Micro-tips to Clean and Prepare for Thanksgiving Guests

So many of us look forward to the Thanksgiving holidays but dread all the work that comes with it. But, with these micro-tips, you can clean and prepare to host your Thanksgiving guests in a more relaxed fashion.

We’ll show you how to get your Chicago home ready for holiday entertaining so you can enjoy your time with family and friends.

Before Your Thanksgiving Guests Arrive

Let’s face it. Not all of us were born to be Mary Poppins, having everything in shipshape order all the time. And that’s okay. Really it is.

Much of having a smooth holiday rests on the preparation that’s done before the big day arrives. One of the best things you can do to promote a more stress-free Thanksgiving holiday is to prep as much as possible beforehand.

Some of the actual tasks will depend on whether or not you’re hosting just for the big day itself or plan to have guests stay in […]

By |November 15th, 2018|Categories: house cleaning tips||0 Comments

Prepare for Fall and Winter With These Easy Cleaning Tips

Complete these chores now before the cold weather settles in.

Summer is coming to an end here in Chicago, and fall is just around the corner. As the leaves begin their descent, it signals that old man winter will soon follow. You’ll want to settle down for a long winter’s rest, so prepare for fall and winter now with these easy cleaning tips.

Think Fall Cleaning Instead of Spring Cleaning

We’re so accustomed to the idea of spring cleaning, but the truth is we spend a lot of time outdoors when spring comes around. And, we spend more time indoors during the fall and winter season.

So, doesn’t it make more sense to make sure we’ve thoroughly cleaned the inside of our homes when we plan to be inside of it the most? After all, we have to deal with cold and flu seasons keeping us down, and we don’t want to add allergies acting up from dust to the mix. And, if you’re severely […]

By |October 9th, 2018|Categories: house cleaning tips||0 Comments

Best Techniques to Clean Your Carpet

Prolong the life of your carpet with these easy care tips.

If you think about it, the carpet of your home is probably the most used part of your house. Your family walks on it every day and as a consequence, tracks dust and dirt throughout the carpet of your Chicago home.

While your carpet takes a real beating over time, it’s in your control to keep it looking its best. We’ll show you how to maintain your carpet with these top techniques for cleaning your carpet.

Vacuuming Your Carpets

Many people make it a regular habit to vacuum their carpets once a week or so. While this is a good general recommendation, it might surprise you to learn it may be overkill in some situations.

For instance, if you have a home with a room or two that’s rarely frequented, you may be better off vacuuming those rooms less often. That’s because vacuum cleaners are hard on carpets and can make them lose some of their luster.

So, the idea is to focus your […]

By |September 18th, 2018|Categories: house cleaning tips||0 Comments

Cleaning with Pets in the House

Simple tips to make it easier to keep your home clean when you have furry friends.

We all love our dogs and cats so much that we consider them part of the family. However, it can be a little bit trickier to keep our homes as clean as we’d like with pets roaming the house. Here are some pet-proof tips to make cleaning with pets in the house a whole lot easier, while keeping our homes more livable.

The Basics: How to maintain control of all that animal hair!

Let’s face it. The biggest thing about having pets that prevent us from having a cleaner home is all that animal dander. Dogs and cats tend to shed their hair quite a bit, and all that hair tends to end up on our floors, furniture, clothes, and just about anywhere else you can think of.

The best thing you can do to lessen the effects of animal dander is to prevent it in the first place. Some of […]

Top Five Summer Stains and How to Clean Them

Our easy tips make it easier to clean stubborn stains while still enjoying the long days of summer.

Summertime is filled with lots of great fun where we get to enjoy our favorite warm-weather activities and foods. Unfortunately, a few spills here and there can threaten to put a damper on things. No worries! We’re here to show you how to get rid of five top summer stains and the best ways to clean them.

First Things First!

