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August 9, 2022 by Dallas Maids

Dallas Maids is a member of ARCSI

Dallas Maids has been a member of ARCSI since 2018. ARCSI, the residential arm of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, is dedicated to improving the standard of professionalism in the residential cleaning industry. With ARCSI membership, members position their businesses as the professional, trusted, and experienced resource their customers need. ARCSI provides members with the resources, connections, and tools they need to succeed and be profitable.

ARCSI, the residential arm of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, is dedicated to improving the standard of professionalism in the residential cleaning industry. With ARCSI membership, you will position your business as the professional, trusted, and experienced resource your customers need.

ARCSI and ISSA provide members with the resources, connections, and tools they need to succeed and be profitable. ARCSI and its members form a vibrant community, supporting one another and sharing knowledge for the advancement of all.

We know that the current pandemic continues to cause challenges for your business. At ARCSI, we are able to provide our members access to resources that can help your business survive the pandemic. We know that our residential cleaners are essential workers – and we want you to be protected and prepared.

~ Source: ARCSI membership page at https://arcsi.org/membership/

7 Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

July 29, 2022 by Dallas Maids

7 Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Your Home - Dallas Maids

Hello! We hope you’re having a great week! Today we wanted to create an article to talk about the air in your home, and some strategies to improve air quality to keep it fresh and clean. This is a subject that’s important for many people and we don’t see it being discussed frequently enough.

Over the last couple of years, especially after COVID-19, we know how important it is the air we breathe. If it carries germs, bacteria, or any other allergens, it can present a series of complications to our health and wellbeing.

In fact, many immunocompromised people are much more sensitive to air quality, as well as people that are asthmatic or allergic to pollen, dust, or other components.

But not only does it affect us in the health field, but also the psychological and well-being aspect. Who wants to work or start their day when the air quality is not great? We all know how it feels like to work or just stay at home when the air feels heavy and unpleasant. It makes you feel drowsy, uncomfortable, and sleepy.

Now, we know how important it is to clean frequently in order to maintain air quality in your household, either by yourself or by hiring a cleaning service. But there are also many other strategies that you can implement in order to improve your indoor air quality.

You’ll notice results right away: not only in your body but also in your mind and your mood during the day. Let’s check them out!


Open Your Windows


It’s so important to let airflow into your rooms by opening windows, even if you don’t use them that frequently. This is even more important in areas that are constantly under the presence of humidity, such as your laundry room. This will prevent mold from growing.

Opening up windows for at least 30 minutes every day in each room will make a huge improvement, especially when there is sunlight. Basically, sunlight and airflow are the worst enemies for mold and bacteria.

By opening windows, new air is coming in constantly and doesn’t allow bacteria and mold to build up.

Related: Glass Cleaning: Let’s Make It Cleaner

Opening Windows

Clean and Replace Air Vents


Dirty air filters are the silent killers, in a way. It can even cause respiratory issues in the long run if you don’t know or don’t act fast enough.

To clean an air filter, make sure to follow instructions depending on the make and model. Most of your air vent covers are flat and easily removable, which makes them perfect to clean and maintain easily.

For regular maintenance (ideally 2 to 4 times a month) you can vacuum them without needing to remove them.

Then, occasionally (once every 2 months) you will need to remove them for deeper cleaning. Soak them in a large bowl or in your bathtub, in hot, soapy water. Ideally, you would use a grout and tile brush, but if you don’t have one any cleaning brush will work. You should add an old toothbrush for detail cleaning as well.

Soak your vents for 30 minutes and then start brushing everything away. If you have a steam cleaner or a detachable showerhead, this will make your job much faster and easier you can point the nozzle to the exact spot where dirt is building up.

You will immediately notice that your breathing will improve, especially if you haven’t cleaned it in a while.

Related: 7 Steps to a Clean Smelling House

Clean Air Vents

Get an Oil Diffuser


Essential oils are oil solutions that are extracted from different types of flowers, trees, and fruits. Other cleaning blogs have mentioned the cleaning properties of essential oils, such as our fellas from Emily’s Maids.

Among the different ways you can use essential oils, you also have the oil diffuser route. An oil diffuser is a machine that slowly diffuses the essential oil you place in the reservoir with some water. This way you will be breathing a very small portion of that oil.

They are extremely affordable (around $15 to $20) and many of them come with an automatic setting, and they double up as a lamp too.

However, keep in mind you will need to place a few drops of essential oil regularly, and they can be a bit expensive. However, they only need one or two drops to work so a large bottle will come a long way.

Research has shown that essential oils come with different therapeutic properties.

We do have to add a little disclaimer here, and it’s that most pets are allergic to many types of essential oils. If you have any, make sure to check with your vet, and stop using them if you notice a skin or respiratory issue in your pet (or in yourself, of course).

Related: 7 Steps to a Clean Smelling House

Adding Essential Oils to an Oil Diffuser

Use an Air Purifier


An air purifier is the most direct, obvious choice if you want to improve the quality of the air. The way it works is that it combines an air filter and a fan. These filters are usually made out of paper and fiberglass.

The fan absorbs the current air and the filter separates the particles, letting fresh air circulate back.

But what about price availability? Well, they became popular among more and more households, which made them more affordable with time. Right now, you can find really affordable air purifiers in the $100 range.

Keep in mind that air purifiers come with air filters that are very similar to HVAC vents, and therefore need to be cleaned frequently to ensure all the dirt and bacteria are removed and it continues to work perfectly.

However, keep in mind that, while we recommend opening up windows earlier, you will have to close them while using an air purifier to ensure it will work efficiently.

Portable air purifier

Add Houseplants


It is common knowledge that plants increase the quality of the air. You can add a devil’s ivy, a spider plant, or a rubber tree, which are great at absorbing harmful chemicals in the air.

Other great options are chrysanthemums or “mums”, snake plants, and aloe vera (which you can use for treating your skin as well, for example.)

There are so many design ideas to create your own little plant area in your home. Many species require low maintenance and water and they will help improve the air quality just as nicely.

Plants can reduce levels of carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, among many other chemical compounds.

They are not miraculous by any means but they will be helpful, especially when combined with other tips.

Besides improving air quality, research has shown that indoor plants also reduce stress and blood pressure. And they are also a nice décor to add life and colorful vibes to your home!

Adding Houseplants to improve air quality - Dallas Maids

Vacuum Regularly to Increase Air Quality


Bacteria and allergens do not only float around in the air, they eventually settle on your floors and furniture.

This is particularly important if you have pets. Pet dander slowly builds up on the floors and furniture.

When vacuuming, it is important to do the job with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter. This filter will be able to absorb even the tiniest particles and leave your air fresh and clean. If you’re sneezing constantly, it might be because of this!

You should vacuum your home at least once a week, although this can be increased to twice a week or every other day if you have small kids and/or pets.

If possible, get yourself an upholstery cleaner, especially if you have carpet floors or several pieces of furniture. With an upholstery wet-dry cleaner, you will press a cleaning solution into the fabric and then vacuum dirty water out of your furniture.

Related: What Is The Best Way To Vacuum Your House?

Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner - Dallas Maids

Improve Your Air Quality With a Humidifier Or Dehumidifier


Humidity is also an important factor. According to research, the comfortable level of humidity is somewhere between 40 – 60%. Other scientists recommend a 30 – 50% range.

Dallas is known for changing humidity levels suddenly, even on the same day (up to 40% sometimes!). This creates a massive discomfort, and you might start to feel “sticky”, for example. Discomfort increases when combined with unpleasant temperature levels as well.

However, if your area has sudden changes in humidity, this means that sometimes you will need a humidifier, and other times a dehumidifier. What you can do in this case is to select a device with custom humidity control, to select your exact desired level.

Besides, the most comfortable humidity level varies during the winter (30 – 40%) and summer (50 – 60%).

Similar to oil diffusers, they are usually almost silent and can run all day long. They are very affordable as well nowadays, and you have hundreds of models to choose from, depending on the size of your home.


Conclusion


There you have it! 7 tips to improve the quality of your indoor air. Some of them are easier or less expensive than others, but they are all effective nonetheless. You can try to incorporate them into your routine slowly.

