Among the busy days and vacations of summer, it’s important to keep your home clean and ready for the upcoming school year. Summer is a great time to clean out certain areas and keep everything fresh. These warm weather cleaning tips are a great way to stay ahead of your schedule.
The summer can bring some days of intense heat, and combating triple-digit temperatures in your home can be difficult, even with the help of air conditioning. Luckily, there are some simple steps that you can take to cool off your home and fight the negative health effects of an environment that’s too hot.
Keeping doors open will allow air to flow and cool your home more easily. This includes both bedrooms and bathrooms, so avoid closing any doors that aren’t necessary.
Use fans to increase circulation, especially in areas that tend to warm up. You can also place a bowl of ice in front of the flowing air to create a cool breeze or use ceiling fans to increase airflow even more.
Keep blinds and curtains closed as much as possible, especially on the sunny side of the house. This will keep your home insulated and keep the windows from heating everything up.
If possible, cut down your oven use,as cooking on a gas stove or baking in the oven produces a lot of heat. Grilling outdoors is a great alternative, or just focusing your diet on cool foods like sandwiches, fruit, and salads. These will keep you healthy and reduce the need to heat your home by cooking indoors.
Change out the sheets and blankets on your bed for cooler options, as well as fighting off allergens that accumulate during the warmer months. Avoid flannel or down, as these insulate heat. There are also a number of cooling items that you can place in your bed to keep your pillow or feet chilled.
Even if your apartment is warm, you can feel much more cool by sipping on cool drinks. Smoothies, lemonade, and iced tea are delicious choices to keep you hydrated and cooled down.
These simple tricks will help you keep your home and your family cooler during the summer without straining your electric bills while your air conditioner tries to keep up. From increasing air circulation to keeping yourself physically cooler, you can help your home and family stay more comfortable and healthy during the summer by keeping the inside temperatures down and tackling high temperatures head-on.
Mold is always a concern for households, but the recent flooding and high levels of rain have increased the likely of mold development. While it’s impossible to avoid any mold at all, there are steps that can prevent mold from growing to toxic levels in your home.
In areas of high moisture, mold can develop in as little as 24 hours. Once it’s started to grow, it can cause negative health effects for all members of the household. Respiratory infections, headaches, sinus infections, muscle pain and fatigue are just some of the symptoms that can be caused by exposure to mold. Continue reading
Many sources can contribute to allergy problems, from dust to pet hair and pollen. Spring is the most problematic month for most folks who suffer from allergy problems, as pollen is released into the air, but controlling allergens in the home is a year-round concern. For family members who have asthma, this becomes an even more serious issues, but there are some steps that you can take to reduce the allergens in your home and provide a more healthy breathing area. Continue reading
Winter is officially behind us as we head into warmer weather. With the advent of Spring comes the yearly surge of deep cleaning and freshening that your home rarely receives. While some practices are common, you may need a checklist to make sure that everything is thoroughly scrubbed and ready for the months ahead. Here are some tasks that can go a long way in keeping your home clean and provide a more healthy environment for your family. We’re assuming that many of these chores are performed more than once a year, but knocking everything out in your Spring Cleaning spree will ensure that each room is thoroughly fresh. Continue reading
Organizing your home so it’s free of clutter is no easy task. Especially when kids, pets, and busy schedules enter the mix, managing the mess can get overwhelming. While there’s no way to instantly clean your home, here are some important steps that will make organizing it much easier.
Labels: Whether it’s the contents of a box or which stack goes where on a shelf, labels can be a life-saver. Your careful and efficient organization system won’t do much good if you can’t remember how it was arranged or have to open every container to find what you need. Labelling everything will make it easy to locate things, reducing the resulting mess from digging through possible locations, and save you time in the long run.
