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Why Better Cleaning Companies Belong to a Professional Organization

Posted on July 30, 2015. Filed under: About Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta House Cleaning | Tags: , , |

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There are literally thousands of home cleaning services out there. What criteria should you use to select one? After all, you will be allowing a stranger into your private space, most likely when you’re not there. Trust is important. A friend or relative might recommend a cleaning service, but you’d be wise only to consider those that belong to The Association of Residential Cleaning Professionals (ARCSI), a trade organization dedicated to upholding the highest standards in the housecleaning industry.

ARCSI awards a Residential Cleaning Seal of Excellence to members what meet a rigorous set of standards. They must prove that they carry both liability and workman’s compensation insurance; comply with federal, state, and local labor and tax laws; and that they perform background checks on prospective employees as part of their hiring process. ARCSI-certified companies must also document that they participate in on-going industry and business educational training and provide employees with professional equipment and supplies.

ARCSI member companies are also involved in their local communities, such as offering free house cleanings for women undergoing cancer treatments; for elderly and disabled veterans; and sponsoring local youth activities and cultural events.

You can feel confident that a company that has been award the ARCSI Residential Seal of Excellence will provide professional, ethical, and efficient cleaning services.  After all, you want your home to be thoroughly cleaned, not cleaned out.

What our Customers Say

Sponge and Sparkle House Cleaning Services

I have been using this agency for 3 plus years and have been delighted not just with their good work and professionalism but how personable their employees are at all times. They are able to accommodate emergencies including cancellations which I am sure puts them at a hardship but do so with a smile and with compassion. Please try them and use their detailed cleaning services at least once and you will be in for a treat. More importantly they use environmentally friendly products that is a huge plus for me.

Reliable Cleaning Service

My family has used sponge and sparkle for years. They are reliable, flexible and professional. They are excellent as both a regular, recurring cleaning service and willing to do custom cleanings as well.

Wonderful Service

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!

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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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Atlanta House Cleaning Service | Summer Newsletter

Posted on July 23, 2015. Filed under: About Sponge & Sparkle | Tags: |

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

Our Summer 2015 newsletter is hot off the presses!

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Here are a few highlights:

  • The winner of our contest (and how you can win your own gift card)!
  • 5 Natural (and Effective) Mosquito Repellents
  • DIY Safe Fireworks
  • Keys to a Peaceful Family Vacation

To read a copy of the Summer newsletter, click here.

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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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5 Reasons Your Home Isn’t Selling

Posted on July 9, 2015. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning, Clearing Clutter | Tags: , , , , |

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

House Falling Apart

The temperatures are rising, and so are the “For Sale” signs. Spring & Summer are the most popular times to put a home on the market but the competition is fierce.  (According to Realtor®, 50% of homes are sold in the Summer).

If your home isn’t selling fast enough, here are some possible reasons:

Low Curb Appeal

First impressions are vital. Make sure landscaping plants and trees are neatly pruned; the lawn is mowed and edged, and the yard is clear of debris and clutter. Clean gutters and wash decks, the driveway, and siding. Plant a few well-placed flowers. Freshly paint the doors, shutters, and even the whole exterior, if necessary.

Clutter

Less is best. Rooms packed with possessions appear smaller than they are. Pack away the majority of your knick-knacks and personal photos. Purge the closets and garage of unneeded items—you’ll save money on the move.

Make it easy for prospective buyers to envision their own things in your space. Remove excess furnishings and reposition sofas and chairs to create an obvious traffic flow. Leave only a few items on the kitchen counter. Tidy up the bathrooms and hang new shower curtains if necessary. Keep only the most healthy and beautiful houseplants.

Odor

Odors linger. If your household includes pets or a smoker, or if you’re into highly seasoned cooking, those odors might be off-putting to a prospect. Remove odors by deep clean carpeting, upholstery, and drapes.  If you have cats, be sure to clean their box at least daily.

Dirt

Hire a professional house cleaning company for a deep cleaning that will make your house sparkle and smell fresh. Have them wash windows, clean baseboards, polish door knobs and hinges; clean ceiling fixtures and fans; and deep-clean bathrooms and kitchens. (Note: for our detail cleaning checklist, click here.)

Paint

A fresh coat of paint does wonders to brighten up a home. Keep colors soft and neutral; buyers should not be distracted by unusual or deep color schemes. If a buyer wants to add a dramatic flair to the walls, they are free to do so after they buy your home.

Remove every potential distraction and objection that a prospective buyer might have about your house. Ensure that they focus on your beautiful home, not your stuff, and you’ll be moving sooner than you can imagine.

What our Customers Say

Best Deep Cleaning In Town

Raina and her crew do a fantastic job. I just knew when I spoke to her that I was working with a pro and they delivered in a big way. My house is not just clean. It sparkles! I would recommend these folks to anyone who seriously wants their house clean. They are the best from start to finish.

Sponge and Sparkle House Cleaning Services

I have been using this agency for 3 plus years and have been delighted not just with their good work and professionalism but how personable their employees are at all times. They are able to accommodate emergencies including cancellations which I am sure puts them at a hardship but do so with a smile and with compassion. Please try them and use their detailed cleaning services at least once and you will be in for a treat. More importantly they use environmentally friendly products that is a huge plus for me.

Glad We Tried Them

Easy to schedule the appointment – spoke to the owner directly on the phone and got the details of what would be cleaned plus a time when they could clean. NO “PRE-CLEANING” ESTIMATE! Quality was good – They did exactly what they said they would do on their website and over the phone. Sam and Caprice spent 2-3 hours detailing our townhome and it looks good. After 2 days, I still haven’t found anything they “missed.”

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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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Happy 4th of July!

Posted on July 2, 2015. Filed under: Atlanta | Tags: , |

We wish you and yours a very Happy Independence Day.

 

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For a list of 4th of July activities in Atlanta, please click here.

 

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