Archive for May, 2011

More on Spring Cleaning! A Checklist.

Posted on May 25, 2011. Filed under: Household Tips | Tags: |

Photo of Sponge & Sparkle employeeContinuing with our  previous  blog on the spring clean pre-clean,  now you may ask just what are the extra tasks to be done in a spring cleaning?

At Sponge & Sparkle we use this check list for our Atlanta, GA spring cleaning clients:

  • Ceiling fan blades washed down (or dusting if sufficient)
  • Cobwebs removed
  • Blinds and shutters vacuumed or wiped (open shutters)
  • Baseboards washed if visible dust and dirt – or vacuumed if sufficient (reachable without moving furniture)
  • Vents wiped or dusted
  • Lamps and lampshades dusted or vacuumed with attachment
  • Hanging Picture Frames wiped down
  • Knick-knacks and pictures hand wiped
  • Furniture polished (fronts, sides, legs)
  • Stairs vacuumed or wiped down including spindles
  • Floors vacuumed and mopped if wood or tile (DON’T FORGET CLOSETS)
  • Carpet thoroughly vacuumed with moving light items on floor
  • Mirrors and glass windexed
  • Any french or glass doors windexed (both sides)
  • Windowsills, woodwork, molding, trim, and windowsills washed
  • All Doors washed down
  • Light switch plates wiped off
  • All cabinet fronts washed
  • Outside of appliances cleaned top to bottom/inside microwave FOR EMPTIES, CLEAN FLOOR WELL WHERE APPLIANCES WERE
  • Cabinet fronts & Counters washed down FOR EMPTIES WIPE OUT ALL DRAWERS & CABINETS
  • All sinks scrubbed including drains
  • Tub/Shower & Tiles scrubbed
  • Stove-top and drip pans scrubbed
  • Top of refrigerator cleaned
  • Wash off washer/dryer
  • Any chrome and mirrors cleaned (especially chrome trash cans)
  • Items on counter-tops moved and wiped down
  • Vacuum sofas
  • On floors with area rugs flip edges of rug back to be able to vacuum underneath
  • Special attention to buildup in bathrooms and kitchen
  • Special attention to heavy dust buildup

In addition, some of the other items to attack would be;  window washing on the inside and out, steam cleaning carpet and upholstery,  and cleaning out the fireplace.

Want More Spring Cleaning Tips?

The Spring Cleaning Checklist We Use for our Clients

Essential Tips for Organizing your Spring Cleaning

Pre-clean Before You Tackle Spring Cleaning

How to Spring Clean Like the Professionals

The History of Spring Cleaning

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Spring Cleaning? Do This First.

Posted on May 18, 2011. Filed under: Household Tips | Tags: |

Tips for spring cleaning in Atlanta, GASpring is such a beautiful time of year; time for new and fresh beginnings in every area of life as we mirror Mother Natures rebirth!  The perennial spring flowers are starting to bloom, the stores are selling new plantings, we  open up our windows, and we renew our determination to look great in a swimsuit.   This is the natural time to shape up both our bodies and our homes,  and make our homes healthier and fresher places to spend our time.

You may be asking, if I faithfully clean my house every week or every other week do I still need to do spring cleaning?  Almost without exception, the answer is yes.   The good news is that your spring cleaning tasks will probably take much less time than the sporadic cleaner.

A good place to begin is with what I think of  as the essential PRECLEAN.    This consists in simplifying all our “stuff”.   Work by one of my favorite maxims,  which is “have nothing in your home which is neither useful or beautiful.”    Just look around your space at all  your things with this in mind!  Things will naturally evolve into different categories for garbage,  charity, selling,  or keeping.    Only after this  step,  will you be ready to actually clean.

If you need direction or help with this  important first step, there are many good professional organizers,  and on our staff here at Sponge & Sparkle we have one of the best!   The cost is very reasonable and definitely worth it.

Want More Spring Cleaning Tips?

The Spring Cleaning Checklist We Use for our Clients

Essential Tips for Organizing your Spring Cleaning

Pre-clean Before You Tackle Spring Cleaning

How to Spring Clean Like the Professionals

The History of Spring Cleaning

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About the author:

Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

Read more Atlanta maid and house cleaning service customer reviews on our site.
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Another way we earn your trust

Posted on May 1, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

We are in the process of getting certified by the state to be an official drug-free workplace.  We  had a meeting last week to inform our staff about this,  and everyone  unanimously agreed it was a good thing to do.

What this means is that when anyone applies for a job with our company  they  will know up-front that we have  zero tolerance for drug  and alcohol abuse, and that as a prerequisite to employment they will need to take and pass, a drug test.   And after they are employed we can test again anytime there is reasonable cause for suspicion.

38 to 50% of workman’s  comp claims are actually drug related,   and employee absenteeism and theft are also in large measure a byproduct of substance abuse.   Getting this certification is just one other way we can keep our valued clients safe.

This program  will help us steer clear of  any “bad apples”, and insure that we  continue to have the nicest people for the job!

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Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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