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Christmas Trivia

Posted on: December 3, 2013 11:00 am
Tags: How much do you know about the holiday?
  • Christmas cards were invented in 1843, a period of the Victorian Era.
  • Alabama was the first state to declare Christmas as an official holiday. It was recognized as a national holiday in America on June 26, 1870.
  • Poinsettia, the popular Christmas plant, reached the United States from Mexico in 1880s. The plant was named after Joel Poinsett.
  • People began to make use of electric lights for their Christmas tree, in 1895.
  • Rudolph, the legendary reindeer of Santa Claus, was a creation of Montgomery Ward. He created it for the purpose of a holiday promotion, in the late 1930s
  • Artificial Christmas trees have outsold real ones since 1991.
  • The majority of artificial Christmas trees are manufactured in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea
  • The word 'X-Mas' is derived from Greek, because in Greek, 'X' symbolizes Christ
  • Franklin Pierce was the first US President to decorate the White House with a beautifully adorned Christmas Tree
  • Although 'Jingle Bells' was first written for Thanksgiving, it gained immense popularity as a song associated with the celebration of Christmas.
  • Electric Christmas lights were first used in 1854
  • The first department store Santa was James Edgar, who, during Christmas seasons beginning in 1890, would wander about his store (the Boston Store) in Brockton, Massachusetts, dressed as Santa Claus, talking to the children of customers.
  • Animal Crackers are not really crackers, but cookies that were imported to the United States from England in the late 1800s. Barnum's circus-like boxes were designed with a string handle so that they could be hung on a Christmas tree.
  • After "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens wrote several other Christmas stories, one each year, but none was as successful
  • Although many believe the Friday after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year, it is not. It is the fifth to tenth busiest day. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the two busiest shopping days of the year.
  • Candy canes began as straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorated the Christmas trees. A choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral decided have the ends bent to depict a shepherd's crook and he would pass them out to the children to keep them quiet during the services. It wasn't until about the 20th century that candy canes acquired their red stripes.
  • Hallmark introduced its first Christmas cards in 1915, five years after the founding of the company.
  • Santa's red and white outfit was created for a Coca-Cola Christmas campaign in 1931
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on: November 13, 2013 8:30 am
Tags: Wishing you and yours a happy holiday

We would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

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All New Carpet Cleaning System!

Posted on: October 17, 2013 7:00 am
Tags: We are improving for you!

We are pleased to announce we have invested in a new carpet cleaning system! 

We have just invested in a top of the line Butler System.  At Total Maintenance Solutions we want to provide the best possible service for our clients so we can exceed your expectations.   

The #1 Van Powered Carpet, Fabric, Hard Surface and Restoration Cleaning System

This system will get tough old stains out of carpet and leave your area smelling fresh and clean. Not only did we purchase a new system, but our floor technician attended a thourogh training programto expand his already vast knowledge of the carpet cleaning business.

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Why is a clean office important?

The office is the main headquarters of your business, where your employees spend at least 8 hours of their day and where all of the hard work and innovation happens. It is also the environment in which you meet with business associates and clients, whom you read more.....

Labor Day: A holiday for those who work!

Posted on: August 26, 2013 1:00 pm
Tags: Celebrate with a few good ideas!

The official definition of Labor Day: the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. 

You work hard all year so use this 3 day weekend to celebrate!  One option is a local tradition, the WEBN fireworks.   For all the details of the day’s activities check out their link.

http://www.webn.com/pages/FWX.html

Labor Day weekend is also a great time to save some of that hard earned money you make.  Everything from cars to shoes are offered at discount prices this time of year.

A traditional activity for Labor Day is firing up the grill and celebrating with a cook out. So gather your friends, light the fire and sample some of the recipes from the following sites:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/labor-day/package/index.html?vty=/labor

http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Holiday---Celebration-Recipes/Labor-Day-Recipes

http://allrecipes.com/recipes/holidays-and-events/labor-day/drinks/top.aspx

 

Remember to have a safe and happy holiday no matter what you decide to do!

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Get Lost in a Good Book

You can find a good book at your local library.  Most libraries offer summer reading programs, even for adults!  Not only can you get your books for FREE you can earn prizes too!  Check out http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/ for more details. 

