Thanksgiving Cleaning Pre-Checklist

Thanksgiving Cleaning Pre-Checklist

Vacuum Floors and Seating Areas
You want your guests to walk into a clean house, so run your vacuum the morning before dinner. If you don’t have time to do the whole house, you can cheat and just do the main floor if it’s unlikely people will be going upstairs. Use the fabric attachment for your vacuum on chairs and sofas to tackle crumbs and pet hair.

Mop The Floors
If your floors are a little dirty and you have 15 people traipsing all over your house, that dirt is going to get spread everywhere. This will make the next day’s cleaning much more time-consuming, and no one wants to eat dinner on a dirty floor. So mop thoroughly before your guests arrive.

Deep Clean the Fridge and Oven
Your fridge and oven will be getting a lot of use over the holidays. Stinky odors in your fridge or grease stains in your oven can actually affect new foods you’re storing or cooking. Plus, you’ll probably need a lot of space in your fridge. So clear out those wrinkled apples no one is ever going to eat to make space for your Thanksgiving feast and scrub that oil spill that’s been hanging out in your oven for two months.

Tidy Your Guest Bedroom and Wash Your Linens
If you have any guests staying the night or the weekend, be sure to tidy the guest bedroom. Even if no one has used the bed in a while, wash the sheets, pillowcases, and duvet cover to avoid that musty smell and feel.

Dust Shelves and Bookcases
Assuming you dust regularly, pay extra attention to surfaces that don’t get touched very often. This means bookcases, shelves, windowsills, baseboards, and ceiling fans. If you don’t dust regularly, check out my article on 10 Handy Dusting Tips.

For all your home cleaning needs treat yourself every week to a 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.

Great Ideas for around the house to clean items with WD-40

Great Ideas for around the house to clean items with WD-40

WD-40 is more than just a can in your toolbox; it’s a can-do for nearly everything. For years, you’ve reached for it to loosen rusty screws, silence those irksome creaking doors, or battle stubborn gunk on your machinery. However, we’re about to take your relationship with WD-40 to the next level. Prepare to be amazed as we unveil some of the most astonishing and ingenious WD-40 hacks you never even knew you needed.

Unsticking Stuck Zippers
Zippers jamming mid-zip is infuriating. Yank and tug all you want; that zipper ain’t moving. Luckily, WD-40 can free the teeth from their prison. Apply a little to the stuck zipper teeth and slide back and forth.  The lubricant will loosen the zipper track and have you zipping freely again. Focus application on the problem area, and be patient working the zipper to allow the WD-40 to penetrate fully before trying to aggressively open or close it.

Hairbrush Cleaning
Hairbrushes become furry petri dishes over time. Sure, you could cut each strand out by hand, but there’s an easier way to de-hair brushes. Just spray on WD-40 and comb through. The liquid loosens trapped strands so you can quickly sweep away the hairy buildup.
For extreme cases, allow WD-40 to sit for 5 minutes before combing to enable it to penetrate deeply into the bristles. The lubricating effect helps release even the most stubborn hairs.

Crayon Marks Be Gone
Crayon masterpieces look sweet on paper, less so on walls. The rainbow swirls taunt you, impervious to scrubbing. But WD-40 lifts colorful marks with little effort: just spray, let sit briefly, and wipe away.
In seconds, walls are blank canvases again, free from your little Picasso’s handiwork. Be sure to test WD-40 in an inconspicuous spot first, as some paints or wall materials may be sensitive to the solvents.

Conditioning Leather Furniture
Leather furniture deserves TLC. Condition couches and chairs by massaging WD-40 into leather with a soft cloth. The oil restores suppleness to cracked hides, rejuvenating your luxury seating. Guests will think your vintage leather pieces are brand new again.
Use a microfiber cloth and rub in small circular motions to work the WD-40 into every crack and crevice. Buff afterward with a fresh, dry cloth to revive the leather’s natural oils and luster.

Toilet Cleaning
Cleaning toilets is gross. But spraying bowls with WD-40 before scrubbing slashes time and effort. The liquid penetrates stains, loosening icky buildup so you can wipe away grime with less elbow grease.
Bathrooms sparkle with 80% less work, and your toilet brush stays fresher, too. Let WD-40 sit for 5-10 minutes before scrubbing to allow maximum penetrating action. Pay special attention to hard water stains and rust spots for best results.

