Archives: October 2015

Moving is one of the busiest times during a person’s life; packing all their belongings, getting everything organized, turning on or off utilities, forwarding or stopping mail service and tying up loose ends. It all takes a great deal of time and energy. One aspect of moving that is often overlooked or not even thought of until the last minute is move in and move out cleaning. Whether you are moving in or moving out of a new place, there are specific areas that should be professionally cleaned and tidied up before you do so. Areas often get overlooked or forgotten with all of the baggage that comes with moving.

Cleaning Security Deposit

One important item of business to consider when moving out of a place is if you were required to put down a cleaning deposit when you first moved in. If you leave your apartment or rental home in a shamble, you may not get your cleaning deposit back, or even worse, you could be left owing more money due to the filthiness you leave the property in. When you hire a professional cleaning company to come in and clean the property before you move out, you are sure to get your cleaning deposit back and leave your landlord with a positive feeling and you with a good reputation as a tenant.

Move In Cleaning Satisfaction

When you hire a professional to clean the new home you are moving into, you will feel a great deal of joy while unpacking your belongings into a sanitary and beautifully cleaned home. Nothing will feel better than moving into a place that has already been professionally cleaned. Walking through the door of your new residence and seeing layers of dust on the window seals, dirt on the baseboards and debris on the carpet will send your head spinning. The time it will take to thoroughly clean your new place and move in will feel like it will take forever.

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Hiring a professional cleaning company to take care of your moving in and moving out cleaning responsibilities will save you a great deal of time, energy and money. You will not have to go out and purchase the appropriate cleaning tools and materials needed to get your old or new place in tip top shape. A professional cleaning company will have everything it takes to get the job done, from garbage bags, vacuums and industrial cleaning materials; your new space will be looking like new. If you are getting ready to move out of your old place and have a new residence to move into, contact Nadia’s House Cleaning today.

Keeping your home clean provides an environment of comfort and relaxation. While tasks like dusting and vacuuming seem pretty basic and simple, there are some house cleaning myths that are floating around out there that are completely false and will not help keep your home clean, but can actually do just the opposite. When it comes to house cleaning chores, do your home work so you do not end up spending more time cleaning than you have to. Some so called tips will leave you scrubbing longer with zero to little results; leaving you feeling frustrated an exhausted.

Drying Windows with Newspaper

One of the most popular myths that people come across is using newspaper to clean their windows. Newspaper tears easily and can leave streaks of ink across the windows of your home. The ink can also get transferred to the window’s trim, leaving even more for you to clean. The best material to use when cleaning your windows is a cloth made from microfiber. Microfiber cloths are best at cleaning windows and leave no streak behind.

Using Coca Cola to Clean Toilet Bowl

Another common myth with house cleaning is using Coca Cola to clean toilets. While coke is an acidic product and may have the ability to remove hard water stains, it is not to be used to clean your toilet bowl. Whoever thought of pouring soda pop into the toilet and scrubbing away may have been off their rocker. Dark soda pop could actually darken stains in your toilet bowl and the sugar that is contained in the soda pop could promote the growth of bacteria in your toilet. Do not use soda to clean your toilets, instead use an over the counter toilet cleaner.

Hand Washing Dishes VS a Dishwasher

When it comes to washing your dishes, many home owners believe the myth that hand washing your dishes is much more effective than putting them into the dish washing machine. This is false, unless your dish washing machine is twenty five years old, then there may be a bit of truth to it. However, the washing machines that are installed in homes today are highly effective when it comes to cleaning dishes. Dishwashers today heat the water to a minimum of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, sanitizing the dishes inside. Not only do the dishwashers get your dishes clean, but they also save you a great deal of water. Do not believe everything you hear when it comes to housekeeping tips, contact Nadia’s House Cleaning for house cleaning service that is thorough, effective and will leave your home completely clean.

Ovens; even those that get used less often others, endure spills and build up, and periodically require cleaning. Oven cleaning isn’t always top on our priority cleaning lists, but when we finally accept our fate and duty, tackling the project might be a little overwhelming, and figuring out where to begin will often stop us in our tracks.

For the inexperienced oven cleaner, Nadia’s House Cleaning would like to offer a few tips and methods to get your oven cleaned.

What cleaning features are equipped on your oven?

Before you pull up your sleeves, you need to know what kind of cleaning features come with your oven.
– Self-cleaning ovens have a setting for cleaning. This feature heats your oven temperature to the extreme; turning your spills and food debris into ash.
– Textured ovens or sometimes referred to as continuous cleaning ovens, are coated with a porcelain layer that burns spill away as you are baking.
– Ordinary ovens have no cleaning features, and everything is cleaned manual.

