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7 Household Products for Green Cleaning

Green Cleaning - Los Angeles Cleaning ServicesThe circle is closing – we’re going back to the basics. Many of us are tired of heavy-duty chemicals and their magnificent promises advertisements would have us believe. Here is a list of all-natural cleaning products that you might have round the house, together with what they are good for.

Baking soda

This is probably familiar to you, as baking soda is found in many detergents. It’s a fantastic deodorizer (sprinkle it generously over the bottom of your garbage can) and it removes stains. You can clean your oven, bathroom and kitchen with it. You can also use it to remove upholstery stains, including those in the car, and sprinkle carpets with it before you vacuum them.

White vinegar

There’s no better and easier way to get rid of built-up lime in your bathroom than soaking the spot for some time with vinegar. You can also use white vinegar to clean grease and soap scum, but it’s also gentle enough to be used on hardwood floors. Burnt pans will no longer give you headaches if you fill them with vinegar and leave it to steep for some time.

Lemon juice

There’s no better-smelling cleaning product with so much versatility. It cleans grease, removes mildew and mold, and it never leaves streak marks. It goes well in combination with vinegar or olive oil. You can use it alone or combined to clean soap scum, showers and garbage disposals. Mixing it with white vinegar makes for a great disinfectant that also cleans windows and mops floors.

Olive oil

Yes, olive oil can double as a cleaning product, believe it or not. Use it to polish furniture and stainless steel, clean cast-iron pans and mend scratches on leather furniture.

Hydrogen peroxide

Mixed with water, hydrogen peroxide turns fizzy. This makes it a great way to remove substances off surfaces and to take out stains from white natural fabrics. Apart from cleaning countertops with it, you can add it to your dishwasher to get cleaner results. It will remove urine stains from white fabrics and also get rid of mildew and mold.

Castile soap

This eco-friendly soap made of olive oil and sodium peroxide is gentle for you and superbly versatile. Use it to shampoo your carpet, wash your laundry and remove fingerprints and dirt from walls.

Borax

This product is commonly used as an eco-friendly laundry detergent, but it can be put to other uses. It will unclog drains, deodorize garbage cans and get rid of stains from porcelain sinks.

Maid This! is your most trusted LA cleaning service. We hope you found the article interesting and useful. If you’d like to have professionals deal with cleaning your home, fell free to contact us today via phone or fill out the online form and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

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Pets & Allergies & Your Home

If you or a family member are allergic to pets, don’t despair. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot keep pets. If your allergy isn’t very serious and your doctor says you can have pets but with extra care, you simply have to stick to a few rules and enjoy being a pet owner.

Explore the allergy

This is absolutely the first step. Before you get a pet, you should be able to answer these questions.

What exactly triggers your allergy? Just pet dander or something else as well?

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies?

What seasons are your allergies worst in?

Are you allergic to both long- and short-haired animals?

 

If you know the answers to these questions, you’ll be able to understand your limitations and make a better choice for a pet, one that will minimally affect your allergies. Your doctor could help you with a full description of your allergy issues – they could even suggest you the appropriate type and breed of pet.

Medication

Maybe you already have allergy medication. If you don’t, you are advised to visit an allergist to get some. Medication can be prescribed or bought over the counter, depending on the severity or the allergy. Anyway, you should make sure you take the medication regularly to keep the symptoms under control.

Air-cleaners

This is almost like medication – practically essential. Air-cleaners silently filter air and clean it from pet dust, dander and microbes. There is a huge variety in types and brands. As we said, consider an air-cleaner indispensable.

Pet-free zones

This is especially important for the days when you allergy is giving you a hard time. Having a place that is absolutely free of pet dander will be your oasis. To secure this, there must be a place in the house where pets will have no access at all.

Cleanliness up to par

This will make your life so much easier. If your pet sheds a lot, you can never do enough vacuuming and dusting. A vacuum with a HEPA filter will ensure the allergens don’t escape the vacuum cleaner bag. It would be very good to have your home professionally deep-cleaned every month – that way it will be impossible for hair and dander to pile over time.

