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Setting Expectations with Your Cleaning Service

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If this is the first time you are working with a maid service, or you are wanting to establish new cleaning standards with your existing maid service, this article is for you. First, you need to know that you may not get the perfect clean the first time but if you keep the dialogue open and talk about your expectations, over time the crew will do the tasks you are asking for to the standard you expect. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your relationship.

Keeping Your Home Clean…Even with Pets!

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Pets are a happy addition to your home, but they are not without their messes! Pets have a special place in our hearts but create additional cleaning to remove hair, stains, accidents, footprints and any other messes they create. Depending on the species and breed, hair can be an especially challenging task to keep on top of. If you’re like most of us and have an extremely busy lifestyle, a professional cleaning service is a great option for normal cleaning, but especially for homes that have a furry friend or two running around the house!

Getting Kids Involved with Cleaning

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Children are often much more capable then we realize and even from a young age can help with cleaning tasks that will help your home stay clean and beautiful between your professional cleanings. These tasks are not just helpful to you but help your children grow into productive members of society. One way to help get your kids to do these tasks is to stop calling them chores. Try calling them tasks, jobs, or a fun name that you come up with. By avoiding the word “chores”, you’ll have a chance to remove the negative image from these important activities.

Mold drove up in an ugly RV and parked, uninvited, in my shower

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It is inevitable, but very frustrating to have mold move in to your bathroom. It feels like Clark Griswold must have felt when Cousin Eddie showed up for Christmas that year. Mold can be all sorts of great colors, though. At least there is that. Any sign of discoloration on a surface can be a warning sign of mold. Below are three questions you are probably asking yourself right now:

You’ve Hired a Maid Service…Now What?

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If you have hired a maid service you may be wondering just how much cleaning up you should do before they arrive. While you don’t need to clean your home before the service arrives having the house straightened up is a good idea. The amount of cleaning you do will directly affect how much time they need to spend in your home which will relate to increased costs and less cleaning done.

Excellent training and equipment

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  • Every employee is screened, bonded, and thoroughly trained in professional cleaning techniques through both practical and classroom sessions supplemented by a comprehensive video/DVD series for consistency purposes. After thorough training commences, the new employee takes and must pass a physical and written exam before they are certified as a professional cleaner.
  • We make every effort to send the same team to your home each time. Due to promotions, turnover, illness, and other factors, sending the same team each time may not always be possible. We will train your new team members so that they will know how to best take care of all of your needs so that your cleaning will remain consistent. Please let us know if we can do more to keep you satisfied and loyal.
  • Your team arrives at your home with all the cleaning solutions, sanitized cleaning supplies and state-of-the-art equipment.
  • At all times, in each and every home, your uniformed maid service team operates under a certified professional lead cleaner who inspects their work to assure excellent cleaning quality and that your requests are performed to your expectations.

What kills Influenza and/or H1N1 (Swine Flu)?

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  • The influenza virus is destroyed by heat (167-212°[75-100°C]). In addition, several chemical germicides and bleaches are effective against human influenza viruses if used in proper concentration for a sufficient length of time. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends using a disinfectant.
  • Keeping germs and harmful bacteria away from your family requires using disinfectants. That’s why Happy Homes Maids recommends allowing residential maids to use our concentrated, disinfectant house cleaner at least during your initial house cleaning. For some customers that may not be acceptable.
  • Our flexible green cleaning services take your preferences into account. Happy Homes can use all green cleaning products, or we could alternate the use of disinfectants and green house cleaners. For example, that could mean using disinfectants in your bathroom during your weekly cleaning service or rotating the use of green cleaning products with disinfectants in that room or any other room of your home. Please call us to customize your clean.

It’s your home. We’ll clean it your way!
CUSTOMIZE YOUR GREEN CLEAN AT YOUR INITIAL IN-HOME ESTIMATE, OR CALL US AT 853-0757 FOR ANY REVISIONS!

What we are doing to be environmentally friendly

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  1. To safeguard you and your loved ones, we use HEPA vacuums and reusable  microfiber dusting cloths and mops everyday—preferred by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, that reduce impact on the environment and your health.
  2. Since 2000, we’ve protected our Happy Homes Maids family and yours by using highly-concentrated household cleaners that require less to clean more. That means reduced exposure for our housekeepers and your family. These concentrated cleaners also reduce packaging and shipping, reducing the use of fossil fuels for a decreased carbon footprint.
  3. Recycling is an important business practice too, and at Happy Homes Maids we embrace it as another element of our Green Clean Program. Reusing cleaning bottles also allows us to conserve the resources of our planet.

Four Reasons We Love Spring!

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Every year we excitedly look forward to March 21. Why, you ask? It is the first day of spring! Here are 4 reasons we love spring!

1. Spring means new life and new beginnings. Spring is that wonderful time of year when we get to come out of hibernation and celebrate the coming of new life. Let us all take advantage of the new energy that spring will bestow upon us. Let us cast off the old and embrace the new.

2. Spring lifts your attitude. When the sun is shining and the weather is warm, it is nearly impossible to be in a bad mood. It is no coincidence that the first day of spring is also the International Day of Happiness.

3. Baseball season starts. Baseball season is the best season because of outdoor afternoon games, sunshine, hot dogs, and cheering on your favorite team! Baseball is Bob’s favorite sport to play and to watch (especially when his kids or grandkids play)!

4. Spring cleaning. OK, we understand that most people do not like to clean as much as we do! However, there is something so refreshing and renewing about going through your belongings and deciding what to keep and what to ditch. It’s almost as if you are cleaning your mind and spirit! If you need some help during your spring cleaning, check out the extra services we provide below.

From now until June 20 we are blessed with the wonderful season that we call spring. Spring will pass fast, so enjoy every moment of it! Happy spring, everyone!