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    Declare it From the Mountain Top!

    Canyon-Ridge-wedding-staircaseYou want to know a handy man home tip? Well here is one… Hire a house cleaning Vancouver! Hire one even if you do not live in Vancouver (and either Vancouver, Washington or Vancouver, Canada will do). Now I imagine your first question might be why would hiring a house cleaning service in Vancouver or anywhere else qualify as a handy man home tip? In response to that question I suspect I would respond that if the house is not clean what is the point of fixing it up? To some people this response might seen counterintuitive. I imagine that person might think that the house should first be confirmed to be structurally sound before one should worry about cleaning it.

    That is a perfectly reasonable argument. However, one might counter argue that a house might not be worth fixing up if it is not first cleaned and subsequently worth living inside. Another, third party observer might also justly observe that this entire debate is simply a matter of a chicken and the egg. By this I mean, is the house worthy to live in because it is clean or is it clean because it is worthy to live in and thus worthy to fix up avec handy man home tips? Who can say?

    And it might not be entirely related but I find myself thinking of those moments when I am lost in the jam. And I think to myself amidst the jam in those moments I find the times when life is worth living. This is no insignificant thing. And it is certainly not something that can be fully expressed in a three hundred word article about house cleaning Vancouver. But really, if it cannot be expressed here, where can it ever be expressed? “No where!” I declare from the mountain top. And what are you going to do about it?

     

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    The Properties of Water

    trinity-brahma-vishnu-shiva-cj14_lWater has many properties. Tonight (it is night when I write this anyway) I would like to discuss water’s twin abilities to both create life and to cause water damage Utah. In this way water is very much like the Hindu deities of Brahma and Shiva combined into one very wet and thirst quenching beverage. Where ever scientists find life they also find water. This is the life creating power that belongs uniquely to water. By contrast, when it rains for forty days and forty nights, the creeks will rise and cause all matter of damage. This is the damaging power that belongs uniquely to water.

    If one were to talk to a biologist or a chemist about water’s life creating properties they (that is the scientists) would probably reference the fact that the water molecule (specifically the oxygen atom) has many valences. Valences are essentially windows or an atom’s ability to bond with other atoms. This atomic structure is what allows for the creation of the complex biological structures that are necessary for the creation of complex forms of life.

    If one were to talk to a person who remediates mold about the destructive power of water he or she would likely be able to feed you a mouthful about the different types of water damage Utah that can manifest. For example, water can rot wood and rust metal. Incidentally, it is the availability of the valences in water that allows for this type of corruption as well. The fact that the water molecule can bond with other molecules means that it can change its chemical structure. Accordingly rust is “oxidized” metal. That is, the oxygen atom which is part of the water molecule (H2O) bonded with the iron atom (for example) and created a molecule of iron oxide which is rust.

     

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    Expectations of Said House Cleaning Service

    cleaning caddyOn any given day of the week a house cleaning Vancouver service pays a visit to a customer who has hired them for the express purpose of cleaning his or her house. Said customer will undoubtedly have certain set of expectations that said house cleaning Vancouver should be endowed with in order for the customer to achieve a satisfactory experience with the house cleaning service. Said expectations might consist of mopping the wood floors and vacuuming the carpets. Said expectations might also consist of dusting and wiping down all surfaces with appropriate cleaning implements. Said expectations might further consist of washing clothes and dishes and picking up items strewn about the floor.

    In addition to the actual cleaning of the customer’s home, said customer might also have other expectations of said house cleaning Vancouver service. One expectation the customer might have is that the house cleaning service is honest and respects the customer’s privacy and personal possessions. The customer will not want any private information the cleaning service might learn exposed to third parties. The customer will also not want his or her personal possessions treated roughly especially those possessions that are easily breakable or otherwise fragile in construction.

    The customer will also want the employees of the house cleaning service to possess certain personality attributes. These attributes might include but are not limited to a cheerful and positive attitude, a strong and industrious work ethic as well as a clean and professional appearance.

    The aforementioned attributes and qualities represent the bare minimum that a customer will expect from his or her house cleaning service. Certainly if a house cleaning service wishes to exceed these expectations and go above and beyond what the customer anticipates this is recommended. Under no circumstances should the house cleaning service underperform and not meet the bar of expectation described within this piece.