If you are not sure what to read here are a few recommendations pulled from my own bookshelf that earned “Best of the Best” rating.

LATEST & GREATEST

Zoo by James Patterson

All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the impending violence becomes terrifyingly clear.

With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.

 NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son

 Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It's a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle's guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.

Over the years, Dorrie and Isabelle have developed more than just a business relationship. They are friends. But Dorrie, fretting over the new man in her life and her teenage son’s irresponsible choices, still wonders why Isabelle chose her.

Isabelle confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family's housekeeper—in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences makes it clear Dorrie and Isabelle are headed for a gathering of the utmost importance and that the history of Isabelle's first and greatest love just might help Dorrie find her own way

 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.

As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here - one of whom was his own grandfather - were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive

TIMELESS CLASSICS

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley's tour de force, Brave New World is a darkly satiric vision of a "utopian" future—where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, it remains remarkably relevant to this day as both a warning to be heeded as we head into tomorrow and as thought-provoking, satisfying entertainment.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Sallinger

The hero-narrator of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California. They are George Milton and Lennie Small, itinerant ranch hands who dream of one day owning a small farm. George acts as a father figure to Lennie, who is a very large, simple-minded man, calming him and helping to rein in his immense physical strength.

NON-FICTION

 The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs

From the bestselling author of "The Know-It-All" comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible.Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to play a ten-string harp; to stone adulterers.

The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you see history's most influential book with new eyes.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be sure that 'The Devil in the White City' is not, in fact, a highly imaginative novel. Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor.

Burnham's challenge was immense. In a short period of time, he was forced to overcome the death of his partner and numerous other obstacles to construct the famous "White City" around which the fair was built. His efforts to complete the project, and the fair's incredible success, are skillfully related along with entertaining appearances by such notables as Buffalo Bill Cody, Susan B. Anthony, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.

The activities of the sinister Dr. Holmes, who is believed to be responsible for scores of murders around the time of the fair, are equally remarkable. He devised and erected the World's Fair Hotel, complete with crematorium and gas chamber, near the fairgrounds and used the event as well as his own charismatic personality to lure victims

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Happy Independence Day!

Posted on: July 2, 2013 8:00 am
Tags: Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of july
It has now been 236 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Here are 17 fun facts about the Fourth of July to share with friends and family… 1. A Truly Young Nation The average age of the Signers of the read more.....

1 Week of Summer Fun!

Posted on: June 20, 2013 3:00 pm
Tags: Start your summer off right with these great ideas!

Friday June 21st is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, the absolute official 1st day of summer.  We  would like to share with you some tips to start your summer off right and keep the good times going for 1 whole week  of summer fun for everyone

Friday June 21 –  Go to a festival!  Nothing says summer like a festival!  The smell of fried goodies like corn dogs & funnel cakes wafting on the air, the thrill rides, a chance to try your luck at a game of chance, what more could you want?  There are several in Cincinnati and surrounding areas all summer long.  Follow the links to check out a few that I have been to and recommend highly!

http://gaparish.org/parish/activities/festival

http://fenwickfalcons.org/

 

Saturday June 22 -  Visit a farmer’s market!  A great way to get wholesome, organic vegetables while supporting your local economy.   Make your family a delicious meal that tastes good and is good for them this weekend.  Visit Our Ohio to find a farmer’s market near you.

http://ourohio.org/food/buying-local?gclid=CMrIlYSj87cCFQbNOgodq3IAdA

 

Sunday June 23 – Super Moon!  Tonight’s full moon will  be closer to earth than any other time all year.  Head outside to view this once a year treat and maybe make some S ’mores to enjoy!  Don’t forget the bug spray!

 

Monday June 24 -  See a concert!  Many communities offer free concert series in the summer for your listening pleasure.  Everything from big band to Cajun Zydeco music can be found.   One example is:

http://greenhillsconcertsonthecommons.com/

 

Tuesday June 25 -  Check out your local library!  All libraries host a summer reading program for kids, teens and even adults.  If you don’t already have a library card now is the time to get one.  For reading books you can earn great prizes as well as expand your horizons! 

 

Wednesday June 26 –  Grilled cheese Wednesday!  See kiddie favorite Zac Morgan perform his lively show then munch on a grilled cheese in the park at Beech Acres Park 6910 Salem Road, Anderson Township,  OH  45230. After the show, enjoy the extensive playscape there that kids can play on for hours!

