Things You Should Never Say Or Do If You Want To Keep Your Job In This Tough Economy!


Clean Like a Pro By Kaela FoxLet’s face it, jobs are bleak and the competition is fierce. Executives are taking this process very seriously and carefully evaluating their staff on a daily basis. In short, employers are refining their organization in a manner in which they can maintain their current business as well as grow their business in an economy that has consistently raised the bar for performance and perfection.

Don’t show up late. Employers have a schedule to maintain and they don’t want to be late because you hit the snooze button 15 times. Being consistently late is a sure fire way to lose your job. So do your best to be consistent and on time.
Never undermine your employer. According to uffy, Michelle K. (1998). Social undermining at work: a conceptual framework and empirical test (Ph. D. thesis) Undermining can arise through interactions with co-workers and supervisor’s; these interactions have an effect on the worker that is getting undermined and can affect their work performance. Those who alleged to have social undermining in the workplace reported to have lesser mental health and personal well-being. The results of this study show that undermining has a significant role in worker-supervisor and co-worker relationship and that leads to various different outcomes such as feelings of irritability, anxiety, depersonalization, and depression. This shows that social undermining would affect a person’s work ethics and well-being, when a person does not have a positive outlook on their workspace they become miserable. And, just the same, if you want to keep your job, NEVER undermine your employer.
Don’t lag behind or make excuses as to why you can’t do a certain job. Instead, try to emulate what others are doing. Stick with what you do your best and try to keep pace with your co-workers. You, your employer and your co-workers will have a better working relationship; after all, emulation is the greatest form of flattery. If you can’t do your job because you aren’t physically capable of doing it or are too tired to complete your job effectively and efficiently, you can bet that your boss will find someone else who is capable.
If you’re asked to do something, do not try to compromise or bargain with your employer, just do it. Even if you already did the job and your employer asks you to do it over again, don’t try to compromise or bicker with your employer, simply do what your employer asks you to do. They are the ones who are risking everything, not you and they’ve hired you to be their advocate. Do your best to be a good advocate for your employer and you will keep your job. You are not working on your own time, you are working on their time, they are paying for your time and they expect you to do what they ask you to do, this is your job not a topic of negotiation.
Do not argue. Although winning an argument with your employer may give you the illusion of superiority, in reality, you just hit the ranks of being on the low list, not just with your employer but your co-workers as well. No one wants to watch the t-shirt outwit the man in the suit; certainly not your employer. Your employer is likely not concerned with your off-the-trail, trivial subjects and is thinking about much more important things, such as your job performance, completion of the job and overall customer satisfaction, etc. You are there to encourage the work flow, not impede it by a creating side subjects or controversial disturbances that will distract your boss and co-workers from the tasks at hand. There is a saying, KISS. Keep it simple, stupid. You are there to work, not rehearse to be a candidate on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” Be careful, because playing this game could easily land you the loss of your lifeline or, worse yet, your livelihood.
Don’t challenge others, challenge yourself. Challenge yourself to work smarter, faster and more efficiently. Each day challenge yourself so that you can make yourself a better candidate for a promotion or perhaps obtain new skills that will afford a better opportunity in the future.
Don’t complain about having to work late. Many people who are new to the work force think that they are supposed to be home when the dinner bell rings or by 5. Sure, sometimes this may work, maybe if you’ve paid your dues or have a guaranteed spot working from nine to five but most entry level jobs will require you to work until you are dismissed. This is what comes with most any agreement to work and even those seemingly cushy, nine to five jobs may have you working late or sparing a weekend or two. So be willing to work overtime and volunteer to work late. Do what your employer asks you to do and keep a positive attitude. Never say,”I have a family and I’m going home,” unless you want to hear, “great, then please don’t bother to come back.”
Don’t think for one minute that you don’t have an effect on the success of the business. Every member of the staff has an effect on the life of the business. A business can only perform as well as its staff does. If your work ethics, actions or behavior is not in line with the growth and sustainability of the business, you can count on losing your job. Always remember, when you work for any organization, it isn’t just your livelihood that is at stake, your actions and behavior effect every member of the staff including the business itself and the business owner.
Never belittle your boss. Be careful here. It’s one thing to know how to perform your job; it’s another very ‘irritating’ thing to think you already know all there is to learn. When you’re at work, you’re focus should ONLY be on your job, not on random, off-the-wall thoughts or trivial subjects. People who feel the need to constantly ‘teach’ others are not only irritating but can be viewed as offensive as well.
NEVER taunt your employer into an intellectual contest. Sure, you can spend all night long studying the history of Belmopan but you will never impress your boss or anyone else for that matter if you contest yourself in a ‘know it all’ tone of voice, unless of course, you’re a historian and part of your job was to stay up all night studying the history of Belmopan. Tone of voice really matters when you’re disagreeing with your matters, and when at work, your matters should be consistent with your job. Your attitude and tone can make the difference between sounding adversarial or collaborative. You want to be in line with problem-solving, not one of frustration, hostility or venting. If you feel the need to propose an idea or disagree, pose the conversation in a way that demonstrates that you understand that in the end it is your boss who is ultimately in charge of all decisions.
In summary, do your very best to have a good working relationship with your employer. Always show up, be on-time, ready, willing and able to work. Don’t complain about how tired you are or discuss details of your personal life. Don’t try to ‘engage’ your employer in a contest. Don’t discuss your salary with your co-workers. Keep in mind that while at work, the customer is KING as is your employer and they have the ability to fire everyone from the vice president to the janitor. If your company doesn’t have customers they will not have a business. Be well groomed, act professional, and be willing to take the initiative, but most of all, be thankful that you have a job!
Teri Cameron
(References) US News money careers
uffy, Michelle K. (1998). Social undermining at work: a conceptual framework and empirical test (Ph.D. thesis)

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Cleaning the refrigeratorThe best way to help keep


Cleaning the refrigerator

The best way to help keep your food fresh is to have a clean refrigerator. Stored food can take on the scent or flavor of spilled foods. In order to properly clean your refrigerator, follow these steps.

