Keeping a Clean Home with Pets

How to keep a clean home with pets

Keeping a clean house when you have dogs, cats, rodents or even fish tanks, might seem impossible.

For those of us  who love our furry friends and other family pets, another layer of de-fur-balling is added to our daily and weekly house cleaning routines. So here’s a few tips to help guide you through the jungle.

Start with the basic principles of house cleaning

Ok, so we’re not assuming you don’t know how to keep your space clean, but often times people simply forget to integrate common chores into their daily lives. Suddenly there’s a mess to clean on day or company swing by and you’re embarrassed by it. Here’s how to head it off.

  • Brush or comb your pets. If your little princess looks like Ewok, so will your couch and the corners of your home. Loose pet hair can quickly turn into blobs of hairy dust balls.  Your central heating and cooling system will love it to.
  • Use a pet bed or designated spot for sleeping.  Keeping fido off your favorite chair while you’re relaxing in it, is a discipline that not many humans can master. In fact, dogs and cats often do a superb job of training their people to accommodate their relaxation needs. But if you can train them to sleep in their own space, the amount of hair and “stuff” that spread throughout the house will stay at a very manageable level.
  • Animals eat at their eating station. Simple – keep their mess contained.
  • Wipe off paws when coming in from outside. Easy right? Well its another due diligence thing, but many people just let dogs come in from the back yard and have at it. Dirty! Keep a towel by your door or designate a paw wiping area.
  • Close off rooms that your furry friends do not need to be in. Why give them the run of the house when you’re the one cleaning it. 

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    Focus on high traffic areas

    The high-traffic areas in your home are also likely to be the main places where your house where your pets like to hang out with the people. Your cleaning regimen will tend to have a significant amount of resources focused here.  Consistency is the key to success, whether you have one pet or five. Stay on top of high traffic areas.

    Maintain tile and hardwood floors

    Its a grass-roots project. You have to start from the beginning and strive for taking control of the situation. Vacuuming once a week is highly recommended. To extend the of your carpets, you may want to have a more aggressive routine. If you have hardwood floors or other hard surfaces, you’ll want to run a Swiffer around regularly as traditional sweeping will just blow the fur around the house.

    If you clean your floors more than once per week, you’ll notice that the time it takes to do the task will shorten quite a bit, and the usual clumps of hair laying around unexpected places will slowly disappear.

    To kill germs and sanitize the area thoroughly and often, you might consider steam cleaning hard floor surfaces, such as tile or stone. You might also just hire a monthly recurring maid service.

    Contact National Dusters in Minneapolis & St. Paul for professional home cleaning services. Or check out our Monthly Cleaning Service specials on Facebook!

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What’s up with recurring cleaning services?

Have you ever found yourself wishing you could have the same top-notch level of service for residential housekeeping that you love while staying in hotels? So did we, and that’s what makes National Duster’s services stand out from the crowd. Our commitment to each customer shines brightly in our company’s workforce.

For customers looking for recurring services, we like to send out Veronica to do a walk through (Free of charge) so we can give an accurate estimate.  We are usually pretty close to our first estimate, but its good to get more detail and talk with our customers so that we are all on the same page.

National Dusters offers monthly, recurring cleaning services (Minneapolis Maid Service) that helps keep your home clean and beautiful all year long – at affordable prices.

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Why balance your precious time with family, friends and work between grime and crud in your home. Let the professionals handle it.

As a bonus to trying out our recurring monthly cleaning service in Minneapolis / St. Paul, during the months of July, August and September – we’ll give new recurring monthly customers  a whole home carpet cleaning for FREE.

For one time cleanings our initial bid is for a block of hours, usually at a lower hourly rate. If the cleaning takes longer than our Thumbtack bid we first get permission from the homeowner to continue and then the additional hours are billed at our normal one time rate.

There’s no better time to get your house professionally cleaned on a regular basis, to free up the rest of your life. Call National Dusters Today at 612 DUSTERS | (612) 387-8377.

