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Summer’s fast approaching, and many of us are, most probably, woefully unprepared. Let’s run through some tips, detailing how you can make sure you’re prepared for the summer to come.
A tidy mind means a tidy house
Let’s start from the inside. Let’s face it – the more wound up we are, the harder it is for us to take care of those all-important chores. We know that a tidy house means a tidy mind, but not all of us realize that the opposite it true. Meditate, listen to relaxing music, read a book… You’ll find it much easier to face the chores ahead of you.
Often, people stock up for the winter, because it’s, “Too cold to go out”, but, in summer, we’re often too hot to go out! So do all the finicky bits now while the weather is just right! All the, “I need x amounts of this, y amounts of that”… Trust me – you’ll thank me later!
You can’t get anything clean if nothing’s tidy, so start […]
Days are getting longer and warmer, flowers are starting to bloom, and it’s officially springtime across the country. While spring takes a little longer to spring in Chicago, now is still a great time to start cleaning your living space of dirt and dust so you can enjoy the upcoming beautiful days.
Especially if you normally suffer from allergies, this is a crucial time to make your home spic ‘n span. Over the winter, despite your best efforts and intentions, allergens have been building up, and combining allergens inside the home with pollen outside the home can make gorgeous spring days miserable.
A little spring cleaning can go a long way. Here are some tips to help remove allergens from you home.
Evict Your Dust Mites
While dust mites are everywhere and you can never fully rid your home of them, over the winter, many of these miniscule creatures have been taking up residence in your blankets and comforters. While we can’t see these creatures, many of us are allergic to them. To […]
The holiday seasons can mean a very festive and enjoyable time for family and friends; however, as much as it’s a time to unwind, kick back and relax, it can also prove to be the most stressful time of the year. Between scrambling to buy gifts for your family, setting up guest rooms for your out-of-town visitors, and preparing the holiday meals.
The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. It’s a time for cooking, baking, gift-giving and making merry, yet many people obsess over the many cleaning tasks they’ve skipped throughout the year. Of course, you want your home to be a beacon of holiday cheer, but with shopping, running errands, work, and family obligations, keeping it clean can be an insurmountable task.
Tips for a Guest-Ready Home during the holiday season:
Focus on the Foyer
The foyer is the area people will see first upon entering your home, so it’s important to make a good first impression. Spruce up your entryway by wiping down your front door.Give that […]
Although wine is one of the most loved beverages around the globe, it can produce one of the most feared carpet and upholstery stains. What started off as a warm celebration with family and friends can turn into a major fabric or carpet fiasco. Before you think of seeking help from a professional, here are some simple tips for removing holiday wine stains and spills.
Coarse Salt is among the most preferred methods when it comes to wine stains removal. However, this method works better if applied within the first two minutes of spillage. Once a spill is made, apply a thick layer of salt over the stain. Ensure that you have covered the stain completely and let it sit for about one hour. The salt you have sprinkled over the stain will absorb it, and you can easily brush it afterward.
2. Club Soda
Another effective remedy is club soda. It is believed that soda’s carbonation have a stain removal agent. Pour your club soda over the stain on the […]
Let’s face it; there aren’t many people out there that love to clean. Sure there may be some few aspects of it that you enjoy- one of it being the end result. But for the most part cleaning is not something that many of us really like doing. However, cleaning your house doesn’t have to be a miserable experience! With a few easy changes on how to go about it, it can be fun.
Here are five ways to make cleaning your home more fun, less stressful, and even entertaining.
1. Play Music
Whether you like soft music, loud music, classical music, pop music, listening to music can elevate your mood, give your brain something to do while cleaning the house and get your body moving. Cleaning can be monotonous but adding a little dancing, singing and twirling to it can put a pep in your step. So, don’t be afraid to turn on some upbeat, funky music before you start scrubbing that will make you want to dance, sing along, and get to […]
The average salaried worker can spend up to one-third of their week tending to the obligations associated with their job. Additionally, a person has to sleep, eat, and care for others, which makes it feel virtually impossible to have enough time to keep their home clean. In other words, you are not at fault for having a home that is not spotless during your day-to-day life. In fact, the situation has transpired to the point that nearly two-thirds of homeowners in the United States openly admit that they would hire someone to clean their home.
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Are you planning a move? If so, you probably already know that before you leave your rental unit for the last time, you’ve got to make sure it’s as clean as possible (especially if you’re counting on getting your security deposit back!) Check out the helpful checklist we use that will ensure you have the best move-out clean. Though it may seem daunting, you need not worry. We are here to provide the elbow grease.
- Remove all nails and spackle over holes. Don’t forget to sandpaper smooth and paint, if needed.
- Clean ceiling and wall fixtures
- Dust all ledges.
- Clean the windows – from the inside and outside (if possible)
- Clean the door knobs and doors.
- Clean walls and baseboards
- Vacuum all floors
- Get rid of all the cobwebs
- Remove all soap scum off the bathroom tiles, especially the shower.
- Clean and sanitize all drawers
- Clean the […]
If you have cats or dogs (or both!), I hope for your sake you’ve got a leather sofa, because we all know that pet hair clings to stuff tighter than a squirrel with a nut in the dead of winter. Alas, leather furniture is expensive, so most of us are left on our hands and knees, with a roll of tape, going over every inch of each surface, and praying that — JUST THIS ONCE — we get it all. Here are a few tips and alternatives to preserve your sanity.
As we well know, pet hair clings to EVERYTHING. With allergies on the rise, we all want to keep our furniture pet-hair-free. We have some quick tips to maximize your clean between Sweep Home visits.
- With dampened dish gloves on, run your hands over any furniture with pet-hair. The hair sticks to the wet rubber. Rinse the gloves when you’re done and repeat.
- To remove pet hair from wooden tables or blinds, use […]
It’s the time of year that we love and stress over in equal measure: The Holidays. When our families joyfully descend upon us we all want to put our best foot (and food) forward! Here’s a game time strategy for getting your house ship shape in no time.
A Month Out: Declutter and Downsize
We collect a lot of stuff over the year that we probably do not need to keep. Decluttering is an easy way to make things look a lot cleaner without a lot of elbow grease.
- Throw out old mail and shred sensitive documents
- Get the kids involved! Figure out which toys they currently play with and donate the gently used, but discarded ones to your favorite charitable organization. Organize the toys into colorful storage bins (we found some great ones at our local dollar store!)
- Pack up your summer gear. It’s amazing how much room you can save when you put away your summer clothes, flip flops and sporting gear.
A Week […]
Fall is our favorite time of year. We know that between Halloween and Thanksgiving we all have plenty to celebrate, but at Sweep Home our most favorite holiday is on November 15th: Clean Your Refrigerator Day. It’s a real thing, we swear! Here are a few tips that will keep your fridge clean and help you avoid any actual cleaning! #BestofBothWorlds! These pre-cleaning DIYs will take you very little time, are completely Earth friendly and will pay off in dividends.
- DE-GOOP the STICKY STUFF
It’s not rocket science: it’s so much easier to keep things clean than clean up a big mess. And in this case, it takes very little time! Things like milk cartons, sticky jelly jars and leaky take-out boxes can leave your fridge shelves unsightly. Before you pop things in the fridge, rub them down with a damp cloth. This prevents any goopy build up and keeps your fingers from getting sticky too!
- THE MAGIC OF BAKING SODA
You’ve probably heard that baking soda eliminates […]