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Airbnb House Rules: Should You Create “Seasonal” House Rules?

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Setting Airbnb house rules is something all hosts must do when first setting up their listings. But once the rules have been set, how often are they revisited? Unless you encounter a situation that specifically required a change-up or addition, our guess is not very often. 

While most house rules are applicable year-round, there are a few things that may be more season-specific that went forgotten. Below, we’ve detailed two small-but-powerful season-related situations that could make all the difference in your turnovers.

 

Outdoor Sport Rules

Depending on where you’re located, you may want to implement seasonal rules that pertain to outdoor activities. 

For example, if you’re in California and close to a beach, you may request during the spring and summer months that guests make an effort to remove their shoes after visiting the beach and before entering the house so as not to track sand into the house. (This is a good rule in general but especially important during the high-beach season.)

Alternatively, if your Airbnb is in an area that appeals to winter sports enthusiasts like skiers or snowboarders, you may ask your guests who have been out in the snow to remove their wet outerwear in a specific area of the house to avoid tracking any dirty water inside.

Some things you might consider to be “common sense” may be less evident to out-of-towners when it comes to keeping things clean. It’s not a bad idea to blatantly mention the removal of shoes or clothes in the entryway in your house rules.

 

Temperature Consistency

To avoid astronomically high utility bills during the hottest or coldest parts of the year, you may choose to implement a rule (or rather, a request) that guests don’t change the thermostat temperatures too drastically during the hottest parts of the summer or coldest parts of the winter.  This may seem off-putting to some, but most guests will be understanding (assuming your temperature settings are reasonable).

One way to keep tabs on this – or better yet, control it – is to install a smart thermostat system like the Honeywell T9 Smart Thermostat. With a wifi-enabled thermostat system, you can set up alerts on your phone to notify you when threshold temperatures have been exceeded. Depending on the model you choose, you may even be able to “lock” the thermostat settings so guests can’t go past certain temperatures.

If you choose to enact this rule, whether you install a smart system or hope for the best from your guests, be sure to specifically state where you’d like the temperature to sit in your listing rules. This is especially true if you go with a smart system as guests may be perturbed to discover they can’t do much to change the temperature after they’ve already checked in.

 

Overall, setting Airbnb house rules isn’t all that difficult. Like most things, though, it’s never a bad idea to revisit what you have and consider making changes or additions. By implementing a few extra rules during the height of the summer and winter seasons, you may save yourself some headaches in the long run.

 

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Airbnb Enhanced Cleaning for Hosts

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Like everyone in the hospitality industry, Airbnb is making some important changes to its cleanliness guidelines. While cleaning has always been an obvious “front and center” issue, it’s now even more of a concern thanks to the coronavirus that just won’t go away.

Having a visibly clean home is great, but these days, it’s simply not enough. A safe listing is a sanitized listing and the best way to achieve that is by following Airbnb’s new guidelines as outlined in their Cleaning Quick Start Guide.

Here are a few things to know about the new “normal” for turnover cleanings and how to snag the new Airbnb enhanced cleaning badge of honor.

 

Cleaning vs. Sanitizing

We’ve said it before: Though there’s a tendency to use these two words interchangeably, “cleaning” and “sanitizing” don’t actually mean the same thing. Here’s a quick primer.

“Cleaning” means you’re removing dirt and other debris from a surface. Think of when you wipe down your kitchen counters or table after preparing and eating a meal: There are likely a few food splatters that made their way out of the pan or off the plate and you’ll wipe them away with a soapy sponge or rag.

When cleaning, you’re removing things from surfaces that aren’t a real danger to you or anyone else – they’re not likely to make you sick. 

“Sanitizing,” on the other hand, means you’re doing more than just removing dirt – you’re breaking down and removing germs and other harmful particles that have made their way onto surfaces. This requires more than just the average soap-and-sponge cleaning method; you should be using chemicals with disinfecting agents to kill those kinds of particulates.

To achieve a truly “safe” turnover, you should be both cleaning and sanitizing your vacation rental. 

 

The 5-Step Cleaning Process behind Airbnb Enhanced Cleaning

Airbnb (and, incidentally, MaidThis) has a straightforward 5-step process for turning over vacation rentals.

 

1. Prepare

Prep everything you’re going to need to clean. This includes ventilating rooms, compiling all necessary supplies, washing hands before starting to clean and sanitize, and wearing (ideally disposable) PPE.

