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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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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

24 Tasks for Your “Fresh New Start” Winter Cleaning

Posted in Cleaning Tips by Michele Peterson on January 17, 2013
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Green check tick

So you’ve decided to give your home a Fresh New Start by doing a big cleanup this winter. Now what? Where do you start?

To help you, I’ve put together a checklist of house cleaning tasks that you may want to tackle. They’re in no particular order, but I have divided them into two major categories: “Deep Cleaning Details” and “Appliance Care.”

Here you go:

DEEP CLEANING DETAILS

1) Wash all the woodwork — door frames, baseboards, windowsills, etc.
2) Vacuum drapes and curtains
3) Clean the exhaust fans in your bathrooms — Have you looked up there lately?
4) Clean your HVAC (heater/air conditioning) vents — By the way, when was the last time you changed the air filter?
5) Wash the blades of your ceiling fans
6) Wash the windows — including the tracks and the screens — Hiring a specialist is worth it for this one!
7) Move the furniture and clean the floors (and walls) under and behind everything
8) Wash the light fixtures — Take them down to do the best job of this!
9) Wash whatever’s washable — blankets, pillows, throw rugs, bath mat
10) Clean the decorative items up on those high shelves and ledges
11) Get your carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned
12) Clean the outside of your front door

APPLIANCE CARE

1) Run the filters of your stove hood (usually a metal mesh) through the dishwasher to clean them
2) Clean the inside of the fridge — walls, shelves, drawers … the works — with a mixture of 1 c. white vinegar and 1 c. warm water
3) Clean the inside of the oven
4) Clean your dishwasher by running a cycle with just 1 c. white vinegar poured into the empty machine
5) Thoroughly clean your microwave — inside and out, all around
6) Clean under the burners of your stove (if you have that type, usually electric)
7) Move the fridge and clean the floor it stands on, as well as the walls behind
8) While the fridge is out, vacuum the coils
9) Wash your dryer’s lint filter — actually WASH it with a little soap and warm water
10) Wipe the inside of your washer, especially around the wash tub of a top-loader
11) Clean the motor compartment of your vacuum (or take it in for service)
12) Use vinegar to clean your coffee maker (but check your owner’s manual first)

Remember, you don’t have to do all of this yourself! You can hire professional house cleaning help or enlist the help of family members.

So, tell me — do you have something on YOUR list that I left off mine? Tell me 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

“Fresh New Start” Winter Cleaning … Why Wait for Spring?

Posted in Cleaning Tips by Michele Peterson on January 11, 2013
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A fresh start.

January is a traditional month for making a fresh new start. Some people start the year off with new resolutions, new goals, new outlooks, new plans.

Today, I want to suggest a new tradition for you … something we’ll call a “Fresh New Start” Winter Cleaning.

Basically, take the traditional spring cleaning, and do it now!

Lots has been written about the ritual of “Spring Cleaning.” (Here’s one of our own blog posts from a few years ago on the topic: https://minimops.wordpress.com/2010/03/17/time-for-spring-cleaning/) I’m suggesting that you not wait until spring to do this type of cleaning!

Think about it … You’ve probably taken down the holiday decorations at this point. Maybe you’re feeling a little sad that the holidays are over. Maybe the gray winter weather has got you feeling a little blue …

Maybe you’re just ready for that fresh new start that January seems to promise.

Let’s channel that into a fresh new CLEAN start for your home! A thorough, deep cleaning that leaves your house (and the things in it) sparkling and renewed.

The kind of cleaning that gives you a renewed appreciation of your home, and an increased joie de vivre.

Sounds good about now, doesn’t it?

So, who’s with me? Let’s celebrate the start of a new year by giving our homes a Fresh New Start Winter Cleaning!

(By the way, this works whether you are doing the cleaning yourself OR if you hire a professional house cleaning service to do it for you!)

Need some specific tips about what to do? Some ideas about what cleaning tasks you should tackle? Come back next week, when I’ll give you a checklist of some things to do.

In the meantime, why not share this article with a friend? Or, leave me 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

Cleaning Up After Thanksgiving Dinner …

Posted in Cleaning Tips by Michele Peterson on November 20, 2012
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Nobody can eat another bite. The meal you worked so hard to prepare has been devoured, and everyone is sated and happy.

Eventually, all of your guests will go home …

And you’ll be left with a mess.

Sound familiar?

