How Often Should You Clean Your Garage?

How Often Should You Clean Your Garage?

How often you clean your garage depends on your lifestyle and how frequently you use this space.  Deep cleaning your garage includes cleaning floors and surfaces, inspecting for pests and mold, organizing storage spaces, and donating or tossing unused items.

Before Getting Started
Before starting the cleaning process, think about how your garage can best serve you and sketch out a plan for how to achieve an end result you’re happy with. Are you an avid gardener? Do you need easy access to sports gear? Does your garage double as a laundry room?

How to Clean Your Garage
Now that you have a plan in place, you can begin cleaning your garage.

1. Empty Your Garage
For a proper deep clean, start by emptying out your entire garage. This may feel overwhelming, but it’s the best way to ensure you go through every item in your garage. Fully emptying this space out also allows you to better reach the floors and corners where there may be a build-up of dirt and other grime. To break this process up, empty and edit one section at a time.

2. Go Through Your Items
Once everything is out of your garage, sift through your items and make piles for things you want to keep and those you can donate or get rid of. If you’re having trouble letting things go, try itemizing things into “use regularly,” “use annually,” “never use,” and “sentimental storage” categories.

Everything in “never use” can be donated or tossed. Check annual and regular-use items for signs of wear and tear, and replace or store them. Move sentimental items into your home, like photo albums and old toys, as these risk being damaged in your garage.

3. Create Additional Storage
If you’ve gone through all of your items and still don’t have enough room to store everything efficiently, now is the time to create additional storage solutions. In a garage, utilizing vertical space is ideal.

Overhead storage racks suspended from the ceiling are great for storing bulky items such as seasonal decorations, camping gear, or bins of less frequently used items, says Sokolowski. Other options include: creating a peg board with hooks for hanging tools, installing a wall- or ceiling-mounted bike rack, and hanging hooks for gardening tools.

4. Dust and Clean Garage Surfaces
Once your garage is empty and you’ve installed additional storage (if needed), you can start the cleaning process. Wipe down all of the garage surfaces with a damp cloth and a cleaning solution suited to the materials in your garage.

5. Clean Garage Floors
Sweep up any loose dirt and debris, then give the floors a good scrubbing.  Depending on the type of flooring you have, you may need to use a mop and some soapy water or a specialized cleaner to get them clean.

6. Wipe Down Garage Items
Return to the pile of items you moved out of your garage, which should now be down to the essentials. Take the time to wipe down these items with a damp cloth to remove accumulated dust and avoid tracking it back into your garage.

7. Organize the Garage
Come up with a thought-out plan when returning items to your garage. Store frequently used items within easy reach, creating designated zones for different purposes like yard work, gardening, and seasonal items to maintain organization.   Keep these items in clear, labeled bins to ensure they stay contained but are still easy to see and access.

For all your home cleaning needs treat yourself every week or every month – it is time for a good clean at the house – using our cleaning service in Kansas City, you can count on our skilled staff to take care of any loose ends throughout the week. Call us today to our teams of professional cleaners are ready to take care of the hard work for you. Book a clean today and leave the rest up to us – Treat yourself and your home! Tidy Up Angels has been providing residential cleaning service to the Overland Park area since 2008. Trusting someone to clean your home can be a little unnerving. If this is your first time hiring a cleaning company, we want you to know that you can relax with Tidy Up Angels. Our company is fully insured and bonded; safeguarding your most personal possessions. Honesty, integrity, and good work ethics are the back bone of our company. We aim to meet all your expectations and we hope to exceed them during each service. Let us know how we can help with your house cleaning services in Overland Park and how we can help you – contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

 

Summer Road Trips – Keeping your car clean Tips

Summer Road Trips – Keeping your car clean Tips

You have spent all year keeping your home clean and doing all the fun adulting things in your life…. now it’s time to kick back and relax and take that family road trip.  So how and what should you do to keep your car clean?  Here are some of our basic thoughts when it comes to traveling and from bugs splattering on the windshield to dirt and grime getting kicked up onto the doors and rear, your once-pristine car may start looking grimy and dull. Protecting your paint job and keeping the outside of your vehicle sparkling clean requires being proactive while on the road.

