Housekeeping Tips

Hate cleaning your house? No one could blame you!  Before hiring a housekeeper or cleaning service, do yourself a favor and start with these items to save you money and keep your maid happy!

1. Clear the clutter first. 

Maria Stickney, the Housekeeping Manager at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, likes to clear the clutter out of a room, so she can start with a blank slate. She empties the trash, removes the linens, towels, and anything else left behind. In the bathroom, she clears the towels, bathmats, bottles, and everything on the counters or toilet tank. "This removes the temptation of just wiping around these items or picking them up and immediately placing them back down on a wet surface, which can leave ring marks," she says.  (From Good Housekeeping)

2. If you wouldn't touch it, they won't either.

Yes, housecleaners will scrub away that nasty buildup around the bottom of your toilet seat. But they also have a limit: They won’t pick up your dog’s poop.

Or—and yes, Megan Sentner, manager at Greenapple Cleaning in Ottawa, Ontario, says it’s happened—yours.

“Sometimes there are expectations that we can clean it, but we don’t,” she says. “We don’t expect our team to handle any waste above the usual cleaning of the bathroom or the toilet.” (From

3. Be Specific.

Unless you’re ordering a top-to-bottom scrubbing every week, your cleaners need direction. Is the bathroom looking a little grungy? Ask them to spend extra time on the shower. Request extra attention to your baseboards. Sic them on your son’s room, now that he’s finally off to college.

“If they don’t leave full instructions, there’s a chance they’ll be disappointed,” Sentner says.

If you’re new to the world of professional housecleaning, you might not know exactly what your home needs most. Most maid services will happily stop by for a consultation so you can learn exactly how dirty you are. (From

4. Check Insurance.

There are two basic type of housekeepers: independents who work on their own, and those who work for companies. With independent contractors, you might be responsible for issues of work eligibility and withholding taxes, which you won’t be if you hire through a company.

Either way, make sure the cleaner is bonded and insured, for their protection as well as yours. (Bonding will help if the housekeeper damages something in your home; an insured worker can keep you off the hook for liability in on-the-job accidents.).  You can also get added insurance through your local insurance provider. (From Denver Post)

5. Don't ask them to lift heavy objects.

Moving boxes and heavy furniture is definitely in the no category. You don’t want a housekeeper getting hurt. Different housekeepers and cleaning companies have different policies on what they will and won't do. “Moving things over 35 pounds is off-limits to cleaners,” says former housekeeper Karine Nelsen, who now runs Zephyr Clean in Idaho. "There's just too much of a risk for injury."  (From

Kidde Recalls more than 5 million combo smoke alarms!

Kidde recall: What you need to know

When's the last time you checked the smoke detector in your home?

This recall involves smoke/CO alarms with model number KN-COSM-IB and manufacture dates between June 1, 2004 and Dec. 31, 2010.

"When the alarm reaches the end of its useful life, it issues an end of life chirp every thirty seconds," Kidde says in an online post. "If the battery is replaced when the unit is at its end of life, and the test button is pressed within 10 seconds thereafter, the unit will no longer issue an end of life chirp."

So you may think your detector is properly working, only to discover in an emergency that it's not!

An estimated 3.6 million of these alarms were sold nationwide in the United States via the big-box home stores, electrical distributors and on Amazon. Price points were reportedly between $40 and $65. An additional 1.5 million units were also sold in Canada.

Kidde says it has received word of eight incidents with the recalled alarms failing to work. But thankfully there have been no injuries.

If you have one of these detectors in your home, contact Kidde immediately for a free replacement alarm (based on date of manufacture) or a discount on a new alarm.

You can reach the company toll-free at 855-239-0490 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at

Having working smoke alarms and integrated smoke and fire detection in your home alarm system are two simple ways you can protect yourself and your family from the threat of fire.

Think you can't afford a smoke detector? Call a fire station and ask for a referral to an organization that's giving away smoke detectors. Don't let money force you to put your family into an unsafe situation.


Leaking roof?
By Chris
November 9, 2016

Imagine this.  You are walking into the house after a long day.  It has been raining off and on for a few days.  You come in, drop your keys on the kitchen counter and see stain on your ceiling or coming down the wall.  AHHHH!  There are a wide range of issues that this can lead to.  You must act quickly!  This is a major issue!

Mold is the first one that comes to mind.  Mold can not only grow on the drywall that you see stained, but it can also be an issue in the attic or space between your ceiling and the roof.  According to the CDC, mold can cause to nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, and eye and skin irritation.  Mold can even be more hazardous to immune compromized individuals, the elderly and children.

Water damage can also cause to the structure itself.  If water comes in contact with any electrical wiring, it could cause a fire.  If the water damage is not resolved, it may cause wood rot which can weaken the structure and could invite wood destroying insects.  I have encountered homes which have had sagging roofs, bowing walls, and rotting floors.  These are thing that you do not want in your investment.

Now is the time to act.  You need to call a professional to come out and inspect to determine the proper steps.  They will determine what is causing the leak and what needs repaired and how to dry everything out.  Now, take a deep breath, you can get through this.