Maid Service Franchises
Independent home cleaning businesses aren’t scalable because operators lack the tools needed to effectively and efficiently manage over 25 employees and 50 assignments per day. Top flight maid service franchises have developed the tools needed for managing such volumes but, because they favor penetration, over scale, most of their deals also are not scalable.
The house cleaning industry has evolved so that the benefits of being associated by name with a major maid service company have become overshadowed by the poor service stigmas earned by even a few poorly run franchisees. And no matter that a certain franchisee may not even be related by name, because too many consumers fail to distinguish among the similar m-m-m-maid service sounding names. The result is that the reputation of one exceptionally good, conscientiously well-run Marmy Maids franchise located in Mid-South-East-Central-Mid Atlantis City is adversely affected by the shoddily-run Mornimy Maids franchise located in Mid-North-Central-West-Mid Atlantis City.
Just because the “M’s” have organized the market this way in the past, doesn’t mean this is the way it will be organized tomorrow . . .
Outside the box: non-conformal, creative thinking.
The term “outside the box” is derived from a famous puzzle created by the 20th century mathematician, Henry Ernest Dudeney, in which someone is asked to interconnect an array of nine dots in a three-by-three grid by using four straight lines drawn without the pencil leaving the paper. Success depends on the puzzle solver realizing that the boundaries of the array are psychologically artificial. The only way to solve the puzzle is to extend the lines beyond the psychological boundaries, and draw them outside the box.
Similar, older terms include blue sky, far out, and off the wall. A more recent term, coloring outside the lines, is popular with today’s marketing and consulting types.
“M” Service Zones–Designed for Optimal Penetration & Franchise Fees
If you’ve shopped for “M” house cleaning franchises, you’ll find that the first thing you’ll receive after a UFOC is a load of maps depicting available service zones, and tables of “qualified households.” The “M” house cleaning franchises are asking you to believe that any household with a garden hose is a potential buyer of home cleaning services. We’re skeptical. The M’s have organized the market in this way to obtain, for every metro area, maximum penetration, revenue and franchise fees, without regard to what profits can be earned by the individual franchisees.
Most cities have some really nice neighborhoods which are chock-a-block full of very profitable maid service customers, other pretty nice neighborhoods from which can be cherry-picked some profitable maid service customers, and then some other interesting, but difficult-to-identify areas of the city which are poised for significant growth. While the major franchises continue to prove that maid service customers can be eked out of almost any service zone, for those franchisees stuck with the worst zones, profits may be elusive and growth rates uninteresting.
Predicting the amount and quality of business in the city’s next hi-growth neighborhood is important for top-flight franchisers, because it is their best remaining chance to offer additional attractive service areas to new franchisees. But guessing the ultimate success of residential real estate developments and population growth rates is risky, particularly for the new franchisee. The problem is that other franchisees may have chosen the best neighborhoods ahead of you, leaving you with an adverse selection of less attractive neighborhoods. This problem of adverse selection is not trivial. If you buy a typical maid service franchise, your ultimate success may be doomed from the outset based solely on which service zone you are stuck with. While “location, location, location” always applies to retail stores, and restaurants, why must it ever apply to maid service franchises?
A New Paradigm for the Industry
We believe it should be possible to dispense with service zones altogether by organizing franchises by entire Major Metro Markets, and selling, for example a maximum of two licenses per each million population. Each franchise would be entitled to one office, and each office would be free to service any customer within a half day’s drive. For example, for the Greater Denver Metro Area which, according to the latest census, has a population of over 2 million, a franchiser could sell a maximum of 4 franchises. By comparison, to date, the largest “M” franchiser has sold 8 franchises in the equivalent market and is still offering new franchises in Denver today. Under such a concept, if a new franchisee were to miscalculate and discover that her original target neighborhood of really nice, expensive houses is filled with homeowners who have overbought, are mortgaged to their eyeballs and can’t afford living room furniture, let alone premium-priced maid services, then her mistake will not have been fatal. She could refocus her marketing efforts on more attractive neighborhoods, and pursue growth where it finds her throughout the entire metro area (because under such a system franchisees would keep their own referrals).
