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CBS TV Voted Us Best House Cleaning in Dallas

February 28, 2014 by admin

Emily’s Personnel Service made CBS TV’s Best House Cleaning in Dallas. We are honored to receive this recognition from CBS. Here is what they said about us:

Emily’s Maids offers both housecleaning and carpet cleaning. In addition to basic services, it offers light cooking, pet sitting, running errands and more. Unique to this company is its blog that offers tips on cleaning as well as other related topics. Emily’s Maids boasts that its prices “mop the floor with the competition,” so call today.

Source: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-house-cleaning-services-in-dfw/

Tricks to Simplify Your Housekeeping

July 24, 2013 by admin

Housekeeping; like returning to work on a Monday after a holiday weekend, is something we most likely do not want to do but know needs to be done. We all want and deserve the comfort of arriving to a clean home after a long day at the office, running errands, and taking care of the kids; but after our day is winding down how do we find the time to clean our homes properly? Today I will discuss ways to simplify your housekeeping and make it a more enjoyable and less daunting task.

I always recommend avoiding distractions as best as possible and listening to your favorite music while cleaning your home. You will need to set aside a block of time (Saturday morning, perhaps?) to do this. First, turn off the television, silence your cell phone for a bit, and hold-off checking those e-mails and focus on the task at hand. With constant distractions you will find yourself making excuses why you have no time to clean, and the issue will simply compound itself. Music, believe it or not, can make housekeeping an enjoyable process! Go ahead and blast your favorite songs on your home stereo or I-Pod and you will find yourself in a clean home sooner than you think!

Secondly, you need to come prepared to clean your home. There is nothing worse than starting the cleaning process than realizing you have no glass cleaner and having to go out and buy some. It throws off your whole cleaning “vibe” and provides you with another possible excuse not to complete the job. Before you start cleaning, you will want three things:

  1. A cleaning checklist broken down by room. Check off items as you go. You can make one yourself for your particular home, or a simple Internet search will provide you with many to choose from.
  2. Have a “cleaning caddy” handy so you can move from room to room with ease. There is nothing worse than having to manually lug cleaning materials between rooms (believe me on this one). They are inexpensive and can be purchased at any big box store.
  3. Have all needed cleaning supplies on hand before you start! As I mentioned earlier, Once you are in the cleaning mindset you don’t want to have to leave to pick up a needed item you forgot. Make a list of what you need before you start and make sure everything is there.

By all means have the family, roommates, or even the neighbors (hopefully they owe you a favor) help with the home cleaning process! Depending on the size of your home it may be nearly impossible to clean yourself, and you will want and need as much help as possible. Perhaps have the teenagers clean their own rooms and bathrooms and younger children pick-up items around the home in preparation of the cleaning. If you have roommates, divide the work evenly among yourselves to help save time. An all-hands-on-deck approach works great in both saving time and energy while cleaning your home.

Last, try to thoroughly clean your home on at least a monthly (and preferably bi-weekly) basis. It may sound obvious, but the longer you wait to clean the harder and more time-consuming it will become. If you can get in a routine of a bi-weekly cleaning not only will it save you time but your stress level will be greatly lowered knowing you do not need to conquer a behemoth task and simply need a maintenance cleaning. It should also be noted certain tasks (like cleaning the inside of your oven) will not need to be performed every cleaning and can be done every couple months or so on a as needed basis.

Hopefully with these tips in hand you are ready to tackle cleaning your house! While not a project many of us look forward to doing, it is essential for our health and well-being and cannot be ignored. Now get started with the process; after relaxing in your clean home you will be glad you did.
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Amanda is a contributor to the weekly blog that College Girl Cleaning Service posts with great cleaning tips and insights into the house cleaning business.

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Windows – the Face of your Business

June 28, 2013 by admin

Some would say that the windows of your company premises are the face of your business. They are, after all, a large part of what people see as they approach your building. What do ‘dirty windows’ say about your company and how you like to do business? There is no doubt that first impressions count, if this rings true to you, you cannot afford to ignore the window cleaning issue.

