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When you’re ready for a relaxing bath, is your bath ready for you?

We’ve all had those days … those “Calgon take me away” days. So when you’re having one of those days and you stagger into the bathroom to fill your tub with warm relaxing water, what’s worse than being faced with a grungy tub with soap scum from the kids?

You’re already having one of “those” days, and now you have to clean the bathtub, too?!?

Imagine, instead, that when you go to fill your tub it’s sparkling clean and ready to help you soak away your cares.

There’s not much question which of the above scenarios is most desirable, right?

Now, what if you were able to NEVER have to clean the grungy soap scum from the tub? Hiring a housecleaning service to clean your home gives you that relief!

Let’s face it, if you’re a high-powered corporate executive or if you’re a stay-at-home mom, your time and energy is better spent on things other than cleaning soap scum from tubs and showers. You have better things to do than scrubbing toilets and mopping floors. Lucky for you, there IS an alternative!

Hiring a housecleaning service takes that burden off of your shoulders and allows you to focus on the more important things in your life. Hiring a housecleaning service lets you have your cake and eat it, too … or to put it in cleaning jargon, a housecleaning service lets you have a clean home and enjoy it, too!

We at Mini Mops, Inc. encourage you to ask for references and check the company out with the Better Business Bureau before hiring said housecleaning service to clean your home. It’s so much better to be safe than sorry! After all, hiring a housecleaning service SHOULD be about taking your worries AWAY, not adding to them!


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.!

Happy Ending to housecleaning tale of Woman vs. Dirty Shower

Posted in Cleaning Tips,How to Clean ... by Michele Peterson on March 8, 2010
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So here’s an update to my friend’s battle with her grungy shower …

If you’ll remember, she came to me for a suggestion on how to clean a shower with black grout and lots of soap scum. She disclosed that her shower was so disgusting that she wasn’t even using it anymore, using the shower that she very much dislikes in the front bathroom rather than the shower in her master bathroom. It wasn’t for lack of her trying that the shower was so dirty … she had spent a “fortune” (her choice of words) on cleaning chemicals and concoctions that promised a clean shower, only to find that they didn’t seem to work on her dirty shower.

So I revealed our Mini Mops, Inc. secret weapons — bleach for the black grout (which I diagnosed as mold/mildew) and a stainless-steel scrubber for the soap scum on the shower tile. Please see our previous post “Cleaning Tips for a Dirty Shower” — — for my exact directions on how to clean dirty grout and how to get soap scum off of shower tile.

I saw this friend again recently, and she was proud to tell me that she had conquered her shower and had been victorious over the black grout! She is now a big fan of bleach and won’t be wasting her money on the “miracle” chemicals any more. The only easier way to get a clean shower would be to hire Mini Mops to clean it for her!

Her husband definitely noticed the shower, too, and thanked her for doing such a great job on getting it so clean. How great for her … a clean shower and a happy, appreciative husband. Truly a happy ending! I’m glad I had some Mini Mops advice to impart and honored to be a small part of this particular happy ending.

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Cleaning Tips for a Dirty Shower

Last week a friend of mine, knowing what type of business I run, asked if she could ask me a random question. Of course, I said, “Sure!”

“Do you clean showers?” she asked.

“Sure we do,” I replied. I have to admit I was a bit curious. Did she think a housecleaning service would clean the house but leave a shower dirty? But maybe this was just her way of leading into the heart of what she really wanted to know.

“How about the grout between the tiles?”

“Absolutely!” I said. Her eventual destination was becoming clearer.

“My shower is so bad that I’ve stopped using it!” she said. “I’m using the shower in the front bathroom, and I don’t like it, but at least it’s better than my shower! I’ve tried everything, and it’s still disgusting!”

There it was … the “ah-ha” moment! I knew I could suggest something to help, but I needed some details.

“In what way is it so dirty?” I asked.

“The grout is black!” she said. “And there’s soap scum all over the tiles that I can’t get rid of. I’ve spent a fortune trying all the different chemicals, but none of them work!”

I assured my friend that she wasn’t alone in her battle with shower soap scum and dirty grout. We come across stories like hers all the time. I also told her to stop wasting her money on expensive chemicals. What she really needed was simple elbow grease.

For the soap scum on the tile, I suggested a stainless steel scrubber — the kind that looks like a ball of tinsel scrunched up in little loops. I told her to use that on the tile when it’s dry. That’s the secret to really getting rid of the soap scum. When it’s wet it likes to grab onto the tile and not let go, but when it’s dry, it just scrubs right off. Now, it’s definitely not an easy job, even when dry. It takes a lot of muscle and elbow grease, especially if there’s a LOT of soap scum. It also gets rather dusty and dirty; we professionals always wear a dust mask over our noses and mouths to avoid breathing in the soap dust.

For the currently “black” grout (it’s supposed to be smooth, white grout), I told her it sounded like a type of mold or mildew. Without looking at it, I couldn’t be completely sure, of course. But I told her that if it was, in fact, a mold or mildew then her best bet was to kill it with bleach. Straight bleach. Put it in a spray bottle and squirt it on every line of grout that’s black. Then let it sit for awhile. Leave the fan running, close the door, and let the bleach kill the mold organisms. Then come back and, more elbow grease, scrub it out with a grout brush or a firm toothbrush. I told her that this would clean the mold if it was still on top of the grout. We’ve seen some cases where the mold has grown back behind the grout, and unfortunately, all the scrubbing in the world isn’t going to get that grout clean (for those cases, you have to actually remove the grout, kill the mold between the tiles with bleach or acid, and re-grout).

After she had the soap scum removed and the mold/mildew of the grout killed and scrubbed away, only then, I told her, can she use her favorite cleaning product to do a final clean to the shower.

I suggested one final step that we at Mini Mops save for just the very worst cases, and that is to rinse the shower with hot vinegar water to remove all the residue of the cleaning products. (We use vinegar for lots of things, and I think it’s great! Watch for future posts about other uses for vinegar.)

My friend was grateful for the tips, and I was happy to help. I didn’t ask her exactly how much she had spent or which particular products she had tried, but I certainly thought about it later … she could have saved herself some money, some time, and especially some aggravation if she had only thought to hire a professional housecleaning service to come in and clean her problem shower.

There’s no shame in not knowing how to triumph over soap scum and dirty grout (hey, there’s lots of things I’m not great at!), and there’s certainly no shame in hiring professionals to do the jobs that you can’t — or don’t want — to do. It’s what we DO … we’d better be better than your average person when it comes to cleaning!

Next time, I hope she’ll just call me and let me send one of our Mini Mops crews in to help her. I think she’d find our hourly fee to be worth it to save her time and effort, and I think she’d be SO happy with the results! I think you would be, too! If you live in the Fresno-Clovis area of California, Mini Mops is just a phone call away. Call us, and see how great your shower can look!

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