 

2. Clean

Start the turnover off right by dusting and cleaning all the surfaces with gentler solvents to remove dirt and debris from surfaces so you can better disinfect in the next step. Take out the trash if guests left any behind, start the laundry and wash linens in hot water, and vacuum or sweep the floors. 

It’s also important to wash all the dishes and cookware in the kitchen – even if they appear clean – to avoid any cross-contamination. Preferably, kitchen items should be washed in the dishwasher if you have one.

 

3. Sanitize

Follow up your cleaning by sanitizing all the surfaces you’ve just cleaned and areas you didn’t clean with a fine-mist disinfectant spray. Focus on high-touch areas and objects, like remote controls, doorknobs, side tables, and countertops.

 

4. Check

Check your list to ensure you’ve done #allthethings in #alltheplaces. Then double-check because you can never be too careful.

 

5. Reset and Restock

Now that everything is safe and clean, start to reset the space. Make beds, replace consumables like tissues, toilet paper, and toiletries. Remake beds and place linens in their normal spots. 

 

As a MaidThis client, you can rest assured that our teams and partners are following Airbnb’s guidelines to a “T.” If you haven’t already, we encourage you to commit to Airbnb’s new cleaning protocol. You’ll be rewarded with a badge highlighting your listing as having an “enhanced clean.” There’s no better way to assure you’re guests you’re taking their stay – and their health – seriously.

 

Check out the MaidThis Covid Resource Center for tips, downloadable graphics, and more information on how to keep your guests safe during their stay.

 

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Handy vs Tidy Vs MaidThis: Which Company Is Right for Your Airbnb Cleaning?

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There are lots of cleaning companies – and cleaners, for that matter – out there that you can call on to clean your Airbnb after your guests have checked out. But what sets one cleaner apart from the rest? Between Handy, Tidy, and MaidThis, where will you get the most bang for your buck? ✓ 

We wondered ourselves. So, we did a little homework. Take a look at our competitors below and see how MaidThis measures up.

 

Cleaning by Handy 

Handy has great customer reviews and operates in a number of different U.S. cities as well as locations in Canada and the U.K.

The folks behind Handy created a business of nearly all home-based trades: They offer home cleaning, specialized installations, handyman services, outdoor projects, and more recently, home renovations.

 

How We Compare

So how, exactly, does Handy compare to MaidThis? From what we can see, Handy:

• Offers everyday home cleaning, move-out cleaning, and special deep cleaning.

Keeps everything streamlined through their online booking portal.

Promises reliable and experienced cleaners they’ve vetted themselves and on whom they’ve run extensive background checks.

Provides flexibility and convenience in scheduling.

 

How We Differ

Here’s the biggest difference we see between ourselves and Handy: Handy does not specialize in Airbnb turnover cleaning.

As a host, it pays to have cleaning professionals who know the ins and outs of cleaning a vacation rental: It’s not like simply cleaning a home that is consistently lived in by the same people. 

Guests expect their Airbnb to be somewhat like a hotel, so turnover cleanings must turn over every stone and ensure that everything is pristine, like each set of guests are the first ever to stay.

While we’re sure Handy’s teams do a fantastic job, at MaidThis, every single one of the cleaners we match with you has vacation rental cleaning experience. We’ve been in this game for a long time and know what’s expected so there are no hiccups or learning curves.

 

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Partner with Other Vacation Rental Industry Service Providers
Report Low Supplies and Damages
Cleaners Send Turnover Completion Notifications
Automatic Calendar Sync – the App Schedules Cleanings for You
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Cleaning Fee Structured by Home Size
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Available in Most US Cities Coming Soon!

 

Cleaning by Tidy

Tidy operates in major cities in over 20 U.S. states and like Handy and MaidThis, vets its cleaners and runs background checks on everyone they hire. Unlike Handy, however, Tidy sticks to strictly offering cleaning services to its clients. 

We’ll be honest: At first glance, it may seem like service between Tidy and MaidThis is a wash (pun intended).

 

How We Compare

How do Tidy and MaidThis compare? Tidy:

• Offers specialized Airbnb cleaning.

• Makes booking easy through their online booking portal and specialized app.

• Promises reliable cleaners who have specific experience with Airbnb turnover cleanings.

• Provides flexibility and convenience in scheduling.

