Getting Your House Ready For 4th of July Parties

There’s nothing better than a great 4th of July BBQ and having friends and family over to get together for an outdoor party in the yard. The kids can run around free and your dining room is spared from disaster. But before you can kick back, relax and enjoy the festivities, make sure your space is clean and ready to go. Just follow these few tips and you’ll be good to go.

  1. Give your grill a scrub down. To make sure last year’s charcoal or greasy build up is gone before you start grilling this season, take some time to tend to your grill’s interior
  2. Clean up the porch or patio. Designate a separate broom for your outdoor spaces and give it a label so it doesn’t get mixed up with the others. After sweeping your patio, pour some warm water and soap on the ground and sweep it again, this time using extra strength for a deeper scrub. Rinse with water for complete shine!
  3. Wash your umbrella and outdoor fabrics. The best way to clean your outdoor cushions and umbrella is to use a soft bristle brush, warm water, and gentle soap (like Ivory or Dr. Bronner’s). Soak the cushions and pillow cases before scrubbing them with the sponge and for the umbrella, create the solution and scrub the fabric using your brush. Let the fabric dry in the sun.

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Cleaning Myths

Found some amazing cleaning myths that consumer guides reported about and thought I would share with you our findings:

Around the House

Myth: Newspaper works the best for cleaning glass.
 Wet newspaper tears easily, and the ink can transfer to window trim, leaving more to clean. We use microfiber cloths to clean glass, it’s the best at cleaning without streaking.

Myth: Vinegar cleans everything.
 Vinegar is an acid, so it can cut through dirt and can kill bacteria, but only if you use it at full or nearly full strength.  Most people put a capful in a bucket of water, and that doesn’t do much.  Furthermore the acids in vinegar can damage natural stone and wood surfaces – so be careful.

Myth: Feather dusters are more effective than microfiber cloths at dusting.
Fact: Genuine ostrich-feather dusters do attract dust, but they’re expensive and are generally not as effective as lambswool or microfiber options.

Myth: String mops are best for removing dirt and bacteria.

Fact: Industrial-style string mops may look impressive, but studies have shown that microfiber mops are about 20 percent more effective at removing dirt and bacteria.  But if you want to make sure you’re not leaving anything behind on the floor, use a microfiber mop.

Myth: Coca-Cola can tidy up toilets.

Fact: Coke sure isn’t “it” when it comes to cleaning your toilet bowl: Coke is acidic, so it could be effective at removing hard-water stains.  The Coca-Cola website recommends using other options.

Myth: Bleach cleans everything.

Fact: Bleach actually doesn’t “clean” anything—because it doesn’t remove soil.  It can lighten stains, making things look cleaner, and it kills bacteria, so it’s better as a sanitizer than as a cleaner.

Well if you are using Coke to clean your toilet and are now devastated that we myth busted this; no problem – we have the solution for all your Overland Park whole house cleaning services Call the Tidy Up Angels today at 913-642-2006 – or fill out our online estimator for your home: And ask us about our whole house cleaning services in Overland Park KS for great specials!