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Kitchen Cleaning Tips – From Cabinet to Countertop

Every kitchen needs a deep clean now and then. Sometimes, though it may appear clean, there’s deep seeded grime that you may not realize is a problem through daily use. Let’s get right into it and point out some great kitchen cleaning tips – from cabinet to countertop.

Cleaning Stone Countertops

Refresh your granite or stone. You can remove most coffee, juice or other stains with a hydrogen peroxide / water solution. Kitchen designer Florence Perchuk, says a few drops of ammonia added to this solution does the ultimate trick. For everyday wear and tear of your stone countertops, buff away small scratches with superfine dry steel wool called “grade 0000.”

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What is the Best Way to Clean Grout?

One of the best home remedies out there is to mix baking soda and water together as a homemade cleaner. Pour half a cup of baking soda into 2 gallons of water. The baking soda cleaner should take most stains out of grout, as well. If there are tough stains, don’t flood the grout with a cleaner – that is not effective. For serious discoloration you need to call in a pro. Removing the grout is only necessary when it’s cracked and water can seep through and damage the floor underneath.

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How to Shine Your Kitchen Floors

The endless task of presenting your home in a brilliant fashion, starts with the gathering place for family, friends and company – the kitchen. So how do you keep those floors beautiful? Shine your kitchen floors with vinegar. For wood floors, get yourself a bucket and mix nine parts warm water to one part white vinegar. Its an inexpensive, age-old trick that makes your floors dazzle with sparkle!

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How to Remove Tarnish from Brass, Pots & Pans

Wait for it… KETCHUP. That’s right, ketchup. Now there’s a better use for Americans to re-purpose their ketchup desires. And it won’t even matter if high fructose corn syrup is in it or not. To remove tarnish from copper and brass fixtures, pots, and pans, just dab some onto a soft cloth and gently rub. Finish by rinsing with warm water.

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De-Gunk Your Cabinets

Every kitchen has this problem; cabinet “gunk”.  Bacon grease, boiling water, sautéing veggies, etc. It all gets in that wood and all over your hardware. What to do? This DIY cleaning staple is as widely known (or an unknown hidden gem..) as vinegar and baking soda.

Make a solution that is one part vegetable oil and two parts baking soda. This will result in a magical solution for cleaning gunky kitchen cabinets. Work the wood with a sponge, old toothbrush or maybe even your hands. Whatever works!

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Little Unknown Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Now for the fun stuff; the stuff we use everyday that probably irritates you.

How to Clean Your Blender

This is a tip that has  cropped up on the internet. After you pour your smoothie or drink from your blender, take the pitcher straight to the sink. Put in a little water and a drop of dish soap, then put it back on the blender, and turn it on for 20 seconds. Rinse it out and you’re done. BOOM!

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How to Power Clean Your Microwave

The quickest way to clean a microwave oven is to place a handful of wet paper towels inside and run it on High for about 3 minutes. The steam from the towels will soften everything sticking to the walls. Once the paper towels are safe to touch, simply pick them up and sue them to wipe the interior of the microwave down.

To deodorize the microwave, combine 1 cup of water with a half cup of lemon juice in a measuring cup or a mug and also heat it on high for about 3 minutes. Let it stand for 10 minutes or so afterward and you’re now smelling sweet!

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How to Refresh Your Coffee Pot

Your coffee pot, we suspect, is the most used item in your home. If you have a glass pot in your setup, it can very quickly develop a brown haze all over, especially if you leave it warming for long periods of time. The quickest cure we can find to eliminating this grossness involves ice, salt and a lemon.

Fill the empty jug a quarter full of ice. Cut the lemon into quarters and squeeze two of the quarters into the jug. Add 2 tablespoons of salt. Swirl the mixture in the jug for 2 minutes and the inside surface will quickly come clean. Rinse it out; you’re ready to fuel up again!

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Clean Your Cast Iron Pans

If you’re a Chef or cook of sorts, you know that you should never use liquid soap on a cast-iron pan and never scrub it with anything abrasive if you want to maintain its well-oiled nonstick surface. And you absolutely should NEVER run them through the dishwasher. So should you clean it?

