7 Tips for Keeping Your Sheets Fresh Between Washes

Nothing quite beats the feeling of slipping into a bed with fresh, clean sheets. Yet, washing bed sheets is a task that not many people look forward to. It often takes multiple loads of laundry and having to temporarily give up your bed, making it easy to postpone washing your sheets for extended periods. Still, it’s something that should be a top priority. 

7 tips for keeping your sheets fresh between washes

Most of us spend almost a third of our lives in bed and with that comes a slew of dead skin cells, sweat, and bodily fluids. Without regular cleaning, dirty sheets can contribute to allergies, breakouts, asthma, and more. So, for your health and sleep quality’s sake, it’s important to keep things clean.

How often should you wash your sheets? Experts recommend washing your sheets once a week. However, if you are sick, sleep in the nude, go to bed without a shower at night, or share your bed with your pet or partner, then your sheets may require more frequent cleaning.

But what if you’re short on time, or don’t have easy access to laundry facilities and cannot keep a weekly washing schedule? Here are our top seven tips on keeping your bedding fresh until you can wash them again.

1. Take your sheets out of the wash ASAP

It all begins when the laundry cycle is done. Don’t dilly-dally; get those sheets out to dry right away. Musty and stale sheets are caused by bacteria growth. The longer you leave your freshly laundered sheets sitting in the washing machine, the more time bacteria has to thrive and make itself comfortable. So, get those bedsheets out to dry as soon as you hear the end-of-cycle notification.

2. Make sure they’re dry

When storing your sheets, it’s crucial to make sure they’re completely dry before putting them away. Moisture is the enemy of fresh sheets in storage, and it only takes a few days for musty smells to set in. For the best and longest-lasting freshness, air dry them slowly near a mild heat source.

3. Store them correctly

Many of us stuff our bedding into large drawers or bedding containers. However, these aren’t always the optimal places to store your bed linen. Sheets can become musty due to lack of airflow; that’s why we suggest keeping them in the closet. We open our closet every day, which allows for air circulation. The key here is to keep moisture at bay; the better you manage this, the longer your bedding will stay fresh.

4. Air them out

To keep your bedding and sheets fluffy and smelling fresh in between washes, it’s important to air everything out regularly. This helps prevent bad odours and dampness from forming in your bed.

Start by folding back the duvets and blankets; you can even hang them on a clothes horse or airer. Next, plump and knead pillows back into shape, and separate them so that they can air out.

Airing out your mattress is also a good idea, but it may not be feasible to do it daily. Instead, try to give your mattress some breathing room when changing your sheets and removing the mattress topper if you have one.

Some mattresses need to be flipped or rotated every month. Check with the manufacturer to see if this applies to your mattress.

5. Freshen them up

If you don’t use a scented detergent, try a lightly perfumed fabric softener spray to keep your sheets smelling fresh between washes. For an at-home alternative, follow this simple recipe to create your own customized spray:

  • 1 cup of distilled water
  • 3 ounces of vodka or witch hazel
  • 30 drops of your essential oil of choice

Simply combine all these ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to mix.

Another easy alternative to add fragrance to your linens is by wrapping your favourite soap in your sheets before putting them away for storage. The scent will infuse the fabric while also protecting your linen from oils. 

6. Take bedtime showers

If you usually shower in the morning, you might benefit from incorporating an evening shower in your bedtime routine instead. Showering at night ensures that you are cleaner when you go to bed, thus reducing the buildup of sweat, dirt, and body oils on your bedding to keep them fresher for longer.

7.Invest in good quality sheets

To have the freshest feeling bed, choose one hundred percent cotton sheets, which are soft and luxurious. Cotton is also naturally hypoallergenic and breathable, making them stay fresh for longer.

Contact the Cleaning Professionals

If you simply don’t have the time or energy to clean your home, Maid4Condos is the cleaning service that Toronto trusts to put everything in order. For more information, give us a call at 647-822-0601 or contact us online.

How to Clean Different Wall Types

Walls are not something you might consider cleaning very often. However, walls can get pretty dirty over time. While you probably notice dirt and grime around areas like light switches, if you look up, you’ll likely see a nice little collection of cobweb-like strings or a powdery grey “fur” along the walls where they meet the ceiling. 

How to clean different wall types

This is caused by dust, which contributes to poor air quality in your home. Walls in areas like the kitchen are vulnerable to grease, while the bathrooms can be mouldy, mildewy, and covered in soap scum. Here, we offer tips on how to clean walls to keep your home spic and span from floor to ceiling.

Use the Right Cleaning Supplies

You want to put together the right cleaning supplies so you’re ready to tackle any surface or type of dirt you encounter. Your cleaning arsenal should include:

  • Dish soap
  • 2 buckets: One for clean soapy water and the other for rinsing
  • Clean, soft cloths
  • Vacuum with a dust brush attachment, or a good-quality duster
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide

You want to avoid using strong-smelling cleaners on walls because the surface is so large that the smell can be overwhelming. Instead, consider gentle and refreshing cleaners.

Prepare for Drips

Since you’re using water to clean your walls, start by protecting your floors from inevitable drips. Lay towels along the floor to absorb the mess.

How to Clean Wallpaper

Wallpaper is quite trendy right now, but you might be hesitant to clean your wallpaper. Keep in mind that most wallpapers are designed to be wipeable. 

Follow these steps to clean wallpapered walls:

  • Step 1 – Dust: Dusting ensures you don’t create more of a mess using wet cleaners. Wipe the walls down using either your vacuum brush attachment, a duster, or even a clean, dry rag. Work from top to bottom, and give a final wipe along the baseboards. If you don’t want to get up on a chair, use an extendable duster, or a dry mop or broom.
  • Step 2 – Prepare your buckets: Fill one bucket with clean water, and mix a gallon of warm water with dish soap in the other. You only need a few drops; otherwise, the walls will have a soapy, sticky residue.
  • Step 3 – Clean the walls: Take a clean cloth, dip it in your soapy water, wring it out well, and then start wiping down the wall. Start in a smaller, less noticeable spot to ensure you aren’t damaging the surface. If it seems okay, continue working in small areas using gentle circular motions from top to bottom. Then, follow up with a damp (never wet) cloth to remove the soapy residue.
  • Step 4 – Dry as you go: As you rinse, be sure to use a dry towel to wipe down the walls and absorb all the moisture.

