The Maids

The Maids

Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00

Clean Green for a Cat Safe Home

Cats are wonderful creatures.  If you take good care of them, they can be the best of companions on a rainy day.  When you have cats, they become a part of the family and you want the best for them.  Knowing this, you should consider going green with cleaning products.  Cats are known to eat everything.  You could clean the sink with bleach and your cat will be in there licking the faucet for no apparent reason.  Avoid this stress and danger by going green.

There are plenty of green cleaning products that are safe for cats.  They still work well and often don't smell bad like chemical cleaning products.  From carpet cleaners to sink cleaners, you can even find green cleaners specifically made for homes with animals.  These cleaners are completely safe for your cat and won't cause any harm to your animals.  Sometimes you can just use green cleaners, as long as they're organic and chemical free.  Using these chemicals will preserve the health of your cat as well as your own.  Chemicals can cause cats to die earlier or catch nasty diseases that will cause them a lot of pain.  Knowing this, go green with your cleaners to protect your cats and their health.

In-house airborne allergens are amongst the most common causes of allergic reactions. Knowing their sources and how your body reacts to them enables you to eliminate or control them effectively to avoid health complications such as skin and respiratory ailments.

Dust Mites

Constant wheezing and sneezing whenever you’re indoors is in most cases an indication of dust mites. Environmental studies on in-house pollution note that one out of two homes contains high levels dust mites which lead to constant stuffy and runny noses, post-nasal drips and stuffy ears. Installing effective air purifiers and constant cleaning of carpets using vacuum cleaners helps you keep these airborne allergens and bay and maintains your family’s health.

Friday, 02 May 2014 00:00

Tips for Preventing Dust Mites

Dust mites can cause allergies and discomfort, and getting rid of them can be a pain. Although you might not be able to completely prevent them from appearing in your home, following these tips for prevention can help you drastically reduce the number of dust mites that make their way into your household.

Wash Your Bedding

It's important to wash your sheets and blankets frequently to keep dust mites at bay. For best results, you should wash all of your family's bedding at least once a week. It's also important to pay attention to pillows, throw pillows, shams and dust ruffles. Not only will this help cut down on dust mite problems, but your family is also sure to enjoy a nice, clean and comfortable bed.

Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00

How to Clean Microfiber

Microfiber is a material used to make furniture like couches. The material is durable, soft and comfy. It looks very beautiful but it can be a hard nut to crack when it gets dirty and need cleaning. It is very important to know how to go about it since without proper cleaning stain marks can be left on the furniture. Below are some of the ways on how to clean a microfiber.

1. To effectively clean the microfiber you need several items that is a spray bottle, a white sponge and a scrub brush. Fill the spray bottle with alcohol which will be used in the cleaning

2. Spray the area with stains. It is advisable to concentrate on a small section first so that you can effectively clean it well.

3. Use a soft sponge preferably white in color to rub the sprayed section. This is done since the use of colored or multicolor sponges will transfer color stains to the furniture.

4. Leave it to dry completely for some time. This won’t take long since alcohol drys faster.

5. Use a scrub brush and softly brush the area that was cleaned. This is done to flatten the hard areas and retain the original texture of the microfiber.

Friday, 04 April 2014 00:00

The Best Dusting Tools for Your Home

Nowadays, with the frequent emergence of cleaning and dusting tools evidenced in the home improvement realm, it’s particularly daunting to find invaluable cleaning tools that would suit your dusting task effectively. Some products can damage your stuff; hence, it’s important to know the efficient dusting tools suitable for your work. Below is a summary of the best dusting tools people should search for in the market, to make their dusting chores pleasant.

Microfiber cloths – Microfiber cloths are great household items for dusting because they scoop a pile of dust without releasing the dust into the air. Microfiber also relieves you from doing much work; consequently, you’re not inclined to seek other cleaning enhancers such as polishes and oils to dust effectively. On the other hand, all the dust frequent in a certain place get sucked and the place is subsequently left sparkles clean. Search for both washable and disposable microfibers to cater for your dusting needs effectively.

We rely on our vacuums a whole lot. Without them, our floors and carpets would be full of gross things! But sometimes people do things you shouldn't do to your vacuum cleaner. The following lists a few of those things!

1. Vacuuming Hard Objects

So you see a nickel on your floor, and you just have to sucking it up, right? This can be a major error. Instead of simply kneeling to pick it up, sucking up the hard object may have caused serious internal damage to your vacuum.

2. Don't Vacuum Water!

Standard vacuums are not meant for sucking up water. Again, you could internally damage the machine, but even worse, you could severely electrocute yourself!

When your house smells good, you are also bound to feel very good. When your house is not a zoo of insects, you will live a very healthy and comfortable life. Aromatherapy is the best way to keep the house smelling lovely and at the same time keep insects out and disinfect the home. This is by using essential oils. Now you have no reason to purchase those artificial aerosols that do not last and at the same time cause health problems for some people. 

At the most basic level, there are three uses of aromatherapy for your home. It all depends on which essential oils you are using and how much of each. There are so many essential oils in the market and this basically means that you can come up with your own cocktail of scents that you find most appealing for your house and convenient for the purpose you want completed.

Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

Vinegar, the Miracle Acid

Acidic white vinegar is most commonly known as an important cooking ingredient. This ingredient is used in a wide range of recipes, such as potato chips, sushi, and various cooking sauces. However, this ingredient with a bit of a kick isn’t useful for solely cooking.

Vinegar is also an excellent solution to household cleaning. As an environmentally friendly acid, vinegar is an excellent tool for cleaning your house without the need for harmful, dangerous chemicals. The uses for vinegar in the home as a cleaning solution are perhaps even more varied than its use as a cooking ingredient. Do yourself a favor and get yourself a bottle of white vinegar, it’s perfect for your cooking and cleaning purposes. (Note: Get white vinegar, it’s pure and would be the most effective in all cases.)

Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00

Washing Clothes Properly

Having said that, use the following tips to ensure that your clothes will come out like new: 

Care for Your Colored Clothes 

1. When separating your clothes, make sure you separate the new ones from the old ones. If you just bought your colored clothing, there is a high chance that the color will bleed when you wash it. This is why you need to new garments separately first or soak them in a tub full of water mixed with a bit of vinegar to set the color. 

2. Choose your detergent properly. Some detergent brands contain hints of bleach so they might cause discoloration to happen. Pick a detergent intended for the use of colored clothes so the color can really be preserved. 

3. Before washing them, turn them inside and out. This will prevent the outer portion of the garment from wearing out easily. It will also allow the inner portion of the garment to get washed properly. 

4. Avoid using hot water cycle to clean colored garments as this might cause the color to fade away easily. Try running warm or cold water cycles only. Also, hot water tends to cause the color to bleed. 

Friday, 21 February 2014 00:00

Tips on Keeping Plants Fresh In Your Home

House plants are just great to have; they add beauty to your home while also providing oxygen to the air. But how do you keep them healthy and looking fresh? Plants typically have different soil type, water and sunlight requirements and it’s important to research different varieties to determine their exact needs.

Keeping house plants fresh

1. Choose the appropriate pot size

One thing you should expect about young plants is that they will one day outgrow the pot they’re currently potted in. To ensure their roots have enough room to grow, make sure you choose a flower pot 2 inches bigger or so than the one the plants are currently in. Then, as they grow, transplant them into another pot, 2 inches bigger than the last.

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