How do you keep your vehicle looking its best while on the road this summer?

Bug goo, sap, road tar–the sooner you address those problems the better – these items can bake on your vehicle as you’re driving along hot summer roads and etch the paint, causing permanent damage.

Use microfiber towels, waterless car wash/wax, upholstery cleaner for spills, bug and tar remover made specifically for automobile paint and vehicle glass cleaner.  A clean windshield is essential for safe driving. Early morning and late afternoon create glare on dusty glass surfaces.

Pack a car care kit

To keep up with life on the road and the messes that come with it, make sure to pack a car care kit that can easily be stored in your trunk or cargo area.

Here is a list of some basic items whenever you go on road trips:
– Waterless wash and wax solution. These kinds of products work well for quick touch-ups, removing bugs, bird droppings and fresh water spots before they have a chance to bond to your car’s exterior and cause damage.
– Glass cleaner or glass cleaner wipes designed for automobile surfaces.
– Interior detailer wipes are great for impromptu clean-up on upholstery. Food and liquids can be safely removed to prevent odors, surface stains, and mold.
– Microfiber towels are great for both exterior and interior clean-ups or wipe-downs. They are absorbent and easy to clean.
Handheld vacuum you can easily store in your car for those unexpected spills.
– Clay bars to help remove hardened grit and grime. They are easy to stow and safely remove contaminants stuck to glass, wheels, and painted surfaces.
Some cleaning waxes add shine but don’t remove contaminants bonded to the car. Clay bars can remove smudgy swirls, grit, brake dust, and other contaminants, plus he says they can be used on just about any exterior surface.

Keep up with bug removal

While touchless car washes are great for deeper cleanings, be sure to spot-clean the front end of your car each time you stop for gas to maintain good visibility through the windshield and headlight lenses.

A bottle of bug remover spray and microfiber cloths to quickly dissolve and wipe away splattered bugs before they harden and bake onto the glass and paint.

Mind the sprinklers

When stopping at hotels or campgrounds, be mindful of sprinklers that could unexpectedly spray your car. Getting doused with sprinkler spray can leave behind unsightly water spots and stains that are tough to remove if they bake in the hot sun. Try to park away from sprinkler systems or get in the habit of drying your car off with microfiber towels after such a surprise shower.

Head to the car wash

Even with diligent spot cleaning, you’ll want to take your car to a self-serve or drive-through car wash during extended driving trips. This helps blast away road grime, tar, tree sap, dead bugs, and any other crud that builds up on your car’s exterior. Make sure to use the undercarriage wash and wheel cleaner functions too.

Hope you and your family have a great and safe travels while on vacation and if you are like us and want a clean home when you get back from the family vacation – have us come in while you are gone and or before you leave.  For all your home cleaning needs treat yourself every week or every month – it is time for a good clean at the house – using our cleaning service in Kansas City, you can count on our skilled staff to take care of any loose ends throughout the week. Call us today to our teams of professional cleaners are ready to take care of the hard work for you. Book a clean today and leave the rest up to us – Treat yourself and your home! Tidy Up Angels has been providing residential cleaning service to the Overland Park area since 2008. Trusting someone to clean your home can be a little unnerving. If this is your first time hiring a cleaning company, we want you to know that you can relax with Tidy Up Angels. Our company is fully insured and bonded; safeguarding your most personal possessions. Honesty, integrity, and good work ethics are the back bone of our company. We aim to meet all your expectations and we hope to exceed them during each service. Let us know how we can help with your house cleaning services in Overland Park and how we can help you – contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

 

Spring Cleaning of some key rooms in the home – great checklist!

Spring Cleaning of some key rooms in the home – great checklist!

As much as I love fall and winter, by the time spring comes I’m ready to welcome the sunshine and warm breezes, the trees coming back to life, and the blooms opening their cheery faces. Most of all, I’m ready to fling open the windows (and blinds) and let that fresh air flow through rooms that have been shut in against the cold for months.

