Thursday, February 2, 2017

A little Paris in Savannah, Georgia.

Shannon Williams is Hubbard's Maid Services senior training manager. She is a phenomenal employee and is the first point of contact for all incoming team members. She trains incoming technicians in our Perfect Maintenance Cleaning system & approves them in a week long training session before they are eligible to be admitted to full time status. She also helps out in the office on Fridays as a customer service representative fielding incoming calls and giving quotes for cleaning jobs. Shannon has been employed with Hubbard's three years and we are so happy to have her with us and to show our appreciation we took Shannon out to lunch at delicious Café M in downtown historic Savannah which is also the number 3 restaurant on Trip Advisor for Savannah, Georgia.




Wednesday, January 25, 2017

New Year, New Clean Undies!

Just wondering if anyone has experience with this: I had been wearing just one bra for 5 years. It was from Wal-Mart. I wore it everyday and I umm....didn't wash it enough. I had lost some weight since giving birth and the bra had become so saggy I don't think it was holding up my girls at all for probably the last three years which is not good for the fight against gravity. Below is the picture of my bra that needed some serious cleaning.

Going into the New Year I felt it was time for a lingerie update. I went to Belk's and purchased two bras, one from Spanx & the other by Wacoal. A sales associate measured me as I knew my size had changed after losing weight and I was able to find what was needed to lift & smooth. I also purchased 6 more drawers from Spanx. They are the thongs with the control top waist band. I love them as they keep my tummy snug and after you've had a baby, you really value that. I love the Spanx brand! It's worth the money as it lives up to the advertising. The Spanx bra is incredibly comfortable, especially if you have a larger cup size!



All of the above cost $238 and some change from Belk's, and it's going to get some serious use. I needed to protect my investment so I purchased a lingerie bag from Dollar General to clean my unmentionables in. I know it's a little bit more work to separate the lingerie and put into the lingerie bag to go through the washer but to have nice underwear last is worth it. Also, instead of washing my bras constantly in the machine, wearing down the fabric, I'm wearing them in the shower instead and cleaning them as if they were part of my body. I then take off the bra when I'm done in the shower and let it air dry of course. This is a great way to get the most use out of the workhorses of your wardrobe. Happy cleaning!







Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Great tips for shoe clean-up!

Often budgets are tight going into the new year. Here is a great website for prolonging the life of your shoes. Neat & tidy shoes.






Friday, November 11, 2016

Pomanders in Savannah

During the holiday season I love how in our beautiful city of Savannah, the historical homes downtown such as the Davenport House & the Juliette Gordon Low house have decorated in period style for Christmas. The evergreen wreaths, garlands, pomanders & tropical fruit used as décor for the festive season are so elegant.




Pomanders bring to mind another time, much older, dating back to the 1600s when the pilgrims came to America. Pomanders were useful as filtering stinky smells that were common due to lack of cleanliness & sanitation.

Pomanders are a great southern holiday decoration & an organic natural air freshener.

The magnolia wreaths with pomanders would be wonderful for a southern Savannah holiday home.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

House cleaning happiness. . .

I was looking for dinnerware that could be used everyday but was elegant enough for more formal dining. Price was also an issue. I didn't want to have a breakdown if a $50 plate dropped on the tile or cracked in the microwave. Lo & behold I found this beautiful fleur de lis dinnerware pattern from Walmart. It's by Better Homes & Gardens and it's called Country Crest. It's kind of a marriage of modern and shabby chic. It has clean lines with the French accent & nice substantial feel to the dinnerware. A 16 piece set is $39.97 and you get a lot of style for the money. Having a clean home is wonderful but having a clean home & a dining room table beautifully decorated is the holy grail of house cleaning happiness!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Cleaning A Dirty Brahmin

For those of you who don't know, I love Brahmin handbags. They are beautiful, made in America & for a mid-price designer bag I think you get your money's worth as you can use one everyday for 10 years and it will still look good after heavy usage. Recently I purchased a used one on Poshmark for $40.00, pretty good buy, I think.
Brahmin, outside clean
 
But as you can tell by the picture the inside was dirty and needed cleaning.
Brahmin, inside dirty, needs cleaning

I had Clorox color safe bleach that came with a small finger brush and I also used Walmart hand soap to use to clean the inside of the wristlet.
Cleaning tools

The finger brush is small but mighty & with minimal pressure you can scrub/clean away stains. Please keep that in mind if you purchase one and use on delicate fabric the flexible scrubbies on the brush can cause more damage than you think so applying minimal pressure when cleaning is key to avoid pilling. As you can see I dispensed soap directly onto the bristles.
Applying soap directly to the cleaning tool

And then I started scrubbing. The inside of the Brahmin was a rougher surface so I used more pressure when scrubbing than I normally would have with say a, swimsuit. Again don't let that small cleaning brush fool you, it can really cause some damage to fabric if rubbed too vigorously.

Cleaning away

Below is half of one side of the wristlet done. Notice all of the red marks have been cleaned away in one corner.

                                                               Half way done on one side


Here I am doing the other side of the inside of the wristlet. This side went much faster as I was more confident as to what I was doing. The whole scrubbing didn't take more than 15-20 minutes.

Cleaning other side


When I was done cleaning, I ran the fabric part of the purse under the sink, not letting the leather be exposed to the water and letting the fabric lining part get really wet.
Carefully letting water run on fabric part of wristlet, only


When it was good & soaked, I rang out the water and soap from the fabric lining as best I could.

Squeezing out moisture

Keeping the liner outside the wristlet, it was hung out to dry.
Hanging on towel rack


After drying for 7 hours the Brahmin is restored and looking as good as new.
                                                                          Completely clean.







Friday, June 19, 2015

Nicole Hubbard likes Howard

When it comes to furniture polish we ask that our Hubbard's maid service clients provide it. Why? Because everyone usually has a strong preference as to the type they liked used to clean on their furniture. Some people swear by Lemon Pledge, some people only use Method Wood for Good. There are many different products out there, some of them very good. Recently I tried out Howard's Feed-N-Wax on my 10 year old kitchen & bathroom cabinets and was impressed how they restored the shine back into the wood and cleaned it as well. Again, as in the last post, I purchased the product at my local Home Depot store.