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Win a Mother’s Day Easy as Pie Package

May 1, 2015
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Enter now through May 10th!

We know that moms long for a break from house cleaning, especially on Mother’s Day. And nothing says family quite like sharing a delicious pie!

Molly Maid has partnered with Grand Traverse Pie Company to do something special for hard-working moms with the Easy as Pie Contest. Twenty-five random winners will receive a Strawberry Champagne pie delivered to their door and six will also receive a Molly Maid house cleaning gift certificate!

To enter, “Like” us on Facebook, upload a throwback photo of Mom and share one or two words to describe her. Share the entry on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #mollymaid4mom for an extra entry! Entries will be accepted until Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015.

In addition, $5 of every Molly Maid gift certificate purchased will be donated to the Ms. Molly Foundation to support victims of domestic violence from now through Mother’s Day.

How to Clean Blinds the Right Way

April 29, 2015

The best way to clean blinds is to keep them from getting too dirty in the first place! Molly Maid has been America’s professional

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Microfiber cloths make cleaning blinds a breeze.

house cleaning service provider for more than 30 years and we have some simple tips to tackle cleaning blinds the right way.

  1. Vacuums come with several attachments – there are even accessories specifically made for mini blinds. You can also use the upholstery tool on wood, faux wood or fabric blinds, though it may be too intense for metal blinds. Follow up with a dry or slightly dampened microfiber cloth to make sure you remove caked on dust.
  2. Forced air from furnaces, air conditioning and open windows move dust, pet hair and more around homes with gusto. Mark your calendar every three months to change your furnace filter, which will reduce the amount of airborne debris.
  3. If simple dusting doesn’t do the trick, you may need to remove fabric blinds and take them to your dry cleaner for thorough freshening.
  4. Once your blinds are dust free, keep them that way longer by running a used dryer sheet over the slats. This trick can help repel future dust from settling.
  5. Molly Maid always recommends dusting first, and following up by vacuuming to prevent repeat effort!

We also provide a step-by-step guide to a clean house and a free, printable house cleaning checklist on our website to keep on-going chores top of mind.

Ultimate Window Cleaning Tips – Inside & Out

April 23, 2015

Ultimate Window Cleaning Tips

By now, your windows have a thick sheen of streaks, dust and debris. That’s what happens when your windows withstand a relentless assault of smudgy fingers and seasonal elements. Don’t fret—backup is on the way. The cleaning pros here at Molly Maid bring you this complete window cleaning guide for clean windows – inside, outside, screens and sills!

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Streak-free Solution

All it takes is a couple drops of dish soap and a warm bucket of water. But be careful: Too much soap will leave streaks.

Vinegar alternative: You can also use equal parts vinegar and water as a multipurpose solution. Vinegar manufacturer Heinz recommends using 100% vinegar to spot-clean stubborn streaks from windows.

Essential Equipment

  • Bucket
  • Dish soap
  • Natural sponge
  • Professional squeegee
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Old rags
  • White vinegar
  • Toothbrush
  • Dust Mask
  • Sturdy ladder

Newspaper?

For the best clean, we recommend using a squeegee. But when the squeegee won’t fit, you can use crumpled-up newspaper to wipe down your windows. Unlike paper towels, newspaper doesn’t leave behind residue.

Windowsills

Cleaning moldy windowsills requires an old toothbrush, some elbow grease, and a dust mask to protect you from mold spores. Using your vinegar solution, wet the toothbrush and start scrubbing the moldy spots. Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe the surface clean. A chlorine bleach solution also works in place of vinegar, however, please use safety cautions when using bleach. We recommend wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands.

Window Screens

Pop out your screen and lay it down on a flat, clean surface. Using equal parts water and vinegar, scrub your screen with a microfiber cloth. Use a hose to spray off the screen and then shake the excess water away. Lean it against something where it won’t get dirty. Now clean the outside of the window before replacing the screen!

Window Cleaning Technique

We’re going one window at a time. Otherwise, your sudsy solution may dry on the window and cause some serious streaking.

  1. Dip your sponge into the cleaning solution and wring it out lightly.
  2. With circular strokes, apply the soap-and-water solution to the entire window.
  3. Starting in the top-left corner, run your squeegee from left to right.
  4. After each stroke, wipe the blade with a clean, old rag.
  5. Continue working your way down the window, from left to right.
  6. Use some crumpled newspaper or a microfiber cloth to dry any areas that you missed.

Use the same steps for your outside windows. But instead of using left-to-right strokes, run your squeegee top-to-bottom. That way, if there are any streaks, it’s easy to tell which side they’re on.

