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3 Ways to Make Your Home Cleaning Easier and More Efficient

How can cleaning be made more efficientAccording to the American Cleaning Institute, Americans spend around 6 hours per week on cleaning. Less than an hour a day may not seem like much, but it adds up to more than 24 hours per month. That’s an entire day out of your month you spend cleaning!

Having a maid service in Burbank take care of your house cleaning for you is a simple and effective way to reclaim your free time, but is it really the only thing you can do? Of course not!

In this article, we’ll provide you with 3 tried-and-true tips on how to speed up your cleanings and keep your home tidier. Keep reading to learn more!

How can cleaning be made more efficient?

First off, you should always gather all your cleaning supplies in an easy-to-carry bag or basket before you start cleaning. This way, you’ll avoid repeat trips to the laundry room and make sure you always have the right cleaning equipment on hand. 

Here are 3 ways to make your cleaning take less time:

1. Top-to-bottom cleaning approach

Always clean the upper areas first (eg., tall shelves, ceiling fans, light fixtures, etc.), and then work your way down. This way, all the dust and dirt you don’t manage to pick up with your cleaning cloths will end up on the floor, where they can be easily vacuumed later on.

2. Adopt good cleaning habits

Just as eliminating bad cleaning habits can prevent you from sabotaging yourself when it comes to cleaning, adopting good ones can completely prevent some areas from getting dirty in the first place.

Here are a few things you can do:

Wash your dishes immediately after you’re done using them

Always store the clothes you’re not wearing in the closet or throw them in the laundry

Train your pets not to jump on furniture to reduce the amount of hair you have to pick up

Use cable sleeves to keep cables from collecting dust and getting tangled

Keep a trash bin in every room for easy napkin, food wrapper, etc., disposal

Have designated storage areas for certain items (eg., remotes always go under the TV)

3. Book a maid service

By far the most efficient way to clean your home is by outsourcing it to the pros, especially if you’re in need of a heavy-duty service such as a deep cleaning or a move out/move in cleaning. 

In addition to ensuring your house receives regular cleanings, this also enables you to devote the time you’d otherwise spend cleaning to other activities, such as taking a pleasant stroll by the Downtown Burbank Post Office with your family.

How can I keep my house clean with a busy schedule?

A good way to prevent the dust and clutter from getting out of hand if you’re very busy is to do a little cleaning every day. By tidying up, washing the dishes, making the beds, and performing other types of light cleaning for 15-20 minutes before bedtime, you’ll greatly reduce the amount of dirt you have to deal with during your weekly cleanings. 

If you’re simply too busy or too tired to fit 15-20 minutes of cleaning into your daily schedule, your best bet is to hire trusted cleaning professionals to do your cleaning for you. 

Where can I schedule a superb maid service in Burbank?

How can I keep my house clean with a busy scheduleWith the coronavirus crisis still being a huge problem in the US, making sure your home is hygienic at all times is more important than ever. Here at MaidThis, we’d like to help you do just that by introducing you to the very finest cleaning experts in Burbank.

The cleaners we work with can provide you with a wide range of cleaning services, including regular and deep cleanings, move in/out cleanings, and vacation rental cleanings. Contact us today and take full advantage of our 100% satisfaction guarantee!

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4 Bad Cleaning Habits & How to Break Them

How can I improve my cleaning habitsOn its face, cleaning seems like a pretty straightforward activity. All you need to do is wipe down a bunch of surfaces, mop and vacuum the floors, throw out the trash, and make sure your bathroom is sanitary. There isn’t all that much you can do wrong, right?

If only things were so simple! Like many everyday activities, housework is full of little details that are easy to miss or get wrong. Over time, these mistakes can turn into bad cleaning habits that are hard to break. 

This not only makes keeping your home hygienic and dirt-free more difficult, it can also damage your possessions and even endanger your and your family’s health. Read on to learn more about these bad cleaning habits and what you can do about them. If you’d like to further improve the efficiency of your cleaning routine, you can always count on professional house cleaning in Burbank to deliver top-tier results.

How can I improve my cleaning habits?

Eliminating bad cleaning habits is a great way to make your cleaning more efficient. In addition to providing you with a healthier home, this will also make your extensive spring cleanings a lot less time-consuming

Here are 4 common negative cleaning habits:

1. Not cleaning your curtains

Almost all curtains are made of some sort of fabric. As such, they’re prone to attracting dust and absorbing odors. Over time, this will make them look and feel dingy, and may even cause them to accumulate toxins and allergens. 

While regular vacuuming will help control the problem (to a degree), you should still launder your curtains (if the material allows it) once every 6 months or so, or take them to a professional curtain cleaning service. 

2. Using expired cleaning supplies

While factory-made cleaning chemicals tend to last a long time, it’s still a good idea to check the expiration dates on the bottle every now and then. Doing so is especially important if you use eco-friendly products or homemade cleaning solutions. 

