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Expertise.com Rates Emily’s Maids as the “Best House Cleaning Service in Dallas” for 2024

April 9, 2024 by admin

We’re excited to announce Expertise.com has rated Emily’s Maids as the best house cleaning service in Dallas! Expertise.com explains:

Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Dallas House Cleaning Services on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Their selection process begins by identifying potential providers using public databases and customer referrals. Qualifications such as Accreditations, Awards, and Licenses are validated, followed by analyzing each provider’s reputation based on review data. Service capabilities are assessed, finalists are selected based on expertise and experience, and mystery shopping tests professionalism through interactions with potential customers.

Thank you Expertise.com for recognizing Emily’s Maids continual effort to become the best maid service in Dallas!

Emily’s Maids: A Tale of Quality, Pricing, and Customer Value

April 5, 2024 by emilysmaids

Emily's Maids old ad
An old ad from when Emily’s Maids was known as Emily’s Personnel Service

The story behind Emily’s Maids begins with a twist of fate, sparked by the closure of another cleaning service, Maid 2 Order. Back in 2010, while managing my own cleaning service, Dallas Maids, I encountered a struggling cleaning company and decided to offer them free leads to help them grow.

Our philosophy at Dallas Maids was simple: Compete on quality, not price. We focused on providing top-notch service and didn’t typically cater to budget-conscious customers. So, when faced with customers seeking lower prices, I redirected them to Maid 2 Order in an attempt to support a budding business.

From an excerpt of an email I had written the owner in 2011:

Not only will I will make sure you don’t go under, I’ll steer more business your way than otherwise. We receive 60 to 70 inquiries a week. The ones that decide not to use us due to price or whatever we’ll send to Maid 2 Order until you’re more than on your feet, you’ll be off running.

Unfortunately I would wrong – he would not be “off running”…

In the cleaning industry, the mantra “Charge what you are worth” is often heard. It’s a reminder that setting appropriate fees is crucial for sustaining operations. Maid 2 Order, however, tried to compete primarily on price, leading to their closure. Even though, I thought I would take a crack at this and explore the idea of creating a low-cost house cleaning service myself.

Armed with cost-saving strategies I learned during my years growing Dallas Maids, I launched Emily’s Personnel Service (aka Emily’s Maids) in 2011, initially offering incredibly low pricing. However, as time passed, I realized that maintaining rock-bottom prices compromised the quality of service we could provide. The adage “you get what you pay for” rang deafeningly true, and I refused to compromise on the standard of service we offered.

As a result, Emily’s Maids gradually adjusted its pricing to reflect the true value of the service provided. While this meant losing some leads initially, it was a necessary step to uphold our commitment to quality. Our pricing, while competitive, ensures that our customers receive exceptional service without sacrificing on standards.

While our prices may not be as low as they once were, it’s because we’re not interested in running a bottom-of-the-barrel cleaning service. Emily’s Maids strives to offer the best value in house cleaning in Dallas, providing a balance between affordability and quality. We’re proud to be the choice for customers who seek exceptional service at a fair price.

At Emily’s Maids, you’ll find competitive pricing without compromising on the quality of service. We believe in offering the best value for our customers, ensuring that your home shines without breaking the bank.

5 Common Mistakes for Spring Cleaning (And How to Fix Them!)

March 24, 2024 by emilysmaids

5 Common Mistakes for Spring Cleaning (And How to Fix Them!) - Emily's Maids of Dallas

Hi Everyone and welcome back to Emily’s Maids! Spring officially started! Let’s read 5 common mistakes for spring cleaning and how to fix them!

First of all, we’re so excited to see Spring finally starting! After every winter in Dallas, we are always looking forward to warmer temperatures, spring events and outdoor activities.

We have so many beautiful places to visit, from the Dallas Museum of Art, to the Trinity Forst Adventure Park and the Dallas Zoo.

However, it’s also the perfect time for some house cleaning. Spring cleaning is exciting for many people because you get to give your home a refreshed, clean vibe. But unless you’re a professional cleaner, you may not know how to start or what mistakes you should avoid.

We’ve created several spring cleaning checklists in the past, so we thought that this year we’d come up with common errors in organization and execution, and how to avoid them. Without further ado, let’s find out how to avoid mistakes for spring cleaning!


Spring Cleaning Mistake #1: Starting Without a Plan


Like every major task, it’s important to start everything with a plan to save time and energy in the long run. Cleaning is overwhelming for many people, especially if you haven’t cleaned your home in a while.

If you start out without a plan, you will jump from every room to the other and you will soon feel overwhelmed. This is one of the most common spring cleaning mistakes.

To successfully create a spring cleaning plan, you need to calculate 1.5x the amount of hours you will need for each task. If you thought you’d need 30 minutes for sweeping floors, make it 45 minutes. If you planned 3 hours of cleaning in total, make it 4.5 hours.

There are hundreds of guides on the internet, but feel free to create your own based on your requirements. You can sort out your spring cleaning by room or by task. Cleaning by task is usually a bit faster because you gain momentum after doing the same task repeatedly.

