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How to Clean Your Kitchen Cabinets Without Damaging Them

How do you clean kitchen cabinets without removing the finishKitchen cabinets are one of the most expensive and eye-catching parts of any kitchen. So it really pays to make sure they look their best, especially if you regularly eat your meals or entertain guests in your kitchen. You won’t have unsightly stains on their surfaces, and when you open them, you’ll be pleased with what you see: everything being perfectly arranged and easily accessible. 

While outsourcing your kitchen cabinet cleaning in Mar Vista to professional house cleaning services is by far the most effective way to keep them spotless, it still pays to learn how to do it on your own.

In the following article, we’ll provide you with some time-tested cleaning hacks that will help you keep your kitchen cabinets looking great at all times. Read on to learn more!

What is the best thing to clean your kitchen cabinets with?

So you finally decided to deal with your kitchen cabinets, but you’re not sure which cleaning products to use? Believe it or not, good old liquid dish soap is usually more than enough for this purpose!

It works as a degreaser perfectly fine, and it’s not abrasive so you can use it on numerous surfaces safely (laminate, stainless steel, wood, etc.). You just need to mix a few drops of your favorite liquid dish soap and warm water, take a few clean microfiber cloths, and you’re ready to go.

If you’re dealing with some hardened grease, just grab some baking soda. Make a thick paste (combine equal parts baking soda and water in a bowl), apply it to the problematic spots with a soft cloth, and rub gently. Don’t forget to rinse everything off and dry with a clean microfiber cloth.

How do you clean kitchen cabinets without removing the finish?

Making your kitchen cabinets shiny seems relatively simple. You just need to wipe the surfaces with soapy water and rinse. What’s so complicated about that? But this is just a catch. There are actually so many things that could go wrong, and you can easily ruin your cabinets if you’re not careful enough. 

Here’s how to clean your kitchen cabinets without damaging the finish finish:

  • Never scrape visible grease or grime as it will scratch the finish.
  • Make sure to rub gently and don’t use any abrasive sponges and brushes.
  • When applying baking soda, bear in mind it’s mildly abrasive, so don’t press too hard and spot test beforehand.
  • Don’t oversaturate the surfaces with your cleaning solution, as excessive moisture can damage wooden and laminate surfaces.
  • Make sure to rinse thoroughly with a dampened clean cloth, as soap residue can react with stainless steel and laminate.
  • Some people use vinegar around their house (for deep cleaning their fridges, wiping their countertops, or cleaning their microwave), but be careful with it while dealing with your cabinets, as its acidity can damage wood and stainless steel surfaces. Be sure to wipe it off completely.

Where in Mar Vista can I book the top house cleaning services?

What is the best thing to clean your kitchen cabinets withSo what should you do if you really don’t have time and energy to tackle the dirt in your house, or if you’d just rather do something else, such as visit the Griffith Observatory with your loved ones? 

The good news is, MaidThis can help. We cooperate with highly qualified and experienced cleaning professionals from Mar Vista who’ll do everything to make your home fresh and clean. Give us a call and forget about tiresome housework today!

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How to Keep Your Kitchen Counters Sparkling Clean at All Times

What is the best thing to clean kitchen counters withOne of the most important rooms in your home is definitely your kitchen. This is where your family gathers for meals, where you drink your morning coffee, and where you store and prepare the food your loved ones will eat.

Since it’s one of the most frequently used rooms in your Mar Vista home, keeping your kitchen spick and span is a crucial part of your house cleaning routine. However, this is often easier said than done.

What makes cleaning a kitchen particularly challenging is that it tends to get dirty on a daily basis, especially during meal preparation. So how can you clean it more efficiently? And how do you deal with stubborn grease stains? Keep reading to find out!

What is the best thing to clean kitchen counters with?

There are no two ways around it: cleaning kitchen counters is a chore. To make matters worse, you actually need to do it after every meal preparation. But every cloud has a silver lining, and believe it or not, cleaning your kitchen counters is actually super-easy.

No matter what kind of kitchen counters you have (granite, laminate, quartz, concrete, etc.), all you’ll need is some warm water, dish soap, and a few microfiber cloths. Here is how it works:

  1. Add a few drops of dish soap into warm water.
  2. Apply soapy water onto a surface.
  3. Wipe the surface down with a clean cloth and water to rinse it.
  4. Dry it with another clean microfiber cloth.

How do I clean a greasy kitchen countertop?

If you’re dealing with an extremely dirty countertop, and the soapy water can’t cut through hardened grease, there are two ways in which you can solve this problem.

Method #1: white vinegar degreaser

White vinegar is a natural cleaner that can remove baked-on gunk easily. You can use it for all sorts of cleaning. It is excellent for cleaning your microwave, it can freshen up your fridge, and you can even use it for your kitchen cabinets

To make your countertops grease-free, follow these simple steps:

  1. Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle.
  2. Apply it generously onto a surface.
  3. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Wipe it off with a clean cloth.

