Choosing a Cleaning Service?

Posted on January 21, 2016. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning, Cleaning Industry | Tags: , , , |

Cleaning Concept

Cleaning services are a dime a dozen. There are more than 600 listed in the Atlanta online yellow pages. How do you pick one? Here’s a list of important considerations:

Choose a cleaning company that:

  • Has been in business a relatively long time.
  • Screens and trains every employee.
  • Has loyal and long-term employees who speak English.
  • Learns your preferences quickly.
  • Complies with federal, state and local labor and tax laws and carries sufficient insurance.
  • Brings its own cleaning equipment and supplies.
  • Charges reasonable, as opposed to cheap prices. Reasonable prices are necessary in order to attract and keep quality employees.
  • Uses non-toxic, safe, but effective eco-friendly cleaning products.
  • Makes customer satisfaction a priority.

Engaging a reliable, well-managed cleaning service will truly enhance your life.  Choose the right one and you’ll never regret it.

What our Customers Say

Awesome company

These people know their stuff. They perform their work well. timely, great job, live up to the standards and surpass.

Affordable and reliable service

We found Sponge & Sparkle on Kudzu.com while looking for a replacement for our previous and unreliable cleaners. I liked dealing with a privately owned company and found their service prompt, affordable and very satisfactory. Their web site provided a $10 coupon which was nice too. They were very thorough and I appreciated dealing directly with the owner and their detailed follow up on their visit. We will be using them again.

Best in town

Sponge and sparkle is the best cleaning service in Atlanta. i’ve tried others and none are as professional or clean.

Atlanta Maid Service - Facebook Atlanta House Cleaning - Twitter Atlanta House Cleaning Service - Blog RSS


Please click here to get Sponge & Sparkle blog updates via email.

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.

 

Advertisements
Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Five Ideas for a More Sustainable Home

Posted on January 14, 2016. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning, Miscellaneous | Tags: , , |

greenhouse - eco-friendly construction

These days we’re hearing about and experiencing a lot more about climate change-related drought, floods, forest fires, and extreme weather events. While some still doubt it, our modern lifestyles do affect these changes. We also often hear about “Sustainability” and “Sustainable Living.” These terms refer to a range of choices each of us can make in our daily lives to minimize our impact on natural resources and the environment without sacrificing our own comfort or that of future generations. Here are five major ways you can make your home more sustainable:

1. Reduce your Energy Use.

Most of the electricity generated in America is produced by burning fossil fuels, which release greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change. As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. Save energy by changing your air filter regularly—ideally every three months. A dirty filter slows down air flow and makes the system work harder. Also have your system tuned up annually to maximize efficiency and comfort. Installing a programmable thermostat is another important way to save energy.

If you need to replace your home’s heating and cooling system, consider installing ENERGY STAR-qualified equipment. The Energy Star program also certifies the most efficient home appliances, lighting, and windows and doors. Visit http://www.energystar.gov for detailed information.

2. Waste Less Food.

Some sources estimate Americans trash as much as 40 percent of our food supply every year. To minimize food waste, start by monitoring what you throw away. When you shop, plan meals, use grocery lists, and avoid impulse buys. Especially in the summer, when fresh produce is readily available and so tempting, wait until perishables are all used up before buying more. When unpacking groceries, move older products to the front of the fridge/freezer/pantry and put new products in the back. This way, you’re more likely to use up the older stuff before it expires. And eat leftovers!

3. Buy and Use Environmentally-Friendly Products.

Consider the environmental impacts of your purchasing decisions. Take your own reusable bags when you go shopping. Look for locally-produced food. Buy in bulk rather than single-serve consumables when feasible to reduce packaging waste. Buy recycled-content products when feasible. For everyday cleaning, use inexpensive and highly effective white vinegar and baking soda rather than harsh chemicals. Use refillables rather than disposables for liquid soap and other similar household products. Use rags rather than paper towel whenever possible. Buy well-made, durable appliances that will last, rather than less expensive versions that will likely need to be replaced soon.

4. Maintain Durable Items and Reuse More.

By properly maintaining household appliances they will last longer and work more efficiently. Whenever possible, fix an item rather than discarding it and buying a replacement. Repurpose used items. For example, use an old shower curtain liner as a tarp for painting, and cut up old towels to use as rags. Use wide-mouth jar lids as under-liners for your plants. Cut up waste paper to use as note pads. Challenge yourself to come up with creative ways to reuse something before discarding it.

5. Use Water Sustainably.

Less water going down the drain means more water available in our lakes, rivers and streams. Replace your shower heads with water-efficient models and switch to the use of water-efficient lawn and landscaping sprinklers. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, and be frugal when washing dishes by hand. Run full loads in your dish and clothes washers.

