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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.

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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.

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Cleaning with Baking Soda: All You Need to Know

What can you clean with baking soda and white vinegarSo you’ve decided to go green. You’ve started buying organic food, recycling, and driving your car only when absolutely necessary. Great choice! After all, what’s more important than ensuring our children grow up in a lush and healthy world?

But what about keeping your home tidy? How can you do that without harsh chemicals? Luckily, you don’t need to buy pricey branded eco-friendly cleaning agents. One of the most powerful cleaning products is probably already there in your house. It is baking soda!

Yes, you’ve read it right. Baking soda! Every professional from West Hollywood, CA, who offers a reliable house cleaning service will confirm this: baking soda can do wonders for your home. Let’s see how you can apply this mighty multipurpose substance in your home cleaning. Keep reading to learn more.

Why is baking soda so good for cleaning?

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a neutral compound formed from a positively charged ion, or cation, and negatively charged ion, or anion. Although baking soda is considered to be neutral, its pH is higher than neutral. This means that it is slightly basic (the opposite of acidic), and this makes it such a powerful cleaner.

There are the 3 most important properties of baking soda:

*As baking soda is basic, it neutralizes both acids and bases. And since most odors are acidic, baking soda actually eliminates them rather than just covering them up.

*It is abrasive, which gives it the grit to dislodge particles and remove stains from many surfaces.

*It also reacts with vinegar, and this explosive chemical reaction can make a real difference in your kitchen or bathroom when it comes to cutting through hardened grease.

What can you clean with baking soda and white vinegar?

The most versatile homemade solution you can use around your house consists of two ingredients: baking soda and white vinegar. Let’s see what you can do with it:

*It is perfect for deep-cleaning your favorite kitchen appliances, such as stovetops, ovens, fridges, garbage disposals, etc. Not only will it remove baked-on gunk, but it will also deodorize your appliances, removing unpleasant smells.

*You can also use it to unclog your drain. Just make sure to pour baking soda first and then add the vinegar.

*If you have a clogged showerhead, you need to submerge it in your wonderous DIY cleaner (two teaspoons of baking soda and half a cup of vinegar) and let the fizzy reaction do its job. Patience is crucial here. So leave it overnight before you rinse it.

*This duo is also excellent for cleaning your toilet bowl. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you can always add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to neutralize it.

*You can use it to remove pet stains from your carpet. Dampen the spot with vinegar, then add a generous amount of baking soda. Wait until the baking soda and vinegar have dried completely and vacuum the area.

Final thoughts

A widespread misconception about vinegar and baking soda is that you can apply them everywhere. But there are actually some surfaces this combo can damage. For instance, vinegar can cause a lot of damage to granite, marble, and other stone surfaces and hardwood surfaces. So always double-check if you can apply your DIY mixture beforehand.

Hire a professional house cleaning service in West Hollywood, CA today

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Hiring cleaning experts doesn’t only save time and effort but also ensures better results. Just reach out and we will dispatch a trustworthy cleaning professional who has been thoroughly screened and background checked. Don’t wait any longer. Book an appointment and see it yourself!

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6 Things You Should Not Clean With Vinegar

What surfaces can you clean with vinegarVinegar has been hailed as a powerful cleaning agent able to combat all sorts of dirt, leaving the surface sparkling clean. It owes its popularity to its acidity, even killing certain bacteria, such as E. coli and Salmonella.

On top of that, it is affordable and eco-friendly. That’s why it sounds like a logical choice when you need to clean your home in West Hollywood, CA. Even professionals who provide house cleaning services resort to it frequently.

However, although you may feel tempted to use your homemade all-purpose vinegar cleaning solution for general home cleaning, there are some surfaces you shouldn’t clean with it. Keep reading to find out more!

What shouldn’t you clean with vinegar?

One of the biggest cleaning myths is that vinegar is perfect for every corner of your home. It would be actually so convenient to apply only one cleaning agent for every cleaning challenge in your home, but unfortunately that’s not possible.