Note 1: If the white vinegar smell bothers you, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to mask it.

Note 2: Don’t use vinegar for granite countertops (or any other porous surface), as its acidity can ruin them. 

Method #2: baking soda degreaser

Baking soda dissolves organic compounds such as dirt and grease, and it is mildly abrasive. These traits make it a great cleaning agent. Just mix it with water to make a spreadable paste, apply it over the stain and let it sit for a while. Finally, rinse off with a soft cloth.

You can use baking soda for your granite and marble surfaces, but you need to be careful not to scrub too hard as you don’t want to destroy your counters’ finish. 

Where in Mar Vista can I find dependable house cleaning professionals?

How do I clean a greasy kitchen countertopDo you avoid inviting people to your place because you don’t have enough time to clean it regularly and you feel ashamed of the mess? Here at MaidThis, we say: don’t worry! We can match you with highly reliable cleaning experts in Mar Vista who will make your home shine before you know it.

Cleaners we send you will give your house the treatment it deserves, while you take a relaxing stroll and recharge your batteries at the Venice Canal Historic District. And don’t worry about the safety of your family. Each cleaning expert who comes to your doorstep has been rigorously screened to ensure your complete satisfaction. Book today!

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Companies Shaping the Vacation Rental Industry, Part 1

While many predicted a long-term setback for the vacation rental industry in 2020, the truth is that vacation rentals have not only come roaring back in many parts of the world, but have become a preferred accommodation type in a post-pandemic world.  This isn’t just due to the various companies provided listings of vacation rentals, it’s the number of companies orbiting and supporting those vacation rentals that make the experience for hosts and guests light years better than in years past.  In this two-part series, we’ll take a look at a few of the companies shaping the vacation rental industry right now.

Property Management Systems

Property Management Systems (PMS) facilitate the day-to-day management of your vacation rental listings.  Features depend on the platform you choose, but basics include:

  • Managing bookings
  • Scheduling cleanings
  • Assigning tasks to team members
  • Sending messages to your guests
  • Creating invoices and reports

There are many more functions and features available, depending on you needs and budget.  Leading players in this space include Guesty, Hostfully, and Rentals United.

Smart Connectivity

The Internet of Things has been driving the connectivity of devices and this has only expanded the possibilities of options to make things easier for host and guest.  Brivo puts some of those devices together in a single dashboard for you, including keyless entry for doors and garages (don’t have to worry about lost keys or replacing garage door openers that guests forgot to leave behind) as well as thermostat and appliance monitoring (be notified if freezing or flooding conditions are a threat).

Worried that guests might be too loud and don’t want to hear about it from an angry neighbor?  Noiseaware has you covered.  Want to be notified if a fire alarm goes off or if there are more guests than you allow on the property?  Minut has an app for that.

Welcome Apps

More and more vacation rental guests want an experience in which they feel catered to.  This doesn’t necessarily mean bottles of wine and footrubs (though, those are never bad!).  Instead, they love being welcomed and having a resource when they have questions.  Three companies address these needs in different ways.

Both HelloHere and Touch Stay provide beautiful digital guest books that guests can access from anywhere (HelloHere uses an app interface, Touch Stay provides a unique URL).  HelloHere also provides the opportunity to upsell additional services and link to affiliates, while providing an in-app chat platform for guests.

Virtual Concierge uses the growing smart speaker industry to the benefit of both hosts and guests.  Use cases include asking:

  • What’s the WiFi password?
  • Can you help me with the entertainment system?
  • What are good places to eat around here?
  • Play a voice-based game with us!

Your voice concierge can also greet your guest by name, ask them for voice testimonials, or even notify your cleaners (like us!) when guests check out early.

We couldn’t cover everything in this newsletter so next time we’ll talk about channel managers, data providers, and the growing category of experiences.

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

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How a Budget Can Save You Money and Time

One of the most simplest ways to save money is the creating a budget.  Even better, the small amount of time you invest in the beginning creating one saves you something else in the long run: time.  Even if you’ve never considered putting a budget together before, we’ve put together a few compelling reasons why you might consider it!

Helps You Address Debt Intentionally

If you are debt-free, that’s great!  If you’re trying to become debt-free, or at least get a better handle on your debt, you won’t get there by dealing reactively to it.  You need to create a plan for dealing with your payments and put that into your budget.  As you search for ways to pay that debt off faster or refinance, you’ll be saving money you would otherwise have spent on interest payments.

