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At Beyond Expectations, we are committed to helping those in need and that is why we are happy to be partners with Cleaning for a Reason, a cancer patient support program. Through this partnership, we are able to provide free house cleaning services to Golden Isles community cancer patients and their families. Our team is excited to be a part of this incredible initiative that makes a real impact in the lives of those undergoing cancer treatment.
What is Cleaning for a Reason?
Cleaning for a Reason is a nonprofit organization that provides free house cleaning services for cancer patients who are undergoing treatment.
Through their network of 1,200 residential cleaning companies and volunteers, they match qualified cleaning companies and volunteers with eligible patients and families in all 50 states and Canada. Each eligible patient receives two free home cleanings – that’s one cleaning a month for two months. With this organization, cancer patients and their families can receive the help they need to focus on healing and living a better quality of life.
What impact does Cleaning for a Reason have on cancer patients?
Cleaning for a Reason provides cancer patients with:
Hope: Cancer patients gain a sense of hope, courage, and strength through the kindness and support of their community.
Relief: Removing the burden of cleaning allows cancer patients and their families to focus on their healing and well-being.
Control: A cancer diagnosis can lead to feeling a loss of control, but a clean and comfortable home can help restore cancer patients with a sense of control and order.
Cleanliness: For the care and recovery of patients with compromised immune systems, a clean and sanitized environment is essential.
How has Beyond Expectations partnered with Cleaning for a Reason?
Beyond Expectations has been a proud partner of Cleaning for a Reason since 2011.
As a partner, Beyond Expectations has provided free house cleaning services to more than 15 cancer patients in the Golden Isles area. Through this partnership, Beyond Expectations is more than happy to give back and help make life a little easier for cancer patients. The Beyond Expectations team is deeply committed to this impactful cause and looks forward to continuing to serve the Golden Isles community.
How can you get involved?
To get involved and help us continue our mission, nominate anyone you know that is undergoing cancer treatment for this amazing support program.
Simply fill out a nomination form on the Cleaning for a Reason website and submit it with the necessary information. Their team will reach out to the patient to discuss the program and offer free house cleaning services if they qualify.
Plus, if you’d like to contribute to this impactful cause in other ways, consider donating to Cleaning for a Reason. By doing so, you’ll be helping Beyond Expectations continue its mission to support cancer patients in the Golden Isles community and beyond.
Are you ready to make your home sparkle this spring? We have the perfect spring cleaning guide for you! We have gathered 15 must-know spring cleaning tips from our cleaning pros to help you get your house in tip-top shape. Whether you’re tackling the entire house or just a few rooms, these spring cleaning tips are guaranteed to help you freshen up your home and get it ready for the season.
1) Make a plan
Before you get started on your spring refresh, it’s important to make a plan.
Break down the cleaning tasks into manageable chunks and create a list of everything that needs to be done. From dusting the baseboards to washing the windows, it’s essential to know what jobs need to be completed so you can allocate enough time to tackle each one. You can even split your list of tasks over multiple days to make your spring clean a low-stress process.
2) Gather your cleaning supplies
Before you start your spring refresh, it’s important to assess your cleaning product situation.
This will help you determine which products you may need for certain jobs. Having a good microfiber mop, vacuum, microfiber cleaning cloths, surface cleaner, furniture polish, and floor cleaner is most important.
3) Clean from top to bottom
The best way to go about your spring refresh is by cleaning from top to bottom.
Start with the highest parts of your house, like ceilings, corners, fans, and light fixtures. Then, move on to shelves, walls, and floors. By completing tasks in this order you avoid creating more work for yourself as the dirt and grime are shifted from the down to the floor and surfaces below them.
Be ruthless: Get rid of any items you haven’t used in the last six months. If you haven’t used it in that time, you probably don’t need it.
Use baskets and boxes: Store items in baskets and boxes that can be tucked away and easily retrieved when needed. This will help to reduce clutter and make things look more organized.
Donate: If you can’t bear to part with an item but know you won’t use it, donate it to charity or give it away to friends and family. It could make someone else happy.
Sell: If your unwanted items are still in good condition, consider selling them online or at a local car boot sale. You could make a few pounds in the process!
Recycle: If an item is past its best, recycle it or take it to a recycling center. This will save space and help protect the environment.
5) Start with your kitchen
When it comes to spring cleaning your home, the kitchen is one of the highest traffic areas and should be given extra attention first.
The best way to start is by removing all food, products, dishes, and other items from drawers, cupboards, and countertops. This will give you a decluttered space and a blank slate to start the deep-clean process. Once the kitchen is cleared out, use a damp cloth or sponge to clean the surfaces, including door handles, refrigerator doors, microwaves, and sink.
Make sure to pay special attention to any spots or spills that need a little extra scrubbing. Don’t forget to vacuum or mop the floors, too! To finish off, take all the items you removed and give them a good scrub down before replacing them.
6) Tackle your bathroom
One of the best spring cleaning tips we can give you is cleaning the bathroom thoroughly.
