Fight Summer Stink With These Easy Tips

commercial cleaning services germantown mdWhile you count on Lilly’s Cleaning Service for routine cleaning to keeps everyday dust and dirt at bay, summer heat brings some additional cleaning challenges that need special attention.

Warm temperatures in the summer months increase home odors in a variety of places. Heavy traffic from kids on summer break makes busy areas like kitchen floors and common bathrooms dirtier than usual. Use these tips to keep up with summertime messes and smells in between housekeeper visits.

1. Wash kitchen garbage cans regularly. Food scraps spoil quickly in summer heat. Barbeque leftovers get rancid, and garden veggie waste rots quickly in a hot kitchen. Empty the garbage often, and clean the can with warm, soapy water once a week to give your kitchen a breath of fresh air!

2. Stay on top of laundry odor. Wet bathing suits, sweaty sports equipment and damp bathroom towels can fester quickly if left in hampers or on the laundry room floor. Avoid mildew and that nasty sour towel smell by running laundry loads regularly. Encourage the family to hang up moist clothing and towels rather than stuffing them into a laundry basket to get stinky. Summer is a great time to empower older kids to do their own laundry, too.

3. Clean the toilets twice a week. A quick scrub in the toilet bowl does wonders to stop odor and makes your bathrooms more pleasant for everyone. This is an easy job—assign it to one of your kids as a regular summer chore.

4. Run your bathroom exhaust fans. Cut down on bathroom mold and smells by using fans to suck excess moisture out of the air after showers.

These tips will help cut down on household odor in between professional cleanings from your favorite cleaning service, Lilly’s! Not a client of Lilly’s? Call today and get a free estimate!

Steamy Summer Cleaning Tips

This summer, your home will become a place for neighborhood gatherings, school vacation chilling, barbeques and casual evenings on the patio watching fireflies. You can free up your time for fun activities like these by scheduling regular house cleaning services–through Lilly’s! Create space in your calendar for time with your kids and lunch with friends. When you aren’t doing your own housecleaning, your time is your own—for fun and family. Then, take advantage of your “summer helpers” and get the whole family in on the home cleaning game. Of course, your kids probably won’t be on board with becoming your maid service, but here are some hacks for incorporating cleaning and decluttering in everyday summer life.

* Plan a garage sale. Use the summer months to minimize clutter and make it easier to keep things clean. Challenge each family member to fill a box with items for the sale—the person with the most discarded items wins. Declutter and make a few bucks, too.

* Tis the season: Play outside. This cuts down on inside toy clutter and dirt. Plus it gives you and the kids a healthy dose of vitamin D and fresh air.

* Speaking of fresh air, bring the outside in! Air it out, open windows and screen doors and let in a fresh, clean breeze.

* Start by keeping dirt out. Keep your Lilly’s clean longer—make it a summer policy to take off shoes upon entering the house.

* Here’s an easy way to enlist the kids—store pop-up cleaning wipes in the bathrooms and give the kids free rein to use them. Say goodbye to toothpaste in the sink and tub rings!

Start with a clean slate by calling Lilly’s for cleaning services first thing this summer, then regularly throughout the season. Then have some fun with these ideas and all your newly discovered free time!

Celebrate Father’s Day with Lilly’s!

Enjoy story time with your family, in a clean house. Lilly's Cleaning Service takes care of the house chores, so you can enjoy family time.

In case you haven’t made a note: Sunday, June 16 marks Father’s Day 2019!
What kind of dad are you celebrating this Father’s Day? A new father, retired dad, bachelor pad dad? No matter the age or stage, all of our dads are special. And Lilly’s Cleaning Service has a way to help make your dad’s special day great! Call Lilly’s today to arrange a surprise house cleaning for dad, or get him a Lilly’s gift card–good for a one-time cleaning or for home cleaning service on a regular interval. Gift cards can even be sent directly from Lilly’s website.

Is your dad retired? Let Lilly’s take care of his house cleaning task list, then get dad out on the town for Father’s Day lunch or a sunny round of golf—with you! Sporty dad? Call Lilly’s to let them take on dad’s typical weekly cleaning routine or maybe clean his carpets for him. Then fill his extra time with a Father’s Day baseball game or enjoy a family bike ride.

How do you please your professional dad? Lilly’s does commercial cleaning, too! How about getting Dad’s office cleaned for him? He’ll make a statement with a sparkling clean workspace, impressing his clients and making his work life easier.

Maybe it’s YOUR home that needs a good deep clean or a regular weekly cleaning appointment. Set up arrangements with Lilly’s professional staff of dedicated cleaners, and use the extra time to celebrate your dad in his favorite way this year! Because he doesn’t want another tie–he just wants quality time with you!

Get back your free time this Father’s Day—call Lilly’s Cleaning Service and make more time for Dad. Visit our website https://www.lillyscleaningservice.com/ or call us at 301.990.4179.

The History of Mother’s Day

In the 2019 year, Mother’s Day hits the calendar on Sunday, May 12.  While over 40 countries celebrate this special day, honoring moms in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons, the root of modern Mother’s Day in the United States is actually quite sweet and simple.  

According to Wikipedia, Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 in West Virginia, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial to honor her mother, Ann Jarvis–a Civil War peace activist who died in 1905.  Anna went on to trademark the holiday, and to promote and clarify her initial intent, which was for each family to honor its own mother and to celebrate the sentiment of a mother’s love.  

Anna believed the 2nd Sunday in May should be a recognized holiday because a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone else in the world.”   Anna promoted simple gifts like personal and handwritten notes of thanks to mothers.   In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation, celebrating the role of mothers in the U.S.  

While this holiday does have elements of a commercial event, with stores hawking cards, flowers, and balloons, plus lots of knickknacks and clutter of which your mom (and Marie Kondo) would probably disapprove, you can still celebrate your mom simply.  

Even if your own mom wasn’t literally a battlefield hero, she certainly works hard and helps keep the peace.  In reality, she probably “has done more for you than anyone else in the world.”   This year, honor Mom with a gift from the heart, a gift that she’ll really use:  home cleaning services from Lily’s Cleaning Service.  Tell her how much you appreciate her by giving the gift of time. Call Lilly’s at 301.990.4179 to purchase a gift card for your Mom.

Spring Celebrations

Spring means fresh breezes, robins chirping and daffodils blooming. For busy families, spring also brings family celebrations, Easter dinners and a house full of visitors! This year, focus on family, food, and festivity, and let your house cleaning service handle the before and after.

 

Before: Before family arrives or the Spring-breaking teens take over, call Lilly’s Cleaning Service to get your home in great shape. We can tackle those standard Spring Cleaning jobs, plus help prepare your home for guests. We make the kitchen sparkle and spare bathroom shine. Let us also freshen your guest rooms and clean all the forgotten corners. Our clean makes everyone feel comfortable and welcome. With a backdrop of an effortlessly clean home, your added touches like seasonal décor, fresh tulips, and Easter guest towels make an added impact.

 

Now that house cleaning duties are out of the way, enjoy your extra time with family and friends—knowing that your home is clean and ready for company. Use this time to try out new holiday recipes or let the kids help cook an old favorite. Plan a game night and ask everyone to bring a favorite snack or board game. Take this opportunity to use this free time for yourself, basking in the feeling of a completed To-Do list.

 

After: Once the dust has settled, the guests have traveled home and the kids are back to school, Lilly’s can return for the cleanup. Our team will clean up spots and stains left over from those family dinners and get your general cleaning done as well. We can take away extra holiday trash, clean up the spare bathroom and bring your home back to normal in no time!

 

We keep your spring gatherings stress-free! Leaving the cleaning to us!