How to Clean Unsightly Grout Mold

Is your shower starting to look grimy?  Do you love the look of tile when it’s clean but can’t bear the grout mold that eventually builds up? Today we’ll explain how to clean the unsightly grout mold in your bathroom to help you seize your clean day!

Deep Clean

If you want to truly deep clean your bathroom and kill the germs that could harm your family, you’ll want to use bleach.  To deep clean grout mold that has built up, use a Clorox bleach gel pen for the best results!

First apply the gel to the grout. Then let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes before scrubbing the gel into the grout and mopping up the solution.  Your grout lines should look as good as new!

Maintenance

The best way to clean your grout mold is to stop it before it takes hold in your grout.  Moisture is your bathroom’s the biggest enemy!  Keep the fan on while you shower, and swipe an 18 inch squeegee across your tile after each shower to allow it to dry more easily and prevent mold from forming.  If you have a glass shower door, then using Rain-X will keep water spots from forming!

However, mold will (eventually) start to build up in your shower.  When the dreaded day comes, spray a tile cleaner with bleach all over your shower, and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.  Then simply wash the tile cleaner off with your shower head, and you’re done!

Make sure to always test a new cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous part of your tile first.   Unfortunately, once your grout turns black (as opposed to red or green), it will have to be re-grouted. Clean your shower daily, and bleach it weekly to maintain your grout and to keep your shower sparkling!

Don’t have time to tackle extra cleaning projects or maintain your tile shower?  Give Carpe Diem a call 919-682-5326, or shoot us an email info@carpediemcleaning.com!

Why We Dust Instead of Using Pledge

Hey!  This is Madeline, Carpe Diem Cleaning’s General Manager, letting you know why we dust instead of using Pledge or other wood cleaners on your furniture.

Furniture cleaners such as Pledge just polish your wood furniture without actually cleaning it.  Unfortunately, this process is similar to using foundation to clean your face.  We would never do that, now would we, ladies?  Because Pledge builds up on wood furniture, eventually you have to strip the wood and start over, which is expensive and no fun.

With antiques and real wood, you want the true grain of the wood to shine through and last for years to come.  To maintain your wood furniture, go through your house twice a year and rub lemon oil on the wood to to moisturize it.  This simple step will feed your furniture’s “thirst” and will give it an authentic shine!

Prepping for a Big Event

This time of year there are so many baby and bridal showers, graduation parties and more!  If you’re hosting a big event, here are some steps that you can take to ensure the event’s success…and your peace of mind!

1 Month Before the Big Event

Determine your budget.  First decide if you are going to have a simple celebration or bring out all the stops!  This will help you to have clarity in every part of the planning process.

Decide on a guest list and send out invitations.  Once you’ve figured out who’s coming to your big event, you can invite them by text, email, or with a physical invitation.

Brainstorm party ideas. Make a Pinterest board or jot down notes of your ideas in your phone or in a notebook as they come to you. That way when it’s time to plan, you won’t have to start from scratch!

Decide on a theme and colors for your party.  What do you want your guests to feel when they come in your front door?  Depending on if you’re having a luau-themed graduation party or a sweet baby girl shower, your decorations will put out either a high-energy or calming vibe.

Plan games or activities to play. Do you want to have hilarious activities for guests to bond with the guest of honor? Is a scavenger hunt in order? Or will your party guests just chat among themselves during the party?

Choose a menu for the special day.  For any big event, decide ahead of time what you will provide for drinks, appetizers, a main course and dessert. A brunch bridal shower menu could include mimosas, fruit salad skewers, breakfast casserole and cupcakes.  A Father’s Day cookout could include soda, a veggie tray, hamburgers and milkshakes. Have fun choosing a menu that the guest of honor will love!

1 Week Before the Big Event

Buy decorations and paper products.

Buy or order food that you will need for the party.

Check in with anyone who hasn’t RSVP’d to you and confirm your guest list.

1 Day Before the Big Event

Clean your house (or call Carpe Diem!). Decorate your house and move furniture as needed. Set up games and any party favors for the big event!

Pick up last minute food and decorations, especially flowers and balloons.

Finish putting food together, making sure that anything that needs to be defrosted is out of the freezer.  Write notes to family members who need a reminder to not to eat the party food. ;-)

The Day of the Big Event

Set out food away from high traffic areas in your kitchen. Make sure that all paper products are in place.

Clear out any last-minute clutter and finish decorating. Put balloons or other decorations up on your mail box.  Then double check to make sure that your bathrooms are fully stocked and in order.

Play your party music, light any candles, and get excited for your guests to arrive!