These are just some of many great cleaning ways you can do it yourself – but for all your home cleaning needs treat yourself every week to a 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.

Hacks to keep your house clean with kids

Hacks to keep your house clean with kids

How you can keep the house clean with kids. The trick to keep the house clean when you have kids, is to put in a small effort everyday. The tasks are small and doable for moms who have so much to do and so little time.

So don’t let the fact that you have little kids, keep you from living in a clean and tidy house. With these smart mom hacks you can go from messy to clean and well organized.

1.INVEST IN STORAGE CONTAINERS OR BASKETS
The easiest organizing strategy ever, is to use baskets and storage containers to organize every room in your house.

When we are designing spaces, this is our trick to making sure the rooms stay organized and decluttered. You too can use baskets to corral clutter is every room of your house from the living room to dining room and kitchen.

Look at the creative and beautiful ways baskets and storage containers are used for organizing every room in the house.

2. DECLUTTER
Keeping a house clean and tidy can be hard when the house is cluttered with things you have zero emotional attachment to (or worse, dislike).

Pick a long weekend, send the kids over to grandma’s and just tackle the clutter. If you are expecting a baby, then this is the perfect time to get organized. Check out this nesting checklist to get started.

Get rid of things that are broken or you don’t need. Donate items that the kids have grown out of. Get the house de-cluttered and you’ll find that keeping and maintaining a clean house is much easier afterwards.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to look around and see a home you love?

3.HAVE A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
Once you have de -cluttered, you’ve got to find storage for things you have. Focus on storing like with like. For example, organize the books together, toys together, etc.

Make sure you have designated storage places for everything. This is where the baskets we talked about before, come in handy.

4.WRITE DOWN A CLEANING SCHEDULE
Creating a cleaning schedule is essential to keeping your house clean when you have little kids. It will help you break down the cleaning of the house into simple tasks that feels less daunting and time consuming.

Keep in mind, that the easiest house cleaning schedule only requires you to spend a little time every day. With a 25 minute clean up routine every day, you’ll have a presentable house, pretty much all the time.

The best time to tackle the daily clean up tasks, is when your little one is napping during the day.

Here’s a sample cleaning schedule you can follow during the week:

5.START BY MAKING THE BED
Can making your bed change your life?

According to the New York Times Bestseller, The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg, making your bed is a keystone habit that leads to better productivity and a greater sense of well being among other things.

And, if you need more convincing, Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Seal William H. McCraven, gave a commencement speech which went viral, where we told students that one of the most powerful lessons he learned during his time as a Navy SEAL was to make the bed every morning.

6. DO ONE LOAD OF LAUNDRY PER DAY
One of our favorite mom hacks, to keep the house clean with kids, is to tackle laundry everyday. That’s right, no more trying to collect piles of laundry and doing laundry once a week. You’ve got to get in the routine of doing a load of laundry either in the morning or after dinner.

It’s really not going to take a lot of time. It will take you at most, five minutes to put laundry in the washer, start the machine and go on with your day (and switch the clothes to the dryer in between). And, then it will take another 10 minutes or so to put it away.

7. GET EVERYONE INVOLVED
If you want to keep the house clean get your husband, kids, dog and everyone else involved. They’ve got to pitch in and understand that keeping the house clean is important.

Get the little ones to help you pick up their toys and books. Ask your husband to help you with the dishes and cleaning the kitchen every night.

8. DO A 15 MINUTE NIGHTLY CLEAN-UP.
A 15 minute nightly routine to clean up and organize the living room, family room and play room will make keeping the house clean and tidy so much easier.

Fix the blankets and pillows, put the toys and books away, and tidy up anything else that is not in it’s designated place.

Just imagine how wonderful it would be to wake up to a neat and beautiful house, sounds awesome, doesn’t it?

9.PUT EVERYTHING AWAY AFTER USE.
A mom hack we swear by, is to always put things away right after using them. Imagine how much less clutter and how much less work you’d have, if everyone in your house just put their things away after using them.

