Myths that May be holding you back from hiring a Housecleaning
by allprocleanadmin | Oct 30, 2015 | Cleaning
If you haven't hired a housecleaning service to take care
of the cleaning in your home, what's holding you back? Could
it be that you have fallen prey to a misconception?
are the top 3 myths that could be holding you back from the
glorious wonder of housecleaning services.
1: "Hiring a housecleaning service is for the rich. I can't
afford that!" This one is absolutely crazy! Hiring a cleaning
service is actually much more affordable than you might think,
and these services are designed for the average person. The
busy mom, the bachelor who spends most of his free time at
work, and the socialite who would much rather be out with
friends than in scrubbing the toilet.
2: "I can't let strangers into my home. What if something
is broken or goes missing?" One of the biggest things holding
people back from hiring a cleaning service is the silly idea
that cleaners can't be trusted. So, I'm not telling you that
stranger danger doesn't exist, but cleaning service owners
know that you are putting your confidence in them, so they
hire accordingly. With background checks, bonding and insurance,
cleaning services do everything in their power to safeguard
your home by hiring trustworthy and honest individuals.
3: "It's my home. I'll clean it better than anyone else would."
Au contraire. Professional cleaners literally do this for
a living. They arrive at your home armed with the tools and
techniques that are needed to tackle anything. Professional-grade
equipment and specially formulated products mean that these
cleaners will clean your home faster and more thorough than
now that these 3 main myths have been busted, are you ready
to hire a Vancouver, WA house cleaning service? Give ProCare
Cleaning a call today at (360) 448-2271!
Vancouver, WA maid service will clean your home from top to
bottom in less time than you'd think, for less money than
you'd think, and it will leave you with the peace of mind
that your home is truly clean!
to Be Germ Free and Clean this School Year
by allprocleanadmin | Oct 15, 2015 | Cleaning
While kids hurry off back to school to spend their days learning
and socializing, there's always the chance that they'll bring
home germs and grime. From lunchboxes to backpacks, there
are a lot of dirty places for bacteria and bugs to hide on
your kiddos school items. We review ways to stay clean and
tidy despite returning to the schoolyard:
All that applesauce and those sugary juice drinks can cause
stains and stickiness in lunch pails. A simple strategy for
getting lunch boxes and pails clean? Take a scrub brush and
mix together a solution of baking soda and water. Use the
mixture and the brush to scrub and eliminate residue.
A backpack can double as a portable trashcan and be filled
with debris and dirt. First, take and turn the backpack upside
down and then follow up with a scrub brush session or vacuum
the interior. Use an antibacterial wipe to clean any remaining
gunk in pockets or at the bottom of the backpack.
All that time spent frolicking on the playground can create
dirty and cruddy shoes. Clean off youngsters' footwear by
using a magic eraser for spots or tackling with a baking soda
and warm water mixture. Toothpaste and an old brush with some
elbow grease can also make soles and canvas look new. Still
desperate to eradicate those shoe stains? Try a spin in the
washing machine. Need help getting kiddos and your home clean
and sparkling for this fall? We're here to help! Contact ProCare
Cleaning in Vancouver, Washington.
approved Non-Candy Trick or Treat Ideas
by allprocleanadmin | Oct 1, 2015 | Cleaning
Halloween is right around the corner, which means it's almost
time for the annual candy dash through the neighborhood. As
a child I always looked forward to trick or treating, and
it's always exciting to see a new batch of kiddos share that
thing that has changed over the years is the prevalence of
food allergies. For this reason, it's a nice idea to offer
something other than candy to the sweet little treat-seekers
at your door.
keep from scraping egg off of your door the next morning,
it's also a good idea to have some candy available, at least
for the older kids.
are some awesome ideas of kid approved non-candy Halloween
Just because you aren't handing out candy doesn't mean you
can't hand out a sweet or salty treat. Choose small individual
size servings of these fun and delicious treat options!
Roasted pumpkin seeds
bags of unpopped popcorn
chocolate or apple cider packets
You probably want to keep some age-appropriate options available
for the particularly young treat-seekers, but you'll probably
find that even the older kids will love getting these small
trinkets and toys.
