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How to Keep Your Home Clean Between Cleaning Service Visits

Walking into a spotless home, that you didn’t have to clean, is one of the most amazing feelings in the world.  Everything is fresh and clean, and it feels like you’re walking on air… Cut to 3 days later, once a little bit of life has happened, and your house might not feel so fresh and clean.  

 

So, that leaves the burning question… How do you keep your house clean in between visits from your Fort Collins cleaning service?

 

We’ve got you covered.  Here are 4 simple tips to help you keep that “freshly cleaned by professionals” feeling for even longer!

 

Tip 1: Focus on the main rooms.

To keep things realistic, consider focusing your efforts on the main rooms of your home.  The living room, dining room, kitchen, and guest bathroom are great rooms to keep clean.  These are generally the first rooms that you see when you walk in your home, and if guests do stop by unexpectedly they are more likely to see these rooms than other areas of your home.  

 

Tip 2: Break up the tasks.

Instead of having one cleaning day, focus on one area a day.  Since your home has already been cleaned by professionals, all you have to do is maintain that clean.  (No elbow grease required, so you won’t need to spend much more than 5 minutes per area!)

 

Tip 3: Make sure everything has a place.

Instead of letting things pile up, make a place for everything in your home.  For example, if your mail always ends up covering your kitchen counters, set up a special mail organization spot with places for bills, invitations and letters, and a small trash can with a shredder for junk mail.

 

Tip 4: Keep your floors clean without cleaning them.

If your busy life leaves little time for daily vacuuming in your heels and pearls, simply set thick door mats at all of your entrances and have your family and guests take their shoes off at the door.  Taking off your shoes when you first get home means that any dirt or debris on your shoes won’t wind up on your floors in the first place, so you won’t have to worry about cleaning the floors every day.

 

If you still feel that your house needs extra attention long before your cleaners are due back, consider going to a more frequent clean!  Give your favorite Fort Collins maid service a call today to switch to a more frequent cleaning schedule!

 

All Star Cleaning – Ft Collins – (970) 215-2224

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How do you keep your house in ship shape between cleans?  Leave us a comment to let us know!

Fall Cleaning Checklist and Guide

While fall is a time to usher in cooler temps and more cozy time inside, it’s also the perfect opportunity to complete those cleaning tasks that you’ve been putting off or to prep the house for the holidays.

 

Here’s a list of our top cleaning chores and assignments to get your home ready for nesting cozy and comfortable for this fall season:

 

*Dust and wash lighting fixtures and lampshades

*Wash windows

*Vacuum and spot clean furnishings

*Clean out fridge and remove expired condiments, spoiled food and anything not being used

*Clean out panty and restock with winter foods and meal items—soups, chili, crackers, etc

*Clean carpets and sweep floors

*Clean and rotate mattresses

*Clean gutters and downspouts

*Wash outdoor lighting and fixtures

*Swap out spring/summer clothing for winter wardrobe

*Sweep chimney and clean filters

*Winterize the yard

*Clean and cover patio furniture

*Check weather stripping around doors and windows

*Wash summer bedding—duvet, quilts, etc and swap with winter bedding—comforters, blankets, etc

*Get out fall holiday décor

 

Need help preparing your home for fall? Call our professional maid service team now! We serve the Northern Colorado region and can get your home cozy for the autumn season. Get a quote from All Star Cleaning HERE

4 Ways to Accomplish More During your Day

We all know those days when we feel like we didn’t even begin to make a dent in our to do list.  Sometimes there just “aren’t enough hours in the day.”

 

While it’s likely that we are being too hard on ourselves, and there really aren’t enough hours in the day to complete the mound of work that we expect of ourselves, there are ways to accomplish more with a little strategic planning.  

 

Here are 4 ways to get more out of your day!

 

Plan outfits the night before.  

Let’s face it.  Decisions aren’t fun during that early-morning grog.  Save yourself the trouble by laying out your outfit the night before.  This is a habit that you have to develop, but once you do, your mornings will be much smoother.

