Category Archives: House Cleaning St. Louis

5 Misconceptions About Housecleaning Services: How to Have Your Cleaners Love You!

House Cleaning St LouisKeeping up a home can be challenging in today’s world. Face it, few of us really meet the standards of June Cleaver when it comes to housekeeping with that perfectly coiffed hair, ironed dress and smile on her face as she beckons “The Beaver” home for dinner.

The good news is none of us need to be June Cleaver to enjoy the benefits of a clean home. Hiring a cleaning service can solve all our problems – okay, most of our problems. But solving some problems is a good start and will eventually lead to less clutter, sending out bills on time and possibly, even world peace.

If you are about to hire a house cleaning professional, understand there are some misconceptions about services that should be set straight. Just like Mrs. Cleaver needed Mr. Cleaver to set “The Beaver” straight.

House Cleaning Services Are Expensive

Once upon a time, having a maid or butler was reserved for the rich and famous who were too busy shaking another martini to deal with dishes. But today, you can find reasonable cleaning services, tailor how often they come and what tasks are prioritized. Customizing cleaning services makes it affordable for most home budgets. Plus the time you save on cleaning the toilets is truly time you might actually shake something – martinis, dance moves, whatever floats your boat.

House Cleaners Don’t Care About the Mess

We understand life is hectic, but the fact is leaving laundry piles in the bedroom, stacked up dishes with caked on food in the sink and kid’s toys on the stairs is not something your cleaner has time to deal with during their regular visit.

They are pros and will be polite, of course, but these messes can make their job more difficult. Not only does clutter make the job more difficult, it adds time to the task.

Take 30 minutes or so to clear any messes that aren’t covered in the cleaning arrangement made with your service. The cleaners will love you for this and it allows them to do a better job with the details.

Pets Don’t Get in the Way

Yes, Fifi is adorable. Everyone loves your dog.  I don’t even know your dog and I love your dog. But Fifi might not get along with your cleaners. They are making a ruckus in her home and might resemble thieves stealing her long-proliferated piles of dog hair accumulated under the sofa.

Even if your dog isn’t hostile to the cleaners, letting them run around while the cleaning service is working can be a hassle. There is nothing like an inefficient system of avoiding the dog behind you every time you step back with the mop. What happens if a door is left open a moment too long while they take the trash out? Set up a puppy play date or confine Fifi for the duration of the cleaning. Everyone is safer and happier.

“Unless you are certain that your pet will be comfortable with strangers in the home and will stay out of the way, it’s best to put them up when you know your housekeeper will be working.” – Home Maids Better

They Can Wait

Your house cleaners are there to work and they schedule a specific time to be at your home for a specified number of hours. They typically only get paid when they are cleaning. When they show up and you aren’t home to let them in because Elaine from the pedicure spa said she could squeeze you in, it can affect their paycheck negatively.

Give your cleaning crew enough time to deal with schedule alterations. Everyone understands that life happens and sometimes the regular schedule just won’t work.  They just ask for enough time to rearrange their schedule so they aren’t left without funds they expected to earn. It may be as simple as them cleaning another home and then coming back to yours later.

Cleaners Don’t Have Time to Talk

Saying, “Hello” and asking your cleaning crew how their week is going is always welcome by our cleaning crews. Everyone likes it when the barista asks if they want extra foam on that latte. People like to be recognized and are happier in the process. Happier house cleaners are simply better housecleaners.

It can work to your advantage too. By befriending and appreciating the cleaners, they are more apt to impress you with their cleaning skills.

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3 Tough Cleaning Tasks And Hacks to Tackle Them

House Cleaning St. LouisThere are some cleaning tasks in the house that just seem harder than others. Like me, you probably don’t want to deal with them either because they seem so arduous. When it comes to tackling these problems, perhaps you’ll seek help from a professional house cleaning company.

In the meantime, here are the five biggest things everyone hates cleaning and the tips that everyone’s grandmother keeps telling me work. (And the experts have confirmed. Go Grams!)

Inside the Oven

I love to cook. I’m told I’m pretty good at it too. That being said, after a marathon day creating a six-course meal, my personal satisfaction dwindles to dismay as I look at the mess left for me to clean, especially the brown crusty stuff found all over the oven and range.  How that much of the roast dripped out no longer matters.

Ideally, you wipe the oven down while it’s still warm. But if that doesn’t happen, it’s time to get serious. After you enjoy your meal, of course.

Mix water and baking soda in a bowl, creating a paste that doesn’t drip.  Clear the racks out of the oven and spread the paste on the oven floor and walls. Give it 24 hours to set and then spray with vinegar, heating the oven on low for 15 to 20 minutes and wipe down.

Tile Grout

You may have just cleaned the shower, following all the rules and using the best products, but it still looks gross. That clean shower with black moldy, mildew build up in the grout will make you want to shower with your eyes closed so you don’t feel dirtier.

There are two ways to tackle the black grime in your shower. The first is an OxiClean paste. Just mix it with a small amount of water, apply, and let it sit for fifteen minutes before rinsing. A toothbrush is a great tool to aid in the cleaning, getting into the minute pockets where the grime hides.

Now this solution works, but for a cleaning hack like myself, it can seem like just too much work. Scrubbing with a toothbrush? What if my son doesn’t realize that’s the cleaning toothbrush and uses it later tonight? Problems!

There is another way. Rent or buy a steam cleaner. Fire up that bad boy and let the steam permeate the grout and kill that grime. Yes, the vapor heat wages war against black yuk! And it wins!

“There are several great residential steam cleaners you can buy or you can go to the local home improvement store and get a heavy duty one.” – Show Me Dust Bunnies

The Tidy Toilet Bowl

Ever fear lifting that lid to clean the toilet seat in your child’s bathroom? I have, every single time. Who would have thought replacing the diaper genie dance with successful toilet training would lead to bathroom anxiety.

The reality is, even if you don’t have a child creating unique potty patterns with the commode, making a tidy bowl a tidy bowl is a job no one likes.  With these hacks, you may even be able to sell that HAZMAT suit. Or maybe just keep it for the memories.

Use cleaning wipes to clean the outside of the bowl and all areas of the seat. You’ll feel great that you can swipe and bag the dirty wipes for disposal. Because the wipes are already moist with cleaning solution, you won’t need to worry about spraying and splattering more of a mess.

Now for that ominous bowl. You can stare at it all you like. But while you stare, drop a couple of seltzer tabs in. This is a different type of “plop, plop, fizz, fizz” for your toilet, but it will work away at the film and stains in the bowl. After 15 minutes, give the bowl a quick scrub and flush. Voila! (Unless, or course, you realize there is a hot wheels car stuck down in the drain. Sorry, you’re on your own.)

For those days when you don’t even want to deal with these hacks, book the best professional house cleaners St. Louis has to offer.