How To Clean & Whiten Your Pillows

By | Cleaning Tips | One Comment
INTRODUCTION

Have you ever noticed that your pillows seem to yellow over time and wonder what causes it? Truth is, that yellow is caused from sweat, something many people do quite a lot of while we’re sleeping. Yeah, gross!

A lot of people assume incorrectly that you shouldn’t wash your pillows. If you’re one of those people, we’re here to tell you that it’s perfectly fine. Even Martha Stewart suggests washing your pillows twice a year and she would know!

Most what we wanted to write about today was a fantastic pillow whitening solutino that we’ve come across. Truth is, the whitening solution we’re going to share actually works terrific for any laundry that you want to whiten.

What You'll Need
How To Wash Em

As I mentioned, most pillows can be machine washed but it’s still a good idea to take a look at the care label to confirm it.

Remove the pillow case and any type of pillow protector

Fill the washing machine with only enough hot water to cover the laundry that will be added. You want the solution to be concentrated so the less water, the better.

Add the other cleaning ingredients and be sure that the detergent has dissolved before adding the pillows. Running the agitation cycle of the washer will help mix things up.

Add the pillows at this point and fill the washer the rest of the way with hot water. It’s not a bad idea to wash two pillows at a time because it helps to balance the load during the spin cycle. Let the pillows agitate for several minutes and then turn them both over and continue to agitate so the tops get a good soaking as well.

Set the washer to do an extra rinse or manually run it again to be sure all the solution is washed out.

 

How To Dry Em

For feather or down pillows, use just the air cycle. For synthetic pillows, you can use the low heat setting. You’ll find pillows take quite a while to dry and you might have to run multiple cycles.

Another trick we learned is to add some tennis balls wrapped in clean socks to help fluff your pillows while they dry.

Weather permitting, a more eco-friendly option would be to let your pillows dry outside in the sun.

Conclusion

We hope you’ve appreciated this round of cleaning tips from Blue Spruce Maids. The sad truth is, no matter how diligent you are about cleaning your pillows, you will need to buy new ones eventually. One test we’ve seen suggested is to fold the pillow in half and if it doesn’t spring back in to shape, it’s time. Here’s a whole article written on the subject if you’d like to learn more.

And if you’d like a few more cleaning tips, we know for a fact that you can find plenty over at https://www.cleaningtribe.com/! So check em out!

Tips To Properly Care For Your Vacuum

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

Most vacuums really don’t a lot of attention but like any piece of equipment, things do wear out over time and a few simple maintenance tips can keep it running efficiently for a long time. We’ve put together a few tips below to help ensure your vacuum gets the proper care.

1.Regularly Change the Bag

A lot of people mistakenly assume that the vacuum’s bag only needs to be changed when it feels full. We recommend changing the bag when it gets to be about 2/3 full instead of waiting until it’s completely packed. What happens is too much air flow is blocked when the bag is too full and not only will the vacuum struggle to pick up debris, it will also run too hot. Your vacuum depends on good air flow to cool itself properly. Long term heat can cause all sorts of major failure and that’s why this is probably the quickest, easiest, and most effective thing you can do to maintain your vacuum.

Keep an eye on how the vacuum is performing to know when it’s a good time to change the bag. There’s a few symptoms that will let you know the bag is getting full like noticing a loss in suction or even losing contents back on to the floor.

Although bagged vacuums typically have more suction than bagless, bagless vacuums have the advantage of being able to regularly peer in to the canister and inspect the level.

Some bagless vacuums also have an indicator that appears when it’s time to empty but these aren’t always dependable and we’d suggest emptying these vacuums even more often than it suggest. It’s very simple with this type and it will help to keep it running well. It’s also important to empty bagless vacuums after every use and don’t like the rubbish sit in the canister until the next visit. Most canisters can be rinsed under water but be sure they’re completely dry before turning the vacuum on. Bagless vacuums also have filters that should be cleaned regularly by tapping it against the inside of a trashcan or outside. These filters can often be washed as well but check with your manufacturer’s manual to be sure.

