Don’t Clean This Summer…Let Us Do It For You!

It’s summertime, and you thought things, schedule-wise would slow down: but this doesn’t seem to be the case. You still need to work, the kids have swim lessons, day camps and various play dates. Not to mention, the in-laws come to town in a week, and you leave town in two weeks.  Making arrangements for your in-town company, and putting the final touches on your vacation plans has you overwhelmed.  You’re supposed to be enjoying this time, but it’s hard to pause to even take a breather.  Well take that deep breath: breathe in, then out.  No: we weren’t trying to stress you out, we are just seeing things from your vantage point.  Now take another breath: we are here to help. With all the summer “fun” we can take some of the load off by taking care of your cleaning needs!

While you are sitting at the little one’s swim lessons, relax, we can be at your house doing a good deep clean for you. Or when you are shuttling the kids to their play camp or while you are working the daily grind, we have your household chores under control. 

Nervous about the out-of-town company arriving in town? Maybe you have an overly-picky mother-in-law who drops comments about the dust bunnies in the spare bedroom, or the sister whose house is always spick-and-span? Meanwhile you’re finding peanut brittle on your kids’ bookshelf from last Christmas… sigh.  First of all, we’re all doing our best, so you shouldn’t let anyone judge you.  Meanwhile, that’s easier said than done. Again, we are here for you. Contact us for a free consultation, and we can take the worry out of the time that should be devoted to reconnecting and building new memories. 

Now: vacation time.  The packing, the checklists, the last minute details and set-backs, all these things can lead to an overlooked house, and returning to chaos is not fun.  Keep all the fun in the vacation, and feel the relaxation continue as you return to a clean home.  Contact us, and while you’re on the beach or in the air returning, we can be creating a clean space for you to come back to. 

One last thought: summertime is a big move-in/move-out time.  If you are in the middle of the moving process, there is no doubt: stress is involved. Let us take care of that detail as you are dealing with the others. Or, do you have a friend or family member who is in this process? You could be the ride-or-die who shows up, rolls up your sleeves, and dives into that deep-clean process.  Or, you can contact us, and gift them a clean.  Either way, your kindness won’t soon be forgotten. 

So if you want to soak up the summer, outside playing rather than inside cleaning, don’t sweat it: cleaning is not for everyone, but it is definitely for us! Don't let your summer slip by without getting a good deep cleaning. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have a fun and safe summer!

How To Clean Your Luggage For Summer Vacations

After travel, whether it be for business or pleasure, even unpacking can feel like drudgery, so the last thing we might think of is the cleanliness of our luggage. Instead we stow those suitcases away in the closet or even the garage. But once you pull them out again for summer travel, consider giving your bags a little TLC: it may be good for your health as well.

As Explorer.com points out, “considering how checked luggage is handled — exposed to all kinds of stuff like dirt, grime, bacteria, and even those mystery liquids on the tarmac — there's one thing your bag is probably longing for after any trip: a good, deep clean.”

So where does one start? The New York Times offered some tips: “To clean your hard-sided luggage, rub it down with either an alcohol wipe or a rag with a mix of dish soap and water. Avoid anything abrasive that might cause scratches. That's it. If you want to restore polycarbonate to something close to its original luster, try buffing it with a wax-based furniture polish.”

To clean the soft-sided luggage you’ll need these basic things. 

Soak a soft (likely old) towel in soap and water. Wring out the excess water and wipe down the case. 

In the instance of oil-based stains, sprinkle stains with water, then with baking soda. Once the soda dries, vacuum the luggage off.

For most other stains, dilute a tablespoon of laundry soap in lukewarm water and pat the stain. If this does not work, try again using mild dish soap and warm water and blot the stains once more. 

For especially stubborn stains, consider applying a non-toxic upholstery cleaner. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

For scuffs on plastic parts of luggage, try rubbing alcohol on a cloth. 

To remove scuffs from your luggage you will need these basic things.

