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. Scroll down to “House Cleaners in Durham County”

3. 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!

 

How to Prep for Your Clean Day

Clean DayThis is Madeline, checking in to let you know how you can prep for your Clean Day!  Our clients love how fresh and clean their homes feel on their Clean Day. Our professional teams have some major cleaning skills. But did you know there are some simple things you can do to get an even deeper clean?

 

A little decluttering can make a huge difference! When a team can spend less time moving around loose items on counters and floors, the more time they can spend on deep cleaning the surfaces of your home.

Here’s how to get the most out of your Clean Day:

  • Floors: pick up and put away any loose items on the floor such as toys, shoes, socks, and phone chargers.
  • Kitchen: clear your kitchen table and counters of dirty dishes, junk mail, and paperwork. Move dirty dishes from the sink to the dishwasher.
  • Bathrooms: clear counters by putting away non-essential hygiene and beauty products. Remove dirty towels.
  • Living Room: remove cups, dishes, and paperwork from coffee tables.
  • Office: clear desk of paperwork or put all papers into a neat stack that can be cleaned around.
  • Children’s Bedrooms: clear the floor and beds of clothing, toys, and art projects.

If you’ve got a little extra clutter in your house (holiday decorations, out of town visitors, and re-model projects are typical culprits), feel free to contact our office to give us a heads up. The better we know what to expect, the better we’ll be able to give your home a truly extraordinary clean!

When to Plant Your Plants

Are you ready to plant your vegetable garden?!  It’s felt like spring for a while now, but we’ve still had some frosty nights that have made knowing when to plant those plants challenging.  We’ll tell you exactly when to plant your vegetables to ensure that you get the maximum growing season from your labors!

 

 

What to Plant NOW

Some spring and summer vegetables to plant in early April include: kale, broccoli, radishes, eggplant, lettuce, corn, and artichokes.  These vegetables are cold-weather crops that should be planted immediately. Planting them immediately will ensure that their growing season lasts longer. These crops actually taste better if they’ve been exposed to cold and are less bitter than they would be otherwise.

 

What to Plant Later

Summer Vegetables to plant in mid-April and early May include: sweet potatoes, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers.  These vegetables are warm-weather crops that should be planted after the last frost.  Otherwise, they could die in the freezing temperatures if not cared for properly.

Plants whose seeds need to be planted directly into the ground can be planted then, too.  These include melons, carrots, parsnips, beets, beans, and squash that will be harvested in winter and summer.

 

Frost Tips!

This year’s official last frost date is April 27th, but there really shouldn’t be frost after April 10th.  What does this mean for you?  You should go ahead and plant any cold-weather crops now!  For all other crops, wait until April 10th to plant them and make sure that you keep an eye on the weather until the end of April.

If there are any particularly frigid nights, cover warm-weather crops with a sheet or blanket so they don’t freeze.  Cold weather plants should be fine down to 25° without cover.  If you want tips on when to plant other vegetables, check out this chart from NC State!

Want to plant flowers in your garden for spring that will be hardy enough to stand some of the summer heat?  Check out this article from Southern Living to find out the best spring flowers to plant!

Mattress Cleaning Guide

Mattress Cleaning Guide | Carpe Diem CleaningIt’s spring cleaning time, which means that now is the time to give your mattress some TLC!  This often-neglected piece of furniture supports us for about a third of our lives while we sleep and deserves extra care.

Here are 5 easy steps to cleaning and caring for your mattress so that it can continue to give you amazing support!

 

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1.Wash all sheets and mattress covers.  Make sure that you have a waterproof mattress cover to keep out any dust and dust mites that can get into your mattress.

2. Sprinkle with baking soda and your favorite essential oil.  Cover your mattress with 1/4 cup of baking soda, and let it sit for 30 minutes.  You can also mix 2 to 3 drops of your favorite essential oil into the baking soda to keep your mattress smelling extra fresh!

 

Mattress

3. Vacuum up the baking soda with a clean vacuum attachment.  Make sure that you vacuum slowly to pick up all of the baking soda.  This step will also ensure that you clean out any dust or dust mites that may be in your mattress.

4. Flip your mattress over if you have a two-sided mattress.  Want to really extend the life of your mattress?  Ideally, try to flip and rotate your mattress 180° every 3 months (or when the seasons change).  This step is crucial to making sure that your mattress will continue to support you for years to come.

 

Calm Bedroom5. Re-dress and admire your fresh mattress.  Finally, put your clean mattress cover and sheets back on your mattress with your pillows.  Take in the fact that your whole bed is neat and clean!