2. Make Sure the Bag is Attached Properly

This sounds simple and obvious but some vacuums are a bit tricky to install the bag properly. You’ll want to always check and be sure any hooks, holders or clips are where they belong and holding the bag securely. This step can be tedious on some models but it’s important because if the bag is perfectly secured, you risk debris finding it’s way in to the vacuum. When debris get’s pulled in to the vacuums itself, the mechanical components won’t operate as efficiently and will fail much sooner. It’s also nearly impossible to remove dirt from this part of the machine once it’s there.

On a similar note, it’s also crucial to be sure you’re using the proper bags for your vacuum. Many makes have very similar bag designs and it might appear to be working properly but not capturing all the dirt in the bag. Take a look at the reference number on your vacuum and be sure it matches the number on the bag.

3. Remove Hair & String From the Agitator

This is the spinning roller on the front of the vacuum and you’ll notice that debris will get wound around this over time and keep it from scrubbing the carpet at well as it should. If there’s enoughbuildup, it will also make it more difficult for the roller to turn and this putsextra strain on many internal parts.

We’ve found the easiest way to get this cleaned is by removing the roller. This isn’t too tricky on most vacuums but there’s a lot of different ways and you can easily find out how by reading your manual. Once the roller is off, all you’ll need to do is take a blade and run in lengthwise and cut through all the string & hair. Once you do that, it will be easy to pull everything away and reinstall the agitator.

Treat the Cord Well

Vacuum cords are typically plenty to strong to survive the entire life of the vacuum with proper care. Most importantly, don’t ever run the cord over. It might not seem like a vacuum can do much damage but the motor powering the roller is quite powerful and if the cord is pulled in, the rubber will be stripped away very easily. The cord is no longer safe if this happens and needs to be replaced.

It’s also important never to pull a cord out of the wall from across the room. This is going to damage the metal prongs and put more stress on the cord. It takes only a moment to walk across the room and remove the plug from the wall.

Lastly, if your vacuum has an automatic cord winder, don’t simply push the retract button and let the cord fly back in as fast as possible. This is going to cause the mechanism to wear out after only a few years. Proper technique is to guide the wire back in to the unit with your free hand in a controlled fashion.

Conclusion

Your vacuum cleaner is just like many of the other appliances in your home and proper maintenance is paramount if you want to see if working as long and efficiently as possible. Following the tips we suggested will probably adds years to any vacuum you have. More expensive vacuums will typically have more intricate parts and regular professional maintenance is a good idea to protect your investment because these vacuums can often live for decades. Either way, replacing a vacuum is expensive and a few minutes of care is well worth your time.

Week 3

Checkout our friends over at Alpine Maids if you need a cleaning service in Denver and surrounding South ,East areas.

Fighting Oil With Oil – How To Clean Built Up Grease In The Kitchen

By | Cleaning Tips | No Comments
INTRODUCTION

Some of the trickiest messes to clean in the house are often found in the kitchen and what often makes these messes especially difficult is when they involve grease. Over time, you’ll notice the surfaces around your stove will begin collecting a layer of grease that accumulates from the vapors of food being cooked with oil. The longer this grease has time to sit, the more difficult it will be to remove.

Using a degreasing cleaner might seem like it makes the most sense but will probably only be effective in mild cases. If you can stand the smell, a solution with half water and half ammonia will do the job well but ammonia is a toxic chemical and you’ll also be more likely to damage the surface. Fortunately, there’s a much simpler more effective solution and that’s using oil to the clean the oil. I know this seems counterproductive and we won’t get in to the details about why it works today (because we don’t know) but just trust us.

What You'll Need
  • Paper towels
  • Mineral oil works great for this clean up and vegetable oil can be substituted if need be.
How To

You won’t need a lot so just add a few drops to your paper towel and wipe the surface. You’ll immediately see all the built of gunk coming off.

After you’ve gotten all the old grease off, you don’t need to worry about cleaning up the mineral oil as a little bit will help to shine and protect the surface.

Conclusion

If you’ve got some seriously hardened grease in your kitchen, we’re also told that mixing 2-parts baking soda will help to bust through. Create a paste with the mixture and polish the surface with a microfiber cloth. Then just use a multi-surface cleaner with a fresh rag to clean off the baking soda.

