When RUST not DUST is the Problem

71771490_381685225858483_8071335793727111168_nWe did a recent clean for a young man who was preparing for an outdoor wedding at his home. His biggest concern was RUST, not dust. He knew wedding guests would be using his bathroom and he didn’t them to see it in it’s present condition.

It was a daunting task as salt had not  been added to the water softener for quite some time. However, our team was pretty certain we could clean up the rust stains and make the bath presentable again.

We had a few cleaning tricks up our sleeve. Pictured below is the final results of the power of elbow grease and the right cleaning products.

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The toilet was also an issue, but not for our cleaning team. The client was delighted with the results. When you compare the client’s cost for this deep clean to the cost of purchasing a new tub, toilet and sink, it was a cost-saving investment.

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The Voice of the Microwave

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This mess would easily add $60 to your house clean.

Sometimes a microwave explosion speaks louder than words. I have yet to see a microwave as bad as the one pictured above, but anyone not using a microwave protector makes our job more difficult.

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This is a more typical scenario. Cooking uncovered pizza, pizza rolls and lasagna dishes are top culprits. What makes it worse is when a client fail to clean up the explosion and continue to use the microwave. It embeds and hardens the food debris even more.

ENTER…My Magic Mop. Don’t count on us to clean up this mess without an additional cost.

We assume common sense prevails in microwave use and if it doesn’t, plan on paying for your lack thereof. Cleaning the interior of a microwave can add as much as 30 minutes to your house clean time. In relative terms, that would be around $15 to clean this mess, maybe more.

Here are a couple of quick pointers in keeping your microwave in tip-top shape to avoid extra charges on cleaning day:

  • Grab a handful of paper towels. Wet them and throw them inside the microwave.
  • Run the microwave on HIGH for 3-5 minutes.
  • The steam from the towels softens the dirt and grime. Wait until they cool down adequately then use them to wipe down the inside of the microwave.

Second option:

  • Steam is a superb method for cleaning any food which is stuck on to the walls and platter of your microwave.
  • Another line of attack is to fill a glass, heatproof bowl with water. Blast it on HIGH for 2 minutes then leave the door closed for a further 2 minutes.
  • The steam will have reconstituted the ingrained dirt and you’ll find it incredibly easy to wipe off.

Seasons of Grace

I img_3614[1]gaze out window watching remnant leaves from the fall season gracefully skate across the surface of my ice-glazed deck.

They spin around and then smoothly skim the surface of the ice with occasional moments of being air bound and gracefully and flawlessly descending back to the icy surface.

And then, in a moment, the edge of the remnant leave becomes caught in a crack. It fights to free itself to no avail. Suddenly a gust of wind dislodges it and it is once again free to glide across the surface of my ice-glazed deck.

We are all leaves fallen from grace trying to weather the seasons of life. There are winter season when we navigate across ice-glazed surfaces to keep our balance; avoiding cracks and thin ice.

Spring brings the emergence of new growth. We labor to recover from any loses in the wintry season of our life. The arrival of summer’s glorious, bountiful sunshine is welcomed. It’s a time of renewal, joy and reprieve. Our dreams for the future blossom, we bear fruit and flourish in preparation for fall.

Fall descends and the colorful sprays of the leaves will soon fade and turn brown. A reminder of how we have all fallen from grace. It’s nature’s call for us to reconcile with the Creator of all things because winter is coming.

“In [fellowship with] Christ we have redemption [i.e., we have been bought back from Satan] through His blood, and have forgiveness of sins according to the abundance of God’s unearned favor,”
Ephesians 1:7

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Heavenly Father, no matter the season I face in my life, I ask for your guidance, encouragement and the knowledge that you go before me in all things. You have eternal purpose for each and every one of us whether we choose to accept it or not.

Open my eyes to see my life through your eyes. A life that is redeemed, rescued and full of plans directed and orchestrated by you.  In my bleak and barren seasons lead me, in those seasons of rejoicing may my feet dance in praise for your enduring mercies and endless kindness.

In all things, I give you thanks always.

Amen

Stainless Steel Secrets

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Stainless steel is more of a challenge to keep clean because it shows fingerprints and can easily look streaky. Because of this, it’s very important to move your cloth in one direction and go with the grain when you clean. If you’re not sure which direction you should go, start in a small area and test things out. I find that a clean microfiber cloth works best, though you can also use paper towels but may lint issues.

