The Fall Cleaning Checklist

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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!

3 Homes That Benefit From Professional Cleaning

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Hiring a cleaning service can take all the cleaning burdens off of you and your loved ones. It can even make your life a tad bit easier. We at CleanFreak Utah can make arrangements based upon your budget, needs, and availability. Check out these three homes that would benefit from a professional cleaning. 

 

Aging Parents Or Grandparents

As we grow older, it becomes more and more difficult to keep a clean home. We don’t have the energy or even the capability to reach and clean every room that needs constant cleaning. Your kitchen, your living room, bathrooms, and bedrooms, all need constant care and routine cleaning. 

 

Disabilities 

Having a clean home is important for you and your loved ones right? Hiring a professional cleaning service, such as CleanFreak Utah, can keep a very clean living space for those who may not be able to keep up with every day cleaning tasks. At CleanFreak, we offer a customizable cleaning service that involves you from start to finish, so that we know exactly what your needs are.

 

Highly Allergic

Do you have seasonal allergies or even just allergies in general that are acting up? Did you know you could have a home that is allergen-free from outside (or inside) sources? CleanFreak is available year-round to service and clean any need you may have. Give us a call to find out how we can give you some relief and ease from your allergies.

 

We Meet All Needs

We at CleanFreak Utah offer a service that can be made just for you and your loved ones. We care about you and your family’s needs, and with that in mind, we make sure that we put every ounce of care into cleaning your home. Give CleanFreak Utah a call today to let us know what burden we can ease today.

3 Deep Clean Situations In Cache Valley That Need A Little Extra Care

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At Clean Freak Utah, we specialize in one thing, cleaning. Whether your business has been under construction, you are moving in or out or even after a death in the family. There are times for a general clean and times for some deep cleaning. Here are three situations that need a deep cleaning focus in Cache Valley.

 

After Construction Clean Up

Did your home or office space just undergo some major (or minor) changes? Then you could use a deep clean to get access to those hard to reach spots where dust and debris can get to. Cleaning construction debris can include dusting in hard to reach spots, inside windows (and window tracks), wall washings, and underneath and around appliances. Not cleaning those areas can cause unneeded wear, get blown into electronics or other sensitive areas and cause allergies to go crazy. You may have to go over an area multiple times to get it all cleaned up.

 

Move-In or Move Out Cleans

Do you own a rental property? Did you just buy a new home? Before you move in is the ideal time to perform a deep clean. We all know people who move out do their absolute best to clean on your behalf, but we also know that when someone moves they are under some time constraints and may have forgotten to clean every nook there is. Cleaning ceiling fans, vents, around cupboards and crevices will not only look good but will improve the air quality and smell of the space you are moving into. 

 

And…if you happen to be moving and are under a time crunch, hiring a professional deep cleaning service helps put your mind at ease while you focus on the big picture, moving day.

 

What a relief it would be to just focus on packing and getting ready for the big move when the professionals can handle all the deep cleaning that needs to get done while you enjoy a more stress-free move! 

 

Death In The Family

Was there someone close to you who has recently passed? Or are you looking to sell a house that was owned by a lost loved one? The last thing one wants to do is clean out a house and get it ready to sell. In some cases most family doesn’t live super close to deceased members for a quick day trip, making it even more difficult to schedule time off of work while taking care of the estate. Either create a very detailed plan and plan a day to clean or hire a reputable professional cleaning service to come in and help. In some cases, we work alongside someone helping to reduce the stress of the situation.

 

Let Clean Freak Utah Take Care Of You  

Clean Freak Utah can deep clean just about anything and meet any of your deep cleaning needs. Head on over to our website to check out more specifics about what we can do for you and give us a call to deep clean your situation.

 

 

10 Cleaning Hacks for Those Busy Parents In Cache Valley

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We know your lives are really busy. You have jobs, you may have kids, and you may just be enjoying the Logan Summer. But one thing is for certain, houses get messy and there may not always be time to clean.

 

We have come up with ten cleaning hacks that will hopefully make your life easier and hopefully get that cleaning done faster.