How to Clean Brick

Exposed brick is quite popular in older homes, as well as lofts. However, it can be a hassle to clean. To experience a smoother cleaning process, follow these steps:

  • Step 1 – Dust: A vacuum with an attachment works best. The more textured the brick, the more difficult it will be to dust. Once you are finished dusting, it should be enough to clean the brick. If not, move on to step two.
  • Step 2: Use your warm bucket of soapy water with a bristled brush. Scrub the dirty areas and pat them dry with a clean towel.

How to Clean Painted Walls

Painted walls are the easiest to clean, as you are less likely to encounter issues with texture or worry about causing damage. We recommend following these steps:

  • Step 1 – Dust: Dust the walls from top to bottom.
  • Step 2 – Look for dirt: Check your walls for any signs of fingerprints, greasy dirt, or scuff marks. Use your bucket of soapy water to remove the dirt.
  • Step 3 – Rinse: Rinse with your clean water, and then dry with a clean towel.
  • Step 4 – Gently scrub: If you encounter dirt that won’t come off easily, add a sprinkle of baking soda to your damp cloth and gently rub away the dirt. Rinse and dry the wall.
  • Step 5: If all else fails, you might need to use a cleaning product to remove the stains. An all-purpose cleaner is the best solution for that.

How to Clean Tile Walls

There are a few ways to tackle tile walls. We always recommend using gentler approaches first before resorting to strong, harsh chemicals and scrubbers. See below:

  • Step 1 – Vinegar: Fill a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar. Vinegar works well as long as your tiles are not travertine or stone. Spritz the walls and let the vinegar sit for a few minutes. Wipe down the wall. If you have stubborn grout stains, use a soft bristle toothbrush to remove the dirt. Then, rinse.
  • Step 2 – Dish liquid: For soap scum and stains, you’ll need more cleaning power. Fill your sprayer with a 2:1 mix of white vinegar and warm water, and a teaspoon of vegetable-based dishwashing soap.
    Spritz the walls and leave them for fifteen minutes. Use a sponge to remove the dirt, and then rinse. A squeegee works well to leave behind a nice, clean surface.
  • Step 3 – Baking soda: If there is still a mess left behind, it’s time to add baking soda. Create a paste with some warm water and apply it to the grout. Then, spritz with your vinegar/water mixture. It will start to foam, and once it stops, use your toothbrush to scrub away the dirt. Rinse and finish with your squeegee for the most effective dry.  
  • Step 4 – Bleach or cleaners: If you still have a mess, it’s time to try a tile-safe heavier cleaning product, like bleach or bathroom cleaners. You’ll need to wear gloves and keep the windows open, or turn on the fan. If you plan on using bleach, we recommend opting for powdered bleach to create a paste with water. You can then apply it with a toothbrush, let it work away at the dirt for about fifteen minutes, and then remove it with a wet sponge and clean water.

If you find the chore of keeping your home clean to be too much, then Maid4Condo’s expert cleaning services in Toronto are ready to help. For more information, you can call us at 647-822-0601 or contact us online.

7 Cleaning Hacks for Managing Winter Mess

Getting around in the snowy, slushy winter weather isn’t just hard on our vehicles. If you have to walk even short distances, you have to be quick on your feet, whether you are avoiding stepping in a deep, slushy puddle, slipping and sliding on unexpected ice, or contending with sky-high snow banks. 

 7 cleaning hacks for managing Winter mess

Through it all, your trusty winter boots (we hope you’re going for form over fashion in the deep of winter!) are there to help you motor on through winter’s worst. It doesn’t end there, though. Once you get home, those slushy boots and shoes are major mess-makers. All that snow and slush on your boots are carried into your home and, as it melts, creates messy, dirty puddles. 

There are also traces of salt and sand from sidewalks and streets that harden into a dirty crust. That mess you drag in gets tracked into your home, which can be a real pain to contend with day after day. 

To help make life easier, here are seven professional house-cleaning tips for managing those winter messes.

1. Keep the mess outside

Make sure you have a high-quality doormat outside your door that helps remove a good chunk of the mess off your boots before you step inside. Ideally, you want a mat with stiff bristles that have some scraping action. As you wipe your feet, the bristles collect the mess and keep it outside. 

Things like sand and rock salt will get loosened from the treads on your boots, so you need to avoid bringing that grit indoors. If you live in an apartment, you might not be allowed to have a mat outside your unit door, so be sure to place it in your entryway.

2. Keep the mess contained

Next, you need a heavy-duty boot tray for your boots/footwear. These trays have a lip that ensures the snow, salt, and sand left on your boots stay in the tray as the snow and slush melt. Be sure to vacuum the boot tray once a week when it is dry to collect all that grit, so you help keep the buildup to a minimum. 

3. Use carpet runners

If you have a tight entryway, it becomes harder to avoid stepping onto the floors in your living area when you get home. The best way to manage this issue is to lay rubber-backed runners across your floors to protect them from the mess. 

This is a must if you have kids or a dog, as the more people are coming in at once, the more likely it is that someone will have to step into the living area. Everyone can take off their boots one by one, place them in the tray, and then get out of the way!

4. Wipe your dog’s paws

If you have a dog, its paws get pretty dirty and wet out in the snow. Ideally, you have them wear booties, as this both protects and keeps their paws clean. Remember, all that salt and sandy mess on the sidewalks and pathways is very irritating to their tender paws, so it’s worth investing in some protective paw-wear. 

If you don’t have booties, keep some dog-friendly wipes at the door so you can clean any irritants and dirt, while also helping control the mess they carry into your home.

5. Wet outerwear 

Wet boots aren’t the only culprits for messes in the winter. Your outerwear can get wet and drip as snow melts. If you have kids and they’re out playing in the snow, well, we don’t have to tell you what a mess that makes.

Have a place in your entry to hang wet snow pants and jackets. You don’t want to hang them in the closet until they dry. Hooks are perfect; just be sure there’s space between them to let the air circulate. 

Also, avoid hanging wet clothes on top of each other, as they will acquire that funky winter smell. For smaller dryer-friendly things like wet hats, mitts, and scarves, toss them in the dryer with a scented dryer sheet to keep them smelling fresh and dry. This keeps them ready to wear for the next winter activity.

6. Invest in a wet mop

Wet mops are a winter mess cleaner’s best friend. They are easy to store in your hall closet and can be pulled out to make short work of those melty messes. It’s a good practice to get into as you remove the wetness and all that saltiness that leads to staining, hard-to-remove crust. 