Creating Spring Cleaning checklist - Emily's Maids of Dallas

Spring Cleaning Mistake #2: Cleaning Without Decluttering


We know decluttering takes time. It’s also mentally and sometimes emotionally draining. However, if you have the time and energy, a professional cleaner will always recommend decluttering first.

There are many strategies for decluttering. The biggest key is to stay focused and don’t let decluttering distract you from the main task.

The quickest way to declutter is to sort items in 3 boxes: keep, donate and discard. Because this is only a previous step to cleaning, avoid decluttering sentimental items if it’s hard for you. You don’t want to spend your emotional energy on this and end up tired before cleaning.

You can set a timer for 45, 60 or 90 minutes, for example, so you can finish decluttering quickly.

Mistake number #1 Decluttering vs Cleaning

Spring Cleaning Mistake #3: Working Harder Instead of Smarter


We all associate deep cleaning with scrubbing endlessly, taking extra energy and ending up exhausted afterward. However, a good spring cleaning checklist will help you work smarter, not harder.

Here’s what you can do:

Let cleaning agents act on their own. Most cleaning products work chemically, not mechanically. This means you don’t need to apply and scrub right away. This certainly helps, but it’s best to let them sit first for 15 – 30 minutes, and then wipe with a cloth.

Don’t apply extra force if you notice it’s not necessary. Scrubbing hard and using abrasive items is counterintuitive most times, because you’re scratching the surface.

Always clean from top to bottom. Start with upper cabinets or open shelves, bookshelves, doorframes, ceiling fans, and HVAC systems.

Choose multi-purpose cleaning products. They’re going to save you time and energy because you don’t need to switch between 5 different products. There are many DIY cleaning products that are versatile and safe to use on most surfaces.

On the other hand, some specialized cleaning products might be handy for specific surfaces, such as natural stone (marble and granite), hardwood floors or furniture, or surfaces with heavy grease buildup (like kitchen hoods and ovens).


Spring Cleaning Mistake #4: Using Dirty Tools


Even though this may sound obvious, some people actually start washing with dirty sponges or mops. That’s a big mistake! You’re just spreading dirt around and you will feel frustrated with the results.

Here’s how you can make things easier:

  • If your sponges are more than 2 weeks old, you should replace them.
  • Get a 2-compartment mop bucket. This way, you will have a slot for your cleaning solution (warm water + bleach, soap, or vinegar) and a slot for dirty water.
  • Grab a 24-pack of washable microfiber cloths. This way, you can set aside 4 or 6 cloths for each room in your home and wipe several times. Once you’re done with spring cleaning, you can toss all of them in the washing machine.

Related: How to Clean Your Floors: 5 Tools to Make it Easier


Last but not least: avoid Doing It All On Your Own


Spring cleaning is a daunting task if you do it by yourself. Try to get your family and friends to help you!

Not everyone likes doing the same tasks. It’s best if you divide the work and assign one or two task for each member. Of course, keep tasks age-appropriate. Giving these types of chores to children helps them with motivation, self-steem and sense of accomplishment. Plus, it comes with surprising health benefits.

Ideally, you want everyone to work at the same time, to prevent your cleaning from stretching endlessly. Leave the floors for last because, at that point, you don’t want people stepping on wet floors.

And if you don’t want to deal with cleaning your entire home and your family and friends are busy enjoying spring, then it’s time to hire a professional cleaning service!

Related: Cleaning Your Home with Low Energy or Motivation

Spring cleaning with your family members - Emily's Maids of Dallas

Conclusion


We hope these tips help you avoid common spring cleaning mistakes! We’re always learning and the faster and more efficient you are, the quicker you can finish and enjoy Spring!

However, it’s still likely to make mistakes if you’re doing this on your own. If you prefer leaving this in the hands of professionals, book a quote with Emily’s Maids of Dallas!

As a maid and cleaning service, it makes us proud and honored to help people get their homes clean and tidy.

We will be back soon with more cleaning articles. Stay tuned and happy spring everyone!

Emily’s Maids 4-Hour House Cleaning Checklist for Christmas

December 24, 2023 by emilysmaids

Emily’s Maids’ 4-Hour House Cleaning Checklist for Christmas - Emily's Maids of Dallas

Welcome back to Emily’s Maids! Today is Christmas Eve! If you haven’t cleaned your home yet, here’s how to clean your home for Christmas in 4 hours!

We know how stressful and hard it is to organize a home. And it’s even worse If you’re planning out your Christmas Eve party!

There’s no time now to book a cleaning service, but there’s nothing to worry about! With our tips, you can quickly deep clean your entire home before receiving your guests and enjoying this special time.

If your home is somewhat tidy and clean, you can forget about cleaning today! Focus on Christmas and enjoy this holiday time. Next week you can call Emily’s Maids, our professional cleaning service in Dallas, and have them take care of your home.

Put your Santa hat and your cleaning gloves and let’s dive into the Emily’s Maids’ 4-Hour Christmas Cleaning checklist!


