job and I have a small kids at home, so by the time I get home the LAST thing I want to do is clean. If you need to save time, I recommend going through MaidThis. Their customer system was amazing.
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10 Books That Will Help You Be More Productive in 2022

We’re almost done with the first quarter of the year and, as always, it’s flown by.  How productive have we been, and how productive would we like to be?  There are lots of great books out there to help, each offering mindsets and tactics that all of us could use.  We decided to put together a quick list of ten of our favorites for you to pick from.  

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

It’s a classic for a reason.  What this book has become legendary for is less about specific tactics (though there are plenty) and more about mindset, about getting your priorities in order.  There’s no point in being productive if you don’t know what you’re being productive for.

The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

There are plenty of times you’ll pause while reading the 4 Hour Work Week to say to yourself, “you did what?”  Tim Ferriss has pitched himself as a human guinea pig and many people have benefited from the experiments he has conducted on himself.

One part of the book that has ended up becoming a popular product is a journal, a practice that Ferriss championed long before it was cool.

The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield

One of the shortest books on the list, Pressfield puts his finger on the “resistance,” the siren song that is always calling you away from what you need to get done.  Sometimes productivity doesn’t mean systems and tactics, it means simply being aware that your mind and body often want to do other things, and it takes discipline to stay on track.  That’s productivity too.

Deep Work by Cal Newport

Multitasking has long lost its allure, as studies and people have realized it’s a lie.  Newport goes further in this book by pointing out that setting aside just a bit of time every day for uninterrupted work is a powerful tactic for getting a lot done.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Productivity feeds off routines and habits, and Duhigg points to a three-step loop: cue, routine, reward, to help people form habits.  The better you understand how to create habits (and break bad ones), the easier it will be for you to maintain those that help you get stuff done.

Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Not a morning person?  Willing to be convinced?  That’s the premise of Hal Elrod’s book.  He explains how he converted to being a morning person, adding routines that launched each day, changing his life.  

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Another classic text, Allen’s book offers an interesting idea, that the mind is for having ideas, not holding them, so make sure you have something to collect anything that comes to your mind, whether that’s a notebook or an app on your phone.

If you want to get in the weeds with productivity, Allen’s got you covered, with an entire chapter on how to organize your desk.

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

It took having to choose between being near his wife as she was about to give birth and making it to a client meeting that made Greg McKeown realize he was doing it all wrong.  Those realizations led to a book that hammers home the message that most of what many of us do in life is not essential, taking us away from the things that truly matter, that are essential.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

The idea that so many people share from Atomic Habits is the idea that every time you engage in a habit is a vote you cast for the type of life you want to live.  Like Duhigg’s book we already mentioned, the book focuses on habits, which are the foundation of any routine of productivity.

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

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I work a full-time job and I have a small kids at home, so by the time I get home the LAST thing I want to do is clean. If you need to save time, I recommend going through MaidThis. Their customer system was amazing.
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7 Attributes of a Successful Vacation Rental Property

There are many ways to succeed with vacation rental properties, but all the successful vacation rental properties share a few things in common.  We picked 7 of them to share with you!

Great Photos

We’ve said this before, but Instagram has made everyone step up their photo game, even if they aren’t on that platform.  You don’t have to have a top-of-the-line DSLR to take beautiful photos of your property.  While a handful of photos are necessary for any listing, the more, the merrier.  Guests will never complain of “too many photos.”  The better you can introduce them to your space via photography, the more they will feel at home already, and feel comfortable booking. 

Right Cancellation Policy

Different types of listings will require different cancellation policies.  Large properties that rent seasonally many months in advance may find it difficult to allow for last minute cancellations, and hence may opt for a stricter cancellation policy.  On the other hand, small listings in touristy destinations can often get booked minutes after a previous guest has canceled.  Whatever type of listing you have, picking the right cancellation policy will ensure that you get booked as often as possible.

Solid Reviews

“Trust but verify” is the watchword of many potential guests.  They love the descriptions and photos and the last thing they do before booking with you is read a review or two.  The best listings message frequently enough so that asking for a review (if one hasn’t already been given) isn’t onerous to guests.  Frequent reviews from happy guests are what you’ll always see in a successful listing, and if a guest has been unhappy for any reason, you’ll see a reasonable and thoughtful response from the manager/owner.

Cleanliness

We aren’t just saying this because we are a cleaning company: if you read any article about vacation rentals you’ll see that it’s one of the most important, if not the most important aspects of any vacation rental to guests.  Successful vacation rentals are hotel-level-clean, which is why a maid service (like us, cough cough) makes so much sense to vacation rental owners.

Pricing Tools

While any vacation rental owner has a sense of what is the right price, that price may change from season to season or if a certain event is in town.  Utilize the tools that platforms provide (Airbnb offers Dynamic Pricing, for example) or external sites like Airdna to optimize your pricing to get the most revenue possible for your listing.

Benchmarks

What gets measured can be improved, and you should be tracking month-to-month, year-to-year, what your occupancy and average nightly rates are.  You may not always be able to explain the reasons behind fluctuations (or sometimes, even consistency), but if you’re not tracking and measuring the data, you don’t even know what you don’t know.

Friendliness

You don’t have to meet every guest in person in order to give the impression of friendliness (though, in-person key handoffs rank really well with guests).  As long as you are friendly and available in your communications on the platform guests are going to be primed for a good experience and can feel they can reach out to you with questions during their stay.  Even better, that friendliness and availability that you offer to them will often be reciprocated in a good review, which as we already mentioned, is another piece of the success puzzle.

