When Should You Start Spring Cleaning?

When Should You Start Spring Cleaning?

You should start spring cleaning when you sense that new-start spring freshness start to come in on the warm afternoon breezes. When you start feeling like you want to throw open the windows and begin to wonder how the deck furniture is doing under its covers, you know spring cleaning is around the corner. Tapping into the feeling of newness that ushers in the season grounds you in the uplifting spirit of rebirth that will help you clean with purpose and momentum.

Objectively, you should start spring cleaning when you can clear out a solid day or two in your schedule to devote to the task. For many, this may be the weekend. Keep the weekend or your day clear and dedicate it to giving your home the love and care it deserves so it can love and care for you. Although you may be tempted to spread out spring cleaning tasks over a longer period of time, keeping the project more concentrated focuses your efforts and pays off with that squeaky-clean-house feeling that only spring cleaning gives.

Why is Spring Cleaning Important?
Spring cleaning is a chance to reset everything in your home. It’s a chance to catch up on all the cleaning tasks you’ve been meaning to get to or to do the ones that niggle at you. Instead of laying awake wondering when you last cleaned your mattress, for instance, spring cleaning is the nudge you need to get it done and get the idea out of your head. In addition, deep cleaning once a year staves off bigger problems, like a mold takeover of your grout. You can clear dust and grime from areas that hardly ever see the nozzle of a vacuum cleaner attachment. By the time spring cleaning is finished, your home will feel so fresh and clean—a state of habitation that will serve you well, both in mind and body.

Spring cleaning is also a good opportunity to make sure that certain maintenance chores that only need to be done once or a few times a year get checked off the list. When these types of tasks are tied to spring cleaning, it’s more likely you remember to do them. Some of these tasks make a big difference in the longevity, usefulness, and look of your home, such as polishing and sealing granite. Others, such as cleaning out your dryer, are a safety issue.

If Spring Cleaning seems overwhelming, our teams of professional cleaners are ready to take care of the hard work for you. Book a clean today and leave the rest up to us – Treat yourself and your home! Tidy Up Angels has been providing residential cleaning service to the Overland Park area since 2008. Trusting someone to clean your home can be a little unnerving. If this is your first time hiring a cleaning company, we want you to know that you can relax with Tidy Up Angels. Our company is fully insured and bonded; safeguarding your most personal possessions. Honesty, integrity, and good work ethics are the back bone of our company. We aim to meet all your expectations and we hope to exceed them during each service. Let us know how we can help with your house cleaning services in Overland Park and how we can help you – contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

Tips for Cleaning Up After a Super Bowl Party

Tips for Cleaning Up After a Super Bowl Party

Cleaning up after the big game doesn’t have to be a headache. Use these quick tips to make the job easier.

The last touchdown has been scored and, whether your team won or lost, it’s time to deal with the after-party mess. Here are the best and most efficient ways to clean up after the big game party.

Start With the Trash
Before you even touch a dirty dish or wipe a counter, clear out the trash. Grab a trash bag and do a sweep through the living room and kitchen—picking up the regular paper and food garbage as you go. Next, do another walk-through, this time picking up all the recyclable trash like beer bottles and soda cans.

Use a Dish Bin (or Two)
To avoid overflowing your sink with dirty dishes, leaving you no room to actually wash the dishes, set up one or two dish bins next to the sink. (We love this collapsible version, for easy storage.) Fill the bins with hot, soapy water, and let the dishes soak while you continue cleaning up. You can even walk around the party room with an empty dish bin first, to make collecting dirty plates and glasses a little easier.

Deal With the Leftovers
Wrap up leftovers that haven’t been sitting out too long and pop them in the fridge, before you start cleaning the kitchen. Worried about getting stuck with too much leftover food? Have a few disposable containers ready to hand out extra wings, pizza or nachos to guests before they leave. We love these eco-friendly clamshell containers with separated compartments—an easier solution than fussing with baggies or foil and paper plates.

Air Out the Room
A room full of excited, warm-bodied party guests can make for a stuffy house, even after everyone leaves. Get the air flowing by opening a few windows and turning on the ceiling fan, if you have one. If the odors linger

Too Cold to Leave Windows Open?
If you live where it’s too cold in February to leave windows open, light a fresh-smelling candle or use essential oils in a diffuser. We love lavender and lemon for a subtle, clean scent. No candles or essential oils on hand? Make an easy, all-natural stove top air freshener: Fill a pot with water and add lemon slices, a few sprigs of rosemary and one drop of vanilla; then simmer.

