Three Top Tips to “Winterize” Your Entryway

Winter is here, snow is on its way, and it's going to take more effort to keep things tidy. Instead of just staying on top of the cleaning, why not take some measures to prevent some of the dirt and dust entering your home? A good place to start is that very entryway people use to come into your home -- your front door! We've got three handy-dandy tips on winterizing your entryway!

  1. Get a boot scraper!

    Not pictured: All that dirty black snow that may accumulate on your duck boots -- why not scrape it  all off before you even get in your home? And when we have a warm weather spike after snow, well then, there may very well be mud everywhere. Stop it in its tracks! Put this bad boy on your front porch and you're good to go.
  2. Get a tough-as-heck Coir "Welcome" mat

    Wait, what is Coir?! It's a natural fiber extracted from coconut husk. The Coir fibers are extracted from between the outer shell and hard internal shell of the coconut; and are then screened, graded, washed and compressed into bricks. These door mats are sustainable, durable, look good, and will serve as a good way to get those boots and shoes even cleaner once they've run through your new boot scraper. But what's the next step after the mat?
  3. Bring in a bench!

    Add some flair to your foyer with a bench that also serves as a spot to take a quick seat and get those boots (or shoes) off your feet before they take one more step in your home!

Well, there you have it folks! Consider these options and you'll be a few steps ahead (ha! get it?!) of the wintry mess that may visit your home. And if you want your place to really shine, give us a call! We'll take care of your home and give you more time to get cozy with your family this winter.

Ideal Inspirations for “Me Time” in One Word

It's that time of year! You're having lots of fun seeing friends and family, but there is so much to do and so little time. The holiday season can quickly become overwhelming, and next thing you know you're criticizing yourself for feeling overwhelmed which only makes things worse. Well, we're here with some food for thought; some little one to two-word nuggets of inspiration regarding what you can do to break out of the cycle and de-stress. Let's take a deep breath together and dive in, shall we?

Quiet
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Meditation
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Favorite Movie
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Music

Hobbies
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Massage
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Gym
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Retail Therapy
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Having your home cleaned for you

 

Regarding that last one: We've got you covered! Take a deep breath, relax, and unwind. And if you are interested in hiring World Class Cleaning Services then give us a call at (804) 201-4010. Happy holidays!

Keeping your Home Tidy during the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us! Next week is Thanksgiving and then from there is a whole cascade of holidays and new year's festivities. Perhaps you're excited for all the fun but it is also reasonable to feel a little anxious when you think about all of the people you might be having over to your home during the next month and a half.

It's one thing to be keeping up with tidying the home during other parts of the year, but there is so much more going on during this season that keeping your home looking clean while multitasking can become downright overwhelming.

Roll into the season prepared with some tips and tricks to keep you on top of your game and keep your home looking beautiful!

Stock up on cleaning supplies beforehand
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This one is a bit of a no-brainer but also easily forgot: why wait until you're in the middle of doing three hundred things to have to make a run to the store for supplies? Stock up now and you'll be thanking yourself later.

Clean while you bake
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This writer has worked in a kitchen and learned firsthand (and from strong pressure from peers, ha!) that it is of the utmost importance to keep your space clean while you cook. Not only that, but in the case of any baking you might be doing, you're going to have extended periods of time during which you can not only clean up the mess you're making in the kitchen, but you can also pick and choose small targets of "mess" that you want to tackle while you're waiting for dough to rise, waiting for the oven to preheat, or waiting for that delicious sweet potato pie (grandma's recipe!) to finish in the oven. Emphasis on small targets, start small and then use the motivation from accomplishing those minor goals to eventually tackle the larger challenges.

Deep clean while you decorate
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You most likely decorate with a game plan in mind. Maybe you come up with the plan as you open up the box of decorations, or maybe you like to brainstorm a whole game plan ahead of time. Why not piggyback on your own planning and add in some deep cleaning while you go?

Get the whole family involved
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It's happened in the past: you've asked for assistance but you're so overwhelmed with the mountain of things (beyond cleaning!) to accomplish that you approach the fam with a little less than calm composure. If you can keep your stress at a low level and when you approach the family, do so with with a measure of enthusiasm and excitement, they're more likely to help you... and have a blast! Yes, cleaning is a chore, but it is also very necessary. It has to get done! So you and your family might as well all enjoy it. Put on some tunes, share your enthusiasm that the job is getting done, reward yourself and your family with a delicious treat or a good movie (or both!) afterward. When you're all having a blast it becomes less of a chore and more of a party.