As we mentioned earlier, with better air quality you will breathe better and feel more relaxed at home.

And don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed. Remember you can always hire a cleaning service!

6 Eco-friendly Cleaning Brands to Try This Month

July 15, 2022 by Dallas Maids

6 Eco-Friendly and Natural Cleaning Brands to Try This Month - Dallas Maids

Hello! Today, we’re going to talk about eco-friendly cleaning brands for you to try this month.

First of all, we hope you had fun this 4th of July! Our friends from Memphis Maids created a post Fourth of July cleaning checklist in case you haven’t cleaned your home yet after Independence Day.

Now, let’s talk about this week’s article. We know how important it is to take care of the environment and yourself. Over the years, we’ve started to see not only eco-friendly versions of existing products but also entire brands dedicated to creating green and natural products.

In fact, we’ve talked in the past about eco-friendly cleaning products and how to choose them.

In the US, cleaning companies are not required legally to disclose the ingredients in their products. This means that they can include harmful components, volatile fumes, or other chemicals causing you allergies, skin reactions, or other side effects.

Besides, in case you didn’t know, there’s actually a movement called Plastic Free July. The main goal, of course, is to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics and take this month as a learning experience for the rest of the year.

This is why we’ve decided to talk about some brands that are offering natural and eco-friendly cleaning products. These brands offer alternative, non-toxic cleaning agents which are safe both for the environment and for your household. We’ve also considered the use of non-plastic packaging, refillable options, and biodegradable residues.

Let’s take a look at these brands. Some of them are easily recognizable and popular, some are less known, but they are effective and eco-friendly nonetheless.

Green Non Toxic Cleaning Products Dallas Maids

Dropps


Dropps is an eco-friendly brand with over 15 years on the market and offers a wide variety of laundry and household cleaning products.

Their packaging is outstanding. It is very well thought-out, and it is mostly made out of cardboard and glass.

The components for each product are all effective and non-toxic. They are created using plant-based and mineral-based components. In the case of the Dropps brand, it uses harmless cleaning agents such as baking soda, essential oils, and plant extracts.

Among the most popular products are laundry pods, created with a polyvinyl alcohol membrane, which breaks down into water and carbon dioxide, avoiding the use of plastic.

You can also find oxi-boosters. These are oxygen-based whitening pods. They are safer and less aggressive than chlorine.

A great “green flag” for this company, and other companies in general, is the transparency about their products. They give you a detailed list of each component, their origin (most of them plant-based or mineral-based) and the purpose of that component.

Not only will this allow you to know the product you’re getting, but will also let you advert quickly for any products you’re allergic to, or that you disagree with for other reasons (ethical, environmental, etc.)

Dropps Green Cleaning Products

Attitude


This brand specializes in eco-refills. They have the perfect combination of cardboard packaging with a spigot to use as a dispenser and refill a smaller bottle. And they extend this concept to several of their products. Even their deodorant is plastic-free!

They offer a wide variety of cleaning and personal care products: anything from multi-purpose cleaner and laundry detergent to body wash and hair shampoo.

As for their components, they use plant and mineral-based ingredients such as citric acid, sodium carbonate (washing soda), or coco glucoside.

It is actually a Canadian brand, so it can be a bit more on the expensive side (compared to other brands). However, because of the bulk container for the refills (67 oz), it means that the price per oz can be cheaper than other brands with smaller containers.

Attitude Eco-friendly Cleaning Products

Cleancult


The brand Cleancult is another well-known company in the U.S.

They have a really interesting approach when it comes to their packaging: it is recycled cardboard and it comes in something similar to a carton of milk. It certainly has a lot of personality! Cartons are also recyclable in the future.

As for their formula, they use mostly fruit-based cleaning ingredients, such as coconut oil, citric acid, and aloe vera.

The formula is biodegradable, which means that both the product and the container will have a non-toxic end of life. Even the shipping is sustainable! It is entirely made out of cardboard and paper.

Although you might find Cleancult (and eco-friendly brands overall) a bit more expensive than more commercial brands, keep in mind that their products are concentrated. This has a deep implication.

Not only you’re getting more product in the long run for less, but also the packaging is less contaminating to the environment since you’re using less paper and cardboard each time.

They also offer reusable glass containers and bottles, whether it’s for storage, with a soap dispenser cap, or with a spray cap. These types of dispensers are perfect for managing the exact amount of product you need for each use, and in the case of sprays, it spreads the product evenly on the surface. They created dishwasher tablets which are created for one load as well.

Cleancult Green Cleaning

Pur Home


Pur Home is one of the youngest brands on this list, founded only around 5 years ago.

They do offer products in plastic bottles as well. However, it doesn’t mean they can’t be reused many times.

They meet the highest standards of cruelty-free production for household products. If veganism and cruelty-free are important to you, then this is a solid option to consider.

We’ve talked previously about transparency and ethics about their ingredients. In the same line of thought, Pur Home has an Ingredient Glossary on its website. They break down each chemical with its scientific name, their “normal” name, and their origin and purpose.

Like other brands, they offer concentrated cleaning products and, in this case, their “star” product is a multi-purpose cleaner. All-purpose cleaners are very popular in the homemade cleaning world because they come with several benefits.

First, it is easier to manage your cleaning products when you have less variety. If you have 10 different types of detergent and sanitizers, you might forget to refill or replace them individually. 

Second, it’s easier to carry around a single bottle of product and the rest of cleaning supplies (towels, sponges, etc.) while you go through each room and area.

You also find concentrate “pacs” or individual pods for doing laundry.

Unfortunately, they do use plastic packaging in their products, so keep that in mind if this is important to you. It is, however, cruelty-free and vegan.

Pur Home Cleaning Products

Blueland


Something really interesting about Blueland is that they do not use artificial dyes or fragrances. Many of their products are transparent and odorless.

Besides, they are free of harmful chemicals such as ammonia and phthalates. In our Green Cleaning Products guide, you can find all the side effects of these types of chemicals.

Their refill packs come in paper bags and they offer discounts for buying in bulk. Again, this means less contamination, less packaging, and more savings in the long run for you.

Something that happens frequently with these products and brands is that you might get overwhelmed. Maybe you’re interested in some of their products but are not sure which one to pick first.

In this case, the good news is that Blueland, (and many of the brands above) offers starter kits with many different containers and cleaning agents for your home. Again, they offer discounts as well for these kits so you’re getting more product for less.

You can find glass + mirror cleaner sets, and it is one of the few brands that offer plastic-free toilet cleaner tablets!

Blueland Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Common Good


Last but not least, we have Common Good. This is a brand with a very particular aesthetic. Their packaging is extremely simple and straight to the point.  

Besides, it is one of the very few brands with a large refill dish soap, 2.5 Gallons to be exact. That’s a lot! And, in fact, you can take the plastic liner that the product comes with and return it to the brand to be reused many times.

They do use plastic packaging, but they are refillable plastic bottles and plastic pouches, which are much less contaminating than single-use plastic. They use plant and mineral-based cleaning products with essential oils for added scents.

Common Good offers other cleaning supplies such as different types of wooden cleaning brushes, reusable glass bottles, and even a kitchen caddy set!

It is one of the longest-running companies on this list, being created in 2010. It is cruelty-free as well.

Common Good Green Cleaning Products

Conclusion


We hope you get to try these brands. It’s important for cleaning manufacturers to help build a better, greener company.

Of course, you can try many other brands as well.

Remember that you can also check our Homemade Cleaner recipes. Nothing is more eco-friendly than using your own products at home to create your own cleaning recipes!

Also, don’t forget to check our booking page to find about our cleaning services in Dallas. We use eco-friendly cleaning supplies as much as possible.

We hope these brands inspired you and we can’t wait for you to read our next article!

Disclaimer: These brands are not sponsored by Dallas Maids or vice versa.

How to Clean a Home: Two of Dallas Maids’ Best Professional House Cleaners Share Their Method

June 27, 2022 by Dallas Maids

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I’ve been in the house cleaning industry for 2 decades. Reyna and Vicky, two of the best professional house cleaners I’ve had the privileged to work with, shared their cleaning steps with me. Here, I write them down to share with you. Here are some tips on how to clean a home:


Before we enter, we prepare for the cleaning by putting together the material needed to clean. If it is a first-time clean, we take everything. If it is a regular clean, we take only what is needed.

