If you have a pet and a clean home, first of all… we commend you! Our years of experience as Domestic Cleaning professionals in Melbourne has taught us that cleaning up after pets can be a full-time job in itself.
However despite our cleaning efforts, as avid pet-lovers we encourage the sharing of your home with a fury family member… which is why we’ve put together this short list of tips and tricks to keep your (and your pet’s) home tidy.
1) House Training – if you have a puppy or kitten as a new addition to your home, it is absolutely essential to get in early with house training. Puppy school is an important part of teaching your newest family member how to behave in their new surroundings. Though it may be hard because they’re SO CUTE, enforcing firm rules against your dog on the couch, or cat on the kitchen bench, is going to set the tone of acceptable behaviour moving forward. The saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” exists for a reason…
2) Stay on top of Hair – like all our household chores, if you let the hair from your pets build up over time, it’s going to make the cleaning job much harder, overwhelming, and increase your chances of avoiding it… a dangerous snowball effect! Stay on top of vacuuming pet hair inside using a HEPA at least once a week (or invest in a robot vacuum – they are becoming more and more accessible and affordable!) Similarly, if your dog lives outside, broom and spray the decks on a weekly basis, and don’t forget to vacuum their bed or mat to keep their hair under control.
3) Filthy Food Bowls – this is far too common an occurrence… we get it, pet food is gross, but you simply MUST keep your pets food and water bowls sanitary, for their health, and the overall cleanliness of your home. Use gloves if you must, but definitely wash their food and water bowls once a week in the laundry sink, and run through the dishwasher! Having a back-up bowl is quite often the key to ensuring you keep up this weekly routine.
4) Litter Upkeep – if you have a litter box inside, make sure it is in a well-ventilated location that isn’t in direct view. Scooping should be a part of your daily routine (you need to do house training too!), and thoroughly replace the contents at least once a week.
5) Careful Cleaning – revaluate your cleaning product range. If your products include any harsh chemicals or toxic agents, you could be running the risk of harming the health of your beloved pet. Stick to natural cleaning products as much as possible, and look for non-toxic or pet friendly cleaning accreditation on labels. If you occasionally need to use harsher chemicals for specific cleaning duties – make sure you schedule it for a time when your pet is outside, away from the home, staying with a friend or relative.
Whilst these 5 cleaning tips for homes with pets are the basic essentials for a tidy and pet-friendly home… we understand that not everyone has the time to keep on top of these, and even then, grit and grime can build up in surprising places!
In order for Maid in Melbourne to offer a successful domestic cleaning service, we have a process in place to guarantee quality and consistency.
STEP 1 – We advertise jobs for cleaners in Melbourne… on our website, in the paper, and across the Internet. Our application process is targeted at attracting honest, experienced, and hard working members to join our team.
STEP 2 – Once we receive an application, including:
Current Police Check
Evidence of ABN
Personal Reference contactable by phone
We arrange a meeting to further clarify a few of our requirements, such as:
Do you have a reliable mode of transport?
Do you have previous house cleaning experience?
Are you able to legally work in Australia?
Are you a motivated, honest, hard working individual that will represent our business model of quality and integrity?
STEP 3 – If a hopeful applicant has satisfied all the requirements to join our team as a Melbourne cleaner; we’re excited to welcome them on board! We then invite our new recruit to attend a workshop where we provide in-depth insight into the way we go about our high-quality cleaning services, and some specific training and information.
STEP 4 – Now we know we’ve found an exceptional new member of our team, they are registered. Our Team Managers in the office then ensure that each of our domestic cleaners are perfectly paired up with clients in their area – as building a friendly relationship between cleaners and home-owners is an important part of our business model.
STEP 5 – You contact Maid in Melbourne about regular domestic cleaning services, and we introduce you to one of our friendly, qualified and reliable Melbourne cleaners!
Summer is approaching, and with holiday guests expected, barbecuing, and people moving from inside to outside more often… this is a notoriously difficult season for keeping the home clean.
On top of offering professional regular home cleaning services, we’ve compiled this list of summer-specific cleaning tips to help you keep your home looking spick-and-span, with a focus on natural cleaning methods accessible to all of us.
5 Natural Summer Cleaning Tips
If you have leftover lemons or limes laying around the house, rather than throwing them out, you can use them to great effect for cleaning small stainless steel surfaces such as handles or forests. Simply take half a lemon, and rub it all over the steel surface, before wiping with a clean microfiber cloth. You’ll find the citrus juices act as a natural sanitizer, leaving no streaky lines, and a fresh summer fragrance.
Expecting your grill to get a workout over summer? Its important to keep the surface clean and healthy between barbeques, and with a little attention, this isn’t hard. After using the grill, use oven mitts to scrub the surface while it is still warm, and grit will easily wipe away. For more stubborn grime, you may need to use warm soapy water to scrub the surface. Baked on food bits may require a more powerful oven cleaner, in which case ventilation and rubber gloves are required.
Water-rings on Wooden Tables
No matter how persistent you are with coasters, someone will inevitably forget to use them, and hot or sweating cups and glasses can quickly leave ringlet stains on your wooden table. To remove these, mix one tablespoon of baking sofa with one teaspoon of water and gently rub the paste in a circular motion until the ringlets disappear.
Finger Prints on Fridge
Your kitchen appliances are often the shining light of your modern living space, but grubby hands can quickly taint their appearance with smudges and fingerprints. After using furniture cleaner or window polish to wipe the surface clean of fingerprints, try using a clean soft cloth dapped in olive oil or baby oil to polish the surface, leaving behind an invisible film that will prevent future markings.
