Giving Your Car a Thorough Clean

Local Canton area business, Custom Auto Body, recently shared a great article on how to hand wash your car. Here are a few of the sections owner Lance Runion talks about:

Cleaning the Outside

  • Choose a soft, automotive sponge and a sturdy bucket filled with cool water to tackle the car wash project but stay away from harsh cleaning solutions like dish or laundry soap that can harm the finish on your car. Better yet, invest in the myriad of top quality car care products like car wash soap, tire dressing, wheel cleaner and other products designed to clean your leather or vinyl interior.
  • Choose a shady spot to wash your car, as direct sunlight can be absorbed by the finish of dark color cars and cause water spots.
  • Start by soaking the car with cool water to remove excess dirt and debris from the finish.
  • Rinse out the wheel wells to remove mud and dirt that may have become packed into the body and may lead to trapped moisture causing premature rust.
  • Use cool water as warm or hot water will remove applied car wax.
  • Wash the tires as well as the wheels. Car wash soap and water will never damage a chrome or specialty wheel.
  • Rinse the soapy water and towel dry. I have found a nice old soft bath towel does a wonderful job.

Special Note: The only thing that will remove tree sap from a car’s finish is cold water.

Don’t Forget the Inside

  • Be prepared with plastic garbage bags in the glove box for trash and sealing organizer boxes for toys, tools and first aid supplies.
  • Keep your carpet floor mats clean by covering them with inexpensive plastic floor mats that can easily be wiped clean.
  • Multi-task: When buying fuel it is a great time to empty the trash in your car. Most gas stations have trash cans right by the fuel pumps so why not take advantage of them and get rid of the junk that may have accumulated.
  • Sweep the carpet and dust the dashboard.
  • Treat the leather or vinyl with products designed for the task.
  • A damp, soft cloth is a great tool for dusting the dashboard without causing any damage.

Cleaning the Car Windows

There is nothing like looking through a clean windshield. Use a good glass cleaner and soft cloth when washing the windows. Try this trick – clean the inside of the windows with a horizontal motion and a vertical motion on the outside of the window. This way if there is a streak you can quickly identify which side of the window it is on.

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40 Bags in 40 Days

The “Decrapifying” initiative was originally created to coincide with Lent however, the concept can be used at any time of the year.

The idea is to designate 40 areas in your home that need to be cleaned out and assign each area to a day.

The goal? Declutter that area and carry out of your home at least one bag for donation, sale or trash.

The area can be as small as a single drawer in your kitchen or a bedroom closet and the bag can be as small as a grocery sack or as big as a black trash bag.

The main point is to slowly remove items from your home that you no longer need or use.

Visit White House Black Shutters for the entire article and also a sample form that helps you assign each area to be de-cluttered – one per day.

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Do One Thing Each Day

checklistSome times keeping up with household chores can seem impossible. Is there ever an end to laundry? Do surfaces every stay dust-free?

To help you with that overwhelming feeling, consider doing just one thing a day.

Apartment Therapy offers a great list that has you clean one section for 20 minutes each day for 30 days. Here are the first ten suggestions:

1. Surface clean living room and kitchen (pick up stray items, dust, sweep, vacuum)

2. Clean bathrooms (toilets, showers, floors, walls, mirrors)

3. Surface clean bedrooms (put away toys, clothes, dust)

4. Surface clean “extra” rooms (basement, office, play room)

5. Surface clean living room and kitchen

6. Clean bathrooms

7. Clean all interior windows (white vinegar and

newspaper works great and is cheap!)

8. Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house (don’t forget stairs)

9. Surface clean bedrooms

10. Deep clean living room (mirrors, baseboards, dust artwork) Click here to read the entire article:

30 Day Cleaning Schedule 

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Get Your Closets Organized

Most of us are not lucky enough to have a closet like Kim Kardasian, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t get organized. It may not be spring, but any time is the right time to get organized.

The One Year Rule

Start your project by reviewing each piece in your closet. If you haven’t worn it in a year – or if it doesn’t fit and you are waiting to lose weight – donate the item to charity. When you lose weight, you can treat yourself to something new, in the meantime, some one else can benefit from your clothes.

Discardia Closet Trick

Here is a clever trick to uncover those items you THINK you need but really don’t wear very often. This comes to us from Apartment Therapy.

Turn around all the hangers in your closet so the hooks are pointing towards you (wrong way round).

When you wear something, put it back with the hook the normal way.

