Monthly Archives: April 2015

6 Spring Cleaning Hacks You’ve Never Heard Of

Spring cleaning is certainly one of our favorite events of the year, but we also understand that for homeowners it can seem laborious. However, after over ten years of house cleaning in Princeton, we’ve picked up a few tips that can turn spring cleaning from a slog into a snap. Read on and prepare to be surprised by how easy spring cleaning can be.

1. Non-Toxic Oven Cleaner

When you have to choose between a smoky self-cleaning oven or harsh oven-cleaning chemicals, cleaning the oven is never pleasant—until now. There’s an all-natural solution that no one’s told you about. Simply mix equal amounts of vinegar and baking soda, then scrub your oven clean.

2.  Quick Fix for Tangled Vacuum Rollers

When your vacuum suddenly stops sucking up dirt and makes a low whirring sound, you probably get exasperated because you know it’s time to flip it upside down and painstakingly tease out hair, string or other materials that have gotten stuck in the rollers. But there’s a quick solution to this problem: grab a seam ripper from your sewing basket and run it under the offending strands to quickly split them, then pull them out.

3. Appliance Cleaner in Your Pantry

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You may already use cream of tartar in your kitchen to make baked goods rise properly. But did you know that cream of tartar can also clean your stainless steel mixer when you’re finished baking? Simply mix a tablespoon of cream of tartar with a few drops of water, then rub it on any stainless steel appliance that needs brightening up or de-greasing. Scrub it with a sponge and wipe clean with a damp paper towel. Your steel appliances will return to their original shine.

4. Polish No More

Before you polish your wooden furniture: don’t. Commercial furniture polishes may leave a waxy residue that ends up attracting more dust. Instead, use a microfiber cloth to wipe dust from wooden surfaces. The cloth will pick up more dust than a damp rag and keeps the surface dry to prevent the attraction of more dust. To repel dust, you can also run a dryer sheet over your wooden surfaces.

5. Try This Before Recycling

Before you toss that stack of week-old newspapers into the recycling bin, recruit them for food and garbage odor removal. This hack works as long as the newspapers haven’t been exposed to moisture. Simply set a stack of newspaper on one of your refrigerator shelves or at the bottom of your garbage bin. The absorbent newsprint will soak up odors.

6. Essential Oils for a Fresher Bathroom

Essential oils don’t have to smell overpowering like patchouli. There are several fresh-smelling oils available that have disinfectant properties. One is tea tree oil, which you can easily find at a drugstore or health food store.

For a clean, germ-free toilet bowl, add two teaspoons of oil to two cups of water in a spray bottle, then spray your toilet bowl and let it sit before scrubbing. You can also dab a few drops into the toilet paper tube; it will release a fresh scent every time the toilet paper is used.

For more fun and surprising advice on house cleaning, visit our website or call our cleaning company in Princeton for a free estimate on house cleaning.

 

Don’t Lose Hope Over Dirty Walls

Are your walls looking dingy or dull? Can’t figure out how to erase the permanent marker stain from your three-year-old’s art project?

As a cleaning company serving Bucks County for over ten years, we know that it’s important to clean your walls to keep your house looking fresh and bright. Whether you want to start cleaning your walls as part of your weekly routine or you need to remove that crayon mess before company arrives tonight, we have you covered with these simple methods.

General Cleaning

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Add washing your walls to your regular cleaning routine. Regular maintenance cleaning will prevent the buildup of dirt on your walls. Before cleaning your walls, determine whether they are painted with latex paint or oil-based paint because these different paint formulas require different cleaning methods.

For walls coated with latex paint, use a soft sponge dipped in a mixture of warm water and an all-purpose cleaner that is also non-abrasive. Wet the sponge, and then wring it until it is only damp. Gently wash the wall using a rubbing motion, being careful to avoid contact with electrical outlets and light switch plates. Once the wall has been washed with soap, take a second sponge and dip it in warm, soap-free water. Wring it out and clean the walls again to remove traces of soap and thoroughly remove dirt.

If your walls are painted with oil-based paint, the process is exactly the same, with the exception of the cleaning solutions used. Instead of water and all-purpose cleaner, use a detergent solution of four parts dish detergent to one part vinegar (you won’t need a large amount of cleaner, so use it sparingly) and clean in the same gentle manner, making sure to wash the wall with a wet, detergent-free sponge after.

Cleaning Grimy Spots

For walls that have noticeably grimy problem spots from fingerprints or shoe scuffs, wash your walls in the manner described above, then deploy this special spot treatment. Add baking soda to water until they mix into a firm paste. Dab the paste onto a soft, non-abrasive sponge and rub the grime away from the wall. You can also use white vinegar and water on these spots, especially if baking soda isn’t quite cutting it.

