Our Recommended Painters & Window Cleaners

Autumn is in full swing, and it’s time to think about getting our homes in tip-top shape before winter hits and the holidays take over!

We are asked all the time if we clean windows, and that is outside of our expertise, we can recommend Labor Panes as top-notch window cleaners!  They are one of our fellow tenants in the John O’Daniel Exchange at our Durham branch, and we know firsthand how well they make windows shine.  Labor Panes also offers pressure washing, soft touch washing, and gutter cleaning!  You can visit their website for a free quote or call them at 919-747-4154.

If you’re looking for painter to transform the inside of your home, then look no further than Graduate Custom Painting!  With over 15 years of experience, owner Ahmad and his team of painters can solve any paint problem you have.  Want a whiteboard or chalkboard wall?  Call Ahmad at 919-672-2927 for a free estimate or fill out this contact form.

Don’t forget to contact us for a free house cleaning consultation!  Just email info@carpediemcleaning.com!

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Here in North Carolina we get to experience all four seasons which means that our homes and yards can take a beating!  It can be challenging to keep track of what needs to be done this time of year, so we develop routines around seasonal events to remind us to get.things.done.  Today we’ll talk about the fall home maintenance that you can do yourself or outsource to keep your yard beautiful and your home’s heating costs low.

Air FilterInside Home Maintenance

Lower your heating costs by replacing old caulk around your windows and doors.  This will prevent your house from feeling drafty, and you can do the same on your tub faucets to keep them looking fresh.

Change air filters and service your HVAC system and furnace before your service providers are busy with heating and air emergencies in the winter.  We’re all about building habits to make keeping your home in order a breeze!  We recommend changing your fans and filters with daylight savings time.

It’s that time of year again to reverse the direction that your ceiling fans turns. Reversing your ceiling fan actually pushes the hot air that rises to the ceiling back down. This will help you keep your heating bill lower with the flip of a switch!

Outside Home Maintenance

When you schedule your HVAC service call, go ahead and have your chimney cleaned and inspected while you’re at it!  An annual chimney inspection prevents ash from coming into your house and even home fires.  The chimney inspector can sweep your chimney of any debris that’s entered the chimney such as a bird’s nest or soot build-up, if needed.  That way when the cold weather hits, your home will be a cozy place for you to relax with your family instead of a potential fire hazard!

Fall is the perfect time to prepare your grass to be beautiful and weed-free next spring and summer.  Schedule a day for your grass company to aerate and seed your lawn or plan a day to do it yourself!  Make sure to pull out any weeds so they don’t choke your new seed.  Then schedule times to water your grass for best results.

Don’t forget to unhook your hose from the outdoor water source before any below-freezing nights!  You do not want your pipes to burst from getting water stuck in them.

Now is the time to cut down dead trees, especially if they could fall on your house! We never know if we’ll have a huge ice storm in the Carolinas or not, so it’s best to be prepared.

Fall is the perfect time of year to trim branches that are encroaching on your house while they are free from most of their leaves.

As fall arrives and sprinkles colorful leaves everywhere it doesn’t take long before they begin to overflow your gutters.  To prevent water damage to your roof and foundation, keep your gutters clear by installing gutter guards, and call our friends at Labor Panes for help!

Tell us what home maintenance routines make the most impact on your home.  Don’t forget, we offer house cleaning in Raleigh and will make your house sparkle!

Saturday Cleaning Schedule + Holiday Closings 2017

Hey!  This is Madeline, Carpe Diem’s General Manager, checking in to let you know about our Saturday cleanings and holiday closings for 2017!

Schedule your Saturday cleaning today!

Saturday Cleanings – November/December 2017

Love them or hate them, the Holidays are on their way! The Holiday Season is one of the busiest times of the year for us, so typically we’ll open up a couple of Saturdays for overflow. This year we will be open for business on the following Saturdays.

Saturday – November 11th
Saturday – November 18th
Saturday – December 9th
Saturday – December 16th

Please contact our office if you would like to reschedule your maintenance cleaning or schedule an extra holiday cleaning for one of these Saturdays.