 

How We Differ

Perhaps most interestingly, one of the biggest differences between Tidy and MaidThis is how we structure our turnover packages: Tidy structures their turnovers by the hour rather than by the size of your vacation rental.

This may seem trivial, but we argue that it matters. Here’s why:

No two stays are alike and some guests will be tidier (no pun intended here) than others. There are certain tasks that need to be done regardless of how messy your guests are or aren’t, but if you’re paying by the hour rather than by the size of your place, you run the risk of over-paying for what should have been a different kind of appointment. Alternatively, you may find that your place is messier than expected and if you haven’t booked a long enough appointment, your place may not be in tip-top shape for your next guests.

Here are a few other differences we spotted in our research:

At MaidThis, we provide our hosts with a software integration booking tool so they don’t have to lift a finger. Our booking system syncs with your calendar and books your turnover cleanings automatically. Tidy does not appear to offer any such system; hosts have to schedule individual cleanings themselves.

• Matched cleaners cross all their “t”s and dot their “i”s: Cleaners can send turnover completion notifications via the app with photos and timestamps so you know things have been done just the way you expect them to be. Tidy’s turnover cleaners may not report in real-time.

• When supplies are running low or something is damaged, the app will prompt your turnover cleaner to report it right away. Tidy does not explicitly offer this service to its hosts.

MaidThis knows the vacation rental industry and we work closely with a number of other partners in the sphere.

 

Guests expect their Airbnb to be somewhat like a hotel, so turnover cleanings must turn over every stone and ensure that everything is pristine, like each set of guests are the first ever to stay.

At MaidThis, we know that firsthand. After years of working in the Airbnb industry, we’ve learned how to keep your guests happy and ensure you get a 5-star review after every single stay, and we match you with cleaners who fit this bill.

Ready to take the leap? Book your first turnover cleaning with us now!

 

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3 Tips for Dealing with Early Arrivals and Late Departures

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We’ve all been there: Your vacation flight lands in the morning but you can’t check in to your accommodation until mid-afternoon. Or, perhaps your flight leaves town much later in the evening but you have to check out by noon. So, what can you do in those in-between hours?

Many times, check-in or check-out doesn’t line up well with your guests’ timeline. Because of this reality, they may ask for a little wiggle room when it comes to arriving or leaving.

Instead of stressing when these things come up, prepare ahead for them and avoid unexpected snags in your business. Here are 3 tips for how to manage early arrivals and late departures.

1. Offer to let your guests store bags.

When people are on vacation, they want to get the most out of the time they have. That means they may have to figure out what to do with their luggage before or after they stay with you. Depending on a lot of factors – how early or late they arrive or leave, how close the airport is, whether or not they rented a vehicle – this may prove difficult for them.

You can give your guests a little something extra to rave about by providing them with a place to keep their bags for a few hours before or after they stay with you. Whether you give them space in your home or access to a place outside, like a waterproof outdoor storage bench, you’ll potentially be saving them a lot of hassle.

Whether or not you charge your guests for this service is up to you, but we recommend offering it for free. Consider how most hotels do this for their guests for free: You’re certainly not a hotel, but you are in the business of making your guests’ stay as excellent as possible. If you choose to charge a fee, we recommend setting your price somewhere in the ballpark of what other options charge, if not offering a fairly big discount.

2. Charge a late check-out fee.

As an Airbnb host, solid check-out times are a necessity. When you’ve got guests lined up to come in the same day or even the following day, you can’t waste time getting your turnover cleaning scheduled.

When you set your check-out time in your listing, be firm. Don’t be swayed by guests, especially if you have other bookings to worry about.

If you’re providing a place to keep luggage, late check-outs shouldn’t be a common issue. However, if guests don’t follow your rules or unexpectedly aren’t ready to check out on time, charge them a late check-out fee. Be sure you’ve mentioned this clearly in your listing and do your due diligence to communicate with your guests about when they expect to arrive and leave. This way, you’ll have no headaches trying to collect the fee for your inconvenience.

3. Give specific recommendations on how to fill the in-between time.

What better way to avoid early arrivals or late departures than to usher your guests to suitable time-fillers or solutions to their problems?

 

  • Baggage: If you’re not comfortable storing bags or don’t have a good way to do it, provide your guests with a few options on how they can do it themselves – whether that’s at the airport or at various locations in town.