Step 1: Create a Christmas Cleaning Checklist (15 minutes)


We always suggest to start with a quick cleaning checklist and gathering your cleaning supplies. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t spend more than 10 or 15 minutes on this task. You don’t want to overthink and spend time and energy when you have a full house cleaning ahead.

Prioritize tasks based on the areas where your guests are likely to spend the most time. If you like taking the role of a chef, then spend some time cleaning your kitchen.

If you prefer hanging out in your living room or TV room, then make sure those areas are glowing.

This will also help you sort out the time you designate for each room.

Also, take the time to grab the right tools. Grab an all-purpose cleaner, microfiber cloths, a vacuum cleaner, and a mop. At Emily’s Maids, we’re all for choosing eco-friendly cleaning products. White vinegar and water is often a cheap, safe-to-use product.

Pro tip: declutter surfaces before cleaning. You want to save time, let’s not spend it on items that you will store in a drawer afterward anyways!

Related: Green Cleaning Tips: How to Join the Eco-friendly Movement


Step 2: Clean Your Living Room (1 Hour)


The living room is, for many, te heart of holiday festivities. Let’s give it the love it deserves!

Start by dusting surfaces, rearranging furniture and create a cozy atmosphere.

Vacuum your rugs and carpet floors at the end and light some holiday-scented candles.

Vacuuming living room

Step 2: Kitchen Cleaning (1.5 Hours)


Your kitchen truly is the heart of the home. Let’s impress your guests for Christmas Eve!

Wipe down countertops, clean appliances, and scrub your sink. Usually a mix of soap and vinegar should be enough to deodorize and remove grease.

Don’t forget the floors, of course! Kitchen floors are usually a bit messy and greasy. Sweep or vacuum and then mop your floors. If you don’t have a floor deodorizer at hand, you can mix a gallon of water with half a cup of vinegar and 10 drops of essential oil. Your floors will look shiny, clean and with a subtle, pleasant fragrance.

Just like you did with your living room, lighting a cinnamon candle will give be the cherry on the cake.

Related: How to Clean Your Floors: 5 Tools to Make it Easier


Step 4: Create a Magical Christmas Bathroom (45 minutes)


Your guests will need to use the restroom a few times tonight, so it’s important they find a clean and tidy room.

Start with the toilet by leaving some washing soda mixed with hot water on the surface for 15 minutes. In the meantime, wipe your mirror with a glass microfiber cloth.

Quickly rinse your sink with a sponge and just one drop of soap to remove soap scum and toothpaste residues.

Remember to shut your bathroom curtain! You probably won’t have time to clean your shower in such short notice, so it’s best to keep this area closed.

If you have extra time to deep clean your bathroom, follow Emily’s Maids bathroom cleaning guide!

Toilet Cleaning

Step 5: The Final Touches for your Christmas Cleaning Checklist (30 Minutes)


The clock is ticking so it’s time to give your home the final cleaning touches. Ensure every corner looks clean and tidy. Add some holiday decorations and scented candles as well, if you haven’t done so already.

Quickly wipe any potential surfaces where your guests will sit: benches, sofas and bar stools.

Related: 10 Food Ingredients You Can Use for Cleaning

Cleaning Final Touches for Christmas

Conclusion


That’s it! We hope you enjoyed our little 4-hour Christmas cleaning checklist. Remember to check Emily’s Maids house cleaning services, especially next week!

You are probably going to need an extra pair of hands the last week of this year.

We love helping people during the holidays and getting their home ready for 2024!

Don’t forget to check Emily’s Maids cleaning blog and follow us on Facebook for more cleaning tips.

Merry Christmas everyone!

How to Clean Your House in 1 Hour for Thanksgiving

November 23, 2023 by emilysmaids

How to clean your house in 1 hour for Thanksgiving - Article Cover - Emily's Maids of Dallas

Hello and welcome back to Emily’s Maids and happy Thanksgiving! We know you might be rushing to clean your house quickly today, so read our quick 1 Hour cleaning guide!

Thanksgiving is a time for family, gratitude, and of course, enjoy food! But we know it also takes time to get your home ready and your guests are going to arrive any second now.

As always, make sure to check Emily’s Maids booking page if you need a professional house cleaning service in Dallas.

But in case you want to quickly clean your home, feel free to check our lightning-fast 1 cleaning guide.

Without further ado, let’s find out how to clean your house in 1 hour for Thanksgiving!


Step 1: Prioritize and Gather Supplies (10 Minutes)


First things first: set your head to quickly clean your home while it’s still early.

We’re not worrying about the nooks and crannies! We’re going for that immediate wow factor.

Gather your cleaning supplies, especially multi-surface cleaners. A 1:1 white vinegar and water mix works great for many surfaces. Also, grab microfiber cloths, your vacuum cleaner and a broom.

Related: What’s In Your Cleaning Caddy?


Step 2: Decluttering and Dusting (10 Minutes)


Decluttering and dusting is the next important step. If you don’t make it, at least your guests will find a tidy home.

Quickly go through the main areas and remove any clutter. Grab a trash bag and put away your kids’ toys, your dishes, and anything else that feels out of place.

