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How to Sanitize Your House Like an Expert: Part 1

How can I use cleaning chemicals safelyDespite our best efforts to curb its spread, the coronavirus pandemic is still going strong throughout the Western world. As of this writing, we still don’t know when we’ll get a vaccine or how much long-term damage this outbreak will cause. 

Luckily for all of us, we can keep ourselves and our families safe through a combination of personal hygiene, social distancing, and in-depth home cleaning and disinfection. But what if you don’t know how to safely use household disinfectants? 

No worries! In this article, we’ll teach you how to sanitize your place like a pro. The following advice can be applied regardless of whether you’re cleaning yourself or having it done by a professional home cleaner in Los Angeles. Read on to learn more.

How do you disinfect your house from viruses?

In order for a surface to be fully sanitized, it first needs to be given a thorough cleaning, and then treated with a household disinfectant. This is because everyday cleaning products can’t kill germs on their own, while disinfectants aren’t designed to remove dust and dirt.

Follow these steps when disinfecting your place:

Step #1: Keep yourself safe

Ridding your house of germs won’t do you any good if you get sick while doing so. The best way to avoid this is by wearing a face mask and disposable gloves during the cleaning. Avoid touching your face while cleaning and remember to give your hands a good washing after you’re done. 

Step #2: Wipe down surfaces

Grab some soap and water (or a household cleaner that’s appropriate for the material you’re cleaning) and use it to ensure the surfaces in your home are dust and dirt-free. After you’ve wiped everything down, give the room a good mopping and vacuuming to remove any particles that may have drifted down to the floor. 

Pay special attention to high-touch surfaces:

*Handles

*Doorknobs

*Light switches

*Computer keyboards and mice

*Phones

*Touchscreens

*Countertops

*Desks

*Tables

*Toilet seats

*TV and AC remotes

Step #3: Bring out the disinfectant

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a list of household disinfectants that have been proven to be effective against COVID-19. Buy one of these disinfectants and apply it to a freshly-cleaned surface. 

If you can’t get an EPA-approved disinfectant, you can create a substitute by mixing a tablespoon of bleach with a gallon of water. Just keep in mind that bleach can damage some materials, so be careful how you use this solution.

How can I safely use cleaning chemicals?

Household disinfectants often contain harsh chemicals that can irritate skin or aggravate respiratory conditions. In addition to that, many of these products release toxic fumes when used. These fumes can linger for a long time and have a negative effect on your indoor air quality. 

When using these products, always make sure to read manufacturer instructions before opening the bottle. Furthermore, the room you’re using them in should be thoroughly aired both during and after the cleaning to ensure your home stays healthy

Where can I hire a dependable home cleaner in Los Angeles?

How do you disinfect your house from viruses and germsKnowing how to properly apply household disinfectants is all well and good, but what if you’re one of the many Americans who are simply too busy raising their kids and working a full-time job to give their house the cleaning it needs? That’s where MaidThis comes in.

The cleaners we refer are by far the most accomplished cleaning pros in the Los Angeles area. They will happily use their expertise and cutting-edge equipment to extensively sanitize your home while you enjoy a memorable evening at the Ahmanson Theatre. Book your cleaning today!

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How to Sanitize Your House Like an Expert: Part 2

How often should I clean surfacesIt’s no secret that the coronavirus crisis has made us all much more aware of the importance of extensive house cleaning and disinfection. In fact, until we finally get a vaccine, proper cleaning and social distancing will remain our strongest defense against COVID-19

In the first part of our guide on how to sanitize your home thoroughly in a way that boosts its indoor air quality and makes your living space as healthy as possible, we gave you some tried-and-true tips on how to use disinfectants in a safe and efficient manner.

Now we’ll delve deeper into this topic by taking a look at disinfectant wipes and explaining how to incorporate disinfection into your regular home cleaning in Los Angeles. Keep reading to learn more. 

How do I disinfect my home during a standard cleaning?

