Ways to Keep your House Clean

Hate cleaning Here are seven ways to keep your house clean and tidy2Hate cleaning? Here are seven ways to keep your house clean and tidy

House cleaning can be a challenge, especially if you are also working full time and don’t have a cleaner to assist you. If you hate cleaning and house chores drive you up the wall, then our tips will allow you to accomplish this task with ease.

  • Learn to multi-task

Multi-tasking can make domestic cleaning much simpler than it sounds. Tasks like sorting letters and filing paper can be easily done alongside other tasks or even during your leisure activities like watching television or listening to music. Use your time wisely and don’t let the papers pile up. Sort out the letters as you walk into your house from work, if you don’t need it just thrash it in the bin, if you need only the letter then bin the envelope.

  • Remind yourself

Remember that a clean house brings better productivity, improved wellbeing, keeps the family happy, creates a comfortable environment for your kids to study in and the best part is that you can walk into a warm and welcoming house after a tired day at work. Constantly remind yourself of the benefits of spending some time tidying the house regularly.

  • Seek help from professional cleanersHate cleaning Here are seven ways to keep your house clean and tidy

If work leaves you no time to keep the house clean, then it is best get help from cleaning services near to you. Depending on your needs these domestic cleaning agencies will not only get your house vacuumed but will also get your kitchen and bathroom looking spotlessly clean. You can also get carpet cleaners to get your carpets professionally cleaned every few months.

  • Reward yourself

If you are not considering getting the services of a cleaning company, then try rewarding yourself for the time you invest in home cleaning. Reward yourself for completing the house chores with your favourite scoop of ice-cream or sink into the couch and watch a movie.

  • Get your family to help you

There is no reason for you to overload yourself with the house chores. Get your family to help you out and ensure that they are doing fair deal of cleaning themselves. Ask your kids to wash up their dishes when they finish eating, wipe the table clean after dinner and put their clothes in the machine for wash. Teach your kids to keep their room orderly, you could even set a schedule for different tasks you assign to each family member. Create a rota system where every week a different person is responsible for hovering the house, dusting the tables and cleaning the dishes.

  • Set up a timetable

Create a cleaning time-table for you and your family to follow. Paste this on the kitchen door or where everyone can easily view it. Mondays could be the day to hover while Tuesdays is for cleaning the bathroom and so on.

  • Buy new goods

If the curtains are too old and dirty, try replacing it with a new one. Sometimes, buying a new lampstand, curtain or cushion covers can give the house a refurbished look. What’s more the new happy environment in the house can possibly create a positive attitude towards cleaning the house.

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Tips on cleaning upholstery

Cleaning upholstery the easy way2Cleaning upholstery the easy way

Does your soiled sofa make you think twice before you invite friends home for dinner? Sure, dirty furnishings can make your house look unappealing but there are ways to transform your upholstery, making it look as good as new. To maintain the look and feel of your carpet it is important to avail the services of professional cleaners to make your furnishings look spotless.

It is important to keep your furniture clean so as to prevent any pollutants, allergens  or bacteria from making an abode there. Here is our guide to how you can clean your furniture fabric by following a few easy to do steps.

  • Wash the fabric

If your furniture cover is removable then simply check the care label and give them a good rinse in the washing machine. For delicate materials you can even consider hand washing. If you are hand washing the fabric, then keep them drenched in a bucket of soapy water for about 30 minutes before you rinse it clean. Make sure that you use only good quality detergents so that the quality of the fabric is retained.

  • Spot clean

It is best to clean the upholstery instantly when it is stained than wait for hour or days. If you have just spilled some coffee on the sofa, the immediately use some water and detergent to wipe it clean. Sprinkle some water and detergent on the stained part, you can even use hand wash liquid for light fabrics. When using detergent always remember to dilute it sufficiently. Do not soak your fabric with water; use a very small amount of water. Use a dry and clean cloth, preferably a microfiber cloth to drench the extra water.  Allow your furniture to dry naturally.

  • Drying the fabric

It is best to allow the fabric to dry naturally. However if you are in a hurry then it is best to use a hair dryer to quickly dry the sofa. Open up the windows to allow the wind and breeze to dry the material. Avoid hanging the fabric directly under the sun rays as it may change the colour of the material.

  • Wipe clean

For a quick solution you can also use baby wipes or any other similar wet wipes. They take off the stains instantly without soaking the fabric. Be careful not to scrub too much or you will loosen the threads of the fabric.

  • Vacuum regularly

Most hovers have small attachments that can be used to vacuum your sofa fabric. Regular sofa cleaning can help increase the life of the fabric and overall condition of the material. Using a hover will help prevent dust from collecting on your sofa and also get rid of any bacteria or other allergens. Ensure that you use the right attachment while vacuuming; a soft brush attachment would be perfect.

If you don’t wish to take the hassle of cleaning the upholstery yourself, then you can use the service of cleaning contractors. It is recommended that you professionally clean your upholstery at least twice a year. These sofa cleaners use professional equipment and cleaning materials to reinstate your furniture to its original condition. So, whether you decide to clean up the fabric yourself or get it done by cleaners, either ways getting it cleaned regularly will help to prolong the life of the fabric and  save you the cost of buying a new one.

