Chores You Don’t Have Time To Do


Let’s face it. We don’t always have the time to clean our houses from top to bottom. We’re here to help you relax a little bit by knocking some items off your to-do list. Here are some things that can wait if you’re in a hurry.

Mopping

You don’t have to mop every single time you clean. Sweep on a regular basis, and spot clean messes as needed. Leave mopping as a monthly chore.

Dusting

If you take precautionary steps to prevent dust from forming, you won’t have to dust as often. Fabrics shed and create a lot of dust, and your bed can be one of the worst culprits of dust creation. Click here for a list of ways to prevent dust from forming in your house.

Windows

Unless your windows are cloudy or visually unpleasant, this is a chore you can put off for months at a time. We offer seasonal window cleaning if this is a chore you’d like to avoid altogether.

Pipes

Over-cleaning your pipes in the kitchen or bathroom can lead to unwanted erosion. Put this on a seasonal cleaning schedule instead of your regular to-do list.

Making The Bed

There are differing opinions on this chore. Making the bed is really just a cosmetic preference. If you need to save time, this is one activity you can skip.

Microwave

Unless you’ve got stuck on messes, you can skip scrubbing the microwave. You can prevent those messes by making sure everything is covered when heated. So, covering your dish=less work for you.

Hand Drying

Our friends at Apartment Therapy just made life a little easier…

If you’re a fervent hand washer (or a reluctant one—maybe the hand-wash life chose you due to the distinct lack of dishwasher in your apartment), you should know that you don’t have to hand-dry your dishes at all. In fact, letting your clean dishes air dry is probably better and more sanitary than towel-drying, unless you’re using a fresh clean towel for each dish. Invest a little (we’re talking $10) in a dish-drying rack and skip this chore until… forever.

Call Us!

Now that you have official permission to mark some things on your never-ending list of chores, you can take some time to relax. Or, if you’d like to completely hand your list over to us, we’d be happy to take care of it. Call us today at 541.601.6236 to get some chores off your hands.

Eco-Friendly Tips for Summer


Since The Cleaning Crew, LLC. is known for our green cleaning approach, we always enjoy sharing eco-friendly tips with our followers. Last summer we shared tips for saving electricity. We want to remind you of those energy (and money) saving tips as well as add a few new tips for this summer!

Save Electricity

In our previous blog Easy Way to Save Electricity This Summer, we recommended several techniques for saving energy. At the hottest point of the summer, these tips can come in hand for also saving a few bucks on the electricity bill.

  • Eliminate Electronic Heat-Unplug any devices that express heat in order to save on air conditioning costs.
  • Lessen the Laundry Load-Do as little laundry as possible and avoid doing it during the heat of the day.
  • Save for Sundown-Do all of your heat-producing activities early in the morning or later in the evening.
  • Automate Appliances-Invest in appliances that can be automated and set to schedules.
  • Frequently Use Fans-Use fans instead of air conditioning.
  • Watch Your Windows-Make sure doors and windows are well insulated and caulked to avoid leakage.

Clean Eating

  • Fresh Food-Go to your local Farmer’s Market and enjoy fresh fruits and veggies all throughout the summer.
  • BBQ-Reduce electricity use and heat in your home by cooking outdoors on a grill. According to Treehugger.com, propane is the cleanest approach to grilling outdoors.
  • Reduce & Reuse-Reduce your footprint by avoiding disposable cookware and utensils. Try to use reusable items including silverware, dishes, and water bottles. You could even look at buying metal boba straws to replace non-recyclable plastic straws.

Environmentally Friendly

  • Cut Chemicals-Choose safe and eco-friendly sunscreens and bug sprays. This will not only help the environment by reducing emissions, but it will also be safer for those who are using the products.
  • Water conservation-Follow all neighborhood guidelines about watering your yard. In addition, don’t waste water. If you aren’t going to finish your glass, use it to water plants or pets. (Biofriendly Planet)
  • Use Solar Power-Instead of using devices that need to use an electrical charge, harness the power of the summer sun and use solar power.