Besides, dust anything you find with a microfiber cloth and a spritz of water and white vinegar. You can also add just one drop of mineral oil for extra shine, especially around your TV stand and coffee table.

Related: Cleaning and Organizing Your Household: An Easy Guide

tidying living room for Thanksgiving - Emily's Maids of Dallas

Step 3: Clean Your Kitchen and Bathroom (20 minutes)


Your kitchen and especially your bathroom are a big priority if you want to clean your house for Thanksgiving.

Clean and disinfect your toilet bowl. Leave agents act on the surface and, in the meantime, wipe down your sink and countertops. If you have time, clean the mirror and empty the trash. Don’t forget to open up your windows!

Wipe down your kitchen as well. Because you have very little time, you might have to clean your stovetop and your countertops only. If you have more time, clean any spills in the oven as well.

Related: How to Clean Your Bathroom Step by Step


Step 4: Vacuum and Sweep (15 minutes)


Start with the carpets and rugs! Although we usually leave floors for last, in this case, they are a big telltale sign that your home is not clean.

Use your broom and quickly sweep all rooms, and then switch to the vacuum cleaner. Vacuum your carpets and rugs and use the attachments to reach any corners and edges, especially around your furniture, your baseboards and your door frames.

You can also use a damp mop, if you have enough time, and remove any stains or spills. However, be careful not to wet your floors too much.

Re: How to Clean Your Floors: 5 Tools to Make it Easier

Vacuum your home quickly for Thanksgiving - Emily's Maids of Dallas

Step 5: Final Touches (5 minutes)


We know you’re probably in a hurry right now, so here’s our final 5 minutes!

Fluff pillows, straighten rugs, and check for anything else that feels out of place. That’s it!

We hope these tips help you quickly clean your home. Hurry up! You’re still on time.

We’ll be back soon with more cleaning tips! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with our news!

How to Determine the Right Frequency for Deep Cleaning

September 9, 2023 by emilysmaids

How to Determine the Right Frequency for Deep Cleaning - Emily's Maids of Dallas

Hello! We’re back with another cleaning article! This time, we want to talk about how to determine the right frequency for deep cleaning.

Deep cleaning is a type of service offered by most maid services in Dallas. This is a thorough process that removes dirt, dust, grime and germs from your home. It goes beyond a regular cleaning that you do once or twice a week.

We don’t always need to clean the same surfaces, which means some of them are often cleaned only with a deep cleaning checklist.

Whether you’re doing this on your own or hiring a professional house cleaning service, it’s good to know the right frequency for deep cleaning. As we always say, we want to clean smarter, not harder!

As always, remember to check Emily’s Maids of Dallas main page. We are a maid cleaning service in Dallas with over 12 years of experience.

And if you want to take on this challenge, that’s awesome too! We’ll give you some tips to decide exactly when to deep clean your home, and when to do some light cleaning instead.


The Benefits of Deep Cleaning Your Home


Before we start, you may be asking yourself: why should I choose deep cleaning in the first place?

As we were mentioning earlier, deep cleaning is only necessary a handful of times around the year. And yes, it is time-consuming and tiresome, but it’s going to bring you many benefits for your health, comfort and even your productivity.

For example, you will notice the air quality will improve after deep cleaning. You will also reduce the risk of allergies and infections, eliminate stubborn stains and odors. Last but not least, deep cleaning can even help you create a more pleasant and organized environment.

Some surfaces are only cleaned with deep cleaning (e.g., carpet floors, behind your kitchen appliances). This means they are slowly getting dirty and building up grime.

Deep cleaning your home - Emily's Maids of Dallas

Related: 10 Tips To Keep Your Carpet Clean and Hygienic


Should I Add Decluttering and Organizing to My Deep Cleaning Checklist?


If you are doing this on your own, you may want to include decluttering and organizing as part of your deep cleaning. This is, in fact, quite common because these activities actually match the standard frequency for deep cleaning services.

You could also do them separately, especially if you have a large home. For example, you can leave the last Sunday of the month for decluttering and organizing.

Then, schedule the last Sunday of the next month for deep cleaning (vacuuming, disinfecting, dusting, and so on).

This way, you will create a consistent pattern while also switching things up.

If this sounds too overwhelming, you can use quarters instead of months. This means you could leave the last week of June and December for deep cleaning, and the last week of March and September for organizing and decluttering.

If your home is quite small and you don’t need to declutter as often, this could be a great schedule!

Here are some guidelines to help you determine the right frequency for cleaning:

Related: Cleaning and Organizing Your Household: An Easy Guide


Deep Cleaning According to the Size and Type of Space


The size and type of space could be the biggest deciding factor. The larger and more complex your space is, the more often it may need deep cleaning. We tend to fill every area we find in our home with more and more belongings.

The easiest way to keep this under control is by having a small space to start with. With a small studio or 1-bedroom apartment and minimal furniture, you may only need deep cleaning twice a year.

On the contrary, a large house with multiple rooms, pets, children and clutter may need deep cleaning 4 – 6 times a year.