If fall and winter are a great time to clean in preparation for a bunch of time spent indoors, spring is a great time to clean because of all that time spent indoors. In fact, the practice of spring cleaning dates back centuries and has cultural and religious roots that span the globe.

Here are some of the areas to start with and a great checklist:

Kitchen
Clean out the fridge.
Clean out the freezer.
Clean your water and ice dispenser areas.
Get rid of entertaining items you didn’t use throughout the holiday season.
Toss broken dishware, duplicate kitchen tools, and items you don’t use.
Clean crumbs out of drawers.
Clean your coffee maker.
Clean your toaster oven.
Clean your oven.
Clean your vent hood screens.
Wash your garbage can and recycling bin.
Clean out your garbage disposal.
Wipe down cabinet and drawer fronts.
Clean any smudges on walls.
Clean light fixtures.

Bathroom
Thoroughly clean the bathtub interior and shower.
Rinse off shampoo, conditioner, and other containers.
Replace rags and loofahs, as needed.
Clean trash cans.
Clean the toilet thoroughly.
Clean showerhead.
Wash shower curtain liner.
Mop floors.
Declutter under-sink cabinets and medicine cabinets.
Clean light fixtures.

Bedroom (and Closet)
Put out-of-season clothing in storage.
Wash throw pillows and/or covers.
Wash pillows.
Wash duvet cover, comforter, blankets, etc.
Dust and clean the headboard.
Vacuum mattress.
Polish wooden furniture.
Clean closet floor.
Declutter seasonal clothes and shoes that weren’t worn during the colder months.
Clean under furniture.

For all your home cleaning needs treat yourself every week or every month – it is time for a good clean at the house – using our cleaning service in Kansas City, you can count on our skilled staff to take care of any loose ends throughout the week. Call us today to our teams of professional cleaners are ready to take care of the hard work for you. Book a clean today and leave the rest up to us – Treat yourself and your home! Tidy Up Angels has been providing residential cleaning service to the Overland Park area since 2008. Trusting someone to clean your home can be a little unnerving. If this is your first time hiring a cleaning company, we want you to know that you can relax with Tidy Up Angels. Our company is fully insured and bonded; safeguarding your most personal possessions. Honesty, integrity, and good work ethics are the back bone of our company. We aim to meet all your expectations and we hope to exceed them during each service. Let us know how we can help with your house cleaning services in Overland Park and how we can help you – contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

Kid’s Bedroom Cleaning Tips

Kid’s Bedroom Cleaning Tips

Once your child learns how to properly clean their room, this will save everyone time while creating a clean space everyone is happy to spend time in. Clean rooms also create an environment that’s easier to focus on homework.  Here are some tips for cleaning and organizing your kid’s bedroom, that even your young ones can handle.

1. Put Away All Clothes

Any clothes that are thrown around the room should be either hung up if they can be worn again, or put in the hamper if they are dirty. During this process, you might even encourage your children to donate or toss anything clothing items that no longer fit or are damaged.

2. Make The Bed

If the sheets aren’t clean, strip the bed and put the dirty linens in the laundry. If the sheets are clean, make the bed. Encourage your children to make their bed the first thing in the morning after they wake-up.

3. Clear The Clutter

Any clutter in the room such as dirty dishes, books, toys, or video game controllers, should go back where they belong. If there isn’t a permanent spot for something, make one. Any toys that are dirty should go in a neat pile to get cleaned later.

4. Clean All the Surfaces

All you need is a little warm water and some dish soap on a cloth, and use this to wipe down any surfaces. You also can use cleaning wipes. Be sure to get window sills, bookshelves, the computer, doorknobs, and really anywhere that collects dust.

For glass areas, use a glass cleaner and a soft cloth or paper towel. This includes bedroom mirrors and windows. Coffee filters and newspapers are also great streak free solutions for cleaning glass surfaces.

Schedule Your Free In-Home Estimate

5. Vacuum

Vacuum the carpet and any furniture items with crumbs. Try to make it a habit to vacuum at least once a month.