In six months, any hanger still facing the wrong way is holding an item you haven’t worn, ready for the donation bag.

Video How-To

Jalon Burton of All in the Detail shares her top tips for organizing your clothes closets!

Organizing Your Closets
Organizing Your Closets

Donation Tax Credits

Make sure that you take the time to itemize what you donate before making that trip to Goodwill, Salvation Army or American Vets. Here is a PDF guide of the value of your donated items from Goodwill.

Goodwill Value Worksheet

Even More Ideas

Here are a few more articles to check out:

Real Simple offers 31 tips for inspirational closets

Buzz Feed has 53 Seriously Life Changing Closet Tips.

HGTV keeps it simple with 5 Great Tips

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Consistent – Thorough – Reliable The Maid Brigade Team Difference

You may not be aware, but when we clean your home, each team member has a primary responsibility; wet or dry.

This allows each maid to give special attention to designated areas of your home, and then work together on certain tasks and help each other to perform the final inspection which ensures a thorough, reliable cleaning every time.

This meme was recently posted on Facebook – does it resonate with you?

One of the benefits of a Maid Brigade cleaning team is that we just focus on the cleaning part and leave the “playing with stuff” to our clients. That way, no one complains!

If you haven’t experienced the green cleaning of one of our trained teams, give us a call. We’ll come in and take care of the cleaning for you, or work along side of you as you tackle those rare cleaning tasks like organizing the cupboards while we take care of the rest.

Did you know that we even change your bed linens? It is a wonderful thing to come home to a clean house after a long day of work, but there is nothing quite so luxurious as slipping between clean sheets at the end of the day.

Keep in mind that Maid Brigade is here to help with the cleaning aspects of your busy to-do list.

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Put a Little Magic In Your Cleaning

If cleaning is a chore in your house, you might consider using the Magic Erasers from Mr. Clean.

Following are dozens of creative uses for Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. In general, these magic erasers can “remove” or “clean” virtually anything! (For the record, that Magic Erasers warning that’s floating around stating they’re dangerous is a hoax.)

These foam-like pads are extremely lightweight and resemble pieces of Styrofoam. They are made of a porous melamine material that gets into hard-to-clean surfaces and tiny grooves… like magic! All it takes is a dab of water to moisten the eraser. No other cleaning chemicals needed (…and no elbow grease).

What Mr. Clean Magic Erasers Can Do:
  • remove dried paint from door hinges
  • remove tarnish from silver
  • remove mold & mildew from anything plastic
  • clean & polish gold jewelry
  • remove soap scum in the tub and shower
  • remove marks on walls
  • clean splatters inside the microwave
  • remove marks on vinyl siding
  • clean mirrors in the bathroom (keeps shower mirrors from fogging)
  • remove adhesive residue after removing stickers
  • remove waterline mark around the pool
  • remove hair dye from countertops & floors
  • clean light-colored suede
Click here for a list of more than

100 Uses for the Magic Eraser. 

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Eliminate Those Pesky Piles

 pileNext – how about eliminating the piles of paper that can accumulate around the house; on the kitchen counters, the den, the bedroom and even in the bathroom!As the year comes to a close and a new year looms; what is one new thing you can do to help streamline your life? How about declutter? Clutter is not only on our kitchen counters but also in the closet, basement, garage, our schedules and even in our minds! Clutter can keep us from being productive and in some cases can even foster an unhealthy environment. Our suggestion? Eliminate those piles: Start in the kitchen and eliminate the piles of dishes in the sink. Rather than just run water on the plates and pots to soak overnight, how about rinsing them off and getting them in the dishwasher. You don’t want to come down in the morning to find the residue of last night’s dinner. Not to mention that piles of dishes can attract mold and mildew. Ick.

Try the “One Touch” rule. Chris from Perfect Time Management says this:

The solution is very simple – If you touch it, act on it. Take the next step, make sure you don’t even touch something unless you have time to work on it, and schedule that time into your diary.
And what about the laundry? Eliminate those piles of dirty clothes and actually – remove the piles of clean clothes as well. Stay on top of the laundry by doing a little each day. One load a day is easier to wash, dry and put away then waiting for the weekend and spending the better part of Saturday dealing with a week’s worth of clothes.
Now how about your schedule? Is there something you can eliminate from your day to make it less cluttered? How about cleaning your home? Maid Brigade is here to help! Start off 2015 by having Maid Brigade offer a deep cleaning visit or consider schedule regular cleaning visits.  We can help keep those piles under control.
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