Messy Workspace - Emily's Maids of Dallas

Consider the Level of Traffic and Activity in Your Space


The more people and pets using your space, the more dirty and messy it will be. If you live alone or with one partner, you probably won’t need to clean as often as someone with a large family or with guests coming in regularly.

If you have young children living at home, this also increases the frequency for deep cleaning, even if it’s just one. It’s important to keep your surfaces clean and sanitized because toddlers will touch them often.

Working from home is an important factor too, especially if you have a workspace where you generate dust or debris (such as woodworking or painting).

In this case, try to adapt your space in a way that this activity doesn’t affect your entire house. Some good examples are sliding doors (which you can install using only a drill!) and room dividers.


Consider the Season and Weather Conditions Before Deep Cleaning


If you live in Dallas, you probably have noticed by now that some seasons have high humidity and low (or very high) temperatures.

The weather can affect the amount of dust, pollen, mold and other allergens present in the air, on the walls, or on the floors.

For example, in the spring, we all know pollen levels in Dallas increase significantly.

In the winter, heating systems dry out the air, which means you will have dry air, which can cause sore throats or irritation in your nose and lungs.

You may also need to deep clean more often if you live in a permanently humid or rainy area. This increases the chance of mold and mildew.


Consider Your Personal Standards and Preferences


Ultimately, it is up to you to decide how much you want to deep clean your home. Deep cleaning demands more time and money (even if you’re doing it on your own).

Are you laid-back about cleaning and want to keep your home just decently clean and tidy? Then, once or twice a year would be perfect and more than enough.

Are you a cleaning aficionado who takes pride in having the cleanest home in town? Perfect! Increase this frequency to once every other month, or once a quarter.

Scheduling Deep Cleaning Service - Emily's Maids of Dallas

Related: Is Cleaning Important? Here’s What Science Has to Say


Conclusion


There you have it! Our suggested frequency for deep cleaning based on your household needs.

Remember you have dozens of deep cleaning schedules available on the internet, including our blog! Feel free to adapt them to your needs and budget.

We understand deep cleaning your entire home at one may be too overwhelming. If this is the case in your home, you can deep clean one room or area at a time every month. You can also divide taks between yourself and your family members or, of course, hire a house cleaning service for some or all of the.

We hope these tips helped you figure out the best frequency for deep cleaning your home. Stay tuned for more cleaning tips!

Microfiber vs Cotton: Which one is the best cleaning material?

August 9, 2023 by emilysmaids

Microfiber vs Cotton Which One Is The Best Cleaning Material - Article Cover - Emily's Maids of Dallas

Hello and welcome back to Emily’s Maids of Dallas! This time, we’re going to talk about a big cleaning feud: Microfiber vs Cotton: Which one is the best cleaning material?

Both microfiber and cotton have their own advantages and disadvantages when it comes to cleaning. In fact, they’re two of the most frequent materials used for cleaning.

In this article, we will compare microfiber vs cotton and let you know which one might be the best for your cleaning needs.

Before we start, remember to check Emily’s Maids of Dallas! With our professional house cleaning service you can forget about having to clean your home for hours on end.

However, we know many of our readers are fellow housekeepers and cleaning aficionados. In that case, enjoy our article!


Microfiber vs Cotton: The Benefits of Using Microfiber


Microfiber is a synthetic material that is made up of extremely fine fibers. These fibers are woven together to create a durable and absorbent material. As you can imagine, this makes it perfect for cleaning!

A good cleaning material needs to be durable because you will be scrubbing and moving your cloth or sponge everywhere, and it will be in contact with cleaning products as well.

Besides, it needs to be absorbent to trap dirt and grease particles between fibers, and to absorb your cleaning agents after cleaning. Microfiber has fantastic absorbency power. Microfiber cloths are created out of hundreds of ultrafine fibers.

These fibers have a positive charge that attracts negatively charged particles like dirt and dust.

This is one of the reasons why microfiber is the most prominent material used in cloths and towels at the moment.

Microfiber is gentle on pretty much every type of surface as well, which makes them extremely versatile. Besides, they have different densities which are measured in GSM (grams per square meter).

This makes them even more adaptable to different areas. If you need more absorbing power, for example, you should use a microfiber towel or cloth with a higher GSM count.

Cotton may need to be washed more often than microfiber towels or rags.

Related: Home Cleaning Tips for Busy People


Microfiber vs Cotton: The Benefits of Using Cotton


O the other hand, there are some situations where cotton may be a better choice than microfiber.

Here are some examples:

Clean rough surfaces such as concrete can tear up microfiber pads. In this case, a good cotton towel or cloth might be more resistant, because it can handle abrasive materials better.

Cotton usually has longer fibers that can hold more liquid and debris. When you need to mop large amounts of liquid, cotton can be more efficient than microfiber. This is why you still see cotton pads and microfiber pads.

If environmental impact is an important factor for you, then sadly both cotton and microfiber are contaminating. Cotton comes from plants, but it requires large amounts of water and pesticides.

Microfiber is made from synthetic materials, but it is not biodegradable and increases ocean microplastic pollution. However, when comparing both of them, cotton is the most eco-friendly option.