 

  • Sight-Seeing: Make a few suggestions on places your guests can see in a few short hours that are somewhat near your place. Get creative here: Choose a few local things that are off the beaten “tourist” path.

 

 

  • Eateries: Your guests will need to eat on either side of their stay, so make some recommendations of where they can go to fill their tummies. If you can, talk with the restaurant or business owner about allowing your guests to store their bags while or after they dine for a few extra hours, too, for a small fee.

 

 

Dealing with early check-ins and late check-outs can certainly be a headache but they don’t have to be. As with everything, the more prepared you are, the better off your business and your guests will be.

These tips will help you manage guests looking to bend the rules and still keep you in the hosting “winners circle” – all while providing an above-expectations experience.

 

At MaidThis!, we pride ourselves on the quality and reliability of our work. For a cleaning service you can rely on time and time again, check out what MaidThis! can do for you.

 

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Get Inspired by Marie Kondo’s “Tidying Up” on Netflix: Does Your Airbnb Need Some Attention?

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When Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (non-affiliate) book hit shelves in 2014, it did so with little pomp and circumstance. Fast forward just four years later and Kondo’s KonMari method of organizing has taken the world by storm.

While the book is wonderful (we recommend reading or listening via audiobook!), we don’t all have the time or desire to really get into the thick of Kondo’s organizing tips.

However, thanks to Netflix’s recent addition of their show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, we can get a bite-sized taste of the KonMari method with a favorite joy-sparking bowl full of popcorn while we privately judge the families. (Don’t worry – we all do it, don’t we? Hashtag no shame.)

Below are 3 KonMari-inspired tips for giving your space a little attention and love.

1. Take a good look around. What things in your vacation rental spark true joy for you?

You may or may not live in your Airbnb full-time but regardless, you should still take time to look through the items in your place and decide which things still bring forth a positive emotion for you.

Seeing as this exercise probably will have you sorting more through items of necessity rather than personal belongings, you may find there’s not much that particularly sways you one way or the other.

However, when you do come across something that piques your interest or brings back fond memories, set it aside.

Meanwhile, when you find things that have little or no use to your guests and that also sparks little or no joy for you, put those items in a separate pile.

2. Find a place to display pieces that have more meaning to you.

Being a great host also means creating a warm and inviting space for your guests. While you don’t want to personalize things too much, there’s still a place for things that hold some sentimental value to you.

If you have items you’d like to share with your guests – perhaps some great photos you took on your own vacation, interesting souvenirs or objects you found, or an old, favorite something, honor these things by giving them a special place in your Airbnb. Display them so both you and your guests can enjoy them.

3. Be grateful for what you have but don’t need.

A big part of the KonMari method is showing gratitude to items that no longer fulfill a purpose in your life. This may seem odd, but it’s a great practice to get into.

Tidying Up author Marie Kondo suggests taking each item you are sorting in your hands and if it no longer sparks joy, before you toss it into a pile, thank it. Sometimes, it’s good to be reminded of how much we do have as opposed to the things we feel we’re lacking. Let this exercise bring a positive energy into your vacation rental space.

 

We all can stand to gain something by sifting through our belongings – whether it be rediscovering things we truly love or identifying things that no longer serve a purpose. This spring, as you prepare for the influx of vacationer traffic, take a little time to take stock of your Airbnb place and tidy up.

 

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3 Steps to Get Ready for Spring

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Spring is coming!

It’s the season of beginnings and rebirth – so why not check out how things are going in your vacation rental?

Prepping for spring and the busy season doesn’t have to require a ton of extra effort on your part. Here are 3 quick steps to take to get ready for the next high season.

1. Clean all the less conspicuous nooks and crannies.

When your cleaning team does a turnover job, they scrub all the “usual” areas that everyone sees. However, there are certainly spots that go without special attention from check-out to check-out.

When we say “all the nooks and crannies,” we’re talking all the little places in your home you never think about:

 

  • Inside cabinets, closets, and drawers.
  • All the exposed baseboards.
  • Windows (inside and out) and blinds.
  • Inside and behind the oven.

 

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to your vacation rental and the revolving door means more wear, tear, and dust on your stuff. Spring is the perfect time to give everything a good go-over with a fine-toothed comb.

Ask your cleaning team to add some extra tasks to your next turnover cleaning. Trust us: It’s money well spent.