And iff the house is a 2-story house, you start from the top floor, dusting from top to bottom working your way downstairs. (Example: ceiling fans, lamps, blinds).

If the home has a fireplace, start off by cleaning the fireplace because the ashes spread.

In the bathrooms, you remove the floor mats. Never step on, vacuum, or use cleaning solutions on the mats. Then vacuum the bathroom floor, and soak the shower/tub, sinks and toilets. Start by dusting ceiling fans, blinds, and Windex mirrors, and cleaning window sills and window blinds.

Once done, scrub your showers/tubs, use a toilet bowl brush to scrub the toilets, and clean counters and sinks, polishing the chrome once done.

When dusting you start at one point and should finish at that same point going clockwise. (Remember to clean baseboards first with a duster and then with a damp rag. Dusting includes doors, baseboards, light switches, lamps, and knick-knacks.

You will follow the same dusting system in all other rooms and areas.

In the kitchen, check the oven and refrigerator if it is a first-time clean, presoak if needed. Otherwise, you will start with the dusting from top to bottom, starting with cabinets above, windows sills, and blinds.

On countertops, you will clean small appliances and items. Ensure you clean underneath items, placing them in the same spot. Clean drawers and cabinets at the bottom.

When it is a move out clean inside and outside of cabinets, drawers, refrigerator, and oven. Clean windows, window sills, and window blinds.

Once you have cleaned all areas, vacuum all carpets and hard floors. Then mop the hardware floors.

Once you have finished, go to every area to check for details making sure everything was cleaned properly and everything is in its place (example: pillowcases, furniture, lights, etc.)

Rub your hand over the countertops and bar in the kitchen and bathrooms to make sure you do not feel dirt and grime. Check the mirrors for streak marks and missed areas.

There you have it! These expert tips on how to clean a home will help you get things done quickly and efficiently.

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning

June 13, 2022 by Dallas Maids

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning

Like everything in life, cleaning can be improved when you know what mistakes you’re doing. Trial and error are important in our daily routines and of course, that includes knowing what, when, and how to clean.

This is why this week’s article is all about learning -and changing- any cleaning mistakes you make. This will cover everything from using the wrong products to techniques that are not efficient and even planning out your cleaning tasks the wrong way can extend your cleaning process unnecessarily, for hours even.

Over the years, we have seen and heard all types of horror stories about stained floors, ruined laundry, and clogged drains, as well as endless cleaning routines that go for hours and hours. All because of wrong products, techniques, and planning.

Let’s get right into it! Here are 5 common cleaning mistakes and how you can fix them.


Mixing Cleaning Products


First, it is dangerous. Two chemicals that are not meant to be mixed can make a mess in an instant. Anything from excessive foam to releasing toxic fumes.

Second, it is contaminating. Many of these products end up in the ocean causing harm to aquatic life. Everything from an excessive increase of algae (which leaves fish without oxygen) to microplastics and other harmful chemicals that end up in the ocean.

Besides, the plastic packaging will most likely end up in the ocean as well. Commercial cleaning products tend to be one-time plastic packaging, instead of other solutions such as non-plastic packaging or reusable plastic.

If you check our guide for choosing green products, you will know exactly what to avoid before you buy your cleaning products.

Now you even find these “challenges” on social media such as Instagram and TikTok. They show people mixing different cleaning products, especially into the toilet. This, of course, is wrong on so many levels.

Not only it is dangerous and contaminating, but it is also a waste of product. Everyone knows how expensive cleaning products can be, particularly if they are commercial, specialized products.

Mixing Cleaning Products

     


Cleaning In a Hurry


Acting in a hurry creates the opposite outcome for most cases.

The biggest consequence is that you might plan or even start different cleaning tasks that you won’t have the time to finish, leading you to feel frustrated or overwhelmed.

You will -most likely- clean and scrub your items and surfaces in an unorganized way that will lead you to repeat steps or spend extra energy.

For example, you might make small cleaning mistakes such as sweeping and mopping your floors and then wiping surfaces and shelves above. This will only cause dust and debris to fall on top of your floor and you will have to repeat steps unnecessarily.

One of the most common cleaning mistakes is to apply your cleaning product to surfaces and then start scrubbing or brushing right away. This happens often when you are cleaning surfaces such as countertops, floors, and shower walls.

This will tire you quickly, because of the physical effort of mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming. But it will also lead to your surfaces or furniture getting scratched or discolored by applying a constant, strong motion to the surface (such as the movement of scrubbing up and down constantly). 

Besides setting a proper time window for cleaning, you will need to come up with a structure to optimize your resources, being time the most valuable.

Examples like cleaning surfaces from top to bottom and letting your cleaning products act on the surfaces for 15 – 30 minutes before wiping or scrubbing, will make you spend less time and energy on the same tasks.

Overwhelmed after cleaning in a hurry

Not Planning Your Cleaning


There are many issues in different areas when you don’t create a cleaning plan beforehand.

Even though spontaneous cleaning sprees are better than not cleaning, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be the most successful or productive use of your time.

You will end up cleaning too much or too little. This can cause, for example, some surfaces end up getting worn out and “aged” too fast, while other areas are unkempt and dirty.

Additionally, this can cause stress when you don’t plan things out because you get overwhelmed with unrealistic cleaning goals.

Planning your cleaning process will help you keep track of all areas and cleaning tasks, as well as save you time by not needing to think about what you need to clean or what is your next step.

There are many ways you can approach this, and you can combine different strategies. Many people like scheduling their week and sorting different cleaning tasks during the week. Others prefer to clean mostly on the weekends.

You could also assign one day of the month or the last weekend of the month for more occasional cleaning tasks (vacuuming all your furniture, cleaning your roof and/or your deck, decluttering…).

There are many resources on the internet available for you. For example, you can check our guide for Spring Cleaning, our 3-hour Weekly Cleaning Schedule, and even our Daily Cleaning Checklist.

Planning a Cleaning Schedule

Using the Wrong Products


Even if you are not mixing products, you can still damage your surface and furniture by using the wrong product. Some materials, mostly organic ones, are more sensitive to the environment.

On one hand, this includes temperature and humidity changes. For example, Dallas is known to have over 40% changes in humidity on the same day!

On the other hand, this is related to interaction with other materials and chemicals. This is why you need to be really careful when choosing the products that will act on your surface.

Some chemicals, even water, can cause damage such as stains, discoloration, excessive moisture, and even the material cracking or lifting (especially floors). 

The damage will be more noticeable with more abrasive cleaning products. Bleach, for example, can cause heavy staining and color fading. This is particularly common for carpet floors, wooden, and upholstery.

Ammonia is another component that causes staining, again in oak floors and carpet.

Even vinegar and lemon juice, which are mostly natural and harmless cleaning agents, they are not recommended in natural stone surfaces, such as granite and marble. The acid penetrates the protective sealant, causing permanent stains.

You have many choices here. First, you can purchase specialized cleaners for each material you have at home. This is a safe route, but it can become quite pricey, and you will have to keep track of how much you have left of all those products.

Second, you can choose commercial all-purpose cleaners. Check if that product is safe for each one of your surfaces, both on the label and on the internet.

Third, you have many homemade cleaners available, that you can create with inconspicuous cleaning agents such as baking soda and hot water.

No matter your choice, always test your products in hidden areas first.

Using the wrong products for cleaning

Doing It All on Your Own


This is somewhat related to the “not planning your cleaning” mistake. Research has shown that, unfortunately, task segregation between genders is still present in households -meaning that women still do mostly “women’s chores” and vice versa-, especially cooking and cleaning.

Other studies show that women around the world perform the majority of domestic chores.

The most positive route is to include all family members in all the different tasks that you need to do to take care of your house. If you have children, you can slowly include them as well with age-appropriate tasks.

Again, science shows that kids with assigned cleaning and home maintenance tasks are more independent and confident. They will also grow with positive standards, feel better about themselves and learn good habits both as individuals and their families in the future.

Of course, assign them tasks as long as their school and leisure time stay a priority.

