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Fall Cleaning Specials –

 

I hope your Labor Day weekend is off to a fabulous start….I still can’t get over the fact that summer is pretty much over.  Before the weekend is in full swing, I want to give you an update on a few things here .

We like this home tip because we know that so many people in our area suffer from seasonal allergies- both indoors and outdoors.
Perform a thorough clean in the fall. This way, the dust, pollen, and dirt brought in during the summer months can be eliminated before the house is closed up for the winter.

Remember, pollen and dust aren’t the only causes of seasonal allergies. If the humidity or moisture in your home is too high,  it becomes a perfect breeding ground for dust mites.  If your crawlspace or basement has standing water or if you think it has excess humidity, contact BBC for a free visual inspection.   It might be the answer to your allergy problems!

Mention you saw this blog for a Royal offer- But 3 cleanings get the 4th one free.    Busy Bees

 

 

 

 

Keeping your house clean- tips , while you go about your day-

BLOG 9Here’s a small collection of tips I have learned over the years about how to keep your home cleaner or to make it easier to clean.
A tidy yard helps you keep a clean house. There is less mess to track in; and bugs and critters won’t be living near your house in the overgrowth – so they won’t be around to sneak in.
Take your shoes off when you come in to your house. Don’t track stuff all over the place.
A cool house is cleaner because bugs and critters like it warm. I keep my house at 70 or less and I have no spiders, no webs, very few invaders, ever.
Change HVAC filters regularly. Maybe even monthly if you have kids or pets.
Ceiling fans may be great for energy efficiency but they are also great for distributing dust and fur and stuff all over the place, too. The more you run the fan and the faster you run the fan, the more they will bow stuff everywhere. Minimize use of ceiling fans.
Open windows are great to let in the breezes but the breezes also bring in dust and pollen and blow it all over your house, with the rest of your dust and fur. Keep your windows closed.
The master bedroom is the dirtiest room in the house. Why? Well you probably spend the most time in that room. But it is also the room with the bedding that you toss and turn in, stirring up dust and fibers and hair. Got a pet that sleeps in there, or with you, too? Add fur.

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And it is the room you get dressed and undressed in, releasing dust and fibers from your clothes. Is it carpeted? More dust and fibers from the carpet itself, and the carpet is great at collecting dust and fibers and fur from you, too.
An air cleaner (HEPA certified is best) would be a great addition to the master bedroom.
Clean up any messes as soon as you can.

Back to School- getting up and going

BACK TO SCHOOL

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It is hard to believe that summer is over and the children are all returning to school. Now is the time to be thinking about getting organized. With the new schedules beginning Parents and Kids are faced with many cleaning challenges. As the school bell rings, so does the alarm clocks and its time to get up and get going and be prepared. Over the next few weeks, We will be sharing some information and tips on helping prioritize your space and tips on everyday things we all may over look.

 

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These are things you don’t think about cleaning often. However, your cell phone has 300 times more bacteria than a school or office toilet handle!  Children, in particular, tend to pass their phones around multiple times every day. Many take it with them to the bathroom, Regular household cleaners and cloth or paper towels can wear away the anti-smudge coating on the screen and even leave little scratches in the glass. This gives germs a place to hide.

The best way to clean these items is with a homemade cleaner and disinfectant. Mix equal parts distilled water (don’t use tap or even filtered water, it contains minerals and will leave behind a residue.) and then add 70% isopropyl alcohol. Mix this in a small spray bottle and each night spritz a micro-fiber cloth and wipe these items down. Do not spray directly on the screens.  Be sure you buy the alcohol that states 70% on the label.

One last fact to get in the mood and habit of cleaning these items- Researchers found fecal matter on one in six phones! And you thought the nastiest part of your phone was paying the bill!Fart-reaction-665x385

 

 

 

Fun Cleaning Facts: DID YOU KNOW?

 

Domestic-Cleaning-ServiceWe know you’ve been waiting for it – but you can relax because the wait is finally over. Here are some cleaning facts we have collected for your enjoyment –

Let us know – how many of these did you already know? (And be honest!)

