1234 quilting

Q. What should I do to prepare my top for sending to a longarm quilter?
A. The top should be clean. All threads should be clipped. It should be squared up
before sending it to be quilted. It should not be basted/sandwiched already. The
basting would have to be removed before quilting can be done on a longarm quilting
system.
Q. How big should my backing be?
A. Your backing should be 8 inches wider and 8 inches longer than your quilt top. We
currently do not offer any backing fabric for sale, nor do we offer a piecing of backing
as a service. This extra fabric is needed to load the backing and your quilt on the
longarm frame. It is also crucial that the
backing be square before loading on the frame. If the backing is not square or the
backing is not large enough, it can be impossible to load and risks distortion being
quilted into your backing. Who ever you choose to do your longarm quilting wants to
do the very best job for you, so please supply them with the necessary fabric to do
the job right.

Q. Can I provide my own batting?
A. Yes, you may provide your own batting. We do reserve the right to refuse any
batting that isn’t consistent in loft or of poor quality. Quality batting is critical to
having your quilt look good when it is finished.

Q. Do you post pictures of your customer’s quilts?
A. Serendipity Quilting respects your quilts. Our philosopy is you own the quilt. You
paid us for a service. Even though we are really proud of our work, we understand
that you as the owner want first shot at showing it off. On the other hand, if you
want to show it off on our gallery, we would be more than happy to oblige.

Q. What is your privacy policy?
A. All information is kept private. We do not sell or share any customer information.

Q. Should older/antique tops be quilted on a longarm?
A. That really depends on the condition of the fabric. Some are not able to be quilted
on a longarm because they may have been weakened due to storage conditions or
age. If the top is in good condition, there is no reason why it can not be quilted on a
longarm. All quilts must be clean before we will accept them.

Q. Why do you want to be contacted before I mail a quilt to you?
A. We want our customers to be happy. Have you ever noticed that there are many
different styles of quilt tops? There are also many different styles of quilting. We
think it’s a good idea for a quilt topper to check and make sure the longarmer offers
the type of quilting they are wanting before shipping the quilt. Different types of
quilting not only have different cost considerations, but time considerations as well.
In order to manage our work load and return quilts in the estimated time given, we
need to have an idea what our work load is going to be.

Q. What are some tips for packaging and shipping my quilt?
A. Several things can be done to help make sure your quilt safely reaches the
intended destination. Make sure you use a sturdy box. Inside the box, wrap your quilt
or quilt top in a bag. This will help protect your quilt from getting wet or dirty if the
box should develop a hole. I really like those huge ziploc bags. In addition to
addressing the outside of the box, put a copy of the address information inside the
bag. This increases the chance that your shipper can return or deliver your quilt, even
in the case of a damaged box. Always use a tracking number. All shippers, including
the USPS, now offer tracking numbers. If shipping to a residence, consider
using a signature required service. This prevents your quilt from being left on a porch
in any kind of weather. Serendipity Quilting has a PO Box for receiving your quilts to
ensure a dry, secure environment. There is no guarantee that these tips will keep
your quilt completely safe, but it will go a long way into preventing loss.

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Choosing a Frame – Things to consider in buying a machine quilting frame.

There are a number of things to questions to ask yourself when you are considering a machine quilting frame. These are the areas that I considered and questions I asked myself in looking for a machine quilting frame.

I have included my findings on the two finalists for me, B-line and the Grace, which as I thought you might find them helpful. There is a checklist (coming soon) that you can print and use to do your own research. I have completed the column for the B-line and the Grace.

The basic premise

The basic idea for a machine quilting frame is the same for all manufacturers. Your home sewing machine sits on top of 2 platforms. The top platform allows the machine to go forward and backward across a table or platform. The bottom platform sits on a track on a table to allow your sewing machine to go from one end to the other. These two platforms enable the machine to make a complete circle.

What do I want in a frame?

1. Portable verses stationary – Do I want to have the option to take it down and store it? How easy is it to put up and take down?

I decided I wanted the option of taking the frame down. So ease of assembly was important. The B-line may take an hour to put up the first time as you screw the carriage together with a screwdriver. But after that, no tools are required. Just use fingers to tighten clamps. I am proud to report that I can put my frame up in 20 minutes!

The Grace is a stationery frame and meant to be left up. It comes in 3 boxes and takes time to put up! So you want to have a permanent space for it.

2. Quilt size -What size quilts will I be quilting? Does the frame accommodate all sizes? Do I have to purchase extensions for king-size quilts?

I found the B-line to have an all-inclusive price that allows me to quilt all sizes up to king!

3. Quilting with the frame – Are the handles on the front and back of the frame to allow you to do pantograph quilting and free motion quilting? Are handles built in or is this an option you have to purchase? Is there a stylus?

Both the B-line and the Grace have handles built in on both sides of the frame. The both allow free motion and pantograph quilting.

4. My machine – What machine will I use on the frame? Is there a speed control available?

I have opted to use either the Brother 1500 PQ or the Juki TL98e. Both offer the most throat space available today on the home machine market for under $1200.

I use the Speed Lock for my speed control on the free-motion frame. The Speed Lock is available for both machines for $39.00 from us. Check out our SPEED LOCKS. I also use the Quilter’s Cruise Control which gives me automatic stitch regulation for my home machine.

5. Future uses – Does it accommodate the PC Quilter? Do I have to purchase an adapter? What is the space between the rollers?

The B-line accommodates the PC Quilter without an adapter of any kind. So no additional purchase is necessary. The Grace requires the purchase of an adapter for the PC Quilter wheels.

The B-line offers 16 inches between the rollers and the carriage can travel that distance with the machine off. This will be of interest when longer armed machines or the Max throat option is available for the PC Quilter and free-motion quilting.

The Grace has 12 inches between the rollers and 8 inches of carriage travel.

Construction of the frame

1. Frame – What is the frame made of? Is it solid or does it vibrate? What will break or wear out? What is the warranty?

Both the B-line and the Grace are made of laminated hardwood. Both are very solid frames with a very high touch look of wood.

The B-line has hardwood cogs and a lifetime warranty. The Grace uses plastic and has a 1 year warranty.

2. Rails – What are the rails made of? Are they continuous? How do they extend? What prevents them from slipping? What keeps them straight?

The rails on the B-line are metal in a wood casing and provide an extendible continuous rail to king size. The rail locks under the end pieces to prevent movement and keep them straight.

The Grace has the track imbedded in the table. The purchase of an extension is required to get to king-size.

3. Rollers – What are the rollers made of? How do they extend? What prevents them from slipping? Are they reinforced? How easy is it to advance the quilt?

The Rollers on the B-line are square and made of extruded aluminum. The rollers extend by placing a square hardwood dowel in and then butting the next rail segment up to it. Since they are square with the dowel inside them they can not slip and the dowel adds extra rigidity at the joint. Advancing the quilt is very easy–drop the side tension clamps and drop the little hammers–roll and replace hammers and tension. No pinning!

4. Leaders – How do the leaders attach? How difficult is it to change leaders?

The B-line leaders attach with masking tape. This makes it easy to change leaders as the rail and the tape are square you can be sure you are straight.

The Grace system has a dowel inserted inside the rail. I believe this replaces leaders. I wasn’t sure I wanted my quilt in the roller.

5. Tension – How difficult is it to adjust the tension sides?

The B-line comes with clamps on elastic cords that clip quickly to the side of the quilt and adjust with a sliding clip. This is very quick when advancing the quilt!

The Grace has a system that separates the rollers then you put a fabric strip the right size in to pin to the side of the quilt.

Technical Support

1. User Group – Is there a group of users I can join?

Both the B-line and the Grace have user groups on yahoo.

2. Warranty

B-line has a lifetime warranty. The Grace has a 1 year warranty.

Last, but not least,

3. PRICE

The B-line is $629 (includes all taxes) and the Grace is $899 +/- depending on dealer.

See us at shows for free shipping up to $35 on the B-line!


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sewing dictonary

The Sewing Dictionary
A dictionary of sewing terms to help you along your sewing journey.
If you have any additions, changes, corrections, or suggestions, please feel free to let us know.
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWX, Y, Z

A

Applique Sewing a piece of fabric atop another after folding under a small bit of the fabric to create a clean edge. When done by machine, many use a satin stitch (tight zig zag). By hand, blind stitching is often used.

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B

Backstitch Used at the beginning and end of a machine sewn seam to anchor the seam in place; it involves a couple of extra stitches back and forth.
Ballpoint needle Ballpoint needles are designed to penetrate knit fabrics without nicking or damaging the fabric.
Bar tack A group of closely sewn stitchs (back and forth from side to side a la zig zag) that is used to tack a belt loop or similar item in place. This is not a basting stitch and should be repeated several times on the machine to make a very short run of satin stitching.
Baste/basting Temporary stitching used to hold a sewing project in place and is removed when the permanent sewing is done.
Batting Fiberfill, cotton, wool, or other material that is flattened and usually on a roll and purchased in precut lengths or by the yard. Uses of batting range from filling for placemats or vests to quilts.
Bias Runs diagonally to the straight grain of the fabric. This is the stretchiest part on the fabric.
Bias tape Strips of fabric cut on the bias, often turned under and pressed, and used for bindings, facings, or other application where there is a need for stretch or accomodation to curves.
Binding (seam) .
Binding (blanket, quilt, etc.) Encasing the raw edges of a blanket or quilt with another piece of fabric. Binding also refers to the fabric that is folded and used for the encasing of the raw edges.
Blanket stitch Used to neaten the edge of a buttonhole, blanket, vest edge, or other seamline. A blanket stitch can be done by hand or machine.
Blind hem stitch Sewing stitch that is not meant to be seen on the right side of the fabric, usually accomplished by picking up one thread of the fabric at a time rather than going through the full fabric or several threads before completing a hand stitch or machine stitch. Many sewing machines come with a blind hem attachment and the manual is the best guide for how to use it and produce virtually invisible hems.
Bobbin The piece of your sewing machine that holds the bottom thread (the bobbin thread) and is placed in the bobbin case. It generally is under the area the needle penetrates and it loops with the needle thread to form a locked stitch.
Bodice The part of a pattern or garment which runs from shoulder to waist.
Bolt A large roll of fabric which can be on a tubular roll or a rectangular form. Fabric is usually folded right sides together lengthwise on a bolt.
Buckram Strong, heavy woven fabric used for stiffening baseball cap brims and some drapery applications.
Butting Bringing two edges together so they touch but do not overlap.
Buttonhole A bound slit in the fabric to allow the passage of a button for closure. Buttonholes are mostly made by machine these days, but many people do still prefer to make them by hand, using a special buttonhole stitch.

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C

Casing Fabric envelope of sorts for encasing elastic, a drawstring, or similar material, usually along a waistline, cuff, hem. Elastic waist slacks have a casing into which the elastic is woven. Sweat pants have a turned up casing into through which elastic is encased (if there are not ribbed cuffs).
Clip (curve) Methods vary from person to person, but to clip a curve keep in mind that an outside curve (shaped like an upside down U) needs to be clipped to within a breath of the seam line. An inside curve (shaped like a right side up U) can be either clipped or you can cut very small notches (V shape) out of the curve itself in order to have it lay flat and not make bunches when the project or garment is done. If you use a serger to finish your seams, clipping is not an issue.
Cording A twisted or woven “rope” or “string” that is used primarily in piping and to act as a drawstring in a jacket hood, waistband, or as stabilizer for frog closures. Cording is covered with bias strips of fabric when used for most decorative applications (such as edging a pillow). Other decorative effects can be achieved by zig-zagging over cording on a fabric for a raised design.
Covered button A button covered with coordinating or same fabric as the garment for which it is being made. Kits are available for this effect or creative and careful application of fabric, fabric glue and shank buttons can be used.
Cutting line On a pattern, the outermost dark line is the line upon which you cut. Traditions vary; some people cut through the center of this line, others cut just to the outside of this line.

