Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pet Friendly Green Cleaning Lady Schedule July 2016 Norfolk Virginia

I have an extremely limited schedule for green in Norfolk Virginia this summer.
I am very lucky to have a full schedule of regular housekeeping clients.

*please no 3+ story houses or spaces over 2500 sq ft-I don't have that kind of opening right now*

I cater to busy urban professionals and those who proudly (or discreetly) define themselves as ‘alternative lifestyle’ seeking green/eco-friendly house cleaning services.
No matter what path you walk in life-I want you to come home to amazingly fabulous clean home.
Resident Dr.'s #matchday2016 #evms #pnmc strongly encouraged to inquire.

About Me:
Private Independent Maid Service
Hampton Roads Local
Green Eco-Friendly Cleaner
20+ Years Experience
Pet Friendly
All Lifestyles Welcome
Fabulous Verifiable References

For more information about me and my green residential house cleaning, please visit my website: thatgreenmaid.com

Monday, June 27, 2016

Deep Cleaning Carpet Freshener Powder DIY

Step One-DON'T.
Listen-if your carpet smells so bad you're using carpet powder, said rug needs a professional cleaning.*

Next to mini blinds-carpet powder is the bane of my existence.
One it usually smells like fake ass chemicals and cheap.
Two-it clogs the hell out of a HEPA filter on a vacuum.
Lately I'm seeing a lot of DIY carpet powder recipes pop up on Pinterest
Just because it's natural and DIY doesn't make it better for your carpet or your vacuum...especially your vacuum.
When carpet powder gets all nice and coated in your filters or bag, it cuts off the airflow, which makes the motor run hotter. I don't care if you have a Dyson or an Oreck or (insert high end name or even a low end name here) vacuum-powder coating the important pieces and parts is not happy times for your vacuum.
Continued use of carpet powders causes a build up of said powder in the carpet--which breaks down the carpet fibers and causes your carpet to hold dirt.
Since your carpet is now filthy, you're probably going to either DIY carpet clean or call a professional carpet cleaner.
Chances are the next day, you'll be either: A-re-doing the carpet B-calling to complain about the residue left from what you consider a crap cleaning.

*That residue? That's your embedded carpet powder wicking to the surface or your carpet. It isn't the fault of the carpet cleaner you hired/rented.

Protip: if you go the professional carpet cleaning route, be real upfront with what you've been putting on your carpets.

Bottom line carpet powder=no no bad. Don't. Just don't.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Quality Cleaning Over Quantity

They say cheap things attract many buyers-which is the number one reason my cleaning services are not cheap.
I'm all about a good deal but my bargain basement mentality is limited to bargain basement type places.
I don't do discounts or groupon or run specials. I don't want that business---because 9 times out of 10 it isn't business.
It's one person that isn't coming back or referring me to others. It is me working for less than I'm worth for someone who flat out doesn't care and won't hesitate to complain over something petty like not wiping a light switch.*dead serious*
Does that make me uppity?


This maid is not going to offer up some $99 special to stand in a house in a sketchass neighborhood and listen to a litany of random complaints about nothing and everything about some other maid service from a person trying to get me to stay 10 hours and play Cinderella. No thanks. Been there and done that. It sucked in my 20s. I'm sure it still sucks in my 40s. /runonsetence

I am blessed with a full client load of utterly fabulous and amazing people. Wait-AMAZING people. No...hold on...

UTTERLY FABULOUS AMAZING PEOPLE

I'm only interested in cleaning for equally utterly fabulous amazing people seeking pet friendly green housecleaning in Norfolk, Va. #seewhatididthere


If you want the cheapest cleaning service out there-you can find it all day long in the 757. There is no shortage of here today gone tomorrow housecleaners.
I'm sure you can talk them straight down to $75 to do a move out clean your entire house.
I bet they can even come clean your home tomorrow.

If you want someone that offers up a quality house cleaning-you might have to search a little bit and hope they have an opening in the near-ish future for you.

'The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.' ~Sir Henry Royce

Friday, June 24, 2016

How To Get Urine Out of Flooring

Urine, pee, potty, tinkle-whatever you call it-once it has set into your floor removal becomes a pain in the ass.
Once urine soaks through and saturates the subfloor, getting the smell out usually requires replacing the subfloor. You can soak it in whatever concoction you want--once pee gets that far in, there is no getting it out.
Before bad aim or a potty accident (human or furbaby) makes your house reek of piss...

Carpet Blot up as much urine as possible. The more urine you can get out before it dries the easier it will be to remove the odor. Rinse with clean warm (not hot) water and blot dry. Sprinkle baking soda over affected area and let dry. Meanwhile...go buy an enzyme cleaner specifically for urine. Vacuum dried baking soda from carpet. Spray pee affected area with enzyme cleaner as directed. You may have to pull up the carpet and treat the carpet padding as well. Without the enzyme cleaner-it is always going to smell of pee-pee. Always.


Floors and Around the Toliet You can bleach or use toliet bowl cleaner on it every day and still not get that lingering potty smell out.  See also: Bleach is not a cleaning product
Enzyme cleaner. For Urine. Accept no substitutes. Saturate well-let dry. Lather rinse repeat as needed for urine on regular floors and around the toilet. Always always always test any new cleaning product/enzyme treatment in an inconspicuous spot to ensure it isn't going to cause damage to your floors/carpet/upholstery.

When all else fails-call a professional. Better to spend a few hundred to get rid of a urine odor issue than a few thousand replacing flooring.




Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bleach Is Not A Cleaning Product

I read this on a cleaning tips website "Bleach is a very effective green cleaning solution." sigh
Bleach is NOT a cleaning solution. Lather Rinse Repeat-not a cleaning solution.

It is a disinfectant-something one does to an already clean surface to prevent the spread of bacteria. For years, bleach has helped purify water – particularly during times of disaster.
When used properly bleach also helps kill germs and various bacteria that make people ill.
Bleach is a great mildew and stain remover when used according to directions.
Bleach also makes it impossible to use other cleaners since mixing bleach with other chemicals like ammonia can cause toxic gases.
Even using bleach along side other cleaning products can cause problems-which is why many cleaning products carry a warning stating do not mix with other cleaning products or products containing bleach.
Bleach is the world's most powerful and effective DISINFECTANT but it is not and never will be a stand alone cleaning solution.

I won't lie-I love bleach. LOVE. The fumes from bleach---not so much---which is why I stopped using bleach and went green in the first place.
For mildew--it is still my go to. Past that...not so much.
Saying 'Bleach is a very effective green cleaning solution' is not only misleading but does bleach a disservice.
Bleach is what it is-a disinfectant, stain removal and laundry whitener. Not a cleaning product... /rant