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Cleaning Tip: Windows – Make Them Shine!

Posted in Cleaning Tips,How to Clean ... by Michele Peterson on March 7, 2012
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It’s that time of year again when I’m opening my curtains and blinds to enjoy the sunshine. And … YIKES! … I’m really seeing the need to wash my dirty windows!

Right now they don’t sparkle, they don’t shine. Time to fix that!

Getting it done

Mini Mops uses rags that we call “shine” rags – they are recycled surgical towels (completely sanitized before we even get them), and they’re completely lint-free. These are the rags I’m going to use to dry and polish my windows to make them shine.

By the way, these shine rags also work great on mirrors, granite counters … anything that you want to sparkle.

But first, to actually clean the windows, I’m going to use a “scrub” rag (100% cotton terry-cloth) and really wash the dirt and grime off.

On the exterior side of the glass, where it’s extra dirty, I’m going to use a little dish soap in a bucket of hot water … swish the scrub rag around in the bucket, squeeze out most of the excess water, and then wash the dirt off the window.

Then I’m going to rinse the windows with a solution of hot water and vinegar, using a clean rag to rinse away all of the dirt and soap.

Finally, the shine rag to dry and polish the windows.

On the interior, I can probably skip the soap and go straight for the vinegar solution since the inside doesn’t get as dirty as the outside. I mean, really, the outside is where most of the actual dirt is … right?

Of course, the biggest chore is drying to a shine without streaks! I like to use vertical wiping motions on the exterior and horizontal on the interior. That way if I get a streak, I know which side of the glass it’s on.

These tips are strictly DIY

Now, these tips and methods are strictly for the Do-It-Yourselfer. I’m not a professional window cleaner by any means, and they probably don’t use my methods.

You’ll notice that I’m not using a squeegee, for instance, and most professional window cleaners wouldn’t leave home without theirs.

But my old-fashioned way will get the job done.

Notice I also won’t be using any store-bought glass cleaner. Vinegar works great, and I can get an entire gallon jug for just a few dollars.

Know when to hire a professional

Just writing about cleaning windows has made me tired! It will take me several hours to do all the windows in my house, and my house is average with not too many windows!

What would I suggest to a client who asked about his or her windows?

If the client needed just one or two done – like the window over the kitchen sink, or a sliding glass door — I would have our Mini Mops crew do it, even though we don’t typically do lots of windows.

For the whole house, I would recommend calling a professional.

So maybe I should take my own advice!

Is it worth it to me to pay someone to get the job done (and let’s be honest, a professional WILL do a better job of it than I will) and have those several hours that I would have spent washing windows now free to do something else?

You know, I think it IS worth it!

Do you know a professional, experienced, insured window washer in the Fresno CA area? If so, I’d love an introduction … please call Mini Mops at (559) 264-6677 and leave their contact information.

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:
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Do you really need a professional housecleaning service? YES!

So you’ve decided you need/want/MUST HAVE help keeping your home clean. Do you hire a “cleaning lady” or a professional housecleaning service? Let’s begin this discussion with a story.

Once upon a time, there was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do …
about cleaning her house!

So she asked around and decided to hire a friend of a friend who needed to earn some extra money. Everything was going well, and the old woman really appreciated the help.

Then one day, the cleaning lady showed up with her own three kids, who were home sick from school.

“Sorry!” she said.

Then the cleaning lady started arriving late and leaving early.

“Sorry!” she said each time.

Finally, one day, the cleaning lady never showed up at all.

So the next time the old woman had friends over for tea, she again asked what she should do. Luckily, one of her friends told her about Mini Mops, Inc.

The old woman fired the cleaning lady, hired Mini Mops, and lived happily ever after!

A professional housecleaning service is just that … professional! The business is going to hold its employees accountable to maintaining professional standards. Standards like showing up on time, doing the agreed-upon work, and not showing up to work with sick kids in tow.

If you’re spending your hard-earned money to get your house cleaned, you want the “happily ever after” without the “Sorry!”

Hire a professional housecleaning service. If your “shoe” is located in or near Fresno, CA, buy local and call Mini Mops, Inc. You’ll be glad that you did!

