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How to Start a Maid Service

April 26, 2013 by Dallas Maids

Today we are going to show some love for all of you up and coming cleaning industry tycoons. If you are thinking of starting a residential maid service or if you have launched one recently this video is for you! Here you will get business tips and trade secrets from Dallas Maids, the wildly successful, number one maid service in Dallas.  Ready to make some money? Let’s do it!

Tip #1: Think big or go home!

If your plan is to have a large, thriving cleaning service then you need to treat it that way from the beginning. Write an operations manual outlining company policies and procedures. If you try to fly by the seat of your pants you could crash and burn once you start to expand. Put sustainable systems in place for your operation with your long term goal in mind. Train you employees and enforce company policy from the get go. Having a solid business structure will keep your business from imploding when your workload increases because the weakest part of your chain of operations is where the added pressure of more business can cause a breakdown. If something doesn’t work, rethink it and try something else until you find what works for your company.

Tip #2: Surround yourself with good people

Have high standards and expectations when you choose someone to work for you. Look for honesty, loyalty, passion and principles. You want to form long term working relationships with the people on every level of your business. This should include people that provide services like your attorney and your accountant. Treat your employees with dignity and respect; be fair because a good employee is worth more than a good customer. Expect your customers to do the same, hold them to high standards of behavior as well and if you happen to run into a customer that treats your employees badly… fire that customer! Your employees need to know that you care about their welfare; they will work harder and be loyal to you if you do this. Praise them for a job well done and they will provide consistently excellent service to you clients.

Tip #3: The 80/20 rule

You should know that 20% of your customers will provide you with 80% of your revenue, don’t take them for granted! Likewise 20% of your clients will cause 80% of your problems and you can give yourself permission to let those ones go. Your service will be better for doing so. On the home front 20% of your employees are going to provide 80% of the value so make sure you take care of them and send them to your best top 20% customers.

Tip #4: Know your Customer

You might have hundreds of customers but each of them hopefully only has one maid service… yours! Find out everything you can about your customers, make notes in their record, they don’t want to feel like a number to you. Customize their service and they will keep coming back for more. Tip #5: Reach out Form relationships with other cleaning businesses. The owners tend to be friendly and helpful! Take notes on what is working for them and implement it. Communicate. Exchange ideas. Help each other grow and become better businesses.

Tip #6: Stand Strong and Walk Tall

Don’t compromise your principles for anyone. Have integrity, your word should be golden so don’t give it lightly. Don’t cut corners. Lead your employees by example and they will follow you anywhere.

That’s it for this edition of Clean Freaks; hopefully you got some valuable insight into building a successful and profitable maid service! Congratulations and good luck on your new project from your friends here at Dallas Maids!

 

 

 

Children’s Messes

April 12, 2013 by Dallas Maids

Today. Our best tips for cleaning up after kids!

Kids. They change our lives, warm our hearts and sometimes. they can create very creative messes that their parents have no idea how to clean. Any mom with a toddler can attest to the wide range of cleaning challenges that a small child can throw your way. From the crayon Mona Lisa on your living room wall; to the gum in your carpet; to the stickers on your furniture this video goes out to all of you puzzled parents!

Crayon Scribbles

If you have a budding artist at home chances are you might have some of their artwork on your walls. Here are three methods for removing the scribbles from your painted walls. You should test the method on an inconspicuous part of the wall first just to be safe:

  • Rub it with toothpaste, just make sure it’s toothpaste not gel. The toothpaste should lift crayon off of most painted walls and then you just wipe the surface clean with a damp rag.
  • Spray hairspray on it. This one is also good for permanent marker scribbles. Just spray and wipe it clean.
  • Try an art eraser, you can pick them up at big grocery stores now. They magically erase all kinds of scribbles on a variety of surfaces.

Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is tasty, fun and a parent’s worst cleaning nightmare. So what to do if you have a sticky lump of gum in your carpet?

First, remove as much of the gum as you possibly can by hand. Careful not to damage the carpet fibers! Then put some ice cubes in a bag and hold the bag against the gum until it freezes. Once it’s frozen you can chip away at the frozen gum with a metal spoon, collecting the frosty shavings as you go. Once you have removed the gum completely you can use a little dry cleaning solution on the spot to zap any remaining hidden stickiness. Blot that up and finish up by giving the spot a quick scrub with a bit of soapy water, a mild dish soap works well. Rinse and blot dry with a clean towel for the win!

