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Why I FALL in Love with September

Posted in From Suzette by Suzette Peterson on September 19, 2013

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“Autumn … the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ― William Cullen Bryant

Last month I confessed that I don’t like change. I have to admit, though, that I do like the change in seasons from summer to fall. You know what I’m talking about, right?

The days start getting shorter. Mornings are cooler … and eventually it’s a pleasant temperature all day long. Leaves start turning those gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows.

And I know that the holidays are right around the corner! So, yes, Ilike the changes that September brings!

For me, September means the Madera fair (I absolutely LOVE the Madera Fair!) and taking some time to enjoy the coast with my sister in our trailers. It means walks with the dogs become more comfortable. And I look forward to enjoying the simple pleasure of holding a warm mug of coffee between my hands on a chilly morning.

Are you getting the picture? Yeah, isn’t fall nice?

Fall can become a busy time for Mini Mops, and, of course, I look forward to that, too.

Those holidays that I mentioned being right around the corner? Those holidays typically inspire a lot of house cleaning! The more
advance notice you give me, the better I can accommodate your holiday scheduling requests.

In the meantime, I’m just glad that we’ve all survived another of these HOT Fresno summers and can relax into better fall weather.

I do love it. Don’t you?

Suzette Peterson is Owner and President of Mini Mops, Inc. — a professional house cleaning company serving residential and commercial clients in the Fresno-Clovis CA area since 1975. Mini Mops is currently accepting new clients. Please visit www.Mini-Mops.com for more information.

Back to School, Back to “Normal” Household Routines

Posted in Taking Care of Your Home by Michele Peterson on August 22, 2013
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Back to School

When kids are home from school for the summer, everything changes. You know what we mean …

Daily schedules have to be adjusted, and mealtimes and bedtimes are moved to accommodate new summer activities. You probably did more laundry, and either mopped or vacuumed the floor more, too.

Summer vacation also can mean out-of-town travel, and that throws your entire routine – house cleaning, too – off track. Isn’t it amazing that your house can get dirty when you weren’t even home?!

If you travelled or were away from home for a significant amount of time this summer, you probably have extra cleaning to do (dust and cobwebs are usually the biggest offenders). If the kids have been home all day throughout the summer, you probably have extra cleaning due to them as well (doorframes, window sills, glass doors and mirrors).

So when the kids go back to school, you can get back to your “normal” household routine … including a regular house cleaning schedule. You can simply settle into your regular house cleaning routine and do a little at a time, or you can schedule some extra time to get it all done at once.

Of course, if you’ve hired a professional house cleaning company to help keep your house clean, you should be able to schedule extra time with them to get those extra cleaning chores done while you do something else that you enjoy.

What “Back To School” cleaning chores do YOU tackle? Please tell us in a COMMENT below!

Mini Mops, Inc. is a professional house cleaning company serving residential and commercial clients in the Fresno-Clovis CA area since 1975. We are currently accepting new clients. Please visit our website for more information: www.Mini-Mops.com

Change Is In the Air

Posted in From Suzette by Suzette Peterson on August 22, 2013

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“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” ~Arnold Bennett

Are you someone who embraces change? Do you view it as a good thing to be accepted and welcomed?

Or are you someone who likes things to remain the same, with little or no change? Does change make you nervous?

I don’t like change. I never have and probably never will. I don’t like to see my grandbabies grow up (one of them just turned 16 this year!), but I know I can’t stop them from doing so. I don’t like to see friends and neighbors move away. I don’t like to lose my employees when they retire or when they move on to bigger and better things. And I have an especially hard time when I lose employees who are family.

Both of my sons (Darin and Ron) have worked for me here at Mini Mops. So have both of my daughters-in-law (Michele and Shelly). Darin moved on to be the Assistant Winemaker at Quady Winery. Michele left last year after 15 years to open her own business as a freelance copywriter, although she still pops in to help from time to time.

I was fortunate to have Ron step back into the business last year, and he is now General Manager. You may have interacted with him if you’ve had questions about your bill. His primary duties are keeping the books in order and taking care of general operations.

Shelly was my Quality Control Manager. She made sure the girls were doing a good job, and she also called you to schedule cleaning appointments. Shelly left Mini Mops this summer because she was accepted into the Radiology Tech program at Fresno City College. I hope you’ll join me in wishing her success as she pursues her dreams.

I know in my head that all of these changes are positive ones. But my heart still wants to hold everyone close and keep them the same. I guess I’m still working through the “discomforts” part of it all. But don’t worry, I’ll get there!

Change happens … even to me.

Suzette Peterson is Owner and President of Mini Mops, Inc. — a professional house cleaning company serving residential and commercial clients in the Fresno-Clovis CA area since 1975. Mini Mops is currently accepting new clients. Please visit www.Mini-Mops.com for more information.