Clean pet

Your pet should also be kept clean. That is part and parcel of being a responsible pet owner, but it also alleviates allergy symptoms. You dog or cat should be washed weekly and litter boxes which are inside the home should also be kept clean and regularly washed. If you pet is in a cage, the cage should also be clean and tidy. That will stop germs and pet dander from spreading around the house.

 

If you have pet allergies and would like to have your home professionally cleaned, Maid This! can help you. We are a reputable cleaning service in Los Angeles that has availabilities for any time that suits you. We have flat rates and we are always ready to take special requests. Feel free to call us today or fill out the form to get a fast and free quote. We are eager to show you why we are the best.

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Tips On Tidying Up In Ten Minutes

You know that feeling when a friend you haven’t seen in ages rings you? You’re so happy to hear them, but then you hear “I was thinking I could drop by if you will have me” and your smile just freezes as you look around your house. Your days are busy and you don’t have time to clean up regularly. That’s understandable.

When you find yourself in a situation like this, it helps to know a few tricks. You’ll be able to focus on seeing your friend and not freak out about tidying up. Here are the tricks.

Tidy up only the places where your guest will be

Keep in mind that it’s your house and you decide where you’re going to be. If it’s the living room, focus on it. Forget the bedrooms. Maybe you should look around the bathroom as well, because your guest will probably use it.

Big things first

You’ll need two trash bags – one for the trash and the other for storage. Go around the places your guest will see and pick things up. The storage bag is for stuff that is out of place and which you’ll put away later. For now, you just want that stuff out of the way. When the bags are full, throw the trash away and put the storage bag in a closet – just remember where you put it!

Decluttering a place goes a long way in making a place appear tidy. You’ll also have more space.

Make things smell fresh

If something smells fresh, you’ll probably perceive it as clean. Think about those fabric softeners – they are made to make your clothes smell like they’ve just come out of the dryer for days on end.

Look out for funny smells. Take out the trash if necessary. If your garbage disposal smells weird, pour some baking soda and turn on hot water. Clean your pet’s litter box and maybe have your pet go outside for a while if possible. Open all the windows to change the air in the room and then spray some light air freshener.

If you don’t have air freshener, lemons could do the trick if you have some. You can either just cut them up in two halves and leave them for a few minutes, or you can put some lemon juice and water in a spray bottle for a DIY freshener. If you like incense sticks and burning oil, that’ll also do the job.

Do the dishes

Quickly doing the dishes or at least stuffing them in the dishwasher will make a huge difference. Dirty dishes should either be put away somehow or at least appear less dirty. Rinse them quickly and stack them nicely – that’ll do if you are pressed for time. If possible, turn the dishwasher on.

A small trick is to bring out some cookies, candy or wine. That’ll give your guest something to focus on rather than scrutinize your house.

Lint roller is your friend in need

This is great for people with pets and those with long hair. Again, it’s best to let your pet out for a while if you have a garden and it likes being outside. Next, grab a lint roller and go over the couch and other furniture your pet likes, or simply areas that look dusty or covered in a hair web.

Include other family members

If you get some help, you’ll be over quicker and you’ll have more time to relax and maybe get yourself ready (check your hair, put some deodorant, change if necessary). So, if there’s anyone else in the house, a roommate, a sibling, the spouse or children ask them to pitch in. Delegate them some of the tasks and thank them later!

In today’s world it’s not really viable to have time to keep you house spotless all the time. Even though we appreciate it and like it when our homes are clean, there really are things more important than cleaning away in our free time.

That’s where Maid This! can help you. If you live in Los Angeles and you’re looking for cleaning services, Maid This! is your top-choice referral agency. Our growing customer base and premium customer care reflect how much effort we put into providing ultimate flat-rate cleaning services with highly skilled, experienced and reliable cleaners. Contact us today to find out more!

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Interview with Check-In LA – Formalizing Your Check In Process!

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“You will never get a second chance to make a first impression” – Will Rogers

First impressions stick. As a host, your goal is to make your guests’ experience the best you possibly can from the first moment they book with you. This beginning check-in phase is critical to set a positive tone for the guests’ stay.

