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Maret’s Quality Home Cleaning wins Best of Homestars award 8 years in a row.

TORONTO, February 16, 2016: Maret’s Quality Home Cleaning is pleased to announce that it
has been honoured with a HomeStars Best of 2016 Award celebrating its commitment to
quality work and service. The awards event took place in Toronto as well as four other major
cities across Canada.
“To be recognized with a HomeStars Best of Award is a great accomplishment and we are proud
of this honour,” says Maret Kendra, Maret’s Quality Home Cleaning. “We always strive to improve
our service and hope to win this award again in the years to come.”Best of Award winners are the top performers on the HomeStars, ranging from independent
contractors to larger retailers. Winners are selected using several criteria including homeowner
reviews as well as their responsiveness to homeowners.
“To win one of these awards is really a testament to a contractor’s quality of work,” says Nancy
Peterson, Founder and CEO of HomeStars. “We like to think of them as our own People’s Choice
Awards since they are based on the reviews written by homeowners.”
About Maret’s Quality Home Cleaning
We’re proud of our staff, for providing the best house cleaning service in Toronto. Our Home
cleaning services include: weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, post renovation and one-time cleaning
service.
We use Coconut based cleaning products – Live in the comfort of knowing that we don’t use
chemicals. We developed our own coconut based cleaning & polishing cream called Maret’s
Reputation.
FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES: The estimate is free. No over-the-phone or email quotes. You’re
important to us, we need to see the home, get an idea of the work involved and schedule the right
amount of workers.
OUT OF SERVICE AREA: We can travel to homes outside our service area, please call for more
info. Minimum person hours do apply.
Got any question? Give us a call, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.
Call for a free cleaning estimate at 416-565-9169
See Maret’s Quality Home Cleaning’s HomeStars Profile for more information.
About HomeStars
HomeStars is a free service helping homeowners find reputable renovators, repairmen and contractors

How to remove stains from Granite and marble

Marble and granite counter tops are gorgeous but they are porous and will soak in liquids that can leave stains (even sitting water!) which can leave you confused and terrified to use the wrong product that will ruin it.

Many types of liquids and sauces can leave their mark including fruit juices, wine, coffee, tea, water, vinegar, vegetable and olive oils, ketchup, bbq sauce, etc, so it’s important to wipe up spills as they happen or you’ll be left with a stain.

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So now you have a stain, what do you do to get rid of it?  Here’s how:

Before you try to remove the stain, check to see if it is an actual stain or damage to the surface. If it’s damage, you don’t want to try to remove it, as it will just make it worse.

To determine if it is damage:

  • Not caused by the stone absorbing an agent, but rather caused by damage to the surface.
  • Corrosion, typically caused by acids, leaving “rings” or “water spots” that cannot be removed.
  • You cannot remove a “stain” that is actually damage as it requires repairing/removing the damaged area.

So if you’ve determined that it is in fact a stain, you can use one these recipes to help rid of it.

Baking Soda Poultice:

  • First blot the spot to lift as much of the substance as possible.
  • Next, spray it with water.
  • Now slather it completely with a paste made from baking soda and water (to the consistency of sour cream). Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Leave covered for at least 24 hours, the baking soda will dry and pull up much of the stain.
  • After 24 hours, remove the poultice and wash area with mild soap and water. Apply a fresh poultice if needed.

Flour & Liquid Soap Poultice:

1 cup unbleached flour
3 TBS liquid dishwashing detergent (no bleach, use a gentle soap like Ivory or Dawn)
Water

  • Mix the flour and soap together then add water until you have the consistency of sour cream.
  • Cover the spot with the poultice so it’s about 1/4″ inch thick and overlaps it by about 1/4″.
  • Cover with plastic wrap for 24 hours.
  • Wash off poultice and surrounding area with soap and water. If spot is still there, re apply poultice.

 

Rubbing Alcohol Spray:

  • Pour 1/8 cup of rubbing alcohol into a 16 oz. spray bottle. Add a couple drops of liquid dish detergent then fill the bottle with water. Shake before use. Spray area then wash.

TIPS:

  • The quicker you wipe up the stains, the less likely one will form.
  • Before trying one of these methods, try a small area first to ensure the color and surface is not affected.
  • Check the stain as the poultice is applied, if you notice that the stain is getting lighter or reducing, you know the mix is working.

Who would have thought it could actually be that easy?

Good luck!

Cleaning with Baking Soda

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Sure, you use baking soda for making your grandma’s famous cookies. However, baking soda is a super-effective and gentle abrasive cleanser! Which is also a great natural deodorizer, so it’s helpful in all sorts of trouble area’s.

Here is 10 ways you can use baking soda to clean with.

