2016 D-I-Y HOUSE CLEANING Program

mop cleaningMaid Brigade’s D-I-Y House Cleaning Program is a comprehensive schedule to follow for a healthy, clean home throughout the year. Inside you’ll find the 4 essential components to maintain a clean home, now through the holidays: Program 1. Annual cleaning plan 2. Weekly cleaning tasks 3. Seasonal cleaning tasks 4. Asthma & allergy cleaning plan.

Click here to download the comprehensive plan.  Maid Brigade Clean In Plan

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Stay Safe This Winter

January is almost coming to an end and winter has finally arrived.

 

We want you to stay safe this winter so here are three safety tips from the Red Cross for your home:

 

Space Heaters:
If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least 3′ away – paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
Fireplace Safety:
Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
Protect your pipes:
Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children.
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Cleaning Checklists to Keep You Organized

Are you the type of person that loves a to-do list? If so, this newsletter will be right up your alley.
Tidy Mom has created the most amazing free PDF that will help keep you organized and clean by the day, week, month and even year.
Did you know that January is the month designated for cleaning out your medicine cabinet? When we think of cleaning, we generally think of wiping down surfaces rather than pitching expired prescriptions.
So this month, go through your bathroom cupboards and medicine cabinets and get rid of expired prescriptions, vitamins and over the counter medicines.
All Over Clean
Visit the Tidy Mom website to view and print the four checklists for keeping your home clean and organized. Checklists. 
Toilet Cleaning
One of the places that really needs to be clean and yet maybe one of the last things you really WANT to clean, is the toilet. Watch how one cleaning professional uses Coke to clean the toilet bowl.
Cleaning the Toilet Bowl with Coke
Cleaning the Toilet Bowl with Coke
Have the Kids Help!
The website Housewives To-Do has a great printable list to help give your children specific directions when it comes to cleaning their room.
She offers a really great tip. Put the printed checklist into a plastic sleeve and then give your children dry erase markers to check off their completed tasks. Once they are done cleaning, you can erase their marks and save the list for the next time!
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The Value of Word of Mouth Reviews

Margie and Ray 2010Happy New Year! We hope your holidays were filled with warmth, family and lots of love.
And now it is the new year – a time of renewed enthusiasm for us all, including our team at Maid Brigade of Northeast Ohio.  We are excited about helping with all your cleaning needs this year!
Ray and I work closely with every member of our Maid Brigade team to ensure that we provide an unwavering attention to customer satisfaction. We are proud of our A rating from the Better Business Bureau and most importantly of the kind and generous words of our customers.  The relationships that we work hard to build and maintain are the true reflection and measure of our identity as a professional home cleaning company.
In today’s world, the word about a company’s reputation spreads, not only from person to person, but “over the internet” on many social media and review sites.  While, on the surface, this is a wonderful thing, it also affords people an anonymity that allows them to say anything about a company, whether it is based in actual experience or not.
We’ve had a few of these reviews lately, and of course it is discouraging.  And I find it most interesting that, when these ‘super negative’ reviews come through, they are from names we do not recognize as ever having done business with, and there is no reachable person on the other end that we can even follow up with.
While it is tempting to jump into the fray of negative reviews, we choose to continue to channel our energies in the positive direction of providing our clients with a high-value, helpful, time-saving, healthy benefits of the reliable, professional service that we offer.
Because these internet reviews do seem to be the way of the future for small businesses like ours, we hope you will consider writing a review on your favorite site by using the link Review Maid Brigade.   When you are happy, please share the word! When there is anything we can do to improve your experience, please let us know and we will address the situation immediately.
Thanks for your continued business, we appreciate the opportunity to work with you!
Margie and Ray Toombs
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7 Hard Wood Floor Mistakes

Good Housekeeping offers some great tips to help keep your beautiful hard wood floors in great condition.
1. Vacuuming with a rotating brush
Your vac’s rotating brush can be very abrasive to wood floors. Turn off the brush roll or use a floor brush attachment instead. But make sure you vacuum often – gritty dirt and dust particles can scratch your floor when they sit for too long.
2. Wet-cleaning too often
Unless your wood floors get tons of foot traffic, you don’t need to wet-clean them more than every one to two months. Instead, keep your wood floors well-vacuumed (see number one) and spot-clean as needed.
3. Drenching the floor with cleaner
Today’s wood flooring finishes are much more resistant to water than ones in the past, but that doesn’t mean you should flood your floors with cleaning solution. When it’s time to wet-clean, tackle small areas at a time with a damp, not wet, mop or cloth and dry them promptly.
To read the rest, click here: 7 Hard Wood Floor Mistakes.
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Mild Winter Tips for Staying Healthy

So far this winter we have been enjoying rather mild weather for northeast Ohio. The benefits have been a decrease in numbers of flu cases so far this season.
Health officials say that the small number of flu cases is due to the fact that people are outside more rather than cooped up in their homes. When we are stuck inside we are more likely to pass on the germs associated with winter sickness.
From the Youth Health Magazine we learn:
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are predicting there will be a 57% chance this flu season will peak in February, and a 67% chance it will be mild. They used mathematical models to come up with these statistics.
That’s the good news. We can continue that streak of health by doing just a few simple things:
  • Dress in layers. When the temps are just a little bit warmer than normal we sometimes think we can get away without a coat and/or hat. By dressing in layers you are prepared for any change in the temps later in the day.
  • Washing your hands frequently.
  • Coughing and sneezing into the bend of your arm, not into your hand.
  • Avoiding touching your nose, mouth or eyes with your hands.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that a lot of people touch, such as doorknobs, phones and TV remotes.
  • Eating healthy foods and doing physical activities to keep your immune system strong
  • Getting plenty of rest or sleep
Stay healthy this winter season and enjoy the mild temperatures!
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3 Quick Cleaning Tips

Remember to keep a microfiber cloth and small spray bottle of water on each level of your home, for those times when you want to multi-task, or for in between regular cleanings…
  1. When you’re on one of those never-ending phone calls, grab the cloth and touch up your mirrors.
  2. Keep a microfiber cloth in your night-table drawer so you can quickly dust your bedside tables, dresser, and headboard.
  3. Use your blow-dryer to remove dust from lampshades and delicate curtains.
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