The secret is to mix and assign different tasks for each one so that no one gets bored, or overwhelmed. For example, you can try a cleaning/home maintenance checklist for one month, and then switch roles. Perhaps, your family prefers switching every month, or maybe you just try different strategies until you find a checklist that works for everyone permanently. You can also hire a cleaning service to help ease the entire routine of your family.

Make sure you take into account everyone’s time availability, even if you are a stay-at-home parent. Research also shows that, to this day, women are still much more likely to take care of household duties than men and, of course, this takes a toll on your individual and marital happiness and well-being.

Everyone needs time to rest and disconnect from cleaning and running a household.

Stressed of cleaning all on your own

Conclusion


There you have it! Before jumping into your cleaning tasks, make sure you read this article carefully and think about whether you make these cleaning mistakes frequently.

Remember practice makes perfect, and it’s best to think about improving the way you plan and carry out your cleaning tasks to save you so much mental and physical energy, as well as your time.

And if you are feeling overwhelmed with household chores and you want to take things easier, make sure to check our cleaning service in Dallas! We have different services to suit your home’s needs.

Good luck and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!  

6 Features to Look for In Green Cleaning Products

June 1, 2022 by Dallas Maids

6 Features to Look for In Green Cleaning Products - Dallas Maids

You have probably seen by now that more and more brands started developing new items that are labeled as “green” “eco-friendly” or “natural” cleaning products. Whether these are companies with decades on the market which are trying to become environmentally conscious, or new ones with a fresh, innovative starting point, you have many new and better choices.

Now, the question is: are they really interested and honest about their efforts? Or is this just greenwashing?

Let’s read how to choose wisely the truthful green products.


Greenwashing or Honest Green Cleaning Products?


“Greenwashing” is a term for companies that are trying to make their products look more sustainable than they are. Their focus is on the marketing of the product rather than improving the product itself.

Of course, this can lead you to buy a product because, visually, it pretends to be environmentally conscious.

You can see that with the color palette (green, mostly), or with stickers such as “natural” “green” or “ecofriendly”. These are too ambiguous and evasive: they’re not really saying how they are natural or green, or what pledges or certifications are they following with that product.

It’s common to find these in products or brands that already exist, and that already have earned popularity over the years. When they have to compete with new, fresh alternative brands, they “keep up” by greenwashing marketing techniques.

For you to know that a product or a brand is fully committed, make sure it has at least most of the following tips:

Greenwashing VS real green cleaning product

Short & Clear Ingredient List


A good rule of thumb for choosing a safer cleaning product is to check its ingredient list. Just like every other field (food, personal care, makeup & beauty), a short, simple ingredient list means that the company chose all the ingredients carefully. Everything there is strictly necessary for the product to work. 

Even further: companies with strong ethics and honesty about their products will take the time to indicate the purpose of each ingredient and their source. Either on the label itself or on their website or social media where they have all the elements they need to be clear about the product.

But besides the length of the ingredient list, keep reading to find out what should and should not be on that list.

Ingredient List for Cleaning and Personal Care products

Green Cleaning Products are Free of Harmful Chemicals


Of course, the easiest solution would be to go with brands that have removed harmful chemicals from their ingredient list. But this is not as easy as it sounds.

First of all, synthetic chemicals tend to be more contaminating, yes, but they are also much more affordable to produce. Plants and minerals tend to be harder to produce or obtain.

Now, exactly what harmful chemicals should you avoid?

There is a long list of chemicals used in the cleaning industry, and they might be either harmful to the environment, or possibly harmful or toxic to the human body.

If you check our Spring Cleaning Guide, we recommended choosing soap that is free of phosphates, ammonia, and artificial colors.

Phosphates can cause mild irritation to the skin, but they are particularly harmful to the ocean. Excessive phosphates increase the growth of algae, which depletes the oxygen supply to the entire ecosystem.

Ammonia is commonly used in polishers and glass cleaners. However, it is highly toxic and irritating. Its fumes are dangerous for people with respiratory issues such as asthma and bronchitis.

Artificial colors are common in cleaning products for easier identification of their purpose, in case you lose their label or packaging (low-risk cleaners, glass cleaners, food, kitchen cleaners, etc.). As long as you keep the label and the items organized in your cleaning pantry.

Other chemicals such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate, (or SLS and SLES), are toxic to aquatic life. Palm oil is one of the ingredients for sulfates, which is well-known to damage the tropical rainforest ecosystems, according to research. You should stay away from parabens and phthalates as well.

Harmful chemicals in products

Plant and Mineral Based Cleaning


Plants and minerals are obtained from natural, organic sources. They present several benefits when compared to synthesized compounds.  

First, plants and minerals that are used in cleaning products tend to be much gentler and more harmless to contact, including skin and lungs (by breathing). This is particularly important if you have sensitive skin, allergies, or respiratory issues.

They also come with dozens of natural cleaning properties such as degreasing, sanitizing, and deodorizing.

Second, the production process is less harmful, especially for plants for obvious reasons. Technology allows users to take advantage of plants for different purposes: anything from food to even packaging of the cleaning product itself.

Third, they are less contaminating to the environment once you discard them, at least when compared to the chemicals above.

Many chemical compounds are plant-based or mineral-based.

Citric acid is one of the most popular, obtained from citrus fruits. It has degreasing and stain-removing properties, mostly. It works as a natural preservative as well.

Many plants and flowers such as lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree, are used as natural fragrances and disinfectants.

However, even plant-based components can be harmful to the environment. For example, sulfates come from either coconut or palm trees, and they are still toxic and damaging.

This means that, even if these products are plant-based, you should do some research first. Learn about the effects of each ingredient on the human body and the environment.

Surfactants such as Lauryl Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside, and Coco glucoside are plant-based cleansing agents. They are less harmful to the environment than sulfates.

Many oils are plant-based and can be used instead of palm oil. The most popular ones are coconut, sunflower, jojoba, and olive.

Products with green ingredients and components

Carbon Neutral


Carbon neutral is a term that is now used often. It doesn’t necessarily mean that this product doesn’t emit carbon, but that it absorbs enough carbon to balance the emission out. The easiest and most common way to reduce carbon emissions is to plant more trees.

This means that the company has put time and resources to compensate for its carbon emission. Another option is that the ingredients and materials come from trees, such as plants and flowers as the ingredients, or cleaning tools with bamboo handles or cardboard packaging.


Vegan & Cruelty-Free Should Be Part of Green Cleaning Products


The environment includes animals, of course. We have two main “labels” that are directly related to the respect for animals in cleaning products: “vegan” & “cruelty-free”.

A vegan product doesn’t have any component that is related to animals, either directly or indirectly. Believe it or not, many cleaning products actually have animal-based ingredients, such as tallow, animal glycerol, steric acid (animal fats) or oleyl alcohols (fish oil).

First, this might be an issue for you if you are ethically against using animals for human consumption or benefit, in this case, as a cleaning product. Second, you might have allergic reactions to certain animals or by-products.

On a similar note, you have cruelty-free products. For human safety, companies test products first on animals, to see how they would react to contact on skin, eyes, breathing, and so on.

Cruelty-free products are free of animal testing. Instead, they use different methods such as cell culture (where scientists cultivate animal or plant cells in an artificial environment), human tissue, and even human volunteers.

Green cleaning companies will often include vegan and cruelty-free products as part of the respect for the environment.

Cruelty Free Sign: Not tested on animals

Eco-Conscious or Green Packaging


The product itself is not the only important component. Packaging also plays an important role in green cleaning products. As you know, the oceans are filled with one-time plastics. This includes packaging from cleaning products, such as soap dispensers and spray bottles.

What can you do in this case?

You have the classic alternatives to plastic: cardboard, paper, glass, and recycled materials.

Then, you have items that are plastic but are reusable, or more durable. If you buy the refill products in bulk (such as gallon presentation), they come in a hard, reusable plastic container that you can easily clean and refill.

You even have options now where the packaging is a slim, biodegradable film that dissolves itself after you use it, or no packaging at all, such as laundry tabs.

Bamboo and Cardboard Eco Packaging

Are Green Cleaning Products Pricier?