For both fabric bags or hard-case luggage, use a damp cloth paired with a natural all-purpose spray, a homemade white vinegar-based cleanser, or gentle dish soap to remove marks.

For 100% leather luggage, research good leather-cleaning products. 

With running around various train stations, tram stations and airports, your suitcase's wheels might be the dirtiest part, since they come in direct contact with the ground. For this cleaning process, you will need:

For wheels, create a soap-and-water mixture, or spray the wheels with all-purpose cleaner, then wipe down the wheels with the cleaning solution. Roll the wheels over a microfiber cloth to dry them. 

To clean the inside of a suitcase, you will need these basic things.

Mist the inside of your suitcase with water and then sprinkle with baking soda. Leave the case open to dry. Once dry, vacuum up the baking soda.

By following these steps and maintaining your luggage, you can keep it clean for the next time you’re ready to pack up and skip town. Have other luggage cleaning tips? Let us know! 

Also consider giving the team at 208 Cleaning a chance to show you what experts and professionals we are in the cleaning world. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Window Cleaning Guide

Spring flowers are beginning to bloom and the beautiful trees of the Treasure Valley are coming alive again in all the shades of green. If your view of spring coming alive is marred by dust and grime then you are probably looking through dirty windows. If it is time to change your point of view and get those windows from grimy to glistening we have a step by step approach to sparkly shiny windows. Making your windows sparkling clean involves a few steps and the right cleaning products. Here's a guide on how to clean your windows effectively and keep them cleaner longer.

Materials Needed

With our materials at hand we are ready to get to the dirty work of cleaning windows. We also recommend playing some tunes to help the cleaning process go by.

Cleaning Process

Step 1: Preparation

Step 2: Cleaning the Frame and Sill

Step 3: Cleaning the Glass

Step 4: Cleaning the Tracks

Step 5: Final Buff

Now that you're seeing clearly through your windows you will want them to stay that way! Here is a guide to maintaining that beautiful shine.

Regular Cleaning: Clean your windows at least once a month to prevent a buildup of dirt and grime.

Dust Prevention: Keep indoor plants away from windows to prevent dust from settling on the glass.

Shade Usage: Use window shades or blinds to block direct sunlight, which can cause dirt and dust to stick to the glass.

Sealing: Ensure that your windows are properly sealed to prevent drafts and the entry of dust.

Screens: Clean your window screens regularly to prevent dust and debris from accumulating on the glass.

By following these steps and maintaining your windows, you can keep them sparkling clean and enjoy the view outside without the distraction of dirty windows. Have other window cleaning tips? Let us know! The BEST way to ensure that your windows look the best they can is to hire the professionals to do the job. Give the team at 208 Cleaning a chance to show you what experts and professionals we are in the cleaning world. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Top 5 Spring Cleaning Tips For 2024

We are officially in spring, which means longer days, BBQs, game nights, and of course- Spring Cleaning. If you are looking around and don't know where to start, not to worry! We have put together a helpful list of our top five tips to help you make the most of your time and get your spring off to a great cleaning start. 

Make A List

When trying to clean it is always best to start out in an organized way. Making a list will give you a map of what you want done and will help ensure that you have all the tools that you need to start off right. Start your cleaning day off with a nice cup of coffee and take some time to list off all your cleaning goals from washing windows to cleaning toe kicks. The other thing we love about making lists is we get to check things off as we finish and it keeps us motivated to start the next project! 

Cleaning is a Team Sport

Have you ever heard, Friends Don't Let Friends Clean Alone, or A Family That Cleans Together Stays Together? We love these mottos when it comes to Spring Cleaning. The main point is to get everyone in the household involved. It is not fair to take it all on yourself, so communicate ahead of time the cleaning day and your expectation for everyone to pitch in and hold them accountable. Remember, cleaning doesn't have to be a horrible chore; blast some good tunes and turn Spring Cleaning into a party that everyone is invited to. 

Don't Just Clean…CLEANSE!