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    From Rain to River to Flood

    shoes-ath-001Water falls from the sky in the form of rain. The rain then accumulates on the land. The water on land will not stay put generally unless it is sitting in a natural depression. Otherwise the water will follow the natural contours of the land following the path of least resistance until it finds the lowest point it can. Typically the water will find its way to streams and brooks which in turn lead to rivers which then lead to larger rivers which then eventually lead to the ocean.

     

    Along the course of the water people often build house and other structures. This is because people like to live near water for the reason that under normal situations, living next to water increases their over all quality of life. The obvious flip side to this sort of living arrangement is that that any house or structure can be subject to water damage Utah in the event of substantial rain which leads to a situation where a flood can occur.

     

    Once a house is inflicted with water damage Utah it is important for its home owner to take action immediately in order to mitigate the damage the water will inevitably cause. The first step is always to get the water out of the house and then to dry out the structure as thoroughly as possible. Sometimes this will require the water to be physically pumped out of the house or structure. Once the water has been removed from the house it will need to be inspected for structural damage. Any wood that has warped or rotted must be removed and replaced. Any metal that has rusted or has become otherwise corroded such that it is no longer structurally sound should likewise be removed and replaced. Any surface that has been covered by mold must be cleaned of mold or replaced if the mold cannot be removed.

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    The Destructive Power of Water

    Never underestimate the untold damage that water can wreak upon an innocent house. Many a house has been destroyed by water damage Utah and never lived to tell the tale. Mind you, I am not saying that houses can talk despite the oft quoted phrase “if these walls could talk.” Indeed, a careful reading of that phrase will confirm the reality of the non talking nature that all houses possess. I think it is quite clear and common knowledge to all that houses do not talk. At least they do not talk in a language which can be readily understood by the people that live and make their lives within the confines of the house’s four walls.

     

    If I may return to the point with which I started this piece of writing, the power of water damage Utah should never, ever be underestimated. Water can cause the wood with which the four walls were constructed to rot. Water can seep into out of the way places and cause mold to grow. In some cases a flash flood can remove a house from its very foundation and deposit it somewhere down stream.
    Some water damage can be repaired. Other water damage is so devastating that it cannot be repaired. And although water is often thought of as the necessary ingredient for life to exist it can also be the agent of death. In fact there is a member of the Hindu pantheon name Kali (I believe) who is the goddess of both destruction and new life. In a sense this is the way of the universe. Death clears the way for life to begin anew in the grand scheme of things. That said, most people live in a more mundane existence where if water damages their home they call a professional to come and clean up the mess.

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    House Cleaning Service Positive Feedback Loop

    luandryIn addition to the obvious psychological benefits of hiring a cleaning service Salt Lake City to perform the house keeping duties there are also other more subtle benefits that will manifest themselves as well. When a home is cleaned on a regular basis it begins to take on a more positive energy. This is because when a house is constantly in a state of disarray it takes on a negative psychological and spiritual quality which impacts the people who live in the house. Their negative emotional energy then begins to emanate throughout the house. This in turn impact the people and so it goes cycling in a never ending negative feedback loop.

    When a homeowner who exists within the death spiral of this negative feedback loop hires a cleaning service Salt Lake City, he or she will then work to break this causal chain. Once the chain has been broken the negative feedback loop will cease. When this happens the negative energy that once saturated the house will begin to be rolled back. The people who live in the house will begin to notice a difference right away. The difference will manifest itself as a lightening of mood and a general feeling of well being experience by some or all of the people living in the house.

    This will then put into effect a positive feedback loop which will reverse the effect of the prior existing negative feedback loop. As the people who live in the house begin to feel better about themselves, their positive energy will emanate throughout the house. The house will then become positively charged with this good energy and will then reflect it back upon the people. All this will be the result of hiring a cleaning service to perform housekeeping duties and relieving the homeowners of this responsibility.

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    5 Genius Ways to get your kids to do Chores- Housing Cleaning Utah

    If you’ve got stubborn tykes who resist cleaning at all costs, fear not, there are tons of ideas for encouraging little ones to tackle tasks around the house. In the beginning it may be difficult to get kids on board the cleaning train, but over time they will adapt and look forward to the responsibility and rewards of a cleaner and more organized home. Kids can be like your  own maid cleaning service, Utah too!

