Sunday, October 20, 2013

Cleaning For A Reason

Hubbard's Maid Service technician with Cancer Survivor
This month is Breast Cancer Awareness month so on this day I want to talk about a charity that is near and dear. Our company is part of Cleaning For A Reason. It is the foundation that facilitates female cancer patients with maid service companies to provide free home cleanings. We are honored to be a part of it and we can always take on more patients. As per Cleaning For A Reasons guidelines; we clean the cancer patients homes once a month for 4 consecutive months while they are undergoing chemotherapy.
Hubbard's Maid Service Company pays for the cancer patients cleanings and our employees do get paid to do the work but if we would ever let them, they would do it for free in a heart beat. I hear that from our employees all the time. "I'll clean her home for free, I don't care. Just let me do it."
Their hearts are so big but they are employees and need to be compensated so our company pays for the cleanings. Everyone wants to go to work and know that their job means something. The impact that our cleaners have on these women who are fighting cancer is so incredible!  If you work as a cleaning technician for Hubbard's Maid Service you are not only solving people's problems (a dirty house), you are giving hope to people who need it most!
Have a loved one who is fighting cancer? She can go to this link here to apply for free cleanings.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cleaning Out The Closet

I didn't take a "BEFORE" picture like I should have of my closet. It was not consciously intentional but subconsciously it probably was. I own a maid service & if anyone saw that master disaster my reputation might be at stake. It is a standard walk in closet and like a lot of people's closets it was a mess! Besides the bad lighting, inadequate iron shelving, and 8 year old ivory carpet that had turned, well brown, it was also being used as a catch all storage unit for stuff that I didn't know what to do with. I was depressed and my husband was even more depressed about our closet than I was. It did seem a bit extravagant to upgrade - I mean after all it's just a closet. Don't we need to spend money somewhere else like on a water heater, something practical???

Tell you what, it was worth every penny because it forced us to get rid of "stuff." My husband built shoe shelving that holds a certain amount of shoes and that's it. I had to choose what shoes I would keep and what shoes I would not keep and if I couldn't fit them on that shelf, I AIN'T BUYING anymore shoes or I would have to give away another pair and make way for the new. The closet has made us more organized which has reduced a great amount of stress & enhanced time management. Also, it is just beautiful to behold which I am beginning to realize that beauty is as necessary a commodity as say, a water heater.

Don't have a good "before" pic but you can see the yucky 8 year old carpet.
The closet kind of looked like this but unfortunately, not as nice, and you really had to see my junk to get the dramatic effect.

Husband's side, he installed LED lighting so you can actually SEE in there!
                                                Side of the closet - half is mine, half is his
                                            Shoe rack for me & drawers for storage for him
Notice the all wood hangers. Bought them at Walmart, I think they add a nice cohesive look to my wardrobe.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Cleaning Garbage Disposals - Necessary Evil!

Our poor blog! It's been too long!
This idea has been taken from our Hubbard's Maid Service Newsletter and as is probably relevant to practically everyone who has a garbage disposal in their sink!
Cleaning a dirty garbage disposal is not fun!

Ashley Hubbard, from Hubbard's Handyman & a plumber by trade suggests letting the disposal run longer than necessary just make sure the water is still running down the drain, that will help keep debris from clinging to the blades and sides of the disposal. To clean it you can take a long toothbrush with steel wool bristles and scrub all the crevices. Let the rubber stopper soak in a bowl of bleach and it will be brand new by the next day. You can also stick a citrus fruit down in there or vinegar ice cubes to freshen the disposal. But the best tip is prevention because cleaning that on a Friday afternoon, not fun. Also, in addition below, this garbage disposal cleaner has been found to be quite helpful as a source to keep the disposal fresh and clean.
These little pellets will help keep the garbage disposal residue from accumulating.