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Get A Deep Clean

How clean is your house? You probably do all the regular cleaning, like vacuuming, scrubbing tables, cleaning the toilet, all that stuff, but just how deep do you go? With winter coming up, a deep clean is a good idea.  This year more than any other that’s especially true. Why? Here are 4 major reasons why you need a deep clean for the winter.

1. Flu Season

Everybody knows about the Covid-19 outbreak. They never stop talking about it on the news. Covid isn’t the only problem we’ve got this year, though. Flu season is coming up. Two respiratory diseases, one completely new to us, happening concurrently is a bad situation. With everyone being cramped up in the house during the cold, snowy months, we’re all at high risk of infection. You’ll want to do a deep clean to give yourself the best health boost you can.

Speaking of spending a lot of time indoors:

2. You’ll Be Spending A Lot of Time Indoors

“It’s cold in winter,” he said, to the absolute surprise of no one. When it gets cold, you don’t want to spend a lot of time outdoors. With everyone more closely cramped together, you want your living space to feel as comfortable as possible. A good, deep clean will clear more than just the surface dust, but get rid of the caked in grime and dirt. It’ll help make the house smell better. Surfaces will feel less gross to touch. Less dust in the air will mean less coughing, so people worry less about getting sick.

All in all, a deep clean does a hundred little things to improve the comfort level of living in your house. Each one on its own doesn’t mean all that much, but taken altogether it makes your home a much nicer place. It reduces stress and makes you feel better. This is good because:

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3. Relatives Might Come To Visit

With the outbreak, family visits are going to be less frequent and probably happen on a smaller scale than previous years. You might be intending to not have family over at all.

But do your relatives know that? I can’t tell you all the times we’ve had relatives show up uninvited and I suspect one or two will show up this year despite the warnings. Whether they’re invited or not, if they show up, you’ll want your house to be nice. The extra comfort a deep clean brings to your house will make dealing with relatives easier. They might even be less judgmental of you!

4. You Might Go On Vacation

Maybe you don’t expect relatives. Perhaps you plan on going on vacation instead. There might be some place out there you’re just dying to go and you’ve got a chance to go there. A lot of people do during the winter. While there might be less travel this year, I expect there will still be some. If you’re planning on going on a vacation during the winter, wouldn’t you want to come back to a nice, clean house? There isn’t a more unpleasant way to end a vacation than to come how to a mess. Instead, give your house a deep clean so that when you come back, you can settle right back into being comfortable in your own home.

We Can Help You Deep Clean Your Home

A deep clean isn’t a quick job. You might be able to spray down your counters and vacuum the carpets in an hour or two, but a deep clean requires more effort. You need a systematic approach to go through each room and clean up all the areas you usually ignore. It can take a day or two in even the smallest homes.

Worry not! We can help you out! Clean Freak has a number of cleaning packages to help you get it all done. From our simple package to get all the simple stuff done, to a more in depth cleaning, we’re ready and willing to help you out. Getting started is often the hardest part, so having some help will make it easier. Get in touch with us today and let us help you get a good, deep clean for your house this winter!

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Cleaning Before Winter

A house cleaned up for winterYou’ve heard of spring cleaning? well now’s the time for fall cleaning. Winter is coming and there are some things that you’ll want to have done before it arrives. Whether because they’re oddball things you don’t think about, or you just forget to do it, there are some cleaning items that routinely get overlooked. It’s a good idea to get them done before it snows, as it’s really cold to air out your house in the winter. Here’s a list of the most common cleaning items you might have overlooked.

1. Laundry Room

Your laundry room has certain areas you’ve probably ignored when it comes to cleaning. Since you’re going to be spending more time indoors, now’s the time to get rid of the dust and grime that’s built up. Clean around and behind the washer and drier. You’ll have to move it, but that’s okay: you’ve only got to do this once a year. While you’re at it, give a good, deep clean to all the shelves in your laundry room, especially the high ones you don’t normally think about. While you’re doing this, it might be a good idea to check your drier vent. If you’ve haven’t been overloading your drier and been diligent in emptying the lint filter, there probably won’t be a problem. Still, better safe than sorry. If there’s been lint or dust build-up in the drier, that’s a potential fire hazard.