Since everyday cleaning products aren’t designed to destroy germs, and household disinfectants can’t remove grime and dust, the only way to truly sanitize a surface is by first cleaning and then disinfecting it.

Once you’ve wiped down a particular surface or item, grab your disinfectant of choice and apply it to the surface in question. This will ensure the surface is both sparkling clean and germ-free without making your cleaning significantly more tiring or time-consuming. 

How often should I clean surfaces?

It depends. Most homes don’t have to be given a standard cleaning (vacuuming, mopping, wiping down surfaces, decluttering, etc.) more often than once or twice a week. However, certain factors can create the need for more frequent cleanings.

These factors include:

*The number of people in your household. The more people there are, the greater the chance that someone will bring in pathogens. 

*How often you go out. If you spend a lot of time outside on any given day, you’re probably also bringing a lot more germs into your home than you otherwise would. 

*If a member of your household is sick, it’s a good idea to clean and disinfect any areas they’ve used on a daily basis. Pay special attention to shared spaces such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Can alcohol-based wipes be used to disinfect surfaces?

It depends on the type of surface. According to the Center for Disease Control, alcohol-based wipes or sprays that contain at least 70% alcohol can be used to disinfect electronics such as touchscreens. However, they may not be as effective on other surfaces and may even damage the material. 

For this reason, you’re better off using one of the following disinfectants:

*Branded household disinfectants are widely available throughout the United States. Just make sure to buy one that’s been recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. 

*Bleach and water solution. You can make your own disinfectant by mixing a tablespoon of bleach that contains 5.25-8.25% sodium hypochlorite with a gallon of water. Just be careful not to use this solution on a material that can be damaged by bleach. These solutions can be used as disinfectants for up to 24 hours.

*Alcohol solutions that contain a minimum of 70% alcohol.

Where can I book a superb home cleaning service in Los Angeles?

Can alcohol-based wipes be used to disinfect surfacesIn-depth house cleaning and disinfection can be quite tiring and time-consuming. This can become a serious problem if you’re already employed full-time and have children to take care of. The good news is, you don’t have to do everything on your own.

Here at MaidThis, we specialize in sending the top cleaning pros in Los Angeles straight to your doorstep. By having your home sanitized by seasoned experts, you’ll be reclaiming the free time you need to relax after work or enjoy a pleasant afternoon at the Barnsdall Art Park. Contact us today. 

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Recharge Yourself as a Host this Fall

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Someday, we’ll all be able to look back on 2020 and laugh, right?… We can only hope. 

There’s no denying that this year has been, in the words of CNN’s Jake Tapper, “a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck.” (His remarks were in response to the first presidential debate, but they still apply to the year as a whole, wouldn’t you say?)

So, while a few things remain on this year’s check-off list, one thing may not be on your to-dos that really should be is to recharge

We’ve all taken a beating and we all need a little R&R. Here are a few of our recommendations on how to recharge yourself as a vacation rental host this fall. Best of all, they’ll fit any budget. 

 

1. Book an Airbnb staycation.

You may be rolling your eyes at this one, but hear us out on this one. There are two reasons we recommend going this route: 

A) You’re away from home and a true guest somewhere else, and 

B) If you can’t help but work, you can take the opportunity to spy a little on your competition.

We recommend going a little crazy here and booking a night or two in a place that you wouldn’t normally – maybe something more expensive than you’d typically look for. Consider a place like this super-hip downtown loft or really get outside the city in this cozy Airbnb Plus historic home once owned by actress Bette Davis.

The idea here is to, for once, be the guest and not the host. Treat yo’self. 

 

2. Support local businesses: Book a spa appointment, order a hefty take-out order from your favorite restaurant, and look for other “shop local” opportunities.

Everyone is struggling these days, especially small businesses across America. If you’re looking to recharge yourself, you can also do a little good by supporting your peers.

