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Thời gian bay từ Sài Gòn đến Đà Nẵng mất bao lâu_Được thiên nhiên ưu ái giành tặng cho rất nhiều những thắng cảnh đẹp với những bãi biển trải dài miên man cùng bờ cát trắng, đến những công trình độc đáo được tạo ra từ chính đôi bàn tay của con người. Bởi lẽ thế mà Đà Nẵng luôn là một trong những điểm đến được nhiều du khách lựa chọn cho hành trình du lịch sắp tới.

Thời gian bay từ Sài Gòn đến Đà Nẵng mất bao lâu[edit]

Đặt vé máy bay giá rẻ đi đến Đà Nẵng tiết kiệm thời gian hơn bằng cách truy cập vào hệ thống trực tuyến Vegiagoc.com hay có thể gọi đến số tổng đài 1900 4779 để được nhân viên hỗ trợ. Với đội ngũ Booker có nhiều kinh nghiệm trong việc tìm và săn vé rẻ, rất nhanh chóng bạn sẽ được sỡ hữu cho mình một tấm vé máy bay với khung giờ và mức giá thích hợp nhất. Từ Sài Gòn đến Đà Nẵng bạn có thể di chuyển bằng nhiều phương tiện. Nếu đi bằng tàu hỏa thì sẽ mất nhiều thời gian, nhưng bạn muốn được chiêm ngưởng cảnh quan trên đường đi thì tàu hỏa sẽ là một lựa chọn vô cùng thích hợp. Ngoài tàu hỏa thì xe khách cũng là một trong những phương tiện đến Đà Nẵng được mọi người yêu thích vì tiết kiệm được rất nhiều chi phí. Nhưng nếu bạn muốn tiết kiệm thời gian, đến đây một cách nhanh chóng và thoải mái nhất thì máy bay sẽ là một sự lựa chọn tối ưu.

Đến Đà Nẵng vào thời điểm nào là thích hợp[edit]

Đà Nẵng là thành phố nằm trên dãy đất miền Trung, nhưng nơi đây lại luôn là một điểm đến du lịch được mọi người yêu thích. Thời tiết ở Đà Nẵng được chia làm 2 mùa là mùa nắng và mùa mưa. Mùa nắng kéo dài từ tháng 9 đến tháng 9 đến tháng 11 và mùa khô ở nơi đây bắt đầu từ tháng 12 đến tháng 8 năm sau. Bạn có thể đi du lịch Đà Nẵng vào các mùa cao điểm, từ 30/4 đến 1/15, lúc này ở thành phố Đà Nẵng thường diễn ra các lễ hội pháo hoa đặc sắc. Bạn đừng nên bỏ lỡ dịp được đi dạo quanh Sông Hàn khi màn đêm buông xuống, để được ngắm nhìn những khung cảnh đẹp như tranh vẻ. Những cây cầu bắt ngang con sông được trang bị một cách lộng lẫy và rực rỡ hơn dưới ánh đèn. Càng tô điểm thêm vẻ mộng mị cho thành phố tuyệt đẹp này. Tuy nhiên do đây là mùa cao điểm để du lịch, nên bạn cần đặt vé trước các loại hình dịch vụ, Đặc biệt là vé máy bay bạn cần phải book vé trước tầm 1 đến 2 tháng trước ngày khởi hành để có thể sở hữu được cho mình một mức giá ưng ý nhất. Để tiết kiệm chi phí bạn cũng có thể đến với Đà Nẵng vào mùa thấp điểm, hiện nay đây cũng là một trong những hình thức được nhiều bạn trẻ lựa chọn bởi không phải chi trả giá cao cho các loại hình dịch vụ và sự chen lấn đông đúc. Tuy nhiên nếu bạn đi du lịch ở nơi đây vào thời gian này thì bạn cần phải chú ý tình hình thời tiết, tránh để chúng làm ảnh hưởng đến chuyến đi của bạn.

Mua vé máy bay đi Đà Nẵng khám phá những gì[edit]

Biển Mỹ Khê thơ mộng Đây được biết đến là một trong những địa điểm du lịch không nên bỏ qua khi đến với nơi đây. Với biển xanh cát trắng, nắng vàng, đây hứa hẹn là một trong những điểm đến tuyệt vời. Nhất là vào những ngày hè oi ả, được đắm mình trong làng nước biển trong lành, tận hưởng cảm giác thư thái dễ chịu, thì còn gì bằng. Không chỉ được hòa mình vào làng nước mát mẻ mà bạn còn được thưởng thức các món ẩm thực tươi ngon, độc đáo mang đậm hương vị của biển cả sẽ đem đến cho bạn những cảm nhận khó quên. Bà Nà Hill độc đáo Thời gian bay từ Sài Gòn đến Đà Nẵng mất bao lâu Bà Nà Hill là một điểm đến được nhiều du khách yêu thích, không chỉ bởi thời tiết mát mẻ quanh năm mà nơi đây còn có rất nhiều những địa điểm vui chơi cực kỳ thú vị như: Làng Pháp một công trình được xây dựng mang đậm phong cách Châu Âu. Hay cây cầu Vàng độc đáo “có một không hai” nằm chênh vênh trên đỉnh núi Bà Nà. Nếu bạn muốn tìm cho mình những trải nghiệm thú vị và mới lạ thì Bà Nà Hill sẽ là một lựa chọn vô cùng thích hợp.

Đặt vé máy bay đi Đà Nẵng ở đâu[edit]

Khi bạn đã chọn Đà Nẵng là địa điểm du lịch trong chuyến hành trình sắp tới, và bạn chọn máy bay làm phương tiện di chuyển để tiết kiệm thời gian, và khoảng cách. Nhưng bạn đang băng khoăng là nên đặt vé máy ở đâu, vì hiện nay trên thị trường có quá nhiều đại lý và bạn không biết phải chọn nơi nào? Kết nối ngay với Vegiagoc.com để có thể sở hữu được cho mình một tấm vé máy bay thật tiết kiệm và an toàn. Để mua vé bạn có thể truy cập vào hệ thống trực tuyến Vegiagoc.com hay có thể nhấc máy lên gọi ngay đến số tổng đài 1900 4779 để được các booker giúp đỡ. Hay có thể để lại thông tin mua vé trên các trang mạng xã hội Facebook, Zalo,... Mua vé ngay để nhận được cho mình nhiều ưu đãi nhé. Địa chỉ mua vé máy bay giá rẻ: 34 Phan Huy Ích, Phường 15, Quận Tân Bình, TPHCM Tổng đài đặt vé: 1900 4779 Website đặt vé: vegiagoc.com

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The Power of a Weekly Cleaning Schedule[edit]

The House that Cleans Itself: The Power of a Weekly Cleaning Schedule I’ve been using a cleaning schedule for several years now, and when I’m good about keeping up with it, I really feel like my house cleans itself. With just a few 15-minute tasks a day, I have a presentable house pretty much all the time — and that’s not a small feat with five kids,dog, and two cats.

I’ll share my weekly cleaning schedule below. But first, here are four rules that make it work for me…

1. Good Enough Means Done Don’t be too thorough. Aim to keep each task to 15 minutes. Do what you can do in that amount of time, a la Flylady. It doesn’t have to be perfect; you’ll get to it again next week (or sooner for chores you do more than once a week). Just get it done.

2. Keep Cleaning Supplies Very Close If it takes you 5 minutes just to gather up all your cleaning supplies, you’re wasting time you could be using to actually clean. Keep rags and cleaning products in each bathroom so you can easily grab and clean, for example, and house kitchen cleaning supplies under the sink. An inexpensive cleaning caddy will be your best friend here.

3. Plan Strategically to Save Time In addition to saving time by storing products where you use them, save time by thinking about how you use them. For instance, if you haul out the vacuum to clean your bedroom carpet, make that the day you vacuum all the bedroom carpets (rather than, say, cleaning your bedroom and bathroom in one day).

4. Keep Yourself Accountable Make a laminated printable and cross off items, or use an app. Tody is an app available in the Apple App Store and Google Play designed for just this reason—keeping track of housekeeping. You will know exactly what you need to do every day, and you’ll feel accomplished crossing items off.

A Weekly Cleaning Schedule You can use it as a starting point, and within a week or two you’ll have a good sense of what you need to tweak.

Monday Vacuum bedroom carpets Wash bathroom towels Clean common area floors Tuesday Master bathroom Monthly to-do Dust surfaces and clean glass doors Wednesday Clean common area floors Outside pruning, sweeping, etc. Wipe kitchen chairs Thursday Guest and kids’ bathrooms Deep clean kitchen, sort through fridge Vacuum bedroom carpets Friday Clean common area floors Pick up desk, laundry room, mudroom Wet mop kitchen Saturday Strip beds and wash bed linens Monthly to-do Pick up closets Sunday Rotate toys and books Do you have a cleaning schedule? If so, what does it look like?

Guide To Part Time Cleaners[edit]

Guide To Part Time Maids: Are They Worth It? Whenever we have friends over, people never fail to go, “Waaaa… Your house is so clean! Which part-time cleaning service are you guys using? Ours damn cui sia... Intro leh!”

To which my wife would sheepishly reply, “Eh… We don’t hire any help. We… I mean, my husband does most of the cleaning.”