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2. Stove And Oven

Only the most absurdly dedicated barbecuers will light up that outdoor grill once the snowing starts. That means you’re going to be dong a lot more cooking indoors. Good reason to clean that oven and stovetop. After all, you don’t want your food to have the lingering taste and smell of previous meals and smoke. Anything you’ve cooked over the summer probably left residues that will taint the flavor of your meal. If you missed a spill, it might even be a potential fire hazard. Same goes for anything on the stovetop. So, if you want your house and your meals to smell fresh and tasty, now’s the time to clean the stove and oven.

3. Ceiling Fans

These might have seen a lot of use during the summer. Nevertheless, it’d be a good idea to clean them off. Ceiling fans can still help warm your house if you use them right. If you reverse the settings, you can turn it on while the heat is going to force the rising warm air back down, keeping your rooms nice and toasty. If there’s any dust build-up on your fans, though, that’s going to spread dust around. Make sure you wipe them down before it gets cold. And come spring, it’d be a good idea to wipe them down again.

4. Light Fixtures

Light is important for people. Our body uses light to regulate our sleep cycle, as well as to help aid in the production or absorption of certain key vitamins. One thing that light helps is the production of serotonin, a hormone that helps regulate our mood. This is why change in light during winter often leads to low energy, or even depression. You’ll want to get the best light you can. For that, cleaning your light-fixtures is a must. Since dust build-up is slow, it’s easy to miss our lights getting dirtier with time. Since you need as much light you can get, you’ll want to clean those fixtures up. That way, you’ll get a nice, clean shine all winter long.

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5. Window Sills and Frames

You know what else helps you get light? Windows. Windows let the sunlight into your house. This can help warm it up as well as give you all the benefits of sunlight. Since you’re going to be spending more time indoors, you’ll want to make sure as much light can get in as possible. For that, you want to clean your windows.

While you’re at it, the window sills could probably use a good cleaning, too. Dust builds up there as well as on the glass. Wipe them down so you don’t find yourself sneezing whenever you go to the windows to soak in some of those rays.

Get Some Help With Cleaning

Cleaning can be a big job. When it comes time to do some deep cleaning of your home in preparation for winter, a little help is often appreciated. If you want some help, why not ask us? We offer a variety of cleaning services to help you get your house feeling fresh. If you need a little help, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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fallAfter that nasty storm hit Cache Valley a week ago, you’re probably worried a bit more about your outside than your inside. Don’t neglect that inside, though; the reasons why you need deep cleaning this fall aren’t going away, they’re just increasing. Here are a few things you should consider about your deep cleaning this fall.

1. Deep Cleaning Touched Surfaces

The cold is going to bring more than a few cases of the sniffles this year. With the outbreak still in progress, that’s probably worrying you. When people start spending more time indoors, it becomes easier for infections to spread, so you’re going to have to do extra deep cleaning to keep healthy. In addition to washing your hands, you’ll want to make sure you’re washing and sanitizing all the regularly touched surfaces. These include countertops, doorknobs, handles, phones, and anything else family members regularly touch. Make sure you sanitize these surfaces before and after they get used. Coupled with regular hand washing, this will go a long way to protecting your health this fall and winter.

2. Have A Deep Cleaning Schedule

You’d be surprised how much a schedule helps. The hardest part of any big job – and this is definitely a big job – is getting started. When there’s so much to do, we can’t process the job and don’t know where to begin. Having a schedule breaks the job down into smaller, more manageable pieces and lets you focus on one thing at a time. It makes it easier to get started and being able to track your progress makes the job seem smaller.

fall cleaning3. Hard Surface Floors

Last year, Les Schwab hired us to clean up their floors during the fall and winter months. When it comes to hard surface floors like tile and linoleum, they’d found that without regular cleaning is needed to avoid damage. The wetness of everyone’s shoes makes them sticky. They bring in pebbles and other small objects that scratch and cut the floors as they walk. Then there’s all the chemicals being sprayed on the road for de-icing, which can corrode the floors. As a part of your schedule, you’ll want to make sure you’re cleaning your hard floors at least once a week to prevent this damage. A really useful trick we’ve found is mixing vinegar and water for mopping. It works wonders!