Nothing is simple however; regular cleaning of the windows and surrounds is the easy bit but how to get a smear free shine? What about dirt resistance films and how do you manage health and safety when windows are on the 3rd floor or above?

It is now illegal to clean above heights of 60 feet with ladders. That means your window cleaner needs to provide a ladder less system to get the job done. Water fed pole systems are now growing in popularity and provide a very effective result from the ground. Distilled water is often used as it is known to absorb dirt and other particle residue and therefore leave a smear free result.

Powered access vehicles are another option as is employing roped operatives who will effectively abseil down the side of the building. Health and safety should remain a priority for all professional providers in this sector.

End users should check that the company they are using has a health and safety accreditation from a recognized industry body or association. You should ensure that the certification is current and that it covers the type of service that you intend to purchase.

Professional contractors will provide you with individual risk assessments; these assessments should identify any possible risk associated with your premises and provide detailed method statements as to how these risks will be managed.

Staff training is another critical issue, are all members of staff trained in this form of cleaning? Is this training certificated, will there by a site supervisor and how will you contact them?

It sounds serious and boring but the reality of a serious accident on your premises would be anything but boring! Even excluding the personnel associated with your chosen contractor you have a ‘duty of care’ to your employees and that includes protecting them from work going on around them.

In short, choose carefully. Don’t just rely on word of mouth to select your window cleaning contractor. Be safe and face the world clean and proud.

Bio – The face of your business was written by Karen James. Karen is a prolific writer and business owner who writes for Approved Cleaning Services in addition to many other market sectors.

How to Clean Major Appliances – Emily’s Big Guide

June 4, 2013 by admin

It’s been awhile! But we are back with a killer post to hit the ground running. Awesome Enterprises has given us the inside scoop on how to clean major appliances, extend their useful lives and save time along the way.

There are some daily things you should get into the habit of doing that will save you a lot of elbow grease later on. Let’s look at those first.

Daily Cleaning for Major Appliances

  • Wipe up spills while they are fresh.
  • Keep some wipes on hand in the kitchen to spot clean sticky finger prints and door handles.

If you keep up a good “clean as you go” policy you can do major cleaning less often. When it’s time to get your hands dirty we have tips for every major appliance in your kitchen!

How to Clean the Dishwasher

You can’t expect clean dishes to come out of a dirty dishwasher! Here’s how to keep your dishwasher as sparkling clean as your dishes:

  • You can use a baking soda paste on a damp rag to remove smudges and stains from both interior and exterior surfaces. If you have a tough stain choose a synthetic scrubber sponge, never steel wool.
  • A few tablespoons of lemon juice in the soap dispenser will do wonders for deodorizing and disinfecting. Better yet, use a powdered lemonade or other citrus beverage mix with no sugar added to really bring on the shine!
  • If you have tough odors that just won’t quit sprinkle a handful of baking soda in the bottom of the washer and leave it overnight. In the morning run the washer empty to rinse it out.

How to Clean The Microwave

Splattered sauce, popcorn smells and just plain grunge; microwaves can get funky fast. Here’s how to deal if your microwave is looking toxic…

  • It’s safe to use glass cleaner, a little diluted dish soap or baking soda to clean your microwave. Just never use oven cleaner (we had to say it) and don’t use steel wool or anything that can be really abrasive to the microwave’s surfaces.
  • Remove the glass tray for easier cleaning in the sink.
  • If you have old caked on food or tough stains, vinegar can be very helpful. Just put equal parts vinegar and water into a microwave safe dish and microwave that on high until it’s boiling. You’ll see the steam! Don’t open the door yet, let it sit for a minute or two with the steam inside. Then carefully remove the dish and wipe down the interior surfaces.
  • If you have burnt something in your microwave (popcorn is the classic culprit) amd you can’t seem to get rid of the smell put a bowl of vinegar in the microwave overnight (don’t turn it on!) Do this every night as needed until the smell disappears completely.

