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We Are Still In

June 21, 2017 by Dallas Maids

Dallas Maids is still in!
Dallas Maids’ mission is to provide a clean, healthy home environment for our customers. Our customers entrust us with their most valuable asset (their home!) and we take this responsibility seriously.

The Earth is home for all of us. It’s the only one we have. Staying in the Paris Climate Agreement is the responsible thing to do. Global warming is not a hoax. It is the conclusion of the vast majority of peer-reviewed scientific points with the few dissenting voices usually having ties to polluting industries.

The Paris Climate Agreement naturally aligns with Dallas Maids’ purpose: providing a clean and healthy environment for our customers through professional house cleaning. Therefore we have joined the governors, mayors, universities and other businesses who, with one voice, say we are still in.

Other companies, investors, mayors and governors wishing to add their name to the statement can do so by registering here.

 

Open letter to the international community and parties to the Paris Agreement from U.S. state, local, and business leaders:

We, the undersigned mayors, governors, college and university leaders, businesses, and investors are joining forces for the first time to declare that we will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.

In December 2015 in Paris, world leaders signed the first global commitment to fight climate change. The landmark agreement succeeded where past attempts failed because it allowed each country to set its own emission reduction targets and adopt its own strategies for reaching them. In addition, nations – inspired by the actions of local and regional governments, along with businesses – came to recognize that fighting climate change brings significant economic and public health benefits.

The Trump administration’s announcement undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change and damages the world’s ability to avoid the most dangerous and costly effects of climate change. Importantly, it is also out of step with what is happening in the United States.

In the U.S., it is local and state governments, along with businesses, that are primarily responsible for the dramatic decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in recent years. Actions by each group will multiply and accelerate in the years ahead, no matter what policies Washington may adopt.

In the absence of leadership from Washington, states, cities, colleges and universities, businesses and investors, representing a sizeable percentage of the U.S. economy will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions.

It is imperative that the world know that in the U.S., the actors that will provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment are found in city halls, state capitals, colleges and universities, investors and businesses. Together, we will remain actively engaged with the international community as part of the global effort to hold warming to well below 2℃ and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy that will benefit our security, prosperity, and health.

 

Review on Youngblood’s Hardwood Flooring

May 26, 2017 by Dallas Maids

Youngblood's hardwood flooringNot often often that we write a review for another company on our blog (maybe we should more often). However an exception was needed this time for Youngblood’s Hardwood Flooring.

It all started with one of my office staff notifying me Thursday, later afternoon, of an accident at a customer’s home. One of our crews had a Move In cleaning. While cleaning the oven the cleaning solution that our professional house cleaner was using dripped through the sheets placed under the oven onto the beautiful wooden floor. Ouch! I have wooden floors in my own kitchen and felt the pain.

Rags are used to prevent oven cleaner from staining the floor, especially nice wood floors like these.  This time it wasn’t thick enough (note to self – from now on place 5 layers of rags !).

Ruined hardwood floor and 6 days until the owners move in. I’m thinking the whole downstairs floor would need to be refinished. Around 10 years ago we had a similar incident and that’s exactly what needed to be done: All down stairs wooden floors at a cost of around $8000. This being a bigger, much nicer home, I feared the claim we’d be filing with our insurance company. Not good since insurance rates would surely rise.

Even a reply from another flooring contractor mentioned the whole floor would have to be redone:

“This means any repair will be apparent. Normally in order to do a seamless repair the whole floor has to be sanded down and refinished/ re handscraped if you don’t want smooth floors.”

Yikes!!!

Anyway, found out about the ruined floor Thursday night. David of Youngblood’s replies within minutes and sets up to take a look first thing Friday morning. His quote of $300 was beyond reasonable. And he was ready to repair it immediately!

He offered to do it then and there. I hesitated for a moment because I was nervous. Afterall this was my customer’s floor and I needed to be sure it was repaired perfectly. It could not be noticeable. I gave him the go ahead and, boy, I’m glad I did!

An hour later I return with my checkbook. Not only did he and his crew repair the floor under the oven PERFECTLY, they repaired all the blemishes, scratches, and chair marks on the entire first floor for FREE. Are you kidding me? We’re leaving the wood floors in much better condition than we’d found them. And that looks pretty darn good for Dallas Maids!