Try these out and let us know how they work for you. Add your favorite eco-friendly tip in the comments below!

Deep Cleaning Your Devices


We all know how to dust a table or scrub a toilet. Cleaning technological devices can be a little more tricky. Working around the small crevices, electricity, and screens you can scratch is difficult to do. We never want to cause any damage to our devices and ruin their level of performance at all, so it’s important we clean them in an appropriate manner. Then, to check that our devices are still running smoothly, we can carry out some network device monitoring techniques to ensure that performance levels are still where they should be. We’re here to make this a chore you feel prepared to tackle on your own!

First and foremost, on top of doing an outward cleaning of your devices, it is important to periodically clean out and organize the data on your devices as well. Delete unused files and apps. Organize those that documents that remain. Run anti-virus software and get glitches repaired as necessary. Here is a detailed list of things you can do to Declutter Your Device from Asurion. Once you have taken care of the inner-workings of your device, you can begin the process of giving your device a good outward cleaning.

What You Need

You can spend more money than necessary buying specialty cleaning items, but the cleaning can be done with things you already have in with your cleaning supplies.

Micro-Fiber Cloth
This type of cloth is specifically designed to clean microscopic areas like all the tiny creases and crevices in your electronic devices. In addition, it will not leave fibers behind or carry dirt across the surface which limits scratching.

Cleaning Solution
According to an article in Popular Mechanics, 92 percent of tested cellphones were contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria, and one in six tested positive for E. coli.” One of the most effective ways to combat E. coli is with a bleach or alcohol solution. Bleach is not the best chemical to use on your electronics, so we suggest using rubbing alcohol as a disinfectant. Although not as powerful, a water and vinegar mixture can also be used to fight traces of bacteria that might be on your device.

Canned Air
This can be purchased at virtually any local store for under $10. Compressed air is used to blow the dirt and particles from the unreachable areas of your devices like in between the keys on the keyboard or around cords or connections.

What You Do

Disclaimer: Try this at your own risk. We have done extensive research on the best ways to clean your devices, but we cannot take responsibility for any damage that may be caused to your device due to this process. Apple provides specific directions on cleaning their products on their website. They do not recommend cleaning with any sort of liquid.

If you decide to try disinfecting your device using a liquid mixture, it is imperative that you do not spray the mixture directly on your device. Simply wet your microfiber cloth in the solution and use small amounts to wipe down desired areas. When you have finished, use the dry part of our microfiber cloth to dry your device.

After you have finished cleaning your device, don’t forget to also clean things that are continually in contact with your device–stylus, cases, pop sockets, etc. It may also be a good idea to frequently replace screen guards and cases to reduce the amount of bacteria on your device.
Once your device is clean you can feel good about it touching your face or letting the kiddos play their games without risk of catching germs.

Unexpected Cleaning Tools That You Just Might Need


Every now and then we like to have some fun on the blog! We’ve done some research to bring you a list of few unorthodox cleaning supplies that you might want to add to your supply closet. We’ll start of with traditional items that some people are using in a non-traditional manner.

This list on Consumer Report’s website explains how to use every day items like toothbrushes and credit cards to tackle tough-to-clean items. Here are a few of our favorites:

Toothbrush


The rough bristles and small head of a toothbrush make for a fantastic cleaning tool in difficult to reach spots. It works well for cleaning grout, the corners of your showers, or even for scrubbing out stubborn stains. Next time you swap out your toothbrush, toss the old one in with your cleaning supplies. You won’t regret it.

 

Credit Cards


Use the straight edge of the credit card to scrape up stuck on messes on your stove or microwave. It even works wonders with dried wax. The plastic is hard enough to get things unstuck, but gentle enough not to scratch the surfaces.