Play Dough containers
There's nothing better than handing out something that can
be used later instead of just discarded. You'll surely be
the hit of the neighborhood if you hand out some of these
sticks or small flashlights (For trick or treat safety)
polish or hair accessories
books and crayons
matter what you choose to hand out on Halloween night, just
remember to smile a big smile and take in the excitement of
you preparing Pinterest-quality adorable handouts for Halloween?
Don't forget to add "hire a Vancouver cleaning service" to
your Halloween prep checklist.
ProCare Cleaning Service can clean your home from top to bottom
so that you have more time to glue tiny googly eyes to juice
boxes before the trick or treaters arrive!
What are you handing out for Halloween this year? Leave us
a comment to let us know!
Things in Your Home that You’re Forgetting to Clean
by allprocleanadmin | Sep 17, 2015 | Cleaning Tips
Just because things look or smell clean doesn't necessarily
mean that they are. We all know the obvious, kitchen sink,
shower, and toilet, but what else in your home could be harboring
germs and bacteria right now?
are 4 things in your home that probably need to be cleaned
Listening to music is a great way to relieve stress, but it
may stress you out if you really thought about all of the
sweat, makeup, and oil your ear buds come into contact with
daily. Not to mention what bacteria is lurking at the bottom
of your purse where your ear buds hang out all day long.
clean: Never submerge any electronic device in water. Dip
a Q Tip in rubbing alcohol and wipe them down to sanitize
them. If your ear buds have removable silicone covers, you
can soak them in white vinegar for 5 minutes.
How many times a day do you think you pick up your phone?
Every time you pick up your phone, you are contaminating it
with whatever you have touched since the last time you washed
clean: Purchase a soft cloth that is specially designed for
screens, and keep it handy. These cloths will prevent smudges
while also making sure that sensitive screens and covers aren't
scratched. To sanitize, you can use an alcohol wipe, or wipe
the phone down with a cotton ball that is slightly damp with
While ditching the paper and plastic is a great way to help
the environment, these bags are also exposed to everything
that you purchase including raw meat. To prevent cross-contamination,
clean: Check the care label for any specific washing or drying
tips. Most bags can be turned inside out and tossed in the
washing machine as you would any other fabric item.
Just like your ear buds, your glasses can attract everything
from sweat and oils to makeup and hair products. Natural reaction
is probably to grab the bottom of our shirt to clean any smudges
from your glasses, but this can actually do more harm than
good by causing dust and dirt to scratch your lenses.
clean: Run your glasses under warm water and use your finger
to wipe dish soap on the lens and frames. After you rinse
them well, buff them dry with a lint-free cloth to ditch any
streaks without leaving fuzz behind. When it comes to the
rest of your home, let a Washougal maid service handle the
cleaning. Give ProCare a call today to schedule your clean
to Prepare your Home for Guests in 30 Minutes or Less
by allprocleanadmin | Sep 7, 2015 | Cleaning
So, imagine you have a Vancouver, WA cleaning service clean
your home once a month. (Lucky you!) You just got a call from
your cousin who is in town for the day and wants to stop by
for a last-minute visit. As she tells you the news you are
excited, until you realize that it's been 3 and a half weeks
since your cleaning service came by, and your house could
really use some TLC.
should you do? Before you freak out, take a deep breath and
check out this super fast guide to whipping your house into
shape in 30 minutes or less.
the Troop Morale
We all know you could probably go in crazy cleaning-hulk mom-mode
and tackle everything yourself, but you don't have to. Cleaning
is more fun when you have help, plus things get done so much
faster. Grab the kids, crank up some upbeat jams, and let
everyone know that the countdown has begun.
Think about the rooms where your guests will be hanging out.
This isn't the best time to reorganize the playroom. Focus
on the entryway, living room, kitchen, and guest bathroom.
Assign one of the troops to each of these areas so that things
are knocked out as quickly as possible.
The term "speed cleaning" takes on a whole new meaning when
you are up against a 20 or 30-minute deadline. If you're having
some serious clutter issues, consider the ancient tool of
cleaning desperation: the laundry basket. If you don't have
enough time to put everything away where it goes, you can
put any out of place items into a laundry basket and just
stick it in a closet. You can take a few minutes to go through
the basket to put everything away in its rightful place once
your guest leaves.
some finishing touches
Now that everything is put away (or hidden in the closet)
take a quick walk around your house to add in those last-minute
touches. Stock the bathroom with toilet paper, change the
hand towel, and spray some essential oils. Looks like you
have just enough time to pop some cookies in the oven or get
some snacks ready.
you enjoy your visit, consider that it may be time to up your
Vancouver, WA maid service schedule to weekly or bi-weekly.