As for that other contractor who said “This means any repair will be apparent”… well, look at how “apparent” Youngblood’s repair was in the before and after photos.

before and after
So a big Texas THANK YOU to Youngblood’s Hardwood Flooring. You guys made a bad situation into a big plus for my customer. And for that I’m extremely thankful.

A little more about David Youngblood, the owner. He’s been in the hardwood flooring business in 1978 (That’s almost how long I’ve been on this good earth!). He founded his company in 1995 and is a hands-on owner. If you need hardwood flooring this is the company I’d emphatically recommend. His website is youngbloodsflooring.com.

Needless to say, Youngblood’s Hardwood Flooring ise now my go-to company for my hardwood flooring needs (though knock-on-wood not anytime soon).

 

P.S. Here are a couple more pictures. Wished I had the before photos for the rest of the house but I didn’t expect them to be super awesome and repair it.

 

full view of reapir under oven

Another after photo of kitchen floor under oven.

 

dining room area

Dining area in kitchen. Had nasty scuff marks from dining room chairs.

 

hardwood floor repair living room after

Living Room. Had scratches and blemishes from furniture.

 

Bitcoin

May 10, 2017 by admin

Purchase Maid Service with BitcoinTo book a maid with bitcoin, please call or email Dallas Maids. One of our representatives will cheerfully reserve a spot for you on the schedule.  Use the QR code or Dallas Maids’ bitcoin address below to submit payment. Thank you for supporting you local bitcoin community.

 

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Mother’s Day Contest

May 5, 2017 by admin

Mother's Day Contest

 

Bring Her An Unforgettable Experience

I was playing around with a few ideas for mother’s day and I got something really cool. As you know, I can give your mother the joy of a fantastically clean home without any extra work… That’s Good, but I want to deliver something Great for my mom and maybe you do too? So I talked to Jay, at Willow Creek Florist and Homa, a Mary Kay beauty consultant. They run great businesses that deliver gorgeous flowers or help women look (and feel) their best. They’re also good friends of mine, and I vouch for them as great businesses.

Anyway, we put together a great package to treat your mom to a new look, some wonderful flowers, and an immaculately clean home. Then, to make it even better, you’ll get the chance to WIN this entire package for free! That’s a $314 value! You could bring that to a deserving mom in your life 100% free. How cool would that be?

 

How to Enter the Contest

To enter the drawing here’s what you’ve got to do…

  1. Go to any of our facebook pages. Dallas Maids: https://www.facebook.com/maids/,  Willow Creek Florists: https://www.facebook.com/willowcreekflorist/, and  Homa’s Mary Kay Page: https://www.facebook.com/HomaBAhmed/
  2. Leave a comment on the contest post (it’s cross posted on all the pages) and tag up to three of the Moms who you think deserve to win this the most.
  3. Repeat (if you like) on one or all of the other facebook pages to get more entries (it can be the same mom’s you tagged before).

That’s it!

You can snag yourself up to 3 entries to make the mom’s in your life feel fantastic.

 

The Drawing

We’ll do a drawing on May 12th and inform the winners.

1st Prize = a free house cleaning, a bouquet of flowers, and a Mary Kay gift basket — so your mom can relax in a clean home, enjoy some beautiful flowers, and look her best.

2nd Prize = bouquet of flowers and a Mary Kay gift basket.

3rd Prize = Mary Kay gift basket.

 

Treat your mom even if you don’t win

Don’t JUST rely on luck. Your mom raised you better than that, right? Secure this amazing package for your mom right now and we’ll throw in the following for FREE:

  • Free Delivery and Bag of Dallas Wild Flowers Potpourri ($35.00)
  • Free Beauty Consultation with Homa Ahmed ($25.00)
  • Free Oven & Refrigerator Cleaning ($37.00)

This means you get $411 of value but save $97 because it’s for your mom and I want this to be a no brainer for you.

Give your mom a fantastic experience for the big M-Day with a) the relaxation of a hassle free, clean home, b) wonderful flowers to make her feel like the special woman she is and c) a Mary Kay basket so she can look her best while she’s being pampered. 

This is a special offer for Mother’s Day only. Call now and ask about reserving the “special MDay offer” and I’ll get you taken care of. If you win the contest, it’s FREE. But either way, you can get your mother’s day shopping done right now. Call now (469.487.6669).