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D

Dart A V shaped, tapered adjustment to a pattern to allow for more fullness in the bust area or less fullness in other areas (waist)
Duct Tape Double (DTD) A body form made out of primarily duct tape and other materials that conforms exactly to one’s body because the tape is wound around the body and then removed as a whole.

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E

Ease A way of sewing a length of fabric into a bit of a smaller space without resulting in gathers or puckers.
Edgestitch A stitch done a scant 1/8″ from the folded or seamed edge.
Embellish Adding special stitching, appliques, charms, or other decorations to your sewing project
Entredeux French word meaning “between two”. Often it’s a piece of lightweight fabric joined to another piece of lightweight fabric with a delicate bit of lace. Another method is to join two ribbons with a piece of lace.

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F

Facing Fabric sewn on the raw edge of a garment piece that is turned under and serves as a finish for the edge as well.
Fat quarter Prior a quilting term, but often used for wearable art, vests, smaller garments, a fat quarter is 1/4 yard of fabric, about 18″ x 22″ as opposed to a regular 1/4 yard, which is 9″ x 45″. Fat quarters allow quick and colorful stash building.
Feed dog The “teeth” under the plate on the sewing machine that move fabric as it is sewn.
Finish (an edge) Turn under 1/4″ and stitch, serge the edge, or other method of finishing the edge so it doesn’t ravel or cause a bulky problem.
Flat felled seam A seam created by sewing fabric wrong sides together, trimming one of the seam allowances close to the seam, then turning the other seam allowance under and stitching it over the prior trimmed seam allowance. This is often used for reinforcing seams on pajamas or to reduce bulk in a seam.
Fold line Many pattern pieces are placed on the fold of a piece of fabric. This is the actual fold of the fabric off the bolt or a fold of your own creation; the goal is to have a pattern piece that is cut out without a center seam.
Fusible (webbing, interfacing, etc.) Has the characteristic of being able to be ironed on, usually permanently, with or without reinforcement by stitching, due to a heat-activated “glue” on one side.

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G

Gather Gathering allows for making a long piece of fabric to fit with a shorter piece of fabric and also is a method of easing a seam to allow insertion of sleeves and other rounded pattern pieces. When making an apron, there is a waistband that is the size of the person’s waist, plus some extra for tying the apron around the body. The apron itself usually is gathered, fluffy, almost pleated and has more fabric that flows from the waistband. The apron seam was gathered and then sewn to the waistline. To gather the seam, two parallel lines are sewn on the right side of the fabric, a scant 1/4″ apart. Long tails of thread are left for gathering. The bobbin threads (on the wrong side of the fabric) are held on either end of the seam and gently tugged, gathering the fabric evenly on the threads. Do not scrimp and only sew one thread of long length stitches; you will need both.
Grading (seams) Trimming raw edges in graduate widths to reduce bulk. The narrowest seam edge should be closest to the body, as a general rule.
Grain Direction of the fabric that runs parallel to the selvage (a stretchier grain is found running perpendicular to the selvage). Commercial patterns have an arrow on them <-----> indicating direction of the grain to assit in laying out the pattern pieces correctly.
Gusset .

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H

Hem Fabric that it turned up on the lower edge of a garment or sleeve to provide a finished edge. Often extra fabric is left in the hem with children’s clothing to allow for growth (especially skirts and slacks).
Hong Kong finish Enclosing a seam with bias binding.
Hook & eye closure A type of closure that employs a small hook on one side and a loop made of fabric or metal on the other. The hook and eye is used at the upper back of many dresses and often on lingerie.

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I

Inseam Seam inside the leg of pants that runs from the crotch to the hem.
Interfacing Fabric used between layers of fabric to provide stabilization and form. Usually used in collars, cuffs, plackets, some waistbands and pockets, and facings.
Iron An iron is a tool that is used to straighten or press fabric. The iron can be used with or without steam. It is a very important tool for the sewing room.
Ironing Ironing is done by moving the iron back and forth over fabric. Ironing is generally not utilized when sewing. See “press”.

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J
Jean jumper A small piece of plastic made to ease sewing seams on denim by holding the presser foot up ever so slightly. Allows the presser foot to “jump” the seam as if it was level with the rest of the denim. Works well with all thick fabrics.

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L
Lining Used to finish the inside of a garment, to hide the seam construction, to allow for ease of putting a garment on or taking it off, and to provide decorative effect. A lining is cut of the same pattern pieces as the garment and often is made of “slippery” fabrics. It provides a minimal amount of warmth and usually extends the life of a garment. Linings should be washable if the garment is washable and should be prewashed.

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M

Machine embroidery Decorative stitching created by using a regular sewing machine (zig zag, satin stitch, etc.) or a sewing machine specifically designed for machine embroidery. Combo machines are avaiable as well.
Miter Mitering a corner makes a smooth, tidy finish to a 90-degree corner, neatly squaring the corners while creating a diagonal seam from the point of the corner to the inside edge. Mitering is used for quilts corners, craft projects, some vests and jackets, and sometimes on collars.
Muslin A generally inexpensive woven fabric used to make crafts, back quilts, or to make draft or trial garments.

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N

Nap Nap is the “fuzzy” part of a fabric that is usually directional in nature. Corderoy and velvet are good examples of fabric which has a nap or a pile. If smoothed with the hand in one direction, nap is typically shiny in one direction and not shiny in the other. When cutting out a pattern, care should be taken to keep fabric pieces going in the same direction nap-wise unless one is intentionally mixing naps and piles to produce a different kind of look. See “pile”.
Needle Sewing machine needles come in a variety of sizes and types – ball point and sharps are the two major categories. Ball point is used for knits and regular sharp needles are used for nonstretch fabrics. There are also all purpose needles, but it is recommended that you use ball point or regular rather than all purpose. There are wing needles, wedge needles, needles of varying sizes and shapes, as well as twin needles for some fancier stitching.
Notch Usually, the notch is shown on a pattern with a dark diamond. They are commonly cut outward and should be matched on seams when joining for sewing.
Notion A term used for any item used for sewing other than the fabric and the machine.

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O

Overlock An overcast stitch to prevent ravelling of fabric. There are sewing machines made to do overlock stitching. See “serger”.
Overcasting, overstiching Stitching done over a seam to prevent ravelling. This can be done by hand or machine.

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P

Pattern weights Weights used on paper patterns instead of pinning a pattern to the fabric.
Pile See “nap”.
Pinking shears Shears with a V shape along the cutting edge used to cut fabric and have it remain essentially ravel-free.
Pins Pins are used for temporary basting of fabric. They are used to hold patterns in place while cutting and to hold fabrics together while stitching (it is not recommended to machine sew over pins as they have been known to break your sewing machine needle, jam the machine, or cause other problems). Often, large safety pins are used to baste quilt layers before the final quilting. Care should be taken to use a pin that will not leave a large hole and to not leave pins in fabric too long; they could cause stains where they touch the fabric.
Pintuck Narrow sewn rows of fabric that give a decorative raised look to a garment. Some bloused are made with pin tucking on the bodice for a more tailored look.
Piping A cord covered with fabric, often used for decorative edging on garments or projects.
Pivot To leave the needle in fabric, raise the presserfoot and turn the fabric at a 45 degree angle. Then lower the presserfoot and start sewing. Used to sew square seams. (Thanks to Beth!)
Placket A V-shaped opening at the end of a sleeve that is finished with a bias strip before the cuff is attached.
Pleat A fold in fabric that is either inverted or folded outward, is not sewn except on the top edge (as in a skirt or slacks waistband), and provides decorative or functional fullness.
Press Using an iron in a press/pick up/move/press/… pattern. Pressing is not moving back and forth on fabric with the iron. Pressing is done “as you go” while creating a garment.
Presser foot The part of the sewing machine that holds the fabric in place as it is being sewn and fed through by the feed dogs. Specialty feet such as zig zag, buttonhole, cording, blind hem, and others are often included with a sewing machine upon purchase and are best learned by consulting the sewing machine manual.
Prick stitch You use prick stitching on fabrics such as velvet where everything shows. Take a small backstitch sewn on the right side of the fabric and do the remaining backstitching on the wrong side.

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R

Raw (edge) The edge of fabric that is not stitched or finished.
Right side The right side of the fabric is the design side. There are instances of fabric with no right or wrong side visible, and the determination and appropriate markings are then made by the person doing the pattern cutting and sewing.
Rotary cutter Early versions of the rotary cutter looked like pizza cutters. Today, the handles are often ergonomically designed and padded. The blade, though, remains a rounded razor, sometimes with pinked edging or other designs. These are great for cutting layers of fabric into straight strips. Many people are using them for curved lines and pattern cutting for garments as well.
Running stitch A simple stitch made by running the thread over and under the fabric. This stitch is often used for basting or as the basis (marking) for another more decorative stitch.

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S

Satin stitch A very tight zig zag stitch that is available on most sewing machines. If it is not automatically available, the stitch length can be set to almost 0 to achieve a satin stitch with a plain zig zag machine.
Seam The result when two pieces of fabric are sewn together along a line.
Seam allowance The fabric between the edge of the fabric and the line of stitching, about 5/8″ for most patterns. (Craft patterns often allow 1/4″ seam allowance.)
Selvedge, selvege, selvage Often marked with information from the manufacturer (color code, identifying data, etc.), this is the edge of the fabric which generally does not fray due to manufacturer’s finish. In most cases, this edge should not be included when you cut your fabric, as it may cause puckering of your seam later. on.
Separating zipper A zipper that comes completely apart when unzipped. There is a special tab at the bottom of a separating zipper for bringing it together and starting the zip.
Serger A type of sewing machine that stitches the seam, encases the seam with thread, and cuts off excess fabric at the same time. These are used for construction of garments with knit fabrics mostly, or to finish seams of any fabric.
Shank button A button with space left between the button and fabric. A shank button is one made with a shank. Other buttons can be “shanked” by wrapping thread under the button to create a shank.
Sizing Fabric finish that provides crispness without stiffness; a light starch finish.
Snips Very small cutting tool resembling scissors used to snip threads. Usually used with hand sewing or portable projects.
Spool The holder of thread. There are wooden spools, plastic spools, cardboard tube spools, and cone spools, as well as others.
Stash Collection of fabric.
Stay stitch A line of stitching just inside the intended permanent stitching line (seam line) on curved edges that stabilizes and keeps the curve from distoring. The direction of the stay stitching is shown on the pattern. If not, it generally goes from shoulder to center on necklines. There are other indications for stay stitching, but this is one of the more common.
Stitch in the ditch Stitching in the ditch is used as a method of understitching and also as a form of simple machine quilting for craft projects. It is a method of stitching close to a seam allowance or in the seam itself in order to hold it down.
Stitch length In general, regular sewing is about 11-12 stitches per inch, basting/gathering/bunching/sleeve easing is about 6 stitches per inch (plus or minus 1 or 2 stitches for some applications). There are rare occasions when stitches need to exceed 12 per inch, but they are few.
Straight stitch Stitching made with single forward stitches. This is the regular stitch that most sewing machines make and may or may not require a special presser foot.