1. Turn the temperature control off, because your fridge will be open for a while and you don’t want to waste electricity.
2. If their is a drip pan underneath you refrigerator you will need to remove it.
3. Take everything out of the refrigerator.
4. Throw away spoiled or expired food that hasn’t been used in more than a month or two.
5. Take the shelves, or racks and drawers out of the refrigerator.
6. Clean the shelves and racks in warm soapy water, using regular dish soap. Use a soft scrub brush if there is caked or dried on food, or spills. Let the shelves and racks dry.
7. Empty the drawers and scrub off any residue or food matter from the bottom. Wash the drawers by hand with warm soapy water. Let the drawers air dry.
8. Wipe away any food matter from the bottom of the refrigerator with a wash cloth or paper towel.
9. Fill a bucket with warm, soapy water. Clean the inside walls of the fridge, and wash inside all the compartments and the door racks. Use a soft scrubbing sponge for caked or dried on food, or spills.
10. Rinse the inside of the fridge with a sponge and clean warm water.
11. Place all the shelves, racks and drawers back in the refrigerator.
12. As you are putting food back into your fridge, using a warm, soapy wash cloth and wipe off any sticky or messy jars, or containers. Turn the temperature knob back to the “on” position at the recommending temperature setting.
13. Clean the outside of the refrigerator and rubber molding around the fridge door with warm soapy water. Then rinse with a clean cloth and wipe dry.

Cleaning your coffee maker

Coffee makers can have hard water deposits, and leftover coffee oils that become rancid and need to be cleaned monthly. The internal components are difficult to clean, but follow these steps to clean your coffee maker through and through.

1. Mix a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts water. If you haven’t cleaned your coffee maker in a while, you can make a stronger mixture that is half vinegar and half water instead.
Here are some alternative mixtures:
– a pot of water and two denture tablets. Dissolve the tablets in a separate container of water and not the coffee maker water reservoir.
– dissolve 1 oz of citric acid in 4 cups of hot water, then add 4 cups of cold water to the mixture.
Do not use baking soda and warm water; this mixture can clog and ruin your coffee maker!
2. Put a filter in your coffee maker, as usual and pour the mixture where you would normally add water.
3. Turn the coffee maker on and let the mixture run completely through.
4. When everything has run through discard both the filter and mixture.
5. Let the coffee maker sit and cool and rinse the coffee pot.
6. Repeat all the steps above a second time, but this time with plain water. This will make sure all of the vinegar and water solution is completely gone.

Deck and Gutter Maintenance


Deck Sealing and Staining
Over the years a deck can become damaged by the sun and rain. Resealing and staining can help repair and protect your deck from this damage.

Preparation
1. Remove any chairs, tables, benches, plants, grill and any other movable items. Use a leaf blower to remove surface dirt and debris.
2. Look for any loose screws that may be sticking up above the surface of the wood. If necessary, use a drill and remove the screws and then replace them.
3. Poke an awl (pointed metal spike) into any boards that appear to have some rot damage. If the damage is less than 1/2 inch, you can leave the board in place. Otherwise, remove the board with a flat pry bar, and replace it with a board to size and install it with decking screws.
4. Clean in between the boards with a putty knife to remove any buildup of dirt and debris. Then blow off the deck again.

Cleaning your Deck
1. Mix powdered oxygen bleach with warm water in a pump sprayer. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct bleach-to-water ratio. Some products require the deck to be hosed down before using the bleach, again checking the instructions on the container. A mixture of vinegar and water will work as well.
2. Spray the mixture onto the deck working your way from one end to the other. Allow the mixture to sit and soak for 10 minutes and then scrub the boards following the direction in which the boards lay.
3. Rinse the deck thoroughly with a hose and allow it to dry for 72 hours.

Staining and Sealing your Deck
1. Using a latex waterproof stain, stir or shake the container. Pour it into a paint tray and load your paint roller. Working in the direction of the boards and in 4-foot-square sections. Begin at one end of your deck and work toward the opposite end. Rolling on an even coat of stain.
2. Keep leading edges wet to help prevent noticeable overlapping strokes. Avoid any puddles of stain. If necessary, use a paintbrush to spread out any puddles and to blend the edges of overlap for an even appearance.
3. With a paintbrush apply the latex waterproofing stain to the ends of all decking boards. Depending on the product, you may only need one coat. If you apply another coat, allow the first coat to dry for three hours.
4. Soak the rollers and brushes in a mixture of mild liquid detergent and warm water for several hours and then rinse them with clean water. Allow the deck to dry 24 hours before using it.

Gutter Cleaning
Water trapped in gutters can cause major damage to your roof and walls. Maintaining clean gutters can help keep your home in good shape.