Think of Spring Cleaning also as a time to clear out the old and make space for the new. We recommend having a box nearby at all times as you are cleaning things up so that you have a place to put the items that no longer spark your fancy. Put the box in storage or take it for donation so that when cleaning is done those items are gone. Use Spring Cleaning to get rid of your clutter and start off the season with a fresh slate.  

Go Top To Bottom

This is a very practical piece of cleaning advice, but it can save you a great deal of time and headache. When we say start top to bottom we really mean it. We want the dust to fall on things that have not been cleaned and spare us having to clean things twice. So we will start a room by dusting the top molding and end the room by mopping the floor. 

Pass On The Work

Looking around at the work and overwhelmed? Too darn busy to address Spring Cleaning? Would rather be outside playing than inside cleaning? Don’t sweat it, deep cleaning is not for everyone, but it is definitely for us! Don't let another year go by without getting a good deep cleaning. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

How To Remove Chocolate Stains From Carpets and Furniture

The first signs of spring are just starting to appear. While there is still snow up in the mountains there are spots of green down in the valley. For a lot of us, that means spring cleaning time is here. After back-to-back holidays you may be looking at your carpets and upholstery and wondering how you will ever get them cleaned again. If you are anything like us your holidays were full of treats and all of those chocolates from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day have left their mark all over your home. Are those stains making you feel more bitter and less sweet? Fear not, here are a couple of trusted tips to treat those stains and get you feeling shiny and clean for spring. 

Cleaning the Carpets

This method is sure to get your carpet back to the color it is supposed to be. Now what to do about bon bon bombs on your couches and chairs? Here is a method that has proven beneficial for chocolate stains on a variety of fabric types.

Cleaning the Upholstery

Chocolate can be one of the most unpleasant stains to look at in your house. We hope these tips help tackle this unpleasant chore. It is important to remember, only you know the make and quality of your carpets so be sure to take care and get a spot cleaner that is meant for your specific carpet type. When using any of the tools mentioned above, use caution to avoid over-agitating carpet fibers which might cause damage. And remember for the big jobs, we got you covered. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

New Year Resolutions For Your Home

The holiday season is finally over and it is time to take a much needed respite. This time of year is a great opportunity to prepare for the rest of the year ahead and to pay attention to the little details or tasks that may have been sidelined since the mad dash that typically occurs from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas (and beyond!). In today’s article, we’re going to talk about great resolutions that you can establish this year when it comes to cleaning your house and keeping it organized and you sane. 

Leverage Trash Days To Help Pair Down Unwanted Junk/Clutter

We all want to pair down our accumulated junk and clutter, but there is never really a right “time” for when it should be paired down. Well, you can make the time really easily if you just set a simple reminder on your calendar or smart home device to take 15 minutes (or more) on trash pick up day to go through the house and garage and gather up a few handfuls of junk and toss them in the trash cans before putting them on the curb. It is a great habit to start and by the end of the year, if you’ve done it 25 or even a full 52 times, then your home will be about as close to clutter free as humanly possible! 

Speaking Of Trash Day! Set A Monthly Freezer Clear Out Reminder

Most households have at least one freezer and if you have kids, then you will most likely have two or more! Set another quick reminder for the last trash pickup day of every month to be “freezer clean out day” so you can just dump the unwanted freezer items directly into your bins as you are taking them to the curb so that you don’t have to worry about your frozen food thawing and stinking up the neighborhood for the better part of a week while you wait for trash day. Just do it the morning of or the night before and you will enjoy a cleaner and more spacious freezer all year long. 

Turn Your Clothes Hangers Backwards

That’s right. At the start of this year, try turning all of your hanging clothes backwards, i.e. hang them so the hook is pointing toward you rather than the back of the closet as you hook them. When you use your clothes this year, replace them forward and take stock after six months or so. Look at all of the clothes that are still hanging up backwards. You haven’t used them in six months. Do you still need them or should you clear them out (donate or give away or recycle) and buy new clothes or just enjoy the larger space that a clutter free closet affords you. It is a bit of a long play, but it is definitely worth it.