 

70% – 80% of dust particles in any given home are made up of dead skin cells. The other 20% includes outdoor particles coming inside, such as soil.funny-cleaning-quotes

Iceland is the cleanest country in the world.

Over six million people employ domestic cleaning help in Britain. It makes you wonder the number of domestic cleaners in London alone!

As well as a savior to the potato, tomato ketchup is a multitasking clean hero. It can bring back the shine to tarnished or corroded brass, and it can remove rust stains from fabrics.

Most kitchen sinks actually have more germs than the toilet, so next time you fancy licking the sink, opt for the toilet instead.

Alexander Cohn | Times Illustration xxxxxx: Dirty sponges and dirty kitchen sinks make toilets seem relatively clean. Monday, July 28, 2008.
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Spraying a surface and immediately wiping it away will only do half a job. The majority of antibacterial cleaners are designed to be left on surfaces for 30-60 seconds before wiping them off.

And if you’ve run out of your antibacterial spray – lemons are a great disinfectant.

Another handy fruit to have around for cleaning emergencies is the banana – they can clean silver items and give leather shoes a good polish.

If you get chewing gum stains on your clothing, place a newspaper over the top and give it a quick iron

Some countries, including Scotland, Ireland and New Zealand, have a ritual house-cleaning the day before the New Year – similar to our ‘Spring Cleaning’.

The average woman cleans for 12, 896 hours in her lifetimethIELD3SXJ

And men clean an average of 6, 448 hours 

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Do you have any interesting cleaning facts of your own? Let us know! We would love to hear your cleaning tips and secrets. Contact us at Cleaningbybusybee@yahoo.com  813-922-8792

Can a cleaning service save your marriage?

Both parents/homeowners probably work. The children are too young to be useful, or in school and too busy to be useful, or old enough to be employed and too busy to be useful. Cleaning the house is not Job One for anybody who lives there.

Add to that the issues about fairly sharing housecleaning duties, about deciding who is responsible for their share of the mess, or for their share of the space, or about whose turn it is to clean the toilet, etc, etc. Complications include boomerang children, multi-generation occupancy, long-term visitors, and more, etc, etc. No allocation will satisfy everyone.

 

Housecleaning can be a major source of conflict. But it does not have to be.

First, all the occupants should meet and agree to be as orderly as possible. Preventing a mess is easier than cleaning up a mess.

Second, all who can contribute to paying for a housecleaning service should chip in. The cost can be divided in any number of ways: evenly, by income level, by space occupied, or any other way that is mutually agreeable.

Finally, all the housecleaning that the occupants of the house don’t want to do can be hired. Vacuuming, bathrooms, kitchens, dusting – all that can be done for them as often as they want.

The hired housecleaner may hope to impose some neatness rules – no one can vacuum a room covered by toys or other clutter. No one can clean a bathroom strewn with towels and discarded clothing. But if the occupants don’t mind how their stuff is moved around and piled up to accommodate cleaning, even a messy house can be cleaned.blog post teenager chores

We work for a lot of families who have decided on the best division of their homely duties. They all do as little as possible! They hire the house work done and they hire the yard work done. None of them wants to clean toilets or mow the lawn. No problem!

House cleaning (and yard work) is not very expensive. Compared to the conflicts involved.

It is not for those folks who like to do everything for themselves, and not for those who can’t afford it.

But it can be a real marriage saver for everyone else.

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P.S.: Our only problem with folks who won’t clean for themselves is that they often complain that how I clean is not how they would have done it. Ha! 

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Warriors in Pink and Cleaning for a Reason Announcement

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We are proud to finally announce our partnership with Ford Motor Warriors In Pink!  Ford wants to provide MORE GOOD DAYS to women with breast cancer!  If you’ve missed our Town Hall Meetings about this “top secret” initiative, you will want to hear the recording from our last call!

 

But, it’s not a secret anymore so you can share and promote this campaign on all your social media platforms, in newsletters, client “leave-behinds” and at networking events.  Let EVERYONE know you are accepting additional patients (women battling breast cancer for this specific initiative) for ONE FREE CLEANING compliments of the “More Good Days” program from Ford Motor Warriors In Pink.

 

 

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