  • Extra greasy dishes and pans Give baked-on food the one-two punch by dialing up your dish detergent power with baking soda.
  • Foul-smelling fridge.  Baking soda will absorb strong food odors so they don’t linger or change the taste of neighboring foods.
  • Unrinsed fruit and veggies. Mixed with water, baking soda can remove dirt and the waxy coating on produce.
  • Stained and stinky containers.  To freshen your containers, wipe with a clean sponge sprinkled with baking soda. Or erase tough stains by soaking in a solution of four tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of warm water.
  • That Musty smell. Deodorize the soft, cushy places around your house by sprinkling surfaces with baking soda, letting it sit for 15 minutes, and then wiping it away or vacuuming it up.
  • Crayon on the wall.  A parent’s worse nightmare! Scrub lightly with a damp sponge sprinkled in baking soda to get rid of your childs art work on the wall.
  • Laundry.  Both whites and colors will come out of the washing machine brighter if you add a cup of baking soda to your load. Combined with liquid detergent, it helps balance the pH levels to get clothes cleaner.
  • Kitchen. Nearly early every dirty spot in your kitchen can benefit from a baking soda treatment. With water, use it to clean countertops, stainless steel sinks, microwaves, range hoods, and cooking utensils.
  • Bathrooms. Scrub your tub, tile, sink and shower curtain with a damp sponge and baking soda. Rinse to reveal gleaming surfaces.
  • Garbage can odors Place some baking soda in the bottom of your can to fight trash stink.

All of these are reasons to stalk up now!

 

Benefits of cleaning with Lemon

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While we usually look to lemons as something to juice for lemonade or add to our meals we prepare,  the truth is that lemons are a powerful cleaning agent. You can save money by replacing most cleaners with a little lemon.

Lemon juice contains a lot of acid, which makes it one of the best cleaners due to its low pH and antibacterial properties.  They also smell great and usually do not cause damage on surfaces.

Here is a list of ways you can use citrus to clean your home.

Around the house

You can make furniture polish with ½ cup lemon juice and 1 cup olive oil. This mixture can also be used to shine wooden floors.

Use to keep your fridge smelling fresh buy having a lemon half, which is similar to a box of baking soda.

Is the inside of your microwave covered on splattered food? Clean your microwave by placing a half lemon in a bowl of water and cooking on high for three minutes. Simply wipe down the microwave afterwards, and it will smell fresh.

Clean Glass surfaces

Just like furniture polish, glass cleaner can also be used with lemons.

Mix 3 tablespoons of lemon juice with ½ cup of rubbing alcohol. Pour into a 24-ounce spray bottle. Add water to fill. Use this mixture to clean glass and mirrors and to disinfect kitchen counters and other grimy surfaces.

Lemon-fresh laundry tips

Replace your Bleach with Lemon juice and baking soda, your clothes will come out looking white!

Scrub underarm stains with equal parts lemon juice and water.

Use straight lemon juice for ink stains, preferably as soon as they happen, then wash garment in cold water.

Get rid of mildew or rust stains on clothes with a paste of lemon juice and salt, then let dry in sunlight. Repeat until it’s gone.

Clean Shower Doors 

Cutting through hard water deposits is easy with lemon juice. Simply cut a lemon in half and rub it over your glass shower doors to remove gunk and build-up. Rinse with warm water.

Deodorize and clean your Dishwasher

Notice that your dishwasher has a funky smell to it?  Add one cup of lemon juice to a coffee cup or other dishwasher safe container and put on the bottom rack in the dishwasher. Run the rinse cycle. Once done, you will notice the smell is gone and your dishwasher will be clean too!

 

Washing dishes

Have a little dried cheese you can’t get off the grater? Grab a recently juiced lemon, a little coarse salt, and get to scrubbing. You can also add it to your water for a fresh scent!

Clean and remove stains from plastic containers.

Ever wonder how to get rid of the stains in your plastic container? Rub a lemon over the inside of the container, or rinse it with lemon juice to help remove stains and smells.

While this is just a list, there are also many other benefits to using lemon juice as a household cleaner. Such as, polishing brass, polish cutlery, sink faucets, cleaning your toilet bowl,  eliminate the smell of food on your fingers from preparing and much more!

 

 

Cleaning hacks #1

 

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You ever notice the brown build up around your drain in your sinks?  Ever wonder how to get rid of it, without using too much elbow grease?

 

If you don’t know what kind of product to use, this could cost you time and money wasted on the wrong product!

All you need to remove the browning near the rings, is Fantastic with Bleach!   This requires no time from you to scrub the sink, you just spray it on, let it sit for a few min and wipe away.  This will help kill the bacteria in your sinks as well as make it look very clean.    This is always good to do every now and then, as we use our sinks for many different things including raw foods!  Think about the bacteria that lives in it…

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Cleaning tip: Make sure you do not get the product on your clothes as it will bleach them. Ensure sink is rinsed well afterwards. Also, check to see if this product is OK for your sink before you spray.    It does work in mst sinks, toilets, showers etc.

 

 

 

Purchasing a Vacuum

 

 

 

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Vacuums play a very important role in the cleanliness of our homes, especially the floors.   With so many different models out there, it can become very difficult to pick out the right type of vacuum for your home.

There are two general types of vacuums, one being an upright and one being a canister.  Many make the mistake purchasing the wrong one.