You might believe stainless steel cleaners to be the best choice, but I have a differing opinion. I’ve tried them all and find that Magic Mop’s home remedy methods work best.

With so many different types of stainless appliances on the market, you may have to experiment a bit if not using our services.

Each micro_fiber_clothone might require a slightly different cleaning routine but cleaning with the grain is still the secret to streak-free success.

We use one of the best silky micro-fiber cloths on the market today for cleaning stainless steel, mirrors and glass.

 

Under the Hood

Have you ever taken a good look under the hood of your oven or range? Chances are good that you’ve overlooked the air filters that catch grease and grime that has splattered over months, perhaps even years, from daily cooking.

It’s not unusual for us to see air filters like the above ‘before’ picture.

The most important benefit of a range hood is that it removes potentially toxic pollutants and gasses from the air in your kitchen. It can’t perform its intended task when air filters are clogged with greasy grime.

Of course, you could just replace the filters, but why replace something that isn’t broken range_hood_air_filterand only needs a good clean. To toss dirty filters because you don’t want to roll up your sleeves and clean them is not Eco-friendly… at least in my mind.

New aluminum range hood grease filters can cost anywhere from $7 to $28 and that doesn’t necessarily include sales tax and shipping charges. It’s more economical to clean them as needed. If you aren’t up for that type of cleaning job, we can help.

Cleaning aluminum range air filters is an add-on service to your recurring clean service. The average cost is $4 to $7 and is money well-spent to reduce pollutants in your kitchen area. It can be scheduled as a monthly service (depending on how often you use your stove) or as little as twice or once a year.

We use a non-toxic, Eco-friendly product along with high pressure steam to get your air filter vents looking like new again.

Call or text My Magic Mop today at 810-399-4842.

 

Tales of a Dirty Vacuum Cleaner

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So, you have hired a professional to clean your home. The quote given seems within your budget and much lower than other bids received. It’s a no brainer. You hire the person or company that offered the lowest bid, right? Or, do you?

There are a few things to consider when reviewing house cleaning job quotes, but for this post, I want to focus on the one piece of equipment that is key to cleaning effectively. The vacuum cleaner.

You might be appalled to see what the inside of a vacuum filter looks like when it enters your home for that scheduled clean. The very tool that is meant to keep your home clean must be clean themselves in order to get the job done.

Like any machine, vacuums need to be cleaned and maintained regularly for them to work properly. If no maintained, a vacuum may actually be spreading dirt around rather than cleaning it up! Think about it… the vacuum entering your home is cleaning several otheroller_debrisr homes per day and many of those home owners have one or more pets.

Food for thought…

Failure to properly maintain this primary piece of cleaning equipment results in loss of suction, rotating brush no longer spins and vacuum fails to pick up dirt / debris. Not to mention the dirty odor that is emitted due to build up of dust and pet hair in the inner workings of the vacuum.

Oh! The things a vacuum finds.

My Magic Mop performs the following maintenance to our vacuums:

  • Filters cleaned and replaced with back-up filters for the next day’s clean
  • Hair, lint and other debris removed from roller brushes daily
  • Canisters emptied of dirt, debris after every house clean
  • Exterior steam sanitized and disinfected with anti-bacterial wipes daily
  • Bagless canisters washed at the end of each week
  • Hoses flushed and cleaned monthly

 

 

Your Privacy Matters

Years back, I hired a company to clean my home on a bi-monthly basis. It was a God-send at the time and the team of two did an amazing job. Even though they were privy to many things about our family, they practiced complete confidentiality about our lifestyle,  living conditions and family affairs.

The thought of any of cleaning staff sharing information about my family would be a crime against humanity (OK, maybe that is a little over the top, but it would most definitely be cause for dismissal of service). Thankfully, that was never the case. But now, as the owner of a cleaning company, I am ever mindful of the importance of protecting the privacy of my clients.

It’s a mystery to me why some individuals feel the need to share private information but  “MUM” is the word about the private life of our clients. Names, addresses, phone numbers, emails or private information is NEVER shared. Our staff understands that client privacy is to be guarded at all times.

Client confidentiality is a guarantee!