Salt is very bad for hardwood and laminate floors and can also get into carpets. For hardwood, be careful to sop up the water, and then use a broom to collect any stray gritty materials, as the grit can lead to scratches and wear down the finish.

7. Shovel the snow

If you live in a house, be sure to clear away snow as much as possible. It’s not just a slipping hazard, but also increases the messes you track into the house. 

If you are having trouble keeping up with the winter mess, call in the professionals at Maid4Condos. Our house-cleaning services in Toronto can help keep your home clean no matter what winter throws at you. You can call us at 647-822-0601 or contact us online.

Expert Tips for Removing Stubborn Carpet Stains

No matter how careful you are, you’re sure to spill something every now and then. Your carpets and rugs are in the line of fire every day, even sans the spills. You’ve got your pets wandering around with dirty paws, kids playing with sticky hands, and all kinds of messes from outside that you might not notice until it is too late. 

Expert tips for removing stubborn carpet stains

Stains can make your home feel dirty, even when everything else is clean. So, we think it’s nice to have a few tricks up your sleeve to keep the stains at bay. Here, we offer our expert tips on how to clean carpet stains. 

Be Prepared With a Stain-Removal Caddy

Having the right tools in your stain-fighting arsenal is the first step to stain removal. Create a little stain-cleaning caddy with the following:

  • Two clean spray bottles
  • Paper towels
  • Clean absorbent cloths
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Targeted carpet cleaner

This list might not seem like much, but it’ll provide the fundamental tools you need to take care of most stains.

Know How to Clean Carpet Stains 

As soon as the spill happens, head for your caddy and follow these steps:

  • Fill the first spray bottle with cold water.
  • Fill the second spray bottle with one cup of warm water and a quarter teaspoon of the dishwashing liquid.
  • Use the detergent mixture to spray your absorbent cloth.
  • Dab, never rub at the stain.
  • As the stain starts to break up, use another clean, dry cloth to blot away the mess until the stain is gone.
  • Use the clean, cold water spray bottle on another clean cloth and dab at the detergent residue.
  • Blot away the water with a clean, dry cloth.

The carpet will still be wet, so place a stack of paper towels or clean absorbent cloth over the spot and then weigh it down with something heavy. The weight will apply constant pressure to help the cloth absorb the residue. You can remove the cloth in the morning and use your fingers to fluff up the fibres.

Stubborn Stains

If the above steps don’t work, use your targeted carpet stain-remover and follow the instructions to get rid of the remaining stains.

Pet Stains

We all love our pets, but could easily do without the stains they often leave behind. Nothing is worse than poop and urine stains. Not only are they hard to clean, but they also really stink. Fast action is required with pet stains, but we’re not always home when accidents happen. 

To remove pet stains, your best bet is to keep a carpet cleaner in your kit that contains enzymes. The enzymes fight the odours caused by bacteria in the urine and poop, while tackling the stain. The odours are not just stinky, but also create a spot in the rug that your pet thinks they can use as their bathroom. So, it is crucial to tackle that odour. 

Once you apply the cleaner, blotting won’t be enough to do the job. In this case, you still want to avoid rubbing, but you will need to gently work the detergent into the carpet with a clean, damp cloth. Blot at the stain until it seems to be gone, and then rinse it with another damp cloth.

The pet stain-cleaners are a little stronger than detergent, so you might want to use your spray bottle with cold water to spritz the area and help remove the residue. Blot up as much of the wetness as possible, and then cover it with a cloth and let it sit for about 12 hours. The enzymes will continue to work, reducing the odour.

Red Wine Stains

Another culprit for carpet stains is the good old red wine spill. As much as you love your glass of cabernet, the lighter the colour of your carpet, the more damage it will cause. You can start by using a clean, dry cloth to soak up as much of the wine as possible. 

Next, spray a wine stain-remover on the affected area after following the instructions. Blot it again with a clean cloth to get rid of the majority of the stain. Then, finish with a damp clean cloth to remove the residue.

Coffee Stains

A hot coffee stain sets in really fast, so you have to get to work immediately. Use a dry cloth to blot up the coffee. Afterwards, use a sponge with cold water to loosen up the remaining stain and blot it again with a dry cloth. Follow up by mixing a quarter teaspoon of liquid dish soap and one tablespoon of white vinegar into a cup of warm water. Dip a clean, white cloth into the mixture and rub off the remaining stain.

Blot in between each attempt with a dry cloth. If it seems like the stain isn’t changing, add one or two more drops of liquid dish soap to the vinegar/water mix and see if that removes the residue. Because of all the liquid, you’ll have to place a stack of paper towels or clean absorbent cloth over the spot and then weigh it down with something heavy overnight.

How to Reduce Carpet Stains

To help keep your carpets looking like new, you can add these regular cleaning tips to your regime:

  • Have a no-shoes policy in the house to reduce the amount of dirt tracked across the carpet.
  • Use a rechargeable stick vacuum to make it easy to vacuum up dirt often.
  • Use a doormat so people can wipe their feet before entering your home.
  • Shake out your doormat weekly to reduce the amount of dirt people track into the house.
  • Purchase machine-washable mats so you can throw them in the wash to remove dirt.
  • Vacuum the backs of mats to remove loose dirt.
  • Clean your dog’s paws after a walk to reduce the dirt they track through the house.
  • Dry off your dog’s coat after a walk in the rain to reduce the amount of dirty water dripped onto the carpet.

These tips will help keep your carpets and rugs looking their best.

If you want to keep your carpets looking fresh and new, but don’t have time to clean them yourself, you can depend on our cleaning professionals at Maid4Condos to help. For more information on how to clean your carpet, you can call us at 647-822-0601 or contact us online.

Your Complete Holiday Cleaning Checklist

The holidays are crazy, hectic times, but most of us agree that they are well worth the momentary insanity. However, while you run around town finding the perfect gifts, stocking the liquor cabinet and wine fridge, and dancing from party to party, your home can start to look a little neglected.

Your complete holiday cleaning checklist

If you’re planning to be one of the hosts for holiday celebrations, you want to be sure that your home is holiday ready. Here’s a complete holiday cleaning checklist to ensure you don’t miss a spot.

