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Spring Cleaning: It's Time to Begin

Posted on January 29, 2016 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Spring Cleaning In Stages:  An Easy Way to Start

By 

Connie Thompson


Spring Cleaning?  Now?  You may be thinking that there may be a numerous cold days ahead before those daffodils begin popping up, but if you begin now, you will be surprised at how easy it will be to have your house sparkling by April.


Family gatherings in the fall and winter months can create a buildup of dust, dirt, and debris that is difficult to recognize until a bright winter morning when the sun streaming in the windows reveals the truth.  Rain or snow spattered windows can make a clean house seem dirty and dusty furniture and spots on carpet can make one feel downright gloomy.


Unworn or outgrown clothing and shoes can accumulate in closets and under beds.  Coming into contact with a cluttered home can make the winter seem downright gloomy.  Here are some tips to get your home ready for those beautiful sunny days ahead:


Clear the Clutter

Make a list of the rooms that have the most clutter and take one room a week.  Decide what is still good and useful and give it away. Discard what is old, worn, or broken.


Have Your WIndows Cleaned - Inside and Out

Sparkling windows are not difficult to obtain.  You can do this yourself, but it is easier to contact a company who knows how to best clean windows, especialloy those that are eco-styled.    Make sure to have the sills and shutters cleaned as well.  This is the perfect time to send those drapes to the cleaners.


Spot Clean and Deep Clean the Carpet and Floors

Having your carpet professionally clean and floors waxed will give you a head start on clean.  It is not a good idea to leave a dirty carpet with spills and stains from winter celebrations until the weather is warm.  Stains can become set and might not come out at all.


Cleaning in Stages

By scheduling your cleaning in stages, it is not onoy ecoomical, but will get you ready to enjoy the warmer weather, with a bright and shining home.


For more information about window or carpet cleaning contact us at [email protected]

Home Cleaning at Flu Season

Posted on November 15, 2015 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Keeping Your House Flu-Free Beginning with the Bathroom

By 

Connie Thompson


Although there is no true way to avoid being exposed to the flu virus in winter, there are some things you can do to maintain a healthier home.  One of the key places that can harbor harmful bacteria is the bathroom.  Below are some tips to help keep your family healthy.


1) Clean bathroom counters daily with a sanitizing agent.  When several family members share a bathroom, it is easy to spread virus-causing germs.  Regular spritzing and wiping of counters with a sanitizing agent will help to keep this area clean and healthy.


2) Stock paper towels rather than a hand towel next to the bathroom sink.  By using recycled paper towels to dry your hands after washing them, you will save water and keep the spread of germs to a minimum.


3) Regularly clean shower and tub tiles so that they are free of mold.  Although mold doesn't cause the flu, it can make you sick, especially if you have mold allergies.  Regular cleaning of tub, shower and tiles will keep this area healthier.


4) Deep cleaning at your discretion.  Professional home cleaners know how to get the deepest clean.  Not only do they have the training necessary to clean without scratching mirrors, tiles, or marble, but the commercial products they will use will leave your bathroom sparkling.

 

Regular cleaning of toilet, tub, tile, and sink will help to reduce the breeding of harmful germs and bacteria and will help to reduce the chance of illness.  Professional cleaning is recommended at least once a month to keep your bathroom sparkling.


For more information about cleaning products or services contact Theresa at [email protected]



Winter Cleaning

Posted on October 20, 2015 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Cleaning After the Fall

by

Connie Thompson


After the last leaf has fallen and the temperature has dropped is a good time to schedule a deep cleaning.  Debris can collect in doorways and can get tracked in on carpets.  Hardwood and tile floors can become slick from leaf matter and dirt that is tracked in or blown in by the wind.  Window sills can also collect debris and need to be cleaned both inside and out.  It is a good time to have draperies and upholstery cleaned, which will keep the house looking crisp and cheerful. 


Often there is no time to do this oneself and that is why it is a good idea to have a cleaning service on hand to call and schedule a deeper cleaning appointment.  They will come to your home, assess what needs to be done and then all you have to do is schedule the appointment.  There is something restful about coming home to a freshly cleaned living space, and it is a task that is easily handled.


For more information about scheduling a Cleaning Walk-Through contact Theresa at [email protected]





Hotel Cleaning

Posted on October 20, 2015 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

A Sparkling Clean Hotel Room

By

Connie Thompson


Most hotels or B&B's have regular staff that take care of the daily cleaning of rooms, kitchen and common areas.  Sometimes, when it is a busy time with lots of guests, or a slow season with low staffing, things can get overlooked.  That is the time to call an ancillary cleaning service to come in and take care of the details. 


Little things like wiping luggage scuff marks from walls, or taking extra care in kitchen areas can make a guest feel more at home.  Deep cleaning of the restroom and sink areas is also critical and often overlooked when doing daily cleaning.  Upholstery cleaning and carpet cleaning are other duties that should be addressed on a quarterly basis. 


Having a cleaning company on call for regular cleaning maintenance is just a good idea to keep your hotel's star's shining. 

