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Trusted Regina Maid Service and Home Cleaning Experts share a tip on The Only Spot Remover You’ll Ever Need

 TRUSTED REGINA home cleaning experts! 

Here they share a tip on The Only Spot Remover You’ll Ever Need:

The story tells a tale of a favorite dress and a glass of red wine. After thinking the dress was completely ruined, a friend let her in on a little stain removal secret that she has sworn by ever since...

 

The recipe for homemade Miracle Cleaner:

  • 1 part blue Dawn dishwashing liquid
  • 2 parts hydrogen peroxide

Mix and pour or spray directly on stain, launder as usual and watch it disappear like MAGIC.

I keep a bottle of this Miracle Clear in my laundry room to spray on stains, and it has yet to fail me. Besides usual food and other mysterious stains that appear on my family’s clothes, I have used the Miracle Stain Remover to successfully removed set in grease on a favorite t-shirt, yellow arm pit stains, chocolate, blood and tire grease when a white hat was lost in the street and drove over.

If I’m worried about a really tough stain, like the hat or yellow arm pit stains, I will use an old toothbrush to scrub the stain remover into the fabric (you can also sprinkle with a little baking soda to make a paste for a little extra scrubbing power) and let it sit about an hour before washing. If it’s a large stain, as was the case with the dress, you can mix the formula and add it to a bucket of hot water and soak the entire garment for a few hours. If the stain does not come out completely the first time, try it a second time, but it has worked the first time on everything I have tried.

As with any stain removers, always do a spot test, but if it’s an garment that’s already a loss because of the stain, what do you have to loose?

I have used the Miracle Cleaner on carpet with great success as well, and I know others have used it on upholstery, grout, and many other items around the home!


Trusted Regina Maid Service and Home Cleaning Experts share a tip on 5 Smart Ways to Improve Your Kitchen on a Budget

TRUSTED REGINA home cleaning experts!   

Here they share a tip on  5 Smart Ways to Improve Your Kitchen on a Budget:


No other room in the home requires the high level of functionality of a kitchen. The kitchen needs to be easy to work in and at its highest performance level, especially for cooking and cleaning. Knowing how to improve your kitchen’s lighting and décor, alone, will take you a long way. Making improvements to the kitchen’s organized layout will reduce the steps it takes to access what you need, saving you time and energy. There are inexpensive ways to organize and improve your kitchen, to get the most from it while working. Here are five:
 

1. Determine your ‘work triangle’ – for a better work flow


Design experts call the kitchen’s three main areas ‘the work triangle’, referring to the triangular pattern the placement of the refrigerator, sink, and stove create. The reason many kitchens are set up this way is to reduce the amount of steps it takes to travel between major task areas. If this layout doesn’t translate well in your kitchen, then define your triangle not by appliances, but by zones. Redefine the zones to reflect a (1) prep zone – countertop, island, cutting board, (2) wet zone – sink, and (3) cook zone – stove, oven, microwave. These ‘work zones’ will serve as a guide when organizing your kitchen, making it more enjoyable to work in.

2. Switch items to a different cabinet – for a better location

Storing kitchen items in the area where they are used will save time and energy while working. Move the items you need to access while in your ‘work zones’ to nearby cabinets and drawers. Spices and oils are usually needed while cooking at the stove. For this reason, store them nearby, yet not too close to the heat so that they do not lose their quality. For greater ease when serving a meal, keep plates stored on the same side of the kitchen as the cutlery. Store drinking glasses near the dishwasher for ease when putting away, yet also near the refrigerator to make getting a drink easier. Consider setting up a kitchen recycling center close to the sink to eliminate extra steps to rinse them. Going through items and moving them around also gives you an opportunity to purge the kitchen of anything you no longer want or need. 

  • Merry Maids has a systemized approach to cleaning your kitchen, using colour-coded microfibre cloths to clean kitchen surfaces. This eliminates the potential for cross-contamination from other rooms and cleaning surfaces. 