Declutter

As all your holiday décor makes its way into your home, you might find your space feeling a little “tight.” This is the perfect opportunity to declutter, so you have a neater home that is easier to manage during the holidays. We recommend following these steps:

  • Start with your highest traffic areas and weed out anything you don’t need, like old toys (soon to be replaced by bigger and better toys) and old magazines, for example.
  • Tackle the kitchen and free up space for festive food by tossing anything past its due date or not likely to be used any time soon. 
  • Clear out your main hall closet or the area where you hang coats to make sure there is a place for your guests’ belongings.

Anything else you’re ready to part with that is still in good condition can go to charity. The holidays are the perfect time to share your blessings with less fortunate people. Contributions such as coats, scarves, hats, gloves, and boots (not to mention toys in good condition) are always appreciated. 

Have a Guest-Receiving Plan

If you’re throwing a party this holiday season, have a guest-receiving plan in mind.

Consider the following:

  • Make sure your guests have a mat to wipe their feet and place wet boots. 
  • Display a basket for hats, scarves, and gloves, so they don’t get lost. 
  • Add more hangers to your hall closet, or more hooks to your wall. 

If you don’t have a spot in the entryway, choose a bedroom where guests can lay their coats. That way, your plan avoids any confusion as guests arrive and helps keep things organized.

Deep Clean

With all the clutter out of the way, you have a clear path to do a deep cleaning of your home and get rid of a year’s worth of germs, bacteria, and general gunk. Deep cleaning is very thorough, covering the following areas:

  • Scrubbing light switches and door knobs
  • Vacuuming and mopping floors
  • Wiping baseboards
  • Tidying clothing
  • Dusting counters, table tops, picture frames, etc.
  • Cleaning mirrors and polishing ornaments
  • Tidying sofa seating
  • Cleaning under and behind furniture
  • Vacuuming sofa seating
  • Clearing air vents
  • Polishing holiday silverware
  • Cleaning holiday linens
  • Laundering or vacuuming window coverings
  • Shaking out and vacuuming area rugs

Call Fireplace Maintenance

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, schedule a maintenance call to make sure that everything is in good condition and safe. A gas fireplace maintenance call ensures that all the connections are safe and all the controls are in working order.

Tackle the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and this is never more true than during the holidays. People gather, share stories, prepare traditional snacks and dishes, and mix festive cocktails in the kitchen. 

It is also a breeding ground for germs, so a good, deep cleaning will reduce the risk of anyone getting sick on your watch. Deep clean the following:

  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Stovetop
  • Fridge
  • Backsplash, countertops, cupboard fronts
  • Sink
  • Organize your pots, pans, and baking supplies
  • Stock the pantry with baking staples and ingredients that can be used quickly during the holidays
  • Stock up on paper products such as napkins and paper towels
  • Stock up on kitchen-cleaning products and trash bags

Create a Guest Room

Whether you’ve invited people to stay for the holidays or end up with unexpected guests who indulged in a little too much holiday punch, creating a guest room ensures there is a comfy spot to sleep. The room should include the following:

  • Fresh towels and bed linens
  • Personal hygiene items like shampoo, soap, toothbrush, and toothpaste
  • Extra pillows and blankets
  • A nice tableside lamp for reading
  • Holiday chocolates on the pillow, or a little basket of holiday snacks on the nightside table

Dust and vacuum everything so the room is inviting and fresh. The idea is to make sure their stay feels like a welcome event, not an inconvenience. Another nice touch is to set up some holiday-themed movies and books they can enjoy during their stay.

Holiday Up the Bathroom

It’s nice to add a holiday touch to the guest bathroom. Put out your best or festive towels. Add a nice bathroom spray and hand soap with a holiday scent. Make sure there is an ample supply of toilet paper, and empty the trash. Clean the bathroom from top to bottom, including:

  • Bathtub and shower enclosure
  • Inside, outside, and behind the toilet
  • Lights, mirrors, sink, and countertops
  • Vacuum the ceiling fan cover

Set Up a “Stain” Station

With everyone enjoying the season, there’s a good chance someone is going to spill something. Set up a stain station with everything you need to tackle common stains, from spilled wine to gravy, so you can act fast before the stains set in. Your station can include:

  • Clean rag or paper towels (for blotting)
  • Bristle brush
  • Scrub brush
  • On-the-go stain-removal pen
  • Basic stain-removal gel
  • Lemon
  • Table salt
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar

This gear will have you all set to save the day or, more likely, the carpet or ugly holiday sweater.

Create a Wrapping Centre

If your holidays include exchanging gifts, you want to keep everything organized and wrap presents stress-free. A wrapping centre should have items that include:

  • Scissors
  • Wrapping paper, gift bags, and boxes
  • Tape
  • Pens
  • Name tags
  • Ribbons

If you live in a small home, you have no need to worry. Just place everything in a handy bin. That way, you can pull items out whenever you need to wrap something. Also, consider keeping a few generic gifts at hand, just in case someone unexpectedly gifts you, and you didn’t get them anything. This can include the classic candle, box of chocolates, or even a pretty holiday ornament.

If you want to get your home holiday-ready, Maid4Condos offers the top-notch cleaning services in Toronto that you need to make the holidays shine bright. For more information, call us at 647-822-0601 or contact us online.

How to Put Together the Ultimate Cleaning Caddy

Cleaning takes tons of valuable time that’s better spent relaxing or doing the things you love. We find that the best way to reduce cleaning time is to, of course, first clean often so you don’t have to tackle major messes. 

How to put together the ultimate cleaning caddy

However, we also recommend that you get yourself organized.

A cleaning caddy is a professional cleaner’s BFF, as it holds all the cleaning supplies you need to clean quickly and efficiently. 

Here, we share our insider secrets on how to put together the ultimate cleaning caddy to become a lean, mean cleaning machine.

Why You Need a Cleaning Caddy

Your cleaning caddy saves time keeping everything you need within reach. It also offers an easier way to store all your cleaning supplies in one place. Thus, when you need anything, you know where it is. 

You can make your way from room to room with your caddy, so you aren’t constantly running to find specific cleaning tools or cleaners as you work. 

It makes it easier to carry everything because all your cleaning supplies are tucked neatly into the caddy. It even makes shopping easier, as you can quickly inventory all the cleaning supplies in one glance.

Start With a Cleaning Caddy

The cleaning caddy holds all of your cleaning solutions and tools. You can get creative with what you choose as a cleaning caddy, but make sure it has lots of space, so you have everything you need. 

You also want it to be practical, so it is easy to carry and store. Avoid using something like a cardboard box, as you’re likely to have leaks from your cleaning product, not to mention sloshes of water as you clean.

