• 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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  • Tips for Stay at Home Moms

    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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  • Tips for College Students

    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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  • Audio-Visual,  Electrical

    Wiring the Whole House Stereo Speaker Systems

    wiring-whole-house-audio-system-blueprintWhen you’re getting ready to install a whole house stereo system, it can be a daunting task. While it is always easiest to do this during the new construction of the house, we can understand that you also may be looking to do this in an existing house. No matter if you want is simple light speaker system or you want to create a recording audio space to rival the best recording studios in DC, this can be done and with today’s technology it can be done much cheaper than ever before.   The video below does a great job of showing the preparation that should go into setting up the whole house system.

    As you can see, deciding that you want to have a whole house sound system is only the beginning. You must determine if you want a sound system which is all controlled from one central location is an entirely different setup than one that can be controlled from several places or can play different music in different rooms. It would include even more components if you want to include the ability for recording and playing through the house – whether you want your own recording studio or just love to throw karaoke parties. Here are some of the key points to take note of when planning the actual wiring of the sound system:

    • Decide where you want to control the system from.
    • Determine where you need to put the control center of the system – and it can be separate from the user control. Take it a step further with a remote control system.
    • Taking the time to decide on where you want to place the speakers must not only take into consideration the sound and how it will fill the room, but should also include recognition and alignment with other fixtures which are already in the ceiling or wall.
    • The right kind of wiring is critical. Don’t think there will be a difference if you use cat5 instead of cat5e? I wouldn’t take the chance as you don’t want to have to change the wire down the road.
    • Be sure to properly plan. Don’t be afraid to take the time to plan it out properly as it will make the whole project flow more smoothly.  Here’s some great home audio layout/blueprints from Crutchfield Corporation.

    There you have the basic foundation blocks to prepare that whole house audio system you’ve been wishing for. Take the time, plan it out properly and create that dream sound system in your house.

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  • Yard and Snow

    What’s The Difference Between Topsoil and Garden Soil

    topsoil-vs-garden-soilWhen looking to improve the soil on your property you have probably come across the phrases topsoil and garden soil. These are common especially when you look at a “big box” stores and local landscaping companies. In the bigger stores, most of the soil is bought and sold in bags for smaller projects. Often this is garden soil and can come in a variety of different soils, everything from flower garden soil, to vegetable garden soil and herb garden soil. The question then becomes are these different than “topsoil” or is this all the same type of soil, simply put together in a different format to sell? Most handyman will know that these are indeed different soils and here’s why.
    Topsoil
    Topsoil is just that. It is the top 5 – 12 inches of surface on the earth depending on the location. The amount of topsoil will differ depending on the climate and composition of the soils in different areas. For instance topsoil Utah county can tend to be more sandy and arid due to the dryness of the Utah weather and the salt from the Salt Lake area. This can increase the need for fresh quality topsoil to be added to property. All soil, including topsoil has a mix of clay, silt and sand. Topsoil generally has a mix of 7-27 percent clay, 28-50 percent silt and under 52 percent sand. Topsoil is perfect when you need to prepare a large landscaping or lawn area.
    Garden Soil
    Garden soil tends to have its own mix of sand, silt, and clay but also is mixed to pertain to particular types of gardens, such as flower gardens, vegetable gardens, and herb gardens. This ingredients in the various blends will vary but will often contain different types or fertilizers and organic matter to help bolster the richness of the soil and better feed the plants that you may use. Often this type of soil is sold in smaller quantities than topsoil and is often available only in bags. Occasionally you can find this type of soil in bulk through local landscaping companies. If bought locally, it is always a good idea to ask where the soil was acquired from, what sources the company uses for its sand and any fertilizer or organic matter that may be present in the soil to ensure the quality of garden topsoil you’re looking for as well as compatibility with your soil.
    Once you know the difference between garden soil and top soil, you can now determine which best fits your needs and you are better prepared with this home tip!

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  • Painting

    Paint Like A Pro Class

    How To Paint Like A Professional

    Paint Like  A ProPark City Painting offered a “Paint Like a Pro” course with Granite School District at Skyline High March 12, 2015. The class was attended by eight students which included six ladies. basic principles to help accomplish finishing a painting project were laid out. A hand out was given to each student with a list of tools one should have from the basics to the advanced. The class was an hour and a half, which flew by so fast that no one could believe it was over. Next week will include some hands on painting processors. A PDF of the Power Point used was also emailed to each student.

    Park City Painting offers Park City painting services and  contractor services for Salt Lake and Summit Counties.

