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What’s In Your Cleaning Caddy?

October 4, 2019 by emilysmaids

Cleaning Caddy

Nothing extends cleaning time more than going back and forth around the house reaching for your cleaning products. The broom in the laundry room, the window cleaner under the kitchen sink, you name it, we all can admit it is not a very practical system. Start your cleaning session with a bunch of clean rags and a cleaning caddy full with all the items you need, it will allow you to perform the task faster.

Here are some ideas of what those items can be:

Apron: if you don’t have an outfit you specifically use for cleaning then having an apron will help you protect your clothes and not only that but the small pockets can be useful to keep small tools at hand. Get one that is comfortable, resistant and washable.

Rubber or latex gloves: use them to protect your skin from strong chemicals.

Cleaning rags: we recommend having a bunch of them. When cleaning, you deal with different products, some oil-based, water-based or they have different components. Having several rags will prevent from damaging surfaces with the wrong substances.

Scouring pad: use it on bathroom sinks, bathtub, toilet or other surfaces that might accumulate tartar.

Window squeegee: this one is a very important tool if you want to clean windows, glass and mirrors like a professional without having to worry about doing the drying process yourself.What's In Your Cleaning Caddy?

Scraper: helps get rid of hard residues, paint or grease. If you don’t have a scraper, a regular spatula will do the trick.

Scrub brush: this one is perfect to clean tiles specially grouting, but the uses are endless. Make sure you get one with thick plastic bristles.

Tooth brush: there are definitely some areas around the house that are impossible to reach and accumulate dust, dirt or tartar. We usually get rid of tooth brushes after using them for some months, well, don’t throw them away. They are amazing to clean chrome fixtures in the bathroom, cornersx or dust in window sills and ledges.

Spray bottle: adjustable spray bottles are very practical when it comes to using the right amount of product and very useful if you are the kind of person who likes creating cleaning solutions at home.

Keeping most of your cleaning products together will help you save time and be aware when you run out of any and be prepared for next time.

 

 

 

 

How much dust is safe for your body?

June 25, 2019 by emilysmaids

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After that Thanos snap, it got me thinking of dust. You are dust and unto dust you shall return. when we are in our homes and our jobs you have one thing for certain, it’s gonna get dusty. Even if you take a few extra steps dust will always find a way to get in. Even if you don’t use that room that much, dust is pretty much everywhere, so should you be worried?

Why do you need to clean if its gonna get dirty anyway mom? If you heard this phrase before and got infuriated don’t worry, you are not the 1st or the last one. Dust is not only dirt, it is a complex mix of many things, even live creatures. This is a microenvironment. It’s mainly a mix of degradation of living things, like your skin. Every day we drop some and these dead cells combine with other external things and form dust. Dirt from outside, little hairs from you or your pet, and the result is a fine dust layer.

Some studies indicate that up to 60% of the dust of your house comes from the outside. This is from the smoke from cars, dead animals, degradation of plants and any organic material actually. So the rest comes from you.

If you are a smoker you will realize that the amount of dust in your house is usually greater than from other people. This is because the smoke is not only gas, its solids that burn and left behind little particles, like car engines. So any fire produces dust. You can see this after a barbecue grill is usually covered in dust. So this is not a new thing. Dust is older than humanity, and when we don’t exist, you can be sure that dust will exist.

So, for something like this you could think that it could be dangerous for you. It’s dead organic material. Sounds risky. But is it?

Studies have found that it could get dangerous, it all depends on you and how often do you clean. If you haven’t cleaned in years it could be really dangerous. Dust could be from anywhere and there is a risk it could be toxic. So, the longer it goes on, the more toxic it becomes.

Don’t panic! Probably every corner of your house is dusty, don’t see a monster where there isn’t one, it’s not dangerous if you place is dusty. Only in places that haven’t been cleaned for a very long time is it dangerous. The best thing you can do after a vacuum is to use a microfiber cloth. These cloths are excellent to use against dust, you can buy them in bulk and really cheap, so you can save big bucks there because they are usually reusable. The vacuums are another great tool to keep your house dust free.

The recommended guideline to keep your house safe and healthy is to dust once a month. This avoids a big percentage of health problems related to dust, such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.

A clean home is a healthy home.

 

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A Cool Gadget To Equip Your Home With

April 26, 2019 by emilysmaids

Alexa is a great tool for your home. You can cast some music, set the temperature of your home or ask for anything on the web. Is cheap you can always find something useful for it in your life. If you live alone you won’t feel lonely again with an interactive

 

Echo (2nd Generation) - Smart speaker with Alexa

 

This Gift was featured here! 