We have proven in Denver that significant profits can be earned by snatching in a flash a large volume of business from well-entrenched companies. We’ve done this by combining an acquisition strategy with a low customer churn rate based on our reputation for exceptional service. We believe that it should be possible to sell a franchise based on the concept of each franchisee selecting, as a member of an Alliance, its own name and paying a flat periodic fee. Under such a system, the franchiser would be able to forgo almost all monitoring, and dispense with many of the other standard spending requirements and restrictions levied by other franchisers, such as those relating to advertising, signs, vehicles, office location, and most importantly, service areas. By offering quality service, franchisees would build their own brands, earn their own referrals, influence their own churn rates, buy competitors as opportunities present themselves, and ultimately profit based on the operating, marketing, and acquisition decisions each made for itself. The Franchiser would provide marketing expertise, operating systems and expert advice, without all those rules.
Look Before Leaping
Before you head down this potentially one-way street called entrepreneurship, and before you buy yourself a job as a franchisee or small business owner, ask yourself a few questions. What kind of salary are you seeking? Is the business prospect on offer scaleable? How much do you really expect to pay yourself if you run some dinky little business? What kind of cash out can you expect? When? Are you ultimately going to be able to retire on, or finance your next venture with, the proceeds from the sale of such a business? The “M” franchises use a low bankruptcy rate as a proxy for success rate. But can a small venture which has avoided bankruptcy really call itself a success if it has grown to generate only $20,000 or $30,000 net per year?
House Cleaning Franchise for Sale Asking Price $35K Gross Revenues $100K Seller Finance No Year Established 1997 Number of Employees 6 Real Estate Leased Reason for Sale Other Commitments Description House cleaning for mid to upper income families. This entrepreneur deal is not binary–the most likely outcome for any small business venture is that the owner pays himself an insufficient amount to live on and simply becomes worn out and bled of cash before the business reaches sufficient scale to pay a reasonable salary, and allow for the hiring of a professional management team. House cleaning customers of formerly surrendered markets are regularly transferred to contiguous “M” franchisees for a fee to the “M” franchisor (and none to the former “M” franchisee), and such fire-sale liquidations may not be counted in “M” failure rates.
Before buying a maid service franchise, consider the following: monthly take-home pay of existing co-franchisees (especially for years 3 onwards); reputations of existing co-franchisees throughout the entire metro area; attractiveness of remaining service zones; penetration assumptions implied by service zone population tables; any restrictions placed on reselling a franchise; and alternative uses of franchise fees, if you were to instead apply the same funds in opening an independent maid service.
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Is Cleanliness Really next to Godliness?
This may strike you as a rather existential question since the answer depends largely on your own definition of the terms “cleanliness” and “godliness”, not to mention your assessment of the relative value of these terms in relation to one another. Setting aside that this question is based on a rather trite (but enduring) expression, we can first examine what would prompt someone to make such a claim, followed by consideration of whether or not the claim holds any sort of practical value. And in this manner we may come to some conclusion pertaining to whether or not cleanliness is really next to godliness.
This phrase is rumored to have been in use since at least the middle ages, when it was first said to have been noted in literature, although some claim it was used in one form or another long before that. If you look at the saying from a purely practical perspective, it must be noted that organized religion has long been used as a method of societal control. Consider the Ten Commandments, for example, which provide Christians with a set of basic rules to live by, including moratoriums on criminal acts like theft, adultery, and murder. They sound more like tenets of a system of legal governance rather than religious observance. Throughout history, people have been compelled to follow religious rule where they may not have been so keen to bow to the whims of a hated political leader or regime. This is because people who believe in a god and an afterlife may be willing to do what they have to in the here and now to ensure a favorable outcome following death.
Now, how does this dynamic relate to cleanliness? It’s simple enough when you consider historical systems for water treatment and waste disposal. It is only within the last couple of centuries that clean water and waste disposal options have become widely available in homes. Prior to that, chamber pots, outhouses, and private wells were the norm, and people rarely bathed. This led to the rampant and rapid spread of disease, especially in densely populated areas. So finding ways to keep the populace clean and stop them from spreading germs to their neighbors was of the utmost importance. And yet, it’s not as though a municipal power would have the authority or manpower to enforce regulations pertaining to personal hygiene. But religion and peer pressure from the community could certainly do the trick.
And perhaps that is how the expression “cleanliness is next to godliness” was born. In any case, it’s easy to see from a historical perspective how such a phrase may have gained popularity. But is cleanliness truly next to godliness? You might as well ask what is god – you’ll get just as wide a variety of answers, most likely. In truth, caring for yourself and attending to your personal health is perhaps the highest pursuit if you think that god granted you life and made you in his image. And cleanliness of yourself and your environment is certainly an essential part of that equation. So in a manner of speaking, cleanliness could definitely be considered to be next to godliness. On the other hand, it could just be a clever turn of phrase.