Well, to be fair, she does help out.

With laundry, vacuuming, and taking care of the five thousand plants we have. I simply do the heavy-duty stuff like mopping the floors, washing the toilets, changing the bedlinen, and the other five billion stuff that keeps our home looking like this:

But it did get me thinking. How much would it cost to hire a part time cleaner? And is a part-time maid as expensive as most people think?

Let’s find out.

Is A Part Time Maid Really Worth It?

Worried about cost? Hiring a part-time cleaner or maid for a 4-hours will cost you approximately $272 a month, as compared to $500 to $800 a month for a full-time maid. Wondering if there’s a cheaper option? Freelance cleaners usually charge lesser but there are risks. Concerned about privacy? A part-time maid will leave once the job is done. Unsatisfied with the part-timer? Simply hire another one, or ask for a replacement if you engaged an agency. Conclusion? A part time maid or cleaner is usually better for young couples. For larger families, you might want to consider hiring full-time help.

Why Hire A Part-Time Cleaner? A quick check with my friends revealed that hiring part-time cleaning services is quickly becoming a norm among Singaporean families. Especially young, married couples. Here’s why:

The cost of hiring a part-time helper is lower as compared to hiring a full-time maid (no need to pay the $300 monthly levy for foreign maids) The part-time maid can be hired to clean as often or as seldom as you wish The part-time cleaner will leave once the job is done so you may enjoy your privacy The part time maid can be replaced anytime, with little to no hassle, if you’re not satisfied with your current help To be honest, it does sound great so far. I mean, who wouldn’t love having the couple of hours it takes to clean the house to do something else?

Part-Time Maid Agency Or Independent Home Cleaning Service? When I probed further, I learnt that you can choose to hire help from an agency or choose an independent cleaning service.

So what’s the difference?

A friend of mine who has a part-time helper summed it quite nicely: Cost and Accountability.

If you choose to hire a part-time cleaner from an agency, you’ll definitely have to pay a little bit more. However, the cleaners they send are professionally trained and they tend to be more reliable. And if your designated cleaner is unable to clean your house for some reason, the agency will send a replacement to do the job.

Unsatisfied with the standard of work? No problem. Just request for a change of cleaner.

With freelance cleaners… It’s a little bit of a gamble.

Having been through multiple ‘Standby Universes’ during my time in Basic Military Training, I’d hire him. But I digress.

Another friend shared that her current cleaning auntie is a PR who was recommended to her by word-of-mouth. She did caution that these part time cleaners are not professionally trained and are not insured. This means that you’ll have to assume all risks – damage, injury, theft and etc.

However, these cleaning aunties are usually cheaper and if you’re really lucky, you might find one who is an experienced domestic goddess. My friend paid a little extra for her cleaning auntie to help out with her crying baby and to do a little cooking too. As a gauge, she usually pays freelance cleaners about $60 to $80 for 4 hours of cleaning or about $15 to $20 per hour.

She also recommends being around when they’re cleaning so they’re less likely to skive, won’t compromise on cleaning standards, and you can keep an eye on your valuables as well. Until they’ve proven that they can be trusted.

What’s Covered By A Part-Time Cleaner? The job scope varies from agency to agency, as well as for independent cleaner as well. But here’s an idea of what you can usually expect:

Bedroom and Living Room Cleaning of mirrors Changing of bed linen (frequencies vary) Dusting of furniture Vacuuming and mopping of floors Bathroom Cleaning of bathtub or shower Cleaning of wash basin and toilet bowl Washing of toilet floor and walls Kitchen Cleaning of exterior surfaces of kitchen cabinets and surfaces Mopping of floor Washing of basin (used dishes in the basin are usually not included) Wiping of stove and exterior of electrical appliances Misc Emptying the trash Ironing (charges usually subjected to a period and And here’s a non-exhaustive list of chores that most agencies and cleaners might offer, but usually at an additional charge:

Cleaning of oven or fridge interior Cleaning of windows (interior only) Laundry Moving of furniture Packing of personal effects So How Much Would It Cost To Hire A Part-Time Helper From An Agency? It goes without saying you definitely have to pay more if your house is a mansion, or if you hire more cleaners to clean your home each time.

Oh, and just in case you’re wondering. It’s pretty much industry standard for customers to provide cleaning equipment such as:

Brushes Cleaning cloth Detergent Dusters Mops Pails Vacuum cleaner Is It Worth Hiring A Part-Time Maid? Assuming I hire a part-time maid to do a 4-hour clean-up of my 4-room flat every Sunday, I’ll be looking at paying approximately $272 a month – excluding any one-time registration or agent fee.

This is as compared to hiring a full-time maid, which would cost me about $500 to $800 a month. However, this is not inclusive of maid insurance, applicable levies, medical examinations and the works.

Naturally, having a full-time maid has its benefits because you’ll have someone on-call 24/7. This would be most ideal for large families who have babies, young children, elderly folks who need special care, a whole zoo of animals to take care of and etc.

How to Hire a Home cleaning service[edit]

All You Need To Know About House Cleaning Services Most adults have tight schedules and are too busy to even perform basic task such as house cleaning. However, living is dirty home is not good for your healthy and it is good to hire dedicated cleaning service providers to handle the house cleaning work so that you can concentrate with their core businesses. Hundreds of cleaning service providers are now available in Singapore, but hiring professional service providers is highly recommended. Avoid hiring freelance cleaning individual as they pose a lot of risk.

Common Risks in Hiring a Freelance Cleaning company: Although most legitimate professional cleaning service providers seem a bit pricier than freelance cleaners, they ensure quality services. While all freelance cleaners are not the same, a number of them are not experienced enough and may not worth taking a chance. Freelance cleaners may not be having enough training to perform a thorough home cleaning work and may not be able to follow your instruction and commands are necessary.

Freelance cleaners do not have an office or proper way of conducting them in the case the necessity arise, and you may not be able to complain in case of a Shorty job. You cannot equate then with a company with many professional cleaners and an office to conduct in the case of anything. In case a professional cleaner from house cleaning service provider takes a leave, another professional cleaner will be sent by the company to carry on the cleaning work.

Importance of Hiring a Trusted Cleaning Service Provider: With so many works to do, you need a peace of mind to be able to concentrate on what matters. Having a professional cleaning service provider is a sure way of ensuring that your home or office is kept clean and tidy all the time. Cleaning service companies feature trained and experienced professionals who understand how to handle various cleaning tasks. Here are some of the reasons why you should hire professional home cleaning service providers:

Trustworthy: You have valuable assets in your home and office, and you don’t need someone who cannot be trusted. Professional cleaning service providers understand the importance of treating your assets with integrity. Treating the assets otherwise may lead to lose of the lifetime investment. Knowing that your cleaning service provider is trustworthy, ensure that you mind it at peace as you don’t have to worry about the job being done well.

Always available: Professional cleaning service providers operate organized offices with customer care services that are highly responsive. You can hire them on a single day or many days contract basis. One you engage them, they come up with a cleaning schedule and stick to it throughout. They ensure that your cleaning work is always attended to. If a professional cleaner assigned to you is not available on a given day, another cleaner will just replace her/him and perform his work as required.

Highly Productivity: Hiring a professional cleaning company, ensure that you are relieved of the stress of having to worry about cleaning your house thoroughly. They have the right tools and skills to perform the cleaning jobs thoroughly within the least time possible. Cleaning job is their main business, and the professionals are dedicated to ensuring that they achieve the best.

High skills and experience: Most professional cleaners have been on the market for many years and are able to handle cleaning jobs effectively. They know how to handle different cleaning equipment and know specific tools that should be used for a particular job. The combination of the right tools, experience and skills will leave your home or office stunning with luster. The professionals will clean parts of your house using the right tools.

Importance of Hiring Cleaning service provider: Nowadays, most people in Singapore have a tight schedule and may not be able to handle other obligations such as cleaning their homes. However, there are many reputable cleaning service providers in Singapore and you can use them to handle house cleaning services. Here are some of the reasons why it is important to hire a cleaning service in Singapore:

Available time: Cleaning a house involve moving furniture, dusting, vacuuming the house and cleaning as well as disinfecting different parts of the house. It is a heavy work that may give back pain experience as well as consume a lot of time. Hiring a professional to handle the cleaning task relief you from the task and you will have enough time to handle other things.

Leave your home stunning with luster: Professional house cleaners perform their work thoroughly and save you from embarrassment. Cleaning service providers ensure that your house is tidy and presentable all the time. This keeps you the peace of mind knowing that you will not have to rush around to get things in order in the case of some visitors.

Professional cleaners are well equipped and enough skills: Professional cleaners from reputable cleaning companies are equipped with the right tools and proper skills that are necessary to handle various cleaning tasks. Most of them have gathered enough experience to handle cleaning work within the least time possible.

Affordable to use: Professional cleaning services are available at more affordable cost as compared to acquiring expensive tools and spending your precious time doing the task yourself. You just have to part with a little amount and concentrate on your core business. Doing the cleaning job alone may also subject you to injuries that will need expensive treatment.