Stickers

Who gave your toddler the stickers? We don’t know but now your home is sticker-fied. When you try to pull them off you may be left with either a gray or white sticky spot. Clean freaks to the rescue! You can try:

  • Nail polish remover – obviously you don’t want to use this on anything painted or on delicate materials.
  • Hair spray – No really! Just spray it on and wipe it off.
  • Heat. Use a hair dryer to heat the gooey stain and then clean it with warm soapy water. Rinse and dry as needed.

We hope these kid-inspired cleaning tips made cleaning up after your children a bit easier. That’s it for this edition of Clean Freaks and as always: if it sounds like too much work just call Dallas Maids!

 

 

 

Cleaning Painted Walls

April 5, 2013 by Dallas Maids

Even if the rest of your house is spotlessly clean, grungy walls can make your home look dirty. Before you reach for more paint to mask the problem learn how to clean your painted walls in this video.

Find your finish…

The way you should clean your walls and the effectiveness of washing them will all depend on the paint you are cleaning. Most wall paint will be of one of the four following varieties:

Baked Enamel

Baked enamel is the easiest paint to clean, so if this is your paint you are in luck. The enamel paint is durable and doesn’t easily stain, dirt can’t easily penetrate this paint. You will typically see baked enamel on appliances etcetera Feel free to give baked enamel a good scrub with a mild abrasive cleaner, a heavy duty cleaner or a degreaser if needed. Just be careful not to use any harsh abrasives, steel wool or serious solvents as any of these can dull or scratch that shiny finish!

General Purpose Enamel

This is a popular paint choice for kitchens or bathrooms especially. This kind of enamel paint is pretty durable and can clean up nicely if you give it a light scrubbing with a neutral cleaner and a white scrubby sponge. Avoid color sponges that may stain white walls and stay away from abrasive cleaners. If your enamel is latex based don’t get it too wet, you can dry as you go. Oil based enamels are more resistant to water damage.  The finish will also affect your outcome, glossy enamels are the easiest to clean, followed by semi-gloss and satin. Satin finish is the least washable of the enamel family.

Flat Latex

Flat latex paints are the least durable and washable of the interior paints. You run the risk of removing some of the paint if you scrub too hard so be careful! A mild cleaner and a soft rag are acceptable, just don’t get the walls too wet. Rinse off the product quickly and if you can blot the walls to dry with a clean towel that’s even better.

Exterior Paint

Obviously you will usually see this paint on the outside of your home. It’s pretty durable but you should still steer clear of using pressure washers or harsh chemicals as these can both damage the paint. Instead give it a scrub with a mild detergent and then rinse it off with a hose. You may need a ladder or a long handled brush to reach the high up trim.

The hard and fast rules for cleaning painted walls are: know your paint, know it’s weaknesses and know when it may just be time for a fresh coat. That’s it for this edition of Clean Freaks and as always: if it sounds like too much work just call Dallas Maids!

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning 2013 Infographic – Get it Done!

March 29, 2013 by admin

 

spring cleaning infographic

 

Removing Pet Stains from Carpet

March 22, 2013 by Dallas Maids

Pets are our faithful companions, our confidantes and truly a part of the family. But even the most devoted pet owner is dismayed to see a puppy puddle on the carpet. This all too common problem can ruin your carpet if not treated quickly. In this video we will tell you everything you need to know about treating pet stains on your carpets.

Soak It Up

The earlier you can catch and treat the spot, the better your chances of successfully removing both the stain and the odor. If it just happened blot the spot with rags or towels to absorb as much of the liquid as possible. Put some pressure on the stain to absorb moisture that may be trapped closer to the carpet pad, you can step on the towels if necessary. Once you have picked up as much of the liquid as possible it’s time to treat the spot with a liquid enzyme/bacteria digester, you can find one at the pet shop. Follow the directions on the packaging and label. Make sure you leave the product on for the entire soaking time as indicated in the directions. Spray the entire stain with the digestor, cover the area in plastic and step on it to really work that product down deep and into the pad.

Now. what if you didn’t catch Fifi in the act? What can be done for old stains?