Because they have to spend much more on resources that are less harmful to the environment, their production costs increase. However, sometimes they might use alternative benefits.

For example, they are concentrated, usually. This means that you can dilute your cleaning product in water. Sometimes, a concentrated product can be cheaper in the long run. This is because you (normally) use commercial products straight from the bottle in order for them to work properly.

Besides, they usually offer a container to apply the product (mostly a dispenser or spray bottle) and then cheaper refills for you to use once you run out of it.

Last but not least, many of them come with individual packaging (biodegradable) for each use, for example, washing pods. This is helpful because it helps you use exactly the amount you need and not go overboard.  


Conclusion


Green cleaning products can be hard to find when they are just the product of greenwashing marketing campaigns.

Fortunately, now the internet allows you to do your research and find out exactly what’s behind each cleaning product. Brands that have nothing to hide will do exactly that: they will show everything that’s on their ingredient list, where it came from, and why it is on that list.

Make sure you avoid chemicals that are harmful to the environment or the human body. Phosphates, Phthalates, and Ammonia are the most common ones. Besides, palm oil by-products and Sulphates are harmful to the environment.

Instead, look for plant-based and mineral-based ingredients which are safe for the environment and harmless to your body.

Packaging is also important. Brands with strong ethics use eco-conscious packaging as well. You can find anything such as cardboard, paper, bamboo, glass, and reusable and/or recycled plastic.

Last but not least, ethics also include taking care of animals. Vegan and cruelty-free products do not harm animals and look for only plant-based or mineral-based ingredients.

Fortunately, if you want Dallas Maids to take care of your home, you can let us know if you want us to use your preferred cleaning products.

Deep Clean Your Room in 6 Steps

May 18, 2022 by Dallas Maids

Deep Clean Your Room 6 Steps Dallas Maids

Hello! We’re back with another article, where we will give you some tips on how to clean your room in just 6 easy steps. Last week was National Clean Your Room day, but maybe you forgot or didn’t know about it.

This is harder than it seems, especially if you are deep cleaning and you don’t have a clear idea of what to do or where to start.

Besides, National Clean Your Room Day was celebrated on May 10, so you might have been busy enjoying Mother’s Day. After a busy weekend, you might have not had the time or the energy to clean your room. And unless you hire a professional cleaning service, your room might start to become messy after some time.

But don’t worry, you’re still pretty much on time! We wanted to create this cleaning guide for your room for all people who missed the opportunity.


Start By Decluttering Your Room


If you want to deep clean your room, it doesn’t make sense to start wiping and mopping, especially if it’s cluttered. You might end up cleaning things that you are going to discard anyway.

The most important question is: where to start?

Many professional organizers recommend decluttering your home by category instead of by room. In this case, you are just going to take care of your room, so you can use the three-box method. Separate all your items into three boxes (or piles), which are: Keep, Storage, and Discard.

With Keep items, you probably want to leave them as they are, as you will have to clean them before putting them back in their spot.

The next one is the storage box. The most important step here is to properly categorize and tag containers as you fill them. Otherwise, your items will end up unorganized and messy once again.

If you don’t have containers, there are hundreds of options on the internet. You can find different materials, containers with or without a lid, transparent or opaque. 

All items that you are not going to keep or store somewhere else, should be discarded. Everything that is still in great condition can be sold or donated. The rest needs to go in the trash.

Packing and Decluttering Bedroom Items

Organize Your Belongings Before Cleaning Your Room


Now that you have decided what to do in regards to your room, it’s time to find the right place for each item. Many times we get things unorganized because they don’t have the right spot which is the place they belong and it will be easier to be stored and found afterward.

As we mentioned earlier, the right containers will help you keep things organized. Even if you need to get things cleaned or vacuumed, you can try placing your items and moving things around until you find the right vibe.

Perhaps if you have containers from other areas such as your kitchen or your laundry room, you can even bring them to mix and match! Drawer dividers are also helpful for big drawers to keep everything perfectly organized. Even having the same type of hangers adds consistency, for example.

Creating a system and a pattern is the way to go. Take the time to learn how to fold your clothing items properly, and how to store them in a way that you can take each one individually as you need them, even if you’re placing them in the same container.

Create labels so you are reminded of where everything goes. Besides, the labels themselves create a pattern and help with the décor for your closet or shelves.

When organizing your items, try to keep surfaces (other than shelves) empty, such as your TV stand or your bedside table. The items that you do leave (e.g., a lamp, a book, or a plant) should be able to breathe. Surfaces that are crowded or messy tend to lead you to get everything unorganized back again in the short term.


Deep Clean Your Room Part I: Your Closet


Now that your items have the right place, it’s time for cleaning! We always recommend cleaning from top to bottom. This way, all pieces of dust and lint will fall naturally to the next surface and so on, until they reach the floor.

Of course, it will be easier to keep everything out of your closet so you can really dig in and reach every corner.

Now that your shelves are empty, it should be quite easy to clean them. There are different strategies depending on the material: the most common shelves are either wire, laminate, or wooden.

For wire shelves, you can use hot, soapy water and a sponge or large brush, as well as an old toothbrush for reaching nooks and crannies. If they are laminate shelves, use just a tiny bit of hot soapy water with a non-scrub sponge. Wipe with a damp cloth and then wipe a final time but using a dry cloth this time.

For wooden shelves, use very little water. Spray a little bit of white vinegar in a microfiber cloth until it is slightly damp and wipe the surface.

Occasionally, you can create a 2-part white vinegar, 2-part olive oil, and 1-part lemon juice which works as a conditioner and will moisturize your wooden shelves, leaving a nice, subtle fragrance. Remember to wipe with a clean, dry cloth.


Deep Clean Your Room Part II: Your Furniture


Now it’s time to tackle items like your TV stand, your bedside table, and your décor, as well as your bed and sofas or cushions (if any).

Start by carefully vacuuming each item. Most TV stands and bedside tables allow you to remove the shelves inside so they are easier to clean once you remove them.

If you have wooden furniture, you might have to moisturize surfaces in case you haven’t done so for some time (6 months) or if they look dull, dry, or if look slightly scratched or worn out. You can apply the vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice cleaning solution that we mentioned above.

Next, you have your bed. Research shows that there’s a significant amount of bacteria in all your bed items, such as your pillows, covers, blankets, and your mattress.

Check the care tag for each of those items. Normally, just washing using hot water is more than enough to kill bacteria and other germs. If you have comforters as well, we were featured in an article at MyDomaine about Washing a Down Comforter. Feel free to check it out for more tips!

Then, you might have a loveseat or a small armchair. With upholstery, you might need to clean them using an upholstery cleaner. Of course, this depends on the type of fabric. There are around 6 – 8 commonly used types of fabrics. You can check the Couch Cleaning Guide from Emily’s Maids to find out all the tips for the different types of materials.

For most items, running a steamer or a steam iron on the surface will help to kill bacteria. Of course, check the care tag first and let everything dry properly.


Deep Clean Your Room Part III: Clothing and Miscellaneous Items


After all the large items in your room have been taken care of, it’s time to pay attention to smaller items. These could be your clothing, other items that go into your closet, and even items outside your closet, such as plants, lamps, books, or magazines.

These items are mostly pretty easy to clean, with just a handheld vacuum cleaner you will be able to clean books, flower pots, and lamps. If you are cleaning a lamp or any other electrical fixture, remember to unplug the item first.

For metal items, you can wipe them once in a while using a microfiber cloth with just a tiny bit of warm, soapy water. Don’t forget to wipe them dry.

Remember that displaying items on a bookcase or open shelves is a form of décor on its own. Items like books work great in groups of around 3 to 5 per shelf. Of course, this depends on the total size of the shelf.

On the other hand, lamps are plants that are more likely to work on their own, as a unique piece. Around one plant or lamp, every 2 to 3 shelves are more than okay, if you have more than 3 shelves that are close to one another. You can add candles as well as frames with pictures or inspirational quotes.

Remember to let items breathe, this will make the difference between a messy room and a peaceful one under control. You can even check magazines or the internet to get more inspiration.

