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2 Basic Reasons to Clean Your Home

Posted in WHY hire a housecleaning service by Michele Peterson on January 30, 2013
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Have you ever wondered what the big deal is? I mean, why SHOULD you clean your house?

It all boils down to just two basic reasons:

#1 — To keep yourself and your family healthy

#2 — To protect your investment

Let’s look at these …

To Keep Yourself and Your Family Healthy

Mold. Mildew. Dust. Bugs. Germs. These are five health foes that have the potential to ambush us in our homes.

Yes, we need to be ever vigilant in our battle against them. Perhaps the best way is to keep our homes clean.

Mold and mildew can grow in moist areas like bathrooms … especially showers. So we need to clean the surfaces that they like to call home and kill these fungi before they affect our health and the health of our family.

Prolonged exposure to mold and mildew can cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems. Symptoms can include coughing, headache, or a scratchy throat.

Household dust also can cause allergic reactions and can trigger asthma symptoms in some people. Symptoms of a dust allergy can include a runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, and sneezing. Asthma symptoms include wheezing, coughing, tightness of the chest, and shortness of breath.

Bugs also can trigger allergic reactions, as well as spread germs and bacteria around, posing a health threat to you and your family. You can find a discussion about household pests and the dangers they pose at http://www.superpages.com/supertips/kill-household-bugs.html.

Lastly … germs. Unless your home is hermetically sealed off, you will be exposed to germs. Regular house cleaning is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of colds, flu, and other infectious diseases. Here’s a good article from WebMD about killing germs: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/d2n-stopping-germs-12/speed-cleaning-germs.

Of course, any health professional will tell you the absolute BEST way to prevent the spread of germs is to wash your hands … so don’t forget that, too!

To Protect Your Investment

Regular house cleaning is one of the best preventative maintenance tasks we can perform to protect what is probably the biggest purchase for most people — our home.

Think about it — dirt and grime can shorten the life span of materials used in our homes. For example, dirty carpet wears out much faster than when it is kept clean.

But dirt and grime also can hide symptoms of other structural problems. You might miss a growing water stain on the ceiling (a symptom of a leaky roof) if you never clean the ceiling. You might not notice cracked or missing grout, which can lead to additional water damage if you never clean your countertop, shower, or tile floor.

Not to mention the emotional equity you have invested in being able to enjoy your home. Most of us would agree that a clean home is more enjoyable than a dirty one!

Because your home IS such an important investment, it’s important to invest additional time and/or money to maintain it properly. Hiring a professional house cleaning service is certainly an option, but so is learning to do it yourself. If doing it yourself, make sure you do your research and are doing the necessary tasks correctly.

So, tell me, do YOU have other things that motivate you to clean your house? There are countless other motivating factors … why don’t you tell me some of yours in the comments 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

Say “Bah Humbug” to Unrealistic Expectations

Posted in Holidays by Michele Peterson on December 20, 2012
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stressed woman wearing a christmas hat

We’ve all been there …

Frantic to pick up every last bit of clutter … to remove every speck of dust … to make the setting “perfect” before holiday guests arrive — we often become so worked up that it’s difficult to relax and enjoy the holiday and our guests.

Our “perfect” holiday gathering loses the very perfection that we’ve strived for because we end up too stressed to be fully present, and we’re unable to appreciate the festivities that we’ve created.

Sound familiar?

This year, I’m throwing expectations of the “perfect” holiday setting out the window. Want to join me? Here’s how …

1. Set some priorities.
What’s most important to you? Isn’t enjoying your time together more important than impressing your friends and family with a perfectly clean and tidy house? For me, and for most of the people I know, the answer is “yes.” For most of us, if we dig deep enough and get past our own ego, the PEOPLE are the most important part of the holidays. If we’re being honest, we can admit that it just doesn’t matter if our homes are “perfect.” So we can stop beating ourselves up trying to make them be.

2. Accept that you’re not going to please everyone.
Do you know someone who always complains about something? Someone who seems to be happy only when there’s something he or she can point out that you could be doing better? Who delights in pointing out the picture on the wall that isn’t hanging perfectly straight? For many married folks, this is a mother-in-law. Maybe it’s an out-of-town aunt. This year, for your own sanity, let it be OK that they make whatever comments they’re going to make. See what happens if you simply say, “You know, you might be right!” and then change the subject without belaboring a topic of contention.

3. Know that “good enough” really is, well, good enough.
Sometimes we’re much more critical of ourselves than even the fussiest in-law or relative is. In the grand scheme of things, will it matter that there were smudges on your sliding glass door? Or water spots on your bathroom mirror? Sure, people may notice, but do you think they really care? And even if they do, should they? Should you?

4. Recognize that other people’s issues are THEIRS, and are not a reflection on you.
The aunt that always finds fault has her own issues to deal with. Ask yourself, “What is making her so unhappy that she has to be critical and judgmental of others?” Does this make you put her comments in perspective? Maybe see them in a different light? What’s really behind the comments from your in-laws? These issues really are THEIRS. We don’t have to make them OURS!

Now, I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t clean your house for the holidays before company comes over. Of course, you should! I AM suggesting that you not make yourself stressed out over it.

If you hire a professional house cleaning service to clean your house, and they cleaned it a week before your gathering, that’s probably good enough!

Sure, there may be water spots that have appeared on your bathroom mirror during the week since they cleaned. There may be a smudge on the sliding glass door, or traces of dirt on the floor. The pictures on your wall might be a bit askew …

You’ve been LIVING there, after all! Remember that most people who are gathering at your home during the holidays are coming to see YOU, not your house.

Enjoy them this year! I plan to!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! Leave me 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

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

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

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