To provide some tips and tricks for checking in guests we interviewed Kerry Hirschberg. Kerry is founder of Check-In LA, a short-term rental management and check in/check out company.

After 15 years as a TV executive, Kerry decided to trade in his desk, HR staff evaluations and budget proposals to start his own company and have the opportunity to meet fascinating people from around the world. In 2014 he launched Check-In LA, a full service management company that operates in Los Angeles & Palm Springs that is dedicated to removing the ‘hassle’ factor of dealing with guests, check in/check out processes, and rental property needs.

Given Kerry’s extensive background in management and hospitality, we thought it would be great to interview him about how hosts can improve the check in process and improve guest experience from the beginning of their stay!

1. What are some general tips you can offer to a host who does not have a formalized check in process?

Write a “tour speech”. Starts with the greeting at the front door and details the entire tour of your property.  For example, “here is the thermostat and here is how it works.  Over here is the light switch for the porch light. To use the TV remote push buttons in this order” and most important “here is the internet name and password”

Write everything down. This is an important document that you can pass on to anyone that will greet guests when you aren’t available.

2. What is the #1 best thing a host can do to improve the check in process for guests?

I don’t believe in lockboxes or electronic keys. You take the time to vet prospective guests to insure they are suitable for your home, so why would you just give anyone that shows up at your door a lockbox code and not ensure they are who they claim they are? With personalized check-ins you get to MEET face-to-face the people you are giving your keys too. It might cost you a few dollars to hire a check-in agent, but it’s worth it to have someone meet your guests before they are allowed into your home. Some hosts even take a picture of the guest’s drivers licenses to prove they checked into the property incase there is a dispute in the future.

3.  For hosts with multiple units, how do you suggest they make the check-in process more personal?

If you have one rental property or a dozen, the most important service a host can offer a guest is good communication. Make sure you trade cell phone numbers prior to their arrival. Download WhatsApp on your phone, so you can text with international clients without anyone having to pay additional phone charges.

Make sure you know what time your guests plan on arriving and text them your address the day before check in. It can be frustrating to have to scroll through old messages to find the address when you are driving.

A great tip is to send your guests a “Have a safe trip tomorrow” or “Welcome to Hollywood” text when you know they have arrived in your town.  This will encourage them to keep you posted on any delays they might incur.

4. Can you explain a host book? Is it necessary?

I create a Host Welcoming Book for each of my client’s properties. It takes less than an hour to create, but your guests will be thrilled to have one available.

Include the following:

  • House Rules – the do’s and don’ts of the property.
  • What is required of them at check out (take out the trash, start dishwasher, etc.)
  • How To Instructions for – thermostat, TV/Cable Box, pool heater, alarm system etc.
  • Parking restrictions for your block, what day the gardener/pool person comes, and what day trash bins need to be moved.
  • List Internet name and password.
  • List in bullet points everything you mentioned in your “welcome speech”. This will ensure you didn’t miss anything, and they have it written down in case they weren’t listening to you during check-in.
  • Include a Neighborhood Contact Sheet. Provide phone numbers, address and even Internet addresses for Police, Fire Dept., Hospital, Urgent Care, Pharmacy, Grocery Stores, Office Supply Store, Newspaper stands, etc.
  • Add a list of nearby restaurants; provide a few Take-out menus.

The more information you provide the more impressed your guests will be.

5. What have you seen is the impact of a good check in process? 

After traveling hours to get to your home guests are thrilled to be met at the door with a big “Welcome”, the lights turned on, AC or heater running, curtains open. There is nothing more depressing then unlocking the door to a house that has been empty for a few days.

I always get a multitude of “Thanks” when I’ve finished giving a tour of their vacation home, and the reviews from the guests on sites like Airbnb & Homeaway are great.

As we all know one of the most important tools in generating bookings is good reviews from guests. By taking the time to greet your guests, give them a tour and provide them with all the information they need to enjoy not only your home, but also your neighborhood will pay off with the 5 star reviews your guests will write you.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to check out Kerry’s website at www.Check-in-la.com or email him directly at Kerry@check-in-la.com.

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