February Cleaning Checklist

February Cleaning Checklist

Who’s ready for Spring!?  With spring right around the corner – here is a great February checklist for items around the house to do for cleaning.

Clean Out the Linen Closet
February is a great time to clean out the linen closet. You’re stuck indoors a lot, so it’s probably not a challenge to get this done. Donate old towels and linens to a pet rescue center. Watch for February linen sales to replace what you had to get rid of. Label and organize everything to help keep the linen closet looking good.

Flip Your Mattress
No one remembers to flip the mattress on their bed, but it’s a good thing to do. While you’re doing this, take the opportunity to wash the bed sheets and thoroughly vacuum the mattress.

Replace the Furnace Filter
This may be something you do monthly or seasonally already. But if you’re one of the many people who forget more often than they remember, now is as good a time as any!

Thoroughly Dust Bookshelves
If you own your own library, this may take some time but it’s definitely something that needs doing. The easiest way to dust the bookshelves is to get out your vacuum and attachments. Don’t forget to run it along the spines and pages of your books, because they tend to collect a ton of dust.

Give Your Walls A Closer Look
Check your walls for scuffs and dirty hand prints. Spot clean them as necessary. Use a tube of nail hole filler to patch any nail holes you find.

Conquer Dust Bunnies
Pull each of your appliances away from the wall so you can dust the walls and vacuum the floors. You might be surprised at some of the things that find their way back there!

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 get ready for Thanksgiving guests, contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

After Super Bowl Cleaning Tips

After Super Bowl Cleaning Tips

Super Bowl parties are great especially when you and your city is in them. Here are some great tips and tricks to cleaning your house after the big game and 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.

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 or 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. Voila!

Remove Rings From Wood Tables
Not all of your party guests used coasters? Don’t panic. As strange as it sounds, you can use toothpaste to remove a water ring stain from your wood coffee table. Squeeze a small amount of white (not gel) toothpaste onto a soft cloth and rub the stain gently. Finish by wiping the table with your favorite furniture polish.

Clean Floors Last
Remember to leave floors last on your cleaning list. As you wipe off counters, wash dishes and generally pick up, the floors will continue to take a beating. So wait until everything else is done before you bring out the broom, vacuum and mop.

If you need an extra hand and not mess with it – 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 get ready for Thanksgiving guests, contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

Resolutions for a cleaner New Year

Resolutions for a cleaner New Year

There are simple yet effective techniques for cleaning every room in your home at lightning speed. Here are the essentials you’ll want to tackle in the days, weeks, and months ahead for a cleaner new year.  Resolve to get the rest of the household in on the job, too.

Resolutions for a cleaner New Year

Yes, even tiny hands can be a big help around the house – even if it only means having children put cups and dishes on the kitchen counter after dinner.

Granted, getting kids to help with cleaning isn’t easy. Besides, how much help can you realistically expect from a child? The answer depends on the child’s age.

Preschoolers can put away dishes and playthings; grade-school children can wipe up spills, make their beds (well, if you don’t count the scrunched up sheet underneath the bedspread, that is) and clear the table.

Daily Tasks for a Cleaner New Year
Yes, there are a few daily housecleaning tasks that can fit into even the busiest of schedules. Get into the habit of cleaning up as you go.

After all, a clean and well-maintained home runs smoother and requires fewer expensive service visits.

You can spare yourself long weekends of scrubbing away at accumulated grunge by spreading out the more significant cleaning tasks over the months ahead.

Which translates into more time for the things you enjoy – family and friends!

Pick up nightly. Resolve to put everything back in its place before you head upstairs to bed for a cleaner new year. Waking up to a tidy home can do wonders for your psyche in the day ahead!

Stay ahead of the mess. Wash dishes or put them in the dishwasher after each meal. After all, who wants to come home to a sinkful of dirty dishes?

Think prevention in your everyday activities. Squeegee the shower walls after each use to keep soap scum from building up during the week.

Have hang-ups. As in your towel. Don’t bunch it up; hang it open to allow it to dry quickly and thoroughly.

Leave the shower door open. After showering, open the shower curtain or leave the shower door ajar to allow fresh air in. This will keep mold and mildew from getting a toehold in these moist places.

If you need an extra hand and want to treat yourself – 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 get ready for Thanksgiving guests, contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

Holiday Cleaning Checklist

Holiday Cleaning Checklist

The holidays can be a hectic time with visits from family and friends, shopping and cooking special meals. But cleaning doesn’t have to add to your stress. We have you covered with tips on everything from preparing for the holidays and hosting guests to cleaning up afterward.

Taking the time to clean ahead of time will help you enjoy the cooking and socializing without being stressed or embarrassed about your housekeeping.  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 get ready for Thanksgiving guests, contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

Clean Your House by Thanksgiving! Things You Have to Clean Before You Host Thanksgiving

Clean Your House by Thanksgiving! Things You Have to Clean Before You Host Thanksgiving

It’s easy to clean your home in a hurry—the regular cleaning, that is: vacuum, mop, laundry, dishes.