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Carpet Cleaning

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The carpeting in your home is an important addition to the interior of any rooms. Apart from looks, carpet offer a sense of warmth and just feel a lot comfortable having a beautiful and soft piece to lay your feet on. Carpets, however, need to be cleaned regularly in order to maintain their good looks and not just be a breeding ground for dust and germs.

Some think that carpet cleaning is an easy task, but it can actually be time and effort-consuming. It requires the right tools for the job, and also a good knowledge of the carpet and what methods exactly to turn to in order to keep it in shape.

Carpet cleaning is one task you will have to perform at least once a week to make sure that no dust and dirt accumulates within the carpet. In high traffic areas there is usually a need of an even more regular service. If you are too busy and unable to provide this, you can consider hiring professional carpet cleaning service. Carpet cleaners have expert gear that can easily take care of cleaning in your carpet. They will use methods and techniques, which are efficient and will not harm the carpet in any way, regardless of how delicate it is.

If you want to perform this task on your own, you need to arm yourself with a vacuum cleaner. Vacuuming every week should be more than enough to prevent dirt and dust from accumulating on your carpet. Areas that see more traffic, however, should be paid more regular attention. Vacuum slowly and go over the carpet area several times to ensure proper cleaning and deal with the deeply ingrained particles in the carpet.

Spills and various stains can be a little trickier to handle, as they occur accidentally most often, but can have long lasting negative effects on your carpet. For this reason, the sooner after the accident you treat the area, the better. Such issues will normally disappear easier when you act till they are still fresh. You can use a wide number of carpet cleaning solutions, but in order to pick the most effective one you should do some research on what works with your carpet. Some methods for cleaning hold possible side-effects, such as discoloration, and for this reason you should test the product first before using it.

If the carpet in your home is in dire condition, such as it puffs a cloud of dust when you run across a certain section of it, then you need to consider a deep carpet cleaning service. This requires a shampooer to agitate the carpet with and rinsing it afterwards with an extractor. Just as with treating your carpet with a cleaning solution for stains, you need to make sure that you test that the product you are using will not harm the carpet.

These cleaning techniques can usually be used for any kind of carpeting that you have in your home. But to make sure that the carpet receives the best treatment, you should do a proper research and tests first. Read more helpful tips on this website

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Maid Service Costs | Average Price to Hire a Maid Service

I came across this article on Home Advisor and I was curious about cleaning costs, but does it seem pretty accurate to you? In any case, it is just some information that can be helpful in many projects or services that you may have.

Maid Service Costs | Average Price to Hire a Maid Service.

What Makes Lupe’s House Cleaning Different

205015_1998223079177_396541_oWhat makes Lupe’s House Cleaning different?

That is, from other house cleaning companies in San Antonio? Well, it has a lot to do with being a sole proprietor and my motivation to serve people. Although I was established as Lupe’s House Cleaning in 1999, I started cleaning houses in 1995. It was a simple job, but not easy, and the peoples’ houses I cleaned loved my work. That being the case, cleaning houses and making people happy with my services inspire me to continue to offer them.

As a sole proprietor, I usually have one or two people working along with me that are just as hard working as I am. I believe they can attest how important it is for me to do a spectacular job; that means, cleaning even the less obvious places. This brings me to the point that I do not have several crews cleaning houses for me, it is just me with some help.

Throughout the years, I have made several lasting friendships with clients who have come to rely on and trust me. I have cleaned homes that their residents were embarrassed to have me step into and look around. On the other hand, I had had residents who chose to hand over their codes to disarm home security systems when they knew they were not going to be around. I do not require or ask for such favor, but it illustrates the level of confidence clients have in me. Needless to say, I do not shy away from jobs that seem difficult, after all, I am in the business of helping people with their house cleaning needs. Perhaps it is due to my childhood background as a migrant worker, where helping others was essential and tedious jobs was the norm.

An additional reason that makes Lupe’s House Cleaning different from other companies is that I operate on a relationship basis. As a customer myself of local businesses, I understand the importance of flexibility, affordability, and quality. I do not offer strict, detailed house cleaning service plans or costly bundles; I just listen to what customers say they want and how much they can afford. Altogether, my personal goal is to provide customers with their best home cleaning experience that attends to customers house cleaning needs and expectations.

