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How to Clean Your Tiles: Ultimate Guide

What to use to clean tilesCan you think of a time when you really enjoyed scrubbing, wiping, and moping around your home? You can’t, can you? 

To make things worse, some cleaning chores simply frustrate you. Cleaning your tiles, for instance. Removing the dirt out of the grouting isn’t among your favorite activities, right? It is too demanding and time-consuming. Plus, there’s always the risk that you might damage your colorful tiles.

Luckily, there are time-tested ways to make the entire process a lot easier. In the following article, our house cleaning service professionals in Hollywood, California, will share some of their clever tile cleaning hacks with you. Keep reading to learn more! 

What to use to clean tiles?

Your ultimate tile cleaning solution depends on the type of tile you are dealing with. For example, you can use most cleaning products and solutions, including DIY natural cleaning solutions such as white vinegar, baking soda, and lemons, to clean your ceramic and porcelain tiles. 

Marble, however, can be ruined by acids like lemon and vinegar, as well as abrasive cleaning cloths, so you have to be careful about the type of cleaner you use. Usually, you’ll only need mild dish soap and water for basic daily whitening and brightening.

What is the best way to clean bathroom tiles?

If you need to clean your bathroom tiles efficiently, here are some useful tips and tricks for you:

  • Before you start cleaning, run a hot shower for a few minutes to open up the pores of materials like ceramic tiles. That way, you can reach more dirt and get a more sparkling finish.
  • Clean grouting before you attend to tiles. The dirt from the grouting will probably get onto the tiles, so you can wipe it all down afterward. 
  • Spritz your favorite natural cleaning solution onto the surface. Wait and wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge. 
  • You can either use lemon juice or mix about 1/2 a cup of distilled white vinegar with 4 cups of warm water, and fill a spray bottle and apply it to the surface. 
  • Or you can use baking soda. Make a paste of 2-3 cups baking soda and a little water, or sprinkle directly onto the tiles. Scrub it in using an old toothbrush or a sponge to help remove tough stains. Then, wipe the tiles down with a cloth soaked in lemon juice before you rinse everything with warm water.
  • If you opt for a heavier chemical cleaner, make sure to open the windows to minimize fumes, and refrain from mixing different products.
  • Whether you are sprucing up your kitchen or bathroom, deal with your floor tiles last, or otherwise, dirt and grime will fall from the wall tiles, and other high areas, and you will have to clean the floor again. 
  • Don’t forget that marble is porous. So avoid using vinegar and baking soda as they can etch the smooth surface. Instead, use mild dish soap and warm water. 

Where can I find dependable house cleaning services in Hollywood, California? 

What is the best way to clean bathroom tilesIf you are tired of dealing with a messy house, or you simply don’t have any ideas on how to clean your wooden furniture like a pro, tackle your streaky mirrors and make them sparkle, or scrub your grimy walls, don’t get desperate! MaidThis has a solution for every cleaning challenge you may face. 

The cleaners we work with will do their job thoroughly and cautiously. They will dust, wipe, sweep, vacuum, and mop every corner in your house. And you will be astonished by the results: a home where you’ll feel relieved, knowing everything is tidy again. So, don’t waste your free time on cleaning when you have reliable professionals at your service. Go and relax at Barnsdall Art Park, while we render your house fresh and clean. Call us today! 

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How to Clean Wood Surfaces Like a Pro

What is the best thing to clean wood withWooden furniture and floors introduce a sense of warmth, coziness, and tranquility into your home. Whenever you enter your house, you feel their positive presence, and their calming colors make you forget about anything unpleasant that happened that day.

Unfortunately, wood can also be damaged by improper cleaning methods, so many homeowners tend to become worried whenever it’s time to attend to their favorite wooden surfaces. That’s why hiring a house cleaning service from Hollywood, California, is usually the best option. 

For homeowners who don’t have the time to call in the pros, or who want the satisfaction of doing it themselves, we have prepared a few tried-and-true wood surface cleaning tips. Read on to learn more.

Can you use vinegar to clean wood?

Vinegar is probably one of the most popular natural cleaning agents as it can combat all sorts of accumulated dirt, grime, and gunk. It’s also perfect for deep cleaning your indispensable kitchen appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, etc. And it goes well with baking soda for optimal results. 

But, vinegar has one major downside: it’s acidic, meaning it can’t be used on all surfaces. And wood is among them. Over time, diluted vinegar can dissolve the finish that protects the wood and leaves it looking cloudy, dull, or scratched.

What is the best thing to clean wood with?

When purchasing new wood furniture, it’s always a good idea to ask the vendor for tips on how to maintain the piece. But, in general, a damp microfiber cloth and a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid will suffice. Just make sure to test the product in an inconspicuous spot before wiping down a whole surface. And make sure not to oversaturate the cloth, as a lot of water can damage it. 

How do you remove grime from wood?