Organized and Folded Clothing

Clean Your Room Part IV: Your Floors


Now that you have wiped, vacuumed, and brushed all surfaces, your floor is going to need some care too. As you know, each type of floor has different rules for cleaning: some require vacuuming, some require just brushing, while others can be mopped safely. Some of them even require to be polished and waxed.

If you have mopped your floors, make sure you open up the windows to let air flow dry them naturally, or turn on the heater if there’s little sunlight. 


Bonus Tips


Now that your bedroom looks sparkling and squeaky clean, you must be happy to see the results. The big question is: How do you keep it that way?

First, keep the balance of the total number of items in your bedroom. Even if you keep things tidy, if you slowly add more and more items, they will be harder to keep under control.

A good rule of thumb is to get rid of one item each time you bring something new. This will keep you from avoiding a shopping spree, and it will keep your room nice and tidy as well.

On a similar note, keep things simple and don’t overcrowd your storage elements, especially your closet. Even if you keep things perfectly organized,

Of course, regular cleaning is always important. Your bed gathers bacteria constantly, and you might have different surfaces and drawers that collect dust. If you are not hiring a professional cleaning service, then you should deep clean around once or twice every quarter. 

Last but not least, don’t forget to check our Bedroom Daily Cleaning guide for extra tips on easy, daily cleaning.


Conclusion


That’s it! By now, your room will look nice and fresh and, most importantly, you will be able to keep it that way. You’re still on time to celebrate National Clean Your Room day!

Remember all your safety measures: wear goggles, gloves, and a face mask. You will be dealing with a lot of dust and lint in the air so make sure you’re protected against that.

And if you are busy running errands or taking care of your family, don’t forget to check the Dallas Maids booking page too. You can find us if you live in Frisco as well!

Good luck with room cleaning and until next time!

How Much to Tip a House Cleaner?

May 5, 2022 by Dallas Maids

How much to tip a house cleaner - Dallas Maids

Hello! We’re back with another article, and this time we wanted to talk about how o tip a house cleaner or carpet cleaning professional. Dallas Maids is known for its friendly, professional staff; and it is common to find that customers are willing to tip cleaners for their hard work and service.

However, over the years we have received many questions from our clients on whether they should tip or not, is it proper or not, how much they should give, and so on.

In this article, you’ll be able to read our experience and advice for this.


Should I Tip a House Cleaner?


This question is, in fact, much more common than people think. Even though common sense would make you think that tips are widely accepted, sometimes people wonder if the company would keep the tips instead of the employee, or if the employee would feel offended or uncomfortable receiving them.

And those are completely valid questions! Although it is illegal in the US, (besides morally questionable), some companies and business owners keep the tips from their employees, unfortunately.

Dallas Maids doesn’t keep the tips for their customers. Besides abiding by the law, there’s also a huge moral component here. We believe that employees keeping their tips is not only the right thing to do but also encouraging to keep up the good work. It is a fair reward for their own hard work and going above and beyond with their cleaning tasks.

Besides, this builds a healthy and positive relationship with their customer, which can improve the experience for both parties.

And don’t worry about the cleaning artists feeling offended or even uncomfortable! Fortunately, their stellar performance earns them tips all day, every day. You can imagine they are more than used to it, and of course they appreciate it.

It’s positive on many levels for them. First, it is additional profit (as little or as big as it may be, it’s still profit). Second, it’s a huge morale boost. It is an important recognition of their work as well. This is something that the company takes note of when it’s time for a salary raise or a promotion.

Cash tip to a house cleaner

When Should I Tip a House Cleaner?


The short answer is that you should tip a house cleaner if you’re happy with the results of their work! With proper training and a strong work ethic, cleaning artists work harder and faster. Sometimes, they even go above and beyond their original duties.

For example, let’s say you were planning a party with your friends and colleagues. This means you need to get your home deep cleaned, and probably within a small timeframe. If your maid leaves your home looking sparkling clean and finishes the job within the estimated time (or even earlier!) feel free to reward that with a nice cash tip.

Another good reason is to celebrate a special event or a holiday such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. Festivities always bring people together and it makes it much more special for everyone to have some extra cash to spend on their loved ones.

With time, it is likely that you form a bond with your cleaning artist, especially if you schedule a regular cleaning service with them (unless you ask for someone else, of course).

Although they always stay professional, with the occasional conversation you can slowly build a bond with your cleaning artist. If you are happy with their work overtime, you might want to surprise them with a bonus.  


What Happens if I Don’t Tip a House Cleaner?


This question is just as valid as the previous one. Sometimes, you don’t feel like tipping your cleaner. That’s completely fine too! Remember they are getting paid for their work and how much or how little you want to give is completely up to you.

Plus, if you do ask for an additional cleaning task and they have time and the proper equipment, they will add that task or room to the final invoice, so every step of their work process is being paid fairly.

Perhaps you’re satisfied with their work, but you wouldn’t say their job was stellar or that they went above and beyond. In this case, it is completely fair for you to feel like not giving a bonus for their performance.

This would be different than being unhappy with their work, for example. If this happens, remember you can always contact us and explain your case so we can fix the problem as soon as possible.


How Much to Tip a House Cleaner?


Now, let’s say you’ve decided to tip your house cleaner. The question is: how much?

A good rule of thumb is to give 15-20% of the total service cost, just like you would do with a restaurant waiter/waitress. This is a good estimate because this percentage increases or decreases depending on the number of rooms and cleaning tasks. Therefore, if they need to spend more time and effort, their tip will increase accordingly.

This translates to around $25 to $50, but of course this depends on the size of your home and the type of cleaning service.

This percentage is just an estimate, and it probably makes more sense for you to round this up so that it’s easier to give this amount in cash. For example, if your desired percentage equals $28.75, you might want to round that up to $30.

Keep in mind this is completely voluntary and that it should follow your current financial situation. For example, you might want to give a 15% tip occasionally, and then 25% for a special holiday or festivity. This is completely up to you.

Money jar with coins and plant

How to Approach a House Cleaner to Give Them a Tip


For some people, this situation might be awkward or even embarrassing. But don’t worry! This situation will be as pleasant or unpleasant as you want it to be. From the cleaner’s perspective, keep in mind they are used to receiving bonuses for their work.

To take down the pressure, put yourself for a second in their shoes and think about receiving a tip from someone you work for. This is a happy and positive moment for the person receiving the tip, so it should be for you (the client) as well!

A good time to approach your house cleaner would be right after they finish the job when they’re wrapping up everything to leave. If you wish, take a look around to see the quality of their work, offer feedback (if you have any) and inform them that you want to thank them with a little extra cash.

Taking cash out of a wallet for a tip

Does the Company Care about Employee Tips?


Of course we do! Dallas Maids’ philosophy has always been: take care of your employee, and the employee will take care of your customers.

If the employee earned a tip and/or a positive review, this means they are doing exceptional work and that should not only be awarded by the client, but also by us (the company).

Earning positive feedback from clients and mentioning their job was good enough to earn a tip, will be taken into consideration when it’s time for a raise and/or promotion, besides other factors (employee longevity, reliability, behavior, and so on).

However, this doesn’t mean you have to feel pressured into giving a tip or expressing your opinion about the employee (and the company) whether it is positive or not so positive. Our customer’s happiness is our utmost priority, and if you feel the performance was just okay and not impressive, then it’s a completely valid opinion.

And if you weren’t happy with the results, please let us know so we can fix it for you.

House Cleaner With Gloves

Conclusion


It’s fair to say that a tip is much more than a monetary incentive. It is a recognition of someone else’s hard work, and that recognition inspires them to keep up with it.

We encourage you to tip our cleaning artists whenever you feel they exceeded your expectations. Or, as a “thank you” for their hard work and loyalty, especially if they happen to clean your household frequently.

Remember their behavior is always professional and serious, but it doesn’t mean they don’t get happy and proud when someone recognizes their work.

Here’s a quick reminder for calculating how much you should give as a tip. 15-20% is the standard, however, this can go up depending on their performance, or any special occasion such as a festivity or a personal gesture that you want to engage in with your cleaning artist.

And if you do not want to tip your cleaners, that’s okay too! There’s no need to need for an explanation, as long as you’re happy with the results of your cleaning service. However, if that is not the case, please contact us within 24 hours of service so we can fix this.