If you’re not comfortable visiting a spa, purchase a gift card from them or buy one for a friend. You’re still supporting the business! If funds are tight, look for deals on Groupon.

If you’re not comfortable (or unable to because of city or state closure mandates) sitting in a restaurant to eat, order a big takeout meal. Order for a meal or two and choose menu items that will still taste great when they’re reheated at home. This way, you’re supporting a local business and saving yourself the trouble of cooking for multiple meals. *HIGH FIVE* While you’re at it, tip the staff at the restaurant even though you’re not dining in. 

Ask friends and search the web for other ways you can treat yourself and support other community entrepreneurs. 

 

3. Find a new hobby.

There are so many things you can do to fill your time and the internet has opened a world of learning to everyone. Even before the pandemic hit, online classes and courses were available to anyone willing to learn a new craft. 

Look into Airbnb’s Online Experiences or consider learning hubs like Skillshare or Masterclass. There’s so much to learn out there and at such an affordable price. Take your mind off your struggles for a while and find something new to enjoy.

 

After a year like the one we’ve had, it’s important to remember to take time to reflect on the good. Step away from everything for a moment and make an effort to do something for yourself.  

Take what time we have left to turn things around and prepare for the awesomeness that will be 2021. By giving yourself a little time to recharge as a host, you’ll be ready for what comes next.

 

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Vacation Rental Insurance: Are you Covered?

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Whether you’re renting a property as a serious source of income or just as a side hustle, it’s important that you have the right insurance policy to cover any damages that might occur. As running a vacation rental is a business activity, your usual homeowner’s policy or landlord’s policy won’t be valid for the times you rent your property out for short-term stays.

Luckily, many insurance policies are specifically designed for short-term rental properties these days and most providers will allow you to easily add a short-term rental policy to your usual home insurance plan. 

Here’s what you need to know about vacation rental insurance. 

 

What should your vacation rental insurance cover? 

What’s the difference between vacation rental insurance and homeowner’s insurance? The answer is the degree of coverage as well as what areas are covered. 

There are three main categories you should look at when determining what coverage you’ll need for your rental property: 

 

  • Liability: Without liability insurance, your guests could potentially sue you for any injuries or accidents that happen on your property. This is true even if it doesn’t seem like you’re at fault. General liability insurance protects you and your assets in the event of an unforeseen disaster resulting in injury. 
  • Property Damage: For serious property damage caused by renters or natural disasters, many hosts would be out of luck without property damage insurance. Make sure that the insurance policy you choose covers your entire property, including decks, sheds, and other structures that might be set further away from the house. 
  • Loss of Income: Your property is considered a business expense, so if damages prevent you from renting it out, you’ll need insurance to cover the loss of income. You may be able to be compensated for the time that you miss out on renting due to repairs as well as the repairs themselves. 

 

With a comprehensive insurance package, you won’t have to worry about things going awry when you rent out your property. It’s almost always worth the investment if you’re serious about vacation rental hosting. It’s much cheaper to pay for insurance than it would be to pay for damages or lawsuits that might occur without it. 

 

Vacation Rental Insurance Providers

It’s easy to find a trusted name when it comes to vacation rental insurance. Many of the big-name insurance providers now offer homeshare or short-term rental insurance policies. Here are a few to consider: 

 

The insurance provider you choose will depend on your individual rates as well as what feels best for you. It’s a good idea to shop around and see how the policies differ before committing to one. Don’t just go with what’s familiar; the insurance provider you’ve used for auto insurance in the past might not necessarily be the best choice for your vacation rental insurance. 

 

Overall, an airtight vacation rental insurance policy will save you a lot of time and hassle if something goes wrong during a guest’s stay. You can rest easy knowing that your property is covered, no matter what life (or a guest) throws at you. 

 

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I definitely think that as a company we've been able to make more money, not only because we're saving money by using Maid This, but also because they're helping take a few of the necessary evils with doing vacation rentals off of the property managers plate.
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