Here are 6 ways to cope:

1. Accept offers of help! When a guest asks, “What can I do?” Be ready with an answer! Can they scrape food scraps off plates into the trash? Can they load the dishwasher? How about transferring leftovers into smaller containers?

 2. Have a plan for leftovers! Clear a shelf in your refrigerator for those leftovers BEFORE dinner (the day before is best if you can manage it). Set aside containers for the leftovers so you won’t have to hunt for them when you’re ready to clear the table.

 3. Wipe up spills right away! Have an extra roll of paper towels or stack of rags handy. That way you can ask whoever is close to help clean up without having to explain where to find the supplies.

 4. Use disposable if you can! They may not be as elegant, but disposable plates and plastic dinnerware save a lot of cleanup time. You have to weigh whether using the “good stuff” is worth the extra time you’ll spend cleaning it up.

 5. Double-bag! Thanksgiving is not a day when you want a garbage bag accident. So be proactive and use double layers, just in case.

 6. Relax! Give yourself permission to leave some of the mess for later … or even the next day. Enjoy the holiday, and enjoy your guests. The mess will still be there when you’re ready to tackle it.

Holiday gatherings can be stressful, but cleaning up doesn’t have to be. If you have other strategies that help you cope with holiday cleanup, we’d love to hear about them. Please leave 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. They are currently accepting new clients. Please visit their website for more information:
www.Mini-Mops.com

Remove the Cobwebs and Stop Sharing Your Home with Spiders

Posted in Cleaning Tips,Professional house cleaning by Michele Peterson on October 25, 2012
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Cobwebs all over the house can be effective Halloween décor, but once the spooky holiday is over, cobwebs are just … well … creepy!

Because cobwebs don’t exist on their own. Where there are cobwebs, there are spiders. And, really, who likes sharing their home with spiders?

So here are some Mini Mops House Cleaning professional tips to make sure you find – and remove – all of those cobwebs:

Top 10 Places to Look

1. Corners of ceilings
2. Corners of rooms
3. Behind drapes and valances
4. Behind shutters and blinds
5. Inside lamp shades and light fixtures
6. Behind dressers and headboards
7. Behind TVs and entertainment units
8. Behind doors
9. Under furniture
10. Behind computer equipment

Equipment to Use

Once you’ve located the webs, you need to remove them. A cobwebber bristle attachment on the end of a long pole is one of the most commonly-used tools for this job. A simple broom also can work.

For more delicate areas, you may need to use a vacuum with a hose and attachment brush or nozzle.

The key is to find and remove both the cobwebs AND the spiders. A professional house cleaning service can help you remove the webs. And if you don’t want to deal with removing the spiders on your own, we suggest calling a professional exterminator to handle this task.

If you have additional strategies and tips for dealing with cobwebs, we invite you to share them in the comments below. Comments are reviewed for appropriate content before being published on this blog.

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

An Organizing Tip to Make House Cleaning Quicker and Easier

Posted in Cleaning Tips,Professional house cleaning by Michele Peterson on August 31, 2012
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Do you have piles of paper lying about your house? Things like mail on the kitchen counter … school or work projects on the side tables in the living room … books on the nightstand in the bedroom …

When you clean your house, you have to move the piles, clean the area, then put the piles back. Sometimes, these piles don’t stay nice and tidy. Papers may slide and fall out of the pile. Sometimes, piles get combined when they were meant to be kept separate.

If a professional house cleaning service cleans your home, your cleaning crew may not put your piles back exactly as you had them …

However, if you put your piles into a basket or storage bin of some kind, you’ll eliminate most of these issues and make your house cleaning much quicker and easier. Instead of moving freestanding piles, you or your house cleaning crew can simply move the container, clean the area and then put the container back in its original location.

The container keeps the pile contained while being moved about, which makes the moving easier. And the cleaning goes quicker when you don’t have to stop and pick up the mess of scattered papers.

Office supply or home goods stores are good places to look for these storage containers. The one you choose will probably depend on the room that your pile is in and your own home decorating style. Luckily, there are storage bins available to meet every need.

Ready for another benefit of this organizing tip?

Storage bins have become so attractive, you’ll probably find something that will enhance the beauty of your home while increasing its functionality. And who doesn’t want to be surrounded by more beauty?

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

There’s More to a Window Than Just the Glass

Posted in Cleaning Tips,Professional house cleaning by Michele Peterson on August 27, 2012
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Now that the nights and mornings are beginning to get a little cooler, are you spending more time with your windows open again?