Secured and Licensed: Professional cleaners in Singapore are secured and licensed. This ensures that you are protected from various risks. Ensure that your company has a legit permit before hiring. Licensed cleaners can do the cleaning job when you are away. In case that you are not satisfied with their cleaning work, you can present your complaints to the cleaning service provider, and the cleaners will come back and rectify the problem.

Final Verdict: House cleaning service offers a lot of benefits. With proper house cleaning service helps to flush out bad odor and allergens such as rodents, dust, and pollens. Ignoring such stuff can lead to various health problems to people living in that house. Hiring a genuine license and insured professional cleaners is the best way of ensuring that your home is cleaned properly and you are protected in the case that the cleaners make a mistake during the cleaning job.

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Getting the out of your different Commercial Cleaners through Deep Cleaning[edit]

Even if you take care of your carpets, with a regular programme of vacuum cleaning and protection of vulnerable areas with mats or runners, then you will in time find them looking past their best. It is only natural. People walk in dirt, even when they don’t mean to, and that dirt becomes ingrained in the fibres, which are also flattened by regular foot traffic. Gradually your carpet becomes dull and tired-looking. That is when it is time to think about deep cleaning. This tried and trusted technique will bring your carpet back to life. You can try and do it yourself and you may possibly succeed. The safest and quickest way, though, is to bring in a local carpet cleaning firm.

It is likely that the result of aprofessional deep cleaning will be so satisfactory that you will want to repeat the process on a regular basis, perhaps once a year or once every year and a half. In fact, if your carpet comes with a warranty then this may well tell you how often the manufacturers recommend a deep clean. Whether this is the case or not, you will want to develop a good working relationship with a reputable and reliable firm of local cleaners. If you live in Devon then you will look for a carpet cleaner, Devon-based who you can go to whenever the carpet needs some renovation.

How do you find a good company, though? Word of mouth recommendations and testimonials on websites are useful indicators. Remember that it is better to be wary of any firm that offers a flat price by the room, without taking into account the size of the room. Also, do not be automatically impressed if the firm advertises particular brand name products: look for the certificate that proves professional affiliation.

Once you have found a company, give it a call and ask a few questions. Is the firm well established? Are its employers properly trained and certificated? What sort of cleaning products do they use and how does the company stand in relation to these products? Finally ask them for a basic rundown of how they will go about cleaning your carpets. Listen out for one detail in particular – will they vacuum clean before they deep clean. If they say they do, then this is a good sign.

Do not, however, accept quotes made over the telephone. Insist on a prior inspection and a quote resulting from that inspection. Again ask sensible questions. If furniture needs to be moved, will the cleaners do that and do they charge for it? Will particularly soiled areas require any special sort of treatment? Also find out about the amount of insurance the company carries. Get all this in writing along with the quote. It is a matter of common sense, really. If you happen to live in Devon and if you follow the simple steps outlined above then chances are that you will find a reputable and experienced professional carpet cleaning Devon based company who keep your carpet looking good for years.

House cleaning offers[edit]

With all of life’s hassles, cleanup may be the last thing you want to deal with. And hiring a professional cleaning service may sound like a luxury you can’t afford. But it may cost less than you think. And when it leaves you more time to spend with your family, the benefits of hiring a professional may outweigh the costs.

House cleaning offers

On average, these seven cleaning services will cost you less than $225, according to HomeAdvisor’s Cost Guide:

Housecleaning: $165

Professional house cleaners typically charge between $50 and $90 per hour, and you can hire them for anything from a quick touch-up around the house to a deep clean that scrubs out every nook and cranny. You’ll frequently get a discount when hiring cleaners for regular return engagements.

Carpet cleaning: $174

At a certain point, vacuuming isn’t enough to get rid of dirt and grime in your carpet. Experts recommend having your carpet cleaned at least every two years, though you may need more frequent service if your house sees a lot of foot traffic. A good carpet cleaner can keep your floor looking like new. The cost varies depending on square footage, the type of carpet and the extent of soil you’re trying to eliminate. Steam cleaning is recommended because it keeps your warranty intact.

Dryer vent cleaning: $132

You might overlook the dryer vent, but it’s an important area to keep clean. Debris and lint buildup can clog your dryer vent, leading to poor performance from your dryer or even posing a fire hazard. A professional dryer exhaust technician can inspect your vents and perform a thorough cleaning.


/Gutter cleaning: $154

Don’t forget to give your gutters and downspouts a good cleaning at least twice a year. Experts recommend you do so at the start of every season, especially if you have a large number of nearby trees or overhanging branches. Clogged gutters can lead to leaks, ice dams, damaged gutters and even foundation problems or leaking basements as the overflow soaks straight into your foundation. Cleaning the gutters on a single-story home tends to cost less, while additional stories that require tall ladders will tack on more expense.

Window cleaning: $210

Deep-cleaning your windows inside and out is a hefty task, and it’s disappointing when you find you’ve left streaks in high places. Save yourself the trouble and hire a professional who will have the appropriate ladders, tools and safety equipment to get the job done safely and streak-free. Make doubly sure anyone you hire is licensed, bonded and insured, since window cleaning can be dangerous work. Also, as you build your budget, know that the more windows you have and the taller your house, the more you should expect to pay.

Furniture cleaning: $160

Regular professional cleaning can lengthen the lifespan of your upholstery, reducing wear and tear and holding off the need for expensive reupholstering and repairs. Furniture can be delicate, and different materials require specialized cleaning processes. So, it’s important to hire a reputable pro for this work. More and larger pieces of furniture will result in higher costs.

Chimney cleaning: $224

If you use a fireplace, regular chimney cleaning is mandatory to avoid chimney fires, carbon monoxide buildup and lack of airflow. A good chimney sweep will use a variety of tools to break up the ash and carbon residue and clear it out of your chimney, both inside and outside. If you haven’t had your chimney swept in years, expect to pay a higher rate, as the thicker buildup will take longer to remove.

Blind cleaning services[edit]

Cleanliness is a very important quality to maintain in one’s life. All the surfaces of the house should be cleaned regularly. Also, one should observe proper personal hygiene. The areas of the house that need regular cleaning include the floors, table tops, desk tops, bathroom and the window blinds. The window blinds need special cleaning. This is because they are delicate. Thus, if you want your blinds cleaned you should pick a professional cleaning services company. They are highly skilled in their work and will not damage your blinds as they clean them. It is often difficult to identify the right cleaning services company to hire. Read on for tips on how you can pick the right one for your home.

• Ensure that they are properly certified

When picking a cleaning service company, have a look at their certification. It is important that they have the right documents permitting them to perform their services in your location. The documents prove that the cleaning service is operating legally. As you vet the cleaning companies, ask for their work permits and certificates as well. The management should be very ready to provide you with these documents for you to verify. If you notice that they are reluctant to provide you with these, conclude that they are not legitimate and move on to the next company on your list.


• Draw up a contract

When you hire a cleaning company to clean you blinds or other parts of your home, ensure that you draw up a contract indicating which jobs are to be done and how much you are going to pay afterwards. The contract should honour aspects such as the date of working, the cleaners who are going to do it and the amount to pay for the service. It should also indicate the liability of the cleaners. For example, the contract should indicate if they are liable for any property that gets damaged during cleaning. This way, if anything goes wrong and some property is damaged for example a vase is dropped by accident then you and the company clearly know who is going to pay for it.


• Employee responsibility

A good cleaning company should have proper responsibility for their employees. They should provide them with proper insurance, provide them with the right tools to clean and even train them if necessary. When choosing a cleaning company to work with, check on this factor. If the cleaning company is responsible for its employees then they will do a great job of cleaning your blinds at home.


• Employee capability

The cleaners should be very capable and well trained in cleaning houses and their contents. The cleaning services company should ensure that the cleaners are well trained in cleaning a variety of devices and appliances. This is so that they do not damage these items by cleaning them improperly.

• Identify the rooms that you want cleaned

Prior to hiring a cleaning services company, find out the rooms that you want to be cleaned. There may be some that you do not want the cleaners to enter and clean. In addition to that, identify the cleaning services that you want them to conduct. You may want them to clean your house and do your laundry as well. After identifying these, look through your list of cleaning companies and cross out those that do not offer the full range of cleaning services that you desire. This will have you left with only those that can conduct the cleaning jobs you want completed.


• Ask for referrals

When searching for a cleaning company, you can ask your family, friends, relatives and co-workers for a good cleaning company to hire. These sources are almost always ready to help you with information about good cleaning services to hire. Sometimes, the cleaning service companies can offer their customers a bonus or discount for referring them to new customers. Thus, all your sources will be ready and willing to help you out.


• Contact and request consultation

After getting a number of good referrals, you can contact these cleaning services and request a consultation. You can request that they send one of their representatives to come and see the cleaning work that you want done. They will send one and the representative will give you a cost estimate of the job you want done. If the company does not send you a representative, then you can cross them off your candidate list.


• Conduct a trial job

After short listing a cleaning service to work with, hire them to perform a cleaning job or a series of these for you. Observe how they perform the jobs and vet their capacity to perform. This will help you to further crosscheck the companies and pick the one that does the best job. In addition to that, it will give the companies an idea of how you like your house to be cleaned. If you find that a cleaning services company promised to do a great job and did not, then you can cross them off and look to others.

• To analyse the capability of the cleaning services company, you should know some tips on how to find out if they cleaned it well.