Do YOU fit the profile of a Mini Mops, Inc. client?

People who hire someone else to clean their homes do so for a variety of reasons. Some are unable to do it themselves due to illness, injury, or other physical limitation. Others choose not to do it themselves because they choose to spend their time doing things they have determined to be more important.

We at Mini Mops, Inc. pride ourselves on being able to meet the needs of BOTH types of clients: those who are unable to clean for themselves and those who choose not to do so.

Do YOU fit the profile of a Mini Mops, Inc. client? Let’s find out…

1 – Do you want to live in a clean and healthy home?

2 – Are you unable to maintain a clean home by yourself (because you are physically unable, have no time, or are too busy with other important things)?

3 – Do you want the security of working with a professional house cleaning service company rather than an individual “cleaning lady”?

4 – Do you want the job done … and done well … with no need for worrying about stocking cleaning supplies or fixing broken equipment?

5 – Do you want professional quality with personal attention to detail?

6 – Do you want to hire a house cleaning service that strives to exceed your expectations?

7 – Do you need help?

8 – Do you WANT help?

If you answered “YES” to at least three of these questions — and if you live in or around Fresno, CA — Mini Mops, Inc. may be the right house cleaning solution for you! Please visit our website at http://www.mini-mops.com for an in-depth look at how Mini Mops, Inc. provides solutions for the needs addressed by each of these questions. Or simply call our office at 264-6677 and talk to us!

We’re here to help you live the life you want … in a home that YOU don’t have to clean!

Quote of the Week: “A man builds a fine house…”

“A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

So you have a house, and you’ve made it into your home … but you’re not done! As Emerson says, you now have to furnish it, show it and keep it in repair. But you don’t have to do it all on your own!

How many household chores do you do in a day, in a week, or even in two weeks or a month? How many need to get done that you don’t have time to do?

Letting household chores — especially house cleaning chores — get left undone can end up costing you more time and money in the future. For example, the shower that doesn’t get cleaned gets a buildup of soap scum … mold and mildew start growing in the corners … that mold works its way underneath the grout. Now, instead of just cleaning the shower, you need to re-grout! Ouch!

Think about your car. If you neglect the routine maintenance, you can end up spending big bucks on a major repair. But that routine maintenance can keep your car running in good shape with fewer worries.

So, too, can regular house cleaning keep your house in good shape with fewer worries … especially when you hire a professional housecleaning service to take care of it for you!

Hiring a professional to help you take care of your home (the biggest investment that many of us have) makes a lot of sense on so many levels!

1. You are living in a clean, healthy home that you didn’t have to clean!
2. You are doing the routine maintenance that will hopefully prevent (or at least prolong) the need for more costly repairs.
3. You can spend your time doing the things that are most important and most enjoyable to you.

So take care of your fine house, but don’t think that you have to personally do all of the work! Hire professionals … hire a housecleaning service … if you’re in the Fresno, CA area, hire Mini Mops, Inc.!

How do I know I can trust you?

Trust … it’s vitally important, especially for those who are doing work in your home. But how do you KNOW if someone is worthy of your trust?

I was at a luncheon recently in Fresno CA, and someone shared with me that she was looking for a new solution to her house cleaning dilemma. Seems she has been using the same cleaning lady as her mother (Mom’s had this person for 20 years or so, and she’s been cleaning my lunch partner’s house for the past 4-5 years). She likes this cleaning lady and knows she can trust her due to the longevity of Mom’s connection with her, but she’s just not doing quite as thorough a job as she could be.

So when my fellow luncheon attendee found out that I work for Mini Mops, Inc., she said she was considering hiring a new housecleaning service, and she had a lot of very pointed questions for me. She asked about how we work (crews of four workers, for efficiency and accountability), how we charge (an hourly rate), what we clean (pretty much anything), and then she asked the biggie:

“How do I know that I can trust you and your company?”

I am embarassed to say that I stumbled a bit over my response. I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever been asked that question so directly before! I acknowledged (I think) that there was really no way of knowing FOR SURE without building the relationship, which has to start by taking that first leap of faith. I think I said something like she would just have to give us a shot and let us prove to her that we’re worthy of her trust.

