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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. We respect 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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The Sewing Dictionary
A dictionary of sewing terms to help you along your sewing journey.

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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) or a buttonhole stitch if your machine has the capability. By hand, blind stitching and hand buttonhole stitches are often used.

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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 stitches (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 to accommodate curves.
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 seam line. 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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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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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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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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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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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 assist in laying out the pattern pieces correctly.

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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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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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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.

K

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 pre-washed.

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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. Combination machines are available 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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Nap – Nap is the “fuzzy” part of a fabric that is usually directional in nature. Corduroy 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 non-stretch 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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Overlock – An overcast stitch to prevent raveling of fabric. There are sewing machines made to do overlock stitching. See “serger”.
Overcasting or overstiching – Stitching done over a seam to prevent raveling. This can be done by hand or machine.

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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 or rust 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 presser foot and turn the fabric at a 45 degree angle. Then lower the presser foot and start sewing. Used to sew square seams.
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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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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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, 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 distorting. 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 under stitching 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 raveling 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.

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Picky Maid reviews

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 laundry, 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 literally 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. Our 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 our maid services office 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 homes and 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 home or 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 odors and contamination.

Retail/shop:

Quality Control and our detailed color 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 absence. 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 organizer wants to enjoy their party in a clean environment. Our staff will provide you service before function, during functions and after functions to make your house look fresh and clean.
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We have been professionally cleaning commercial carpet for many years. 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 years.

We clean commercial carpet in offices, schools, restaurants, pubs, night clubs, hotels, guest houses, nurseries, play centers, doctors clinics/offices, dental offices, 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 center, 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 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.

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

We offer a professional commercial carpet cleaning service.

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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.

We’ve been providing cleaning services for over 60 years. Our services include carpet, blinds, and tile cleaning. Call us for your cleaning needs.

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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 1\4 cup of bleach to a gallon of water and then wipe it down with a rag. That should do the trick.

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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. 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 your entire 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 the city and 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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