But cleaning your home when you host Thanksgiving is a little different!

You use dishes and linens you only pull out once a year.
You have overnight guests.
You need to use rooms you’ve been using as storage areas or clutter catch-alls.

Things You Need to Clean Before Thanksgiving

  1. Wash and iron tablecloths and cloth napkins.

  • Tablecloths stored all year will smell dusty, and stains you didn’t notice when you stored them are still there! Pretreat, soak, and wash your tablecloths and cloth napkins, and iron them right out of the dryer.
  • Don’t wash them with other items, because tablecloths and napkins attract hair like a magnet.
  • Remember to wash and iron a few extra napkins to line bread baskets and put under pitchers or wine bottles to keep the kitchen counter and tablecloth clean.
  1. Wash all sheets, blankets, and mattress covers.

  • Overnight guests deserve a freshly made bed.
    1. Mattress cover
    2. sheets
    3. blankets

Close the guest room door to keep pets off the bed, and vacuum yourself out of the room.

  • If guests will be using your kids’ beds, go ahead and wash everything today, then re-wash the sheets and blankets a few days before.
  1. Wash all your china, silverware, and stemware.

  • Most holiday dishes and glasses have to be handwashed. Do it now, not on crazy-busy Thanksgiving morning!
  • Dry everything to a shine, and stash it all in an out of the way place, like on a card table in the corner of the dining room. (If you put the dishes on the dining table, you’ll have to move them again when you set the table!) Cover it all with a clean sheet to keep the dust off.
  1. Detail the bathrooms. All of them.

  • Don’t assume guests will only use the guest bathroom—of course you’ll show your guests to another bathroom if there’s a line!
  1. Detail the Kitchen.

  • Clean the faucet covered in months of grime and hard water deposits
  • Clean your oven.  Plus, self-cleaning ovens are notorious for breaking after they run a self-cleaning cycle. If you clean the oven now and it does break, better now when you have time to get it repaired than on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Clean all of your cabinets inside and out—cleaning lower cabinets is a perfect job for kids, detail the stove, clean the outside of the dishwasher, and pull everything off the counters and scrub the nooks and crannies.

Taking the time to clean ahead of time will help you enjoy the cooking and socializing without being stressed or embarrassed about your housekeeping.  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 get ready for Thanksgiving guests, contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

Cleaning Checklist for Thanksgiving

Cleaning Checklist for Thanksgiving

Not only does Thanksgiving require hours of cooking, you have to clean the house for guests too! You’ll be too busy to clean every corner, closet, and bedroom.  Plan ahead and tackle big projects first, then focus on cleaning the rooms that your guests are going to see and spend time in. Here is our thanksgiving cleaning checklist:

Two Weeks Ahead: Tackle any organizational tasks or things that will stay relatively clean for 2 weeks

  • Clean the refrigerator to make room for Thanksgiving food.
  • Clean out a coat closet if you plan on hanging guest’s coats there
  • Do any outdoor chores: raking leaves, etc.
  • Wash any serving dishes or utensils that haven’t don’t get used regularly
  • If you are using special china or glassware, wash and polish
  • If you have any cluttered areas you don’t want guests to see, organize them now

One-Week Ahead: This is the time to do a really deep cleaning so that the house will be just need a quick touchup the day before

  • Thoroughly dust, paying extra attention to window sills and other places guests might lean and talk
  • Vacuum, and sweep
  • Use a brush attachment on the sofa and other upholstered furniture.
  • Clean windows in dinning room, kitchen, living room and any glass in the front door
  • Wash and iron any tablecloths and napkins that have been stored for a while
  • Deep clean bathrooms guests will be using- sink, toilet, shower, tub, mirrors, and floors.  Don’t forget to dust!
  • Thoroughly clean the oven and stovetop and exhaust fan- you’ll want to have a clean range for all the cooking you’ll be doing

The Day Before Thanksgiving: Touchup Time

  • Touch up the bathrooms- wipe mirrors, the top of the toilet, an the faucet
  • Touch up dusting, vacuuming and sweeping.
  • Run and empty the dishwasher
  • Set the table- if you don’t need to use the dinner table for cooking preparation, set it the day before so it will look nice for arriving guests and you’ll have one less thing to do
  • Put out any candles or decorations

Thanksgiving Day:

  • Put out fresh towels in bathrooms
  • Take out the trash before guests arrive.
  • Wipe down the stove
  • Clear away countertops.

While Thanksgiving is a lot of work, it is also very rewarding to spend time with friends and family in a festive atmosphere.  Taking the time to clean ahead of time will help you enjoy the cooking and socializing without being stressed or embarrassed about your housekeeping.  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 get ready for Thanksgiving guests, contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.