Holiday Closings

Please note that, due to the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day holidays, we will not be servicing homes on the following days:

Thursday – November 23rd
Friday – November 24th
Monday – December 25th
Monday – January 1st

Rescheduling options are on a first-come, first-served basis. If your regular maintenance cleaning falls on a day when we’ll be closed, you’ll want to contact us well in advance to reschedule.

Interview with Team Member Raymunda

This is Daly, Carpe Diem’s Branch Manager, checking in today with an interview of Raymunda on her 5-year anniversary with Carpe Diem!  She’s an amazing helper, and we appreciate how she sees needs and fills them.

Interview with Team Member Raymunda | Carpe Diem CleaningHow did you start at Carpe Diem?
I was referred by a former Carpe Diem employee.

What do you like about working at Carpe Diem?
I love the hours of operation and working as a team with my co-workers.

Any advice for preparing your home for a cleaning?
My advice would be to pick up before your cleaning team arrives.

As of this month, Raymunda has been with us for 5 years!  We appreciate how hard she works to give our clients a great experience and how well she works with her fellow team members.  Raymunda lives here in Durham close to her daughter and granddaughter.  We have loved working with you!

How to Unclog your Drain

Some things in our homes are easier to clean than others, but unclogging your drain can be one of the worst.  Like most things, if you ignore it, it’ll only get worse. Here are a few simple ways to unclog your kitchen and bathroom drains!

How to Unclog your Drain | Carpe Diem CleaningKitchen

Use mix dish soap into hot (but not boiling) water and pour down the drain.  Let it sit for 5 minutes before pouring more hot water down the drain to clear away the gunk.  Repeat as needed!  This works wonders on your kitchen drain because the dish soap de-greases the food and oil buildup from the walls of your drains, allowing them to wash down the sink.

If your kitchen sink is completely clogged, then your best bet is going to be to use a plunger.  Make sure that you have plugged any other drains that it are connected to before you start so that the plunger trick actually works!  Use either a (clean) toilet plunger or a kitchen-specific plunger to flush the built-up residue all the way down the drain.  Then chase the pipes with hot water or dish soap and hot water (see above).

How to Unclog your Drain | Carpe Diem CleaningBathroom

Pour 1/2 cup of salt down your drain and then chase it with 2 cups of hot (not boiling) water.  Repeat 3 to 5 times until the drain is clear.  The water will melt the soap build-up, and the salt acts as a scouring agent to scrub it away from the pipe walls.

If you have hair clogging your drain, then you’ll want to use a wire hanger that’s been untwisted and hooked at the bottom to pull the hair out.  It might take up to 5 tries to clear out your drain, depending on how clogged it is.  You can also purchase a drain cleaning stick with grooves that will pull the hair up even easier!  Just make sure to wear gloves and to have a trash bag handy because–yuck!

How to Unclog your Drain | Carpe Diem CleaningPrevent Clogged Drains

Some people swear by using baking soda and vinegar to clean their drains.  This combination bubbles and fizzes, but it does not actually break down the fat that usually clogs drains.  It can actually cause metal pipes to corrode over time, so only use baking soda and vinegar if you have PVC pipes.

Make sure that you’re only using this method occasionally to clear out particles and that you chase it with hot water so that any baking soda that doesn’t dissolve is removed from your pipes.

Usually kitchen sinks are clogged by fats or food residue that are rinsed down the drain and stick to the pipes.  Emulsified fats harden as they cool and stick to your pipes, eventually causing your sink to smell and back up.  Take an extra minute when cleaning out your dishes and cookware to wipe food residue and fats into the trash can.  Make sure to pour bacon grease into a can lined with foil, and once it hardens in the fridge, you can toss the grease in the trashcan and recycle the can!