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Tack A temporary stitch to hold pieces together, usually removed after final stitching. Tacking is also known as a term for starting off a seam with a few stitches back and forth for stabilizing.
Tailor’s tack A tailor’s tack is essentially two threads in a needle, drawn through fabric layer/s and then snipped, leaving tails of thread on top and on the bottom of the fabric as a marking for later use. They can be used to mark pattern pieces for darts, buttonholes, etc. Go straight through all layers of pattern and fabric before snipping any threads. Leave a long enough tail of thread that you can find it later. Use a contrasting thread that stands out so you can see it later.
Tension Tension is one of the least understood concepts of sewing machines. It refers to the pressure being placed on your needle and bobbin thread by your machine. There are two types of tension on your sewing machine – the thread and bobbin tensions. It is best to read your sewing machine manual for specifics. Rarely does one need to adjust bobbin tension. Your sewing machine manual will show you the appropriate settings and offer you examples of what the threads should look like on the right and wrong sides of your stitching.
Thread A complementary or like thread is chosen for garment or project construction on a machine. The bobbin should be wound of the same type of thread or the exact same thread whenever possible, to prevent knotting, bunching, etc. The first step for most sewing machine trouble shooting is to change the thread and needle. When hand sewing with one thread, cut the end of the thread that is nearest to the spool before tying a knot in the same end. This will prevent ravelling and knotting.
Top stitch A sometimes decorative, sometimes functional stitch that is usually 1/4″ from the edge of a seam. For instance, once a vest is turned or a facing to a jacket is turned and pressed, one may stitch 1/4″ from the edge on the top of the garment to provide a bit of stabilization. This can be done in same or contrasting thread, depending on the decorative effect one wishes to achieve.
Tracing paper A type of paper made especially to be used with a tracing wheel. It has an ink-type substance on one side for marking fabric with the wheel.
Tracing wheel A tracing wheel is used with tracing paper. The paper is placed upon the fabric with the “ink” side down, the pattern markings that need to be transferred placed upon the paper, and then the markings are traced with the wheel. The wheel itself looks a bit like a pizza cutter with spikes. Care needs to be taken not to press too hard and cut the pattern, tracing paper, or the fabric. Tracing ink from the tracing paper does not always wash out and this needs to be taken into consideration as well.
Trim Trim is any decorative item, ribbon, lace that is put on a garment or craft item that is being sewn. Trim is also used to define the act of trimming excess seam allowances or fabric with scissors.
Tuck See pin tuck. A method of sewing fabric together resulting in a raised seam, often seen in heirloom sewing, the bodice of a woman’s blouse or a man’s formal shirt.

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U

Underlining Lining used to add body to a garment.
Understitching Keeps a facing or lining from rolling onto the right side of a garment. After pressing the seam allowance and facing away from the garment, stitch through both a scant 1/8″ from the seam. Some people grade the seam allowance and facing/lining prior to stitching to eliminate bulk.
Universal needle A slightly rounded tip to use for woven or knit fabrics.

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V

View Most patterns show different variations on the pattern package. Each variation is called a “view”.

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W

Warp Threads running the length of a woven fabric, sometimes known as the lengthwise grain (little to no stretch) (see weft and grain)
Wearable art Decorative, usually quilted, clothing made to be unique, beautiful, and functional.
Weft Threads running at right angles to the length of a woven fabric, sometimes known as the cross grain (very little to some stretch) (see warp and grain)
Welt A method of covering the raw edges of a pocket or other opening, can be single or double welt.
Wing needle Needle with wide, wing shaped, flared sides used to create holes in tightly woven fabrics, such as creating entredeux. Available as single or doubles.
Wrong side The wrong side of the fabric is the side upon which there is no design. There are instances of fabric with no wrong side visible, and the determination and appropriate markings are then made by the person doing the pattern cutting and sewing.

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X, Y, Z

Zig zag A stitch that goes one way (zig) and then the other (zag) and provides a nice finish to a seam to prevent raveling, can be a decorative addition to any garment, and can allow for give with knits. A very short to nonexistent stitch length with zig zag stitching is the same as a satin stitch.

© Donna Gettings. Used with permission.

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Does your Brookfield home need Cleaning?
Hate Cleaning your Brookfield Home?
It’s no fun dealing with dirt, grease and grime, but someone has to do it! To take on that much dreaded chore, Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC has been providing top quality cleaning in Brookfield since 2008. When it comes to cleaning Brookfield homes, our skilled Brookfield cleaners approach the job with precision and attention to detail. We at Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC have the commitment and reliability that you can trust for your Brookfield home cleaning. Brookfield property owners are in good clean hands with Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC. We offer the most professional cleaning Brookfield CT has seen! If you have high standards when it comes to cleaning, call Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC now at (203) 242-7492 so we could exceed your expectations.

Not Enough Time to Clean?
For residents in Brookfield cleaning house is a chore that takes away what little spare time we have. Since we all have such active and busy lives, Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC has a full staff of Brookfield cleaners which allows us to offer flexible scheduling for our Brookfield cleaning service business. For your home or office in Brookfield, cleaning services will be arranged around your schedule, either one day per week, bi-weekly, monthly or for even a one-day cleaning. We surpass other Brookfield maid services and Brookfield cleaning companies by offering customized cleaning services. Brookfield homeowners will be delighted with Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC’s impeccable house cleaning. Brookfield homes can be spotless once again! Treat yourself and call on Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC at (203) 242-7492 for superb home cleaning. Brookfield Connecticut has no finer cleaning company.

Want a Clean & Healthy Brookfield House?
Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC has been performing Brookfield residential cleaning for 7 years to create safe and healthy environments for homeowners. We clean and disinfect to keep your home safe and family healthy. We employ only the best Brookfield house cleaners who live up to Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC’s core values of integrity and superior customer service. For over 7 years Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC has offered Brookfield cleaning, always abiding in safe cleaning measures. When left in the capable hands of our cleaners, Brookfield homes are cleaned with the utmost safety and care that Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC is known for.

Reliable Brookfield Cleaning
For 7 years, customers have been relying on Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC for quality Brookfield house cleaning. Property owners count on us for superior commercial cleaning in Brookfield. Time and time again they have called on Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC because of our reputation for consistently thorough work. You too can call us at (203) 242-7492 to schedule any kind of cleaning. We are known for being the first class cleaning service Brookfield CT residents respect.

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:

“The best!! I met with Marcy and Mimi. Wonderful trio. Great work. They have cleaned many properties for us before. Please give them a try….Tell them Geri Reilly sent you!!”

“As usual the ladies Marcy Gina and Jess, arrived when promised, set about their jobs and our home looked great when they were done. I would & have recommened the Marcy’s Cleaning services to countless people!”

Greg Carnes in Greenwich CT

“The lady’s team did a wonderful job as always. I really appreciate how flexible the scheduling is as well — I called on a Thursday and they were able to come on a Monday. Thank you Marcy’s Cleaning Service.”

Bryan Lee

“The ladies Marcy, Gina, and Jess were so pleasant hard workers, They smiled and were very professional. They were very careful with my things as they cleaned. They had their own cleaning products, towels, buckets and vacuum cleaner. The team leader introduced me to the ladies and told me who would be doing what cleaning job, then had me check if I was satisified with the cleaning before they left my home and left a card with the names of the ladies and my next cleaning date. I was SO impressed with this company! Thank you Marcy’s Cleaning Service.”

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30095

House Cleaning Maid Services Duluth Georgia – Duluth House Cleaning Maid Services is dedicated to properly give you the right solution for your maid problems. Our house maid and cleaning service team will clean, dust, polish, vacuum, mop, scour and sweep your house completelly (No area will be missed) in a afordable price in Duluth and surrounding areas – Upon completion, you will have a home perfectly clean house in all places … We have been providing maid service service in Duluth GA and the surrounding areas with the lowest prices in the Residential Maid service business.

If you are looking for experienced Maid service professionals in Duluth areas, then you have come to the right place. So if you need House Cleaning Maid Services for your Maid, give us a call. Don’t waste any more time getting your Maid serviceed by going to the yellow pages and searching maid service Duluth. Give us a call and be assured we will get the job done in your Duluth home.

Move In Cleaning Services in Duluth – We provide a special move in cleaning service to make your new home sparkling clean and ready for you to occupy. The labor rate is $30 per hour, 4 hour minimum. Supplies, if needed, are $125. Sales tax is additional. If necessary we can provide a free in-person estimate to determine your specific requirements and how much it will cost.

We provide in-home Maid services in the following Duluth zip codes: 30095, 30096, 30097, 30098, 30099

What House Cleaning Maid Services Duluth can do for you:
BATHROOM CLEANING: Deodorize and disinfect all areas including scrubbing clean commode, sink, tub, shower, shelving and floor. Polish all chrome and glass.

KITCHEN CLEANING: Wipe clean all surfaces including interiors of cabinets, drawers and appliances. After we leave you can stock the perfectly clean shelves and refrigerator.

GENERAL RESIDENTIAL CLEANING: Vacuum and/or wash or floors; clean inside all closets. Wash windows, sills, remove dust from all baseboards, trim etc.

Cleaning service provided: – One-Time, Weekly, Biweekly, or Monthly Service Available – Free On-Site Estimate – Reasonable Rates – Prompt, Dependable Service – Satisfaction Guaranteed

House Cleaning Maid Servicess Duluth GA Basic Cleaning Package
– Residential Customized or Detailed Service Available on Request – The following is a list of basic cleaning specifications that are performed each service day. We can add or delete from this list to customize your cleaning:

* Dust all window sills, window ledges, door ledges, and baseboard.
* Clean all countertops and the outside of all cabinets in the bathrooms and kitchen.
* Dust and polish all wood furniture.
-Tables and dressers that are more than 50% covered with items may be eliminated from dusting unless detailed dusting is agreed upon.
-Small objects such as cosmetic bottles, trophies, and pictures under 5×7 will be eliminated unless detailed dusting is agreed upon.
* Wash the outside of all large and small appliances in the kitchen
* Spot clean all doors, light switches, and hanging light fixtures.
* Wash all mirrors, bathtubs, sinks, shower stalls, and toilets
* Wash all glass in outside entry doors (weather permitting)

House Cleaning Maid Servicess Duluth GA Floor Care:
We will always vacuum your floors. Kitchen and bathroom floors, if washable, will be washed. Waxable type floors will be waxed, if requested. Hardwood floors may be dry mopped, damp mopped or washed depending of the floor finish.

The Following Items can be added, along with other cleaning items not outlined:
* items not listed above (after agreement)
* Empty Trash
* Change Beds
* Vacuum Upholstery

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30042

Wash Appliances House Cleaning Maid Services Lawrenceville GA – House Cleaning Maid Services Lawrenceville has built a solid reputation throughout Lawrenceville in residential cleaning services based on honesty, timely communication and outstanding cleaning results at competitive rates, we’ll custom design each service program to meet your specific needs.

Residential cleaning services by House Cleaning Maid Services Lawrenceville proudly offer highest quality and most affordable prices for professional house cleaning and maid services in Lawrenceville Georgia.

It’s well known that there are a lot of house cleaning services in Lawrenceville to choose from. When you are searching for professional maid services for any of your cleaning needs, call the best house cleaning service: The Dream Clean. Customer satisfaction is our number one goal. Our high standards combined with the highest quality cleaning, we believe makes us the best maid service in Lawrenceville.

We provide Residential Maid services in the following Lawrenceville zip codes: Lawrenceville zip codes: 30042, 30043, 30044, 30045, 30046, 30049

Wash Appliances House Cleaning Maid Services Information

What House Cleaning Maid Services Lawrenceville can do for you:
BATHROOM CLEANING: Deodorize and disinfect all areas including scrubbing clean commode, sink, tub, shower, shelving and floor. Polish all chrome and glass.

KITCHEN CLEANING: Wipe clean all surfaces including interiors of cabinets, drawers and appliances. After we leave you can stock the perfectly clean shelves and refrigerator.