If you have sensitive skin, cotton is certainly more gentle and breathable. Microfiber can be rough or irritating, especially if it has a lower GSM count.

Also, if your microfiber towels are dragging dirt or debris, there is a higher chance of them scratching delicate surfaces.

Related: PAWW Method – How to Clean Ovens Like a Pro


Conclusion


As a cleaning service, we use professional-grade microfiber cloths and surgical huck rags. Thanks to its design, it avoids streaks and absorbs dirt and dust wonderfully. As you can see, we use both microfiber and cotton.

They both work well and we encourage you to try both types and see what works better for you.

Remember to bookmark our blog and stay tuned for more cleaning tips!

How to Get Children Involved In Cleaning and Organizing

July 9, 2023 by emilysmaids

How to Get Children Involved in Cleaning and Organizing - Emily's Maids of Dallas

Hello and welcome back to Emily’s Maids blog! Today we wanted to talk about a topic that we hear all the time: how to get children involved in cleaning and organizing.

Creating a schedule to involve kids in cleaning has many benefits. You will teach them responsibility, family values and how to keep after themselves.

In this article, we will give you our best tips to motivate your kids into helping you with cleaning and organizing.

Before we get started, remember to check Emily’s Maids of Dallas if you need a cleaning service in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area.

Now, without further ado, let’s get right into it!


The Benefits of Getting Children Involved in Cleaning and Organizing


We have talked in the past about children involved in cleaning and organizing. There are many benefits for both the kids and the responsible adults that are raising them.

According to research, if you assign them cleaning tasks, they will increase their self-steem, discipline and responsibility.

Besides, you are helping yourself and the other adults at home, too! The kids will grow up to be proactive and independent. You won’t feel like you are the only one responsible for taking care of your home.

At the end of the day, the best possible outcome is having your kids actually wanting to help you and feeling good after doing so.


Determine the Cleaning Tasks:


First things first, what is going to be cleaned in the first place?

For obvious reasons, a list of cleaning tasks for kids is going to be slightly different than a regular one.

We have created many cleaning checklists in the past. You can find them in our blog and include your children in these activities.

Find the tasks that make more sense to you and to your children’s needs.

Related: Cleaning and Organizing Your Household: An Easy Guide


Assign Tasks to Each Child:


Once you have your list of cleaning, tasks, assign each task to a child based on their age and abilities.

These tasks need to be age-appropriate and as directly related to them as possible. As they grow older, you can give them tasks that are beneficial for the whole family or for other family members.

If they are too young, you may need to simplify some tasks or assign them a smaller role with one or two tasks.

The most important step is to change their goals and tasks as they grow older and give them more independence and responsibility, without being overbearing. They are still kids at the end of the day.

The tasks that you don’t find appropriate for any of your kids should be in charge of an adult.

Kids get motivated if they see they parents, their loved ones or their siblings doing the same activity. Besides making it fun, they do not want to feel left out!

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Create a Schedule to Get Children Involved in Cleaning and Organizing


Once you have your entire set of tasks and they are assigned to your kids, it’s time to incorporate them into a schedule.

The trick to creating a good checklist is to make it your own. Every household is different, and every family has different dynamics.

A regular schedule for cleaning is usually the best route to take. You can choose a weekly schedule or cleaning every day after dinner. As long as it’s realistic and not too tiresome, it will work.

In some cases, you will have to use different schedules. For example, if your kids have different school hours, extracurricular activities or hobbies.

Besides, some kids are early birds and some are night owls. You can talk to them and find out what time is best for them to finish their tasks.

Children helping with cleaning and organizing

Make It Fun!


The most important step here is to place yourself in your kid’s shoes. Kids see many parts of our life as a game, especially when they are really young.

That is why many activities in school are created in a way that is fun and entertaining. The goal is for them to learn and have fun at the same time!

Cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore. Even if you are an adult, you can enjoy your cleaning tasks! Make it fun by playing music or setting a timer for a cleaning challenge.

Children will be more involved in cleaning and organizing if they see adults enjoying what they are doing.

You can also add a few awards or make it into a fun competition. You can split it into teams and see who does a better job and also listen to them if they have any fun ideas or suggestions.

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Stick to the Schedule:


Once you have created the schedule, make sure you and your children stick to it. Consistency is key and you don’t want to create a schedule that is too overbearing or unrealistic.

You can always adjust your tasks to be more reasonable and achievable.

Remember, it’s more about teaching them responsibility and good habits and not so much about finding the perfect cleaners.

Celebrate progress and accomplishments! If they stick to the schedule X consecutive times, they get a reward.

Related: The Best Cleaning Supplies for Spring Cleaning


Provide feedback:


After each cleaning session, provide feedback to your kids on how they did.

Kids get motivated if they see they parents, their loved ones or their siblings doing the same activity. Besides making it fun, they do not want to feel left out!

If you want it to make this sustainable in the long term, it’s important to receive feedback from them as well.

Remember, this doesn’t have to feel like a ‘chore’. It just another part of their lifes that they need to incorporate into their routines.