Old Stains

Old stains can be tough or next to impossible to remove. Go ahead and treat them with the enzyme digestor, again covering the area in plastic to keep it from drying out while the product is working. If your pet has had frequent accidents in this same spot you may need to neutralize all of the ammonia as it will interfere with the digester’s progress. Four hours after applying the product you should rinse the area with a vinegar and water solution. A cup of vinegar in a gallon of warm water is perfect. Rinse the carpet with that and then dose he area again with the digester.

Professional Help

 If after all of that work you still have a stain then it’s time to call a professional carpet cleaning and deodorizing specialist. Solutions range from steam cleaning to replacing the pad and possibly treating the subfloor with acid. It’s important to treat the stain and odor down to the very bottom layer or else your pooch will remember the spot and go back there again to do it’s business.

To sum it up: Pet stains are best treated early to avoid costly replacement costs down the road. That’s it for this edition of Clean Freaks and as always: if it sounds like too much work just call Dallas Maids!

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning Grout

March 15, 2013 by Dallas Maids

Out of all of the bathroom cleaning tasks it seems like cleaning the grout is one that people struggle the most with. If you have classic white grout in normal condition you just need to give it a good scrub with a grout brush and a heavy duty cleaning product. Rinse it well and voila you are done.  If you have colored grout, old grout or mildew stains then you should follow our step by step instructions for your specific grout problem. In this episode we will teach you how to successfully clean different kinds of grout so that you too can be a grout guru.

Old Grout

If your grout has seen better days not to worry, you can give it new life with a few simple steps. First you will need to clean the grout with either a wax stripper or a heavy-duty cleaner. Use a grout brush to scrub it thoroughly. If you run into any really tough stains you can use a bleaching cleanser on the affected grout. Once the grout is as clean as you can get it, make sure you rinse it completely to remove product residues. Let it dry completely then apply a masonry sealer over the dry grout so it won’t stain so easily in the future.

Colored Grout

You should avoid using bleach based products on colored grout. Instead use a heavy duty cleaner and scrub the grout with your grout brush to get it as clean as possible. For any super stubborn stains you can use a one part bleach to five parts water mixture but just be aware that this could possibly affect the color of your grout. Again, rinse it well and let it dry before applying a masonry sealer to make future cleanings a piece of cake.

Mildew Stains

Mildew is not only unsightly, it’s unhealthy! Luckily it’s not impossible to get rid of mildew stains on your grout, you just need to mix a solution of 1 part chlorine bleach to 5 parts plain water. Apply the solution to the entire affected area and scrub it with a grout brush until the stains disappear. Once you’re finished, make sure to rinse the area very thoroughly to remove any leftover traces of bleach.

Well, that’s it for this edition of Clean Freaks and as always: if it sounds like too much work just call Dallas Maids!

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning Guide Video – Spring Cleaning Tips to Get it Done in 2013!

March 8, 2013 by admin

pretty spring flower

Away with winter stuffiness, spring is our favorite time of the year! Sunshine, fresh breezes, flowers; what’s not to love? Spring cleaning is all about bringing that sunny, breezy freshness indoors. It’s a time honored tradition dating back centuries, a season to air the house out and do a through cleaning to start the new year. To kick off the 2013 spring cleaning season we are rolling out our latest Clean Freaks Spring Cleaning Guide Video, a step by step spring cleaning guide that is sure to get you motivated!

Hopefully after that you are ready and inspired to do some deep cleaning of your own! Before you do, here are some easy ways to make sure your spring cleaning goes as smoothly as possible:

  1. Make your list. You’ll actually need to make a couple. First you’ll need a cleaning list, check out our free printable one here: Then you’ll need to make a list of the supplies you’ll need to get the job done. That way you won’t be running out to the store for more window cleaner halfway through the day.
  2. Pick a day. Be generous when estimating the time it will take to complete everything on your list. You might put aside a Saturday or a whole weekend just depending on how long that list is.
  3. Enlist your troops. Family and friends will help if you ask and if you sweeten the deal with a couple of pizzas and some drinks they will do it with a smile.
  4. Make a follow up plan. It’s likely that you will purge a lot of “stuff” during the spring cleaning process that you won’t want to put back into your perfectly clean and organized home. Make a plan ahead of time to deal with the excess. Schedule a charity pickup or plan a yard sale for some extra cash!

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning!