Keeping a clean & organized house has been shown to seriously benefit your health and our friends  over at https://www.westmaids.com have a great post about that in their blog. Check it out
I
f you’re looking for more home cleaning & organizing tips, please take a look at our blog and let us know what you think.

How To Naturally Clean A Glass Top Stove

By | Cleaning Tips | No Comments
INTRODUCTION

There are a lots of effective products on the market designed specifically to clean glass-top stoves. They normally come as a white cream salve but there are also thicker pastes and thin sprays as well. While these products normally work well, I wanted to cover a method I often use that is not only as effective, it’s environmentally friendly and probably cheaper! I want to mention that if you do decide to go with a cleaner, just be sure that the product doesn’t contain any type of abrasive because there’s a good chance this will damage the stove top.

STEP 1

Gather Your Supplies

All we’re going to need for this project is a few towels, baking soda, and vinegar.

STEP 2

Wipe Stove Top With Vinegar

You can use any general surface cleaner for this part but I prefer vinegar for several great reasons. First, it’s cheaper than most cleaning products. Vinegar isn’t classified by the EPA as a disinfectant but it has been shown to kill two bacterium that you definitely don’t want in your kitchen: salmonella and E.coli. If those two reasons weren’t enough, vinegar is also non-toxic so you don’t need to worry about contaminating any food!

Wipe Stop Top Surface With Vinegar

STEP 3

Cover Stove Top With Baking Soda

Be generous! One of the reasons baking soda is such a great cleaner is due to it’s alkali composition. This causes grit and grim to breakdown and it’s abrasive quality helps scrape safely scrub away buildup without damaging the surface. While we’re on the subject, baking soda is great for absorbing odor and eliminating stains. It’s also completely natural and non-toxic so you and your family are safe.

STEP 4

Soak A Few Towels In Hot Water

STEP 5

Cover Baking Soda With Towels

You only need the towels to be damn so wring them out before you cover the surface. You’ll want to let these towels in place for at least 15 minutes so the baking soda can work its magic. If the surface has a lot of buildup, you might want to let it soak for up to an hour.

STEP 6

Wipe Away Baking Soda

STEP 7

Elbow Grease

There’s a good chance that not all the buildup was loose enough to just wipe away all the crud so you’re going to have do to a little bit of manual labor. Use the damp clothes and maybe add some more baking soda so you can polish the surface.

STEP 9

Shine It Up

A little bit more vinegar will help clean off the last of the baking soda and bring a nice shine to the surface.

STEP 8

NEED SOME BACKUP?

While this method works great, there’s a chance you’re finding some buildup that just won’t come off with the baking soda. A great tip we got from Mop Lovers is to carefully use a razor blade and scrape away the worst of it. Brand new razor blades will work best and have the least likely hood of scratching the surface. Plastic blade holders are also recommended for safety.

Cleaning the stove top can be a big project for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of time and if that sounds like you, you’re in luck! Blue Spruce Maids will go through the hassle for you for no extra charge!

How To Clean A Microfiber Couch

By | Cleaning Tips | No Comments

Microfiber couches look great and are amazingly comfortable. They’re  made from thin strands of synthetic fiber to form an attractive cloth that is both durable and affordable. While microfiber does repel water and resist staining when new, it becomes more vulnerable as time goes on. Lighter fabrics like tan will often stain very obviously if a drink is spilled on the cloth. Luckily, cleaning microfiber isn’t difficult but there is a few important facts you need to know before attempting.
Let’s get started!

Step 1: Evaluate the manufacturer’s tag

The most important rule when cleaning the couch is not to use any solutions that the manufacturer doesn’t suggest. More than likely, you can’t use a water based solution with your microfiber because it is going to create water rings. If you make this mistake, you’ll probably end up making the problem worse. Once you find your tag, look for the following codes to determine what you can use to clean.

Code Meaning
W
S
S-W
X
Must use water-based cleaning solution
Must use solvent-based cleaning solution
use either solvent or water based solution.
Vacuum only – NO SOLUTIONS!

If you happen to find a tag with the “W”, then you can disregard the rest of this post because any normal fabric cleaner will probably work find. However, your couch probably has an “S” or no tag at all and you should follow the rest of our advice.