1. Use a ladder to gain access to the roof. (Don’t lean the ladder against a downspout or gutter, which can easily bend or break.)
2. Using your hand or some type of large scoop, remove leaves and twigs from gutters.
3. Wet down any caked-on dirt, which can be difficult to remove without damaging the gutter, then remove it with the scoop.
4. Place a bucket or plastic trash bag on the roof or ladder to put dirt and debris in. If you use a bag, you can just drop it when it’s full.
5. Check and see if the downspouts aren’t clogged. Use water to unclog downspouts by placing a garden hose in the opening. Be gentle at first; downspouts aren’t designed to withstand the same amount of pressure as a house drain. If a clogged downspout can’t be cleared with a hose, use a small plumber’s snake or an unbent clothes hanger. Again, being gentle. Gutters are not as strong as household pipes.
6. Use the hose to flush out the gutters with water after cleaning. (This is also the best time to find out if there are any leaks in the system.)

Gardening Tips


Now that spring is finally here, the planting and gardening season has begun. Today we have many products to take care of most jobs required to maintain a garden. Chemical products can be quite effective, but can also be harmful to parts of the environment. Fertilizers and weed killers are the most commonly used in maintaining a garden.

Compost
Chemical fertilizers work great for feeding plant life, but can be harmful to animal life if it gets into water sources. Organic materials, such as leftovers from meals and lawn clippings are a wonderful substitute for chemicals. They provide enough nutrients for plants and are less harmful on the environment. You can start a compost now simply by collecting any or all organic materials you do not use. Place these materials in a pile or container and let them set to work of the heat. While the compost sets turn it over regularly until it becomes dark and smells of fresh earth. When it is completed dig out the compost and mix it into your garden’s soil.

Weed Killers
Today’s weed killer products are very effective, and can be expensive as well. Here are a few organic solutions to help save a little money and is much easier on the environment too.

1. Weed Pulling:
Some weeds can be tougher to pull than others, dandelions and other weeds of the taproot variety have a mighty grip when you go to pull them. Watering the area directly around the weed or pulling weeds after a rainstorm is a good way to pull taproot plants. Also you can inserting a knife blade, screwdriver, or dandelion puller alongside the deep root and pry it loose before pulling.

2. Boiling Water:
When you boil potatoes or pasta during the gardening season, you can re-purpose the boiling water. Pour the hot water directly onto the weeds that like to invade your backyard herb garden and patio.

3. Smothering:
Cover low-growing weeds like clover and crabgrass with several layers of newspaper, the lack of sunlight will exterminate them. Similarly, putting down layers of newspaper and then covering it with mulch is an effective way of keeping weeds from sprouting up in the first place.

4. Salt
Rock salt sprinkled on a gravel garden path keeps weeds from coming up in the spring (pool salt or regular table salt works as well, but it’s more expensive). Salt can also make a good weed barrier along the edge of a lawn and other places you can’t reach with a lawn mower. Apply it carefully, since it will erode concrete surfaces and can leave the ground barren for an extended period of time. Don’t use in gardens.

5. Vinegar
Douse the weeds with vinegar or a mixture of half water/half vinegar and they’ll be dead a few days later. You can use the leftover vinegar from a jar of pickles also. This is another good method for exterminating weeds with long taproots.

6. Fire
You don’t actually need to set the weeds on fire to kill them; quickly running a flame over them will cause them to wilt and die within days. You can use a propane torch  but be careful though not to torch any poison ivy, since coming in contact with its smoke can trigger an allergic reaction just like touching it.

Furnace and Ventilation Maintenance


Now that winter has ended and summer is around the corner, it’s a great time to clean the heating and cooling vents and the furnace in your home. Paying for these services can be a little expensive, but it is a rather simple process you can do yourself.

How to Clean Heating and Cooling Vents

Heating vents, whether on the floor or in the wall, always gather dust. This is true when they’re not in use during the summer. Cleaning out the heating vents before you use them can keep that dust from recirculating. You must turn off the circuit breaker to your furnace, so you can safely clean any heating or cooling vent in your home.

1. Unscrew the screws on the sides of the vent cover. Put them in a container to keep from loosing any. Lift out the cover and place it on a piece of newspaper or plastic to catch grime and dust. Examine the heating duct and remove any large debris. Use a dry rag to remove any larger cobwebs and clumps of dust.

2. Using your vacuum cleaner’s hose attachment, vacuum out the inside of the vent. Use your vacuum’s brush or crevice attachment on the vent’s corners and edges. Go over those areas several times to ensure it is clean. Vacuum only visible areas to avoid damaging wiring that may lie deeper down in the heating duct.

3. Useing soapy water wet a rag or sponge and wring it out. Wipe down the inside of the vent. Again, clean only the areas you can see. After cleaning the inside of the vent, wipe down the floor or dust the wall where the rim of the vent was touching.

4. Examine the grates of the cover for broken or rusty parts. On vent covers that have airflow adjustment, examine the adjustable fins too. Wipe down the grates, fins and rim of the cover with a cloth dampened in soapy water, remembering to avoid damaged areas. Use an old toothbrush and scrub any crevices that contain grimy remains.

5. Reinsert the vent cover, the base should sit down, in the heating vent, with the rim flush to the floor or wall. Reinsert and tighten all screws. Run your hand carefully along the vent cover’s rim to ensure that it’s set against the floor or wall and won’t catch on anyone’s clothing.

How To Clean a Furnace

Dirt can be a big problem for your furnace. It can waste fuel and drastically lower efficiency. Dirt affects the three components of a furnace, so cleaning is the most important part of maintenance. The three parts of the furnace that should be cleaned are the filter system, the blower, and the motor.

1. The furnace’s filter should be replaced once a month during periods of continuous use. To check the filter, take it out and hold it up to the light. If it looks clogged, replace it with a new filter of the same type and size, regardless of the length of time it has been used.