It takes effort to get into that habit. It is convenient to come into the house and just drop the jacket on the floor. Or leave the toys on the living room floor after playtime is done, instead of picking it all up.

But the truth is, either way — you’re going to have to put the stuff away. So do it as you go through the day, rather than waiting for “clean up” time.

Now treat yourself every weeks to a 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.

Essential Dorm Cleaning Supplies for Every Student

Essential Dorm Cleaning Supplies for Every Student

College can be a great and fun time, but yet – we want to help maintain a sense of cleanliness and quick and easy ways to make cleaning up easy and fast.  Here is a handful of items that every college student should have when going off to college.

1. All Purpose Cleaner
All purpose cleaner is an essential dorm cleaning product you can use to clean every surface in your dorm room super easily. Dressers, desks, mirrors, sinks, doorknobs, etc. all get really gross. But just spray some all purpose cleaner on the surface, wipe it down, and you’re done! So simple.

Cleaning your dorm room with all purpose cleaner is something you can do in just a few minutes once a week and it really makes a difference in keeping all the surfaces in your room clean and dust-free.

2. Paper Towels
Having a few rolls of paper towels on hand is always a smart idea. The main way I used paper towels was for wiping down surfaces after I cleaned them with the all purpose cleaner. It’s easier to clean with paper towels rather than using actual towels that you’ll have to wash later.

You can also use paper towels for cleaning up spills (the amount of times my laptop survived having water spilled on it is crazy) and they also double as napkins when you’re eating in your dorm room!

3. Disinfecting Wipes
Disinfecting wipes can almost be used in place of all purpose cleaning spray for cleaning your dorm room. I personally kept both on hand just in case, but it’s really just a matter of preference.

You can use disinfecting wipes for cleaning surfaces like dressers, desks, mirrors, sinks, and doorknobs. They’re super helpful for picking up crumbs or cleaning sticky surfaces in your dorm room.

4. Carpet Spot Remover
I liked having a carpeted dorm room, but it is definitely harder to keep clean than hardwood or tile. If you have a carpeted dorm room, or plan on having rugs in your room, then getting a small bottle of carpet spot remover is a good idea.

I can’t tell you how many times we ended up with unexplainable spots and stains on our carpet. No idea how they got there, but spot remover does the trick!

5. Room Spray
I don’t know what it is about dorm rooms, but they can start smelling really stale and musty no matter how much you clean. This is where room spray air freshener is really helpful to have on hand.

This will keep your dorm room smelling clean and fresh all the time. I personally love this pear blossom agave scent that is really light and subtle. (You can also use this on your linens, clothing, towels, etc. to make them smell nice!)

So these are the essential dorm cleaning supplies that every college student needs!
I guarantee that using these products will make your dorm room the cleanest on your hall and keep everything sparkling clean in just a few minutes every week.

Now treat yourself and after the kiddos are gone for college – 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 Purge and Cleaning

Summer Purge and Cleaning

Decluttering falls somewhere between backing up your hard drive and filing taxes on the excitement scale. If you set aside a little time to chip away at it periodically throughout the year. The end of summer is no exception. Now is a great time to take stock of your needs and ditch all those ill-fitting swimsuits and untapped barbecue condiments.

In other words, don’t hold off for a big spring clean, take the end of the season as the perfect time to close up shop. Get a head start on your end-of-summer purge with this list of items you can donate, recycle, or toss without a second thought.

1. Old binders and folders
If you’re planning to replace supplies like binders and folders for the new school season.

2. Worn beach towels
Got beach towels that have seen better days? Don’t let them take up shelf space in the linen closet. Most animal shelters accept old towels as donations — which come in handy for lining cages, cleaning up messes, and bathing pups.

3. Summer clothes
If you have a bathing suit that doesn’t fit well enough for you to wear it regularly, donate it. Likewise, toss sandals and flip-flops that are worn out from a season or two of pounding the pavement. And peruse your closet: If you have spring or summer clothes that you didn’t wear this year, chances are, you won’t touch them down the line – time to donate.

4. Unused condiments and spices
Gourmet chipotle barbecue sauce, blackening spices, and pickled vegetables often look great at the store — and then don’t necessarily cut it when you try them out. Pare down your collection so they don’t get pushed to the back of the fridge or pantry and sit unused.