4. Clean Air

Dust is mainly composed of dead skin cells (gross!). Since people are going to be spending more time in doors, that naturally means fall and winter will see more dust in your home. You want to make sure you spend a bit more time dusting your home than you usually would in the summer or spring. If you don’t keep on top of it, the extra dust in the air will leave you coughing more. That can make sleeping more difficult, and make people feel generally more irritable. Winter’s miserable enough without that!

Get Some Help

The extra cleaning workload is very time consuming, especially for homes with large families. Here in Cache Valley, large families are the norm. It can be hard to keep all that extra work straight and falling behind quickly gets frustrating. That’s where Clean Freak comes in! We can be the helping hands that help you stay on top of it. So, if you need some extra help deep cleaning your house this fall and winter, get in touch with us. We’ll help you get a schedule set up and help you keep to it.

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Deep Cleaning Time

We’re coming up on the end of summer. It’s hard to imagine with temperatures still being in the mid to high 90s, but in another month, we’re going to start seeing those temperature’s drop as summer moves into fall. With fall comes deep cleaning to get your house ready for the long, cramped winter. Here are 5 reasons why you’ll need deep cleaning this fall.

1. Bugs

box elder bugs massing around a window

THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!

There are plenty of reasons why bugs get into your home. Your kids drop crumbs that attract them. Cooler temperatures are more comfortable for them. They get inside through an open window and can’t find their way out. Box elder bugs get personal satisfaction out of covering every square inch of your home just to infuriate you. Whatever the reason, they eventually die and their bodies will be spread out around your home. You’re going to want to do some deep cleaning to get rid of them. Especially the box elder bugs.

2. Dust

Dust builds up over time. It just happens. Sure, you vacuum your house every week and pull out the old feather duster, but there are some places where dust builds up that you don’t do regularly. Places like under the fridge, on high shelves, backs of closets. While you’re spending more time outside in the spring and summer, this dust might not be as bothersome. As fall brings the cold and winter freezes up everything, that excess dust will become an irritating problem. You’ll need to do a deep cleaning to get rid of it. Then you’ll want to air out your house to get fresh air in. Best take care of it while the weather’s still good.

dog with a box on his head3. Pets

Do you have pets? If you do, then you know that pets shed. Some pets shed a lot. If you have pets, you’ll need to do deep cleaning just to get rid of all the fur and pet dander. You’ll definitely want to do this before winter comes, as you’ll be spending a lot more time indoors with your pets. You don’t want to have to deal with that mess once it gets cold.

4. Carpets

Carpets might as well be magnets for dirt and dust. Worse, because you’re constantly walking on them, you’re always packing it down. That makes hard, tightly packed spots that damage carpet fibers and shorten their lifespan. This becomes even worse in the winter, when you bring in melted snow from your shoes and salt from the roads. Carpets should be deep cleaned at least twice per year if you want them to last. Clean Freak doesn’t do deep cleaning of carpets, though; we recommend the experts at Alpine Cleaning and Restoration. They’ve been in the carpet cleaning business for over 20 years and know all the best tricks.

5. Back To School

kid with a backpack going back to schoolOne way or the other, your kids are going to be going back to school this fall. Here in Cache Valley and other parts of Utah, school actually starts at the end of August, just a couple of weeks away. Your kids are going to be bringing home whatever sicknesses are going around, so you’ll want to make sure you have a clean environment for them to come back to. Deep cleaning before they go back to school can help make it easier to keep your house clean for your kids and family.

