Our Checklist: What Makes Us Special

Take a closer look at what sets Maids of Honor apart from the rest. We are giving you a sneak peek of our streamlined house cleaning services in Phoenix, AZ, and our checklist to get your home in shape fast.

Are you looking for a new house cleaning service in Phoenix, AZ, or the surrounding areas? There’s a reason why our team at Maids of Honor has gained a reputation for being the best of the best—actually there are a few reasons. Here’s your inside look at how we do what we do, including our streamlined cleaning process and our house cleaning checklist.

Real Cleaning System for Your Home—Every Single Time

From the first visit to your home all the way through to the 20th visit, we stand by our promise to provide a thorough cleaning you can see, smell, and feel. It’s the real deal! We aren’t in it just to impress you with the first cleaning and then let things slide. Our Maids of Honor follow a specific process and checklist to achieve the highest level of satisfaction with each cleaning service. No cutting corners ever!

How We Do It

Each of our housecleaners follows a system based on the book “Speed Cleaning” written by Jeff Campbell. This SMART cleaning system involves starting at the room’s entrance and working in and around it systematically, minimizing wasted time and effort and ensuring every part of the room is cleaned. The result? A perfectly cleaned room each and every time.

In addition to the right system, our team members also utilize an innovative set of cleaning tools they wear in a specially-designed apron for faster, more efficient cleaning. From screwdrivers, putty knives, and grout brushes to specialty mops and cleaning solutions, we have the full arsenal of products and tools to make each surface and area of your home gleam. 

The Maids of Honor Checklist

Because our team members stick to our checklists for each visit, you can count on experiencing the same stellar results no matter how many times we’ve been there. To keep things efficient and effective, our housecleaners have two different checklists:

#1: General Cleaning Plan: Tasks that we perform each time we visit. These include:

  • Kitchen: stove, cabinet, drawers, counter-tops and appliances, and spot cleaning for woodwork
  • Bathrooms: sinks, faucets, toilets, mirrors, tub, shower, tiles and basin, floors, and spot cleaning for woodwork
  • Other rooms: furniture, knick-knacks, ceiling fans, light fixtures, floors, carpeting, tidying the general area, empty/clean ashtrays and trashcans, wipe-down telephones, dust wall hangings, décor, cobwebs, baseboards, vents, and window sills, spot cleaning for doors, walls, light switches, and sweeping outside the front door
  • Windows inside and out, tracks, and one sliding glass door included

#2: Spring Cleaning Plan: Tasks we perform on rotation going from room to room each time we clean. These include:

  • Kitchen: wipe baseboards and woodwork, lemon oil cabinet fronts, remove knobs & vent screens on stove and bottom refrigerator grill for cleaning
  • Bathrooms: wipe baseboards, lemon oil cabinet fronts, and wipe light fixtures
  • Other rooms: Wipe window sills, vents, baseboards, ceiling fans, blades, glassware, clean and shine pictures, light switches and fixtures, wipe vertical blinds, move furniture (within reason), and vacuum furniture

Housecleaning Exactly Like You Want It Done

The beauty of our Maids of Honor System is that we are flexible and offer customized services to meet your unique needs and preferences. If you’d like any of the Spring Cleaning tasks moved over to the General Cleaning tasks, that’s no problem. We are more than happy to make adjustments to ensure you are 100% satisfied each and every time.

If you are ready to experience house cleaning services in Phoenix, AZ, that will exceed your expectations, it’s time to connect with our team of cleaning specialists at Maids of Honor online now. We look forward learning more about your needs and creating the perfect plan to enhance your home and your life.

A decluttering plan is a great first step toward home organization!

Organization Tips for Your Home

Is it time to get organized once and for all? Here are the organization tips you need to know—straight from the pros!

When you keep a fast pace in life, it’s easy to let organization in your home slide, but with the right organization tips, you can create a more comfortable space. From not being able to find what you need to having the piles grow around you, disorganization can lead to frustration and anxiety. Not exactly the kind of vibes you want for your home.