• The house should look neat, be clean and smell nice.

• The carpets should be properly vacuumed to ensure that dust mites are not left in the fabric.

• You should check even under the furniture to see if the cleaners cleaned the nooks and crannies where dust accumulates.

• Check that the bathroom tiles have been cleaned well and they are shiny and dry.

• Check in the grouting and ensure that the spaces are clean and have the color that they originally should.

• Look at the corners of the rooms and check for dust. They should be spotlessly clean.

• The sinks and mirrors should also be sparkling clean.

• Your furniture should be dust free.

• The blinds should be well cleaned as well.

If you find that a particular cleaning services company did a marvellous job, then you can keep hiring them to clean your blinds!

How to Save Half the prices When Renewing Your Maid cleaning service Contract[edit]

How to Save Half the prices When Renewing Your Maid cleaning service Contract If you were a maid-hiring newbie when you hired your first maid, you would have probably done so through a maid agency. Maid agencies are not cheap, but they do take care of all the paperwork for you, including buying maid insurance so that you have the necessary insurance coverage for your maid. If your maid’s performance is good and she gets along well with you and the family, her 2-year contract will be over in what seems like a blink of an eye. About eight weeks before the expiry of her Work Permit, you will receive a notification from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) about the impending expiry, and you’ll be wondering “has it been that long already?”

Your maid’s great – you’ll want her to stay If your maid is willing to stay on with you, you will want to retain her for another 2 years. After all, good help is hard to find! According to MOM’s guidelines, an employment contract is not mandatory but it is good to have so that the terms of employment are clear and misunderstandings can be avoided. What is mandatory for renewal will be a scanned copy of the personal particulars page of your helper’s passport (including amendments), security bond and maid insurance (covering both medical as well as personal accident insurance) for her.

DIY and save! It’s not that hard Image credits: Pexels.com

You can go back to the maid agency and get them to help you with the renewal but why not do it yourself and save on the agency fees? Maid agencies do not typically publish their fees for helping with maid Work Permit renewals, and rates would vary from one agency to another. In general, be prepared for fork out around S$300-S$400 dollars for agency fees (which does not include the costs charged by other parties such as maid insurance – over S$200 for a 26-month plan on average, and MOM’s Work Permit renewal fee – S$35). On the other hand, if you were to renew the maid’s Work Permit and insurance yourself, you can avoid the agency fees.

Step 1 – Check regulatory requirements Laws and regulations do change from time to time, so do consult MOM’s website for the latest requirements if you decide to renew your maid’s Work Permit yourself. It is important to check with the embassy of the country of origin of your maid for additional requirements, as well as renew her passport if it has less than 6 months of validity left.

For instance, the Philippine government requires a security bond of S$7,000 (as mentioned in the preceding paragraph) as well as an Authenticated Employment Contract. The Indonesian government, as of Feb 2018, also requires a S$6,000 security bond for Indonesian maids – this bond can be purchased via insurers accredited by the Indonesian government.

Step 2 – Get maid insurance to cover the renewed contract One of the first things you’ll need to do is to extend your maid insurance. Do shop for a suitable insurer that can give you best value. In this regard, ePROTECT maid insurance offer great value for money. This is amongst the most affordable offered by insurance companies in Singapore. Available here at Tiq by Etiqa, ePROTECT maid insurance provides comprehensive insurance coverage (enhanced to meet the MOM’s latest insurance coverage requirement), and even offers protection against the unfortunate event of abuse by the maid to your child, elderly or a handicapped person.

Also available are optional benefits such as Letters of Guarantee to the Philippine Overseas Labour Office in Singapore (for the S$7,000 performance bond required by the Philippine Government for hiring Filipino maids), critical illness (the first and currently ONLY maid insurance in Singapore to do so), and home cover (protects your home contents from fire, burglary or theft by maid).

Step 3- Apply for Work Permit renewal online Once these are done, you can log on to the MOM website and conveniently renew your maid’s Work Permit online. Documents you will need to provide include:

• A scanned copy of the personal particulars page of your maid’s passport • MOM-imposed security bond, personal accident insurance and medical insurance (these are covered in our ePROTECT maid insurance) • Details for a secure card delivery

The renewal fee is just S$35, and you can pay by VISA, Master Card or direct debit. The processing time is immediate. Once the Work Permit is renewed, do print and check the temporary work permit to see if your FDW is advised to continue using the existing card or to get a new card. For the latter option, the existing card must be returned according to instruction given in the notification letter.

Congratulations – you’ve renewed your maid’s Work Permit yourself and saved a bundle!

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Want Maid… or master of all trades?[edit]

Want Maid… or master of all trades? Four decades ago, there were 5,000 foreign women working in Singapore as domestic help – cooking, cleaning and minding children. Today, there are 237,100.

As their numbers swelled, so have their duties. Maids today are employed for roles as varied as chauffering their employers to tutoring children or even illegally working in businesses. As Singapore’s population ages, they are increasingly hired to care for the elderly or the disabled, and perform medical duties.

Indonesian Kusrini Caslan Arja, 37, for example, had to suction phlegm from the windpipe of her disabled four-year-old charge.

While doing so last November, Kusrini got a suction cap lodged in his throat. On Monday, she pleaded guilty to ill-treating the boy.

Her case has been adjourned to March 23, but District Judge Low Wee Ping, in unexpectedly sharp comments, pointed to the system as one possible culprit.

Singaporeans use maids “too generally”, he said, adding that “it may be the system’s fault” for allowing domestic workers to perform medical care even though they are not trained to. “We employ domestic maids to be car washers, gardeners, plumbers, nurses, when they should not. When they do something wrong, we point fault at them.”

Maids’ job scopes have indeed expanded, said migrant-workers groups. Yet, they are not adequately trained or compensated for the extra work they are doing, they say.

“Maids are not masters of all trades,” said Mr Yeo Guat Kwang, chairman of the Centre for Domestic Employees. “Employers should be cognisant that some of these tasks should be done by a trained professional.”

Mr John Gee, executive committee member at Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) said: “Training centres in workers’ countries of origin normally train women to be general purpose domestic workers. We should be aiming to recruit specialised care workers… with other duties limited and with set hours and decent salaries.”

The reason why Singaporeans resort to maids is clear: It is far cheaper than to hire professional nurses.

For instance, hiring a maid costs about $600 a month, as opposed to the $14 to $65 per hour it costs, depending on subsidy amounts, to hire a nurse to come to one’s home.

Mr Jolovan Wham, acting executive director for Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Home), noted that there are also no rules against maids taking on additional roles.

Experts said one solution could be in defining their responsibilities more clearly, especially in their employment contracts. But Mr Gee said that is provided “the workers really have the power to insist on the terms, including having time off and access to a phone so that they can seek help or complain if the terms are violated”.

In response to queries from The Sunday Times, the Manpower Ministry said employers can send their domestic workers for relevant caregiver training. This includes approved training courses under the Agency for Integrated Care’s (AIC) Caregivers Training Grant which provides an annual $200 subsidy for caregivers of seniors and the disabled. This includes foreign domestic workers. Employers can also hire domestic helpers who have been trained by the AIC.

But Association of Employment Agencies (Singapore) president K. Jayaprema said: “I’m not sure if it is enough to just go through a two-day or a one-week course.” It is not just physical skills that are needed, but also mental resilience when caring for an elderly person with dementia or a disabled child who needs constant attention, she said.

Mr Wham said that each week, about three to five domestic workers caring for the elderly or the disabled come to Home for help. “They are all very tired and exhausted when they come to us.”

Ms Jayaprema said there are maids with caregiving certificates and that agencies do recommend those. They would cost $650 to $1,000 a month, compared with regular maids who command $550.

But many families are unwilling to pay the higher fees.

Mr Gee added: “Social attitudes will need to change: those who have relatives who need care need to be convinced of the advantages of hiring dedicated care workers.”

TRAINED IN ELDERCARE Every day, Indonesian maid Ema Yulia, 28, carefully monitors Mr Soh Bock Hiang’s many pills of various colours. There are six different ones that the 84-year-old has to take five times a day.

Meanwhile, his wife Huan Soo Kiaw’s back hurts. She cooks and cleans and raised 10 children. But now, at 82, she has finally agreed to their children’s pleas to have a helper at home.

And so, Ms Ema arrived 21/2 weeks ago.

Madam Huan said: “My children kept wanting to get me a helper, but I never wanted one. But now he’s sick I’ve no choice.”

Ms Ema had attended a basic eldercare course at the Ang Mo Kio – Thye Hua Kwan Hospital and knows how to safely transfer an old person from bed to wheelchair, shower him and feed him, among other skills. She is one of the maids from a scheme that has them trained in eldercare before they are matched with a family.

She is paid $640 a month, higher than the average of $500 or so that others get.

ADVANCED TUTORING TOO TOUGH Every weekday afternoon, she would help a four-year-old with his maths, reading and writing, art and motor skills.

Some days, she would even use Japanese teaching methods called Herugu and Shichida.

But Miss Margie Laguit, 36, is no superstar tutor. She did not even finish primary school in the Philippines.

“They said it is part of my work,” she said, of her employers. She started working for them in December 2015.