For stains on painted woodwork, wipe the affected area with rubbing alcohol using a cotton pad or ball.

Cleaning Permanent Marker and Crayon

Young artists frequently get a little carried away with the magic marker or crayon. If your small children have drawn their latest masterpiece on your kitchen walls, try to remain calm and follow this guide for getting marker and crayon stains out of your walls.

Usually, crayon is easy to remove. To get rid of crayon stains, first gently scratch away the excess waxy buildup with a steel wool pad. Then, you have a few options for cleaning solutions. Depending on what you have on hand, use a damp rag dipped in baking soda, non-gel toothpaste or WD-40 to rub away the crayon stain (do a patch test on a hidden part of the wall first to make sure there are no adverse effects). You can also gently scrub the crayon with a toothbrush dipped in white vinegar. Don’t use a pencil eraser to remove the crayon stain, as the rubber will only smear the wax around, creating a bigger mess.

It is notoriously difficult to remove permanent marker stains, but you’re not without hope. The best option for getting rid of permanent market stains is rubbing alcohol. Apply the rubbing alcohol to the market stain, and let it dry for thirty seconds (you can also try hand sanitizer).  However, this method is not always effective. If marker is soaked in, you’ll have to cover it up. To do so, apply a spot primer to the marker stain and let it dry for 24 hours. Apply a second coat if the stain remains largely visible. Once the primer is dry, sand the stain with a sanding sponge and carefully wipe off any dust with a clean, damp towel. Then, paint over the area with matching paint and let it dry.

If you still have issues with stain removal, we can help. Call Minch Professional Cleaning LLC to learn more about our residential cleaning services in Bucks County.

How Regular Cleaning Can Improve Your Office Workflow

At Minch Professional Cleaning, LLC, we’ve been providing commercial janitorial services to Bucks County and nearby areas over two decades. Over the years, we’ve seen how regular office cleaning can transform the way work gets done. If you’re a business owner who wants to make life a little easier for their employees, we’d like to share our primary reasons for why regular cleaning can improve office workflow.

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Better Lighting

Many offices feature overhead fluorescent lighting that, while cost-efficient, does not provide the most attractive environment. Fluorescent lighting becomes especially draining to office workers when the fixtures inevitably become dirty. Bad lighting can lead to poor vision and depressed mental energy in the office.

If you don’t have the finances to replace the lighting in your building, you can brighten it considerably by hiring Minch Professional Cleaning, LLC, to deep-clean your office space. We know how to clean light fixtures so that your office makes the most of its overhead lighting. Don’t underestimate the power of clean windows, either, as natural light is consistently considered the healthiest and most attractive light available. Since the best way to clean windows is good old Windex and paper towels, you might not have the time or patience to shine the windows in a corporate suite—but Minch Professional Cleaning, LLC, does.

Fewer Sick Days

When an employee takes a sick day due to the flu or a nasty cold, things in the office can go haywire. A cure for the common cold, unfortunately, is probably still years away, but you can take measures to keep your employees healthy so that you don’t get hit with surprise projects or backed-up workloads.

When Minch Professional Cleaning, LLC, cleans your office space, we pay attention to “hot spots” where bacteria and viruses linger. Our cleaning services include scrubbing and sanitizing all bathrooms, wiping down kitchen cabinets and surfaces and disinfecting all doorknobs. Since we offer deep cleaning services on weekly, bi-weekly or monthly schedules, we can clean your office as frequently as you need in order to prevent the spread of illnesses throughout your office. If your employees get to use those sick days for a vacation instead, they’ll be happy workers.

Morale Boost

We know that your employees are not the only ones who feel the effects of daily encounters with dirt and grime. Over time, working in an office with dirty floors and overflowing trash bins can turn cheery attitudes into sour ones, and productivity will plummet. If you find yourself dragging your heels at work, or if your employees seem to resent being at the office, it may very well be because your office space isn’t clean enough.

That’s why you need to hire Minch Professional Cleaning Services, LLC, to give your office a cleanliness makeover. We will remove coffee stains and outdoor grime from carpets, buff and wax your floors to a glossy shine and make sure that your trash bins are thoroughly emptied and freshened up. With regular cleaning, your employees will be much happier to enter the workplace every day, and you’ll see an overall boost in office productivity. Not to mention, your clients will be impressed as well!

To read more about why we are one of the best commercial cleaning companies in Bucks County, visit the Minch Professional Cleaning Services, LLC, website or call 267-202-4412.