PRISTINE CLEANING

FAMILY OWNED
& OPERATED

We provide both residential
and commercial cleaning
in Toledo, Ohio and
surrounding areas

FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED

Residential
and commercial cleaning
in Toledo, Ohio and
surrounding areas

CLEANING SERVICES

We offer a wide range of quality residential and corporate cleaning services

CLEANING SERVICES

We offer a wide range of quality residential and corporate cleaning services

WE CLEAN IT
YOUR WAY

With an eye for detail and a family of trust,
we focus on providing cleaning
services that will make you proud of your home and business.

WE CLEAN IT
YOUR WAY

We provide cleaning
services that will make you proud of your home and business.

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Colors of Spring

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I do not know about you, but for me, I am loving this change in weather. Toledo, Ohio and the surrounding areas are a funny place when it comes to weather. Really, I think we could experience all four seasons within the span of an hour… maybe even five minutes. But, back to the current lovely weather. Flowers are popping up everywhere. Birds are singing their joyful spring songs (much different from their croakings in winter). The sun is shining, oh Hallelujah the sun is shining! Who else LOVES this time of year?

After doing a deep clean for a client today I took a walk around the yard to see the new growth. There is so much color. Green grass, pinks of cherry blossoms, white and purple violets.

What colors are popping up in your yard?

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Baby Steps

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Sometimes the house explodes with mess. Heaps of laundry spills out and around the hamper, dishes cover every service in the kitchen, and the bathroom becomes a place no one wants to linger.

After vacations, when sickness sweeps through the household, over the holidays, and when out-of-town family visits are times the home frequently turns into a chaotic scene. Tackling the task can feel overwhelming, discouraging even.

Baby Steps

But there is hope. That hope comes by way of a bit of advice.

Baby steps. Yes, your task in cleaning may seem insurmountable, but with each step taken, you will be one step closer to a tidy and clean home.

Start in one spot. Whether you put on a load of laundry, scrub the toilet, or clear the kitchen sink, start somewhere.

As that one spot becomes clean, it will shine like a beacon encouraging you to move forward to tackle yet another area.

The home can, it does, get dirty easily; and yet, keeping it clean is a much more difficult task. I often wonder why this is true. Can you imagine how nice it would be if the house became tidy as easily as it becomes a mess. Right, back to reality.

The house does dirty easily, and it does not become clean without time and effort. However, when you stop looking at the entire picture and focus on one manageable step, the task does not seem as daunting.

Each step taken will find your home becoming cleaner which results in everyone feeling happier.

Get started. Take a baby step. With enough baby steps taken you will once again enjoy a home that is in order.

 

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Ten Quick Tips for Keeping Tidy

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Keeping a house clean can feel like a heavy burden. Maintaining cleanliness is easier than deep cleaning areas you have not touched in some time. Here are ten tips that can help make cleaning a little easier.

10 Cleaning Tips

1. Make your Bed

A little habit that can produce great results.

2. Wipe Bathroom Sink after brushing Your Teeth in the Morning

New habits are best created when tagged with one that is already established.

3. Put Clothes Away Before Settling In for the Night

While it is oh so easy to toss clothes aside till morning, it becomes much more difficult to clean later.

4. Have a Spot for Shoes and Keep Them There

Do not go tramping through the house with them on. Take them off at the door, and put away, right away.

5. Designate a Shelf for Library Books

This simple tip keeps them from getting lost.

6. Keep Charging Cords for Phones, Computers, and Other Devices in a Basket

You will no longer trip over cords stretched across the house, and, when a device needs charging, you know where to look.

7. Touch Mail Once

When you bring mail inside the house, immediately throw away, file, or perform the necessary duty.

8. When Finished Eating, Rinse and Put Dishes in Dishwater (or Wash by Hand)

The longer food sits, the more difficult it becomes to wash.

9. Sweep Entryway Daily

This keeps dirt from being carried throughout the rest of the house.

And for the Final Tip…

10. Simplify

Whether this means getting rid of some clothes, having fewer decorations sitting out on shelves, or putting all your cleaning supplies together in one container, find a way that you can simplify and make cleaning an easier task.

 

What are your favorite Cleaning Tips?

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Spring is in the Air – Let it Spur You into Accomplishing your Winter Tasks

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Spring is in the Air!

Okay, maybe Spring has not officially arrived; however, Spring is definitely in the air! With this feeling comes the desire to tackle those last indoor projects before warmer weather stays for a spell.