And don’t you forget to enter that contest!

 

Warm regards,

Greg,

~ Dallas Maids, Recommended by D Magazine

www.dallasmaids.com

 


P.S. Jay and Homa run great businesses – I know because I’m a frequent customer of theirs!  If you are looking for gorgeous flowers or need help looking (and feeling) your best, I highley recommend them. Here’s a bit more about them (an me):

 
Jay – Willow Creek Florists – (214) 369-3776
jay@willowcreekflorist.com
https://www.facebook.com/willowcreekflorist/

Willow Creek can deliver anywhere in the United States or internationally. Whether it’s around the corner or around the world, we work within a network of preferred florists to ensure everything we provide will be of the best quality and freshness. Your 100% satisfaction is guaranteed.

 

Homa – MaryKay Beauty Consultant  – (972) 850-6657
homa-ahmed@marykay.com
https://www.facebook.com/HomaBAhmed/

I am a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. I’m a skin care and color specialist who can help women look their best by teaching and selling Mary Kay skin care and makeup. I also help, mentor, and train other women who are interested in starting their own Mary Kay business.

 

Greg – Dallas Maids – (469) 487-6669
service@dallasmaids.com
https://www.facebook.com/maids/

Dallas Maids, recommended by D Magazine, A+ rating by the BBB, and voted “best house cleaning” in Dallas by CitySearch, delivers quality home cleaning for our awesome customers in Dallas, Texas. Our mission is to “Retain satisfied customers by providing the most value in maid service, guaranteed!”. So treat yourself to a clean and healthy living environment while you have more time to spend with family, friends, and yourself!

Refrigerator Redo

April 13, 2017 by admin

Refrigerator

 

By keeping your refrigerator clean and organized you will eliminate any bacteria that will harm the overall status of your food and beverages it will help you have fresh veggies for longer periods of time. If you’re a little like me…! An organized fridge is somewhere down the bottom of the priority list.

Now don’t get me wrong I like fresh food and I’m all about vegetables, fruits, and healthy products, so I’m aware that keeping it clean is essential for preserving the freshness. Before I get into the “how to”, let me say that it all started with a phone call from my doctor, he wanted to let me know the results of my last checkup; Don’t worry, I’m Ok! But my cholesterol was a bit higher than expected.

Next morning, determined to get that fixed ASAP, I started searching in my kitchen for all the goodies and I noticed that most of my products were rotten, expired or in bad condition.  Ooohh my, ooh my. Picture my face when I found out that the mustard expired about 3 months ago. Instantly the idea of an organized fridge will avoid the waste and the bad smell coming from my veggies compartment. Ugh.

So, I started by getting everything out. Yes, everything, including the plastic and glass separators. You should unplug it before so we help save the planet and the electric bill too. Wipe the surface with liquid dish soap and remove any residue with water. Separate all the products; the good from the bad (you know what to do with the bad). Use see through containers to store your leftovers and zip lock bags for your veggies and fruits, this will remind you that you still have some of the neighbor thanksgiving turkey, sitting in your fridge. Label the expiration date with masking tape and a marker.

My advice, repeat the process every 15 days.

Just in case you get any bad smells before your next cleaning appointment, first check where the smell is coming from, once you have taken care of that, add 2 spoonfuls of coffee grains in a cup and leave it overnight, this will eliminate the odor and give you a light fragrance of coffee in the morning.

 

How to Wash Your Washing Machine

March 30, 2017 by Dallas Maids

washer and dryer

I never thought about cleaning my washing machine, since its functionality is to wash I will imagine that it’s always clean, but for my surprise, it does need some cleaning once in a while. The washing machine is a very frequently used appliance in my home because of this it only makes sense that some of the of the dirty stuff that gets off the clothing stay in the machine. To improve performance and ensure a longer lasting equipment its best to keep it clean. 

 

  • Fill the machine with hot water and add a liter of white vinegar and let it wash as usual, some machines have the auto clean cycle option. Mine don’t so this works just as good..! 
  • Clean the filter and remove all fuzz and wash with soap and water.
  • Don’t forget to wipe vigorously the softener and soap compartments. 
  • After each washing cycle leave the lid open to make sure the machine gets completely dry, this will help reduce the humidity that stays in it and avoid the creation of germs 

 

Do this twice in a year and your washing machine should serve you for years on top of years.