Deep Clean the Slow Cooker
That spicy queso dip was a huge hit at the party, but now it’s time to deal with the mess. Here’s how to remove baked-on food residue from your slow cooker: Fill it with water and add 1/2 cup of vinegar, three tablespoons of baking soda and a few drops of dish soap. Turn the slow cooker on for an hour to let the cleaning mixture work its magic, then scrub with a dish brush and rinse.

Pretreat Stains
You usually can’t throw a party without at least one or two food or drink spills. If you notice any stains on the sofa or rug, spray with a pretreat product and let it sit while you continue cleaning up. Bissel’s pretreat for carpet and upholstery gets great reviews, or you can make your own by filling a spray bottle with a mixture of equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide, along with a few drops of dish soap.

Clean the Guest Bathroom
There’s no doubt that your Super Bowl party guests will use your bathroom during the game. In fact, have you heard of The Big Flush? It’s when everyone across America takes a bathroom break at halftime. Supposedly, waste systems get overloaded.

Let’s hope that your guest bath isn’t among them, and that all you have to do afterward is a quick wipe down. Here’s our favorite speed clean routine: Add your favorite toilet cleaner to the toilet bowl and leave it to work its magic while you wipe down the vanity and mirror. Throw the hand towel in the dirty laundry, give the floor a quick mop, then return to scrub and flush the toilet.

If relaxing after a busy Super Bowl Party is more your style, our teams of professional cleaners are ready to take care of the hard work for you. Book a clean today and leave the rest up to us – Treat yourself and your home! Tidy Up Angels has been providing residential cleaning service to the Overland Park area since 2008. Trusting someone to clean your home can be a little unnerving. If this is your first time hiring a cleaning company, we want you to know that you can relax with Tidy Up Angels. Our company is fully insured and bonded; safeguarding your most personal possessions. Honesty, integrity, and good work ethics are the back bone of our company. We aim to meet all your expectations and we hope to exceed them during each service. Let us know how we can help with your house cleaning services in Overland Park and how we can help you – contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

Pro Tips for Winter Cleaning

Pro Tips for Winter Cleaning

Everyone understands the benefits of spring cleaning, right? But did you know that there are certain things you should attend to every winter? Together you and your professional cleaning crew can tackle these tasks. Doing so ensures specific components of your house perform efficiently, thus saving you money on energy costs. Furthermore, they make perfect activities for when you are snowed in or hunkered down, safe from the cold. Here are 10 pro tips for winter cleaning.

1. Take Care of Your HVAC
Every winter, replace your air filters and consider having your air ducts and vents professionally cleaned. According to the EPA, it is best to replace filters at least every three months. We recommend more often in months where you use your HVAC heavily, like summer and winter. It not only makes sure the air stays clean but ensures steady airflow. Furthermore, replacing your air filters also help reduce on furniture and floors. Cleaning your ducts and vents also clears away excessive build-up, once again ensure proper air-flow. It also removes allergens which can get trapped within your home and cause issues all year long.

2. Clean Behind the Fridge
At least once a year, pull your fridge away from the wall. Clean not only the wall and floor but the refrigerator coils. Dirty coils affect energy efficiency and could increase your energy costs from $5 to $10 a month. While this seems insignificant, it adds up. Furthermore, over time, dirty coils could cause damage and reduce the overall lifespan of the appliance. For safety, ALWAYS unplug your refrigerator before cleaning and any maintenance. Also, you may need to rebalance the unit once you move it back. Not sure how to do that? Consult your manufacturer’s user guide. This is also an excellent time to take everything out of the fridge and give the interior a good wipe down.

3. Reduce the Clutter
We have dedicated entire articles to this topic. But, we cannot express to you more: if you want your house to stay tidy between cleanings, organization is key! The more clutter laying around, the more items to get dirty and dusty. If nothing else, consider seasonal storage — no need to have swim gear laying around in winter, or snow boots in the summer.