 

Steam Sanitizing

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• Door handles, knobs
• Bath sinks, showers, counters & toilets
• Glass shower doors, ceramic floor tiles
• Sink drains

• Kitchen sink, counters, faucets, garbage disposal
• Exterior of appliances, including stainless steel, toaster oven racks & trays
• Kitchen & bath trash containers, plastic laundry baskets
• Interior of washing machine
• Food & water dishes for pets / pet toys
• Mattress dust mites (add $20 king, $18 queen, $16 full, $15 twin)
• Throw pillows / bed pillows
• Plastic / vinyl kids toys, gym floor mats and stuffed toys (dry heat is used on stuffed toys)

Disinfected but without the use of steam:

  • Remote controls, keyboards, mouse, iPad’s, home office work area
  • Light plate covers / switches
  • Kitchen sponges

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CALL 810-399-4842 today to schedule your clean!Picture7

 

My Magic Mop: Your New Best Friend

Flu Season Cleaning

Our proprietary essential oil cleaning blends along with a combination of bleach products can help combat the flu epidemic standing on the sidelines .

We will disinfect, sanitize and eliminate germs hanging out in places you never considered to be a waiting room for bacteria to grow and invade your household.

Let us clean and sanitize the contaminates that present a threat within your home. Door handles, banisters, counters, bathrooms / kitchen areas, trash containers, bedding, appliance handles, remote controls and  light switches are breeding grounds for pesky germs.

Let Our Magic Mop works magic at house this flu season. Call or text Denise at 810.399.4842. If I don’t pick up, I’m likely riding my magic mop to the next clean. Just leave your name and number and I will get back to you pronto.

FLU-BUSTER CLEAN (one-time clean)

COST $95—$125

A FREE pre-clean home visit will determine final cost. We clean in teams of two.

This service includes cleaning & sanitizing of:

  • Interior door handles, exterior entry handle and keypad
  • Kitchen door knobs & handles
  • Light switch plates
  • Kitchen sinks, counters and appliance handles (we can fully clean appliance exterior for an additional cost)
  • Remotes (keyboards and i Pads cleaned at an additional cost)
  • Stair rails
  • Pillows & throw blankets heat disinfected
  • Trash containers used inside home
  • Bathroom sinks, toilets, counter tops and shower areas (Our goal is to sanitize surface areas, this is not a deep clean. Example: we won’t be scrubbing grout lines or removing rust stains.)
  • Bedding changed. Client must strip the beds and leave fresh linens on mattress. (We will change up to three beds without an additional cost).
  • Carpets vacuumed
  • Our multi-surface steam cleaner will be used in areas deemed appropriate. It leaves behind no chemical residue and kills 99% of all germs and bacteria including; E-Coli, salmonella, and staph.

Killing germs on commonly touched surfaces can lower the risk of spreading bacteria and viruses between members of the family. LIMITED openings available. Call today!

HOW TO: Clean Vinyl Laminate Flooring

IMG_2093[1]My husband and I recently built a house on the lake. In an effort to keep a minimalist look, we opted to use vinyl laminate planking. The flooring interlocks seamlessly and is promoted as being ‘easy care’.

I was ready to put our 3500 square feet of this flooring to the cleaning test. As the owner of My Magic Mop, my arsenal of cleaning supplies includes the best of the best.

With so much square footage to clean, my goal was to find the best product and mop for the dollar. Easier said than done.

I tested a number of top-rated cleaning products, but found the end results lacking. DIY products, like vinegar water, were also tested and the outcome was unsatisfactory.

GOAL: A streak-free floor once mopped floor dried.

After testing various products over the course of two-plus months, I concluded that the best products for my vinyl laminate floors were:IMG_2108[1]

  • MOP:
    O’Cedar Micro Fiber Cloth Mop
  • BUCKET:
    O’Cedar, designed to work with the micro-fiber mop
  • CLEANING PRODUCT:
    Holloway House multi-surface floor cleaner (use full strength in a spray bottle)

Clear the floor of all obstacles (place stools on counters and rugs out of the way) and visually divide the room into quadrants. Spray small sections within the quadrant with the floor cleaner and damp mopped that area. It is important to make both a vertical and horizontal pass with the mop head.

img_20981.jpgThe first mop pass is done in an up and down vertical motion. Rinse the mop before doing the second sweep which is a horizontal “S” movement.

Continue this same mopping pattern for every quadrant. To avoid foot prints, start in a corner and mop your way out IMG_1506[1]of the room.

 

As the floor dried, I had doubts whether it would remain streak-free but no evidence of streak marks were noted. As the sun shined through the windows there was not one streak to be found. I did a happy dance wearing my mop slippers, of course.

Mission accomplished! After months of product testing, I had a spotless vinyl laminate floor for about 2 minutes, and then… the grand kids came over.