2. Clean blower assembly, belts and pulleys to blower, and motor housing. Cleaning the blower is essential if furnace has a squirrel-cage fan, because openings in this type of blower often become clogged. To clean blower, remove the panel that covers the filter or the panel on the front of the furnace. This panel may be slip-fit on hooks or held by a series of retaining screws. Access to the inside of blower is usually gained by sliding out the fan unit, which is held on a track by screws. If the power cord to the fan assembly is not long enough to permit the fan unit to slide all the way out, disconnect the cord. Mark the wire connections first so you’ll be able to reassemble the unit correctly. With a toothbrush, clean each fan blade and the spaces between the blades. Then, with a vacuum cleaner hose, remove all dirt and debris loosened by brushing. Vacuum the belts and pulleys. Wipe down the motor housing to prevent heat buildup in the motor.

3. Reassemble all parts of the blower, and connect the wires back to the motor if they were disconnected. Then place the blower back in the furnace and screw it back into place.

4. Finally reinsert the panel and screw it back into place.

Spring Cleaning


Winter has ended and spring is among us, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and our homes still feels like their stuck with winter blues. Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes and get a head start on the seasons to come.

Here is a room by room checklist and you can use previous blogs for step by step cleaning methods.

For all rooms
1. Begin by cleaning any messes or clutter.
2. Removing all wall hangings.
3. Dust down all ceilings, corners and walls.
4. Dust and clean all ceiling fans.
5. Take down all draperies, curtains, and blinds and wash or have cleaned according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Living areas
1. Dust and clean out the couches and chairs.
2. Dust down and clean all lamps and knickknacks.
3. If any, remove and dust books from bookshelves.
4. Dust down the tables, bookshelves and the entertainment center.
5. Clean the carpets and rugs. Also take the time to clean the doormats inside and outside your doorways.

Kitchen
1. Apply oven cleaner to the oven and wipe down the refrigerator.
2. While the oven cleaner works, begin sorting through the freezer and refrigerator. Throwing away any leftovers and expired foods.
3. Take off and clean the knobs, burners, burner covers, and spill catchers from the stove.
4. Wipe down and clean the toaster, blender, and other small appliances.
5. Clean out and wipe down kitchen cabinets.
6. Wash down the counter tops in your kitchen.
7. Wipe down and clean out any drawers.
8. Wash down the sink.
9. Sweep and mop the floors.

Dining room
1. Wash down the dining table, chairs, and any other furniture thoroughly.
2. Clean the carpet and rugs, and mop floors.

Bedrooms
1. Wash all bedding, comforters, mattress pads, pillows, etc.
2. Dust down and clean all lamps and knickknacks.
3. Dust down and clean all dressers, chests, and nightstands.
4. Use a 4 container method to go through your closets. Trash, Give Away/Sell, Storage, Put away.
5. Clean flooring.

Bathrooms
1. Scrub the shower and tub.
2. Scrub down and clean the toilet.
3. Clean out and wash the inside and outside of medicine cabinets, linen cabinets, etc.
4. Wash down the sink and fixtures.
5. Shake out and clean bathroom rugs.
6. Empty and wash out the trash can.
7. Sweep and mop the floor.

Use these checklists as a spring board to thoroughly clean the areas of your home that really need extra attention. Skip items that have recently been cleaned and focus on the parts of your home that have been neglected all winter long.

Kitchen Cleaning


Cleaning the refrigerator

The best way to help keep your food fresh is to have a clean refrigerator. Stored food can take on the scent or flavor of spilled foods. In order to properly clean your refrigerator, follow these steps.

1. Turn the temperature control off, because your fridge will be open for a while and you don’t want to waste electricity.
2. If there is a drip pan underneath you refrigerator you will need to remove it.
3. Take everything out of the refrigerator.
4. Throw away spoiled or expired food that hasn’t been used in more than a month or two.
5. Take the shelves, or racks and drawers out of the refrigerator.
6. Clean the shelves and racks in warm soapy water, using regular dish soap. Use a soft scrub brush if there is caked or dried on food, or spills. Let the shelves and racks dry.
7. Empty the drawers and scrub off any residue or food matter from the bottom. Wash the drawers by hand with warm soapy water. Let the drawers air dry.
8. Wipe away any food matter from the bottom of the refrigerator with a wash cloth or paper towel.
9. Fill a bucket with warm, soapy water. Clean the inside walls of the fridge, and wash inside all the compartments and the door racks. Use a soft scrubbing sponge for caked or dried on food, or spills.
10. Rinse the inside of the fridge with a sponge and clean warm water.
11. Place all the shelves, racks and drawers back in the refrigerator.
12. As you are putting food back into your fridge, using a warm, soapy wash cloth and wipe off any sticky or messy jars, or containers. Turn the temperature knob back to the “on” position at the recommending temperature setting.
13. Clean the outside of the refrigerator and rubber molding around the fridge door with warm soapy water. Then rinse with a clean cloth and wipe dry.

Cleaning your coffee maker

Coffee makers can have hard water deposits, and leftover coffee oils that become rancid and need to be cleaned monthly. The internal components are difficult to clean, but follow these steps to clean your coffee maker thoroughly..

