Our Cleaning Tips

To show the commitment we have to our customers, the experts at Merry Maids has compiled a list of helpful items to help our customers keep their home clean.

Disclaimer

Before following any of the cleaning information, methods, advice or suggestions above, always test a small area that is less visible first. Also, you should consult the manufacturer’s care instructions and warnings before trying any of the above. Due to the general nature of the advice in this material, neither Merry Maids, L.P.®, nor its individual franchises assumes any responsibility or accepts liability for any loss, damage or injury, which may be incurred as a result of any action inspired by information, advice or suggestions through this material.

Ceramic Tiles

Mopping and sweeping your tiles on a regular basis will keep your tiling in excellent condition. When mopping, use water with a dash of liquid dish soap, and remember to change your water once it turns cloudy. If you don’t swap the cloudy water for clear water or if you use too much soap, your floors will become murky.

Grout

Grout could be cleaned with a wax stripper or another heavy-duty cleanser. A bleach cleanser could be used on white grout that’s been soiled with dirt. Afterwards, rinse the grout well with clean water to remove leftover residue. When dry, apply a sealer to protect the grout from future staining.

For grout with mildew, clean the grout with a brush and a 1 to 5 solution of water and chlorine bleach. Afterwards, rinse the area well with clean water to remove excess bleach (never use bleach in combination with any ammonia-based product, as it will result in toxic gasses).

When cleaning colored grout, do not use any cleaner containing bleach as it will change the color of the grout. Instead, find a bleach-free cleanser that works on grout and apply a grout sealer to protect the grout from future staining.

Hard water spots

Hard water spots consist of alkaline and need an acid-based cleaner. Read the manufacturer’s directions and warnings, and follow through with the instructions the cleanser provides.

Window Blinds

Wipe blinds with a damp fabric softener sheet as this will reduce the static that causes dust to stick to them. This handy trick can also be used on TV sets and computer monitor screens.

No-wax/linoleum floors

Sweep or vacuum the floors and then mop your floors. This should be adequate enough to keep your floors in good shape. If the glossy layer has worn down, apply a wax or finish to restore its glossiness.

Pet hair removal from upholstery and carpets

To remove pet hair from furniture and cushions without causing harm to your furniture, use a pet rake (a brush with crimped nylon bristles), tape looped around your hand, a velour brush, or a ‘pet sponge’ which can be purchased at any pet supply store.

Soap scum in tubs and showers

Dissolve a handful of dishwasher detergent into a bucket of warm water. Soak the walls with this solution for approximately 15 minutes, and then use a bristled brush or a scrub sponge to clean the walls.

Candle wax removal from upholstery, wood or carpet

To remove wax from fabrics, place a paper bag on top of the wax and run a warm iron on top of the bag. As the wax melts, it will be absorbed into the paper bag.

Dust

Use doormats at entryways of your home. Ensure your vacuum bags and seals are in good condition and avoid using feather dusters. When using these, dust is not being collected but just pushed around. Instead, wipe surfaces with a microfiber cloth.

Get rid of clutter

Divide your items into three different categories: Junk, keepers, and undecided. Once you have organized your items, toss the junk items, and decide if you absolutely need to keep items in the ‘undecided’ pile.

Clean top to bottom

When cleaning, remember to work top to bottom. Dust high areas first, wipe surfaces second and vacuum last; as you clean the dust and dirt that isn’t collected will fall and settle onto the ground where you will eventually vacuum.

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