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Tips for a Terrifically Tidy Home

In our 39 years of home cleaning specialization, we’ve seen every shade of tidy.  They include the extreme minimalism of bare walls and object-free counters, the architectural brilliance of all things built-in and multipurpose and the gorgeous zen-serene that comes from uber creative thrift-ism.  Pick and choose from this collective wisdom to get your home […]

July 18th, 2018|Cleaning Tips, Organization Tips, Party|

Give Your Garden a Wild Makeover!

Clover, crocus, violet, thistle.  Do any of these names ring a bell?  What about dandelion?  Ok, now you get the picture.  Yep, we’re talking wildflowers.  No, they are not showy, over-the-top fragrant, or voluptuous like roses and tulips. But it’s time to let these gentle giants grow!  Learn how they can add charm, colour, love […]

July 13th, 2018|Health, Outdoors, Summer|

Creative Cures for Wardrobe Blues

The environmental slogan ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ first started being used in the mid-70s after U.S. Congress passed the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.  No one can say for sure who coined the catchy phrase, but for nearly 50 years it has become part of our daily lingo.  To honour the idea and go one step […]

July 11th, 2018|Cleaning Tips, Laundry, Maintenance|

Get your Bike Road-ready in Minutes!

Cycling the open road is an enjoyable activity for people of all ages and all abilities.  As we strive to live a more active lifestyle, riding a bike is an easy and accessible choice.  Whether you ride for pleasure, as a mode of transportation, or compete in long-distance racing, cleaning your bike is a must. […]

July 6th, 2018|Health, Maintenance, Outdoors|

Easy Care for Butcher Blocks & Wood Counters

We have butchers to thank for the eternally trendy butcher block and wood counters. In the early 1900s they became progressively frustrated with the lack of durability in the traditional sycamore stumps they used for chopping meat. Their trade gave birth to the extra strength capacity of composite block. Strips of maple glued together proved […]

July 4th, 2018|Cleaning Tips, Maintenance|

Canada Day, Fresh Fruit and Tattoos!

Canada Day marks more than just the birth of our nation. For kids, it’s the kick-off to summer vacation; for adults, it typically brings the warm weather we’ve dreamed about all winter.  But, above all, it’s a three-day weekend.  So, kick off your shoes and celebrate!  Invite the gang over for a BBQ and raise […]

June 29th, 2018|Cleaning Tips, Family, Outdoors, Party, Summer|

No Fence Required with these Creative Alternatives

Your backyard is a retreat from everyday life. For some it’s a place to relax and entertain family and friends. For others, a space for a swimming pool, a trampoline and a soccer net. Whether it’s a large suburban space or a tiny city garden, the desire for privacy is mutual. Fences are ideal, but […]

June 27th, 2018|Outdoors, Summer|

5 Storage Solutions for your Backyard Retreat

Patio season is upon us! Break out the tiki torches and brightly coloured lounge decor, and take your back deck from drab to glorious in minutes. Patio furniture adds so much character to a space, but keeping it fresh and clean can be a challenge. Even a quick rain shower can invite mold to grow […]

June 22nd, 2018|Maintenance, Outdoors, Summer|

How to Design a Pool Cleaning Schedule

Keeping a swimming pool clean is serious business. To ensure safety and cleanliness you have to follow a daily regimen – there’s no skipping a day here or there. This rigidity comes easy to some, less for others. Here’s a run down of the basics required to make the most of pool season.

Skim it

If […]

June 20th, 2018|Cleaning Tips, Maintenance, Outdoors, Summer|

Bored with Laundry Day? Find Inspiration Around the World!

Laundry has got to be one of the most open to interpretation chores on the planet! You can hand wash and hang dry. You can separate colours from whites (or not). You can wash on cold, hot or whichever button is working. You can use lots of detergent, homemade detergent or none at all. If […]

June 15th, 2018|Cleaning Tips, Laundry|