March 8, 2013 by Dallas Maids

Today we are going to tackle a time honored clean freak tradition: spring cleaning! After a long winter of stuffiness and gloom it’s so nice to give your home a deep, refreshing clean from top to bottom! Of course any time of year can be a good time for a deep clean and with these easy tips you might want to do it more than once a year! Don’t be intimidated, we’ll take it one room at a time. Ready? Let’s get started!

 

Bedrooms

The heart of the bedroom is of course the bed, so let’s start there. Remove all of the sheets, comforters, bed skirts, pillows, pillowcases and the mattress pad. Strip that bed! All of the bedding goes to wash; you should take down the curtains too! If you don’t want to be bothered with all of that laundry you might take it all to the laundry mat and finish quickly. Next step, we flip the mattress. We like to open the windows and let all of that spring air and sunshine in while we work! Now it’s time to bust clutter and organize from top to bottom. Pull everything out of the closets. Have boxes and bags handy for items you may decide to donate or toss. Items that need to be mended should go in a separate pile. Winter clothes can be set aside for cleaning and storage.

 

Bathrooms

One of the most cluttered areas of any bathroom can be the medicine cabinet. Go through all of the medicine and items, checking the expiration dates. Dispose of expired medication or medication that isn’t properly labeled by placing it into a plastic bag and throwing it in the trash, NOT by flushing it down the toilet as this contaminates water supplies. Another clutter magnet is the bathroom counter; consolidate those half empty cosmetic bottles and jars. Toss the empties and also dispose of any product that has changed color, texture or that smells funny. Wash your shower curtain and replace the liner if necessary. You should also wash the bathroom rugs and hang them to dry.

 

The Kitchen

Head straight for the pantry and cabinets, toss any food or spices that are past their expiration date. Same goes for the items in the fridge. Wipe the shelves in the cabinets and the refrigerator with a damp rag and a little product before replacing the good food. Next you can defrost the freezer if it’s not one that’s frost-free, and clean the inside thoroughly. Clean the oven and the burner drip pans. Go the extra mile and clean the vent filter and the vent hood too!  If you are able to move the large kitchen appliances to clean the floor underneath them now is the time to do so.

 

Around the House

Now that we’ve conquered the specific tasks for specific rooms, here are some things you can do throughout the house to get that perfect spring clean!

-Wash the windows inside and out

-Wash throw pillows if possible or at least set them outside to air out

-Wash area rugs or hang them outside to beat the dust out!

-If your window screens are dirty, remove them, wash them and put them back in place

-Move any large furniture so that you can vacuum or sweep underneath

 

A thorough spring cleaning renews your home and your spirit for a new year, so take the time to do it right. That’s it for this edition of Clean Freaks and as always: if it sounds like too much work just call Dallas Maids!

 

 

 

 

How to Be the Best Maid Service in Dallas – Our “Secret” Recipe

March 4, 2013 by admin

Dallas Maids Green

There are a LOT of cleaning services in Dallas; competition is fierce but for years Dallas Maids has been above the fray. How do we stay on top year after year? Our “secret recipe” isn’t a really a secret, ask our happy customers and they will tell you: Dallas Maids has the best people, the best service, the best value in maid service in Dallas since 2004.

The Best People

We turn away wonderful housekeepers all the time… because we only hire exceptional housekeepers. They have to absolutely “wow” us with spectacular references, outstanding experience and perfect people skills. If they can get past that initial interview then they still have to pass a thorough background check and it better be spotless. From there they go to maid training boot camp until we are 100% sure that they are ready to join our elite team of maids.

Sounds exhausting right? You can be sure that anyone that goes through all that trouble must really want to work for Dallas Maids. And why wouldn’t they? We don’t cut any corners when it comes to taking care of our staff, we know that a great work environment and fair treatment are the keys to keeping our good people at Dallas Maids for years to come. We have an incredibly low employee turnover rate and that’s because:

  1. We pay them what they are worth. We hate it when we get wind of a maid service in Dallas that is paying minimum wage. We want all of our employees to earn enough to live a dignified life and provide well for their families.
  2. We treat them fairly. We do everything in our power to provide our employees with a safe, enjoyable working environment. Everyone from management on down to our customers are expected to treat our housekeepers with respect.
  3. We show them our appreciation. From bonuses to promotions to company events, we let our people know that we appreciate their hard work!