Here are 6 surfaces you should never clean with vinegar:

*Granite and marble surfaces. Over time, the acid in vinegar can wear away at the smooth finishes on your precious countertop. Instead, you can use warm water and a little bit of mild dish soap.

*Stone floor tiles. Just like countertops, the natural stone in your bathroom doesn’t take kindly to acidic cleaners like vinegar and lemon. That’s why it’s better to stick with a mild liquid dish detergent and water.

*Waxed furniture and flooring. Using vinegar repeatedly will dissolve the wax, leaving the surface dull.

*Hardwood floors. As vinegar is highly acidic, it can damage the finish on hardwood floors. Opt instead for a hardwood floor cleaner that will enhance and protect the surface of your floor. To avoid ruining the surface, be careful not to use too much water or cleaning product.

*Tech devices. Vinegar can destroy the coating on your touchscreen devices. Try wiping down the device with a clean, dry microfiber.

*Egg stains or spills. The vinegar acidity can cause the egg to coagulate, making it more difficult to remove.

What surfaces can you clean with vinegar?

Luckily, there are a lot of surfaces you can clean with this green cleaning product. Let’s look at some of them:

*Kitchen sink. Use a 1:1 ratio of diluted vinegar and water and store it in a spray bottle. Then you can spritz and disinfect your kitchen sink, counters, or any other vinegar-safe spots. To neutralize the scent, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil into your vinegar solution.

*Greasy stovetop. Vinegar does wonders for hardened grease on your stovetop. Spray some vinegar and water mix onto a splattered stovetop, let it sit for 15 minutes, then scrub and rinse.

*Refrigerator and freezer. Apply your trusty cleaning solution of equal parts vinegar and water to scrub the inside of your fridge and freezer too.

*Shower. Thick soap scum and mildew can be challenging to remove. Generously apply undiluted white vinegar over the tub and shower walls. Wait for 15 minutes, then scrub and rinse away. Or, for tough grime, mix baking soda and vinegar to create a paste, coat the surface, wait for 15 minutes, and rinse.

*Glass. Combine one part water with two parts vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on glass surfaces and wipe clean for a streak-free finish.

Who offers trustworthy house cleaning services in West Hollywood, CA?

house cleaning West Hollywood, CAWorrying about which cleaning agents are suitable for each corner of your house can be tiring indeed. The good news is, with MaidThis in your corner, you won’t have to do it ever again!

We boast incredibly safe cleaning methods that can make a real difference in your home. The cleaners we work with will deal with every nook and cranny of your home meticulously, applying tried-and-true cleaning solutions.

Our booking system is super-easy to use, and we are available by phone, chat, or email 24/7. Don’t hesitate to reach out today, and enjoy a leisurely stroll down the Sunset Strip with your friends and family while your cleaners make your home shine!

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How to Prepare for the 2021 Summer Season

Spring has just arrived, which means people’s thoughts are drifting to summer and Airbnb recently released an article showing some of the most-searched summer destinations.  Just because your city didn’t make the top ten doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be planning for the traditional summer surge.  People are looking to get away, and with international travel still fairly restricted, short term rental hosts have a larger potential audience than ever.  With that in mind, we wanted to give you a few tips to make sure you make the most of the coming summer crowds.

Update Your Calendar

Sometimes hosts forget to update their availability, and as such miss out on guests that might have booked if only the calendar had shown availability.  If they are looking for specific dates and your calendar isn’t available, they might not be shown your property.

You don’t have to have the whole summer planned out, but as hosts, the further out you can make dates available, the more potential guests will be shown your listing and the more opportunity you’ll have to get booked sooner.

Price Competitively

There has been a lot of change in the market from various angles.

