Archive for January, 2008

Green Cleaning With Vinegar

 Although you would rather hire the professionals at UpperCrust Maids to do your house cleaning rather than doing so yourself (We don’t blame you!), there may be times when you need to clean something in a hurry.

As you know, UpperCrust Maids uses only natural products in homes. But if you are temporarily, for whatever reason, not able to utilize our services, we have a suggestion for you. Here we will share a secret with you. Did you know that vinegar is a natural cleanser? Check out some of vinegar’s uses and natural cleaning recipes. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Floors No-wax floors:
To wash no-wax floors, add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water.

Carpet stain removal:
A mixture of 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent and 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar in a pint of lukewarm water will remove non-oily stains from carpets. Apply it to the stain with a soft brush or towel and rub gently. Rinse with a towel moistened with clean water and blot dry. Repeat this procedure until the stain is gone. Then dry quickly, using a fan or hair dryer. This should be done as soon as the stain is discovered.Windows & Walls

Streakless windows:
Simply wash with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. This solution will make your windows gleam and will not leave the usual film or streaks on the glass.

Washing woodwork:
You can ease the job of washing painted walls, woodwork and Venetian blinds by using a mixture of 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup white distilled or cider vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda with 1 gallon of warm water. Wipe this solution over walls or blinds with a sponge or cloth and rinse with clear water. Dirt and grime comes off easily and the solution will not dull the painted finish or leave streaks.

Water or alcohol marks on wood:
Stubborn rings resulting from wet glasses being placed on wood furniture may be removed by rubbing with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and olive oil. Rub with the grain and polish for the best results.Kitchen

Garbage disposal cleaner:
Garbage disposals may be kept clean and odor free with vinegar cubes. Vinegar cubes are made by filling an ice tray with a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and enough water to fill the ice tray and then freezing it. Run the mixture through the disposal, and then flush it with cold water for a minute or so.

Coffee maker cleaner (automatic):
White distilled vinegar can help to dissolve mineral deposits that collect in automatic drip coffee makers from hard water. Fill the reservoir with white distilled vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly with water when the cycle is finished. (Be sure to check the owner’s manual for specific instructions.)

Clean the microwave:
Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.

Deodorize the kitchen drain:
Pour a cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.

Clean the refrigerator:
Wash with a solution of equal parts water and white distilled vinegar.

Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards:
Wipe with full strength white distilled vinegar.

Brass polish:
Brass, copper and pewter will shine if cleaned with the following mixture. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of white distilled vinegar and stir in flour until it becomes a paste. Apply paste to the metals and let it stand for about 15 minutes. Rinse with clean warm water and polish until dry.

Ant deterrent:
Ant invasions can sometimes be deterred by washing counter tops, cabinets and floors with white distilled vinegar.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances:
Apply vinegar with a soft cloth to remove streaks from stainless steel appliances. Try in an inconspicuous place first.

Cleaner Dishes and Glasses:
Pour 1 ½ cup to 2 cups white distilled vinegar in the bottom of dishwasher, along with regular dishwasher soap. Wash full cycle.

Remove Refrigerator Smells:
Place 1 cup apple cider vinegar in a glass and set in refrigerator. Within 2 days, any smell is gone!Bathroom

Bathtub film:
Bathtub film can be removed by wiping with white distilled vinegar and then with soda. Rinse clean with water.

Shower doors:
Rub down shower doors with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar to remove soap residue.

Toilet bowl cleaner:
Stubborn stains can be removed from the toilet by spraying them with white distilled vinegar and brushing vigorously. The bowl may be deodorized by adding 3 cups of white distilled vinegar. Allow it to remain for a half hour, then flush.

Unclog the showerhead:
Corrosion may be removed from showerheads or faucets by soaking them in diluted white distilled vinegar overnight. This may be easily accomplished by saturating a terry cloth towel in vinegar and wrapping it around the showerhead or faucet.


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What Fumes are You Breathing In?

Some of the old fashioned household cleaners that people use are downright toxic and dangerous.

Check out this short cartoon video which captures the danger of off the shelf products and compares them with more natural products.

Note that UpperCrust Maids uses only environmentally safe cleaning products in our customers’ homes!

Presently we clean homes in Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Takoma Park, Rockville, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Hyattsville, Upper Marlboro, Largo, Bowie, Mt. Rainier, Capitol Hill and Georgetown.

To reach us, our business line is 301-322-7112

Our website is located HERE

Hiring a REAL Cleaning Business vs. a Scab Service

Are you thinking about hiring a service to clean your home or business? If so, you need to be forewarned that there are some “scabs” out there trying to earn your business.

The scabs are cheap. They require you to pay them in cash so the IRS will not be aware of them. They are not trained. And if anything happens to them while in your home, they will sue you for damages. Warning: DO NOT HIRE A SCAB cleaner. Pay a few extra bucks and hire a real cleaning service.

Let’s cut to the chase here. No business worth its salt is easy to open, if in fact it is opened correctly. Also, I cannot think of any businesses that can be started with no investment. The “scab” services are not real businesses, which opens you up to all types of liability.

Below are some of the things one would need to have done to qualify as a real cleaning business as opposed to scab business. Check out the differences in the two:

Real Businesses…

Choose and register a business name

Scab services are not registered in their state because they want to stay under the radar

Register for an EIN number – This is a nine digit number from the IRS which acknowledges a company as a real business

Scab services have never heard of an EIN number, much less applied for one!

Have met with an accountant or attorney for business advice and have been advised regarding business structure—LLC, Partnership, Sole Proprietorship, Corporation, etc.

Scab entities do not think that far into the future

Have websites developed which outline details about their business

Scab services cannot afford websites

Market/advertise their company to get the word out there that they exist

Scab services would not dream of advertising in a paper, magazine or postcard. They would rather gain your business via word of mouth or via a home-made ad that they stick on doors or mailboxes

Have liability , bonding and workman’s compensation insurance

Scab services cannot afford any insurance and if they get hurt in your home or break something in your home, you would be responsible!

Use high quality products and supply the products and equipment themselves

Scab services use your products and equipment

Have safes to store your keys, and will use a key code for your protection

Scab services will throw you key into a drawer or elsewhere and attach your name and address to the key, endangering your safety

You have seen the comparison between a real cleaning company and a scabber who is only interested in earning a tax free buck at your safety and expense.

This is a no-brainer. Hire UpperCrust maids—a REAL cleaning compay with highly trained cleaning techs. we live up to our motto: White glove service on us!

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phone:  301-322-7112