ASK THE CLEANING EXPERT

 

Question:

How can I get rid of the pink color that is showing up in my tub?

Answer:

If your tub is tinged with pink soap scum, you may have S. marcencens, a bacteria that produces a pinkish or reddish color. S. marcencens forms a strong and vibrant community through the creation of a biofilm and it can permanently stain and destroy bathroom surfaces. Remediation is expensive, and sometimes impossible. It can spread easily, increasing the chance of making you sick, particularly if it gets into an open wound or if it finds its way into the respiratory or urinary tracts of the immunocompromised.

 

So, how do you get rid of it?

1. Regular weekly cleaning.

2. Remove soap scum and grimy dirt with a designated shower/bathroom cleaner.

3. Scrub the surface to breakdown the biofi lm and reveal the clean surface.

4. Rinse.

5. Once you’ve broken down the biofilm, coat the surface with a disinfectant to kill any remaining bacteria. Allow to sit for a few moments (or follow the label directions).

6. Rinse again.

 

For toilet bowls: Clean your toilet with toilet cleaner, brushing the interior of the bowl to breakup the biofilm. Follow the cleaning with an antimicrobial cleaner, using its directions as a guide. After you’ve completed the cleaning and disinfecting, pour º cup of household bleach into the toilet tank. Set a timer for 20 minutes, and let the bleach do its magic for exactly that long (any longer can damage non-porcelain toilet parts). Once the time is up, flush several times to dilute the bleach.

 

Use consistency and strong elbow grease (but avoid abrasive cleaners and sponges, which may do more harm than good as they can create additional nooks and crannies for bacteria to thrive within). For tough corners and grout, steam vapor can make quick work of cleaning and disinfecting.

CLEANING HABITS TO SET YOUR CLOCK TO:

 

Just like springing ahead and falling back, there are certain cleaning rituals that should be done twice a year, to ensure the overall cleanliness of your home and also help ensure a healthier environment for you family. The Maids have developed a room-by-room checklist of the most important bi-annual cleaning jobs to help keep you on track.

 

 

Happy You Year Sweepstakes! Win a clean home in 2018!

Imagine what it would be like to open your home to company without second-guessing yourself. What would it be like if your home was always ready for your friends to stop by for coffee? How about impromptu play dates?

Now imagine having a home this clean, without lifting a finger. And then imagine it being absolutely free.

 

This New Year, enter The Maids Happy You Year Sweepstakes! Three very lucky homeowners will win up to $1,000 in home cleaning services. You read that correctly - free home cleaning by your trusted neighbors, The Maids! Winners will receive The Maids' signature 22-step Healthy Touch Deep Cleaning service, a one-time cleaning that will start your new year off on a clean slate (and a spotless floor).

It’s our first year offering this promotion, and we can’t wait to get started. It all kicks off at 1:00 am on December 26, 2017 and will go until 11:45 pm on January 31st, 2018. Just remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter, so start entering! You can throw your name into the running once a day every single day of the promotion, so set your alarm and be persistent.

Visit here to enter!

It isn’t important how you enter the sweepstakes, just that you do. After all, who deserves a clean house more than you do?

Whatever you strive to be and do in the coming year, we know that having a spotless house makes nearly anything possible. Here’s to making 2018 all about YOU! 

If there were enough hours in the day, you wouldn't think about bringing in outside help. Still, cleaning your home seems to take up more and more time every week. Do you daydream about hiring a professional maid service? Do you wonder if a Raleigh NC house cleaning service can really make a difference in your busy life here in the City of Oaks?

It can, and it's the kind of service you deserve.

Seven Ways a Professional Maid Service Improves Your Life

1. Say Goodbye to Seasonal Cleaning

You call it spring cleaning. Your maid service calls it deep house cleaning. With cleaning pros on the job, this annual project disappears from your list of seasonal jobs. Instead of scrubbing baseboards and polishing windows, you can welcome spring by joining the St. Patrick's Day celebration at Moore Square.

2. The House Stays Clean

Dust on the furniture, dirt in the carpet and grime around drains can't accumulate with regular maid service. Every surface, floor and fixture in every room of your home always stays fresh and clean.

3. The House Stays Healthier

Professional services minimize the chances of germs and bacteria contaminating your home's environment especially during flu season. Mold and mildew can't hide from house cleaning pros who scrub behind toilets and under sinks.

4. Pros Do the Heavy Work

Everybody has favorite 
household chores to hate. Regular visits from a professional maid service frees you from the most dreaded jobs. Scratch disinfectant cleaners and floor wax off your shopping list. You don't need them anymore.

5. They Have a Great Network

If you're suddenly facing extensive cleanup and repairs after water or fire damage at the house, your cleaning service can connect you with an established restoration company. You might not ever need this kind of backup, but it's reassuring to know you have it.

6. You're Ready for Every Occasion

Imagine planning a party without cleaning the house for guests. Picture celebrating the holidays in a home that sparkles while you relax. Regular maid service keeps the house beautifully ready for every occasion.

7. Your Time Is Valuable

Add up the hours you spend cleaning house. Subtract that total from the time you want to spend doing anything else. Whether you're developing the next must-read blog or taking the kids for a carousel ride in Pullen Park, your time is valuable. Professional maid services let you spend it your way.

Make Your Life a Little Easier

If your home would just clean itself, you wouldn't have daydreams about hiring a house cleaning service. If our list inspires you to make those fantasies come true, we're here for you and busy homeowners all across Raleigh NC. The 
Maids of Raleigh are standing by and ready to make your life a little easier. Just give us a call for a free estimate.