Most bathroom drains are clogged by hair and soap scum.  Make sure that you and your family members are only using the amount of conditioner that you need for each washing.  That way it won’t just wash down the drain and stick to your pipes and the hair that’s down there.  Install a hair catcher for your drain.  You’ll have to clean it out more often than you would the drain, but you’ll save yourself the headache (and the smell!) of pulling out mildewed and rotting hair in the future.

What ways do you keep your drains cleaned out? Remember, we can help to keep your home spic and span in Durham! Call us today to set up a free consultation.

Free Fridge or Oven Cleaning with the Purchase of a Deep Cleaning!

Free Fridge or Oven Cleaning with the Purchase of a Deep Cleaning! | Carpe Diem CleaningFree Fridge or Oven Cleaning Special

The holidays are right around the corner, and if you’re planning on doing extra cooking and baking or hosting loved ones, you’ll want to have a clean kitchen.  Until October 15th, get a free fridge or oven cleaning when you schedule a deep cleaning! Make sure that you’re kitchen is in tip-top shape before the holidays arrive…they’ll be here before you know it!

You can give us a call 919-682-5326, or shoot us an email info@carpediemcleaning.com to schedule your carpet cleaning today!

Meal Planning 101

Meal Planning 101 | Carpe Diem CleaningDo you feel like you’re never ready to hear those three dreaded words, “What’s for dinner?” Meal planning can give you peace during dinnertime instead of feeling stressed trying to figure out what to feed your family!

Having a plan doesn’t mean that you can never deviate from it, but it does make it easier to avoid going out to eat or getting take-out when you haven’t planned on doing so.  Ready to start meal planning but don’t know what to tackle first?  We’ll give you the lowdown on how to make a meal plan that your family will love!

 Meal Planning 101 | Carpe Diem CleaningCheck your Schedule

Meal planning is a habit that takes more time up front but will drastically save you and your family time and money in the long run.  We’re all about people living their life with intention.  If you know what you’re going to eat each night, that you’ve planned in advance where and what you’re going to eat!

First sit down with your calendar to determine what your plans are for dinnertime each night.  If you have a family get-together or a date night, then you can assign minimal food or no food to the meal plan for that night.  Once you know how many nights you would like to eat at home, you can decide which nights you need a quick and easy meal and which nights you have more time to spend in the kitchen.

Keep it Simple

On nights when you have less time to spend in the kitchen, plan to put dinner in the slow cooker in the morning or to use the grill to have dinner ready in a flash without the hassle of a ton of clean up.  On nights when you have more time to spend in the kitchen, make the most of your time by doubling or tripling recipes so that you have leftovers for the next night or for lunch the next day!

Meal Planning 101 | Carpe Diem CleaningGet Inspired

Once you know what kind of recipes you’ll need, you can look in your pantry, freezer and refrigerator for inspiration.  Is there a piece of meat in your freezer that you’ve been meaning to cook?  Is there a new grain in your pantry that you’ve been wanting to try?  AllRecipes.com is the perfect place to look for recipes with ingredients that you already have in your kitchen.  Check out a few reviews before making a recipe for the first time.  Chances are, you’ll be able to make it even better!

Not sure if your kids and/or partner will like the meals that you’ve picked out?  Get them involved!  Meal planning doesn’t have to fall on one person in the family.  Your favorite people will be more likely to eat food that they’ve asked to eat, after all. ;-)

Meal Planning 101 | Carpe Diem CleaningMake it Happen!

Once you have your meal plan for the week, make a grocery list and shop for everything you’ll need for that week.  Post your meal plan for the week somewhere that will help you to remember what you’re eating each night.  Whether you post a written note on the fridge or schedule reminders into your Google Calendar, find a system that works for you and your family!

That’s it!  Once you make a meal plan and buy groceries, you’re ready to tackle the week ahead because you’ve taken the uncertainty out of family dinners.  Want to get even farther ahead on dinners for the week?  Go ahead and make note of when you need to defrost food.  If you can chop veggies or trim meat ahead of time that will make weeknights even easier!

Need a little extra help managing your home responsibilities?  We offer cleaning services in Chapel Hill!  Contact us today for a free consultation!