It’s a lot easier to get rid of stains soon after they’ve made their mark and before they’ve had time to completely set in. Here are some key tips to help your stain removal become an easier task:

  •      Before removing the stain, try to remove as much of it as possible by blotting the stain. Don’t rub it, scrub it, or apply pressure from one side to the other.
  •      Instead, start at the outside of the stain and work towards the middle inside of […]

How to Clean Your Most Used Objects and Handheld Devices

Do you ever wonder how you should clean your most used objects and handheld devices? From our smartphones and remote controls, to our tablets, computers, and coffee makers – think about it! We’re almost always in constant contact with these items from day-to-day.

This translates to an abundance of germs spreading on these devices. We often overlook germ control with them during our cleaning routine, so much so, that they can be easy targets to help spread around colds and viruses.

While you may not be able to control germs getting on the items you use every day, you can control how invasive they get and minimize their spread of germs. Let’s learn how you can clean your most used items.

  • Remote Controls. Did you know that of all the household items in your home, your remote control likely has more germs than anything else, including the toilet handle? Research shows that over 30% of remote controls test positive for cold viruses. There […]

5 Tips to Going Green and Cleaning Your Home the Healthy Way

Have you considered what’s in that bottle of cleaning solution you just purchased to clean your home? If you haven’t, perhaps you should consider going green. The majority of cleaning products are made from ingredients which can be harmful to your health and the environment. Let’s look at why you should incorporate more green cleaning into your routine for an eco-friendly solution to clean your home.

1.    Going Green is Better for Your Health and Your Home

If you read the fine print on the labels of many standard cleaners, many will say to wear gloves or avoid getting directly your skin. Some even tell you to call a poison control center if the product gets into your eyes or is ingested. So many of these products can give you chemical burns or may be dangerous even to just inhale them.

Some can absorb deeper into your skin and even get into your bloodstream. And, many cleaning products are petroleum based and are not only harmful […]

How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen

How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen

When it comes to spring cleaning our kitchens, there are two schools of thought. Some people just intend to do a surface cleaning. A surface cleaning is when you just wipe down all the surfaces that you can see.

But, die-hard spring cleaning enthusiasts go well beyond that.

They want to give their kitchen a deep clean, covering every nook and cranny. If you want to know how it’s done, we’ll show you how to give your kitchen a deep clean from the inside out, and top to bottom.

Why Deep Clean Your Kitchen?

For one thing, every time you cook, grease and grime accumulate all over your kitchen surfaces. We also tend to allow our cabinets and countertops to get more cluttered than we would like. This causes us to work less efficiently when we’re in the kitchen.

How often do most of us spend extra time looking for something in the kitchen, only to […]

7 Tips To Spring Clean the Kid’s Room

Spring is the time of the year when we think of giving our homes a deep-clean. By far, one of the more challenging feats is giving our children’s room a thorough cleaning. This is because their rooms are often more cluttered and filled with small toys.

It’s not the easiest job to tackle, but it can be done! Here are 7 tips to spring clean the kid’s rooms:

TIP 1: Get the Junk Out of the Way

Embrace the concept that “less is more” and teach it to your children too. It’ll be easier to clean the kid’s room once you declutter.

First, you want to have a big bag ready to place trash in. This bag will be reserved for broken toys, crumpled papers, and bits and pieces that are useless. Just throw it all in there!

Secondly, you want a box to place things in that you know the kids can part with. Here comes a tricky part. My two children are completely different when it comes to this. One wants […]

By |March 9th, 2018|Categories: spring cleaning||0 Comments

The 2018 Countdown to Spring Cleaning Guide

As we countdown to spring, we look forward to leaving the stale, cold air of winter to welcome the vibrant, sunny days of spring. The outdoors quickly become an oasis of beauty and life and often inspires us to embark on our annual spring cleaning ritual.

With today’s busy lifestyles, a thorough spring cleaning of our homes can seem an impossible feat to accomplish. But, with a little preparation, our 2018 countdown to spring cleaning guide can make the project seem more manageable.

The key is to accomplish some of the larger tasks before the arrival of the season. Let’s look at what you should get done before it’s time to scrub your home from top to bottom.

  1. Rid your home of clutter

    If you didn’t already do so for the holidays, minimizing unwanted items in your home is a great first step. The easiest way to do it is to work one room at a time, on different days. Have […]

By |March 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments