Thursday, March 27, 2014
White vinegar is an excellent earth friendly product for some of your cleaning tasks. First, it disinfects while you clean, and elimanates your need for bleach.It works great on glass which also elimanates your need to purchase that blue liquid, which is full of chemicals, mainly amonia.DO NOT USE ON MARBLE COUNTERTOPS OR MARBLE FLOORS OR TILES, it will stain.It's great on hardwood floors, just add a small amount to hot water.Buy a spray bottle at your local hardware store add a small amount to bottle, fill with water and viola,your own window and glass cleaner for pennies.At Annie's Cleaning we do not like the homeowner to come home to the smell of vinegar so we add a few drops of grapefruit essential oil to mask the smell.The vinegar smell will go away quickly so no need to really fret about the smell.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Saturday, March 22, 2014
How to Choose A Cleaning Company
Years ago, choosing a cleaning company was easy, you just found a friend that had a nice lady who cleaned in your neighborhood and you hired her.
Now, the cleaning world is quite different and choosing a cleaning company or cleaning gal is not so easy. There are countless cleaning companies and independent cleaners out there to chose from but how do you chose and where do you start?
Here are some helpful hints to follow:
Consult a friend who can refer you to her cleaning company or individual.
Interview a small locally owned business in the town where you live that can provide references,useful information about cleaning products and an overall knowledge about the art of cleaning. A business certificate from the town is also useful.
Remember, just because someone says they can clean does not mean they are a professional cleaner.
Ask questions: what kind of products do they use? or are you going to supply the products? are they green? What kind of vacuum? Is it a hepa-filter? Do they do linens? Empty the dishwasher? Organize items that need attention.Fold laundry?
Trust is the biggest concern for most homeowners.Can your cleaning team or person be reached without a problem? Are they listed in the phone book? Can you email them with a concern or a compliment?
Cleaning companies come and go but a good cleaning company will have a solid work history,look professional,and can provide tips and solutions to cleaning your house.For example,in some homes we clean there is often small items of silver that need polishing, we do that, its part of our job to make everything sparkle and shine.
Is it a good fit?
Just because you hire someone to clean your home doesn't necessarily mean it is a good fit. We are fortunate that we have so many clients we want to please but sometimes pleasing those we work for just doesn't work out, and that is okay.If we encounter a homeowner that complains frequently, we as a team decide whether or not this homeowner would be better off trying someone else.Of course, the complaints have to be unreasonable and we try to work things out but sometimes it's just better for all if we end the cleaning relationship on a good note by referring other local cleaners.
Keys and codes:
Are you comfortable with leaving a key or an alarm code with your cleaning company.Do you trust the company enough to go away and have the house secure when you return?
In my business I am the only one who knows the codes to client's homes and always double check the lock-up system.
A good cleaning company will know the ins and outs of your home, and provide you with a sense of ease when leaving your home to the care of others.
Most important: You should come home to a great smelling, sparkling clean home to enjoy!
Monday, January 6, 2014
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