GENERAL RESIDENTIAL CLEANING: Vacuum and/or wash or floors; clean inside all closets. Wash windows, sills, remove dust from all baseboards, trim etc.

Cleaning service provided: – One-Time, Weekly, Biweekly, or Monthly Service Available – Free On-Site Estimate – Reasonable Rates – Prompt, Dependable Service – Satisfaction Guaranteed

House Cleaning Maid Servicess Lawrenceville GA Basic Cleaning Package
– Residential Customized or Detailed Service Available on Request – The following is a list of basic cleaning specifications that are performed each service day. We can add or delete from this list to customize your cleaning:

* Dust all window sills, window ledges, door ledges, and baseboard.
* Clean all countertops and the outside of all cabinets in the bathrooms and kitchen.
* Dust and polish all wood furniture.
-Tables and dressers that are more than 50% covered with items may be eliminated from dusting unless detailed dusting is agreed upon.
-Small objects such as cosmetic bottles, trophies, and pictures under 5×7 will be eliminated unless detailed dusting is agreed upon.
* Wash the outside of all large and small appliances in the kitchen
* Spot clean all doors, light switches, and hanging light fixtures.
* Wash all mirrors, bathtubs, sinks, shower stalls, and toilets
* Wash all glass in outside entry doors (weather permitting)

House Cleaning Maid Servicess Lawrenceville GA Floor Care:
We will always vacuum your floors. Kitchen and bathroom floors, if washable, will be washed. Waxable type floors will be waxed, if requested. Hardwood floors may be dry mopped, damp mopped or washed depending of the floor finish.

The Following Items can be added, along with other cleaning items not outlined:
* items not listed above (after agreement)
* Empty Trash
* Change Beds
* Vacuum Upholstery

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Standard Brookfield Kitchen Cleaning Services
Dust & Clean Cabinets
Wipe down Window Sills
Clean & Shine Appliances
Clean Backsplashes
Clean Countertops
Clean Sinks & Faucets
Wipe Walls & Furniture
Sweep & Mop Floors
Remove Trash
Kitchen Cleaning in Brookfield?
Are you stuck cleaning the kitchen when you’d rather be doing something else? Since 2008, Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC has been offering professional Brookfield kitchen cleaning services exceeding our customers’ expectations in every way. Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC will keep your Brookfield kitchen clean to help you with that never-ending household cleaning chore. Our conscientious Brookfield kitchen cleaners are steadfast in their commitment to quality, delivering the best kitchen cleaning service Brookfield CT has seen. When it comes to a clean kitchen in Brookfield, our team is consistent and dependable. Call us at (203) 242-7492 to learn more.

Cleaning Brookfield Kitchens’ Grease and Grime
We’re not afraid of a little grease and grime. Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC will easily get rid of your Brookfield kitchen grease and any grimy dirt we come in contact with. Our standard Brookfield kitchen cleaning service includes all tasks necessary to provide you with a spotlessly clean Brookfield kitchen. Our Brookfield kitchen cleaners excel at cleaning Brookfield kitchen counters, whether we clean granite countertops, Corian counters or tile countertops, they are always disinfected and washed thoroughly.

Brookfield Kitchen Deep Cleaning Services
Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC offers a Brookfield kitchen deep clean for those who want a more customized and detailed kitchen cleaning. Brookfield homeowners schedule this service to get an intricate cleaning from top to bottom. The Brookfield deep clean includes all services from our standard cleaning as well as an interior oven cleaning, a stove hood cleaning and a wipe down of your microwave. Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC’s kitchen cleaners do a meticulous kitchen tile cleaning, Brookfield residents beg for and we receive raves about our grout cleaning. Brookfield homeowners rely on Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC to thoroughly sanitize and clean countertops, scrubbing in every nook and cranny. Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC will fully clean kitchen cabinets. Brookfield Connecticut homeowners can count on us to disinfect and clean sinks, polish the chrome and stainless steel and vacuum and mop floors so that every square inch shines. Give us a ring at (203) 242-7492 to schedule your kitchen deep clean in Brookfield.

Masters of a Shiny Clean Kitchen in Brookfield
Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC’s Brookfield cleaners are the masters of shine when it comes to cleaning kitchens. Brookfield homes will benefit from our attention to detail, striving to make everything sparkle. At Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC, building great customer relationships is what matters most. To win your business as a repeat customer, we know that our service cleaning kitchens in Brookfield has to outshine our competitors. To do this Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC provides you with an outstanding kitchen cleaning service Brookfield homeowners can afford.

For 7 years, our staff has cleaned Brookfield kitchens because they are dedicated to quality and motivated to please our customers. Contact Marcy’s Cleaning Services LLC at (203) 242-7492 for a Brookfield kitchen cleaning to make your kitchen shine!

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:

“As usual the ladies Marcy Gina and Jess, arrived when promised, set about their jobs and our home looked great when they were done. I would & have recommened the Marcy’s Cleaning services to countless people!”

Greg Carnes in Greenwich CT

“The lady’s team did a wonderful job as always. I really appreciate how flexible the scheduling is as well — I called on a Thursday and they were able to come on a Monday. Thank you Marcy’s Cleaning Service.”

Bryan Lee

“The ladies Marcy, Gina, and Jess were so pleasant hard workers, They smiled and were very professional. They were very careful with my things as they cleaned. They had their own cleaning products, towels, buckets and vacuum cleaner. The team leader introduced me to the ladies and told me who would be doing what cleaning job, then had me check if I was satisified with the cleaning before they left my home and left a card with the names of the ladies and my next cleaning date. I was SO impressed with this company! Thank you Marcy’s Cleaning Service.”

Dean Edwards in Redding CT

“I called around to see who would be able to clean my carpets and General Cleaning Services came out each time, on time, and did a fantastic job with extremely reasonable rates. Marcy very conscientious and got the pet stains out of the carpets. I am very satisfied and highly recommend Marcys cleaning service!!”

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Cleaning Services San Diego
In times past, a woman was meant to stay home. Married or single, she was expected to do a myriad of domestic chores – cooking for the family, laundry, washing, sewing and keeping the home spic and span. Today, however, a woman has so many more options as to how she spends time. There are many other things that sustain her interests and demand her energy and time. Even a wife/mother is much busier these days. Her functions now may include driving her kids to and from school and to all activities –baseball practices, piano lessons, ballet recitals, and many more – beside. She is now a member of various organizations – attending regular meetings, fussing with fund raisers, being busy in church functions. Moreover, many families now have both husband and wife joining the workforce. With a demanding 8 to 5 job to attend to, a woman hardly has the time or energy to do attend to everything.

If you are a woman, you know what we mean. Married or not, living alone or with a family, busy is the word of the day. This is why there are now a lot of businesses which provide you the people to do the things that you would rather not do. You can get excellent services for a fee. By shelling out a reasonable amount of money to pay for the said services, you can become less hassled and stressed out. You can concentrate on your job. You can enjoy more quality time with your family. You can spend time in pursuit of activities which give you pleasure and self-fulfilment.

Cleaning Services San Diego has you covered!
San Diego has many companies which offer house cleaning. You can simply get in touch with one of these and your house cleaning San Diego headaches are history.

Most of these companies offer an entire range of services. They have the conventional and regular scheduled cleaning services intended to fit your budget, the span of cleaning work that your house requires, and your desired schedule. You can have cleaners come in everyday, once a week, twice a month or monthly, depending on your preference.

Special arrangements can also be made for more intensive cleaning services. You may be hosting a party or expecting company to sleep-over for a day or two – and you want your house to be at its sparkling best. Cleaners may be scheduled to come before, and even after, these important days. Or you may be transferring house/apartment and need assistance with cleaning before moving in or moving out. Or you may have members of your family suffering from allergies and you think that your house needs an intensive once-over to get all the dust and filth out. Or you may just fancy a house turned inside out, fresh, spotlessly clean, polished, and in its finest form. You can indulge this wish for thorough, exhaustive cleaning services San Diego and get customized spring cleaning maid service provided upon request.

With an array of companies offering house cleaning San Diego, all you have to do is to look for one which fills your specifications and can fully address your needs.

What should you look for in a house cleaning company?
It is best to hire a house cleaning San Diego service company that is duly licensed, bonded and fully insured. You are opening your house to people you barely know except for their track record in this business. In case some of your things get damaged, lost or stolen in the course of the cleaning service, it is best for all parties if the company is prepared to deal with the losses. The company should also have a firm reputation for complying with federal/state/local labor and tax regulations. Look for a company which vets for its cleaners. A reputable one makes all its cleaners go through a rigid application and screening process before hiring them. They should interview and reference-check their cleaners to ensure their reliability and trustworthiness.

Your satisfaction with the company rests a whole lot on the abilities and attitude of its cleaners. Choose a service company which invests on its cleaners by way of training and certification. Cleaners should be punctual, hardworking, efficient, through, eager to please – professional in the way they do their tasks.

The company you choose for house cleaning San Diego should offer a competitive pricing scheme. They should be affordable, especially if you intend to hire their services on a regular basis. Flat-rate pricing is best so you get your money’s worth. Your payment should include the use of all equipment necessary to do the job well, as well as all cleaning supplies. Before you hire their services, ask them what types of products they use – this will make a big difference on the quality of cleaning work. The cleaning supplies should environment-friendly and green-certified as well.

Find out if you can request two cleaners on each clean-visit. This will work to your advantage because works gets done at half the time. The cleaners will spend less time in your home but cover the same scope of work.

Ask around. Look for a company that gets consistently exceptional reviews from their clients. Look for a company that has been around for a while, providing the same high level of house cleaning San Diego to clients who return to them again and again. This will indicate that the company is reliable, dependable, committed to professional conduct, and consistent in providing customer-satisfaction.

If you find a company that gives you service of high quality, retain the services of that company. A mutually-satisfying relationship with them will enable you to get perks. If you are satisfied with certain cleaners, you can request for the same people every time you hire the services of the company. You can also ask for significant discounts considering your loyal patronage.

Hiring a house cleaning San Diego service company seems to be a convenient and affordable way of buying precious time for yourself, to spend the way you consider productive and fulfilling. It gives you the opportunity to enjoy your family and friends, as well as to spend time in quality personal endeavors.

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Wash Sinks House Cleaning Maid Services Lawrenceville GA – House Cleaning Maid Services Lawrenceville has built a solid reputation throughout Lawrenceville in residential cleaning services based on honesty, timely communication and outstanding cleaning results at competitive rates, we’ll custom design each service program to meet your specific needs.

Residential cleaning services by House Cleaning Maid Services Lawrenceville proudly offer highest quality and most affordable prices for professional house cleaning and maid services in Lawrenceville Georgia.

It’s well known that there are a lot of house cleaning services in Lawrenceville to choose from. When you are searching for professional maid services for any of your cleaning needs, call the best house cleaning service: The Dream Clean. Customer satisfaction is our number one goal. Our high standards combined with the highest quality cleaning, we believe makes us the best maid service in Lawrenceville.

We provide Residential Maid services in the following Lawrenceville zip codes: Lawrenceville zip codes: 30042, 30043, 30044, 30045, 30046, 30049

Wash Sinks House Cleaning Maid Services Information

What House Cleaning Maid Services Lawrenceville can do for you:
BATHROOM CLEANING: Deodorize and disinfect all areas including scrubbing clean commode, sink, tub, shower, shelving and floor. Polish all chrome and glass.

KITCHEN CLEANING: Wipe clean all surfaces including interiors of cabinets, drawers and appliances. After we leave you can stock the perfectly clean shelves and refrigerator.

GENERAL RESIDENTIAL CLEANING: Vacuum and/or wash or floors; clean inside all closets. Wash windows, sills, remove dust from all baseboards, trim etc.