3. Maximize and improve kitchen storage space – for greater accessibility

Take a look inside each cabinet and drawer to see if you could benefit from a drawer divider, tiered shelf or rack. These organizers are abundantly available in stores; there is a gadget available to improve storage in every area of the kitchen. Since blindly purchasing everything related to cabinet organization will get costly, take a moment to decide what you need before heading off to the store.

A small ‘3 tiered-shelf’ is perfect for storing spices; the back two rows are slightly higher than the front to help you see all of the spices in the cabinet. Some ‘tiered shelves’ are adjustable for a tight fit within a cabinet. With a simple turn, ‘lazy susans’ give access to items in the back of a shelf or cabinet. ‘Over the cabinet’ gadgets hang on the underside of cabinet doors to help stow away anything from cleaning supplies to plastic bags. ‘Drawer dividers’ are helpful to caddy cutlery, spatulas, and knives in an organized fashion. ‘Angular wire racks’ neatly and uniformly store canned foods; the cans stack about two to three high on their sides, and the next can rolls to the front as you remove one.

To maximize the small sliver of floor space in between the refrigerator and cabinets, place a portable ‘slide-out storage tower’ to house small items you want nearby. 

4. Make small upgrades to the kitchen – for improved functionality

Many improvements to the kitchen can be easily made with an electric screw driver or a call to your local handyman. Improving your kitchen’s lighting is a relatively small fix which greatly benefits your ability to effectively work in the kitchen, relieving the eye strain and fatigue that comes from working under poor lighting. Besides the more obvious overhead light fixture, there are a slew of other lighting options to explore.

The best place to start is to check if your ‘work zones’ need better task lighting. Pendants are popular task lights for countertops; they are especially helpful for lighting up the chopping and food prep zone. Upper cabinets cast shadows onto the countertops below them; for this reason, to give countertops an additional layer of indirect lighting, under-cabinet lights may be at the top of your list. If more overhead lighting is needed, then consider having recessed lights or flexible track fixtures installed. In addition to lighting, easy upgrades can also be made to kitchen cabinets.

Taking a few measurements and purchasing a ‘roll out shelf’ or a ‘sliding insert’ in the correct size gives you a semi-permanent storage solution which can be fastened to the base of a cabinet with an electric screw driver. These organizers neatly store cookware, lids, and cookie sheets separately, in their own sliding shelf or slot, to make it easier to see and grab what you need when cooking. Because they are screwed into the cabinet base, they are fairly sturdy and can withstand an adequate amount of weight.  

5. Keep the kitchen well-maintained – for a better environment

How you maintain your kitchen will either positively or negatively affect your ability to work in it from day to day. Make the kitchen more accessible by striving to keep countertops clean and clear. To help you stay organized, try to put everything back in its place before leaving the kitchen, even if you are just getting snacks or a drink. During cooking, adopt a clean-as-you-go system to keep the mess from growing too large and requiring a next day cleanup. This mess will slow you down from cooking the next day, and possibly discourage you from wanting to cook altogether.

Keeping a clean look and feel in the kitchen also has to do with how it is decorated. Even though décor styles vary from person to person, it is highly recommended to keep kitchen décor to a minimum. Even if the décor is not physically in the way of a work space, too much décor can give the kitchen a cluttered look. The same idea goes with small appliances; only keep a couple on the counter, if any, and tuck away the others in more-distant storage. 

Building a kitchen with expensive custom cabinetry may be everyone's decorating fantasy, but most people have to work with what they've got. Despite your kitchen layout and size, you can make your kitchen compatible with exactly how you work. Making a few small upgrades will give you a fully functioning kitchen to make your time working in it more enjoyable. 

  • Did you know that Merry Maids is celebrating our 35th year of experience in the residential home cleaning industry? We understand that every home is unique and priorities are different. This is why our cleaning services are individually tailored to suit each customers’ home and budget.  


Trusted Regina Maid Service and Home Cleaning experts share a tip on Pet hair removal from upholstery and carpets

TRUSTED REGINA home cleaning experts!

