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As the UK's leading domestic cleaning company, MOLLY MAID has been providing professional domestic cleaning services and cleaning tips for many years.  Our MOLLY MAID Blog offers interesting cleaning tips and organisation tips to help make your life a little bit easier.

How Sweet it isn't: Garbage and Trash Can 101

The rubbish container seems to be one of the toughest areas to keep clean - and no wonder, it's used countless times every day and often in a hurry. The professional house cleaners at MOLLY MAID have created this guide to keeping garbage sorted and rubbish containers clean.

WIPE IT DOWN:  Keep the lids and sides of all garbage containers in the house clean and stain-free. Be sure it's on the list of every big clean - when it is garbage day, give the insides a good clean too with warm soapy water.

REDUCE THE SMELL:  To prevent trash can odours, sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of the bin, which will absorb the smell. Don't have baking soda? Use anti bacterial cleaner instead.

SORT THE GARBAGE:  Make it easy to sort waste in the kitchen. You should have two to three containers: the garbage can, a plastic-lined container for compost (if your Council has wet compost pickup or if you have a garden composter), and a conveniently-located recycling bin (this may have to be in the garage, on the back porch or in another location). 

COMPACTOR:  You can reduce the amount of waste you put out for pickup, in terms of the amount of space it takes up, with a trash compactor. It can reduce waste volume by up to 75 percent.

COMPOST:  Whether you have pickup or a composter in the garden, it's important to sort wet food waste and dispose of it properly. Some Councils that pick up wet compost allow you to put every type of food and food scrap into the container. Otherwise, you will have to sort food waste a bit. For example, if you can't throw meat trimmings, etc. into the compost, be sure to wrap them before you put them into the trash or they'll smell out your kitchen.

STORING TRASH:  Be careful about where and how you store your trash outside. If foxes or other creatures roam your neighbourhood at night you may end up with the trash can littered all over your front yard. Use the bin supplied by your Council and store the container in a lockable area if at all possible.  

RECYCLING:  Follow the rules for recycling materials in your area. Be sure to break down cardboard boxes and bundle them up if there is a lot of cardboard and it won't all fit into the recycling container. Rinse out food containers to keep everything clean and stop it from smelling - and be efficient about how you fill the recycling container. Stack containers, break down cereal boxes, etc.

PUT IT OUT:  Be sure to put the garbage out on the street on the right day and by the right time. Most Councils offer a calendar for the trash, recycle and compost pick-up schedule.

OUTDOOR COMPOST BIN:  If you compost yourself and it begins to smell, add wood chips to increase air circulation and rake regularly. To avoid attracting wildlife, bury approved food scraps at least eight inches deep and install a wire mesh barrier over the top. There are also sealed compost tumblers available in some areas. 

Posted by Molly Maid at 00:00

The Real Dirt on Why you should Hire a Cleaning Service

In a study by Neatorobotics.com (the people who make the Neato robot vacuum), 90 percent of women think 'time saving' is the most important feature of using a robot vacuum cleaner.

The professional house cleaners at MOLLY MAID know that time saving would also be one of the biggest benefits of hiring a cleaning service such as MOLLY MAID.

Another interesting statistic in the study is that on a scale of 1-10, women rate their homes at around 6 on the 'clean' scale. At the same time, the ideal level of clean for their home is between a 9 and 10; and 95 percent of women feel better when their home is clean!

If you are feeling frazzled and stressed about trying to keep up with everything in your life and wishing the house could be cleaner more often, consider giving a professional house cleaning maid service, like MOLLY MAID, a call. This is a great way to achieve that '9 clean', free up your time and enjoy more important things in your life a little more.  

Here's what you can expect from MOLLY MAID service.

YOUR SPECIFIC CLEANING NEEDS

Before our professional cleaning team can start cleaning your home, a MOLLY MAID Franchise Owner will conduct a free in-home estimate.

The in-home estimate is exactly what it sounds like - a MOLLY MAID Franchise Owner will make an appointment to do a walk-through of your home and listen while you explain your cleaning needs. This is a good time to say if you would like the professional cleaning team to pay special attention to certain areas such as the skirting boards, floors or the upstairs bathroom. All this information helps set expectations for your custom clean and helps assess what the investment of your cleaning will be. 

This visit will also introduce MOLLY MAID home cleaning services to you - MOLLY MAID is a professional and friendly maid service with over 30 years of experience cleaning homes and taking care of our customers.

THE DAY OF THE CLEAN

Once you have decided to hire MOLLY MAID (and in effect, create a day off for yourself!), we will schedule your clean with an estimated time of arrival (unless your home is the first clean of the day, we need to provide a window to allow for unexpected cleaning issues at other customers' homes).

You will recognize the MOLLY MAID cleaning team of course. They always arrive in a branded MOLLY MAID vehicle, wear MOLLY MAID branded uniforms and come ready to clean with all the equipment and cleaning supplies!

The MOLLY MAID  cleaning team will have a copy of the detailed estimate of service sheet explaining any of your special requests, notes and other information so our cleaning meets your expectations. Our trained professional house cleaners clean your home top-to-bottom, left-to-right - making sure all areas are dusted, cleaned and sanitized.

AFTER THE CLEAN

Put your feet up and enjoy that extra free time. Your home will look and smell wonderfully clean!

If for any reason we did not meet your expectations, give us a call and we will come back and clean the specific area that you were not happy with - that's our 100% satisfaction guarantee. All you need to do is simply notify us within 48 hours of your clean.