2. Inspect your linens.

With so many folks coming and going, your linens are in a constant state of recycling. Depending on how long your guests stay and how often you have guests booked back to back, you may be washing towels and bedsheets multiple times in a single week.

Let’s face it: Your linens take a beating. It’s a good idea to give your linens a good go-over at least once a year, but ideally, you should do it every 6 months to be sure there are no rips, stains, or other marks of imperfection.

When you replace your linens, don’t automatically toss them in the trash! If your things are still usable and in decent shape, donate them to a secondhand store like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, or drop them off at a shelter.

3. Refresh your welcome packet.

How often do you go through your welcome packet or canned messages to make changes? Or, more importantly, when was the last time you did it?

If you haven’t made any changes since putting things together, now is the time:

 

  • Check on the reliability of the information you provide. Is it still accurate and up-to-date?
  • Add helpful tips or “bonuses” if you’ve made a few partnership contacts in your community.
  • Remove old and expired coupons or outdated event information.

 

Guests love a well-stocked welcome packet, so make sure to give yours a little shine up every once in a while.

 

Don’t wait too long before getting to work on your spring checklist. Before you know it, the high season will be here and there won’t be time to prepare – you’ll already be knee deep in bookings!

 

No matter how you go about preparing for a new year, give it all you’ve got. After all, your guests will appreciate it more than you know.

 

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How Often Do You Need to Replace Linens in an Airbnb?

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Being a vacation rental host requires a lot of attention to detail. To ensure you get great reviews from your guests, it’s up to you to ensure your place is looking just like it does in your listing photos.

Part of maintaining a stellar vacation rental is discerning when it’s time to replace linens and other things in your Airbnb. From sheets and towels to the carpeting, everything has to be considered.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the things you should be prepared to replace and when you should be doing it.

Linens

Your linens really go through the ringer if you stop and think about it. Depending on how busy your vacation rental gets, they get used A LOT and then get washed after every guest has checked out. That’s likely more wear-and-tear than what you put your own linens through at home. Before you know it, your vacation rental sheets and towels can start to look a little ratty….especially if/when your guests use the towels to clean up spills or makeup – ahhhh!

All that being said, it’s wise to replace your sheets and bath towels with some regularity. Here are some recommend timeframes:

 

  • Sheets: If you’ve got a high occupancy rate year-round, aim to replace your sheets every 6-12 months at least. If you’re not booked as frequently, once a year should do it. Obviously, if you find any kind of ripping or tears or if stains pop up on your sheets, toss them out immediately and replace them.
  • Pillows: Pillows can be washed but even the best washing machine can’t rid them entirely of loose dead skin cells and germs that accumulate over time. The best option is to replace the bed pillows at least every 6 months.
  • Bath Towels: It doesn’t take long for bath towels to start looking worn out. Again, depending on how consistently you’re booked throughout the year, aim to change these out every 3-6 months. This is especially important if you provide white or light-colored towels as they’ll show signs of wear faster than darker towels.
  • Hand Towels: Stock up on hand towels. These take a real beating and should be replaced at least when you replace your bath towels. It’s smart to buy extra hand towels when you buy your bath towels so you’ve got a few on hand if you should ever need them.
  • Kitchen Towels: If you choose to provide kitchen or tea towels to your guests in addition to paper towels, plan to replace these every 6-12 months. Unlike your other linens, kitchen towels may not get used as much; it all depends on how regularly your guests cook. Check these often and look out for signs of wear or stains. These are the least expensive and, arguably, the easiest linens to replace, so don’t dilly-dally!

 

 

When replacing linens, don’t be tempted to take the cheap route. Consider this an investment in your business and purchase at least mid-range sheets and towels for your guests. If you enjoy the hunt, check out discount stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, or Stein Mart. If you’d prefer to skip what can sometimes turn into a wild goose chase, the Threshold or Fieldcrest brands from Target or this option from Amazon* also a good bet.

You certainly don’t need to purchase top-of-the-line linens, but be sure to consider quality over price when you shop… After all, the goal is to limit headaches AND get you that 5-star review!

Appliances and Home Mechanical Necessities

Chances are, your major appliances and home mechanical systems (like your HVAC) don’t get much use if you’re renting out your entire home. The washing machine, dishwasher, and kitchen appliances likely don’t see much use until your guests check out and your thermostat runs consistently without much thought. Thankfully, that probably means they’re in fairly good shape and you won’t need to replace anything anytime soon.