1. Mix a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts water. If you haven’t cleaned your coffee maker in a while, you can make a stronger mixture that is half vinegar and half water instead.
Here are some alternative mixtures:
– a pot of water and two denture tablets. Dissolve the tablets in a separate container of water and not the coffee maker water reservoir.
– dissolve 1 oz of citric acid in 4 cups of hot water, then add 4 cups of cold water to the mixture.
Do not use baking soda and warm water; this mixture can clog and ruin your coffee maker!
2. Put a filter in your coffee maker, as usual and pour the mixture where you would normally add water.
3. Turn the coffee maker on and let the mixture run completely through.
4. When everything has run through, discard both the filter and mixture.
5. Let the coffee maker sit and cool and rinse the coffee pot.
6. Repeat all the steps above a second time, but this time with plain water. This will make sure all of the vinegar and water solution is completely gone.

How to Clean or Replace Kitchen Drain Pipes


Are you suffering from clogged drains?

Here is a simple method to clear slow-draining bathroom or kitchen sinks using ordinary vinegar and a plunger.

First pour 1/4 cup of vinegar down the drain and let stand at least 20 minutes. Another very effective cleaning liquid can be created using a quarter cup of baking soda and then adding the vinegar, the resulting foaming action will clear the pipes.

Next flush the drain with hot water, freshly boiled water works best. Then use a plunger to agitate the clogged-up material. It may be necessary to block any sink overflow to help build suction. Then flush the drain again with hot water. Finally allow the water to drain. This should have effectively cleaned your pipes, and allow the water to flow freely once again.

Are your sink drain pipes leaking? Then follow these steps to replace them.

1. Loosen the nut securing the sink drainpipe to the home’s wall drain, using a pipe wrench. Turn the nut counterclockwise, then slide the nut away from the house pipe.

2. Turn the nut securing the sink drainpipes to the sink drain baskets counterclockwise with the pipe wrench. This disconnects the drain lines from the sink and pull the drain line out of the sink cabinet in one piece.

3. You will need a PVC sink drain kit. After separating all the kit pieces, find the plastic flat washers, and insert them into all of the slip nuts. Then take the long pipe that resembles an “L,” which is used for a double-bowl kitchen sink. With the threads of the nuts pointing toward the pipe ends slide a slip nut over each end of the pipe.  Find the short piece of pipe with the fitting on the side of the pipe. The upper part of the pipe will have a slip nut. These two pipes connect to the sink drain baskets.

4. Look at the bottoms of your sink, one of sink drain baskets will line up with the wall drain. Next thread the slip nut of the shorter pipe onto the bottom of the drain basket that lines up with the wall drain.

5. Dry-fit the longer pipe onto the opposite drain basket. The shorter hook on the pipe connects to the drain basket, while the other end fits inside the side of the first pipe. If the pipe is too long, cut the end of it to fit, using a hacksaw. Then insert the long end into the side of the first pipe. Next connect the other end of the pipe to the drain basket with the slip nut and slide the slip nut over the first drain and thread it loosely.

6. Place a slip nut over the lower open end of the first drain basket pipe, threads pointing down. Then position the P-trap pipe under the drain basket pipe and secure it loosely with the slip nut. The last piece of pipe connects the P-trap to the home’s wall drain.

7. Slide the slip nuts over each end of the remaining pipe, threads pointing toward the ends. Then insert one end of the pipe into the house wall drain and line up the other end with the end of the P-trap pipe. Thread the slip nuts over each connection.

8. Finally tighten all the slip nuts until they are hand-tight. Then turn each slip nut another 3/4 turn with slip-joint pliers. Next turn on the faucet and check the pipes for leaks around the connections and tighten as necessary.

Kitchen Cleaning


How to remove Grease and Grime from your Stove

Keeping your stove grease and grime clean can be a daunting task, some of the biggest challenges you will face are splatters on the burners and knobs, charred spills on the oven’s bottom, and a greasy window in the door.

1. When cleaning the stove top you won’t be doing backbreaking labor, but for some grime you will need hot water, so it is best to put on rubber gloves to start. For a gas range, remove burner caps, grates, and control knobs, and put them in your sink filled with very hot water and dish soap.  As these soak, dip a scrubbing sponge into the sink water, wring, and go over the stove top, paying extra attention to any stuck-on stains around the burners. Then head to the sink and wipe down each item with your sponge (most of the gunk should glide off now). Rinse and dry the parts and reassemble the cooktop.

For a coil electric stove top, do the soaking method with the drip pans and knobs but not the burners, which shouldn’t be submerged and are self-cleaning.

For a smooth electric stove top, clean the surface with a nonabrasive scrubbing pad and a liquid cook-top cleaner. Finally, dip a sponge in hot soapy water, wring well, and wipe the controls. Rinse and let dry.

2. Baked-on gunk welded to the bottom of you oven can give off odors and smoke. If you have time to run a self-cleaning cycle, even a short two-hour one, it’s your best bet. If not, just focus on the worst stains. Start by taking a metal spatula and gently chip off any loose pieces, with any luck this alone might do the trick. If not, spray the grime with full-strength ammonia from a spray bottle. Leave it for at least five minutes, then sprinkle on enough baking soda to completely cover the stain and add just a few drops of white vinegar. Let it bubble for a minute or two, then wipe away the grime with a scrub sponge. Rinse with a clean, wet, regular sponge.

3. The window on an oven door can become stained rather easily. To soften any baked on film, spray the inside of the window with the same full-strength ammonia and let it soak. Again give it a few minutes, and rub down the glass with a nonabrasive scrubbing pad. Rinse with a wet sponge, and dry with a paper towel or microfiber cloth. Give the glass on the outside of the door a quick spray and wipe as well.

How to Clean Baked-On Stains from a Microwave Oven

Microwaving uncovered food results in splatters, stains and unwanted odor at best and at worst can cause issues requiring expensive repairs. In most cases plenty of elbow grease is required to remove baked-on stains, but here are a few simple steps to make the job easier.

