Transform Your Yard


As the weather warms up, we all want to spend more time outside. But, after a long winter, when you step outside you probably see a lot to add to your honey-do list. Getting your yard ready for barbecue season doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are a few key things you need to keep in mind.

Landscaping

First and foremost, it’s time to make a plan for your landscaping. If you haven’t done much all winter, you’ll probably need to trim some trees and bushes, weed the flower beds, and do a low cut to start the season. This is also a great time to add mulch to flower beds and plant some bright spring flowers.

Maintaining a yard and lawn equipment can be expensive. Did you know that if you find the right landscaper, it can be just as cost efficient to hire out the job instead of doing it yourself? Plus, it saves you a day every weekend during the growing season.

Porch or Deck

The beginning of spring is a great time to power-wash your deck or porch. If you don’t have the equipment, we have trained professionals who can come help you out with this chore. Call us today to schedule a visit.

Power-washing is similar to sanding, so it can help prepare your wooden deck for a fresh coat of paint. It’s important to paint your deck as soon as you see signs of wear and tear. It helps to protect it from the elements and keep the wood from rotting.

Decor
You can make a big spring impact by changing out a few decorative items. For example, spruce up your lawn furniture with new cushions, change the wreath on your door, or hang some yard decor. Bright colors that can be seen from the road add to the curb appeal and make your home look welcoming to those passing by.

What’s Your Winter Plan?


If you haven’t already, it is time to prepare your home for winter. The cold weather and precipitation can do some real damage if your home isn’t properly prepped. We’ve checked some of the leading blogs and saved you time by gathering the top tips for winterizing your home.

Winterizing Basics

While almost all the lists include the traditional winterizing elements like changing your filters, reversing your ceiling fans, and caulking, several lists have some extra ideas to help protect your home (and wallet) against the harsh elements.

Heater and Fireplace

First, there are several ways for you to save money this winter. Popular Mechanics has an entire blog dedicated to the energy efficient benefits of winterizing your home. Changing your filter can help your heater run more efficiently, but it may be easiest to call in a professional to give your heater a quick tune-up. That way, you know everything is in proper working order and safe for your home and family to use.

Also, while your fireplace may be a great option for warmth and a gathering place during the holidays, it is one of the biggest wastes of heated air when it is not in use. Make sure to use a chimney balloon or screen when your fireplace is not in use to avoid the draft. However, if you don’t have a traditional fireplace setup in your home, you might want to have a look at an easy install fireplace that’ll help you stay warm during the cold months, without any unnecessary stress.

Gutters

Next, like Bob Vila, we take our gutters seriously. The first tip on this list is to make sure your gutters are completely cleaned out and everything is flowing properly. If not, ice and snow can do some real damage. Let the professionals take over this task. Call us today to schedule your winter gutter cleaning before the weather gets too bad. This is even an important task in places where you wouldn’t commonly associate with freezing winters, like Texas. Whilst you’re having a look at the gutters, keep an eye on the soffits and fascias too – those are the parts the gutter connects to. Any cracks along them could also cause issues with water getting into your home. As well as your gutters you are going to need to make sure there are no pending repairs to your roof, as even a small crack could spell trouble in the freezing months. If you have any existing problems with your roof, it might be worth looking up roof repair Austin TX before it gets too much colder.

Emergency Resources

In addition, one step to winterizing that is often overlooked is making sure you have resources for emergencies. Having a generator on hand can be very helpful if the power is knocked out by a winter storm. You can find reasons for owning a generator on Lowe’s list for winter preparedness. Home Advisor also adds the need for stocking up on canned goods and water, plus having a snow shovel around to dig your way out in an emergency.

Pipes

Finally, one of the most frequent issues when it comes to cold weather is problems with pipes. Lowe’s has an excellent plan for preventing and repairing frozen pipes. Interestingly enough, pipes in southern climates are more susceptible to damage because those owners don’t typically take the steps necessary to protect them from freezing.

Don’t be left out in the cold. Use these tips to prepare your home for the long winter ahead. Call us today and we will help you prep those gutters and maybe even throw in some window washing while we’re out there!

DIY Car Detailing


Enjoy the nice summer weather, and be productive at the same time. You don’t have to be cooped up inside to get cleaning accomplished. Here are some easy tips and tricks for DIY car detailing that you can put to use while spending time in the great outdoors. Alternatively, you could seek out some Car Detailing Services that will prevent you from having to spend so long getting your car clean all by yourself.

Inside the Vehicle

There are a few key components to detailing the inside of a vehicle. First, you want to clean the upholstery. Second, you want to get into all the nooks and crannies (a cotton swab is good for reaching into all the tiny crevices). Lastly, you want to make sure to condition and protect the dashboard and other interior areas from fading. This Popular Mechanics article gives and in depth look at detailing the inside of a vehicle.