A Clean Home As a Weight Loss Supplement

January 19, 2017 by Dallas Maids

A journey of a thousand miles, must begin with a single step. Lao-Tzu

 For some of you, thinking about organizing your home or office space might seem daunting, but getting organized can improve both your physical and mental health!

Endless to do lists and piles of paper (or laundry) are exhausting. Becoming organized will allow you to have more time for yourself.  Cleaning up clutter will help you make healthier choices, improve relationships and even improve your sleep.

People who describe their homes or office space as “cluttered” and full of “unfinished projects” were more depressed, fatigued and had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone released when an animal is running from a predator.  Did you know that can make you gain weight? Even working on piles and lists in the middle of the day will lower your cortisol and make you feel more relaxed and happy. So start checking off those items on your To Do list.

Did you know that people who eat in a clean space eat better? They are twice as likely to choose an apple over a chocolate bar. Clutter is stressful for the brain, so you resort to eating poorly as a coping mechanism.

Did you know clearing up the clutter will boost your productivity? Clutter is distracting and affects your ability to focus. Looking at too many things overloads your brain’s ability to process information. When you’re organized at work, your more productive and efficient—and this leads to being able to leave on time, possible exercise and prepare a healthy meal.

Did you know that less mess will help you sleep better? Less mess equals less stress, which results in better sleep. People who make their beds every morning are 19% more like to report getting a good night’s sleep ad 75% said they slept better on fresh sheets.

So start organizing your workspace, meeting your deadlines and eliminating stress.

by Maria Leach

Vinegar, A Very Versatile Cleaner

November 3, 2016 by Dallas Maids

vinegar the very versatile cleaner

What is vinegar?

Vinegar is a bitter-tasting liquid, which comes from the acetic fermentation of the alcohol in wine. It has been used in cleaning and as a condiment for thousands of years, and is one of the most easily-available acids (if a mild one) on the market.

How can it be used in house cleaning?

The main advantage of the use of vinegar in house cleaning is that is non-toxic and is readily available in supermarkets and stores. Besides, it is so versatile that it is still used today over many commercial cleaning products. For example, it can help eliminate bad smells, remove stains from fabrics (like rugs and clothes) and rust in metals, as well as clean surfaces and household appliances, among other uses. However, it is best used accompanied by disinfectants.

And now for some of the many uses of vinegar in home cleaning:

  • Clean general surfaces: With vinegar, you can clean wood, tile and stainless steel. Simply mix 4 cups of water with ¼ cup of distilled vinegar and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. This will allow you to clean almost any surface possible, from your kitchen appliances to the tiles in your bathroom, and almost all furniture imaginable.
  • Clean glass objects and surfaces: Like before, mix 4 cups of water with ¼ cup of distilled vinegar, but without the baking soda. This can be used to clean glass surfaces and objects, especially if you use it in combination with a newspaper page that has been slightly crumpled (that kind of paper won’t leave fibers behind).
  • Clean kitchen appliances: Pour water and vinegar in equal parts into a spray bottle and mix them thoroughly. Use this as a general surface cleaner for your appliances. It can also be used to deodorize your microwave, by placing a container of water and vinegar inside it and then heating it until it boils for a few minutes.
  • Clean the bathroom: If soap debris and scum has gathered up in your bathroom surfaces, you can soak them in vinegar for a few minutes to soften them up. Then, rinse them with water. It can also be used to remove calcium carbonate deposits on showers and faucets. To do this, one must remove them from the sink or tub and let them soak in a solution of water and vinegar for two hours, to then rinse. If these deposits have been there for a long time, it might be necessary to scrub them with a brush or an abrasive sponge.
  • Remove sediment from small kitchen appliances: With time, many coffee pots and kettles will gather up whitish or brownish sediments from boiling water and coffee so frequently. To remove these sediments, you can fill the pot or kettle with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar and boil it as if you were preparing your morning coffee. Let it boil for several minutes, then pour the solution out and rinse.
  • Remove rust stains: If you have a metallic utensil at home that has become rusted (for example, a bicycle, a potato peeler, a can opener), you can clean it with pure vinegar and let it rest for 24 hours before rinsing it. You can also clean other metals, like bronze or copper, by mixing baking soda or table salt with vinegar until you make a paste. Then, apply the paste and scrub until the stains have disappeared, to finally rinse with warm running water.
  • Remove stains from your rugs and carpets: To remove tea or coffee stains from your rugs and carpets, scrub them with a mixture of water and alcohol in equal parts.
  • Clean tile floors: Mix ½ cup of distilled vinegar in half a bucket of cold water. Scrub your floors with this solution to leave your tile floors shiny and cleaner than ever.
  • Clean pots and pans: To remove food scraps from your pots and pans, soak them in vinegar for 30 minutes and then wash them well with dish soap. If you’d like to polish them, dampen a washcloth with more vinegar and some salt and scrub thoroughly.
  • Deodorize the fridge: To remove food smells from your fridge, place an open container of water and vinegar inside it.
  • Deodorize rooms: Fill a large jar with water and pour a few splashes of vinegar in it. Place the open jar inside the room until the smells disappear completely. This is great for freshly painted rooms. Of course, it’s also recommended that you let the air flow, if possible.
  • Remove stickers and labels from containers: If you want to remove the labels from your jars or stickers from furniture and such, soak them in pure vinegar and wait until the labels peel off on their own or soften enough to be removed manually.
  • Remove wine stains from clothing: Soak the affected clothing in vinegar and let it air for a few minutes, before placing it on your washing machine. This will help only if the fabric is cotton or polyester and if the stain is less than 24 hours old.
  • Deodorize your garbage disposal: Pour a splash of vinegar inside or make ice cubes out of vinegar and water and grind them inside the garbage disposal.
  • Remove water stains from wooden surfaces: If you have a wooden table and somebody placed a wet glass or cup on top, leaving ring marks on the wood, you can scrub them away with a solution in equal parts of olive oil and vinegar.