5. Old makeup
If it’s been awhile since you’ve cleaned out your makeup kit, now’s your chance. Shelf life varies depending on the product and how it’s formulated — for example, lipsticks can last a couple of years, but mascara is best replaced at least every six months.

6. Broken pool noodles
Those ubiquitous floating toys are fun but tend to snap easily. If you have beat-up pool noodles you regularly tote to your apartment’s pool, dry out the pieces and then take Naylon’s clever suggestion: Reuse them as boot shapers for winter boots.

7. Running shoes
Most athletic shoes are spent after 400 to 600 miles of running or walking (or 45 to 60 hours of other cardio like tennis, dance, or basketball), but there are so many variables that it can be hard to pinpoint exactly when it’s time to retire a pair — look for signs like a worn-down tread, thin sock liner, and loss of resilience underfoot. Turn them over to a recycling program like Soles4Souls or One World Running.

8. Air-conditioning filter
After the air conditioner has been chugging along all summer, it’s probably time to toss the old filter and replace it for the coming year.

9. Party favors
If you’ve accumulated small gifts and trinkets from spring and summer weddings and other events, assess your collection, determine what’s worth hanging on to

After you are done purging – it is time for a good clean – 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.

4th of July Cleaning Tips and Tricks

4th of July Cleaning Tips and Tricks

With the 4th of July fast approaching, many homeowners will host backyard parties, have cookouts, and rejoice in commemorating the nation’s independence. These gatherings typically begin in the daylight hours and carry on until a fireworks finale or beyond.

If you are planning a 4th of July party, the outside of your home should ideally be as clean and inviting as the indoor spaces. Preparing to host a 4th of July party takes a lot of behind-the-scenes work. Shopping for food and fireworks, cleaning the house, getting the grill ready, ensuring the pool and spa are ready to go and cleaned inside and out for use. Lastly, to get your backyard 4th of July party-ready, hang up those fun, festive decorations and watch your space transform.

Who has time to deal with the exterior preparations, such as soft washing, window cleaning, pressure washing siding, and getting sidewalks, driveways, and decks sparkling and sanitized? Let a local Squeegee Squad lend a helping hand by professionally cleaning your home’s exterior surfaces, so you’ll be ready to party and entertain guests this 4th of July with less stress.

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Residential Window Cleaning for a Sparkling Glean
Windows are the biggest reflective components in the home and are sure to garner the attention of guests. However, stuck on grit, dirt, fingerprints, animal droppings, and layers of pollen are unsightly and can distract from the home’s appeal or even incite allergies in sensitive persons.

Prepare for the 4th of July with Pressure Washing.
No need to worry about mold, dirt, stains, or efflorescence on the siding, driveways, patios, walkways, or decking with a professional pressure washing team ready to wash away troublesome debris and stubborn stains. The only bangs you want at your party should be the music and the fireworks, not the sound of guests slipping on oil in the driveway or a bit of residue on the pool decking.

Using low-pressure nozzles and highly effective biodegradable cleansers, can take to task all of these surfaces and more. No job is too tough to handle; even the most delicate materials such as stucco, vinyl siding, wood or composite decking, and painted facades are no match for our highly trained pressure washing crews. Pressure washing not only removes grime and growth but helps keep the area cleaner longer. You’ll enjoy the cleaning long after the party wraps up!

Don’t Forget Roof & Gutter Cleaning
While taking advantage of professional pressure washing services, why not go ahead and consider having a good roof cleaning and gutter cleaning? After all, those springtime leaves have fallen along with residual debris from storms—perhaps even some granules or particulates from the roof that are causing clogs.

Quick July 4th Party Decor Ideas
Quickly show your patriotism by adding pleated flag-style bunting to drape along deck railings, fences, and above awnings, entryways, and nearby those sparkling clean windows. Hang a tried and true, red, white, and blue wreath upon that freshly washed door. Adorn the gutters and bushes with themed lights or garland, add a few balloons and colored plates, and party on amid a sterile, attractive outdoor environment.

While things have been getting done on the outside – we are here to help with our cleaning on the inside. 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.