Let Us Help You With Your Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning is a lot of work and sometimes you just don’t know where to start. It’s tempting to put it off in favor of doing something easier, but don’t do that. You’ve only got a few weeks before it all starts. Once the kids go back to school, you’ll find it hard to get ahead, as they’ll be bringing in new stuff every day. After winter, it gets even worse, since you’ll have the cold to contend with. Now’s the time to get it done. If you’re having trouble, or need a little extra help, we’ve got you covered. Our Deep Cleaning Package runs for a reasonable price of just $30 per hour. We offer a wide range of cleaning services in this package to help you get the mess under control. Don’t wait until it becomes a hassle you can’t live with. Call today and we’ll get it under control so you can manage it more easily over the fall and winter months.

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Cache Valley and Bear Lake

Bear Lake VacationSummer is here. This is the time of year when people would normally be flocking to Northern Utah’s most famous vacation destinations: Bear Lake.  Cache Valley has it’s own spots, too; First Dam and Green Canyon. Rental and vacation homes are fairly common in this area, as well as cabins all up and down Green Canyon.

The outbreak may have slowed this all down some. It’s hard to guess what the actual effects will be. We seemed to be doing fine until a recent surge in May. At the moment, things are still open, but with threats by the state government of a shut down order if things don’t turn around, it’s hard to say. Even without a shut down order, it’s already pretty clear that this summer will see decreased tourist revenue all over the country. This doesn’t mean people aren’t going on vacation, though.

Vacation Homes and Rentals

While rentals and travel are down, they aren’t out. There is still a significant portion of the population out and about this summer, especially since the situation seems to be improving in many places. That means people need places to stay. If you’re a rental and vacation property owner, you want to make the most of that, right? To do that, you want to make your rental property as attractive as possible to visiting tourists. In this time of viral fears, that means you want to make sure everything is properly cleaned.

Moving Around

It’s not just vacationers who are moving around, either. We’re also seeing a steady migration of people to new homes and new places. Whether it’s people looking to move away with new jobs, or just young people moving into a new home for the first time, there is still a market for real estate. As with rental and vacation homes, people want to know their new house is cleaned before they move it. “Deep Cleaning” is trending on Facebook as people look for those who can help them get their new place ready to live in.

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It’s probably a good idea. It’s easy to take out the trash, clean the windows, scrub the bathrooms, and vacuum the carpets. Under normal circumstances, that’d be enough, but that’s not the case this year. This year, we need to contend with the virus, which means deep cleaning. Deep cleaning involves sanitizing hard surfaces with antibacterial cleaners, thorough scrubbing, and making sure you get those hard to reach places.

Deep cleaning is a much bigger job than you’d usually have to do.  You need to do it before each new guest moves in, too.  You can do a pretty good job of killing off the virus, but as soon as someone who has it comes into the area, all that work is undone, so you can’t just do one big cleaning job and think you’re covered.

Deep Cleaning for New Homes

Before you move into a new home, you’ll want the same deep cleaning done, too. Better safe than sorry, right? Did you know that you can add the cleaning process to the negotiations of the sales agreement? Given that proper deep cleaning can take a lot of extra time and costs more than you’d normally expect to pay for cleaning costs, it’s definitely worth considering factoring it into the closing costs. Even just getting half the costs covered by the seller could be a huge saving.

Looking for A Cleaner?

Clean Freak Utah cleaning servicesIf you’re looking for someone to do some deep cleaning in Cache Valley, Clean Freak has you covered.  Our deep cleaning package is just $30 per hour per cleaner and covers everything from the basics (like taking out the trash) to full spot washing. We provide our own cleaning chemicals for the big stuff. We supply our cleaners with masks to help reduce the spread of the virus. You could do it all yourself, but why put yourself up to all that extra time? We’ll do it faster so you can move in sooner. If you’re looking to clean out a vacation or rental home between guests, we can do that, too!

Got any questions? Heard enough?  Want to get the job done? Feel free to get in touch and find out what we can do for you! We’re standing by and ready to go whenever you need us!

 

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Fall

fallFall is a very pretty time of year.  The leaves start to change colors, the weather finally cools off and people start decorating for the holiday seasons.  It’s also a good time to do a thorough cleaning of your house.  After all, once winter comes, you’re going to start spending more time in the house.  Who wants to spend months choking back the accumulated dust of several months?  Nobody, that’s who.

