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Cleaning For a Reason Press Release

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6684- 2 Columbia Park Drive South
Jacksonville , Florida 32258

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MAID SPOT
Jacksonville, Florida PARTNERS WITH A NONPROFIT

– September 22, 2014Maid Spot, a privately-owned cleaning company with over 28 years combined customer service, has teamed up with Cleaning For A Reason, an international nonprofit foundation. The company sets high standards of customer service and is based on family values. Maid Spot takes the joy in providing families in the community a work-life balance by taking cleaning off their to-do list and offering weekday only work for their employees. “Life happens... let Maid Spot clean it up!”

Owner Tara Everett states, “Maid Spot is happy to do our part in to providing the gift of a clean home to women undergoing treatment for cancer. We are happy and proud to be called a Cleaning For A Reason partner company.”

The company has agreed to help women battling cancer by cleaning two homes per month for four consecutive months at no charge. The only requirement is that the homes be within the company’s existing service area. For more information about this company, go to www.maidspot.com.

Cleaning For A Reason strives to aid women who are battling cancer by teaming up with professional cleaning companies across the United States and Canada. Together, these two forces offer free house cleaning to meet the needs of women, and since 2006, have donated more than $4.5 million in free services, helping more than 15,000 women with cancer. Based in Lewisville, TX, Cleaning For A Reason works with more than 1,100 residential cleaning companies and continues to grow and gain support. To learn more about Cleaning For A Reason and to apply for free house cleaning, see www.cleaningforareason.org.

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Consistency is the name of the game!

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Will you do the same thing every time you come out?

This is a question we are frequently asked by new customers inquiring on housecleaning services and the answer is “yes”!  We take pride in providing a deep clean at every clean.

I recently ran across a brochure from one of our competitors who listed things they did as “add-on” services or on a rotational basis only.  Based on their list I realized the majority of items on their list are things we do at every cleaning.  A few examples of what we do each and every time we come out at no additional service charges include:

$1·         Fronts of cabinets hand wiped

$1·         Windowsills hand wiped

$1·         Faucets, sinks and drains cleaned with a crevice brush

$1·         Drip pans and glass top stoves cleaned

$1·         Appliances cleaned and shined

$1·         Knickknack areas cleaned

$1·         All kitchen furniture hand wiped

$1·         Furniture surfaces hand dusted

$1·         Furniture and upholstery vacuumed

$1·         Carpet edges vacuumed

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Most of our customers love the fact that the products we use in their home do not have a strong odor.  It is beneficial for all homes but most especially for those who have respiratory issues such as asthma or hyper-sensitivity to smells or severe allergies.

With that being said there was a small portion of our customers who prefer that “fresh, clean” smell in their homes (keep in mind the BLOG titled “What does clean smell like?”)  Because that big box product that ends in “eeze”,  and is known for eliminating all kinds of odors, is highly toxic we decided to partner with our local Shaklee distributor to create what we call “Fabric Refresh”.  It is an “eeze” type product used in the air and on carpets and upholstered surfaces but is non-toxic!  The Fabric Refresh was created from a fabric softener concentrate that is part of Shaklees GET CLEAN® line.  It is not only nontoxic but also natural, biodegradable and contains no phosphates; because it is concentrated it also helps eliminate waste!

I have two stories I can share regarding dogs and the toxicity of that big box product.  One is a fellow business owner that I know through a local networking group who mentioned one day that her dog is so smelly that she was bathing him every day and then when she gave up, was just spraying him with that famous odor eliminating product.  He ended up with a horrible skin rash that costs hundreds of dollars at the vet to clear up.

Another similar situation is my neighbors who have an adorable mini-schnauzer who has some health issues but is their only child and treated like the queen of the house that she is! My husband and I walked over to have dinner with them one night and our neighbor was holding their dog with her belly up and he was pointing out a horrible skin rash she developed on her underside.  Right in plain sight on their kitchen countertop was a bottle of that odor eliminating product.  I was able to tell them right away what caused it and they admitted to spraying her bed where she laid with it all of the time.

Maid Spot is committed to not only cleaning your home but also to providing you with a healthier home!

Click here to order your bottle of GET CLEAN® Soft Fabric concentrate to make your own smell good spray for your home! For around $10.00 you could make 5 gallons of your own spray! 