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

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How to Clean Faucets & Shower Fixtures Like a Pro

How do you clean tarnished shower fixturesWhat would be the least enjoyable chore in your house cleaning routine? Definitely, dealing with those unattractive faucets or discolored shower fixtures. With a household full of people, traces of soap, shampoo, and toothpaste easily stick to these areas and seem so difficult to remove.

Fortunately, with the right method, you can clean almost anything. To help you do just that, we’ve prepared a list of clever hacks that Loz Feliz-based maid service professionals use on a regular basis to make even the dirtiest faucets and shower fixtures shine. Read on!

What is the best way to clean faucets?

Since you don’t want to damage your faucets, always check the manufacturer’s instructions on the type of faucet finish you’re dealing with first. Chrome faucets are the most common and are pretty straightforward to clean, but some other types require special care.

Dish soap and warm water

In most cases, dish soap and warm water are ideal for cleaning your faucets. Simply add a few drops of dish soap into warm water and apply the solution to the faucet. Pay special attention to the edges where the faucet and the sink meet, as much dirt accumulates there. You can use a soft toothbrush to scrub the area gently.

After you’ve rinsed everything, wipe it off and dry with a clean cloth to prevent water spotting and to buff the shine.

Distilled white vinegar for hardened dirt

If dish soap and warm water don’t give the desired results, you should mix equal parts white vinegar and water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Before applying it to the entire faucet, spray on an inconspicuous spot first to double-check if white vinegar is safe for the finish. 

If you don’t notice any changes, spray lavishly onto the entire surface. Again, a soft toothbrush can come in handy for dealing with the edges of the faucet. Rinse and wipe dry for a sparking faucet.

How do you clean tarnished shower fixtures?

Again, it’s important to check the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions first. The optimal shower fixture cleaning method depends on the fixture material. For instance, if you have chrome or stainless steel shower fixtures, you can restore their initial beauty with vinegar solution.

Due to its acidity, vinegar is one of the gentlest abrasives for removing tarnish. You can mix one part vinegar and one part water and spray it onto the fixtures. If possible, pour the vinegar solution into a plastic bag and submerge the fixture into it and leave it for a few hours (ideally overnight).

Then, scrub carefully with a non-abrasive sponge or a soft cloth. Use a toothbrush for tiny crevices and other hard-to-reach areas. Rinse and dry with a clean cloth to bring its shine back. However, if you have fixtures with oil-rubbed bronze or brass finishes, you should use only water.

Pro tips

  1. Don’t use abrasive cleaning tools as they can scratch the finish. A soft sponge or a microfiber cloth would be a great choice. 
  2. Also, avoid harsh cleaning chemicals that can endanger your health and ruin your surfaces.

What is the best way to clean faucetsWhere in Los Feliz can I find a reliable maid service for my house?

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Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Grout

What is the best thing to use for cleaning groutDo you usually neglect grout while tidying up your home? Your priority is the greasy countertops and messy fridge, right? And then after some time, you suddenly notice your grout has lost its initial color and shine.

This can ruin the look of your bathroom and kitchen, and it’s also a potential health threat since bacteria can get trapped in these crevices. So, roll up your sleeves, and let’s make the grout in your Los Feliz home sparkle again with these easy house cleaning tips. Keep reading to learn more!

What is the best thing to use for cleaning grout?

If you’re looking for the best solution for your grimy and unattractive grout, you don’t need to rush to the store and waste money on commercial products that can potentially endanger your health. 

The most efficient cleaning agents are probably already in your house. They’re baking soda, white vinegar, and lemons. Here’s why:

Baking soda

Baking soda is a popular eco-friendly cleaner, deodorizer, and whitener. It’s highly versatile as it combats limescale efficiently, and removes dirt from various surfaces, including sinks, countertops, and much more. Its mildly abrasive properties allow it to clean grout lines without scratching your tiles.

White vinegar

Distilled white vinegar is another natural cleaner that’s ideal for various cleaning challenges. For instance, it makes your tarnished faucets shiny again. On top of that, it doesn’t leave any dangerous residues, and you can use it safely around your kids and pets. 

It’s also a mild disinfectant that can kill some food-related bacteria, including E-Coli and Salmonella, so you can use it for sanitizing your fridge. It can also remove grime, mildew, and soap residue from non-porous tile surfaces. If the vinegar smell bothers you, simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to mask it.

Lemons

Who doesn’t like the smell of fresh lemons? Lemon juice is extremely acidic, and it can remove stubborn stains and discolorations from grout in no time.

How do I clean my grout at home?

Now that you know what to use to deal with your unsightly grout at home, you can use it with one of our three favorite grout-cleaning methods:

Method No.1: Treating grout with a baking soda paste

Add baking soda and several drops of dish soap to the water and make a paste. Cover the grout with the paste, and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Grab a toothbrush and scrub the grout gently and rinse. Finally, grab a clean cloth and dry.

How do I clean my grout at homeMethod No. 2: White vinegar solution for grime-free grout

Pour some undiluted vinegar directly onto the grout, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Use a toothbrush to scrub it in a circular motion. Rinse and dry with a clean cloth.

Method No.3: Lemon juice to return the grout’s initial beauty

Squeeze a few lemons to make some lemon juice. Next, let the lemon juice soak into the grout for 15 minutes or so. Then get a damp cloth and wipe your grout and tiles. After rinsing the treated area, dry it with a cloth or towel.

Rely on Los Feliz’s top house cleaning services today

Keeping a large home in Los Feliz neat and healthy can be a demanding task, especially if you lead a busy lifestyle. That’s why MaidThis is here for you. We work with expert cleaners who offer various house cleaning services that are specifically designed to make your life more enjoyable.

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