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With Highs in the upper 60s, it is a good time to winer clean the patio

Here in Las Vegas, we are blessed with warm weather year round, with the highs being in the upper 60s this weekend.
This is a good time to clean the patio, balcony, that we have been ignoring for the last few weeks, since the cold (50s) weather came in.
Our Las Vegas Maid Services likes to start with the BBQ, as we use this all year round. One year it snowed and I had to wait for the snow to mealt before cooking the steaks. We spray an oven cleaner on the grill to make it easier to clean if really dirty, make sure you use gloves and glasses for protection. If we are just doing a regular cleaning on it, our Las Vegas Maid Services likes to use a natural product such as Melaluca. Spray on and scrub with warm water and rinse off. Start the grill and burn off any remaining residual using your steel brush and you have a clean grill, ready for the evening meal.
My least favorite job is cleaning the floors, we sweep, and wash using a light dish detergent and a corn broom to scrub.
We wash any pet bedding in the washing machine and also any removable covers from patio furniture.
Finish up by cleaning those splashed on windows on the slider and kitchen area windows.
Now you have a clean outdoor area for our cold (60s???) temps.

The difference between a local Housekeeping Company and our Las Vegas Maid Services

One of the questions I am asked is “What is the difference between your Las Vegas Maid Services and a chain Housekeeping company. The cleaning part is very much the same in theory. Our maids are individually supervised to make sure that the detail work is done ex: behind the blinds, moving items to dust. Coming from a Health Care background Norma (Housekeeping Supervisor and Owner) treats the little things as routine.
Being a Las Vegas Maid Service, we offer other services as routine. These inclued; dropping off and picking up dry cleaning, laundry service, personal shopping/delivery and set up, receipt and installation of personal belongings. After working with one of the largest property management companies involved in corporate rentals, these services are routine for us.  Before they closed, due to the economy changing, our Las Vegas Maid Services were in charge of all the properties and averaged over 100 at any given time, so the extras that others cannot offer are a part of many of our contracts.

Hotel Stays and Should I Tip the Maid?

We recently returned from a hotel stay at a resort property in Laughlin, the hotel will remain anonymous. My wife and I were there for the Manny Pacquiao fight broadcast on Saturday night, and had stayed at this property multiple times. Over the past years I have noticed a correlation between the number of towels provided and leaving a tip for the maid, so we make a habit of tipping, especially the first day. I know that, from professional experience, the maids in a hotel have an extremely difficult job. They have a heavy room assignment and have to deal with a variety of unusual guest requests and conditions, ex: too much Tequila morning after. In general, tipping is not the rule for Las Vegas Maid Services for home and office, I personally believe in it while at a hotel/motel.  Make sure to use the envelopes that most properties provide, this prevents a mix up of the maids taking any monies off of a table.

Vegas Landscaping and your pool

We are all aware of the diversity of landscaping we have here in Vegas, but do you know how it affects your pool? Most people that have recurring problems with water quality in their pool don’t realize that it may be the landscaping surrounding them.

Desert landscaping is the most popular choice here in Las Vegas, which is low maintenance, but could be creating excessive dust and dirt that eventually makes it’s way into your pool. While decorative rock is virtually no maintenance and would seem like the most appropriate landscape choice for surrounding a pool, there are a few things you need to remember: 

 Make sure your drip irrigation is operating properly. Check for leaks, and fix them immediately. leaking irrigation can create water runoff, which will dirty your pool and throw off the balance of your water. Broken irrigation lines can also create sinkholes in the soil around your pool, which could damage plaster and plumbing over time. Also place drip irrigators as close to the plant as possible. Vegas water is so alkyline it will corrode most decorative rocks rather quickly, which creates more of that dust and dirt we talked talked about earlier.

The second most common type of landscaping surrounding our pools is mature, lush and vibrant landscaping. This too comes with it’s own set of problems for your pool.

Mature trees and shrubs tend to provide a lot of leaf drop that clogs your pools skimmers, vacuums, and plumbing. The species of tree or shrub can also wreak havoc on your pool more than others. For example italian cypress trees are beautiful evergreens that are used to create some privacy by surrounding a wall. The leaves of this tree however are notorious for sneaking through your skimmer filter basket and clogging up your cartridge filter, which in turn puts more stress on your pump. Before you know it trees like the italian cypress and african sumac, along with shrubs like cassia and texas ranger can have a snowball effect on the overall quality of your pool water and your entire system overall. I am not saying you must immediately remove any of these types of mature landscape, in fact with a little effort and knowledge you can enjoy all the elements of your backyard in perfect harmony by practicing different pruning techniques, watering schedules, installing a leaf trap cannister to your automatic vacuum, just to name a few.

In other words, arming yourself with knkowedge of your surroundings can mean the difference between having a pool you are constantly cleaning in a seemingly neverending uphill battle and having the perfect balance in your backyard oasis. Take a stroll through Star nursery and ask some questions, identify your neighbor’s mature landscape that makes it’s way into your yard, implement safeguards in your pool system to avoid costly repairs due to strain and stress from plant debris and most of all ENJOY YOUR POOL and call All Under One Roof Services with any questions about your Las Vegas Pool Services.