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Soft Water Works Harder

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From drinking and cooking to bathing and laundering, water is the single most important resource that touches our lives every day. Have you ever experienced trying to remove those stubborn hard water spots from the shower door only to find that they come right back? Does your top of the line stainless steel dishwasher cloud over with film even when you use their recommended “rinse aid” and name brand soaps? Then chances are you have very hard water!

Everyday Northeast Florida residents have to deal with hard water problems such as stubborn spots on the shower door and costly repairs to the plumbing system. Even with expensive soaps and high end appliances kitchens and bathrooms seem to never be free from the annoying spots and ugly film. The problem is not with the appliances or soaps it’s the water that supplies your home. The Floridian Aquifer, our source for water in NE Florida, is a limestone aquifer. Water dissolves the limestone and upon entering your home it mixes with oxygen or heat which turns it back into limestone inside your home. In fact soap scum is the result of the soaps you use mixing with the hardness minerals. The best answer to this problem is to remove the hardness minerals before they enter your home through softening. A water softener is a great low cost solution to your hard water problems.

Florida Water Technologies specializes in offering top of the line water softeners at common sense pricing with excellent customer service.

For more information, for a free in-home test of your water, or for an analysis on your current system contact Brad Berdon with Florida Water Technologies Inc at (904) 887-0361 or visit us on the web at  http://www.floridawatertechnologies.com/.

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I’m often asked for organizational tips from clients that hire me to decorate and beautify their

spaces. After all, the two really do go hand in hand. If a cluttered, disorganized home is preventing

you from seeing and enjoying your home as the sanctuary that it should be . . . it’s time to take

control.

The following are a few guidelines that, if followed, will surely help you feel as if you’ve won the

battle with organization!

“A place for everything, and everything in its place” really is the golden rule for true home

organization. Everything needs a home! . . . Although this will most likely be the most timeconsuming and labor-intensive step to incorporate here, once you’ve determined the best, most

logical spot for everything, you’ve climbed half the mountain. Utilize folders, drawer dividers,

labels, baskets and organizers, and store them in the rooms where they are actually used.

Handle mail once! This culprit of kitchen and office clutter should be divided into 4 groups

immediately upon taking it in your home. 1. Trash or shred junk mail. 2. Recycle, directly into a

bin, magazines, catalogs and flyers that you’re not interested in. 3. File paperwork that needs to be

kept for reference or record into labeled folders. 4. Place bills and correspondence that need your

attention in a designated box, drawer, or file in your office, or in the location where you’ll address

them.

Make the most of your wall space for additional storage. Utilize a large bulletin board to post

coupons, schedules, important phone numbers, grocery lists and take-out menus. Hang it in an easy

to access area, such as the laundry room, pantry, back hallway, or mudroom. Install hooks in those

same locations to keep jackets, backpacks and umbrellas off the floor.

The key to keeping a beautifully organized and functional space is to take that "extra time"

everyday to ensure that things are put in their proper place. Remember, it's natural that you'll

want to maintain a space that's beautiful to look at much more than you'll want to keep up an

unattractive one. 

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Does a Clean House Sell Faster?

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It seems that there are some people that don't think a clean house is important when they put a house on the market. As a real estate agent, I have often been asked over the past 12 years by home owners if having the house spotless is necessary when potential buyers are coming to view the home. I am amazed that I am even being asked such a question. Of course it matters. The average buyer can make their decision if that house is the wrong one for them just by the way the house is kept or even by the odor that greets them at the front door. Buyers often look at 8-12 houses before they make a decision on which one is best for them. As a seller, you don't want to make your house easy to remove from the buyer's list of potential options, simply from a lack of cleaning, strange odors, or both. A clean, well maintained home often sells faster and for more money than those that are not clean. There have always been two things a seller has control of when putting their house on the market: price & condition! Here is the catch; condition has a direct correlation with the price a buyer is willing to pay. If you would like a list of things that can be done to best prepare your house for the market or schedule a consultation, please give Jason Mauch of Keller Williams Jacksonville Realty at 904 553-5150 or email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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It is imperative for a homeowner or business owner to only do business with a contractor, of any kind, who is insured and bonded.  If you hire a contractor who does not carry liability or workers compensation insurance, you may end up footing the bill for damages caused by their work, or injuries to their employees, while working in or around your home or place of business.  You should only hire contractors who are bonded as this will protect your property from the possibility of theft by those contractors, while they are working at your home or place of business.  For more information, or a quote for Workers Compensation, General Liability, Property, Auto, Umbrella, Bonds, or Group Health Insurance, call Mike Schwartz of Insurance Office of America, Jacksonville at 904-596-2845 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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When I was presented with the opportunity to write a Blog for a local Realty Office regarding cleaning, I immediately knew what I would write about. I began to GOOGLE the words "clean house and home values" to find some statistics to back up my theories. Although I did not find any scientific evidence, what I did find was article after article with titles such as, "5 Cheap Tips to Boost your Home Value", "10 Cheap Fixes to Increase the Value of your Home", "10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Improve your Home's Value", "30 Tips for Increasing Your Home Value", "Brokers Tell All: 10 Ways to Boost your Home Value" and countless others of the liking. All of the articles had the same thing in common whether it was 5 tips, 7 tips, or 101 ways. They all listed having your home professionally cleaned as one of the suggested ways to boost value.