Our Best Tip for Cleaning Ovens

April 18, 2019 by emilysmaids

This was first featured on fixwerks!

 

Often you need to clean your oven but you are not sure how to.

Some of our clients request only natural or organic products to clean their home. We use baking soda to clean the door of the ovens. Baking soda is not harmful – in fact, it’s a very good cleaner. You can choose to:

  • rub it in accumulated dirt on your oven
  • make a paste with baking soda and water or
  • rub it with a lime to help with eliminating grease.

For eliminating odours, you can put water and vinegar in a pot inside your oven and set it at low heat. Leave it for a while and clean your oven after. You can then use a towel and soapy water to clean the rest of the grease that has built up.

The ULTIMATE guide to do the dishes

February 1, 2019 by emilysmaids

The ULTIMATE guide to clean your dishes

After eating you can have one thing for certain, someone needs to wash the dishes. If you have no idea on how to do it efficiently we have your back.

 

We present to you the ultimate guide to do the dishes:

 

Before anything else, if you want to protect your hands the first thing you need to put is gloves! This helps to maintain your hands dry and cause no harm to them.

 

For those with 2 sinks these are the steps:

 

  1. Sort by type of dirtiness: If you have a pot or a skillet with grease you should set it aside and don’t mix it with other dishes, fat is the hardest thing to clean, and it adheres to anything it touches.
  2. Try to clean the dishes ASAP: if the unclean spots get dry they become much harder to deal.
  3. Then you should remove the fat and solid waste with paper: Then throw it in the trash. Use anything you have available, napkins work great, and if you haven’t used old newspaper you have to lay around. If the paper isn’t enough, use a spatula, they even sell special spatulas made from plastic for this task.
  4. Dilute your detergent: this way you save money making most of your soap. Fill one of your sinks with hot water and add some soap. Soak dishes there and then rinse them in the other sink.
  5. Always leave the hardest ones to the end: If you have some dishes with a really hard to remove solid, leave it to soak for the time it needs.
  6. Steps to clean the dishes:
  • Soak in the soapy water with the help of your sponge
  • Rinse with abundant water
  • Leaving to dry in your draining board.      

 

For people who only have 1 sink you would want to do this:

 

Do the first 3 steps explained before, then:

 

  1. Put soap in your sponge and lather your dishes with the help of a little water.
  2. Put those aside and when you have enough rinse the soap with water.
  3. Put to dry and for the ones that take too long use a cloth to dry them.

 

Is Marie Kondo Just WRONG?

January 25, 2019 by emilysmaids

Is Marie Kondo Just WRONG?

Some people love cleaning their homes, others don’t have time for it and many simply hate it. But recently cleaning and having an order for your house its trend in social media. We have a cleaning phenomenon in Netflix, a woman called Marie Kondo have a viral show, where she goes to people’s homes and offices to offer her service, and change the lifestyle of other people.

Every day in social media, pops trends pro cleaning and organization, even gaining some viral sensation, like this new Netflix series. The method its called KONMARI, and she have a philosophy where she explains how to clean and how to keep a tidy environment. She claims that having a clean environment is good for you, makes you live a better life. But is she right? Or it’s pure gibberish?

Our home is the place where we spent the majority of our lives, and in the same way, as we take showers or get haircuts, our homes need to look for. We actually spent more than one-third of our lives in our homes, just 1/3 of that in our bedrooms. But how a clean house benefits you?

Clean house, calm mind?

The study made by Princeton Neuroscience Institute tell us that there is a significant cognitive improvement when we live in an organized environment, without clutter. Our brains can focus much better when around us there isn’t any disorder, because our brains naturally get distracted by such things.

Then there is a reason to clean our home and workplace, in a clean environment you get focus, therefore a clean environment is without any doubts a more productive place.

Further evidence that having a clean home is a healthy mental environment is this study by Clorox proved that living in a clean place can make you until 60% more empathic and helps to create new and better connections to others. It relaxes you and will make relationships with others. Feeling fresh is important.

Ok, so having a clean house only helps the mind right?

Well, not only the mind has benefited from this, actually the body seems to get healthier as the person gets cleaner, and we aren’t just talking about allergies. A study focus on obesity  concluded people between 45 and 60 years were healthier and slimmer as they live in a clean house. People who tend to have a clean house are more likely to stick to a plan and keep doing exercise.

Therefore, it is demonstrated that living in a clean environment is beneficial for the body and the mind.

It’s even Dangerous living with clutter

Having clutter could be a health risk, especially if you have carpets and rugs. Thanks to this investigation, for persons over 65 years old, the grant majority of accidents are because of clutter in rooms with a carpet. Especially for elderly women.

