My Maids - maid service & house cleaning services in the Boston area.
My Maids - maid service & house cleaning services in the Boston area.
Cleaning Tips

Below you will find a few of our favorite tips for when you
have to face dirt alone.

Take advantage of our more than 30 years of experience cleaning homes.
Here are a few of our favorite house cleaning tips to easily keep your
home fresh and clean.

Ceramic Tile Floors
No need to wax. Just sweep and mop on a regular basis and they stay clean and shiny. Mop
floors with clear water or just a dash of liquid dish soap. Be sure to change the water
when it gets cloudy. Too much soap or dirty water will make floors dull or sticky. Don't
use scrub pads on ceramic tile floors or you might scratch them. Our professional
cleaners wash most floors by hand, cleaning and drying a small area at a time.

Old grout may need cleaning with a wax stripper or heavy-duty cleaner plus a grout brush.
Use a bleaching cleanser on tough spots. Once the grout is as clean as you can get it,
rinse it well. When it's thoroughly dry, apply a coat of masonry sealer so that it
doesn't absorb dirt in the future.

For mildewed grout in tubs or showers, use a grout brush with a 1:5 solution of chlorine
bleach and water. Never use bleach in combination with any ammonia-based product and be
sure the area is well-ventilated. When you've finished cleaning, rinse the area well to
remove all traces of bleach.

Clean colored grout with a heavy-duty cleaner and a grout brush, but don't use bleach
because this may remove the color from the grout. Be sure never to use a bleaching
solution on colored grout. A masonry sealer can be applied to clean, colored grout to
ward off future stains.

Wipe down mini-blinds with a damp fabric softener sheet. This eliminates the static that
causes dust to stick. The same trick works for TV and monitor screens.

No-wax/Linoleum Floors
Regular vacuuming or sweeping is the best way to maintain the finish. Then damp mop with
plain water or add just a drop of liquid dish soap. If the floor has some tough spots to
clean, use a white, nylon-backed scrub sponge. This will keep soil from wearing away the
surface. However, if time and traffic eventually dull the glossy top layer, you may want
to add a floor finish or wax to restore the shine. Choose any good commercial floor
polish or try a self-polishing, metal-interlock floor finish available from a janitorial
supply. Traffic areas may need finish applied more often than the rest of the floor. It's
a good idea to keep doormats at all the entrances to your home, as they will catch much
of the dirt that could eventually damage your floors.

Soap Scum
Since preventing soap scum build-up is a lot easier than cleaning it, squeegee water off
shower walls and doors after every use or wipe them down with a towel. For tile walls or
frosted shower doors, apply a light coating of lemon oil periodically to help prevent
build-up. For a porcelain tub, apply a light coat of boat or car wax to the sides (never
the bottom) of the tub.

If it's too late for prevention, use a degreasing agent and lots of elbow grease. Get a
good alkaline soap scum remover at a janitorial supply store or dissolve a handful of
automatic dishwasher detergent in a bucket of warm water. Cover the affected area
completely and let your cleaning solution soak for at least 15 minutes. Do it right after
a shower when the walls will be wet. After soaking, use a stiff scrub brush or a white,
nylon-backed scrub sponge to clean the walls. You may need to soak and scrub a couple of
times to get rid of all the build-up. Then rinse well with clear water.

Wood Floors

Vacuum and dust mop regularly to prevent dirt from building up and damaging the surface.
Any wood floor can be cleaned with a quarter-cup of apple cider vinegar mixed with a
gallon of warm water. Wood floors are best cleaned on your hands and knees because you
should only clean a small area at a time and then dry it and move on. Never get wood
floors too wet or allow them to dry naturally. Finished wood floors often can be cleaned
just with water. However, the finish will eventually wear off, and you'll either have to
re-finish the floors or start waxing them.

Pergo Floors
The manufacturers of Pergo recommend damp mopping at least once a week and sweeping or
vacuuming with an attachment more often if you are concerned about scratches.

Do not use soaps or detergents because they may leave a film, dulling the floor.
Difficult spots like nail polish, markers, tar and cigarette burns can be removed with
acetone or nail polish remover. Pergo floors must never be waxed, polished, sanded or

Marble and Granite Floors

If polished marble or granite is protected with floor finish, the finish must be buffed
or burnished and periodically replaced to keep the surface protected and looking good.

Marble and granite are sensitive and porous, they need to be cleaned with a neutral
cleaner solution and then polished dry. Scratched and dull surfaces can be revived with a
marble restorer (available from janitorial supply stores).

Cultured marble and certain types of granite are stronger than real marble and stone, but
they do lose their luster after being cleaned for years. Clean with a spray bottle filled
with all-purpose or disinfectant cleaner and a soft cloth. Always keep the area wet while
working. Never use powdered cleansers, steel wool, metal scrapers or colored scrub pads
on cultured marble or granite. If the surface is worn and looks dull even after cleaning,
polishing compound may bring back the glow. A little appliance wax, car wax or silicone
sealer will also help fill fine scratches and restore the shine.

Kitchen Cabinets

If your cabinets are plastic laminate (formica or other plastic), metal, painted metal or
glass, you can wash them all over with a strong alkaline cleaner, which is available at a
janitorial supply store. Or use a heavy-duty cleaner from the supermarket. Mix according
to directions and apply the solution with a sponge. Let it sit a minute or two, then take
a white, nylon-backed sponge and scrub wherever necessary. Remove the grimy suds from the
sponge by squeezing it into the sink or a slop bucket, never back into your cleaning
solution. Then rinse with a damp cloth and wipe dry with a terry cleaning cloth to remove
any last traces of scum and leave the cupboards clean and glowing.

Never use acids or powdered cleansers on cabinets. A good overall washing once a year
should be enough. Keep a spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner handy the rest of the time
and spot-clean after heavy kitchen use.

Eighty percent of the dirt in your house walks in through the door on people's feet. The
right kind of mats placed inside and out of all entrances will help cut down on cleaning
time. Choose professional mats you see at the entrances of hospitals and supermarkets,
which are available at a janitorial supply store.

Feather dusters typically don't do much but spread dirt around. If you are using a
feather duster on some surfaces, consider looking at alternative cleaning options.

The best way to clean windows, or any large expanse of glass, is with a squeegee. It does
a faster and better job.

You need a professional-quality squeegee and a window wand. If you'll be cleaning high
windows, you also will need an extension pole. The basic process is simple - apply the
cleaning solution with the window wand and pull the dirt and water off with the squeegee.

My Maids - maid service & house cleaning services in the Boston area.
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Boston, MA. 02132
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