Maid Spot has many customers, both Brokers & homes owners alike, who have contributed their professional cleaning to aiding in the sale of their home at a higher value. Coincidentally, as my husband and I were house hunting in the Jacksonville area the clean homes always made it to the top of our purchase list! Another great personal example is when my husband and I decided to become landlords and rent out our home in Louisiana. Our first potential tenants told us, "We are clean freaks". Immediately
we said, "The house is yours!" because we knew they would help maintain our property value for us. Because we live and work in an economy that has left homeowners distressed and budget-restrictive, Maid Spot can offer a budget-friendly way to put some life back into your home.

Prior to opening Maid Spot my idea of cleaning house was like most working Americans. On Saturday (your one of only two days off a week) you change sheets and start laundry, do some dishes, wipe off countertops and maybe once a month give your floors a good once over. In a time-starved society, everyone could use a few extra hours. Whether it's weekly, every other week, or a special occasion, we can give you some extra time in your day. We pride ourselves on staying flexible to meet our customers'
needs. There are no cancellation fees or contracts and we will work around your busy schedule.

Maid Spot can provide for you professionally trained crew members who will arrive on-time, uniformed, and with all the necessary equipment and supplies to take care of all of your cleaning concerns. We proudly use all eco-friendly products that are safe for your home, pets and family, and hire quality employees who are undergo background checks and participate in a rigorous training regimen.

Amanda and Daniel Houser, as owners of Maid Spot, take pride in our community and enjoy helping homeowners take pride in their most precious investments. 

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What Does Clean Smell Like?

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The majority answer to this question is “bleach”. Our brains have been programmed to associate clean with the smell of bleach.

Did you know?*

  • Bleach is a strong corrosive material; it provides a risk of damaging your home to items such as fixtures, tubs/showers, grout, flooring, etc.
  • It is an irritant for eyes, skin and respiratory systems
  • If bleach is ingested by an adult, child or pet it can cause pulmonary edema, vomiting or a coma
  • When bleach is mixed, either purposely or accidently, with other cleaning agents it creates a gas that can prove fatal if inhaled

* information gathered from educating wellness.com.

At Maid Spot we have an excellent alternative to bleach and although the smell of the product is sometimes “underwhelming” compared to a bleach based product it is safe for your home, family and pets!

Our all-purpose product kills 99.9% of common bacteria and is also a virucide killing viruses such as HIV-1 and Influenza-2. It is a deodorizer therefore eliminating odors by penetrating the surface and oxidizing to kill the source of the odor instead of replacing them with a new harsh smell.

It is safe on any surface that is water safe and is also rendered PH-neutral making it an excellent de-greaser providing residue free cleanings.

We have recently began using a new product known as a fabric refresher (similar to a Febreeze) to provide our customers that request it, a more “clean smell” in their homes! Did you know that Febreeze is highly toxic? It is the reason we choose not to utilize that product here at Maid Spot. Instead we partnered with Shaklee to utilize a product of theirs to create an eco-friendly version of smell good stuff.

Some other alternate ways to eliminate odor in your home include:

  • Houseplants
  • Air it out (hang from a clothes line in the sunshine)
  • Wash the item with the odor, spot clean if it cannot be washed or check with your local laundry mat to see what heavy duty items they can accommodate
  • Put a carton of baking soda in the room where the odor is occurring

Remember there are always great alternatives to toxic cleaning products that still have powerful cleaning and sanitizing properties. At Maid Spot we’ve gone through several different types of products and done quite a bit of research. Feel free to call (904) 900-1777 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us at the office if you ever have a question about a particular product.

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