    Just don’t get frustrated! It may take some time for kids to learn the value of chores and to enjoy the process and the end results of their cleaning efforts. Here are five smart ways to get kids excited about doing chores:

    1.) Daily Chore ChartChore-Chart-500x603(pp_w400_h482)

    One of the most simple and visual ways to encourage kids to clean is with a bright chore chart color coded with names and tasks. And don’t forget the stickers, glitter and stamps to get kids pumped up about cleaning!

    2.) Toy Jail

    An empty basket with a printed sign hung by twine or string that says ‘Toy Jail’ will make kids think twice before failing to pick up their belongings or strewn toys. Anything that doesn’t get picked up goes in the box and stays until mom or dad releases the items from “jail.”Toy-Jail-Chore

    3.) Chore Jar

    A chore jar (empty mason jar or can) filled with colorful chore Popsicle sticks (labeled wooden sticks) is a great way to get kids in the mood to do chores. Make a game out of the chore sticks and have kids get a reward for every five Popsicle stick tasks they draw from the jar and complete.

    4.) Punch Cards

    Not unlike the chore chart, this simple visual reminder will make kids giddy when they earn new punches. Print summer punch chore cards for free HERE

    5.) Wi-Fi Passwordschore-stick-printable-set-amp-tutorial

    For older kids, there’s nothing more precious than time surfing the Internet. From games to Facebook to movies, kids won’t want to lose their precious web time. Every day, have kids earn the right to know the newly changed Wi-Fi code.

    Need help getting your kid-centric home clean? We’ve got the tools and technique to polish your pad to perfection! Contact Green Envy Maids, house cleaning Salt Lake City, today for a free cleaning estimate!

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  • Tips for Stay at Home Moms,  Uncategorized

    Four Dirty Cleaning Habits, and How to Ditch Them

    If you haven’t signed up for recurring  cleaning services Salt Lake City, you are probably looking for ways to make cleaning your home a little easier.  It might not be that you despise cleaning.  You may just be making things a little harder on yourself by falling into some bad habits. Here are 4 nasty cleaning habits that you should ditch before your next cleaning day!

    Adding dirt to the floor.

    shoes-ath-001Of course all floors are going to have dirt on them, but you can reduce your floor-cleaning burden by leaving the shoes at the door.

    To ditch the habit: Add cute storage cubbies or a small shelf devoted strictly to shoes.  Make it the first thing that you see when you walk in the door, and you will be surprised how quickly people catch on to the house rule and instinctively take of their shoes.

    Not cleaning your cleaning tools.

    As a maid service Utah, we know the importance of keeping cleaning tools in working order.  All of those awesome cleaning helpers you have hanging around deserve some cleaning TLC. Keep your cleaning caddy and all of your supplies in ship-shape so they will last longer and keep their effectiveness. cleaning caddy

    To ditch the habit:  As soon as you are done cleaning, zap your cleaning sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes, rinse and dry your mop head, grab any stray dust strings that are clinging to your broom bristles, and wipe the inside of your cleaning caddy.   Better yet, keep your cleaning tools pristine by hiring a Salt Lake City maid service to take care of the cleaning for you!

    Keeping clutter.

    This one isn’t something that you can do overnight, but it’s well worth it once you get there.  Getting rid of clutter makes your house look put-together, but it also makes cleaning MUCH easier.  You can only dust the areas of your home that you can get to, so clutter can actually leave you with tons of allergy-inducing dust and pet dander.

    To ditch the habit:  Leave a small trash can next to the area where you read your mail so that you can toss any junk immediately, and add organization bins, baskets, and shelving units so that everything has a place.  Regularly evaluate every room in your home to look for things that can be donated.  If you aren’t using something, there is someone out there who would!

    Delaying your laundry day.

    Nothing makes a clean home seem unkempt quite like a pile of laundry.  Whether you are harboring a basket of clean clothes that need to be put away, or a hamper of dirty towels that should be washed, laundry should be done early and often. luandry

    To ditch the habit:  Create a laundry schedule, or just make a self-rule that your hamper will never reach capacity before hauling it to the washing machine.  Always remember that folding and putting away one load of laundry takes 5 minutes, but folding and putting away five loads takes much longer.  A few short laundry duties throughout the week definitely trumps an entire Saturday wasted washing, drying, fluffing, folding, and hanging.