If you rent a room and live in your home full-time, you’re operating things often enough that you have a leg up in this department: You can spot things before anyone else does. If this doesn’t apply to you, however, you must remain vigilant!

Unlike linens that should be carefully monitored and replaced at the first signs of overuse, appliances are harder to plan ahead for. We simply expect these machines to function properly until the day… well, the day they don’t.

It would be silly for us to suggest you to sit in front of your dishwasher or washing machine and watch for glitches or sit idly and wait for the thermostat to act strangely. However, keep a watchful eye on these things anytime you do a walk-through of your vacation rental.

It’s smart to ask your guests to report anything that seems “off” if they operate any of your appliances but it’s even better if you can catch wind of trouble before your guests see it.

If you don’t visit your vacation rental often, ask your cleaning team or management company to let you know if they notice anything operating oddly when they conduct turnover cleanings or walk-throughs. They are your best reporters.

Carpets

Carpet is a lasting floor covering and doesn’t need replacing often. That’s probably a relief, considering how expensive it can be to make a flooring change.

The frustrating thing about carpet is that it doesn’t wear evenly. Heavier traffic areas like the living room, hallways, and bedroom doorways show their age more rapidly; the aging pace increases if shoes are worn inside the house or if you have or allow your guests to bring pets.

Generally speaking, carpet should last anywhere from 7-10 years after it’s been installed. With proper care, you could get as many as 15 years out of it.

To avoid the need to replace carpet before its average shelf life, here are a few tips for keeping it looking as new as possible:

 

  • Invest in doormats. Doormats at the front entrance and any other doors leading outside with greatly decrease the amount of dirt and dust carried into your vacation rental from your guests’ shoes. This is your best first line of defense.
  • Vacuum often. Some sources will suggest you vacuum every day while others will recommend once or twice a week. Daily vacuuming in a vacation rental is likely next to impossible – you certainly shouldn’t ask your guests to do it! However, be sure to run the vacuum after every checkout. If your guests are staying long-term, offer them basic maid services weekly or bi-weekly to ensure your carpet is getting the care it needs.
  • Shampoo or steam your carpets. With so many people coming and going, you’ll want to shampoo your carpets or hire a professional to clean them more often than the average homeowner. Don’t wait for things to start looking dingy or because you need to work on a stubborn stain. Aim to deep steam clean your carpet every 6-12 months. Resist the urge to overdo things, though. Too much of a good thing can be damaging. Hint: just ask MaidThis to arrange this for you during a turnover cleaning…..we have a partner company who can totally help with steam cleaning. 🙂

 

To know when it’s time to recarpet your place, look out for visible signs of wear through main walkways. When a deep cleaning doesn’t do much to revitalize it, it may be time to go shopping.

 

Ensuring your guests are happy should start before they even arrive for check-in. By keeping a watchful eye on your place and replacing or revitalizing things before they show they need it, you’re setting yourself up for great reviews and referrals.

 

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Cleaning Service Redondo Beach Shares the Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring cleaning checklist by cleaning services Redondo BeachOut with the old, in with the new! Spring is a time to start fresh, so premium cleaning service Redondo Beach has composed an amazing and helpful spring cleaning checklist to make the process go faster.

Your home will benefit from spring cleaning, and so will you, as you make some extra room, clear your mind and realize that less really is more. Once you’re done, you’ll want to show off your ideally clean and tidy home to all your friends. After all, completing a full-on spring cleaning project calls for a celebration!

Prep is the cornerstone

Not only will a well-thought-out preparation for this massive undertaking save you time and energy, but also help you be more decisive. Haven’t worn a T-shirt in over a year? Give it away or repurpose it. Get some boxes, categorize and subcategorize. Overthinking what stays and what goes only creates a vicious circle. Once you start decluttering like you mean it, you’ll find yourself astonished at how much of the stuff you own is totally redundant.

Cleaners must be good and ready. You’ll need to do some extensive vacuuming, so make sure your vacuum cleaner is perfectly clean itself, ready to tackle every single speck of dust in your home. As for cleaning supplies, don’t let yourself get distracted by too many choices – stick to the essentials. Don’t forget a disinfectant so you’ll know you’ve done an utterly thorough job.

Finally, any helpers (household members or friends) must be completely up to the task. In other words, if they can’t stand the heat, they’ll just be getting in the way.

