Archive for January, 2015

5 Questions to Identify Your Ideal Cleaning Schedule

Posted on January 23, 2015. Filed under: About Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta House Cleaning, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Household Tips | Tags: , , |

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

If I had to rank customer questions, “How often should I have you clean?” would easily make the top 5.

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Like most professional cleaning services, we are flexible: we will provide just about any frequency desired – weekly, bi-weekly, monthly. We even have some clients who opt for every 3 weeks.

Here are a few considerations:

What is the most popular option?

Most of our clients request bi-weekly cleanings, and that is a good place to start for most people.

Here are a few reviews from our bi-weekly clients.

I Love to Come Home

My daughters says it best … I love to come home every other Wednesday! S & C do a wonderful job on our home and treat our things like they were their own. Mary (link to full review)

Friendly, Professional, Trustworthy (15-year client)

I have been a client of Sponge & Sparkle for almost 15 years. They do an outstanding job, have wonderful customer service and a very friendly and professional crew. They also are extremely trustworthy (they’ve had the key to my home since the beginning). I can highly recommend the company!  Jennifer’s full review

I Could Not be Happier

I could not be happier. I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve been able to have the same S&S person clean my home every 2 weeks. I think we’re going on nearly 2 years now. I feel I have the best of two worlds; my “own cleaning person” and the support of a small business/business owner with long term success who is professional and highly responsive to client needs. Thank you Shirley and the S&S team for keeping us clean! Judith and Charlie dog

How long can I stand it?

Ask yourself how long you can go between cleanings without  feeling  like your home is really dirty.  Some people can go monthly if they are very neat and  tidy and have no pets or kids, and  others will get very uncomfortable indeed.

How will I maintain the clean?

Once your home is cleaned by a professional service, maintenance takes a few minutes a day. Simple steps such as sweeping your kitchen,  putting dirty dishes away every day, and quickly vacuuming will extend the benefits of your newly clean home.

What is my budget?

Most cleaning services vary in price with the frequency of service performed.  Weekly or biweekly cleaning will cost less than every 3 weeks or monthly.   Pricing will also be determined by the level of service and attention to detail that you request.

What is my family’s harmony worth?

Take a look at what other family members do to contribute – are they contributing to the mess… or the cleanup?  If nagging about cleaning tasks is having a  negative impact on your marriage and family,  know that hiring a professional cleaning service contributes much  to harmony and happiness in the home!  And that could be priceless!

A good cleaning service should be able to walk you through the process and  ask the right questions to get you set up with the best  possible schedule for you.

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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.
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5 Steps to Cleaner Home in 2015

Posted on January 15, 2015. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Cleaning Bedroom, Clearing Clutter, Green Cleaning, Household Tips, Kitchen Cleaning | Tags: , , |

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

Half of New Years’ resolutions do not last past February 1. Did you look around your home and resolve to get it clean and clutter-free so that it “rises to meet you?”

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Having a clean home not only holds amazing benefits, it is vitally important to a sense of self worth. Following these 5 steps will help you to get there.

Step 1 – Make your Bed

In his commencement address to graduates of the University of Texas at Austin, Navy Seal Admiral McRaven said, “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”

Making your bed takes, at most, 2 minutes and can really go a long way towards giving you a feeling of serenity. On the other hand, since the bed is probably the largest piece of furniture in your bedroom, having it untidy and messy is guaranteed to raise your stress level. Even if your day is hectic, at least you can look forward to a tidy, serene bedroom at the end of the day. Doesn’t the thought of it just ease the stress out of your body?

Step 2 – Watch your Hands

Do this exercise for 10 days, and I guarantee you will be on your way to a much cleaner home. Watch your hands – every single time you put something down, ask yourself if you are placing the item in its proper place. If the answer is no, make sure you put it where it belongs. After 10 – 14 days performing this new exercise, you will find your home getting cleaner, almost as if by magic.

Step 3 – Hire a Professional House Cleaner

Get a jump on your resolution – start with a clean slate. This simple step will make achieving your goal of a clean home much easier. By hiring a professional cleaning service to provide a detail clean, you will quickly gain traction on your New Year’s resolution.

One of our clients said we provide the “best deep cleaning in town.”  Another client writes: “Sponge and Sparkle are doing a great job and helping me live in a much cleaner home.”

Step 4 – Clear Clutter

Clutter attracts dust bunnies. If you find the thought of cleaning clutter intimidating, do not attempt it all at once. Instead, work on one room for 15 minutes at a time. Steady, consistent progress is infinitely better than no progress at all. Need help clearing your closet? Click here for our closet clearing tips.

Here’s a quick question to help you decide if you need to keep or toss an item:  “Is it beautiful or useful?” If the answer to is no, this item should be removed as soon as possible. Assign it to one of the following three categories: garbage, charity, or sale.

Step 5  – Learn to Clean Faster

Studies show that each of us spends, on average, 685 hours each year cleaning. That’s almost an entire month! One option for maintaining a clean home is to hire a house cleaning service for bi-weekly cleanings. If you’d rather do it yourself, learn to clean faster. By learning how to speed up the process, you will save untold hours and reduce your aggravation and frustration.

Put these 5 steps into practice, and you will find yourself in a cleaner home before you know it.

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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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