    If you still feel like you don’t have enough time in the day to get everything done, don’t worry.  A house cleaning Salt Lake City, service is your answer!  Give Green Envy Maids a call today!  (801) 783-3307.

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    A busy Housewife Needs The Help Of Household Maid

    The homeowner or commonly said “the mom” is the one responsible for maintaining the cleanliness and orderliness at home. However, if you are away for work, who will take care of washing the dishes, vacuuming the carpet, cleaning the bathroom, sweeping the floor, clean the dirty and frozen refrigerator and take care of your children? Then, you would probably think that you need the Home Cleaning Salt Lake City.

    Maid may be employed from agencies while others come freelance. Either way, they are specialized in providing cleaning services daily, weekly, or monthly. Whether you need a full house cleaning or in sanitizing specific areas of the house only, hiring a maid is highly recommended for a busy housewife like you. The maid service salt lake city includes cleaning of blinds, furniture, inside closets, inside drawers, cupboards, interior windows, ovens, refrigerators and other appliances stored in the house. For a responsible, trustworthy and courteous maid hire the maid service salt lake city.

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    7 Tips To Help Your College Student Find Their College Housing

    student-housing_2402882bAh, for some of you, this is the moment that you have been waiting for 18 years. Some waiting with great anticipation and others with great dread. As your college student gets ready to leave the nest, it’s important that the thought of the actual housing residence doesn’t get left by the wayside. Will they be living on campus or off? Let’s look at 7 tips which will help them and you find the perfect college housing.

    1. Start looking early.

    You’re not the only student starting college this semester, which means there are plenty of people looking for housing too! It’s best to start looking as early as you can, that way you get more choice and best pick too. You can find the best places by picking up community newspapers or local advertising magazines, as well as looking out for “for rent” signs around close neighborhoods.

    1. Don’t pick the first apartment you see!

    Every apartment is different, so it’s best to weigh in your pros and cons with each one you see. Find a few that fit your price range and have a close inspection of each one, taking notes as you go. One may be closer to college, but in a loud neighborhood, or you may see one that’s in a great neighborhood but a little too pricey. Don’t rush things just to be ahead of the game.

    1. Be ready to leave a deposit.

    The competition is strong for student housing, so even though you should be scouting more than just one place, make sure you have enough for a deposit just in case you stumble upon a miracle place you need to snatch up before anyone else! It’s also a good idea to bring along a co-signer with you, as most landlords will require someone with a good credit history before letting you place a deposit.

    1. Read the lease carefully before committing!

    This is an absolute must! Always read the lease carefully and thoroughly before signing anything. It should include important information such as when the rent is due, penalties for late rent and who you should contact for help with maintenance issues. It may also include if pets are allowed and subletting, which may be a big problem if you were hoping for roommates to help with the rent!Student housing

    1. House sharing.

    It’s always great to plan ahead, making sure you know your monthly budget for everything you may need. This will include food, travel expenses, books and supplies for school and of course rent. If you’re worried about a steady income, whether it is a student loan, parents, or a job, maybe it would be a good idea to house share with friends or find a roommate. This could split your rent in half, or possibly more! Helping you save, or have more money for those little treats and luxuries.

    1. Inspect closely!

    Make sure to inspect every apartment you see closely, making a list for each one. Include things like whether or not it includes any utilities, such as a stove or refrigerator, or if pets are allowed. There’s no harm in asking plenty of questions about plumbing, electrics, noise levels, anything you can think that may affect you living there. You can then compare each place, weighing in your pros and cons.

    If you can, try and find the most convenient apartment possible. If you drive, it makes it a lot easier for you to get around, although if you don’t drive then an apartment closest to the college and a store would be great! If that fails, having a place close to a bus route would be super handy. Even if you do drive, if you’re lucky enough to find an apartment within walking or cycling distance to the everyday places you visit, then why not leave the car at home and save on insurance, maintenance, parking and gas!

    There you have them, 7 tips that can make the whole college housing experience go much smoother. We had friends that had a daughter looking for college housing and found some great weber state university housing at Harrison Heights Apartments. They found it to be much more advantageous for their daughter to live off-campus than on. Need a little more information or housing listings? Check out www.studenthousing.org to see a great index of college/student housing that currently available in your area. It’s up to you to determine which kind of housing will work best with the tips above in mind!

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