Paned windows are a pain in the…

If you can’t easily remove your window panes, work around them! To dry, use a small squeegee to work each section from top to bottom. No squeegee? Break out the newspaper!

Cleaning By Molly Maid

Although we don’t typically clean windows, we do clean houses, covering every room and everything in between. Contact your local Molly Maid and we can set up a custom cleaning schedule that fits your needs. Give us a call at 1-800-MOLLY-MAID.

How to Clean Fireplace Glass Doors

April 20, 2015

A properly working wood-burning fireplace is a great luxury to have during the cold winter months, and a great selling point if you’re in the market to buy or sell. But with a wood burning fireplace comes much responsibility. In order to keep your fireplace functioning as a safe wood-burning amenity, proper cleaning and maintenance need to be prioritized. For information on keeping your chimney up to code, and tips for maintaining the safest and cleanest possible fireplace, reference the National Fire Protection Association. But to keep your fireplace looking good as new, regularly cleaning the glass doors is essential.

Great Granpa Grandma T. How to Clean Fireplace Glass Doors

Photo cred: Grandpa & Grandma T. on Flickr.

There are a few basic ways to clean the charcoal and soot off your fireplace glass. But before you begin, remove the glass doors from your fireplace and lay flat on a rag or drop cloth to keep your area clean—cleaning soot and ash can get quite messy! Cleaning your fireplace glass outside or in the garage is also a good option.

One clever, all-natural way to clean your fireplace glass is to use a newspaper or paper towel and ash: Take a damp paper towel or newspaper and dip in leftover ashes. Wipe the glass in a circular motion to loosen caked-on soot. Repeat several times or until the soot is lifted. Finish off with a regular glass cleaner and paper towel to leave a streak free glass as good as new!

Use vinegar solution: Try a homemade soot-cleaning solution made of ammonia and vinegar (1 cup vinegar, 3 cups warm water and 1 tablespoon of ammonia). Spray solution onto the glass and let sit for 30 seconds. With a clean cotton cloth, scrub in a circular motion until soot is loosened. Repeat 2-3 times until glass is clean. Tip: This cleaning concoction can also be used to clean a variety of other places including scrubbing bathtub grime and tile grout.

Use a commercial cleaner and clean rag: If you’d prefer to buy a commercial cleaner specifically for fireplace glass, there are a variety of options. See here for amazon’s list of commercial fireplace cleaning solutions.

Whichever cleaning method you choose, regular cleaning of your fireplace’s glass doors will ensure minimal scrubbing next time. Alternately, if you haven’t cleaned your fireplace glass in a while, you may need to use a spackling knife or razor blade to scrape old layers of soot off.

For do-it-yourself spring cleaners, Molly Maid offers house cleaning tips and created a spring cleaning checklist to ensure no spot is overlooked.

To leave spring cleaning to the professionals at Molly Maid, visit www.mollymaid.com to schedule a cleaning.

How to Safely Clean Your Smudgy Phone Screen

April 17, 2015

So it’s spring cleaning time and you’ve tackled the basement, closets, garage, etc. And, you’re feeling pretty good about yourself. But what about the device you carry with you every day? Mobile phones are little harbors for germs with 18 times more bacteria than a toilet handle. EWW!

If that grosses you out, make a plan to clean your phone today with these easy tips:

IMG 20150417 160422 300x300 How to Safely Clean Your Smudgy Phone ScreenStep 1: Power down your phone. Yes, turn it completely off and give that baby a break. We know this gives some folks nomophobia – the fear of being out of mobile contact. It will only be for a few minutes though, breathe!

Step 2: Remove the case if you have one and the batteries if you can. Some phones don’t have removable batteries (like iPhones), but if you do, take them out just to be safe.

Step 3: Use a soft, slightly damp cloth to wipe down the device. Try to avoid getting water in the speaker area. If you have isopropyl alcohol in the house for first aid, add a touch for disinfecting.  It also dissolves dirt and oil and dries instantly. NOTE: Never use window cleaner! And don’t use a paper towel unless you want to scratch your screen.

Step 4: If you have a case, you can use a drop of soap and water to clean. Be careful not to rub off any bling, of course. Rinse and dry with a clean cloth.

Step 5: Put your phone back together and enjoy. Well, at least for a few minutes before it’s smudgy again.

We recommend carrying around a microfiber cloth to wipe down your phone on a regular basis.

One last tip, cleaning your phone can mean more than just the germy outside. “Clean” the inside by freeing up storage space. Try uploading photos and videos to sharing sites and delete them from your phone. Uninstall apps that you don’t really use (we know there are at least a few), and don’t forget about old texts with attachments.  Those space hogs really add up.

