Archive for October, 2015

What To Do With Your Pumpkin After Halloween

Posted on October 29, 2015. Filed under: Miscellaneous | Tags: , , |

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

close up of carved halloween pumpkins on table

After Halloween – 3 Uses for Leftover Pumpkin

Halloween is in a few days. On November 1, the jack-0’lantern would have done its job.   Now what?  Don’t just trash it.  Here are several beneficial uses for it.

Make a planter

When your jack-0’lantern is done, you can use it as a planter.  Plant a colorful fall mum in the hollowed out pumpkin and plant it in your garden.  As the pumpkin decomposes, it will fertilize your new plant.

Feed the wildlife

If you have woods nearby, feed the wildlife. Bambi and her friends will love it. Plus, if you don’t want to eat them yourself, you can dry and toast the pumpkin seeds and give your backyard birds a treat.

Make a facial rub with it

Pumpkins are rich in zinc and vitamins A, C and E—all great ingredients for a healthy complexion. Grind up some of the remaining pumpkin meat into a puree.  Mix about five teaspoons with three teaspoons of brown sugar (a natural exfoliate) and a tiny splash of milk.  Apply to your face and gently rub in a circular motion.  Allow the masque to do its magic for about 20 minutes and voila – you’ll enjoy the results!

Try one of these ideas and you’ll get a bigger return on your investment than just scaring the goblins away for one night.  Happy Halloween!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2015 – Free Cleanings for Women Battling Cancer

Posted on October 23, 2015. Filed under: About Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta House Cleaning, Cleaning Industry | Tags: |

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

One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. This year alone, an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 60,290 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. (Source) Cleaning for women with cancer

Battling cancer is tough. When a woman is sick and can’t take care of her home the way she would like to, it adds to her stress.

This is why we are privileged to be a member of  the Cleaning for a Reason foundation, a national organization which puts women undergoing cancer treatment in touch with member cleaning companies that want to donate their services. Sponge & Sparkle has been part of the Cleaning for a Reason network since 2007.

The Cleaning for a Reason foundation has 1,100 companies in its network throughout the United States. In order to be approved for the network, a  professional residential maid service must be insured or bonded and perform background checks on their employees. These professional cleaning companies have provided more than 15,000 cleanings to cancer patients, valued at more than $4,000,000.

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 fighting cancer who could benefit, please tell her about the C4R website.

 We love to clean and we want to help.

 

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Have Pets? Here Are A Few Housecleaning Tips

Posted on October 1, 2015. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning | Tags: , , |

Cat and cat hair

We love our pets—they’re family. They’re adorable and give us unconditional love, but they can be messy, too. Pets can shed on everything, track in mud, spread dander, and even bring home ticks and fleas. And sometimes, we even have to deal with their “accidents.”

For the many of us who can’t imagine living without a dog or a cat, here are some tips to address pet-specific cleaning issues:
Grooming is Key

Capture shedding fur before it hits your couch. Dogs and cats absolutely love being brushed, so do it often and you’ll eliminate excess fur all over the house. Cats will also suffer fewer hair balls with regular brushing.

Prevent Repeat Pet “Accidents

When your dog or cat has an “accident” they mark the spot as a safe place to “do their business” and they will return to the area again and again. To prevent repeat accidents, have the area deeply cleaned as soon as possible.

Don’t Let It Accumulate

If you have cats, clean the litter box frequently. You can go low tech (and low cost) by using a bag as a liner so that the “mess” does not leave a lingering smell, or purchase one of the higher end litter box systems. Buy odor-absorbing litter and odor-absorbing powder to keep the litter box area smelling clean and fresh.

Wipe Them Down

Keep a rag handy to wipe dirty paws after coming in from a walk. If kitty likes to roam in the woods, wipe him down with a damp cloth to ensure he doesn’t bring home poison ivy. And always do a tick and flea check, even when using flea medication.

Check Air Filters More Often

Even with frequent brushings, hair and dander still circulate so be sure to clean or change your heating and cooling system air filters frequently, especially in the spring, which is prime shedding season.

 

Taking a few extra steps to deal with our pets can ensure a clean, sparking, fresh-smelling home for everyone.

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They have done a great job every time. We have had multiple different people clean our house and they all are so friendly to us and our cats! I would highly recommend them.

Love the Service

My friend told me about her neighbor’s business and I jumped at the chance to find someone to clean my house. So every other week, two very nice, polite ladies come and keep my house in shape. My floors are clean, things get dusted and my sink and bathtub do’sparkle’. I feel safe leaving the house while they are there and feel like the cats will still be inside when I get back. The thing I like most is the clean smell that lingers after they leave and that they use organic products. But they will use my products if I ask. I would recommend a detail cleaning first, even if your house is cleaner than mine. I only have them come every other week but hope to have them weekly in the future. I am getting used to a clean house. I don’t have to worry about paying taxes or anything except paying a set fee. That’s great as well.

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