Let ProCare Cleaning Service keep your home clean so you never
have to worry about last-minute guests ever again!
Safe Ways to Clean Using Rubbing Alcohol
by allprocleanadmin | Aug 27, 2015 | Cleaning
An underrated cleaning product, rubbing alcohol has traditionally
been used as medicine cabinet staple for cleaning wounds,
cuts and scrapes. In general, it's an ideal item to use for
disinfecting, however, rubbing alcohol should be used carefully
and not near electrical sources like toasters or as a cleaning
agent for the oven.
Dissolving dirt and oil while speed drying, rubbing alcohol
can be a lifesaver when it comes to pesky spots and stains.
Here are five ways to use rubbing alcohol around your home:
Disinfecting Spray Mixed with water, rubbing alcohol can do
a number on germs and grime. During cold and flu season, this
liquid can help to abolish bad bacteria on a variety of surfaces.
Just don't use near lacquer, man made fabrics, painted surfaces
and always use in well-ventilated areas.
Stainless Steel Used with a non-abrasive cloth, rubbing alcohol
can clean stainless steel appliances like refrigerators. Perfect
for removing fingerprints and drying streak-free, it's a great
budget-friendly cleaning agent.
Computer Parts and Pieces Ideal for de-gunking computer keyboards
and the accompanying mouse, rubbing alcohol can disinfect
and degrease those frequently used electronic surfaces. Try
rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip or small cotton pad.
4.) Ink Eraser When marker or ink stains happen to appear
on clothing, don't panic, instead, try soaking the spot with
rubbing alcohol for a few moments followed by blotting the
stain clean with a paper towel. Place the garment in the wash
as per the instructions on the label.
help cleaning your home in Vancouver Washington? Our professional
maid team at ProCare is here to help! Contact us at: 360-448-2271
and Organize Your Kitchen in Vancouver
by allprocleanadmin | Aug 19, 2015 | Cleaning
"My kitchen was clean last week. Sorry you missed it."
Does this sound familiar??
kitchen is the center of a home and is where most of the flurry
of activities and interactions take place. From packing school
lunches to finishing homework projects to creating culinary
masterpieces, the kitchen is the place where most families
gather and grub.
are drawbacks to the fact that the kitchen is the most popular
room in the home, namely, clutter. The kitchen can quickly
become a place where papers, mail, tools, packages, electronics,
food and cooking instruments become lost in piles of mess.
Fear not, it's easy to keep your kitchen organized and simplified
with this handy list of tasks to do each time you're ready
for a full and deep kitchen clean:
cupboards and wipe down cupboard doors and pantry doors
_Organize and purge the fridge and freezer
_Organize and purge the pantry
_Clean the microwave
_Organize under the kitchen sink and dispose of old or unused
_Clean the garbage disposal
_Organize drawers and remove any non-kitchen items
_Find an organization caddy for any miscellaneous items (coupons,
pens and rubber bands)
_Clean the oven and stovetop
_Clean the dishwasher
_Sweep and/or mop and clean baseboards
_Clean windows and blinds
_Clean light fixtures
help getting your kitchen looking sensational once again?
Contact our maid service professionals in Vancouver for a
dreamy and clean kitchen makeover!
Things to Never Clean with Paper Towels in Vancouver
by allprocleanadmin | Aug 10, 2015 | Cleaning
Paper towels can save a kitchen from splatters and spills,
make windows gleam and shine and wipe down countertops with
gusto. Often relied upon by throngs of cleaning gurus, paper
towels can be a real lifesaver. Still, there are items that
just aren't suitable for a paper towel session. Here are four
things to avoid cleaning with your favorite paper sheets:
Sure, paper towels seem friendly to fabrics but in reality,
dark clothing and paper towel is one big fail. Wetting and
wiping a paper towel against dark colored clothing can leave
lint behind and make a stain all the more problematic. A clean
cloth is the best option when blotting spills.