Maid Service Rates
Maid service rates vary and depend on a number of factors. For instance, an individual will be cheaper than the majority of companies, mainly because they do not have to deal with the same level of overheads. Individuals looking for a maid service should probably look at small organizations. The small scale of the task is unsuited to a larger company that will charge higher rates. Small businesses may need a more thorough cleaning so maid service companies with more advanced equipment might be necessary. Naturally, this will cause the rate to increase.
The average maid service will perform typical janitorial duties such as removing garbage, sweeping and vacuuming the floors before washing and buffing them. They should also clean the inside of windows clean and dust furniture as well as ensuring the bathroom is sanitary. In order to keep the cost down, small companies and individuals are encouraged to use maid services sparingly. Most houses will not need to be cleaned more than once a week while offices with 20 or so employees might need servicing twice a week. Large corporations must utilize maid services daily. Businesses are obliged to obey health and safety regulations so it is important to have a cleaning company on hand to prevent any problems.
More Equipment, Higher Rates
For a more comprehensive job, expect to pay much higher maid service rates. Exterior cleaning is a specialized task and one that is only performed on a monthly basis. Such a job requires the grouting of tiles, washing of exterior windows, cleaning of parking lots, pressure washing as well as dusting and cleaning of lighting fixtures. ‘Q-Tip’ cleaning is a colloquialism for an extra-thorough clean that encompasses every single nook and cranny of a building. This also requires special equipment which again, will see the maid service rates escalate.
Making A Decision
In general, you will have the choice of dozens of companies. Some will be locally-based businesses, others will be national institutions. These large corporations provide expert cleaning and use the most sophisticated equipment to perform each task. All their employees should have various qualifications and the job will be completed in rapid time because of their machinery. Companies of this type may elect to charge per square foot which can cost thousands of dollars a month depending on the frequency of the cleaning and size of the building. Smaller businesses may be better suited to locally-based cleaning services. Although they will not provide the same level of service, their maid service rates will be a lot lower and more manageable. Besides, small companies do not usually need futuristic technology in order to be clean.
Most companies don’t bother with square foot charge and generally offer fixed or hourly rates. Certain companies charge extra depending on the equipment used and services provided. For example, trash pickup could be extra and other costs such as supplies and insurance will also be factored into the price. When it comes to maid service rates, it is probably better to opt for a company that charges a fixed fee. Organizations that get paid by the hour have no incentive to finish quickly. On the other hand, fixed fee companies may overlook certain areas in their rush to get the task completed in order to move onto the next job as soon as possible. Regardless of what billing method you choose, ensure the company is licensed, bonded, insured and reputable.
Making House Cleaning a Breeze
Making house cleaning a breeze may sound like a stretch considering the current state that you may find your home. After all, you may have let the house cleaning slide for some time now and be facing an absolute uphill battle. However, it is attainable to make your house cleaning as easy as pie and you can actually go about it in a couple of different ways.
The first way in which you can make house cleaning a breeze is by hiring someone to do it for you. There are many maid services that could care less how badly your house needs to be cleaned and they will gladly come in and clean your house from top to bottom. Once they are gone, you will be left with a clean home and a great feeling, but this may not be an option for you.
As nice as it would be for everyone to be able to afford their own personal maid service, the fact is that not everyone can and you might find yourself in the same boat. This is where you have to just face the facts and realize that you have to go at it yourself. However, you can still make you’re your house cleaning a breeze even if you have to go at it all alone.
First of all in order to make house cleaning a breeze, you have to first get the entire house in order and cleaned up in every nook and cranny. While this may seem like a challenge you simply can’t take on all by yourself, the important thing to remember is that you probably can, as long as you don’t take it on all at once.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make with house cleaning is they attempt to clean their homes from top to bottom in one single day, or maybe over a weekend. This is not only near impossible, but it is also anything but a breeze. Instead of wasting an entire day, or even weekend, cleaning from top to bottom, spread it out over a week or so.
Each day, designate a certain amount of time in which you will devote to house cleaning. This can be two hours, one hour, or less if you so desire. The point is to make some kind of time commitment so you are almost forcing yourself to get the job done. Once you decide how much time to devote each day to getting your home back in order, you then need to put together a game plan to make the plan turn to action.
It helps if you break up your home in sections and focus on one room or section at a time. Otherwise, you will only clean parts of several rooms and this will lead you to never completing your task of cleaning the entire home.