Now take a selfie and smile into that clean phone screen! Happy spring!

How to Clean Mold From Windowsills

April 8, 2015

We’re officially in the spring season. The weather is warmer, the bird are chirping, the sun is shining a little brighter. And it’s time to finally open the windows to let in some fresh air. But wait! Is that mold on your windowsills? Ewww. Keep reading to learn Molly Maid’s tips on how to clean mold from windowsills.

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Photo Credit: Andesine on Flickr

Moldy windowsills are unsightly and not good for the overall health of your home. But before you get started, to limit your exposure to the mold you should consider wearing a dust mask and rubber gloves.

How to Clean Mold from Windowsills

You can take a couple of different approaches with the type of solution you use:

Bleach Water: Use a mixture of warm water and chlorine bleach. We recommend following the directions of the bleach manufacturer to know how much bleach and water to mix together.

White Vinegar & Water: If you prefer to not use bleach, you can also try a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water.

Equipment: Toothbrush, damp microfiber cloth, and a little elbow grease. Wet the toothbrush with the solution of your choice, and scrub with some elbow grease to break up the mold particles. Once the mold has been scrubbed, use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe the surface clean

Please note that mold can come back, especially if the conditions that made the windowsill moldy to begin with (a window leak, moisture on window panes, etc.) still remains. Fixing the moldy windowsill issue at the root cause will better prevent mold in the future as opposed tor regularly cleaning it.

Have a window cleaning tip of your own? Share it in the comments section below.

 

Molly Maid Bolsters Iconic Pink and Blue Uniforms with Pink “Mop” Slippers: A Breakthrough in Home Cleaning Technology

April 1, 2015

Molly Maid announced today that the home cleaning brand’s iconic pink and blue uniforms have received a touch-up, with the addition of state-of-the-art “mop” slippers.

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In homes from coast to coast, Molly Maid cleaning teams are now using this tech-savvy, pink-branded footwear to make cleaning more efficient and effective, as floors that previously were mopped the old-fashioned way are now being mopped “by feet.”

Lisa Mathias, a veteran home cleaner with Molly Maid of Missoula, Montana said of the new footwear, “What took so long? I mean, come on. Every step brings you one step closer to clean. Once you get used to how they feel with the battery pack, [the pink “mop” slippers are] kind of cute – in a high-performance, cutting-edge sort of way.”

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The breakthrough in home cleaning technology was discovered and subsequently brought to life in Molly Maid pink by the Molly Maid research & development lab in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The mop slippers were created in part, using research findings provided by the Healthy Floors Institute (HFI) in the Mopping Branch area of the Mark Twain National Forest in Beaver, Missouri.

“It’s no secret that clean floors help make happy homes. That’s why we focused our efforts on developing these new slippers,” says Meg Roberts, Molly Maid President. “When you combine form, function and fashion aren’t we all winners?”

What’s Molly Maid’s next R&D project? “That’s a secret,” says Roberts. “Next April 1st we will make another major announcement.”

How to Clean a Rug and Clean it Good!

March 25, 2015

Rugs harbor more dust than any spot in the house– especially when your rugs are located in high traffic areas. And while it’s allergy season, you’ll want to eliminate as much dust as possible by keeping your rugs clean and allergen free. Here are some important tips to learn how to clean a rug to extend their life and help keep your house dust-free.

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Photo cred: Misteraich on Flickr.

For pet owners, animal hair can become overwhelming. It gathers on the rugs, the floor and everywhere in between. If you have a long-haired pet, tending to the hair can feel like a full time job. For pet hair, vacuuming is the most efficient way to eliminate as much hair as possible. But if you need a quick touch up, try combing your rugs with a bristle brush to collect hair from the fibers.

For spots and stains, the best chance to get a spot out completely is to clean it as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the more time a stain has to set in. For an all-natural, odor neutralizing spot cleaner, try using a concoction of 3 parts soda water and 1 part vinegar. Make sure to blot with pressure (not rub!) to uproot the stain from down deep. Be extremely careful when using shampoos and spot cleaners. Depending on the type of rug and material you have, (this goes for all carpets, too!) some shampoos and spot removers may not be compatible. Make sure you test the cleaner on a small area of your rug to make sure it doesn’t bleed.

After spot cleaning or shampooing, it is very important that your rugs dry completely before using them again. Damp rugs will attract dirt and dust far quicker than dry ones. This could potentially ruin your rugs by creating permanent stains. After the rug is fully dry, run the vacuum over it to get any dust that collected while drying.

To extend the life of your rugs, make sure you turn them every season. Like a mattress, you need to make sure the wear on your rugs is even. Turning your rugs will make sure that the high traffic areas of your house have equal wear. This will also even out any sun damage that might be wearing on the life of your rugs.