 

Old Socks & Cloth Diapers

Both of these items can be used for dusting or wiping surfaces without the dangers of scratching. Author of the CR article, Mary H.J. Farrell suggests wearing the damp sock like a glove to wipe down the leaves of house plants. How brilliant!

Wacky Inventions

Apartmenttherapy.com listed several unique cleaning items in their article titled Odd, Weird, Wack (& Possibly Helpful) Cleaning Supplies, and we’ve found a few of our own. You can check them out at the links below!

  • The Foot Dustpan is just what it sounds like. A dustpan you can operate with your foot. It eliminates the need to bend over while sweeping up messes.
  • Cyber Clean is a ball of goop to roll around on your keyboard to catch all the loose particles stuck between your keys.
  • FOKI is a pair of cordless, battery operated floor cleaning shoes.
  • Baby Mop allows your crawling infant to sweep the floors instead of you!
  • Double-Sided Window Cleaner uses a strong magnet to save you time by allowing you to clean the inside and the outside of the window at the same time.
  • Bottle Cleaning Beads help ensure the inside of your reusable bottles gets as clean as possible.

What unexpected supplies do you use to help clean your home? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Get To Know The Crew: Bethany


The Cleaning Crew, LLC, is made up of a diverse group of individuals. While most of them are centrally located in Oregon, there are a few remote employees who work from all over the United States. Bethany is one of them.

Bethany is our blog writer and social media manager. Born and raised in Texas, Bethany grew up loving to travel and learn. Her favorite color is purple and she loves Tex-Mex. She is fluent in Spanish and can type over 100 words per minute with 99% accuracy. On her bucket list is to do something amazing in all 50 states and get her doctoral degree. One of her favorite things to do is perform in musical theater productions.

Bethany is married to Colby and they have three children. They live outside of town on a few acres with their dogs Abby and Sophie and cats Lilly and Felix.

By day, Bethany is a public school educator in Texas. On the side, she has been operating a freelance writing business for the past three years. She began working for The Cleaning Crew, LLC in 2016 when she was introduced to Karen by a mutual acquaintance and has been a part of The Crew ever since.

Cleaning & Closing: Tips for Selling Your Home Fast


So you’ve found your dream new home at https://residential.jll.de/. Now is the time to focus on selling your house as quickly as possible! Historically, spring has been the best time to sell your home. However, recent polls show that May through July are becoming peak times across the country to close quickly. We have researched the top tips to help sell your home fast for the highest price possible. Check them out below:

  1. Know when to list. Zillow, a leader in real estate data, has a detailed breakdown of the best time to list your home. The article is helpful in both general information about locations and listings as well as details like you can find in this Homelight article. Here they chart statistics on the best time to sell your home depending on your location.

    You can see the data broken down by time zone, weather, and even have a list of 100 US cities and detailed information about when to list a home in that area. Peak selling seasons vary widely from coast to coast, so knowing more specific information about your area is key to selling your home. When you’ve decided to put your property on the market, you’ll most likely want signage out front to inform everyone of the fact that you’re open to offers; to do this, you could order from super cheap signs.

  2. Stage your home. Whether you use your own furniture or pay to have a staging company come to decorate, it is imperative. According to a recent survey, 81% of real estate agents polled believe that staging helps clients visualize the property as a future home. The clearing of clutter and de-personalization involved in the staging process allows buyers to picture themselves living in the home.

    It costs a seller roughly $2000 to stage a home, but the survey indicates that buyers are willing to pay 1%-5% more for a staged home because of perceived value. Not to mention your home has the potential to sell faster. Some have suggested that having something similar to garage floor epoxy in their garage supports this effect while staging a home. This Forbes article states that 95% of staged homes sell in 11 days or less.

  3. Keep it Clean. Deep cleaning a home can be considered a part of the staging process. However, if you don’t have any money to invest toward rented furniture and decor, one of the most cost effective ways to help your house sell is to make sure it is spotless when buyers are visiting.