When a Caregiver Needs Care …

A family’s primary caregiver — typically Mom — fulfills multiple roles and duties. She cooks, cleans, and chauffeurs the kids. She does the laundry and the shopping, and she pays the bills. She may hold a job and/or volunteer in the community.

So when Mom gets sick or injured, she needs help … lots of it.

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Often Dad will take over, with help. Family members, friends and neighbors may pitch in to provide meals while Mom’s recovering. Perhaps someone will offer to take the kids where they need to go. Someone else may walk the dogs or throw a load of laundry in the washer when they come to visit.

But there aren’t a lot of cheerful volunteers offering to take care of the house cleaning. The hands-in-the-toilet, hands-and-knees floor scrubbing … the sanitizing kind of clean that is so necessary during recovery from an illness or injury.

A solution that works for many families is hiring a professional house cleaning company to handle those chores …

When you can’t handle your own house cleaning, turning it over to strangers is in many ways easier than having someone close to you do it.

By hiring professional house cleaners, Mom avoids any potential embarrassment of having friends or neighbors see the family’s “dirt.” She can relax in knowing that this is a just a job to the professional … and there’s no judgment on how dirty a house is except as to how it relates to the time it will take to complete the job.

By hiring professional house cleaners, Mom also knows that the cleaning is going to be done right. The professionals will use the proper cleaners, chemicals and equipment … they’ll even bring their own supplies! And they do this every day for a living, so they know what they’re doing.

By hiring professional house cleaners, Mom can relax and actually heal from her injury or illness. She will be less tempted to help do the chores herself.

To give Mom the most peace of mind, be sure to hire a house cleaning company that:

• is fully insured (both liability and workers’ comp),
• can provide references,
• gives an onsite personalized quote for the exact services you need, and
• has policies and procedures in place to guarantee your satisfaction.

Until next time … Keep it clean!

Mini Mops, Inc. is a professional house cleaning company serving residential and commercial clients in the Fresno-Clovis CA area since 1975. They are currently accepting new clients. Please visit their website for more information:
www.Mini-Mops.com

House Cleaning … Who’s At Home Taking Care of It?

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Quick … who’s the first person you think of when you think “house cleaning”?

Most of us think “Mom.” But it isn’t always the “lady of the house” who’s in charge of keeping the house clean anymore.

In our 38 years of providing professional house cleaning services to homeowners in the Fresno/Clovis area, we’ve increasingly answered initial inquiries by men, coordinated cleaning priorities and schedules with husbands, and maintained a clean and healthy home to meet dads’ high expectations. (And trust us, dads can be just as demanding as moms — sometimes even more so.)

Earlier this year, Parade Publications reported that “the latest Census shows that 32 percent of dads regularly care for their children (up from 26 percent in 2002), and among those with preschool-age kids, one in five dads is the primary caregiver. In households where mom works, that figure rises to nearly one in three.”

And in addition to caring for the kids, these dads are also cleaning the house … and that involves more than just taking out the trash!

Mini Mops, Inc. has seen this shift in our clientele as well. We work for stay-at-home dads, bachelors, single dads, and other solitary men. Our male clients like our systematic method of house cleaning as well as the exceptional results that our professional house cleaning crews can achieve in their homes.

We’re more than maids, we’re house cleaning professionals … and our results speak louder than any marketing message.

So we’d like to suggest that you surprise Dad with a gift certificate for house cleaning this Father’s Day. He’ll enjoy the time he reclaims as his own (that time that he doesn’t have to spend cleaning), AND he’ll get an exceptionally clean home (because we really know how to clean)!

Certain restrictions do apply — for example, the house to be cleaned must be located in our service area. Please call our office — (559) 264-6677 — for more details.

Until next time … Keep it clean!

Mini Mops, Inc. is a professional house cleaning company serving residential and commercial clients in the Fresno-Clovis CA area since 1975. They are currently accepting new clients. Please visit their website for more information:
www.Mini-Mops.com

18 House Cleaning Gifts Mom Will Appreciate for Mother’s Day

Posted in Holidays,Professional house cleaning by Michele Peterson on May 6, 2013
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Mother’s Day gifts can put people in a panic …

What can I get Mom that will be meaningful? That she’ll like? That she doesn’t already have?

We understand the dilemma! So to help, we’ve put together a list of ideas. Some are appropriate for even young children, while some are geared strictly to adults. Here’s our list, in no particular order:

1 – Vacuum the house
2 – Clean the water spots and toothpaste splatter off the bathroom mirror
3 – Clean all the toilets
4 – Polish the kitchen and bathroom faucets
5 – Dust the pictures on the walls
6 – Wash the woodwork (doors, baseboards, window sills, etc.)
7 – Wash the windows
8 – Scrub the kitchen floor
9 – Clean the oven
10 – Make the beds
11 – Fluff the throw pillows
12 – Clean and vacuum under the beds
13 – Dust the ceiling fans
14 – Wash light fixtures
15 – Dust blinds or shutters
16 – Vacuum drapes or valances
17 – Clean the outside of the front door

You can do any or all of these things yourself, of course. But another option — one that we can help you with — is to give Mom a gift certificate for professional house cleaning.