1. Fill a microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup of water. Add 1/2 cup white vinegar or chopped, unpeeled citrus fruit to the bowl.

2. Set the bowl in the microwave and turn it on “High” for two to three minutes. Leave the microwave door closed for 15 minutes to prevent the steam from escaping.

3. Remove the bowl and the turntable from the microwave. Next wipe the microwave interior and turntable with a damp sponge to remove any loosened grime or stains.

4. Dry the window with paper towels and place the turntable back in the microwave.

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Member: Kevin Modglin

Albuquerque, NM 87181Category: HousecleaningServices Performed: Yes* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: March 11, 2013Hire Again: YesApproximate Cost: $250.00Description Of Work: After moving in to a dusty house, found Maid O’ Matic on Angie’s list and was able to make an appointment on a Thursday for the following Monday for the 4 hour spring cleaning. When I made the appointment, they even emailed a checklist of things that you could check off and hand to the team when they arrived. Keep in mind though that if you check everything on the list, it’ll take more than 4 hours (especially if you have a larger house). The checklist was great, and helped me decide what the priorities were and all the things that need to be done when doing a thorough cleaning! The hours are based on the number of people, so a 4 hour cleaning with 4 people would take an hour of time.
The cleaning included scrubbing of the microwave, oven, kitchen cabinets, vacuuming of carpets, mini-blinds, hardwood & stone floors, baseboards, wall vacuuming (prep for painting), and bathrooms. Even worked on some hard water deposits on the shower doors.
Member Comments: They arrived a little early, and started by going over the list and
seeing all that needed to be done. They even gave the option of staying
longer to finish everything on the list with a price quote for extra
time and they’ll check with you when it starts getting close. They
worked on the high priority things on the list first to make sure the
important things were done. You even have the option of letting them
use your cleaning supplies or they can use theirs for a flat fee of
$10. I ended up doing a mix of the two… their stovetop degreaser did a
great job.
The staff was hard working, friendly, and the team
lead was nice to talk to. She kept me informed of what was going on,
and did a pretty good job of estimating how much time it would take to
get everything taken care of. It came in pretty close, much better than I could do.
They did great with the available time. My cabinets look nice, microwave is great, and bathrooms are clean! There were still some spots in the oven and on the mini-blinds, and would’ve liked the baseboards scrubbed in addition to be vacuumed, but given the amount I had them do in the 4 man-hours they made a huge improvement in this formerly dusty house.
I would definitely hire them again – and give them a little more time to make an even greater impact.
Share on Band of Neighbors: Yes

Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Review Date: February 15, 2013
Member:
Liz Hix

ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87113
Category:
Housecleaning
Services Performed:
Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date:
February 07, 2013
Last Modified Date:
February 20, 2013
Hire Again:
Yes
Approximate Cost:
$525.00
Home Build Year:
2002
Description Of Work:
I recently used Maid O’Matic. They cleaned my house top to bottom, from the ceiling to the floor.
Member Comments:
Maid O’Matic did what they said they were going to do. They did an awesome job. They were 3 people here for 6 hours. I thought that it was a fair price. Everything about them was excellent. I will continue to use them.
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Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Review Date: December 04, 2012
Member:
Kate Shuster

MONTGOMERY, AL 36106
Category:
Housecleaning
Services Performed:
Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date:
December 04, 2012
Hire Again:
Yes
Approximate Cost:
$700.00
Description Of Work:
I used them three times, once for a very deep cleaning, again for a more cosmetic clean, and a third time to hit a few key areas before turning over to the homebuyers. They cleaned everything from floors to the refrigerator, baseboards, comprehensive dusting, leaving everything sparkling every time.

Member Comments:
Simply the very best cleaning service I have ever used in several states
and many situations. Fair and professional pricing, personable and
diligent employees, caring and talented folks who go above and beyond
every single time. I used them three times over the last few months
preparing my deceased mother’s house for funeral services, then staging
for sale, and finally a clean out for the buyers. All I can say is
“Wow!” There’s simply no debate, they are the best of the best and very
affordable to boot. Also they are compassionate and fun – they genuinely
enjoy their work and care about their customers in a way I have never
seen in any other cleaning service. From delicate items to huge messes, I
would trust them completely with my home. I only wish they worked in my
state so I could hire them to clean my own house! I’ve been spoiled by
their services, promptness and attention to detail.
They are very careful to provide accurate estimates, take unpaid breaks, pay
attention to the homeowner’s priorities, and otherwise be there for your
needs. My expenses were high because I used them three times. They do so well as a team of three, they are much better than other services that use larger teams. A great value for the money and peace of mind.

Page Of Happiness Nominee

Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Review Date: March 15, 2012
Member:
Maggie Hynes

LOS RANCHOS DE ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87107
Category:
Housecleaning
Services Performed:
Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date:
February 08, 2012
Hire Again:
Yes
Approximate Cost:
$140.00
Home Build Year:
2002
Description Of Work:
I called Maid o Matic and reached Terry on the phone. She was so friendly and polite. I was in desperate need of housecleaning help asap and she sent over Tammy and Francesca soon after. They were wonderful!! My kitchen has never been so organized. Not only was basic cleaning taken care of but the organization and getting rid of things that do not belong in places was so appreciated. Food in the pantry neatly stacked so I could see what was there. Re-usable shopping bags folded and put away neatly, yet visible. Laundry folded and closet organized!! I have had them back since and will again and again. Yes, God, there are housekeeping fairies…just dial MAID O MATIC!!
Member Comments:
see above