Typical expiry dates for food-grade green cleaning products include: 

– Baking soda: 6 months in an opened package and 2 years in an unopened one

– Distilled white vinegar: indefinite

– Rubbing alcohol: 2-3 years

– Lemon: 3-4 weeks in the fridge

– Hydrogen peroxide: 3 years in an unopened package and 1-6 months in an opened one

3. Letting the interior of your appliances get dingy

Dirty microwaves, fridges, and ovens not only look gross, they can also contaminate any food that is being prepared or stored inside them. Same goes for any kitchen cabinets that contain food or eating utensils.

You should clean the interior of your oven and microwave once every few months (or even more often than that, depending on how much you use these appliances). Furthermore, any spills inside your fridge should be taken care of immediately.

4. Not cleaning your equipment

Not cleaning the interior of your vacuum cleaner or removing built-up detergent residue from your washing machine will automatically make any cleaning you do with them less effective, and may even spread dirt through your home. 

Where can I book a comprehensive house cleaning in Burbank?

Where can I book a comprehensive house cleaning in BurbankAre you looking for someone who can give your place a truly in-depth spring cleaning? Or maybe you’d like to set up a recurring home cleaning plan? Whatever your cleaning needs may be, you can’t go wrong by giving MaidThis a call!

We work with the top cleaning experts in Burbank who will gladly give you the gift of a squeaky clean house while you pick your kids up from the Burbank High School or simply relax in the company of your loved ones. Book your cleaning today and take full advantage of our 100% satisfaction guarantee!

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Airbnb Has Gone Public: Here’s What it Means for Hosts (You!)

It turns out that 2020 had one more surprise up its sleeve for the travel and STR industry: the Airbnb IPO.  While the company had planned to go public this year anyway, no one would have predicted that they would have been able to get the valuation that they started 2020 with.  Those predictions were right.  Airbnb finished 2020 on the Nasdaq at more than three times the valuation it started 2020 with.

Some numbers might help us understand this better.  Booking.com, a well known online travel agency (OTA) and competitor of Airbnb, has a market capitalization of $86 billion.  At just over $100 billion at the time of this newsletter, not only does Airbnb have a bigger market cap than Booking, it has one bigger than Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt combined.  It turns out those 7 million listings that Airbnb has worldwide continues to inspire confidence in the marketplace, even in a sector that was particular devastated by a pandemic.

What changed for Airbnb?

While there was at first a catastrophic drop in revenue due to lockdowns and quarantines, as Airbnb slashed expenses and made necessary changes, the situation stabilized.  People still wanted to travel, and realized that they could do so while still socially distancing.

The other vector that Airbnb never had planned for was the worldwide acceptance of remote work as a new normal.  This meant that people were able to travel even though they weren’t on vacation.  They were simply “homebasing” someplace else.  This has led Airbnb to reconfigure its website to allow for more inspiration at a closer distance from home: 300 miles seems to be the magic number.

Areas of Scrutiny

Now that it’s a publicly traded company, Airbnb is going to receive even more scrutiny, and can no longer play the “brash startup” that it may have played at times in the past.  

​​On a basic level, this might mean that higher standards will be set for hosts and guests in regards to neighborhood noise, partying, and safety.  On a higher level, city governments around the world will probably try to find a solution with a publicly traded company now that the narrative is no longer protecting the neighborhood from a “startup.”

Neighborhood Support

​Airbnb already has a Neighborhood Support page in place for your neighbors to file a report should they feel there is excessive noise, a disruptive party, or unsafe behavior happening at your property.  

If people have a way to resolve an issue with you, it’s easier for everyone than filing a claim with a company.  Reach out to your neighbors and give them ways to get a hold of you.  If there is something strange happening, you want to hear it from a neighbor before hearing about it from Airbnb (or the police).

Party Prevention

​Airbnb negotiated good rates for Minut, NoiseAware, and Roomonitor, all simple-to-use solutions to keep you in the loop should the noise at your listing get beyond limits that you set.  But beyond that, the pandemic forced them to ban parties globally indefinitely.

Post-IPO Airbnb will likely to continue to put rules and regulations in place to make sure that it solidifies its place in communities worldwide.  Hosts can prepare for these changes ahead of time by following regulations in their municipality, having an open line of communication with their neighbors, and using technology to help them monitor noise levels.

Sharing the Wealth with Hosts?

As many of you experienced, there was a major loss of revenue in the first half of the year, but Airbnb tried to address this by offering some percentages of the refunds they had unilaterally given to guests and by establishing a fund that offered strings-free grants to the neediest hosts.  

Airbnb continued this line of thinking with its IPO, in which it set aside a $9.2 million endowment fund just for hosts, mostly to fund programs and grants.

All this means that there are more opportunities for you (and for us!) as the new year continues.  Who would have thought that after 2020?

This article first appeared in our Guest Book newsletter.

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