As I work on this article, rain pours down. The wind blows the rain down in slants across my window.  I love a good rainfall. The sound is musical, a cozy feeling is created, and the puddles growing make me think back on childhood days when my siblings and I played out in the rain. Yes, rainy days are great.

Winter is coming to a close. Yes, really, it will come to an end. Warm weather will arrive. The sun will shine on a daily basis. And pretty soon people will be complaining about how hot it is. (I personally am a fan of heat over cold.)

Raining days like today are perfect for finishing (or starting) winter projects. As the weather warms you will want to spend less time indoors. Let these spring feeling days spur you into action, causing you to accomplish indoor tasks you promised yourself to complete. Before you know it, warm days will be a constant. Be prepared to spend this spring and summer outside by accomplishing your indoor to-do’s now.

Get to work!

More often than not, the best piece of advice to accomplish a task you dread is by jumping in and getting to work. Maybe you had decided to go through your clothes this winter and get rid of what you do not wear. You may have decided this was the year to clean out the extra bedroom, and turn what has become a storage room, into an office. Or, your goal may have been to paint your kitchen.

Did you get your goal accomplished? Have you even started?

If not, do not worry. You are not too late. There is still time for you to get to work and complete the task before spring arrives.

The simple solution is to jump in and take one step today. The act of beginning makes continuing all the easier. Often, the thought of a job or task is more difficult than the task itself.

So, what are you waiting for? Get to work and take at least one step toward completing your goal. Go, do it today!

 

 

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Easy Cleaning: The Right Products and Tools

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When it comes to cleaning your home, it can be a discouraging task. After all, clothes, dishes, and bedding are continually dirtied. Shelves attract dust, floors collect dirt, and crumbs seem to grow on counters. Then, there is the bathroom…a place where scum builds up into a concrete form nearly impossible to remove.

There is Hope

If the task of cleaning seems a tedious and never ending chore, take heart. There are ways you can make this task less burdensome. It may still seem a chore, just less of one. Cleaning may continue being something you hate, but hey, if that is the case, you can always give us a call so we can do the work for you.  🙂

Easy Cleaning

Buy the Right Tools and Products

If you suddenly became interested in jewelry making, you would go out and buy yourself supplies and tools. Or, if you wanted to train for a marathon, you would buy clothing, shoes, and books to help you achieve the goal.

When it comes to our hobbies, interests, and goals, often we fork over money without a second thought.

House work is something nearly everyone will spend hours of their life on, and yet, how often is money spent purchasing supplies and tools to make the task easier?

The right products and tools can make a world of difference when it comes to cleaning the home. I encourage you to invest in the right products so as to make this literally never-ending task less burdensome.

PRODUCTS

There are a ton of cleaning products available. When it comes to easy cleaning though, less is the better option. Consider the following next time you are out buying cleaning supplies.

Multi-purpose Cleaner

There are some surfaces which require special cleaners, but for everything else, buy one cleaner that can do it all. This will save you time.

Goo Gone

When it comes to removing stickers or other stuck on gumminess, Goo Gone is an excellent product. In the past few weeks this product has become a very close friend for several projects.

Stainless Steel Cleaner

The right products can make a world of difference. If you are tired of seeing your fridge covered in fingerprints, it may only require changing your brand of cleaner to experience the results you desire.

 

TOOLS

Bucket

Whether you use a bucket, basket, or some other container, keep your cleaning supplies together in something you can carry from room-to-room. This saves time from running around to various closets and cupboards looking for the right cleaner.

Microfiber Cloths

When it comes to cleaning glass and mirrors, results after using a microfiber cloth are crystal clear.

Toothbrush 

Whether you use an actual toothbrush, or, a small stiff bristle brush, these tools make cleaning those hard to reach spots a breeze.

 

This is a small list of the many that can make cleaning an easier task. For now, I hope this list aids you in decreasing the amount of time you spend cleaning your home. Time you can spend learning a new skill, curling up with a good book, or, spending time with family and friends.

 

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2018: The New Year

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The New Year is upon us!

Let the Adventure Begin!

I love a new year with its fresh start, new beginnings, and the opportunity to look back over the past year.

For Pristine, our family cleaning business, 2018 finds us beginning this new adventure of making Toledo, Ohio and the surrounding areas cleaner. We are ready and excited to travel this adventure as a family working together.

