4 Unique Household Cleaning Hacks

Learning how to clean your house using innovative cleaning hacks can save you a lot of time and energy in the long run. Today we are going to show you how to clean your house using things you already have and things you probably didn’t know you could clean with.

Cold Water Cleaning Hack

Try treating fresh stains like barbecue sauce stains using cool water. Using hot water to treat a stain is a common myth. Water that is super cold or hot can press the stain further into the surface. Using cool (not cold) water works wonders as a pre-treatment. Just pour the cool water on the stain and soak it up with a towel before putting the item in the washer.

Showerhead Cleaning Hack

Classic buildup on your shower head can easily be cleaned using vinegar. Yes, the vinegar you have in your kitchen pantry can remove limescale and soap scum from your showerhead. Just unscrew your showerhead and let it soak in pure vinegar for 30 minutes or so and that’s it! If your showerhead doesn’t come off, fill a sandwich bag or small grocery bag full of vinegar and tie it to the shower head until it’s fully immersed. 

Dish Wand Cleaning Hack

Did you know that your dish wand is the perfect cleaning tool for more than just your dishes? Using the interchangeable sponges your dish wand can be used for a variety of tasks around the house including showers, tubs, and toilets. Just fill it with a solution of half dish soap-half vinegar to help fight soap scum and toilet stains. And voila! You’ve got the ultimate cleaning tool.

Grease Stain Cleaning Hack

Aside from vinegar, cornstarch is another must-have pantry item that’s good to keep on hand for certain stain emergencies. Cornstarch works wonders as a pre-treatment for treating grease stains. Pour cornstarch over the entire grease stain and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Then wipe away using cool water (or vacuum depending on the surface).

Need Help?

There’s always help when you need it. Finding time to clean your household each and every day can be difficult. But there’s help available. Here at Spekless, we offer one-time and routine cleaning services to help you achieve the needs of your household. Contact us today for a free estimate

Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

Bathroom cleaning is one of the most important cleaning tasks in a household. The bathroom should be cleaned weekly. In our efforts to help you save some time and energy we’ve created a bathroom cleaning checklist (and list of supplies) to help you get the job done right.

Bathroom Cleaning Supplies

When cleaning the bathroom you want to have all your supplies in one place. The best thing to do would be to purchase a caddy or a tote to hold all of your supplies under the bathroom sink. After you’ve gathered all of your supplies you can begin working on your bathroom cleaning checklist.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Caddy or tote
  • Sponge
  • Rubber gloves
  • Toilet bowl brush/scrubber
  • Microfiber rag
  • Mini broom/dustpan
  • Glass cleaner
  • Bathroom all-purpose cleaner

Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

As a general rule of thumb, when cleaning you always want to work your way from the top to the bottom and from the inside of the room out. Grab out your cleaning basket, remove any rugs, and then begin with the following:


Empty Trash

After you’ve removed all or any bath mats or rugs from the bathroom you can start your cleaning checklist by emptying the trash. This is also when you’ll want to remove any dirty laundry and anything on the countertops.

Dust

Next, take your duster and work from top to bottom dusting the entire bathroom. Dust any light fixtures, the top of the medicine cabinet, the back of the toilet, etc.

Disinfect

Now spray everything down with your bathroom cleaner slash disinfectant. This is your tub, sinks, toilet, and counterspace. It’s also a good idea to spray your trash can down too. They can get a little dirty sometimes. Once you’ve sprayed them, let the solution sit for at least two minutes before moving on to the next step.

Wipe/Scrub

Taking your microfiber cloth, wipe down all surfaces you just sprayed. If your bathtub needs a little TLC, take your bathroom cleaner and spray it again and then use your sponge to help remove some of the soap scum and grime from it. Once that’s done you can take your glass cleaner and a clean microfiber cloth and wipe down the mirror before heading to the last step.

Pro Tip: After you’ve wiped down your surfaces take a dry microfiber cloth to buff and shine the surfaces.

Floors

Finish up your bathroom cleaning checklist by vacuuming and mopping your floors from the inner corner out. It’s best to use a microfiber mop on the bathroom floor to really make it shine.

Need Help?

There’s help when you need it. Finding time to clean the bathroom in our everyday lives is difficult. If you’re too busy to clean the bathrooms in your help or it’s becoming overwhelming, there’s help available. Here at Spekless, we offer one-time and routine cleaning services to help you achieve the needs of your household. Contact us today for a free estimate

Wood Cleaning Tips: How to Clean Wood Your Floors & Furniture

Wood cleaning is one of those household chores you can breeze through if done right. But it can also be challenging. Especially if you don’t have the right resources.