Find the Best All-Purpose Cleaner

If you use an all-purpose cleaner, you’ll take up less space with fewer bottles. A good all-purpose cleaner can be used on multiple surfaces, including:

  • Kitchen counters, including marble and granite
  • Appliances that aren’t stainless steel
  • Most wood furniture
  • Doors, door frames, and window frames
  • Plastics such as small kitchen appliances and light switches 
  • Door, drawer, and cabinet knobs and handles
  • Remotes and gaming controllers

Additionally, remember to choose a cleaner with a nice fresh fragrance, so your home smells great.

Consider a Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Although not everyone goes through the trouble of using a hardwood floor cleaner, it is worth it to keep them in good condition. They work on hardwood as well as laminate flooring with a gentle cleaning solution that won’t cause streaks or damage to the delicate finish.

Add a Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner

This is a cleaning product, not a deodorizer. There’s a big difference, as deodorizers remove odours, whereas cleaners clean stains on fabrics and carpets. 

This is a must if you have pets or kids, or tend to entertain a lot with red wine. The cleaner does also remove odours, although you might still like spraying your soft surfaces with your favourite deodorizer now and then.

Choose a Disinfecting All-Purpose Bathroom Cleaner

This is a little different from your basic all-purpose cleaner. It is designed specifically for surfaces in bathrooms, such as ceramic tiles and grout. They also tend to have a disinfectant as well. 

They are safe for bath fixtures even if they are made of brass, as well as wood and natural stone. Just a quick note: we haven’t mentioned a toilet brush here because that should be kept by the toilet so you can “clean as you go.”

Add the Convenience of Multi-Surface Cleaning Wipes

Look for multi-surface cleaning wipes safe for use on windows, mirrors, glass, electronics, and stainless steel appliances. They tend to be more expensive, so use them sparingly and wisely. 

If you can’t find wipes, look for a multi-surface spray. Again, this is different from an all-purpose cleaner, and won’t damage delicate surfaces or leave behind smudges on glass, mirrors, and stainless steel.

Make Life Easier With an Extendible Duster

Dusting is a pain. To do it right, you need to start at the top and work your way down. Choosing an extendible duster allows you to reach things like ceiling fans and light fixtures. 

They also come with a static duster that collects dust instead of just moving it around. You can use it on the entire room, making short work of this ghastly job.

Use a Lint Roller for Hair and Dust on Soft Surfaces

Okay, we did say you can use your duster on the entire room, but you can’t use it on upholstery or things like fabric blinds. That’s why a lint roller is an excellent addition to your caddy. 

Once you finish the rest of your dusting, the lint roller collects everything you stirred up and landed on things like couches, throw pillows, curtains, and lampshades. They can also tackle unexpected cleaning jobs like a glitter spill during arts and crafts hour.

Clean Any Surface With Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

Microfiber cloths are the ultimate home cleaning tool in our humble opinion. They are reusable, so they are eco-friendly, but they are also great at collecting hair and dust. 

Some people choose microfiber cloth over other tools, including dusters, rags, and sponges. They can be used on just about any surface other than the bathroom. 

Tackle Soapy Messes With a Trusty Sponge

Not everyone likes using a sponge, but they do tend to work best when you are using a lot of soapy water for things like the sink or bathtub. 

They absorb better than other tools, and also often come with an abrasive side to tackle things like bathtub rings.

Use Less Elbow Grease With a Sturdy Scrub Brush

A scrub brush might sound so 1950s, but it really is the best tool to tackle things like mildew, any kind of stubborn gunk, or hard water stains. 

Avoid using it on areas with caulking or older grout, as it can loosen or even remove it.

Keep Hands Soft and Pretty With Rubber Gloves

Most of the cleaning products in your cleaning caddy are going to be harsh on your skin. You’ll also be coming into contact with lots of germs and bacteria that can make you sick. 

Rubber gloves will protect your hands and skin from harsh chemicals and germy bacteria, keeping them soft and pretty.

As professional cleaners at Maid4Condos, we always have the right cleaning supplies and tools to get the job done right. Click here for a free quote. You can also call us at 647-822-0601 or contact us online.

The Biggest Dust Magnets in Your Apartment (and How to Clean Them)

If you take pride in keeping your home white-glove clean, it can be frustrating to constantly find dust mucking up your presentation. 

The biggest dust magnets in your apartment (And how to clean them)

Dust consists of all kinds of things, including everything from pollen and pet dander to dirt and tiny fibres. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a dust-free home. 

In fact, your home is filled with some sneaky little culprits that make your home dustier. Here, we will look at the biggest dust magnets in your apartment with our residential cleaning services tips on how to clean them.

Dust Begets Dust

Dust is pretty tricky and has a way of resettling almost as soon as you finish the job. When you use a rag or duster to wipe dust away, you’re basically sending it up into the air and right back where it came from. 

Although some dusters are more effective than others, you really can’t escape the fact that dust acts like its own magnet. 

Therefore, the first thing to help avoid dust is to improve your dusting technique with our residential cleaning services hacks:

  • Always work your way down when dusting. This ensures you are removing the dust that falls from above as you work.
  • Use a damp, clean rag, or spritz your duster with a polish to collect dust instead of simply moving it around.
  • Choose a microfiber cloth or duster, as they are designed to trap dust so it can’t escape and resettle elsewhere. 
  • Don’t forget to dust the walls, as this dust gets moved all around the home. Wipe the walls down with an all-purpose cleaner or damp cloth monthly.

Once you’re done dusting, finish with a quick vacuum to clean up anything that settles on the floor. A HEPA filter vacuum works best. 

Just keep in mind, however, that some vacuums actually cause more harm than good on hard floors, so you might consider going old school by using a broom on these floors instead.

HVAC Filters and Heating/Cooling Vents

Floor vents and HVAC filters are both major dust magnets that continue to take in and spit out dust. As a result, dust is continuously circulated into your home. If you can, vacuum your floor and wall vents.

Some apartment condos have a unit with an HVAC filter that you can change as well. Do this every three months, using HEPA filters. 

You’ll possibly also find that your home feels more comfortable temperature-wise if you do this, as there won’t be as much dust interfering with the airflow.

Carpets and Area Rugs

Carpets are notorious dust and dirt magnets. Vacuuming helps, but as mentioned above, vacuums often kick dust into the air. Using a HEPA vacuum is always the best choice if you have carpeting. 