  • Some listings have gone away permanently
  • Due to a drop in the regular number of visitors, prices have been in flux
  • Restrictions vary based on states and municipalities, which lead directly to bookings (more restrictions often means fewer bookings)

Airbnb has an internal “smart pricing” tool which you can use to make sure your listing is appropriately priced.  That tool is based on internal company metrics and search data and ultimately is aimed at increasing bookings for the platform, so it may sometimes offer suboptimal suggestions.  One way to cross check what the internal Airbnb tool is telling you is with services like AirDNA or Mashvisor which use sophisticated data mining to give pricing data not just for cities, but even for specific neighborhoods.

Seasonalize

There are different things to do and see, depending on the season.  Places that are great to visit in winter can sometimes be a challenge (or even closed) in the summer.  Make sure that your guest book has specific summer suggestions for your area.  Your guests will love having this additional information apart from the traditional year-round “See these spots” list.  

This goes for restaurants as well.  While many menus may stay the same year round, if there are places that have special items during the summer, you should mention that.  You might even offer your top ice cream spots with a list of your favorite flavors.

Summer is traditionally a time when a lot of people want to get out and see a new place.  That’s only more so the case in 2021 with pent-up demand from travel restrictions and lockdowns still fresh in many minds.  Following these tips will not only help you attract these coming Summer 2021 guests, but will lead to the sort of awesome reviews that will keep them coming into Fall.

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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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9 Ways to Relieve Stress

Something we take for granted in our busy lives is the presence of stress.  But that doesn’t mean we don’t have ways to deal with that stress.  We want you to have less stressful days, weeks, and lives, so we’ve collected nine simple ways to relieve stress on a daily basis.

Exercise

While going to the gym is the most obvious way to get exercise, it isn’t the only way.  Whether you get up from your work for a few minutes periodically throughout the day to stretch and do some light exercise, or you regularly engage in repetitive movements of large muscle groups like yoga, walking, or dance, you’re lowering stress hormones, like cortisol, and releasing endorphins, which improve your mood.

Exercise also leads to more confidence in your body, which leads to better mental well-being.

Write

There are two types of writing that can be particularly helpful with stress management:

  1. Gratitude journaling – focusing on the positive also can help you realize how many resources you have to help you deal with challenges
  2. To-do list making – by writing down things you need to do you get them out of your head and onto the page so your mind doesn’t have to keep dwelling on trying to remember everything you need to do

Aromatherapy

Certain scents can alter brain wave activity and decrease stress hormones.  Seriously!  Aromatherapy has also been seen to decrease anxiety and improve sleep.  You can use essential oils or light a candle.  If you don’t know where to start with scents, some of the best-known ones include lavender, vetiver, bergamot, sandalwood, and orange blossom.

Time with Loved Ones

Did you know that spending time with friends and children can lead to the release of oxytocin?  Oxytocin in a natural stress reliever and blood pressure reducer.  Spending time with people you care about stimulates the opposite of the “fight or flight” response, which is “tend and befriend.”

Say “No” More

There are so many forces at work trying to claim your attention and there’s only so much of you to go around!  The reality is not that we need to say “yes” more often, but that we don’t say “no” enough.  Saying “no” needs to be done with intention: I am saying “no” in one area so that I can say “yes” more often somewhere else.  It feels good to quit things that aren’t working for you anymore.

Meditate

Meditation is getting more and more attention these days, and with good reason.  It’s a great way to escape anxiety and negative thoughts.  One particular form of meditation that can help relieve stress is mindfulness meditation.  Mindfulness focuses on being completely present.  When you do that, you can’t worry about the mistakes of the past or the challenges of the future.  It doesn’t mean that those things go away, but it does allow you to take back some moments for yourself which can strengthen you for whatever is next.

Music

While we all have our favorite tunes, not every type of music is going to induce a relaxation response, which is what we are going for.  Slow-paced instrumental music can help to lower blood pressure and your heart rate.  Sounds from nature are also very soothing and are becoming more and more easily available via apps and other programs.

