The Maids of Portland, Maine

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Let Daylight Saving Time be a Reminder to Tackle Important Biannual Chores.

In a new national survey, 70% of Americans polled are avoiding cleaning tasks that are beneficial to the health of their homes. The three chores that are most likely to fall to the bottom of the biannual to-do list are rotating and cleaning of ceiling fans, cleaning vents and registers, and vacuuming and flipping the mattress.

Air quality is a hugely important part of maintaining a clean home. When there is dust build up on your register covers, in your mattress, on your blinds and your ceiling fans, your family is breathing potentially harmful airborne particles. In addition to eradicating dust, other important biannual tasks include cleaning your pantry, fridge, freezer and purging them of expired food, washing or replacing your shower curtain or liner, and wiping down baseboards and molding throughout your home.

The Maids employs professionally uniformed and trained four-member cleaning teams who arrive at customer's homes in signature yellow cars emblazoned with The Maids logo. The Maids exclusive team approach provides the most efficient, comprehensive housekeeping in the industry. The Maid's team is bonded and insured and all services are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. To learn more about The Maids, call 207-772-6212.



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cleaning Granite- The Proper Way

The consensus among stone experts is that you do not need any special cleaners to get your countertops clean and streak-free. It is important to make sure your granite countertop is sealed. While granite is a very hard surface and less porous than marble, unsealed or weakly sealed granite will soak up oils, spills, and stains. To check whether your granite is sealed, leave a few drops of water on the surface. If it beads up, you have a secure seal. If after a few minutes the water has soaked into the granite, then it's time to reseal the stone.

DON'T: Use harsh or abrasive cleaners and sponges, Windex, acidic cleaners like vinegar, lemon, lime, or anything with ammonia or bleach. Frequent use of these chemicals will dull and weaken the sealant over time. Basically, the harsher the cleaner, the quicker it will break down the sealant.

DO: Wipe up spills as soon as you notice them.

DO: Use warm water, a mild or gentle dish soap, and a nubby washcloth or microfiber cloth for daily wipe downs.

Courtesy of: House Beautiful