Always start with rooms that are used the least as these rooms will stay cleaner much longer after you have thoroughly cleaned them over rooms that are seeing frequent use. A good example is to start with a guest room that is seldom used versus starting off with the bathroom that most of your household uses on a daily basis. By staggering your cleaning this way and saving the higher traffic areas for last, you will be able to maintain a more equal balance of clean as you are cleaning each section of your home. The end result will be a house that is clean almost all the way around.
Once you have worked the designated time each night for a week or so, your house will be spic and span and you can then sit back and marvel over the wonderful job you did. However, you shouldn’t marvel for too long because this will be the time that you can guarantee that house cleaning always remains a breeze. How you will do this is by maintaining your cleaning on a consistent basis.
Now that your house will be ship-shape you can keep it that way with a little more devotion of your time on a daily basis. Just as you did before when your house was a disaster, devote a certain amount of time each day for house cleaning. The main difference this time will be that you will only have to probably devote 20 to 30 minutes each day as opposed to the hour or two that you did before. So while you will still have to give up a bit of your time, it will go much quicker as the time will be minimal.
Another difference that you will notice is that it is much easier to keep an already clean and organized house clean and organized. While this sounds like a cliché, it is all about making house cleaning a breeze and nothing makes cleaning easier than dealing with clean things.
What you will find when your house is maintained as opposed to being let go for an extended amount of time is that the maintenance cleaning is a lot faster and much less strenuous. Where you may have had to scrub before, you only have to wipe off now. Where you may have had to sweep and mop, you may only have to lightly sweep. The best part is that as long as you don’t let it get out of control, the maintenance will remain just that easy.
Making house cleaning a breeze isn’t a statement that sounds like it could actually be true, but if you approach it in just the right manner, it certainly can be. No matter how messy and cluttered your home might be, just remember that it is only going to get worse with each passing day. The sooner you get to the weeklong cleaning that you know needs to be done anyway, the sooner you can get to the maintenance cleaning. Unless you can afford to hire a maid service that is in fact your only option so you might as well embrace it.
Reasons to Hire a Maid Service
It seems like such an indulgence at first thought, but upon further consideration, hiring a maid service to do literally your dirty work for you actually has a lot more advantages than disadvantages. Of course we’ve heard all the arguments against it before. Reasons like maid service is costly and the money you use to hire cleaners on a regular basis can be put to better use, or you’re just not convinced that a maid service can do the job better than you can, have all been run to the ground.
The truth is, if you’re ready to hear it, that the cost of hiring a regular maid service these days have gone down significantly enough for the average individual to be able to afford it. Thus, there shouldn’t be any reason for you to dismiss this option as easily, especially if you think that it’s a service that could improve your lifestyle dramatically.
Not yet convinced? Here are a few of the top reasons why we think that hiring a maid service is a good move.
Value for your Time and Money
In this day and age of multi-tasking and putting premium on work efficiency it is sometimes easy to forget that we actually have lives outside of our work place and interests other than getting ahead in our chosen careers. Most of us have a long list of things that we’ve always wanted to do in life but never get around to doing because, of course, we never have enough time to do it.
We come home from work, and instead of resting or doing something that is interesting or relaxing, we are greeted with the necessity of having to do the dishes and the laundry, cleaning the bathroom, mopping the floor and a gazillion other things that we’d rather not do.
The good news is that hiring a maid service can remove all this unnecessarily stressful daily household chores off our plate so that we are free to concentrate on the things that we do like doing like relaxing, watching a movie or reading good book. The time that this frees up also allows us to earmark this block of time for a class that we’ve always wanted to take or a sport that we’ve always wanted to play or an adventure that we’ve always wanted to experience.
But this doesn’t necessarily have to be at great cost to us. The average fee for maid services has decreased significantly over the years, allowing most of us to actually be able to afford it. And if you really think about the trade-off – time that you otherwise would have wasted cleaning up for a few hundred dollars a month – that’s a value that, just like time, you can never get back once it’s gone.
Add to this the fact that cleaning your own home has never been a completely pleasurable job – especially if you’d rather rest than take out the trash. After a particularly tiring day at work, coming home to an already spic and span household is guaranteed to lower your stress levels and allow you to enjoy the rest of your day in peace and freedom. That’s another value that is simply worth every penny.
Any way you look at it, getting a maid service to do your house cleaning for you almost always guarantees more thorough, professional cleaning work than you probably could do all by yourself. Maid services are usually equipped with better cleaning tools and professional grade cleaning products that you may or may not want to invest in, and which are otherwise, available to you through the service.
And since maids are trained and are well-equipped to do the work, they inevitably have a better chance of doing a more thorough and efficient cleaning job that leaves no surface unpolished, no floor unswept and no bathroom unscrubbed.