    Giving your home a deep cleaning can make it seem brand new. Our professional cleaners specialize in preparing homes for sale. Call us today at 541-601-6236 to get a quote.

Let us help you prepare your home for sale now so that you don’t miss out on the peak selling time in your area. Then, before you know it, you’ll be ready to hand over the keys and start on your own new journey.

Why Hire The Cleaning Crew, LLC?


With a 4.9 rating on Google and countless positive referrals, we are your go-to for a green clean in the Portland area. Don’t take our word for it. Here are some reviews from customers:
They did a great job cleaning the house to prepare to sell the house!

 

I had all my windows cleaned perfectly, even the ones I had tried to do myself. I was given a lesson on how to do an acceptable job. I am grateful as my mood greatly improved. I have a gorgeous view. Now I can see it.

 

It was like a brand new house when they were done. Absolutely spotless!!
Our company used The Cleaning Crew when we bought some new investment property. They did a fine job of cleaning the units thoroughly, including the gutters and windows. They were on time, with a crew adequate for the size of the jobs. We will call them again.

 

They did a wonderful job. Called with a last minute job and they did everything to accommodate me. They arrived early and and were done in a flash. Job is very clean. I would hire them again.

 

The Cleaning Crew Team did a great job cleaning up my elderly mother’s home prior to putting it on the market for sale. It would have taken us a month to do the job they did. Thanks for great team work.
They did a good job. They were efficient, thorough and well-managed. I would recommend them. I especially appreciated that they were willing to come all the way out to my house which is outside of town.

Check out our mission and see if we are the right company for you! Then, call us to get a stress-free quote!

Help Wanted: History of the Housekeeper


To some, hiring a regular housekeeper might seem like a frivolity. However, the housekeeper has been around for centuries.

Originally, a housekeeper was known as a maiden, or maid. This was due to the fact that they lived in the home of their employer and rarely ever got married. During the Victorian Era, more well-to-do families had entire staffs of housekeepers, cooks, butlers, and drivers. The housekeeper was typically at the top of the housekeeping staff hierarchy. She was in charge of the Lady’s Maid, parlor maids, laundry maids, etc.

All throughout history up until the 19th century, having housekeepers and maids was a common practice for most middle or upper class citizens. According to History Matters, women left house cleaning jobs during World War I when they were needed in factories and other war-time occupations. Since then, domestic help has been on a decline until recently.

Currently, live-in staff and/or regular housekeepers are making a comeback due to the rise of women who have joined the work force to create a professional career. Our lives are all so busy now that it is increasingly difficult to find time to keep up with household chores.

Thus, the housekeeping revolution! According to Encyclopedia.com, the hiring out of household chores to professional cleaning services has increased in the past several years. We’re living proof.

The Cleaning Crew, LLC., has been providing quality housekeeping services (and more) for almost 30 years. We send out our hard-working, professional cleaners to your homes so that you have time to focus on the things that are important to you.

 

Summer Treats: Recipes and Stain Removal


Start your summer off with some amazing refreshments, and know the tips and tricks to cleaning up any messes that might happen along the way!

Summer Iced Tea Drink Recipe
Refreshing Summer drink Iced Tea Recipe

via Cherished Bliss

The first place to start would be a southern summer classic: iced tea. You can update this traditional recipe with some lemonade ice cubes! For recipe, Click Here!

How To Remove Iced Tea Stains

Luckily, iced tea stains won’t set as quickly as hot tea. Take an ice cube and rub it over the stain, and pat the area with dry paper napkins. Since these beverages are acidic, when you get home, you’ll want to pre-treat them with an acidic remedy, like lemon juice or white vinegar and wash as usual, adding a little bleach if appropriate for the fabric.

For more summer drinks, check out our extended list by clicking here.

Take a look in our blog archive for more tasty summer treats.

What are your favorite summer snacks and sips? Share with us in the comments!

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.

1 2 3 4 12