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Conclusion


There you go! These tips will help you to get your children involved in cleaning and organizing.

Getting them involved in household chores from a young age will make them more responsible, and definitely happier adults.

The younger you are, the easier it is to absorb concepts and incorporate them into your routine and your life.

As always, check Emily’s Maids of Dallas’ blog for more articles.

We’ll be back soon with more cleaning articles!

The Fourth of July 2-Hour Cleaning Checklist

July 3, 2023 by emilysmaids

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Hello and welcome back to Emily’s Maids! We are so excited for the Fourth of July and we wanted to create a 2-Hour Cleaning Checklist to clean your home quickly before tomorrow.

We know you have busy, hectic lives with a lot to do during the day and the weekend.

And if you’re expecting guests or family tomorrow, we know you want them to be impressed with how clean your home is.

Before we continue, remember you can visit Emily’s Maids of Dallas if you need a cleaning service, especially before the Fourth of July, or even on the same day if you’re in a hurry!

However, if you prefer doing this on your own, we’ve created a quick 2-hour checklist to help you get started!


What You Need to Clean Your Home Before the Fourth of July


First of all, make sure you have the following items available:

  • To clean your floors, you will need a vacuum cleaner, a broom, a dustpan, a mop and a bucket.
  • Microfiber cloths, a multipurpose cleaner, and a spray bottle filled with water and white vinegar for general cleaning.
  • A toilet brush and a toilet cleaner, if you have one.

The First Step In Your Cleaning: The Entryway


According to Bed Threads, the first two things your guests will notice about your home are the smell and the entryway.

The entryway is the first impression your guests will have of your home. Make sure it looks tidy and, most importantly, that it smells good.

If you smell a nice fragrance as soon as you walk in, it will set the tone for the rest of your house.

Sweep or vacuum the floors, and wipe down the door and the doorknobs (details matter!). Leave plenty of room in your coat and shoe rack for guests to hang up their belongings.

This should take around 15 – 20 minutes.

Clean and tidy entryway

Cleaning Your Bathrooms Before the Fourth of July


We’ve placed the bathrooms as second in our list. It’s because the least you want your guests to see is having a dirty bathroom.

Scrub the toilet bowl and the seat with a toilet brush and toilet cleaner. If you don’t have toilet cleaner, add one cup of white vinegar and one tablespoon of mild dish soap, let sit for one hour and scrub.

Of course, clean your faucet and your mirror as well. You know a bathroom hasn’t been cleaned in a while if you see a mirror with streaks or toothpaste splatters (ew!).

Last but not least, take out the trash and organize your toiletries.

This cleaning task takes around 30 to 40 minutes, so make sure to plan your time ahead.

Related: How to Properly Clean Your Toilet


Next on Your Cleaning Checklist: The Living Room


Now, it’s time to move on to the living room. This is the place where you will spend most of your time with guests, so it needs to be both tidy and comfortable.

Fluff up the pillows and cushions and, if possible, use an upholstery cleaner to clean your sofa. Dust any surfaces and electronics, especially your TV stand and your coffee table.

Grab a basket or drawer and place any books, magazines or toys that are lying around.

Last but not least, vacuum the carpet or mop the floors.

This should take you more than 20 minutes.

Sweeping living room floors

Next On Our List: The Kitchen


This is where you will prepare and serve food and drinks for your guests and enjoy a nice Fourth of July dinner. Doing some quick cleaning your kitchen will take you around 30 minutes as well.

Wash any dishes or load them in the dishwasher.

Wipe down the countertops and the sink, using the vinegar and water mix.

Wipe your fridge, your microwave and your oven as well. You might need to use all-purpose cleaner to clean your oven on the inside.

Related: 10 Food Ingredients You Can Use for Cleaning (Part I)


Bonus: Don’t Forget Your Guest Bedrooms!


If you are planning on having guests stay over, you definitely need to take care of your guest bedroom.

These are where your guests may rest or store their belongings, even if you don’t stay overnight.

Change your bedding and put away any clutter. Also, vacuum the carpet or mop the floors and dust any surfaces and furniture.

Put spare pillows or blankets at hand and make some room in your closet for your guests as well.

If you plan things out beforehand, this shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes.

Cleaning Your Guest Bedrooms

Conclusion


There you have it! We know these are the final hours before the Fourth of July but we’re sure you can complete this 2-hour cleaning checklist succesfully.

Final tip: make sure you take care of what’s important. There’s no point in cleaning anything that is not visible to your guests. This includes your pantry, your cabinets or behind your curtains or blinds.

Last but not least, don’t be afraid to ask for help. We know each minute counts.

If you want to get your house cleaned in 2 hours, ask for help from friends and family, or a professional cleaning service.

We hope you have a fantastic Fourth of July and that you get to spend it with friends and family. Remember to visit Emily’s Maids of Dallas blog for more cleaning tips.

Now, go get some cleaning done!

Messy Home After Father’s Day? Here’s How You Clean It

June 22, 2023 by emilysmaids

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Hello and welcome back to our cleaning blog! Do you have a messy home after Father’s Day? Here’s how you can clean it!