Posted by Molly Maid at 00:00

10 Great Habits that will Help Keep your Home Cleaner for Longer

There are a lot of 'cleaning' shortcuts you can use to avoid dirt and clutter from piling up - and it will. The solution (and a great resolution for the New Year) is to take a piece-meal approach to cleaning. The professional house cleaners at MOLLY MAID provide these tricks of the trade:

  1. Clutter-less: Take care of clutter as it happens. Each time you come in or go out of a room, slow down for an instant and do a sweep with your eyes. Is there something out of place? Can you toss the newspaper into the recycling bin? Can you grab the mittens sitting on the dining room table? Removing just one out-of-place item and putting it where it belongs will make a difference.
  2. Bathroom Blitz: Leave a cloth and washroom spray cleaner in an accessible spot in the bathroom (under the sink, for example). Once a day, tidy countertop items and give the sink and vanity a quick wipe.  
  3. Mirror Magic: Take five minutes and clean the most prominent mirrors in your house (including bathroom mirrors and any mirrors in the front hallway). 
  4. Clean Spills when they Happen: You know what happens when you spill coffee or milk on the counter or floor ... and you leave it. The stain hardens and gets tougher and tougher to remove. Clean up spills when they happen. It will take just a minute or so to clean up, while a dried one will take much longer.
  5. Dust be Gone: If you notice cobwebs anywhere (usually in ceiling corners or hanging from a light fixture), grab the feather duster or an old dish towel and get rid of them.
  6. Sweep Regularly: Spot sweep floors and hallways on the main floor every day (choose a time when you can sneak in this chore... while the coffee is brewing, for example). If your dining room is not carpeted, we recommend sweeping under the dining table as well. Don't forget the entranceway so you won't be tracking dirt through the house. Then, vacuum at least once a week.
  7. Get Rid of Paper: Sort the mail when it comes and put what you don't need into the recycling bin. The same goes for newspapers and magazines. Better yet - switch to the digital version.
  8. Clean as you Cook: Your kitchen will be clean for a lot longer if it's a house rule that anyone who cooks has to clean up after themselves. But here's the thing - cleaning as you go makes it that much better. Fill up the sink with warm, sudsy water and rinse and wash cooking utensils, pots and bowls when you're finished using them. Wipe counters after you put the cookies into the oven. Peel vegetables over the compost container. It's really satisfying to put a just-cooked dish or baked pie on a clean counter!
  9. Use Doormats Inside and Out, Front and Back: Stomp your feet on the doormat before you go into the house and you will knock a whole bunch of snow, dirt and dust off your footwear. Teach the whole family to do this - and to remove boots and shoes too. All you have to do is shake out the doormats a few times a week.
  10. Protect your Floors: Whoever invented felt pads for the bottom of table and chair feet should get a medal - pads protect hardwood floors, and they act as dirt and dust catchers too. Put felt pads on the bottom of all furniture that sits on hardwood. A few times a week, go around and clean them off. 
Posted by Molly Maid at 00:00

Happy Holidays: Enjoy this Special Time with Friends and Family

As the song says, it's the most wonderful time of the year! Share it with your friends and family by having fun at seasonal events. The entire cleaning team at MOLLY MAID wishes everyone a wonderful season.

*Lights on High - Find a neighbourhood that goes all out with Christmas decorations and lights and spend some time driving or walking around - in awe. Then it's back to your house for hot chocolate and cookies.

*Christmas Pageant - Many communities hold a Christmas pageant and it's always a joyful occasion with home-grown talent and lots of heartfelt moments. Don't miss it!

*Silent Night, Holy Night - Attend a special church or community service that features Christmas carols and classic holiday stories.

*Christmas Event - Whether it's a local performance of the Christmas Carol or Handel's Messiah, a holiday church bazaar or a special tree lighting, check online and in local newspapers for holiday events near you.

*Holiday Breakfast - Invite friends and family for a special mid-morning meal. There are so many special occasion dishes to choose from to serve such as Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread, Eggnog French Toast, Christmas Stolen and Gingerbread Waffles with Hot Chocolate Sauce. Check Google or Pinterest for holiday recipes!

Posted by Molly Maid at 00:00

Dreaming of a Clean Christmas? MOLLY MAID Helps Make your Dream Come True

It's the final week before Christmas. Why not spend half a day giving your main rooms - the kitchen, bathroom and main floor - a really good clean. The cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID suggest you always clean from top to bottom and left to right. Here are their other cleaning tips.

KITCHEN

  • Dust any cobwebs in the ceiling corners.
  • Clean, dry and shine appliance surfaces, range and hood including the microwave.
  • Use a degreaser product to wash countertops.
  • Damp wipe cupboard fronts, tables and chairs.
  • Do a sweep of cupboards and the fridge for old food - check for spoilage and expiration dates and get rid of it in the compost bin, recycling box and garbage. Wipe shelves and other surfaces as you go.
  • Clean windows and other glass surfaces.
  • Empty the garbage. Wipe garbage can and compost container.
  • Sweep and wash the floor.
  • Launder kitchen dishcloths and towels. 

BATHROOM

  • Clean shelves, fixtures and items on the vanity.
  • Damp wipe cabinet fronts.
  • Clean the shower, tub and sink inside and out.
  • Clean, dry and shine mirrors, chrome and tile.
  • Wash windows and tracks.
  • Scrub the toilet including the bowl, seat, lid, tank and base.
  • Empty the garbage.
  • Sweep or vacuum and wash the floor. 

LIVING ROOM/FAMILY ROOM/DINING ROOM

  • Dust the ceiling and corners with an extendable static duster.
  • Dust behind doors and under tables and other furniture.
  • Dust and clean all surfaces.
  • With a damp cloth, clean surfaces including windowsills and frames, doors and switch plates.
  • Clean windows and mirrors.
  • Sweep or vacuum.
Posted by Molly Maid at 00:00

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