Keeping all these reasons in mind, it is always a good idea to hire a maid service when you can. Your every cent will definitely be worth it.
Tips on Hiring a Maid Service
Fast-paced lifestyles, hectic schedules and a lack of free time can lead one to consider hiring a maid service to handle critical house cleaning duties. But before picking up the phone to schedule an appointment, it is important to know whom you are letting into your home.
Bonding: Make sure the maid service is bonded for its house cleaning clientèle. Should a theft occur, you need to be protected. Some companies, if they are bonded at all, protect only themselves, not the consumer.
Insurance: Make sure the house cleaning company is insured. If a maid slips and falls while cleaning the shower, your homeowner’s policy might not cover the incident. The maid service should have liability and employee accident coverage and should include your home, the housecleaner(s) and the company.
References: Make sure the maid service is reliable. How many years have they been in business? Ask for references and a work history. When calling references ask some key questions:
How long have you used the house cleaning service?
Have you ever needed to make a complaint? If so, how did the service handle resolving the issue?
Would you enthusiastically recommend the maid service provider?
Employee screening and hiring: Ask the house cleaning company if employees’ references are checked, if criminal background checks are administered, and if residence status is confirmed. Also find out if the workforce is comprised of employees or subcontractors. A maid service using subcontractors does not provide staff training and may not provide liability insurance. In addition, there may not be a standard of quality and unclear procedures for complaint resolution.
Cleaning products: Some independent housekeepers as well as some services expect you to supply all cleaning products. If products are included by the house cleaning company, find out what type of products will be used and if they contain harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia. Be sure the products are safe for pets and kids.
If the maid service touts using “green” products or environmentally friendly products for house cleaning, understand what you are getting. Ask if the products are effective in cleaning and disinfecting pathogens like Staphylococcus (Staph.), Salmonella and E.coli If the maid service is “Green Certified,” find out which certifying body certified the cleaning products and their certification process.
Some products, although certified “green” actually use standard chemicals at a lower ratio, literally watering down a chemical until it passes standards. This can be at the expense of the performance of the product. Other environmentally safe products contain bio-based ingredients that contain natural bacteria and enzymes, which are non-pathogenetic environmental isolates that imitate the way nature naturally cleans itself. These natural substances can be used in hard surface cleaners and degreasers to create a safe, effective cleaning solution.
Equipment: Check out what is included with your house cleaning. Some independent housekeepers as well as some services expect you to supply all cleaning equipment. If the maid service is supplying the equipment, find out the efficiency of the vacuum and the filtration system.
Satisfaction: Ask if the maid service measures customer satisfaction and if so, what type of procedure is used to collect responses. Are you asked to fill out a survey online or on paper? Will a manager contact you following the house cleaning to be sure your expectations were fulfilled or exceeded? The steps a company takes to ensure a customer’s satisfaction tells a lot about how much they value their customers.
Quality assurance: Find out the service’s quality assurance procedures. How is the quality of service measured and verified to ensure quality of service is maintained? A maid service should have quality assurance procedures in place to be sure their house cleaning meets quality standards every clean. Ask if the maid service has managers who inspect every clean to be sure the quality of service is upheld.
Guarantee: Find out how the company handles complaints and make sure the service is backed by a written satisfaction guarantee. Know prior to the house cleaning the limitations of the guarantee and what steps consumers should take to execute the guarantee.
Taxes: Make sure you don’t break any tax laws. If you pay a housekeeper or maid a certain amount per year, the federal law requires you to pay social security and other taxes on that person. However, some states may require you to withhold state taxes on payments smaller than $1,000. Most maid service companies withhold taxes for their employees, but check to make sure. If you pay a housekeeper or maid at least $1,200 per year, the federal law requires you to pay social security and other taxes on that person. For more information about household employee taxes, call the Internal Revenue Service.
Daniel J. Bishop is the president and CEO of The Maids International, Inc., a premier house cleaning service in the United States and Canada. Prior to founding The Maids in 1979, Bishop served as executive officer and president of the Building Services Contractors Association. Bishop is also a director of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors and is a Certified Building Service Executive. For more information about The Maids, please visit www.maids.com.
Maid Service Rates – The Cost of Hiring a Maid to Clean Your Home
If there is one thing that most of us would love to have, it is maid service. And why not? Maid service can actually be a cost effective option, especially when you consider the amount of time and energy that you put into cleaning your home every week. If you are considering hiring a maid service, it is important to know about maid service rates. Maid service costs are influenced by several factors, so who you call, and what maid service rate you pay, is going to be influenced. The more you know, the better position you will be in when researching maid services in your area.