Now that you know everything about tipping your cleaning artists, feel free to visit our booking page to find the perfect service for you. Dallas Maids’ professionals will take care of your home and we’re certain you will be impressed with the results!

Spring Is Here in Dallas! Read Our Spring Cleaning Guide (Part II)

April 20, 2022 by Dallas Maids

Spring Is Here in Dallas Our Spring Cleaning Guide Part II

Hello! We’re back with Part II of our Spring Cleaning guide!

It has been a crazy month but now we’re here to for Part II of this guide so you can create the perfect spring cleaning checklist that matches your schedule and routine.

Last time, we covered how to start with your spring cleaning, and we started covering two challenging areas: your kitchen and your bathroom. Now, we will finish with the rest of your home: your office or workspace, your living room and your bedrooms.

Always keep in mind that you can adapt this guide and add or remove areas and tasks as you deem necessary.

Before we start, here’s a quick recap of the previous article: remember to set your priorities because you might not have time to actually cover each nook and cranny of your home, especially if you’re doing this on your own instead of hiring a professional service.

You will need to grab your cleaning supplies as well: you will need basic cleaning agents (vinegar, baking soda, and dish soap), your equipment (a steam cleaner, a mop and a vacuum cleaner) as well as the must-haves which are microfiber towels, sponges, and any special products for delicate surfaces, such as granite or marble.

Now, let’s move on with the rest of your rooms. Let’s go!

Getting Ready for Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning Step Four: Your Living Room


We all know your living room is the heart of the home and it’s not easy to keep everything in place. Besides, it’s the first room you invite your guests to spend when they visit you. The good news is, it probably takes less time than your kitchen and your bathroom.

First of all, you should declutter and organize your items. Living areas usually have a lot of surfaces, like your TV stand or your bookshelf. By taking everything out, it’s easier to wipe surfaces and drawers.

After you’ve taken all your items, start by vacuuming your empty furniture. Now, you have two choices here: you can leave it as it is or you can take an extra step and moisturize your furniture, especially if they are made from wood.

To do so, you should mix 1/2 cup of olive oil and ¼ cup of lemon juice, and wipe using a microfiber cloth. If you see any excess after you’ve finished, wipe again with a clean, dry cloth.

Next, you have your sofa and your armchairs. Here, you should be extra careful because each material should be treated differently. Some materials, such as leather and linen, need extra care and specialized products. Check the care tag for each piece of furniture, as well as the material and apply the proper product.

Vacuuming Sofa

Spring Cleaning Step Five: Your Bedrooms


Next on the list, we have your bedrooms.

Because this is a spring cleaning guide, besides your regular cleaning steps for your bedroom, you should also wash items like your pillows, your comforters, your weighted blankets and any extra bedding you’re currently using.

According to research, pillowcases have from 3 to 5 million units of bacteria per square inch after a week since the last time they were washed. Imagine what happens to the rest of your bedding! This is why you should definitely clean all your bedding. If you don’t know how, it’s quite easy!

For your pillows, you can toss them in the washing machine. Just toss a few of them at the same time to balance the load, and wash using cold water and a delicate cycle. Some materials such as memory foam or latex, should be washed by hand only.

For comforters and heavy blankets, check the care label first to see whether they are machine washable, hand washable, or not washable at all (which means you should spot clean them only). Usually, you should use cold water, a delicate cycle, and low heat.

While your bed linen is getting washed, you might want to tackle the rest of your bedroom. A rule of thumb for cleaning is to start from top to bottom. If you have any surfaces such as nightstands, TV stands, open shelves or vanity tables, give them a good rundown. Use your vacuum (using the brush attachment) and wiping with a one-part white vinegar, one-part water mix. Make sure you wipe everything out after you finish and that the surface dries properly.

Don’t forget about vacuuming and mopping your floors, of course. If you have extra time, decluttering your closet is a great idea!

Declutter and organizing your clothes

Spring Cleaning Step Six: Your Office or Workspace


Your office or workspace needs some care as well. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started, the number of people working from home increased remarkably and adapting their spaces to suit their professional needs.

Your current workspace at home probably has one or more of the following features: a flat surface such as a table or desk, some easy-access shelves or cabinets, and then a more private, secondary storage area. You most likely have a desk chair as well as a desktop computer or laptop as well, even if it’s not your primary tool for work.

The steps would be similar to the other areas. You need to take your office supplies, declutter and organize what you use. Then, wipe inside the drawers, cabinets or any other storage area. Wipe and disinfect your surfaces as well.

If you do have a desktop pc or laptop, make sure you clean them thoroughly as well, especially if several people in your household share the same computer. According to research, keyboards and mice are filled with bacteria, so take the necessary steps to disinfect those pieces without harming your computer, of course.

Electronics should be handled only using a microfiber cloth with the tiniest amount of water. You will probably need a small, handheld vacuum cleaner as well, and a soft-bristled brush. However, make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions first.

Cleaning and disinfecting the desktop

Spring Cleaning Step Seven: Your Floors


Of course, we couldn’t leave your floors out of this spring cleaning guide! As mentioned above, cleaning from top to bottom is the right way. By now all your floors will probably have dust and debris all over the place.

Pretty much all types of floors require to be swept and vacuumed first. Then, depending on the type of floor you might take the next step. For example, for cleaning carpet floors you might need to use an enzyme cleaner. For tile floors, you might want to scrub with hot, soapy water.

If you need a DIY universal floor cleaner, a 1:1 vinegar and water mix is a good place to start. You can add a few drops of essential oil for a nice fragrance. Vinegar works for many types of floors such as linoleum and tile floors.

Of course, make sure all these products are safe to use on your floors first. Don’t forget to test in a small, hidden area. Vinegar is a versatile cleaner but some materials, such as marble and hardwood floors, do not get along well with it, especially with prolonged use.

In this case, it’s best to start with areas such as your kitchen and your bathroom, which probably have residues of soap, grease or oil. If you have tile floors, you can leave your cleaning product acting on the surface for 15 or 30 minutes while you take care of the rest of your home.

Mopping Hardwood Floors

Bonus Tips


Now that your home looks like a million dollars, you must be feeling a bit tired but happy with the results. Here are some bonus tips so that your spring cleaning gives you the best results!

As we mentioned above, always test your cleaning products first before applying to the entire area or surface.

A good rule of thumb to start is to think of every area that you haven’t cleaned, and make sure they are a priority. This attention to detail is what sets apart a good spring cleaning from just regular cleaning. Areas and surfaces such as baseboards, ceiling fans, air vents, and windows, are often ignored.

You can’t do all cleaning chores and areas at the same time or with the same frequency. Of course, some areas demand regular care, while others need to be cleaned a few times a year. This is perfectly normal, but it also means that those areas should become your priority now.

Finally, remember not to underestimate the time and energy it takes to deep clean. By creating more realistic timetables, you will avoid getting frustrated or overwhelmed. The goal here is to make it a pleasant experience, and why not, even a fun one.


Dallas Maids’ Spring Cleaning Checklist Printable


Last but not least, we prepared a printable checklist so you can keep track of each task without forgetting. Feel free to put in on your fridge or in your agenda.

As always, remember this is only a guide. You are free to adapt it to your own household and cleaning needs. Each category has an extra line so you can fill it out with any cleaning task that you feel important for this spring cleaning.

Plus, each task has a small, empty space at the beginning. You can use this to mark each area as “completed” once you finish. Or, if you’re cleaning alongside friends, roommates, or family, you can assign a letter to each task to identify what each member needs to clean.

Remember you can share this article to your friends and family so they can get it as well!

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Conclusion


It’s not easy to find a reliable cleaning service in Dallas, but don’t worry. With Dallas Maids, we got you covered and our deep cleaning service is ideal if you want to avoid a spring-cleaning on your own.

Spring cleaning can be something fun if you take the time for it, and after you see the benefits of your home that looks like brand new, you’ll want to do it again soon.

Spring Is Here In Dallas! Our Spring Cleaning Guide (Part I)

March 28, 2022 by Dallas Maids

Spring is Here in Dallas Our Spring Cleaning Guide

Spring is here in Dallas after a long winter. Finally! This is the perfect opportunity to take a step back, realize what needs some serious cleaning and organizing in your home, and get the job done!