Keep Summer Surfaces Sanitary
Plastic pool toys, inflatables and rafts can quickly gather germs when being used regularly over summer. You can use vinegar and paper towel to wipe down these surfaces, keeping them clean and sanitary, without the use of harsher chemicals that you may not want to come in contact with your children’s skin.
Any business-savvy individual understands the importance of appearances… but projecting a professional appearance goes beyond your suit and tie, company uniforms, business cards or logo. A clean and tidy office, though often overlooked as a non-pressing issue, is vitally important for projecting a professional image, inspiring productivity, and ensuring an all-round happy and healthy workplace. As such, Melbourne businesses should consider professional office cleaning services as an important investment in their future success!
Benefits of a Clean Workplace
Keeping up Appearances
Appearances matter. Whether you have customers, clients, contractors, partners or potential investors passing through your workplace – cleanliness can consciously or sub-consciously impact their overall opinion or impression of your company, which will undoubtedly effect your business’ professional reputation! Clean, tidy offices reflect organization and high quality… whereas messy, unclean spaces reflect a lack of control and value.
Clean and respectable workplaces don’t only enhance your professional reputation amongst visitors, but also build morale from within by ensuring employees feel valued and cared for. An unclean workplace shows a lack of respect for the people working within it, who will generally return that lack of respect to the business in the form of poor quality workmanship or bad attitudes.
A clean and tidy office space on the other hand, creates a happy environment that inspires productivity, as employees aren’t distracted by constant clutter.
A Happy and Healthy Environment
Considering your employees can spend up to 40 hours a week in the office… it is extremely important to make sure it’s a safe and healthy environment. Offices are breeding grounds for bacteria, and without regular office cleaning you will most certainly see an increase in staff illness… Dirty kitchens, dusty shelves and filthy carpets… these all promote the spread of germs and can cause health issues – especially in winter.
Considering the bottom-line benefits of maintaining a clean and tidy office, investing in experienced, trustworthy and affordable professional office cleaning services from Maid in Melbourne should be a part of your successful business strategy! Contact us today for further information or enquiries.
Being active members of the unofficial Melbourne cleaning society, we don’t like to keep secrets to ourselves… and try to share any handy tips we come across that might make the cleaning of your Melbourne home or office a little bit easier! We hope you enjoy these…
House Hacks involving Cleaning with Baking Soda:
You’re probably familiar with Baking Soda, or Bicarbonate Soda, as an essential ingredient to your baking mix when whipping up some cakes or cookies in the kitchen… but did you know it doubles as an environmentally friendly and economical cleaning product…?
That’s right, sodium bicarbonate is a natural alkaline solution that can be used in many different ways around the home or office to help remove the most resilient stains, and fight germs without the use of potentially harmful chemical additives. Check out our top baking soda cleaning tips below…
Cleaning Your Oven
Cleaning your oven is not something most people do regularly enough… and the unsightly build up of grime generally leads to going out and buying the most colorful heavy-duty oven cleaning product you can find, snapping on some big rubber gloves and protective gear, and preparing for chemical warfare. However, there is a much safer and inexpensive alternative to these strong chemical based solutions. Simply mix some baking soda with warm water, add a little vinegar if handy, and use a hard sponge to peal away the majority of stubborn oven grime.
Erase a Toddlers Wall-Mural
Any household with toddlers can appreciate the artistic expression in the form of unwarranted crayon wall murals… leaving you faced with the dilemma of cleaning your walls without damaging paint, or leaving harmful chemical smells around the home for the little artist. Try mixing a tablespoon of baking soda with warm water until you’ve created a paste-like consistency, and gently wipe your walls with a soft rag… easy, harmless and effective!
Carpet Cleaning Magic
There are so many tips out there for carpet cleaning… but this is definitely one of the better ones we’ve come across! For smelly carpet stains, scrub baking soda in to your carpet using a brush and warm water, and then vacuum when dry. The baking soda not only removes stains, but also naturally absorbs odors. For regular odor control you can sprinkle dry bi-carb soda on your carpet before going to bed, and then vacuum in the morning – as it naturally absorbs odorous germs.
Safe Floor Cleaning
Not only can strong chemical cleaners damage some wooden floorboards or laminate floors, the chemical odors or residue left behind can also be harmful, particularly to children and pets… Try adding a ½ cup of baking soda to your mop bucket of warm water for natural cleaning results with no harmful side effects.
Combatting Grease and Oils
Baking soda contains a natural alkaline solution that cuts through oil and grease, and can thus be used to:
Clean up oil spills in the garage
Wipe down greasy barbeques or grills
Soak greasy parts overnight in bi-card soda, warm water, and vinegar solution
Preparing for a Dinner Party
There’s no shame in only busting out your finest silverware or dining settings for special occasions, however this often leaves you with tarnished cutlery or coffee and tea stained pots and saucers to prepare before guests arrive. Thankfully, a baking soda paste made with warm water can be applied using a damp sponge or rag to brilliantly polish silverware, or remove stubborn coffee or tea stains from inside pots, mugs or saucers.
As you can see, there are a number of uses for baking soda, aside from helping you bake delicious cakes or cookies… and with most households always having a box at the back of the pantry, bicarbonate soda is one of the most convenient cleaning products you can get.
If you don’t have a box stored away somewhere, we highly recommend ducking down to the supermarket and investing less than $5 on this handy multi-purpose product.