It’s important to make sure you clean your hardwood flooring and furniture if you want to keep up their appearance. It’s also important to make sure you are using the right materials to prevent any unwanted damage to the wood surface.

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

The first thing you want to do when cleaning your hardwood floors is to make sure that the floor is properly prepared by moving everything out of your way and sweeping it. Think of it like cleaning your car. You wouldn’t want to wax a dirty car, would you? I didn’t think so.

The next thing you’ll want to do is mop the floor using wood floor cleaner. It’s important to use a floor cleaner that’s specifically designed to clean your wood floor so that no damage occurs from the chemicals. Once the floor is dry you can begin waxing it to finish your cleaning.

Start by spreading the wax on the floor in an even and thin layer. Following the directions on the bottle of wax let it dry for the suggested amount of time. You may have to apply a second coat of wax once the first one has dried – use your best judgment to decide this. And that’s pretty much it! You’re all finished!

How to Clean Wood Furniture

Carefully caring for your wood furniture will pay off in the long haul. It will keep your furniture durable, long lasting, and shiny. Take a microfiber cloth and rub your wood surface cleaner into the furniture following the wood grain. And just like with your floors, waxing your wood furniture every now and then can be essential to the appearance of it.

Need Help?

If you need help with wood cleaning in your home, contact us today for a free estimate. Our professional cleaners are here to help. We clean wood flooring, furniture, and more. Let us do the work for you!

How to Spend Less Time Doing Your Laundry

When it comes to laundry many people can be easily divided up into two categories. There are people who take pride in doing their laundry and there are those who would give it up altogether if they could. Which type of person are you? Do you love doing laundry Or do you wish you could spend a little less time on it?

While we would love to be able to provide you with a magic wand and make it all disappear, we, unfortunately, don’t have that kind of power. But what we can do is share some time-saving tips with you to help you spend less time doing your laundry. 

How to Spend Less Time Doing Your Laundry

  1. Have Separate Bins

One of the best ways to spend less time doing laundry is to keep your dirty clothes in separate bins so you don’t have to sort through them later. Have a designated basket for whites, darks, and colors. This way when you go to do your laundry all you need to do is empty the basket.

  1. Do a Load Each Day

If you have a big household, or one with kids, doing one load of laundry each day will cut your actual laundry day in half. Just throw a load in and switch it when you can. 

  1. Use a Good Detergent
Sometimes it can be tempting to buy a cheaper laundry detergent when your working with a budget. But sometimes those cheap laundry detergents actually do more harm than good. Cheap detergents will have you washing the same load of clothes more than once causing you to spend more time doing laundry than you would have liked to.


Contact Us

Have you ever wondered how hiring a professional cleaning service could actually help you? Our trained professionals can help you save even more time. Here at Spekless we are dedicated to providing you with the utmost quality cleaning service in the area. Contact us today for a free estimate. 

Are You Having Trouble Keeping Your House Clean?

Are you finding yourself living in a never-ending mess? Do you have trouble keeping your house clean on a regular basis? Sometimes, due to our busy lives and unpredictable schedules, it can be tough to keep your home clean. Don’t worry, it just means your human.

We all have had trouble keeping our houses clean at one point or another. The key is to not let a season of trouble keep you from achieving your household goals. Taking time to recognize the behaviors you’ve been exhibiting is the first step in changing them.

For example, you might be having trouble keeping your house clean if you…


Have a lot going on

Maybe you have a lot of things going on in your life lately that need your time and attention more than your house. It happens to the best of us. If this is the case, consider hiring outside help from a professional cleaning service. 


Have no idea where to begin

If you have a lot of belongings inside your home or if you haven’t given it the proper TLC that it needs, you may not have any idea where to begin when it comes to cleaning. It can be a huge mental hurdle to start cleaning when you have no idea where to begin.


Don’t have a good system

You could be having trouble keeping your house clean if you don’t have a well-established cleaning routine. Or in other words, your system is jacked. Consider habitual being more diligent about your household chores. Create a monthly cleaning chart to hang in the kitchen to help you build a better cleaning routine. 

Have high standards

Having high standards about the cleanliness of your household is great. But it also means it might be preventing you from keeping your house clean the way you want it. If you find that you’re holding your home to an unrealistic high standard due to hours of scrolling on Pinterest and Instagram, it’s time to let that go. 

4 Household Chores That Help You Burn The Most Calories

Looking for a good way to burn calories at home? This might come as a surprise to you, but cleaning your home is one of the easiest ways to do that. There are certain household chores that allow you to burn up to 1,000 calories per hour. What to know what those chores are? Check out our list below.