 

 

pillows, bedBonus tip – Wash your pillows!  Dirt and dust from your body causes pillows to get denser over time if they’re not cleaned regularly.  However, if you have foam pillows, do not wash them in the washing machine; simply spot clean them instead.

To wash your pillows, first remove all pillow covers and protectors.  Place 2 to 3 pillows vertically in the washing machine using gentle laundry detergent on a gentle cycle with warm water.  Make sure to add an extra rinse cycle and wring the pillows out.

Next, put them in the dryer on the low- to no-heat setting and put wool balls in to fluff up the pillows.  Replace their covers, and you have clean pillows to lay your head on again!  Want more tips for cleaning a different type of pillow?  Check out eHow’s tutorial!

If you’re interested in more tips for keeping your home neat and clean, be sure to check out our Facebook page!  Need help with cleaning the rest of your house?  Reach out to us today at 919-68-CLEAN or info@carpediemcleaning.com to schedule your free consultation!

Interview with Team Leader Bertha

This is Daly, Carpe Diem’s branch manager, checking in today with an interview of Bertha, one of our long-standing cleaners!

 

Interview with Team Leader Bertha | Carpe Diem Cleaning

Bertha has been with Carpe Diem for 7 years

Q. How did you start at Carpe Diem?
A. I was referred by a friend to Carpe Diem about 7 years ago.

 

Q. What do you like about Carpe Diem?
A. I love everything about Carpe Diem, especially the feeling of being able to clean for our clients and leaving their homes nice and clean!

 

Q. Any advice for preparing your home for a cleaning?
A. Leave your home free of clutter. This makes it easier for our team to clean and for our clients to get a job well done!

 

As of this month, Bertha has been with us for 7 years.  Wow!  She’s one of our team leaders and is known for being steady, focused and responsible.  She also works with her daughter here at Carpe Diem!  Thanks for being a dedicated  and helpful leader, Bertha!

19 Essential Spring Cleaning Tips

Ready to pump up your Spring Cleaning game? Here are 19 areas & items to tackle that will take your Spring Clean to a whole new level!

19 Essential Spring Cleaning Tips | Carpe Diem Cleaning

Living Room
Air Filter
1.     Move large furniture to clean behind and underneath it.

2.     Clean the windows and the inner seals of the windows.

3.     Change your air filters and clean your air vents.

clean ovenKitchen

4.     Defrost your freezer and wipe it out.

5.     Clean out your cabinets. Throw away expired food.

6.     Clean the oven, including the exhaust vents.

tileBathroom

7.     Dust those light fixtures!

8.     Go through your cabinets, throw away any expired makeup or beauty products.

9.     Check the grout in your shower. (The grout in tile can wear out.) Re-grout areas that are weak or damaged. (You can DIY or hire a professional.)

pillowsBedroom

10.  Flip your mattress and check your pillows! Pillows can house bacteria and mold. If they are machine washable, wash them, if not either hand wash or just replace.

11.  Clean out your drawers and closets.

12.  Clean off your blinds and ceiling fans.

washing machineLaundry Room

13.  Check the dryer’s lint trap and clean the vents and exhaust.

14.  Clean out your washing machine. See instructions for top loading and front loading.

General Living Areas

15.  Check your porches for cobwebs and debris

16.  Clean your blinds and wash your curtains.

17.  Look for those hard to reach baseboards and areas that are hard to dust.

Ceiling Fan18.  Free up space by putting coats and heavy blankets into storage.

19.  Change the direction that your ceiling fans turn. In the summer, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise to push cool air down to the floor. Check out this detailed explanation from the professionals.

Need some help with the regular Spring Cleaning To Dos? Why not schedule a Deep Cleaning? Download our Deep Cleaning checklist to get started!  

Why We Want your Feedback–Good or Bad!

Why We Want your Feedback--Good or Bad! | Carpe Diem CleaningHey!  This is Madeline, Carpe Diem Cleaning’s General Manager, letting YOU know why we want your feedback.  If you call or email the office, you’ll talk to either me, Andi or Daly.  We will be jumping onto the blog more often to tell you who we are as a company and why we do some of the things that we do.

Many times people only want to know when they’re doing well. They dread getting bad feedback about how they or their team is doing.  Not so at Carpe Diem!

Today let me just tell you why we want your feedback.  We welcome hearing from our clients, whether what they have to say is good or bad!

Good feedback is helpful so that we know when we are doing a good job and that our clients are happy. Bad feedback is helpful so that we know what we need to address with our teams and fix to make our clients 100% happy.

Our teams’ are competent and are committed to helping you seize your clean day!  If a mistake is made on our end, we will fix it.  However, if we don’t know when something isn’t right, it is very hard for us to fix it.

Please be proactive in your communication with us, and we promise to be proactive in our communication with you.