Step 2 – Cleaning

So those fibers I mentioned earlier are actually made out of polyester and alcohol is the best solvent to use. 70% Isopropyl rubbing alcohol will probably work best but you can also use another clear alcohol like vodka. Fill a spray bottle and saturate the stained area well. You won’t cause any harm because the alcohol will dry so quickly. Next, use either a clean white sponge or a clean microfiber towel and gently blot & rub the stained area. You should see the stain being pulled out fairly quickly but if not, you might need to wet the area further with more alcohol.

Step 3 – Fluffing

After you’re finished, you might notice that the fabric isn’t as soft feeling or looking as before. This is easy to fix by taking either a new clean, dry, white sponge or a clean white-bristled dish scrubber and rubbing it against the cleaned surface. This will help fluff the fibers back to where they belong.

So that’s all there is to it! I hope this guide helped you with your furniture cleaning endeavor. Of course, Blue Spruce would love to be the Broomfield Maids that you choose to have help you out around the house. If you’re interested, stop in on our booking page and get set up. Also, please check out our friends at www.cleaningtribe.com for more useful cleaning tips!

How To Clean A Greasy Stove Hood Filter

By | Cleaning Tips | No Comments

The filter under a stove hood is definitely one of those things that people forget about cleaning because it’s out of sight. This means that they can get really gross and cleaning them properly isn’t always a simple job. If you clean the filter regularly, you can simply throw it in the dishwasher but if there’s a lot of buildup, follow the guide below.

What You Need

Large pot with boiling water
Degreasing dish soap (Dawn is always a good choice)
Baking soda
Non-abrasive scrub brush
Paper towels or dish cloth

Instructions

  1. Remove the filters from the hood: Most filters should easily slide or pop out of the underside of the hood. Mine had a metal loop I could grab to push the filter up and slide it out.
  2. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil: This can probably be done without boiling water but it’s definitely the most effective way
  3. Pour in baking soda and dish soap:  Reduce the heat so that you don’t make a mess and add 1/2 cup of baking soda and a good squirt of dish soap.
  4. Put greasy filters in water: Submerge your greasy exhaust fan filters into the water. Make sure they’re completely covered.
  5. Let them soak: Allow the filters to soak for 10 minutes.
  6. Scrub the filters: After soaking, take a non-abrasive scrub brush and scrub the filters. Add more dish soap to your brush if required while you scrub.
  7. Rinse and dry: Rinse the filters thoroughly in hot water and dry with a paper towel or clean cloth.
  8. Replace the filters and repeat as needed: Put the filters back into the hood, and repeat as needed! Cleaning the filters once a month is a good maintenance strategy.

Want some other cleaning tips? Check these guys out!

Also don’t forget! You can booking your Denver House Cleaning on our booking page in just a minute.

 

How To Remove White Heat Marks From Wooden Furniture

By | Cleaning Tips | No Comments

If you’ve ever owned a wooden dinner table, you’re probably familiar with these white stains that seemingly appear out of nowhere. If you’re able to connect the dots, you may realize it was probably caused by some hot dishes that were placed there. These marks are normally caused when steam condenses from the hot dish and the moisture gets under the finish. The moisture becomes trapped and probably isn’t going anywhere until you treat the wood.

It might seem hopeless, but stress not! We have a simple solution that will probably fix your heat stains table and can be done with tools you most people have around the house. This will often work with new or old stains as well.

Step 1: Needed Tools:

An iron, some clean fabric (100% cotton is ideal like a pillow case or napkin), and a spray bottle with water.

Step 2: Prepare the Iron

You’ll want the iron on medium heat with the steam function on, if it has it.

Step 3: Prepare the fabric

The fabric should be large enough so that you can fold it over on itself several times and still cover the spot. After folding, spray the cloth down with a little bit of water.

Step 4: Iron the stain through the fabric

Its strange, to remedy heat marks like this, you apply… more heat and moisture. Doesn’t make any sense to me but you can’t argue with the results.
Next, set an iron on the cloth, over the heat marks for about 15 seconds. Don’t leave the iron in one place, keep it moving.