Need help cleaning your house before a big event?  Call Carpe Diem at 919-682-5326, or email us at info@carpediemcleaning.com to schedule your deep clean!

Commemorate Memorial Day

Memorial Day

The sun is shining, the mercury is rising, and strawberries are ripe for the picking! The month of May is a beautiful time in the Tarheel State, and in just a few weeks we’ll be gathering with family and friends to commemorate Memorial Day, which honors the brave men and women who have died serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Celebrate with a Parade!

Celebrate with a Parade!

Memorial Day with Kids

Looking for ways to teach your kids about Memorial Day? You could celebrate with a parade, create a card to send to a soldier who’s overseas, or visit a local war memorial. Check out Military.com’s guide to Commemorating Memorial Day with Kids for a full list of activities.

Flag Mason Jars from "It All Started With Paint"

Flag Mason Jars from “It All Started With Paint”

Patriotic Crafts

Or maybe you’re looking for some fun DIY craft ideas to remember this special day, like these Star Spangled Patriotic Crafts from around the web. Classy and kid-friendly, there are plenty of ways to get your red-white-and-blue on!

Chile Lime Shrimp from "Fork Knife Swoon"

Chile Lime Shrimp skewers from “Fork Knife Swoon”

Fire Up The Grill

Planning a legendary cookout? Check out 32 Delicious Things to eat on Memorial Day for inspiration! The list is chock-full of crowd-pleasers like Roasted Pork Sandwiches with Cilantro Sauce, Chile Lime Shrimp Skewers, Watermelon Feta Salad, and Mini Strawberry-Rhubarb Pies.

Red White and Blue Bark from "The Cookie Rookie"

Red White and Blue Bark from “The Cookie Rookie”

…And For Dessert

Whatever you do, don’t forget dessert! Try a new “flag cake” recipe, or branch out with some of these other Patriotic Treats, like Red White and Blue Bark, or All American Berry Buttermilk Shortcake.

How to Get Your Home Move Ready

If you’re selling your home, these tips will help you to feel move ready in no time!  Taking time to declutter and organize your home inside and out will ensure your peace of mind while you gear up for a move.  First impressions are important, especially when showing your house!  Follow these tips (along with your realtor’s advice) to help your home sell even faster.

How to Get Your Home Move Ready | Carpe Diem CleaningDeclutter

If you’re preparing to move, this is the perfect time to declutter your home!  Before you put your house on the market, clear out any items that you don’t love or aren’t using regularly.  By selling, donating or throwing away anything that you will not be taking with you, you will make the rest of the moving process easier.  Remember, the more things that you get rid of now, the more space you’ll have for your favorite things in your new place.

 

How to Get Your Home Move Ready | Carpe Diem CleaningOrganize

One upside to decluttering is that it makes your space feel bigger, which is always a win with potential buyers!  After decluttering, the next step is to organize what you have decided to keep in your home.  Store off-season clothes in the attic or under your bed so that your closet feels bigger.  Then remove extraneous family photos so that potential buyers can picture themselves living in your house.

You’ll want to make sure that any of the items that you have displayed are done so attractively and without too much clutter so that the buyer can envision their things in your home.  When you’re organizing your home, expect people to snoop in your closets and cabinets so that you can be okay with what they find there. :-)  Finally, keep a plastic bin near your door so that you can throw anything extraneous into it when a realtor shows your home unexpectedly.

How to Get Your Home Move Ready | Carpe Diem CleaningInside

Once your house is decluttered and organized, it’s time to tackle some of the bigger projects.  Touch up the paint on your walls and make sure that all holes are patched and painted over.  Also, strip any out-dated wallpaper or paint over any paint colors that might put off potential buyers.

Do you have a door that won’t close all the way or a broken ice maker in your freezer?  Go ahead and repair any appliances that aren’t working and fix other issues with your house before putting it on the market.

 

How to Get Your Home Move Ready | Carpe Diem CleaningOutside

Your house’s curb appeal is the first in-person impression that potential buyers will have of your home–so you’ll want to make it a great one!  Make sure that the outside of your house has been pressure washed and that your windows have been cleaned.

Clear out any cobwebs from corners of your house or porch.  Mulching and planting flowers will help your home to be more visually appealing and welcoming to visitors.  Make sure to trim any bushes that are getting out of control, too!

 

Finally, have your home professionally cleaned before pictures are taken for the realtor and when you move out. You can give us a call 919-682-5326, or shoot us an email info@carpediemcleaning.com!