4. Clean the Dryer Vents
We professionally clean dryer vents. You would never believe the amount of lint we pull for hosing and the back of dryers. It is one of those “out of sight, out of mind” tasks most homeowners never think about. But did you know excess lint build up not only effects your dryer’s efficiency, but it is also a fire hazard? While it is super important to empty the lint filter every time, you should consider cleaning the venting system annually.

5. Deep Clean the Kitchen
While you are winter cleaning, it is a great time to organize and dust out drawers and cabinets. It is also ideal for cleaning and organizing your pantry. Get rid of any expired foods or damages Tupperware that is missing lids. De-grime backsplashes and hood vents. You don’t typically open windows in winter, so cleaning these items could help reduce strong cooking odors. These are all perfect annual services for your professional cleaners.

6. Steam Carpets and Furniture
Winter weather brings with it cold, snowy and mud. While you may think steam cleaning in winter is counterintuitive, we urge you not to let the stains settle. Address them right way, and they are much easier to clean up. Consider professional steam cleaning for heavily soiled furniture or high traffic areas.

7. Wash the Windows
Don’t do windows? That’s ok; the professionals love to! Cleaning your windows brightens the house — a significant component for fighting the winter blues. Winter is also an ideal time to launder all window treatments which can hold on to allergens and dust.

8. Chimney Sweep
Maintaining your chimney is essential. It not only reduces the risk of chimney fires but ensures the air in your home is healthy. Professional services are your best route for safe cleaning with minimal impact on the rest of the house’s cleanliness.

9. Clean and Degrease the Oven
In colder months your oven probably sees a lot of action. With Holiday cooking and baking, plus preparing comfort foods for chilly days, it can become quite a sticky mess. Cleaning your oven prevents smoking and fires and reduces strong food odors.

10. Hire The Pros
Having said that, if relaxing after a busy holidays is more your style, our teams of professional cleaners are ready to take care of the hard work for you. Book a clean today and leave the rest up to us – Treat yourself and your home! Tidy Up Angels has been providing residential cleaning service to the Overland Park area since 2008. Trusting someone to clean your home can be a little unnerving. If this is your first time hiring a cleaning company, we want you to know that you can relax with Tidy Up Angels. Our company is fully insured and bonded; safeguarding your most personal possessions. Honesty, integrity, and good work ethics are the back bone of our company. We aim to meet all your expectations and we hope to exceed them during each service. Let us know how we can help with your house cleaning services in Overland Park and how we can help you – contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

How to Restore Order to Your Home After the Holidays

How to Restore Order to Your Home After the Holidays

As you put away gifts, declutter a few items from each room.
– Take down the Christmas tree, pack up or haul away.
– Sweep up/vacuum away pine needles.
– Fix or toss broken ornaments and decorations.
– Pack away ornaments and decorations.
– Wash, fold, and put away holiday linens.
– Sort holiday photos on your computer and save to a backup drive.

Remove the Christmas Tree and either arrange for it to be picked up if it was real or put it up if it was fake. Move all the furniture in the living room (or wherever you have your tree set up ) and sweep or vacuum up those thousands of pine needles that are dropped by fresh and fake trees.

Don’t just pack up your Christmas decorations. Take a little time to fix or toss broken ones. Also, evaluate whether you really use all the decorations you have. If not, set the ones you don’t in a cardboard box to donate.

Wash, dry, and fold your holiday linens. Treat any stains before you pack the holiday linens away. If you are not sure how to remove a stain, check this stain removal guide on Stain Removal 101.

Take Care of Holiday Entertaining Messes Now
– Strip the bedding in the guest room and wash.
– Take down and wash all the curtains throughout the house.
– Spot clean couches.
– Spot clean carpets.
– It is tempting to just close the door to the guest room, but if you take the time now to clean the guest room it will make your life easier if you have any guests come on short notice.

The first of the year is a great time to take down all your curtains and launder them as they pick up smells from holiday entertaining.

Give the sofas a good cleaning out, between the wrapping paper, finger foods of the holidays, and well…life your couch probably took a beating the last few months. Remove cushions if you can and vacuum out all the crumbs. If you have any spots use a stain remover to clean them up.

Spot clean any stains on the carpets now so they don’t become permanent.

Clean your stove. This is actually a pretty easy task if you have a self-cleaning oven.