For more information contact [email protected]








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How to Keep Your Wood Floor Shining

Posted on October 2, 2015 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Tips for a Shiny Wood Floor

By

Connie Thompson

A shining wooden floor adds a warm feeling to any living space.  Athough there is no substitute for having your floor professionally cleaned on a regular basis to keep that soft glow, there are times when may need to take action on your own.  Below, are some tips to help you keep your wooden floors looking their best.


1) Wipe up spills when they happen.  This keeps acidic liquids such as coffee, sodas or tea from eating through the finish, causing a nasty ring or spot.


2) Sweep all loose particles and pet hair with a soft bristle broom, and into a dust pan. 


3) Use a dust mop with rather than a flat type mop when dusting so that it doesn't scratch the floor.  Daily dusting helps to keep the surface clean and free from scratches.


3) For a quick clean, mix equal parts of olive oil and lemon juice into a plastic spray bottle.  Spray onto the floor and then mop with a microfiber type mop.


4) Follow up with a soft dry mop for a beautiful shine!


If your floor is still dull or scratched, you may want to contact a cleaning service that specializes in wood floor cleaning. Often, they can bring back the shine and with regular dust mopping it will keep that polished look for weeks.

For more information about professional wood floor cleaning contact [email protected]


AVOIDING A TRIP IN THE FALL

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

AVOIDING A TRIP IN THE FALL

Keeping Your Home or Office Clear of Fallen Leaves

by

Connie Thompson

Almost everyone enjoys the fall.  Cooler temperatures, wonderful harvests, and the turning of the leaves is something we look forward to at the end of the hot summer.  Something that is not so enjoyable is the mess those same pretty leaves can make once they've fallen to the ground. Besides littering the sidewalks and yards, fallen leaves can blow in through open doorways and into homes and offices.  If the leaves are dry and have been stepped on and crushed, leaf debris can be tracked throughout the building.  Certain leaves can stain carpets and if the leaves have sap on them, can leave a gummy residue behind.  If the leaves are wet, they become a safety hazard as one could easily slip as they are walking through the entry area.

Daily sweeping is required to keep the leaves off the walkways and doorways.  Besides sweeping, if the leaves have been wet, it is important to damp mop to make sure any slick residue is taken care of and that sap has been washed away with the appropriate cleaning solvent.  Keeping your yard, sidewalk and entry ways clear of leaves will allow you to enjoy the fall  - - - without the trip!

Happy Autumn!


For more information about fall cleaning contact [email protected]



Mold and Mildew Removal

Posted on July 21, 2015 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

MOLD AND MILDEW REMOVAL 

By

Connie Thompson


Mold in the high desert?  Really?  Yep.  This year New Mexico has received an unusual number of inches in rainfall, followed by  humid conditions and summer temperatures.  Whenever heat and water come into contact within a small enclosed area, mold or mildew can grow rapidly. For many people this is not a problem, however others may experience health issues such as nasal congestion, coughing wheezing, even rashes and lung infections.  Asthma sufferers can be affected as well. 


Mold may first appear along a wall, floorboard or other damp area and will look like small gray, green, or brown spots.  A musty smell often accompanies mold.  Simple washing with water and a sponge is not enough.  The National Center for Environmental Health recommends cleaning with commercial products, soap and water or one cup of bleach per one gallon of water. http://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.html.


Sometimes more is needed to completely kill the mold spores.  Quality Maintennce in Grants, New Mexico utilizes a commercial cleaning machine that steams out mold and mildew, killing it upon contact.  If you have a severe mold problem, having a technician to clean the affected areas is recommended.


Below, are some tips to keep mold from growing in your home and living area:


[MOLD PREVENTION TIPS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html.

 

Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.

Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home

  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
  • Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before painting.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.

 

To learn more about preventing mold in your home, see the Environmental Protection Agency's publication A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home at http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html.]

For information on how Quaity Maintenance can clean mold and mildew from your home, call (505) 285-5141 or send an email to  [email protected]


References:

http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html.

http://nationalcenterforenvironmentalhealth.gov

http://www.qualitymaintenance.com




Summertime Deep Cleaning

Posted on July 7, 2015 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Take Advantage of the Warm Weather by Deep Cleaning Your Home

by

Connie Thompson

TIME FOR SUMMER CLEANING!

Summer is here and the days are warm and long.  It is a favorite time of year for many reasons.  Vacations and day trips and good eats are all  a part of that, but summer cleaning can boost your mood and leave your house sparkling.


GETTING  RID OF THE CLUTTER

During the winter, nobody likes to get up into a cold attic or explore a freezing garage to clean out belongings that need to be sold, given, or thrown away.  Summer is a great time to clean out the clutter.  The garage door can stay open as trunks and boxes are pulled out and the contents evaluated.  It is so satisfying to see the results of a cleaner space and others can benefit from your giveaways.  Goodwill is more than happy to take your used items and many churches and synagogues also collect slightly used clothing and home items to give to those who are in need.