18 – Give her a Mini Mops gift certificate to have it all done professionally

But even beyond the gift you give her, we hope that you’ll make Mom’s special day one that’s full of happy memories that she will treasure forever.

And remember …

“God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.” ~Jewish Proverb

Mini Mops, Inc. is a professional house cleaning company serving residential and commercial clients in the Fresno-Clovis CA area since 1975. They are currently accepting new clients. Please visit their website for more information:
www.Mini-Mops.com

31 Things to Love About Spring

Posted in Spring by Michele Peterson on May 1, 2013
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It’s spring … a season traditionally associated with hope and new life as nature awakens and blooms surround us.

So today, let’s celebrate all that spring brings us, including …

1 – Flowers
2 – Wonderful weather
3 – Birds singing
4 – Walks in the park
5 – Baseball
6 – Easter
7 – Mother’s Day
8 – Memorial Day
9 – Family barbecues
10 – Kites in the sky
11 – School carnivals
12 – Block parties
13 – Golf tournaments
14 – Cause races
15 – Bike rides
16 – Wildflowers
17 – Spring break
18 – Street fairs
19 – Farmers markets
20 – Field-fresh strawberries
21 – Hammocks
22 – Morning coffee outside on the patio
23 – Alfresco dining
24 – Walking the dog
25 – Vegetable gardens
26 – Kentucky Derby
27 – Pretty hats
28 – Sandals
29 – Going barefoot
30 – Opening the windows for fresh air
31 – Spring dresses

Of course, since we’re in the professional house cleaning business, we here at Mini Mops also celebrate Spring Cleaning … but we understand that not everyone loves that as much as we do!

I’d love to see any additional things you’d add to the list of things to love about spring. Please leave a comment to tell me what’s on YOUR list!

Mini Mops, Inc. is a professional house cleaning company serving residential and commercial clients in the Fresno-Clovis CA area since 1975. They are currently accepting new clients. Please visit their website for more information:
www.Mini-Mops.com

YIKES! It’s Friday, and guests are arriving this weekend!

Posted in Cleaning Tips by Michele Peterson on March 29, 2013
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Has this ever happened to you?

Unexpected guests. Or maybe it’s a planned event, but time has gotten away from you …

You were going to call the house cleaners for extra help in getting the house spruced up. But you didn’t.

Now it’s Friday, and your guests are arriving Sunday!

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© Aaron Amat – Fotolia.com

YIKES!

WHAT DO YOU DO?

First of all — Relax. One way or another, things will work out. They always do.

It may be too late to call in the professionals, but here are some quick and easy things you can do on your own:

1 – Put away the clutter. If it will take too much time to actually put things away where they belong (or to sort through piles of “stuff”), go for this “quick fix” — put everything in a box, and put the box in the trunk of your car right before guests arrive. You can sort through the box and put things away at your leisure after your visitors leave.

2 – Close the doors to any “extra” rooms. If your visitors won’t be going in your home office, the laundry room, or the kids’ bedrooms — shut the doors and don’t worry about those rooms! They may need to be cleaned, but not at crunch time before guests arrive.

3 – Freshen up the bathroom, but don’t deep clean. Clean any splatters off the bathroom mirror. Wipe down the counter and the sink. Pour some bleach or vinegar in the toilet before you go to bed, let it sit overnight and flush it in the morning (this is a quick way to freshen the toilet, but not a substitute for a thorough cleaning and disinfecting). Close the shower curtain if you have one. Put fresh, clean towels out.

4 – Do a quick dust of furniture at or below eye level. “Out of sight, out of mind” is perfectly acceptable in this situation!

5 – Run a dust mop over hard-surface floors. Spot clean only the obviously dirty or sticky spots. Especially if children are involved, clean floors will not stay that way long anyway.

6 – Leave the kitchen alone! Most gatherings involve food of some sort. The counters and table become littered with plates, bowls, pots and pans. If you’ve already de-cluttered (step 1), you’ve done enough. It’s going to get dirty soon anyway.

Please note: We do not in any way suggest you use these tips to replace a regular cleaning regimen! These are for true “visitor emergencies” only!

In a quick-fix cleaning “emergency,” if your guests can’t see it, it’s not important! And really, your guests are probably there to spend quality time with YOU, not your house.

After they leave, call the professionals and get the house thoroughly cleaned for your own enjoyment … and maybe as a reward for surviving the “crisis.”