One simple answer. SALT. If the pan will not rinse clean with water and a soft dishcloth, rub it with a few tablespoons of salt and a paper towel, and rinse. You can replenish the oil film by coating the inside surface of the pan with a dab of cooking oil.

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These are some of our favorite DIY kitchen cleaning tips and solutions that are out there for you to try. However, all of this still begs the question… Do you have the time and energy to do all of this work?

National Dusters provides weekly and monthly maid services to help you in the kitchen and beyond with all of your household cleaning needs. We can even de-gunk the cabinet.. just ask 🙂

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Top signs it is time to hire a professional maid service in Minneapolis

Have you ever considered hiring a regular cleaning crew for your home (or maid service) in Minneapolis / St. Paul? You’re probably not sure you really need it… Let me break it to you; you DO! House cleaning services are not just for the upper class these days. More and more working-class people are finding that maid services are not only affordable, but just what they need to help them dominate life.

Not convinced? Here’re a few ways to figure out if you need to toss the shame aside and ask for some help.

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You’ve Started Hiding “Stuff” in your oven and tub. 

It really could be any appliance or wide open space but we’ve got news for you. That’s called hoarding… That space was not meant for storage but we understand if you’re having some folks over and it just has to go away. This usually works just fine until you put the oven on broil one day to sear those bacon wrapped shrimp and walk away…

You’ve got friends but they’re not welcome at your house.

Come on now… we know you’ve done it. Your home is such a landfill that you’ve literally decided NOT to call a friend or have them over because you’re embarrassed by the looks (and smell) of your living space. We’ve all been there, and Friday nights get lonely. Does it stress you out to have people over when clutter, paper, and unwashed dishes are forming abstract art in the living room? Sometimes life gets busy and you just can’t keep up. Actually life is always busy and its impossible to keep up.

Enter National Dusters. Don’t let housekeeping come between you, your family or your social life.

You have to choose cleaning over sleep.

If you’re like us, the clock is not your friend. In fact every time you hang out with clock, he takes time away from you. When life is at its peak – every day, every week, every year; you know you should sleep to be well rested and ready to rock but you just can’t relax. This is a pretty common anxiety that many people suffer from, when every last dish is dirty, the laundry pile is growing and other domestic chores now seem daunting.

Have you ever heard the trite old phrase “a clean kitchen is a happy kitchen”? It holds true for everyone even if you don’t realize it. Cluttered spaces can cause angst and anxiety and a felling of being incomplete. Sleep often suffers when your home is a mess. Don’t sacrifice sleep; call for some backup instead. Monthly maid services are affordable and they make you sleep. 

You feel stressed or can’t relax

Your mood ring a dirty brown color… This follows the last point about not getting good sleep. Your environment can and DOES impact your emotions and smile every day. Many people find it difficult to relax in a dirty or messy environment. If you’re a typical human being, the demands that are placed on your time, may not allow for you dedicate the proper resources to cleaning your home.

Turn your mood ring bright green and blue with National Dusters maid service.

Your friends or family are visiting from out of town. 

Holy smokes! The place is a wreck. There’s no need to expose your closest peeps to your disgusting habits. I’m sure they’d be appalled as we are just thinking about it. We can’t help what Uncle Fred does in public or the awkward dinner table talk your niece may get into, but we can break the ice upon the door opening with a sparkling clean home.

Nike said just do it.

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Your a 9-5 weekend warrior type that lives for social life; when do you clean? Never!

You’re a power-tie executive or lawyer that travels 10 months a year. When do you clean? Never!

You’re a stay at home mom. Whether you’ve got one child or 4, when do you clean? ALL THE TIME – GET HELP.

You’re an entreprenuer, artist, musician photographer or any other person with a live / work space and odd ball hours. When you do clean? Never!

Life should be dominated. Hiring a maid service may be the tool you need to turn on the domination. Rid yourself of hours of tasking on domestic chores and focus on life. National Dusters can work with unique need scenarios or crazy schedules, offering weekly cleaning, occasional de-cluttering, or even just a yearly deep clean. Just let us know what you’re thinking and we’ll get right to the rest. 