Oven Cleaning Preparation

No matter the type of oven you have, when cleaning your oven – cleaning fumes are strong.
– Plan on tackling this assignment when fewer people are home or easier yet, when children are at school.
– Open the kitchen windows. The more windows ajar, the better the air circulation and ventilation.
– Fill a sink with warm, soapy water.

Self-cleaning featured ovens

– Remove the oven racks, and let them soak in the prepared water.
– Turn the self-cleaning mode on. This feature will lock the oven door to prevent injury. The oven heats up between 800-900 degree Fahrenheit. If you should notice the locking mechanism is malfunctioning, tape the oven door shut to get the point across.
– Oven-cleaning mode lasts between 2-6 hours. Grease, spills, and food debris is being burnt to ash for easy removal.
– Allow the oven to cool for at least 2 hours before you begin your part.
– Sweep out the ash and wipe the oven down with a damp rag.
– Either using a vinegar and water solution or your favorite oven safe detergent, mist the oven door and surrounding oven surfaces. Wipe down with a clean rag or cloth.
– You can scrub your oven racks during the self-cleaning cycle, or after your done tending to the oven itself. Scrub the wired racks well in your soapy water. Rinse well and allow the racks to dry thoroughly before replacing back into the oven.

Textured or continuous cleaning ovens

– Remove oven racks, and soak in the warm, soapy water.
– Since this cleaning feature is designed to be on-going, there are no cleaning modes to be set, just make sure oven is cool before cleaning.
– Avoid using abrasive scrubbing implements and chemicals. Using these things could cause damage to the porcelain layer.
– If needed, use a vinegar and water solution and lightly mist the ovens door and surfaces, and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
– Scrub the oven racks in warm, soapy water. Rinse in cool water and dry thoroughly before replacing into the oven.

Cleaning an ordinary oven

– Remove oven racks, and allow them to soak in warm, soapy water.
– Using a spray bottle (1 liter), mix 4 TBS of baking soda, and fill the remainder bottle with water. Shake well until the baking soda is fully dissolved. (If the charred food remains is really built up, mix more baking soda to form a paste, smear over the needed areas.)
– Spray the interior surfaces and oven door generously, focusing heavily on the overly built up and stained areas. Allow time for solution to fully penetrate the charred debris.
– Both liquid or pastes solution should be allowed dissolve for at least an hour.
– If the charring is easily chipped off, you can continue, if not re-lube and allow another 30 minutes to set in.
– Using scraper, scrape away the carbon debris.
– Spray another coat of baking soda and water solution to assist the ease of the scraping step.
– Sweep out the crusts.
– If there is still another layer of carbon crust, repeat the above steps.
– Once all the carbon crust and debris has been successfully removed, prepare equal parts water and vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray down the interior’s surface area and door with the solution. Oven designed chemicals are acceptable instead of the vinegar solution. These chemicals harsh, and can be harmful to breath, so use caution.
– Wipe down the interior well.
– Scrub oven racks, rinse well, and dry thoroughly before replacing.

Every day oven cleaning tips

To avoid major oven scrubbing days, consider these tips to ease the oven cleaning burden.
– Place a baking sheet on the bottom of your oven when baking the notorious messy meals or treats to catch grease, or spills.
– If you should notice a spill while food is still cooking, sprinkle salt over the mess to make cleaning a breeze.
– Once oven is off and cooled, wipe away spills immediately.

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Nadia’s House Cleaning offers many services in the way of cleaning house! If you simply can’t afford the time, or health risks do not permit you from cleaning, allow one of our trained professionals to get your home sparkling clean, including the oven.

The never ending cycle of cleaning a home is a burden on most people. Once you have cleaned one thing it is on to the next. The house is always in use by the members of the family and therefore it wont stay clean very long. There are always things that need to be cleaned and some of them are often over looked and not cleaned as often as they should. One of those is the baseboards in your home. They are the trim that is at the bottom level of the house and will usually run the entire length of each room. It is a great way to frame a room and adds a nice bit of detail. The problem is that it is right at the level where feet and shoes are. That means that they are being kicked, beat up and dirtied all day long. You could be causing them to get dirty and scuffed even when you are cleaning (like when you knock into them with the vacuum).

Nadia’s House Cleaning have prepared a few ways that you can clean the baseboards to freshen up your home and make it look cleaner.

Easiest Way to Clean Baseboards: The easiest way to get the baseboard clean is to purchase magic erasers. You can wet them and go little by little down each board and wipe away any dirt or scuff marks. The problem with this method is that the eraser won’t last too long and you will need to buy a lot to get to each baseboard throughout your home.
Easy and Wasteful Ways to Clean Trim: You can go and purchase a few containers of cleaning wipes and start going through and wiping them. The problem is that these are expensive and they tend to dry out pretty quickly so you will need to go through a lot of them. The other problem is that they won’t remove the dark colored scuff marks that are caused usually by shoes or other things that rub up against the boards.
Weird Ways to Clean Baseboards: This seems to be a weird option but one that will work well. You can go to the laundry room and grab a few fabric softener sheets. When you use a fabric softener to clean the baseboard you are spreading some wonderful smells and also coating the baseboards with a natural repellent that will repel some of the dust that tends to settle on the boards.
Best Way to Clean Baseboards: This is a method that you want to use if you have not cleaned the baseboards in a long time. It is best to get a washcloth or sponge and a bucket with soapy water in it. It is more time consuming but the most effective way to clean them really well.