Washing the Vehicle

Unlike cleaning a home where you clean from the top down, on a vehicle, you want to start with the wheels. After you have completed the wheels, you can head to the roof and windows. Then, the hood, trunk, doors, and down. Professionals prefer to use a mitt when washing a vehicle and have several processes to avoid scratching the paint. You can read about these tips in this Practical Hacks article that outlines the entire detailing process.

Clean without Chemicals

Here at The Cleaning Crew, LLC, we prefer to be as chemical free as possible. That’s why we love DIY cleaning recipes that help maintain our “green” clean. Robin at Fluster Buster blog complied a list of awesome alternative cleaning solutions that you can use to clean your vehicle. This list includes: Homemade Car Soap, Spot Free Rinse, No Streak Glass Cleaner, and Upholstery Cleaner

You can find the complete list here.

Stop the Scratching

Avoiding scratching the exterior paint of the vehicle is one of the major parts of hand washing a car. Technically, it’s called micro-marring. That’s the small scratches that can be seen when light hits the finish of a vehicle. They come from small bits of grit or dirt that get rubbed against the finish as it is being washed. If you’re worried about scratching your car whilst washing it, you could look into getting a Ceramic coating for cars which helps prevent your car getting scratches.

Do’s and Don’ts

Don’t just use any old towel or rag to wash.

Do Use microfiber cloths.

Don’t use the same rag or towel for the entire process.

Do label them for each part of the car to reduce scratching.

Don’t use automated car washes with strips that touch your car.

Do use spray car washes if you must go through one.

Don’t dunk your cleaning mitt into dirty water.

Do use a double rinse or grate in the bottom of your bucket to get the dirt and grime off the mitt.

You could even opt for using an air blower for car drying which could save you time cleaning your car, this is a great tool when wanting to cheat the drying process!

With the help of these tips, detailing your car should be a breeze. Now, get out there to enjoy the fresh air and a freshly cleaned vehicle.

Do you have any car detailing tips? Let us know in the comments!

3 Spring Services You Can’t Live Without


The time change doesn’t just mean that you lost an hour of sleep. It also signifies something else very important: Spring is almost upon us with that some people are looking to go to Green Facilities or somewhere similar to help with their spring cleaning. It’s time for that annual spring cleaning–inside and out. Check out our website for our top three most popular services for readying your home for spring.

Window Cleaning

What you can expect from our service:

  • Window cleaning by a professional window cleaner
  • Provision of all supplies and equipment needed to do the job
  • Detailed cleaning of all window, tracks, and screen surfaces

Do you need your windows professionally cleaned? We clean windows inside and outside, leaving them sparkling clean! Our window cleaning service also includes hand wiping out the tracks and cleaning the screens.

The Cleaning Crew, LLC knows how to handle your glass surfaces with great care and can tailor your window-cleaning needs to fit each situation.

We provide a complimentary evaluation of your home to determine:

  • Your window cleaning needs
  • Date, time and cost of the cleaning
  • We offer one-time, bi-yearly or yearly window cleaning. We also offer monthly or quarterly price packages

If this service is what you need, please contact us today for a free estimate! We can either provide the bid information over the phone or schedule an onsite bid.

What you can expect from our service:

  • Gutter cleaning by a professional gutter cleaning specialist
  • We supply the equipment needed to complete the job
  • Quality cleaning of all gutters and downspouts

Are your gutters and down spouts filled with leaves and debris? Would you like a friendly and experienced cleaning specialist to take care of your gutter needs? If so, call The Cleaning Crew, LLC today! If you need gutter installation, then you may want to contact melvinbelkroofing.com – once they’re installed, you can be sure we’ll clean them!

We are happy to provide a complimentary evaluation of your home to determine:

  • Your gutter cleaning needs
  • Date, time, and cost of the gutter cleaning

If this service is what you need, please contact us today for an free estimate! We can either provide the bid information over the phone or schedule an onsite bid.

What you can expect from our service:

  • Completed by a professional power washing specialist
  • We supply the equipment needed to complete the job utilising companies such as AirCompressorsUSA.com
  • Detailed cleaning of your exterior surfaces

Are the exterior surfaces of your home dirty? Are there cobwebs under your eves? Do your porches, decks and sidewalks need a cleaning to remove the yearly buildup of sediment and moss? We power wash your exterior surfaces with great care and are mindful of your plant beds and flowers.

In addition to power washing the exterior surfaces of your home and office, we also power wash commercial buildings and storefront walkways.

We provide a complimentary evaluation of your home or office to determine:

  • Your power washing needs
  • Date, time and cost of the cleaning
  • We can tailor your power washing needs to fit each situation

When you contact us for a free estimate, we can either provide the bid information over the phone or schedule an onsite bid.

Call us today!

Enjoy your time outside this spring, and let us take care of the hard work. We’d love to come over for a no-obligation, free estimate. To schedule a visit, call us at 541-601-6236.