Here are three pro organization tips to help you whip your home into shape in less time than you may expect:

Tip #1: Make It Easier on Yourself to Put Things Away

Do you ever feel like you could spend half the day just putting things in their place around the house? This may be especially true if you have a large family. It’s possible you may be making it too hard on yourself by not having easy-to-reach locations for quick put-away.

If you have to run to the basement, or to an upstairs closet, or even reach to bins that are difficult to access, you will be less likely to put things away.

Consider these Dos and Don’ts for simplified organization for all the spaces in your home:

  • Avoid hiding the laundry basket in the back of a closet.
  • Avoid lids—using open containers will allow you to put away with one-hand.
  • For garbage and recycling containers, if you feel you must have a lid, get bins with foot levers so you can step on them to pop open lids with ease.
  • Place laundry baskets and other storage containers in high traffic zones. Not having to go out of your way to pick up and put away will encourage you and others in the home to do it regularly. There are many different styles and colors of bins that can enable you to have them out in the open without detracting from the ambiance of your rooms.

Tip #2: Purge Before You Purchase

Following up on Tip #1, before you run out to purchase those new bins and storage containers, you need to go through the purging process first. A top rule for organizing is not to keep items you haven’t used in over a year. However, an even more effective rule for cluttering is to get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy or add value to your life.

Going through your piles, item by item, and removing them from your home may be difficult at first, but you will be amazed by how much easier it is to keep your home organized and clutter-free if you don’t have as much stuff.

As you purge, create a sorting system that includes three different piles:

  1. Trash/Recycle
  2. Donations
  3. Items to Keep

Once you’ve sorted through your items, taken them to donate or otherwise disposed of them, then it’s time to go shopping for storage containers. That is, if you still even need the new containers. Many people discover once they purge, they have plenty of empty containers available to organize the remaining items.

Tip #3: Just Say No to Clutter—Forever!

Do you find that any flat surface in your home tends to become a catch-all for mail, school papers, newspapers, books, etc.? It’s time to stop that habit for good. Whether it’s the dining room table, kitchen counter, end tables, or a desk, these surfaces tend to accumulate piles faster than any other area of the home. And neatly the stacking the piles doesn’t count as organization!

It may be time to have a chat with the family about how these surfaces are not for stashing various items. If that doesn’t work, block them! You can place a flower arrangement, or placemats, or other décor to discourage the stacks.

Also, it’s a great idea to get into the habit of scanning these common areas for clutter each night before bed, and putting any piles that are forming in place. It can become routine—just like washing your face and brushing your teeth. Then, you wake up each morning to a clutter-free living space!

Hire the Pros to Handle Your Home Organization

Still feeling overwhelmed? It may be time to get in touch with our organization experts at Maids of Honor. We can get your home into tip-top shape in no time and show you how to create a system that works for you and your family. Connect with us online now to schedule service.

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What to Look for When Hiring Someone to Clean Your Home

If you want to hire someone to clean your home, follow these tips to ensure you get the right person for the job.

You’re considering hiring someone to clean your home, but you don’t know where to begin. Before you settle on a cleaning company, you need to take time to interview them to make sure they’re a good fit for your household. Asking these questions will help you select the best cleaning crew for your needs.

Do You Subcontract Your Work?

Did you know that many cleaning companies hire outside contractors to do their work? If they do, you’ll want to know this before signing on the dotted line. It’s difficult to hold contractors responsible, and you may end up with a different crew each time. Instead, look for a company that hires full-time employees. That way you’ll get to know your new cleaning team on a personal level.

Why Should I Trust Your Employees?

When you let a stranger into your home, you want to make sure you can fully trust them. Look for a cleaning company that runs comprehensive background checks on their new hires. The best cleaning services also thoroughly train all their employees. Ask how long training lasts and what it entails. Responsible companies take pride in their staff. They will go the extra mile to make sure their employees get adequate training under a supervisor before working on their own.

Is Your Company Insured and Bonded?

Accidents happen. But you don’t want someone to hold you responsible if they get injured at your home. Make sure any cleaning service you hire is fully insured to protect you and their workers. Also, ask if they carry a surety bond. This way you can seek compensation if you suffer any damages or losses due to their negligence. Never let anyone clean your home unless they can provide proof of insurance and a surety bond certificate.

