Archive for the ‘Cleaning Hygiene’ Category

Does your adult “child” live in your home?

By:  Cathy Green

    From time to time I receive a call from a person who mentions that their adult child still lives with them. In almost every instance, they warn me that their adult child keeps a sloppy room.

I’ll go out, perform an estimate—and I see the bedrooms of these grown “children”.  Clutter.  Dirt and dust build up.  Dirty clothes strewn all over the floor.  Trash in the room.

The advice I always give to parents is that if their adult child wants his/her room cleaned, they should pay for it themselves.  I inform the parents that it is not their obligation to have the room cleaned of an adult. I further tell them that due to the condition of the bedroom, it will be charged separately and on its own merit/condition.

Fortunately most parents of these adult “children” opt not to add their adult child’s bedroom to the bill.  And ironically, there has not been one instance where an adult child has agreed to pay to have their room cleaned.

My tip to consumers today is as follows.  After your offspring reaches adulthood, you are no longer responsible for the condition in which they choose to live. 

If they want to live in a bedroom in your home that has the odor of dirty socks or spoiled milk, that’s their choice. But you should not foot the bill to have their room cleaned. They need to take on that responsibility for themselves.

NOTE:  After writing this article, I happened upon an article on this very topic.  PRESS HERE


Remember to Wash Your Hands!

By:  Cathy Green

With the Swine Flu outbreak, it is more important now than ever for people to remember the importance of hand washing.  Below is a video that will display the proper way to wash hands.

Beware of Household Germs

By:  Cathy Green

People are often in no rush to clean their toilets for fear of germs, etc. However, would you be surprised if I told you that your desk at work, your keyboard at home and even your telephone harbor more germs than does the average toilet seat? Check this out:

A desk is capable of supporting 10 million bacteria and the average office contains 20,961 germs per square inch, according to research.

The key offenders are telephones, which harbour up to 25,127 germs per square inch, keyboards 3,295 and computer mice 1,676.

By contrast, the average toilet seat contains 49 germs per square inch, the survey showed.

Microbiologist Dr Charles Gerba, of the University of Arizona, who carried out the research, said: “When someone is infected with a cold or flu bug the surfaces they touch during the day become germ transfer points because some cold and flu viruses can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours.


When UpperCrust Maids enters your home, we use a variety of products, including disinfectants. Keep in mind that we are a “green” company so we go for products that are as natural and safe for you and your household as possible. One of our favorites is the Odoban Germ Control  Link

We also love the Benefect products  Link  which fights a variety of germ types.

Concerned about germs and about finding a professional cleaning company that knows how to fight them? Give the pros a call. We may be reached at 301-322-7112. I look forward to speaking with you.

Is Your Home Dusty?

By:  Cathy Green

   When I go out on an in home estimate, I make it a priority to check the “dust meter” in each home. Generally, I run my finger over furniture, etc.  While it is impossible to remove every ounce of dust, the goal is to remove as must dust as possible.

Dust build up is not safe. Look at the blurb below:

New research shows that bacteria lurking in household dust produce chemicals that may trigger asthma and asthma-related symptoms such as wheezing. These bacterial chemicals, called endotoxins, particularly those found on bedroom floors, were linked with increased respiratory problems in adults. This study, supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a part of the National Institutes of Health, is the first nationwide study of endotoxins in the household environment, and it involved analysis of more than 2,500 dust samples from 831 homes across the U.S.

Researchers at NIEHS and the University of Iowa found a strong association between endotoxin levels and the prevalence of diagnosed asthma, asthma symptoms, asthma medication use, and wheezing. These relationships were strongest for bedroom floor and bedding dust. Households with higher endotoxin concentrations experienced higher prevalence of respiratory symptoms.


If you are asthma free, good for you. But in spite of that, you could have a guest come into your home who has respiratory issues and dust build up could adversely affect your guest(s).

Call UpperCrust Maids today and allow us to start eliminating your dust tomorrow!


Switch from Bar Soap to Liquid Soap

   By Cathy Green

Are you still using the old fashioned bar soap?  If so, why?  I will get straight to the point and say that you honestly should throw out every bar of soap that you have in your home and the reasons are as follows:

a.  Bar soap collects bacteria and when shared, the bacteria passes from person to person. It’s not hygienic

b.  Bar soap creates a gummy mass which sticks to the soap tray and is difficult to clean

c.  Bar soap is out of style

Bottom line is this. You need to switch over to liquid soap. It is hygienic, easy to managage and does not add to the cleaning time.  It can be stored in pretty bottles to ultimately help decorate your bathroom or any other area where you use it.  You should keep some liquid soap any place where you have a sink, including your kitchen sink.

From the perspective of one who owns a cleaning company, I can tell you that clients who have bars of soap in their homes typically end up paying more to have their homes cleaned than do clients who use liquid soap.  Why, you might ask?  It boils down to time.  For first time cleans, we charge by the hour. Soap scum takes a good deal of time to get off and when bars of soap stick to various soap dishes, it may take two or three sessions to get it fully off…or it may never come off.

Why use bar soap? There actually is no good reason.  Where is your nearest trash can?  Go ahead and dump it!

By the way, are you in search of a first rate cleaning establishment to service your home?  Look no further. Call UpperCrust Maids at 301-322-7112 or go to our website at and search the home page for the “Book Now” button.  Doing so will take you directly to our appointment page where you may schedule yourself for an appointment.

We presently service the following areas:

Montgomery County:  Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Laytonsville, Rockville, Silver Spring, Somerset, Takoma Park, Wheaton 

DC – We service the following zip codes:

20001, 20007, 20008, 20009, 20011, 20015, 20016, 20017, 20018, 20019, 20057, 20064