The checklist

  • Cleaning household appliances – the dishwasher, the washing machine, the fridge and other household appliances must be squeaky clean so as to operate more efficiently.
  • De-gunk the kitchen – every element of your kitchen could, ironically, be the greasiest and germiest. Get scrubbing!
  • Thorough dusting and vacuuming – your vacuum cleaner is your must-trusted ally in this endeavor, as you’ll literally need to vacuum everything (even the ceilings and light fixtures). However, it might be wise to have a professional deep clean the carpets and upholstery. As for the curtains and rugs, they can go in the washer.
  • Make those floors shine – microfiber cloth and a strong cleaning solution is all you need to make floors perfectly spotless and looking beautiful.
  • Remove dust and debris from vents – this is not only about cleanliness, but also about energy efficiency and overall health.
  • Clean the plumbing – spring is also a time to clean the often neglected drains and get rid of those nasty odors.
  • Make the bathroom spotless – apply a cleaner to the grout and tiles, scrub with a brush and rinse. Once all the bathroom elements are absolutely stain-free, you’ll thank yourself.

Time for spring cleaning? Cleaning service Redondo Beach rushes to your aid!

For your home to wake up from its winter sleep looking splendid, and stay neat and tidy after the spring cleaning is done, you’ll need a helping hand. MaidThis offers impeccable cleaning service Redondo Beach so you can enjoy your home in all its glory this spring. Give us a call and let us wow you!

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Listen to This: Music Makes Cleaning Easier

Cleaning service Torrance - music makes cleaning easierMusic has the immense power to make us experience a wide range of emotions, among which is sheer, overwhelming joy. It also makes everything better and easier, even if it’s something as tedious as housework. You can play nursery rhymes to make cleaning more fun for kids, some hot jazz to keep things upbeat as you tackle a major clean-up, or your favorite ‘80s soundtrack as you prepare your home for a party. Whatever your preferences, be it classical, electronic or rock genre, music is your best friend. Cleaning service Torrance inspires you to incorporate music into your spring cleaning routine and spice it up.

The science behind it

Music makes us happy – it’s actually a scientific fact. Hearing music makes the brain release dopamine. Dopamine, in turn, gives us an energy boost, and that means music has the power to make us more productive. Music also makes repetitive work more fun, which makes it just the ideal cleaning partner.

What’s interesting is that lyrics can be distracting if you are trying to focus on learning something. But with cleaning, you don’t have to, so you can play whatever you like. What’s more, playing familiar tracks will improve your focus.

Get your blood pumping with fast tracks

Fast evergreen classics like Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean, Madonna’s Papa Don’t Preach or Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust have that awesome rhythm that makes you move even if you try to fight it. You might even come up with some new dance moves!

What’s more, the faster you move, the faster you’ll get the job done. In fact, go ahead and sing along to your guilty pleasure – the time will just fly by. You’ll almost regret having finished scrubbing your bathroom midway through The Greatest Pop Hits of the ‘90s.

Find relaxation with serene melodies

Granted, slow music does not have the same effect on everyone, but there’s no harm in giving it a go. Try it, and polishing your silverware or making your wardrobe nice and tidy might actually make you more calm and relaxed. Still, if you feel that you’re on the verge of dozing off, go back to Lady Gaga and turn up the volume.

Go retro and dance to the radio (like no one’s watching)

The radio is a nearly (and unjustly) forgotten invention, yet all the modern gadgets have failed to render it obsolete. Turn it on and get cleaning as it plays in the background. You might find yourself amused at what you might hear on radio talk-shows, not to mention experience the real thrill of suddenly hearing an old song you loved growing up.

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We know cleaning is not your favorite thing in the world, but someone’s got to do it. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be you. Cleaning service Torrance can make cleaning an exciting time – by leaving you out of it. We’ll make your home spick-and-span, as you get ready for that live gig you’ve been dying to go to, so call us today!

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How to Clean Your Home When You Have No Energy

Cleaning service Laguna Niguel - cleaning without energyAfter an endlessly long, frustrating and, above all, exhausting day at work, doesn’t it feel impossible to suck it up and get cracking on those pesky household chores? You might, if only you had an ounce of energy left. Here at cleaning services Laguna Niguel, we hear you, so we’ve put together a list of tips how to fight that lack of energy.

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