Cleaning The Floor

Whether you’re sweeping, mopping, or simply vacuuming cleaning the floor can take a lot out of you. That’s why it’s one of the best household chores for burning calories. Cleaning the floor can easily help you burn 200 to 350 calories per hour.

Dusting

Dusting is another good household chore to do when you’re looking to break a sweat. From the top of the refrigerator to the bottom of the baseboards, dusting can cause you to burn anywhere from 150 to 250 calories per hour. The more dusting you have to do, the higher chance you have of burning more calories. 

Washing The Dishes

Not really in the mood to break a sweat but looking to burn some calories? Aren’t we all. Just by washing the dishes you can burn 50 calories. It’s by far one of the easiest household chores to do and benefit from.

Window Cleaning

Have you ever started cleaning the windows and noticed that after a few seconds your arm was starting to hurt? This is one of those household chores that works to burn calories quickly. You can burn up to 150 calories each hour just by washing the windows.

Want Our Help?

We all go through times where we don’t feel like cleaning, it’s a burden to clean, or we just can’t clean due to our physical condition. That’s where we come in to play. Here at Spekless, we are dedicated to providing you with all the necessary tools and resources you need to have a clean home. Contact us today and let our professional cleaners do your chores for you.

3 Awesome Ways to Save Time While you Clean

As a professional house cleaning service, we know a thing or two about cleaning. Along the way, we’ve learned and created some tricks of our own. Now we’re writing to share what we’ve learned with you. Using our three time-saving tips you’ll be able to easily maintain your home and have more free time. 

1. Set your timer

The very first thing you want to do when you start cleaning is set a timer. You can do this on your phone, using a watch, or on an appliance like an oven. You’ll be surprised when your timer goes off about how much you’ve finished in such a little amount of time. Just 20-30 minutes a day and your weekly chores just got a whole lot easier.

2. Clean as you go

Cleaning as you go is the smartest way to clean your home. This way you’re not going back and forth between rooms and tasks. This method also applies to any other task you may be working on in your home. If you’re cooking, fill the sink with hot soapy water to soak your dishes when you’re finished. There’s a splatter of food on the stovetop? Wipe it off as soon as you see it so there no food debris to scrub off later. To make this method work sufficiently, consider having a small cleaning basket filled with supplies in each room.

3. Work your way down and out

Since gravity affects everything (literally), to effectively clean your house and properly eliminate dust you should clean from top to bottom down and out. Start up high and make your way toward the floor making sure you save the floors for last. This is how you prevent making an even bigger mess to clean up.

Have you ever wondered how hiring a professional cleaning service could actually help you? Our trained professionals can help you save even more time. Here at Spekless we are dedicated to providing you with the utmost quality cleaning service in the area. Contact us today for a free estimate. 

How to Incorporate Feng Shui into your Home

5 Ways to Create a Feng Shui Home

If only rejuvenating your life was as simple as it sounded. What if I told you that you could rejuvenate your life and your home in just a few simple steps? You probably wouldn’t believe me, but it’s true! Having a feng shui home can be easy and effortless when you start by getting back to basics. 

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui (pronounced Fung-Shway) is based on the Chinese art in which your living space reflects your personal life in a balanced and healthy way. It is believed that all objects possess an energy referred to as chi. This energy has been known to bring good luck, opportunities, and wealth into your home and life.

1. Eliminate Clutter

One of the first principles of Feng Shui is that a cluttered house equals a cluttered mind. It is believed that clutter takes all of the energy and life out of a space. So although you might think that hiding the clutter is helping, it’s not. Even when it’s tucked away from the rest of the world, the clutter also finds a way to fill your head. If you’re going to take your new life seriously, it’s time to eliminate any and all clutter from your home.

2. Find Balance

To have a balanced life you must have a balanced home. In order to have a balanced home, you want to make sure you have elements that represent balance in every room. There are five elements the Chinese use to represent balance in a home which are earth, fire, metal, water, and wood. You can read more about these elements and how to incorporate them into your space here.

3. Use Plants

Indoor plants are good for the home for a number of reasons including eliminating allergens and providing you with fresh oxygen. They will also bring a positive flow of energy into your home. Don’t have a green thumb? Consider using succulents as an alternative.

4. Add Mirrors

Have you ever had one of those moments where you look into the mirror and you love what you see? That’s because mirrors reflect energy – both good and bad. So when adding mirrors to your house you want to add them wisely by placing them where you want to increase positive energy flow. Make sure they are reflecting something beautiful like a piece of art or a vanity and not a trash can or another empty wall.

5. Make Your Bed

Your bedroom is one of the most important spaces of your home. Every morning when you get up and out of bed, make your bed. No excuses. Not only will this make you feel better your space will look better and it will create a good flowing chi.

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