The Best Service

We are obsessed with great customer service. Here are some ways we are setting the customer service bar for every other maid service in Dallas:

  1. Killer Communication. We make it so easy to get in touch and stay connected. On any given day we are talking to clients on the phone, on Facebook, on our live chat via our website (http://www.dallasmaids.com ) … we are totally wired for every client! Our site is set up for easy viewing on mobile devices and you can find us on Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, all over the web!
  2. Fuss Free Booking. Our friendly office staff make setting up service so easy; from a free quote right over the phone to our full range of convenient payment options booking couldn’t be simpler!
  3. The Perfect Clean. Cleaning is what we are best at and nobody does it better than Dallas Maids! Top to bottom, room by room, every surface of every home gets cleaned and polished to perfection. We are so confident about the quality of our cleaning service that we guarantee our client’s satisfaction every time.
  4. VIP Treatment! Our customers are very important people and we make sure they know it;  every client gets personalized service to fit their specific needs, availability and budget. If they have special requests, we happily accommodate them; if they have questions, we have cheerful answers; if they aren’t 100% satisfied, we make it right and don’t quit until they are happy customers!

The Best Value in Maid Service in Dallas

We don’t cut corners: we arm the best people with the best equipment and training, then we back them up with stellar customer service and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. A lot of cleaning services try to take shortcuts like using low quality cleaning products or hiring contract workers; they gamble with their client’s home and possessions by sending untrained workers to clean. You’d be surprised how many of these companies don’t have insurance to protect their clients and how many don’t bother running background checks because they don’t want to pay the fee for the report.

Dallas Maids is built on rock solid moral and ethical values like integrity, transparency and accountability. We work hard to earn our client’s trust and then work twice as hard to keep it. You won’t find a faceless corporation or franchise here; we are from Dallas, we love Dallas and Dallas loves us back!

 

Ten Minute Fast Clean

March 1, 2013 by Dallas Maids

Have you ever received a call from a friend on a lazy Saturday saying they are going to stop by to visit? Hopefully you didn’t hang up only to look around in dismay at an untidy home. It has happened to the best of us at times. Unexpected visitors can unnerve even veteran clean freaks. In this video we will show you how to clean for unplanned company in 10 minutes flat. No time to waste, let’s get started.

Pick a Space

Decide quickly where you will be receiving your visitor. Where will you be spending time with them? Usually this is the living room. Almost all of your efforts will go into this room. You will be shutting the doors on the rest of the rooms, so you can forget for the moment that they exist.

Hide the clutter

Get a big container; a box, a garbage bag or a laundry basket will do. Place everything that is not supposed to be in that room in the container. Don’t waste time separating, you can do that later. Make a very rapid sweep of the room, collecting any items on the couches, floors, tables and anywhere else easily in sight of where your guest will be. Once you have gathered everything, stick the container in another room and shut the door.

Grab a rag

. . . And a spray bottle type cleaning product like glass cleaner or multi surface cleaner. Wipe down the tables and surfaces in your chosen area.

Hit the bathroom

Your guest may visit your bathroom at some point so you will want to make sure it gets a once over too. Collect clutter from the counters and floors and either toss it into a cabinet or hide it in another room. Spray some product in your toilet bowl and while it soaks use your rag and spray bottle to quickly wipe down the counters and sink. Close your shower door or shower curtain to block any view of the shower area. Give your toilet bowl a very fast scrub, wipe down the seat with your rag and toss it in the trash on your way out.

Finishing touches

If at all possible, dim the lights in the area you just tidied up. Not that you should receive your guests in the dark but dimmer light is more forgiving to areas you may have missed. Light some scented candles; it will look festive and smell nice. Aerosol air freshener will work if you don’t have candles on hand. You can also try to create a distraction by turning on the television or setting out some no-fuss food you may have on hand.

Your 10 minutes should be up by now but if your guest has still not arrived here are a few more things you can squeeze in while you wait:

-If you have a lot of dirty dishes in the kitchen you can stick them in the oven

-Sweep the floor in your chosen room or vacuum very quickly there

-Take a second to change clothes or get spruced up yourself, after all it’s you that your guest is coming to see!

Well, that’s it for this edition of Clean Freaks and as always: if it sounds like too much work just call Dallas Maids!

 

 

 

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