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What to Expect From a Cleaning Service

So you’re ready to hire a cleaning service. Great!

 

But, before you let us into your home to help tidy it up, you probably have a number of questions about who we are, what we’ll do, and other logistics. As a top professional cleaning service in Bucks County, you can rest assured knowing that your home is in the hands of the best of the best. Call us today to schedule a consultation, and between now when we pay you a visit, take a look at these common expectations:

 

Price

The price of cleaning your home or commercial space depends on a lot of factors, like how many square feet it is, and exactly what you need us to do. Give us a call and we’ll make arrangements to visit your home or office, and come up with a quote from there.

 

Scheduling

Maybe you’re wondering how often we’ll clean your space. The answer to that is up to you. If you’re unsure about what you need, though, we’ll be glad to make scheduling recommendations. Whether it’s once a week, monthly or bi-weekly service, we’ll work out the most appropriate schedule to suit your needs.

 

Logistics

How will we get into your home? Who is cleaning your home? What happens if something breaks or goes missing? Are your cleaners really trustworthy? Give us a call and we’ll be glad to cover all of these common questions during the consultation.

 

Be prepared for the consultation

The better prepared you are, the better we can ultimately serve you. Be prepared by knowing what rooms you’d like us to pay special attention to, vice versa, specific items you’d like us to clean and pros and cons of the last service you used, if applicable. By knowing more about what you need, and communicating with us, we’ll be able to best help you!

 

All in all, we’ve become of the best home and commercial cleaning companies in Bucks County by understanding the value of communication. Get in touch today and we’ll have your home or office sparkling clean in no time!

In a Hurry? The Abridged Guide to Cleaning Your Home

We’re all in a big hurry these days. We work longer hours, have more and more activities to pick our kids up from, and downright just have more going on than ever before. The days of mom staying home to take care of the house while dad goes off to work are over.

 

Welcome to the modern age, and through all of our hustle and bustle, maybe our homes are suffering in terms of cleanliness.

 

Don’t have time to clean your home? One thing you can do is let us take care of that for you! As a premier professional cleaning service in Bucks County, we’ll do the dirty work while you’re out and about. There’s no better feeling than coming home to a clean house, right?

 

In the meantime, take a look these quick cleaning tips. While we wouldn’t recommend never doing a full and proper clean again, these tips will help a bit until you have time for an all-out scrub down.

 

Tackle Your Kitchen Efficiently

And by that, we mean clean certain things at certain times. Start by soaking your pots and pans in soapy water. While they’re soaking, clean the countertops, then sweep and mop the floor after you do that (so you aren’t just dropping crumbs on the floor after it was cleaned). Scrub the stove last because that’ll be the greasiest part of your kitchen. If you do the stove first, you’ll be more prone to spread grease to other areas. Once you finish with all that, revisit the pots and pans (that have been soaking for a while now). They’ll be cake to clean at that point!

 

Clean As You Go

Rather than avoiding cleaning at all costs until you’ve built the need up into a full-fledged daylong operation, clean little things here and there throughout the day as you use them. This tip is especially helpful when it comes to the dishes. Try not to let them build up until they’re overflowing. Also, sweep up the floors a little bit here and there a couple times a day. We know you’re busy, but it should only take a few minutes to sweep one or two rooms at a time.

 

Get Your Supplies in Order

If you go to wipe a countertop with a dirty sponge, what will that accomplish besides wasting a few minutes of your time? Nuke your sponges before using them, make sure your mop isn’t filthy to begin with, etc. Starting clean will save you from a world of wasted efforts.

 

Make Your Bed 

It’s amazing how much of a difference a made bed will make in terms of a bedroom’s apparent cleanliness. Make your bed and the whole room will look much better!

 

So, by tackling the kitchen in an efficient manner, cleaning bits and pieces here and there on a daily basis, using fresh supplies and making your bed, your house will be in much better shape until we get there to give it a full scrub down.

 

And for the business owners out there, the above tips also apply to your workspaces! Furthermore, did you know that we’re a top commercial cleaning company in Bucks County? Give us a call today and see for yourself!

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips

The go green movement has been picking up exponential speed in recent years. We’re becoming more and more environmentally conscious in every aspect of our lives. Our cars emit less CO2, appliances conserve water, our heating systems are fueled by natural gas and the list goes on.

 

Cue the (energy efficient) lightbulb in your head. “I should implement greener practices into my cleaning regimen.”

 

What a great idea! You don’t have to be Rachel Carson to mop your floors with a little bit of environmental consciousness (P.S. don’t wipe the counters with DDT. Just trust us on this one.). Here are some ideas that can help you clean more greenly:

 

Deodorize With Fresh Air

While deodorizers and scent neutralizers smell nice, they’re full of chemicals that aren’t necessarily the best to be breathing in. During warmer weather days, consider simply opening up a window and pointing a fan at it. That’ll blow the stuffy and stale air out, and leave your home smelling fresh again.

 

Use Old Newspapers

Old Newspapers make for perfect window cleaning agents, and by using them you’re “reusing,” which is the second most effective conservation approach in the reduce, reuse, recycle trifecta that we hear so much about. Furthermore, you can make a window cleaning solution by combining a couple of cups of water with a splash of vinegar, and teaspoon of liquid soap. Your windows will sparkle clean and green!

 

Conserve Water

This is a great way to reduce, and you’d be surprised at how well you can do with a lot less water. Try to be conscious of how much you’re using, and reduce it as much as possible. We challenge you to cut it in half during mopping and cleaning!

 

Natural Products

These natural products are extremely effective, and they’re green!