Scrub down all the cabinets in your kitchen. Remove everything from the kitchen counters and mix up a batch of the Kitchen Cleaner & Degreaser below. Scrub your kitchen cupboards from the top to the bottom, include your range hood and appliances as well. Then scrub your counters well. Trust me all the cooking and baking put a layer of film on your cabinets that you want to remove before it becomes visible.

This is also a good time to deep clean your floors. Between the entertaining and baking, there are probably a few sticky spots. If possible, clean under your appliances, in the corners, and wipe down the baseboards.

Go through your spice rack and cupboards, toss out expired and empty spice bottles. Start a list of ones you need to replace. How to Keep Track of Kitchen Inventory can help you keep it all organized.

Remove everything from the refrigerator and give it a good scrubbing. Check expiration dates, wipe off containers before putting them back in. Pull refrigerator out and clean thoroughly underneath. Check out this post on Organizing Your Fridge and Keeping it That Way.

Sort through your utensils, pull out anything you haven’t used in the past year and donate it.

Now that the holidays are over and you need your team of professional cleaners are ready to take care of the hard work for you. Book a clean today and leave the rest up to us – Treat yourself and your home! Tidy Up Angels has been providing residential cleaning service to the Overland Park area since 2008. Trusting someone to clean your home can be a little unnerving. If this is your first time hiring a cleaning company, we want you to know that you can relax with Tidy Up Angels. Our company is fully insured and bonded; safeguarding your most personal possessions. Honesty, integrity, and good work ethics are the back bone of our company. We aim to meet all your expectations and we hope to exceed them during each service. Let us know how we can help with your house cleaning services in Overland Park and how we can help you – contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

CLEANING UP AFTER THE HOLIDAYS

CLEANING UP AFTER THE HOLIDAYS

The holidays can do a number on your home! Between house guests, holiday feasts, and kids on school breaks, your house probably need some TLC. Try these tips to clean up and start New Year off on a sparkling clean foot.

Clean Up After House Guests
Give your house’s surfaces a deep clean. Wash all your linens. Vacuum carpets, floors, and baseboards to give yourself a fresh start. Clean out your refrigerator – eat the last of those yummy leftovers and then clean and store your leftover containers.

Clean up Christmas Tree Sap
Rubbing alcohol can remove sap from washable clothing, knit gloves, and rugs, because it acts as a solvent. For clothes, even a down coat, saturate the area with alcohol, let sit for a minute, then launder in warm water with regular detergent. Heat sets stains, so be sure all the sap is gone before using the dryer. Repeat the process if any remains. For sap on a wool coat or leather gloves, the dry cleaner is your best bet. For a rug, spot-test first, then apply alcohol with a cloth; blot with clean parts of the cloth until the sap is gone. Check for recycling services in your community so your tree can be a gift back to Mother Nature that keeps on giving for many years.

Clean and Store Holiday Decorations
How many of us have opened up a box of holiday decorations in November only to find a tangled mess of half-broken lights? Set yourself up for success next year by carefully cleaning and storing your decorations. As you take your decorations down, clean them and store them in closed bins, boxes or plastic bags that are clearly marked. While specialized storage containers may seem like an extravagance, they are designed to keep treasured decorations safe from dust, mold and breakage. If possible, group the decorations in categories like “dining room,” “mantel,” “front door,” etc. That way, you can avoid the decorating frenzy by tackling your home one area at a time.

Prepare For The Rest Of Winter
The holidays may be over but winter probably isn’t! If you live in a cold climate, make sure your home is ready for a few more months of snow and mud. Keep a boot tray near the door for rain or snow soaked footwear. Put mats and throw rugs at all entryways. This will help prevent dirt from being tracked into your home. Before you know it, it’ll be time for spring cleaning!

Having said that, if relaxing after a busy holidays is more your style, our teams of professional cleaners are ready to take care of the hard work for you. Book a clean today and leave the rest up to us – Treat yourself and your home! Tidy Up Angels has been providing residential cleaning service to the Overland Park area since 2008. Trusting someone to clean your home can be a little unnerving. If this is your first time hiring a cleaning company, we want you to know that you can relax with Tidy Up Angels. Our company is fully insured and bonded; safeguarding your most personal possessions. Honesty, integrity, and good work ethics are the back bone of our company. We aim to meet all your expectations and we hope to exceed them during each service. Let us know how we can help with your house cleaning services in Overland Park and how we can help you – contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.