Finally, try implementing a no shoe rule– you’ll be surprised at the amount of vacuuming time you save when your family and guests aren’t bringing the outdoors, in!

For do-it-yourself spring cleaners, Molly Maid offers house cleaning tips and created a spring cleaning checklist to ensure no spot is overlooked.

To leave spring cleaning to the professionals at Molly Maid, visit www.mollymaid.com to schedule a cleaning.

 

Molly Maid Reveals Top 10 Messiest Cities in America

March 19, 2015
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It’s Molly Maid’s favorite time of year – spring cleaning season! And just as most Americans are excited that the weather is becoming a little warmer and a little sunnier, many of us are gearing up to get ready for the annual spring cleaning ritual.

Molly Maid did a little research of our own and discovered America’s top 10 messiest cities. So if you live in one of these cities, you may need to an extra mop or two.

To determine which city led the pack, we ranked cities based on the total number of cleans performed by our nearly 500 locally owned and operated businesses across the country.

 

Here are Molly Maid’s 10 cities most in need of a deep clean, from the least to most messy:

10. Orlando, Fla.
9. Denver, Colo.
8. Seattle, Wash.
7. San Diego, Calif.
6. Atlanta, Ga.
5. Dallas, Texas
4. San Antonio, Texas
3. Charlotte, N.C.
2. Austin, Texas
1. Houston, Texas

“Houston takes the top spot in our evaluation of messiest homes, but residents shouldn’t be discouraged by our tongue-in-cheek ranking,” Molly Maid President Meg Roberts said. “With cleaning tips from the pros and little elbow grease, the entire country can be spotless this spring.”

Meg suggests prioritizing rooms and cleaning while resolve is high for spring cleaning success.

The kitchen, family room and bathrooms are the most dreaded and typically require the most work, so approach each space systematically by first clearing clutter, dusting and scrubbing from top-to-bottom and left-to-right, followed by sweeping.

For do-it-yourself spring cleaners, Molly Maid offers house cleaning tips and created a spring cleaning checklist to ensure no spot is overlooked.

To leave spring cleaning to the professionals at Molly Maid, visit www.mollymaid.com to schedule a cleaning.

How to Clean (And Lighten Up!) Your Purse

March 16, 2015

A woman’s purse can tell you many things about her. Almost everything she’ll use today, tomorrow and probably the rest of the month can be found in that bag. Men can get away with a simple bi-fold wallet, but women end up carrying a small suitcase — why is that? The difference here is the need to be prepared for any given situation. Whether it’s a broken nail, dry hands or an unexpected migraine, us women feel the need to be ready to handle anything that might be thrown at us. We save all receipts “just in case” and always have tissue for anyone around us who might sneeze. This reason alone is why the purse tends to be the hardest place to keep clean. In honor of all the moms and busy working women out there, here are five tips to clean and lighten your purse to help you keep up with on-the-go demands of life.

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Photo cred: Romana Correale

 

  1. Remove any items you haven’t used in the past five days. Chances are, if you haven’t used that cold medicine at the bottom of your bag in the past week, you won’t be needing it today either. Toss it out and keep the miscellaneous stuff at the bottom of your bag to a minimum.
  2. Check for duplicates: Consider whether or not you need two types of Chap Stick, hand lotions or pens. You’ll be surprised at the amount of extras you have. Remember: Only put pens in your purse that have caps. This will help you avoid an ink disaster!
  3. Switch to travel size items: Instead of carrying around a full size bottle of lotion, switch to a travel size to lighten up your bag. Refill the smaller bottle with your favorite cream once you start running low. In addition, if you like to keep a brush with you, use a compact foldable brush to save space.
  4. Keep shoe bags and pouches handy to extend the life of your handbag: If you’re like many city dwellers who walk to work, you probably have an extra pair of athletic shoes with you. Keep items like shoes and cosmetics in shoe bags to keep them from getting the inside of your purse dirty. You can throw the shoe bag in the washing machine much easier than trying to clean makeup stains from your purse liner.
  5. Manage the bottomless pit with an organizer: There are hundreds of purse organizers out there that will become a lifesaver. Avoid that “bottomless pit” of a bag by having a place for everything. Instead of frantically digging through your bag for your keys or cell phone, you’ll have a pocket for everything important. See Amazon’s list of purse organizers here.

With these five tips in hand, you’ll be able to tackle every day with confidence by keeping your purse clean and light! Have a purse cleaning tip of your own? Tell us in the comments section below! For more organization and cleaning ideas from the house cleaning experts at Molly Maid, visit our Cleaning Institute.

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