 

Thursday June 27 – NASCAR returns to KY Speedway!  Fulfill your need for speed at this weekend long event.  As an added bonus Animal Planets Ernie “Turtle Man” Brown will be there!

http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com/

 

Friday June 28- Visit an art museum!  Take the time to explore the fabulous collection housed right here at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  Visit this Friday and see Art after Dark.  There is live music as well as the summer classic, “Jaws” being shown on the lawn.

http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/

 

 

 

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Summer Safety

Posted on: May 22, 2013 11:00 am
Tags: Have fun in the sun this summer but remember to stay safe.
It has now been 236 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Here are 17 fun facts about the Fourth of July to share with friends and family… 1. A Truly Young Nation The average age of the Signers of the read more.....

May is Zombie Awareness Month

Posted on: May 15, 2013 3:00 pm
Tags: Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse?
It has now been 236 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Here are 17 fun facts about the Fourth of July to share with friends and family… 1. A Truly Young Nation The average age of the Signers of the read more.....

Happy Mother's Day

Posted on: May 6, 2013 11:50 am
Tags: Treat mom to carpet cleaning!

Treat your mom to a whole house full of clean carpet!  Mom has cleaned up your messes often enough over the years now is your chance to return the favor!  Call today to schedule an appointment.

Here is a list of great movies to watch with mom this Mother's Day.  So pop some popcorn and snuggle up on the couch!

Mask

Mr Mom

Parenthood

Terms of Endearment

Steel Magnolias

Alice Doesn’t Live here Anymore

Cheaper by The Dozen

Stepmom

Hope Floats

Freaky Friday

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Posted on: May 1, 2013 3:00 pm
Tags: Have some fun and learn about mexican culture on may 5th!

Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.

Check out some great recipies at Food Network!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/cinco-de-mayo/package/index.html

Try some of these fun games!

Cinco de Mayo Activities for Adults:

  • Chili Pepper Guessing Game: Fill a jar with a variety of different chili peppers (keep track of what kind and the heat level!) and have each of the guests try to guess how many are in the jar. The guest with the closest estimate wins a prize (like a basket with fresh chips and homemade salsa).
  • "How Hot?": After the chili pepper guessing game, pick some peppers out of the jar (or prepare a selection of hot chili sauces and salsas), make a note of what kind they are and the heat level and then get volunteers to (bravely) try each. Have the rest of the guests guess how hot they are before the risk-takers bite. Be sure to have plenty of ice water on hand!
  • Mexican Dance: Hire a dance instructor to teach your guests a traditional Mexican or Latin-inspired dance like the samba, salsa, meringue, rumba, bachata or folklorico. It'll be a fun treat that your guests will talk about for a long time after the party.
  • Set up a Taco Bar: Nothing excites guests more than good food. Set up a table with all the fixings for tacos - be creative with the types of cheese and toppings you offer. Let guests make their own hard or soft taco with a variety of meat and veggies.

Cinco de Mayo Activities for Kids:

  • Mexican Hat Dance Relay:  Split the kids up into two groups. Set up two sombreros a distance away, one for each of the groups. Have one child from each team run to the sombrero, do a silly Mexican hat dance around it, then run back. The first team to have all its players complete the relay wins a prize (like a box of "Hot Tamales")!
  • Paper Flowers: Set up a Mexican paper flower activity for little guests. You will need a variety of tissue paper colors and pipe cleaners. To make a flower, get four piece of tissue paper in a neat stack. Fold the tissue paper stack like an accordion, making each fold about an inch wide. The tissue paper should now be a one inch strip accordion. Next, fold the strip in half, end to end. Take a pipe cleaner and tie it around the strip of tissue paper, about an inch from the fold. Then, carefully fan out the tissue paper so that none of the sheets are stuck together. Repeat with each of the sheets to create the flower. Twist the pipe cleaner around to tie the flower into a ponytail or to wear as a bracelet.
  • Peso Toss: Inspired by the beanbag toss game, this activity has a Mexican twist. Set up five sombreros in a line. Label the sombreros with a point value, with the values increasing as you get further away from the starting point. Give each kid three Mexican pesos to use for the game. The kids can take turns tossing the pesos into the sombreros. The child with the most accumulated points wins! If there is a tie among players, go into a final round where the two players can each toss one coin. 