 

Even better than pre-planning your outfits, get the whole family on board.  Imagine a world when no one is yelling, “where is my blue shirt with the white stripes?  It’s blue shirt day at school today, and I just have to have my blue shirt with the white stripes!  I have to or I’ll just die!”  #teenagers.  

 

Become a crockpot queen.

If you haven’t checked out the plethora of crockpot recipes on Pinterest lately, you’re missing out.  You can now find a recipe to make practically anything with your crockpot!  The best way to make things run smoothly is to do your prep work the night before so that you can just toss everything in.  (This will seriously change your entire day.)

 

Write down 3 things you want to accomplish during your day.

This doesn’t mean you can only get 3 things done during the day, it just means that you aren’t overwhelming yourself from the get go.  Once those 3 things are crossed off your list you will feel a sense of accomplishment, knowing that anything else you get done is just gravy.  This will actually give you motivation to get even more done!

 

Hire a Fort Collins cleaning service.   

If you’re one of those people who love to clean, then maybe you should clean when you get home from work to unwind… If you’re like the rest of us, maybe you’ll want to come home to a spotless house with a crockpot full of delicious dinner and well-behaved children like busy little bees doing their homework. (One can dream.)  Let All Star Cleaning Service handle that cleaning for you!  

 

Need a Loveland maid service?  Call: (970) 612-8772

 

Looking for a cleaning service in Fort Collins?  Call: (970) 215-2224

 

How do you get more done in your day?  Leave us a comment to let us know you’re secret!

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Minivan Detailing

No doubt about it.  You’re busy.  With a jam-packed schedule, it doesn’t take long for your vehicle to start to accumulate some serious excess baggage.  

 

Here’s how to revamp your mom-mobile in 7 simple steps!

 

Step 1: Gather anything that doesn’t belong

Your mom-mobile is likely littered with tiny empty packages of goldfish crackers and juice boxes.  Gather any trash and separate out what you can recycle.  (Yay for the earth!)  Toss everything that needs to go inside the house into a laundry basket, or use separate laundry baskets for everyone in the family so you don’t have to sort through it later.

 

Step 2: Remove any dust/dirt/crumbs

It’s written in the stars that dirt and tiny french fry crumbs are going to gather in the seams of your seat cushions.  Use a small soft-bristled brush to loosen any crumbs and vacuum them away.  Use a paintbrush to remove any dust from around the radio knobs and air vents.  

 

Step 3: Clean your dash and door panels

Spot-check your vinyl with a magic eraser. Between soccer cleat scuffs and sticky juice splatters, you’re probably going to need to magically erase every visible surface.  Wipe everything down with a wet microfiber cloth and then follow with a dry microfiber.  

 

Step 4: Identify and extinguish any unwanted odors

Did someone hide an apple in between the seats, or is there a gym sock stuffed in the air vent?  Either way, check and replace your cabin’s air filter and sprinkle baking soda on the floor boards to leave your car smelling fresh and oh so clean.

 

Step 5: Wash your windows

Spray a vinegar/water mixture on your windows and buff away with crumpled newspaper to prevent streaks. Easy Peasy.

 

Step 6: Clean your floor mats.

Hang your mats, and spray them with a high-pressure hose from top to bottom.  You will actually see the dirt and debris melting out of the fibers.  (It’s pretty amazing/slightly gross to watch.)  Once the water starts to run clear, squeegee as much water out as possible and leave the mats in the sun to dry.  Make sure they are completely dry before you put them back in your car.

 

Step 7: Vacuum…  Vacuum everything.

Yes, everything.  Vacuuming is the most tedious part, probably because it is the most important part.  Use a soft bristle attachment to go over your dash, radio, console, and door panels to make sure that no dust is left behind.  Then, vacuum your seats and floors.

 

Once your floor mats are dry, put them back in your car and enjoy your completed car transformation!  If you would like your car to stay clean forever, lock the doors and never let your children back inside.  Just kidding…  

 

If you think you enjoy a clean car, wait until you let a Fort Collins house cleaning service clean your home for you!  If you’re in the market for a Fort Collins maid service, give All Star Cleaning a call at (970) 215-2224.