Here’s a quick 3-step guide for how to remove dirt from wooden surfaces:

  1. Wipe down your wood furniture with a slightly damp microfiber cloth carefully, and then quickly wipe it down with another dry microfiber cloth. Don’t let water sit on wooden surfaces for long. 
  2. If there is some sticky residue left, add a drop of dish soap to a microfiber cloth and test it on a tiny, unnoticeable section of the furniture to make sure it won’t ruin the finish. If everything is fine, combine several drops of dish soap with a cup of water and gently work on the stained section. Again, make sure not to soak the wood in water. Once you clean the spot, wipe the area dry with another microfiber cloth.
  3. For deeply ingrained grime, you might need mineral spirits. Again, test a small spot beforehand to make sure it won’t remove the finish. Since mineral spirits have a strong odor, make sure the room is well-ventilated before you start cleaning. Then, simply apply a little bit of mineral spirits to a clean cloth and scrub the sticky area. If that still doesn’t do the trick, you might need to consider refinishing the piece.

Who offers reliable house cleaning services in Hollywood, California? 

Can you use vinegar to clean woodIf you need help with maintaining your wooden surfaces, or you need professionals to wipe your bathroom tiles and make them shine, make your mirrors streak-free, wash your smudged windows, clean your dirty walls, and much more, you have come to the right place! At MaidThis, we boast amazing experience in removing all kinds of dirt.

We also offer customer-oriented services, and maids we send you will do their best to satisfy your requirements. On top of that, they are available any day of the week. 

So enjoy your leisure time by taking a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame with your friends and family, confident that you’ll return to a fresh and healthy house. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today. We will be delighted to offer you a helping hand!

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How Helpful is Airbnb Smart Pricing?

Some may remember growing up and watching “The Price is Right” on television.  No matter who the contestants were or where they were from, they loved getting the “right price,” usually because it meant they won a prize.  There’s a prize for getting the “right price” in short term rental as well, and one that doesn’t go away after one visit to a game show: more income.

Price Matters

The right price matters, not just because it determines how much you’ll make in a given night, month, or year, but because it also offers a standard by which your competition can judge you.  Individual pricing changes lead to entire shifts in the pricing of a marketplace.  

One of the ways that Airbnb has approached this issue has been to create a feature called “Smart Pricing.”  These smart prices are powered by an absolute treasure trove of information that Airbnb, and only Airbnb, has access to:

  • Current supply and demand
  • Historical supply and demand (especially relevant after the 2020 Covid-affected year)
  • The amenities of your listing(s), as well as
    • The quality and quantity of your reviews
    • The number of people viewing your listing
    • Pricing of comparable listings in relation to yours
  • Time left to book

You are not obliged to use Smart Pricing as an Airbnb host, and even if you do, you can choose to override/turn it off for specific dates.  You can also set a “minimum price” so that the tool never drops your listing’s price below that level.

Incentives Not Aligned

Keep in mind that Airbnb’s goal is to take on every booking possible, as they take a 3% service fee from hosts.  What might mean a big change for you, say $10 less a night, is almost negligible for them.  On the other side, the service fees to guests can be as much as 20% for them, so a lower price is also cheaper for the end user.

Smart Pricing also doesn’t really know about upcoming major events, like a convention or sporting event, which can lead to missed opportunities for more aggressive pricing.

However, Airbnb argues that the statistics support the case for Smart Pricing.  One tool that was the precursor for Smart Pricing, Price Tips, increased average revenue earnings by 13%.

Alternatives

There are paid alternatives to Airbnb’s Smart Pricing in the form of Beyond and Wheelhouse.  You can also choose to set the pricing yourself.  After all, you probably know the state of your listing and the marketplace in general better than most.  But, if you choose this route, you will need to constantly tinker, for some of the reasons we mentioned above, like special events, and then some:

  • Seasonality (different seasons may bring different levels of demand…and appropriate pricing)
  • Day of the week (the classic division is business travelers come during the week and leisure travelers on the weekends, though Covid has muddied those waters considerably, as we’ve mentioned in previous newsletters)
  • Comparables (how does your competition stack up in pricing and amenities?)

Ultimately, we do consider Airbnb Smart Pricing both “smart” and helpful, but it will depend on how you manage your listing(s) and what your financial and occupancy goals are that will determine how much you use it, if at all.

This content originally appeared in our twice-monthly Guest Book newsletter.

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5 Money-Saving Strategies

Covid-19 put pressure on many people’s wallets and led to a rethink about budgets and saving money.  We have thought about six of the simplest ways you can put some extra dough away not just this year, but in the years to come.

Optimize Your Food Spending

Food is something everyone has to deal with every day, multiple times a day.  But there are ways to save both time and money.

  • Plan your meals ahead of time.  This allows you to put together a grocery list.  Speaking of…
  • Stick to your grocery list.  Supermarkets aren’t accidentally letting you smell those delicious chocolate chip cookies.  If you want to avoid that temptation altogether…
  • Use online pickup or delivery.  Some stores offer free delivery of groceries and whoever picks your groceries for you will definitely stick to the list.
  • Consider buying generic/store brands.  Many people don’t realize that often the store brands are manufactured and packed by one of the biggest brands in that industry.  Why?  Because grocery stores aren’t in the business of manufacturing everything they sell.  They are happy to let someone else make it and slap a generic label on.  While some brands do have a secret sauce that make them worth buying, on many basic commodities a solid generic/store brand will do just as well.