Can You Afford Maid Service Rates?
Some people may not even have to ask themselves this question. They may know right off the bat whether or not they can afford maid service rates. But there are a lot of people who fall somewhere in the middle, who don’t actually know if it is something they can afford. These people, as well as those who feel they can’t afford it, should at least take a few minutes to give it a fair evaluation. They may be surprised to find out that they indeed can afford basic maid service costs.
Maid service costs are going to vary. There are a lot of factors that are going to influence what a particular company’s rates are. These factors include such things as geographic location, how often you want the cleaning service, if they specialize in something, and how big your home is. While the maid service rates vary, depending on these factors, there are some price ranges that you can typically expect.
We contacted several maid services in each of the following cities and asked them what the cost would be to clean a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2000 square foot home. We then averaged the rates and posted them below to compare maid service rates in various cities across the US:
Each additional room that will need to be cleaned will increase your made service cost by around $5 or more per week. Whether you opt for weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly maid service will also influence the price you pay. If you are going to opt for a weekly maid service, you are typically going to get a little better rate than if you opt for bi-weekly or monthly maid services. This is because if the maid service is done on a weekly basis, the home is kept cleaner, but bi-weekly or monthly maid services will likely mean that there is more work to be done during each cleaning.
Also, it is important to note that these rates are for a basic one story home. Those homes that are two or more stories will have higher made service rates. For multi-story homes, you would typically add an additional $10 or so to each price, per week. For a multi-story home with three bedrooms and one bath, you can expect to pay maid service rates in the area of $80-150 per week, taking the above mentioned factors into account. You can expect to pay a little more for the initial cleaning.
Other Influencing Factors
When we think about maid services, we may conjure up a lot of images of what that includes. But most people will have slightly varying views of what would be included in a basic maid service cleaning. Here is what things are usually included in the regular maid service cost:
• Dusting of all rooms, including the furniture, window ledges, and each room is vacuumed.
• In the kitchen, the things that will be cleaned include the sink, appliances, counters, tables, chairs, and dishes will be washed.
• In each bathroom, the maid service will include cleaning the toilets, mirrors, sinks, shower, tub, and exterior of the cabinet.
• Throughout the house, all floors will be swept, mopped, and vacuumed.
Beyond such typical services that are included in basic maid service rates, there are additional services you can choose to pay for. You may not want them on a regular basis, but opting for them once every few months may be ideal. These options, in addition to others, are usually available for an additional charge and include such services as a deep spring cleaning, stain removal, holiday cleaning, after party cleaning, washing baseboards, etc.
Choosing a Maid Service
While maid service rates are important, they are not the only issue that you should consider when choosing a maid service for your cleaning. It is also important to consider such things as the reputation of the maid service, if they are experienced, bonded, trustworthy, insured, and what type of cleaning services they specialize in. For example, some companies offer green or natural cleaning services. You need to know what the maid service offers and how they go about hiring the maids that will be coming into your home.
Start out by getting referrals from friends who have companies they have good experience with. Inquire, if they don’t mind disclosing, what maid service rates they paid and what service was included. Meet and interview several maid service companies before choosing one. Be sure to get in writing what all their maid service cost includes. Once you have narrowed down your options and researched the companies, it’s time to make a selection.
What’s it Worth
If you are skeptical about hiring a maid service, know that it is not a commitment you are making that will last forever. It is something you can try and then back away from if you decide it is not what you thought it would be or if you feel you can’t afford the maid service rates.
Most people who have a company clean their home find that it is well worth the maid service cost. You really have to stop and consider what your time is worth and then decide if it is worth the amount you are paying to the maid service. Chances are you, like millions of others, will find that it is worth every penny!
Tips on Cleaning Metal Surfaces
When we clean our home we have many things to take care of – dishes, surfaces, the oven and so on. One thing we can really find daunting is cleaning metal pans and other surfaces from buildup or tarnish. These can be very annoying to deal with as most of the stains are very resistant to most of what we use to clean. Here we have a few tips which will help you deal with these a little easier next time you do your cleaning routine:
1. Copper-bottomed pans and pots
Tarnish can appear on those as a result of water stains and a number of other reasons. Have no fear though, it can be easily remedied by using the correct cleaning technique. Just turn the pan upside-down and pour some white vinegar on the surface, sprinkle some salt on that and scrub away with a paper towel or a soft cloth. If it doesn’t work the first time around try again until all traces of the spots are gone.