So, here’s a fall cleaning checklist to help you make sure you get everything.

 

1. Cleaning the Windows

Using glass cleaner, spray down your windows and wipe them off with a microfiber cloth.  If you pick a cloudy day, you can see the streaks better and get a more complete clean.

 

2. Clean the Blinds and Curtains

Use a low setting on your vacuum cleaner and a brush attachment.  Vinyl shades can be wiped clean with a dampened microfiber cloth if they need more.  Check the labels on your curtains and window covers for washing instructions.  Some can be machine washed, but some will need to be sent to a professional cleaner.

 

3. Clean the Walls

First, figure out what kind of paint is on your walls; certain paints are less durable and may come off if you scrub too hard.  Dust your walls first.  When you’ve dusted, lay down towels to catch excess moisture.  Wipe down your walls with damp cloth, using only soft water first, starting at the top of the wall and working down.  If that isn’t enough, you can try warm water mixed with dishwashing soap.  If you still need something stronger, ¼ cup of ammonia and ¼ cup of baking soda mixed in a gallon of warm water and a good sponge should do the trick.  Be sure to dry off your wall with a towel when you’re done to prevent streaking and water damage.

 

4. Cleaning the Ceiling

Start with a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment and vacuum.  Then get a feather duster and clear away what remains – you may need to clean the duster before you finish if the ceiling is particularly dirty.  If any dirt remains, use a microfiber cloth to wipe off the rest.  Do the same to any ceiling fixtures.

 

5. Vacuum and Spot Clean Upholstered Furniture

carpet cleaningUsing an upholstery attachment, vacuum your upholstery from left to right in short, overlapping strokes.  When it comes to spot cleaning, you’ll need to check your furniture for cleaning instructions.  Different kinds require different cleaners and have different instructions.

 

6. Kitchen Cupboards and Pantry

Empty your cupboards and pantry so you can see all of the shelves.  Wipe them down with a damp cloth, then follow up with a soft cleaner.  If you use shelf liners, replace them now.  While you have everything out, now is a good time to check everything for expiration dates and throw out anything that’s past its time.

 

7. Carpets

Carpets need a good deep cleaning twice a year.  Spring and fall are the usual times to do this. First, vacuum thoroughly.  Then spray down the entire carpet with a bottled foam carpet cleaner.  Scrub the carpet in a circular motion, moving from one side of the carpet to the next.  Let it sit for a few hours to let the cleaner break down the thick grime deposits that build up.  Finish by a second thorough vacuuming to clean up everything the cleaner broke down so it doesn’t thicken up again.

Sometimes, it’s a good idea to have a professional carpet cleaner come in and do the work.  They will often have specialized tools and cleaners that can do a much better job than you can on your own.

 

8. Wood Flooring

fall cleaningUsing warm water and soap, mop your wood floors.  If you have scratches, you can hire a professional sand, recoat and refinish them to get them good as new.

 

9. Clean Your Computer Area

Computers get a lot of use in the modern day, so if they’re dusty, using them will subject you to a lot of allergens and cause health issues.  Clean and wipe down your keyboard.  Use a light duster to clean the dust off your monitor.  Using a microfiber cloth (very important to avoid scratching), spray a little bit of soft cleaner and wipe it down to get any fingerprints, or other remaining residue.  Check your computer’s instructions to see what cleaners are safe for this.  Scratches can be fixed with a scratch repair kit.

The inside of your computer also needs cleaning to keep it in good condition, but unless you’re experienced, it’s best to send it to a professional to do this so you don’t’ accidentally damage it.

 

10. Straighten out your closest

Empty out your closet.  Dust and clean it like you would the walls of your other rooms.  If you have any clothes you haven’t worn for a while, it might be a good idea to clean them just to get off any dust they gathered before you put them back.  While you have everything out, it’s a good time to go through it and see if there’s anything that’s worn out, or anything you don’t ever wear that you can get rid of to help declutter your home.

 

11. Replace Your Furnace Filter

The furnace filter needs to be changed about every three months.  Since you’ll probably be using your furnace a lot over the winter, now’s the best time to do it.