 

Here they share a tip on Pet hair removal from upholstery and carpets:

To remove pet hair from fabric or upholstery, try a pet rake (a brush with crimped nylon bristles), velour brush, tape roller or even tape wrapped around your hand. Use light, even strokes to remove the hair. Another option is to try the rubber bottom on a clean tennis shoe or a slightly dampened sponge (as long as the dampness won’t harm the upholstery).

To remove pet hair from carpet, use a vacuum with a good beater brush or brush roll. Plain vacuums don’t generate enough lift to remove all the pet hair from the floor.

Another option for both upholstery and carpets – especially at the edges where pet hair tends to collect and vacuums have a hard time reaching – is a “pet sponge.” These sponges, which are used dry, are available at pet supply stores.

Pet stain removal from carpets

First, blot up any liquid by putting towels or absorbent rags over the spot and stepping on them. Start with gentle pressure and increase it up to putting your full weight down. Change to fresh rags or towels, until no more liquid comes up.

For fresh stains, apply a bacteria/enzyme digester from a pet store, following the directions – it’s the only way to deal effectively with both the stain and the odor. Bacteria/enzyme digesters work slowly, so leave the solution on as long as the directions say. Urine has probably penetrated into the carpet and pad, so use enough solution to reach as far down as the stain. Apply the solution, put plastic over it, and step on the spot several times until the area is well saturated. Then, leave the plastic on the whole time the digester is working to make sure the spot doesn’t dry out.

Old or dry stains are hard – sometimes even impossible – to remove, but try the bacteria/enzyme digester. If it’s a popular accident site, the bacteria may produce enough ammonia in the course of breaking down the stains to create a super-alkaline situation that interferes with its own action. In this case, you may need to neutralize the spot after the digester has been working for about four hours. Mix a solution of one cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm water. Rinse the area with this solution and apply a fresh batch of bacteria/enzyme solution.

If the stain or odor remains, call a professional deodorizing specialist. A complete cure will probably involve cleaning the entire carpet by extraction and replacing the pad underneath, if not replacing the carpet.

 

 


Trusted Regina Maid Service and Home Cleaning Experts answers your Facebook Fan Page Questions

Trusted Dirty Jobs Show - Questions for Merry Maids:

 

Q: Phyllis Ireland: Do you wash walls and would that be offered in the 3 hour cleaning?

A: Phyllis, we do wash walls and yes we would do that in the three hour offer. 

 

Q: Kennedy Violet Adnam: Do you clean all widows and floors and are you safe around pets.

A: Violet, we do wash windows upon request, but other than the window over a kitchen sink and a patio door inside and outside weather permitting, windows are not part of our weekly or bi-weekly routine, simply because they do not require cleaning that often. All floor surfaces are vacuumed and washed, and the bathrooms and kitchen floors are washed on hands and knees. Many of the homes we clean have pets so all our team mates are pet friendly.

 

 

Q: Cheryl Slowski: Do you do a criminal background check when you hire someone?

A: Cheryl, all our team mates provide us with a criminal back ground check when hired and then are bonded under our insurance company. 

 

Q: Trent Pare: What do you have for insurance for the customer to protect them against theft and damage?

A: Trent, yes we do have insurance to cover any problem we might have in a home. 

 

Q: Cindy Verbeek: How does your company handle access to your customer's homes for regular scheduled cleanings? Do home owners have to be home? Key must be provided? Are your staff bonded?

A: Cindy, most of our home owners provide us with a key to get into their homes as many of them are at work and not home when we clean. Having a key takes the burden off them to let us in and for us it is so much easier for scheduling etc. if we are a key holder. We do have procedures in place to protect the home owner’s key integrity. Yes our team mates are bonded. 

 

Q: Tracy Casemore Hannant: Do you supply the cleaning products and if so which products do you use?

A: Tracy, we use all eco friendly  products which are all biodegradable and non-carcinogenic 

 


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