Cleaning service provided: – One-Time, Weekly, Biweekly, or Monthly Service Available – Free On-Site Estimate – Reasonable Rates – Prompt, Dependable Service – Satisfaction Guaranteed

House Cleaning Maid Servicess Lawrenceville GA Basic Cleaning Package
– Residential Customized or Detailed Service Available on Request – The following is a list of basic cleaning specifications that are performed each service day. We can add or delete from this list to customize your cleaning:

* Dust all window sills, window ledges, door ledges, and baseboard.
* Clean all countertops and the outside of all cabinets in the bathrooms and kitchen.
* Dust and polish all wood furniture.
-Tables and dressers that are more than 50% covered with items may be eliminated from dusting unless detailed dusting is agreed upon.
-Small objects such as cosmetic bottles, trophies, and pictures under 5×7 will be eliminated unless detailed dusting is agreed upon.
* Wash the outside of all large and small appliances in the kitchen
* Spot clean all doors, light switches, and hanging light fixtures.
* Wash all mirrors, bathtubs, sinks, shower stalls, and toilets
* Wash all glass in outside entry doors (weather permitting)

House Cleaning Maid Servicess Lawrenceville GA Floor Care:
We will always vacuum your floors. Kitchen and bathroom floors, if washable, will be washed. Waxable type floors will be waxed, if requested. Hardwood floors may be dry mopped, damp mopped or washed depending of the floor finish.

The Following Items can be added, along with other cleaning items not outlined:
* items not listed above (after agreement)
* Empty Trash
* Change Beds
* Vacuum Upholstery

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Why should you choose Better Than Clean Maid & Maintenance Services to clean your home or business?

Reason #1. We’re local people, easy to reach for quick assistance.
Reason #2. We’re honest family people, maybe even your friends.
Reason #3. We truly care about your investments and take proper care.
Reason #4. We provide a multitude of services that you know & trust.
Reason #5. We’re reliable and go the extra mile when others won’t.
Reason #6. We love animals and kids.
Reason #7. We provide great added values to prove our appreciation.
Reason #8. We do a better job than 99% of other maids or housekeepers.
Reason #9. We truly care about the health of others and prove it everyday.
Reason #10. Once you work with us you won’t change for anything.

If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your house cleaning, simply contact us within 24 hours of your service and we will happily re-clean the area with which you are dissatisfied.
Please notify us if for any reason you find it necessary to postpone or cancel your scheduled house cleaning. We would appreciate at least 24 hours notice so that we can adjust our schedules accordingly.

To ensure that all your needs are addressed, please correspond all requests, changes or cancellations to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please do not communicate these important details with the maid when she’s cleaning.

In addition to weekly, bi-weekly and monthly house cleanings, we also offer one-time house cleanings that include move-ins and move-outs, spring-cleaning, service prior to a big event and other non-recurring services. We are happy to provide you with a free, no obligation quote for these services upon request.

THE KITCHEN

Countertops and Backsplash Cleaned (all items removed and replaced)

Sinks Scrubbed and Disinfected

Cabinet Fronts Washed or Dusted

Fingerprints Removed from Woodwork, Doorframes and Switch Plates

Microwave Cleaned (inside and out)

Appliance Outside Surfaces Cleaned (oven, refrigerator, stovetop, dishwasher)

Small Appliances Wiped Down

Light Fixtures Dusted

Windows Sills Cleaned

Baseboards Dusted

Floor Vacuumed or Washed

Trash Emptied

THE FAMILY ROOM – LIVING ROOM
Lampshades Wiped Down or Dusted

All Areas Dusted – on Top, on Front and Underneath

Fingerprints Removed from Woodwork, Doorframes and Switch Plates

Outside of Fireplace Wiped Down

Appliances & Electronics Dusted

Floor Vacuumed or Washed

THE BEDROOMS

Lampshades Wiped Down or Dusted

All Areas Dusted – on Top, on Front and Underneath

Vanity Top Cleaned (more time may be required to remove, clean and replace items on top)

Mirrors Cleaned

Beds Made (linens changed if left out)

Vacuum Under Bed (if accessible)

Fingerprints Removed from Woodwork, Doorframes and Switch Plates

TV’s & Electronics dusted

Windows (including tracks)

Baseboards dusted

Floor vacuumed or washed

Trash emptied

THE LAUNDRY ROOM

Outside of Appliances

Windows Sills Wiped Down

All Areas Dusted – on Top, on Front and Underneath

Fingerprints Removed from Woodwork, Doorframes and Switch Plates

Light Fixtures Dusted

Floor vacuumed or washed

Trash Emptied

THE BATHROOMS
All Areas Dusted – on Top, on Front and Underneath

Tub and/or Shower Tiles Thoroughly Cleaned & Disinfected

Sink & Faucets thoroughly cleaned & disinfected

Vanity Top Cleaned (more time may be required to remove, clean and replace items on top)

Chrome Fixtures Cleaned and Shined

Mirrors Cleaned

Towels Changed (if left out)

Fingerprints Removed from Woodwork, Doorframes and Switch Plates

Light Fixtures Dusted

Toilets Disinfected Inside and Out (including base and behind)

Baseboards Dusted

Floor Vacuumed or Washed

Trash Emptied

OTHER LIVING AREAS (HALLWAYS & STAIRS)

All Areas Dusted – on Top, on Front and Underneath

Cushions and Pillows Fluffed and Straightened

Hardwood or Tile Floors Damp Mopped

Carpeted Floors Vacuumed

Baseboards Dusted

Window Sills Wiped Down

Fingerprints Removed from Woodwork, Doorframes and Switch Plates

Glass Tables Cleaned

Lamp Shades Wiped Down or Dusted

If there is anything additional that needs to be cleaned, it will also be included during the visit, within reason.
Additional Services Offered At Additional Charges…
Upon request:

Refrigerator Cleaned (inside)

Outside of Windows Cleaned

Mini-Blinds Cleaned

Light Fixture Washing

Inside Oven Cleaned

Ceiling Fans

Laundry Service:
Laundry service with proper folding of all clothes and linens are offered. All laundry will be washed and folded the same day.

Dry Cleaning:
Dry cleaning will be unwrapped and placed on proper hangers or professionally folded and stored.

Other big jobs such as Garages, Sheds, Outside Grills, beneath heavy furniture and appliances, Larger Windows and Walls and such can be incorporated into your regular assignment and included in your price quote or charged separately as add-ons from time to time upon your request.

If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your house cleaning, simply contact us within 24 hours of your service and we will happily re-clean the area with which you are dissatisfied.

Please notify us if for any reason you find it necessary to postpone or cancel your scheduled house cleaning. We would appreciate at least 24 hours notice so that we can adjust our schedules accordingly.

To ensure that all your needs are addressed, please correspond all requests, changes or cancellations to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please do not communicate these important details with the maid when she’s cleaning.

In addition to weekly, bi-weekly and monthly house cleanings, we also offer one-time house cleanings that include move-ins and move-outs, spring-cleaning, service prior to a big event and other non-recurring services. We are happy to provide you with a free, no obligation quote for these services upon request.

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No one really likes house cleaning. How would you like to cut your cleaning time in half. Sound like a sales pitch? Its not, we have just gathered a list of tips to help you clean smart not hard.

Get Organized
Give everyone in your house a job to do. Make sure everyone knows what is expected of them. Why should you be the only one working. Even if you only have your kids take out the trash, its one thing less that you have to do.
Keep all of your cleaning supplies in one area. This will prevent you from making unnecessary trips to find a rag or that other cleaner. Use a caddy to hold all of your supplies or an apron with plenty of pockets to hold your cleaning equipment.
Have a plan. Work in a certain order to prevent resoiling cleaned areas. Generally that means working from top to bottom. For example don’t vacuum your carpet and then dust your ceiling fan.

Prevent Messes
If it never gets dirty you don’t have to clean it. Be neat.
Use disposable plates and dinnerware to avoid having dishes to clean. Why take out the good dinner ware if you do not have company coming over.
Take off your shoes. This will keep you from tracking dirt into your home. Leave the outside dirt at the front door. This should cut down on your vacuuming time.
Use an entry mat at all exterior doors. If you do not want to take off your shoes whenever you come home, use a mat. it will trap much of the dirt before it gets into your home. Even if people do not wipe their feet on it, just the act of walking on it will transfer some spoil to the mat instead of your clean floor.
If you have pets, bathe them often. An oily dirty dog can make a mess of your carpet and upholstery. Give them a bath at least every other week, more if you have a particularly oily breed like a Lab.

Don’t Spread Messes
When you dust, use a slightly damp cloth or one that traps the dust. If you just wipe blow the dust off, it will only settle on something else.
Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. HEPA filters trap over 99% of contaminants. It will keep dust, dander, etc from getting blown back out your vacuums exhaust where it will simply settle on something else. It is also better for allergy sufferers.

Use Quality Chemicals
A penny saved on your cleaning supplies may mean hours wasted. Use quality name brand products instead of cheaper watered down generics.
Let the cleaners do the work for you. Some cleaner require a dwell time after being applied. Give the cleaners time to work. Why scrub when you can just let the chemical sit for a few minutes.

Don’t Delay Cleaning
Clean up messes and dirt as soon as possible. The longer you wait to clean something, the longer it will take to clean.
If you spill something on the carpet, blot it up quickly to prevent it from setting. Clean carpets on a regular basis to prevent stains from becoming permanent. Cleaning them 2 times a tear is recommended.

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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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Our goal is to provide high quality maintenance services with integrity. This guideline is designed to enable us to achieve this goal… not to limit us. Pristine Cleaning will modify or add any additional request not specifically addressed in these guidelines.

DUSTING: Desk tops, file cabinets, copy machines, bookshelves, tables, and other furniture will be dusted with a treated dust cloth at each service; low dusting of chair rails and legs, desk and table legs, baseboards, ledges, vents, etc. will be done bi-weekly. Cobwebs will be removed as needed.

DESKS: Desktops will be dusted each services and polished or damp wiped weekly. Paper left on desks will not be disturbed. Desk accessories including electronics will be dusted each service.

SMOKING AREA: Ashtrays will be emptied, washed thoroughly, and dried each service.

TELEPHONES: Telephones will be dusted and sanitized each service.

WINDOW SILLS: Windowsills will be dusted as needed.

WINDOW BLINDS: Window blinds will be dusted as needed.

FURNITURE: All upholstered furniture will be vacuumed and vinyl furniture will be damp wiped as needed.

WATER FOUNTAIN: Water fountain will be cleaned sanitized and polished each service.

FINGER MARKS: Finger marks and smudges will be removed from desk, partitions, doors, light switches, and woodwork as needed .

FLOORS: Floors will be vacuumed or swept and mopped during each service. (Stripping and waxing are available upon request)

CARPETS: All open areas, corners edges, and traffic way will be vacuumed each service. All carpeting will be thoroughly vacuumed. (Carpet steam cleaning available on request)

MICROWAVE OVENS: Microwave ovens will be damp wiped and cleaned

GLASS: Glass and mirrors will be cleaned and polished each service

WALLS: Splash marks will be removed from walls around the sinks and dispenser, each service pvc walls partition walls and doors will be spot cleaned each services and sanitized Monthly.

LUNCHROOM KITCHEN AND COFFEE AREAS: For a healthy environment and pleasant lunch area it is very important to have this area clean and in a good sanitary condition. Tables and sinks will be cleaned and sanitized, bright metal will be cleaned and polished at each service. Trash containers will be emptied each service, exterior of metal containers will be spot cleaned and plastic liners will be replaced as needed.