Did a glass of wine fall to the floor during a heated game
of Jenga? A paper towel rub on a wine stained carpet is not
a brilliant strategy. Rubbing paper towel into carpet will
make it shred and embed into the carpeting fibers. A white
cloth is a much better idea for pesky carpet stains.
The rough texture of a paper towel can be too much for delicate
electronics. A microfiber cloth or an alcohol wipe is a much
better solution to smudges and germs on tech devices.
Dusty Wood Furniture
Never rub paper towels into dusty furnishings as both the
towel and the dust can be abrasive. A paper towel onceover
can actually cause damage to the finish of furniture. A cloth
with a dollop of furniture polish is a much brighter idea.
Need help with tending to cleaning chores sans paper towel?
Our maid service team in Vancouver, Washington is here to
the rescue! Please contact us to receive a custom quote here!
No! 3 Ways to Get Coffee Stains Out in Vancouver
by allprocleanadmin | Aug 5, 2015 | Cleaning
While many people are addicted to the buzz from their morning
brew, it's unlikely that they also enjoy the end result of
coffee stains and spills.
is one of those things that has an unfortunate way of ending
up right on the carpet before an evening dinner party, on
that festive summer sheath prior to your big interview or
all over the couch thanks to a friendly pup. But fear not,
we've got you covered in Vancouver.
are three ways to erase those coffee stains and get on with
Shirt Spills Soak the spot in cool water, if possible, and
wait for a half hour. Pretreat with a stain remover and launder
as normal. If the coffee had creamer mixed in, be sure to
add a detergent with enzymes, which will help left the stain.
Couch and Furniture Spills Take a solution of one tablespoon
of liquid dish soap mixed with two cups of cool water. Use
a clean and light or white cloth and soak it in the mixture
and then blot the stain until it fades and disappears. Blot
the spot one more time with cold water.
Carpet Spills Coffee and carpet don't mix! Blot as much of
the stain off the carpet as possible and then try a solution
of one tablespoon of liquid dish soap, one tablespoon of white
vinegar and two cups of warm water. Use a clean white cloth
and sponge the stain with the mixture. Add the mixture sparingly
and in small increments and blot with the dry cloth until
the stain is completely gone. Need help getting your carpet
fresh and revitalized? Contact our professional team at ProCare
in Vancouver for a clean start!
Cleaning Tips and Tricks Everyone Should Try
by allprocleanadmin | Jul 21, 2015 | Cleaning Tips
When it comes to cleaning, everyone is looking for ways to
make things easier. The ultimate way to make cleaning simple
is to hire a Vancouver, WA housecleaning service. Are you
still cleaning your home the old fashioned way - by yourself?
If so, you'll appreciate these 5 easy cleaning tips.
Baking Soda can Move Mountains of Grime A simple baking soda/water
paste will eliminate tough oven grime without using any harsh
chemicals. Not only is this method more energy-efficient than
running the self-cleaning cycle, it is also much safer for
your family than using traditional oven cleaners.
Delay Window Cleaning Since direct sunlight can dry windows
too quickly, early evenings are the best time to clean windows
to avoid streaks and smudges. Window cleaning is one of the
few tasks that you actually have a valid excuse for putting
off until later.
Microfiber is your Cleaning BFF Microfiber cloths have special
fibers that are able to pick up dust and germs without using
any chemicals. Then, you can simply toss them in the washing
machine to get ready for their next use. They also come in
a variety of colors so you can actually color-code your cloths
to each room in your home to prevent cross-contamination.
4. Think outside the Cleaning Box Don't be fooled by late-night
infomercials. Cleaning time doesn't mean you have to run out
and spend a ton of money on specialty cleaning tools. Use
what you have laying around the house as cleaning tools. You'd
be surprised what you have laying around your house that will
actually make cleaning easier.
5. Embrace the Magic of Magic Erasers When you need to power-through
soap scum or remove stains from countertops and walls, you
will want to reach for a magic eraser. Since they work using
plain tap water, they are a chemical-free alternative to conventional
forget, even the simplest trick is still more time consuming
than hiring a cleaning service to handle things for you! So,
what are you waiting for?
your favorite cleaning tip or trick? Leave us a comment to
let us know!