FRESH AIR FOR YOUR CLOSETS

Summer is a great time to air out your closets.  While those doors are open, it is a good idea to get rid of anything that is worn or doesn't fit or is just plain out of style.  It is also time to make sure all the items that need to be dry cleaned are taken to the cleaners.  Besides clothing, old shoes, purses, and belts can pile up leaving your closet unmanagable.  Purchased shoe boxes and matching hangers are fairly inexpensive and can help keep your clothing looking neat and your shoes and belts easy to locate.  Circular belt holders are a great invention and keep it easy when you are rushing to get dressed with the perfect accessories.  A well organized closet makes those hard to get up mornings easier to face.  


Once clean, You can fragrance your closet by spraying a cotton ball or two with your favorite perfume or cologne, placing them in a little coth bag, and hanging them in your closet.  If you have issues with moths, cedar chips can be placed into a hanging bag and hung in your closet. These are safe for humans and pets.   Make sure to take time to sweep or vacuum out the closet floor when you clean.  It is amazing how much dust can collect in the neatest of closets.


A SHINY KITCHEN

Sometimes a little extra help is needed to clean all the grease and grime that occurs in the kitchen during the winter months when hearty meals are made.  Baked-on spills can be difficult to remove.  Hiring a cleaning company to clean the stove top, microwave, and other appliances can get your kitchen shining like new.  A professional cleaner has access to commercial cleaning products along with the knowledge of how best to clean each surface.  What could take hours is accomplished in much less time and with better results.


CLEAN AND HEALTHY FLOORS

Winter and Spring are notorious seasons for leaving behind dirt and stains.  Floors can begin to look dull, and carpets demand attention, especially those areas where pets have been.  You could do all of the deep cleaning yourself . . . or.  . . why not hire a company to come and take care it for you? The time and energy you save can go towards more enjoyable tasks like planting a garden, redecorating the house or helping a friend.   You'll want to make sure the company you choose is fully insured and that the individuals coming to clean your home have a clear understanding of your expectations.


THE BENEFITS OF SEASONAL CLEANING

Summer cleaning is good.  Annual spring cleaning just isn't enough to keep a house looking its best.  You might want to consider having your home professionally cleaning every season.  Quarterly cleaning not only reduces daily maintenance on kitchens and other rooms, but also prolongs the life of your carpet and keeps appliances looking new.   Regular cleaning can help to  keep household members free from health risks, especially those individuals with allergies and asthma.  One idea to keep up with deep cleaning is to calendar four cleaning dates per year with your cleaning service.  They'll be happy to put you on their schedule.  If you've set the date, it is much more likely to happen and you can look forward to it.   Happy cleaning!


For Questions or information about Seasonal Cleaning you can contact Connie at [email protected]






Why Should I Have My Floors Stripped and Waxed?

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Benefits of Strip and Wax for Your Flooring

By Connie Thompson


Depending upon the age of your home, you may have linoleum or VCT tile in your kitchen or bathroom.  These floors are very sturdy and can retain their attractiveness for many years, providing they are well cared for.


Sweeping and damp mopping on a daily basis can help to eliminate spots and spills from your floor, however, in time, no matter how much you sweep and mop, you floor may lose its lustre and begin to look dull.  This dullness will be most obvious in areas where people are walking through or standing or where pets might stay.  By having your floors stripped and waxed, you will find that your floors will look newer and will keep their shine longer.  


So, what exactly is strip and wax?  A wax stripper is a special detergent composition that removes old wax from the flooring.  The stripping prepares the floor for the new wax.  There are two types of wax for flooring:  One is a natural wax, and the other is synthetic.  Both work well, depending on the type of flooring you have.  Waxing helps to prevent marks and scuffs from damaging the floor.  It also makes it slip resistant.  Some floors will require a top coat to further protect the finish and to keep the floor shining


Why choose a professional cleaning company to strip and wax your floor?  Simple.  It saves you a lot of work.  It takes time and effort to strip and wax a floor and a professional cleaning company will have the right equipment that is needed to do the job quickly so you can get back to normal living in those areas.   A floor cleaning company will also have the right cleaning agents to do the work.


For more information Call Quality Maintenance at (505) 285-5141.


Tips to Help Keep Your Carpet Clean

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Keeping Your Carpet Clean Between Professional Cleanings

By Connie Thompson

Even the best quality carpet needs regular maintenance to keep it looking and smelling fresh.  Concentrated care will help your carpet to look new for years to come.  

Here are some tips to help you add  to the life of your carpet::


  • Keep a floor mat inside your doorway as well as one outside.  By having a floor mat inside and outside, dirt gets caught two ways instead of just one.  This will help to keep entrance ways cleaner.
  • Have your carpets vacuumed once a week minimum.  Dust and dirt gathers quickly, especially in heavily trafficked areas.  Regular vacuuming helps to avoid ground in dirt, which can be difficult to remove.
  • If the carpet is in your home, try the Japanese style of removing your shoes before you walk on the carpet.  Oil and grease can be easily tracked in from the garage or front door, leaving ugly stains.  Besides, carpet feels great on stocking feet!
  • Have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year.  Don't try this yourself.  Carpet cleaning technicians are especially trained with stain removing techniques and use special machinery to remove stubborn stains and dirt.

 


For more tips on carpet cleaning or to schedule a walk-through call us at  (505) 285-5141.




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