A lot of work goes into starting a cleaning business before cleaning takes place. Time for preparation and planning has come to an end. January now finds us going out into the community making it a cleaner place. With tools of the trade in hand, we are ready for this next phase.

Whether you too are starting your own business, focusing on family, resting from an illness, or going after any number of goals, may this be an excellent year for all of us.

Happy New Year from Our Family to Yours!

The Pristine Cleaning Team

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Distilled White Vinegar: A Natural Cleaner

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Christmas is just a few days away. This seems shocking. How can it be the 21st of December already?

Parties were enjoyed (more are yet to be), cookie making is happening today, gifts were carefully chosen, some sit wrapped under the tree. This has been a fun, enjoyable, even leisurely Christmas season. Hopefully the same is true for you.

Today I want to share a simple and natural cleaner with you. With Christmas comes parties, company, and hosting. If you have high iron content in your water, it can be a bit embarrassing having guests over. With vinegar though, that embarrassment can come to an end.

Vinegar, a Simple Solution

Living in a home with high iron content can be discouraging in the cleaning department. Toilets stain, shower walls grow a thick coating, same goes for mugs, and glass becomes foggy. If you have struggled with finding the right cleaner, it may be time to give distilled white vinegar a try.

It is funny how something so simple, and natural too, can result in amazing results. And yet, that is exactly what is found with the use of vinegar.

Toilet bowls shine, shower walls no longer have a flaky coating, and mugs look inviting to drink from.

If you too have an issue with hard water, adding vinegar to your list of cleaners may be the tip you were looking for.

Keep in mind, this product is not safe for all surfaces. Those you can use it on though, will become cleaner and sparkling.

Mugs come clean by pouring in heated vinegar and letting sit for a few minutes. A light scrub and they look like new.

Pour heated vinegar into a spray bottle, add a few squirts of Dawn dish soap, and you have the perfect combination for cleaning shower walls.

So go ahead, give this natural way of cleaning a try.

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Party Hosting Tips: Helping You and Guests Relax this Christmas

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If you are hosting a party this Christmas Season it is likely you are in need of a few party hosting tips.

While there is great joy in being surrounded by friends and family in your own home, there is also much work involved. For our own family, from Thanksgiving on through the New Year there are a whirl of activities. These are good times spent with family and friends.

Hosting parties are a joy; however, they do not occur without work, and unfortunately, at times, a great amount of stress. From concerns of cleaning the home, making food, to ensuring guests have a great time, there is a lot on the mind of a host or hostess.

If you find yourself preparing for a party this time of year, I hope the following tips can help you remember the often forgotten little things. The little thoughts which mean a great deal to guests. At the same time, some of these tips will aid you in avoiding stress while enjoying time spent with those you love.

 

Party Hosting Tips…

 

Helping Your Guests Relax

  • When hosting parties, make sure you have extra toilet paper nearby. Place a cute basket on the back of the toilet and pile with that necessary item. This avoids forcing guests to root through your closet when the roll runs out.

 

  • While still in the bathroom, place a scent burner (one that is flame-less and out of the reach of children) on the counter. This keeps the room smelling fresh making it possible for guests to avoid embarrassment.

 

  • Before guests arrive have a preplanned area to place jackets (and shoes for those who would like to remove them). You do not want to run around at the last moment clearing a space for coats.

 

  • If young children are coming, choose clear pops and drinks. Not only will this save your carpets, parents will notice and be thankful. Nothing more stressful for a parent than seeing grape juice or red punch on the counter.

 

  • With children in attendance comes a need to find something for them to do. If you can, set up a room with toys for various age groups. Children will have a blast playing in a spot reserved for them, and parents will be able to relax knowing their children are playing in a kid friendly zone.

 

  • Before the party, line trash cans with several layers of bags. This simple step makes it easy for anyone to remove the trash once it fills without having to search for a new bag.

 

Helping Yourself Relax

  • You do not need to cook a fancy meal. Take away some of your stress by accepting that everything does not have to be perfect or handmade. Your guests are coming to have a good time with people. Yes, they want to eat, but as long as there is food, and a pleasant host or hostess, they are going to have a great time.

 

  • In the past, our family used real dishes, cups, and utensils. Clean up after Thanksgiving was no joy. 2016 was the first year we switched to disposable. The result, clean-up was a breeze. Take note, sometimes it is best to make things easier on yourself. No, it may not be as pretty, but it does provide you with more time to spend with guests.

