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How to Keep Kids’ Rooms Clean and Organized

The battle is all too familiar in households with kids across America. Every Saturday morning, you start with a gentle reminder: “Okay, kids, time to clean your rooms.” Whining, dawdling, and tantrums ensue. As the day wears on, the gentle reminder turns into an impatient demand: “Get in there and start cleaning up right now!” It’s exhausting for everyone. Fortunately, there’s a better way to get your kids to clean their rooms than by shouting and scolding. Try these tips for cleaning kids’ rooms to bring a little peace and order to your Saturday morning routine. Set a Good Example Don’t

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How to Clean a Lampshade

For items rarely cleaned, such as your lampshades, using the right methods will prevent damage and ensure you’re satisfied with the end result. The Molly Maid cleaning professionals are here to offer you expert advice on the best way to clean a lampshade, to eliminate the guesswork and help breathe new life into your living space.  How to Clean a Lampshade  You can keep your lampshades looking new with these cleaning tips for fabric shades and other common materials. Supplies Microfiber cloths Basin, sink, or tub deep enough to clean and rinse the shade Mild dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent Latex

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How to Deal with a Diaper Blowout

If you’re a new parent, you have plenty of special moments to look forward to. Diaper blowouts aren’t one of them. However, you’ll quickly realize that these are an inevitable part of parenthood. If your little one just had a blowout of epic proportions – one so bad you’re not sure where to start – follow these helpful tips to contain the mess while cleaning it up.  How to Clean a Diaper Blowout Keep calm and follow these tips to recover from a major diaper explosion. Clean the Baby If you’re at home, whisk your little one off to the bathroom.

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My Kid Peed the Bed. Now What?

Parenting is likely the toughest and most rewarding job you’ll ever have, and it is often filled with unexpected and sometimes unpleasant tasks. Once you have moved on past the diaper phase you may think you are home free, but for many, potty training is often accompanied or followed by a period of bed-wetting that may carry on for years, as your child’s body continues to develop and grow. Learning how to remove urine from a mattress effectively should be on every parent’s to-do list, and the experts at Molly Maid can help, with our step-by-step guide to make cleanup a breeze. Timing Is

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How to Clean Spilled Milk on Carpet & Fabric

Regardless of the old adage about not crying over spilled milk, it does require attention, and the sooner, the better. The instant that milk has penetrated your carpet or fabric it begins to curdle and turn sour—and in addition to the unpleasant odor it creates, it can also cause staining which may be difficult to remove. Here are some tips from the experts at Molly Maid that can teach you how to clean spilled milk from a variety of surfaces, and leave your home looking and smelling its best.  Blot It If you are there to witness the spill, immediately grab one

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How to Make Cleanup Time Fun for Kids

It’s every parent’s dream to have children who are willing to do chores. After all, it makes sense to enlist help from those who made the mess in the first place. Unfortunately, even at this young age, your kids recognize that chores aren’t fun. Don’t get stuck doing all the work yourself – learn some effective ways to make cleanup fun, so your children are more willing to lend a hand. Plan an Age-Appropriate Chore Chart Before you attempt any cleaning with kids, make sure you’re asking them to do age-appropriate tasks. Take each child’s capabilities into account when making

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How to Remove Sticker Residue

Children love stickers, and sometimes they end up on windows, walls, furniture, clothing, and places you would never expect.  Some adults like stickers as well, and you may find yourself regretting you stuck one on a closet door or car bumper a few months or years down the road.  Can the residue from stickers be removed?  You’ll be relieved to know in most cases, the answer is yes. Enjoy the tips below! Whether on wood, plastic, glass, rubber or other materials, the first thing you should do after removing the sticker is to remove as much residue as possible with

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Keeping Floors Clean With Pets

Pets make great companions, but they’re notorious for getting dirty. From piles of fur to muddy paw prints to spilled water dishes, it seems your four-legged friend is always making a mess somewhere. Fortunately, it’s possible to maintain a clean house, even if you have a dog or cat running around. Just follow these tips for keeping floors clean with pets. Brush, Brush, Brush Most dogs and cats shed, so fur-related messes are the number one issue pet owners face. Keep hair buildup at bay with daily brushing sessions. If possible, brush your pet outside to keep fur from flying

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Best Way to Mop Tile Floors

If you have ceramic tile floors in the kitchen, entryway, and elsewhere throughout your home, you enjoy the minimal upkeep that this material offers. It doesn’t scratch or warp like wood floors or pick up stains like carpet. Still, you should take care of your tile to help ensure you have the cleanest floors on the block! Here are some tips on how to mop tile.  Best Way to Mop Tile Floors Clean often: Frequent cleaning makes the job easier. Don’t let your floors turn into a “project” –mop them regularly so they always look good. In fact, you should sweep

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How to Clean a Vacuum Cleaner

The vacuum cleaner is just one of many small appliances you count on to keep your home running smoothly. It’s a tool you use to clean the house, but what about cleaning the vacuum itself? Regular vacuum cleaner maintenance will help the machine maintain its suction and last for years longer before needing to be replaced. Molly Maid can help with these tips on how to clean a vacuum cleaner.  Gather Your Supplies Replacement vacuum bag (optional) Soap and hot water Can of compressed air Wire hanger Dryer sheet Broom or mop Duct tape Screwdriver Replacement vacuum belt (optional) Tweezers Scissors or

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Mustard Stain: Doggone It!

If you’ve ever gotten mustard on your fingers while making potato salad, deviled eggs or anything containing mustard, you know how it can stain your skin.  Imagine what it can do to your clothes!  We all try to be careful when eating, but accidents do happen.  You’re enjoying an outdoor barbecue with friends or taking in a ball game with your family when the unthinkable happens – a blob of mustard drips off your hot dog and on to your shirt.  Is your only option to trash the shirt or use it for cleaning rags?  Absolutely not.  We’ll tell you

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How to Clean Quartz Countertops

Homeowners choose quartz countertops for many reasons; their beauty, the fact that they harbor less bacteria because they’re nearly non-porous, and ease of cleaning.  You may have these gorgeous countertops in your kitchen, bathroom, or both, and you want to keep them sparkling like new.  From streaks and fingerprints to stains, we’ll show you how to clean quartz countertops so that you can enjoy their beauty for years to come! First, always be sure to wipe up any spills right away. Juice, jelly, mustard, ketchup – anything that spills and sits for a while will be harder to remove and may

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