If you own your home and/or your condo building allows you to install hardwood or products like laminate or luxury vinyl, this can help you gain more control over the amount of dust in your residence.

Dirty Window Treatments

Fabric window treatments collect dust like crazy, and it’s not common to never (or rarely) clean them. 

In fact, although slatted blinds are even worse for dust magnets, at least they are easy enough to clean with a microfiber duster or cloth. You can vacuum your drapes and fabric blinds to help reduce dust. 

Curtains can also be dry cleaned about once a year to reduce dust. Consider taking your curtains outside and shaking them out every once in a while. 

Of course, you don’t want to do this inside your apartment, as it will just make matters worse. 

General Upholstery

Upholstered chairs, sofas, ottomans, etc. also collect dust. The more often you sit on the seat, the less dust they’ll collect, as it won’t have time to settle. 

Using a vacuum or dust buster on upholstered furniture every month or two, and getting under the cushions, can help reduce dust.

Cuddly Pets

While pets themselves aren’t the actual magnets, their fur and dander are major contributors to the dust and debris in your home. The best way to deal with pet issues is to brush them often, especially long-haired cats. 

For dogs, be sure to have them professionally groomed based on your vet’s recommendations. You should also vacuum or sweep daily to help contend with the furry mess.

Open Windows

Open windows suck in dirt, dust, and pollen and then spread them throughout your home. Although it’s nice to have fresh air indoors, the dustier the area you live in, the more likely open windows will bring dirt into your home. 

For example, if you live in the country near a dirt road, the dust thrown up from passing vehicles creates a problem.

If you live in a city near a construction site, the dust from the machinery is problematic. If you do live in a dusty area, keeping windows closed will help. 

Also, if you have older windows and entry doors in your home, dust can be swept in through the leaky spaces. Fortunately, caulking and weather-stripping can help with this issue.

Outdoor Shoes

We always recommend having a no-shoes-in-the-house policy at home. Although you can wipe your feet off on a mat, you will still track in dirt. 

Also, every time you or your pets step on the mat, more dirt is trekked around. 

A good solution is to have indoor-only shoes at the door that you can slip on if you really feel the need to wear something on your feet. 

Guests should also preferably be asked to remove their shoes.

Fan Blades

Whether you have ceiling fans or portable fans, fan blades are major dust magnets. They should be wiped down often using a clean, damp cloth. 

Be sure to then follow up with a thorough dusting/sweeping/vacuuming below to get rid of the debris that floats downwards.

Knick Knacks

If you consider yourself a bit of a collector, or just love to have a lot of home décor accessories on display, every little knick knack is a major dust magnet. 

That’s why they’re often called dust collectors! Be sure to wipe down the little trinkets on display around your home when dusting your shelves.

Picture Frames

Picture frames for photos and art also collect a lot of dust. Clean them with a damp cloth to keep the dust at bay.

If this all sounds like too much work, you can trust our residential cleaning services at Maid4Condos to clean your apartment for you. Click here to reach out to us today, or call us at 647-822-0601.

Organizing Your Apartment: Essential Cleaning Supply Tips to Maximize Space and Efficiency

Living in an apartment can get pretty cramped. Every square centimetre has to be used to maximize space and allow you to keep organized. Although you might not really think much about it, even things like apartment cleaner supplies can contribute to the clutter. 

Essential cleaning supply tips for organizing your apartment

As cleaning professionals who travel with a carload of cleaning supplies day in and day out, at Maid4Condos, we’ve learned a thing or two about fitting the right cleaning tools and products into small spaces. 

Here, we share our essential cleaning supply tips to help maximize space and efficiency in your apartment.

Create a Cleaning “Caddy”

First, we always carry a cleaning caddy, which is organized with the tools and cleaning products that we use for our basic cleaning clients. This typically includes the following:

  • Dustbuster or duster
  • Clean rags
  • Cleaning products
  • Cleaning wipes

Visit your local dollar store to see if they have something that would fit these items nicely. If you can spend a bit more money, check your local home organization shop. 

The beauty of the cleaning caddy is that you carry it around as you clean, so you aren’t constantly running back and forth, grabbing the stuff you need. 

This makes short work of your cleaning day, so you can get on with doing the things you love. Then, once you’re done, you just slide the caddy and cleaning tools back into its storage spot. 

Over-the-Door Shoe Holders

Depending on how enthusiastic you are about cleaning your apartment, you might have a whole arsenal of cleaners. 

A nifty space saver for cleaning products and handheld tools is an over-the-door shoe holder. The little slots are the perfect size for cleaning supplies such as canisters and sprays, but also things like feather dusters. 

Hang it on the back of any closet door that has space, and you’ll find everything you need neatly organized for cleaning day whenever you need it. You can then do what we do: just select the cleaning tools you need, and put them in your caddy when it’s time to clean. A certain Home furnishing store tends to have these types of organizers available in various sizes.

Use Hooks and Clamps

If you open your broom closet with a sense of dread that you’re going to take a broom handle to the face, use hooks to secure everything. Hooks take up very little space and come in all kinds of sizes to accommodate your mops, brooms, dusters, etc. 

There are also clamp-like devices that open slightly when you put pressure on them with the broom handle and then close to hold onto them securely until you need them again. 

As well, most dust pans and many brooms come with little loops at the top so they can be hung up easily. 

Invest in Affordable Wire Shelves

Wire shelves are affordable and easy to customize with a pair of clippers. You can create your own configuration to accommodate all your cleaning supplies, in hand with a selection of baskets or boxes to keep things organized. 

Put everything in a logical order so you can find what you need quickly. Because wire shelves can be anchored into the wall, you don’t have to worry about the weight of all those cleaning products bringing the shelf down on top of you.

Use an Old Towel Rod for Spray Bottles

If you find that most of your cleaning supplies come in spray bottles (as opposed to aerosol cans), you can use an old towel rod to hang them up. The handles hook right over the rod, so you can keep them all lined up in one neat little row. 

The rod can be installed in front of shelves in your storage or linen closet. It keeps everything reachable and doesn’t take up extra space on your shelves. Tension rods work, but they might not be strong enough to manage the weight of several bottles. 

Keep Things in Reach With a Lazy Susan

If you have an awkward little kitchen cupboard that doesn’t seem good for storing kitchen wares, consider sliding in a lazy Susan for cleaning supplies. 

You can spin it until you find what you need, and most cleaning products are small enough to squeeze in and out of tight corner cupboards.

