Get 10% Off a Deep Cleaning When You Schedule a Carpet Cleaning!

Deep Cleaning + Carpet Cleaning Special 

Are your carpets looking dingy after tracking dirt in the house this spring?  Start your summer off with clean carpets and a clean house, courtesy of Carpe Diem!  During the month of June, get 10% off a deep cleaning when you schedule a carpet cleaning! You’ll love how fresh and clean your home feels as you head into summer.  If you’re going on vacation, go ahead and schedule your deep clean during your trip so that you come back to a home that’s been cleaned from top to bottom! 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 today!

 

Interview with Branch Manager Daly

This is Madeline, Carpe Diem’s general manager, checking in today with an interview of Daly on her three-year anniversary at Carpe Diem!

 

How did you start at Carpe Diem?
My pastor is friends with Wendy, Carpe Diem’s founder and owner, and he referred me to Carpe Diem.
What do you like about Carpe Diem?
I enjoy being able to make clients happy day by day, assisting them with all their cleaning needs.
Any advice for preparing your home for a cleaning?
Leave areas free of clutter to get the best possible clean!  Our ladies will focus on cleaning exposed surfaces, which will keep your home even cleaner.

Daly has been with us for three years now.  She’s our fearless branch manager and is known for being dedicated to doing a fantastic job and working hard.  We love Daly’s quiet, sweet spirit and the way that she is a rock in the office when things are busy.  Originally from Puerto Rico, Daly grew up in Boston and has lived in Durham for the past several years with her three children!  Thanks for being a dedicated and helpful manager, Daly!

Prepping Your Home for Your Vacation Video

Prepping Your Home for Vacation

Prepping Your Home for Your Vacation Video | Carpe Diem CleaningSummer is so close that you can almost taste it!  If you’re looking forward to an awesome family vacation, make sure to leave your home in tip top shape.

CLICK HERE to find out how to prep your home for vacation!

In this video, Wendy covers maintenance tips and safety tricks that you might not have thought of before. We want you to come back to a fresh and safe home!

Want to come home from vacation to an even cleaner home?  Get 10% off a deep clean when you schedule a carpet cleaning in June!  You can give us a call 919-682-5326, or shoot us an email info@carpediemcleaning.com!

 

 

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!