 

Looking for a Loveland maid service?  They’ve got you covered there too! (970) 612-8772

Do you have a trick you use when you detail your car?  Leave us a comment to let us know!

5 Cleaning Hacks Every Parent Should Know

Everyone knows that living with kids is wonderful…  (Wonderful and messy.)  So, how do you stay sane in the midst of chaos?  

 

Here are 5 cleaning hacks that every parent should know.  

 

  1. Get rid of carpet stains quick, fast, and in a hurry.

In a spray bottle, mix 2 teaspoons mild dish detergent, 1 cup white vinegar, and fill the rest with water.  Blot the spot immediately and then spray the mixture on the stain.  Allow it to sit for 10 minutes and then blot away with a wet rag.

 

  1. Use a lint roller to clean up after an arts and crafts bonanza.  

Glitter is a mom’s arch nemesis.  Those tiny little boogers can elude even the most efficient vacuum.  A lint roller will pick up those tiny shiny dots before they spread all over the house.

 

  1. Magically erase tiny fingerprints/crayon markers/Kool Aid spills.

A magic eraser can help you take back areas of your home that have been riddled with stains.  Having kids means that you end up with tiny fingerprints all over pretty much everything.  Just use plain tap water to moisten the magic eraser and then gently wipe away stubborn stains.  

 

  1. Clean tiny toys in your washing machine.

You know those toys with tiny parts that seem to be impossible to clean?  (We’re looking at you, Legos.)  Toss them in a mesh laundry bag so they can be easily cleaned in the washing machine.  Brilliant!

 

  1. Baking soda is your new gross-kid-bodily-fluid clean up BFF.

Whether you are dealing with an icky stomach bug that has taken over your household, or a soiled mattress, you can blot up any liquid and then sprinkle baking soda to absorb odors with ease.  Then, you’re just a vacuum away from freshness.

 

These cleaning hacks will keep you sane in a house full of messy kids, but the best way to feel like you are winning at parenting is to hire a Loveland cleaning service.  Letting the Loveland housecleaning professionals at All Star Cleaning handle the dusting, vacuuming, kitchen, and bathrooms will leave you with that warm fuzzy feeling that lets you know that everything is going to be okay.  It’s kind of like getting a hug.  (What parent couldn’t use a hug every once in a while?)

 

Do you have an awesome cleaning hack?  Leave us a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!  

How to Emergency Clean Your House without Losing Your Mind

If your home has reached dirt disaster levels off the charts and you’ve got surprise houseguests dropping by in a few hours, it could be time to panic. Since there’s nothing more stressful and frightening than having to do an emergency cleaning session with little or no warning, we’ve got tips to cover you when you’re on a cleaning stopwatch.

 

Here are tips to make your last-minute rushed cleaning job more manageable:

 

Skip the Sobbing

While it might be tempting to procrastinate, grab a bottle of wine and sit back and play solitaire on the computer for a few more minutes before going into maid mode—this is not advisable. It’s best to start tackling the heaps and piles of clutter right away. A little procrastination can lead to more procrastination and then nothing will get accomplished.

 

Corral Cleaning Supplies

No need to make excuse to run to Target and browse the aisles for new cleaning solutions and magic potions. Start with a multi-purpose cleaner, a sponge and pair of rubber gloves and you’re off to the races.

 

Take out the Trash

Emptying trashcans can be the first step to a cleaner and homier oasis. Empty all recycling, trash cans, mail and clutter that’s easy and simple to toss and you’ll feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle more tedious tasks.

 

Fix Flat Surfaces

After tackling the trash, press on to dealing with all flat surfaces like countertops, tables, dressers and TV cabinets. Simply clear off the clutter and wipe them down. Since there’s limited time at hand, there won’t be any mega organization or sorting efforts.

 

Concentrate on the Floors, Kitchen and Bathroom

Follow up the flat surface cleaning session by removing clothing eruptions on the floor and finding a spot for them in the laundry. Tidy up the kitchen by doing a quick cleaning session on the floor with a mop or broom and put dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Next, head to the bathrooms and make them sparkle and gleam with a bit of elbow grease, a good toilet brush cleaner and some multi-purpose spray for sinks and tubs.