If you haven’t hired a cleaning service before, they usually include a deep cleaning service which is a must every couple of months, or right before an event or holiday is coming soon and you want to impress your guests with a spotless home.

And if you want to tackle this on your own, don’t worry! With our spring cleaning guide, you will be able to handle great results. It will take some time and energy though! We’ve split this guide into two parts so it’s easier to read and go through it without burning or giving up first.

Now, here’s how you can do it:


First Step: Before Spring Cleaning, Assess the Situation


Whenever you have a spring cleaning coming soon, it’s important to think clearly about what you want to achieve and what is not a priority right now. Some people enjoy organizing their cleaning by room, while other prefer to organize by task.

Think about the last time you cleaned each big part of your home and think how long will it take for each task. Then, multiply that times 1.5x: if you estimated 2 hours, think of 3 hours instead. We always tend to be over-optimistic when calculating the time it requires to clean, and 2 hours go by faster than you think!

It’s easy to get frustrated or overwhelmed when that happens and you start to run behind the schedule. It’s better to calculate extra time.

Creating a schedule is not easy. You can check our 3-Hour Weekly Schedule, but that won’t do it for a spring cleaning. You may use it as a template and start adding areas or cleaning tasks.

Spring cleaning means that you will have to reach areas that you probably haven’t even seen in a while. Make sure you have all the essential tools and equipment to reach everywhere and remove all the grease, dirt, and dust.

Cleaning Checklist Schedule

Step Two: Grab all Your Spring Cleaning Supplies


We’re almost ready to get started! Now it’s time to choose all your tools, gadgets, and cleaning products. There are many great products for you to choose from, but if you don’t have any, we can talk about the most basic, natural ones you can find in your pantry.

You can check the entire guide for supplies for Spring Cleaning from Emily’s Maids if you want a more detailed guide.


Vinegar

As far as cleaning goes, vinegar (or acetic acid) is one of the most versatile cleaning agents in your home. It is one of our favorite cleaning products and you can use it on pretty much any surface. Everything from removing pet stains from your carpet to cleaning your oven, with white vinegar you can take care of pretty much every area of your home.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is another popular product, and for all the good reasons. In fact, it is one of the very few cleaning agents that can be safely mixed with bleach.

Soap

There are hundreds of options on the market. You should choose those with a smaller impact on the environment and on your own health: check if they are free of phosphates, ammonia, and/or artificial colors, as well as cruelty-free.

Microfiber Towels And Sponges

Microfiber towels and cloths work better than those made of cotton. They can absorb dirt and moisture better, which is why they’ve become popular over the years.

Your tools: A Steam Cleaner, a Mop, and a Vacuum Cleaner

It’s important to have good, reliable devices to help you get through this. A steam cleaner is a device that sprays steam, just hot water. But you will notice the difference when you start using it, as it can get through grease and dirt in an instant, especially for nook and crannies. If you haven’t got yourself one yet, look for a multi-purpose steam cleaner that works as a long-handled and handheld device.

Don’t worry about the price! You can get a standard, handheld steam cleaner for less than $30, or a steam mop with a detachable handheld unit for less than $70.

Of course, you will need a mop as well (unless you have carpet floors) and a vacuum cleaner. Make sure you replace the dirty water as you go, otherwise you’ll just be spreading the dirty water and going back to square one.

Special Products for Special Surfaces

You will need a specialized product if you have natural stone countertops (marble, granite, or quartz) and for glass-ceramic cooktops.

Last But Not Least: Take All the Safety Measures for Spring Cleaning

Since you’re spring cleaning, you’re going to be in contact with lint, dirt, and chemicals for a long time. Always wear safety gloves, goggles, and a mask.

Remember to open windows to let air flow, especially in small spaces like your bathroom.

Cleaning Supplies

It’s Time for Some Cleaning! Let’s Start with Your Kitchen


It’s a good idea to start with your kitchen for several reasons. Even if it’s not the biggest room of your home, it will probably take the longest to clean. You need to let your cleaning agents act for a while, and your kitchen is one of those areas with a lot to clean and organize.

Now that you’re in your kitchen, it’s not easy to decide which appliance or area to clean first. In most cases, it should be the oven, because the cleaning agents need some time to act on the surface.

Check our 5 Easy Tips for Cleaning Your Oven if you want to hear all the details!

Take Care of Your Pantry

If you have the time, remove everything from your pantry and leave your counters empty. Make some soapy water with 2 cups of warm water and ½ teaspoon of concentrated dish soap. Apply using a spray bottle inside your cabinets and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. You can use a 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup warm water mix too.

While you’re at it, organize and declutter your dishware and cookware. Think of your everyday needs and organize your items in a way that you have the most used items closer to you, and then go from there and place the less-used items in the upper and lower cabinets away from your reach.

Cleaning Kitchen Sink
Deep Cleaning Your Fridge

The same goes for your fridge: grab all your food and take it out, remove all the fridge shelves and drawers, and apply your cleaning mix. If it has liquid stains (e.g., tomato sauce, meat juice) you can use your steam cleaner to get rid of them.

Clean all your shelves and drawers using soapy water and a sponge while you let your cleaning mix act on the inside of your fridge and then wipe it out with a microfiber cloth.

If your fridge is particularly in serious cleaning issues, or if you have a secondary fridge that hasn’t been cleaned in a long time, you can check our Refrigerator Renew article.

By now, you should have a few appliances and your stove waiting for your cleaning touch. For your microwave, you can try our tip on the article from Insider to get it looking -and smelling- like new.

Cleaning Fridge
Stovetops and Countertops

In the meantime, wipe any big crumbs or food residues with a dishcloth. Now, grab a bowl of hot soapy water and a clean sponge and start scrubbing! Use a spray bottle with clean water to rinse and wipe out the dirty soapy water with a microfiber cloth. You might need to repeat the process and swipe the cloth for a clean one a few times.

For glass-ceramic stovetops, you should use a specialized product. Remove any debris first, using a glass scraper and very carefully scraping the surface. If you want to play safe you can use a sponge, but it will take longer and you will need to let sit the cleaning product for a few minutes before starting to scrub.

Last but not least, remember to clean your countertops! This is saved for last because you’ve probably used them to place your food and ingredients on top while reorganizing your pantry and your fridge.

The type of cleaning will depend on the material. Vinegar is an excellent option for laminate countertops, but not so much for natural stone (granite, marble, quartz) because of its acidity, which may cause staining.

Now your kitchen should be squeaky clean! Next up, your bathrooms.


Spring Cleaning Step Three: Your Bathroom


Just like your kitchen, your bathroom might need some time to absorb all the cleaning properties from your products and tools. This is why you might want to start here (or in the kitchen) while doing other tasks in the meantime.

The big question is: where can you start? Well, if all your fixtures look more or less the same (i.e., none of them is dirtier than the others in a significant way) then you should start with your shower. It has the biggest surface of the usual fixtures (sink, toilet).

A really good strategy for your shower is to add some hot, soapy water with a spray bottle, and then sprinkle baking soda on your shower pan. After 15 minutes, scrub using a clean broom, and then use the steam cleaner to soften up every residue of soap scum or dirt on your tiles.

With your sink and toilet, you might want to use baking soda, let sit for 15 minutes and then spray white vinegar on the surface. Clean using either a toilet brush (toilet) or a sponge or an old toothbrush (sink).  

For your mirrors, you can spray rubbing alcohol and wipe with a microfiber cloth, using an “S” pattern. You might have to scrub a bit harder right after spraying if you have toothpaste or soap residues.  

You can check our guide on how to clean your bathroom if you need a more detailed approach.

Cleaning Mirror with a Squeegee

Conclusion (Before Part II)


We still have so many areas that we need to take care of! Your living area, your bedroom, your office, and all floors!

Spring cleaning is an exciting activity, with a high chance of making you feel accomplished and happy. But that’s not the case for everyone: you need lots of free time, as well as mental and physical energy. If you’ve realized that it’s too much work, feel free to visit our booking page if you’d prefer a professional cleaning service.  

Keep reading our blog and wait next week for part II of this spring cleaning guide!

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