Assists You With Saving

Interestingly, just as with debt, no one ever “accidentally” saves money.  You need to be intentional about it, and while it makes more sense to be saving when you are completely debt-free, there’s also a logic to having short-term savings like a rainy-day fund for emergencies.  But you’ll also want to think about what your financial goals are further down the road: budgeting a consistent monthly amount to go towards those long-term goals can help sharpen up the possibilities from something vague to something more definite.  The money you save in the short and long term is money you won’t have to generate later on.

Forces Discipline On You

If you have a certain amount allocated for groceries in a given month, you need to adhere to it in order to make all the other numbers work.  So that means no reaching for that tempting candy bar in the checkout line!  But in all seriousness, limits can really be good for us, especially if they are oriented around a goal.  Those limits also save us time: they keep us focused.

Pushes You Creatively

As the lines and constraints of a budget start to fall in place, you are forced to be creative about spending.  You may decide to sell some things you aren’t using or to earn some extra income to hit your goals.  A budget brings perspective and reminds us of what we are working towards.  In a more creative state, we might not just save money, but earn extra income.

Challenges You to Audit Yourself

Creating a budget puts you into a mindset of checking what you’re spending and in which areas.  You’ll find yourself asking whether you really use that subscription service or whether you really need that gym membership you’re no longer using since you switched to home workouts in the pandemic.  So much money is spent simply by default: no one is checking to see if recurring charges still add value.  Budgeting reminds you to check everything.

Makes Treats Sweeter

When you’ve worked hard to create a budget, pay down debt, save money, be disciplined and creative, and audited all your expenses, it means that much more when you treat yourself to a night out with loved ones, or on a thoughtful gift for a friend.  The reward of discipline always tastes better than the reward of laziness.

Because they help us be intentional with our spending, budgets help us see money for what it is, a means, not an end.

This content originally appeared in our monthly Open Calendar Club newsletter.

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Guidebook Ideas to Knock Your Guests’ Socks Off

Often vacation rental guests will say that it was the little details that made a particular stay memorable and/or made them want to come back to that property or rave about it to their friends.  One of those details that often gets overlooked by hosts is the guidebook.  This can exist in digital or printed form (both are best) and has almost all the information a guest could want, and then some.  We want to share some ideas to make your guest book not just a boring “manual” to trudge through but something fun for guests to really use.

Basics

But before we get to the fun stuff, you have to ensure that you have the basic information in place.  This includes:

    • Your contact information and the address of the property
    • Wifi details (this is almost more important than running water or electricity these days!)
    • Parking/Public transportation info
    • Emergency numbers as well as general hospital/clinic information
    • Appliance how-tos, including how to use the DVD player/streaming box
    • Check out procedures
    • House rules

 

 

 

Next Level

Now that you have the basics in place, you can start adding in that speciality knowledge that only you as a host who knows the local area can provide.  Remember, this is part of the allure of vacation rentals.  Rather than a hotel which is unlikely to have a concierge or perhaps no longer has front desk staff in an age of kiosk check-ins, a vacation rental promises that local touch that attracts so many travelers.  Such knowledge includes:

  • Favorite restaurants, sorted by price and type (less is more here: guests don’t expect you to be a Michelin Guide, but they do want more than 1-2 options)
  • Best places for takeout/delivery (these should be different from the restaurants, which will be great dine-in experiences, not just places for good food)
  • Advice on where to get groceries or basic items (again, your personal recommendations rather than a simple Google Maps printout will matter)
  • Recommendations for tourist attractions and day trips (here it might be helpful to categorize in terms of length of stay, i.e. if you are here for three days, definitely go to these places, if you are here for seven, then go here, etc.)

Top Level

If you had a guidebook with everything we’ve already mentioned, you’d be in the top 1% of guidebooks worldwide.  Many hosts simply don’t put a lot of effort into their guidebooks, seeing them as an afterthought or obligatory item rather than as something that will end up driving referrals and sales.  If you want to really shine, consider adding these sections as well:

  • Kid-friendly venues and entertainment 
  • Pet-friendly venues and entertainment
  • Nightlife and Music options
  • Fairs and Festivals 

Perhaps you don’t have kids or pets, don’t tend to go out at night or shy away from fairs and festivals: that’s okay.  Phone-a-Friend and get recommendations.  Don’t let your own lifestyle limit the options for your guests!

One final way to show your guests that you’ve been intentional about this guidebook: ask for feedback!  You can leave an index card or some looseleaf paper in one section of the guidebook (which you’ll need to clear out every time) across from the question: if there was one thing we could have done to make your stay better, what would it have been?  Obviously every guest is different and you shouldn’t feel the need to take all input equally, but the fact that you’re even asking will mean a lot to those guests who see this section.

It takes so much work to get a listing set up in the first place that hosts can gloss over the importance of a guidebook, but as we’ve noted above, the best ones won’t just make your guests feel truly welcomed, but will lead to more referrals and return stays: more money in your pocket.

This content originally appeared in our twice-monthly Guest Book Newsletter

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