 

Pick Up

Do a final walk through and pick up any random clothing, shoes, tools, books or other miscellaneous items. Take a breath and have a quick shower before guests arrive. Phew!

 

Want to take some stress out of your busy life so there’s no need to feel crazy panic every time you have an unexpected visitor? Hire our Fort Collins and Loveland area maid team to enjoy a clean and spotless home all year round! Contact our top rated Colorado cleaning company All Stars today!

Grime, Gunk and Goo! The 5 Dirtiest Places in Your Home

Most people enjoying living in clean and sanitary environments and want to keep their homes as germ-free as possible but bacteria can spread rapidly and invade all the areas of a tidy home.

 

Germs are bad because they can make us sick and can even mutate into all sorts of viruses. Fear not, there’s a solution to the germ takeover and it starts with disinfecting and cleaning areas regularly. Our qualified maid service team in Fort Collins and Loveland in Colorado can help get your home refreshed and revitalized with a reduction in germs. Contact our housecleaning team at All Star Cleaning Services for a free quote!

 

Here are the five dirtiest places in your home to focus your cleaning efforts on:

 

1.) Kitchen

A place to savor culinary delights and good conversation, the kitchen is the epicenter of germs. Dish towels and sponges that are moist and used frequently are danger germ zones. Also, the faucet, countertops and refrigerator door handles and cabinet knobs can house bacteria.

 

2.) Switches

Whether it’s a light switch, a phone switch or a switch on the remote, buttons and doorknobs can be germ magnets.

 

3.) Laundry Bins

An overloaded hamper or a full washer of sitting clothes is bound to be a germy area; any spot where laundry lives can be full of ghastly grime.

 

4.) Office Space

Electronics like computers harbor germs galore and desks, phones and keyboards are also laden with bacteria. In fact, a BBC study in 2004 found that an office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.

 

5.) Bathroom Break

Maintaining clean bathrooms can be a challenge but it’s a necessary evil as the sink, toilet and shower all acquire grime. Toothbrush holders, drains and the floor area near the toilet are places that should not be neglected.
Need help contending with germs in your home? Our top rated housecleaning team in Fort Collins can help! Contact us today!

How to Keep Your Wood Floors looking great in-Between Cleans

Imagine looking into your living room.  A professional Fort Collins housecleaning service just made your hardwood floors look amazing, but you know they won’t be back for another month.  What will you do in the meantime? How will these beautiful, clean floors last with your kids around?

 

No worries!  We’ve got you covered.  Here are 4 tips for keeping your hardwood floors looking their best!

 

Shoes at the Door

The best way to keep your hardwood floors clean is to ditch your shoes at the door.  If you aren’t tracking in huge piles of dirt from across the neighborhood, you are going to seriously cut down on your cleaning time.

 

Vacuum Often

Although kicking off your shoes before you come inside will cut down on the dirt, you will still need to do some regular vacuuming to pick up anything that is left behind.  Use a vacuum with a hard floor attachment to keep dirt picked up without sloshing it around like you would with a broom.

 

Clean with Care

Standing water can dull the finish, so wet-mopping the floors is a no-no.  You also want to avoid using products that are meant for vinyl or tile floor since these can dull the surface and cause them to become slippery.

 

Since hardwood floors are a beautiful focal point in your home, you likely want to use a cleaning solution that is specifically labeled for use on wood floors.

 

Use proper technique

When you do mop hardwood floors, it is best to move your mop with the grain of the floor.  Cleaning wood floors by hand is likely the most effective way to get them sparkling, you just want to make sure that they don’t get too wet.  Keep a separate cloth handy to dry them as you go.

 

You can also spray a mist onto the floor with a spray bottle, and use a microfiber mop to wipe and dry as you go.

 

Are once a month cleaning appointments just too far apart?  Maybe it’s time to increase the frequency of your cleans?  Give your Fort Collins maid service a call to ask about your cleaning options!

 

Leave us a comment below to let us know how you clean your wood floors!  We’d love to hear from you!