Page Of Happiness Nominee

Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Review Date: January 17, 2012
Member:
Tanya Thomas

ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87101
Category:
Housecleaning
Services Performed:
Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date:
January 15, 2012
Last Modified Date:
August 03, 2012
Hire Again:
Yes
Approximate Cost:
$148.00
Description Of Work:
I was pleased because they were able to send a team of three over within a few hours of my call. The gave me a list prior to their arrival and I was able to check off the items I wanted cleaned and they followed through all of my instructions. I was a little confused about how they work their hours and charges however I’ve hired other companies and had to pay twice as much based on what they were able to accomplish in the same amount of time. I was very satisfied with their service and will use them again.
Member Comments:
First, they introduced themselves with a card. They handed me a written guarantee and then walked through my house with the list I gave them. They were friendly and professional and enthusiastic about what I wanted them to do. After that, they brought in their equipment and started cleaning. One did all the floors and dusting while the girl began detailing a bathroom and the other, the kitchen. They have a good system and end up meeting in the middle.

Page Of Happiness Nominee

Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Review Date: August 16, 2011
Member:
Goetz Liedtke

CORRALES, NM 87048
Category:
Housecleaning
Services Performed:
Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date:
August 16, 2011
Hire Again:
Yes
Approximate Cost:
$550.00
Description Of Work:
Our house needed deep cleaning after three years of minimal housekeeping because of our circumstances. The Maid-O-Matic crew came and cleaned about 1500′ sq feet (master bedroom, bathroom, spare bedroom, kitchen) .
Member Comments:
They were wonderful, professional, courteous, and hard-working. The crew was honest – they took their time for lunch and a break off the total so they worked their full shift. I recommend their services and will use them again.

Report Date: August 16, 2011
Member: Goetz Liedtke

Category: Housecleaning
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a report where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: August 16, 2011
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $550.00
Description Of Work: Our house needed deep cleaning after three years of minimal housekeeping because of our circumstances. The Maid-O-Matic crew came and cleaned about 1500′ sq feet (master bedroom, bathroom, spare bedroom, kitchen) .
Member Comments: They were wonderful, professional, courteous, and hard-working. The crew was honest – they took their time for lunch and a break off the total so they worked their full shift. I recommend their services and will use them again.

Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Report Date: June 28, 2011
Member: Emily Haulenbeek

Category: Housecleaning
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a report where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: June 28, 2011
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $150.00
Home Build Year: 2007
Description Of Work: I hired the company to clean our home after we moved out. I had already cleaned the bathrooms, so I asked them to clean the kitchen, mop the floors, dust the baseboards and wash the windows.
Member Comments: The receptionist was helpful on the phone and was willing to work with our schedule. The crew was a little bit late (15 minutes) but started work right away. We paid for a crew of two to work for two hours, but they didn’t quite accomplish everything I had asked for. In four work-hours, they cleaned the kitchen, dusted the baseboards and mopped the floors. I was surprised they weren’t able to do the windows as well. However, the house looked nice when they were done.

Overall B
Price A
Quality B
Responsiveness A
Punctuality B
Professionalism A

Report Date: March 09, 2011
Member: francis ting

Category: Housecleaning
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a report where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: August 13, 2010
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $150.00
Description Of Work: House cleaning.
Member Comments: Maid o’Matic did a fine job cleaning my house.

Overall B
Price B
Quality B
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Report Date: February 24, 2011
Member: Yvette Schatzman

Category: Housecleaning
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a report where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: February 04, 2011
Hire Again: No
Approximate Cost: $176.00
Home Build Year: 2002
Description Of Work: They were on time. The service was not better than my regular cleaning person (usually cost me less than half) but the worst part was that they broke a decorative item from my leaving room and they told me that they had insurance and that somebody was going to contact me… So far…no calls at all…
Member Comments: not good
Company Response: Situation: Fill in for an unreliable, uninsured and un -licensed individual

The team immediately brought this to the attention of the customer as well as their immediate supervisor. This team filed a written incident report with our office. This customer verbally informed the team that the box was old, didn’t have much value and the hinges that held the lid were not secure. She verbally informed the team that she was not interested in reimbursement. This customer also signed off on the receipt. She has not returned any of our calls, contacted our office or mentioned any interest in filing a claim. Please see our policy regarding breakage.

Overall C
Price D
Quality C
Responsiveness C
Punctuality B
Professionalism C

Member: Laura Dennison

Category: Housecleaning
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a report where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: June 10, 2010
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $400.00
Home Build Year: 1995
Description Of Work: I hired them to clean my mother’s house, which had not been cleaned in years. It took them a couple of days to get the job done. Similar to a car being detailed, I basically had them detail the house before the new owners moved in.
Member Comments: I needed someone to do a VERY thorough clean and they exceeded my expectations. The people were polite and kept me informed all along. They never went ahead and did something additional without asking first. They were very very good and professional. They were a little on the expensive side but they were worth every penny. They were very nice and brought their own equipment. I have nothing but positive things to say and will absolutely use them again if need be!

Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Report Date: July 24, 2010
Member: George Davis

Category: Housecleaning
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a report where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: July 21, 2010
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $150.00
Home Build Year: 1950
Description Of Work: Cleaned entire house -floors, bathrooms, kitchen and dusting.
Member Comments: Extremely professional, cordial and responsive to requests and feedback. They do a superior and thorough cleaning job for me every two weeks. They are a bit pricey but well worth it!