We can’t recommend cleaning enough or you just think that Marie Kondo is an extremist, or you just don’t like to clean, in this digital age many cleaning services are on the internet.

Remember everything points out that a clean house leads to a healthy way of living.

Expert Tips for Cleaning Companies to Improve Online Reviews

January 3, 2019 by emilysmaids

Five Star Maid Service

Emily’s Maids has one of the highest rated reputation online among all the maid services in Dallas. This, of course, is mostly because of our awesome customer service. However its nearly impossible to please everyone all the time. So no matter how good your cleaning business is, you will eventually get negative reviews. So how does Emily’s maintain their great ranking? Good question and a question asked us by Jordan of Vonigo. They included our advice (below) in one of their articles entitled “Expert Tips for Cleaning Companies to Improve Online Reviews– December 2018

We have one of the highest-rated reputations online among all the maid services. The tiredly repeated advice of focusing on getting 5-star reviews to drown out 1-star reviews is somewhat misleading. Of course, 5-star reviews help. BUT removing a 1-star review has a much bigger impact to your rating.

To do this, do EVERYTHING possible to make that unhappy customer, happy. Even if you have to give away your services for free. In the end, the higher online rating will more than compensate the cost.

Let’s say you have five, 5-star Yelp reviews and one, 1-star review for a total of 6 Yelp reviews. To reach 5 stars on Yelp you can either 1) add ten, 5-star reviews or 2), remove that one, 1-star review.

As you can see, removing that 1-star review is the quickest way to 5 stars. A fellow owner had calculated their business lost $3000.00 monthly in business by having 4.5 stars instead of 5 stars. So giving a free $250.00 clean to persuade a customer to remove that 1-star review is a small price to pay not to lose the extra $3000.00

Though sometimes you may not want a perfect 5 star rating. For example, the fellow owner I had referred to decided to keep their ranking on Yelp around 4.5 star. Why doesn’t he mind missing out on an extra $36,000.00 a year? He found that a 5 star yelp rating attracts exceptionally problematic customers. The ones with superfluous complaints no matter how perfect your cleaning service performed, eating up your time and sanity. Removing that stress was absolutely worth it in terms of having more time to allocate for his good customers while maintaining his sanity.

Small Business Credit Profile: Emily’s Maids

December 20, 2018 by emilysmaids

Founder Greg Shepard’s use – and acceptance – of credit cards has helped him fund personal travel and reduce embezzlement issues

By Erica Sandberg  |  Published: November 21, 2018 | View original article here: Small Business Credit Profile: Emily’s Maids

Greg Shepard founded Emily’s Maids with one mission in mind: to provide the best low-cost maid company in Dallas, Texas.

It was an alternative to a different housekeeping business he had started that caters to the higher-end crowd. Shepard recognized that wanting a clean home is a universal desire, but hiring help is not within everyone’s budget.

In response, he created Emily’s Maids. It’s a bare-bones affair, with basic cleaning supplies, standard services and housekeepers who hail from all over the world.

“If a caller [to the high-end service] says, ‘you are too expensive,’ my staff recommends Emily’s Maids,” says Shepard. “It is nice to be able to take care of all housecleaning-seeking customers. From day one we were producing incredible cleaning results from talented cleaning artists.”

While customers were singing their praises and telling their friends about the company (which reduced their marketing expenses), running a successful business still has many associated costs. With the help of just a couple of credit cards, Shepard is cleaning up.

How did your credit history affect the way you financed your venture? Any challenges with scores or access to credit?

Fortunately, I had the best dad a future entrepreneur could have. He taught me the importance of managing money and maintaining a good credit rating. It’s been years, but last time I checked my rating was in the high 700s to 800s, depending on the credit rating service.

By diligently paying off all my credit cards monthly and living below my means, I’ve never had issues with access to credit. I paid everything on time, never defaulted – that’s the way to get good credit. I’ve always tried to live well below my means.

Because of that, the credit card companies sent me cash advance checks, and there were occasions that I used them. In fact, they were a lifesaver. I had to make sure people I hired were paid the day I was supposed to pay them, and if cash was short I could use the checks. I’d immediately pay the debt off, though.

Which credit cards do you have and use and why did you choose them?

All my credit cards are from Chase. For my company I have the Ink Business Unlimited℠ Credit Card and for personal use I have the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. They integrate seamlessly with my online banking. I keep all my credit cards and bank account info in one place. It’s simple and ultra convenient. I log in online and everything is there. That’s why I chose the two cards. It was a no-brainer.

I also wanted the best points program, and I can earn a lot with both of the cards I have. In fact, they’ve gotten me around the world and it’s always been for free! To get the points I charge all the supplies that are involved with the business, like cleansers, phone service, Google ads – anything that can go on the cards will go on them. I have it set to autopay so I don’t even think about it. The points accrue naturally.

