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How to choose a professional house cleaning company? What should I look for in their reviews and services?

Many people are looking to professional house cleaning companies and services to help them take care of tasks that they may not have the time to do themselves or simply to ease the burden of being a homeowner. Yet, with so many offerings available to choose from it can sometimes be hard to narrow the choice down to the best selection in an area. So, there are a few things that should be looked for when looking to hire in order to be sure that the results are satisfactory.

Price and cost are some of the major considerations for just about anything, and it is important that the cleaning company that is chosen is able to provide a reasonable rate that compares with others in the vicinity. It has to be realized that a myriad of factors will influence this cost, and this includes the size of the residence as well as the size or square footage. Also, there may be more cost depending on the size of the household, pets, or the degree of cleaning depth that is needed. One should look around in order to find a professional house cleaning company that has the services needed at a rate that is reasonable.

The standard cleaning services generally include things like making beds, vacuuming, dusting, sweeping and mopping, and a few other necessities. If additional service is needed then this needs to be taken into account because there will likely be additional fees. For example, spot-cleaning carpets or cupboard cleaning or some of the types of things that generally add to the cost.

Look at the reviews of the companies once they have been narrowed down to potential selections, and these should be in the higher range so that a person can tell that the majority of their clients have been pleased with the worker or workers. Be sure to take a look at the negative reviews so that anything major can be noted, and that will help to be sure that these services are compatible with the type of home or apartment that is being serviced. Check that they are licensed and bonded as necessary in the particular city, state, or region as that will ensure that any damage is handled appropriately. Finally, ask about the equipment to see if the company uses high quality or if they look to the hiring owner to provide everything necessary.

With a little research, a professional house cleaning company that is just the right fit will be easily found so that everything can be handled as planned.

Five Common Carpet Stains and Five Common Cleaning Methods for Removing Them

If you have kids or pets, you are likely to deal with spills or “accidents” that leave carpet stains. However, you have no need to worry. There are ways to remove these pesky stains and keep your floors looking good as new.

While we love our pets, it is almost inevitable that you will experience a few accidents every once in a while. The key to treating the stain as soon as possible. First, grab a paper towel or an absorbent cloth and press down. The goal is to get the wetness out of the carpet as quickly as possible. You may need to apply more than one paper towel or absorbent cloth. After getting the spot as dry as possible, mix a solution of (equal parts) white vinegar and water. Put this solution in a spray bottle and mist the solution into the carpet. You will need to repeat this as many times as needed to pull up the solution from that spot in the carpet. Not only will the vinegar clean the spot, it will also discourage repeat urination in the same spot.

Another common stain in households is spilled coffee. Blotting the stain is important here just as it is in the case of pet stains. This time, however, you will fill the spray bottle with three percent hydrogen peroxide. Once you have gotten the spot as dry as possible, spray the stain with hydrogen peroxide. Then, grab a wet towel. You will now need to get a steam iron on full-steam, and you will place the iron on the wet towel (which should be covering the stain). Allow this to sit for about twenty seconds. Repeat this with fresh towels until the stain complete comes up.

*It is important to remember that hydrogen peroxide may take the color out of your carpet. It is best to test a less conspicuous area of the carpet before using hydrogen peroxide on a well-trodden area of carpet.

Yet another common carpet stain involves blood. The good news is blood stains are more easily eliminated than other stains. In a spray bottle, mix up one part dish soap and two parts three percent hydrogen peroxide. Apply this solution to the blood stain, and allow the solution to sit for two or three minutes. Now, it is time to blot. Use a clean cloth to blot the stain. You may need to repeat this several times. Flush the area clean with cold water to prevent further staining from the cleaning solution.

A fourth common stain is red wine. Again, blotting is crucial. Then spritz club soda on the stain. After giving the club soda a few minutes to do its work, blot the area until it is clean and fairly dry.

A final, but perhaps the most aggravating common carpet stain, involves bubble gum. While it isn’t always considered a typical stain, it can ruin your carpet nonetheless. If you have heard that freezing the gum is a great way to remove it, you heard right! Get an ice pack and allow the gum to freeze. The frozen gum will chip off and you may remove it with a butter knife or similar object. If there is a stain left behind, use the same solution for cleaning blood stains.