According to the timetables Ms Laguit showed The Sunday Times, she would be out of bed by 5.45am to get the two children ready for school. She would then clean the four-room HDB flat and cook. But the household chores did not bother her.

“Just don’t force me to teach the kids. Mathematics and English I can do, but Shichida, I cannot do.”

There is no law prohibiting domestic helpers from tutoring, but Mr Jolovan Wham, acting executive director for Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics, said employers cannot expect advanced tutoring.

Miss Laguit asked to be sent home multiple times, but said her employers kept delaying. Frustrated, she ran away from her employers last month. “I just want to go home,” she said.

ASKED TO WORK AT EMPLOYER’S RESTAURANT TOO All was well when Ms Tusriyati, 31, joined her fifth employer last June.

But, in December, came an odd request. Ms Tusriyati’s employer took her to his new restaurant and asked her to clean the place. Soon, she was working there full time, serving food and handling the cash register like a regular employee. This continued till she ran away on Feb 23.

“I was scared the Government (would) catch me. I know my work permit is only for working in the home,” she said.

Foreigners employed as domestic workers can only ” perform household and domestic duties at the residential address as stated in the work permit”, states the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act.

Friendly patrons of the restaurant would make conversation and she worried that she would let the truth slip. “My employer said, don’t tell anyone you are a maid. Say you’re married to a Singaporean,” she said.

Ms Tusriyati, who is at a shelter now, said that the work at home was also tough. Her employers, a couple in their 30s, were particular about cleanliness. The car had to be washed daily, the floors swept, mopped and vacuumed twice a day.

Same or Different? House Cleaning and Hotel Maid Cleaning[edit]

​ Four Tips for Maid for service Same or Different? House Cleaning and Hotel Maid Cleaning As the owner of a professional house cleaning business, I don’t particularly want to cede the issue of who knows best how to clean to the hotel service, BUT I will admit there are some well-made points here, including more than the few which I’ll highlight with my own comments. This is the link if you want to read the whole article: Cleaning Insider Tips

1) Dust and Static Dryer sheets are anti-dust (i.e. anti-static). If you have a home office, especially one with a printer, you may have noticed that the floor under the power cables accumulates dust pretty quickly. Those electric cables are creating magnetic fields which in turn will attract dust. Dryer sheets are designed to be anti-static – that’s why we cannot use them in the dryer with another of our own house cleaning secrets:

House Cleaning tip: Microfiber makes the BEST cleaning cloths

2) Microfiber Cloths We use hospital grade microfibers – why? We found a study from the University of California at Davis which reported that high-quality microfiber cloths removed the same quantity (at least 99.9%) of pathogens using just water – as the quantity that disinfectants are required to kill! So pick the weapon that’s best for your home environment: removal with a non-toxic system versus killing with a toxic biocide (the ‘cide’ in biocide means to kill; ‘bio’ stands for life)!

Our microfiber cloths actually help us clean via their static attraction which helps attract and hold dust.

Back to those baseboards–in conclusion: If static attraction is causing dust to settle on your baseboards, first wipe them clean with a microfiber cloth to remove any heavy deposits. Then follow up with an anti-static dryer sheet to delay the accumulation for a period of time – voila, “dust-free” baseboards – at least for longer than usual!

3) Vacuuming Entry Paths Twice Can be a GOOD Thing. This one is brilliant. Priding ourselves on our efficiency, we generally go to the farthest point of a room and ‘back’ ourselves toward the exit, running Big Bertha (my affectionate nickname for our vacuum) in a pattern of overlapping strokes. The pattern is made in an effort to cover every square foot.

The genius who decided to hit the traffic pattern at the entry point not once but twice is getting a lot more of the dry particulate matter out of the carpet. This non-soluble grit makes up about 70 to 80 percent of the soils in our carpet, so thorough vacuuming reduces the wear and tear by all that pesky dirt that cuts and frizzes our carpet fibers and causes traffic pattern (wear) changes in appearance.

If you have ever noticed a swath of dirty carpet in a busy corridor near a main entry, you’ve seen the result of traffic leaving excess dirt in the carpet. This is why cleaners obsess about the need for matting at entries, especially for busy office buildings, public spaces, garage door entries to homes, basically all high-traffic areas.

a Town & Country Cleaning Services professional cleaning and detailing a staircase for a Chapel Hill house

4) Professional Carpet Cleaning IS Needed on a Regular Basis By the way, that remaining 20 to 30 percent of carpet soil is what your professional carpet cleaner is helping you remove every year or so. Cleaning more frequently than every year is recommended if you have heavy traffic with lots of feet bringing in dirt from the path, garage or garden.

That effort should also begin with a thorough vacuuming to get the non-soluble particles out before adding the cleaning solution – this helps reduce the ‘mud’ effect you otherwise get when adding liquid such as water, cleaning solutions and pre-spray. Town & Country Cleaning Services uses an 11-step process for carpet cleaning – high on our list in that process, in fact, the first step after inspection, is a thorough vacuuming. You should demand that same step from every carpet cleaning service.

prepare your house for a cleaning service?[edit]

How do you prepare your house for a cleaning service? It dawned on me that others might like to hear my answer to “how to prepare your house for a cleaner” as it could help them, especially with that first-time-in clean.

First, Clear Those Surfaces To Be Cleaned Remove clutter from the floor area.

They (my sister’s family) are in the carpet-cleaning business, so I suggested that she prepare the house like they hope to find a client’s home when arriving to perform their services:  picking up clothes, books, papers – all the extraneous “stuff” from the floors. In addition, I suggested clearing off counters as much as they felt was practical.

Gather bathroom items into a basket before the cleaning crew arrives.

Something every cleaner (a company or an individual) will appreciate is to have all toiletries, cosmetics, etc. clustered into one or two trays or baskets.  The owner often enjoys the added level of organization and finds it easier to keep things from spreading all over their vanity.

Be Accessible But Not In The Way Another way to prepare your house for a cleaning services is to show the cleaners any fragile or antique items that need special care and those that should be avoided altogether.  Great-grandmother’s delicate tea service is best shown behind glass doors if at all possible.

Crate pets or remove them from the area being cleaned for their own safety and comfort.

I also mentioned that they and their dog Beau should try to stay out of the action to help the cleaning crew be most efficient and avoid potential accidents.  Many services require that dogs be crated or removed to a designated ‘do not clean’ room to avoid stress on the animal or the staff.

Tips To Avoid “Booby Traps” After I thought some more, I came up with a few more tips.  If any of your fixtures or water taps are fussy (for example, hard to cut off fully or a toilet handle that has to be held down for 5 seconds to flush properly) it would be helpful for them to know that and be shown specifically upon arriving on site.

Another question I often ask of our clients is if there is anything not firmly affixed or just ‘balanced’ in place.  If there is, it’s only fair to let your crew know that or remove it yourself to a safe location.

We also ask people to store their jewelry, cash or other valuables out of sight.  This is more a matter of prudence than of mistrust.

I told her that many clients, especially for a one-time clean, give the crew a tour first so they can view all the rooms and areas needing to be included and then, most importantly, a walk-through at the end in case there was something the owner had noticed earlier but forgotten to mention and the crew missed it.

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate If you are a realtor you always hear that “Location, Location, Location” are the first three rules of the market.  We find that cleaning requires extensive collaboration and clear communication from both the hiring party and the cleaning service.

I remember spending a HUGE amount of time on one house’s dirty bathrooms, only to find out that the owner really didn’t care much about them but wanted the majority of effort to be made on her kitchen (which was pretty clean to begin with).  Live and learn – so now I try to ask more up front and avoid unpleasant surprises for everyone.

Relax while others clean for you.

So to summarize, in order to prepare your house for a cleaning service, you will want to add a few physical tasks as well as some mental reminders to your ‘to-do’ list.  Now just relax, sip your coffee and enjoy the experience of getting your house cleaned more thoroughly and in less time than it would take for you to do the same job.

5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Use a Professional janitorial services[edit]

Hygiene has always been important for both homes and businesses. Whilst you concentrate on what you do best at the office, it’s important to keep your second home tidy and clean at all times. A dirty office would leave a bad impression on clients. And the associated health risks could be life threatening for your employees.

It may seem like a great idea to take on the cleaning as a business especially when you are on a tight budget, but certain aspects of running a business are best left to the professionals. Here is why getting the professionals to handle office cleaning is a better idea.

1/ You will increase productivity

Most companies concentrate on doing what they do best and outsource a lot of other operations of business that does not directly relate to services they provide. This allows them to have time to concentrate on acquiring new customers and delivering the best service possible to existing clients. Your employees can also find what they want with ease at the office and are generally happier in their working environment.

“With a regular cleaner booked and ready to make your office look presentable in a mater of minutes, you can relax knowing that your building is being looked after. This means you can be free to concentrate on those important business decisions that should be taking up your time.” says Westland Estates

2/ You can save time and money

Time and money are two of the most important resources every business strives to save. The time employees spend tidying up and cleaning the office can be put to productive use. Your staff should be focusing more on the important tasks at hand.

Staff absenteeism costs the UK economy between £10 and £32 billion per annum. Absenteeism due to ill-health can cost your business money. You don’t want to be spending money hiring and training temporary staff to fill in for employees who may be absent due to illness. Take care of your workspace now to prevent unforeseen break in workflow that could be damaging to your new business.