 

12. Test Smoke Alarms

Modern smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are very well-designed and can usually last for years – up to 15 sometimes – but you should still regularly test them just to be safe.

 

13. Chimneys

If you have a wood burning stove or fireplace, they need regular cleaning to get rid of the soot and ash that builds up over time.  This isn’t something we do, as there are very particular safety steps to follow.  For health reasons, you’ll need to hire a professional.

 

14. Declutter

People gather a lot of stuff.  It’s just what we do.  A lot of it is stuff we don’t need and only a lack of thought has kept us from throwing it out.  Since you’re giving your home a thorough clean, it’s a good opportunity to make decisions on what you have that you can do without.  It makes more space for you to live in, which is always more enjoyable.  And a yard sale is always a good way to make some quick extra cash for Christmas shopping!

 

Let Us Help

Clean Freak Utah cleaning servicesClean Freak are experts at this sort of thing.  Not just homes, we also clean offices and commercial buildings.  For reasonable prices, we can do a lot of the cleaning for you, freeing up your time to do more of what you enjoy doing.  If you want to get a professional cleaning before winter comes so you can feel comfy and healthy through the cold months, get in touch with us today!

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Very few of us wake up on a Saturday morning and think, “Ahh man! Am I excited to reorganize the garage today! I could be shopping, or I could be camping but instead, I get to sit in a dusty hot garage avoiding spiders and wonder how on earth we accumulated so much junk.”

Whether it’s your garage, bathroom, or your kitchen, unless your name is Marie Condo, I think we can all agree that deep cleaning is NOT fun.

However, even though we can all agree that cleaning is not awesome, it still must be done.

Here are three tips to make it not so extremely overwhelming and stressful. In fact, if done correctly cleaning can help you release stress, and feel more energized.

Tip #1:

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Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

You are never going to get the entire house deep cleaned in one day so don’t try. Unless you have an entire army at your disposal, it’s just not going to happen.

What will happen though, is that you will feel completely overwhelmed and then disappointed when you only get one room done. You will feel frustrated and your house will feel more stressful than before you looked at it.

What you should do is look at how much time you have and make a goal of what you can clean in the amount of time that you do. And don’t bite off more cleaning than you can chew. Clean what you can and clean at your own pace.

People that always have clean houses, tend to clean for small amounts of time but clean more frequently. Think about it. If you actually deep cleaned your bathroom every single Saturday and lightly cleaned it every day. You could get it clean and keep it clean in a short amount of time.

Tip #2

Use Your Resources

Let’s be honest, this world runs on WikiHow and Pinterest. There are a lot of cleaning hacks and DIY (Do It Yourself) that many people are using to clean their houses faster, easier, and stress-free.

My suggestion is to use the internet and any DIY “how to’s” to really deep clean your house on any project you may have and really dig into it.

Tip #3:

Reward Yourself

“Treat Yo-Self!”
So for this tip, it is so important to really “treat yourself” after cleaning and completing what you can do in your set time frame.

The best treats are planned outings. If you know that you need to get your kitchen clean before your important stuff, then suddenly the kitchen gets cleaned a lot faster.

Your reward doesn’t have to be expensive either. Open a bag of MnM’s. Give yourself one MnM for every task accomplished. You will be amazed at how much more motivated you are and how much faster you move.

Reward yourself for accomplishing something big and then do it again! The idea is to make deep cleaning less of a chore and more of an enjoyable experience that you can do again and again.
So Treat-Yo-Self next time.

Bonus Tip!

These three tips can definitely help you make deep cleaning a more enjoyable experience and less of a stressful experience.

But even with all these great tips. There are just some messes that you just don’t have the time or the energy to go through with it. Maybe you moved into a fixer-upper or maybe you really need to help someone out. One last tip that I can offer is to call in a professional. Someone that can clean and deep clean a house, a garage, or an office space.

Clean Freak Utah can definitely be those professionals who can clean up anything. Let us know what we can clean to make your deep cleaning an enjoyable experience.