First of all, happy (belated) Father’s Day! We know how important dads are to our society and they deserve a special day. Besides, it’s the perfect opportunity to share as a family, enjoy a day out, or stay home.

With all that happening this past weekend, we know your house might be a bit of a mess.

This is why we wanted to create a quick checklist to clean and tidy your home, and maybe surprise the fathers of the family with a spotless house!

Here are some tips to clean a messy home after Father’s Day!


The First Step After Father’s Day: Decluttering


If you had a fun Father’s Day yesterday, the best idea is to declutter your home first. The first step is to remove any wrappings, disposable foil pans, or anything else from yesterday.

Of course, that is just the beginning, and there’s probably a lot more going on in your home that needs to be decluttered, especially if you haven’t done so in a while.

A fantastic way to declutter your home quickly is to sort your items into 3 boxes: donate, keep, and throw away.

Leave sentimental items for last, because you want to build momentum before facing the hardest set of items.

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Related: Cleaning and Decluttering for the Holidays: An Easy Guide


Vacuum and Mop the Floors


Floors are kind of the telltale sign that your home has just been cleaned or that it has been a while. All the mess and dust from countertops, tables, bookshelves, and every other surface.

For starters, sweep your hard floors, whether they are tile, wooden, laminate or vinyl. If possible, vacuum them as well. If you have carpet floors, jump straight to vacuuming.x

Carpet floors need even more care because they absorb so much dirt between fibers.

Next, deodorize them with a specific commercial deodorizer or search for DIY solutions according to your type of floor.

For example, you can deodorize carpet floors with a spritz of vodka, or a 1:1 water and white vinegar mix. Optionally, add 5 to 10 drops of essential oils for a nice fragrance.

The same goes for mopping your hard floors. Because you will probably need more product, you can mix one cup of vinegar and 1 gallon of water, with 20 drops of essential oil.

Do this on a sunny day when your floors can dry quickly. Be careful with hardwood floors, as excessive water might cause damage.

Related: How to Clean Your Floors: 5 Tools to Make it Easier

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Wipe and Disinfect All Surfaces


Just like floors, large, flat surfaces are a good sign that your home is clean and tidy. First, check if your surfaces are too crowded or cluttered. This happens frequently in your kitchen, for example.

Get some organizers if you feel like you always have random items scattered across your dining table or your desktop.

Pro tip: if you use a round basket or a lazy susan to organize your items, they will always be facing the right direction.

Then. apply a cleaning product that cleans and sanitize your surfaces. A 1:1 rubbing alcohol or white vinegar and water mix is usually effective.

If the area is particularly greasy or dirty, you could add a few drops of all-purpose cleaner.

Related: Coronavirus & Flu Killing Clean


Vacuum and Clean the Car for Father’s Day


This is a fantastic surprise because many people neglect cleaning and sanitizing their cars on the inside. What better way to start the week than by having a car that looks clean and fresh?

Start by removing the rubbish and taking out the floor mats.

Next, you need to vacuum to remove all loose dirt and dust particles that are too small for you to grab with your hands. A handheld vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment would be ideal to achieve this.

Now, the trick here is to adapt your cleaning products to your surfaces (leather or cloth). Leather is more sensitive, which is why, ideally, you would use a specific leather cleaner & moisturizer.

If you don’t have one, use a 4-parts water, one-part castile soap or dish soap. Mix and apply to a microfiber cloth, never directly to your seats. Most importantly, never use bleach or ammonia to clean your seats.

With cloth seats it’s easier, as you only need a bit of soapy water and a microfiber cloth or a very soft sponge.

Get a cloth and use the solution to wipe the inside with dish soap or all-in-one concentrate. Make sure you get everything, including the steering wheel and the dashboard.

The last stage is cleaning the windows. Start by creating a mix with equal parts of white vinegar, distilled water and rubbing alcohol. Distilled water is important, especially if you live in states like Dallas with hard water that leaves little streaks as you go with a towel.

Mix and pour into a spray bottle. Apply to a microfiber cloth and wipe from top to bottom.


Clean Your Workstation for Father’s Day


For any dads working from home or having their little workspace, it’s important to clean and sanitize those areas.

Clear the workspace and wipe down the surface, including edges and corners. Make sure you have 2 – 3 microfiber towels to wipe everything dry. The first one could be a disposable cloth because it is going to absorb a lot of dust and grime.

Vacuum the area and put everything back.

For your monitors or laptop screens, use a glass microfiber cloth with a tiny bit of water. Apply directly to the cloth and never to the surface directly.

The most important step is to make sure this area stays as clean and tidy as long as possible. Gather your supplies which you can take from our instructions above.

Nowadays you have many different organizing systems such as rolling carts and wall grid panels.

Cleaning Messy Office for father's day

Conclusion


That’s it! We’re sure these tips will help you get your home sparkly clean right after Father’s Day.

Remember to check Emily’s Maids of Dallas if you need a professional maid service to take care of your home.

Again, we hope you spent a wonderful Father’s Day and don’t forget to follow us for more cleaning tips on upcoming events.

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