2. Cleaning copper and brass
You might have a lot of copper or brass trinkets and things like handles for example which give your kitchen a nice old-time feeling to it with their wonderful, warm colors. Those can get dirty as well and the only way for them to regain their shine is to clean them up using the right products. This can be done easily by cutting up a lemon in half and using said half with a bit of salt sprinkled on. Just rub the affected surface and lo and behold the brass and copper will shine like new again in no time.
3. Cleaning silver items
Most often these are silver candlesticks and we all know how much fun it is to have those around the house if the reason for that is romantic dinners or simply the more practical need in case you’re having power failures. Regardless these often get enough patina and grime on them in time that dulls their shine. Wax drippings can also be a real bane to their looks, but fear not – you can easily rid them of that by placing them in the freezer. The cold will make the wax brittle and weak and you’ll be able to quickly break it off. Apart from commercial silver cleaners you can use white toothpaste or baking soda to clean the grime off silver surfaces.
4. Metal faucets
If you see caulk buildup around the faucets know that you can rid yourself of them by simply using lemon juice to dissolve the annoying rings forming around them. Much like using it with copper and brass you can do the same with half a lemon – just rub the surface until the acid dissolves the buildup.
5. Cleaning up rust
Some instruments or places get rusty as a result of moisture and so on, so in these cases there are some simple steps one can take:
• Scrub off the rust by using a scrubbing pad or some steel wool.
• Use some rust remover with a steel wool pad and rub it into the surface.
• Leave it on there for up to 20 minutes depending on the damage.
• Wipe it off with paper towels or a soft cloth.
• Apply a rust-proof coating – some can be water-resistant and capable of protecting even against heavy moisture.
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Have you ever asked yourself what the point of life is all about? It seems as though everything is an endless cycle of the rat race. There seems to be no rest or pausing. If you are not in the office, you are supposed to be at home to cook, clean the house, empty the trash, do the laundries take care of the kids, and before you know it, it is another morning, time to go to work. This explains why so many families in the United States of America are not living a balanced life, because it is all work and no play, which makes the average American a ‘dull’ citizen. No wonder there are a lot of cases of illness, mental disorder, and many cases of stress and depression.
“Do you have to go that far to prove that maid services are important?” You ask. The truth is that this is the reality. There is literary no time to even have a break. Home demands and work demands can make you go insane. It is not an exaggeration; many people have become insane because of overwork. Many families have been broken because of the little time available to connect to each other and crime rate has increased. In order to live well, you need time to relax, stroll on the beaches, go out fishing, skiing, and mountain climb, take your family out for a treat, so some love to your family, do some gardening, play games, and jog and so on. However, did you know that it is not possible for some people to engage in such activities because of the commitments of household chores? The sad news is that despite the fact that life is made of simple things, we ignore the very things that make life.
It is no wonder that you can make all the money in the world, but if you find no time to enjoy it, then you still remain as miserable as ever. Austin maid services can help restore the meaning of life to your family. Maids come into your house to give you a chance to enjoy other parts of life. When you hire a maid for house cleaning and household chores, you are not spending money, but giving away some money in exchange for some golden freedom. You may think that this is all crap, but the truth is that it is the absolute truth. Maids are the guarantors of your freedom. They give you an opportunity to discover yourself, share quality time with your family and friends and engage in your treasured hobbies. If you do not believe this, then you also have the choice to continue to live in the miserable and congested lifestyle. Why not walk into one of Austin maid services and ask for rescue from the chains that the demands of modern daily living has plunged you into? It will not cost much, indeed no price is too big to pay for one’s happiness.
How to Clean and Maintain the Range Hood in Your Kitchen
When you’re in your kitchen and you’re in the process of cleaning it, how much time do you devote to your range? Although it tends to be an appliance that not a lot of us give thought to, the truth of the matter is that it’s essential when it comes to keeping our kitchens healthy. That’s because the internal fan that is attached to it helps to capture all of the grease and residue that’s in the air as we’re cooking our meals. If we don’t clean it on a regular basis, it can be a breeding ground for bacteria and even the source of a potential fire hazard. This is why it’s so important that you do all that you can in order to clean and maintain your range hood.
If you’d like some tips on how to do that, we’ve enclosed five of them below:
Clean the vent hood. When it comes to your vent hood, take out the grease filter that is inside of the range and let it soak in a degreaser solution for about an hour. Then take it out and wash it in some soapy warm water (dishwashing liquid should be fine). Also take special note that if your range hood happens to use charcoal filters, when you’re in the process of cleaning it, you should change those as well.
