SPRING CLEANING: The Experts at MOLLY MAID Make It Easy
At one time, spring cleaning was a
much needed chore after a long, cold winter of coal, oil and wood
burning. These heat sources would leave homes dusty, dirty
and covered with soot and ash. Even today our homes are in
need of a thorough spring cleaning following the winter season
after months of muddy shoes and boots being dragged through the
Spring cleaning is a welcome
tradition for many people. After months of dark, cold winter,
spring cleaning signifies the return of spring and spending time
While we keep the house clean
through the winter, it's really important to open up the windows,
move furniture around and do all the extra cleaning steps that are
on a 'deep clean' house cleaning checklist. And that's whether you
do some of these chores yourself or bring in the experts at MOLLY
Just How Clean is MOLLY MAID Clean?
With some care and attention from
MOLLY MAID, your home can quickly shrug off the winter dust and
give you more free time to do all the things you truly enjoy.
MOLLY MAID spring cleaning is based
on the same high standards that are used during an initial house
clean. (Check out the MOLLY MAID Cleaning Handbook for lots
of great cleaning advice.) In addition to all the areas covered
during an initial house clean, a spring clean can involve
additional attention to specific areas of the home according to
During all visits, MOLLY MAID
experts provide the same professional and thorough clean to meet
the individual needs of all our customers. In fact, a MOLLY
MAID spring clean can be carried out at any time of year, including
move out cleans.
Spring Cleaning - It's in the Details
Spring cleaning tasks by the
experts at MOLLY MAID include the same thorough, consistent and
reliable service that our regular cleans provide. But they also
include all or some of the following items according to your
- Remove the contents of kitchen units and cupboards and
thoroughly clean the insides;
- Clean the insides of closets and wardrobes;
- Wash all painted commonly-touched surfaces such as doors, walls
and window frames;
- Wash baseboards, in addition to our regular dusting of
Please contact your local MOLLY
MAID today to discuss your spring cleaning needs in further
SPRING CLEANING: Here are Great House Cleaning Tips from MOLLY
If you're going to tackle some of
your big spring cleaning projects yourself this month, the experts
at MOLLY MAID can help get you started. With just a bit of care,
attention and elbow grease, your home can sparkle for the warmer
months and sunny days ahead.
- Simplify your cleaning
products cupboard. Limit spring cleaning products to a
quality window/glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, tile/grout
cleaner and a toilet bowl cleaner.
- Always use the MOLLY MAID
system of spring cleaning. Clean from the top level
of your house to the bottom. In each room, clean from the top to
bottom starting on the left and moving right. This really is
the quickest and most efficient way to thoroughly spring clean your
- Always dust the room
first and then vacuum. That way any bits of dust or dirt
that fall to the floor as you're dusting will be picked up by the
- The best dust
cloth is a damp, clean, microfibre cloth. To dampen, hold
the cloth by a corner and lightly mist with clean water from a
spray bottle. The cloth should be just damp enough to pick up dust
without leaving moisture streaks on the furniture surface.
- If there's pet
hair on upholstery, a damp microfibre cloth or rubber
glove will easily remove it.
- Before damp
mopping, sweep or vacuum floors first to collect crumbs
and dirt. Then, always start washing the floor in the farthest
corner of the room and work your way towards the door. Use a damp
cloth on the end of a mop handle to reach the narrow space between
appliances. This will also help to get rid of cobwebs.
- To soften splatters inside
the microwave, fill a cup with water and microwave on high
for a few minutes. The steam will loosen any baked on food so you
can easily wipe it clean. Before wiping the microwave,
remember to be extra careful when removing the cup of water as it
will be hot.
- Dish cloths and
sponges can be incubators for germs. Wash dish cloths
regularly, and microwave damp sponges on high for several minutes
to kill bacteria. Even better, toss the sponge and stick to
microfibre cloths, which dry quickly when hung up and help prevent
the spread of germs.
- Use a toothbrush
for hard to reach areas in the bathroom and kitchen (for example,
around the soap holder, taps and drain).
- Streaks on
windows are tricky to eliminate. When spring cleaning
windows, wipe the interior side of the glass horizontally and the
exterior side vertically. This way, it will be easy to determine if
the streaks are on the inside or outside.
- Are there cobwebs
in hard-to-get-to corners and crevices? Get rid of them quickly and
easily with a feather duster, which can reach into difficult places
to dislodge cobwebs and dust. Another tip: use the feather duster
on lampshades, which can look a bit grey and dust-ridden in the
brighter light of spring.
- Here's a simple way to
de-scale the kettle. Fill the kettle half-and-half with
white vinegar and water and leave it to soak overnight. Using an
old toothbrush, dislodge any stubborn bits of lime scale. Rinse out
thoroughly a couple of times and then boil some water to eliminate
any odour of vinegar.
If all of these spring cleaning
ideas sound a bit daunting, contact MOLLY MAID, the spring cleaning
experts; click here to find your
local MOLLY MAID. Another great idea: Give someone you know a MOLLY MAID Gift
Certificate and start their spring off beautifully!
Great Spring Cleaning and Organizational Tips from MOLLY
As an expert in residential
cleaning, MOLLY MAID points out that it's always easier to clean
your house when you have tidied and de-cluttered before you dust
But when you're Spring Cleaning you
can take this cleaning rule-of-thumb a few steps further. It's
actually a great opportunity to pack up and donate items you no
longer need or want.
- Sort things out. Start by getting three boxes
and labelling them: 'Keep', 'Donate', and 'Dispose'. As you sort
through your cupboards, closets and wardrobes, keep these boxes
nearby and place unnecessary items in the corresponding box.
- Clear winter clutter that has accumulated -
it's time to finally find a home for all the extra winter scarves
in the front hallway, the container of de-icer in the closet and
the ice skates that now sit in the back room. Put these winter
items into storage now that warm weather is on the way.
- Sort through your winter clothes and pack them
away for storage. You'll have so much new space in the cupboards,
closets and wardrobes once you've packed away your thick wool
- Go through the pantry and food cupboards and
dispose of anything that is past its expiry date. At the same time,
if you find packaged foods that are fine but you know you won't
eat, drop them off at a local food bank: Food Banks Canada or The Salvation Army.
- Move on to the fridge and look for items that
have expired over the winter months. It's time to make room for
fresh, local produce.
- If white bedding and towels are looking a bit
grey and tired, put them in the washing machine and add a
brightening agent (natural brighteners include lemon juice and
white vinegar). Also, dry whites outside in the sun for extra
whitening. This is a refreshing way to breathe new life into
- Attack the toy collection if you've got one -
sometimes toys can take over a home! Consider investing in some
storage containers - perhaps one in the kids' play room and one in
their bedroom - to help make it easier to keep the house tidy.
(Having specific storage containers for toys will teach kids to
help keep the house tidy by putting their toys away.)
- Wash vases in hot soapy water, or update your
collection with some new ones, then fill your home with tulips,
crocuses or daffodils for an instant lift.
- Print those photos of your family and
friends that you've flagged on your computer, and update your
frames with these recent pictures. Or, have some photos enlarged or
printed in black and white, put them in frames, and voila, you have
some new artwork for those bare walls you've been meaning to fill.
Best of all, they're homemade!
- Good luck!
For more spring cleaning tips and
suggestions from the professional house cleaning experts at MOLLY
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