Audit Your Subscriptions

While many of us may be glad for the auto subscriptions that we have, the hidden trap is that we very rarely audit those subscriptions.  The companies who continue to bill you every month certainly aren’t going to encourage you to audit them either!

Take a look at all the recurring charges that you have and make sure that you are still using/getting value from them.  Don’t get pulled into the sunk cost fallacy that gyms use to their advantage, “if I cancel my gym membership, that means I’ve given up on my health.”  Be honest with yourself about what you’re actually using and save.

Audit Your Recurring Expenses

Most people don’t think about it, but many of the costs they “have to” pay for are open to negotiation.

  • Insurance.  Insurance is a competitive market and your current provider knows it.  They may be willing to give you a rate cut if you just call and ask, but will be even more likely if you call with a few quotes that offer you great savings.  They would rather keep you than lose you to the competition.
  • Credit cards.  If you are carrying balances (or even if you’re not) make sure that you’re asking for a lowering of your interest rates if you’ve been a good customer and always ask for fees to be waived.  The worst thing they can say is “no” and very often they are authorized to say “yes.”  
  • Utilities.  There are some basics you can do around the home with lightbulbs, smart meters, and making sure any holes in your insulation are sealed.  But in some areas there are also different rates and savings opportunities with your electric provider.  Again, call and ask.

Use Your Library

While many of us take streaming services and “one click” buying for granted, the reality is that many libraries (which we pay for with our taxes) provide access to digital and actual content.  Often all you need to do is the brief administrative work necessary to get a library card and you can have access to lots of resources that you’re already paying for.  That can allow you to tap the breaks on some of the unnecessary spending on streaming services and book buying.

Sell Stuff!

We have seasons in our lives of things that we were once interested in that we no longer are.  Maybe it’s an instrument we used to play, or a field of study we were obsessed with.  Instead of gathering dust (and taking up room) in our homes, they can be the favorite item of a new owner.  There are so many platforms to sell or give away these items.  You’ll not just put some money back in your pocket, you’ll relish the mental real estate you get by watching more space in your home return to you.

Saving money is always important, but perhaps no more important than in these strange days of Covid.  You don’t have to try all five of these at once, but even one will make an impact you will appreciate.

This content originally appeared in our Open Calendar Club Newsletter.

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What to Charge for an Airbnb Cleaning Fee?

While we have noticed that during Covid-19, people have been more willing to pay higher cleaning fees for vacation rentals, it’s still important to make sure that your cleaning fee is appropriate for your listing and market.  Let’s talk about some things to think about as you come up with the right number.

What’s in a Cleaning Fee?

Technically speaking, the cleaning fee is supposed to cover things like:

  • Toiletries
  • Cleaning products
  • Laundry and linens
  • Labor of the cleaner

You don’t have to charge a cleaning fee, but for the vast majority of vacation rental listings, it’s a given: there’s no reason for you to bear that cost on your own when you can share it with your guests.

Dos

Make sure your costs are covered

When you use a cleaning service (like us) you know precisely what you’re going to pay for a cleaning, whether a guest has stayed one night or ten nights.  Make sure that you are charging appropriately.  That may mean requiring a minimum stay.

Your research

Do a search for a listing like yours in your area and find out what your competitors are charging.  That should help you calibrate the number you’ve come up with on your own.

Donts

Try to make extra bucks on the cleaning fee  

The vacation rental market is savvier than ever and guests can see when a cleaning fee that is higher than they expect is actually “shadow nightly cost.”  Unless you price otherwise, the cleaning fee on many vacation rental platforms (including Airbnb) isn’t included in the nightly rate that a guest is searching for, so if it’s a significant addition to what they were expecting as a bottom-line price, they may:

  • Get angry and abandon the booking
  • Write you and ask for a discount
  • Raise their expectations for cleanliness 

Undervalue your time  

While people might say that it’s “cheaper to do it myself” this doesn’t really account for the other things you need to do in a given day or the fact that you probably didn’t get into vacation rentals so you could increase the amount of cleaning in your life.  What your time is worth and what the market is willing to pay for a cleaning fee often doesn’t match up.  Consider hiring professionals who actually love to clean and spend their days doing so.

Forget Guest Expectations

Whether we like it or not, once guests pays cleaning fees, they have hotel-level standards upon checkin and if there is the slightest thing out of order in the cleanliness department you’ll not only see it reflected on your ratings but you’ll hear about it in the public comments.  Cleanliness (or lack thereof) is the very first thing a guest experiences.

This article originally appeared in The Guest Book newsletter.

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At first I tried to take care of all of the cleaning process myself, and it turned out to be a bigger headache than anything else. So a friend told me about MaidThis and its been fantastic. I’ve been working with my cleaners for a few months so far. I recommend you check out the service for yourself.
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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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