If you’re remodeling your bathroom, select water efficient fixtures such as those recommended by the WaterSense program. (http://www.epa.gov/watersense/. Old toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home. They can consume as much as 6 gallons of water per flush. By contrast, water-efficient toilets use 1.28 gallons per flush or less, while still providing equal or superior performance.

And if you’ve been buying bottled drinking water, think twice. Almost half of the 50 billion bottles of water currently consumed in the U.S. actually comes from municipal supplies. Transporting the bottles and keeping them cold, and then collecting and processing them for recycling, also burns fossil fuels. If you’re worried about the quality of your tap water, have it tested. Also consider installing a water filter and use refillable containers.

By adopting these practices you’ll be making your home more sustainable and save money too!

What our Customers Say

Friendly and Efficient

I always love to come home after they’ve been here cleaning. They use natural products that smell good and get the job done.

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.

Satisfaction Guaranteed!

I have been using this cleaning service for at least 22 years. their employees don’t come and go but stay with the company, which gives me a great degree of comfort. If anything is not just right, the owner herself will either come out or send someone to redo it. I feel like they are part of our family! Also they are using “green” products more than ever.

Atlanta Maid Service - Facebook Atlanta House Cleaning - Twitter Atlanta House Cleaning Service - Blog RSS


Please click here to get Sponge & Sparkle blog updates via email.

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.

 

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

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.

Sponge & Sparkle - Atlanta's Award Winning Cleaning Experts

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.

Atlanta Maid Service - Facebook Atlanta House Cleaning - Twitter Atlanta House Cleaning Service - Blog RSS


Please click here to get Sponge & Sparkle blog updates via email.

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.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

If Cleaning Makes You Sick, It’s Not Just Your Imagination

Posted on October 11, 2011. Filed under: Green Cleaning, Safe Cleansers | Tags: , , |

If you clean with traditional chemicals, wearing a mask may be a good idea.Do you have a headache after a day of cleaning? It may not be because you are not fond of cleaning; the chemicals in the products you use may be making you sick.

This article by Victoria Bender, Are We Cleaning Ourselves to Death, offers some sobering facts on the toxicity of traditional household cleaners.

Did you know:

  • Federal and state government agencies only regulate outdoor air, not indoor air?
  • EPA studies show that indoor air may be 3 to 70 times more toxic than outdoor air?
  • Cleaning products that contain toxins and carcinogens do not have to  list these items on the labels because we don’t consume (eat or drink) them? Evidently, ingesting the fumes through our eyes, skin and sinuses is not considered consuming. That’s quite a loophole!

Knowing these facts makes me glad that Sponge and Sparkle uses non-toxic cleaning products.

Here’s a quote from one of our customers:

Atlanta Maid Services Reviews and Testimonials

I always love to come home after they’ve been here cleaning. They use natural products that smell good and get the job done.

Atlanta Maid Service - Facebook Atlanta House Cleaning - Twitter Atlanta House Cleaning Service - Blog RSS


Please click here to get Sponge & Sparkle blog updates via email.

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.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

How often should you have your home cleaned?

Posted on August 23, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Photo of Sponge & Sparkle employee - we deliver dazzle. One of the questions that I sometimes get asked when I am doing an in-home visit is “How often should I have you come?”

Most professional cleaning services will provide just about any frequency desired – weekly, biweekly, monthly, and we even have some clients who opt for every 3 weeks.

A good place to start is by asking 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.

The Most Popular Option

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

Frequency Affects Price

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.

Maintaining 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.  Making your bed every day insures that things will look neat and organized too.

A Clean Home Leads to Family Harmony

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.

Atlanta Maid Service - Facebook Atlanta House Cleaning - Twitter Atlanta House Cleaning Service - Blog RSS


Please click here to get Sponge & Sparkle blog updates via email.

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.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Hiring an Atlanta maid service? Ask this question!

Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

When you are interviewing Atlanta maid services, be sure that one of the questions you ask is “Do you have workman’s comp insurance?

In Georgia,  businesses are required by law to carry workman’s comp on their employees.  (This is also true in most states – Texas is an exception).  Workman’s compensation insurance  is expensive, and sometimes house cleaning services may cut corners by letting their coverage lapse or never buy it to begin with.   Also, sometimes companies might say they have it when they don’t,  so you want to actually see their certificate of insurance before their visit is scheduled.

This is for your protection and any legitimate company will happily supply this to you; it is a standard request.

If you hire someone to clean for you who is not covered under WC, then you are leaving yourself ridiculously vulnerable.  She may be the sweetest  person in the world but if she injures herself in your home and  she can’t work for a while  and/or pay her bills,  and maybe doesn’t even have  health insurance – her options are limited, and  what else can she do but sue you?

At Sponge & Sparkle, we carry workman’s compensation on all of our employees, and will gladly provide proof of coverage.


Please click here to get Sponge & Sparkle blog updates via email.

About the author:
Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...