3/ It’s safer

An office cleaning company has the most trained employees with the right skills and hacks to clean office windows, carpets, furniture, desks and even computers. Most cleaning companies keep office environments sterile and free from all harmful bacteria or pathogens that could cause health problems for your customers and employees.

Professional cleaning products are carefully selected to provide the best services for businesses. And they often they require more powerful ingredients or chemicals which need to be applied with protective clothing and handled carefully. Professional cleaners remove the health and safety risks that can come by doing it yourself. By investing in a professional cleaning service, you can keep dirt-related illness at bay in the office.

4/ You can maintain a better image of your business

A well organised office space sends a positive image to your clients. If you have an office that welcomes visitors on a regular basis, the impression they gain of your business will be based on their first perceptions of your premises.

A clean workplace is typically a tidy one, removing unwanted rubbish, litter and general bits and pieces which tend to be left on desks across the office.

5/ Regular decluttering will be guaranteed

Clutter and dirt can create distractions. Regular cleaning prevent the build-up of dust, dirt, food stains or fingerprints. A clean office can make your employees more happy to work in their spaces of work. Create a unique cleaning plan and schedule with a commercial cleaner to make your office the safest and best place to work.

Residential Carpet Care[edit]

ر​ Residential Carpet Care Carpet is still an extremely popular flooring choice in homes and in commercial buildings. It comes in lots of colors and styles. Finding carpet to fit your home and style has never been easier. Modern carpet has become increasingly durable. Most wall to wall carpet will “ugly out” long before it is worn out. Even so, proper care for your carpet can protect its appearance. More importantly, proper care can aid in Creating Healthy Living Spaces.

Carpet – Your Home’s Best Filter The two major filters in your home are your HVAC filters and your carpet. Most people realize that using high quality HVAC filters will improve the house’s air quality. However, most people don’t realize that carpet and rugs are usually your house’s best air filter.

Carpets capture allergens and other pollutants while hard floors allow them to swirl back up into the breathing zone. Several studies have shown that the air quality above a well maintained carpet is better than over hard floors.

Sweden banned carpet in all public buildings and schools in 1973. Over a short period of time, they found that asthma rates shot up in these same buildings (they were primarily concerned about schools).

Further testing showed that over hard surface floors, allergen levels were much higher (especially at about the child-level four-foot height) than over carpet.

Carpet holds pollutants but it can only hold so much. Just as you must change your furnace filter, you must also empty your carpet. Once the carpet is full, it longer does its job as a filter. In fact, it can become part of the problem.

We empty the carpet by vacuuming and by carpet cleaning. Both are critical for air quality, as well as prolonging the life of the carpet. Vacuuming with a quality vacuum with good filtration is your first line of defense in maintaining good air quality. But even with regular thorough vacuuming, regular, professional carpet cleaning is necessary to empty the carpet of allergens, and to keep your carpet and your indoor air healthy.

Vacuuming The best vacuum in the world does no good if it is left in your closet. How often you should vacuum depends, of course, on your household traffic. A retired couple without pets will not need to vacuum nearly as often as a family with two kids, two dogs and a cat. Even a single person with no pets but who gardens a lot or who enters from a gravel or dirt path might need more frequent vacuuming than they might believe.

The retired couple might get by with once a week or even less, while the couple with kids might need it several times a week if not daily. Furthermore, not all the carpet needs the same attention.

Targeted Carpet Vacuuming When you walk onto a carpet or rug from the outside, or from a hard surface, most soil is deposited within the first few steps. Nearly all of soil will be left behind by the fourth step.

BUT, if the carpet right by the door is full of dirt, very little dirt can be deposited and held. Instead, most soil will be deposited further into the house. To keep soil out of the rest of the house, it is important to keep those walk-off zones clean.

Concentrate your vacuuming on these zones. Go over the area several times, preferably from more than one direction. If you have a lot of traffic in your home you may want to do those areas a couple of times a week and the rest of the carpet less often. This reduces your total work load while still controlling carpet soils and allowing your carpet to continue its job as the best filter in your house.

Filter Lines on Carpets Ever notice those dark lines around the edges of your carpet and under doors? They are called filter lines. As air slows when it goes under doors and through the gaps at the bottom of walls, it deposits airborne pollutants into the carpet.

To minimize filter lines, vacuum the edge of the carpet at least once a month to remove deposited soil. Once filter lines are allowed to build up and age in place they can cause permanent staining. Professional carpet cleaning with special filter line treatments can make them somewhat fainter but often cannot totally remove the marks.

Routine and targeted vacuuming can go a long way to keep your carpet serving as an effective filter, trapping and holding airborne pollutants. But occasionally it needs more to fully empty that “filter”.

Carpet Cleaning As stated, carpet is the best filter in your home. Yet, even the best filters must be maintained. Vacuuming can go a long way in helping, but after a while, more thorough cleaning is needed. Now it is time for professional carpet cleaning.

Hot Water Extraction The carpet manufacturers have spent a great deal of time, effort and money figuring out what works and what doesn’t to clean their product. Most manufacturers strongly recommend hot water extraction as the preferred method of cleaning. Several of the largest manufacturers require regular cleaning by an Institute for Inspection Restoration and Cleaning Certification (IICRC) certified firm, using hot water extraction in order to maintain their warranties.

Hot Water Extraction has been shown in multiple tests to remove the most soil and allergens.

Properly done, with good equipment, carpets are not over-wet and dry in a reasonably short time. By using drying fans, dry times can be as little as an hour or two. Hot water extraction is often referred to as restorative cleaning. It is the best method for residential carpets which are cleaned infrequently or along with other methods as part of a commercial carpet maintenance program.

When using hot water extraction or indeed any carpet cleaning method, it is important to thoroughly vacuum the carpet first. Then apply an appropriate prespray, lightly agitate, and finally extract. Cleaning agents can be matched to the carpet fiber as well as the soil type. Some cleaners even offer all-natural, hypo-allergenic systems of carpet cleaning.

Other Carpet Cleaning Options What if I need an alternative to hot water extraction to clean my carpets?

Hot water extraction removes the most soil from carpet. However, there are times when a low moisture method is the better choice. This could be either because the carpet must be returned to service quickly or the material simply cannot tolerate much moisture.

There are several other methods of carpet cleaning besides hot water extraction. Many are low moisture so that the carpet can be put back in service very rapidly.

Encapsulation Encapsulation is the modern version of “carpet shampooing” but with far better chemistry. First, the carpet is vacuumed. Next, a cleaning agent is sprayed on the carpet and worked in with brush action. The cleaning agent suspends the soil and encapsulates it in crystals. The crystals can be vacuumed out when the carpet dries, usually in as little as a half hour.

Encapsulation is becoming increasingly popular for its ease of use. It can significantly improve the appearance of the carpet. However, tests show that it is hard to remove all of the encapsulated soil. The result is that the soil-binding encapsulant can build up with repeated use.

Experts in the carpet industry strongly recommend that carpets cleaned with encapsulation methods be rinsed out with hot water extraction a) every third or fourth time or b) at least every 18 to 24 months. Many carpet cleaners find this method useful for interim cleaning in commercial maintenance programs. It can be a life-saver in the case of a dirty carpet needing to be cleaned just before a function like a dinner party, or a quick realty turn. It can also be helpful in battling recurring spots.

Bonnet or Absorbent Pad Carpet Cleaning This method is similar to encapsulation cleaning except that the cleaning agent is agitated with a rotating, absorbent pad. The soil is actually transferred from the carpet to the pad. If the pads are changed often enough, this method does a decent job of top cleaning the carpet.

All too often, the sad truth is that cleaners do not change the pad frequently enough. As one industry expert put it “bonnet cleaning is the best way I know to spread dirt evenly across a carpet.” Carpet manufacturers have also raised concerns about the circular agitation distorting the carpet appearance. For these reasons, bonnet cleaning has largely fallen out of favor.

Absorbent Compound After thorough vacuuming, an absorbent compound (imagine tiny sponges filled with a cleaning agent) is brushed into the carpet, then vacuumed out. Care must be taken to vacuum out as much of the compound as possible to prevent build-up. This is the lowest moisture method and the only one possible for certain fabric types

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Is Hiring a Home Cleaning Service or Maid Worth It? – Pros & Cons My wife and I carefully calculated the cost of cat ownership before we took in our first stray. Our calculation wasn’t perfect, though. We failed to account for at least one hidden cost of owning pets: cleaning bills.

Now that we have multiple cats, our home is far dirtier than it used to be, and it gets dirty quicker. As renters, we spent valuable time and a considerable amount of money on weekly once-overs and monthly deep cleans. I devoted hundreds of hours over the better part of a decade to mopping wood floors in a succession of apartments.Sign up for an account at Simple by 7/31/19 4:59 PM PT and get up to a $500 bonus and 2.02% APY (with qualified activities).

Unfortunately, this wasn’t always enough. Poor pet hygiene contributed to a substantial reduction in our security deposit refund at our last rental property. Now that we own our home, we don’t have to worry about keeping the landlord happy – but that doesn’t mean we’re willing to tolerate mats of hair in every corner and fine layers of litter on the floor.