Mother’s Day 10% Off a Deep Cleaning Special + Bonus Gift Ideas

Mother's Day 10% Off a Deep Cleaning Special + Bonus Gift Ideas | Carpe Diem CleaningLet’s be real, we owe a lot to our moms. They suffer through labor for 36 insane hours just to give birth to us.  They nurture us when we’re little.  They cheer us on through all our struggles and accomplishments.  Then, when we grow up, we either turn into them or marry them.

On May 14th you’ll have the opportunity to honor and say “thanks” to those special moms in your life (and special ladies – not everyone who nurtures has given birth).

Whoever they may be — your mom, your partner, your partner’s mom, your G-ma, a dear friend — take this moment to let them know how much they are valued.

What better gift to give than the gift of time?  From now until May 12th get 10% OFF when you purchase a Deep Cleaning for that special mom in your life. Watch her stress drain away as she enjoys a freshly cleaned home, courtesy of our skilled and responsive staff!

Contact our office by May 12th to discuss package options and to make your purchase. You can give us a call 919-682-5326, or shoot us an email info@carpediemcleaning.com!

Bonus Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Need more help?  Check out a these links to Mother’s Day gift ideas around the web!  From cards to printables to gifts that children can make, we’ve got you covered!

Mother's Day 10% Off a Deep Cleaning Special + Bonus Gift Ideas | Carpe Diem Cleaning30 Funny Mother’s Day Cards, our favorite?  “You were right.  There, I said it.”

Funny Mother’s Day mug…you know it’s true. ;-)

This rustic Always my Mother, Forever my Friend board.

Mother’s Day Crafts that your Kids Can Actually Make because they’re only little once.

These Sweet Mother’s Day Printable Quotes and Poems can be displayed long after a card is put away…

Free Mother’s Day Printables and Gift Tags–these are beautiful!

Go ahead, make Mother’s Day special for the precious ladies in your life!

 

Interview with Team Leader Tabatha

This is Daly, Carpe Diem’s branch manager, checking in today with an interview of Tabatha on her one-year anniversary at Carpe Diem!

 

Interview with Team Leader Tabatha | Carpe Diem CleaningQ. How did you start at Carpe Diem?
A. My neighbor brought me to apply at Carpe Diem where I started as a driver and then moved up to team leader.

Q. What do you like about Carpe Diem?
A. I love that the management goes far and beyond for their employees.

Q. Any advice for preparing your home for a cleaning?

A. If there was any advice she would give to our client’s it would be that putting pets away while the team cleans, helps the team do a more thorough job.  Of course, we are pet-friendly and are more than happy to work around any pets in a client’s home.

As of this month, Tabatha has been with us for a year.  She’s one of our team leaders and is known for being sweet and always having a smile on her face.  She is from New York but has enjoyed living in North Carolina for the past year and working at Carpe Diem!  Thanks for being a dedicated and helpful leader, Tabatha!

Clean Your Porch in 4 Easy Steps

Clean Your Deck in 4 Easy Steps | Carpe Diem Cleaning

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to use your porch again! Getting it sparkling clean now will give you more opportunities to use your outdoor space while the weather is still mild.

By cleaning your porch at the beginning of the season, it will be so much easier to just wipe down your furniture or sweep off your porch later, even after pollen season! Here are four easy steps that you can take to make your porch ready for outdoor dining and entertaining.

 

 

Clean Your Deck in 4 Easy Steps | Carpe Diem Cleaning1. Scrub pillow cushions

If you didn’t winterize your pillows or cushions last fall, make sure that you clean those first.  To begin, brush off any debris from your pillows.  Next, mix together 1 gallon of warm water, 1 cup of Borax and 1/4 cup of dish soap.  Use a brush to scrub this solution on your pillows, and rinse and repeat as needed.  You’ll be amazed at how much dirt comes out!  Leave your pillows out to dry in the sun before placing them back on the furniture.

 

Clean Your Deck in 4 Easy Steps | Carpe Diem Cleaning 2. Clean furniture

Next tackle your chairs, tables and other outdoor furniture!  For aluminum or wrought iron furniture, wipe down the furniture with a mixture of 1/4 cup of mild dish soap and 1 gallon of soapy water and rinse with your hose.

For wicker furniture, gently wipe dirt and dust off with a damp cloth.  To get off more stubborn dirt, brush with a soft-bristled paint brush or old tooth brush.  Then wipe down with a solution of 1/4 cup of mild dish soap and 1 gallon of soapy water.  Rinse wicker by wiping it down with a damp, microfiber cloth.

For teak, gently rinse dirt off with your hose and apply a small amount of Penofin oil to moisten the wood and keep its dark finish.  Let your furniture dry completely in the sun before putting any cushions back on.