Consider Your Cleaning Products

Smaller apartments with less storage space call for smart shopping as well. Consider what surfaces you need to clean, and then find the best all-purpose cleaner to tackle more jobs. This allows you to reduce the number of cleaning products you have to store, so you take up less space. You’ll run out faster, but at least you’ll have fewer bottles of cleaning products to contend with.

Organize Cleaners by Room

Instead of trying to jam all your cleaners in one place, see if it makes more sense to organize cleaning products by room. For example, can you slide a little basket underneath the toilet for your toilet bowl cleaner?

 For the kitchen, can you keep your disinfectant wipes in the corner of the counter or under the sink? Organizing cleaners by room also means that the cleaners are always within reach. 

Store Garbage Bags in the Bins

Keep extra garbage bags in the bottom of your garbage bins. Although this doesn’t work for composting and kitchen garbage, it does work for little trash cans throughout the rest of the home.

Use Your Mop Bucket

Buckets take up a lot of space, but when not in use, they provide the perfect place to store cleaning items. Your duster, sponges, cleaning products, etc. can all fit inside perfectly until cleaning day.

Explore Hidden Opportunities

You might be missing hidden opportunities in your apartment to organize. 

For example, if you have a stacked washer/dryer in a closet, there is probably enough room to add some hooks or tiny organizing shelves for some of your cleaning products.

As mentioned, beneath the toilet is an excellent spot, but what about the space over the toilet? Could you install a little wall cupboard there with doors to store cleaning products? Also, is there something else taking up too much space? 

Can you organize that tupperware, or toss out some things you no longer need to free up more storage?

If this all sounds like too much work, you can trust our apartment cleaners at Maid4Condos to clean your apartment for you. Then, you’ll only need to store a few cleaning necessities. Click here to reach out to us today, or call us at 647-822-0601.

14 Commonly Missed Spots to Clean Around Your Home

Unless you’re obsessive about cleanliness, chances are certain areas of your home tend to get missed in your weekly or monthly cleaning. The usual home-cleaning process isn’t very thorough and tends to target the common areas that are more visible.

14 commonly missed spots to clean around your home

However, as a professional house-cleaning service, at Maid4Condos we know exactly what spots most people tend to overlook during their cleaning sprees. 

To help bring your cleaning to the next level, here we share 14 commonly missed spots to clean around your home the next time you’re enthusiastic.

1. Light switches and wall plates

Germy hands and fingers are always touching the switches and wall plates throughout your home. Even when hands are clean, they have a lot of natural oils and bacteria that are left behind on everything you touch. 

You can keep the germ and greasy buildup under control by wiping your switches with a disinfectant wipe every now and then.

2. Your window screens

Although the old joke “We don’t do windows” is a house cleaners’ favourite, what even more cleaners fail to scrub are window screens. Even if you wipe down your windows, the dirt and debris on your screens can keep your windows looking dull and grey. 

Window screens pop out quite easily and can be washed in your bathtub with a spritz of your favourite household cleaner or dishwashing liquid. 

Leave them to soak or hose them down in the shower, and then dry them off with paper towels to remove the excess water. This will prevent rust. You’ll be surprised what a difference it makes for your view.

3. Dust bins and garbage cans

This is especially important in the kitchen, where stinky food can cling to the bottom and sides of the can. The stink and food can attract pests. Cleaning your garbage cans once a month keeps your kitchen clean and reduces odours. 

If you have a backyard, take the bins outside and hose them down. Then, spray them with a kitchen cleaner and scrub away anything stuck.

If you live in an apartment with a balcony, do the cleaning and scrubbing outside. Otherwise, take your trash can into the bathtub to rinse it out, scrub it, and then rinse away all the debris from the tub.

4. Behind, between, and beneath appliances

Your fridge, stove, and laundry machines are magnets for all kinds of dirt. In the laundry room, you can vacuum or sweep out all the lint and dust bunnies every now and then to reduce the dust and debris floating around. 

For the kitchen, pull out your fridge and stove, and use a broom to sweep up the debris. Then, use a good kitchen floor cleaning product to remove the grease.

5. Front-loading washing machines

Although people went crazy over state-of-the-art front loaders when they made a reappearance in the late 1990s, they actually can develop a stench. 

If you’ve ever noticed that your front loader smells a little musty, it’s because the rubber seal has a buildup of laundry detergent scum. 

They make special cleaners for this, but you can also use baking soda and vinegar to wipe away the scum and remove the smell.

6. Clean cycle for your dishwasher

Dishwashers can get a buildup of crumbs and grease left behind after you run a load of dirty dishes. Most dishwashers can be run with a cleaning pod or liquid, that should be done at least once a month. 

If you don’t have this option, place a dishwasher-safe bowl filled with a cup of white vinegar on the bottom rack, and then run the hottest cycle. Do one more run without the bowl to rinse away all the vinegar and residue loosened up by the vinegar.

7. Your coffee maker

We’re not going to go into the details of how to clean a coffee maker here simply because there are just too many models and methods. 

Read your user’s manual and follow the instructions to make sure you do a thorough, safe clean once a month or so.

8. TV remotes, gaming controllers, and other devices

These are prime germ collectors. We recommend using a disinfectant or alcohol wipe after use, but doing it once a week (at least) removes greasy thumb messes and also reduces germs. 

Do the same to your phone once a day if you can.

9. Around the base and behind the toilet

For obvious reasons, bathrooms tend to be one of the dirtier rooms in every household. 

At the centre of the ever-building grime is the toilet. While cleaning the toilet bowl and seat is, hopefully, a given, this isn’t the only part of your toilet that needs attention. 

In addition to the toilet bowl and seat, behind and at the base of the toilet can also have a lot of gross mess you might not realize needs cleaning. 

To tackle “drips” (not to mention dust bunnies and hair), first, use a broom to clear away debris. Then, use a disinfectant spray cleaner and mop or cloth to wipe away the drips.

10. Under the couch cushions

If your couch cushions come off, you should pull them out and clean all the crumbs from your favourite late-night snacks. 

Use your vacuum or dustbuster. If you’re lucky, you might even find some loose change.

11. Doorknobs, cupboard pulls, and handles

During cold and flu season, wiping down your doorknobs, kitchen cupboard pulls, and handles will help reduce the spread of germs. 

Use a disinfectant wipe to go over these quickly. If you have wood cabinets, ensure you’re using a cleaner or disinfectant that’s safe for wood surfaces. 

