house cleaning tips

7 House Cleaning Tips Every Dog Owner Needs to Know

As a dog owner, a top concern is managing the odor and stains that may come along with the everyday life of having a pet in your home. Many dog owners can have a difficult time removing the hair, odors, and germs from carpets and furniture.  The first thing to do whenever stains are spotted is to stay calm because there are many thoroughly tested cleaning solutions to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of them.

1. The robotic vacuum cleaner:

This timeless invention does the cleaning for you. It is designed to remove any dirt and hair particles on your floor, including all those corners that are sometimes tough to reach. Convenient and systematic, this is a great way to remove such dirt particles effectively, while keeping up on maintenance cleaning between deep cleaning sessions. 

2.Lint Rollers:

If you have a problem with your dog hair all […]

Moving Out of Your Chicago Apartment: A Preparation Checklist

Moving can be a hassle no matter how you handle it, especially in a large city like Chicago. The act of packing up all your belongings and relocating to a new home can leave you profoundly exhausted and overwhelmed. If you’re hoping to get your security deposit back, you will need to be responsible and leave your apartment cleaner than it was when you first moved in.

Here is a simple checklist of things to do before you hand in your keys

Walls

When it comes to walls, be sure to do the following. Remove all staples, nails, hooks or screws. Patch any holes left behind. The walls should be wiped down with warm water or a magic eraser to get rid of tape residues, dirt or markings of any kind.

Bathroom

The bathroom should be properly cleaned to leave it free from dust, hair, mold, or toothpaste. Disinfect the sink, shower, tub and toilet with bleach or an all natural alternative like tea tree oil spray. Clean the mirrors […]

Tips for Cleaning Big Stains in Your Home

Tips for Cleaning Big Stains in Your HomeYou regularly vacuum, dust occasionally, and handle other cleaning tasks each week, but what do you do when you find a giant stain on your carpet, floor, or upholstery?

Before you take that spray bottle of spot remover out of the cabinet, here are a few ways you can prevent a bad stain from becoming permanent.

Plentiful Pet Stains

You love your pets, but they do have a habit of leaving tons of fur on your clothing and furniture, as well as the occasional bathroom accident. Unfortunately, pet pee is often an insidious stain that isn’t noticed until it’s too late, and the urine smell has made its way into the padding underneath your carpet.

Even hardwood floors aren’t immune to pet stains, and if an accident isn’t cleaned up swiftly it could result in a permanent stain on just about any type of flooring.

Step One: Blotting

Blotting the area where your pet had its accident is your […]

Arranging Your Home Cleaning Schedule

House Cleaning Chicago - Arranging a Cleaning ScheduleYour home looks immaculate after it’s cleaned, but invariably the carpets will get dirty, the countertops will need scrubbing, and all your electronics will soon be covered in dust yet again.

If you find yourself putting off those tedious cleaning jobs week after week, you might want to develop a cleaning schedule of daily chores, weekly cleaning projects, and visits from a professional cleaning service.

It might sound complicated, but a schedule will actually make things easier in the long run.

Making a List

First, you’ll want to make a list that will define the tasks that need attention, as well as the schedule when you need to complete those chores. You can employ something as tech-savvy as a spreadsheet program on your computer, but you may also use a simple pencil and a pad of paper for the same purpose.

You can arrange your checklist in a variety of ways. One option is […]

When to Replace or Repair Carpet

Carpet Cleaning Chicago - Carpet RepairRegular maintenance, cleaning, and care greatly extends the lifespan of commonly used devices, machinery, and furniture in your home. However, most things in your home won’t have an infinite lifespan, and saving money might mean replacing or recycling an item instead of continuing to clean it or fix it year after year.

There are a variety of factors that influence whether it’s best to replace or repair carpet in your home.

Is That Carpet Ready for Replacement?

Depending on the type of carpet in your home and the level of wear and tear on it, you have a few options when deciding whether to fix a problem (such as a small carpet burn from the fireplace) or clean the area and hope that the problem is concealable.