Contact us if you’d like to hire a maid service in Minneapolis or St. Paul. You can even take advantage of some summer specials. Just tell us you read the Blog!

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Top Cleaning Tips For Moving Out of Your Home

Before we give you our definitive checklist of top cleaning tips for moving, let’s take a second to talk about hiring  professional cleaning services.  We’ve all considered hiring a regular maid service or cleaning service to help you move in or out of a space.  There’s certainly no need to apologize for bringing in professional help.  If it’s right for you, given your lifestyle and income then by all means, hire someone!

We would also throw it out there, that one of the circumstances under which you should seriously consider such a service is around moving time. If you could be at risk of losing a large deposit over a dirty home or rental property, or you’re simply out of time – it’s worth the cost of National Dusters to help you recoup that money with a move out cleaning service.  On the flip side of your move, if you can’t or won’t give your new place a thorough un-filthing then why not call in professionals, provided you can afford the cost?

FACT: We’re all capable of washing our cars, and yet the local car wash still manages to get your business. Feeling better? Good.

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The Prep to Move

Let’s talk about getting ready to move out. The place needs  a thorough cleaning and walk through. Whether you’re selling or have a landlord, there are expectations from the opposing party, so let’s get crackin’!

Define the cleaning regimen. Get a realtors walkthrough or landlords checklist. Often times “broom clean” is a term that is applied to this scenario, but that real ambiguous. You need to understand the expectations and have that conversation. The last thing you want to do is incur a surprise expense or have to come back, when you’re getting settled into your new home. Keep in mind, you only need to do the bare minimum. The owner or management company will likely come in with a cleaning company or construction projects anyway.

Here are the basics. Walls:

  • Remove nails and hooks from all walls. If the walls have been damaged beyond just a “hole” in the wall, you may want to touch them up or spackle them.
  • If you’ve painted the walls anything other than a neutral color or white, and you rent the space that you are in, you may want to consider painting them back. Many apartments, condos, rented town homes, etc will require this.
  • If there are funky marks on the wall or stains that don’t belong there, hit them with the magic eraser or some other cleaning technology that makes life easier.

Floors

  • Sweep everywhere! Its common courtesy but also makes a huge difference when entering a space.
  • If there are spills, residue or unidentified sticky substances pull out your swiffer and go to town. Its not nice to leave those things behind.

Bathroom

  • Its imperative that the bathrooms are free of hair and mold and toothpaste yuckies. So, once you’ve gotten everything packed up, head in with a some CLR or your favorite bathroom spray and cover the place – head to toe. While that is marinating away, sweep the floor or wet swiffer it if needed.

Kitchen

  • Kitchen is big… you don’t ned to aim for perfection; remember the bare minimum is all you need to do. There are some areas that may have seemed fine to you, because you’re used to your own dirt, but take a second look at how potentially disgusting the refrigerator is. The inside of cabinets may be in the same condition from cooking oils, baking goods and spice racks. The easiest approach here is probably to use and all purpose cleaner and spray the whole place down. Then come back with a towel to wipe it down in about 10 minutes.

Other areas of concern

  • Window ledges. If you’re like most people, you’ve not looked at them for  years and they are, well… disgusting. Wet down a cloth or paper towel and get in there with a little elbow grease. Stray hair, dirt, all that stuff… gross!
  • Repairs. This could be the hard part and you may possibly identify the difference between normal “wear and tear” vs. things you probably should have replaced quite some time ago. Lack of upkeep and broken items simply turn into “damage” and you might be stuck taking care of that if you had not previously.

The Final Word on Cleaning to Move

We feel for you; this is a big chore. Many people think they’ll pack their own boxes, prep their own move, clean the space that they live in and follow the movers right out the door. We’ve got news for you; it’s not happening.

All good intentions aside, most people have never successfully managed to nail this scenario and in fact spend extra time and money on cleaning supplies, their friends’ labor and fixing things along the way. They truth is, you could be 10 boxes deep into your new move-in by the time you get done with cleaning your home to move.

We feel for you. We’re here for you. National Dusters can help you move in, move out, and handle your monthly cleaning chores that your busy family doesn’t have time to do.

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