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!

Back To School!

Just like Christmas, it seems like we are saying it a few days and weeks earlier every year, but yes, it is absolutely back to school season. With all of the changes that come with the start of a new school year, it helps to prepare your home and your routine to accommodate your new busier schedule. In today’s article, we’ve put together some great tips for preparing your home to help empower you to best handle the back to school rush. Read on and enjoy and sound off in the comments if you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share!

Stage 1: Sanitization Of High Touch Areas

Sanitization is more of a way of life these days than ever before, but it is a necessary “evil” despite how much time it can take out of our already busy schedules. But, letting germs and sickness take hold in the home is worse by far, so we must power through and ensure that the germs are kept in check, especially during the school year when your children are exposed to and bringing home more germs than ever.

Keeping germs in check doesn’t have to mean that you must scour every inch of your home with bleach. You can absolutely prioritize and clean smartly in order to get the most ROI for your cleaning efforts. High touch zones should be sanitized through a 1 to 10 bleach to water ratio, or a 1 to 2 white vinegar to water ratio. You can use paper towels or clean microfiber cloth. 

Stage 2: Organization For School Readiness

Staying organized at home is crucial to helping your child stay organized at school. There are lots of things that you can do in order to help them stay organized, but we will focus on two very important ones. School supply organization and clothes organization. 

School Supply Organization

If you haven’t already, it helps to create a special dedicated space to your children’s school supplies. Whether it is a shelf or area of a closet or even a table or office area, if you can set aside a special zone for school supply organization and storage, it will help to set your child up for success every semester. 

Make sure to have extra school supplies on hand like paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, and the like so that they are always able to do their homework or complete a class project. It never hurts to have extra glue and scissors on hand as well!

Closet Organization

Clothes are going to be a major part of your children’s lives while in school. Since they grow so fast and outgrow clothes by the hour, it helps to keep everything organized for the new school year. 

Once you have everything in these piles, then you can start putting the clothes back in the closet ensuring that everything has its own place and that your child knows what to do when putting them away. That should help set your school year up for success!

For The Road

Making sure your home is ready for the new school year 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 Tips For Getting Sand Out Of Your Carpet After a Beach Visit

Going to the beach and enjoying the sun and the cold ocean water is a tried and true summer tradition for many Americans. While you’re lying on the beach reading your new mystery novel while sipping on a drink with a tiny umbrella, you’re probably not thinking about how you’re going to clean up all of that sand that you and your family will inevitably track back into your house or vacation rental. In fact, we sincerely hope that while you are relaxing, reading, and sipping, that you’re thinking of the very best thing of all, nothing. So, let us do all the thinking about those everyday things like cleaning sand out of various places around the home while you relax and enjoy the sunshine.

Getting Sand Out Of Carpet

For the most part, getting sand out of your carpet won’t be an issue, except if you have children or dogs that also went to the beach with you. In that case, then you will definitely need to know how to clean sand out of just about every part of the house, including the carpet. 

Here’s some steps you can take:

For The Road

Being able to clean up every mess in your home for when you return home from vacation 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!

How To Clean Office Windows

One of the first things that you learn in any construction or woodworking job is that you have to have the right tools for the right job. It’s true in construction, it’s true in golf (you wouldn’t use a putter at the opening tee, would you?) and it’s true when it comes to cleaning office buildings. Many of today’s office buildings have large windows at the storefront area to allow customers passing by on the sidewalk or street to see the goods on display. Even office buildings have large windows in order to help get more natural light in during the day for employees. Large windows means that they are prone to attract dust, pollen, and other debris as the weather progresses and that brings about the need to constantly keep them clean and looking nice for your employees and for potential shoppers. So, in today’s article, we’re going to cover the basics that you will need in order to clean a set of large office windows. 

Option 1: The DIY Route

You can definitely clean your office windows by hand, but it’s a lot of work and you will need a specialized set of tools to accomplish it successfully and without leaving unsightly streaks and even scratches on the surface. Here is a basic kit of things that you will need in order to clean a large pane or several large panes of glass on a commercial sized window such as a storefront, cafe front, or restaurant viewing area. 

Option 2: Hire A Commercial Cleaner (Recommended!)

While we love the self sustaining spirit of the DIY’er, we also know that some jobs are better left to the professionals. Here’s a few reasons to not do it yourself. 

Less financial risk

Better quality clean

Faster job completion, less time interrupting your client’s use of the window space

For The Road

Cleaning your office windows 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!

How To Clean Your Camping and Hiking Tent

Hiking and camping is a great way to get out and enjoy the great outdoors while also getting a healthy workout in at the same time. Staying in shape and being healthy is a top priority for many Americans these days and what better way to stay on top of your health and fitness goals than by spending time in nature? Well, before you set out on your adventure, you must make sure that your tent is in good and proper order and is clean enough for you and your family to use. In today’s article, we’re going to explore some best practices you can use in order to keep your tent clean and in tip top shape.

Function Check And Inspecting Your Tent Before Your First Trip

The best time to clean your tent is at the beginning of the season before your first outing and after each extended camping trip that lasts more than two nights. At the beginning and end of each camping season, you should inspect your tent to make sure that there are no mold spots, tears, or broken zippers that may negatively impact your tent’s performance on the next trip. Here is a quick checklist of things you should inspect:

Cleaning Your Tent

Cleaning your tent is easier in a lot of ways than it is to do the full function and system check. You will need just a few common household cleaning ingredients which we will detail below. If you clean only one thing for your camping adventures this year, then let it be your tent as it can be the most important part of your kit to keep maintained. 

Cleaning supplies:

Cleaning Process

Mix the warm water and soap in the bucket. Make a very diluted solution because if it is too strong or harsh, then it can strip away your tent’s water coating layer. We recommend about 1 to 2 tablespoons of soap per gallon of water. 

Wet your sponge and dab and scrub soiled areas to remove most of the dirt. You may need to do spot cleaning with the toothbrush. Scrub the zippers inside and out using the brush and allow them to fully dry. You can use a paper towel or dry dish towel to dry off the wet spots or you can simply hang up your tent in a cool dry place like your garage or backyard during the day. 

After Each Camping Trip

Here are some best practices for keeping your tent in good working order that you can deploy after each trip.

For The Road

Cleaning your camping tent each time 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!