Anyway, that’s the random tip for today’s post. I think many of us have come across a stain such as this but I had never heard of this cure so I hope that it helps someone out there. I think a lot of people wrongly assume the items will need to be refinished so if in the future you see these heat marks on a thrift store table, don’t pass on it. You might come across a great looking piece of furniture that you can fix in about 15 seconds! For more tips like this one, visit our friends at Deluxe Maid who offer house cleaning in Indianapolis.

We here at Blue Spruce Maids are your house cleaning Broomfield specialists and proudly offer online booking where you can schedule your clean in under 60 seconds!

How to Clean Between Oven Window Glass

By | Cleaning Tips | No Comments

Anyone who has an oven that’s more than a few years old has experienced this frustrating problem. Oven windows are normally double-paned glass and food, grease, syrup, and moisture often builds up in between them. Whatever’s in there usually  finds it ways through the vents or cracks at the top. Grease can also travel with steam vapors and easily gets trapped inside the door as well. It’s one area of people’s homes that rarely gets cleaned and unfortunately, it’s really noticeable. One way to clean in there is to disassemble the door but this will void the oven’s warranty and you run the risk of causing more damage in the process. Luckily, there’s an easier way!

What you’ll need before you get started:

  • Wire hanger
  • Clorox Glass Wipes
  • Rubber band

Step 1: Remove the drawer below the oven

 

Step 2: Build a cleaning contraption with your equipment by bending your wire hanger in to a hook. rap the glass wipes around and hold in place with the rubber band.

 

 

Step 3: You’ll probably have to lay down on your back so you can see under the oven door. You’re looking for openings in to the space between the oven door to slide your cleaning contraption in to.

 

 

Step 4: Watch where the contraption is in the window and slide it back & forth as you slide it further in to the door.

 

   

 

Step 5: For really dirty glass, you’re probably going to have to change the towel several times.

 

 

Step 6: Enjoy your sparkling clean glass!

Our friends at  That’s Clean Maids hope this guide will help you next time you decide to clean your oven. Of course, if you’d rather not tackle it yourself, we’re always more than happy to help! Visit our Booking Page and we’ll get your home spruced up in no time!

 

7 Tips To Help Keep Your Laundry Situation Under Control

By | Organization | No Comments

The larger family you have, the greater chore laundry can become. Putting a few simple systems in to place can save you a ton of time and make the task much more tolerable. Below are a few tricks we’ve founds useful and we hope you think so too!

Start Using a Divided Laundry Sorter With Color-Coded Tags

A sorter like this available on Amazon is a great place to start

This one switch will make your life much easier! Using a sorter like this, you designate one bag for darks, one for colors, and one for lights. If you have a smallish family, you can keep just one rack like this in the laundry room and every family member is responsible for adding their daily laundry and sorting appropriately. When one bag begins to get full, you just run that load.

It’s also not a bad ideal to print color-coded tags like below and staple them to the bags. That way your kids simply match the colors to the appropriate tag and there’s never any mistakes.

DARKS COLORS LIGHTS

 

Start a Lost Sock System

This sock sorter almost looks like a piece of art and you can find it here: -AT WEST END-

Having a system like this in place will help a ton if your goal is to stop losing so many socks!

Soak Stain in Bucket with Borax and Avoid Scrubbing

Borax works amazingly well with laundry. A great trick is to treat a stain with something like Resolve, and then put it in a bucket with borax and enough water to cover the item. Let it sit for quite some time (even days) and often just doing this will completely remove the stain. If it’s still resisting, you might try adding some more borax and m
aybe some detergent and then letting is soak for a bit longer. This isn’t guaranteed to work every time but if you hate scrubbing as much as me, it’s a great place to start.

 

Use a Bleach Pen For Whites With Stubborn Stains

There’s probably isn’t an easier trick for removing stains from whites than these clorox bleach pens. You simply squeeze the soapy solution on to the stain and then you can rub slightly with the brush on the pen. On really bad stains, I’d recommend starting with the borax soak I mentioned above first and even washing the items a few times before resorting to bleach. The important thing to remember is not to use the drier before the stain is removed because this normally causes it to set and it probably isn’t going anywhere after that. I also recommend applying the pen right before throwing the item in the wash. If you use it too soon and the solution dries, often the stain will turn yellowish and permanently stain the clothing.