What Services Do You Include in the Cost?

Every cleaning company offers different rates and service packages. Make sure you get the services you want. Ask up front what they include in the estimated price. If you want to add additional services, inquire how much extra that will cost. This will make sure you don’t find any surprises on your bill.

Do I Need to Stay Home?

Figure out how the maids will gain access to your home. Ask in advance if you need to make plans to stay home. If you’re not there during the appointment, you need to find a way to leave them a key. Whether you leave a key under the doormat or give them access via a keypad, make sure you communicate this beforehand. If you own pets, ask if you need to confine them.

Do You Provide the Cleaning Supplies?

If possible, find a company that brings everything they need to clean your home. Don’t assume the cleaning company will bring their own chemicals and tools. While most do, some do not. If you have to provide the supplies, figure this amount into the total fee. You may find it’s not worth the extra expense to stock up on cleaning supplies for the crew.

Build a Lasting Relationship with a Trustworthy Cleaning Service

Once you find a great cleaning service, you’ll never want to switch. Maids of Honor provides customers with the highest level of service at all times. We vet and train all of our employees, ensuring you get the best cleaning team for your needs. We only send the most professional people to clean your home.

Connect with us online when hiring someone to clean your home for a team with the experience and skills to clean your home from top to bottom.

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Why to Hire a Professional Cleaning Service

It turns out that hiring a professional cleaning service isn’t just for the rich and famous.

Have you toyed with the idea of hiring a professional cleaning service but worried it’s too posh? As it turns out, a maid service isn’t only for those in the top one percent. Anyone can benefit from the skills of an experienced cleaning crew. No matter the size of your home or how often you want someone to come clean, once you hire a maid company, you’ll never want to be without.

It’s Not as Expensive as You Think

If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you think a maid service is out of your budget. This is probably not the case. Most janitorial services charge fair prices. You can choose how often your cleaning crew comes out. For example, if you only need someone once a month, it’s not a problem. But, if you can’t keep up with your messy family, you may learn that scheduling a weekly cleaning is the best option. The total amount you spend will vary depending on how often you use the services, which rooms you want to have cleaned, and the size of your home.

Cleaning Crews Supply Everything

Cleaning your home requires the right tools and supplies. You need special sprays to sanitize the bathroom, polish for dusting, and heavy-duty floor cleaners. These supplies add up fast. Think about everything you’d need to buy to clean all the rooms in your house. Most janitorial companies provide all the cleaning supplies, so you don’t have to worry about buying them yourself.

Maids Clean Everything Better than You

A clean home is a healthy home, but deep cleaning takes a lot of patience and skill. When was the last time you cleaned the baseboards behind your toilet? With a cleaning crew, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that they’ll scrub every nook and cranny of your home. This includes all the trim, flooring, windows, doors, and fixtures. You’ll end up with a sanitized and sparkling clean home.

Cleaning Companies Don’t Waste Any Time

Think about how long it takes for you to clean your home from top to bottom. If you stay focused, you’ll probably spend at least five hours to finish every room. Maids do it faster. For them, time is money. They want to provide you with the highest level of service without wasting any of your valuable time. Most cleaning crews can finish scrubbing an average sized home in about 1-2 hours.

You Honestly Hate Cleaning

There’s nothing shameful about admitting your hatred for cleaning. However, if you keep putting off chores because you’re not motivated, your home will continue to get dirtier. With a professional maid service, you don’t have to pep talk yourself into cleaning. Your stress level will diminish, and you’ll have more time for yourself. Imagine what else you can accomplish while the cleaning team is at work. Perhaps you’ll finish writing that best seller after all!

Skilled Maids Ready to Scrub Your Home

If you want your home to pass the white glove test, then it’s time to hire the best cleaning crew in the industry. Maids of Honor leads the way when it comes to janitorial services. We only hire full-time employees, so you don’t have to worry about random contractors showing up. Everyone on staff receives comprehensive training, and we’re passionate about what we do.