6. The Floor

You want to save cleaning the floor for last because it gets dirty when you’re moving everything around. First be sure to pick up any small items on the ground like coins, or other small things that could easily get vacuumed up.

If the floor is carpeting, vacuum. If the floor is vinyl or hardwood then sweep with a broom or dustpan. Then use a mop or a towel that’s in a cleaning bucket to clean up any dirt that’s stuck on.

Try to clean up a little bit every day so there’s less work to do when you really have to clean. Every day your kids can put away clutter, wipe down surfaces, put away their clothes, and make the bed.

7. Make Cleaning Fun

Cleaning seems like such a daunting task, there are ways that you can make cleaning fun for your kids. Here are some ideas.

8. Get Your Kids Excited To Clean

While games are fun, it’s also important that your kids understand why they’re cleaning. It can be hard at times to motivate your kids to clean their room. All you need is the right tools and incentives to help your kids understand why cleaning is so important.

Here are some things you might want to try discussing with your kid that will help them understand better.

For all your home cleaning needs treat yourself every week or every month – it is time for a good clean at the house – using our cleaning service in Kansas City, you can count on our skilled staff to take care of any loose ends throughout the week. Call us today to our teams of professional cleaners are ready to take care of the hard work for you. Book a clean today and leave the rest up to us – Treat yourself and your home! Tidy Up Angels has been providing residential cleaning service to the Overland Park area since 2008. Trusting someone to clean your home can be a little unnerving. If this is your first time hiring a cleaning company, we want you to know that you can relax with Tidy Up Angels. Our company is fully insured and bonded; safeguarding your most personal possessions. Honesty, integrity, and good work ethics are the back bone of our company. We aim to meet all your expectations and we hope to exceed them during each service. Let us know how we can help with your house cleaning services in Overland Park and how we can help you – contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.

Spring Cleaning But Feel Overwhelmed?

Spring Cleaning But Feel Overwhelmed?

If you have been wanting to do a spring cleaning but feel overwhelmed by the chore, then perhaps one of these checklists is for you. Often having each task written out helps us focus—and we get the satisfaction of checking it off when it is completed. This bedroom list is a somewhat simple way to start and is broken down to keep tasks at hand:

Bedroom Spring Cleaning Checklist:
Open the windows.
Remove everything that shouldn’t be in the room and put it in its correct place.
Dust, vacuum and clean furniture.
Empty each draw, wash them and replace the contents neatly. Donate or dispose of any items that you no longer use.
Empty wardrobe, wash it inside and out, wash clothes and replace them neatly. Donate anything you no longer wear.
Move bed to one side and tidy or dispose of anything underneath. Sweep and vacuum the area under the bed.
Freshen the mattress by sprinkling a bit of baking soda over it before vacuuming.
Wash the bedding and curtains.
Wash the pillows and duvet in hot water. Air the mattress.
Dust lights and clean lampshades.
Wash windows and window sills.
Wash window screens.
Wash and disinfect lightswitch plates.
Wash walls.
Dust and clean mirrors, art and decor.
Clean doors and door knobs.
Wash floor registers and vent covers.
Sweep and wash floors.

For all your home cleaning needs treat yourself every week or every month – it is time for a good clean at the house – using our cleaning service in Kansas City, you can count on our skilled staff to take care of any loose ends throughout the week. Call us today to our teams of professional cleaners are ready to take care of the hard work for you. Book a clean today and leave the rest up to us – Treat yourself and your home! Tidy Up Angels has been providing residential cleaning service to the Overland Park area since 2008. Trusting someone to clean your home can be a little unnerving. If this is your first time hiring a cleaning company, we want you to know that you can relax with Tidy Up Angels. Our company is fully insured and bonded; safeguarding your most personal possessions. Honesty, integrity, and good work ethics are the back bone of our company. We aim to meet all your expectations and we hope to exceed them during each service. Let us know how we can help with your house cleaning services in Overland Park and how we can help you – contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.