  • Coffee Grounds: Neutralize and deodorize your refrigerator and freezer with coffee grounds. Make sure they’re dry.

  • Lemons: They can be helpful in many ways when it comes to cleaning. Use lemons to polish your copper pots and pans, or make a citrus cleaning spray by combining peels and vinegar (make sure to let them set for a few weeks). You can even clean the microwave by putting a lemon in a bowl of water.

  • Vinegar: On top of its aforementioned uses, a simple vinegar solution (half water, half vinegar) can be used to clean and disinfect just about anything in your home, from the fridge, to the counters and bathroom!

 

These ideas are just a start, but they should be immensely effective if you want to save money and clean more naturally and healthily. Plus, you’ll feel great about yourself knowing that you’re doing your part to contribute environmentally conscious practices. Besides, it’s not like these methods are any less effective than the less-green routes, so it’ll be a win win win as far as we’re concerned.

And, if you want the help of an environmentally conscious residential and commercial janitorial service in Bucks County, give us a call! We’d be glad to help.

5 Spots You Might’ve Forgotten to Clean

You just spent the whole Sunday cleaning.

 

Time to take off those rubber gloves, pack up the supplies and lay the mop to rest in the kitchen closet, wishing it bon voyage until next time. You pour a refreshing glass of lemonade and take a much-needed seat on the couch. You should feel utterly accomplished right now.

 

But you don’t.

 

It’s probably because you don’t feel like you cleaned absolutely everywhere you could’ve. You should be marveling at the sight of your spotless home, but you know you forgot something, and you can’t get that thought out of your mind. If only you could put your finger on what it was!

 

Take a gander at these commonly forgotten about areas. Maybe what you’re desperately trying to think of is on this list:

 

  1. Behind the Toilet

Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and just get behind there and wipe down the area behind the toilet. On second thought, maybe keep your eyes open. Either way, it won’t be that bad. Especially if you get it under control and clean it more often than every other time a new president is sworn in.

  1. Behind/Under/Inside the Fridge

Don’t ignore your fridge. Get all the dirt and grime underneath and behind it, then open it up and clean out all the old food, disinfect the drawers and shelves, and make sure to wipe down its coils!

  1. Inside the Oven

Sure, you did a great job scrubbing the stovetop down, but maybe you forgot to get inside the oven. Get those burnt crumbs out of there if you haven’t already!

  1. Baseboards/Mantel

The baseboards might take some bending over on your end, but the extra effort will pay off and be tangible. Don’t forget to clear and clean your mantelpiece either.

  1. Fans

You turn on the ceiling fan on the first warm day of the year. “Wait a second…Is it snowing in the house right now?” That’s actually dust buildup on the topside of the fan blades that you neglected to wipe down. Don’t forget to do so!

  • Bonus—Small Electronic Items

Remotes, cell phones, landline phones, stereo equipment, keyboards and mice, etc. Disinfect these things to help halt the spread of germs.

 

Was it one of those things? We know you’re tired, but we believe in you. Just strap those rubber gloves back on one last time, and get it done. It won’t take too long!

 

If you really don’t feel like it, or still don’t know what you missed, give us a call. We’ll be glad to come out and help clean your home.

 

Our Favorite Carpet Stain Removal Tricks

Spills happen! We’d love to encounter the person who has never accidentally overturned a glass of red wine, open bottle of ketchup or blue-raspberry Italian ice onto someone’s nice, light-colored carpet. Our professional cleaning service in Bucks County specializes in removing the evidence of these embarrassing accidents, but perhaps you’d like to give it a shot yourself. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite tips for getting stubborn stains out of carpets, whether they’re the result of an exaggerated gesture at a dinner party or just come from the regular wear and tear of daily life.

1)      Blot your stains rather than rubbing at them. This is definitely a time-consuming technique, but with the help of chemical cleaning agents and solvents, can be made less so. Rubbing at a stain may logically seem like a faster way to detach any pigmentation from carpet fibers, but will actually spread the staining substance both deeper and further outward. The best approach to take is to use a cleaning substance appropriate to the color and material of your carpet and gently blot at the stain with a little pressure, moving to a new, clean part of your cloth every few blots. Be sure to blot from the outside of the stain inwards, so the stain won’t spread.

2)      Keep shaving cream, soda water and vinegar in your carpet-cleaning arsenal.  You probably have most of these items around anyway, so why not put them to use before investing in new cleaning supplies? Shaving cream can be applied right to the stain and allowed to set for a half hour, after which you can blot it, with the stain, right off. Similarly, club soda can be blotted onto a stain with a cloth to remove it; a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water can be used to the same effect.

3)      Get your stains before they have a chance to dry, but don’t give up on old carpet stains. Your chances of completely removing a stain are much better if you get to it before it has a chance to dry and fully integrate itself into carpet fibers. That being said, don’t throw in the towel if you encounter an old stain – many stains can be removed even if they seem to have become a fixture. Good old baking soda and vinegar may do the trick in many cases; try spreading baking soda over the expanse of the stain, then spray down with a mixture of 50/50 vinegar/water. Let it sit for a few hours, then scrub it with a stiff brush. Vacuum that up on carpet mode, and enjoy your fresh “new” carpet!

4)       Get your carpet deep-cleaned. Deep-cleaning a carpet more or less fills carpet fibers with cleaning solution, agitates the material, then uses water pressure to extract the solution – along with dirt, grime and stain-causing substances. There’s simply no way to remove stains as thoroughly through blotting alone. You can invest in a deep carpet cleaner, but why not let the pros take care of it? At Minch Professional Cleaning, our deep cleaning services are affordable and take away the time and stress involved in doing it yourself.