Archive for June, 2014

How to Clean a Dryer Lint Trap (Video Demonstration)

Posted on June 26, 2014. Filed under: Household Tips | Tags: , |

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

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)  estimates over 15,000 fires and 20 deaths each year are due to clothes dryers. Your dryer’s lint trap serves a critical safety purpose – to keep lint away from areas where it can spark a fire.

Simply removing lint is a good step, but it is not nearly enough. Despite your best efforts, debris will accumulate. You need to periodically clean the dryer lint trap. In this video, Raina shows you how to use items you have in your home to clean the lint trap.

 

 

 

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6 Barriers to An Effortlessly Clean Home

Posted on June 19, 2014. Filed under: About Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta House Cleaning |

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

Studies show people spend 685 hours a year – that’s 28.54 days! – cleaning their home.  This statistic makes the case for having a professional handle your house cleaning.

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Weekly or bi-weekly professional cleanings are your key to an effortlessly clean home.  Professionals can handle your “heavy lifting” cleaning, leaving you to only maintain the clean until their next visit.

Wouldn’t you like to  feel the way our client Judy does?

… coming home after a hard week, it is so wonderful to have everything so clean it sparkles.

So what’s getting in your way? If you know you need a professional Atlanta house cleaning service but haven’t hired one yet, one of the following myths might be stopping you from experiencing an effortlessly clean hone.

 

Myth #1 – “They” Will Judge Me

My team is there for one reason – to get your home sparkling clean. My customers provide the business that I have had since 1981 so that I can employ a wonderful team of Sparklers and stimulate the economy.

In short, we are not judgmental. We are grateful your home needs to be cleaned.

Myth #2 – I Need to Clean a Little – First

This myth is related to first one. A trained, professional house cleaner can get your home top to bottom clean in a fraction of the time. So don’t pile the stress on yourself, call the experts!

Myth #3 – House Cleaning Services are Only for Rich People

This is a uniquely North American myth. House cleaning services are not just for the wealthy. In fact, in many other countries, middle class families have a full-time housekeeper (and chauffeur) on staff.

Myth #4 – It’s for Lazy People

House cleaning services are for people who want to work smarter, not harder. What is a better use of 2 hours – spending time with friends and family or cleaning the bathroom?

Imagine – what could you do with an extra 28 days a year?

Myth # 5 – I Don’t Want People In My “Stuff”

The only time you need worry about security is if you hire a “trunk slammer” and not a professional cleaning service. All of our employees go through background checks and training. In addition, our employee retention is 15 to 20 times the industry average. While the industry turnover is 3 to 4 months, our employees stay with us an average of 5 years – and many have been with us for much longer.

Myth #6 – My Mother Could Do It – Why Can’t I?

Life is much more complicated than it was even 30 years ago. More information, more toys, more choices, a longer commute and a much longer workday means you are juggling more than your parents ever dreamed.

Isn’t it time you stopped measuring yourself against an unobtainable standard?

Make a list of what you are going to do with an extra 685 hours a year and call Sponge & Sparkle at (404-633-9652) to get your home sparkling clean.

You deserve it!

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Cleaning Tips: Where Germs Lurk and Thrive

Posted on June 5, 2014. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Kitchen Cleaning | Tags: , |

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

Most of us do a good job cleaning the large surfaces in our home. Are you sure you are getting all of the germs? Here are a few of the surprising places where germs lurk and thrive.

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Kitchen Sink.

Given the variety of things you keep in your kitchen sink, it’s no wonder it is one of the dirtiest places on your home. Make sure it is clean and dry.

Toothbrush.

The combination of moisture and heat in your bathroom is a breeding ground for germs. In addition, the spray when you flush the toilet can stick around in your bathroom for up to 2 hours. So, keep the lid on your commode when you flush the toilet, make sure your toothbrush gets dry, and replace your toothbrush every 90 days.

Door Knobs, etc.

Door knobs, oven knobs, kitchen cabinet knobs are all places were germs congregate. On at least a weekly basis, wipe down all of these areas.

 

Remote Control.

Considering the number of times (and the number of hands) on the remote control, a daily wipe down is not a bad idea.

 

Keyboards.

Your computer’s keyboard could also benefit from a daily wipe down. Clean between the keys with a qtip dipped in a little bit of alcohol.

 

Bathtub.

Remember to make sure your bathtub is completely dry after you clean it. If you have a whirlpool tub, disinfect it monthly following the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

Here are a few more places where germs lurk.

  • Salt & Pepper Shakers.
  • Light fixtures.
  • Makeup applicators.
  • Light Switches.
  • Shower Curtain Liner.
  • Your Coffee Maker’s Water Reservoir.
  • Kitchen Sponges.

 

Is your home in need of a deep, detailed cleaning? Call us at (404) 633-9652 or contact us for a quote.

 

As our customers say:

Baseboard, Blinds, all the Surfaces are Spotless.

We have had Sponge & Sparkle for a few years now and I am a fussy homeowner. They do a fantastic job–coming home after a hard week, it is so wonderful to have everything so clean it sparkles. Baseboards, blinds, all the surfaces are spotless. And they come on time every time. Great cleaning service.

Judy

Cleaned Every Nook & Cranny

Walking into my house after Sponge & Sparkle had cleaned it was fantastic! They cleaned every nook and cranny, steamed the cabinets, got the cobwebs from our vaulted ceilings – even set my daughters doll on a pillow with a blanket. These folks care about what they do and it shows! They do a fantastic job, are reliable, honest and a pleasure to work with. My house was a mess and they fixed it!

Deb

 

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