Archive for October, 2013

How to Maintain the Benefits of your Professional House Cleaning

Posted on October 31, 2013. Filed under: Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Cleaning Bedroom, Clearing Clutter, Household Tips, Kitchen Cleaning |

by Raina Raflo, Founder, Sponge & Sparkle – Atlanta House Cleaning Experts since 1981

atlanta maid service picture of cleaning ceiling fansSo, you’ve had your house thoroughly cleaned by a professional house cleaning service. It sparkles, it smells great.

Do you want to maintain the benefits of the cleaning for as long as possible? Of course!

Here are a few tips to help you maintain the clean.

Avoid Clutter

Repeat after me: “Clutter attracts dust bunnies.”  After you’ve had your professional cleaning, resist the urge to let things pile up. An easy way to avoid clutter is to make clutter “homeless.”  If you tend to use a corner table as a catch all, for example, try putting a plant there instead.

Make your Bed

Making your bed every morning not only starts your day with a clean slate, you will breathe a sigh of relief when you step back into your bedroom at the end of a long day. Speaking of the end of the long day …

No Sleep Until the Kitchen Sink is Clean

Before going to bed, make sure the kitchen sink is clean. Put the dishes in the dishwasher, or better yet, wash and put them away before going to bed.

Take 30

Taking 30 minutes a day to sweep or vacuum the floor, dust your furniture and handle other small maintenance tasks means you can prolong the clean until your next visit from your professional house cleaning service. Speaking of professional house cleaning …

Increase the Frequency of your Professional House Cleaning

Studies show people spend 685 hours a year – that’s 28.54 days! – cleaning their home. Perhaps the best way to prolong the benefits of your professional house cleaning service is to schedule more frequent cleanings.  Most of our clients schedule weekly or bi-weekly cleanings and couldn’t be happier with the results.

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As one client says:

Great service for a busy family … I only wish we could clean our house as fast as they do, remarkable! Read the full review here.

Another says:

20 years and still happy! I started with S&S when I realized I couldn’t keep up with my housework, a child, and full-time job. The team came weekly for years and now after the kids have gone, they come every other week. It’s been a great relationship and I trust them completely. Read our 60+ 5 star reviews here.

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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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Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Free Cleanings for Cancer Patients

Posted on October 25, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

by Raina Raflo, Founder, Sponge & Sparkle – Atlanta House Cleaning Experts

 

As we come to the end of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I would like to remind you of our free home cleanings for women undergoing cancer treatment.

We are part of Cleaning For A Reason www.cleaningforareason.org – a national non-profit foundation of cleaning services that want to give back to their community by helping women feel better.

When women are sick and they can’t take care of their home they way they have in the past, it is just another overwhelming, depressing thing.

How it Works

Once a patient calls the Cleaning for a Reason foundation, they will verify her eligibility and put her in touch with a professional house cleaning service provider in her area.

The number of cleanings varies by provider; we typically give each recipient 4 cleanings of 2 hours each with 2 people.

If you know of a woman who could benefit from this, please tell her about the C4R website.

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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.

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10 Myths That Prevent Clutter Clearing

Posted on October 17, 2013. Filed under: Clearing Clutter, Household Tips | Tags: |

by Raina Raflo, Atlanta House Cleaning Expert

Picture - Clutter Chalkboard

Your first step to a thoroughly clean home is clearing out the clutter. Why? Not only does clutter collect dust bunnies, but “outer order contributes to inner calm.”

In this week’s blog post, Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project provides a list of 10 myths that keep us from clearing out clutter. Identifying these myths might help you get rid of clutter once and for all.

Clutter Clearing Tips on the Atlanta House Cleaning Blog

Want more tips? Try these articles from our blog archives.

  1. How to Clear Clutter
  2. My Spring Clutter Clearing Experience
  3. 4 Solutions to a Chronically Messy Home
  4. The Sponge & Sparkle Closet Clearing System

 

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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.

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5 Kid-Friendly Halloween Events – Atlanta, GA

Posted on October 4, 2013. Filed under: Miscellaneous | Tags: , , , |

by Raina Raflo, Atlanta House Cleaning Expert

Looking for a fun Halloween event for the kids? From pony rides to building biodegradable tiny homes, there is a lot to do. Here are 5 interesting events around Atlanta.

Chamblee Halloween Spooktacular

Goblins in the Atlanta Botanical Garden!

Sunday, October 27

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA, 30309

(404) 876-5859

Dress the kids in their Halloween costumes. The Atlanta Botanical Garden has a fun day of games, train rides, pony rides, activities and more. Suitable for all ages.

Click here for more information.

Halloween Spooktacular in Chamblee, GA

Saturday, October 26, 2013

11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Keswick Park

3496 Keswick Drive

Chamblee, GA

Bring the kids to this 5K Costume Road Race & fun run and experience pumpkin painting, a corn hole game, and the Spooky Fun House. Register online for the costume contest.

Faerie Stories & Homes in a Magical Forest! – Decatur, GA

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Woodlands Garden

932 Scott Boulevard

Decatur, GA 30030

Fun Families, join our very faerie Miss Lady Bug and storyteller extraordinaire, Christy Foelsch of Kids Go Wild, in the enchanted forest of Woodlands Garden. Enjoy charmed fairy tales and create biodegradable tiny homes. Advance registration is required. Click here for more information.

Spookley’s A-Maze-ing Adventure at Stone Mountain Park

9/27/2013 – 10/26/2013

Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain, GA

(770) 498-5690

Help Spookley the Square Pumpkin and friends, as you wind your way through our fun filled maze. Suitable for ages 2-7.

Visit the Website for more info

Pumpkin Patch Halloween Festival

Tucker Recreation Center

4988 Lavista Road

Tucker, GA 30084

(770) 270-6226

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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.
Request a cleaning quote.

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