TRASH DISPOSAL: Trash containers will be emptied each services and taken to designated area. Plastic liners will be replaced as needed, trash containers will be cleaned when needed.

ENTRANCE GLASS: Interior glass in entrance doors and receptionists partitions will be cleaned each service to remove smudges and fingerprints.

RESTROOMS: The restroom area is a special concern to everyone’s health our objective is to keep them Clean sanitized and fresh smelling on a consistent basis. Toilet bowls seats urinals and sinks will be cleaned and sanitized, bright metal will be cleaned and polished at each service. Trash containers will be emptied each service, exterior of metal containers will be spot cleaned and plastic liners will be replaced as needed.

DISPENSERS: Dispensers will be cleaned polished and re-filled with supplies from stock each services.

Note* Of course, you may personalize the service to suit your particular needs.

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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.

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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.

Stress Reduction

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.

Efficient Service

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.

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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.

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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.

Grace is an expert in the field of home improvement and organizing. Read more at http://www.0800housecleaning.co.uk/ .

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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.
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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!

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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.

Residential service

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.

Office/Business service

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.

Office:

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.

Restaurant:

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.

Retail/shop:

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.

Mall:

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.

Babysitter

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.

Speciality Service

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.
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We have been professionally cleaning commercial carpet across Norfolk & Suffolk since 2002. Commercial carpet cleaning is usually done evenings, weekends or through the night or whenever the property is empty of staff or visitors. We are able to fit in with you and complete the work whenever suits you best.

We have been fully trained in all aspects of commercial carpet cleaning and have cleaned literally miles and miles of it over the last 10 years.

We clean commercial carpet in offices, schools, restaurants, pubs, night clubs, hotels, guest houses, nurseries, play centres, doctors surgeries, dental surgeries, function rooms etc. In fact if you name a commercial property type, we have probably cleaned carpet in at least one.

Commercial carpet cleaning is best done when the property is empty or when as few people around as possible, this is because we use high powered equipment which can be quite noisy and to reduce slip or trip hazards. We will always put out wet floor signs and cones to warn anyone in the building that the carpets maybe damp and a possible slip risk.

Commercial carpet cleaning differs depending on business and carpet type. You normally find hard wearing nylon carpet or carpet tiles in an office, school, play centre, dental and doctors surgeries etc. Whereas you will find wool carpets in a pub or hotel. Different carpet types require different cleaning methods and chemicals.

We are able to remove most spots and stains and can also remove blu tak and chewing gum without damaging the carpet. Common stains on commercial carpet are tea, coffee, fizzy drinks, ink, toner to name but a few. We have also had to remove some unusual stains from commercial carpet such as ketchup, brown sauce, curry, burger relish, chocolate and lily pollen.

For office carpet cleaning its normally the walkways (traffic lanes) and under desks that get the dirtiest. Swirl marks from chair coasters under desks are also a common problem. These problems are normally pretty easy to rectify using correct methods, equipment and chemicals.

With pub and restaurant carpets they normally get dirty around the bar and where waiting staff go to and from the kitchen. Quite often if the carpet hasn’t been cleaned for a while the dirt and grease build up will go hard and is referred to as black top. Black top can be removed using the correct methods.

Our commercial carpet cleaning service is for the following: school carpet cleaning, office carpet cleaning, pub carpet cleaning, night club carpet cleaning, restaurant carpet cleaning, wine bar carpet cleaning, function room carpet cleaning, hotel carpet cleaning to name but a few.

Popular commercial carpet suppliers in the UK are Axminster, Wilton and Brintons.

For a free no-obligation quote for commercial carpet cleaning please contact us.

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Domestic Cleaning» Domestic Cleaning Arthurs Creek 3099

Ourdomestic cleaning in Arthurs Creek 3099service is the ultimate solution for busy home-owners. Amongst our customers are business owners who spend much of their time travelling, as well as working parents who need to balance home and work life at the same time. We have a proven track record and have received a lot of positive feedback, which you can check out on our reviews page.

We have a Wide Variety of Arthurs Creek Cleaning Services
When looking for a domestic cleaning in Arthurs Creek 3099, you’ll be comparing many things… like availability, price and professionalism. OurArthurs Creek cleaning servicesare available for booking seven days a week and in the evenings for the same price… and that price is amongst the lowest in the area! For even bigger savings, just book professional cleaning in Arthurs Creek along with tile and grout cleaning or window cleaning. When booking home cleaning with us, you will enjoy professionally-delivered service of the highest standard.

You will be able to get expert assistance with:

Vacuuming the fabric in your home – carpets and furniture
Sink, toilet and bathtub cleaning
Kitchen cupboards, work top and appliance cleaning, and also dish washing
Laundry and ironing
Cleaning and polishing of hard floors
OurArthurs Creek cleaning servicesare performed by our experienced and knowledgeable professional team. We maintain the highest level of customer service, and also organise regular training for even our most experienced team members. Our domestic cleaning service is an all-round service that will leave your property in pristine condition!

Ourhome cleaning in Arthurs Creekis of the highest standard and guarantees great results every time. Being one of the top cleaning companies in Arthurs Creek you can rest assured we will leave every corner of your property comprehensively cleaned, using the cleaning products of your choice. You can also rely on our experienced cleaners to give you advice on the most effective cleaning products available at the moment.

Book Domestic Cleaning in Arthurs Creek Now!
You can scheduledomestic cleaning in Arthurs Creek 3099by calling 03 8820 5414 now. When calling us, our staff will be happy to offer you a free quote and lead you through the booking process.

For everyone that would rather use their computer to bookhome cleaning services, you can contact us via our web chat support facility to ask any questions that you might have, or fill in our book a cleaner form to order a service right this instant.

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House Cleaning Maid Services Duluth Georgia – Duluth House Cleaning Maid Services is dedicated to properly give you the right solution for your maid problems. Our house maid and cleaning service team will clean, dust, polish, vacuum, mop, scour and sweep your house completelly (No area will be missed) in a afordable price in Duluth and surrounding areas – Upon completion, you will have a home perfectly clean house in all places … We have been providing maid service service in Duluth GA and the surrounding areas with the lowest prices in the Residential Maid service business.

If you are looking for experienced Maid service professionals in Duluth areas, then you have come to the right place. So if you need House Cleaning Maid Services for your Maid, give us a call. Don’t waste any more time getting your Maid serviceed by going to the yellow pages and searching maid service Duluth. Give us a call and be assured we will get the job done in your Duluth home.

Move In Cleaning Services in Duluth – We provide a special move in cleaning service to make your new home sparkling clean and ready for you to occupy. The labor rate is $30 per hour, 4 hour minimum. Supplies, if needed, are $125. Sales tax is additional. If necessary we can provide a free in-person estimate to determine your specific requirements and how much it will cost.

We provide in-home Maid services in the following Duluth zip codes: 30095, 30096, 30097, 30098, 30099

What House Cleaning Maid Services Duluth can do for you:
BATHROOM CLEANING: Deodorize and disinfect all areas including scrubbing clean commode, sink, tub, shower, shelving and floor. Polish all chrome and glass.

KITCHEN CLEANING: Wipe clean all surfaces including interiors of cabinets, drawers and appliances. After we leave you can stock the perfectly clean shelves and refrigerator.

GENERAL RESIDENTIAL CLEANING: Vacuum and/or wash or floors; clean inside all closets. Wash windows, sills, remove dust from all baseboards, trim etc.

Cleaning service provided: – One-Time, Weekly, Biweekly, or Monthly Service Available – Free On-Site Estimate – Reasonable Rates – Prompt, Dependable Service – Satisfaction Guaranteed

House Cleaning Maid Servicess Duluth GA Basic Cleaning Package
– Residential Customized or Detailed Service Available on Request – The following is a list of basic cleaning specifications that are performed each service day. We can add or delete from this list to customize your cleaning:

* Dust all window sills, window ledges, door ledges, and baseboard.
* Clean all countertops and the outside of all cabinets in the bathrooms and kitchen.
* Dust and polish all wood furniture.
-Tables and dressers that are more than 50% covered with items may be eliminated from dusting unless detailed dusting is agreed upon.
-Small objects such as cosmetic bottles, trophies, and pictures under 5×7 will be eliminated unless detailed dusting is agreed upon.
* Wash the outside of all large and small appliances in the kitchen
* Spot clean all doors, light switches, and hanging light fixtures.
* Wash all mirrors, bathtubs, sinks, shower stalls, and toilets
* Wash all glass in outside entry doors (weather permitting)

House Cleaning Maid Servicess Duluth GA Floor Care:
We will always vacuum your floors. Kitchen and bathroom floors, if washable, will be washed. Waxable type floors will be waxed, if requested. Hardwood floors may be dry mopped, damp mopped or washed depending of the floor finish.

The Following Items can be added, along with other cleaning items not outlined:
* items not listed above (after agreement)
* Empty Trash
* Change Beds
* Vacuum Upholstery

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Calgary Carpet Cleaning – Choosing The Right Type Of Carpet Cleaning

BY EXPERT CLEANING SERVICES

Do a quick online search for carpet cleaning and you’ll find a variety of different methods. The two most common are hot water extraction — mostly known as steam cleaning — and hot carbonation, often referred to as dry chemical techniques.
So how do you decide which method is best? To start, check the paperwork that came with your carpet, with the carpet manufacturer itself or with a reputable carpet cleaning company. With most carpet manufacturers the most widely accepted cleaning method is hot water extraction.
The use of truck-mounted equipment that injects water heated between 180 and 250 degrees Fahrenheit into the carpet under pressure and then rinses out a pretreated solution referred commonly as steam cleaning, helps removes embedded soiling , bacteria, dust mites and some odors. The most common drawback is a longer dry time. Done well though, the carpet should dry in just 4-6 hours, but if inferior equipment is used for steam cleaning, dry times can take more than a day — resulting in a over wetting and possibly a mildew smell — as well as the soap can be left behind, attracting more dirt.
Using technically advanced cleaning products has greatly reduced the likelihood of re-soiling that for years has been so prevalent with inferior products that left a great amount of residue behind that attracted soiling. The recent use of non residue cleaning technology has now allowed carpet to be cleaned residue free, leaving the carpet in it’s natural state as when it was new.
“The big, big difference with the advanced cleaning solution is it crystallizes as it dries, while encapsulating any remaining soiling that may have been left behind. It’s pet and family friendly and there’s no risk of leaving any type of soap residue in your carpet, which will attract dirt. If the technician used inferior products, leaving soap in the carpeting, you can tell when a customer has that happen to them. It seems like, within a week or two, the carpet seems dirtier than before they had it cleaned.”
Though most carpet types can withstand both methods, always follow the cleaning recommendations of your carpet manufacturer to ensure you don’t void the carpet’s warranty.
Some companies charge by the room, others by the foot. However a company charges, you should know what the fee will be before the technicians begin the work. Ask for a written quote if it’s not offered to you upfront. Look for a company with a good history and that carries workers compensation and liability insurance and has an affiliation with an industry trade association, like the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) or The Carpet and Rug Institute.
The most common complaint, according to the BBB or Angie’s List reports, is companies that offer a discount and then try to up-sell for additional services once they get in the door.
Customers should understand what their bill is before any work is done, “I invite customers to do as much research as they can on carpet cleaning because there are huge differences in carpet cleaning companies. It’s not just about price.” The old adage, “you get what you pay for”, truly applies. Choose your cleaning company wisely, not by their price alone.

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We’ve been providing cleaning services in Calgary for over 60 years. Our services include carpet, blinds, and tile cleaning. Call us for your cleaning needs.
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Milk stains really don’t seem that hard to clean, but in fact, they are and it can take you up to an hour to remove them entirely. The problem is that once milk dries on a fabric it can darken and the stain turns into a big mess. Here is what you should do with milk stains.

