Happy Thanksgiving! Did a Relative Spill a Glass of Red Wine? Remove the Stain with these Simple Steps!

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! We hope everyone is enjoying their holiday this week. Was Thanksgiving dinner at your house this year? It’s quite a privilege but it can also bring a lot of stress to a holiday that should be all about de-stressing. Especially stressful is the occasional accident that may somehow damage your favorite couch or throw rug or divan — an accident such as a spilled glass of red wine, for example. In an effort to save you time we’ve done the research for you and when it comes to lifting that wine stain we’ve boiled it down to two great options!

  1. Get on that spill as quickly as possible!
    This is key. If you can address the spill as soon as it happens you’ll have much better fortune removing that stain.
    As SOON as you can, grab one of these:Salt
    Club Soda
    Cat Litter
    Hot Water
    Hydrogen Peroxide and Soap
    Milk

    If you’re going with salt, for example, this WikiHow article lays out some handy steps regarding its application:”Salt is the preferred stain removal method, but works best when applied within two minutes of spillage. If the wine has not yet completely soaked into the fabric, the salt crystals should easily absorb the red wine.
    As most natural fabrics, such as cotton, denim and linen, absorb faster than synthetic materials, stains on natural fabrics should be tended to with more haste than synthetic.”
  2. What if that infernal stain has already dried?!

    If Aunt Sue spilled that glass of red and forgot to tell you until a few hours later, don’t fret — you still have options! According to the same WikiHow article there are actually some nifty things you can use that you likely have laying around the house!
    Items such as:Shaving Cream
    Vodka
    White Wine and Baking Soda

    If you go with the shaving cream option, do the following:
    “Flatten the shaving cream into the fabric with the back of a spoon before washing the fabric as usual.
    Shaving cream’s thick, foamy texture combined with its cleansing components work wonders on tough stains — saturating and lifting the stain from the fabric.” Whoa!

Well, there you have it! Good luck lifting those stains, and hey, if you’d rather spend your time relaxing by the fire with your family this holiday season, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Fall Cleanup Checklist — Get Ready for Winter!

Autumn is here! The leaves are looking beautiful and one-by-one they’re dropping to the ground. Halloween has come and gone and Thanksgiving is on the horizon — after that, it’s winter! “Spring cleaning” is a big deal and, in this writer’s opinion, TONS of fun — but when winter comes you’ll be spending a LOT more time indoors, so why not do some fall cleaning!

What can you do to prepare?

Outdoors:

  • Check the caulk around your windows and doors.
  • Clean and store patio furniture, umbrellas, outdoor toys, etc.
  • Check the exterior doors — do they close tightly? If not, consider installing weather stripping.
  • Drain and store your garden hoses.
  • Check your gutters and downspouts! Get all those leaves out now, and it will save you a lot of trouble in the future. Consider installing or replacing”gutter guards.”

Indoors:

  • Focus on cleaning up the “public” parts of the house where people will be spending the most time.
  • Prepare your kitchen for holiday cooking! Any appliance taking up valuable counter-space that you haven’t used in the past few weeks — consider putting it away and freeing up space.
  • Pull your refrigerator away from the wall and vacuum those dusty coils!
  • Replace your central air conditioning filters and buy new filters to last you through the winter — consider replacing those filters every month during those times your central air system is getting a TON of use. This will cut down on your electricity bill and ensure you’re breathing in air less laden with dust and debris.
  • Stock up on de-icing salt and, if necessary, a new snow shovel now. Why wait until the conditions are dangerous and those supplies are flying off the shelves?

Well, there you have it, folks! Get ready now and you’ll be ready to settle into a nice, cozy winter. And if you’d like a hand with cleaning up the house? Give us a call and we’ll be happy to do the cleaning while you relax in your cozy home with your family!

 

One less chore for you to do: Leave the leaves alone!

Hey, folks! So, for a lot of people out there, if you grew up with a lawn… then you were told that you have to rake the leaves to keep the grass healthy over winter. You were told that if you don’t rake the leaves then the grass would “suffocate.” Well over here at World Class Cleaning, we’re all about making your life as easy as possible. The less you have to do come weekend-time, the more time you have to yourself! With that in mind, let us present to you our argument against you picking up that rake.


Fallen leaves are a “mini-ecosystem”
According to an article by IFLScience, “autumn leaves create a mini ecosystem that provides a home for a whole host of cute critters, including box turtles and chipmunks. At the same time, layers of decomposing leaves tend to harbor large quantities of butterfly pupae. By getting rid of these, you risk depriving birds of a vital food source in the form of caterpillars in the spring, while also denying yourself the company of the butterflies themselves later in the year.” Think of the butterflies!!!!!!


