A professional house cleaning service is not simply about cleaning. It’s also about making life easier for you. Many cleaning companies charge routine services by the hour. It is essential that you find value in the time that a cleaner spends in your home. It is equally important to have a clear understanding of what the cleaner will and will not be doing while at your home. Below are some tips that will help you to prepare your space for scrubbing and to ensure that agreed upon tasks will be completed.
1. Declutter and tidy up your space, including important documents and mail. Toys, books, dishes, blankets and clutter take time to move or put away. Relying on the house cleaner to do this takes time away from actually cleaning. The cleaner will either tidy up for you and spend less time cleaning or will clean around the clutter and potentially leave the job feeling unfinished. The result can be frustration for both you and for the housekeeper.
2. Secure valuables such as jewelry, small electronics and loose cash. This gives peace of mind to both you and to the cleaner and prevents any misunderstanding.
3. Put away the pets and monitor small children. Cleaners are in your home to work at cleaning, not to work around pets or children. Cleaning agents, mop buckets, and vacuums may present potential hazards to pets and kids.
4. Identify and repair any broken items around the home. It happens--sometimes things get broken. Take note of anything in your home that is broken, or is about to break, and let the cleaner know. This way the cleaner doesn’t worry that they broke it!
5. Prepare to give feedback. It is essential for the cleaner to know if there are any specific areas that you feel need special attention. The only way that the cleaner will know is if you share any concerns with them. Feedback is crucial in establishing a lasting and meaningful relationship with your cleaning company!
Cleaning is a very subjective service. It is much easier for house cleaners to do a good job and to conform to your understanding of clean when expectations are clear at the outset. Regular feedback must be given. This allows the cleaning service to adjust their routine to fit with your specific needs. The goal of a housekeeper, after all, is not just to clean but also to provide a satisfying, pleasant experience that makes life easier for you!
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Perennial Edible Garden
The darkest hour is just before the dawn. So it is with the end of winter when you love to garden. Planting season is nearing quickly. The established perennials in the garden have been awakened by April’s showers. Now the sunshine of May will help them spring forth into another great season of growth. In addition to cleaning up winter’s waste from the landscape, now is the time to start dreaming about the food you can produce in your own garden. While a daydream cannot completely satiate the desire to get in the dirt, it can help tide us over. This time can be used constructively to formulate plans for the year. For instance, formulating a new perennial bed. This year we are going to convert an underutilized 8’ x 8’ patch of our backyard into an edible perennial garden.
Fresh fruit and veggies will grow for my family and the families after ours every year in the backyard. How is that possible? There are a surprising number of plants that will come back each year if given the real estate to do so. Here’s a list of the plants that we will be testing out this year in our garden.
· Asparagus – Jersey Supreme
· Asparagus – Pacific Purple
· Onion – yellow, Walla Walla
· Onion – white, Ringmaster
· Onion – red, Red Zeppelin
· Garlic - variety
· Rhubarb – Valentine
There are lots of other choices as well. We based our selections on our climate, tastes and space available. There are lots of herbs, shrubs, trees and other perennial vegetables to explore. Check out these great articles about other perennial plants you can grow in your garden and other tips on perennial vegetable gardening.
While you are out enjoying this beautiful spring day, start planning how you can grow your own dinner in your own perennial vegetable garden. What’s more, this garden grows back year after year. All you need to do is give it some real estate, patience and care. Tell us about YOUR perennial garden experiences or dreams! In the meantime, Happy Gardening!
A rainy Monday morning with a forecast of rain all week. Just remember those gray skies are bringing life to our region. April showers do bring May flowers! Life moves fast. Take time to find your inner peace through balance and reflection this week.
Every time the oven is preheating, the smell of charred food rises. Wisps of faint smoke fill your kitchen. The smoke detector sets off, forcing you to open your windows and create a flow of air by fanning your dish towels. This may go on for days, weeks, or even months. But it is time to face the truth, dear friend.
It is time to clean your oven. My condolences.
Most people do not enjoy cleaning ovens, especially if the oven does not have a self-clean setting. Because of this, oftentimes food drippings build up over time and mutate into a type of charcoal-epoxy goo that tests even the most patient of cleaners and strongest of agents. People abandon all sense and throw both harsh words and chemicals—and precious time—at this central and hardworking appliance.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Here’s the easiest way to clean an oven.
Things you will need: 1” metal putty knife, steel wool, sponge with scour pad, towel, water, 2 buckets, and your choice of cleaning agents. Vinegar and baking soda (combo 1), or water and a natural-based powder like baking soda or a gentle surface scrub (combo 2), is recommended.
1. Remove the racks and scrape any loose chunks from them with the putty knife. Get the racks to a place where you can apply a soaking solution, either outside or in a tub or sink (be prepared to clean the tub or sink afterwards if you choose this route). If you are using combo 1, wet the racks with vinegar and sprinkle with baking soda. If you are using combo 2, wet the racks with water and sprinkle with powder. Rub the racks to create a paste and let the paste sit on the racks for at least 20 minutes.
2. Use the 1” putty knife to scrape as much of the raised charred food and goo as possible from the oven. With a hand broom, vacuum, or paper towel, remove the loose chunks from the oven. If you are using combo 1, wet the oven with vinegar and sprinkle with baking soda. If you are using combo 2, wet the oven with water and sprinkle with powder. Rub the combination over the entire oven to create a nice paste on the surface. Start at the back, move to the sides, upper and lower parts of the oven. Don’t forget the door!
3. Take a break. Let the paste sit in the oven for at least 20 minutes.
4. Fill one bucket with warm water and fill the other with a little bit of water. One is your clean bucket and the other is your dirty discharge bucket. Dip the steel wool into the water and scrub the oven. Start with the door and move inwards so that you minimize the mess. When you need to rinse the wool, dip it first into the discharge bucket and then into the clean bucket. Once the grime has come off, switch to the sponge to remove the powder residue and polish the surface. Use your clean bucket for fresh water and rinse in the discharge bucket. Use the water liberally! Dry with the towel. Repeat on the inside of the oven, working strategically on one surface at a time.
5. Once the oven is clean, turn to the racks. Use the steel wool first to scrub off the most difficult spots, then switch to the sponge to remove any remaining paste. Dry and reinstall the racks.
That’s it! Congratulations on your clean and fresh oven! Now cook yourself an awesome meal—you earned it!
Our small business has been blessed with some of the best staff in the world. Each member of our team is invaluable. We often speak of how we wish we could duplicate this one or that one because they are the best at this or that. Our team members are great because they get it. We really lucked out with the people who have joined the Oso Clean team thus far!
Each of our current superstars were referred to us. If you know someone who may a good fit for our team, send them to our Employment Page to learn more. We offer a diverse range of services to a diverse range of clientele and are therefore seeking a diverse workforce. If you think you may fit or know someone who would, contact us!
April Fools! Take a moment today to have a little fun with someone you love. Check out this link for ideas on how you can liven up the day for your kids. http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/11169/april-fools-day-pranks
How do you celebrate the first day of April?