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Merge your Cleaning Routine with your Workout Routine

April 6, 2015


Here in 2015, time is valuable. As a society, we are always looking for ways to kill 2 birds with one stone, and get things done faster and more efficiently.

Here’s how you can save a few minutes every day by getting your workout as you clean your house.

1. Turn up the jams. Recent studies have revealed that loud music that is at least 120 beats per minute can increase the speed at which you exercise. This works the same for cleaning, plus you can accomplish much more in less time when you’re mood has been boosted by awesome tunes.

2. No matter what you’re doing, flex. Whether you are sweeping, vacuuming, or dusting your house, concentrate on flexing muscle groups as you clean. Test yourself to see if you can keep them flexed the whole time you do each task.

3. Vacuum everything weekly. Your floors gather tons of dust just through regular use, but your couch cushions, drapes, and blinds could also use a quick swipe. The back and forth motion is great for your arms and your abs.

4. If you need to get to hard to reach spaces as you go through the house, flex your ab muscles and squat instead of bending to maximize your efforts.

5. As you clean your shower walls, use large, sweeping movements instead of wiping in small circles. Always keep your arms flexed to keep those muscles awake.

6. Make things harder for yourself. Instead of leaving things in a pile at the bottom of the stairs to be taken up all at once, take items up one at a time. Or, consider cleaning one room upstairs and then one room downstairs and running back and forth. As you go up and down the stairs, do so quickly so that your heart rate doesn’t lose momentum.

7. While you wash dishes at your sink, do calf raises. Go up on your toes, hold for 5-10 seconds, and slowly come back down. Do these continuously until the load of dishes is finished.

Do you workout while you clean? What’s your favorite cleaning workout?


Spring Cleaning Week is March 19 – March 24

March 19, 2015


Spring Cleaning Week is March 19 – March 24 Wahoo! Let’s begin your spring-cleaning adventure with these 6 steps.

Step 1: Inside Appliances
The inside of the refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher have really taken a hit during the past few dreary winter months. It’s time to give them a little pick-me-up! Baking soda is actually a fantastic cleaner for all of these. Not only will it scrub away any stuck-on food, but it will also work hard to deodorize. A double whammy!

Step 2: Inside Cabinets and Pantry
While it’s important to wipe down all of the shelves in your cabinets and pantry, this is also a great time to purge expired items, give away mismatched or unused dishes, and bring a box of non-perishables and canned goods to a local charity.

Step 3: Highs and Lows
When wiping down these areas, you are going to want to work from top to bottom. Start with the highest area, usually the top of doorframes or the top of cabinets. Once the high areas are taken care of, clean any windows, wipe down the doors, and give the baseboards a quick swipe.

Step 4: Outside Appliances and Fronts of Cabinets
While you most likely clean smudges from the front of your dishwasher on a regular basis, you probably don’t get to those unseen areas like the top and sides of your refrigerator. With a wet rag, wipe down all of these areas. You can make a mixture of vinegar, water, and a mild dish detergent if you need a little more “oomph.”

Step 5: Counter tops and Sink
This is a great time to move everything off of your countertops (including microwave and all small appliances) and give everything a good scrub. As you put each item back, wipe with a wet rag and dry thoroughly. Then, clean in and around your sink, and wipe down your faucet.

Step 6: Floors
Now that everything in your kitchen is spic and span, it’s time to finish up with those floors. I’m a huge fan of vacuuming with a hard floor attachment. If you normally wet-mop your floors, this is a great time to give your floors an old-fashioned mop and bucket scrub.

Need some help keeping things maintained throughout the year? Give Solano Maids a call today! (707) 759-3896

Get the Dish: 8 Quick Tips on How to Load Your Dishwasher

February 24, 2015

If you’ve ever lived without a dishwasher, you know the praise and adoration you should have for this mighty home appliance. Not only does it save considerable time, it can even be used to sterilize makeup brushes and toothbrushes, clean baseball caps and wash the skin on dirty potatoes.


And if you’re not looking to scrub that Yankees cap clean or degunk your blush brush, here are some other tips for maximizing your dishwasher’s potential:


1.) Dishes and plates should face toward the center sprayer.


2.) Glasses should go between the dishwasher prongs and not over them.


3.) Always scrape plates thoroughly rather than soak or rinse.


4.) Load forks, spoons and knives with some handles facing up and others down so they don’t block one another.


5.) Place larger dishes and oversized pans towards the back of the washer so they don’t crowd the detergent chamber.


6.) Place fragile glassware on the top rack to keep them free from the intensity of the bottom sprayer.


7.) Try threading larger and longer utensils like baking spoons and spatulas through coffee mugs handles to keep them secure during the wash cycle.


8.) Stack bowls on a downward incline so they can be properly cleaned and keep items like Tupperware or plastics on the top rack (this will prevent warping).


Interested in creating your own dishwasher soap? Follow this quick and easy DIY Recipe


Before and After Pictures

March 21, 2010

Here is just a sample of the type of jobs that we take on during any given day. Some cleanings range from very light to extremely heavy (we left those pictures out). We don’t mind! That’s why we love cleaning!!!

Give us a call at 707-235-5483 or check us out on the web at:, to find out how we can Simplify your life!

Who’s Cleaning Your House?

January 8, 2010

The state of the economy has forced everyone to keep a close watch on their wallets. Yet, people still have the need for certain services that are considered “luxuries.” House cleaning is one of these services.

As unemployment rates continue to skyrocket and the number of people out of work increases, ads for house cleaning are being posted daily on boards such as Craig’s List.

Below are some things to consider when you are selecting a cleaning service, whether it’s an individual, an independent company or a franchise.

There are many cleaning services that will hire cleaners and not take into account the persons background, check their references,  search for a past criminal history, or identify current drug use.

If your cleaning service’s employees are cleaning while you are not home, your keys are provided to the cleaning team as well as alarm codes and other personal information. Therefore it is important that the cleaning service you use has thorough hiring practices in place.

Do they conduct reference as well as criminal background checks? Not the type of background checks you can run for free on the internet. Are they using a reputable company that can perform the thoroughness that is needed? Ask them.

Drug screening? Does your cleaning company perform pre-employment as well as random drug screening of their employees. Ask them.

Is your cleaning company licensed and insured? Ask them.

Do they cover their employees with workers compensation insurance? Ask them. Homeowners must understand that they put themselves at risk when their cleaning service does not carry this insurance. If a cleaner is injured at your home, you can be sued!

All these items are REQUIRED by the State of California. Cleaning companies are required to pay employment taxes on wages and should not pay their employees under the table. Ask them.

Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of insurance, references from past clients, as well as be present for the first cleaning so that you will know who is in your home.

Take the time out to investigate who’s cleaning your home…you may be surprised.