Those leaves are “mulch” for your grass
According to Mother News Network, “instead of raking the leaves, wait until they’re good and crunchy (ripe for jumping into), and then mow the leaves into little pieces. Then, you can just leave them! The leaves will serve as mulch and will protect the soil around your trees, shrubs, or garden. Research done at Michigan State actually shows that leaving the leaves on your yard in such a manner not only does your lawn no harm; it can actually impede weed growth.”


Unless you’re composting the leaves yourself, they’ll likely end up in a landfill
Throwing away leaves is so wasteful! According to davidwolfe.com, “the Environmental Protection Agency reported that in 2011, yard trimmings accounted for 13.5% of solid waste (approximately 33 million tons). Don’t let your leaves be wasted, they have critical benefits to wildlife and your garden.” If you live in Richmond, this Richmond.gov article asks that you bring your leaves to the Maury Street Landfill, so you know they’re not getting composted!

There you have it, folks! Just some food for thought — take it or leaf it! And if you want even more time to yourself, give us a call! We’ll make your home shine and let you take back your weekends!

Bonus: Think “local!” and check out this video from Richmond’s Science Museum of Virginia!

 

The Art of Zen De-cluttering, our Top Three Recommendations

Have you heard of Marie Kondo? According to thespruce.com,
“Marie Kondo’s The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is not just a best-selling book. It has become a cultural phenomenon, provoking people who would not normally pare down their possessions to throw away bags full of excess stuff. The book centers on Kondo’s particular method of radically decluttering a home or office, popular with her clients and the many attendees of her seminars.”

Marie calls her method “KonMari,” and we’ve boiled down what we think is the essence of her method of organization.

Here they are, our top three recommendations to get you on the road to a happy, healthy, de-cluttered home!

  • Start with objects that lack emotional attachment.

    Start with something like clothing, or maybe books — things with which you are least likely to have strong emotional attachment. This will make it easier for you to get started on this process.
  • Tackle categories, not rooms.

    Rather than cleaning/tidying/de-cluttering one room at a time, deal with your possessions by category. “Tidying by category,” Kondo says, “prevents the confusion that arises when you try to declutter objects stored in multiple locations.” So instead of tidying the books in one of your rooms, tidy the books in all of your rooms. Dealing with items by category across all rooms prevents the clutter from creeping room-to-room.
  • Once you’ve slimmed down your possessions, don’t be tempted to keep “acquiring” new things!

    According to Darby Saxbe, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Southern California, in a Chicago Tribune article, “Behind the Zen of decluttering,” “We’ve got Wal-Mart, where you can buy anything for $10, and we’ve become used to this very acquisitive style, where if you can’t find your stapler, you just go buy another stapler,” she says. “I was just reading the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ books with my daughter, and if they wanted a doll, for example, they had to make it, and it was incredibly labor-intensive.” Once you have everything neat & tidy try to avoid cluttering all of that up with new, unnecessary stuff!

There you have it, folks! And once you’ve minimized your possessions you’ll probably be wanting your place to really shine — that’s where we come in. Give us a call and take back your weekends!

 

 

 

Dust Bunnies to Dust Busters: a Brief History of Vacuum Cleaners

Have you ever been pushing your vacuum cleaner around the house and stopped for a second to wonder, “Where in the heck did this thing come from?!” Well, we decided to do the research for you, and we’ve got the answers you’re looking for!

It all started with carpet sweepers. Have you ever used one? They’re pretty similar to a vacuum cleaner insofar as they also use a revolving roller lined with bristles, but they’re not nearly as effective due to the lack of suction. The advantage? With no electric-powered suction, they’re much quieter. They can, for example, be used in high-volume restaurants to clean up while patrons are enjoying their meals.

By the end of the 19th century, we saw our first powered carpet cleaning devices, but they blew air, instead of sucking stuff up. Imagine: blowing dust and debris and dog hair around with a leaf blower! Enter one Hubert Cecil Booth: Hubert was witness to this new innovation of “leaf blower-carpet cleaner” and wanted to improve upon it. He came up with the idea to create a device that used suction to clean, rather than blowing stuff around. His first models were dependent upon combustion engines and were HUGE! The very first prototypes had to be pulled around by a team of horses and were far too large to fit inside a home.

 

Check out one of his first models, the “Puffing Billy!”

Over the next few decades Mr. Booth improved upon his models and eventually the Hoover vacuum company entered the scene bringing even further innovation to these cleaning devices. …And that brings us to modern day vacuum cleaners!

 

As you can see, we’re passionate about our vacuum cleaners! Give us a call and we’ll show you what we mean! We’ll get your home (and carpets!) clean and let you take back your weekends!