12. Baseboards

When you’re sweeping the floors, go right up to the top of the baseboards. This removes dust and keeps them looking clean and crisp. 

The more often you do this, the less likely you’ll need to get down on your hands and knees with a cleaner to wipe away a built-up mess.

13. Window treatments

Often, fabric curtains can be tossed in the laundry to remove dust and odours. Check the labels to look for cleaning instructions, as some might need to be dry cleaned, especially custom-designed window treatments. 

Blinds should also be dusted, slat by slat.

14. Toothbrush and soap holders

Toothbrush and soap holders collect a buildup of icky spit and soap scum. This means you’re touching bacteria and germs every time you use your toothbrush or wash your hands. 

You can toss the holders into your dishwasher to sanitize them, or soak them in your sink with some warm soapy water.

If this all sounds like too much work, you can trust our house cleaning services at Maid4Condos to get every messy spot in your home. Click here to reach out to us today, or  call us at 647-822-0601.

7 Tips for Making Your Post-Halloween Cleanup Less Scary

Halloween is a spooktacular holiday that tends to bring out the wild side of every little boy and ghoul in town. Whether you have little ones enjoying the festivities or are throwing an adult gathering, you might find yourself left with some unusual messes in the aftermath.

7 tips for making your post-Halloween cleanup less scary

If you’re contending with sticky messes from candy, smeared makeup, waxy drips, or pumpkin guts, it takes a little cleaning finesse to tackle this particular breed of disarray. 

If you’re terrified of tackling the post-Halloween pandemonium, we’ve got seven great tips from a professional cleaning service that will help make your clean-up less scary. 

Here, we look at seven of our tips for making your post-Halloween cleanup less scary.  

1. Sticky candy messes

Whether it’s chocolate-covered fingers, dropped gummy candies stuck in the carpet, or gooey messes from all kinds of treats, the glucose mess of candy can be difficult to remove. 

Because all candy is sticky, and often heavily dyed, acting fast will reduce the risk of staining. 

You can mix up a witch’s brew of dish soap and warm water to blot up the stain using a clean cloth to get rid of the stickiness. If you find there is still residue, use a stronger potion of a third of vinegar to two-thirds of warm water. 

This will break down the sugary mess further. If the candy is particularly sticky (like taffy), you can first apply some ice to harden it and then scrape it up with a wooden spatula or credit card.

2. Pumpkin guts

At one time or another, we’ve all likely forgotten about the pumpkins out on the porch after the last trick-or-treater goes home. 

Pumpkin guts are pretty messy, especially if we’ve let them sit around for a few days (or weeks!), which allows enough time for the pumpkin to start rotting. You want to ensure anything that comes into contact with rotting pumpkin is thoroughly cleaned, as this is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. 

With gloves on, pick up the parts that are still solid, and then use a large spoon to scoop up the rest. You can then try to wash away the residue with a hose. If there is anything left behind, grab your soap and water mixture, and give the area a good scrub with a brush.

3. “Tricky” messes

Although Halloween “tricks” are less common these days, if you were the victim of a good old-fashioned egging, the sooner you act, the better. Remove the shells and then use a hose to wash anything still wet. 

If you didn’t realize you were egged, you’ll have to use a cloth sopped in vinegar and water to loosen the mess up before you can wipe it away. Let the cloth sit on the caked-on egg for about 20 minutes, and then wipe it away. 

Make sure you get rid of all the mess, as it will attract local wildlife and really start to stink up the place. 

4. Glitter-related incidents

If you (or your guests) got a little carried away with the glitter, it has likely left a trail of memories throughout your home. Glitter is stubborn and difficult to clean up, so it takes a few steps. 

Start with a vacuum to get the majority of it. Hopefully, you have a hose attachment, as this will work best. Next, grab your kids’ play dough, a ball of tape, or a lint roller, and use the stickiness to clean the rest of the glittery bits.

5. Ghastly “spirit” spills

If you decided to serve up some Halloween-inspired cocktails, these messy spirits could be real stain risks when guests get a little tipsy. 

Cocktail and wine stains should be removed from your furniture, clothes, and carpets as soon as you spot them by first dabbing at them with a clean cloth or paper towel. 

Then, use a mix of dish detergent and warm water on a clean cloth to dab away the remaining stain. 

Be sure to test a less-obvious area of the rug or sofa to ensure it is colourfast. Also, never rub carpet or upholstery stains, which forces the dyes deeper into the fibres. Rinse away the detergent using three teaspoons of vinegar in a cup of water, and blot away the residue. 

6. Wicked wax spills

If you were burning candles all night, chances are you’re going to find some wax spills. Here’s how to deal with wicked wax spills for each surface:

  • Wood furniture: Hardened wax can be scraped away with a plastic or wood spoon or spatula. A credit card works well, too. Avoid metal utensils, as they are more likely to damage the finish.

    You’ll probably see a thin layer of wax left behind. You can heat the last remnants of wax with a blow dryer and then wipe it up with a soft cloth and mild dish soap.
  • Carpet and upholstery: This is trickier. Place a paper bag or piece of paper over the wax, and then iron it on the lowest setting to loosen the wax.

    The wax should adhere to the paper so you can lift it away. You might need to do it several times until you’ve removed most of it.
  • Walls: When candles are blown out with force, the melted wax sprays onto nearby walls.

    You can use the paper and iron method to remove it. In this case, however, add a layer of folded paper towels in between two layers of paper to protect the walls.

If the heat method doesn’t work, you can also try the opposite approach. Fill a baggy with ice cubes and allow it to sit on the wax until it hardens.

This makes the wax more brittle so you can “snap” it away. Once you remove the larger bits, you can tackle the remnants using the heating method.

7. Maniacal makeup smears

With all that Halloween makeup, you’re sure to find smears on your sofa, chairs, or pillows. To clean up zombie green, vampire red, or ghoul grey, use a butter knife or credit card to first scrape up the mess, being sure not to press too hard.

Then, sprinkle the stain with baking soda and let it sit for about 20 minutes. This will help absorb the grease and oil in the makeup.

Vacuum up the powder, and then use your soapy concoction to blot at the remaining stain. Continue to blot and clean until the stain is gone.

Rinse with a clean, damp cloth and then use another dry clean cloth to absorb excess water. 

If this all sounds like too much work, let our cleaning services at Maid4Condos bust that ghostly mess. Click here to reach out to us today, or call us at 647-822-0601.