Oil Stains on your Garage Floor?

If you are like most of us, our cars have leaked oil on the garage floor at one time or another. Our Las Vegas Janitorial Service recommends the following;
1. Elbow Grease can take off most stains.
2. Use hot water and laundry or dish detergent to cut the grease.
3. For stubborn stains, try oven cleaner or Spray and Wash.
As always, be careful with chemicals and use gloves and goggles.

Toilet Clogged?

Have you ever had a clogged a toilet? Our Las Vegas Handyman Service recommends the following, lets assume we tried flushing first;

For your first strategy, if the bowl is not already full, try pouring hot water into it, about a gallon or two. Pour it in as quickly as you can without splashing. This will help break up the stuff in the toilet to help you with plunging later on, and it just might unclog it then and there.

• If that doesn’t do the trick, try pouring in a mixture of one cup baking soda and one cup vinegar into the bowl. This is a strategy used to unclog blocked drains, as well. However, it will not be effective if the bowl is already full.

• Next, if success has still not arrived, try the boiling water and dish soap strategy. Pour about 1/4 cup of dish detergent in the bowl and boil some water in the kettle. When the water is boiling hot, pour it slowly into the bowl without splashing yourself.

• Still no luck? It might be time to try a plunger. Of course, this could also be your first line of defense. Use a good-quality plunger with a flange. The flange is the narrow part of the plunger below the cup. If you’ve got a cheap and flimsy plunger, make it your goal to replace it with a sturdy and high quality plunger as soon as possible.

If you have tried plunging to no avail, consider using a wet/dry vacuum. Just aim the hose down the toilet and turn on the vacuum, when the bowl is empty, flush and repeat. Good chance the vacuum can suck out the clog

Chemical Method If nothing else works, you can try a drain-cleaning chemical. They’re available at most grocery, hardware, and “big box” stores. These chemicals are harsh on the environment, so try to avoid using them if possible. If you suspect that there is a hard obstruction, do not use a chemical solution; use a snake or call a plumber. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and to use only chemicals that are specifically listed for toilets.  Always be carefull with the chemicals, use gloves and goggles.

Of course if you still cannot unclog the toilet, it may be time to call a reputable plumber or handyman.

Marble/Travertine Bathroom Cleaning

Our Las Vegas Maid Service always finds that cleaning the Marble or Travertine Tile in the shower/bath area can be the most challenging chore of the day.
1. Never, Never use caustic chemicals such as Bleach or Vinegar on the tile. This can cause blemishes and take off the finish.
2. Hard water stains are hard to get off.
3. Use only chemicals that are meant for these soft, porous stones.
4. We use a stone cleaner and a polisher meant for Marble for these hard to clean areas.
5. It takes some elbow grease, but do not use hard scrubbers such as steel wool or scouring pads as these will score the soft stone finish.

The Tomato Soup Disaster

Have you ever forgot about the soup that you put on the stove to heat up. Yesterday I did, and the entire pot boiled over slowly!!!What a mess. Here is what to do in the situation from our Las Vegas Housekeepers:

1. Wait for the stove to cool down, my hand stil hurts.
2. Take out the pan and burner covers into the sink or dishwasher.
3. Open the top of the range and see the unbelievable mess. I used a full roll of paper towels, a sponge works well also.
4. Let dry and use a housecleaner to give the last wipe. Our Las Vegas Maids use green products, such as Melaluca, but any standard cleaner will work.
5. Make a new lunch, Enjoy.

Pool Pumps and Covers

People often underestimate the positive affects that pool pumps and pool covers can have on their lives. Our Las Vegas Pool Service comes across many pools that have problems that could have been easily solved by ensuring their pool pumps are in good condition, and using a cover whenever possible.

Pumps:  The backbone of a healthy pool, the pump circulates the water according to public health guidelines and ensure the water and it’s chemicals are well filtered.

  • Check your pump has adequate horsepower for the volume of your particular pool
  • Check all plumbing to and from the pump for leaks or cracks
  • Clean the pump’s debris filter and the skimmer’s filter regularly to avoid strain on the pump
  • Listen to your pump, a pump in need of attention will sound different than a pump working properly

Covers can be your best friend here in the Vegas valley.

  • Covers trap heat, your pool won’t turn into a spa by any means, but a cover in the spring will allow you to enjoy your pool earlier in the season
  • Covers help eliminate strain on your pump, by keeping everyday debris out of the system, requiring less maintenance, which also cuts down on power consumption, as pumps need to run less often

There are rebates available from the Southern Nevada Water Authority for pool covers and also from NV Energy for high efficiency pumps. Follow the links to save

  • http://www.snwa.com/html/cons_coupons_pool.html
  • http://www.nvenergy.com/saveenergy/home/rebates/poolpumps.cfm

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