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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

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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

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

10 Ways to Know You’re Ready for Professional Help

Posted in Professional house cleaning by Michele Peterson on October 18, 2012
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Some people have absolutely no doubt that they need professional house cleaning help. Others resist the notion or are not quite sure.

If you’re not sure, here are 10 indications that you could enjoy the benefits of professional house cleaning:

#1 – You’re a sports mom and never home long enough to clean.

#2 – You want to spend your free and unscheduled time doing things you enjoy … and cleaning your house isn’t one of those things.

#3 – You have no energy after working all day (or all night, as the case may be) at your high-pressure, time-consuming job.

#4 – You physically can’t do it.

#5 – You’re stressed out, cranky, overwhelmed, hyper-scheduled, and over-committed. (And you really wonder if you need help?!?)

#6 – You simply don’t know where to start.

#7 – You’d rather walk the dog or go to the gym.

#8 – You need a girls’ night in.

#9 – You’re embarrassed to have friends and family over.

#10 – You know it needs to be done, but you just DON’T WANT TO DO IT!

If any of these statements describe you, then you very likely would enjoy the benefits of hiring a professional house cleaning service.

You’ll enjoy the renewed pride you’ll have in your clean home. You’ll enjoy the extra time you’ll have when you don’t have to spend it cleaning …

You’ll simply enjoy LIFE more!

If you’re ready to enjoy life, make some calls. Get some estimates. Hire yourself a professional house cleaning service today!

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

3 Ways to Get Someone Else to Pay for Your House Cleaning

Mini Mops House Cleaning suggests 3 Ways to Get Someone Else to Pay for Your House CleaningHave you ever met someone for lunch, and then had them pick up the tab?

What a treat! Am I right?

So imagine how it feels when someone picks up the tab for your house cleaning …

Here are three ways you can get that to happen:

#1 – A Disability or Worker’s Comp Claim

If you are truly physically unable to perform basic housecleaning tasks, you may be able to get your insurance claim to include professional house cleaning.

Ask for it!

The worst that can happen is that your request is denied. But you just may get lucky and get a “yes.”

#2 – A Homeowner’s Insurance Claim

If disaster strikes, and you’ve filed a homeowner’s insurance claim to repair the damage to your home, you may have coverage that includes a post-repair final cleanup, too.

Ask!

Coverages vary greatly from policy to policy, so this is something you have to ask about in regards to your own homeowner’s coverage. But, again, it’s worth asking the question.

#3 – A Gift Certificate

People give gift certificates for numerous occasions:

• Birthdays
• Holidays
• Mother’s Day
• Congratulations
• New Baby
• Get Well

The list can go on …

Your friends and family may be stumped as to what to get you. Or maybe what they think you’ll like and what you really want are very different things.

Give them a break.

Ask for what you want!

Very often, they will be relieved and happy that you did.

The common thread in getting someone else to pay for your house cleaning is to ask.

If you never ask, the answer always will be “no.” But if you do ask, sometimes you’ll get a “yes.”

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

Cleaning Up After a Disaster in Your Home

Flooding in the bathroom

What happens when something happens to your home?

Something major. Something bigger than you can handle on your own.

Typically, you’ll have to deal with your insurance company. That’s why we have homeowner’s insurance. Right? You’ll probably also work with a general contractor (and maybe some of his sub-contractors) as well as a restoration company if your disaster was a fire or flood.

You have to clean up the mess … literally.

Let’s look at what happened at Mary’s house recently.

A malfunctioning toilet flooded Mary’s upstairs guest bathroom one weekend. It was a guest bathroom, so Mary didn’t notice the toilet running, then overflowing … then water flooding the room.

The water seeped down into the floor – the ceiling of three rooms downstairs. It flowed down into the adjacent walls.

Mary had significant damage to her home by the time she noticed the problem and was able to turn the water off at the toilet.

She had a restoration company in her home for several days to dry things out. She hired a general contractor to repair the structural damage. The general contractor’s bid, which was submitted to and approved by Mary’s insurance company, included sub-contracted work performed by a plumber, electrician, floor installation expert, and a professional house cleaning service.

Yes, Mary’s homeowner’s policy included professional house cleaning to clean up after the repairs were done.

The last thing you need after cleaning up the mess of a home disaster is to clean up the mess from the repairs. When you can get it ALL done professionally – the final house cleaning, too – you can rest assured that it’s been done right.

NOW is the time to check into your specific policy coverages … BEFORE disaster strikes. Some proactive people even make lists of companies they would prefer to work with – based on referrals and recommendations by friends and family – so they have resources available when they need them.

Mini Mops House Cleaning has helped many general contractors with the final cleanup of jobs, including home repair projects paid for by an insurance claim. Sometimes the work is done as a sub-contractor under the overall bill of the general contractor. Other times, the homeowner’s insurance company pays for the house cleaning directly.

Every policy is different, and you MUST ask your own agent about your specific policy and what it does or does not cover.

While we can help you if disaster strikes, here’s hoping that we never need to!

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

How to Clean House Fast Like a Professional

House cleaning supplies

Have you ever noticed how fast a professional house cleaning service works? How quickly they can get the job done?

Ever wondered how they do it?

1 – There’s no procrastination. They are there to do a job. They do it.

2 – There’s no distraction. They don’t stop to answer the phone, play with the dog, get a drink for the child, etc. They focus on the task at hand and simply do the job they are there to do.

3 – They have the proper supplies and equipment. Most professional house cleaners have a supply/tool kit that they keep stocked with the cleaning supplies and equipment they will need. The kits can be specific to the room or task – kitchen, bathrooms, dusting – but the main thing is that they keep the cleaning supplies and equipment within easy reach. This eliminates the need to go back and forth fetching what you need, which can save a lot of time.

4 – They have a system. They know exactly how they are going to approach each room for maximum efficiency. They don’t have to stop to figure it out, they have the experience to just know. For those that don’t have that experience, having a checklist of tasks to do can help you stay on track.

If you utilize these four strategies, you, too, can clean your house fast like a professional.

Just one note of caution: you never want to go so fast that you compromise the quality of your work. The house actually needs to be CLEAN when you’re done!

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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