For The Road

Putting together the perfect New Year’s Resolutions for your home is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

 

End Of Year Cleaning- It’s A Thing!

You’ve heard of Spring Cleaning, but have you heard of End of Year Cleaning? Well, it may not be super popular right now, but we are nothing if not trendsetters around here. You see, End Of Year Cleaning is a great idea that should be just as big of an event as Spring Cleaning. Why, you ask? Well, getting your home decluttered and cleaned at the close of the year will go miles toward helping you start your new year off with a bang and set yourself up for success the entire year. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be as intense or as time intensive as Spring Cleaning, but it will take a little elbow grease to achieve, but what are the holidays without a little magic? In today’s blog, we will cover some of the best and easiest ways you can help to set your home up for absolute success for the new year. 

Rotate Summer Clothes

If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to rotate your closets and drawers in order to store your summer style clothes and to bring out your winter wear because winter is going to be here to stay for a while now. Check every coat closet and shoe bin in the house and make sure that summer shoes and apparel are safely stowed away until next year when the temperatures start to rise again. 

Deep Clean Your Refrigerator

Here’s the thing. The holidays are a tough time to be dieting, we get that, but early January is the perfect time to start the year off with some new healthy habits. Set your future self up for success by deep cleaning your fridge in December and getting it organized so that when January comes around you are ready to fill it full of healthy foods and diet friendly drinks. Bonus points if you stock it full of healthy foods now to get a jump on the New Year’s Resolutions!

Remove And Donate Any Unneeded Kids Clothes And Toys

The Holidays are an excellent time to open your heart and your wallet to those in need. When it comes to holiday hardships, it is often the children who are hit the hardest. This holiday season, you can both clean up your house and get it better organized while also doing something good for little boys and girls in your community who may be in need of a Christmas miracle, however small. Go through your kids’ toys and clothes and sort them in three piles: Donate, Trash/Recycle, and Keep. Once you have everything sorted, then it is time to put the “keep” items away neatly and in a more organized way. Once that is done, you can pack up the “donate” items and drop them off at your charity of choice like The Salvation Army or The Idaho Youth Ranch. They will ensure that your donations are made available to local children and families in need. 

For The Road

Putting together the perfect cleaning event during the holidays is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Cleaning Tips For Holiday Hosting

It really is a toss up between which is more stressful and exhausting to have to do during the holiday season: travel to a relative’s house or use your house to host. If you’re traveling, then you are spending more money and have to endure all of the rigors of getting your family from point A to point B, but if you are hosting, then you have to ensure that your home is immaculate and ready to endure having your homelife completely upended until your guests leave. Either way, you are in for a fun, chaotic, and sometimes stressful time. In today’s article, we are going to help you take a little of the sting out of using your home to host guests this holiday season by allowing you to get ready for them with as little stress and fuss as possible. 

Put Together A General Cleaning Kit/Package And Keep It Handy

The best way to ensure you will clean on a regular basis is to make it as easy as humanly possible to do so. One way to do that is by gathering all of your most used and most useful cleaning supplies in one place and making them exceedingly accessible. For instance, you can put everything in a bucket or tote or portable box that you can carry to the problem area and deploy as necessary. Then, once you’re done, you can just toss everything back in the caddy and not have to stash everything around the house in 5 different places. Let us give some examples of what you can build out your tote with:

Don’t Wait To Do It All At Once: Plan It Out

Getting ready for the holidays doesn’t always have to mean that you are stuck deep cleaning the house from top to bottom the night before your guests arrive in a mad dash to have everything done by the time you have to pick them up at the airport. Not this year! Once you have a rough idea of when they are arriving then start deep cleaning at least a week prior. Break down your cleaning duties into smaller areas of the house so you’re not doing it all at once. Then, each day before they arrive you can just do simple spot cleaning and upkeep rather than a panicked session of last minute deep cleaning. A little planning will go a long way to helping you stay ahead of the mess and stay stress free (until they arrive, that is!).