Check out this fun FREE festival in going on this weekend in Cincinnati!

http://www.cincicinco.com/

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Celebrate Earth Day

Posted on: April 10, 2013 11:00 am
Tags: Great tips to honor earth day, April 22th

Here are some simple tips everyone can use to be a little more earth friendly!

Buy from a local farmer's market. Not only do small scale farms use their land more efficiently, there is usually less pesticides and harsh chemicals used.  Since the transportation of crops is minimal, there is less fuel used in getting the freshest produce to the consumer.  Make your carbon footprint even smaller by bringing your own bags.

Shower smarter!  The average shower head flows at a rate of 2.5 gallons per minute.  That comes to a whopping 9000 gallons annually for a 10 minute shower every day.  You can reduce your flow while still enjoying your shower by looking for a replacement shower head that is EPA approved with the WaterSense seal of approval.

When dining at home always use washable plates and siverware and cloth napkins.  Not only will you not be contributing to a landfill with diposable paper products you will have a much nicer dining experience. 

Turn off all lights and electronics when not in use.  Unplug your cell phone charger from the wall when you are done charging your phone.  Power strips are a great way to shut down the electricty to multiple items with one flip of the switch.  Even when powered down many devices still draw unneeded power from outlets.

No one could be expected to start the day with a good cup of coffee.  Just make sure the coffee you are filling your cup with is grown, harvested and produced in a manner that is environmentaly responsible and improves the communities of where coffee is grown.  Check out http://www.fairtradeusa.org/ to learn how you can make the best coffee choice.

 If you would like to celebrate Earth Day and find out about some great volunteering opportunites, check out http://cincinnatiearthday.com/

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It's Spring, Get Cleaning!

Posted on: April 2, 2013 1:00 pm
Tags: Great tips for spring cleaning your whole house!

FOYER

  1. Dust lighting fixtures.
  2. Wash walls and trim
  3. Wash doors, knobs and switch plates.
  4. Wash bench or other furnishings.  Launder bench cushion, if applicable.
  5. Empty out coat closet.  Wash walls and floor, if needed.  Sort items as you return them to the closet.  Store out of season items, donate unneeded items. 
  6. Clean or replace entry mat.
  7. Sweep and scrub floors.  
  8. Reseal grout lines, if necessary.

BEDROOMS

  1. Open windows
  2. Dust furniture.
  3. For each drawer: remove items, wash drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate Items you no longer need. 
  4. Remove everything from closets. Sweep and wash closet floor. Put everything back neatly.  Donate items you no longer need.  Try not to store things on closet floor.
  5. Move Bed.  Sort and put away anything that was under bed.  Sweep or vacuum under bed. 
  6. Put bed back.  Freshen mattress by sprinkling with baking soda, letting sit briefly, and the vacuuming it up.
  7. Launder bedding and curtains.  Wash pillows and duvet in hot water.  Air out mattress pad, if you have one.
  8. Dust lights and lamp shades.
  9. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  10. Wash switch plates.  Wash walls and trim as needed.
  11. Polish mirrors or dust art.
  12. Wash doors and doorknobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. Sweep and wash floor or vacuum.


BATHROOMS

  1. Open windows
  2. Empty all cabinets and vanity.  Wash inside, replace items neatly.  Discard expired medications and cosmetics.
  3. Wash outside of cabinets and vanities
  4. Clean tub. Wax if necessary. Clean drain.
  5. Clean toilet, inside and out.  Remove seat and clean around seat bolts.
  6. Clean sink and drain.
  7. Shine faucets.
  8. Polish mirror and frame .
  9. Dust light fixtures. 
  10. Wash windows and window sills. Take out and wash window screens.
  11. Wash switch plates.  wash walls and trim.  Wash doors and door knobs.
  12. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  13. Sweep and wash floors.  
  14. Reseal grout lines if necessary.

