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How to get rid of pesky fruit flies!

Everyone loves fruit and if you are eating healthy chances are you will always have a bowl of fruit on the counter for a quick, healthy snack.  Unfortunately sometimes fruit flies come home from the store with our fruit, multiply and suddenly there is an infestation of fruit flies in our homes.

Here’s my simple tips to get rid of those pesky, annoying fruit fies:

1.  Store fruit in the fridge and take a break from buying some fruit that has to sit on the counter like for example bananas.

2.  Wipe down all counters and cabinets…clean thoroughly.

3.  Wash dishes right away or put in dishwasher.  Fruit flies attract to dirty dishes.

4.  Don’t have wet dish rags out.   Fruit flies attract to those too!

5.  Use the attachment on your vacuum and vacuum the areas you see them most common.  You  might have to go on stealth attack…sneak up, aim & then quickly turn on the vacuum & attack!

6.  My last tip is homemade fruit fly traps.   And here is the simple recipe:

In a small bowl or jar add apple vinegar & a few drops of dish detergent.  Let sit and you’ll see in no time fruit flies floating in the trap & NOT buzzing around your home.

Why this works?  Fruit flies are attracted to the smell of the vinegar, and will attempt to land on its surface. However, they’re in for a surprise – since the dish soap breaks the surface tension of the vinegar, the fruit flies fall in and drown.

With all my above tips you should be rid of those pesky fruit flies and be able to enjoy that fruit bowl on your counter again.

September 10, 2013 Posted by | house cleaning | , , , | Leave a comment

Spring Cleaning-Kitchen Counter Top

Today I’m going to talk to you about cleaning the kitchen counter tops.  Not the cupboards, not reorganizing…just the counter top.

First declutter.  Anything that doesn’t belong on the counter put where it belongs.   Remember less is more in the kitchen.  If you normally keep your vitamins and papers lying on the counter…you might want to find new homes for them.  It’ll give you more counter space and look neater.

Next take off items you normally keep on the counter. (coffee maker, toaster, soap bottles, knick knacks, etc)  Set aside. You might need to work in sections through out your kitchen.

Now wipe down down the counters, the wall behind the counter, outlet covers, light switches,  sink faucet, etc.   You can use hot soapy water or if you have grease on your counters something like 4O9.

Next clean all the items you removed from the counter for the appliances even the cord.    Take your time and give everything a good thorough cleaning.  Put back on counter.

Repeat throughout the kitchen.

Very simple task to do and doesn’t take very long and makes a huge difference in the kitchen.

It’s also a good idea to do this not just for Spring Cleaning but at different times through out the year.  This will help keep your kitchen looking in tip top shape!

Look for more kitchen cleaning blog posts coming soon!

May 1, 2013 Posted by | house cleaning | , , | 8 Comments

Cleaning Tips

May 1, 2013 Posted by | house cleaning | , , , | 2 Comments

How to clean Wicker Furniture

Spring Cleaning time…just had an email from a client wondering how to clean her wicker furniture.  Thought I’d share how to clean wicker in a blog post.  It’s very easy and something you can do right at home.

Untreated wicker should be kept inside during inclement weather.  For routine cleaning use the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner or a feather duster.  In the winter, dryness may cause it to crack, so wipe a damp sponge occasionally or give it a light coating of lemon oil.    Once a year, if a piece has no wooden parts, scrub it with warm water and detergent, spray it with a garden hose, or put it under a shower.  Dry it as quick as possible by putting it in the sun or drying it with a hair dryer or floor fan.  Don’t sit on it until it is thoroughly dry.

Of course if you are in our service area and would like us to help you clean your wicker or help with your spring deep cleaning we can come out and give you a free estimate and take care of all your cleaning needs.   We can do everything from cleaning your carpet, upholstery, area rugs, ducts or tile & grout.

April 30, 2012 Posted by | house cleaning | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Spring Cleaning Window Tips

Dirty panes are no problem when you use rubber-edged squeegees, which are quicker and more effective than cloth or newspaper. They come in a variety of sizes — and a screw-on extension will let you reach high spots.To start, dip a sponge into a bucket of warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap. Wet window; rub dirt away. Dampen squeegee; starting at an upper corner, draw it down pane from top to bottom. Repeat, overlapping strokes and wiping rubber edge with sponge after each stroke. (For large windows, ”snake” squeegee back and forth; then touch up edges.) Dry windowsills with a cloth

April 19, 2011 Posted by | house cleaning | , , , | 1 Comment

TCM Restoration & Cleaning (new video of our company)

We do carpet cleaning, upholstery, oriental rug cleaning, duct cleaning, tile & grout.   We  respond 24 hours a day to water damage emergencies in your home or business.