Most important: Enjoy the season!
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It can be so easy -too easy- to lose sight of the goal and get mired in the stress of what needs to be done. In the end, you're doing all of this so that you, your family, your loved ones, can have a really good time. So do your best to not lose sight of that goal. And if you do, don't stress yourself out even more over the fact that you've become stressed -- just take some deep breaths and get yourself back on track.

And remember, folks: If you're looking for a hand with the cleaning, with a friendly staff of cleaners who use only natural cleaning products, then you know who to call! Happy Thanksgiving!

Partnering with Cleaning for a Reason

Did you know that we donate a percentage of the proceeds from the homes we clean to Cleaning for a Reason? We've got an interview with Stephanie Floyd, owner and operator of World Class Cleaning; and we're discussing what Cleaning for a Reason is, and how hiring us to keep your home clean and tidy also benefits cleaning the homes of women battling cancer.

So we're here to discuss your partnership with Cleaning for a Reason. For those who don't know, what is this organization?
Cleaning for a Reason is a nonprofit organization that partners with local cleaning companies to offer cleaning services to women battling cancer. We do anything in the house that the customer would like us to do. From washing laundry, to doing dishes, going through canned goods that might be expired, organizing work spaces, cleaning out refrigerators -- we do it all. Each visit, the customer gets 4 hours of cleaning. So we ask that the customer prepares a priority list of what they would like cleaned in their home.
We don’t get any payment for these cleanings. We pay our staff, but we don’t receive any payment. From our paid cleanings we donate proceeds to Cleaning for a Reason, and we’re always looking for extra donations!

To ask a rather personal question, what is your experience with cancer that has led to such personal passion regarding the subject?
My aunt had pancreatic cancer and passed away from it. She struggled to keep up with housework amongst other things. I didn’t know about Cleaning for a Reason at the time, and once I found out about the program I definitely knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I knew of my aunts struggle and I wanted to do my best to make the battle a little less stressful.

How long have you been offering this service?
We’ve been offering free cleanings for seven years.

And for how many women have you provided these free cleanings?
About 240 women!

How does somebody get in touch with Cleaning for a Reason and request services from World Class Cleaning?
A family member or friend of the patient can call (877) 337-3348 and request World Class Cleaning, and Cleaning for a Reason will contact us directly.

Stephanie, thank you for your time and thank you for what you do! 240 women is no small number and we're proud to be a part of a team doing something so wonderful for the community around us. To learn more about Cleaning for a Reason visit http://cleaningforareason.org/

Living Green Values Ep. 7 – Dishes!

While we’re in the kitchen, let us discuss dishes. I know you’re not using paper plates anymore (huzzah!) but I also know you’ve discovered the value of laundry detergent that isn’t gross!

Could we make washing dishes a less gross process as well?

No.

That’s all for this week! See you next time!

JK obviously I’m not going to do you like that. Not only can you make your own dishwashing soap in a very cheap and very planet-friendly way that eliminates a ton of packaging as well as all the usual manufacturing and transport chain that sucks up water, energy, and fossil fuels.

Dishwasher soap recipe

Turns out, just as with laundry detergent, you don’t need to purchase chemical-laden stuff with a ton of packaging—stuff that chokes out rivers with its algae-encouraging properties. It is even easier to make than laundry detergent too, and, if you’ve made that good stuff, you will have a lot of this on hand.

Behold!

1 cup washing soda

1 cup borax

1/2 cup citric acid

1/2 cup kosher salt

Mix it all up, stick it in a jar, done.

1 Tbsp per load and your dishes will be beautiful with a minimum of spots.

For those dishes you wash by hand, I simply cannot recommend castile soap enough. A gallon gets me through a full year, at least. I decant it into a smaller bottle and use it for everything. It works perfectly, has no scent (or, I guess you could throw some essential oil in there if you wanted, but I like things to smell neutral), AND you can use the same soap to wash your hands. A one-soap-fits-all experience, without anything bad in it!

Friendly reminder

A well-packed dishwasher with a full load uses less water than washing those dishes by hand!

To dry

I just let things air dry, or do a cool one in my dishwasher, but occasionally we’ll have to towel dry a dish to get room in the dish rack for a big pot or something. In which case, I use, instead of paper towels, dish towels—which dry dishes perfectly well! It’s almost like they were named appropriately!

Happy dishing!