How to Clean the Oven

There are actually two separate procedures we have to talk about here, because the way you should clean your oven depends on whether you have a traditional oven or a self-cleaning (continuous cleaning oven.) Remember to always follow your manufacturer’s instructions for care and maintenance. Let’s look at the way to clean traditional ovens first:

  • Many oven cleaning products are harsh and toxic if inhaled directly. Make sure to work in a properly ventilated area. Open the windows and doors. Use gloves to avoid habdling the chemicals directly. There are a great number of green cleaning products for this purpose these days, you might consider a gentler alternative.
  • You should use aluminum foil to protect heating elements, knobs, thermostat and painted surfaces from the oven cleaning chemicals.
  • Follow the instructions on the oven cleaning product, don’t deviate for your own safety.

Now, what about that so-called self cleaning oven? Funny but you still have to clean it, here’s how:

  • You must not expect the self-cleaning cycle to burn off big spills; that can result in permanent discoloration of the surface. You should clean these up yourself soon after they happen.
  • After running the cleaning cycle on your oven, allow the oven to cool completely then use the hose attachment on your vacuum cleaner to vacuum up the resulting dust from the bottom of your oven.
  • To clean oven racks you can pre-soak them in the bathtub with a cup of and warm water. This works great for really baked on food.

How to Clean the Refrigerator

Most new fridges are of the frost-free variety but if you have an older fridge you will want to defrost it at east once every 3 or 4 months. The process for cleaning is the same for both once the older fridge has been defrosted. To defrost a refrigerator simply remove the contents (you can transfer them to a cooler,) unplug the fridge and let all the frost melt out of the freezer compartment. You are ready to clean!

  • Remove all shelves, bins and other removable components from the interior of the fridge for easier cleaning. This includes the drip pan. Allow all the components to come to room temperature before washing them with warm water and a mild dish detergent. Wipe them dry and set them aside.
  • Use that same solution of warm soapy water to wipe down the interior and exterior surfaces of the fridge. If your fridge has a stainless steel exterior skip the dish soap and use a cleaner made for stainless steel on the fridge’s exterior.
  • Vacuum the bottom grill and underneath your refrigerator on a regular basis, every two weeks is ideal.
  • For tough odors you can use cookie sheets with baking soda, kitty litter or coffee grounds to absorb the smell. The wider surface area of a cookie sheet will bring faster results than putting the odor absorbing material in a bowl or a cup.

We hope you have enjoyed our guide to cleaning major appliances in your kitchen. Stay tuned for more squeaky clean tips from Emily’s Maids!

 

Best “How to” Cleaning Videos – My New Favorite YouTube Channel

February 15, 2013 by admin

While doing some research on a few upcoming posts I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a neat little Youtube channel by Dallas Maids. You can tell it’s only been up for a few months but they have some really thorough “how to” type cleaning videos that won’t put you to sleep. They are taking on some really good cleaning questions.

I especially liked the one about how to find a good maid service. It covers all the bases, a through and thoughtful guide to choosing a maid service (and not getting burned.) All good consumer protection tips to finding a reputable cleaning service, great effects and entertaining too! I give it two thumbs up!

 

 

Queen for a Day- Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ever!

February 13, 2013 by admin

I love truffles. I love flowers. But if you wash the dishes… I’m yours! Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember with my “Queen for a Day Itinerary”, this post is especially dedicated to my husband. Take notes baby!!  😉

1) Breakfast in bed. This is almost fool proof, almost. Can’t cook? This isn’t the time to try. Think fresh fruit, a bagel with cream cheese or toast with jam; a champagne flute of orange juice… It’s all about the presentation. Extra points for a pretty tray, a single flower next to her plate, knowing about her food allergies, etc. Once she’s dined it’s time for a:

2) Luxurious bath. Draw her a warm bath. You know the drill: bubbles, fancy soap, candles, that book she’s been reading. Flower petals might be overkill but they do look pretty. Don’t stay to chit chat, you have other things to do…

3) Clean the house. Better yet, hire a maid for your queen. It’s not that expensive and you won’t have to do the dirty work. While the maid cleans you can…

4) Get dressed up. Ask her to do the same, but be mysterious.