 


checklist

Keep A Checklist

Keep a checklist of all the chores that you need to get done that day. This way you shouldn’t have to constantly stress about what needs to be done today or tomorrow.

All you have to do is check your list, complete that item, and check it off for the day’s task.

 

 

chore chart

Use Age Appropriate Chore Charts

With the same idea of the checklist, create a “Chore Chart” for your kids. A simple table made in Mircosoft Word should do the trick to hang on the fridge. You could also add fun images and check off the chores being done with a sticker to add a little more fun to accomplish the chore.

 

music audio

Clean With Up-Beat Music

Create a playlist of music that you really enjoy and just jam out and get lost in the music cleaning. You are having fun rather than focusing on being boring and cleaning. Creating a “kids” playlist to also get your kids involved wouldn’t be such a bad idea either. 

 

 

plate and fork

Meal Prep

If you have a busy week ahead, and you know it, try meal prepping to save time and save any dinner messes that would normally occur. Set a day, the week before, and plan out meals, make them, and freeze them. Now you have dinner made for every day and all you have to clean up is a few dishes.

 

 

messy green splat

 

Clean Up Right After, Don’t Wait

This hack is a simple one. If you make a mess, clean it up right after you make it. We are all responsible adults, right? Alright, let’s be honest, we can’t be responsible all the time. But just making the effort and beginning the habit of picking up after yourself can make a world of difference when you actually have to clean.

 

sign of chaos and order

De-clutter Your Home Often

Have you ever heard the phrase, “If it brings you joy, keep it. If it doesn’t bring you joy then throw it out?” De-clutter your house of the many things that do NOT bring you “joy.” This helps to keep a clean, neat, and organized home.

 

eraser

Magic Erasers

Magic Earasers can literally be your best cleaning friend. They can clean almost anything. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep a few of these around the house for any cleaning situation. Trust us, they do wonders.

 

two people talking on the phone

 

Multi-Task On the Phone

If you are on the phone talking to a loved one or just chatting up a friend, multi-task and clean something while you are talking. It doesn’t have to be something big, maybe just tidying up the living room or the kitchen while you talk can be a big step forward in the long run. On the flip side, you could set aside one day to disconnect from the phone or technology and use the time to clean or prepare yourself for cleaning

 

storing books

Use Baskets and Containers To Store

Do you have any small baskets or containers? Use them to store toys, miscellaneous items, or junk that does not have a place in the house. The basket can be a great way to store and organize things which can be easily stored in a compact place.

 

 

cleaning supplies

Use Easy To Clean Household Items

You really do not need all those harmful and expensive cleaning chemicals to clean your home. You probably have some household items that would do the trick such as lemons, baking soda, and vinegar. All these items have great cleaning properties to clean your house chemical-free. 

 

 


Hack #11

You know, even if cleaning is a little overwhelming, we still believe in you to get the job done! But if you are still having problems with getting the job done then this is our last cleaning hack. 

 

Call Clean Freak Utah to take care of any cleaning need that you may have. We offer a very personalized cleaning service that is catered exactly to your cleaning needs. If you find yourself in need, call us @ (435) 760-2704 for a free quote and let us clean for you.  

3 Tips To Make Deep Cleaning More Enjoyable

Woman Mopping the Floor

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:

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.

Spring Cleaning For Commercial Properties in Cache Valley

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Spring-Cleaning

Spring-CleaningIt’s spring-cleaning time again. As the weather starts to warm up and the snow melts, everybody starts working on the cleanup projects that fell by the wayside during the cold months. It’s more than just homes that need spring-cleaning, though. Commercial properties and businesses have been neglected over the winter, too.

 

Commercial Cleanliness

Cleanliness is an important part of a commercial property or business. It tends to be the first impression customers get. If people walk into an office and the carpet’s spotty, the desks and chairs are dusty, and the light chokes a bit trying to get through the windows, what kind of message is being sent? It tells your customers that you don’t actually care about your business. That’s not a message you want to send.