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  • Grilling

    Grilling Strategies

    Grilling Strategies for Beginners

    How To Find The Perfect Cooking Strategies For Your Needs

    Many people think that they cannot cook. It is not that difficult of a thing to do if you have the right information to follow. This article was written to help the self-doubting cooks to gain the confidence that they need to work magic in the kitchen. Read carefully through these tips and gain the knowledge to help you cook like a chef.

    Grilling

    If you are planning on grilling, make sure that you take your steaks out of the freezer at least one hour before you cook so that they can match the room temperature. This will allow you to cook them easier and achieve the quality that you are looking for, by cooking them on the grill.

    Don’t forget to clean your grill before you use it by scrubbing the grilling surface with a wire brush while it heats up. This way the removed food and grease burn off. Built up food on the grill doesn’t add flavor to the meat, but make the fresh food stick to the metal much easier.

    Grilling is not an exact science, but you may have encountered some confusion the last time you hit the barbecue. You can purchase a meat thermometer to ensure that the inside of your grilled meat is cooked to satisfaction. If you’re grilling especially thick slabs of meat – anything thicker than an inch and a half – bring the lid down on your grill to speed up the cooking process.

    Before grilling any foods, make sure your grill is clean. A dirty grill surface can cause many problems. Excessive smoking, soiling of flavors, potential for bacterial illness, not to mention being a fire risk, are all side effects of a filthy surface. Clean your grill with a wire brush often for best results.

    A great grilling tip to improve flavor and consistency is to try to cut similar foods into the same size pieces. This ensures that foods stay moist and grill evenly. A nice side benefit is that it also makes your workload a little easier. By cutting out the hassle of constantly monitoring foods for doneness, you have the peace of mind of knowing your foods will all be ready right about the same time.

    Get your grill ready to go before you start to barbecue. Start prepping your grill roughly 30 minutes or more before you decide to start cooking. The coals should have an ash covering, and this means they are at medium heat. That is the ideal grilling temperature.

    To reduce cooking time for beef steaks and roasts, pull the meat out of the fridge an hour before you intend to start roasting or grilling it. Letting the meat come to room temperature can shave valuable minutes off the cooking time and allows the meat to cook more evenly.

    As it was stated at the beginning of this piece, cooking is not difficult. Take these tips and head to the kitchen where you are sure to cook up a meal for your family that they are sure to love. Apply this information to your everyday cooking and find success in your meal preparation.

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  • Appliances

    Carpet Cleaning

    Carpet Cleaning Tips and Appliances

    Look Here For Great Tips About Carpet Cleaning

    Finding someone to help you get a carpet cleaned can be time consuming. If you don’t know what to look for and how to prepare, you won’t be happy with the results. Here in this article you are going to find out what must be done to get a carpet cleaned properly. Read along to learn more.

    Inquire about the fees they charge to move furniture. Many companies will not tell you this right away, but many of them charge fees if they have to move your furniture in order to clean your carpet. It would save you a bit of money if you remove all of the furniture yourself before they get there.

    Do not go over board with heat during the carpet cleaning process. Heat can often damage a carpet’s quality, especially in carpets with a lot of color or made of delicate material. They can easily remove stains from these delicate floors.

    Have your carpets cleaned as often as you can. The longer that you wait inbetween cleanings the harder it will be to remove all of the dirt that has built up. You should aim to have your carpets cleaned about four times a year for the best results each time.

    Get a referral from a friend. Talk to your friends and family members and ask if any of them have recently had their carpets clean. Any information, whether good or bad, can be useful. In addition, you can be sure that their review of the carpet cleaning company is genuine, and not a paid placement to draw in business.

    Consider purchasing a high quality carpet cleaner for your home if you plan to keep your carpeting for a long time. These cleaners can be quite expensive, but if you compare them with the cost of hiring a professional, it can be very reasonable. Just think how nice it would be to remedy a stain right away instead of waiting for someone else to do it for you.

    If your carpet requires deep-cleaning, it is best to choose a professional cleaning company. Many people think that just because they can buy a ton of carpet cleaning products at the store that they can effectively clean everything on their carpet. This isn’t true. CRI-certified cleaning technicians have the best carpet cleaning training and products to help your carpet look like new.

    Ask the carpet cleaning company if they vacuum before they start the cleaning process. There is a huge difference in the outcome of the job depending on this factor. If they tell you that they don’t, you should call someone else. You want the job to get done as effectively as possible.

    Step one in hiring a carpet cleaner is choosing which type you’d like to use. For example, there are companies which clean through steam, others who use wet chemicals and even more who use dry chemicals. You must research each type and weigh it against your budget and needs to choose.

    As you can now see, it’s possible for carpet cleaning to be relatively simple. You just need to know a few of the tips that you’ve learned above, and you should be set. Put what you have learned here into practice, and you’ll have a cleaner carpet in no time.