5) Take her out but have a plan. Have a picnic in the park if weather permits, visit local tourist attractions that you know she would enjoy, take her to do that thing she’s always wanted to do or to that place she’s always mentioned. Make it her day. Open doors, pull out chairs and generally treat her like royalty. I think most little girls still harbor a princess fantasy growing up, be her prince.

To really make her feel like a queen for a day might take some planning but that is what makes it a sure hit. Your effort spells L-O-V-E in a way that a bouquet just can’t (though you can do that too!)

Spring Cleaning Featured Blog Fiesta!

February 6, 2013 by admin

Calling all my favorite cleaning blog authors! It’s almost spring cleaning season and I’d love to show some love and make a list of my 5 favorite spring cleaning posts from your blogs!

Here’s the challenge: write a post about spring cleaning; the more creative the better, blow my mind! Then send me an email to give me the heads up: dolly@emilysmaids.com

I pick the winners on March 15th and spotlight their fabulous posts with a link and maybe something special… So, who’s up to the challenge? 😀

 

How to Clean the House in 10 minutes for Unexpected Guests

February 1, 2013 by admin

Have you ever been lazing around on the weekend, relaxing in your pajamas  when the phone rings? It’s a friend of yours…

Them: “Hey buddy! I’m on my way to your house!”
You: “Oh, yeah, um… great! Wait- what???”

You hang up, horrified at the post apocalyptic state of your home. No time to waste, follow this quick list to save face with an unexpected guest.

1) Pick a room. You don’t have much time so you should choose one area to receive your guest in, this is typically the living room. Most of your efforts will be made in this area.

2) Hide the evidence. Grab a trash bag or a laundry basket and make a quick sweep of the surfaces, furniture and other surfaces. You want to gather all the clutter, trash, dirty dishes… EVERYTHING. Don’t worry about sorting it, set the container in another room and close the door.

3) Grab a dishtowel. Use furniture polish or a multi-surface cleaner to wipe down the surfaces in the room you chose.

4) Dim the lights if possible. Not that you want to be sitting in the dark, but the stronger the light in the room is the more noticeable the dirt  or dust will be too. No dimmer switch? Maybe closing the curtains will help.

5) Light a candle. Or spray some clean smelling air freshener. Smell goes a long way towards making a room appear clean and inviting.

6) Bathroom blitz. The bathroom is perhaps the only other part of your house that your guest may need to visit. Give it a quick once over with a multipurpose cleaner and a cloth. Start with the mirror(s), then the counter tops and sink. Push any clutter into a drawer or hide it in a cabinet. Wipe down the toilet tank, lid and seat. Spray some product into the bowl and give it a fast scrub with the toilet brush. Now flush. Close the shower curtain or shower door to block the view of the bath/shower area. Take the trash out with you when you leave.

7) Block off the rest of the house. This is as easy as closing the door on every room.

8) Create a distraction. Turn the TV on or put some good music on. If you have some ready made snacks you can set those out (a bowl of chips, a plate of fruit, etc.) The point is to channel your guest’s attention away from any spots you might have missed.

Going into Overtime!

There you have it, 10 minutes to clean! But let’s say you get lucky, finish this list and your guest still hasn’t arrived, then what? Use these ideas to maximize your extra inning:

  • Get cleaned up. Wash your face, brush your teeth, put on a clean shirt, shave, whatever you have time for. After all, YOU are the main attraction! (this is for spaghetti guy especially, clean up your act)
  • Sweep or vacuum the room you speed cleaned
  • Tidy other rooms in the house, like the kitchen.