I mainly cash out the points for personal use instead of for the business. That’s the best thing about rewards cards. My wife and I love to travel and we always have ample points to get where we want to go. It’s paid for roughly $7,000 a year in travel expenses. When I think about it, that’s pretty amazing.

How are credit cards helping you and your business become successful?

It’s not just me using credit cards to pay for things that the business needs, but accepting them, too. We require all customers to pay with them. The small sum charged by our merchants is well worth the ease of payments. There is nothing easier than running credit cards for services bought. We get paid more often this way. Non-payment is now really rare compared to when we had accepted cash or checks. It’s not only convenient for us, it is also preferable for our customers.

Something else, though, that not everyone talks about regarding having employees is that accepting only credit cards lessens the chance of embezzlement. It’s easier for staff to skim money from a business if cash and checks are flowing through – a fact I unfortunately found after having an employee steal from my company. Requiring your customers to pay only with cards will lessen your stress level substantially.

What lessons have you learned about borrowing money along the way that you want to share with other entrepreneurs?

Guard your [credit] score with your life! Always pay your credit cards in full on a monthly basis. And when starting a new business, credit cards should always be your last resort to make ends meet. Don’t charge what you can’t repay. That sounds obvious, but it’s not, especially when times get tough and money is tight.

As you become more established, credit cards are your friends. Get a card with the lowest rate as possible, even if you know you will pay it off every month. It’s just good to have. The card should also come with a great rewards program so you accrue points. Trust me, they will build up fast if you put things for your business on them, and you’ll be really happy you did.

If you want to make sure you don’t go overboard, though, set a limit for what you can charge each month. It shouldn’t be so high that you can’t pay the whole bill easily. If it’s $500 and you reached it, stop. It’s up to you to know what you can afford so you better figure out what it is before starting out.

 

How To Start A House Cleaning Side Hustle

December 3, 2018 by emilysmaids

A house cleaning side business is wonderful for women or men wanting to mop up extra money. First, advertising is easy, second, a cleaning service is super scalable, and finally it doesn’t take a lot of dollars to start.

1. Advertising

Business Cards – Printing out 20,000 business cards and passing them out at apartment complexes is cheap. If you pass out cards during your available time, carrying your company cell phone, you’ll be able to fill up your schedule fairly quickly.

Just remember it’s a numbers game: For every apartment complex of 800 units, expect 2 or 3 jobs. One job immediately, another job a day or two later, and finally the third job within 2 weeks.

Online – Create a website, Facebook, google my business page, and link all three together with backlinks. If you can get ranked on the first page, then expect an order of magnitude and more business. Learn SEO basics.

Referrals – Stick in there because the bigger you grow, the more referrals you’ll receive. The best advertising is for free.

2. Scalable

House cleaning is easily scalable.

When (not if, IF you follow my advertising advice above) you have more business than you can handle, write an easy to understand cleaning-guide and start hiring people to clean! the bigger you grow, the more money you make.

That’s how I made my first million.

3. Cheap To Start

To start all you need is a vacuum, business cards, a dedicated cell phone, and some cleaning supplies. House cleaning along with any similar dull job (window cleaning, painting, lawn care, etc) is easy to break in and immediately make money.

And, more importantly, it has the potential to grow into a real business. Quitting your day job for your own business is one of the most liberating things you will experience.

 

This article was included among other side hustles in this AppsJobs.com article, How To Earn Money With Part-Time Jobs – 29 Professionals Reveal. It’s a great read so check it out!

How To Clean Bed Sheets

July 26, 2018 by emilysmaids

Being a maid service, we’ve cleaned quite a few bed sheets in our time. Here are 5 simple steps to keep your bed sheets clean:

WASH OFTEN: First, conventional wisdom is to wash sheets at least once every two weeks. However I have my sheets washed weekly. The more often you wash, the better you can control the dust mite population.

CHECK THE LABEL: Second, how to clean your sheets will depend on the type of fabric. Check the care label, setting to the highest temperature indicated on the label. Hotter the water, the better to kills germs and eliminate dust mites.

SEPARATE COLORS AND WHITES: Third, like all other laundry, separate colors and whites as you do with other laundry to avoid color bleed.

WASH SHEETS BY THEMSELVES: Fourth, wash the sheets by themselves. They are large, bulky and need all the space they can get (no added clothes) for best results.

KEEP A SPARE SET NEARBY: Finally, keep a spare set of laundered sheets readily available. When you wash one set you can place the spare on your bed. Or if one set is ruined or ripped, you’re covered!

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