Routine Cleaning vs. Deep Cleaning

A deep house cleaning will most likely cost you more than a routine house cleaning. Make sure you know what’s included on that deep cleaning list.

 

When hiring a house cleaning service, you’re probably going to have to commit to a “deep cleaning” right out of the gate. Most companies require it for new clients. But what exactly does that service entail? In a nutshell, it means almost every nook and cranny of your home will get special attention.

 

Deep clean to start the new year

This deep cleaning checklist can help you move through the house and get it all fresh for the new year. Throw on your scrubby clothes, put on your favorite festive music, and let go of all that stuff you don’t want to bring into the new year.

Bathroom Deep Clean

This is an area of the house that gets cleaned most often, which is good because it can be the most yucky. Open drawers and remove all the contents. Throw away any medications or products that are expired. Wipe the inside of the drawers and cabinet with a microfiber cloth to pull up dust, dirt and hair. Warm water and lemon essential oil will have it clean and smelling fresh for days to come.

Dust the lighting fixtures. Consider having the tile and shower/ tub deep cleaned with a professional steam cleaner. Wash any bathmats and area rugs, and wash or replace the shower curtain.

Bedroom Deep Clean

Strip the beds and wash all the linens, including the comforter and pillows. When was the last time you vacuumed under the bed? If possible, tackle that now, along with the floors of the closets and the corners that can be missed during normal vacuuming. If it has been a year since the last time your vacuumed or cleaned your mattress, have it steam cleaned.

Dust photos, shelves, dressers and other furniture. If you have a bookshelf, look at what you may be able to donate. Look through closets and drawers for things you haven’t worn in the last year and donate them as well.

Living Spaces Deep Clean

Dust and vacuum furniture, fluffing any pillows, turning any cushions and checking them for stains or needed repairs. If they need it, get the carpet professionally cleaned. Wash any pillows or throws that haven’t been cleaned in a while. Look for things that you may want to donate or replace. Simply swaps of furniture, throw pillows and decor can change the space for little money, revitalizing the space to have it feel fresh again. Consider having window treatments cleaned, and even wipe the window sills clean.

If tile, carpet, area rugs or other flooring needs to be cleaned, schedule a professional floor cleaning. Dust or clean light fixtures. Create a list of any needed repairs or maintenance that needs to be scheduled, such as chimney sweeping, handyman services or a professional for a specific problem involving electrical, plumbing, painting or more.

 

Kitchen Deep Clean

Other than a bathroom, this is the space I give the most attention to. Open cupboards and drawers and all their contents and wipe them down. Wipe down the fronts of the cupboards with hot soapy water, as well as the range and hood to remove built up grease. Wipe down appliances, including shaking all the crumbs out of the toaster.

Empty the fridge of items that need to be discarded and wipe the shelves and drawers clean and remember to wipe off the top of the fridge too. Clean the oven (really, how often do we do that?!). Throw a quartered citrus fruit into the disposal to create a fresh scent in the kitchen. Wash any area rugs and all towels, wash cloths, sponges, etc.

 

Sit down and enjoy the sweat on your forehead and the fresh space you have that will carry you into the new year. If you need any help with professionals, contact us to get scheduled. We can do it for you.

Did you know? – Vacuuming Does NOT Count As Carpet Cleaning

We like to think we can keep our carpets clean on our own, thank you very much. We just need to vacuum every month or so and blot when there’s a stain… right?

Wrong. What you’re likely forgetting (or, if you’re like us, what you never knew) is that  almost all carpet companies require you to professionally steam clean your carpet  every 12 to 24 months, to keep your warranty valid.

In other words, vacuuming is not enough. Neither is steaming carpets yourself. Professional steaming is, like it or not, legally the only way to protect your carpet in most cases. And it’s also a way to protect your health.

 

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“Indoor air quality can be eight to ten times worse than outdoor air quality, if you don’t clean your flooring, clean your drapes and let air inside regularly,” says experts. When millions of Americans suffer from indoor allergies, air quality is a huge issue.

Tto keep the air in your home clean, it’s important to follow a few carpet-cleaning rules. Namely:

Call professionals to steam your carpet, more often than you think you should.

Many carpet companies won’t honor your warranty unless you hire professional cleaners every 12 to 18 months, in some cases the requirement may be 24 months— check your carpet’s warranty for specifics.

Experts, recommends even more frequent steamings in the interest of a dust-free home:  call in professional steamers every six months, and every four to six WEEKS if you have a pet. (Keep in mind this applies to carpets, not area rugs).

Regardless of how often you choose to use them, the experts agree that professional steam cleaners are hands-down necessary — you shouldn’t attempt to steam carpets yourself. Only steam can effectively lift dust from deep within your carpet, only professional machines can truly zap all the steam’s moisture from the carpet when you’re done cleaning. The results of trying to do it yourself can be sickening.