KITCHEN

  1. Open windows.
  2. Remove and clean window coverings. 
  3. For each cabinet or drawer: Remove items, wipe out drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate unneeded items.
  4. Wash and sanitize cutting boards
  5. Sharpen knives
  6. Wash cabinet doors and knobs
  7. Clean cabinets/pantry.  Check food expiration dates.
  8. Clean oven.
  9. Clean stove top.  Remove elements and drip bowls, if applicable, wash and put back.
  10. Remove everything from refrigerator and wipe shelves.
  11. Defrost freezer, if necessary.  Check food expiration dates.
  12. Clean under fridge and stove.
  13. Vacuum refrigerator coils.
  14. Clean microwave.  To loosed hardened food, place microwave safe cup of water with 1 T lemon juice in oven.  Cook on high for 2 minutes.
  15. Clean crumbs out of toaster.
  16. Wipe down any other counter appliances
  17. wash counters and back splash.
  18. Shine faucet. Clean drain.
  19. Dust light fixtures.
  20. Wash windows and window sills.  Remove window screens and wash.
  21. Wash switch plates.  
  22. Wash walls and trim as needed.
  23. Wash doors and door knobs.
  24. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  25. Sweep and wash floor.  
  26. Reseal grout lines, if necessary.

DINING ROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash curtains.
  3. Wipe down table and chairs.
  4. Wipe down or dust other furnishing.
  5. Clean chair pads, if applicable.
  6. Polish table, if necessary
  7. Create a pretty centerpiece with fresh spring flowers on table!
  8. Dust any displayed china or serving dishes.
  9. Launder table linens.
  10. Shine silverware.
  11. Dust art.
  12. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  13. Wash switch plates
  14. Wash walls and trim.
  15. Wash doors and door knobs
  16. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  17. Clean floors.

 LIVING ROOM/ FAMILY ROOM/ PLAYROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Vacuum sofas.
  3. Spot clean sofas, if applicable.
  4. Launder throw pillows and blankets.
  5. Dust shelves, furniture and decor.
  6. Wash windows and window sills.
  7. Clean lamps and shades.
  8. Take out and wash window screens.
  9. Clean television screen.
  10. Carefully dust electronics.
  11. Tidy electronics wires.  Tuck nicely out of sight.  Label them, if practical.
  12. Sort through music and DVD collections.  Purge things that no longer suit your families interests.  Organize what is left in an attractive manner.
  13. Sort books and magazines.  Donate or recycle ones that no longer suit your families interests.
  14. Wash hard plastic children's toys with warm soapy water. Rinse and dry.  Launder stuffed toys.  Donate or store toys that your children have grown too old for.
  15. Wash switch plates.
  16. Wash walls and trim as needed.
  17. Wash doors and knobs.
  18. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  19. Clean floors.


LAUNDRY ROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash windows and window sills.
  3. Take out and wash window screens.
  4. Wash cabinet doors.
  5. Wash inside cabinets.
  6. Wash outside of washer and dryer.
  7. Wash inside of washing machine.
  8. Wash lint trap with soap and water to remove filmy build-up from laundry soaps and dryer sheets. Let air dry thoroughly before putting back in place.
  9. Wash laundry sink and faucet
  10. Wash switch plates.
  11. Wash walls and trim.
  12. Wash doors and door knobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. sweep and wash floors. 
  15. Reseal grout lines, if applicable. 

STAIRWELLS

  1. sweep/vacuum stairs
  2. Spot clean walls.
  3. Wipe down handrail.
  4. Dust art and light fixtures.

OUTSIDE

  1. Sweep porches and walkway.
  2. Wash thresholds.
  3. Wash exterior doors.  Give front door a fresh coat of paint, if necessary.
  4. Clean or replace welcome mat.
  5. Wash siding.


REMEMBER TO:

  • Clean blades of ceiling fans.
  • Sort through and organize family photographs (digitally or into albums).
  • Sort and clean any extra zones such as linen closets, utility closets and office spaces.

Another great way to make your house fresh and beautiful after you have done all this hard work is have your carpets and furniture professionally steam cleaned. Call today for an appointment! (513)770-0925 

Happy Cleaning!

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Happy Easter!

Posted on: March 29, 2013 9:00 am
Tags: Happy easter!

May this holiday bring you much joy and happiness! 

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Stain Removal Tips

Posted on: March 18, 2013 10:00 am
Tags: Out you darn spot!