Summer Party Clean Up Tips


summer party clean up tips

We’re all familiar with that sinking feeling. You know the one, where all the good vibes from throwing that epic summer party begin to disintegrate into the realization that you’re going to have to start cleaning up.

Been there, right?

That moment is the very definition of “dread,” unless, of course you’re in the minority that absolutely loves cleaning. To you we say, “Rock on, you lovers of cleaning, Rock on!”

To the rest who have a distaste for cleaning ranging somewhere on the scale from slight frustration (“I really, really don’t like cleaning up other people’s messes”) to white-hot boiling rage (“I think I may just hurt someone here!”), we understand, and we love each and everyone one of you – and don’t want you to go to jail after throwing that epic summer party.

That would suck.

So, here at The Cleaning Crew, we’ve got your back! Follow these Summer Party Clean Up Tips to take that not so awesome task of party clean up and make it feel just a little more like a party and a lot less like a wake.

Summer Party Clean Up Tips

Summer Party Clean Up Tips

The Basics:

1. Start Your Party with a Clean Slate

“Hey, you guys! The bathroom’s over there…the trash cans are right here…and the drinks, well, you already know where the drinks are!”

Summer Party Clean Up Tips

Advanced:

Quick and Easy Porch/ Patio Cleaning Tips


Time to head outside! Before you start using your deck or patio for outdoor fun this upcoming season, you’ll need to get rid of the dirt that built up over the winter. To get you started here are some quick outdoor spring cleaning tips!

Washing the porch and patio
After a Southern Oregon winter, your porch and patio could use a quick clearing of debris, by attaching a sprayer to your garden hose. Be sure to rinse the buildup of foliage in the hard to reach corners when cleaning. For a deeper clean, have the porch, eaves, walkways, and side of the house power washed.

Porch wipe down!
When cleaning your porch be sure to look under the eaves and porch lights. You may be surprised at what you find! Spiders and other insects will create homes in various areas outside your home making it necessary to clean all corners. To clear them out all you need is a Cobweb Poly-Fiber Duster with a telescopic pole. Walk around the outside of your home and capture any webs you find in the eves and awnings.
Light fixtures, porch screen, inside and outside glass
Outdoor glass looks attractive, but a few smears of dirt can spoil it completely. The following tips will help keep your outdoor glass clean.
  1. Door frame – With a damp cloth wipe clean around the door frame and handle.
  2. Window tracks – Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the grit and dirt that collects in the window tracks and wipe with a damp cloth.
  3. Screens – If you have a screened in porch, vacuum the screens to remove dirt and allergens. Fill a bucket with soapy water and wipe down the screens using a rag.
  4. Glass – Spray glass cleaner on both sides, then using a microfiber cloth or rag, polish to a streak free shine!
  5. All outdoor light fixtures can be cleaned using a soapy rag.
Make doormats welcoming – Shake them, wash them, swat them with a broom, giving them the toughest cleaning they can take.
Cleaning patio furniture
Clean and refresh your metal and plastic furniture, by checking out these quick cleaning tips from the experts at the DIY network.
Patio umbrellas, awnings, and other outdoor furniture
Fabric covered accessories are generally pre-treated with chemicals that help them stand up to the elements. While this will be the case for a lot of outdoor garden furniture, there are still precautions that must be taken to ensure that none of your furniture gets ruined. However, they still are in need of a good scrub-down before making their debut at your first spring cookout. Follow these steps to wash away the residue of a long winter in storage:
  1. Umbrellas – Use a gentle cleanser like Biokleen to avoid wearing away the exterior coating. Mix Biokleen with warm water and use a scrub brush to remove dirt and mildew. For tough stains, repeat the process with a mixture of bleach and warm water, (always do a patch test on an unseen swatch of fabric first to ensure the color won’t be affected).
  2. Awnings – Biokleen and warm water is perfect for awnings. Rinse, extend it and scrub in the mixture. Rinse again and allow the outdoor awnings to air dry. As awnings tend to collect dust and wind blown debris, repeat this process several times throughout the season and always before storing. To prevent mildew, extend awnings and allow them to dry completely after each rain.
  3. Upholstery – For removable pillow cases and cushion covers, wash them in cold water and allow them to air dry. For pieces that require hand washing, use a mild soap and water mixture, rinse, and air dry. To combat stubborn mildew stains, dilute two tablespoons of bleach in a gallon of water and scrub in with a soft brush.
Grill cleaning
Before you fire up the grill for the season, try our quick and easy three step cleaning tips!

1. Using a wire brush to clean the grate, brush out the ashes and cooked on foods.
2. Scrape the bottom of the grill to remove the caked on debris.
3. Fill a bucket with warm soapy water and give it a good scrub down.

Now it’s time to relax and unwind in your freshly clean outdoor space!

~ The Cleaning Crew