These are only some of the uses of vinegar, but they will surely help you out in having a clean home!

Tidying Tiny Homes and Apartments

October 19, 2016 by Dallas Maids

Cleaning small apartments and tiny houses

Do you live in a small place? Typical 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and tiny kitchen? Keeping them always clean and maintaining order can become a nightmare. You need to be constantly washing dishes, doing laundry and making sure nothing is left around because with one single piece of paper out of its place and the whole apartment looks like a trash can.

Well, here are a few tips to make sure you don’t end up turning into an organization obsessive compulsive maniac.

  1. Minimalist decoration. Avoid unnecessary ornaments at all costs. We all like to get souvenirs from anywhere we travel to, but, if you’re going to get a Buddha statue that will end up in a corner next to a Mexican hat, think about it twice. Fridge magnets are a nice way of getting a souvenir that will not use any space but will remind you of the good times you had during your holidays.
  2. Have a small trash bin in every space. This way you will make sure all the unnecessary papers, pens, empty containers and bottle caps end up where they need to be. And please, don’t collect wine corks in a jar. That will only show your friends how much you like wine and in a couple of weeks your whole apartment will smell like an old western canteen.
  3. Shelves are your best friends. The best way to keep a small place in order is by using shelves. A small shelf in the kitchen will keep your dishes lined up like army soldiers, another shelf in the living/dining room can help you organize your electronic appliances, and one in the bathroom will avoid confusing your toothbrush with a pipe cleaner in the dark.
  4. Don’t have any pieces of furniture that can allow you to hang things on them. Then, you will have to put your jacket in the closet where it belongs. It is a fact, once you place one jacket on the back of a chair, you will start piling up clothes. And then you’ll have one less place to sit on and a mountain of clothes that, at some point, you’ll miss and wonder – hey didn’t I have a black hoodie? I wonder where I left it. Well, it’s in that pile.
  5. Take advantage of new technologies. Recently TV screens, speakers, laptops and phones are getting slimmer and smaller. Good for you! The less space they take, the less cluttered your place will look.

Virtual Tour of Dallas Maids’ Office

September 10, 2016 by Dallas Maids

Ever wondered what an inside of a maid service looks like?

Well, here’s your chance!

Now granted, it’s not your typical maid service office. Then again, Dallas Maids is not your typical maid service. To get top-notch results you need to do everything, well, top-notch. Office not exempted.

Take a tour of where the cleaning magic happens. Click below and once in, use your mouse or keyboard to navigate around in the 360 tour of our office.

Come on in! Take a tour of our office.

 

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