Between steams, vacuum at least weekly (or much more often with pets).

Of course, vacuuming remains the easiest way to keep carpets and area rugs clean between steams — our experts recommend vacuuming once per week, to keep those abrasive dust particles out of carpet fibers. Ramp up the frequency in high-traffic areas or if you have pets — these spots might need daily vacuuming depending on how much debris you notice.

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Deep cleaning after Thanksgiving (or any holiday or party at home)

Thanksgiving clean up is largely done, dishes washed, tablecloths cleaned, folding tables stored, and regularly used furniture put back in order, but have you truly cleaned up after the Thanksgiving annual meal?

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Many people discover spills in their homes long after the holiday is over. You might notice a coffee stain on your favorite couch, a spot where red wine spilled on a carpet, or even chewing gum left behind by a young visitor.

But dont worry for that Absolute Shine Cleaning Services offer a variety of residential cleaning services that will help you get the house back in shape and ready for the next holiday onslaught.  With the help of our specially trained technicians, your home will look fresh for the December holidays, when more guests are likely to stop in.

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You might be surprised to discover spots on your draperies or odor caused by a guest who smoked a cigarette out of sight, did you have overnight guests during the Thanksgiving week?  If so, your bathrooms might need a tune-up. Consider our Cleaning Service to remove dirt from your tiled surfaces.

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These are just a few of the great residential cleaning services that can help you get your home back in shape after Thanksgiving (or any holiday or party at home).

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Dirty Places in Your Home

If you dropped a piece of fruit in your kitchen sink while rinsing it, would you think twice about popping it in your mouth? What if you dropped it in the toilet?

Germs like cold viruses and bacteria can live in some unexpected spots. Here are six surprisingly dirty places in your home — like your kitchen sink — and what you can do to protect yourself.

The Kitchen Sink

Although the mere thought of retrieving anything from your toilet bowl may be enough to make you sick, your toilet may be cleaner than your kitchen sink, says Eileen Abruzzo, director of infection control at Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn, New York. Food particles from plates left to soak or rinsed from dishes on their way to the dishwasher can serve as a breeding ground for illness-causing bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. They can get on your hands or spread to foods.

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Your Toothbrush

You put it in your mouth twice a day, but do you ever think of all the germs lurking on it? “You rinse it off after using it and put it away damp,” says Abruzzo. “Bacteria like the moist area and grow on it.”

If the germs from your own mouth weren’t enough to contaminate your toothbrush, the germs from your toilet certainly are. Research in the 1970s by Charles P. Gerba, PhD, of the University of Arizona Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, found that flushing the toilet sends a spray of bacteria- and virus-contaminated water droplets into air. These germs, he found, can float around in the bathroom for at least two hours after each flush before landing on surfaces — including your toothbrush.

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Your Salt and Pepper Shaker

Could one of the dirtiest places in your home be right on the table where you eat?

Unfortunately, yes, according to a 2008 study by researchers at the University of Virginia. In the study, researchers asked 30 adults who were beginning to show signs of a cold, to name 10 places they’d touched in their homes over the previous 18 hours. The researchers then tested those areas for cold viruses. The tests found viruses on 41% of the surfaces tested, and every one of the salt and pepper shakers tested were positive for cold viruses.

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Your TV Remote Control

It’s dropped on the floor, stuffed between the sofa cushions, coughed on and sneezed at. Everyone in the house handles it.

“Anything people touch a lot has germs on it,” A University of Virginia study of cold viruses on household surfaces showed the remote control’s surface is among the germiest. Researchers found that half of the remote controls tested were positive for cold viruses.

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Your Computer Keyboard

If you eat at your computer, sneeze on your keyboard, or sit down to surf the Internet without first washing your hands, your computer keyboard could be a health hazard. In a recent study by a British consumer group, researchers swabbed keyboards for germs and found a host of potentially harmful bacteria, including E. coli and staph. Four of 33 sampled keyboards had enough germs to be considered health hazards. One had levels of germs five times higher than that found on a toilet seat.

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Your Bathtub

The place where you clean yourself is not so clean itself. A recent study found staphylococcus bacteria in 26% of the tubs tested. A separate study had even worse findings for whirlpool tubs. When Texas A&M University microbiologist Rita Moyes, PhD tested 43 water samples from whirlpools, she found that all 43 had mild to dangerous bacterial growth. Almost all showed bacteria from fecal matter; 81% had fungi, and 34% contained staph bacteria.

According to Moyes, the main reason whirlpool tubs are so dirty has to do with the lining of the pipes. Water tends to get trapped in the pipes, providing a breeding ground for bacteria. When you turn on the jets, the germy water spouts out into the tub where you’re soaking.

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