 

Clean Your Deck in 4 Easy Steps | Carpe Diem Cleaning3. Wipe down accessories

You’re probably feeling pretty great about how your porch looks, but to have a truly clean deck, don’t forget the accessories!  If you have an umbrella, start by taking it off its stand and brushing and rinsing it off.  Then fill a spray bottle with 2 cups of warm water and 2 tablespoons of castile soap or dish detergent.  Shake it up, spray it on and scrub it off.  Rinse with your hose, make sure it’s fully dry before rolling it up on its stand again.

If your grill still has baked-on gunk from last summer, use a pumice stone to scrape the grate clean.  Wipe down the grill and any other plant stands or accessories with the same cleaning solution you used to clean your furniture.  You’re almost done!

 

Clean Your Deck in 4 Easy Steps | Carpe Diem Cleaning 4. Sweep & scrub deck

Lastly, make sure that your porch itself is clean!  Start off by sweeping your porch clean from all of the dust and dirt that has come off your furniture so far.  If your deck has built-up dirt or algae, clean it using 1/2 cup of oxygenated bleach (Oxi-Clean) with 2 gallons of warm water and scrub, scrub, scrub!

 

If you have a concrete porch that needs some extra TLC, spray water  and squirt dish soap on it and then scrub with a broom or scrub brush.  For stubborn stains, spray 2 cups of vinegar mixed with 1/2 cup of baking soda onto the stain.  Let sit for 15 minutes,  and scrub off the stain and rinse it clean!

Voila!  You have a clean porch that’s ready for entertaining and outdoor living!

Do you want to skip these steps and go straight to enjoying your porch?  Call Carpe Diem at (919) 682-5326 or email info@carpediemcleaning.com to schedule your porch cleaning today!

VOTE for Carpe Diem in the Indy Best Of The Triangle Awards!

VOTE for Carpe Diem in the Indy Best Of The Triangle Awards!We’re excited to announce Carpe Diem is in the running for the Indy Best Of The Triangle Awards 2017!!

Help us win “BEST HOUSE CLEANERS IN DURHAM COUNTY!”

Thanks to your help we were among the TOP 4 Nominees in the Durham House Cleaners category and we have made it on to the FINAL BALLOT!

Now you can show your love and help us win “Best House Cleaners in Durham County” by taking 30 seconds to cast your VOTE:

1. Click this link to go to the ballot 

2. Click on “Services”

3. Scroll down to “House Cleaners in Durham County”

4. Click the “Vote” button next to “Carpe Diem Cleaning”

The polls close on Sunday, May 7th, so don’t delay in casting your vote!

Thank you so much for your support! We are truly blessed to have the most amazing clients, fans, friends and family!

3 Benefits of an Organized and Clean Home

Do you ever look around your home and feel overwhelmed with everything that you have to do? Maybe the junk drawer is overflowing, and the kitchen counter tops can’t seem to stay clean.  We may have a picture in our minds of how we want our homes to look, but the more important perk of having an organized and clean home is how it makes us feel.

3 Benefits of an Organized and Clean Home | Carpe Diem CleaningMore Productive

When we have an organized and clean home, we can’t procrastinate by organizing and cleaning it!  Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s too easy to put off doing a higher priority task because our floors are sticky and need.to.be.cleaned.now.  Once we have a clean living space, we are more likely to be productive with the things that matter the most to us.

Need to make that important phone call or knock out that one difficult task?  If your house is clean and organized, you won’t get distracted with the lesser items on your to-do list.

3 Benefits of an Organized and Clean Home | Carpe Diem CleaningLess Stressed

 

Think about how you feel when you walk into your clean home.  How do you feel when everything is put away neatly where you can find the things that you need without fuss?

We are so busy and have everything from phone notifications to real-life people vying for our attention.  Being able to walk into your home and feel at peace with the state that it’s in is truly priceless.

 

3 Benefits of an Organized and Clean Home | Carpe Diem CleaningMore Quality Time with Family

If Carpe Diem cleans your home, then you ultimately have more quality time with your family.  Then when you’re at home and able to just pick up things here and there, it’s so much easier to keep your house feeling clean for most of the time.  Just a little bit of straightening up each week will help your cleaning team give your house an even deeper clean.  And less clutter in your house means more room in your brain!

The time that you save will allow you to spend more of your valuable time at home being with the people who you love.  If cleaning your home usually takes three hours, then you have those three hours back to watch your child’s game, linger at the table during mealtime, help with homework, and so much more.

Need some help keeping your home clean so that the organizing part is easy? You can give us a call 919-682-5326, or shoot us an email at info@carpediemcleaning.com to schedule your free consultation!