Again, it’s important to start cleaning high areas and then tackle lower areas. Once the shelves and surfaces are clean, move on to scrubbing and disinfecting the shower, bath, and toilet. Make sure to pay special attention to areas that may be easily forgotten, such as under the rim of the toilet and the back of the toilet bowl. After spraying, leave the cleaning solution on for a few minutes before wiping it away. Finally, use an antibacterial spray on all surfaces to get rid of any lingering germs.
7) Work on the rest of the house
Tackle your home task-by-task instead of room-by-room to avoid constant changes between cleaning products and tools.
Start by vacuuming carpets and rugs, then move on to hardwood floors, tile, and linoleum. Once you’re done with the floors, use a broom to sweep up any remaining dust. Next, wipe down windowsills and blinds with a damp cloth. Then give baseboards, doors, and door frames a thorough clean.
For furniture, remove cushions and vacuum any dirt and debris from the crevices.
If you have leather furniture, use an appropriate cleaning solution or wipe it with a damp cloth. Don’t forget the decorative items such as lamps, wall art, and mirrors. Wipe them down with a damp cloth and make sure to dust off any surfaces with a duster.
8) Don’t forget the doorknobs and other high-touch areas
One of the most important areas to pay special attention to are all the high-touch areas of your home, such as door knobs, light switches, and handles.
These surfaces are known to harbor germs and bacteria, so it’s important to keep them clean. Use an antibacterial cleaner to clean and sanitize these high-touch areas. Make sure to wear gloves and allow the cleaner to sit on the surface for a few minutes before wiping it away.
9) Dust with dryer sheets
Using dryer sheets to dust surfaces is an effective way to keep dust at bay.
Dryer sheets are treated with anti-static agents, which help reduce the amount of dust that sticks to surfaces and makes it easier to wipe away.
10) Tackle tough stains with toothpaste
If you’re facing tough stains that don’t seem to be budging, reach for the toothpaste!
An unlikely but one of our oddest spring cleaning tips is old-fashioned toothpaste – not the gel kind – is a surprisingly powerful cleaning agent and is effective at removing coffee stains, soap scum, and even crayon marks from walls. To use, put a small amount of toothpaste on a clean cloth and wet it. Rub this onto porcelain sinks, toilets, chrome, and tile to get them back to looking sparkling clean.
11) Use old tennis balls for floor scuffs
Tennis balls can be a great cleaning tool.
They are soft and can easily remove shoe scuffs from your floors. Simply take an old tennis ball and rub it along the scuff marks on your floor. You will be surprised at how easily and effectively the scuff marks are removed without damaging the surface of your floors.
12) Give your garbage disposal some TLC
To help keep your garbage disposal smelling fresh and running smoothly, try giving it some TLC.
This is one of our easiest spring cleaning tips. Drop some lemon or orange peels along with a couple of ice cubes in the disposal before running it. The peels and ice will help to scrub away any built-up grime in the disposal. For a deep clean, you can put some baking soda in the disposal with a half cup of white vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes before running it. This will help to eliminate odors, and make your garbage disposal run like new again!
13) Refresh your refrigerator
Refrigerators are an essential part of our everyday lives, but they can easily be forgotten when it comes to spring cleaning.
Cleaning out your refrigerator should be an integral part of your yearly cleaning routine. To ensure that your refrigerator is running as efficiently as possible, you should remove leftovers and old food so that it is two-thirds full. This allows for proper circulation and lessens the amount of time it takes to cool down.
After wiping down fridge shelves and doors, don’t forget to dust the coils in the back of your fridge too! Avoiding this task allows dust to accumulate, making your fridge work harder to maintain a cooler temperature.
14) Don’t forget about the mattresses
Dust mites and dead skin cells can accumulate in mattresses over time, which can affect those with allergies or asthma.
To keep your mattress clean, start by stripping the bed of all its sheets and other linens and washing them according to their care instructions.
While your sheets are in the wash, use a vacuum cleaner’s brush attachment to gently vacuum the mattress surface. If you have any noticeable stains or spots, try spot-cleaning them with a mild detergent and water. Sprinkle baking soda on the mattress and let it sit for a few hours before vacuuming it off. Lastly, let your mattress air out for a couple of hours before you put the fresh linens back on.
15) Take a break when you need to
Spring cleaning can be a tedious and tiring task. Don’t forget to give yourself a break when you need it.
This could mean taking a short break for a few minutes every hour, or if you’re tackling a particularly large job, you may want to spread the task out over multiple days. Taking breaks gives you time to relax, refresh and recharge so that you can return to our spring cleaning tips with renewed energy and enthusiasm.
Skip Spring Cleaning and Let Our Professionals Help!
If you don’t have the time or energy to complete your spring cleaning yourself you can always hire a luxury maid service to take care of the dirty work for you.
Beyond Expectations is here for all of your spring cleaning needs! We provide weekly, biweekly, and monthly home cleaning services in Brunswick, Georgia, and surrounding areas including Jekyll Island, GA, Sea Island, GA, St. Simons, GA, and more. To get started with your spring cleaning project, request a quote online, email [email protected], or call us at (912) 230-4990 today!