 

 

Save Time By Using A Mesh Bag For Dedicates

This one is pretty straight forward. If you don’t feel like washing anything by hand, use these mesh bags for your delicates. Simply zip everything inside and then wash them like normal. Bags like these works great for smaller things like socks too and keeps them all together!

Musty Bathroom Towels? Wash With Vinegar & Hot Water

Everybody probably knows that musty smell that bathrooms towels start to acquire over time. A lot of people resort to replacing them every so often but you wont need to with this nifty trick! Simply run a normal cycle with hot water and add about a cup of vinegar. You don’t need to do this every time, just when that musty smell start creeping back.

Toss Detergent Cap in the Wash So It Never Gets Messy

Our last tip is probably the simplest. Detergent caps are strong enough to survive the wash cycle so rather than dealing with the gooey mess that builds up over time, just throw it in with the clothes and it always stays clean. I usually save the cap from a detergent jug to use for the laundry so I can replace the cap on the detergent in case it gets bumped over.

That’s all the tips we have right now when it comes to laundry! Have any other laundry tips of your own? Let us know in the comments!
As always, if you find yourself needing help with normal Broomfield housekeeping or maybe you’re due for a deep cleaning, Blue Spruce Maids is at your service!
We also want to mention our friends at House Keep-Up with the Best House Cleaning Chicago has to offer!

Top 5 Tips To Keep Your Car Clean This Winter

By | Cleaning Tips | No Comments

Wax

This is a great place to start because it adds an extra layer of defense between all the road crud and your paint. If you’ve prepared correctly, you’ll have waxed your car before the bad weather hits and applied it while the weather is still warm. If not, it’s not too late but wax should only be applied to clean paint and if you have a warm garage to do the work, it will apply much easier. There are countless brands to choose from but any carnuba you find at a local auto parts store will probably work fine.

A Quick Rinse

If weather is permitting, a lot of the ice melting compounds the city uses on the roads can be rinsed off with just water. We wouldn’t recommend doing this in temperatures below freezing and a pressure washer is ideal but even a normal garden hose is going to help quite a bit. The longer the grime sits on your paint, the more opportunity is has to do damage.

Frequent Washing

Nothing a better than washing your car often throughout the winter and we recommend every 10 days. If you’re going to do this yourself, it’s best to wait for days when the temperature is at least 40 degrees and plenty of sunlight to help it dry. Always use fresh water and adding some baking soda to the wash water will help dissolved dried salt on the vehicle’s. It’s also important to note that dish detergent shouldn’t be used in place of car wash soap.

It’s also crucial to dry thoroughly and remember to leave the doors open for some time so trapped water doesn’t pool and freeze later.

Rubber Floor Mats

You can pick a set of these up online for around $40 and they’ll spare your fabric mats from being destroyed by all that grime that gets stuck to your shoes. We recommend buying a brand that has deep rubber troughs so that all the larger debris falls down in to the gaps in the mat and holds it. When you’re giving your a car a quick rinse, just pull the mats out and rinse them too. There isn’t an easier or more effective way to help keep your interior nice this winter.

Parking

It might seem like parking in a heated garage is the best course of action to protect your car because it’s sheltered from the elements. However, because the slushy, salty buildup will melt, the moisture actually reacts quicker with the salt and speeds up the corrosion. So there are pros and cons to parking inside or outside. If able, rinsing/washing the car before parking it inside is always the best course of action.

Don’t forget that all that grime is going to be tracked in to your home and can do the same damage to your floors & carpets that it can do to your car. If you ever need any help around the house we’re eager to offer our exceptional cleaning service Broomfield. We offer residential cleaning services all over the Northwest Denver Metro area including Wheatridge and Brighton!

On the other side of Denver? You don’t have anything to worry about because our friend over at Alpine Maids has you covered. They’re offering the best maid service Denver has every seen and we are sure you’ll be happy you chose them for your cleaning!

If you could use more car cleaning tips, check out the guys at Drive Proactive. They’ve got tons of useful information on their site and are the top driving school Calgary has to offer!