Our House Cleaning Process

205015_1998223079177_396541_oOur House Cleaning Process

I imagine every house cleaning company has their way of doing things, which is great for customers who prefer a certain method. Here, I just want to provide an outline on how we do it. It all starts off with an initial conversation with customers who are looking to have their homes cleaned, either over the phone or through email. What follows is what I am looking to learn from customers:

  • The size of the home: More often than not, customers do not know the size of their homes in terms of square footage, so I usually ask how many bathrooms, bedrooms, floors (stories), and living areas the home has.
  • The type of cleaning: In house cleaning there are different levels of intensity in cleaning, where it may vary on how much cleaning is necessary.
    • Regular cleaning is the least intense, which is performed three times a week to every other week or if the customer regularly upkeeps house cleaning chores and only needs occasional help. It consists of basic house cleaning that does require tasks such as window blinds or ceiling fans.
    • Deep cleaning is the most intense, which is usually performed for first-time cleaning or after a month long interval. This type includes window blinds, ceiling fans, baseboards, and more, in addition to basic house cleaning.
    • Move-ins or Move-outs are for residents who are in the process of moving in or have already moved out of the home. This type of service is similar to deep cleaning, but it may include the cleaning of walls, carpet stains, paint dust, and so forth.
  • Customer’s preferences: Often, customers only want certain areas of their homes cleaned, for instance, only one bedroom or just the bottom floor. Other preferences could be to water the plants or feed the dog, to mention a couple.
  • Frequency and scheduling: Customers have different needs and preferences on how often they would like house cleaning services for their home. Services usually range from three times a week to once a month, or just for a single time.
  • Cost or estimate: Cost is based on a holistic approach of services, rather than by the hour or piecework; I believe it is the most honest approach to setting prices.

The following outline describes our approach to clean a home:

  • Usually, all of us will start cleaning the master bathroom.
  • Once we are near finishing, one of us stays to sweep and mop; while the other two proceed to clean the master bedroom.
  • As a general rule, we almost always start cleaning from the furthest part of the home and the ceiling fans and window sills downward.
  • We approach every room in the same manner we approach the home; from the contents of the furthest wall, then finishing toward the entrance. For example, we will start by dusting picture frames hanging on walls, and then the knick-knacks on tables, and then the floor.
  • In every room (including the kitchen, hallways, and staircases) we dust/clean before we sweep, mop or vacuum.

I think I covered everything that may be of curiosity to customers, but if you think information about a particular process should be included here, please leave a comment.

House Cleaning Extras!

Special Cleaning or Extras: Are things that we normally don’t clean, but will if requested, such as, floor-level windows, pet paraphernalia, outside patios,  or more than 1 bed linen changes. Additionally, things we may clean are the inside of cupboards and drawers, closets, refrigerators, pantries, ovens, and fireplaces. We also do special requests when possible.

Move-Ins or Outs Cleaning Services in San Antonio,Tx

Move In/Out Cleaning:

  • What we Wipe, Polish and Dust
    • Window sills
    • Non-upholstered furniture
    • Staircases
    • Interior doors
    • Light switches
    • Exterior of major appliances and cabinets
    • Small kitchen appliances
  • How we Clean Floors/ Stairs/ Carpet
    • Vacuum
    • Sweep
    • Mopping
    • Scrubbing
      • Note: When possible, we will move light furniture and refrigerators to do a thorough cleaning.
  • What we Disinfect and Scrub
    • Inside microwaves
    • Bathtubs
    • Faucets
    • Showers
    • Shower doors
    • Sinks
    • Toilets
  • Other Stuff we do
    • Trash emptying
    • Mirror cleaning
    • Vents
    • Clean Inside of:
      • cupboards and drawers
      • Closets
      • Refrigerators
      • Pantries
      • Ovens
      • Fireplaces

First-Time or Deep House Cleaning by Lupe’s House Cleaning

Deep House Cleaning

  • What we Wipe, Polish and Dust
    • Baseboards
    • Wall hangings
    • Window sills
    • Ceiling fans
    • Window blinds
    • Non-upholstered furniture
    • Staircases
    • Interior doors
    • Light switches
    • Exterior of major appliances and cabinets
    • Small kitchen appliances
    • Knick Knacks
  • What we do with Floors/ Stairs/ Carpet
    • Vacuum
    • Sweep
    • Mop
    • Scrubbing
      • Note: When possible, we will move light furniture and refrigerators.
  • What we Disinfect and Scrub
    • Inside microwaves
    • Bathtubs
    • Faucets
    • Showers
    • Shower doors
    • Sinks
    • Toilets
  • Other Stuff we do
    • Change bed linen (x1)

Our Regular House Cleaning Services

Regular Cleaning 

  • Frequency
    • Weekly
    • Every two weeks
    • Every three weeks
  • What we Wipe, Polish and Dust
    • Wall hangings
    • Window sills
    • Trash emptying
    • Dish washing (breakfast dishes)
    • Mirror cleaning
    • Non-upholstered furniture
    • Staircases
    • Light switches
    • Exterior of major appliances and cabinets
    • Small kitchen appliances
    • Knick Knacks
  • What we do with Floors/ Stairs/ Carpet
    • Vacuum
    • Sweep
    • Mop
      • Note: When possible, we will move light furniture, and refrigerators.
  • What we Disinfect and Scrub
    • Inside microwaves
    • Bathtubs
    • Faucets
    • Showers
    • Shower doors
    • Sinks
    • Toilets
  • Other Stuff we do
    • Change bed linen (x1)