5 Reasons to Keep Your Home Clean

Whether you have hired a Fort Collins maid service, or you’re still cleaning your house by yourself, everyone has their own reason why they want to keep a clean home.

 

Why do you want a clean home?

 

If you can’t think of a reason, maybe you need a little inspiration.  Here are the top 5 reasons why you should keep your home clean!

 

You will be able to find things.  

A clean home makes it easy to organize your belongings in a manner that makes sense.  Your keys deserve to have a permanent home by the front door, and your remote control should have its own spot on the coffee table.  Imagine how much time you would save every day if you didn’t have to look for these things!

 

It will improve your social life.  

When was the last time you had guests?  (Not toddler tea party guests, actual adults.)  You could use a friendly hangout now and then, but no one wants to invite people over to hang out in a house that they aren’t proud of.

 

You will accomplish more.

Whether it’s a layer of dust or a pile of disorganization, it’s hard to focus on the task at hand when your eye keeps being drawn away to the dust bunny hopping along under the couch.  You’re more likely to finish projects around the house, or even just finish a sentence when things are organized and clean.

 

A clean home is a healthy home.

Your family deserves to live in a healthy home environment.  Removing dust particles keeps their lungs filled with fresh air, zapping bacteria keeps illnesses at bay, and organizing their surroundings keeps them from tripping over clutter.

 

Less stress = more ZZZzzz.

If the last thing you see before you close your eyes at night is your dust-covered ceiling fan, you are probably going to have nightmares.  By ditching the stress that is caused by a disheveled home, you are actually going to sleep more soundly at night.  (Especially knowing that you are no longer breathing in all of the dust from your celling fan.)

 

Keeping a clean home is time-consuming, and let’s face it, these days we are all a little short on time.  Let a Fort Collins housecleaning service cross the housework off of your to-do list!  Schedule an appointment by calling (970) 215-2224 or click here for a quote!

 

Leave us a comment below to let us know the reason why you keep a clean home!

 

5 Places you Should Vacuum (Besides your Floor.)

Imagine a life where your only purpose in life is picking up dirt off a floor.  Doesn’t seem very exciting, right?  That’s how it feels to be your vacuum!

Spice up your vacuum’s life by giving him some variety!  Here’s a quick list of 5 places around your home that you should be vacuuming!

 

Furniture

Between pets and toddlers, our couches tend to attract everything from clumps of dog hair to crushed up goldfish crackers.  A vacuum will suck it all right up, plus, it leaves the same aesthetically appealing vacuum lines that it leaves on the floor.

 

Fireplaces

I’m not advising that you suck up all of the soot and ash leftover from winter, but you should consider vacuuming the wood, stone, or bricks around your fireplace.  These can really gather some dust, and since vacuums have extensions and attachments, they make a fantastic enemy for fireplace dust.

 

Baseboards

It doesn’t’ take long for dust to settle on your baseboards. When you have kids, you probably spend most of your time wiping… noses.  It’s probably been a while since you’ve wiped your baseboards.  You guessed it; it’s the vacuum to the rescue again!  Run your vacuum along the baseboards to remove most of the buildup.  Then do a quick swipe with a microfiber and you’re all done!

 

Kitchen

Vacuums really know their way around a kitchen.  If you haven’t deep cleaned the inside of your cabinets and drawers lately, a vacuum makes a great helper!  You’ll still need to wipe any spills with a damp cloth, but the vacuum will snatch up all of the crumbs without them ending up on your floor.  (Where you’d eventually have to vacuum them up anyway.)

 

Door/Window Tracks

That track at the bottom of patio doors and windows tend to swallow up truckloads of dirt.  (Where does all of that dirt even come from?  Do my kids just shove sand in there when I’m not looking?)  Open up the windows, use an old chopstick to loosen the dirt, and vacuum up the clumps as you go.

 

Vacuums aren’t just for floors anymore, but how about giving your vacuum a vacation?  Keep your vacuum from going on strike by hiring a Windsor cleaning service like All Star Cleaning Service.

 

What’s your favorite “outside the box” way to use your vacuum?  Leave us a comment to let us know!