 

Health and Happiness

A big part of productivity is good health. If you’re feeling sick and depressed, you don’t work as hard. Nothing makes people feel sick and depressed like an unclean working place. Hopefully, you haven’t neglected the inside of your commercial property over the winter, but now it’s time to get the outside up to par, too.

 

Carpets and Windows

The two biggest things that fall behind on cleaning over the winter are carpets and windows. During the winter, there’s a lot more pollutants out there. The excess salt on the roads to melt the ice gets on your shoes and starts to build up in the carpets. Here in Cache Valley, where we suffer from a yearly inversion, pollutants in the air can leave deposits on your windows that you won’t have during the summer. Since cleaning carpets and windows get neglected, that means when spring comes around, they need some major TLC.

 

Yard Maintenance

If you own commercial properties, you probably also own the yard and lawn around it. The snow, both from the clouds and pushed by the plows, is a huge attractor of dirt and grime. When the snow melts, it all goes onto your lawn. These will need to be cleaned up as well if you want your business to look good and stay clean.

 

Let Us Help

Here at Clean Freak, we’re here to help. For reasonable prices, we’ll help you give your commercial property a good spring-cleaning. And if you’re looking for cleanup in the yard, we recommend the Cache Valley Lawn King. If you want to save some time and energy on cleaning this year, get in touch with us and let us help you out.

Why Executive Office Suites in Cache Valley Should Hire Janitorial Services

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Janitorial Service

Renting Office Space

Are you renting out office space? Got an executive office suite you need to fill up? What’s the best way to do that? Well, I can’t tell you anything about marketing, or advertising, but I can tell you an important element to impressing people and keeping them renting once they’re in.
Janitorial services.

Janitors: Unsung Heroes of Your Business

That’s right, keeping your office suites clean is one of the most important, yet often overlooked aspects of renting. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s look.

1. Maintaining a Professional Appearance

Would you want to rent an office that’s got a fine coating of dust on the desks, full garbage cans, and dingy windows? No, of course not. If you can’t keep your office space clean, why should any renter trust you to be able to provide for their needs? Furthermore, keeping the space clean creates an environment of organization. That helps employees keep on task and feel good.  People will want to work there if you keep the place clean.

2. Long-Term Value

In the long run keeping a place clean keeps the building from losing value. Dust can damage office equipment. Dirt and grime can sink into the carpets and the paint. Spilled crumbs attract pests. While letting a mess sit for a day might not do much damage, going for longer periods without a good clean-up job will cause lasting damage. Carpets get moldy, paint chips, pests multiply. Eventually, it reaches a point where a quick scrub is no longer enough. You’ll need to spend a lot of money to get things back to a livable condition, and it won’t be done quickly. The time you need to take fixing up the office will be time it can’t be used and that’s time you’re not making money.

Why Hire An Outside Janitorial Service?

Hiring an outside janitorial service is usually the best way to go. You may not think so, but it’s really true.
For one thing, it saves you time. If you have your own janitorial staff working for you, you’ve got to manage them. You’ve got to set their schedules, hire the workers, and train them for their task.  That time would be better spent making money in your business. If you hire an outside janitorial service, you only have to do the hiring once. The service you hire will have the employees on hand and the training already done.  All you need to do is find the right service.
For another thing, all those things listed above are expensive. You have to pay money to train your workers, spend money to advertise their positions, and it creates a new managerial position that’s more expensive than regular employees. With an outside janitorial service, you just pay the fee and the they take care of the rest.  It saves you a considerable amount of cash.

Give Us A Call

Clean Freak is a reliable cleaning service available to work all around Cache Valley. We work weekly or bi-weekly schedules and can make arrangements for any length of time for work. Whether you just need us to do some quick clean-up over the weekend, or want us for long-term janitorial services, we’ve got you covered. We’ll do dusting, vacuuming, bathroom cleaning, emptying trash cans, and more. Whatever you need done, we’re ready to do it.
Get in touch with us today. Our affordable rates and reliable services will help make sure you keep your executive office suites sparkling. Your renters will appreciate working in a well-maintained and clean space.