The most popular vacuum people tend to purchase is an upright vacuum.  Personally, I am not sure of the pros with this vacuum are other than maybe great suction for carpets.  They are heavier, hard to get under furniture, if you have steps, it’s hard to carry it up and down and vacuum the same time.  Difficult to maneuver around tight spaces, and take more space to store.  Most upright vacuums do not come with retractable cords, so you need to wrap the cord up and carry it around wherever you go.

The best type of vacuum in my experience and one you should consider purchasing is a canister vacuum.   Many of these vacuums can come with attachments to vacuum carpets, corners, floors etc.  It makes it easy to maneuver around and under furniture, easy to carry up and down stairs while vacuuming, less likely to scratch your floor due to its bulkiness.   It can go where no upright can go!

If you’re considering purchasing a new vacuum, my suggestion would be to choose a canister vacuum.  It will save you tons of hassle and time!  There are many different models and prices so make sure you read up on which one will suit your needs more before you make the purchase!

 

 

How to remove Hard water stains

We’ve all seen it, those water stains that turn while build up on our shower stalls over time.   How do you get rid of them?  How does it happen?

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You will notice a buildup of soap scum and hard water stains over time in your shower if you do not regularly maintain the cleanliness of your shower.   Many people often dread this task and want to know what the most effective way is to remove them.

Here is some tips on to help you maintain your shower the easiest way!

First off, if possible, purchase a squeegee and run up and down your shower walls after every use. This will help you with the time it takes to clean your shower regularly as there will be less build up.   Make sure your bathroom is also properly ventilated.  If it is not, mold can even form in the shower grout from poor ventilation.   If you do not have a window or fan, suggest keeping your door open to let some of the heat escape.

Although you can find over the internet natural ways such as vinegar and lemon juice to remove soap scum and hard water, it seems to only get the surface part and not the stubborn stains!

We have experienced in our many years of cleaning business the most fast and efficient product that we’ve used is called Bar Keepers Friend.   It’s so easy to remove stains making your shower look brand new!

To use Bar Keepers Friend:

Dampen a sponge and pour the cleanser on the soft side of the sponge.

Apply to area that needs it and lightly scrub.

Rinse off with water or a damn microfiber rag and dry with paper towel or a t-shirt rag.

You will instantly see the difference!

 

 

What you don’t think about when choosing flooring for your home

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Choosing the right flooring for your home may seem like a daunting task. This is a process that you must combine your own taste and budget with practicality. There are many options you always need to consider such as: how big is your family, do you have kids or pets? How much traffic is this area going to get, and the list goes on.

One big thing you should ask yourself is, how easy will it be cleaning this floor?

In the past 18 years of running our cleaning business we’ve seen every type of flooring. We have learned that most clients will choose the floor because it was beautiful but did not consider the upkeep with it. Something so small such as choosing the right color makes the biggest difference. Trust us!

For those people who want something that is easy to clean as well as “look clean” to consider picking a lighter neutral color. If you choose a warmer neutral color such as a dark brown, sometimes depending on the type of flooring, you will see everything repel off of it (dust, footprints, spills, streak marks etc). This is something you should really consider and do your homework before choosing.

In terms of how to clean your floors, there are many products out there that it is always hard to choose. We suggest just using water with a microfibre mop. Every so often pour a little vinegar in the water to use, this is the most natural way. Many cleaners will dull or damage your floors over time or a film will create over your floors due to the cleaning product, which in time can be extremely difficult to clean.

Lastly, we always recommend that if you can, invest the extra money in hardwood floors. These can be sanded and re-stained as time goes on, which you will have longer lasting floors. Most people will choose laminate or vinyl as it is a cheaper alternative to hardwood, not realizing the issues they may have down the road.

It is not always about saving money at the time of a purchase, it’s about the quality and the time you will have to spend with these floors in the years to come.

Post renovation cleaning

Whether it is a newly built home, or a new renovation, make it shine! Start by cleaning up the large pieces of gyproc, wood pieces, paper, wiring, nails, etc. If you have access to a shopvac that has a HEPA filter, use it to clean up most of the sawdust, dust and smaller debris. For the finer cleaning, use a Pet type canister vacuum like a Dirt Devil canister vacuum. Most upright vacuums are useless when it comes to cleaning efficiently and getting into the corners. There will be gyproc dust everywhere, inside and outside cabinets, inside appliances and especially on windows and screens. Use warm water with a lot of Sunlight dish soap, microfibre cloths and cotton cloths to wipe dry. You will be amazed at how well warm water, dish soap and cotton cloths work on the dust.

How to clean salt stains from shoes and carpet

Winter is long gone but some of you might have salt stained shoes or boots that need to be cleaned before packing away. Salt can easily be cleaned away with the use of vinegar.
Salt which is considered alkaline and vinegar which is considered acidic, when mixed will neutralize each other. From a bottle of vinegar dab some on a wash cloth by placing the cloth over the opening of the bottle and tipping it upside down. Wipe or dab the salt stains with the wet cloth. For thick salt stains you might have to pour the vinegar on the stain and dab it with a cloth. You’ll be amazed at the results and happy with the fresh smell vinegar will bring to your clean boots or carpet. Another great cleaning tip from Maret’s Home Cleaning.

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