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If you don’t have the time for this chore you can call Nadia’s House Cleaning to take care of it for you.

The holidays are just around the corner. And with the holidays comes parties, unexpected visitors and special family dinners. After getting a professional from Nadia’s House Cleaning, your home is ready for holiday entertaining. During one of these events, an unfortunate mishap occurred and now you have stains to attend to.

For your arsenal, Nadia’s House Cleaning have prepared a few stain removing tips that might come about with many holiday traditional foods and drinks.

Important disclosure notice. Be sure to apply a patch test with any cleaner you choose to use in an inconspicuous area. The formulas suggested below are examples of solutions better suited for the different tasks. Conducting a patch test on the mixtures suggested are just as important as doing one on a department store cleanser.

Removing Turkey Gravy Stains

Be sure to scrape up any access gravy. Absorb the remainder with a paper towel. Be sure not to rub vigorously, only dab at the stain so it doesn’t set deep into the fibers. Gently massage some dishwashing soap into the carpet. Rinse the stain away well. The flushing process will lift the gravy along with grease. Pre-treat the remaining stain with a laundry pre-wash stain remover. With a clean, damp cloth pat up the stain after about 30 minutes. If the stain was dark and deep, an enzyme cleaner should be applied and the labels instructions followed precisely.

Removing Red Wine Stains

Quickly blot the spill with paper towels or clean absorbent cloths. After the majority of the surface liquid has been absorbed, take a new cloth or paper towel and stand on the area to pull up residing liquid at the bottom. With a spray water, apply clean, cold water to the stain. Continue to blot with dry paper towels or cloth. In a bucket combine 1 TBS dishwashing liquid, 1 TBS white vinegar, and 2 cups of warm water. Dampen a clean cloth with the mixture and apply small amounts to the stain. ( Too much mixture will be difficult to rinse.) Blot with a dry cloth as you go to lift the stain. Once the stain has been removed, rinse with clean water spray bottle, and pat dry with a clean towel. To ensure dryness, place a few dry, clean paper towels to the dampen area and place a heavy object on top. Allow to sit over night for optimum drying.

Removing Blood Stains (For the Clumsy knife handlers)

Begin by blotting the stain quickly. Always blot when attending this stain, as scrubbing could cause the stain to set deeper in the fibers. With paper towels, blot as much moisture as possible. Work from the outside in to the center as this will help contain the stain and prevent spreading. With a clean spray bottle apply cold clean water. Blot to remove additional liquid. In a separate spray bottle mix accordingly. For wool; 1 tsp. mild, non-alkali detergent with 1 cup of water. Synthetic fibers; 2 Tbsp. household ammonia, with 1 cup cold water. Oriental; 1 part white vinegar with 2 parts cold water. Spray the appropriate cleaning solution to the stain. Blot with a clean cloth until there is no residue on the cloth. You will need to change out to a clean cloth often. Repeat until the stain is removed satisfactorily. Rinse with the following solution in a spray bottle; 2-6 drops mild, non-alkali dish detergent to 1 cup cold water. Blot once again with clean, dry cloth. Rinse a final time with plain clean water. Blot till near dry and allow to air dry.

Cranberry Sauce Stain Removal

Scrape away access. Mix 1 Tbsp. white vinegar, 1/2 tsp. dishwashing detergent, 1 quart cool water. Sponge on to stain and allow to soak in for 15 minutes. Rinse away with clean water from a spray bottle. If a faded stain remains, apply rubbing alcohol from a clean cloth and dab at stain.

Colorful Dessert Stain Removal

Immediately sponge the stain with cool water. Blot stain with either clean paper towels or clean cloth until damp. If stain remains, allow to soak with a water, dishwashing detergent solution and if handy a carpet stain remover or even a pre-wash laundry stain remover. Blot with clean towel. Repeat if necessary.

Professional Holiday Stain Removal & House Cleaning in in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Lexington & Milton Massachusetts

Holiday stains on upholstery or carpets can be stubborn, and if gone initially unnoticed, the stain could be near impossible to remove once set in. Be sure to enlist the help of a trained professional from Nadia’s House Cleaning to get your home sparkling. An experienced expert has the perfect detergents and proper tools to get the job done. Contact us for all of your house cleaning and janitorial needs.

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