Category Archives: Fantastic Tips

Mopping Floor

Spring cleaning is important for everyone, particularly if suffer from allergies. For the sake of your health and your families health, a clean home is a must. Here are some Spring Cleaning tips. 1. Make A Plan It can be daunting when you start to think about giving your whole home a good Spring Cleaning, but it doesn’t have to be. Make a plan for yourself. Decide which rooms need the cleaning the most, and start there, move to rooms that are used most often. These rooms likely carry the most germs and require the most attention. Finish off with the rooms that are barely used or don’t require a lot of time. Tackling the worst at the start and finishing with the easiest makes the job feel less overwhelming and ensure you’ll have the energy at the end to complete the job. 2. Declutter Decluttering makes you more efficient…

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Wood Floor

It’s that time of year that the mess outside, tracks inside and with it comes the salt. It’s important to clean up the salt on your floors as soon as possible to prevent damage to your wood floors. Cleaning salt off floors is important to the lifespan of your floors. Here are some tips for cleaning up your floors: If the floor is wet, mop it up and be sure to get all of the salt crystals. If the floor has already dried, you can sweep or vacuum the floor. Be sure you have rinsed and thoroughly cleaned your mop, then use water as hot as it comes out of the tap, mixed with vinegar. When using a wet mop on any flooring, we prefer a minimalist approach, so wring as much water out of the mop as possible, and gently mop the area. Rinse the mop out and repeat.…

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Live Plants Can Reduce Dust by up to 20%

One of the most frustrating things, as far as home cleaning goes, is the ever recurring dust. It doesn’t seem to matter how often you dust, it’s not long before the dust reappears. Obviously, where you live affects the amount of dust in your home and if you tend to have your windows open more often, the probability of dust coming in to your home increases. There are many mechanical solutions to help  filter dust from your home, steps that you can and should take to remove dust manually, and other options which you may have never considered as solutions to cutting down on dust in your home. Air Filtration Systems Many HVAC manufacturers and installers offer air filtration systems that work in tandem with the rest of your homes heating and cooling system. Whether or not you have an air filtration system, you can’t neglect your furnaces air filter. It…

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My Fantastic Maid - Bedroom Photo

Whether you’ve decided to spend more time with family, or just flat out hate cleaning, whatever your reason for hiring a house cleaner, there are a few things that you need to do before the clean to prepare your home for the cleaning service. Here are a few things to do before the cleaners arrive: Tidy Up A cleaning service typically comes to clean the home, not de-clutter the home. For the best cleaning results, it’s best to have surfaces clear and unobstructed. If you decide not to de-clutter, be sure to address that you discuss that with your cleaning service provider. They will need to know that the clean will take extra time, which will mean added expense. Be Ready Cleaning teams generally have a tight schedule. To be fair, it’s best to be prepared for them when they arrive. It’s unfair to try to tidy up while the…

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Kitchen Counter

Kitchen remodels are a popular home improvement project that help homeowners recoup large percentages of their initial investments at resale. A kitchen remodel can invigorate a home and make the most popular room in the house more functional. After a kitchen renovation, caring for your countertop is important. A properly maintained kitchen will ensure the longest life possible. This includes the new countertops. Countertops come in various materials, not all of which should be treated the same way. Quartz, granite, marble, laminate, and tile countertops require different types of maintenance. Quartz Engineered quartz countertops are popular. Quartz countertops are nearly maintenance-free and resistant to stains, scratches and even heat. Quartz will not need to be sealed like natural stone and can be cleaned using just a damp cloth with a mild, nonabrasive soap. Granite Polished or honed granite countertops offer a high-end look that adds instant value to a kitchen.…

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Grilling Burger - My Fantastic Maid

With so many people firing up their grills, it’s important to recognize the importance of grilling safety. Each year an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling, and close to half of all injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns, advises the National Fire Protection Association. Here’s how to stay safe. Keep the grill clean. Thoroughly clean the grill prior to first use, and keep it tidy all year long. Grease or fat buildup can ignite and cause a fire. Always attend the grill. Grill distraction-free and keep an eye on the food being cooked. Simply stepping away for a few moments can lead to a fire or accident. Start fires safely. Charcoal grills and gas grills may be lit using electronic starters that do not require fire. If using starter fluid, only do so on charcoal, and do not add more fluid or other flammable liquids…

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My Fantastic Maid - Cat on Couch

Dogs, cats, birds, and lizards have evolved from wild animals to become beloved, largely domesticated members of the family. The number of pets in homes across the country continues to grow. According to Statista, there are approximately 7.9 million cats and 5.9 million dogs in Canada. Over time, pet owners grow accustomed to their pets’ antics, messes and even their odors. Dealing with smells is par for the course for pet owners, and many become desensitized to certain common smells. But when company is on the way or people are thinking about selling their homes, pet odors must be addressed. Even though it will take effort, homeowners can freshen their homes and eliminate unpleasant pet-related smells. Find ways to ventilate. Odors can build up inside closed environments and prove overpowering. Opening windows when applicable, using exhaust fans and encouraging cross-breezes can air certain odors from the home. Clean frequently. Cats…

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Cleaning Supply - My Fantastic Maid

Maintaining a clean and orderly home can sometimes be overwhelming. Homeowners juggling the responsibilities of work and family may find they have little energy for everyday household chores. But homeowners can employ some simple strategies to keep their homes clean and orderly without taking up too much of their time. Enlist a buddy. Work goes much more quickly if you have someone to help you. Make a list of all the jobs that need to be done and then split them among your cleaning helpers. Kids can get involved by taking care of the simpler tasks, such as dusting or wiping down counters. Clean from top to bottom. Dust and dirt will settle at the lowest possible points, so do not create extra work for yourself by cleaning floors and other surfaces and then dusting off shelves or cleaning cobwebs from the ceiling. Always work your way downward when cleaning…

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Cleaning Nozzle - My Fantastic Maid

Seasonal allergies tend to be the strongest in spring and autumn which makes Spring Cleaning crucial. Allergies can be exacerbated by many factors, including in homes where improvements are being made. Regular housecleaning can remove many common allergy triggers and help alleviate symptoms. Knowing which common home improvement mistakes can aggravate allergies can help homeowners avoid them. Suit up before any cleaning begins, allergy sufferers should don face masks and rubber gloves to prevent themselves from breathing in allergens or having them touch their hands, where they can be transferred to the face or elsewhere. Those cleaning should also wear clothes that can be easily removed and laundered after a day’s work. Moisture can eventually lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which isn’t healthy for anyone, including allergy sufferers, to breathe in. HEPA filters can trap allergens that are so small that they pass through regular vacuum filters.…

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Spring Cleaning - My Fantastic Maid

Warmer days are coming and what better way to spend them than … cleaning? Although enjoying the great outdoors is probably high on many a to-do list come spring, by the end of winter, homes can probably do with a much-needed overhaul. If you begin your Spring cleaning early, by the time the warmer days arrive you’ll be free to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Spring cleaning tasks can be stretched out across several days to make the jobs more manageable. While certain spring cleaning tasks can be time-consuming, many projects can be started and completed in 30 minutes or less. Look up – Start by looking up at ceilings, molding and ceiling fans. Chances are that some cobwebs and dust have formed in these areas. Always begin cleaning by working from the top downward so you don’t have to clean any tables countertops or floors twice. Static-charged dusting cloths…

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