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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

All Star Cleaning – Loveland – (970) 612-8772

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!