house cleaning tips

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 […]

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 […]

5 Ways to Keep Your Home Clean During the Holidays

5 Ways to Keep Your Home Clean During the Holidays

We all want to find simple ways to keep our homes clean during the holidays. This time of year
is filled with fun and excitement. We delight in gathering with friends and family in our homes to
celebrate the joys of the season. But, our schedules are so busy, it can be hard to find the time
to worry about keeping our house in order. In fact, it be can downright overwhelming, at times.
If you’re like me, though, keeping your home clean is still high on your priority list. After all, you
want your holiday décor to brighten up your home, and that’s best done if your house is clean as
well. Here are 5 ways to keep your home clean during the holidays so you can sit back and
enjoy the season.

1. Thoroughly clean your Chicago home.

No matter what, it’s always easiest to maintain your
home when it’s clean to begin with. Have your home thoroughly cleaned by hiring a
professional cleaning agency! Outsourcing for help […]

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 […]

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 […]