As our lives get busier and our household budget grows, we’ve relaxed our old “no professional cleanings” rule. We now invite a cleaning service into our home for two to three hours at least once per month. Although I’m still not entirely comfortable with the cost, I have to admit that our house is cleaner for it.

If you’re unable or unwilling to keep your home as clean as you’d like, perhaps a hired home cleaning service from Handy.com is in your future too. Here’s what you need to know to decide whether it’s right for you.

Things to Consider Before Hiring a Cleaning Service As you weigh whether to hire a home cleaning service, consider these factors.

1. Your Household Budget According to HomeAdvisor’s estimate, U.S. cleaning companies charge $50 to $90 per hour, on average. Even the most efficient cleaning team working through a modest-sized residence is likely to take an hour to complete its work. If your budget can’t bear an extra $50 to $90 hit at least once per month, regular professional cleanings may not be in the cards.

Independent cleaners are cheaper, though my research suggests HomeAdvisor’s estimated $9-per-hour minimum is wildly optimistic. Expect to pay a single independent cleaner at least $20 per hour if they provide their own cleaning supplies and perhaps $15 per hour if you provide your own.

Solo cleaners take longer to complete their work than two- or three-person professional teams, so the price difference likely won’t be that stark. Still, cleaners not affiliated with hierarchical cleaning companies can better accommodate tight budgets – though budgets with very little leeway might not have room for any hired cleaning help at all.

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2. Your Home’s Size Professional cleaning costs increase in proportion to residence size. According to HomeAdvisor, the typical single-family home costs $130 to clean. The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) pegged the median U.S. house at 2,467 square feet in 2015. A more modest home might cost $100 or less to clean, while a massive McMansion could cost $200 or more.

3. Your Cleaning Requirements The numbers above are rough averages. Your personal cleaning requirements and preferences will determine where your actual cleaning costs fall. Factors that might affect your cleaning requirements include:

Your Cleanliness Tolerance. Do you demand a spotless home, or are you OK with some dust, grit, and grime? Your Lifestyle. Do you cook full meals every night and frequently host guests? Do you treat your home like a museum? Or do you fall somewhere in between? Your Family Size and Composition. Do kids and pets account for more than their fair share of the mess? Your Home’s Active Areas. Do you rarely use certain rooms, or is your entire home lived-in? Your Expectations For Cleaning Staff. Do you expect cleanings to be basic once-overs – vacuuming, dusting, mopping, and freshening, with special attention paid to the kitchen and bathrooms – or thorough deep cleans? Longer, detail-oriented cleanings that cover the entire house will cost more than lower-key cleanings that skip lesser-used areas.

4. The Value of Your Time How valuable is your time?

You can ask this question literally: Is your hourly household income higher than what you’d pay a cleaning service?

A more abstract way to frame it would be: Is it worth your while to devote the time necessary to clean your home to your standards on a regular basis?

Either way, this is a personal question. When I was living alone and working low-wage jobs, DIY cleaning was a no-brainer. These days, the dollars-and-cents calculation is a closer call, but I’m personally less inclined to take several hours out of my week to maintain an orderly house (or perhaps I’m just getting old). Your calculation might differ.

5. Your Family’s Schedule Professional cleaning is disruptive. If you don’t mind hanging out around the house while one or more cleaning staff mill about, running vacuums and kicking up dust, this won’t be an issue. If you’d prefer to be out of your cleaning team’s hair, though, you’ll need to schedule cleanings when you’re at work or can otherwise be out of the house. If your cleaning service doesn’t let you schedule at precise times – as is often the case – then you’ll need to choose a date on which you’re reasonably confident you can be out of the house.

In households with at least one work-from-home or stay-at-home parent, scheduling is a real issue. My wife and I both work full-time, but I work from home much of the time, and the cleaning service we’ve been using occasionally schedules visits when we’re at home. In our small older home, that’s not really tenable, so we escape to a coffee shop or park if the weather’s nice.

6. DIY Cleaning Tolerance & Skill If you enjoy – or, at least, don’t mind – cleaning the house, more power to you. As long as you can find time to keep pace with your home’s cleaning needs and meet your co-residents’ expectations, why would you pay someone else to do it for you?

Make sure your cleaning expectations are realistic, though. Budget one hour a month for something that requires more like two hours per week, and you’re set up to fail. Likewise, if you’re not keen on using step ladders to dust high places or scrubbing out caked-on cooking grease, you might want to rethink your DIY cleaning plan.

Cleaning Service Types & Costs In our search for a professional home cleaning service, my wife and I considered three distinct options.

1. Full-Service Cleaning Companies These are legitimate enterprises that employ multiple teams of two or more cleaning professionals. Some national cleaning companies operate local franchises; others are independently owned entities that have grown into regional service providers. Either way, your regular point of contact is generally an account manager or office-based crew supervisor.

Cost of Full-Service Cleaning Companies Full-service cleaning companies generally cost more than independent cleaners and gig workers. However, they’re often better at what they do and more efficient to boot.

According to HomeAdvisor’s estimates, full-service cleaning companies charge anywhere from $50 to $90 per hour, or $90 flat per 1,000 square feet. This range is lower by Care.com’s estimate: $25 to $35 per hour, though it’s not clear whether this assumes only one cleaning person on the job.

Our experience tracks with HomeAdvisor’s estimates. My wife and I got quotes for our 1,400 square foot house from a handful of professional cleaning services in Minneapolis. No biweekly quotes came in under $120, and the high estimate was around $160. We settled on a company that quoted us about $145 per biweekly cleaning because my wife’s employer had a $20-off-per-cleaning deal with them, cutting our net per-cleaning cost to about $125.

Besides home size, many factors may influence your professional cleaning estimate. The most notable include:

Location. Expect higher prices in major metropolitan areas with higher living costs. You’re almost certain to pay more for an equivalent service in San Francisco than in, say, Abilene, Texas. Frequency. Professional cleaning services almost always offer frequency discounts. You’ll pay less per visit when you opt for weekly cleanings over monthly cleanings, even if your total cleaning cost is higher with the former. Our monthly cleaning estimates were higher, ranging from $140 to $180. One-off cleaning estimates were higher still; the service we eventually selected wanted $250 for a one-time cleaning session. Bathroom Count. Bathrooms require more intensive cleanings than most other rooms. If your home has an unusually high number of bathrooms for its size, your estimate may come in higher than you expect. Pets. Expect professional services to factor the number and type of pets into your estimate. All of our quotes accounted for our three cats. Eco-Friendly Products. Cleaning services that use gentler or eco-friendly cleaning products generally charge a premium for it. You’ll want to have a detailed conversation about what each candidate company’s eco-friendly cleaning program entails. Add-On Services. Most professional cleaners charge extra for add-on services such as refrigerator cleanings, decorative wood polishing, oven cleanings, and whole-house deep cleanings. Special Needs. Professional cleaners may charge more for special requests or accommodations – for instance, dusting the area around an antique china display or reaching upper corners in rooms with unusually tall ceilings. Pros of Full-Service Cleaning Companies Pre-Vetted Employees. Full-service cleaning companies vet prospective employees before they hire them so that you don’t have to. Not all hiring practices are equal, though, so ask your company contact if this is a concern. Faster Than Independent Cleaners. Professional cleaners usually work in teams of two or three, and perhaps more in larger homes. As the old saying goes, many hands make light work. Potential for Better Work Than Independent and Gig-Based Cleaners. Professional companies’ training protocols tend to be more rigorous – or, at least, better standardized – than those of independent or gig-based cleaners, who may be self-taught or rely on prior professional experience. Professional companies are also more likely to act on customers’ complaints about shoddy or inconsistent work. Cons of Full-Service Cleaning Companies Costlier Than Independent or Gig-Based Cleaners. Full-service cleaning companies are almost invariably more expensive than solo cleaners. We’ll explore this further in the following sections. Add-On Services May Add Up Quickly. Professional cleaning companies tend to limit the parameters of standard cleanings to “basic” services such as cleaning floors, vacuuming rugs and carpets, dusting furniture, freshening bathrooms, and wiping kitchen counter surfaces. Other services, such as refrigerator cleaning and detailing upholstery, often cost extra. Our professional cleaning company charges $25 to deep clean a refrigerator, for instance. 2. Independent Cleaning Professionals These are solopreneurs or small businesses built by and around an individual or small team of cleaning professionals. Your regular point of contact is usually the senior cleaning person, who’s also likely to be the business’s owner. Some independent professionals have their own websites, but plenty use social media (usually Facebook) or third-party platforms (such as Thumbtack, Angie’s List, and Craigslist) to market their services.

Independent cleaning professionals tend to be cheaper than full-service companies and may also be easier to work with. The onus is on the customer to vet prospective cleaners, though, and even then, quality and efficiency might not live up to expectations.

Cost of Independent Cleaners Independent cleaners generally cost less than full-service cleaning companies. How much less is the question.

In late 2018, I surveyed Craigslist cleaning service ads in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Per-hour pricing started around $15 (though pricing this low was rare) and topped out above $40, with occasional new-customer discounts pushing down the final price. Flat-fee cleanings started around $50 for three rooms and went up from there. Independent cleaning teams, who were often couples, charged more, though not always twice as much.

