Archive for April, 2012

This Earth Day, Make the Switch to Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Posted on April 22, 2012. Filed under: About Sponge & Sparkle, Green Cleaning, Safe Cleansers | Tags: |

Eco Friendly Product Sticker

Earth Day is April 22nd! Are you making any changes this year that will positively impact the health of our planet?

One way to make a difference is to reduce your use of household products containing toxic ingredients (i.e., most of the products sold in the grocery store) that harm the environment and affect your family’s health.

Years ago, we made the decision to use natural, eco-friendly cleaning products when cleaning customers’ homes.  Since studies show that harsh cleaning products (a) contribute to indoor pollution and (b) may adversely affect our water supply, we made the decision for the health of our customers and employees.

Our company has done the research and found amazing all natural green products that will leave your home not only sparkling clean, but SAFE as well!

As our customer Marianne says:

I always love to come home after they’ve been here cleaning. They use natural products that smell good and get the job done.

Additional resources

If you are ready to make the switch to greener, healthier cleaning products, these resources will help.

  1. This article on organicconsumers.org provides a list of all purpose cleaners that are gentler on your health and the environment.
  2. Alternet.org provides a list of 10 household products they recommend you stop using. This article includes a list of safer cleaning products, including some products we use in our professional house cleaning service.
  3. This article on our cleaning blog provides instructions for making your own natural disinfectant  spray.

Switch to green cleaning products and feel good knowing that you are doing something to minimize your environmental footprint. It’s an easy way to celebrate Planet Earth!

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Home Spring Cleaning Checklist – Atlanta, GA

Posted on April 16, 2012. Filed under: Cleaning Bedroom, Household Tips, Kitchen Cleaning | Tags: , |

It’s springtime, a time for renewal. Even though spring cleaning is hard work, the rewards are so worth it! Use our checklist to organize your spring cleaning tasks.

Atlanta spring cleaning checklistOf course, if you’d rather be outside enjoying the sunshine, consider hiring a professional house cleaning service. To read what we include in our Atlanta detail cleaning services, click here.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Furniture

  • Polish furniture (fronts, sides, legs)
  • Vacuum sofas

Floors

  • Vacuum all of your carpets. Move the furniture out of the way when you vacuum.
  • Clean your rugs. Move your area rugs out of the way so that you can clean the floors underneath.
  • Clean all hard surface floors.
  • Wash down the baseboards.
  • Vacuum and wash down stairs, including spindles.
  • Clean the floors in your closets.

Dusting

  • Start from top to bottom, dust ceilings, corners, ceiling fans, etc. to remove dust and cobwebs.
  • Wipe down picture frames.Clean glass surfaces and TV screensDust/vacuum lamps and lampshadesHand-wipe knick knacks

Linens

  • Wash your winter bed linens and pack them away.
  • Place clean, lighter-weight linens on all beds; change the window coverings if necessary.

Bathrooms

  • Clean the mirrors.
  • Scrub the inside and outside of toilets. Remove decorative covering(s) while cleaning.
  • Clean the shower and tub, including the tile and grout.
  • Wash the bathroom floors.
  • Wash bath rugs.
  • Scrub all sinks, including drains.
  • Clean countertops, removing and wiping down all items.

Kitchen

  • Washing down all kitchen appliance exteriors and counter tops.
  • Clean the inside of your microwave.
  • Scour the sink, including drains.
  • Wipe down cabinet fronts.
  • Move appliances to clean the floor underneath.
  • Mop the floors.
  • Scrub stovetop and drip pans.
  • Clean the top and insides of refrigerator.
  • Remove items from drawers and cabinets.

Windows, Doors and Walls

  • Clean French doors.
  • Wipe down or vacuum blinds and shutters.
  • Dust and wipe vents.
  • Wash windows, windowsills, woodwork, molding and trim.
  • Disinfect/clean switch plates.
  • Clean all mirrors and class.
  • Wash down all doors.
  • Do you have any spring cleaning tasks you’d like to share?

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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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.
Request a cleaning quote.

 

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