Breathe Deeply

Deep breathing exercises can help to activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which can help you relax.  Deep breathing also helps oxygenate your blood, lower your heart rate, and clear your mind.  

A basic deep breathing exercise consists of breathing in deeply through your nose, and exhale gently through your mouth.  As you breathe in deeply focus on the action of your lungs filling with air.

Sleep More

Sleep: it’s not just good for your life, it helps defeat stress.  Remember that sleep doesn’t just happen (okay, well sometimes when we’re really tired, it does), so you should have “shut-down procedures” in place to help you get ready to sleep, like dimming lights and avoiding screens.  Sleep doesn’t just help you reduce your stress, it also gives your body a chance to repair itself.

There’s no reason to let stress get the better of you with so many ways that you can combat it on a daily basis.  You don’t have to use all nine every day, but even if you’re using one or two, you’ll be winning!

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My wife and I are thrilled how easy everything is with MaidThis, and now I’m a customer for life! If you don’t want to go through the hassle of finding your own cleaner, definitely try MaidThis
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I work a full-time job and I have a small kids at home, so by the time I get home the LAST thing I want to do is clean. If you need to save time, I recommend going through MaidThis. Their customer system was amazing.
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12 Months Later: What We’ve Learned a Year after Lockdown, Part II

Earlier this month we shared some of the lockdown lessons of the past year.  This is the second part of the article: we learned so many lessons we couldn’t fit all of them in one article!

Longer Stays

While short term rental guests no longer book stays weeks and months in advance (very often they are making bookings just days in advance) when they do stay, they are staying longer.  Often the reason for these longer stays include being closer to loved ones, the ability to access nature, the chance to have more space, or the chance to save money.  Hosts might consider opening up longer stay windows than they have offered in the past to cash in on this new demand.

Remote Workers

Airbnb reported that of those guests who are booking longer stays, 60% were working or studying during their stay, and of those, 65% reported Covid-19 was a factor in their decision to book a longer-term stay.  In a previous newsletter we’ve discussed creating a friendly space for remote workers to get their work done.  These statistics back up the necessity to do that.  Hosts should be willing to look at their space with new, “remote worker” eyes to see what can be changed or improved in order to attract more of these bookings.

Simplify

Part of the charm of some short term rentals might have been the knick-knacks or books that you were free to examine and play with.  But with the enhanced cleaning protocols introduced by Airbnb and other platforms, these fun bits of flavor for your listing might be an extra cleaning step for you and something your guests might avoid.  With so much concern for surfaces and cleanliness, consider removing from your listing some of the items that are more difficult to sanitize (like the cute teddy bear that perhaps sat on the bed, welcoming guests).

Offer Sanitary Supplies

In the past hosts have enjoyed offering some small welcoming treats, be it some snacks or beverages.  These days guests might appreciate some hand sanitizer or masks.  No need to dump the treats!  Just make sure to add a few additional items that people might need to comply with the health rules in your locality.  No one would have ever guessed masks would be part of welcome gifts to a guest, but these days, it’s a simple and thoughtful addition.

Be Extra Sensitive to Guest Concerns

The last twelve months have taken a toll on people unlike anything they may have experienced in their lives.  There’s no way for you as the host to know what this year has meant to your guest.  What you do know is that they are seeking refuge and comfort with you.  Remember that whatever your own personal views are regarding the pandemic and the rules of your locality, your goal is to make your guests feel welcomed and safe.  Don’t downplay concerns that they may have regarding health and sanitary conditions, but go the extra mile to understand their points of view.

Remember that the most successful hosts have paid attention to trends and changing guest demands in order to continue to attract visitors and earn revenues during this time.  Is there an item you would have added to our two-part series?  Reply to this email and tell us!

This article originally appeared in our 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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Airbnb Host in LA
90+

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Saved

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.
Laura G
Airbnb Host in LA
90+

Hours
Saved