While you have been spending money on a variety of cleaning chemicals, you have had an inexpensive, yet powerful, tool sitting seldom used in your refrigerator’s fruit drawer. That lemon you keep around to spruce up a cup of tea is more than just a few drops of juice. Our expert cleaners have explained how you can use that tart fruit to make your house cleaner.
Microwave: These appliances are prone to stains and odors that never seem to go away no matter what you do. Fortunately, lemons will not only provide it with a fresh scent, but also the oils in it will loosen any build ups. All you need to do to activate this powerful cleaning agent is squeeze half a lemon into a bowl of water and cook it for three to five minutes at the highest power level.
Cutting Board: Over time, your cutting board will get stained by the foods on it and absorb their odors. While you could spend hours trying to work them out with dish soap, a lemon can make it a much faster process. Begin by spreading salt across the top of the cutting board. Next, using half of a lemon, work the juice into the board as you scrub the fruit across it.
Toilet: With water sitting there at all times, you are sure to have noticed at one time or another that a ring will occasionally form in the bowl. If you cannot wait for our cleaning company in Bucks Company to wash it, you can use half a lemon and some salt. Squeeze the fruit and sprinkle the salt around the toilet and then scrub it down with a brush.
Garbage Disposal:Now that you have used every drop of juice you can get out of the lemon, it is useless, right? Wrong, it still has some cleaning attributes left in it! When you are done cleaning with the lemon, drop it in your garbage disposal and let it go to work. The fruit will deodorize and help sanitize the disposal and its blades.
Another perk of lemons is that while they sit in the refrigerator between uses they will freshen up the unit. Between the acidity in the juice and grease cutting oils in the rind, the lemon is a secret weapon in the arsenal of many cleaning companies throughout Bucks County.
Whether it is a leather couch in your living room or office, you want to make sure the elegant piece of furniture maintains its aesthetics. While you could hire a janitorial service in Bucks County to have it professionally cleaned, that may not be within your budget. Attempting to clean the delicate material can be a worrisome task as you do not want to damage or stain the leather. Since it is porous, it can absorb certain products, such as bleach or ammonia, and lead to discoloration and deterioration. To keep your couch looking its best, our professional cleaners have recommended the safest way to clean the leather.
Vacuum: Using the soft brush attachment of your vacuum, go over the entire piece, making sure you get into all of the crevices. It is imperative to remove all of the dust and dirt to ensure you do not rub it into the material during the rest of the cleaning.
Solution: To make an environmentally friendly solution, you can mix one part water with one part white vinegar. You can also mix a small amount of commercial leather cleaner with water to make an effective solution as well.
Clean: Start the process by submerging a microfiber cloth in the solution and wring it out to leave the rag damp. When wiping the couch, work top to bottom and regularly rinse the cloth in the mixture to prevent the spread of dirt.
Drying: You should gently rub a clean towel over the couch to safely dry the leather. Always avoid using a blow dryer as it can dehydrate the leather and lead to it cracking.
Conditioning: For the best results, you can make a mixture that is two parts flaxseed oil and one part white vinegar. When applying the solution, use a soft cloth and rub it in a circular motion. Once it has been applied, allow it to sit overnight.
Buff: The next day, use a clean towel to restore the leather’s luster and brush out the circular pattern that may have been left behind.
Once the couch has been thoroughly cleaned, be sure to dust and vacuum it every week to maintain the material between cleanings. If there are stubborn stains, call Minch Professional Cleaning Services, a prominent name in janitorial cleaning services in Bucks County, to have the blemishes safely removed.
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, you are probably thinking about giving your oven a good cleaning before cooking a feast in there. While you may be tempted to use your oven’s self-cleaning function, we recommend that you avoid using it as they can lead to it breaking and your oven needing more than just a good cleaning. Another option would be to use powerful chemicals to eat through the grime. They will get the job done, but you will have to be sure to get all of cleaning agent out as lingering residue could ultimately be cooked into your next meal. With over 25 years of providing house cleaning to Buck County residents, our preferred way of cleaning an oven is by using products you already have in the kitchen.
For the process, all you will need is baking soda, white vinegar, water, and a dirty oven. Before starting, you will want to remove all accessories from the oven, so there are no obstructions. Next, you will need to make the cleaning agent. It requires a half cup of baking soda and a couple of tablespoons of water. Once they have been mixed into a spreadable paste, you are ready to coat the interior of the oven with the mixture. Be sure to rub the pasty mixture into the grime and avoid coating the heating element as that will likely damage the unit. After the oven is completely covered, let the paste sit overnight or for at least 12 hours.