Sorting: Using tins, boxes, cups, drawers, and folders to keep everything sorted will break down unruly piles and group similar items into one place that’s easy to find. For instance, assigning a small tin for paper clips will give you somewhere to neatly put them when you find them around the house, and you’ll know exactly where to look when you need one. Applying this method of dividing up items can keep everywhere from your bathroom drawer to your closet much more tidy. Repurposing containers is also a great source of inexpensive and creative places to store things.
Hidden Space: Especially in smaller homes, storage space is a precious commodity. Oftentime, there’s more space than you realize that can make organizing much easier if used to its full potential. Vertical storage can save lots of space, by adding shelves inside of cabinets, stacked areas, and other methods to increase your maximum storage space. By installing a simple shelf inside a cupboard, closet, or cabinet, you’ll be able to use any potential storage space.
Minimize: It’s no secret that tossing stuff out can make your home more tidy. You can easily reduce clutter and free up space by aggressively clearing out unused items. Clothes are always a trouble area, but donating your outgrown or neglected clothing can reduce the strain on your closet space and help out those who may have more use for them.
Assign Places: Returning items to their organized place is infinitely easier when everything has an assigned home. Clutter often arises when things are shuffled from one surface to another, and this happens frequently when stuff has no specific place to return to. Even if the place is a certain drawer, you’re much more likely to put it back if you don’t have to struggle for a place to put it, and items will be much easier to locate later. If you find that you can never find a certain thing, or it always seems to end up on the kitchen counter, designate a home for it.
Unfortunately there’s no instant cure for the messy home, but simple tricks like these will help make both daily cleaning and deep-cleaning easier. If you find your family struggling with clutter, it may be time to rethink organizing your home..
Preparing your home for a cleaning service takes the stress out of keeping your home clean and will give you more time with your family. While these maid services provide a number of cleaning tasks, there are some steps that will need to be taken before the cleaners arrive.
Get Your Home Ready
While the idea behind a maid service is to reduce your cleaning time, the cleaners can’t do their work if the house isn’t ready. In order to easily access the areas to be cleaned and spend their time in the most productive way possible, you’ll need to straighten up any clutter, such as papers, toys, laundry, or dishes that the maids do not clean. The tasks performed by each cleaning service may vary, so you should check with your cleaners beforehand to determine what you’ll need to get ready. Some companies may provide additional organizational services if you need an extra bit of help with clearing the clutter.
Communicate with Your Cleaner
To keep everyone informed and stress-free, you’ll need to ensure that your preferences on everything have been explained before your visit. Misunderstandings are unfortunate, but if you carefully discuss the upcoming cleaning service, you can avoid potential issues. Make sure to note any particular cleaning products that you’d prefer or want to avoid, which rooms should be cleaned, and who will provide the cleaning products.
It’s also important to note any particular items or areas that you’d prefer the cleaners to steer clear of. Maid services are happy to respect any customer’s requests not to touch or attempt to clean something, but they’ll need to be notified beforehand. For instance, if a rug you inherited from your grandparents must only be dry cleaned very carefully, you may need to let the cleaning service know not to vacuum or wash it.
Take Note of Pets
Whether you’re the proud owner of a dog, cat, bird, or hamster, you’ll need to ensure that your cleaning service knows about your friend. Maids may need to adjust their products accordingly or take special care when cleaning, so notify them before the date of your appointment. It’s also a good idea to keep pets put away during the cleaning, to prevent any accidents and keep both animals and cleaners safe.
Enjoy Your Cleaning Service
After you’ve finished preparing your home for a cleaning service, you can relax or complete other tasks in your busy schedule while your maid service handles the cleaning. Keeping your phone handy may be wise, to ensure that you can be reached in case of an emergency, but you can rest assured that professional cleaners have the experience to perform their tasks effectively and leave your home fresh and clean.
Westside Maids offers the most thorough, competent maid services Cypress, TX has to offer. Our cleaning services cover all areas of your home and we even provide services for extra items like your refrigerator, oven, woodwork, windows and baseboards. And if you’re in the market for a detailed cleaning or for home organization to keep your place perfectly functional, we’re the maid service for you! Continue reading
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