Now, I have to admit that I just don’t know where my head was that day … maybe still thinking about the fabulous food that we just eaten, maybe thinking about my TO-DO list that never seems to diminish … but here’s what I SHOULD have told her:

You can find out if we’re worthy of your trust by checking us out!

     *Check out our rating with the Better Business Bureau (it’s A+, by the way)

     *Ask for our references and letters of recommendation from our clients
       (I have a whole packet that I give out when we do an estimate)

     *Ask to see our business license and certificate of insurance
       (we’ve got those, too)

What a missed opportunity because I wasn’t thinking clearly or quickly enough!

Well, I am now “on record” with what I hope is a useful answer to the question of knowing whom to trust. And this goes for ANYBODY doing work in your home … whether it’s house cleaning, remodeling, decorating, or whatever.

So, please, before you hire someone to work in your home — whether it’s an individual or a company  — CHECK THEM OUT! Ask for those references and see what other people have to say about them. Then that first leap of faith isn’t quite so scary, and you can begin building a solid relationship where you will know that your trust is well-placed.

Quote of the Week: Housework is the reason…

Posted in Quotes about Cleaning by Michele Peterson on July 8, 2010
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“I think housework is the reason most women to to the office.”
~Heloise Cruse

Nobody likes to clean, but everybody wants a clean home! If you live in the Fresno, CA area, you can always call on Mini Mops, Inc. to help with the house cleaning! We’re celebrating 35 years of business this year … THANK YOU!

THANK YOU from another happy client

Posted in Client Comments by Michele Peterson on July 6, 2010
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This just in …

“Thank you for making my home more beautiful.”

–Roberto U, Fresno CA

 Thank YOU, Roberto, for the trust that you have placed in Mini Mops, Inc. to help you maintain your beautiful home!

Honor Thy Mother … Nominate her to win $1,000 of FREE house cleaning!

Posted in Contest,Mini Mops, Inc. by Michele Peterson on April 14, 2010
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Do you know a special mom in Fresno or Clovis CA who deserves to win $1,000 of FREE house cleaning?

Tell Mini Mops, Inc. about her, and she may win $1,000 of house cleaning in our “Mother’s Day Giveaway 2010” contest.

Tell us about your special mom in an e-mail of 1,000 words or less (entries must be in body of e-mail message only, attachments will NOT be opened). Send entries to contest@mini-mops.com

Deadline for entering is April 30, 2010.

Winner will be notified by May 7, 2010.

Certain restrictions apply. Please see our website — http://www.mini-mops.com— for contest rules.

Time for Spring Cleaning?

Saturday is the official first day of spring! Flowers are blooming, trees are sprouting leaves … it’s a great time to live in Fresno!

It’s also a great time to think about SPRING CLEANING!

I looked it up and found that the origins of spring cleaning may be linked to the Persian new year — the Iranian Norouz — which falls on the first day of spring.  According to Wikipedia, Iranians carry on the practice of “khooneh tekouni,” which means “shaking the house,” in which everything in the house is thoroughly cleaned just before the new year.

An alternate theory is that spring cleaning can be traced back to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleaning the home for Passover — a holiday that is celebrated in spring. In Greece and other Orthodox nations it is also traditional to clean the home in spring for Lent.

Wikipedia has this to say about spring cleaning in America:

During the 19th century in America, prior to the advent of the vacuum cleaner, March was often the best time for dusting because it was getting warm enough to open windows and doors (but not warm enough for insects to be a problem), and the high winds could carry the dust out of the house.

Regardless of the origins, we think of spring cleaning as the job of thoroughly cleaning a house — top to bottom. This means light fixtures, ceiling fans, heating/air conditioning vents, window coverings (drapes, blinds, shutters, etc.), windows, doors, door frames, window sills, baseboards, furniture, bookshelves, ledges, floors … I get tired just writing about it!