 

  • Once the first of your guests arrive, preparation is over. Friends and family have come to visit. Your party needs to find you actually visiting. Do not be off constantly cleaning up and checking on food. Parties are times to make memories. If you are in another room the whole time you will not be a part of those memories.

 

May your Christmas parties be spent with you and your guests relaxing in each others company this season

 

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Tidy Home for Christmas: Seven Tips

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Are you dreaming of a tidy home this Christmas? Here are seven tips which can help you turn that dream into a reality. I do not know about you, but when it comes to staying organized, I find it a constant battle. Unfortunately, clutter and stuff have a tendency of becoming the victor. How is it after decluttering and simplifying, everything seems to multiply? It is as though there is a clutter monster who throws stuff back into my closets, drawers, and rooms the moment I turn away. This seems to be truer during the times I would most like to sit back and enjoy time spent with family and friends.

With the Christmas season upon us, and the new year approaching, the fight against clutter can be one of discouragement.

Not only is a cluttered house an inconvenience, it creates stress. Have you ever found yourself avoiding a drawer, closet, or even room? The place (or places) that become storage of stuff often become places we never venture to see.

If you find yourself avoiding a part of your house, or dread having people over, the following tips are meant for you. This time of year should not be one of discouragement and stress, instead, it should be peaceful. You should be free to enjoy the company of family and friends.

The following seven tips can help you regain your sanity and find you the victor over the clutter and mess

 

1) Be Consistent with Laundry

Unfortunately, laundry is something that never ends. After all, the only way to stop it would be to never change, or, wear disposable clothing. Neither of which I recommend. In fact, no, just please, no. Laundry is a fact of life. The more members in your family, the more laundry. Grumbling about the matter will not help. And so, the only answer is to stay on top of this task before it grows into great mounds.

Rather than having a predetermined day of laundry, do a load when there is a load. It is far easier to start a wash of towels between other activities of your day than it is to fit in ten consecutive loads. That itself is a depressing and overwhelming thought.

While reading this, you may be considering your own heaping mounds of laundry awaiting your attention. In that case, go toss a load in and begin getting caught up. From there you can get in the habit of doing laundry as a load worth is ready.

 

2) Straighten up the Couches

A simple step to keeping the house looking tidy is plumping the pillows of your couch and nicely folding the blankets. There is something about a rumpled couch that leads to further untidiness and mess. Avoid additional mess by keeping your seating area looking company ready.

 

3) Keep the House Dusted and Vacuumed

Dusting, vacuuming, and sweeping gives an overall clean feeling to the entire house. Not only do you feel that your house is clean, but performing these duties encourages you to tidy up just a bit more.

 

4) Clear the Kitchen Sink

A kitchen sink full of dishes lends itself to filling the counter space as well. If you have a dishwasher, get in the habit of rinsing off your dishes and placing in the dishwasher immediately. If you are the dishwasher, at meal times fill your sink with soapy water making cleaning up a simple task.

 

5) Make those Beds

A common theme in this article is that mess leads to more mess. A rumpled bed encourages more untidiness which leads to clothes scattered on the floor, closet doors left open, and stuff lying about. The daily habit of making the bed can help stop the path of untidiness.

 

6) Put Coats and Shoes Away

When it comes to a messy house, it is often begun by those simple, daily habits, left undone. Coats and shoes being one of the culprits. By getting into the habit of putting these items away your house will look that much cleaner.

 

7) Take Care of the Mail

When you bring the mail into your home, go through it once. Do not set aside bills to get to when you feel like it…after all, do you ever feel like making the call, writing the check, or getting online to pay? I doubt your answer is “yes”. When you open the mail, take care of it and be done. You will be very happy once it is over. Allowing the task to hang over your head is just discouraging.

 

There you are, six tips to help you enjoy a tidy home for Christmas. Standing alone, these tasks require little time or effort. It is when they pile up that they become overwhelming and lead to further mess.

Tackle these tasks and get into the habit of taking care of them before clutter and mess grow.

On waking, make your bed. Before turning in for the night, straighten up your couch. Wash and put dishes away as used. Find a day that works for dusting and vacuuming and make sure it happens. Hang up your coat and put shoes away when coming indoors. When you open your mail, take care of it, and be done.

May these tips aid you in having a tidy home, allowing you to enjoy a relaxing Christmas!

 

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