According to Family Handyman, you’ll tend to see three common issues with your carpeting that may require work beyond an afternoon spent with the vacuum […]

A Clean Home Means Easier Pest Control

Cleaning Company Chicago - Pest ControlOnce an infestation of bugs takes root in your home, it’s a huge hassle to get rid of them. Fleas, ants, roaches, and termites all cause havoc in your home when they’re left to multiply, and getting rid of them often involves noxious chemicals or treatments that aren’t friendly to humans and pets.

However, as long as you stay vigilant with cleaning and perform a few simple maintenance tasks, you should be able to keep bugs from invading your home.

Reducing Access Points for Pests

There are several tasks you may undertake to reduce the likelihood of a pest infestation. The most important of those tasks begins with keeping your home clean. You should engage in some simple regular maintenance of systems like the plumbing and HVAC machinery, as well as reducing the number of openings in your home through which bugs can enter.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests all homeowners engage in the following steps to reduce […]

Getting Your Maximum Rental Deposit Back

House Cleaning Chicago - Rental Deposit BackYou’ve lived in your apartment for five years, but it’s time for a change. Do you remember the deposit you paid when you moved into the home? If you want to get that entire deposit back, you’ll need to take care of a few things before you leave.

Part of the rental deposit is likely what your landlord will use to clean the apartment, condo, or house when you leave the property. And, when you leave the space as clean as it was when you moved in, you’ll receive the bulk of your deposit back.

You might assume that cleaning on your own will save some money. However, if you’re busy with packing everything up and getting into your new space, coming back to the apartment after spending days packing and hauling boxes around might not be the best way to get settled in your new place.

Reading the Lease Before You Move In

If you’re looking for a […]

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Keeping the Family Safe with Green Home Cleaning Services in Chicago

Green Cleaning Services in ChicagoThe demands of your family, work, self, and home probably consume every day, and hiring green home cleaning services in Chicago might offer you a little extra time to relax or get things done that have been on the back burner for a while.

Green cleaning services means that the techniques and products used by your cleaning professionals don’t hurt the environment and that they’re also safe for use around your family. Today, most homeowners are aware that products containing noxious chemicals impact health and the environment, and they may also be responsible for contributing to global warming and climate change.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s comments on global warming:

Greenhouse gas emissions could cause a 1.8 to 6.3° Fahrenheit rise in temperature during the next century, if atmospheric levels are not reduced. Although this change may appear small, it could produce extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods; threaten coastal resources and wetlands by raising […]

Reduce Dust Buildup Between Cleanings

Reduce Dust Buildup Between Home CleaningsThe fresh, clean appearance of a newly cleaned house is a relaxing paradise, but it doesn’t take long before things like dust return to settle on your electronics, cover the furniture, and land on decorative objects. Regular cleanings help reduce the buildup of dust, but there are additional steps you can take to design a home that resists dust buildup.

Don’t Think Dust Buildup is Bad?

Dust might seem like the least of your worries when you need your home cleaned, but it’s one of the most allergen-filled parts of a dirty home. According to HGTV, dust is actually a combination of:

sloughed-off skin cells, animal dander and hair, dust mites and their feces, and decomposing bug parts — and that’s not counting the fabric fibers and tiny particles of soil, wood, sheet rock, plaster and paint.

Yuck! Time to get rid of that dust!

The Debate Over Dusting and Vacuuming

An interesting concept often debated is whether dusting first or […]

Common Cleaning Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Chicago Cleaning Services - cleaning mistakesThere’s a wrong way and a right way to clean a spill from a carpet, but many homeowners don’t realize this and spend far more time trying to clean up a simple spill than is necessary. Little mistakes in cleaning can cost a lot of time, which is in short supply for most people today.

In addition to offering a swifter way to get the cleaning done, avoiding cleaning mistakes also ensures items around your home last as long as they’re supposed to. For example, cleaning a carpet the correct way reduces the likelihood that the carpet fibers would get destroyed and would help the carpet look cleaner longer.

Professional cleaning crews know all about these mistakes and are able to do their job in record time because they’re savvy about how mistakes can make cleaning a bigger hassle. To help you clean like the pros, here are some common mistakes you might be making when you […]