Once the appropriate time has passed, the oven is ready for the next step. With a damp cloth, you can start removing the dried mixture. To make sure that you get all of the baking soda out, spray some white vinegar on the leftover baking soda. The vinegar will cause the mixture to foam into an easily removable substance. After removing all of the mixture, go over the area with a cloth dampened with some of the vinegar to give it a final once over and get it shining. Now you can put all of your accessories back in the oven.
As one last tip to get your house smelling great, pour two tablespoons of vanilla extract into a skillet and then place it in your newly cleaned oven. With the oven set at 300 degrees, let it bake in there for an hour. After about twenty minutes, you will notice a delicious scent filling your house. To have your oven and the rest of your house cleaned, contact one of the cleaning companies in Buck County.
The smell of the delicious pineapple glazed ham fills the house. Don’t forget to grab the biscuits out of the oven before they burn. The table is covered with warm delightful dishes of food you have been preparing all day. The table is set with your very best dishware and china. Everything is ready. Then you walk back into the kitchen and it hits you. Oh look at this mess! As wonderful as everything looks and smells, you realize it will not be as wonderful cleaning up the mess. Ideally a cleaning service would come in and take care of that for you, but in case that is not an option we want to give you a few tips to help you out.
Here are a few steps to help keep things in order as you go:
– Keep the refrigerator cleaned out as you go
– Keep the sink filled with warm soapy water
– Clean up each station as you go
– Try to cook cleanly
– Keep a dish towel on you at all times
– Use any wait/down time to clean up anything you haven’t got to yet
– Clear out the clutter
– Run the dishwasher as often as needed
No one wants to spend their holiday evening cleaning up. Try to keep up with the mess as you cook. Then you will be able to sit down and enjoy the yummy baked apple pie with your loved ones!
With the holiday season in full swing, many families are gearing up to play host to Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. This requires prepping and cleaning up to make the home look presentable when guests arrive. For the Thanksgiving holiday, Minch Professional Cleaning Services, LLC is pleased to announce they are now offering a cleaning special to help their valued clients focus on preparing a delicious dinner.
The special being offered totals $100 in savings. When making an appointment before December 31, 2013, clients will receive $50 off an initial deep cleaning lasting a minimum of four hours. A deep cleaning includes thoroughly going through all areas and rooms of the home, washing, scrubbing, vacuuming, and cleaning every inch of the house. A professional cleaner from Minch Professional Cleaning Services, LLC will conduct an initial walkthrough and then proceed to move from room to room washing any and all woodwork, including doors and doorknobs. They will make sure the windows are washed, the blinds are cleaned and in order, floors are polished to shine, and all light fixtures are cleaned as well. With the deep cleaning the team is able to provide the perfect setting and a fresh aroma for hosting company on the holiday.
Once clients experience the cleaning process that Minch Professional Cleaning Services, LLC offers with their $50 savings, they will receive $10 off each of the next five maintenance cleanings. Maintenance cleanings will touch up the home and the cleaners will dust, vacuum, scrub and sanitize all rooms, while thoroughly cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms.
To hear more about the holiday special from the premier cleaning service in Bucks County, or to inquire on making an appointment for an initial deep cleaning, please call 215-949-2154 or visit their website today. To take advantage of this limited time offer, appointments must be made before December 31, 2013.
Winter is coming and the last few warm day’s are going fast. Don’t forget to take care of your outdoor equipment, including you’re grill. We all pay good money for these, and i can show you how to make them last. If you follow some easy steps, it will be so easy to clean your grill! The barbecue grill can get very messy. It can get filled with dirt, pollen, dust and many other gross things. Try using an outdoor cleaner that works wonders on stainless steel. A lot of grills are made of stainless steel. Let the cleaner work its magic for two minutes or more. Wipe the cleaner off with a magic eraser and rinse the grill with a hose. Most of the dirt will come off but some stains will linger. You can remove nasty stains using steel wool. Proceed to cleaning the grates and the covers with the help of a wire brush. Rinse the grates with a lot of water. Check and clean every nook and cranny of the grill then let it dry in the sun (otherwise some parts of the grill will rust on the inside). For better results wipe the outside of the grill with some olive oil. It will shine as if it is brand new. If you clean your grill on a regular basis you can use it for many years; high maintenance will always pay off. Happy Cleaning!
Are you wondering what to get your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Having a hard time coming up with something he/she will really love? No need to worry any further! We can help you with that! Did you know that Minch Professional Cleaning Services, LLC offers gift cards? Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want the gift of a nice clean home to sit back and relax in? Our gift cards are offered in any denomination you prefer. Not sure how much to get your gift card for? No need to worry about that either. We have trained professionals available at the office who can help with that too. See how easy we can make this for you! Just pick up the phone and call today because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner 🙂
We have all said it at least once in our lives. “This year I resolve to get my house organized and clean.” It sounds really good when we say it too. Problem is actually following through with the statement. We know that we really do have great intentions but typically they start out strong only to fizzle as time goes on. Maybe it’s because we don’t actually set a plan up to use and follow up with. Well we want to help with that. We have put together a plan of action for you to follow so you can keep up with it. We know life gets crazy at times, but we simplified this plan as best as we could to help keep your home clean and organized.