And have you noticed how dirty your window screens have gotten during the summer?

What about the tracks and the window sills?

Cleaning the window screens and tracks are some of the “once-in-awhile” tasks that often get neglected by most homeowners. This isn’t surprising, because they can be a time consuming job – especially if you have many windows or live in a location with a lot of dust.

A good window cleaner will clean all of these different parts of the window when he cleans your windows, including removing the screens to actually wash them. But what if you’re not ready to bring in the “big guns” quite yet?

While many professional house cleaning service businesses don’t do windows – and they won’t remove screens – most will accommodate a request to vacuum or dust the screens, clean the tracks, and wash the window sills. All of these tasks are probably not included in a typical maintenance cleaning agreement, but may be available by special request.

Be aware that this added work will take your house cleaning crew additional time, so plan accordingly.

There are many benefits to having clean window screens, tracks and sills. The most obvious is a cleaner view outside. But other benefits also include cleaner air inside, less dust being blown in by those cool nighttime breezes, and fewer dust-related allergy symptoms.

So go ahead and open those windows! Just be sure to clean your various window components first … or hire someone to do it for you.

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

Ceiling Fans – They Get Dirty Even When They’re in Motion

Posted in Cleaning Tips by Michele Peterson on August 12, 2012
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Mini Mops House Cleaning suggests regular cleaning of your ceiling fan blades

We’ve all heard the phrase, “The rolling stone gathers no moss.” Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for ceiling fans!

Ceiling fans DO get dirty, even when they’re in constant motion.

During the hot summer months, many people run their ceiling fans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Keeping the air circulating helps homeowners feel comfortable.

But it’s important to turn the fans off long enough to clean the blades once in awhile!

This is especially important if you are affected by indoor allergies related to dust. The blades gather a layer of dust, and then they can broadcast that dust if they’re not cleaned regularly.

If you have hired a professional house cleaning service to clean your home, they should be able to clean your ceiling fans, too. If this isn’t something that’s automatically included in your service, ask about adding it once a month or so.

Ceiling fan blades – keep ‘em moving, but keep ‘em 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 Challenges for Those Who Live With Pets

Posted in Cleaning Tips,Mini Mops, Inc. by Michele Peterson on April 15, 2012
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When you share your home with animals, you face special house cleaning challenges. Let’s talk about a few:

Dogs

One of the concerns new dog owners have is the “accident” in the house issue. But unless they’re puppies – or left by themselves for too long – most dogs are actually pretty good about the potty-training issue. Of course, you DO have to train them first!

Perhaps a bigger concern is what to do with all the hair that a dog can shed. There are some breeds that don’t seem to shed at all, some that shed only marginally, and then there are those that leave globs of hair all around the house … constantly … even in the dead of winter!

All that hair can be a house cleaning nightmare! It clogs a vacuum, sticks to surfaces you’re trying to remove it from, scatters again with the slightest puff of wind …

The key here is diligent maintenance. This includes cleaning your surfaces regularly, vacuuming often, not letting it get too built up and unmanageable.

Now, another concern with dogs that live inside is the dirt they bring in on their paws … and that will be mud in the rainy season.

You’re going to be mopping your hard-surface floors A LOT. And you might as well pre-schedule a carpet cleaning every couple of months or so … you’re going to need it.

Cats

Certain breeds of cats can shed just as much as some dogs. And your strategy for clean-up is the same as we discussed above.

A cat’s litter box – and the surrounding area – is a challenge all its own. And, by the way, most professional house cleaning companies won’t touch them for insurance and health safety reasons.

Fish

A properly maintained aquarium is indeed a thing of beauty and tranquility. Healthy fish are soothing and peaceful (which is why so many doctors install aquariums in their offices).

But the key words for fish are “properly maintained.”

A lot can go wrong with fish and aquariums, so please consult a professional for their recommendations and suggestions on best practices.

Birds

Birds are beautiful … beautifully messy! They tend to scatter seed everywhere. The cage needs to be cleaned regularly. And their feathers are actually dusty – especially during molting season.

What to do?

If you’re going to share your home with pets, you’re going to have to accept that your house cleaning routine will be different from that of a homeowner who does not.

You may be doing different cleaning tasks. You may be using special equipment. You likely will be cleaning more frequently.

If it gets to be too much, we hope that you will look into hiring a professional house cleaning service. Just be sure to ask about any pet policies when you’re doing your initial interview.

You don’t want to be surprised later.

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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