Overall A
Price B
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Report Date: July 05, 2010
Member: SUSAN LANE

Category: Housecleaning
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a report where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: April 13, 2010
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $130.00
Home Build Year: 1975
Description Of Work: Standard 4 hour (2 people, 2 hours) house cleaning.
Member Comments: We were pleased and would use them again.

Overall A
Price B
Quality B
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Report Date: June 28, 2010
Member: NOLAN CRISAFULLI

Category: Housecleaning
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a report where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: March 18, 2010
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $140.00
Home Build Year: 1970
Description Of Work: I used Maid O’Matic for housecleaning.
Member Comments: They have a package type of deal that is a little bit different than other maid services. For the first cleaning they do 2 hours minimum with 2 cleaners so it is like a 4 hour service for basic cleaning. They were really friendly and asked me specifically what my main issue was. They tried to focus on that which I thought was really important.
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Overall B
Price A
Quality B
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Member: Debbie Espinosa

Category: Housecleaning
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a report where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: June 17, 2010
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $140.00
Description Of Work: Maid-O-Matic performed a housecleaning service for me.
Member Comments: Maid-O-Matic performed a housecleaning service for me. I found them to be highly professional from beginning with the initial inquiry call all the way through to providing the service. The team of 3 individuals was very friendly and respectful. Prior to performing their service the team lead talked with me in detail to determine exactly what was to be done and we walked through the house to discuss the items I wanted done. After we agreed on the service to be performed they followed through to the letter. I am a very picky person when it comes to cleaning my home and the team met my every expectation. They moved things instead of just dusting or mopping or cleaning around them. They cleaned things that I hadn’t even thought of! They had me rate the level of cleaning service I wanted for each room and followed through perfectly. I am very pleased with their service, their professionalism, their high level of customer service. I will use their service again without hesitation. Customer service, professionalism and quality work are hard things to come by these days and when you find a company that offers these things you want to stick with them! Kudos to Maid-O-Matic!

Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ANSWERED WHEN COMPLETING THIS REPORT
How much did the final cost compare to the original estimate? right on

How does the value of the work compare to the price? I got exactly what I paid for

How far in advance did you schedule the work? within a week

Did you find the company through Angie’s List? yes

If yes, which source(s)? website

Why did you choose this contractor? reputation

Have you used this company before? this is the first time I’ve used this company

What did you like most about this contractor? Custmer Service

What did you like least about this contractor? N/A

What surprises came up during the course of the work? N/A

What words of advice would you give this contractor? Continue with the first rate customer service and hiring staff who are professional, take their job seriously, are friendly and provide quality services. Kudos to you!

Report Date: November 05, 2009
Member: SHANNA NARATH

Category: Housecleaning
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a report where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: October 29, 2009
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $220.00
Home Build Year: 1986
Description Of Work: Taking the place of an established housekeeper. Did a wonderful job with few exceptions that relate to specifics of how I like things done. Will use them on a consistent basis.
Member Comments: Very well.

Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Report Date: October 19, 2009
Member: Stewart Iskow

Category: Housecleaning
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a report where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: September 23, 2009
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $227.00
Home Build Year: 1999
Description Of Work: Crew did a much-needed full, deep housecleaning . . . kitchen, tile floors, baths, carpets vacuumed, bathrooms.
Member Comments: They were quick, efficient, thorough, easy to communicate and work with, reasonably priced. This is the first cleaning service we’ve ever looked forward to having back a second time!

Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Report Date: September 23, 2009
Member: Mary Sciumbato

Category: Housecleaning
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a report where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: September 17, 2009
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $128.00
Home Build Year: 1970
Description Of Work: Housecleaning service
Member Comments: They had 4 people that cleaned for one hour. They did exactly what I asked and did a great job at a fair price.

Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Report Date: June 07, 2009

Rio Rancho, NM 87144
Category: Housecleaning
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a report where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: May 26, 2009
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $325.00
Home Build Year: 2005
Description Of Work: We had them do a move-out cleaning. They cleaned the bathrooms, kitchen, baseboards, & windows (including windowtracks).
Member Comments: They were excellent. Hardworking, careful, & detail-oriented – they took a toothbrush to the baseboards! We were extremely pleased with the service and felt that we received value for our money.

Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality B
Professionalism A
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ANSWERED WHEN COMPLETING THIS REPORT
How much did the final cost compare to the original estimate? right on

How does the value of the work compare to the price? I got more than my money’s worth

How far in advance did you schedule the work? more than 2 weeks

Did you find the company through Angie’s List? yes

If yes, which source(s)? website

Why did you choose this contractor? reputation

Have you used this company before? this is the first time I’ve used this company

Member: LOUISE HARRIS

Category: Housecleaning
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a report where work has been completed.
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $135.00
Home Build Year: 2003
Description Of Work: They come out to the house every three weeks to do some general cleaning.
Member Comments: I have been using there service for about 2 years. They are very prompt and professional. We are able to pay through paypal. They are up to date on the latest technology.

Overall A
Price B
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A

Report Date: July 31, 2006
Member: SHIRLEY PAREO

Category: Housecleaning
Services Performed: Yes
* More Weight is given to a report where work has been completed.
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $150.00
Description Of Work: THEY CLEANED MY HOUSE AND TAKE OUT THE TRASH.
Member Comments: THEY ARE VERY NICE AND KIND TO PEOPLE. THEY ALWAYS ASK IF I NEED ANY THING ELSE DONE. THEY ARE NEVER LATE AND WHEN THE JOB IS DONE EVERYTHING LOOKS GREAT.

Overall A
Price A
Quality B
Responsiveness A
Punctuality C
Professionalism A