Pros of Independent Cleaners Lower Cost Than Cleaning Companies. As noted, independent cleaners, especially solo types, usually cost less than pros. If paying as little as possible is your top priority, this is the way to go. Potential for Greater Flexibility. Independent cleaners may be willing to include for free some or all of the add-ons for which professional companies tend to charge. If not, they may be amenable to a more customer-friendly pricing structure – for instance, simply adding the time spent on add-ons to the hourly total, rather than charging a flat fee that works out to a higher hourly rate. Better Negotiating Power for Customers. You may have better luck negotiating with independent cleaners, particularly if you promise steady work. On the other hand, independents may operate on tight margins that limit their negotiating power. The Same Person Cleans Every Time. When you work with the same independent cleaner or cleaning team every time, you’re more likely to develop a close working relationship with them. For scheduling reasons, full-service companies are unlikely to send the same cleaners to your house every time, unless that’s part of their value proposition. Cons of Independent Cleaners Vetting Falls to the Customer. The onus of vetting an independent cleaner falls squarely on the customer. Sure, you can check reviews and feedback on Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor, and you should always ask for references (more on that below), but that takes time. So does confirming that the cleaner is fully insured and running a background check, which you should do with any domestic worker. Quality May Suffer. Independent cleaners may not offer the same quality guarantees as full-service companies. Short of terminating your relationship with the cleaner or unilaterally demanding they fix the issue without additional compensation, you may have little recourse to redress work that fails to meet your expectations. Slower Than Full-Service Companies. Single-person cleaning teams can’t work as quickly as multi-person teams. Plus, full-service companies often hew to efficient, well-defined processes that get them out the door faster without impacting work quality. Scheduling May Be a Challenge. If your independent cleaner already has a full client load, finding time for a recurring appointment that works for the both of you might be challenging.

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When it comes to running a commercial business, making a great first impression is of the utmost importance. From attracting new customers to keeping current employees happy, a clean and organized workspace is something that is attractive to everyone and is the perfect way to create an excellent first impression that future clients will remember. Imagine walking into an office with dusty countertops, windows that are streaked with dirty handprints, and mud-laden floors. Now picture yourself walking into a workspace with polished floors, sparkling windows and neatly organized stacks of papers. At which office will you be most likely to conduct business? The clean office takes the cake, hands down. And, not only will a pristine office attract potential clients, it will also become an environment where your employees can work quickly and efficiently. At UMG Cleaning, we pride ourselves on providing the best and highest quality eco-friendly cleaning services in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and other surrounding areas. We specialize in both commercial and residential cleaning jobs as well as school campus cleaning and post-construction cleanup. Like our clients, we are make a conscious effort to limit our carbon footprint. This is why all cleaning products we use are safe and totally environmentally friendly! There are obvious benefits to hiring a team of professional cleaners to help you maintain your office space, but here are the top five reasons you should hire our team at UMG Cleaning. 1. You won’t get distracted by little details during your busy day. It’s happened to the best of us—you are in the restroom at work and notice a minute too late that the stall is out of toilet paper. Or maybe you are washing your hands and reach for the paper towel only to find after several spins of the wheel, the towel dispenser is completely empty. Absolutely no one enjoys walking out of the bathroom with wet hands and then having to search around for a napkin or tissue because someone forgot to stock restroom the night before. Even a tiny hiccup like this can put a dent in your busy schedule. When your hire the professional team at UMG Cleaning, you will never have to worry about things being empty or out of place in your office. We will take every measure to ensure your day goes as smoothly as possible—you’ve worked hard to get to where you are, and we will work hard to protect your investment by providing you with the cleanest workspace possible! 2. Our team provides services that extend beyond simply sweeping, dusting and mopping. Properly and efficiently cleaning an office space requires much more work than a quick sweep, dust and mop. At UMG Cleaning, our commercial cleaning services include: sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, dusting, decluttering, sink scrubbing, tub and shower cleaning and disinfecting, window cleaning, toilet cleaning, wall washing, electronic disinfecting, general sanitation, floor maintenance and more! When we are hired on for a job, our efforts go far deeper than only cleaning the mess/dust/dirt/etc that is visible when you walk around your home or office—we scrub and sanitize each space to ensure the health and safety of your employees. When an office is free of dust and other pollutants, the chance of illness decreases drastically making for a happy and healthy team at work! 3. Everyone can focus on what they do best! From time to time, we see businesses that have fallen into the bad habit of assigning cleaning duties to their employees. Why is this a “bad habit”? Well to start, many employees do not enjoy having to clean the office bathrooms, take the trash out or dust filing cabinets. If you are a business owner who requires employees to clean the office, there is a good chance that morale is low and that corners are being cut when it comes to performing a quality cleaning job. Your employees were hired on because they work hard and are experts in their fields. And, like your employees, we too are experts in our field! By hiring a team of professionals to clean your workspace, everyone can focus on what they do best. We will use our skill and knowledge to clean your office from wall to wall, ceiling to corner and everything in between. Meanwhile, your awesome staff can focus on their work without having to stress about cleaning duties that are outside their area of expertise. It’s a win for everyone involved! 4. Save time. If you are currently utilizing a system where your employees are in charge of cleaning your office, you are wasting valuable time that could be spent on other tasks or even at home with your family. As professional cleaners, our team knows the quickest and most efficient ways to clean different types of venues, whereas your employees probably do not. A cleaning job that may take your employees an hour or more to complete will likely take a professional cleaning team half the time to do. Your employees will no longer have to break their concentration at work to focus on cleaning the break room, and they can head home right after work without spending time afterhours wiping window sills and dusting blinds. A thorough, fast and efficient cleaning job versus a hurried, half-capacity, minimal job—which is more preferable? 5. Save money, too! A successful business is a business that is making money. And making money involves both saving and budgeting. If you are a financially savvy businessperson, it is likely you already realize the benefit of hiring a professional cleaning crew to clean your office. If you are still on the fence, however, consider this: by keeping your employees on the clock to finish cleaning duties is only going to cost you money because they will be working extra hours to complete tasks they are not proficient in. Even if your staff is not staying late to tidy up around the office, you are still robbing them of valuable time during their day they could be spending on other job-specific tasks. This is not an efficient system. And, as we previously mentioned, a deep cleaning that may take a professional janitor an hour to complete will likely take your employees double the amount of time to finish—time is money, so save yourself both and hire a professional cleaning team. Professionals will always do a better and more thorough job of cleaning your office, anyway!

Creating a Cleaning Schedules[edit]

Creating a Cleaning Schedule Creating a cleaning schedule can be a confusing job. How often do cleaning tasks need to be performed? How long does a particular job take? What chores are considered daily, weekly, monthly, or seasonal tasks? The truth is that no one schedule will work perfectly for the same two people. If your home has small children, you may find that weekly tasks need to be performed daily to prevent getting behind. If you live alone, some daily tasks may only need to be done weekly. Allergy sufferers and people with breathing issues may need to perform certain tasks on a more frequent basis. Use the following guidelines as a starting point to developing your own daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal cleaning schedule.

Daily Cleaning Chores Daily cleaning chores are the absolute minimum that must be done on a daily basis to keep a home clean. Depending on the type of household you live in, some of these chores may even need to be done more than once during a day. These are the bare bones basics. In my home, with 5 children just doing these on a daily basis won’t really cut it. However, there are often days when other circumstances prevent me from getting much more done. As long as I can accomplish these few things, mold doesn’t grow, people have clothing to wear, and nobody gets sick from our home.

Weekly Cleaning Chores Although most of these chores don’t require daily work, they are still some of the most important tasks that need to be done in our homes. Some items may need to be completed more often. Scheduling these chores in addition to your daily chores will help you maintain order and cleanliness in your home. A lot of people like to divide up their weekly chores over each day in the week so that they don’t have a lot to do all at once. Others would rather devote 1 evening or day a week to tackling their weekly chores. In my family, these are divided up and done 1-2 times a week by the assigned person. I prefer to save my cleaning day chores for things that need to be done more infrequently. Pick a schedule for your weekly chores that works for you.

Monthly Cleaning Chores Monthly cleaning chores are my favorite weekend chores. These are areas of your home that can afford to be neglected during your daily and weekly cleaning sessions, but ultimately a good thorough monthly cleaning is needed. Most monthly chores are beyond my kids’ ability to do without a lot of supervision and help. I usually save these kinds of chores for 1-2 Saturdays a month where I go all out on monthly and seasonal chores. And although my kids may not be able to do them on their own, these chores provide a great opportunity to teach some more specialized cleaning skills to them.

Seasonal Cleaning Chores Although seasonal cleaning chores are important, they are usually the most forgotten parts of home maintenance. Our attention is only needed in these areas two to three times a year, but it is vital to maintaining and cleaning our homes. Seasonal chores don’t take up a lot of time since they’ll only need to be done quarterly or semiannually around your home. In my family, we usually have major cleaning weekends twice a year to tackle seasonal chores. The first time is around spring cleaning time. We’re usually busy gathering up items to donate or sell during this time as well. We have another major cleaning weekend right before Thanksgiving and putting up our Christmas decorations. This schedule has worked well for our family. It doesn’t matter when you schedule your seasonal chores as long as it is something you are consistent with and remember to do.