Tag: Grease Removal

IN HOT WATER!!!To clean well we need hot water

Several states, including New York, have introduced legislation to stop the use of hot water in cleaning for public buildings, such as schools. This is a well meaning, but misguided idea.  I can tell you from personal experience, a lot of it, that hot water is a big ingredient in our Las Vegas Maid Services cleaning.
If you look at your chemicals and instruction manuals for cleaners (carpet, washing machines, ect.)warm water is very often suggested to be used.
This is due to many chemicals performing their best with heat. Just think of how we use steam cleaning, not something that can be done with cold water.
The idea of cleaning with cold water is one to save energy, “be green”, and save money for the states. Unfortunately this will backfire, as the time spent cleaning with cold water is much more than if you have access to hot water.
Our Las Vegas Maid Services encounters this when we have a turnover or move out and the gas is off. We try to reschedule as the results, in our experience, are just not the same as when we have hot water available.

Pressure washing and why do it?

Recently I sold a home to an investor that will be used as a rental. The first item of business was to address the small repairs in the home inspection list. As a Las Vegas Realtor, I always recommend a home inspection, this is very inexpensive insurance for buying the correct investment and not a “money pit”.  Usually the inspection finds small problems, which can be used as a repair list, but sometimes it is a big item and time to cancel the transaction.
While doing the repairs, we inspected the garage, driveway and found it to be stained by grease, oil, and other fluids. Just this mess will distract prospective tenants so we decided to clean it up. You can easily do this with degrease product and a pressure washer. Some elbow grease is required but this will make the property look that much better. And help me rent it in a rapid time frame.
Before the Las Vegas Maid Service gets in to do their job, the outside of the property will look ready to rent.

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.

How to keep your golf clubs clean!!!

I confess that I am slightly addicted to golf. I try to get out as many times as possible, and being a realtor helps, as many of my clients also are golfers from all over the world.
As the owner of Las Vegas Maid Services Services, I have found some great ways to keep your clubs clean and ready for play.
We all tend to wipe down the club heads, use brushes to keep the groves clean, and tip the staff when cleaning our clubs at the end of a round.
My favorite Deep Clean, is to use our Shark steam machine to clean the grooves, head, and shaft. The steam works wonders on getting out stuck in dirt, mud and grass. The club head looks like new when done. And this is without using any stiff brushes or chemicals.
On the grips, yes you should clean your grips, I use a very light mix of warm water and laundry soap, then rinse again.

And if you have a housekeeper, ask them if they will clean as part of your service, our Las Vegas Maid Services offer this and much more as optional service.

Freezer/Refrigerator Cleaning-Check the dates on your Food!!!

When cleaning a refrigerator/freezer, it takes more than a wipe down with a wet towel. Make sure you check the expiration dates on your frozen foods and especially your condiments. There is nothing worse than expired dressing and the day after you eat it. Our Las Vegas Maid Service only will go through your pantry/refrigerator upon request, but will recommend throwing out the expired items.

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.

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.

Marble and Travertine Flooring and the cleaning of

When I am at the Meridian Resort Condominiums, the first question asked usually is; How do I get the marble floor clean? We have been mopping it daily and it still is dirty…..
Marble and Travertine are a soft stone which absorbs liquid if not sealed properly.  Our Las Vegas Maid Service reccomends:
1. Do not wet mop your stone flooring
2. Instead use a spray on stone finishing such as **Stone Medic** which is made for soft stone flooring.
3. Use a damp dry mop and rag to remove spills and spots in heavy traffic areas.
4. Using the dry mopping frequently will remove the dust and grime without setting it into the stone flooring.

Baking Soda is a Miracle Cleaner and More

Our Las Vegas Housekeepers use baking soda to help clean tough stains in the bathroom and kitchen, and as a refrigerator staple. Here are some other uses:
1. Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odor
2. Suck it in with your vacuum cleaner to remove the odor.
3. Sprinkle it on your ashtrays to reduce bad odor and prevent
4. Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.
5. Use it to scrub sinks, showers, plastic and porcelain tubs.
6. Remove grease from pots and pans.
7. Combine it with water to make a paste for polishing stainless steel and chrome.
8. Run your coffee maker with a baking soda solution, then rinse.
9. Sprinkle it on barbecue grills, then rinse it off.
10. Keep your drains clean by putting four tablespoons of baking soda in them each week. Flush it down with hot water.
11. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, and used it to scrub enameled cast iron and stainless steel.
Baking soda is inexpensive and has so many uses our Las Vegas Maid Service swears by it.

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