Step 1: As a general rule for most stains, the quicker you treat it the better. Put the fabric in cold water and leave it there for about 10 minutes. Make sure you are using cold water as warm water will darken the stain.
Step 2: After soaking the fabric if the stain is still visible, rub some liquid detergent for laundry and soak the fabric for half an hour in room temperature. Rub the stained area gently every few minutes – this way the detergent will penetrate the fabric quicker and will loosen the stain. Rinse the fabric thoroughly and check the result.
Step 3: You can add some type of stain remover like gel or stick or spray the stain and leave it to sit for about 10 minutes. You don’t have to rub the fabric while waiting.
Step 4: If the stain remains, repeat steps 1, 2 and 3. If the stain has dried you will need to treat it several times before you remove it fully.

One of the nastiest stains on any piece of clothing is that of tomato sauce. It can look quite nasty and you simply can’t hide it. However, you can clean it quickly and with just a few easy steps.
Step 1: Treating the spot as soon as possible is advisable, especially if there is excess tomato sauce on the fabric. You can remove it with a butter knife or a spoon. Be careful not to smear the area even further.
Step 2: Run cold water through the fabric, from the back side of the stain to get off as much as possible.
Step 3: Rub some liquid detergent through the stain with circular motion.
Step 4: If the stain remains and the clothing is white you can use a mild bleach (vinegar, lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide) and apply it with a sponge. Rinse the clothing well afterwards.
Step 5: If the stain of tomato sauce is particularly stubborn you will need to use a stain remover and repeat some of the steps.

A useful tip is to check what kind of stain it is before you treat it – if it is a combination of food and oil, then treat the oily part first with a dishwasher liquid.

Quite a common stain is caused by pencils. Even though we use pencil on paper stains are often found on our clothes afterwards. It is not hard to clean them and it takes only about 10-15 minutes. First of all, try to erase the pencil. You may be surprised at how easy it is to simply use a pencil eraser. If you rub the stain gently you can do a really good job. If it remains use a stain remover – apply it and follow the product’s instructions. Wash the garment normally in the right temperature for the given fabric.

Mas you can see from the above-mentioned tips most common stains can be treated pretty easily and successfully. Don’t despair if tomato sauce goes on your new white shirt while eating your spaghetti. You can deal with just about any stain with the great cleaning products available on the market these days.

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It’s that time of year again. The time when people tend to spend as much time outside as they do in (if not more). This means that the patio furniture on the front porch and back deck has to be impeccably clean and presentable.
If you have some patio furniture and you’d like a few ideas on how you can keep it clean during the spring and summer seasons, we have five tips that will keep your pieces looking great during the sunshine, rain and everything in between.

Plastic furniture. If your patio furniture happens to be made of classic, the main thing to keep in mind is while it may be durable, without cleaning it on a weekly basis, it can start to look a bit dingy. Usually, all you need to do is get a bucket of warm soap and water, wash the pieces down with a sponge and then rinse them off with a hose. However, if your furniture happens to be white, it’s a good idea to add a bit of bleach or hydrogen peroxide and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes before the final rinse.

Aluminum furniture. This kind of furniture can handle soap and water too. The only other thing that we suggest is that once the furniture is dry, apply a thin coat of high quality car wax in order to protect it until it’s time for you to wash it again.

Wooden furniture. Although the general concept for cleaning plastic furniture is the same for wood, one thing that we do advise is that you wear some rubber gloves (to protect your hands from possible splinters) and that you go with a kind of soap that’s specifically made to clean wood like perhaps Murphy’s Oil Soap. A denture brush is pretty effective for hard to reach crevices. Also, make sure that after you rinse the furniture that you use a soft rag to dry the furniture off.

Wicker furniture. Wicker is one of the most beautiful kinds of patio furniture, but if you try and clean it with soap and water, it can prove to be pretty frustrating. Our suggestion is that you put a small attachment on your vacuum cleaner and then vacuum the furniture to get the dirt and twigs off of it. You can then follow that up with wiping the pieces down with a damp cloth.

Upholstery, glass tabletops and patio umbrellas. When it comes to your patio furniture’s “accessories”, we have a few suggestions. For your cushions and pillows, if they are made of vinyl rather than fabric, mix a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and Borax into a quart of warm water and put the cushions into the solution for 5-10 minutes before rinsing them off and letting them air dry. For glass tabletops, you can use regular window cleaner although if some candle wax has hardened on them, you can loosen it up by blowing warm air from your blow dryer on it for a couple of minutes and then applying some rubbing alcohol to remove any residue. For patio umbrellas, if you’ve noticed any mildew, to remove it mix ¾ of bleach to a gallon of water and then wipe it down with a rag. That should do the trick.

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Welcome to the ‘Dirtbusters Cleaning Services’ website. We have been providing specialist cleaning services across Norfolk and Suffolk since 2002 and have hundreds of regular domestic and commercial customers on our books.

Why choose Dirtbusters to do your cleaning? – We have built our successful cleaning business on the basis of several basic principals:

Doing the best job possible – We will always do the best job of cleaning whatever we are booked into clean for you and will not leave until we have achieved the best possible results. Our attention to detail is second to none bordering on the meticulous. If we’re happy then we know you will be!

Polite – We are always polite and have good manners, we have been brought up the right way and know how to treat people courteously.

Respect – We will treat you and your property with the utmost respect. We will protect any floor surfaces (be it wood, laminate, vinyl or carpet) that we are not cleaning that we need to cross with dust sheets. We also wear fetching plastic overshoes whenever we’re inside your property to make sure we don’t bring any dirt in on the soles of our shoes.

Keen pricing – We charge a fair price for a professional service. We’re not the most expensive or the cheapest.

Professional cleaning equipment – We believe to do the best job you need the best equipment. We have invested heavily in all of our equipment and in most cases it’s the best money can buy. For example our truck mount carpet cleaning machine cost £15,000 when we bought it. It’s run from the back of our van and provides almost instant hot water from water tanks also on board the van.

This steaming hot water runs through high pressure solution hoses to our cleaning tools at high pressure. The dirty water is then sucked up by a powerful vacuum system and taken to a waste water tank also on the van. By using this system for both carpets and upholstery we can give you the best possible results which also leave items only touch damp and normally dry in a few hours. Having everything we need on the van to complete your cleaning means that we don’t have to trouble you for hot water or dispose of our dirty water down your toilet.

We always turn up – Believe it or not some cleaning companies don’t turn up for whatever reason leaving you, the customer in the lurch. Sometimes people have gone to the trouble of taking the day off work and / or clearing rooms of furniture ready for cleaning to take place. When this happens it’s understandably very annoying. We will endeavour to turn up on time, every time. If we are running late for any reason we will call you well in advance to let you know. Sometimes if we are running ahead of schedule we might call to see if it’s possible to come sooner. Sometimes this is possible, if not we’ll stick to our original time.

Money back guarantee – We offer a no quibble money back guarantee on all the work we do. If you are not happy with any cleaning that we’ve done we will return and clean it again, if you are still not happy we will refund you in full. We will always point out any possible problems with a job before we start and make you aware of the results we hope to achieve. Please note – In over 10 years as a cleaning business we have not been asked for a single refund!

Please contact us if you would like a free, no-obligation quote for domestic carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, commercial carpet cleaning, end of tenancy cleaning, vinyl floor restoration, rug cleaning, leather cleaning and re-conditioning, one-of deep cleans, property clearance, cleaning and sanitising across

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Hiring A Maid Service To Help You Keep A Tidy House
Keeping a house clean can seem like an impossible chore if you are a busy mother or father managing a career and kids. This is where a maid service can provide you with peace of mind that the house will get clean and stay clean. Sometimes, families may feel they have too much on their plate to maintain a perfect and clean house. It can be stressful to try to do it all. But it’s important to not let it worry you or stress you out. Not when you can hire someone to help you with the housework and take that pile of bricks off your shoulders.

Many house cleaning companies know just what you are going through. That is why they provide maids to keep up on the housework as often as you need them to. Maybe you need someone to come over once a week or twice a week. Maybe you only need someone once a month for the really deep cleaning jobs. Whatever it is that you need, a maid service can provide it. Many of them are only a phone call away.

If you are wondering where to start when looking for someone to clean your house, start by flipping through the yellow pages of your phone book. You can find several house keeping and maid service companies in the phone book and most of them list the locations they service and what types of house cleaning they provide. Before you give them a call, decide how often you want them to come out. This will help them give you a better quote on price. Find out what exactly is covered under that price and if there are any extra fees that may come up unexpectedly. Ask if the company is licensed and insured. If a maid gets injured at your home, you don’t want to be held liable. Make certain the company has their own insurance to cover accidents or injuries.

Another great way you can find a reputable maid service is by asking around to other busy moms or families to find out if they use a house keeping service. They just may have someone they can recommend to you that will come in and help relieve the burden of keeping a neat and tidy house.

When the maid service arrives, make sure you tell them the areas of the house that you want cleaned. It’s sometimes helpful to make a list of the areas you want clean and give it to your maid or house cleaner. Most maids and house cleaning companies will bring their own cleaning tools and supplies, but be sure to check ahead of time to ensure that they indeed bring their own supplies.

A clean home is a happy home. With a tidy house, you will be able to feel more relaxed and at ease knowing that you don’t have to live in a scattered, messy house everyday. When there is no clutter in sight and your house has a clean, fresh smell, you will be surprised at how much it can change your mood. Make house cleaning one less thing you have to worry about by calling a professional maid service today.

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Making Your House Sparkle
Living in a clean and organized house is essential in having a good quality of life. Although small children and pets can make home cleaning into a continuous all-day chore, there are some tips and shortcuts you can take in order to keep your house looking great. You never know when someone is going to unexpectedly drop by the house. By making your house look clean and clutter free most of the time, you won’t have to worry about guests dropping by and you can invite them into a clean house.

When you have children, it seems impossible to keep all of the toys and clutter picked up around the house. Just when you get everything put away, they pull out their toys again and you’re back where you started from. Here are some tips that can keep your house looking nice, even when you have kids and pets living with you. Getting your children involved in the cleaning process will not only give you a few extra helping hands, but also teaches your kids the value of home cleaning. Teach your children that when they get something out, they need to put it away after they are done playing with it. Have each child be responsible for cleaning their own room. Keeping their room clean will give them a sense of responsibility and accomplishment when they are able to play in a nice, clean room. Everyone wants to raise their children in a clean environment. Because home cleaning will ensure that your house will be free from bacteria and germs, your kids may actually be healthier.

Gathering your cleaning supplies before you begin home cleaning will save you time from having to search for your cleaners while trying to clean. Having a cleaning bucket full of your supplies is a good idea, making it easy to grab and go. A good way to set the mood and get yourself motivated to clean is to put on your favorite mix of high energy music and turn it up loud. Get out some tasty snacks to munch on and wear some comfortable clothes. Now you’re ready to clean. Sorting your clutter and picking up scattered items around the house is a great place to start when cleaning your home. Throw away any garbage you might have and put everything back into its place. Don’t overwhelm yourself with the entire house. Take it easy and just work on one room at a time.

Having a cleaning routine will help to make your home cleaning be quicker and more efficient. Start in the same room each time and develop a cleaning pattern. Starting from the top of the room and working down is a great strategy. Begin with dusting your ceiling fan and work your way down the walls. Next you can dust and clean your furniture, fireplace mantels, countertops and windows. Last but not least, vacuuming, mopping and waxing the floor adds the finishing touch to your clean home.