If you’re tired of daily chores and want to hire a professional cleaning service, contact us to get a free estimate.

ONLY HAVE 30 MINUTES?  SPEED CLEAN YOUR HOME! 

 

Ring! We’ve all had that phone call! Your friends or relatives call and tell you that they’ll be at your door in under an hour. You’re not ready to entertain guests. The house looks like a tornado went through it! School is out and the kids are home. You need a game plan quickly! 

We’ve put together a quick 30 MINUTE SPEED CLEAN ROUTINE so your home can be prepared for visitors in just 30 minutes.

10 Minutes: Declutter and Tidy Up

First, open your windows and let the fresh air in and take a deep breath. Go to the main rooms you plan to use and concentrate on tossing any visible trash. Don’t worry about the bedrooms areas where your guests aren’t likely to stray. Shut the door to any room you just won’t be able to get to. When the garbage is gone, take a tote or basket and pick up any miscellaneous items that don’t belong in the rooms.

You can stash this basket in a storage closet until your guests leave and you have time to properly put it away. Fold any blankets, straighten out any pillows, and stack papers, books, and magazines. Finally, empty any small garbage cans.

10 Minutes: Dust and Wipe Down the Larger Surfaces

Grab your glass cleaner and furniture polish for the second 10 minutes. Start by wiping down the larger surfaces in your rooms like coffee tables, end tables, or stands. You can leave the smaller shelves for now. Baby wipes make an excellent cleaning agent because they grab dust and debris. They also leave a slight shine on your surfaces.

A SHINY MIRROR INSTANTLY MAKES A ROOM LOOK CLEANER!

Use glass cleaner and give any mirrors or reflective surfaces a spray and a quick wipe down. Take your baby wipe, cleaning cloth, or lint roller and run it over the furniture and pillows quickly. Finally, close the windows and light a few scented candles.

10 Minutes:  Sweep and Vacuum

The final 10 minutes should be spent vacuuming or sweeping your priority rooms. Concentrate on the entrance because a clean entry will give your guests the impression that the entire house is spotless. 

CONCENTRATE ON THE ENTRY

Take a mop or a baby wipe and remove any visible stains from the floor tiles or laminate flooring. You’ll get a bright shine, and your guests will get the impression that you’ve just mopped the floor. You’re now ready for your guests!

When your guests leave, and you want to do a deep clean, give AZ Maids of Honor a call. Our friendly and professional staff are ready and willing to give you a sparkling clean home so you can relax and unwind.

Better yet! Get an estimate today for monthly services. 

 

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Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

If your ducts are in need of a cleaning, this can seriously impact the quality of your indoor air.

During hot and cold weather your climate control system is constantly pulling air through your house. If you or your family members have noticed increased respiratory health problems, a greater amount of dust in the air or mold growth around vents, it may be time to get your ducts inspected to determine if they need cleaning. Read more

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Tips for Spring Cleaning

Traditionally, the words “spring cleaning” are as motivational as they are dreaded in households throughout the country.

It’s the one time of year when anything and everything that gets missed or neglected throughout the year finally gets its day to be cleaned. It sounds like a good thing in theory, but the thought of cleaning every surface in a house can be an understandably daunting task for many homeowners. Read more

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How to Clean Your Electronics

No matter how fastidious you are when it comes to keeping your living space clean, your electronic devices will get dusty and dirty from use. And while your laptop, television, or cell phone might seem unaffected by dirt, dust, or debris, your electronics will eventually be negatively affected if you allow them to get dirty.

First and foremost, before we get into how to properly clean electronics, it’s important to mention what you should not use to clean TV. This is because if you decide to clean electronics with the wrong cleaning agents, you could potentially cause irreparable harm to your laptop, TV, or tablet. Read more

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Taking Time Out Over the Holidays

Let’s face it – the holidays can be the most stressful time of the year. Trying to plan menu’s for a crowd of people, clean your house spotless, and organize parties can be overwhelming. It can also suck the joy right out of the holiday season.

Knowing how to take time out over the holidays can really help you endure and enjoy the season. Here are a few tips to help you this year:

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