October 4, 2010 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, cleaning, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Simple way to clean a microwave oven

I was amazed to find out that a friend of mine buys the microwave pouches for cleaning her microwave.  She has 4 kids and is on a pretty tight budget.    There really is no need to add the extra expense to your monthly  bills when cleaning the inside of a microwave can be done simply with just plain water!

Seriously!

If you have a microwave with a turntable inside then the first step is to remove it and soak it in a sink of hot, soapy dishwater.  While that is soaking.  Take a coffee mug or bowl and fill with water.   Microwave the water for 2-3 minutes.  (It’s okay if it boils all over the place since you will be wiping up the microwave soon.)  Do not open the microwave door for 5 minutes, this way the steam can take effect.   Wipe clean.      If you want you can do a quick mist of your favorite cleaner, but it is not necessary!

Easy and doesn’t hurt the pockebook!  😉

May 18, 2009 Posted by | house cleaning | , | 3 Comments

Spring Cleaning

Wow!   Hasn’t this weather been AMAZING in Alaska???  This is the time of  year where many of us do Spring Cleaning around our homes so we can get out and play and enjoy our beautiful Alaskan summer!  It’s when we go through closets, cupboards and drawers and start getting rid of things we no longer need. It’s also a good time to do a very thorough, deep cleaning  of your entire home.

If your time is too valuable to spend cleaning then you should seriously think of hiring a housecleaner to do a Spring Cleaning for you. If you are in the Wasilla area our Cleaning Crew can take care of all your Spring House Cleaning needs. For those of you who have the time and enjoy doing your own Spring Cleaning I thought I’d share with you some tips from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ease the burden of Spring Cleaning:

Develop a task list.

Clean carpets, upholstery, draperies and even your mattress.

Clean oven, refrigerator and other appliances.

Clean fireplaces.

Wash inside of windows.

Wash woodwork.

Clean out cupboards and closets.

 Change HVAC filters.

Clean efficiently. Avoid going back and forth around a room. Instead, work using a systematic approach. Think in terms of left to right, top to bottom. Begin with ceilings and walls, and work your way down to windows and furniture, finishing with the floors.

Hire cleaning service providers. For those tasks that require a specialist (i.e. carpet, upholstery and hard flooring cleaning), hire only certified professionals. Before hiring anyone, confirm that they are trained and certified in the type of work to be performed, informally interview the company representative or technician, obtain a written estimate of the work to be completed and receive a written contract or invoice confirming the total price and any statements or guarantees.

Hope you find these tips very helpful!   Happy Spring Cleaning!!

May 5, 2009 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, cleaning, house cleaning, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , | 1 Comment

Spring Cleaning Time

April is the time of year where I get the bug to do some Spring Cleaning around my home.  It’s when I go through my closets, cupboards and drawers and start getting rid of things we no longer need.  It’s also a time when I try to get some deep cleaning in and do a thorough cleaning of my entire home.  If your time is too valuable for you to spend time cleaning then you should seriously think of hiring a housecleaner to do a Spring Cleaning for you.  If you are in the Wasilla area our Cleaning Crew  can take care of all your Spring House Cleaning needs.

For those of you who have the time and enjoy doing your own Spring Cleaning  I thought I’d share with you some tips from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ease the burden of Spring Cleaning:

  • Develop a task list.
  • Clean oven, refrigerator and other appliances.
  • Clean fireplaces.
  • Wash inside of windows.
  • Wash woodwork.
  • Clean out cupboards and closets.
  • Change HVAC filters.
  • Clean efficiently. Avoid going back and forth around a room. Instead, work using a systematic approach. Think in terms of left to right, top to bottom. Begin with ceilings and walls, and work your way down to windows and furniture, finishing with the floors.
  • Hire cleaning service providers. For those tasks that require a specialist (i.e. carpet, upholstery and hard flooring cleaning), hire only certified professionals. Before hiring anyone, confirm that they are trained and certified in the type of work to be performed, informally interview the company representative or technician, obtain a written estimate of the work to be completed and receive a written contract or invoice confirming the total price and any statements or guarantees.

April 15, 2008 Posted by | air duct cleaning, Alaska, Anchorage, carpet cleaning, cleaning, house cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, Wasilla, water damage | , , , , , | 1 Comment