It’s a wonderful feeling when you have a fresh and clean house. After you’ve worked hard and cleaned the entirety of your home, treat yourself to something special like a hot bubble bath. Relax and enjoy the rest of your day. Another cleaning day is right around the corner.

If you prefer to hire a maid service to keep your home sparkling clean, check out our maid service reviews.

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How to Find a Maid that’s a Good Fit
Hiring a maid is a decision that shouldn’t be taken too lightly. This person will be given full access to your home and you want to be sure you’re working with someone you feel you can trust. Some services will even clean your home while you’re away, so you’ll be handing over your keys and alarm code to a new person. Before you make your choice, there are many important factors to consider.

How Does the Maid Service Operate?
Different maid services can operate very differently, so you’ll want to find a company that fits your personal needs. Some companies will send a team of three or four people with a set routine who will quickly and efficiently handle the housecleaning. Other services will send a single maid to assist with your housecleaning. This type of arrangement is often more flexible with following your routine rather than their own. You will also find different scheduling choices with various companies. If you need services at a very specific time, this is an important factor to consider when you’re comparing maids.

Do You Have Special Family Members?
If you’re home while your maid is cleaning, she may become like a part of your family during the time that she’s there. You want someone who feels comfortable with your family. If you have pets, it’s important that you find a maid who is comfortable with animals and certainly not allergic. Some maids may be more comfortable with children or the elderly as well. Language is an important factor for clear communication, so you should select someone that you and your family can communicate with well.

What Are Your Cleaning Requirements?
Consider your expectations carefully before hiring a maid so you can make sure you’re all on the same page. Some clients need only a light cleaning service, while others expect a deep cleaning. Make a list of what you expect on each visit and don’t take any services for granted. Do you want the windows cleaned, dishes done, laundry washed, porches swept and plants watered? You can’t expect your maid to perform all these tasks unless you’re very clear about what you need. You should also ask whether the service will pick up and organize your belongings, or if this needs to be done prior to each visit.

How Did You Hear About the Maid Service?
Reliability and trustworthiness are a priority when you’re hiring the services of a maid. If you’ve simply selected a company from the phone book, you may want to ask for references to see how other clients feel about the company. Online research will help you learn more about the reputation of the company as well. When you read user reviews online, keep in mind that dissatisfied customers are more likely to take the time to post a complaint than happy customers are to sit down and rave. A single poor review could be the result of one unfortunate incidence in an otherwise reputable company.

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House Cleaning Tips for Busy People

Nothing can make you feel better than a nice maintained home that sees everything in its place and is free of cutter, but in today’s fast paced world cleaning your home may be the last thing on your mind as you are simply too busy. More and more people are just letting the homestead slip to the sloppy and unorganized side or are hiring a maid service to do the job for them, but if you don’t want to do either there is hope for you to clean your home no matter how busy you get.

Here are some helpful tips that will have even the busiest person find time for a little spring – or anytime – cleaning:

• Make it fun: No one likes to clean but you can make the task just a bit more on the fun side. Get an egg timer and set it for five or ten minutes. You take on one room and have someone else in your family take on another. At the end of the time see which room looks the neatest. You will have a little fun and you will get tidied up just a bit.
• Don’t drop and go: Many times when people return from a long day at the office they walk in their house, flip off their shoes, let their coat drop, etc. This is what is known as ‘drop and go.’ When you drop and go you are not only cluttering up your home but you are in fact increasing the workload on yourself when you do find the time to clean as you will now have to pick everything up and organize more than you would have had too if you simply put things in their place as you went. While drop and go is a bad habit, you can work to reverse it into a good habit and make sure those shoes, jackets, and other things from you busy work day end up where they belong and not all over the floor of your home.
• Combine relaxing and cleaning: What do most people want to do when they get home from a long day of work? Relax and watch some television right? Well you can utilize what we all hate about television, namely commercials, to help you get your house cleaned. The average commercial break is about two and a half minutes long and sometime can be more. Have your cleaning weapons of choice ready when your favorite program is about to start and when the commercials hit, you hit the house cleaning. You will be surprised at just how much you can get done during commercials. While you won’t get the entire house cleaned it is not out of the realm of possibilities to knock out a quick vacuuming, some light dusting, and even a wiping down of the kitchen counters.

The bottom line is that everyone could use more time to get house cleaning done, but few will get it and will have to make it instead. By squeezing in cleaning here and there when you can your home will look less like a pig pen and more like the cozy haven that you want after a tiresome day of working.

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How to Find a Reputable Cleaning Service
It is true that our homes can get quite dirty – so do our office spaces and any other indoor area that we occupy. It seems that everywhere we go and spend time we create a mess. Most of us don’t even have the time to pick up after ourselves, let alone spend a good couple of hours cleaning. In this case it can be critical to hire a cleaning service. However, hiring a reputable cleaning service can be difficult, especially if you don’t know where to start. Here are some ways you can find a reputable cleaning service.

For one, ask your friends and family. In fact, ask your friend with the most kids, because chances are they have gone through all the cleaning services in town. Asking your immediate and closest contacts is a great place to start looking for a reputable cleaning service, because you can trust their opinion more than anyone else’s. Moreover, they can give you personal accounts of how thorough they were. It can be very easy to hire a cleaning service and then realize they forgot to clean half your house. In most cases, you want to have more favorable reviews than negative, because you want to know that a particular cleaning service did a stellar job before you actually hire them to clean your home or office.

Next, you could contact a cleaning service agency. This can be a great way to hire a reputable cleaning service, because agencies usually have very stringent hiring practices and they do background checks. The only downside to hiring a cleaning service from an agency is that they are typically more expensive. Also, there are lot of cleaning agencies to choose from and because they are all listed online, you might be spending a lot of time looking through websites and reading reviews. If the particular cleaning service had online reputation management services performed on their online image it might be hard to find negative remarks, but if you dig hard enough you should be able to find something.

Another way to find a reputable cleaning service is to look online. There are a number of job seeking sites where house cleaners will post their services and rates. The only downside of this is that some of these services might be a scam, which can be devastating if you become a victim. They might steal your money by asking for a deposit or their services are just a front to case your home so that can rob you when you aren’t home. In this instance, it is important to perform a background check to make sure that they don’t have any criminal records or pending lawsuits. You could also ask for references, but most importantly you should meet them in person.

Lastly, when you are looking for a reputable cleaning service you want to make sure that you have a number of references or even complete a background check. You don’t want to bring strangers into your home and then realize that something valuable is missing after they’re gone. If the cleaning service is good and does a thorough job you might hire them again and again.

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Learn the Pros and Cons of a Maid Service
In today’s fast paced world, we can often struggle to find time for ourselves to relax as we struggle to cope with life’s everyday demands. It is for this reason that many are turning to the use of maid services in order to free up their spare time and keep their homes spic and span. Within your local area there are many maid services which can be found by researching on the web or by simply browsing through your local directory. However, before you agree to sign any agreement with a maid service, it is important that you are aware of the pros and cons of using a maid service to ensure that this is the correct route for you.

Maid Service Pros:

It’s easy to see why so many homeowners pay for the services of a cleaner as they are able to continue with their everyday tasks knowing that their chores have been taken care of. In the event you have children to look after, it can be extremely exhausting running around after them, trying to clear up the destruction they often cause within the home without having to worry about the stacks of laundry you need to do also. By employing a professional maid, you will be provided with peace of mind that no matter how stressful your day at work may have been or any errands you may need to complete before you are able to venture home; you will know that when you enter your home, it will be clean, tidy and mess free. This in effect can also help the daily running of your family as you will find you have more free time on your hands. Tidying up after a family can be a long and lengthy job which can often seem never ending. By employing a maid service to do this for you, cleaning your home is one job you will not have to worry about, meaning you have much more time on your hands to spend with your family. If you opt to have weekly, bi-weekly or even bi-monthly cleans, your home will also benefit from frequent maintenance meaning you will have to complete very little cleaning yourself.

Maid Service Cons:

Having your very own maid can be a very indulgent thing to invest in as it helps to eliminate the stress which can be caused from too much housework. However, as with any type of service, there are a few cons which you must take into consideration before agreeing to use a service. When making your agreement, you must be specific with the company and/or specified maid about which rooms you wish to be cleaned and any areas of the home that the maid is not permitted to go into. If you are looking for a thorough clean, be sure to tell the maid that she is allowed to move the furniture, etc as many maids will refrain from moving personal items unless permitted as to not upset a client. You should also not expect to be provided with the level of service one would see in a hotel-unless this level of cleaning has been strictly advertised and promised. Often, a client will become disheartened to find that their home has not be cleaned to the level they initially expected but remember, a maid will be given a set time in which to have your home completed within. Beware that some companies may provide you with a different maid each time which although they all do the same job in regards to cleaning, some clients may prefer to build a relationship with a specific maid so that they feel safer having a stranger in the home. Where possible, request to keep the same cleaner which will not only help provide a sense of relief, but as your relationship grows, it will make it easier for you to amend your requirements and have these put into plan.

In regards to the costs of using a maid service, this will depend on the level of service you require, the amount of rooms, etc you need the maid to attend to and the company in which you choose to use. However, whether you believe using a maid service will be beneficial to you or not, is primarily up to you although with the use of a maid service, you are guaranteed to have a clean and tidy home which allows you to get on with more important tasks, such as spending time with your family.

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1.What areas do you cover?
We operate within Bromley BR1 and the surrounding areas.

2.What kind of services do you provide?
We conduct professional carpet steam and dry cleaning; upholstery leather, steam and dry cleaning; inside and outside window cleaning; natural stone, tile and concrete floor polishing. We perform regular domestic and office cleaning, as well as one off spring cleaning and end of tenancy cleaning.

3.What is the minimum of hours for your services?
It depends on the type of the service, as different cleaning operations have different duration. We require a minimum of two hours for regular domestic and office cleaning service, a minimum of four hours for one off cleaning with your cleaning materials and a minimum of six hours for one off cleaning with our cleaning materials. The prices for end of tenancy cleaning service are fixed.

4.Are your cleaners insured?
Yes, all of our cleaners are thoroughly background checked and fully insured.

5.Can I meet my cleaner before the first clean?
We can arrange you a pre-clean meeting with your cleaner to consider whether you feel comfortable with them.

6.Will my cleaner be covered for holiday or sickness?
We always provide a replacement in case of holiday or sickness with the same standard of the service.

7.Should I be present during the cleaning?
It’s completely up to you. You could stay and supervise the cleaning, or leave the technicians work and have your time. Our cleaners could leave the key on a safe place or to an authorized person.

8.Do I have to supply the cleaning materials?
We will appreciate if you provide the basic supplies for the regular cleanings, such as a vacuum cleaner, detergents, cloths, bucket and mop. On your request we could provide everything at a small charge. For our special cleanings, such as carpet, upholstery or window cleaning, we bring the necessary equipment and detergents with us.

9.Can I change my cleaner if I am not satisfied?
Of course. Keep us informed about everything that happens during the cleaning sessions and if you have any complains, we will send you another cleaner immediately.

10.Do you have insurance cover?
We hold Public and Employers Liability Insurance, as well as Accident and Health Policy.

11.Can you give me a price over the phone?
Yes, you can discuss your property specifics and cleaning needs with our office assistants and they will provide you with a precise quotation.

12.Do you conduct cleanings during the weekend?
We work 7 days a week with no extra charge for the weekend days.

13.How can I pay for the service?
You have the opportunity to pay cash, by check or via bank transfer.

14.What carpet cleaning method do you use?
We apply steam or dry carpet cleaning, depending of the type of the fabric.

15.Is it possible the cleaning to take more than one day?
For larger amount of work we usually send a team of cleaners to finish the job within the same day. If you prefer, we could split the work and perform it for two or more days.
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