Our Organizer + Home Organization Tips

Our Organizer + Home Organization Tips | Carpe Diem CleaningThe back to school season is the perfect time to organize your home! Need help from a pro to transform your house? Our organizer Cary Farrell will turn your home into your dream space in much less time than it would take you on your own!  She helps her clients to use the prime real estate in their house well.  By focusing on putting items away where they are used most, the whole house stays clutter free!

Check out Cary’s website at clutterfreenc.com for more insights into her organization style, reviews, and more.

Here are some Clutter Free-inspired home organization tips to take your home from overwhelming to organized in no time!

Home Organization Tips

Use your prime real estate to your advantage.  Any space in your home that is easy to access and is close to where you spend most of your time in that room is prime real estate.  For example, you would never put your silverware in the cabinet above your refrigerator instead of the drawer next to the dishwasher, right?  Store items that are used regularly closer to eye-level and where they can be easily reached.  Keep items that are used less often farther away from the action.

Our Organizer + Home Organization Tips | Carpe Diem Cleaning

Decide on a place for items that move in and out of your house each day.  Whether you have a closet, mudroom, bench, or side table, make sure that you have a space for things that move each day that is different from a place where things stay.  Let’s say that you have a library book to drop off, but it’s not in a space where you would think to look as you’re leaving your house.

 

If you have a designated “drop off” zone, you’ll be more likely to remember to bring it with you as you leave your house and take everything else that you will need with you.  This designated place in your home is perfect for the current season’s shoes, handbags, backpacks, keys, sporting equipment and more!

Manage paper clutter, or it will manage you.  Keep a shredder and recycling bin close to your door to eliminate unnecessary paper clutter before you can set it down and let it accumulate.  When you receive an invitation in the mail, RSVP immediately.  If you are attending the event, mark it on your calendar.  If you need to purchase a gift for the guest(s) of honor, then go ahead and order one off the registry (if applicable) or schedule a date on your calendar to buy the gift.  If you choose to keep greeting cards in your home instead of recycling them, make sure that they are either in a special box (not in a prime real estate drawer), used as a bookmark, or are displayed accordingly.

Contact Cary Farrell from Clutter Free today to schedule your home organization adventure today! Don’t forget that we offer cleaning services for Cary-Apex area, too! 

 

 

Interview with Team Member Maria

This is Daly, Carpe Diem’s Branch Manager, checking in today with an interview of Maria on her 5-year anniversary with Carpe Diem!

Interview with Team Member Maria | Carpe Diem CleaningHow did you start at Carpe Diem?
I was referred by a former Carpe Diem employee who I’m related to.

What do you like about working at Carpe Diem?
I enjoy being able to make other people’s lives easier.

Any advice for preparing your home for a cleaning?
My advice would be to pick up before your cleaning team arrives.

As of this month, Maria has been with us for  5 years.  We appreciate her calm spirit and how she’s such a rock of our cleaning teams.  Maria lives here in Durham close to her children and grandchildren.  We have loved having you as a member of our teams for so many years!

 

Don’t forget that we provide cleaning services for Raleigh!  Contact us today to set up a free consultation.

Closed for Labor Day + Get $20 Off a Deep Cleaning When You Schedule a Carpet Cleaning!

We will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 4th!  Be sure to contact your branch manager to reschedule your cleaning for another day.

 

Deep Cleaning + Carpet Cleaning Special Get $20 Off a Deep Cleaning When You Schedule a Carpet Cleaning! | Carpe Diem Cleaning

Are your carpets looking dingy after tracking dirt in the house this spring?  Start your back to school season off with clean carpets and a clean house, courtesy of Carpe Diem!  Until September 15th, get $20 off a deep cleaning when you schedule a carpet cleaning! Go ahead and download our Carpet Cleaning Checklist to get things started.

You can give us a call 919-682-5326, or shoot us an email info@carpediemcleaning.com to schedule your carpet cleaning in Durham, Raleigh, Cary or Chapel Hill today!