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  • Tips for Stay at Home Moms

    Coupon Tips

    Coupon Tips for At-Home Mommies

    Coupon Tips That Can Save You A Ton Of Money!

    There are may people who are touting the extraordinary saving that they are able to get by using coupons. While this may be possible, it is not as easy as simply clipping a coupon and shopping. The most effective use of coupons takes a methodical and organized approach. This article can help you find ways to make your couponing really work for you.

    Don’t rely only on your Sunday paper. Look for deals on several different weekend newspapers, and purchase them. This will help ensure that you get the widest variety of coupons possible. In addition, you may be able to get more than one coupon for an item that you use often, allowing you to stock up when it is on sale.

    Combine your coupons to save more. On some occasions, you will need to stash your coupons for a future sale instead of your next grocery shopping. Getting the most out of your coupons often means shopping at more than one store.

    Read the small print of a coupon. For instance, you may get a coupon for a dollar off your favorite food. But when you see the fine print, you may realize you have to buy two to save the dollar. It can be hassle to get to the checkout only to figure out it is not such a good deal after all.

    Buy the Sunday paper. This is one of the best ways to get coupons. If you know someone who gets the paper, but doesn’t use coupons ask them for their coupon inserts. Even though the newspaper costs money, the money saving coupons in it will more than pay for the price of the newspaper.

    To know where you can use certain coupons, write down a list of the coupon policies at your local retailers and grocers. Some of them are not going to accept the Internet printed coupons, or competitors. Check their websites for their policies, and consider trips to stores you might not currently visit if they are more coupons friendly.

    Invest in a printer, or use your local library’s resources to print out valuable coupons. Although the newspaper is usually full of coupons, you have many more options when you look on line for the specific items your household uses. Make sure you have an efficient way to store all your coupons until you get the opportunity to use them!

    Search for online coupons. You can find thousands of coupons online, and print them out for use at the store. You can print several one one page and then cut along the lines. Then just use them like you would with any coupon from a flyer or newspaper.

    As previously noted, couponing can indeed be a great way to save a lot of money (and to even get free products). But unless you are well versed in the ways of gathering, organizing and using coupons, you may find that you don’t get the results you dreamed of. Apply the tips from the article above to get the most of your couponing time and money.

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  • Heating

    Tips for HVAC Beginners

    Here’s Some Required Knowledge For Today’s HVAC Novices

    HVAC Tips for Beginners

    A good HVAC system is a must if you want to remain comfortable in the heat of summer or the depths of winter. However, with so many different options out there, it can be hard to choose the best system. This article will give you the advice you need to make the right decision.

    Before an HVAC expert comes to your home to do any repair work, walk around the home and check out the temps in every room. While you are walking through the house, gauge which rooms are the coolest and which are the warmest. Give this information to your contractor when they arrive.

    An HVAC system is a really expensive investment. This is why you should do some browsing before purchasing your system. Try to find a good sale so you can get your system at a discount. Check out a couple of sites before making a decision. A great site to begin is www.energystar.gov.

    Don’t get grass clippings on your outside unit. Aim your grass cuttings in a direction away from your unit. The same should happen if you are blowing leaves, so be especially careful when you are going by your exterior HVAC devices whenever you are moving debris.

    One of the most important things to consider when purchasing a new heating and cooling system is the manufacturer’s warranty. Units come with a variety of warranties. Choose one with a long warranty for maximum long term savings. Generally, it is advised that homeowners should purchase the extended warranty if one is offered.

    If your evaporator coil, found inside your home, becomes dirty, your unit will lose efficiency. Just pop off the front panel of the furnace and check to see that the coil is dry. Using a brush attachment on a vacuum, gently clean the coil of any dust or other debris.

    Be sure to check your evaporator coil drains frequently when your air conditioner is running. If this tube backs up, you can find water damage to your walls, ceilings and floors. If you end up with mold just use a solution of bleach and water to clean out the tube.

    Clean your filters! If you have a window unit air conditioner, there will be a filter right under the grill you can vacuum. If you have a furnace or outdoor units, they will also have filters to be cleaned or replace. A dirty filter can make your unit inefficient or even let it overheat.

    Keep your condensers free of nearby obstructions. Keep plants, fencing, even bushes back and away from the unit. Two feet is a good minimum distance it should have from anything, including walls, but the more space you give it to breathe, the better it will work and the less likely it will be to fail.

    After reading this article, you should be better informed about what to look for in your next HVAC system. You want to find a system that will heat and cool your home without costing you a fortune. Use the tips you have read here to get a great deal on a new system.

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