This plan that we developed will help you distinguish between daily, weekly and monthly cleaning necessities as well as set organization goals. And the best part is if you happen to veer off course, its pretty simple to hop back on track. We recommend writing it out, maybe on a dry erase board. Truth is your less likely to forget about it, if it’s placed in a highly visible location. Here is a list of how we broke it down for you:
There are a few things that should really be done on a daily basis. These things are simple and can be done throughout the day. They are: make the bed, put all dirty clothes into the hamper, wipe down sinks and counters in bathroom, open mail then toss/organize as needed, wipe down sinks and counters in kitchen, wash all dirty dishes, spot vacuum or sweep high traffic areas (if needed), and pick up any toys/clutter around the house.
Typically weekly chores have an assigned day to complete them. Assigning them to a certain day helps create a routine and in turn your more likely to keep up with them. Things to complete weekly are: laundry, changing bed linens, scrub stove top, clean kitchen appliances, disinfect counter tops, doorknobs and handles in kitchen and bathrooms, wipe down all mirrors throughout house, wash/clean any throw rugs, deep clean shower walls and tub in the bathroom, scrub toilets in bathrooms, dust all furniture throughout the house, vacuum all carpeting, sweep and mop all floors, sort through any paperwork that has accumulated during the week (file what needs to be and trash the rest).
Monthly cleaning is when you really have to get down and dirty. No it’s not fun but at least it’s only once a month. The things that need cleaning monthly are: clean the refrigerator inside and out, clean all ceiling fans, wash all floorboards, vacuum all furniture, wipe down walls as needed, dust all air vents, clean windows throughout the house, clean office areas (keyboards, monitors, etc), organize any family rooms or kids toys, and organize your paperwork that you have filed already (keep whats needed, trash what is not).
If you have an area or more that you want to get really cleaned up and organized, set up a realistic goal to achieve with it. Pick a day of the week and a time limit to work on it. For example maybe every Thursday for 2 hours you clean up the attic. Keeping it realistic is important. Life happens but it will happen much smoother if you are clean and organized.
Did you know that Minch Professional Cleaning Services, LLC won Best of Bucks 2012 for Residential Cleaning? The readers of the Bucks County Courier Times voted and we won! We want to take a moment to THANK YOU for all your support! We greatly appreciate each and every one of you!
Did you ever wonder how your showerheads or bathroom faucets became so dingy and crusty looking? You may have also noticed your traditional bathroom cleaning products are not doing the job. This may be the cause of hard water.
Hard water is when your water has a high mineral content. They are formed when water absorbs these minerals through rocks or soil prior to making there way through your plumbing system. However, it is not harmful to one’s self, but can cause some serious damage to your fixtures. When your toilet or sink basin has rust, it is when iron particles are exposed to the air. You’ll see this occur in leaky faucets. As for the crusty, soap scum, buildup it is commonly the cause of magnesium and calcium in your water supply.
Not only can hard water stains leave your fixtures looking dirty and old but it can also make detergents less effective. After running the dishwasher you’ll see your dishes have unwanted spots still lingering on them even after the wash. These hard water stains, can also build up in your pipes staining everything where water comes out of such as your shower, sink and toilet.
How can you tell if you have hard water? If it lathers quickly and easily when washing your hands with soap you don’t have hard water. If you there are no suds or lathering under water than there is probably extra minerals in your water system. A very visible sign to tell whether you do or not is check all your fixtures where water comes out of.
Here are a few tips on how to get rid of hard water stains that leave your dishes stained and your faucets looking grungy:
1. Fill an empty spray bottle with half water and half vinegar
2. Spray your concoction wherever the water stains are. For example, bathroom/kitchen sinks, toilets, showerheads and fixtures.
3. After spraying your surfaces, scrub the objects with a towel to get any excess scum off.
4. If this doesn’t work, cut up some lemons and put then in the spray bottle. The natural acid from the lemon will help break apart any hard water buildup.
For those trying to rid of the hard water stains from spotting your dishes try adding vinegar in your dishwasher while the water is beginning to fill. This will help reduce any hard water stains that were left behind on your dishes and glassware.
Cleaning your household appliances can be cheap and easy. Especially with the use of pure vinegar, those hard water stains and soap scum walls don’t stand a chance. So grab your spray bottle, vinegar and water and starting getting rid of those embarrassing hard water stains.