For The Road

Putting together the house for holiday guests is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Getting Your Home Clean and Disinfected For Cold and Flu Season

As much as we dread it, getting ready for the holiday season can be fun. With all of the new cold and flu and covid variants running around out there, you want to make sure that you’re prepared to have a safe and fun holiday season. In order to have fun and stay safe this year, it helps to start with the foundation of having a clean and disinfected home to help keep your exposure to harmful germs and viruses to a minimum. In today’s article, we’re going to cover all of the best ways in which you can prepare your home for enduring and even thriving in the upcoming holiday and cold and flu season. 

Not Just Cleaning, But Disinfecting

While we don’t recommend using them on a daily or even weekly basis, this is the perfect time to break out the hardcore high potency cleaning products like tough degreasers, bleach, and others. These cleaning products have earned their reputation for a reason: they eliminate everything in their way, pathogens included. Start with a diluted mixture of bleach and filtered tap water in a spray bottle. A 1 to 10 ratio of bleach to water should do the trick. Remember to never combine bleach with any other household ingredients like isopropyl alcohol, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide. It should never be mixed or else it will create a toxic gas cloud. It is powerful enough on its own, that’s for sure!

Best Surfaces To Tackle For Stopping The Spread Of Germs

To get ready for cold and flu season, it helps to make sure that you are starting from a clean slate, both literally and figuratively. This will take some work, but it will be well worth it in the end if it helps you or a family member from being sick!

A Few Quick Tips

To help people get in the habit of fully washing their hands, you can get a little timer set up at each sink to help people stay on par for washing for at least 30 seconds. Swap out all of your home’s soaps for fresh and strong disinfectant soap. Pick up about 10 small bottles of hand sanitizer from the store and place them at strategic areas around the home like on the coffee table, in the dining room, at the front door, etc. so that people can get in the habit of sanitizing their hands regularly, especially after coming home from the store, work, or from spending time outside. 

For The Road

Planning your cold and flu season is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Best Way to Clean Your Car After Summer Traveling

What can we say? Sometimes it’s just easier to toss a wrapper or empty soda can on the floor of the car rather than to root around for the always elusive trash bag in order to get it “properly” disposed of. Hey, it can even be a safety issue to try to find the proper disposal bag while driving, so having a dirty car can actually be safer! In any case, we wanted to use today’s blog as an opportunity to help shed some light on best practices for cleaning up your car after it has been used all summer long for road trips, rides to family gatherings, and hauling the kids to various summer camps. 

Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

First off, you will need to gather your supplies before embarking on your cleaning journey. You will need the following at a minimum, and some items are marked optional if you want to gather them to help the process go a little faster. 

Start With The Basics: Clean Trash And Detritus From Interior

The first thing you will want to do is to take one of your trash bags and just go through every section of your car’s interior and toss out the trash and bits of junk that have accumulated over the last few weeks and months. Take out your floor mats and set them aside. Once your interior is junk free, then it is time to vacuum! Thoroughly vacuum the interior of your car making sure to get the foot areas and under each seat. Don’t forget the trunk!

Once the trash has been removed and the interior vacuumed, then it’s time to beat your rugs and replace them.

Wipe Down The Interior And Disinfect

Now it’s time to take your microfiber rags and use them to wipe down all of the hard surfaces of the car’s inside starting from the top and working your way to the bottom. Make sure to get all of the little crevices and areas in and around the buttons and knobs of your car. You can go the extra mile here and use special wipes that leave a thin layer of polish on your dashboard and steering wheel, but typically wiping it down with a clean cloth will do wonders. 

Once everything has been wiped down, then it is time to use your disinfecting wipes to wipe down your dashboard, steering wheel, and center console top. You can even wipe down the door handles and armrests as well, especially if they are a harder material like leather or plastic. Finished with that? Great, because you are officially done with cleaning out your car. It’s time to celebrate! Road Trip anyone? 

For The Road

Making sure your car is cleaned out after a summer of traveling is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!