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How to Clean a Dirty Microwave Oven

  Fernando Gutierrez  |    22 February 2017  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Sherman Oaks

Usually the speed of microwavec ooking is one of its most appealing and convenient features. That can change in a hurry if you're distracted long enough for the food to burn, leaving your microwave discolored and smelling scorched. 

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Pre-Thanksgiving Cleaning Plan

  Fernando Gutierrez  |    23 November 2015  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Sherman Oaks

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, the first event in a long marathon of holiday parties, visitors (both expected and unexpected!), entertaining, cooking and much, much more. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends, you’ve probably already thought about how much cleaning you must get done. But we’re here to help – and to tell you it’s not as daunting as it seems!

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Useful House Cleaning Tips from You've Got Maids of Los Angeles

  Fernando Gutierrez  |    17 April 2015  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Sherman Oaks
  1. Use Multi-Tasking Products
    Manufacturers love to sell home consumers lots of little specialty tools and cleaning chemicals that only do one thing or clean one special type of surface because it is an easy excuse to get you to buy more stuff. Since we all fall for it, most people have a cabinet full of partially-used chemicals we almost never use! Stick to products you really need: a disinfecting all-purpose cleaner that can also clean glass, a disinfecting bathroom cleaner and a floor cleaner that is safe on wood and tile.
  2. Have the Right Tools
    The same is true for cleaning tools.  If you bog yourself down with too many specialty tools, you'll feel overwhelmed. You can keep your house spotless with some quality microfiber cleaning cloths, a few sponges, a handle and detail scrub brush, a plastic scraper, a vacuum that can clean hard floors and carpets, a microfiber "feather" duster and a microfiber mop.
  3. Grab a Toothbrush
    It's hard to find a tool that will beat this all-purpose cleaning gadget. A toothbrush or grout brush can help you get the toughest grime out of the tightest corners -- and make cleaning vents simple. The strength is in the bristles though, let them do the work for you.

For a professional cleaning service give Youve Got MAIDS of Los Angeles a call at 818-646-6243 or visit us at www.lahousecleaning.com.

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St. Patricks Days Carpet Cleaning Tips

  Fernando Gutierrez  |    10 March 2015  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Sherman Oaks

Green clothes, green flowers, green shamrocks, and green beer, yes, it’s Saint Patrick’s Day 2012. Wikipedia says that Saint Patrick’s Day is the most celebrated saint’s day on the calendar. I would guess they ruled out that other saint, Saint Nicholas, though associated with the Christmas holiday doesn’t actually get a day just for him. I like to look up information on holidays as they get close. I usually find out that I don’t know as much about the holiday as I thought. Did you know that they celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in parts of Japan now?

Here’s another fun fact about Saint Patrick’s Day. The original color of the holiday wasn’t green but blue. The green part came because Saint Patrick often used the shamrock to explain the concept of trinity to his followers. Many people like to get out to a Irish pub on Saint Patrick’s Day for the full flavor of the holiday. However, those of us with jobs, kids, and responsibility the next day may choose a home-styled holiday with a few close friends.

You have the chips, dips, and the beer ready for coloring. Here’s a holiday tip that I’ll provide free of charge. If you start with a yellow, pale ale and add green food coloring, it will take a lot of green coloring to get a rich, green beer. You will also find that the beer turns your teeth green. Should you happen to spill that green beer on the carpet, it will take a lot of time and maybe green money to get it clean. Blue and yellow make green. Add blue food coloring to your yellow beer. It will take a lot less food coloring and will give you a nice green beer.

Now, why would I know how to make green beer? I’m not a cook or a bartender. Actually, I know about green beer because I provide carpet cleaning in Los Angeles, CA. What does one do when the green beer spills on the carpet? First, let me give you some good news. If you used blue as recommended, you will have a far easier time of cleaning just because you have less food coloring. I have even more good news. Food coloring breaks down easily in acidic liquids. Beer is acidic on the pH scale. The beer starts the cleaning for you even though it can leave a sour smell behind.

Blot up the spill with clean white rags. Don’t scrub. The beer should break down the dye. If not, use a little vinegar, lemon juice, or more beer to break the dye. Most of the color should have come out by now. The article recommends a wet spotter. If you haven’t made up a wet spotter in advance, then just use a mild soap in warm water.

It’s important to get the stain out while its still wet. If it didn’t all come out, cover it with a absorbent like borax or baking soda. Put a plastic sheet over the spill and weigh it down with a book. You can check it again in the morning. It will probably go away with the absorbent. If not, make the wet spotter and have another go. It should come out. If not, contact a professional carpet cleaner before your carpet is damaged.

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March House Cleaning Tips from You've Got Maids

  Fernando Gutierrez  |    02 March 2015  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Sherman Oaks

March Home Maintenance Checklist: 10 things to include in your housecleaning and preventative maintenance program this month to keep your house well-maintained.

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Keep Dust Down

  Fernando Gutierrez  |    23 February 2015  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Sherman Oaks

Keep Dust Down

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