If you have any other quick-fix cleaning tips, please share them in a comment below!

Until next time … Keep it clean!

Mini Mops, Inc. is a professional house cleaning company serving residential and commercial clients in the Fresno-Clovis CA area since 1975. They are currently accepting new clients. Please visit their website for more information:
www.Mini-Mops.com

How To Clean A Toilet in 5 Simple Steps

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Cleaning the toilet …

It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. If that someone is you, here are some simple steps to follow to get the job done right.

1. Gather your supplies:

• Protective eye goggles
• Gloves
• Toilet brush, scrub brush, or pad scrubber
• Cleanser and disinfectant of choice
• Rags or paper towels

2. Prep the toilet:

• Remove items that may be on the tank lid to prevent them from accidentally falling.
• Remove items on the floor around the toilet.
• Lower the water level in the toilet bowl by turning off the water supply valve and then flushing the toilet.

3. Clean and disinfect the exterior of the toilet:

• Using your disinfectant of choice (vinegar, bleach, or other commercially-available product), wipe down the entire outside of the toilet — top and sides of tank, top and bottom of lid, top and bottom of seat, all sides of base.
• Scrub heavily soiled areas as needed.

4. Clean the toilet bowl:

• Wearing protective eye goggles and gloves, apply your cleanser of choice.
• Starting up under the rim, scrub the entire bowl with a toilet brush, scrub brush, or pad scrubber.
• Pay special attention to the water line where stains can develop.
• Turn the water supply valve back on, and flush the toilet to rinse the bowl after it is clean.
• Wipe down the exterior of the toilet again if any cleanser or water from the bowl splashed out when you were cleaning.

5. Clean the floor around the toilet:

• Scrub the floor around the toilet with your floor cleaner of choice.
• Rinse with a mixture of vinegar and hot water.

Remember to clean the toilets in guest bathrooms or other unused areas of your home as well as those in the commonly used bathrooms.

To keep your toilet cleaner in between these thorough cleanings, periodically pour 1-2 cups of white vinegar in the bowl and let it sit overnight, then flush in the morning.

Cleaning a toilet is one of the necessary cleaning tasks that help keep your home safe and your family healthy. We suggest thoroughly cleaning a toilet at least once a week, more often if it is noticeably dirty.

Do you have any tips or suggestions to add? Please leave a comment below!

Until next time … Keep it clean!

Mini Mops, Inc. is a professional house cleaning company serving residential and commercial clients in the Fresno-Clovis CA area since 1975. They are currently accepting new clients. Please visit their website for more information:
www.Mini-Mops.com

Show Your Home Some Love!

Posted in Taking Care of Your Home by Michele Peterson on February 13, 2013
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Love Your Home

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“I love you” is easy to say. Just three little words.

But how do you show that you mean them? How do you make the words meaningful?

We all know how to show a person love … treating them with care and respect, being gentle and nurturing, building them up when they’re feeling down, attending to their physical needs, caring for their well-being …

Shouldn’t we be doing the same things with the homes that we love?

Treat your home with care and respect

Punching holes in walls or slamming doors so hard that an adjacent window breaks would be extreme examples of how NOT to care for or respect your home. Gouging the floors, chipping tile, denting woodwork are other examples. Preventing this kind of careless or malicious damage to your home is the best and easiest way to show it care and respect.

Be gentle and nurturing with your home

This goes to the type of cleaning products you use. In general, the more natural the product, the better it is … for both your home, and for you! Strong, harsh chemicals can be damaging if used improperly, and there is almost always a gentler, safer alternative that is just as effective.

Build your home up when it’s “down”

Homes need to be repaired from time to time. Age, wear-and-tear, natural elements … all of these factors can cause damage to a home. Sometimes major structural problems, and sometimes relatively minor aesthetic issues. But they all should be addressed and fixed with routine maintenance and periodic repairs when necessary, because even small issues can grow into bigger, costlier problems if ignored or neglected.

Attend to your home’s physical needs

A home’s physical needs have to do with cleanliness. Things get dirty and need to be cleaned. It really is that simple. A clean home gives you and your family health benefits as well as emotional well-being, but cleaning a home can also help it retain its value and extend the lifespan of its components.

Care for your home’s well-being

If you’ve done all of the above — if you’ve prevented careless damage, used safe cleaning products, performed routine maintenance and repairs, and kept it clean — you’ve cared for the well-being of your home. In return, you can expect it to provide safe, comfortable shelter for you and your family.

So have we missed anything? Is there anything else YOU do to show your home some love? Leave a comment below and tell us!

Mini Mops, Inc. is a professional house cleaning company serving residential and commercial clients in the Fresno-Clovis CA area since 1975. They are currently accepting new clients. Please visit their website for more information:
www.Mini-Mops.com

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