Clean the filters. If you wait too long, there’s a pretty good chance that an oily residue is going to collect on your filters. The reason why this is cause for concern is that if the filters are not clean, the residue could actually end up dropping into your food. So make sure that you take the time to clean those out too.
Clean the inside and outside surfaces. Just about all of us have seen a range hood that seems to have layers of residue on them; almost to the point where it appears impossible to remove. You can avoid this from happening by cleaning the inside and outside surfaces of your range hood no less than twice per month. In most cases, you can put some degreaser on a damp cloth to remove any grime, grease or debris that you see. But if you come across some really stubborn areas, mix one part baking soda with one part water. That should make those spots as good as new. Word of caution: keep the degreaser and baking soda solution away from your light fixtures; it could damage them.
Empty your reservoir. If you were to ask a company like Range Hoods Inc. about what you should do in order to maintain your range hood, something that they would probably tell you to do is look to see if you have reservoir (if you do, it would be located close to the backsplash in your kitchen). It’s something that also helps to catch the oil. If you happen to notice that it is filled with oil, it’s important that you empty it just as soon as possible.
Consider using a natural degreaser. Are you someone who would prefer to use as little chemicals as possible while cleaning your range hood? If so, consider making your own degreaser. All you need to do is combine two cups of warm water, two tablespoons of baking soda, two teaspoons of castile soap and 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. It’s cheap, it’s effective and it will have your range hood sparkling clean in no time!
Everyone wants to make a good impression. Unfortunately, in today’s demanding world we don’t always have time to make our apartments spic-and-span. Whether the in-laws are coming to visit or a friend is seeing the place for the first time, your place needs to undergo some cleaning, and fast. Luckily, we can help make sure all the buzz about your apartment is as sweet as honey.
We provide cleanings at whatever frequency you need, whether it’s a daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or one time cleaning, we can work within your schedule to make it happen. We are also able to help with things other than just regular housekeeping. We will work with you to create a plan specifically tailored to suit your needs.
Our maids are 100% dedicated to making your home or apartment spotless and sparkling from top to bottom. Our maids are well known for their attention to detail and personalized attention to our customers.
Our maid services are more than just dusting and vacuuming. Each house has specific needs. We wash walls, windows, dishes, clothes, and most anything you can think of.
Few quality of our experienced maid
• Keep a Tidy Kitchen
• Better Bathroom, Big Bonus
• Bask in a Blooming Bedroom
Another benefit of working with us for your maid service is being able to have the same crew each time your home is cleaned. Our maids get to know your personal needs and requests to ensure your home is cleaned just the way you want.
We offer value added services to various buildings and apartments, which comes under residential sectors. We facilitate our clients in this sectors with residential house cleaning services, residential housekeeping services, residential management services, home security services, residential maintenance services, engineering services and varied other facility management services as per the requirements of our clients.
No matter how competitive your company’s core strengths may be, a visitor to your building may gain an entirely mistaken impression of your business if the workplace environment doesn’t reflect a commitment to precision and order.
We understand that a clean working environment enhances the productivity, health, and work experience of your employees, improving morale and increasing efficiency. We are ready to fulfill your office and facilities cleaning needs.
We clean all surfaces and equipment, from tables and chairs to entrance ways, dining rooms, restrooms and kitchens. We use the highest standards of personal and environmental hygiene, to ensure elimination of odours and contamination.
Quality Control and our detailed colour code floor plan system set us apart in the retail sector. We take the worry out of running the daily or around-the-clock cleaning operations of a retail business.
We are specialized in offering Mall Management Services to our clients that are appreciated for their reliability, systematic approach and timeliness. For this, we undertake housekeeping and maintenance for these malls. Our services are catered by our trained team of personnel, who have in-depth expertise in delivering these services so as to meet the utmost satisfaction level of our clients.
Babies are the god gift to human. Babies need to take good care. For parents who are working and need their baby to be in safe hands in there absents. We solve the problems of such parents by providing babysitter. We give you the most advanced search tools and security systems available to make it safe and easy to find Babysitters with the specific traits you want. Whether you’re seeking a part-time, live-out job or perhaps you want a full-time, live-in job. Either way, if you want great Babysitters, We’ve got you covered.
We offer cleaning for special occasions. There is no better way to enjoy your party, then to let us help you prepare for it, and let us clean up after it. We provide services in parties, functions and special occasion in cleaning department. Every party organiser wants to enjoy their party in clean environment. Our staff will provide you service before function, on functions and after functions to make your house look fresh new.