 

7 Winter Cleaning Tips: Clutter Cleansing

January 30, 2013 by admin

January can be so … blah. I always feel exhausted from the back-to-back holiday madness. January is the month long Christmas hangover, a time to lay low. But, it should also be a time to map out the rest of the year. It’s back to business and cleaning is on the top of my list. (Isn’t it always?) Where did I get all this sudden motivation from? Mini mops did a winter cleaning list on their blog (which is one of my all time favorite cleaning blogs). That post is what got me off of the couch today!

Things get swept under the rug in the holiday rush; its not procrastination, it’s survival! January is a good time to rid your home of the accumulated dust and clutter from the past season. So pick a Saturday, rally your family (it’s not child labor… it’s life lessons) and get cracking!

Down and Dirty Organizing Blitz List 

Rather than rehash the excellent list that Michelle wrote on the MiniMops blog let’s focus on the organizational, clutter-busting side of winter cleaning.

  1. Drag everything out into the open. We’re talking closet clutter not emotional baggage leftover from the holidays 😉 . Work one room at a time, pull everything out of closets and drawers, from under beds an all those spots where junk gathers. If you can take everything to a wide open space it will be less overwhelming. Outside is great if the weather permits!
  2. Sort and separate. Have boxes and bags on hand. Designate one for trash, one for donate, one for “needs cleaning” and one for “needs mending/fixing”. You might also have a pile for storage or things that need to be returned to other rooms of the house.
  3.  Be ruthless. Clothes that don’t fit, things you don’t use, duplicate items; they are all just space wasters. Let them go. Anything that is broken or damaged and has been that way for some time probably isn’t important enough to keep. For useful stuff that you just don’t happen to use you could always plan a spring yard sale, everyone loves a good yard sale right?
  4. Throw your children’s broken toys away when they are asleep or not home. Yes, I said it. Mothers with small kids know what it’s like to try and throw away a doll head or half a toy car (shrieking an tears). Anything broken (not fixable) is trash, mommy has to make those tough calls or the whole house would be filled to the attic with broken bits of plastic. Obviously this doesn’t apply to HIS FAVORITE TOY HE’S HAD SINCE HE WAS BORN (!!!)… he gets to keep anything that is really important to him (and not dangerous) but all those fast food toys? Trash those suckers and don’t look back!
  5. Go house-wide! Apply these same concepts to all of your clutter-prone storage areas around the house: the fridge, the garage, the linen closet, the pantry, etc. Leave no drawer un-emptied, leave no  cabinet un-explored!
  6. Clean up the storage areas. Before you start putting your room back together give the storage areas a thorough cleaning while they are empty and easy to access. Vacuum or sweep/mop the closet floors, turn drawers upside down to empty any debris and give the interior of the drawers and cabinets a good wipe own
  7. Rethink your system. Now is the time to put that new organizational system into place. That could mean adding shelves or bins or maybe just moving things around. The best rule of thumb is that the things you use the most should be easiest to reach, while stuff in long term storage would be high up  or down low for example. Kid’s stuff should be accessible and organized in a way that they can help keep their space tidy according to their ability and age.

From House Cleaning to Blog Cleaning

January 25, 2013 by admin

Ok, yes, we are noobs! At least at setting up blogs apparently. We caught a nasty little virus yesterday, maybe you have heard of it: The Blackhole exploit kit. But the good news is we found it, squished it and plugged up the tiny crack where it had gotten in.

Our site is clean as a whistle now thanks to our fabulous webmaster Shane, so a big high five for Shane! He double dog dares you to scan this site, it is C-L-E-A-N!

The only bummer is that in our thorough fumigation of the blog some stuff got moved and we lost all of our previous comments. 🙁 Sorry folks! But hey, we are comment friendly as always so hit us up if you have something to add.

The Good News: We have lots of awesome posts scheduled for this month AND we got our RSS feed up so hit that little orange button to stay tuned!

 

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