Spills happen to all of us.  Who hasn't been rushing around in the morning, late for work and dribbled coffee on the floor.  Or you walked into the living room to find your adorable 2 year old scribbling her markers onto the new carpet.  Please read our helpful hints on how to remove stains from carpet.  The best way to treat any stain is clean it as soon as it happens.  The longer you wait, the less likely total removal will be.

Coffee

Follow these steps to remove coffee stains from Synthetic and Wool Carpet:

  • Blot up what you can.
  • Apply Stain-X Carpet Stain Remover, Spot Shot Carpet Stain Remover, or Afta Carpet Stain Remover.
  • Flush the stain with a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid laundry or dishwashing detergent, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar.
  • Blot with a clean pad and rinse well with water.

If the stain remains:

  • Use an enzyme presoak (follow directions on label).
  • Blot and flush alternately until no more stain is left.
  • Sponge the area well with water.
  • Blot all excess liquid and place a clean pad over the area and weight it down.
  • When no more is being absorbed, allow the area to thoroughly air dry.

Marker

Prepare suggested cleaning solutions below, beginning with the first one listed.

  • Pretest the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous spot of carpet to ensure it does not discolor or damage the carpet.
  • Apply the cleaning solution to the stain area. Note exception: Do not apply dry cleaning fluid directly to carpet. Apply first to cloth and use cloth to apply to carpet. Work from the outside of the stain toward the center.
  • Allow the cleaning solution to remain on the spill for at least five minutes.
  • Blot with a clean white cloth until no more stain transfers to the cloth. Do not rub the stain area or you might damage the carpet fibers.
  • Rinse with cold water. Be sure all cleaning solution is removed from carpet.
  • If you can still see the stain, repeat the process until either the stain is removed or the stain no longer transfers to the cloth.
  • If the stain remains, try the next solution on the list and follow the same protocol above. If the stain persists after trying each solution listed, contact a professional cleaner.
  • Once the stain is removed, place layers of white paper towel on the site to absorb any moisture. Weight down the towels with a non-staining glass or ceramic object. You can let them sit overnight.
  • When the carpet is dry, vacuum to restore the texture.

Cleaning Solutions for Markers, Felt tip

Dry Cleaning Fluid
Use non-flammable dry cleaning fluid or a liquid spot remover from the grocery store or hardware store.

Detergent Solution
Mix 1/4 teaspoon mild liquid dish soap with one cup warm water.

Chocolate

  • If you see that the chocolate has dried, take a butter knife and scrape off as much as the chocolate stain as you can.
  • After scraping as much chocolate residue as you can from the carpet, vacuum directly over the stain to remove any flakes that may remain.
  • Cover the affected area with a few paper towels.
  • Set your clothing iron to the lowest, non-steam setting possible. Move the iron over the paper towels slowly. This should help the chocolate start to stick to the paper towels.
  • When you’re ironing the paper towels, be sure to keep the temperature steady while doing so.
  • Repeat steps 1-5 as necessary until the chocolate stain has disappeared.
  • If any dark spots remain, apply a household carpet cleaner to the area and scrub vigorously. This should lift any remaining residue from the carpet. 

Tomato Sauce 

  • Scrape up any dried tomato material with a butter knife -- salsa, ketchup or spaghetti sauce can all leave a sticky residue when dry.
  • Rinse the stained area with cold water and blot up the excess with paper towels or a clean white cloth.Mix together a couple of tablespoons of dishwashing detergent and 1 cup of cool water. The dishwashing liquid should not contain bleach or hand-softening agents. Saturate the area and work it into the stain without rubbing the fibers.
  • Rinse the area again with more cold water and put a pad of paper towels down over the area and hold it in place with something waterproof and heavy. The water and remainder of the stain wicks up into the paper toweling.
  • Apply hydrogen peroxide to any remnant of the stain. Let it set for about an hour. Blot and repeat until the stain is gone. Exposure to light converts the peroxide back into water, so rinsing isn't necessary

 

 

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Welcome to our new website!

Posted on: March 7, 2013 12:00 pm
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Total Maintenance Solutions is pleased to announce the launch of our new and improved website.  Take some time to browse our site and see all the great services we offer.  If you have questions about services check our new FAQ tab.  Take a peek at the driving force behind Total Maintenance Solutions in our "About Us" section, under "Team". 

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