But it’s a good thing to do, and if you’re going to do it, you should have a plan. So here’s my suggestion:

  1. Pace yourself! Do one room at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed with how big of a job it is.
  2. Move everything that’s movable to the middle of the room so you can get into all the corners and edges of the room (that’s where those dust bunnies like to live!).
  3. Work from top to bottom. Remove cobwebs from the ceiling (don’t forget the corners) and clean the light fixtures and ceiling fans FIRST. Any dust that falls will fall on the still-dirty floor and furniture, not on something that you’ve just cleaned.
  4. Vacuum around the edge of the room so you can move everything back.
  5. Clean items as you put them back to their normal spot (or alter your room layout if you’re feeling adventurous!).
  6. Vacuum or otherwise clean the floor last. Then, if it’s a room with a door, close the door so that the dust you raise during cleaning the next room won’t settle back into your newly cleaned space.
  7. Celebrate! You’re one room down!

 The other obvious option would be to hire a professional housecleaning service — cleaning experts. We at Mini Mops, Inc. encourage you to look around to find a company that is a good fit for what you need done. You should expect to pay more for a company than for a private individual since companies carry the added operating costs of insurances (liability as well as worker’s compensation) and payroll taxes, among other costs of doing business.

And before you make your final decision about who to hire … always check references, including Better Business Bureau!

Here’s a link to Better Business Bureau’s report on Mini Mops, Inc.: http://www.bbb.org/central-california/business-reviews/house-cleaning/mini-mops-in-fresno-ca-1464

And if you want to read more about spring cleaning on Wikipedia, here’s that link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_cleaning

Good luck with your own spring cleaning! HAPPY SPRING!

Do YOU do windows?

Posted in Cleaning Tips by Michele Peterson on February 22, 2010
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So now that I’m opening my curtains and blinds to enjoy the sunshine (although there hasn’t been that much in the last couple of days, but, hey, I like the rain, too … rainy days have their own special beauty), I’m really seeing the need to wash my dirty windows!

At Mini Mops, we’ve got rags that we call “shine” rags. They are recycled surgical towels (completely sanitized before we even get them), and they’re completely lint-free. These are the rags that I’m going to use to dry and polish my windows to make them shine. You can see why we call them “shine” rags! 🙂 By the way, they also work great on mirrors, granite counters, anything that you want to sparkle.

But first, to actually clean the windows, I’m going to use a “scrub” rag (100% cotton terry-cloth) and really wash the dirt and grime off. On the exterior side of the glass, where it’s extra dirty, I’m going to use a little dish soap in a bucket of hot water … swish the scrub rag around in the bucket, squeeze out most of the excess water, and then wash the dirt off the window. Then I’m going to rinse the windows with a solution of hot water and vinegar, using a clean rag to rinse away all of the dirt and soap. Finally, the shine rag to dry and polish the windows.

On the interior, I can probably skip the soap and go straight for the vinegar solution since the inside doesn’t get as dirty as the outside. I mean, really, the outside is where most of the actual dirt is … right? Of course, the biggest chore is drying to a shine without streaks! 

Now, I’m not a professional window cleaner by any means, and they probably don’t use my methods. You’ll notice that I’m not using a squeegee, for instance, and most professional window cleaners wouldn’t leave home without theirs. But my old-fashioned way will get the job done. Notice I also won’t be using any store-bought glass cleaner. Vinegar works great, and I can get an entire gallon jug for just a few dollars.

Just writing about cleaning windows has made me tired! It will take me several hours to do all the windows in my house, and my house is average with not too many windows! What would I suggest to a client who asked about his or her windows?

If the client needed just one or two done — like the window over the kitchen sink, or a sliding glass door — I would have our Mini Mops crew do it, even though we don’t typically do lots of windows. For the whole house, I would recommend calling a professional.

So maybe I should take my own advice? Is it worth it to me to pay someone to get the job done (and let’s be honest, a professional WILL do a better job of it than I will) and have those several hours that I would have spent washing windows now free to do something else? You know, I think it IS worth it!

At Mini Mops, we recommend Chad Hudson, owner of Hudson’s Window Cleaning. His number is (559) 940-3330. I think I’ll call him … maybe you should, too!

*Please let me know what you think about this post by leaving me a comment! Thanks for reading!

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